Andrea T Edwards

#36 Weekend reads – a whole lot of cray cray

Was anyone surprised by what happened in the US Capitol this week? I have to be honest, my only real surprise was it wasn’t bigger, more violent and a lot more deadly. I suppose that’s what happens when you don’t use violent force against protestors. They have nowhere else to go!

For the last four years, I’ve wondered how Donald Trump could top his last shocking action or comment – which he has done again, and again and again. I mean, can you make sense of the man? I was speaking with my hubby about it and we realized putting ourselves in his shoes is absolutely impossible, because he’s unimaginable.

Is it because of his high level of narcissism? Maybe. My husband believes he’s either really smart or really stupid, and he’s still not sure which one. I came to the conclusion this week, that he must be the most extreme example of someone who has no thought for or comprehension of consequences. He says and does whatever the hell he wants and then designs a narrative to suit him after-the-fact.

Are either of us right? Who knows. I will definitely watch #Unfit to try and get a better understanding of the man from professionals.

Another interesting aspect of the story this week was how quickly the right blamed Antifa for the violence. Seriously, they can’t even take responsibility for their own actions? Not surprising really, considering their leadership.

Did you watch some of the interviews with the protestors? They really believe the #StopTheSteal narrative, and they are not all mad, they are just seeing different news to the rest of us! The media and information channels are OUT OF CONTROL and need to be addressed, AND finally held accountable. Rupert Murdoch number one!!

Not to mention the video (below) with Lindsay Graham begging the Democrats not to Impeach the President because it will further divide the US. Seriously? You boys ever going to take some responsibility for creating and enabling this? There is no much head smacking going on this week.

If you haven’t managed to keep up with what’s been going on, scroll down to Global Politics and you’ll see plenty on the topic. I don’t know who wins biggest moron of the week in the Trump inner circles. I think Giuliani has got it again. That man, sheesh!

Tell me your favourite, most surprising, or most shocking moment of the week? Would love to know.

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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

How to earn more while making a difference

Climate crisis: 2020 was joint hottest year ever recorded

Southeast Asia, we need to talk about bilge dumping

Why 2021 could be turning point for tackling climate change

Could a plastic tax be coming to Asia?

How we are changing the way we rate sustainability of consumer electronics

$5B Rockefeller Foundation, built on oil, divests from fossil fuels

Court Says No to Drilling for Oil in the Arctic, a Huge Win for Polar Bears

Bali’s beaches buried in tide of plastic rubbish during monsoon season

EDM Carbon Footprint: Sustainable Email Marketing tks Michelle Cockrill

Saving Brazil’s savanna by reseeding and restoring it tks Ali Davies

Experts should lead climate change response: NSW Environment Minister

Circular Economy and the 2030 Agenda

COVID19

Beating COVID-19 will be harder if governments are trying to win a popularity contest tks  Avis Easteal

Palestinians excluded from Israeli Covid vaccine rollout as jabs go to settlers

Husband from one of UK’s first married couples with Down’s syndrome dies of Covid

Veteran US broadcaster Larry King ‘in hospital with Covid’

Are Covid patients getting younger?

Scotland to go into full lockdown at midnight, Sturgeon announces

Air Travel Hit a New Pandemic High Over New Year’s Weekend. Now Comes the Hard Part

BioNTech Founders Türeci and Şahin on the Battle against COVID-19 tks Karen Prager

All passengers forced off plane after 2 grinning Trump supporters refuse to wear masks, spew n-word tks David Lim

Dutch shocked to be EU vaccination stragglers

Los Angeles Ambulances Instructed To Leave Patients With Little Chance Of Survival

Global Politics

A Shattering Blow to America’s  Troubled Democratic Image

Watch Giuliani Demand ‘Trial by Combat’ to Settle the Election tks Mark Mulkerin

The Lindsay Graham interview on Fox. Worth a watch. 

