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Andrea T Edwards

#131 Weekend reads – devastation and where to donate

Like everyone, I have been glued to the news about the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Because it happened at 4am local time, most people were still in bed, which meant the early numbers would become catastrophic before the week ended. And it did.

Figures are now pushing towards 25,000 deaths, with four times as many injured, and based on the number of collapsed buildings that are still to be cleared, we have to ask – will we exceed 100,000? More? We can do nothing but wait to hear.  

An added burden in this catastrophe are the freezing conditions, which are a HUGE factor in the rescue efforts, as well as the intense challenge of getting rescue workers or aid on the ground due to poor/destroyed infrastructure, or the fact Syria is a war zone with completely broken infrastructure.

Those who did survive or have been lucky enough to be pulled from the rubble, face even more risks due to these many challenges. Equally, with medical help a fraction of what is required following a catastrophe like this, many more deaths may follow.

The global outpouring of support and donations has shown the beauty of humanity. However, having dealt with catastrophes to a much lesser extent myself, can I encourage everyone to donate to the organisations and charities who are on the ground and can get what is needed to the front line urgently?

I know it feels amazing shopping for bedding or sorting through second hand winter coats and clothes at home, but the reality is, those who can do the most right now – when time is so critical – need immediate funding to do the work that is necessary.

So much is wasted in these moments of charity, and truly, the best support we can offer – if we can afford it – is financial aid to the organisations ready to do the hard work required to help all impacted, today and into the future.

To give you a flavor of where you can support financially, here’s a list, including some that recommend different charities to support.

Save the Children

Red Cross

International Committee of the Red Cross

Syrian American Medical Society


Doctors without Borders

International Medical Corps

International Rescue Committee  

Global Giving

Charity Navigator

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Charity Watch and the charities it recommends

Let’s do all we can to help our fellow humans, in Turkey and Syria and around the world.

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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.

Turkey and Syria earthquake

Millions Suffer Cold and Grief After Catastrophic Quake, Awaiting Help

BBC sees children dig through rubble

‘As soon as he looked at me, I started crying’

Freezing weather adds to despair as quake toll passes 21,000

No More Antakya: Turks Say Quake Wiped Out A City and A Civilization

Ceyda was 19 when the quake buried her building – the tragic story of a lost community The eyewitnesses who captured the quake on social media

Dramatic moments from first quake on video

TV crew flee live broadcast as second quake hits

After the Quake: Scenes From Turkey and Syria

Turkey earthquake death toll prompts questions over building standards

‘The hospital was collapsing with my son inside’

Newborn baby pulled from collapsed building

Bodies found in search for volleyball team

Climate crisis

Antarctica’s Collapse Could Begin Even Sooner Than Anticipated

Scientists Studying Earth’s Trees Issue Stark Warning to Humanity

There May Not Be Enough Food For Everyone in 2023

The Coming Crisis: Water, Not Oil: Interviews with Terry Gross

Cyclone Gabrielle: New Zealand braces for storm after record floods

Is There an Off-Ramp for Civilization?

Climate Model Summary, Bureau of Meteorology

Where is the next Einstein? Where is the next Einstein?

Palm oil is actually not that bad (anymore)

Exxon smashes Western oil majors’ profits with $56 billion in 2022

BP scales back climate targets as profits hit record

Farming, pharmaceutical and health pollution fuelling rise in superbugs, UN warns

Bird flu outlook is ‘grim’ as new wave of the virus heads for Britain

Garden pesticides are contributing to British songbird decline, study finds

‘Vampiric overconsumption’ and ‘monster profits’: UN chief on the top climate concerns of 2023

HS2 Ltd miscalculating impact on nature – Wildlife Trusts

The Direct Political Actions Needed to Save Humanity From An Imminent Climate Change-Driven Extinction

Antarctica Hasn’t Warmed In 70 Years Despite CO2 Rise, Stumping Scientists

We’re taking Shell’s Board of Directors to court

Global politics

U.S. shoots down suspected Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean tks Evelyn Lee

