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#49 Weekend reads – the relentlessness of Covid

A somber week with a third lockdown imminent, and do you know why? Because people decided it was a great idea to attend massive parties and they have turned into super spreading events – potentially introducing the UK variant into the country for the first time!

It’s still early days, the rumor mill is going in overdrive, fear and panic is setting in, but the reality is – those at the bottom of the social hierarchy suffer because of this. They suffer a lot. And it’s always the case, which is infuritating! Why can’t everyone just do what is needed to STOP this bloody virus??

This situation put me in a deep funk this week. Not only am I really feeling the separation from our families and friends right now, but the unfairness of what’s going on really gets to me. I see people protesting around the world, and all it means is a continuing spread and mutations of the virus, which extends the timeline for everyone.

The countries suffering the most are really hurting. They have always understood that overcoming the pandemic required a united effort (and they’ve done their part), especially because in developing countries, they know they won’t be first to get access to the vaccine – the roll-out is only just beginning. Add to that the fact rich countries are hoarding the virus, with an extra billion more than needed at this point. That could do a lot of good in the world.

It is incredibly frustrating at the moment. I want to scream at the protestors – DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW INCREDIBLY CHALLENGING THIS IS FOR PEOPLE WITH THE LEAST IN THE WORLD? Yes, no one is having a good time, but do you understand starvation? That is where it is right now. It’s horrible.

Please just stop. We need to work together to overcome this crisis. It’s the only way we could ever get through it. In the meantime, help people. They need it. You’re government not doing enough? Well take a look at people who have NOTHING! And I mean nothing.

Donate. 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.

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.

Friends content

Podcast: S2:E10 “Risk being ostracized by the herd” with Shaun McEwan – my pal Shaun McEwan, talking about being a full time dad and a working professional. Great listen and as someone who grew up with a stay at home dad, bizarre it’s still a topic of conversation.  

Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction

The battle for the Arctic

US spies peer into the future – and it doesn’t look good must read!!!!

First-Ever Observations From Under Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Are Bad News tks Mark Mulkerin

‘Every choice matters’: can we cling to hope of avoiding 1.5C heating?

Climate Point: Oil infrastructure springs dangerous leaks from Texas to California

Is Netflix’s Seaspiracy film right about fishing damaging oceans?

Fossil fuel pollution causes one in five premature deaths globally tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Deep sea mining to help make electric vehicles

Wildlife charities raise £8m to boost nature schemes across England and Wales

Seaspiracy shows why we must treat fish not as seafood, but as wildlife

Did climate change cause societies to collapse? New research upends the old story.

We Are Doomed’: Devastation From Storms Fuels Migration in Honduras

Sri Lanka bans palm oil imports, tells producers to uproot plantations

Study of Narwhal Tusks Reveals a Swiftly Changing Arctic

The Daily Climate Show: Sky News programme dedicated to global crisis is launching this week

How Debt and Climate Change Pose  ‘Systemic Risk’ to World Economy tks Denise Chai

The Giant, Underestimated Earthquake Threat to North America

Seagrasses Turn Back the Clock on Ocean Acidification

Incredible moment fishermen casually cast their lines out as dozens of frenzied sharks thrash in the shallows next to them

Russia is Turning Ever Given’s Plight into a Marketing Tool for Arctic Shipping. But It May Be a Hard Sell

Scientists Have Observed Ominous Winter Leaks in Greenland Ice Sheet Lakes

Revealed: why hundreds of thousands of tonnes of recycling are going up in smoke

The Biggest Polluters Are Hiding in Plain Sight

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society tks Tim Wade

COVID19

Among the Covid sceptics: ‘We are being manipulated, without a shadow of a doubt’

Covid infections in Canada edge closer to US rate

Comparing the COVID-19 vaccines tks Samantha Gayfer

Covid cases, deaths surging around the world as variants spread, vaccination lags

Has the Era of Overzealous Cleaning Finally Come to an End?

Covid-19 linked to depression and dementia, study suggests

Brazil has more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time

New COVID variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global ‘maximum suppression’ tks Efi Haninkes

Tests to be offered twice-weekly to all in England

Covid-19 linked to depression and dementia, study suggests

Global Politics

Populism is merely a symptom. Treatment must target the underlying disease

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Links Rape to ‘Vulgarity’ and How Women Dress tks Soniya Moktan Tamang

Kim Jong-un warns of North Korea crisis similar to deadly 90s famine

Madonna King: Dear Andrew Laming, I’ve written your resignation letter for you

Fox News hires team of disgraced Trump officials to lie to its audience some more

NI riots: Police say 19 officers injured in latest night of violence

Let’s talk about the dudes, dudes tks Phillipa Edwards

US gun violence: Biden takes action on ‘international embarrassment’

Republicans Have Declared War on Coca-Cola and Baseball

Erasing Student Debt Makes Economic Sense. So Why Is It So Hard to Do?

Turnbull pulled from NSW net zero advisory board, after calling for halt to new coal mines tks Willie Wahlin

Greenland election: Opposition win casts doubt on mine

Netanyahu trial: Editor ‘told to drop negative stories about Israel PM’

Jordan’s Prince Hamzah vows to defy ‘house arrest’ orders

Inside Corporate America’s Frantic Response to the Georgia Voting Law

M.L.B. Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia in Response to Voting Law

Business and Technology

A conversation on artificial intelligence and gender bias

IMF forecasts stronger recovery for world economy

Asian holidays on the cards by winter as Australia looks to open other travel bubbles tks  Simone McHugh

Credit Suisse axes bosses and bonuses amid Archegos losses

Help your employees find purpose—or watch them leave

Hoping for a miracle tks Shaun Stenning

The Vaccine Jobs Boom Arrives

Gaetz Paid Accused Sex Trafficker, Who Then Venmo’d Teen

The Dalai Lama on Why Leaders Should Be Mindful, Selfless, and Compassionate

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

What’s in a surname? The female artists lost to history because they got married

Bodies of 12 beheaded white expats are found after ISIS massacre in Mozambique town where British worker was killed in desperate escape bid tks David Lim

Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

Not a plea, a demand: let’s make misogyny history

George Floyd died from lack of oxygen, not fentanyl, says expert

The Wire creator David Simon blasts Piers Morgan as an ‘empty parasite’ and ‘talking head sewage’ in Twitter row over Meghan Markle

Jobless Pattaya elephants begin 500km walk home

Taylor Swift Was ‘Stripped of Her Life’s Work.’ Her Response Was a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence tks Benjamin Jenkins

World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report showed equality 99+ years away tks Sarah Le Breton

Desperate Burmese refugees flee to Thailand and India to escape crisis

Humble heroes risk lives to lead horses trapped in NSW floods to safety

Passion, humour, history

3,000-year-old ‘lost golden city’ of ancient Egypt discovered

Ancient cave painters may have been stoned, study says

Harry Potter cast tragedies as Paul Ritter dies of secret brain tumour

Sri Lanka Mrs World arrested over pageant bust-up

A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics

Rampaging, thirsty lizard terrifies Bangkok 7-Eleven (Video)

Rapper DMX in hospital after heart attack

DMX, American rapper and actor, dies aged 50

Bridgerton fans mourn as Regé-Jean Page’s exit confirmed for second season

Egypt mummies pass through Cairo in ancient rulers’ parade

The Mass Psychosis and the Demons of Dostoevsky – tks Ferenc Nyiro

Let me know what jumped out at you? Feel free to tag me in great content too. I think you know what I’m interested in.

Cheers

Andrea

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