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#11 Weekend reads – greetings from Northern Thailand

I’m a little late getting my weekend reads out because it’s time for a change of scenery after months in lockdown. How can I get out in the middle of a pandemic you might ask? Well I live in Thailand and it’s been seven weeks since any cases of community transmission.

That said, we’re not out of the woods, with recent reports of travellers arriving with it, as well as a diplomat, but it was quickly contained. Thailand has done a superb job in dealing with this pandemic, and while economically it’s been ravaged, it’s great to be living in a place that has it under control.

Thailand was the country with the first reported infection outside of China, which meant we went into quarantine early, however, as the weeks rolled on and the hospitals weren’t filling with COVID19 patients, we were all a little confused. Why isn’t it taking off? Is it the heat? Culture? Genetics? It appears no one is sure.

No One Knows What Thailand is Doing Right, but So Far, It’s Working

Countries beating COVID-19 tks Phil Fersht

Why has the pandemic spared the Buddhist parts of South-East Asia?

I just feel very fortunate to be living here in this time, and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to explore the North of Thailand for the next couple of weeks with my family. It’s stunning up here – highly recommend when this is all over.

Charity: If you are able, can you donate to the UN Refugee Program and World Food Program? We have 30 million facing famine and 100 million have sunk into extreme poverty since this pandemic started. Let’s help the organizations doing the most to address these challenges. Taking care of our fellow humans is so important.

I published What’s an Infodemic? How do you manage it? this week. If you’re struggling with the information overload of this time, I hope these tips help.

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Diversity is Difficult but Doable tks Andrew Bryant

Content to read

And here’s my selection of reading material from this last week. No opinion, just a collation if you want to catch up with what’s going on in the world.

Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction

Fertility rate: ‘Jaw-dropping’ global crash in children being born

To build a resilient world, we must go circular. Here’s how to do it

Six Months on a Planet in Crisis: Greta Thunberg’s Travel Diary from the U.S. to Davos

First look under imperilled Antarctic glacier finds ‘warm water coming from all directions’

Which species will win and lose in a warmer climate? It depends where they evolved

Jane Goodall and Chris Anderson: Every day you live, you impact the planet

Keeping a Steady Eye on Sea Level Change From Space

The law that could make climate change illegal

Live Aid: The Complicated History of the World’s Biggest Charity Concert, 35 Years Later

Before the virus, Asia’s ecosystems were buckling under overtourism. When the tourists return, it has to be different

June 2020 tied as Earth’s 3rd hottest on record

China on highest flood alert as 38m people evacuated

Singapore experienced its coolest June in 20 years, wettest in a decade: Met Service

Assam: Fifty dead and two million hit by India monsoon floods

Yemen: Decaying oil tanker in Red Sea threatens disaster

New South Wales erosion: Huge swells leave homes at risk of collapse


Coronavirus: WHO reports record single-day global increase in cases

Covid-19 Overwhelms New Delhi’s Hospitals

What is the covax pillar, why do we need it and how will it work? tks Francine Garner

Several people at massive Torch Lake July 4 party have tested positive for coronavirus tks Michelle Giamusso Regal

Texas voter registration surges to 16.4 million, despite the pandemic tks Bob Hooey

Complications from COVID-19 may depend on von Willebrand factor in the blood tks Didier Ache

Coronavirus: Thousands protest in Israel over handling of economy

A patient in their 30s has reportedly died after attending a ‘COVID party’ in Texas and thinking coronavirus was a ‘hoax’

Arizona, Texas Officials Order Morgue Trucks In Latest Sign Of Rising COVID-19 Rates tks Denise Chai

Coronavirus: Pub landlord installs electric fence around bar story of the pandemic for me

Coronavirus contract tracing: Woman infects 71 people in 60 seconds

WHO sounds alarm as coronavirus cases rise by 1 million in five days tks Vicky Coburn

California Shuts Down Again As U.S. Coronavirus Crisis Expands

Coronavirus doctor’s diary: Why are people remaining ill for so long?

Will covid-19 lead to men and women splitting care work more evenly?

COVID-19 Research: John Hopkins Researchers Use Infusion Of Regulatory T-Cells To Treat Severe COVID-19 Condition

Coronavirus in South Africa: Inside Port Elizabeth’s ‘hospitals of horrors’

Roughly half the Twitter accounts pushing to ‘reopen America’ are bots, researchers found

A Second Coronavirus Death Surge Is Coming tks Patrice Robinet

The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic

Coronavirus: Russian spies target Covid-19 vaccine research

Alabama becomes 36th state to require masks in public tks Angela Frechette

This Republican governor just showed the receipts to the coronavirus ‘herd immunity’ crowd

US coronavirus cases shatter records and rise by 77,000 in single day

Amazon soya and beef exports ‘linked to deforestation’

Global Politics

Rupert Murdoch ordered editors to ‘kill Whitlam’, according to US envoy tks Phillipa Edwards

No-deal Brexit will raise cost of UK household staples, say retailers

Mueller breaks his silence to defend Russia investigation and Stone prosecution

We are witnessing the fall of a great power tks Graham Harvey

Poland’s Duda narrowly beats Trzaskowski in presidential vote

An open letter of apology to Julia Gillard from a former Liberal staffer tks Kate Marsden

Bongbong Marcos asked Cambridge Analytica to ‘rebrand’ family image tks Joyce Ano

Coronavirus: Big choices for EU leaders on recovery billions

Donald Trump faces a much bigger task than he did in 2016

395 Million New Jobs by 2030 if Businesses Prioritize Nature, Says World Economic Forum

Justice Ginsburg says cancer has returned, but won’t retire

Business and technology

The “New Normal” Is a Myth. The Future Won’t Be Normal at All

Finding Your Company’s Soul tks Simone de Haas

2020 Is The Worst Year Ever For Fossil Fuels tks Dave Noble

World faces staggering jobs challenge, says Microsoft president

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

Waitress who kicked out CEO for racist attack on Asian family receives $70,000 in tips tks David Lim

Michael Jordan : ‘ I can no longer stay silent’

Elvis Presley’s grandson dies aged 27

Wait ’til next year: Giving up on 2020, looking toward 2021 tks Simon Kearney

Viola Davis: I betrayed myself and my people in The Help

Capt Sir Tom Moore knighted in ‘unique’ ceremony

Passion, humour, history

Shigeru Aoki builds a kindergarten over a 100-year-old wooden house in japan tks Louisa Lee

Photographer Recreates Iconic Portraits Using John Malkovich as His Model tks Avis Eastal

Measuring luminescence helps to date a remarkable new discovery at Stonehenge

Shooting celebrities: Thirty years behind the lens

Take This Budget-Friendly Sleeper Train From M’sia To Bangkok For The Ultimate Road Trip

29,000 years of Aboriginal history confirmed at SA River Murray site tks Willie Wahlin

Let me know if anything jumped out at you?



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