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#175 Weekend reads – Trump did what? Liz Truss said what?

Lots of shenanigans coming out of the US this week, with Trump launching his new sneakers (interesting piece), however, there’s also social media chatter about the fact Louboutin might have the right to sue him, because the bottom of the shoes are red. The other big story was about an ex-FBI informant who has been charged with lying about the Bidens and all that entails for the GOP – aka unwitting Russian assets.

I’m not even going to put the link here for Liz Truss’s performance in the US this week, but don’t worry, plenty of other crazy stuff going on. Did you know the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are considered children, and that a person could be held liable for accidentally destroying them? That’s certainly set off the fireworks! And in Missouri, a Republican is seeking a lifetime Medicaid ban for women who’ve had abortions. Isn’t the GOP all about less government intrusion into people’s lives?

Moving to Ukraine, where we mark two years since the start of the war, but for Ukrainians, this has been going on for a decade. Out of Russia, we’ve seen a very dignified Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian activist Alexei Navalny, and she has shown up in a very compelling way this week. Watch the video:

Some irony here – a Canadian right-wing family decided to sell everything and move to Russia to escape ‘LGBTQ, trans,’ let’s just say it didn’t go as planned… Worth a read.

Regarding the environment, some crazy stories this week. For example, the weather in the Xinjiang region of China suddenly dropped 45°C, trapping waterfowl in the lake before they could get a chance to fly – yikes!

Other environmental stand-outs: Thawing Arctic permafrost could release radioactive, cancer-causing radon; England’s farms have been drenched and that’s not good for future food security (or the farmers); 1,000 kilometres of the Great Barrier Reef are at risk of bleaching; also in Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin ‘the river has been destroyed’; extreme cold event in BC causes near-total crop failure (stock up on your Canadian wine now); Alberta declares an early start to wildfire season; oh and, every human placenta tested in one new study contained microplastics,

But we’re obviously getting the message, because the two fast fashion giants – Shein and Temu – together send almost 600,000 packages to the US every single day! Come on people, this is a disaster. I saw recently, we have enough clothes on earth right now to dress the next six generations – we don’t need anymore. When will we stop this madness? This story also focuses on supply chain disruptions, and so many other impacts – it really is a bullshit industry.

Oh and if you like Cotton Candy (aka Fairy Floss), you might want to check out the ingredients….

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Please do check out Samantha Gayfer’s really compelling article on building resilience in our kids – we certainly don’t need to focus on this, as there are plenty of opportunities for it to happen in real life. Beautiful read.

Also Neil Moore wrote this piece – Do I Need To Sell Out To Succeed? (Have I Already?) I’ve got to say, this is definitely something I think about a lot and have struggled with.

A little blog on the fact we are NOT ready at all – We are not ready for wet bulb temperatures, and yet it’s here

Plenty more to read or watch, so do click through to the reads at the image below, and a reminder, this platform ( means the articles go back weeks, and potentially months as the year progresses. If you want to see the latest, it’s the first 100 or so added.

Please do let me know what caught your attention? Or share with me what has your attention now? There’s a lot going on, which means none of us can cover everything. Besides, it’s always great to get feedback so I know I’m delivering something of value.



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