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Andrea T Edwards

#139 Weekend reads – the media have learned NOTHING in the past few years

The Donald Trump Show in the media this week has been beyond ridiculous. He was never required to go to NYC, as the arraignment was offered over Zoom, but why miss an opportunity to put on a show, right?

The media coverage – constant, unrelenting, and a whole lot of nothingness – was appalling. There was literally nothing to see. Trump’s jet takes off from Florida. It lands in NYC. His convoy drives through the streets. Marjorie Taylor Green is bat-shit crazy. His kids are revolting human beings. And MTG plus his two adult sons share a photo of the judge’s daughter on social media…. which is illegal and appalling.

The only piece of coverage worth seeing was the door smacking him in the face.  

But what about the media – what the hell are they thinking? Seriously? Wall to wall media coverage is what got him elected as President in the first place, and here they are, giving it to him again? If you went to any of your favorite news apps this week, the top five stories (minimum) were all different angles to the Trump Show.

In fact, if you want to see a very interesting perspective, I can wholeheartedly recommend Mary L Trump on Twitter. She is taking no prisoners.

Because there’s nothing else going on that’s important, right? Ocean temperatures are off the charts and El Nino hasn’t even kicked in yet. People are dropping dead from heat stroke across India, Thailand and beyond (it’s so hot right now!). Deforestation is hitting record numbers in Indonesia, again. CFCs are back in the atmosphere at record levels (remember CFCs which caused the Ozone hole). California’s farms are under water and will cause massive food shortages as global famine starts knocking on our doors. Forever chemicals are impacting women’s ability to get pregnant. And on I could go.

None of this is important, it seems. Just the Show. Donald Trump is the ultimate shiny thing, and boy we love shiny things.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that for many people, this is an important moment. Seeing Trump get what he deserves is vindication for all the chaos he’s created since 2016. He did a lot of harm to America and the world, so this moment is important to many people. BUT we know how he uses and abuses the media. We also know that this level of media coverage could put him back in the Oval Office, and boy, we don’t need that. We really don’t.  

I wonder when we will wake up. I wonder when the media will wake up, because boy they better soon, or we’re all completely screwed.

IMPORTANT news below, with a tiny smattering of the Show. I couldn’t ignore it completely.

Friend’s content and mine

Crossing the Bay of Bengal – do you want to meet true legends? Then read this summary of Grant Rawlinson and Luke Richmond crossing the Bay of Bengal with human power. Gruelling, hard, impossible, and man, what a feat. This is what heroes look like.

How to reduce our clothing consumption and its environmental impact – wonderful piece from Nathalie Ricaud, full of great tips to reduce our clothing consumption. Pick a couple of ideas and get going.  

An opinion piece about opinion pieces that don’t have an opinion – great article from Robin Hicks. It appears PR people are still doing the same old mistakes!

How much waste would 5.57 million tourists create?

In the first quarter of 2023, Thailand welcomed 5.57 million tourists – which is awesome for the economy. But how awesome is it for the environment? I decided to do the maths.

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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

Jonathan Pie meets Prof Haigh| Climate Science Translated (awesome)

The oceans just reached their hottest temperature on record as El Niño looms. Here are 6 things to watch for

‘Headed off the charts’: world’s ocean surface temperature hits record high

Climate Crisis: The Melting of Arctic Ice Has Reached a Point of No Return; Scientists Are Racing To Preserve The Ice Memory

Decent living for all does not have to cost the Earth

‘Forever chemicals’ linked to infertility in women, study shows

Economist fears ‘end of capitalism’ amid ‘Greedflation’

Even a small increase in pollution raises dementia risk, study shows

Animals are disappearing from forests, with grave consequences for the fight against climate breakdown – new research

‘Slipping through our fingers’: New Zealand scientists distraught at scale of glacier loss

Worst drought on record forces Tunisia to cut off drinking water for seven hours every night

‘Bigger threat than China’: Defence leaders urge release of ‘scary’ climate report

Why Are Nature-Based Solutions on Climate Being Overlooked?

The forgotten oil ads that told us climate change was nothing

Getting real: what would serious climate action look like?

Palm oil deforestation hits record high in Sumatra’s ‘orangutan capital’

Jacinda Ardern appointed trustee of Prince William’s Earthshot Prize

In Ukraine, Dead Dolphins Tell a Story of Ecocide and Violence

Global Climate Report (IPCC) Accused Of Burying Plant-Based Diet Recommendations: 5 Key Takeaways

Half of glaciers will be gone by 2100 even under Paris 1.5C accord, study finds

Climate Change Is Coming for Big Meat in a Big Way, New FAIRR Report Finds

The Planetary Emergency is a Crisis of Spirituality

London’s ‘dying river’ leaves locals vomiting at the stench and walking by human faeces

Canadians will pay more on carbon pricing than Ottawa gives them in rebates, watchdog says

Centre introduces amendment to forest conservation law; experts say move will destroy forests

Heatwaves spark health fear

EU accused of greenwashing football’s oil and gas sponsors

Superglue can be turned into a recyclable, cheap, oil-free plastic alternative – here’s how

5 “blue forests” that are vital to life on Earth

Threat of hydrogen greenwashing stalks Europe’s net-zero plans

Overshoot: Cognitive obsolescence and the population conundrum

Drone footage shows scale of US tornado wreckage

Sydney’s hottest March on record

The Daily Mail is still promoting climate change denial

A long-dormant lake has reappeared in California, bringing havoc along with it

Solar panels handle heat better when they’re combined with crops

Only 5% of FTSE 100 companies have ‘credible’ climate transition plans, says EY

This Simple Math Problem Could Be the Key to Solving Our Climate Crisis

European private jet pollution doubled in one year

Why Dutch Farmers Turned Their Flag Upside Down

Back to Zero Sorting the world’s waste problem

Why scientists are using the word scary over the climate crisis

Here’s what we know about how climate change is influencing tornadoes

Parisians vote to ban rental e-scooters from French capital by huge margin

You’re Being Lied to About Electric Cars 

When will fuel become unaffordable?