‘White privilege on display’: police hypocrisy condemned after pro-Trump insurgence

The Police’s Tepid Response To The Capitol Breach Wasn’t An Aberration

Right-wing extremists vow to return to Washington for Joe Biden’s inauguration

MAGA World Is Splintering tks Joyce Ano

Pentagon placed limits on D.C. Guard ahead of pro-Trump protests due to narrow mission

Trump riots: Democrats plan to introduce article of impeachment

Keilar on GOP: When you sell your soul, there’s a debt to settle

Pelosi Asks For Assurances On Trump and Nukes; Demands President Resign Or Face 2nd Impeachment

Facing backlash, Missouri’s Hawley pressed to resign in disgrace

Elites Have Extracted What They Needed From Trump. Now They Can Discard Him. Tks Joyce Ano

America’s former defence secretaries sound the alarm over Trump

Joe Biden: Capitol riots were ‘darkest day’ in US history tks Caroline Frater

Twitter permanently suspends Trump’s account

Some among America’s military allies believe Trump deliberately attempted a coup and may have had help from federal law-enforcement officials

Capitol riots: Panel of Americans ‘shocked’ and ‘disgusted’

Arnold Schwarzenegger on why Republicans must stop Trump

An Insurgency From Inside the Oval Office

Threats of violence and the virus grip Capitol Hill

Thread by @SteveSchmidtSES

Sen. Ted Cruz to Democrats calling for his arrest over election audit: ‘Calm down’

To Defend Democracy, Investigate Trump

Clyburn’s Ipad, Laptop From Pelosi’s Office: Items Stolen, Destroyed In Capitol Attack

Giuliani to Senator: ‘Try to Just Slow it Down’

GOP Rep. Says ‘Hitler Was Right’ in Speech to Pro-Trump Demonstrators

4 dead after Capitol siege: 1 shot, 3 from ‘medical emergencies’ tks Denise Chai

Trump Is to Blame for Capitol Attack

Donald Trump triggers the American carnage he vowed to stop in his inaugural address

Trump is responsible for the violent storming of U.S. Capitol

Trump presidency and Capitol siege: What is the 25th Amendment?

Capitol riots: A visual guide to the storming of Congress

#UNFIT The Psychology Of Donald Trump

Michael Pascoe: Politics evolved in 2020 – corruption is now openly accepted tks Phillipa Edwards

Redistricting will impact Texas politics for the next 10 years. Here’s how it works.

Georgia Senate Runoff Election Results

For Stacey Abrams, revenge is a dish best served blue tks Roshini Ganesan

President Trump, on tape, presses Georgia official to ‘find’ votes 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_RxqeeOLFI&feature=youtu.be

Here’s the full transcript and audio of the call between Trump and Raffensperger tks Joe Augustin

‘I’m stuck here’: lorry drivers in Calais begin to feel effects of Brexit

Scott Morrison should shut down his MPs who dance with disinformation propaganda tks Phillipa Edwards

Business and Technology

Google suspends ‘free speech’ app Parler

Amazon Is Booting Parler Off Of Its Web Hosting Service

Boeing Reaches $2.5 Billion Settlement of U.S. Probe Into 737 MAX Crashes

Some CEOs Fire Rioters, Call for Trump’s Removal From Office

Slack and Zoom were distracting our teams. Here’s how we regained focus

Is the Asian Century inevitable?

How to earn more while making a difference

A different world: could 2021 be the best year for a generation? tks Aysen Yilmaz

Why the Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire Venture Collapsed: ‘Health Care Was Too Big a Problem’

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

Ideas Report 2020 Afua Hirsch on why doubt isn’t evenly distributed tks  Avis Easteal

Bosnia: Icy struggle for many migrants stuck in freezing tents

Understanding the Menace of Radicalisation

Australia-China row: ‘I’m Australian – why do I need to prove my loyalty?’

Passion, humour, history

Danes rage over children’s television about the world’s longest penis tks Heather Hansen

Dr Dre: Rap legend in hospital after brain aneurysm

Let me know if anything jumped out at you?

Cheers

Andrea

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