Weekend reads Andrea T Edwards

#40 Weekend reads – it’s gotten so quiet

Have you noticed how quiet it is in the media these days? There’s definitely still lots going on for sure, but we don’t have the chaos, rage and misdirection we’ve been experiencing for a number of years. It’s quite refreshing, isn’t it? Like it, like it, different 😊.

Rather than the constant outrage, we have multiple and important stories bubbling around in the background, being dealt with intelligently, versus the sensationalism and division we all got used to. It really is amazing what we got used to. Never again, please!

I’m paying attention to multiple stories at the moment. What is happening with Trump and the impeachment, which is also about the future of the Republicans or the GOP. It could go in any direction right now and this story won’t be over any time soon. The conspiracy theory movement is in this mix too.

Covid19 has always been an evolving story, requiring patience to get to the bottom of what’s really going on, and many of the articles below shed light on new information coming through, which provide a sense of how long this will be impacting all of our lives. Note, it’s not going to be over anytime soon.

Myanmar and the coup. Still no idea how this will unfold and we can only hope for the best. The global response seems strong, which feels like a sign grown-ups are back in charge of government. I hope this can be over soon, for the people of Burma!

And of course, the climate conversation is finally achieving mainstream attention, but more and more businesses are also making commitments publicly too. Change is happening, not fast enough or big enough, but change is happening. Please read the National Geographic article on bees – it’s top of the climate content. If we do not face up to this challenge and do everything we can to reverse it, well…. The time to act is now.

Friends content

Unconventionally Camille Escudero: The Not-So-Dark Journey wonderful to see a friend of mine, the fabulous Gina Romero, launch her new Podcast Unconventionally. Gina is a champion of women and I recommend everyone subscribes and tunes in. This conversation with Camille is really lovely and powerful. Excited to be Gina’s guest next month!!

Charity

Before you scroll, please, if you can donate, donate, donate!!! Some suggestions World Food Program, UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org, Soi Dog Foundation. If you can afford to be generous, now is the time to help your fellow human or animals! The animals need help too.

I have recently joined B1G1 – business for good. It’s on a mission to create a world full of giving. If you want to make giving central to your business, this is worth checking out. Big or small, it’s designed for everyone to take part. I recently planted 2,625 trees in India, as I made a commitment – for every book sold I plant a tree. And my husband contributed to a cause helping save children from human slavery. It feels great to contribute to verified causes that make a difference.

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

We haven’t seen a quarter of known bee species since the 1990s

Too many boardrooms are climate incompetent

‘Unrig the data.’ How utilities embellish carbon cuts

Morrison government rules out subsidies in electric vehicle strategy

Plant-based diets crucial to saving global wildlife, says report

Thailand to put world’s largest floating solar farm into use this June

Seafarers Complete Successful Tests of App to Map Ocean Pollution

Denouncing ‘Handouts to Big Oil,’ Biden Calls on Congress to End $40 Billion in Taxpayer Subsidies for Fossil Fuels tks Kimi Mc

Perth: Bushfire threatens locked-down Australian city

Drone Disguised as Hummingbird Captures Incredible Footage of Monarch Butterfly Swarm

Singapore Parliament declares climate change a global emergency tks  Joanne Flinn

Singapore contraption aims to clean up Asia’s plastic-polluted rivers

Now and then: Iceland’s vanishing glaciers

Too many boardrooms are climate incompetent

Climate change seen as global emergency by 64 per cent of people tks Susannah Hasenoehrl

Want to actually fix the environment? Change how buildings are built

Messy Carbon Offsets Show Markets Aren’t Always the Answer

Green stepping stones: Malaysia’s journey towards tackling climate change

Ocean Cleanup Crew takes on Plastic Pollution in Marine Protected Area!

COVID19

‘A complete massacre, a horror film’: inside Brazil’s Covid disaster

Podcast: The forgotten sense

Captain Sir Tom Moore: ‘National inspiration’ dies with Covid-19

More Than One In Three People In U.K. Study Report Side Effects From Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine

Where Can I Travel Internationally and Do I Need the Covid-19 Vaccine?

When Will Life Return to Normal? In 7 Years at Today’s Vaccine Rates tks Gail Lau

Phuket’s Tourism Businesses Plan Private Vaccination Drive in Hopes of Reopening Thai Resort This Fall

Exclusive: indigenous Americans dying from Covid at twice the rate of white Americans

I’m a doctor and one of my best friends doesn’t believe in vaccines. This is what I want to tell her tks Jenni Thorman

Australian Open: Players to go into isolation after hotel coronavirus case

Covid linked to risk of mental illness and brain disorder, study suggests

Teenager emerging from 10-month coma has no knowledge of pandemic

How To Deal With The Anger You Feel Over People Ignoring COVID-19 tks Angela Frechette

Patient who had COVID-19 for 154 days shows ‘worst possible scenario for developing mutations’

French skiers swerve Covid in cross-country boom

Australian city of Perth goes into snap lockdown after guard tests positive

The Second COVID-19 Shot Is a Rude Reawakening for Immune Cells tks Pooneh Fooladi

EU vaccine export row: Bloc backtracks on controls for NI

A vaccination site meant to serve a hard-hit Latino neighborhood in New York instead serviced more Whites from other areas

Global Politics

AOC’s powerful plea for Republican accountability cannot be ignored

Myanmar’s coup: Why now – and what’s next?

