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Plague state

#7 Weekend reads – tentative freedom and chaos seems to be the order of the day

We’re all witnessing countries around the world starting to lower safety measures, and humanity is taking tentative steps towards freedom. For my single friends, who have been fighting extreme loneliness, I am delighted for them.

But the news is definitely mixed. On the one hand, many countries opening up have citizens who have done the hard yards to eradicate COVID19, by following extreme measures. It’s not over in many of these countries, but they have a better sense of where they are, and a commitment to doing what is needed to end the crisis in their countries.

Unfortunately, on the other hand, barely enough has been done in so many major countries, and the growth in cases is alarming. The challenge this presents to all of us is, until it’s over everywhere, it’s not over anywhere. The global recovery from this has always relied on the whole world to act in a united way. Maybe one day we’ll get that message?  

I can definitely recommend reading the first article in the COVID19 section below. It’s passionate, but ask yourself: which countries will be the plague states? Are you in one? Regardless if you are, we’ll all be impacted by it.

I also learnt a new term this week – Boogaloo movement. Sigh, there are so many angry people out there. We never did get the divide and conquer lesson from history, did we?


Locally, regionally and globally there are many charities to donate to and all are in urgent need of funds. Can I ask everyone to look at the UN Refugee Program and the World Food Program? Why not donate what you saved in entertainment expenses these last few months and make a donation? These are the people most at risk in this pandemic. Let’s show them we care.  

Friends content

Unlock Diaries: The stories never written by Anuradha Kumar the amazing Anu Kumar – an author I recommend everyone follows. She’ll take you away into new worlds and wonder!

Design thinking your content from Simon Kearney at Click2View

UWC Thailand Arrowsmith cognitive training program available online in real time – Joel Fisher, check it out if you have a child struggling with learning. It might be the answer you’ve been looking for, as it was for us.

Also check out Kerrie Phipps Do Talk To Strangers Podcast. I really enjoyed the chat with Warwick Merry. Two awesome pals.

Content to read

And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. As always, scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful. Let’s get out of our nationalistic knowledge siloes.

#BlackLivesMatter / all racism

Ruby Bridges shares never-before-seen footage of protests on her historic first day of school

When Antifa Hysteria Sweeps America

The Trayvon Generation

Louisville Officer Is Being Fired 3 Months After Fatally Shooting Breonna Taylor

Angela Davis: ‘We knew that the role of the police was to protect white supremacy’

The Anatomy of a Fake Antifa Tweet – well worth a read, VERY powerful

Most Americans express support for the Black Lives Matter movement

Juneteenth Is a Reminder That Freedom Wasn’t Just Handed Over

A letter to Roy. He’s the black guy in my pictures – tks Pooneh Fooladi

US embassy in South Korea takes down Black Lives Matter banner

Accused California Cop Killer Linked To Right-Wing Extremist Boogaloo Movement – tks Michelle Giammusso Regal

I was a police chief stopped by my own officer. After Floyd, we need change at all levels.

U.N. rights body to examine ‘systemic’ U.S. racism and police brutality

BLM supporter speaks out after carrying counter-protester to safety

Why Aren’t We All Talking About Breonna Taylor?

‘To Say That She’s An Abusive Figure Is An Understatement’: At ABC News, Toxicity Thri‘To Say That She’s An Abusive Figure Is An Understatement’: At ABC News, Toxicity Thrives

Jon Stewart: ‘The Police Are a Reflection of a Society’

America’s Long Overdue Awakening to Systemic Racism

‘He came to see blackfellas!’ When Muhammad Ali visited Fitzroy

Systemic racism: science must listen, learn and change

Fox News Removes a Digitally Altered Image of Seattle Protests

Research Says Violent Cops Cause Violent Protests – tks Didier Ache

Background Check: Investigating George Floyd’s Criminal Record


America Gave Up On Coronavirus — Now the Worst-Case Scenario’s Coming True – tks Amber Pearl

Iceland now feels like the coronavirus never happened – tks Daph Ch

What the Pandemic Reveals About the Male Ego

Coronavirus 2nd Wave? Nope, The U.S. Is Still Stuck In The 1st One

Coronavirus: Fear of second wave in Beijing after market outbreak

GIVE.ASIA  – an opportunity to help a migrant worker’s family

Quarantine has changed us — and it’s not all bad

Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

Beijing shuts all schools and goes to ‘alert level two’ to tackle new coronavirus outbreak caused by ‘contaminated goods and interpersonal communication’ as China blames European strain

COVID-19 is the quiz, climate change the final exam

Record spike in new coronavirus cases reported in six U.S. states as reopening accelerates

Coronavirus hasn’t gone away. So why are people acting as if it has?

