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#91 Weekend reads – fast fashion has to go and we must stop buying it

Greetings from Khao Lak in Thailand! Nice to get away from normality. I want to draw your attention to three articles this week. The first is a startling fast fashion story – TikTokers List Red Flags That Show This $35 Target Crochet Sweater Is Horrifyingly Unethical.

This is not a pretty looking article, but the story is a classicfast fashion and supply chain misery story. It’s about a crochet top or cardigan for sale at Target, priced at $35. Apparently there is no machine on the planet that can make this, so it has to be handmade.

As one commenter says: you cannot make items like this “without sacrificing the wellbeing of people making our clothes.”

The real cost of something like this should be closer to $250 minimum, based on an estimated 17 hours to make it by hand. The maths may not be perfect in the article, but they estimate the person creating this would be paid maximum $1.70, and that’s not per hour.

Fast fashion is an environmental disaster, but it’s also an industry where human abuse is rife. We must stop buying into it. We must demand that the people making our clothes are treated with respect and can live a life of dignity.

If we stop buying it, they’ll stop making it. But we need millions buying into this idea. It is time to respect all life on earth, and within our human population, it is long overdue that we start to care about the people who always suffer the most.

But I didn’t know just doesn’t cut it anymore. We know. Let’s change how we live and stop buying into fast fashion. If it’s cheap, there’s a very good reason for that. Every deal we get creates suffering and environmental devastation. The system needs to change, but so do we.

Two Covid articles worth reading in the Covid section below.

How Covid-19 vaccines succeeded in saving a million US lives, in charts – Vox.

The simple numbers every government should use to fight anti-vaccine misinformation – The Guardian.

In the Vox article, it makes the case that: Compared to vaccinated people, the unvaccinated are 15 times as likely to die from Covid-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Guardian piece, from Australia, changed how the data is presented, because it was being misrepresented by the antivax movement. In the charts you’ll see the results:

  • 3.55 severe outcomes per 100,000 vaccinated people
  • 91.1 severe outcomes per 100,000 unvaccinated people

Let’s get stuck into the news.

Friend’s content and mine

“Operation Boomerang” ​Let Gracefulness Activate Good Karma to Bring Them Back to you – super proud of Avi Liran getting this published in European Business Review, and it’s such an important message. Have a read.

Spirituality is not about Superpowers – Yana Fry is doing amazing work in the spiritual realm. This is a really important message about ego.

SPARK your self-leadership – a guide to becoming your best self, which always starts within – a podcast with the amazing Sally Foley-Lewis. An incredibly important message for everyone.

Donation time

If everyone gave #just10percent of their time, talent, money or voice, we’ll change the world. Can you donate? Make it a regular donation to the World Food Programme. Donate to the UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , , Soi Dog Foundation.  It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.

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

Last refuges for coral reefs to disappear above 1.5C of global warming, study finds

Two thirds of life in the seabed is unknown to science

Satellites have detected massive gas leaks : NPR

Can a fusion dislocation be good for us?

Divesting works: Study finds ditching fossil stocks lowers corporate footprints

Net-zero claims of world’s 25 biggest corporations lack integrity: study

Corporate Climate Responsibility Monitor 2022

Koalas: Australia lists marsupial as endangered species

TikTokers List Red Flags That Show This $35 Target Crochet Sweater Is Horrifyingly Unethical

Is the corporate race to net zero just hot air?

Neil Young Tells Spotify Workers to Quit Their Jobs

Ambani’s 75 Billion Plan Aims to Make India a Hydrogen Hub tks Laura Ashton

Sniffing out the best palm oil free locally made products – for you and the planet.

A day in the life of a K’gari (Fraser Island) dingo

‘Big Oil’ board members face hot seat over climate ‘deception’

Recycled bulletproof vests may boost the range of electric cars 5-fold, and extend battery life to 10 years

Every S’pore household to get a free recycling bin, distribution starts in 2nd half of 2022 tks Evelyn Lee

To Be Serious About Climate Change, the Pentagon Must Reduce Its Contribution

Lawmakers Ask Biden To Make Sure DOD Follows Climate Rules


The 1918 flu didn’t end in 1918. Here’s what its third year can teach us.

Risk of new heart problems jumps after COVID; mRNA shot side effects no different for cancer patients

The extraordinary success of Covid-19 vaccines, in two charts

The simple numbers every government should use to fight anti-vaccine misinformation

Indian scientists claim to have designed a universal vaccine that can be effective against all variants of the coronavirus tks Teressa Bayes

Austria’s sweeping Covid vaccine mandate is becoming law.