Biden ends deadlock over first African and first woman to lead WTO

Trump Organization Sought Ownership Stake in Parler While He Was President: Report

Fox Business Cancels Lou Dobbs’s Show After Anchor Was Named in Voting-Machine Lawsuit

Nicolle Wallace Says House Republicans Are ‘Going Home in 2 Years’ Over ‘QAnon Caucus

Biden Bars Trump From Receiving Intelligence Briefings, Citing ‘Erratic Behavior’

Welcome to Australia’s economic Fight Club tks Phillipa Edwards

Trump impeachment: When is his Senate trial and will he testify?

Biden Signals Break With Trump Foreign Policy in a Wide-Ranging State Dept. Speech

Marjorie Taylor Greene: US House votes to strip Republican of key posts

Make the Filibuster Difficult Again tks Patrice Robinet

Feds Drop The Hammer On The Capitol Insurrectionists

Capitol riots: Parler boss says he has been fired by the board

MSPs reject calls for probe into Donald Trump golf courses

Trump Parts Ways With Five Lawyers Handling Impeachment Defense tks Barry Graubart

Spurred By The Capitol Riot, Thousands Of Republicans Drop Out Of GOP

Morrison’s horror show numbers are absolutely frightening tks Phillipa Edwards

Exercise instructor appears to unwittingly capture Myanmar coup in dance video

Biden’s Approval Rating Is Trump’s in Reverse

Trump stocks new PAC with tens of millions as he bids to retain control of GOP

Republicans in Washington warn Wall Street: The GameStop populists are more powerful than you think tks Barry Graubart

As Biden Plans Global Democracy Summit, Skeptics Say: Heal Thyself First

Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military seizes control

‘They’re coming for us’ – right-wing media on Biden’s week

The Republican party will not disavow Marjorie Taylor Greene – she is the party tks Barry Graubart

Donald Trump ‘parts with lawyers’ before impeachment trial

Russian anti-Putin anger spreads: ‘We have to protest’

Trump Plaza in Florida: Condo board votes to dump Trump name after Capitol siege tks Bob Hooey

Business and Technology

McKinsey Settles for Nearly $600 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis

Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2021

The Real Force Driving the GameStop Revolution

Email from Jeff Bezos to employees

Liberalism’s Ministry of Truth

Inspired by the Taj Mahal, Microsoft’s newest office is a workspace of art

Up in flames: SpaceX Starship test flight ends in fiery crash, again

The world’s 100 most powerful women tks Lavinia Thanapathy

Jeff Bezos to resign as chief executive of Amazon

Volkswagen Is Teaming Up With Silent Yachts to Create Futuristic Solar-Powered Catamarans

Amsterdam to move sex workers out of city centre in tourism ‘reset’

Facebook strikes back against Apple privacy change, prompts users to accept tracking to get ‘better ads experience tks Frank Roberts

Microsoft Patent To Construct Chatbots of Dead People Approved

Drone Swarms Are Getting Too Fast For Humans To Fight, U.S. General Warns

GameStop investor battle moves on to silver as prices surge

Tim Cook May Have Just Ended Facebook

GameStop: What is it and why is it trending? tks Caroline Frater

We were shocked’: RAND study uncovers massive income shift to the top 1%

Local workers are taking up farm jobs as Queensland farmers are forced to pay higher wages tks Phillipa Edwards

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

I Left My Career in Prestige Media Because of the Shitty Men in Charge and They Are Still In Charge and Still Fucking Up

Sitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer aid

ONE YEAR ON: Leila Abdallah on the Oatlands crash tragedy that cut her family in half

I can’t believe we have to say this, but Australia should ban Nazis fairly urgently tks Phillipa Edwards

‘Their goal is to destroy everyone’: Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape

David Hogg launching pillow company to ‘put MyPillow out of business’ tks Gina Giachetti

We Are a Nation of Child Abusers

AOC: Ocasio-Cortez says she is sexual assault survivor

Evan Rachel Wood says Marilyn Manson ‘horrifically abused me for years’

Why fentanyl is deadlier than heroin, in a single photo tks Brian Sibley

Dognapping gangs targeting lone women as puppies are now worth more than drugs tks Karen Vernem Stevenson

Migrant Worker Makes Heartbreaking Short Film of How He Spends His $450 Monthly Salary tks Cheryl Tan

When Evictions Loom, Pets Are Also at Risk

Study Finds Every Style Of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults tks Philippa Penfold

Moving on from QAnon? Experts say these tips could help

Rule-breaking New York wit Fran Lebowitz is every writer’s fantasy tks Joyce Ano

Has science made religion useless? | Robert Sapolsky, Reza Aslan, Pete Holmes & more | Big Think – tks Andrew Bryant

Passion, humour, history

Christopher Plummer, Oscar winner and star of ‘The Sound of Music,’ dead at 91 tks Roshini Ganesan

Insults and expletives turn parish council Zoom meeting into internet sensation

I’m a writer on Emily in Paris. I May Destroy You deserved a Golden Globe nomination

Professor Avi Loeb: ‘It would be arrogant to think we’re alone in the universe’

Blackpink’s Arena-Sized Livestream ‘The Show’ Is the Next-Best Thing to Being There: Concert Review

The buried ship found on an English estate

Bridgerton: Netflix says drama is its biggest series ever

Let me know if anything jumped out at you?

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Andrea

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