It’s a time for us all when the knocks just keep on coming and it was another huge week in the news. The spread of Covid19 in Asia continues, with Singapore experiencing a massive setback caused by a privileged few. That always rankles. I am feeling the pain across social media from friends living there. Stay strong my friends, stay strong.
I think most of the rest of Asia has gone through this stage of resignation and disappointment in the weeks prior, and countries like Myanmar are a huge concern. They are lacking in everything and it still baffles me why the Junta thought this was a good time to do what they did? Who, exactly, is winning there?
Of course, the news getting global attention – after the recent heat dome over North America, and across the North of Europe – is the European floods. The big focus has been on beautiful, ancient villages in Germany being washed away, and the human toll that comes with it, as more than 100 are dead, with well over a thousand missing. The rain causing these floods is expected to continue.
I heard Glenn van Zutphen, on MoneyFM 89.3 today, saying the jet streams are changing due to climate change, and that is pushing the rain inland, versus where it usually sits over the seas. I couldn’t find any current news on this, but here’s an article on it from 2018. Future flights will be impacted by a changing jet stream, so worth paying attention to.
I’m expecting next week’s big news to be another heat wave coming up, which is expected to hit the US, and of course, cause more severe wildfires. We have chaos in South Africa and Haiti, famine in Mozambique, Yemen, and Ethiopia and well, the news is brutal. Definitely another huge week in the news.
What can we do? Envision the future we want for the world and fight for it with every bone in our body. Speak up for it with our loudest voices on every platform we have available to us. And vote for it like our life depended on it, because it does.
The most important causes you can donate too right now are any providing food. Starvation is rampart, famine on the rise, and one of the best is the World Food Programme? Such important work and we need to keep these guys working! Other possibilities UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org, Soi Dog Foundation. If you want to help us in Phuket, you can donate to #OnePhuket here.
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
The climate crisis will create two classes: those who can flee, and those who cannot tks Lavinia Thanapathy
Climate Security, Conflict Prevention, and Peacebuilding – worth a read
What to do when climate change feels unstoppable? Tks Robert Kirubi
US heatwave: California and Nevada brace for record-breaking temperatures tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
AT least 59 killed by floods in Germany after record rainfall lashes western Europe
‘Meant to be graphic’: New ad tells Sydneysiders to stay home tks Andrew Psarianos
Business and Technology
How many robots does it take to run a grocery store? Tks Tara Cremin Moody
Podcast – Brené with Simon Sinek on Developing an Infinite Mindset – worth a listen
Why I’m a proud solutionist – tks Shalaka Verma
Elon Musk at 50: the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire went from getting fired from PayPal, and living in his office, to being one of the world’s most successful and controversial tech CEOs tks Chris J Reed
Debunking Elon Musk Pt 1 Tks Rohit Bassi
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Gravitas: Sore losers: England fans turn savage after Euro loss – tks Steve Johnson
I’m always home, I’m uncool – tks Luke Clark
Passion, humour, history
30 years of ‘Point Break’: The making of Keanu Reeves – made me feel a bit old!
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