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'People don't see the damage on a day-to-day basis' - Felicity Mahoney #Shorts #SaveOurOcean



Felicity Mahoney explains that people are less likely to notice damage to the oceans as they don't see it on a day-to-day basis. The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. Currently made up of 193 Member States, the UN and its work are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. The UN has evolved over the years to keep pace with a rapidly changing world. But one thing has stayed the same: it remains the one place on Earth where all the world’s nations can gather together, discuss common problems, and find shared solutions that benefit all of humanity. #UnitedNations


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Young Beirut Journalist: Lynn’s Digital Dialogue - 'AI-assisted Digital Dialogue' | United Nations



“Lynn’s Digital Dialogue” is the story of a young journalist from Beirut who participates in UNSCOL’s digital dialogue with Lebanese youth in May 2022. In May 2022, the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (UN DPPA) Innovation Cell supported the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Ms. Joanna Wronecka, and the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) in launching an artificial intelligence-enabled digital dialogue with Lebanese youth. Using cutting-edge AI technology, the digital dialogue provided a safe and secure space for Lebanese youth to anonymously share their thoughts, concerns and aspirations ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections. “Lynn’s Digital Dialogue” is the story of Lynn Mousa, a young journalist from Beirut who participates in the digital dialogue. In this short documentary, Lynn discusses why youth voices are essential and how technology can create opportunities for citizens to meaningfully engage in political discourse. Learn More: https://dppa.un.org/en/innovation https://futuringpeace.org/ ------------- In January 2020, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs launched the Innovation Cell, an interdisciplinary team dedicated to helping the Department and its field presences to understand and explore, pilot, and scale new technologies, tools, and practices in conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding. Responding to the Secretary-General’s call on the UN system to accelerate its uptake of innovative methods, the Innovation Cell catalyses innovation in peace and security, while providing a forum for colleagues at UNHQ and in the field to engage collaboratively in human-centred design and problem-solving.


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Coach D EXPOSES idiotic MAGA propaganda about Jan 6 Committee



Meidas Contributor Coach D exposes the insanity of right wing fascist nutcases who claim the January 6 Committee has a partisan agenda. This is asinine. First, the January 6 Committee has two actual conservatives on it with Republican Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. Second, almost every witness has been a Republican or a Republican who worked directly for Trump. The fact that Trump decides who is a RINO and his MAGA cult falls in line demonstrates the corrosive nature of GOP that is now owned by MAGA. Donate to MeidasTouch: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/meidastouch Buy MeidasTouch Merch: https://store.meidastouch.com Follow MeidasTouch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Facebook: https://facebook.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Instagram: https://instagram.com/meidastouch


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GOP candidates give HUMILIATING LOL debate performances this week



The GOP is now full MAGA. This is not a “conservative” party. It is a party of insanity, fascism, hate, conspiracy, and stupidity. We have seen the GOP flex its MAGA-ness in Republican debates across the country that would be hilarious if these weren’t actual candidates who could be responsible for making decisions that impact your life. We showcase debates from Arizona and Wyoming to show the pure unfettered insanity of the new MAGA GOP. We want to give a special thanks to The Republican Accountability Project for its supercut of the Wyoming debate and a special thanks to Enda O’Dowd of the Irish Times for her supercut of the Arizona debate. Please make sure to follow and support their works! Donate to MeidasTouch: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/meidastouch Buy MeidasTouch Merch: https://store.meidastouch.com Follow MeidasTouch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Facebook: https://facebook.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Instagram: https://instagram.com/meidastouch


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Texas Paul REACTS to the Christo-Fascist Takeover of America



Texas Paul gives an epic rant on how the prevailing ideology of the GOP appears to be Christo-fascism. The GOP thought they could pander to and control this element of the political party but have now become captured and dominated by it. Texas Paul gives examples of other countries that devolved quickly into fascism and the strikingly scary similarities to the United States right now. This is vintage Texas Paul. Donate to MeidasTouch: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/meidastouch Buy MeidasTouch Merch: https://store.meidastouch.com Follow MeidasTouch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Facebook: https://facebook.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Instagram: https://instagram.com/meidastouch


