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#76 Weekend reads – Rupert Murdoch, you old dog

BIG news this week, as Newscorp Australia announced that climate change is actually a thing. You can’t stop progress, right?

Murdoch owned newspapers once warned of a $600 billion cost from cutting emissions, and well now, they’re claiming a $2 trillion benefit from doing the same thing.

So are they finally ready to do the right thing, or is the video below more on point, and it’s about advertising pressure? Well of course it’s still about the dollars, but progress is progress.

However, please do dig into this story. This announcement is not all it appears to be. First it has generated a lot of fury by those who have been fighting for climate action for a very long time, saying Australia has lost more than a decade in the fight against climate change, and Murdoch is a HUGE part of that.

Equally, the greenwashing claims are strong too. The messaging around this announcement is a push for NetZero by 2050, and anyone paying attention knows that the need for action is right now and in this decade. In the climate crisis section below, please read the article in the Guardian, titled, The climate disaster is here.  A very compelling read. Prince Charles did a great interview on the BBC too. Check it out.

Regardless, this announcement does have massive political ramifications, because not only do the climate denying Liberal Government of Australia have to scramble to match their “overlords” message (just in case you don’t know, I do not like Murdoch) this could ripple out where he has even more media power, in the US and UK. It is definitely a story to keep an eye on, but there’s so much more to this than meets the eye.

I’ve bolded some articles below, that I believe require attention. Knowledge is what we need right now. When we know what’s going on, we can be informed and better positioned to create the change we need in the world.

Friend’s content and mine

This Little Girl is Me Lavinia Thanapathy is an inspiring women and a big driver of the campaign around International Day of the Girl Child. Worth a read.

Podcast Episode 101 The Talented Vicki Kiely from VK Performers Studio my friend Vicki Kiely, interviewed by Jay Leshark and Russel D. Russell. Always a little inappropriate, but I love how Vicki expresses her love and passion for life, for nature and the world. And it is about getting out of your comfort zone and being brave.

Podcast the latest Uncommon Courage podcast titled, This Little Girl is Me! Proud to do this with three women who inspire me and who I’m proud to call my friends – Lavinia Thanapathy, Sally Foley-Lewis and the wonderful Kerrie Phipps. Have a listen and understand why the campaign is important, plus listen to ideas and tips to overcome whatever is holding you back.

22 lifestyle changes you can make to contribute to a better world instalment three: spreading the word and mindful travel – the last in a three part series, hoping to inspire everyone to get started with one of these ideas. I have loved doing this with Tim Wade, Michelle Mouille and Susanna Hasenoehrl.

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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

The climate disaster is here

Climate crisis is ‘single biggest health threat facing humanity,’ WHO says, calling on world leaders to act tks Samantha Gayfer

Key to Biden’s Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition

Climate crisis poses ‘serious risks’ to US economy, Biden administration warns

Edge of Extinction: ZERO Delta smelt found in Sept 2021 during CDFW Fall Midwater Trawl Survey

High paracetamol concentration in Jakarta Bay sparks concern over impact on people and environment tks Priscilla Joseph

Rupert Murdoch’s Australia News Outlets to Ease Their Climate Denial

News Corp’s climate campaign is a political development with impact

Queen ‘irritated’ by climate change inaction in COP26 build-up

COP26: China’s Xi Jinping unlikely to attend, UK PM told

WEF’s head of nature and biodiversity: we are using public funds to destroy public goods tks Susanna Hasenoerhl

See how climate change could drown landmarks around the world

Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and others join forces for crossover event

Phuket’s Khai Islands overwhelmed by rubbish

One-fourth of US infrastructure is at risk of floods. These 4 states are in the most peril.

California wildfire may have killed hundreds of giant sequoias, burning through Earth’s largest grove

Russia denies weaponising energy amid Europe gas crisis tks Steve Johnson

The L.A. Times investigation into extreme heat’s deadly toll

The climate disaster is here Earth is already becoming unlivable. Will governments act to stop this disaster from getting worse?