Alzheimer’s-like changes found in COVID patients’ brains; flu shot, mRNA booster safe together

Global politics

Sinn Féin and the re-greening of Ireland

EU leaders attempt to dodge Putin’s divide and rule tactics tks Damian Corbett

Some records sent to Jan. 6 committee were torn up, taped back together — mirroring a Trump habit

Government shelves religious freedom bill indefinitely, leaving election promise hanging in uncertainty

Ambassador Bridge: Canada court orders end to trucker blockade

Dutch reporter on-air incident was isolated case, says IOC

Cressida Dick to step down as Metropolitan Police chief

The ‘but Hillary’s emails’ crowd goes silent about Trump’s document destruction

Scuttling the religion package shows where priorities lay all along tks Willie Wahlin

Biden is threatening Putin with personal sanctions over Ukraine.

The hacker, who goes by the handle P4x, managed to bring North Korea’s tightly walled-off internet to its knees over the last few weeks

Lt. Col. Vindman Sues Don Jr., Giuliani, and Others, Alleging A Conspiracy of Witness Intimidation

Business and technology

Rapid Inflation Stokes Unease From Wall Street to Washington

China-born audio networking app Tiya sets up Singapore headquarters

A solar storm killed a bunch of Starlink satellites that SpaceX launched into orbit last week.

Facebook Threatens to Pull Out of Europe, Europe Says “Please Do”

Major breakthrough on nuclear fusion energy tks Tom Radford


Meta says it could shut down Facebook and Instagram in Europe

Meta moves to tackle creepy behaviour in virtual reality

CNN’s collapse is now complete

‘Impossible’ material is twice as strong as steel and as light as plastic – and could transform phones and cars

Why Ikea Is Suddenly 3D-Printing Meatballs

More global McDonald’s customers are facing french fry shortages as the supply chain continues to face strain

New artificial enamel is harder and more durable than the real thing

The Greatest Monetary Experiment in History tks Robert Kirubi

Social issues and humanity

The death of the department store

The family that froze to death a world away from home

Spotify’s CEO Is Deeply Sorry But Won’t Drop Joe Rogan

Ros Atkins on… Joe Rogan and Spotify

Jon Stewart calls ‘overreaction’ to Joe Rogan, Spotify ‘a mistake’

The reaction to Grace Tame leads to a question: Why are so many of us uncomfortable with the face of an angry woman?

Wheels fall off for motivational speaker tks David Lim

Jerry Harris: Star of Netflix’s Cheer admits child sex abuse

Angelina Jolie makes emotional speech about victims of abuse

Emma Thompson on living in a woman’s body: my daughter thrums with life, my mother is frail – and I’m balanced between

Louis Theroux: I wrestle with amplifying extreme voices

Podcast Update: February 8, 2022

How to escape the cynicism trap tks Kerrie Phipps

CNN Probe Eyes Jeff Zucker’s Ties to Andrew Cuomo

Benedict Cumberbatch Hits Back At ‘P*** Takers’ After Magazine Photo-Shoot Goes Viral

About 19% of Spotify Users Say They’ve Canceled or Plan to Cancel Over Joe Rogan Controversy, Poll Finds. But Will That Exodus Really Happen?

Police tracking down ’Indian gangster’ shooters

Parents and teacher discuss critical race theory and beyond in education panel

India.Arie Shares Alarming Compilation Of Joe Rogan Repeatedly Using The N-Word

Bill Maher defends Whoopi Goldberg, says she ‘should not be canceled’

GenM is making people think about the menopause as never before tks Ann-Katrin Văn Schie

Joe Rogan: Podcast star apologises over past use of racist language

Rayan: Moroccan boy trapped in well for four days dies

When a Major Life Change Upends Your Sense of Self

I’m 57 Years Old And My Father Just Disowned Me For Being Gay

Not everyone is male or female – the growing controversy over sex designation

Thandiwe Newton has issued a tearful apology to “darker-skinned actresses”

Passion, humour, history

Snoop Dogg acquires Death Row Records

Schwarzenegger and Hayek Have Electricity in BMW Super Bowl Ad

Neanderthal extinction not caused by brutal wipe out

New Feature Warns Users When They Might Want To Stop Sticking Noses Where They Don’t Belong

The Golden Goat tks Hayden Rhodes

Watch Meryl Streep’s ‘Breathtaking’ Improv Outtakes From ‘Don’t Look Up’

Scientists entered people’s dreams and got them ‘talking’

And Just Like That: A Postmortem for a Sequel That Was Dead on Arrival

The magic of Disney’s Encanto is more than the catchy song We Don’t Talk About Bruno

St Albans: England’s ‘oldest pub’ Ye Olde Fighting Cocks closes

Julia Roberts and Sean Penn Completely Transform in Starz’ New ‘Gaslit’ Trailer: Watch Now

Cunk on Shakespeare – tks Cymbeline Buhler

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



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