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#29 Weekend reads – hope and deep sadness

Does anyone else feel two moods in the world right now? On the one hand, there is hope, with two promising vaccines in human trial and applications for approval in motion. This is as well as other solutions coming forward, like my friend Jerome Boyd-Kirkup, PhD, who is the Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Hummingbird Bioscience. They received approval to start human trials for the HMBD-115, a COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody. Congrats Jerome and team. I have such clever friends.

You can learn more here: Hummingbird Bioscience’s antibody therapy trial is part of anti-Covid-19 effort, says co-founder. Thanks for sending the Link Amber!

And then deep sadness. With the festive season approaching, we have some bleak months ahead. Yes the relentlessness continues. I feel so much pain and heartache coming through social media, but the people I ache for the most, are the doctors, nurses and frontline workers who must all be completely exhausted by now. So many have died too! Can you even imagine what it is like for them?

And it’s not going to calm down anytime soon. The US has passed 250,000 deaths, with 1,300 dying a day. India has more than 130,000 dead and it’s hospitals are near capacity, in Mexico they’ve hit 100,000 dead, and in Europe, the death rate from COVID-19 is three times higher than the US. Read this article – The US could be on track to hit 1 million daily coronavirus cases by the end of 2020, a new report finds – those on the front line will not be getting a break anytime soon. Please just do the right thing for them!!

We’ve all been through a lot this year, with different levels of impact depending on where we are, but as this monster rages on, people are starting to understand that they cannot and should not bring families together to celebrate. The message is clear, if you don’t hold back this year, people at your table in 2020 will not be there in 2021. Of course, in the US, we know many will ignore this, and with COVID-19 moving into a devastating phase in much of the Northern Hemisphere, sorrow is certain to follow. It is very sad.

Obviously this is striking into the heart of the US right now, with Thanksgiving around the corner. But as we move towards the Christmas season, many of us will feel it too. We have a cure on the horizon, but it will be at least 12 months before we know we’ll have any level of control in regards to the pandemic. It’s so hard on so many and really, all that is required is: everyone does the necessary at the same time for as long as is needed to get it under control in the country or community they live in. Yet still so many resist. And those who have done the right thing, especially the elderly, are suffering this resistance.

Some hope emerged in recent weeks and if you have Hindu friends, you would have seen their beautiful, smaller gatherings happening all around the world, as they celebrated Diwali or Deepavali – the festival of light. According to Wikipedia, and my friends: Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Meaningful for our time, no? Take hope from their love for the world and their smaller celebrations – which were no less beautiful.

A somber time, a heartbreaking time, but we will get through, we will. Keep the faith my friends. Keep the faith and get creating.


The UN World Food Program has said that 2021 will be much worse than 2020 and they need our help. Can you forgo gift buying and donate to the WFP? Here are two links you can follow to help our neighbours in need. The UN Refugee Program and World Food Program. There is so much need out in the world. Let’s pull together.

Other ways to help, please follow Richard Lowe, who asks us all to consider The Gift of Time (thank you Richard!).

Friends content

Leading Change? Start Treating Uncertainty As The New Normal my friend Margie Warrell writes a compelling post for leaders managing in times of uncertainty. Excellent read.

How A Top Professional Speaker Pivoted Into A High-Revenue Virtual Career He Runs From The Countryside In Scotland And congratulations to James Taylor, who is featured in Forbes. James has done an amazing job and I am one at his feet, happy to learn.

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

UN Releases $100M in Bid to Battle Hunger Pandemic Spawned

An ‘Electrifying’ Economist’s Guide to the Recovery

Climate Point: After smashing wildfire records, 2020 is delivering historic hurricanes

Nobel UN food agency warns 2021 will be worse than 2020 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Media, nonprofits framing of climate change affects how people think about issue, studies show

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands tks Esha Batish

Hurricane Iota: Category four storm hits Nicaragua

Bill Gates says more than 50% of business travel will disappear in post-coronavirus world tks David Lim

Banking On Climate Change – Fossil Fuel Finance Report 2020 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

1% of people cause half of global aviation emissions – study tks Kevin Cottam


Podcast: Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions – EP 1: What will the world look like after COVID-19? Launched this last week, will be listening in every week.

As her partner struggles with covid-19, a quarantined Rachel Maddow pleads: ‘Don’t get this thing’

Donald Trump Jr tests positive for coronavirus

Rudy Giuliani’s son tests positive for coronavirus tks Frank Roberts

When COVID-19 Emptied the Skies This Spring, It Likely Worsened Weather Model Predictions

Wisconsin Medical Examiner Prepared for the Worst. It Wasn’t Enough.