Paulinho Paiakan: Amazon indigenous chief dies with coronavirus

Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO

Brazil passes 1 million coronavirus cases: Live updates

Thanks for this Ava Diamond – love Freddy!


Climate Crisis/6th Mass Extinction

World has six months to avert climate crisis, says energy expert

Pesticide Giants Get $2 Billion UK Taxpayer COVID-19 Bailout Despite Mammoth Dividend Plans

Michael Mann Fought Climate Denial. Now He’s Fighting Climate Doom.

Unilever launches €1bn climate and nature fund, targets net-zero emissions by 2039

New Report Shows Why We Must Tackle Excessive Wealth to Save The Planet – interesting this is positioned as new information….

Climate crisis: alarm at record-breaking heatwave in Siberia

Secret recording: Rio Tinto ‘not sorry’ for cave blast

A War Against Climate Science, Waged by Washington’s Rank and File

Rafiki, Uganda’s rare silverback mountain gorilla, killed by hunters

Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline

Jane Goodall Warns Humanity Will Be ‘Finished’ After Covid-19 Without Ending ‘Absolute Disrespect for Animals and the Environment’

Extreme waves set to get bigger and more frequent due to climate change

We dug up Australian weather records back to 1838 and found snow is falling less often

Singapore found to be the worst waste producer (per capita) in the world: Report

Special Report: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane, a climate menace

Climate crisis: ‘Zombie fires’ return to warming Arctic, year after unprecedented blazes

Ten simple ways to act on climate change

Guest post: Cost of extreme weather due to climate change is severely underestimated

A baby bilby boom has been recorded in south-west NSW for the first time in a century

The number of climate deniers in Australia is more than double the global average, new study finds – tks Phillipa Penfold

Unilever launches €1bn climate and nature fund, targets net-zero emissions by 2039

Three years and $3 trillion to save the world climate and economy

Global Politics

Trump said journalists deserve to be executed during a meeting with former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to a former aide

The U.S. economy has become less competitive in the past couple of years. Here’s why – tks  Wurpel

The ‘3.5% rule’: How a small minority can change the world – tks Frank Roberts

The Greatest Mobilization Since WWII

Britain has the wrong government for the COVID crisis

Bolton: Trump said Xi was right to detain ethnic minorities

John Bolton: Trump administration sues to block book

Sold Out – tks Claudine Nagiah

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on How to Lead Through a Crisis (or Three)

WHAM!#GOPCowards Trends After New Video Slamming Republicans for Protecting Trump Goes Viral

Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA in big win for Dreamers

Experts: President’s ‘Cruelty,’ ‘Sloppiness’ and ‘Incompetence’ Forced Chief Justice’s DACA Ruling ‘Rebuke to Trump’

Australia cyber attacks: PM Morrison warns of ‘sophisticated’ state hack

Klobuchar Withdraws From VP Consideration, Says Biden Should Pick A Woman Of Color

New Zealand prime minister becomes first ever to march in gay pride parade

Transgender Health Protections Reversed By Trump Administration – tks Caroline Frater

Supreme Court says federal law protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination – tks Kate Marsden

North Korea blows up joint liaison office with South in Kaesong

Elites in Beijing see America in decline, hastened by Trump

Business and technology

How centered leaders achieve extraordinary results

Jagmeet Singh ‘Appalled’ Extendicare Planning $10M Payout Amid COVID-19 Crisis – tks Bob Hooey

Former eBay Execs Allegedly Made Life Hell for Critics

We’re Entering the Age of Corporate Social Justice – tks Coen Tan

New Coronavirus Fears Risk Delaying Event Industry Comeback

AI Isn’t Magical and Won’t Help You Reopen Your Business

It can seriously pay to get more women into leadership. This new research shows how

Social issues and humanity

Melinda Gates and MacKenzie Bezos unveil $30M gender equality initiative

How your insecurity is bought and sold

Why we need to respect sexual orientation, gender diversity in autism

Sushant Singh Rajput dies by suicide at 34 in Mumbai

Mysterious green glow seen shooting across Australian night sky in Port Hedland, Western Australia, was an asteroid, Scientists say

We’ve Been Hosting Two Refugees During Lockdown. Here’s What We’ve Learned

Passion, humour, history

Weekends: The precarious position of Singapore’s theatre community – tks Glenn Van Zutphen

Sir Ian Holm: Lord of the Rings and Alien star dies aged 88 – rest in peace Bilbo!

Hope this is valuable. It helps me to keep all I’m reading in one place for future reference, so it’s a good exercise for me to do regardless. But I’d appreciate if you let me know in the comments your favorite piece from this week’s collection? Always interesting.



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