The Earth is exhausted – we′re using up its resources faster than it can provide | DW Environment | DW | 01.08.2017

We’ve already used up more resources this year than our planet can regenerate. That’s bad news for our climate and for poorer countries in the Global South, which stand to lose out the most. Anne-Sophie Brändlin reports.

Source: The Earth is exhausted – we′re using up its resources faster than it can provide | DW Environment | DW | 01.08.2017

Alaska trip to attend hepatitis B meeting a first for NT Indigenous health workers – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A group of Indigenous health workers from Galiwinku prepare to head to Alaska to share their stories and hepatitis B treatment methods.

Source: Alaska trip to attend hepatitis B meeting a first for NT Indigenous health workers – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An Encore for the Native Americans Who Shook Up Rock ’n’ Roll – The New York Times

 

“I thought we’d never have that chance again, to make a film that could really cross over. But as it turns out, music is even more powerful than comedy.”Throughout, the film reveals how Native American rhythms and stylings became a part of the larger tapestry of American music. In one scene, the poet and musician Joy Harjo (“Crazy Brave”) explains how the call and response of Muscogee music influenced the evolution of jazz and blues; in another, the singer-songwriter Pura Fe connects the blues guitar and vocal inflections of Charley Patton, who was probably of Choctaw ancestry, with traditional Indian music.

Anti-vaccine protester punches doctor after hotly-contested law gets approved – The Local – Anti-vaccine folks need for control and blame is delusional in the extreme, even if they “believe” they are getting revenge or protecting children.

Meanwhile, Italy’s top court last week ruled against a claim for damages from a father who argued his son’s autism was caused by the polio vaccine, Sabin.The decision by the Court of Cassation upheld earlier verdicts from lower courts in the Campania city of Salerno, ruling out a link between the vaccine and autism.

Source: Anti-vaccine protester punches doctor after hotly-contested law gets approved – The Local

Why the lack of Indian and African faces in Dunkirk matters | Sunny Singh | Opinion | The Guardian

To do so, it erases the Royal Indian Army Services Corp companies, which were not only on the beach, but tasked with transporting supplies over terrain that was inaccessible for the British Expeditionary Force’s motorised transport companies. It also ignores the fact that by 1938, lascars – mostly from South Asia and East Africa – counted for one of four crewmen on British merchant vessels, and thus participated in large numbers in the evacuation.But Nolan’s erasures are not limited to the British. The French army deployed at Dunkirk included soldiers from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and other colonies, and in substantial numbers. Some non-white faces are visible in one crowd scene, but that’s it. The film forgets the racialised pecking order that determined life and death for both British and French colonial troops at Dunkirk and after it.This is important, firstly, because it is a matter of factual accuracy in what purports to be an historical portrayal – and also because it was the colonial troops who were crucial in averting absolute catastrophe for the allies. It is also important because, more than history books and school lessons, popular culture shapes and informs our imagination not only of the past, but of our present and future.

Source: Why the lack of Indian and African faces in Dunkirk matters | Sunny Singh | Opinion | The Guardian

Prankster says he targeted Scaramucci over mental health insult | US news | The Guardian

Excerpts of email conversations purporting to be with members of Trump’s inner circle posted by the hoaxer on Twitter appear to show Eric Trump, Huntsman and Scaramucci all responding to him. The Guardian has not been able to verify the excerpts, but the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckerbee Saunders, said: “We take all cyber-related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further.”Earlier this year, Sinon Reborn raised a question about his hoaxes by running a poll on Twitter that asked: “Do you think everything I post is real? I’m intrigued to know how my pranks are perceived.”The suspected email breaches in Washington compound the embarrassment for the White House after Scaramucci was fired after just 10 days in the job, during which he described Priebus as “a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac” in a phone conversation with a journalist from the New Yorker.Sinon Reborn said on Twitter on Tuesday: “I targeted Scaramucci as I’ve suffered from mental health problems all my life, and he seems to think paranoid schizophrenia is a putdown.” He said he “was in rehab 3 months ago”. But he appeared to be enjoying his moment of fame and said: “Just goes to show. Follow your calling, even if it seems utterly mental and unconventional. Life is fun at times.”He also told the White House: “FYI I won’t be pranking you any longer, point made. I’m just a dude with a iPhone, you need to tighten up IT policy. love xx”

Source: Prankster says he targeted Scaramucci over mental health insult | US news | The Guardian

Republicans try to take cheap phones and broadband away from poor people | Ars Technica – “Truly funny racism – President Bush added cell phones to lifeline service – but GOP race baiters called them Obama phones even though President Obama had nothing to do with the expansion. And GOPers are too dumb to realize that the GOP are the ones who expanded the program – they believe their own lies.”

$9.25 monthly subsidy for mobile service would be eliminated by Republican bill.

Source: Republicans try to take cheap phones and broadband away from poor people | Ars Technica

Palantir: the ‘special ops’ tech giant that wields as much real-world power as Google | World news | The Guardian – “Predictive programs cannot help but build in biases/beliefs of the designers because the designers are either unaware of their biases or believe them to be true..”

Data merely becomes a new way of reinforcing old prejudices. Critics of these analytics argue that from the moment a police officer with the pre-crime mindset that you are a criminal steps out of their patrol car to confront you, your fate has been sealed. In 2013, TechCrunch obtained a leaked report on the use of Palantir by the LA and Chicago police departments. Sgt Peter Jackson of the LAPD was quoted as saying: “Detectives love the type of information [Palantir] provides. They can now do things that we could not do before.” Palantir is immensely secretive. It wields as much real-world power as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, but unlike them, Palantir operates so far under the radar, it is special ops.

Source: Palantir: the ‘special ops’ tech giant that wields as much real-world power as Google | World news | The Guardian