Covid: Pizza worker’s ‘lie’ forced South Australia lockdown

Second lockdown would leave Singaporeans ‘angsty and fractious’: PM Lee tks Simon Kearney

Nicholas Christakis on fighting covid-19 by truly understanding the virus

1 In Every 1,000 North Dakota Residents Has Been Killed By Covid

4-year-old boy loses both parents to COVID-19

Virus wave must be fought without vaccines: WHO tks Esha Batish

Dolly Parton partly funded Moderna Covid vaccine research

How a Covid-19 vaccine could change travel for good

Broward County Public Schools Deny Westglades Teacher to Teach From Home Amid Son’s Cancer Treatment tks Britt Peemoler

Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection

Trump Says New York Won’t Get Vaccine Right Away Because He’s a Petty Little Bitch

WHO head has singled out one developing country for its success in managing the coronavirus pandemic tks Samantha Gayfer

The Dakotas are ‘as bad as it gets anywhere in the world’ for COVID-19 tks Chris Vega

Sweden has admitted its coronavirus immunity predictions were wrong as cases soar across the country tks David Lim

Global Politics

Barack Obama über Politik und Privates | Markus Lanz vom 19. November 2020 – tks Karen Prager and don’t worry, it’s in English. Excellent interview

Video shows Australian SAS soldier shooting and killing unarmed man at close range in Afghanistan

‘Raise the alarm’: Experts warn of ‘sedition’ and ‘coup’ attempt as Michigan GOP leaders fly to DC to meet with Trump

Trump options narrow as Michigan backs Biden win

Mueller prosecutor explains why Biden will be forced to indict Trump whether he wants to or not

Top CEOs discuss collective action if Trump doesn’t concede tks David Lim

Why Obama Fears for Our Democracy

Where the bloody hell is it? Did Scott Morrison lie about the report that saved his bacon at Tourism Australia?

Rage Against the Voting Machine tks Patrice Robinet

Thailand protests: More than 40 injured as clashes rock Bangkok

Brexit poll finds record majority of British people think leaving the EU was a mistake tks Benjamin Jenkins

Biden: ‘More people may die’ as Trump transition stalls

US troops in Afghanistan: Allies and Republicans alarmed at withdrawal plan


Facebook removes election misinformation pages tied to Steve Bannon

Keilar calls out McEnany’s prop used on Fox News

America’s largest militia says it will refuse to recognise Biden as president and ‘resist’ his administration tks  David Lim

US election 2020: Biden takes Georgia to solidify victory

Trump Has Now Moved $2.3 Million Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Private Business tks Patrice Robinet

Republican Arkansas governor: ‘I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States’ tks Denise Chai

Barack Obama: One election won’t stop US ‘truth decay’

Doug Emhoff: The first ‘second dude’ in the White House

Obama memoir: What he really thought of Putin and other leaders

When the Narcissist Fails

Not every Trump voter is racist or misled. There’s a rational Trump voter too tks David Lim

In 2016, Republicans Called Democrats ‘Sore Losers’ After Election tks Saxon Shirley

Business and Technology

When nothing is normal: Managing in extreme uncertainty

ASEAN, China, other partners sign world’s biggest trade pact

What Is The Value And Importance Of Associations Today?

Barack Obama’s Memoir is The Biggest Publishing Story of the Year tks Claude Calleja

ICO halts investigation into adtech industry – DMA responds

EVA Air launches speed dating ‘flight to nowhere’

Podcast: How to Study Meaning at Scale: AI and Big Data Ethnography, Microcultures and the Future of Innovation w/ Ujwal Arkalgud – great listen

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

Trump’s Strategy for Contesting the Election: Throw Out Black People’s Votes

Federal judge rules acting DHS head Chad Wolf unlawfully appointed, invalidates DACA suspension

“Other countries have social safety nets. The U.S. has women.”

Curious Kumar – Happy Deepavali! – tks Roshini Ganesan

Passion, humour, history

You don’t (only) hate rich people, you hate capitalism tks Phillipa Edwards

Pat Robertson prays for Satan to stop making people believe Joe Biden won the election

People With Creative Personalities Really Do See The World Differently tks Nathan Midler

Archaeologists find 100 ancient Egyptian coffins, some with mummies, at burial complex

Princess Diana interview: BBC vows to ‘get to truth’ about Panorama interview

India tiger awaits mate after ‘longest’ 3,000 km journey

Anouk Bold is Beautiful: Pregnancy doesn’t mean the end of the Career

Let me know what got your attention this week?



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