President Biden says balloon was not a major security breach

State of the Union: How Brandon Tsay is shouldering the spotlight

State of the Union 2023: Biden urges Congress to finish economic fightback

The Legal Decision That Could Rewrite the Abortion Battle—Again

Man held after US congresswoman pours hot coffee on assailant

The Victory of ‘Perception Management’

The Trauma of 2016 (spy scandal, part 2)

Year Two of the Ukraine War Is Going to Get Scary

Business and technology

World Economic Forum: Top tips on leadership in 2023 – from Meet the Leader

Colombian judge uses ChatGPT in ruling

Google targets low-income US women with ads for anti-abortion pregnancy centers, study shows

This Change Is How You Know Elon Musk’s Twitter Experiment Has Already Failed

Report: Elon Musk Fired Engineer Over His Declining Popularity

‘We’re going through a big revolution’: how AI is de-ageing stars on screen

ChatGPT: The friendly face of your AI replacement tks Warwick Merry

I tried using ChatGPT to write this article tks Tim Wade

TechScape: Why Twitter ending free access to its APIs should be a ‘wake-up call’

The New AI Wars Begin As Microsoft Announces ChatGPT Integration With Bing And Edge

Bot the difference: AI and the future of search The Economist Podcasts

ChatGPT and the Future of Business Education. tks Grant Bosnick

Thailand’s first ever seaplane airline to launch this summer

Zoom’s CEO will take a $10,000 salary this year, a 98% pay cut, after laying off 1,300 workers because of ‘mistakes’ he made growing the company

One in 20 jobs to go at News Corp as earnings plunge 30pc

‘Surprise’ in Canada as NYC buses migrants to border

Social issues

China seeks ‘bold’ steps to lift birth rate

Why Is the U.K.’s Free Healthcare Service Falling Apart?

Emma Thompson Takes On Ian McKellen’s Intimacy Coordinator Comments

Why Everyone Freaked Out About Madonna’s Face at the Grammys

“Roadrunner” Review: The Haunting Afterlife of Anthony Bourdain in a New Documentary

Private schools are poaching teachers from the public sector with better salaries, principals say tks Claire Kielty

‘Daily Show’ Host D.L. Hughley Torches Tucker Carlson With A New Nickname

Kim Kardashian’s Harvard Business School lecture made the internet lose its mind

Former Playmate Karissa Shannon Says Sex With Hugh Hefner Was ‘Like Rape’

Rapist ex-policeman David Carrick jailed for minimum of 30 years

Disney removes Simpsons ‘forced labour’ episode in Hong Kong

Consumers Are Starting to Freak Out The Journal Podcast

Super Soul Special: Bryan Stevenson: The Power of Mercy and Forgiveness Oprah’s Super Soul Podcast

The Police Unit That Was Supposed to Keep Memphis Safe The Daily Podcast

What’s the worst human invention ever made? – 17 strong contenders

Andrew Tate: Inside the Romanian town where brothers’ empire began

The Christian Right Is Having a Meltdown Over the ‘Satanic’ Grammys tks Patrice Robinet

Scientists Worried Humankind Will Descend Into Chaos If We Ever Discover An Alien Signal

Passion, humour, history

Prehistoric artifacts found at Miami condo construction site

YouTube’s ‘Penis Enlargement’ Grifter Suffers Bloody Death in Thailand tks Frank Roberts

This pigeon sitting on a wing at take-off takes a comically unexpected turn

Grammys 2023: The ceremony in pictures

Ben Affleck’s Grumpy Grammy Face Is Easily Explained

Scientists Found A Dinosaur’s Face, complete with its Skin

Fawlty Towers: John Cleese to revive series with daughter Camilla

Orca mothers make ‘lifelong sacrifice’ for sons

Burt Bacharach, master of pop songwriting, dies aged 94

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