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Andrea T Edwards

#26 Weekend reads – two days until the US Election

We’re almost there, down to the wire with the election just two days away – intense or what? Please, please, please America, vote for the future and that means, Joe Biden!

What are your plans for Election day? The results will start coming out on Wednesday in this part of the world, and an election gathering is planned. I hope it’s a happy gathering. In 2016, I had a very sombre night with some of my pals, and I really hope it won’t be the case again this time.

The way to know who will win is to track the swing states. According to this article, the key six in play are Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump won all six in 2016, so keep your eyes on those results, although some flips are looking promising.

Regardless, a small win isn’t enough this time, it requires a total blue wave, including the Senate, if we stand any chance of American government being effective in moving forward quickly with climate legislation. We need the US on board here – all of our futures depend on it!! It’s why I’m so passionate about it.

So my fingers are bleeding as I bite my nails down to the quick….. Let’s all send positive vibes to our US friends, I know they will have all of our backs.

In great news this week, my family and friends in Melbourne are free, after the longest lockdown in the world. Bravo guys. Amazing. At the time of lockdown, the UK and Melbourne had similar numbers in the high 700 range. Today, Melbourne has zero cases and the UK is close to 25,000. I believe in keeping it under control and this shows that case beautifully.


Got some spare cash? Please donate where it makes sense to you, or to the UN Refugee Program and World Food Program.  There is so much need out in the world. Let’s pull together.

Friends content

OUTdeBOX TALK :: Ep# 02 with Mariana Pascal – I loved this. Honest, heartfelt, open sharing. Awesome work Harish Kumar and Marianna Pascal

Leadership Matters – and an insightful article by my pal Andrew Bryant

Podcast Barkcast – for all my dog loving friends, check out Russell Distance Russell’s new podcast, which talks all things dog training. He’s awesome

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

‘Sleeping giant’ Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find tks Kevin Cottam

75 ways Trump made America dirtier and the planet warmer tks Denise Chai

US election: The sinking island voting for Trump

As Election Nears, Trump Makes a Final Push Against Climate Science tks Denise Chai

Greta Thunberg reflects on living through multiple crises in a ‘post-truth society’


Victorians are owed a nation’s gratitude tks Phillipa Edwards

Survey uncovers widespread belief in ‘dangerous’ Covid conspiracy theories tks Tim Hamons

White House science office takes credit for ‘ending’ pandemic as infections mount

Faulty US Covid-19 response meant 130,000 to 210,000 avoidable deaths, report finds

Covid: Melbourne’s hard-won success after a marathon lockdown

How the Surging Virus Has Crashed Into Campaigning in Every Imaginable Way

More than 80 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had vitamin D deficiency: study tks Lynda Woolf

Hospitals Are Reeling Under a 46 Percent Spike in Covid-19 Patients

White House Declares Pandemic Over As It Cites Renowned Scientist Ivanka Trump [UPDATE] tks Elsa Robinet

France hits record 52,010 daily Covid cases, Spain declares new state of emergency

ILO says garment industry should do more to help workers hit by COVID-19 pandemic – The Full Story of Trump and COVID-19 – tks Andrew Bryant

Members of Pence’s Inner Circle Test Positive for Coronavirus

‘He has blood on his hands’: Columbia University study shows that Trump could have avoided over 130,000 COVID-19 deaths with a more robust pandemic response tks Bob Hooey

4 Pence Aides Test Positive for the Coronavirus

‘Vulnerable’ garment workers in Bangladesh bear the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic

NCP and ILO Research Brief: COVID-19 and the Garment Industry

Global Politics

Podcast The Daily – The Field: Why Suburban Women Changed Their Minds – promising!

Al Gore on what makes this election different from 2000

Forget What The Polls Say, Social Media Predicts This Candidate Will Be The Next President tks Gina Giachetti

MOVE OVER BORIS Danny Dyer backed for PM by EastEnders fans after his BBC Breakfast rant about politicians who went to posh schools

Heat at Trump rally sends a dozen attendees to the hospital

These 10 charts show how the economy performed under Trump versus prior presidents tks Bob Hooey

Trump Supporters Left Stranded At Freezing Omaha Airport

Thousands attend President Trump’s rally in Omaha

Trump Rallies Endanger Us All

Obama’s New Gig: Gleefully Needling Trump

The Kamala Harris Video of Her Laughing at Socialism Questions on ’60 Minutes’ Has Been Viewed Over 1 Million Times on Twitter

New US Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett may be the tie-breaker in a case that could have a huge impact on the US election

Biden says Trump can win because of ‘how he plays’

Trump campaign sending out Ivanka in last-ditch effort to win over suburban women: report

Trump’s Biggest Economic Legacy Isn’t About the Numbers

Biden is favored to win the election tks Sophia Henri

Business and Technology

Snapchat Co-Founders Share $2.7 Billion Windfall

How the Surging Virus Has Crashed Into Campaigning in Every Imaginable Way

Europe’s Richest Person’s Net Worth Soars on Luxury Rebound

Who Killed Nokia? Nokia Did tks David Lim

Tory MP Says She Hopes Businesses Who Feed Hungry Kids Won’t Seek Government Support tks Sophia Henri

Osiris-Rex: Nasa probe risks losing asteroid sample after door jams

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

Poland abortion ruling sparks ‘women’s strike’

Live referendum results: ‘Yes’ to euthanasia, ‘no’ to cannabis tks Gabe Rijpma

France attack: Three killed in ‘Islamist terrorist’ stabbings

Australia seeks Qatar response after female passengers strip-searched

Hillsong has bought Melbourne’s iconic Festival Hall

‘I have to do this’: Myanmar garment workers forced into sex work by Covid

Passion, humour, history

Honest Government Ad | Q – tks David Lim

Borat 2 | Rudy Giuliani Full Interview -tks Vicky Coburn

Let me know if anything jumped out at you?



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