Midday open thread: Puerto Rico gets medical goods; climate crisis endangers 60% of coffee species
Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Behind the scenes:
What you may have missed on Sunday Kos:
Trump Tower Moscow was a much larger deal, and potential crime, than anyone has realized, by Frank Vyan Walton
How Trump brought about the end of my marriage, by Jen Merrill
Democratic presidential candidates put Puerto Rico back in the media spotlight, by Denise Oliver Velez
More and more Americans believe in climate change. When will lawmakers catch up? by Sher Watts Spooner
Trump didn’t just shut down the government: He’s trying to shut down the very concept of government, by Laurence Lewis
Why they fear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, by Egberto Willies
Trump must never get his wall, by Mark E Andersen
Warren’s ultramillionaire wealth tax and Ocasio-Cortez’s tax hike on high incomes change everything, by Ian Reifowitz
Today, 30,000 pounds of requested medical supplies were unloaded from a 737 at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, and distributed to home care providers and a Federally Qualified Health Center in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. This airlift kicks off a visit this week by President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton to Puerto Rico, where they will host the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network meeting with more than 500 leaders from business, government, and philanthropy to make commitments to support recovery on Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean region.
The 30,000 pounds of requested supplies includes hospital beds, ambulation devices, general primary medical supplies, exam tables, stretchers and more. Accion Social will distribute the equipment to home care providers that service for over 1,000 older adults throughout the 76 municipalities, and to Federally Qualified Health Centers in Hatillo, Arecibo and Utuado that care for over 16,000 patients per year.
— Tris Resists (@TrisResists) January 28, 2019
For Lt. Gen. Richard “Rich” Scobee, losing his father in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger was a personal tragedy he and the families of other members of the crew have shared with the nation for 33 years. […]
On January 28, 1986, Scobee was about to graduate from the Air Force Academy when he joined his mother and the other crew members’ families in Florida to watch his father, mission commander Dick Scobee and six other astronauts blast off aboard Challenger. […]
Seconds after liftoff, “I knew something was wrong immediately,” Scobee recalls. “I looked at my mom and she had figured that out too.”
• For those still not convinced the climate crisis requires aggressive action—coffee is in trouble: An analysis by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London found that nearly two-thirds of120 coffee species known across Africa, Asia and Australasia are threatened with extinction because of climate change, fungal diseases, and the effects of land clearances and deforestation. Coffee plants are very sensitive to temperature changes, and those that belong to the Arabica species—the source of the world’s most popular coffee variety—are most at risk.
Every year the Associazione Ticinese Degli Insegnanti Distoria (ATIS) which translates as the Swiss Association of History Teachers, dedicates the European International Holocaust Remembrance Day or Day of Memory (as it is often referred to in Europe) to a different case of genocide. This year their focus is on Indigenous genocide in North America. […]
The week-long series of events in Switzerland exploring the Native American Holocaust began with a screening and discussion of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee on January 27. The events will be facilitated by Oglala Lakota siblings 19-year-old Nina, and 17-year-old Nolan Berglund of the Minneapolis-based Indigenous Youth Ceremonial Mentoring Society and Dr. Naila Clerici, Professor of History of the Indigenous Peoples of America at the University of Genova in Italy and founder of the non-profit cultural organization, Soconas Incomindios Italy.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Remember when we survived last week? That was awesome. Greg Dworkin totals up damage to Trump, plus Brokaw and Duke University, too. Did Trump cronies leverage the shutdown? Is his border rhetoric coming from on-demand video?