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#8 Weekend reads – and COVID19 is back to the top of the headlines

And the cycle goes on. COVID19 is back at the top of the headlines, as the US witnesses flareups across the county. I’ve got to be honest. The way this is being discussed in America (not unlike the right to bear arms) makes absolutely no sense at all to me, but there you go.

We’re all in this for longer while the US continues on this path – that’s for sure. Not to mention the economic fall-out will be deeper and longer too. Please share information and help people understand the reality of the situation.

#BlackLivesMatter has not disappeared, and there is some incredible information being circulated. Try and read some of it. I believe it’s a duty to understand any community that is suffering centuries of terrible oppression.

And global politics. Well things are heating up as the US elections comes closer, so I’m expecting to include more of this sort of content, but if there is one area I beg everyone to focus on, it’s the climate crisis / 6th mass extinction. There is so much alarming news breaking and we really don’t have any more time!

This is our chance to act. The global economy is on its knees, so let’s rebuild a new one. A Mother Earth economy #MX.

Charity: If you are able, can you donate to the UN Refugee Program and World Food Program? Why don’t we all commit to donating what we saved in entertainment expenses these last few months? These are the people most at risk in this pandemic. Let’s show them we care.  

Friends content

Podcast – my wonderful friend Kevin Cottam launched The Nomadic Mindset podcast earlier this year. He has such a wonderful message for this time – wisdom from the nomads. Check it out and be inspired. 

The Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS) community has brought together 55 authors, all writing inspiring articles for this time. I haven’t had a chance to publish my eBook yet – featuring 19 authors – but you can access all 55 here. Please do take a took. There is something for everyone.

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.


Covid-19 has led to a pandemic of plastic pollution

A comedian watched her mom die from COVID on an iPad. Her live tweets will break you

A Woman And 15 Of Her Friends Have The Coronavirus After One Night Out tks Shian Chan

COVID-19 Will Rage ‘Like A Forest Fire’ In Unprepared America, Top Doc Warns

I’ve Been Sick With COVID-19 For Over 3 Months. Here’s What You Should Know.

Texas Pauses Reopening as Virus Cases Soar Across the South and West

The scenes on Bournemouth beach make Britain look like the jackass of the world tks Pooneh Fooladi

COVID-19 Can Cause Loss of Smell, And Scientists Finally Discovered Why

Bali yoga retreat angers many after lying about mass gathering of chanting foreigners tks David Lim

The US Death Rate From The Coronavirus Is 49 Times Higher Than The Flu

Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus tks Richard Foltin

Maskless Customer Shoves His Way Past Employee To Shop At Walmart

The coronavirus surge is real, and it’s everywhere tks Simon Kearney

North Texas family shaken after 18 relatives tests positivefor COVID-19 following surprise birthday party tks Michelle Giamusso Regal

Victorian coronavirus restrictions tightening as cases continue to increase

Coronavirus: US has ‘serious problem’, says Fauci

Patient 91: How Vietnam saved a British pilot and kept a clean Covid-19 sheet

A Mask is a Stupid Hill to Die on, America tks David Lim

Nurses post startling examples of what being ‘recovered’ from COVID-19 can look like

Coronavirus: Why US is expecting an ‘avalanche’ of evictions

American Airlines Will Book Flights 100% Full As Of July 1 tks Michelle Giamusso Regal

A look inside Thailand, which prevented coronavirus from gaining a foothold

Florida shows signs as next coronavirus epicenter as cases spike across the country tks Angela Frechette

‘Snowballing’ coronavirus cases in US states as hospitals fill

E.U. May Bar American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus

Coronavirus: US Secret Service staff self-isolating after Trump rally

People Don’t Trust Public-Health Experts Because Public-Health Experts Don’t Trust People

Florida residents reject face masks: ‘They want to throw God’s wonderful breathing system out’

#BlackLivesMatter / all racism

W.E.B. Dubois’s Magnificent Letter of Advice to His Teenage Daughter – one of the most beautiful articles I’ve read. Made a huge impact

Bubba Wallace: Nascar president said it was right to fear hate crime

Racism, Lies, and Empty Seats: The Embarrassment That Was Trump’s Rally

Working at the intersection: What Black women are up against

‘I’ve walked away for sixty years’: Ernie Dingo reflects

Deputies kill half-brother of black man found hanged in park after they say he opened fire

Ibram Kendi, One Of The Nation’s Leading Scholars Of Racism, Says Education And Love Are Not The Answer

Climate Crisis/6th Mass Extinction

Affluence is killing the planet, warn scientists

COVID-19 cuts force Indonesia to scale back forest protection tks Karen Prager

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

Extreme fires erupt in the Arctic Circle

It got to 38 degrees in the Arctic! Civilisation is burning down tks Joanne Flinn

The end of tourism? tks Tim Hamons – important read!

Travel in a Post Pandemic World

The travel industry will survive COVID-19, but with big changes

Land purchases by private companies accelerate tropical deforestation, data shows

Arctic Circle sees ‘highest-ever’ recorded temperatures

Morrison government has failed in its duty to protect environment, auditor general finds tks Willie Wahlin

India Unleashing Coal: PM Modi Announces New Coal Boom, Privatisation Of Coal Mines

Greta Thunberg: Climate change ‘as urgent’ as coronavirus

Carbon emission from permafrost soils underestimated by 14%

Asia’s vital rivers

Making a Case for Climate Change Adaptation

Arctic records its hottest temperature ever

Britain still failing on climate crisis, warn advisers

Arctic Ocean acidification worse than previously expected

The Arctic heatwave: here’s what we know level-headed read!

Global Politics

Four years after Brexit, support for the EU surges in Britain

Covid-19 raises the risks of violent conflict

Forecasting the US elections

China’s Man in Washington, Named Trump

rump Administration Files Supreme Court Brief To End Obamacare Amid COVID-19 Crisis

UN chief ‘shocked and disturbed’ by video of car sex act in Israel

TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Say They Sank Trump Rally

Nearly 20 Swing State Polls Were Released Today–Biden Leads In All Of Them

Imran Khan criticised after calling Osama Bin Laden a ‘martyr’

Business and technology

How to Go Cold Turkey on $77 Billion of Facebook Ads

Introducing Business for Clean Air

Hostels in Singapore on verge of shutting for good – tks Alan Cheung

Social issues and humanity

From chaos to free will

Ita Buttrose rejects Scott Morrison’s claims the ABC’s budget has not been cut tks Willie Wahlin

Catholic Church in Singapore calls for acceptance of LGBTQ community and expresses support for Pink Dot tks Cheryl Tan

High court rules Aboriginal Australians are not ‘aliens’ under the constitution and cannot be deported

The New Zealand porn ad designed to protect children

When Blood No Longer Binds—Walking Away from a Toxic Family Member.

FDA’s food additive regulations fail to address toxic chemicals in food

Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars Are Going To Schools That Push Conversion Therapy

Jacinda Ardern makes passionate call for ‘international solidarity’ to the LGBTQ+ community

Passion, humour, history

Stonehenge: Neolithic monument found near sacred site

Barcelona opera reopens with performance for more than 2000 potted plants – video tks Julie Rumbold

20,000-Year-Old Armadillo Shells the Size of Volkswagen Beetles Found in Argentina

Hope this is valuable. 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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