Fortnightly Yours. 3/24 2024

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Arresting : striking, eye-catching

Select news from Reuters CNN, CTV and link to the Putin interview.

A1. Kremlin confirms Putin gave interview to ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

A2. UK economy falls into recession, adding to Sunak’s election challenge.

A3. India’s Modi to inaugurate Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple.

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A1. Kremlin confirms Putin gave interview to ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson

On many counts the Tucker Carlson interview with the Russian president was distinct and while the intent here is not to discuss the merit of the interview and the facts thereof in it, it may be mentioned that it is trending and part of the attention it is gaining is stemming from the fact that these are two individuals the world has stopped to hear much from and abruptly So. On their own accord, both are viewed as divisive and now with the recent developments in Russia with the death of Alex Navalny that aspect is only going to accelerate in the case of the President…

The report and link to the interview follows.

https://tuckercarlson.com/the-vladimir-putin-interview/

https://www.reuters.com/world/putin-gave-tucker-carlson-an-interview-because-he-differs-one-sided-media-2024-02-07/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=Daily-Briefing&utm_term=020824&user_email=af2603e1e3c5eebf288ce9c24a857f11a546d2dbf74f2b19db1bc09700f97c06

A2. UK economy falls into recession, adding to Sunak’s election challenge.

Britain’s economy fell into a recession in the second half of 2023, a tough backdrop ahead of this year’s expected election for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who has promised to boost growth. Recent data means Britain joins Japan among the Group of Seven advanced economies in a recession, with Canada yet to report GDP data for the fourth quarter. The recession is likely to be short-lived and shallow by historical standards however for Japan it follows on the footstep of the reports that it has fallen behind to be the fourth largest economy in the world. Britain’s economy has been stagnating for nearly two years. UK GDP contracts 0.3% in Q4 2023, sealing recession. Finance minister Hunt however sees signs of brighter times ahead.

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https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uk-economy-entered-recession-second-half-2023-2024-02-15/

Japan now fourth-largest economy behind U.S., China, Germany | CTV News

A3. India’s Modi to inaugurate Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu temple.

 

The BAPS Hindu Mandir, built on a sprawling 27-acre site in the Abu Dhabi desert, is the city’s first traditional Hindu stone mandir, its pink sandstone columns topped by seven spires representing the number of Sheikhs that rule each of the Emirates.

The grand gesture shows how close the two nations have come in their strategic and economic relations and a significant step in the global inter-religious ties.

While Islam is the official religion of the UAE, Modi’s trip comes on the heels of the recent event of the inauguration of the much-contested Ayodhya temple and hopefully a sign of things to come, if at all, if humanity is able to put their mind over matter and work towards common good and general welfare of the people.

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https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/14/india/india-modi-uae-hindu-temple-intl-hnk/index.html

 

Factual : actually occurring.

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Select news from BBC and NBC and Daze digital.

F1. Climate change: The 1.5C threshold explained.

F2. Global warming is making Greenland greener.

F3. Why is Taylor Swift so popular?

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F1. Climate change: The 1.5C threshold explained.

 

As leaders gather at COP28 in Dubai to discuss the climate crisis and negotiate how the world will address it, check out discussions around one of the most important numbers in climate change: 1.5C. It is a year-long breach of the 1.5C warming limit and it means that by the year 2100, the world’s average surface temperature will have risen to no more than 1.5C (2.7F) warmer than pre-industrial levels.

Even if we did return to temperatures under 1.5C after overshoot, many crucial systems would take centuries to return to a healthy state, including permafrost, sea levels, ice sheets and ocean acidity.

It would also be far more costly to overshoot 1.5C and then go back below the threshold than to avoid crossing it in the first place. Not much discussion is found if human warfare is a culprit and major contributor here, especially considering that 2023 turned out to be the hottest in the recent history.

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Climate change: The 1.5C threshold explained (bbc.com)

F2. Global warming is making Greenland greener.