“Unstoppable transition:” Australia can hit 91% renewables by 2030

Divers Find Rebounding Marine Life Around Reopened Phuket tks Natasha Eldred

Prince Charles: I understand climate activists’ anger

Global Light Pollution Has Increased By Up To 400% In The Last 25 Years And It’s Quickly Getting Worse Say Scientists

This is the whitest paint on Earth and it could eliminate need for air conditioning tks Enrico Bratta

How to Reform the Oil Industry From Within

Now, every election is a climate election and every vote, a climate vote

Polar Bears Are Suffering from the Arctic’s Loss of Sea Ice. So Is Scientists’ Ability to Study Them

Deportations of Haitians spark concerns over environmental refugees

UN warns of “catastrophic” climate change failure without more emissions cuts

Elitist, imperialistic – new briefing slams fashion’s sustainability model

News Corp Goes Green – tks Phillipa Edwards


The unvaccinated are at risk as evolution accelerates the covid-19 pandemic  

Vaccinated travellers from abroad, including Canadians with mixed doses, can enter the U.S. starting Nov. 8.

Go Ahead, Take That Vacation—but It May Be Unethical tks Lisa Larson Lee

PM’s reopening order-only the beginning of the end of this cataclysmic crisis for Thai tourism

Covid-19 leaves at least 4.8m dead worldwide – tally

The Pandemic Speaks tks Phillipa Edwards

Covid-19 cases are rising, not falling – CCSA infection numbers called into doubt

What the Future May Hold for the Coronavirus and US

Thailand to open doors to vaccinated travelers from ‘safe countries’ starting November 1

Covid: UK’s early response worst public health failure ever, MPs say

AstraZeneca antibody cocktail study shows success treating COVID-19

One in six most critically ill NHS Covid patients are unvaccinated pregnant women

COVID-19: The Unvaccinated Pose a Risk to the Vaccinated

Getting flu with Covid doubles risk of death, says UK health chief

Big money sandbox hastens reopenings

Why these US workers won’t get jabbed

Global Politics

Sir David Amess: Conservative MP stabbed to death

The most abject failure of leadership in living memory tks Phillipa Edwards

IMF Cuts Global Growth Forecast Amid Supply-Chain Disruptions, Pandemic Pressures

Accelerating Inflation Spreads Through the Economy

Nations must be ‘absolutely vigilant’ about inflation, says IMF

Reactions to landmark global corporate tax deal

Drugs, arms, and terror: A high-profile defector on Kim’s North Korea

No, Australia Is Not Actually an Evil Dictatorship tks Phillipa Edwards

U.S. rejoins U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing Trump-era withdrawal

No House Republican voted to raise the US debt ceiling

Is Trump’s power over Republicans starting to slip?

We Are Republicans. There’s Only One Way to Save Our Party From Pro-Trump Extremists.

Eight of the PM’s most ‘powerful’ quotes tks Phillipa Edwards

Sebastian Kurz: Austrian leader resigns amid corruption inquiry

No choice but to open the economy tks Edgar Toral

Business and Technology

LinkedIn closes down China site

Singaporeans flock to SIA service centre at Ion after news of easing of Covid-19 travel curbs

Apple takes down Quran app in China

Indar Nooyi, Ex- CEO of Pepsi, Thinks Big Business Can Do Better

Facebook is nearing a reputational point of no return

Coal price hits fresh high as mines shut tks Steve Johnson

Why Everything is Suddenly Getting More Expensive — And Why It Won’t Stop tks Robert Kirubi

SPENDING ‘I would strongly recommend against’ buying in bulk right now, says supply chain expert: Here’s why

Call Her Daddy’s Alex Cooper: ‘Not everyone can just do a podcast’

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

The Big Read: Gender equality in Singapore remains elusive amid entrenched attitudes about women’s roles Arishta Khanna

Masten Wanjala: Mob beats Kenyan child serial killer to death – police

Huge rise in domestic abuse cases being dropped in England and Wales

Kongsberg: Five dead in Norway bow and arrow attack

Kongsberg: Bow and arrow attack appears to be terrorism – officials

The war on bodies

Jammu and Kashmir: Killing of civilians sparks militancy fear

Guatemala police free 126 migrants from abandoned container

Nippers training made his kids confident in the water and out. He wondered if he could follow their lead

The Girl Child Movie|| Short Movie

Passion, humour, history

Nike Jordan boss reveals he murdered an 18-year-old in 1965

Man Spends Whole Day Dreading Fun Activity He Signed Up For

School’s out (of the classroom) forever: The very best global schools tks Mireille Barber

Laser vagina menopause therapy shows no benefit in trial

Paul McCartney says John Lennon ‘instigated’ the Beatles’ break-up

Olivier Rousteing: Balmain designer reveals fireplace explosion injuries

‘There is a reason why famous people are often screwed up’: Tim Minchin on quitting comedy

Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!



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