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Andrea T Edwards

#24 Weekend reads – a week of the blues

I’ve found it hard this week and admit to being a bit blue. A sign of the times for sure, but it’s impossible for this situation not to get on top of you! We’ve already been going for more than six months and still have a long battle ahead – so take care of yourself my friends and accept the negative feelings as they arise. If you can sink into them, they leave faster.  

For me, it’s a constant state of puzzlement, wondering when it will end, but knowing it can only happen when the nonsense stops, which has resulted in Covid19 surges everywhere. We’re still not understanding the importance of a global response to this either. Definitely not the brightest species, that’s for sure.

Another highlight this week, my husband recently asked my take on this whole QAnon story and that’s my barometer it’s finally making it into the mainstream. This is a strange conspiracy theory movement and again, a sign of our times, but if you’re wondering what it’s about, here you go, and this isn’t just America, it’s global now.

BBC: QAnon: What is it and where did it come from?

CBS News: Q and the ABC of spreading conspiracy theories

Wikipedia: QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory alleging that a cabal of Satan-worshiping paedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring is plotting against President Donald Trump, who is battling them, leading to a “day of reckoning” involving the mass arrest of journalists and politicians.

Lots to take on board this week and plenty of news around the world, not just the US election. In regards to that, I am continuing to have everything crossed for a Biden result. Nothing to do with parties, just human decency.


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Content to read

And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. 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.

Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction

Rewild to mitigate the climate crisis, urge leading scientists

Singapore opens sustainable finance research and talent development hub

Megachurch Pastor Preaches Climate Change Denial, Calls Earth ‘Disposable Planet’

10 Things We Wish More People Understood About Climate Change

Deforestation in Australia: How does your state (or territory) compare? tks Philippa Penfold

Fukushima: Japan ‘to release contaminated water into sea’


The Third Coronavirus Surge Has Arrived

COVID-19 Is Now the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. tks David Lim

Coronavirus French cities start month-long curfew

Covid: Chris Christie ‘was wrong’ to not wear masks

Megaphone Madness: how reckless media impeded Victoria’s Covid-19 recovery tks Phillipa Edwards

Coronavirus: WHO head calls herd immunity approach ‘immoral’

Covid reinfection: Man gets Covid twice and second hit ‘more severe’

Virus that causes Covid-19 can survive up to 28 days on surfaces, scientists find

Donald Trump tells thousands at Florida rally ‘I’ll kiss everyone’, again claims he’s immune from coronavirus tks Willie Wahlin

Uncommon Covid Symptoms include hair loss,stroke,heart failure

Fauci says he was taken out of context in new Trump campaign ad touting coronavirus response

Covid: Second national lockdown possible, says top UK scientist

Hours after Trump’s dark and divisive White House speech, his doctor still won’t say if he’s tested negative tks Barry Graubart

Covid: Trump ‘no longer a transmission risk to others’

The West is being left behind as it squanders Covid-19 lessons from Asia-Pacific tks David Lim

Global Politics

Girl in the Mirror – tks David Lim

New Zealand election: Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party scores landslide win

One hundred days of Andrews’ press conferences: What do they tell us about journalism? tks Phillipa Edwards

‘Worst American President’: New York Times Flames ‘Racist Demagogue’ Trump

A Regulatory Rush by Federal Agencies to Secure Trump’s Legacy

Thailand protests: Riot police fire water cannon as protesters defy rally ban

Rudy Giuliani Is My Father. Please, Everyone, Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. tks Mark Hampton

Liverpool MP goes viral after delivering damning verdict of govt in parliament tks  Benjamin Jenkins

US Election 2020: Trump holds lead with Christians as atheists back Biden – SHOCK poll

Amy Coney Barrett: Trump Supreme Court nominee sidesteps questions

Inside the Lincoln Project’s campaign against President Trump

Conservatives Think Pence Has the ‘Sex-Appeal’ They Need to Win Over Suburban Women, ‘Use Him More!’

Amy Coney Barrett: Trump nominee testifies in Supreme Court hearing

A Senior Warning Sign for Trump: ‘Go Biden’ Cry at Villages

Australians sign Kevin Rudd’s call for inquiry into Murdoch influence

Turkey sails into contested Mediterranean waters, angering Greece

How Pete Buttigieg Has Become the Unlikely Breakout Star of Fox News tks Bob Hooey

The Entire Presidency Is a Superspreading Event

Republicans express fears Donald Trump will lose presidential election

‘Record-breaking group’ of faith leaders endorses Biden

Post endorses: For the sake of our now fragile democracy, Biden for president

New details emerge about plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Same Old – Samuel L. Jackson | Joe Biden For President 2020 – Kimi Mc

The Republican who could help defeat Trump

Iraq vet provides Democrats with a roadmap to cripple Trump’s appeal to military voters

U.S. Senate: Republican Lindsey Graham challenged by Democrat Jaime Harrison in S.C.

Business and Technology

Working Parents Are Still Struggling

Scientists find neurochemicals have unexpectedly profound roles in the human brain

Women in the Workplace 2020 tks Pattie Grim

James Murdoch says he quit father’s news empire because it legitimises ‘disinformation’ tks Phillipa Edwards

Broadway is now officially closed until June of 2021

The Swamp That Built Trump

Should you get paid based on where you live? tks Andrew Psarianos

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

Nigerians take to the streets in mass protests against controversial police unit accused of brutality

Women speak out about Warren Ellis: ‘Full and informed consent was impossible’ tks Cheryl Tan

Malala: We need a reset, not a recovery

Israel unblocks big immigration of Ethiopian Jews

Seven tips for parenting teen boys: ‘Nagging them is like shouting into a void’ tks Kath Fraser

Beatification of Carlo Acutis: The first millennial to be declared Blessed

I voted for people who would outlaw abortion. Then I saw how investing in people reduces abortions much more. tks Denise Chai

US man avoids jail in Thailand over bad resort review

Indian man rescued from mortuary freezer dies

Héritier Lumumba: Ex-player sues AFL and club over alleged racism

Woman with 2,500 personalities says they saved her from shocking child abuse – tks Vicky Coburn

Passion, humour, history

Transport Minister calls time on Sydney’s ‘iconic’ Manly ferries tks Shaun McEwan

New 3.5km path linking Changi Airport and East Coast Park opens, featuring dinosaur exhibits

Let me know if anything jumped out at you?



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