It was heartbreaking waking to the news that RBG has left us. But what a lady? What a legacy! She deserves her rest now, because boy has she earnt it! RBG has done the work of an army in her lifetime and while ugliness was unleashed across social media following the announcement today, she deserves nothing but our respect. All of us.
One word that is rising it’s head today is fear. People are fearful that her passing will unleash something even worse – a conservative high court – which indeed would be terrible for women, monitories and more.
However, what everyone always seems to miss is this simple truth – when you hold half of humanity back, as well as all minorities, life is worse for everyone. EVERYONE.
Equality and diversity lift us all. Anyone who fights against it, fights against the rights of all. Men included. Equality is critical. Educating girls tackles many important issues – they marry later, have fewer children and manage family finances better. Companies with more women in leadership make more money. When countries make equality a priority, GDP skyrockets.
RBG fought for all of this and now, we wait and see if the US follows her lead, or allows division to deepen, potentially unleashing a very ugly future for the United States. However, I have always had faith in the people of the US – always – so do not believe it’s a time to be fearful, because the truth is, it’s a time to fight.
Some RBG content from today
Demographics are on the right side
And for once, demographics are really on the side of youth in 2020. In the 2016 election, millennials just pipped boomers in potential voting numbers for the first time. The problem back then though, as we know now, is Hillary was too divisive, so support for the Democrats was impacted. I don’t think that will happen again.
Regardless, when I think of the younger generation not voting, it makes me crazy. My generation, GenX, will not have more voting power than the boomers until 2028!! Can you imagine your parents or grandparents making decisions for you into your 50s? That’s what’s been happening to GenX!!!
So to the young people of the US, it’s on you to make the changes you want. Not just for the Supreme Court nomination, but for your very future. Another Trump term will set the environment movement back by a decade. We don’t have a decade, we really don’t. This is your future we’re talking about.
We saw the impact of demographics in 2016, when baby boomers dominated voting numbers, even though their actual domination was lost back in 2004. However, younger people don’t vote the way older generations do, and boomers once again made up the largest segment of the electorate—35 percent, or 48.1 million votes in 2016
“Millennials especially have the potential to boost their political clout by turning out in greater numbers. Just 49 percent of eligible voters from that generation voted in 2016, compared with 69 percent of eligible baby boomers.”
Young people, it is time to claim your future. If the same percentage of you vote this time around, you might pip it past the post, but really, this needs to be a colossal victory. Can we rely on you? The world is looking on, don’t let us down.
When I think of the future, we have a fork in the road ahead for humanity. The people we select to lead us everywhere have never been more important, but nowhere more important than the US. Let’s elect leaders who will take the road that puts human dignity and designing a world in alignment with all living things OK? It’s our only option. The other road is not worth thinking about.
And with that, my selections for the week for you to peruse and hopefully you’ll dig into some.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
British Military Prepares for Climate-Fueled Resource Shortages tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
How Climate Migration Will Reshape America tks Denise Chai
Here in fire-stricken Oregon, an old way of life is gone tks Tim Hamons
Longtime Climate Science Denier Hired At NOAA tks Denise Chai
UNESCO The Next Normal tks Claude Cajella
COVID-19 spreading rates tks Pooneh Fooladhi
Now everyone’s a statistician: Here’s what armchair COVID experts are getting wrong tks Phillipa Edwards
Canada reports no new deaths from coronavirus for the first time since March tks Pooneh Fohladi
America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral tks David Lim
COVID-19 A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE tks Francine Varner
Coronavirus in Africa: Explaining the bogus ‘viral blockers’ worn by some politicians – I suppose Trump will be wearing one soon
COVID-19 Patients Twice As Likely To Have Dined Out Before Illness: CDC Study tks Angela Frechette
Remarks by President Trump After Air Force One Arrival tks Frank Roberts
Donald Trump has done 1 thing *really* well as President tks Cathy Johnson
Business and Technology
Clock ticking for Phuket to reinvent itself tks Sue Ultman
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
In Conversation: Malaysian Strippers in Melbourne tks Cheryl Tan
Passion, humour, history
‘Viking’ was a job description, not a matter of heredity, massive ancient DNA study shows tks Kate Stewart Moore
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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