Biggest carbon credit certifier to replace its rainforest offsets scheme

Drought or no drought? California left pondering after record winter deluge

On Primitive Luxuries

Truly ‘Uncharted Territory.’

Nigel Lawson, Founder of Tufton St. Climate Denial Group, Quits Parliament

Daily Sea Surface Temperature

Austria glaciers retreat ‘more than ever’: measurement

Cyclone Freddy dumped six months’ rain in six days in Malawi

‘Trollbots’ Swarm Twitter with Attacks on Climate Science Ahead of UN Summit

Center for The Advancement of the Steady State Economy

Gulf offshore oil and gas production has double the climate impact as inventories report

‘This shouldn’t be happening’: levels of banned CFCs rising

Carbon dioxide removal is not a current climate solution — we need to change the narrative

Plastic wet wipes ban planned in England to tackle pollution

Wheat Spread Hits Record As Drought Plagues Midwest

Catalonia in grip of worst drought in decades

Senators Reintroduce Landmark Wildlife Conservation Bill

Apple walks away from Twiggy’s huge Queensland wind farm

A Fossil Fuel Economy Requires 535x More Mining Than a Clean Energy Economy

Climate Science Needs to Take Risk Assessment Much More Seriously

Ice sheets can collapse at 600 metres a day, far faster than feared, study finds

$1 Trillion to Protect Biodiversity is Cheaper Than the Cost of Inaction

UN Asks International Court Of Justice For Advisory Opinion On Climate Change

How the climate movement learned to win in Washington

Elusive Billionaire Bets Against Europe’s Green Plans—And Mints a Fortune

Zara, lies and Fashion’s big new row

See Stunning Photos of How Climate Change Is Altering Our World

NASA Space Mission Takes Stock of Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Countries

Why the IPCC’s Latest Report Should Spur a Rush to Adapt

Greenhouse gas emissions rose at ‘alarming’ rate last year, US data shows

Mark Carney: Climate crisis deaths ‘will be worse than Covid’

‘Untold human suffering’: 11,000 scientists from 153 countries warn of ‘climate crisis’

Disbelief at government’s “massive bet” on climate change | James O’Brien on LBC

Global politics

Nicola Sturgeon resignation: online rumours played a part, says ex-SNP leader

Sanna Marin defeated by Finland’s conservatives in tight race

Bulgarians go to the polls to vote in the fifth general election in two years

Argentina inflation soars past 100% mark

‘A new era begins’ as Finland becomes NATO’s newest member

Macron vies to stop China switching to ‘war camp’ on Ukraine

Russia assumes UN Security Council presidency despite Ukrainian anger tks David Ko

‘He’s a war criminal’: Elite Putin security officer defects

‘My country has fallen out of time’: Russian author Mikhail Shishkin’s letter to an unknown Ukrainian

Darya Trepova: Russia releases video of suspect in cafe killing of Vladlen Tatarsky

Vladlen Tatarsky: Killing of pro-Kremlin blogger investigated as murder

The cost of the Ukraine war for one Russian regiment

Putin, Trump, Ukraine: how Timothy Snyder became the leading interpreter of our dark times

Putin Presses the Nuclear Nerve Again

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Caught Receiving Luxurious Gifts From Republican

Momentum Builds to Reappoint 2 Tennessee House Democrats After Expulsion

Robert F Kennedy Jr to challenge Biden for White House

Steve Bannon spent “months” recruiting anti-vaxxer RFK Jr. to run against Biden as “chaos agent”

Judge Luttig Has a Warning for America

‘Wow’: Lesley Stahl Left Nearly Speechless By Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Remark on Biden and Pedophiles

Florida Bill Would Ban Menstrual Education for Young Girls

Tennessee House moves to expel 3 Democrats after gun protest

How Biden Is Using Federal Power to Liberate Localities  

Biden administration blames chaotic Afghan pull-out on Trump

Kushner Firm Got Hundreds of Millions From 2 Persian Gulf Nations

How Disney’s lawyers brutally mauled DeSantis over control of Disney World

Trump’s indictment is sending shockwaves across the political landscape

Trump and Fox News, Twin Titans of Politics, Hit With Back-to-Back Rebukes

The Observer view: Donald Trump deserves to face the full force of justice

Donald Trump’s historic court appearance in 77 seconds

Knee-jerk rejection to Trump indictment says more about the GOP than the case tks Frank Roberts

Anger and anxiety – inside pro-Trump online networks   

Jon Stewart: This is why Trump became popular in the first place

Business and technology

McDonald’s closes US offices ahead of corporate job cuts Published

Virgin Orbit: Richard Branson’s rocket firm files for bankruptcy

Inviting serendipity to your life | John Hagel

Social issues

The War on Love

How do I stop my mother giving me stuff I don’t want?

Two Iranian women arrested for not covering hair after man attacks them with yoghurt

Spanish bishops deliver six volumes of information on sex abuse cases to ombudsman

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio testifies in money laundering and bribery trial

Five countries that are safer for women

The daughter who fled North Korea to find her mother

Spanish TV star Ana Obregón reveals surrogate baby is her late son’s                                                                                              

Sharing Space – Episode 1: Daniel Radcliffe

Passion, humour, history

Deepest ever fish caught on camera off Japan

Coronation invitations issued by King Charles and ‘Queen Camilla’

South Africa snake on plane: Deadly cobra in cockpit forces emergency landing

Serendipity: creativity through happy accidents 

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



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