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#20 Weekend reads – RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg, respect

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

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice, dies aged 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death sparks political firestorm

5 ways Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a formidable force for good

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Obituary of the Supreme Court justice

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.

Read this: What Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Mean for Global Warming

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

The Age of Megafires: The World Hits a Climate Tipping Point

A New Arctic Is Emerging, Thanks to Climate Change

What Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Mean for Global Warming

The Great Climate Migration Has Begun

British Military Prepares for Climate-Fueled Resource Shortages tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

The port that swallowed a town

The Arctic is burning like never before — and that’s bad news for climate change

How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled tks Denise Chai

Australian chocolate maker’s ban on palm oil disappoints palm oil industry’s green label group tks Kerrie Phipps

Trump Has Head-Scratching Solution For California Wildfires : ‘It Will Start Getting Cooler’

Are ‘flights to nowhere’ a necessary environmental cost to save the aviation industry?

US 2020 election: Climate change takes centre stage amid wildfires

How Climate Migration Will Reshape America tks Denise Chai

Hurricane Sally: ‘Catastrophic flooding’ as storm hits US

See the hazy sky in Massachusetts caused by smoke from wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington state tks Kimi Mc

The future has arrived. These explosive fires are our climate change wakeup call

Costa Rica Set to Become World’s First Plastic-Free, Fossil-Fuel-Free Country

Here in fire-stricken Oregon, an old way of life is gone tks Tim Hamons

Changing Patterns of Ocean Salt Levels Give Scientists Clues to Extreme Weather on Land

Every Place Has Its Own Climate Risk. What Is It Where You Live?

Two Major Antarctic Glaciers Are Tearing Loose from Their Restraints

Longtime Climate Science Denier Hired At NOAA tks Denise Chai


UNESCO The Next Normal tks Claude Cajella

Covid: UK seeing second wave, says Boris Johnson

Why Singapore’s Covid-19 death rate is the world’s lowest tks David Lim

Covid-19: New fear grips Europe as cases top 30m worldwide

Blood donations show that the United States is still nowhere near herd immunity

Face masks could be giving people Covid-19 immunity, researchers suggest

COVID-19 spreading rates tks Pooneh Fooladhi

Coronavirus Disease 2019 vs. the Flu

Now everyone’s a statistician: Here’s what armchair COVID experts are getting wrong tks Phillipa Edwards

Why Comparing Flu and COVID-19 Severity Is Not Equivalent

Number of deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), pneumonia, and influenza in the U.S. as of September 5, 2020

Canada reports no new deaths from coronavirus for the first time since March tks Pooneh Fohladi

Coronavirus: Cases in France leap past 10,000 a day

Consumer sentiment and behavior continue to reflect the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis tks Serene Seng

I was infected with coronavirus in March, six months on I’m still unwell

How Did the ‘Best-Prepared Country’ Become a Horror Story?

Optimism on Covid-19 immunity climbs as studies show antibodies protect and T-cells last longer tks Esther Lussier

How Can I Tell Whether I Have Flu or COVID-19?

How the Coronavirus Attacks the Brain

America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral tks David Lim

Post-COVID heart damage alarms researchers: ‘There was a black hole’ in infected cells tks Ann Katrin


COVID-19 has hammered home some uncomfortable truths about us as a people

India’s coronavirus infections top five million mark

Anti-maskers in Indonesia have been forced to dig graves for coronavirus victims as punishment tks Phillipa Edwards

BUSTED: Trump administration caught interfering with CDC reports on the COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus in Africa: Explaining the bogus ‘viral blockers’ worn by some politicians – I suppose Trump will be wearing one soon

Trump Says With ‘A Herd Mentality’ Covid-19 Coronavirus Will Go Away

U.S.-Canada border shutdown likely to extend through November, Ottawa cool to more exemptions – sources

COVID-19 Patients Twice As Likely To Have Dined Out Before Illness: CDC Study tks Angela Frechette

Global Politics

Amal Clooney quits UK envoy role over ‘lamentable’ government plans to break international law

Remarks by President Trump After Air Force One Arrival tks Frank Roberts

Whoever wins this election is reflection of us as Americans

I read all those Trump tell-alls. Here’s what I learned

Nearly $1 Billion is Shifted from Police in Budget That Pleases No One

Trump told a reporter his biggest secret: that he is a danger to the American people

Republican senator who backs Trump despite insults to his wife and father says many liberal males ‘never grow balls’

Who Can Win America’s Politics of Humiliation?

Roger Stone Calls For Trump To ‘Declare Martial Law’ To Seize Power If He Loses tks Chris Vega

US election 2020 polls: Who is ahead – Trump or Biden?

Fifth ex-PM speaks out against post-Brexit bill

Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Fox News Host Grills Kayleigh McEnany on Trump’s Disastrous ABC Town Hall

Donald Trump has done 1 thing *really* well as President tks Cathy Johnson

Biden says US trade deal hinges on UK ‘respect’ for Good Friday Agreement

Business and Technology

Ageism Is Not Just A Disease—It Is The New Business Model For Top Ad Agencies

United’s CEO Sent an Email at 3:30 in the Morning. It’s a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Clock ticking for Phuket to reinvent itself tks Sue Ultman

‘The Social Dilemma’ Documentary Director Compares Tech Giants to Fossil Fuel Industry

Disney and the unequal reality of coronavirus America

Facebook Is Failing in Global Disinformation Fight, Says Former Worker

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

How to talk to conspiracy theorists—and still be kind

The Billionaire Who Wanted To Die Broke . . . Is Now Officially Broke tks  James Taylor

Pakistan outcry over police victim-blaming of gang-raped mother

In Conversation: Malaysian Strippers in Melbourne tks Cheryl Tan

BLM dance routine on Britain’s Got Talent triggers 15,500 complaints

‘Like an Experimental Concentration Camp’: Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Mass Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Center

Prisoner advocates call for abolition of ‘discriminatory’ voting restrictions as inmates prepare to cast vote in state election for the first time tks Jenni Thorman

An ICE Nurse Revealed That A Georgia Detention Center Is Performing Mass Hysterectomies

Kim Kardashian West joins Facebook and Instagram boycott

Why Landing On The ‘Best Schools’ List Is Not Something To Celebrate tks Kimi Mc

Passion, humour, history

A $9 Million Chinese Vase Turned Up in a Central European Cupboard tks David Lim

Dave Grohl Writes Theme Song for 10-Year-Old Drummer Nandi Bushell

‘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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