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#48 Weekend reads – are you serving your community?

For the last year I have been inspired, devastated, and inspired again, especially witnessing so many amazing people doing so much to help those in need in Phuket. But as the crisis continues, especially its economic impact, as well as increasing exhaustion levels for volunteers on the front lines doing their best to help, it was time to step things up.

And so our community came together under the umbrella of One Phuket, and we are all committed to making sure we do enough to help everyone get through this crisis, together. We are also committed to taking pressure off the volunteers who were burning out.

Being in a place like Phuket during this crisis – one that relies heavily on tourism – has been a very sobering experience for me, because the impact has been terrible. What is equally frustrating, especially in Asia, is everyone did the right thing to get the situation under control, and it feels very cruel that the people most impacted by this pandemic are not the ones responsible for it.

Food poverty is a terrible thing to witness, people unable to get out of bed is too. I can tell you it’s very humbling being here through this time.

Being part of One Phuket has given me powerful purpose. I cannot worry about things out of my control, I cannot worry about irrelevant stuff either, and I certainly cannot get depressed, because I am focused on adding my voice to the challenge, and doing what I can to help in our community. Whether it’s raising awareness, raising money, or volunteering our families time or resources, we are all in.  

And I want to pass this on, because if you are struggling right now, if you are depressed and anxious about the situation, if you can’t see a rainbow anytime soon, please be part of your community and get busy helping those who need it.

I wrote a blog recently, asking everyone to give #Just10Percent of their time, money, talent or voice – something we can all do. However, one of the biggest lessons of this experience, and the real message of giving is, it helps you too. It fills your soul with purpose and commitment. It’s a beautiful thing and everyone has 10 percent of something to give.

Can you see an opportunity to help? If nothing else, donate. I hope everyone understands that coming out of this time better off than you went into it, is definitely not the way to be in this moment for the world. Here’s some donation suggestions World Food Program., UN Refugee Program, PowerOf ,, Soi Dog Foundation. If you can afford to be generous, now is the time to help your fellow human.

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 must better protect wildlife to prevent future pandemics

Satellite Imagery Shows Northern California Kelp Forests Have Collapsed

Climate Point: Biden goes big on replacing bad water systems, boosting electric cars, plugging old wells

Joe Biden and Jair Bolsonaro square off over the Amazon tks Claude Calleja

Arctic sea ice winter peak in 2021 is joint-seventh lowest on record

Shanna Swan: ‘Most couples may have to use assisted reproduction by 2045’

Is the Southern Ocean absorbing or emitting carbon dioxide?

Japan’s Kyoto cherry blossoms peak on earliest date in 1,200 years, a sign of climate change

Climate change poses ‘existential threat’ to financial markets

Venice bans cruise ships from historic centre

Climate crisis ‘likely cause’ of early cherry blossom in Japan

We sampled tap water across the US – and found arsenic, lead and toxic chemicals

The company behind the Suez Canal blockage spilled 28,800 plastic toys into the ocean in the 1990s

Half a billion people may face heat of 56°C by 2100

Salmon, Orcas, Rivers, and Sound: Our Interconnected Biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest

How America can rid itself of both carbon and blackouts

How Will Commercial Fishing Pressure Affect Skipjack Tuna?

Why One Side of Earth Is Rapidly Getting Colder Than the Other

Mysterious Circling Behavior Observed in Large Marine Animals

Investigations – Inside Climate News

Banking on Climate Chaos

Animals stranded on board 20 livestock ships waiting to pass through the jammed Suez Canal could starve and die if the situation lasts much longer, charity warns tks Philippe Penfold

Exxon: The Road Not Taken

Extinction: ‘Time is running out’ to save sharks and rays


PodcastWhat We Can Learn From ‘Long Covid‪’ – WSJ’s The Future of Everything

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

Bob Pape was a beloved father and foster carer. Did ‘eat out to help out’ cost him his life?