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'People's livelihoods are intimately connected to the ocean' - La Danaa Kanhai #Shorts #SaveOurOcean



Marine biologist La Danaa Kanhai explains how peoples' livelihoods are connected to the ocean in the Caribbean and therefore we must protect it. The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. Currently made up of 193 Member States, the UN and its work are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter. The UN has evolved over the years to keep pace with a rapidly changing world. But one thing has stayed the same: it remains the one place on Earth where all the world’s nations can gather together, discuss common problems, and find shared solutions that benefit all of humanity. #UnitedNations


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"Believe in the Power of Change" Interview with Rebeca Grynspan (UNCTAD) - Awake at Night #shorts



“We don't have to be naive, but we have to believe in change, because change has happened. And we can make it happen again.” - AAN S5-E7 Despite monitoring multiple global crises, Rebeca Grynspan has never lost her faith in the power of change. As Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), she is assessing the impact of the war in Ukraine on cash-strapped countries still reeling from the pandemic. "Rebeca, you recently wrote that we're facing a perfect storm of crises, climate change, the COVID 19 pandemic, and the war in Ukraine. What does that mean?" "It means to lose in one year, 20 years of progress [...] that whatever progress you did in poverty in two decades, you lost it in one year." The trio of crises – climate change, COVID-19, and the war in Ukraine – is setting global development by decades, with vulnerable countries worst affected by global food and energy shortages. In this episode, Rebeca Grynspan reflects on these setbacks, their disproportionate impact on women, and why the world can never give up on the promise of development. More information: https://www.un.org/en/awake-at-night/S5-E7-believe-in-the-power-of-change Screen-shot photo credit: ©UNCTAD/Violaine Martin #shorts


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Former Conservative REVEALS why he left conservatism



What does conservatism mean today in a world where MAGA cultists describe themselves with that label? James Killen, aka DuckDad, who has made a series of viral videos deconstructing his conservatism brilliantly, dissects for MeidasTouch in this video the conservative myths and lies which have resulted in a radical extremist Republican agenda of hate, fear, and gaslighting. Make sure to share this video with anyone you know who claims to be a conservative. Donate to MeidasTouch: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/meidastouch Buy MeidasTouch Merch: https://store.meidastouch.com Follow MeidasTouch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Facebook: https://facebook.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Instagram: https://instagram.com/meidastouch


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Michael Cohen EXPOSES Trump’s playbook following emergency Jan 6 Commitee Hearing



Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen is interviewed about Trump’s “playbook” after the January 6 Commitee Hearing. Michael Cohen explains, “I wrote the playbook.” Cohen explains that Trump will throw any of his advisors under the bus to protect himself and claim plausible deniability. Donate to MeidasTouch: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/meidastouch Buy MeidasTouch Merch: https://store.meidastouch.com Follow MeidasTouch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Facebook: https://facebook.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Instagram: https://instagram.com/meidastouch


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Is Retirement Still Achievable?



