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#114 Weekend reads – a life of service and a complicated legacy

The news that has consumed the world for the last couple of days is, of course, the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Most of the commentary I have read is honouring a person who gave a life of service to her country and the Commonwealth.

But many are not honouring the Queen, because she represents an institution that has done a lot of damage in the world, and of course, that is correct too. From the Indian Subcontinent, across Africa, and to my own country Australia, there are people who can not feel sorrow for the Queen and what she represents. The anger for past actions is still too strong, and I completely understand and respect this view too.

For me, I have always admired the person who was the Queen. I can not imagine what her life was like, but her work ethic and commitment to the idea of the Commonwealth – which is still growing by the way – is something I absolutely respect.

I think it’s important that we allow all feelings to be expressed at this moment, and while it’s uncomfortable to listen to some of them, when we put views out into the world, it starts the conversations necessary to create change.

So, vale to the Queen, and let’s remember her legacy, which was as a deep commitment to the unity of the Commonwealth. If we could follow her lead and create unity globally, we have a chance of dealing with the multiple global crisis’ we face.

Because we have some massive issues facing us. Five tipping points soon to be crossed, massive late ice melt in Greenland, heat records across the world, drought, famine, Pakistan’s struggles, economic collapse, fuel and food poverty, and so much more.

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Content to read


And here’s the content I’ve been reading or watching 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


What is a CARBON FOOTPRINT? How to calculate and reduce it?



World on brink of five ‘disastrous’ climate tipping points, study finds

What Antarctica’s Disintegration Asks of Us

Climate Change Could Worsen Supply Chain Turmoil

Exceeding 1.5°C global warming could trigger multiple climate tipping points

Pollution and climate change upsurge the risk of ‘climate penalty’ Europe’s Energy Crisis Will Be Short-Lived & Reap Benefits

The west is ignoring Pakistan’s super-floods. Heed this warning: tomorrow it will be you

Extreme weather drives European wildfire carbon emissions to record levels

We’re On the Brink of Worldwide Starvation, but Don’t Panic Just Yet

Sea Level Rise Map and Coastal Flood Tool- US and Global

Don’t blame the drought for drying out Doñana

The Degrowth Opportunity

Spain’s Doñana National Park dries up completely

GDP is (almost) everything, and that’s the problem

‘A new way of life’: the Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan

Record Rain overwhelmed city

The Supply Chain to Beat Climate Change Is Already Being Built

New Documentary Urges Sustainable Fashion Movement Not To Leave Animals Out Of The Picture

Late Season Melting in Greenland

Pace of Climate Change Sends Economist Back to Drawing Board

California Leaders Credit Cellphone Alert for Sudden Conservation

Extensive Methane Venting to the Atmosphere from Sediments of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf

It Wasn’t Just Oil Companies Spreading Climate Denial

Traditional owners prepare for court challenge to NT’s largest water licence on Singleton Station

On Climate Change, Republicans Need a Crash Course in Capitalism

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who decried ‘climate alarmism’, to take on UK energy brief

California Endures Worst Days Of Severe, Relentless Heat Wave

‘Doomsday glacier,’ which could raise sea level by several feet, is holding on ‘by its fingernails,’ scientists say

Pakistan’s deadly floods have created a massive 100km-wide inland lake, satellite images show

How to Talk to Conservatives About Climate Change

Surface air temperature for August 2022

Jordan Peterson, the Climate Crisis Deniers’ New Mouthpiece

Every 27.5 million years, the Earth’s heart beats catastrophically

Pakistan tries to avert lake overflow amid floods; UN warns of more misery

Greenland’s Melting Glaciers Spew a Complicated Treasure: Sand

Global fossil fuel subsidies rocket to almost $US700 billion in 2021

The Biotic Pump: How Forests Create Rain


Switzerland’s Glaciers Are Becoming a Front-Row Seat to Climate Destruction

‘Woefully inadequate’ adaptation finance seen stifling developing Asia’s climate response

Three myths about the global energy crisis

EU races to shield industry as Russia gas stoppage shakes markets

Why You Should Be Worried About This Glacier


On the Gulf Coast, a Quiet Hurricane Season (So Far!) Brings Little Relief

The super-rich ‘preppers’ planning to save themselves from the apocalypse

China quake: Deadly tremor rocks Sichuan city in lockdown

France is giving €4,000 to people who trade in their car for an e-bike

Water Crisis in Jackson Is ‘Unacceptable,’ Residents Say

Chinese motorcyclists join Chongqing wildfire battle

The food crisis is about affordability, not availability, says United Nations

UN rapporteur on climate arrives in Bangladesh on first-ever official visit

Zombie ice from Greenland will raise sea level 10 inches tks Samantha Gayfer

The biggest myths about electric vehicles

Capitalism is killing the planet – it’s time to stop buying into our own destruction

