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#55 Weekend reads – what it feels like to be scapegoated

In recent weeks I was part of a community scapegoated. I’m not going to tell you what or why, because the reason it happened is because I can’t speak up against it due to possible negative ramifications, which is why “we” were scapegoated in the first place.

As far as I know, no one has been harmed because of this, but that isn’t always the case.

We’ve seen the terrible assaults inflicted on Asian people around the world, scapegoated due to the pandemic, with cruel and thoughtless politicians making it worse.

More recently, we witnessed the assault on a lady in Singapore, who was of Indian race and we all know the catastrophic situation in India was the reason for this hate crime. It was because she was Indian and therefore, in the abusers mind, I’m sure he saw her as a risk to him!! Terrible.

Please, please, please, do not get caught up in scapegoating any community for any reason, and please stop others doing it too. Smearing an entire race of people during this pandemic has been horrible, but it’s something that has happened throughout human history.

We too willingly accept this narrative too…. all Mexican’s are rapists and all Muslims are bad! Truly, to bring our world back together, we have to acknowledge that this divisive rhetoric is too prevalent, too many believe it, and we all suffer the violence and hatred out the other side – directly and indirectly.

Like I said, I experienced it recently. I didn’t like it at all, but I only got a taste of what it feels like. I have no experience of how truly horrible and violent it can be, and to be honest, I hope I never find out. Let’s do everyone a favour and stop doing it. All groups of people are not the same. Heck we’re not even the same as members of our own family.

If your media, governments, or leaders in your community are pitting you against an “other” and tarnishing them with hate, it’s time to really start questioning that, as well as the leaders motives. Divided we can be controlled, united it’s not so easy.

Your Intro / Friend’s Content

How To Stop Feeling So Stressed my friend Dr. Margie Warrell is a powerhouse. Check out this blog if you are feeling stressed – which wouldn’t be unusual at the moment.

Editorial learnings from an aspiring musician as someone who grew up in a musical family, I really enjoyed reading Howard James piece. It is so spot on!

And I published Employee advocacy – how do I get started? this week, following my guest roles on #SEMRushChat. I hope it’s of value to those struggling to make sense of employee advocacy.

And don’t move on until you think about who you can support right now. Perhaps the World Food Program., UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org, Soi Dog Foundation. I know not everyone is able to do it, but if you can afford to be generous, now is the time to help your fellow human.

If you are interested in feeding those without food in Phuket, we have a #OnePhuket WeBoon account. We’d appreciate any support you can provide.  

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

Antarctica is headed for a climate tipping point by 2060, with catastrophic melting if carbon emissions aren’t cut quickly

Climate change is becoming less a battle of nations than rich vs poor

The Largest Iceberg on Earth Has Just Broken Off of Antarctica

Water so toxic ‘it could burn your eyes’

Corals swap in heat-resistant algae to better cope with global warming

Leonardo DiCaprio Just Pledged $43 Million To Restore The Galápagos Islands

Singapore launches global voluntary carbon exchange and marketplace tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

We found a secret history of megadroughts written in tree rings. The wheatbelt’s future may be drier than we thought

Millions of electric cars are coming. What happens to all the dead batteries?

France is banning any short flight that can be replaced by a train trip

Climate change could make overwinter ‘zombie’ fires more common

From desert to inland sea as 800 billion litres flows into Menindee Lakes

Impact Of Covid-19 On The Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Point: Helium mining lifts off in the Navajo Nation

Move over, Death Valley: These are the two hottest spots on Earth

Opinion: Pandemic reveals a world unprepared for climate crisis

Guest post: Lessons learned from five years of extreme weather ‘rapid attribution’

Greenland ice sheet on brink of major tipping point, says study

Half of emissions cuts will come from future tech, says John Kerry

UK plastic waste being dumped and burned in Turkey, says Greenpeace

Antarctic ice sheet retreat could trigger chain reaction

Climate Change Indicators: Ocean Heat

Climate emissions shrinking the stratosphere, scientists reveal

COVID19

India coronavirus: Tracing a family’s journey to save a life

Border hardliners got their way. Now what?