Get your first month of Audible absolutely free! Visit https://audible.com/secondthought or text secondthought to 500-500 Let's face it, it's hard enough just to get by these days. Saving for retirement? Now that's a pipe dream for most Americans. Why is that? Are things really that bad? Let's take a look at retirement trends in the United States and see what's behind these worrying developments. Why You'll Never Retire – Second Thought SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://bit.ly/2nFsvTS New video every Friday! Citations and Further Reading: Increase in the age of retirement and typical justifications https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/social-security/articles/the-social-security-retirement-age-increases https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/retirement/planner/agereduction.html https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/retirement/planner/ageincrease.html https://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/IncRetAge.html#:~:text=The%20retirement%20age%20will%20increase,full%20retirement%20benefits%20at%2065. https://www.brookings.edu/testimonies/increasing-the-eligibility-age-for-social-security-pensions/ Estimates of the retirement age in the future https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/03/social-security-retirement-age-reaches-67-some-say-it-may-go-higher.html That Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retirement_age 97% of people depend on social security https://www.cbpp.org/research/social-security/top-ten-facts-about-social-security#:~:text=In%20fact%2C%2097%20percent%20of,people%20at%20all%20earnings%20levels. Social security is the largest source of income for those over 65 https://harpers.org/archive/2014/08/the-end-of-retirement/ Income and life expectancy data https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4866586/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4866586/figure/F1/ Cases of declining life expectancy among the poor https://www.medpagetoday.com/publichealthpolicy/healthpolicy/93695 Pensions go from 40% to 13% of workers covered (some sources go up to 20%, but all show a steep decline) https://www.benefitnews.com/news/early-champions-of-the-401-k-lament-the-revolution-they-started Pensions and 401(k)s, more generally https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/24/how-401k-brought-about-the-death-of-pensions.html 52% of Americans above 55 have no retirement savings https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-19-442r Private equity funds, $230 billion, largest transfer of wealth quote https://www.levernews.com/news-trump-just-fulfilled-his-billionaire/ https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3623820 The Trump 401k policy picked up by Biden https://jacobin.com/2022/02/joe-biden-policy-private-equity-blackstone-retirement-401k https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ebsa/about-ebsa/our-activities/resource-center/information-letters/06-03-2020-supplemental-statement.pdf https://prospect.org/economy/letting-private-equity-billionaires-rob-worker-retirement-funds/ https://www.pionline.com/defined-contribution/dol-letter-intel-ruling-pave-way-private-equity-dc-plans https://news.bloomberglaw.com/in-house-counsel/private-equity-firms-are-winning-the-fight-for-your-401k https://jacobin.com/2022/01/retirement-accounts-401k-hughes-northwestern-university-supreme-court-ruling-wall-street Camperforce https://harpers.org/archive/2014/08/the-end-of-retirement/ Labor militancy and retirement https://aflcio.org/about-us/history Retirement, generally https://jacobin.com/2017/04/retirement-social-security-pensions-welfare-state-workers/ https://jacobin.com/2019/11/retirement-united-states-work-elderly-loneliness https://claudepeppercenter.fsu.edu/neoliberalism-and-the-future-of-retirement-security/ Follow and Support Second Thought! Twitter: https://twitter.com/_SecondThought Patreon: https://patreon.com/secondthought BuyMeACoffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/secondthought CashApp: $JTChapman Watch More Second Thought: Latest Uploads: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6SJktA-ecJR_Fq2hhYVEFS11cf1YzG27 Spaaaaaace!: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6SJktA-ecJQRpqT-hMTTFx8A6VVH3m6v What If...: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6SJktA-ecJRI7VrWf_-mT0z6lrN--Cvi Popular Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6SJktA-ecJRx7ZaO9J04Kbob_u5baHxN About Second Thought: Second Thought is a channel devoted to education and analysis of current events from a Leftist perspective. Welcome! Business Email: secondthoughtchannel@gmail.com


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Texas Paul REACTS to Marjorie Taylor Greene saying women should have no choice after fertilization



Texas Paul responds to a recent press interview given by Marjorie Taylor Greene where she states some of her top priorities if the GOP takes over of Congress will be to outlaw any choice for a women after fertilization and to pardon Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Folks, these are the stakes for this midterm election. The GOP is not satisfied that Roe is overturned, they are coming for you and to enact a radical anti-American agenda. Donate to MeidasTouch: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/meidastouch Buy MeidasTouch Merch: https://store.meidastouch.com Follow MeidasTouch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Facebook: https://facebook.com/meidastouch Follow MeidasTouch on Instagram: https://instagram.com/meidastouch


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'People don't see the damage on a day-to-day basis' - Felicity Mahoney #Shorts #SaveOurOcean

Felicity Mahoney explains that people are less likely to notice damage to the oceans as they don't see it on a day-to-day basis. The ...

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