‘Greenwashing’: Tree-Planting Schemes Are Just Creating Tree Cemeteries

Odisha launches Rs 763.5 crore cyclone resilient saline embankment project

Disaster officials on flood standby

‘We just want the truth’: British coastal towns fight for answers over mystery sealife deaths

Disease warning as Pakistan flood death toll rises

How to reduce your carbon footprint by 80% | Matthew Tolley | TEDxTelford


Death Valley sets record for hottest Sept. day — and California’s heat wave isn’t over

Prevent tree extinctions or face global ecological catastrophe, scientists warn

‘All I can think about is the sun’: How workers are coping with California’s heat wave

The dominant economic model is destabilising societies. And the planet.  It is time for change.

Beyond doom and gloom: talking climate change with skeptics

Yuval Noah Harari: The Actual Cost of Preventing Climate Breakdown | TED


Global politics


Death of Queen Elizabeth II: The moment history stops

The Silent Sovereign

Obituary: Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II has died

What Happens When Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II Dies?

Opinion: Thai reserves are quickly depleting

Kharkiv offensive: Ukraine enters key town as counter-attack gathers pace

Top Russian Commander of Invading Army Captured by Ukraine

Shock Waves Hit the Global Economy, Posing Grave Risk to Europe

The Nihilism of MAGA World

Liz Truss: New prime minister installs allies in key cabinet roles

Liz Truss: What sort of prime minister will she be?

Liz Truss: Applause and irony as world reacts to new UK PM

Nadine Dorries joins Patel in quitting cabinet after Truss named next PM

Women Are So Fired Up to Vote, I’ve Never Seen Anything Like It

Chris Mason: No honeymoon period for next PM Liz Truss

William Barr defends FBI and justice department over Mar-a-Lago search

How a Record Cash Haul Vanished for Senate Republicans

Donald Trump: What we learned from his rally in Pennsylvania

Pakistan finance minister expects economy to grow more than 3.5% this fiscal year, Bloomberg reports


Business and technology


UK firm takes on Apple iPhone 14 and Elon Musk with satellite phone

Nobel laureate Paul Krugman says the Fed can crush inflation without tanking the economy or causing unemployment to soar

Musk says Twitter whistleblower payment is another reason to scrap merger | Reuters

The Verdict Is in for El Salvador’s Bitcoin Experiment: It Failed

Tragic EY death shows we must do more to improve work culture

Bed Bath & Beyond finance chief falls to his death in NY

Want a company that lasts? Start a bank or a brewery

Michael Burry and Jeremy Grantham have warned an epic stock market crash is underway. Here’s what 5 doomsayers expect to happen next.

Elon Musk told Twitter he now has fresh reasons to walk away from the $44 billion deal after whistleblower complaint

Unemployment just went up. Economists are thrilled.

After 16 Years, Twitter Is Finally Adding Its Most-Requested Feature. This Is Not Going to End Well


Social issues and humanity


Exclusive: Why Melinda French Gates’ Next Act Is What The Future Of Philanthropy Needs

The Art of Putting Your Talent in the Service of the World: The Russian Prince Turned Anarchist and Pioneering Scientist Peter Kropotkin’s Advice to the Young

How not to be a phony: Kierkegaard on the two main ways people lose their true selves

Top honour for Newcastle student Charles Mury who was unable to communicate  tks Yasmine Keating

More Danger Ahead With BA.5: Covid-19 Reinfection Doubles The Risk For Death, Blood Clots, And Lung Damage

The CDC’s Booster Recommendations May Not Provide Optimal Protection

Dugald Jellie on becoming a father later in life

The Status Game – Will Storr You Are Not So Smart – Podcast

A Ring of Empty Pedestals Marks the Lack of Women in Copenhagen’s Public Art

Pope dissolves Knights of Malta leadership, issues new constitution

David Baum on twitter

I’m a psychologist – and I believe we’ve been told devastating lies about mental health

The lasting anguish of moral injury

Canada stabbings: Police hunt suspects after killing spree in Saskatchewan

Passion, humour, history


Jonathan Pie: Welcome to Britain. Everything is Terrible. | NYT Opinion tks Phillipa Edwards


Elton John Dedicates Song To Queen Elizabeth II In 2nd Performance For A Late Royal | HuffPost UK Entertainment

Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous “Brain Scan” Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

John Legend Bet on Himself

Adam Driver, the Original Man

Venice Review: Brendan Fraser Gives a Mournful, Moving Performance in the Excessively Dreary The Whale

Chow Yun Fat, Who Has a Net Worth of About SGD$1 Billion, Reportedly Spends Only $4.50 Daily tks David Lim

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