A new UN report explores how to make human civilization safe from destruction – Vox

“Existential security” is the state where we are mostly not facing risks in any given year, or decade, or ideally even century, that have a substantial chance of annihilating civilization. For existential security from nuclear risk, for instance, perhaps we reduce nuclear arsenals to the point where even a full nuclear exchange would not pose a risk of collapsing civilization, something the world made significant progress on as countries slashed nuclear arsenal levels after the Cold War. For existential security from pandemics, we could develop PPE that is comfortable to wear and provides approximately total protection against disease, plus a worldwide system to detect diseases early — ensuring that any catastrophic pandemic would be possible to nip in the bud and protect people from. Source: A new UN report explores how to make human civilization safe from destruction – Vox

Trump Endorsed Michigan House Candidate Is Fine With Women Not Being Able To Vote

Gibbs started a think tank during his time at Stanford University, the Society for the Critique of Feminism. In this organization, the house candidate reportedly argued against women’s right to vote and pushed the belief that “men were smarter than women because they are more likely to “think logically about broad and abstract ideas to deduce a suitable conclusion without relying upon emotional reasoning.” Source: Trump Endorsed Michigan House Candidate Is Fine With Women Not Being Able To Vote

Llanto en el bosque

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A los árboles, a los bosques, a las selvas, a la vida, a nosotros…

No son susurros en el bosque; tampoco es el viento que acaricia las frondas de los árboles. Se oyen suspiros tristes, gritos que el silencio de la muerte apaga y oculta. El bosque llora. Cada árbol se queja al sentir, en su tronco, el filo de la sierra metálica que lo hiere mortalmente, hasta que cae en la tierra que lo nutrió desde que era semilla. Los motores de las sierras se escuchan incontenibles, enmudecen el concierto de la naturaleza y cubren los ríos que pierden su transparencia y pureza al recibir los pedazos de cortezas que acreditan un crimen más en perjuicio de la humanidad, del mundo, de la vida. Los árboles son talados en los bosques, en las selvas, como si se tratara…

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Please Watch Ken Burns’ “The U.S. and the Holocaust”

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I watched the third episode of the latest Ken Burns’ documentary, and I understand why he said it is the most important documentary he ever made.

As history, it is powerful. And it is even more powerful because there are so many echoes of present events in our own country.

In three episodes, we see one of the most cultured countries in the world fall under the spell of a charismatic madman. We see the German people march to his tune, cheer him, fall in line, then become brutes as they carry out his mission to exterminate the Jews of Europe and to capture the Continent.

We see heroic Americans trying to rescue desperate refugees. And we meet the anti-Semites in the State Department who wanted to keep refugees out and leave them to their fate. and we are reminded again and again that the American public did not want…

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Former Executive Director of Mississippi Department of Human Services Pleads Guilty for Conspiring to Defraud the State of Mississippi | OPA | Department of Justice

According to court documents, John Davis, 54, of Jackson, Mississippi, and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained and misused federal funds – including funds from two programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) – for their personal use and benefit. At Davis’s direction, MDHS provided federal funds to two nonprofit organizations and then directed the two nonprofit organizations to fraudulently award contracts to various entities and individuals for social services that were never provided. In addition, Davis caused the nonprofit organizations to disburse full or almost-full payments pursuant to those sham contracts at or near the beginning of the contract periods, regardless of whether any work had been performed and knowing that no significant services would be provided.

Davis pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, and one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 2, 2023, and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the conspiracy count and 10 years in prison for the theft concerning programs receiving federal funds count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Source: Former Executive Director of Mississippi Department of Human Services Pleads Guilty for Conspiring to Defraud the State of Mississippi | OPA | Department of Justice

Article: Romanian Migration to Spain: Explaining a.. | migrationpolicy.org

The largest origin countries for immigrants in Spain are mostly regional neighbors, states with historical ties, or Latin American nations where the Spanish language dominates. But the second largest national-origin group, with just over 550,000 individuals as of 2021, are Romanians. In fact, Romanians have represented one of the top three foreign-born populations in Spain since 2005, and as of 2020 Spain has hosted the third largest population of Romanian emigrants globally, trailing only Italy and Germany. Yet Spain’s Romanian immigrant population is relatively new and ballooned from only around 2,000 people as of 1990. Source: Article: Romanian Migration to Spain: Explaining a.. | migrationpolicy.org

Pro-Age Flamenco + AIDS + Iran + Books + Pod: M. Alfieri on Story

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Titling over photo of Flamenco dancers Elisabeth Fruth and Alina Coman Coman-Rodriguez.
Flamenco is fierce at any age: Elisabeth Fruth, left, with Alina Coman Coman-Rodriguez. Photo: Justine Grover, owner of Naranjita Flamenco school.


Click H-E-R-E for my new podcast page at AnchorFM. This week’s episode is “Discovery + Connection in Stories by Maria Alfieri.”

At the Happiness Between Tails podcast page,you’ll also find links to subscribe, hear, and share it via most any platform, fromSpotify andApple Podcasts,toGoogle Podcastsand Pocket Casts,along withRadioPublicand Castbox andStitcherand more, plus anRSS feed. The full list of 50+ places is at LinkTree.

Fiction writing, from short stories to novels, is woefully underrated. When people ask me about my writing, I ask if they like reading. Eyes bright, they answer that of course they do. Argh, then they list their fave non-fiction titles. Any discussion of fiction elicits sighs about their…

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