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    Feeling the heat ...

    The world on fire

    (1/2) | DW Documentary



    Enormous fires are destroying forests and communities around the world. Each year, 350 million hectares of forest go up in smoke, the equivalent of six times the size of France. Is there any way to stop it?

    In the US, the fire season now lasts up to two months longer than a generation ago, and the surface burnt annually has multiplied by three. This film sets out on a gripping journey of investigation from Europe to the US, Canada, Brazil and Indonesia to follow the work of a global team of dedicated firefighters, scientists and fire experts as they investigate why our forests are burning and make an unexpected discovery: if we want to save our forests, homes, health and our climate, we need to radically change our attitude towards fire and the way we fight wildfires.
    Aug 20, 2020

    42:26 minutes



    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUo2Vs6id7w





    The world on fire


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    42:26 minutes


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    Whatever it takes to float your boat ...

    This is the $28 million yacht
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    Forced disappearance
    In international human rights law, a forced disappearance occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization, or by a third party with the authorization, support, or acquiescence of a state or political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person's fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection of the law ... More here



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    #facepalm ...

    Planned 9/11 military flyover
    ripped as ‘tone-deaf’ and
    ‘completely tasteless’




    "A planned military flyover in the Big Apple to mark the 9/11 attack of jets crashing into the Twin Towers is being slammed as “tone-deaf” and “completely tasteless.”

    Officials announced late Thursday that an F-18 jet would be flying at 2,500 feet over the Hudson River toward the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge at 3:30 p.m. — hours after other official tributes.

    It was quickly ripped as being the worst possible tribute given the nature of the Sept. 11 airborne terror attacks.

    “Are you out of your mind? Cancel this immediately,” Staten Island Rep. Max Rose demanded on Twitter.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office told the Staten Island Advance that he “wasn’t aware of the flyover.”

    “Frankly it’s inappropriate,” a spokesman told the paper.

    The initial alert from New York City Emergency Management’s Notify NYC sparked a huge backlash on Twitter — with the social media giant’s own vice president of global communications, Brandon Borrman, calling it a “really bad idea, verging on completely tasteless.”

    “We all remember not only the original hijacked planes but also the fighter jets on 09/11. This is literally like tearing open a closed scar until it bleeds again just so you can throw some salt on it,” @nycinoc said.

    Michael Henry called it a “crappy idea,” writing, “Let’s re-create the gut punching memory of a low-flying plane over the harbor.”

    “Could you get any more tone deaf?” @Qasharah asked. “PTSD is real, and this will definitely trigger some people.”

    “Sure. Let’s terrorize New Yorkers on the anniversary of 9/11,” Camille Duran wrote.

    Someone named Kathy D, meanwhile, wrote, “This is the dumbest and most insensitive thing I have ever heard and this year, I have heard a LOT of dumb things.”

    The Navy did not immediately respond to messages about the flyover.

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    A strangely/odd and compelling item ...

    The Real Story of Paris Hilton | This Is Paris Official Documentary


    We thought we knew Paris Hilton. We were wrong. This is the untold true story that shaped the woman, and the iconic character she created.

    1,364,920 views • Premiered Sep 13, 2020

    1:45:11 minutes


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    It's pretty amazing at 24:30 to see Paris with Kim Kardashian and someone wants Paris' photo and they just get right in front of Kim and you can't even see her. Probably the only time I'll see Kim sidelined like that.

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    First came Walmart ... Then Covid 19 ...
    Next the final nail in the coffin for small businesses ...


    "The goal is to creep closer
    to almost everyone in the U.S."


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    And speaking of nailing it ...


    How Would the US Government Handle Discovery of Alien Technology?



    Scientist Lex Fridman researches human-centered artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles at MIT, and studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in his spare time.

    Check out his podcast “Lex Fridman Podcast”, available now on Apple Podcast and YouTube. @Lex Fridman



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    She gone ...

    With high drama surely to come ... "Her dying wish was to not be replaced
    until after the next president is inaugurated in January" ...





    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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    She gone ...

    With high drama surely to come ... "Her dying wish was to not be replaced
    until after the next president is inaugurated in January" ...





    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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    Taiwan: China's next target? | DW Analysis


    Despite China’s increasingly aggressive behaviour both at home and abroad, Beijing’s open threat to take control of Taiwan by force is receiving comparatively little attention – leaving this flourishing liberal democracy uniquely isolated and vulnerable. The threat may be far more imminent than many imagine. According to Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu “the Chinese authoritarian leaders may find Taiwan as a convenient scapegoat. Therefore Taiwan needs to be doubly concerned about a possible Chinese use of force against us.”

    CHAPTERS

    5:09 What is Taiwan?
    16:05 Why China wants Taiwan
    26:25 Scenario 1: Chipping away
    33:10 Scenario 2: Crimea 2.0
    41:18 Scenario 3: Invasion
    49:05 What now?

    In this video DW's Chief International Editor Richard Walker explores the roots of the threat in depth – aided by military and strategy experts from Taiwan, China, the United States and Germany. He charts the dramatic expansion in Beijing’s navy and advanced missile arsenal that is shifting the balance of power against the U.S. in the Pacific. The video examines three possible scenarios: China gradually chipping away at Taiwan’s stability via military and hybrid means; a sudden, Crimea-style annexation of outlying islands; and a full-scale invasion. This final scenario would pose extremely dangerous for global stability. “Everything that happens in this scenario happens under the shadow of a potential nuclear war,” warns Ian Easton, author of “The China Invasion Threat.”

    Adding to Taiwan’s profound vulnerability, there is growing doubt that the any country would come to its aid in the event of Chinese military action – or even have the capability to do so. “Even five years ago, the ability of the United States to come to Taiwan’s defense was greater than it is today,” warns Bonnie Glaser, one of Washington’s top experts on the region. “It has eroded over the last decade. And that is, I think, problematic.”

    In the U.S., Congressman Ted Yoho of the House Foreign Affairs Committee explains his bill that would commit the U.S. to come to Taiwan’s defence, ending the longstanding “strategic ambiguity” that he and some experts see as destabilizing. But could this in itself pose greater dangers? Europe must also take the threat more seriously, argues leading German expert Janka Oertel. “We have not devoted enough energy to these kinds of scenarios. What we lack is a European conversation about what kind of player Europe in the future would like to be in these kinds of scenarios.” m concludes with a passionate plea from Joseph Wu for democracies to end Taiwan’s diplomatic isolation from global bodies like the U.N. and the World Health Organization: “It's not fair to the Taiwanese people.”

    What should the democratic world do to minimize the risk of an open conflict between China and Taiwan?

    Sep 18, 2020

    56:18 minutes


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