WHO report finds coronavirus probably emerged in bats, ‘extremely unlikely’ to be result of lab leak

World leaders call for international pandemic treaty

Mexico revises coronavirus death toll up by 60%

Covid vaccine: Social media urged to remove ‘disinfo dozen’

My friend is an anti-vaxxer, and she’s converting my husband. What can I do?

Global Politics

Scott Morrison is losing the women of Australia at a giddying rate tks Graham Harvey

The brutal attacks in Mozambique are a ‘game-changer’ and imperil a whole country’s financial future

Evidence suggests Ethiopian military carried out massacre in Tigray

What Brexit changed for clothes, flower and sausage firms

Court voids Trump campaign’s non-disclosure agreement

Matt Gaetz is being investigated over possible sexual relationship with girl, 17, New York Times reports tks Frank Roberts

Trump Hogs Mic At Mar-a-Lago Wedding Reception To Bash Joe Biden

Trump launches ‘the official website of the 45th President’

Australia PM shifts rape-accused minister in cabinet reshuffle

Myanmar coup: Dozens killed as army opens fire on protesters during deadliest day

Mozambique insurgency: Islamist militants ‘ambush workers fleeing hotel’

As Militants Seize Mozambique Gas Hub, a Dash for Safety Turns Deadly

Business and Technology

Working women pay highest price in economy crushed by COVID

SpaceX is dominating orbit with its Starlink satellites, making the risk of space-traffic collision a serious hazard, industry experts say

American Airlines just revealed the future (you may feel very uncomfortable)

Back to the future? Airline sector poised for change post-COVID-19

Suez Canal: Ever Given container ship shifted from shoreline

Fiverr expands to data science, analytics, visualization, and databases

In 2020 the ultra-rich got richer. Now they’re bracing for the backlash

Prince Harry took new Silicon Valley job for the money

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

Damage: the silent forms of violence against women

This Is How To Stop The Pandemic Reversing Gender Equality tks Lavinia Thanapathy

A decade ago, this scientist predicted 2020 would bring ‘peak’ chaos to the U.S.

French government condemns reality TV ‘virginity test’

Man who killed his mother arrested in brutal attack on Asian woman in NYC tks Ken Craig-Saunders

Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips quizzed by cops after 740km lockdown trip to Scotland ‘on business’

Why Do Americans Idolize the Super Rich? tks David Lim

Self-compassion is not self-indulgence: here’s how to try it

Prof. Has Constitutional Right to Misgender Students for Jesus

Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman: ‘My life changed in six minutes’  Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman: ‘My life changed in six minutes’ Close

Lady Gaga dog walker Ryan Fischer ‘had to have part of his lung removed’

Arkansas gov. signs bill letting doctors refuse to treat based on morality, religion tks Graeme Young

Bowen Yang goes viral for emotional ‘SNL’ speech about anti-Asian hate: ‘Do more’

Passion, humour, history

Ancient coins found in Rhode Island may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate tks Frank Roberts

Earth Has Been Hiding a Fifth Layer in Its Inner Core

This Chinese restaurant’s hilariously brutal takedowns of customer reviews went wildly viral – 13 favourites

Hilarious, literal, preciously simple: Big Boat Stuck in the Suez Canal was the narrative we needed tks Lisa Larson Lee

MAFS Reactions: Are We All Just Going To Pretend This Is Normal?

Humans Will Probably Evolve to Be Venomous

The Louvre Puts Its Massive Collection of Art Online tks Bob Hooey

Solar storm that appeared like ‘a great fire’ in 1582 could hit Earth AGAIN this century, causing billions in damages and knocking out power grids worldwide, experts warn

Why nature vs. nurture is ‘zombie idea’ we need to kill

The ancient fabric that no one knows how to make tks David Lim

Windsor Great Park haunted by antlered ghost that appears when the monarch is close to death

UFO shoots past helicopter in Bangkok; conspiracy theorist says aliens are monitoring human technology

Tucker Carlson Guest Worried Humanity Might Go Extinct From Smoking Weed tks Frank Roberts

Let me know if anything jumped out at you?



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