Covid: Taiwan orders toughest curbs amid infections spike

Why India’s Second Covid-19 Surge Is Much Worse Than Its First

The Pandemic Has Split in Two

Global Politics

Israel-Palestinian conflict: False and misleading claims fact-checked tks Steve Johnson

Man Vying For Cheney’s House Seat Impregnated 14-Year-Old Girl When He Was 18, Compares It to ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Israel-Gaza: Israel and Palestinians claim victory after ceasefire

US-Australia alliance on China shows it’s best to go early, go hard

Melbourne should fuck Murdoch off out of town

When it comes to media reporting on Israel-Palestine, there is nowhere to hide

Trump slams ‘wayward’ Republicans for Capitol riot vote

China’s media mouthpiece doubles down on threat of ‘missiles’ being launched at Australia

How Israel’s Iron Dome missile shield works

Israel Gaza conflict: Netanyahu says strikes to ‘continue at full force’

Business and Technology

Jeff Bezos’ $500 million ‘SUPER YATCH’ IS Sickening  

Global Billionaire Wealth Surges $4 Trillion Over Pandemic

Research findings that are probably wrong cited far more than robust ones, study finds

When we return to work, it’s nomadic or nothing  tks Kevin Cottam

Australians Took Over Hollywood. Their Own Box Office Had to Wait.

The hidden perils of unresolved grief

‘Follow Your Passion’ Is The Worst Career Advice—Here’s Why

She is the Guarded Widow Inheriting $90 Billion Banking Empire

Tesla Drivers Test Autopilot’s Limits, Attracting Audiences—and Safety Concerns

‘Cryptocrash’ trends on Twitter as plunge in bitcoin leads to dark humor and mockery

Asia: The highway of value for global logistics

100-yea-old Tesla invention is useful in ways we hadn’t realised, scientist say

Knitting a road with stones and string

Is the dream over? Amid China’s trade war, producers grapple with new world order

Inaugural Global Forum on Economic Recovery  

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

‘You dig very deep to get here’: Becoming a first-time mother after 50

Amazon shuts US construction site as nooses found

PIP implant victims ‘elated’ by compensation win

BBC’s deceit over Diana interview worsened my parents’ relationship – William

Joe Rogan criticized, mocked after saying straight white men are silenced by ‘woke’ culture

At Miss Universe pageant, Myanmar’s contestant pleads ‘our people are dying’ 

The case for giving – why it’s time the wealthy did the right thing

Sex, schoolkids and where it all goes wrong tks Phillipa Edwards

Aged 10, he was found on Fortnite and groomed on Snapchat, and he’s not alone

Anxiety When There’s a Lot to Be Anxious About

In defence of Keanu: humanity’s gentle emissary, who never claimed to be a great actor

Suicides rise in Thailand as Covid decimates its tourism industry tks Stephanie Costa

Passion, humour, history

Hidden Inscriptions Discovered in Anne Boleyn’s Execution Prayer Book

Friends: 7 things the trailer reveals about the reunion                                                

36,400 BC: The Historical time of the Zep Tepi Theory

Daniela Elser: Photo of Meghan Markle holding a Kate magazine cover exposes fibs

New study proves absence really does make the heart grow fonder

Researchers Uncovered a 5,000-Year-Old Crystal Dagger Buried in Spain

Beaver’s teeth ‘used to carve the oldest wooden statue in the world’

Did Descendants of Cleopatra VII Survive and Produce the Legendary Queen Zenobia of Palmyra?

The TV shows that reveal the real France

Rumi’s most Powerful Poem on Welcoming our Emotions.

Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around

Paulina Porizkova, Full-Frontal Emotion

A New Look at a Wicked Emperor

Archaeologists find largest-ever Mayan complex hiding in plain sight

Pythagoras the Hermit: the Pythagoras Cave on Samos

This Is What Happens When a Submarine Hits An Underwater Mountain

Let me know if anything jumped out at you?

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Andrea

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