 

Iceland has no ice and Greenland is all ice we have read, but that may be altered or at least that is the way it is trending as it looks. A study of satellite images found that an estimated 11,000 square miles of Greenland’s ice sheet and glaciers have melted over the past 30 years, giving way to vegetation. Greenland is often considered “ground zero” for the climate crisis because even small shifts in temperature can have outsize impacts across the entire Arctic region — and around the world. Scientists have estimated that if the Greenland ice sheet were to melt completely, it could raise global sea levels by more than 23 feet.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/global-warming-making-greenland-green-rcna138570

F3. Why is Taylor Swift so popular?

Mania and pop culture go hand in hand and the world creates one at various times, as needed – The beetles, Elvis Priestly, Michael Jackson. The magnitude and scale changes and someone appears to have triggered a new stint. Tylor Swift is currently the most listened-to artist on the planet thanks to her legion of devoted superfans. Excepts from the essay here states the following.

“Part of Swift’s genius is her ability to offer personalistic details about her own life in ways that feel nearly universal”. We create attributions based on those perceptions, something called ‘parasocial perception’.”

Read on and see if you can figure it out all.

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 https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/61311/1/why-is-taylor-swift-so-popular-eras-tour-camping-argentina

G1. India farmers march: What are their demands? Why is gov’t blocking roads?

Indian Farmers strike is the thorn in the flesh for Narendra Modi or perhaps that is his Achilles heels. Thousands of farmers on tractors and trucks are marching towards the Indian capital, New Delhi, to push the government to address their demands, including guaranteed prices for their produce and debt waivers. Aside from organisations from Punjab and Haryana, unions from the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are also participating in the march as they demand government intervention to help the ailing agriculture sector, which is central to the country’s food security. There is also a political agenda here as the BJP is gaining upper hand in most states and we see the typical Indian political ploy to align against the ruling party for yet another third front which someone likened to a gathering in a bus stop just as a Bus arrives and departs.

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India farmers march: What are their demands? Why is gov’t blocking roads? | Protests News | Al Jazeera

G2. US Senate passes long delayed $95bn bill for aid to Ukraine and Israel.

In the election year in the USA unison is not the word. The country is increasingly facing polarisation and with more and more contentious issues in the congress and more and more public remonstrations about their government’s commitments to Israel and the general aversion to the funding of the two major wars. At times the tone of the inter – country relationship played out resonates sentiments strait out of the James bond series. The European Union in the meantime finally gave the green light to its own delayed 50-billion-euro. However, one wonders if any of these are coming to any meaningful outcome at all.

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US Senate passes long-delayed $95bn bill for aid to Ukraine and Israel | News | Al Jazeera

G3. Elections in the world of much significance.

The USA election is in the news more for its conventional primary show especially with an uncertainty on the Challenger – mainly on the legal side.

The Pakistan election has shown that it is not about who people vote for eventually …

As for the next significant one, the Indonesian election it is reported that AI is making a debut as nearly 205 million people are registered to vote for a new president in the world’s 3rd-biggest democracy.

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/indonesia-presidential-election-1.7113511

Seminal : original ,groundbreaking

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Select news from BBC and Fox news and link to Startalk.

S1. Fusion Vs Fission – the scope of clean and abundant energy.

S2. AI analyses bird sounds for Somerset conservation project.

S3. How Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain chip works.

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S1. Fusion Vs Fission – the scope of clean and abundant energy.

With Oppenheimer movie going rounds there is an increased perception of the world of atomic relationships.  It might however need far more than a scientist’s intrusion in order for us to conceive it all and if at all. Take a look at how Neil deGrasse Tyson making an attempt to impart some of that into our imaginations and also a report as to the direction the research and planning is taking us currently.

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https://youtu.be/Xz-x43ZvE-Y?si=sKMyALwjT-2a3T_8

Nuclear fusion: new record brings dream of clean energy closer (bbc.com)

S2. AI analyses bird sounds for Somerset conservation project

No single day can pass without an AI thought, and we are all intrigued by that. But beyond all its perceived threats that are projected primarily, are there a realistic potential for it to do good some stuff, for instance, can it catch the crooks? That is what is pertinent if you ask me, with all the cyber crimes in spite off all our technologies and measure that cannot measure up to it. Is there a way AI can reconstruct and trace back all the intricate details of browsing, voice recognition and who and how in a data breach or account take over?  If so, I am in it, though it really offers me no choice. Meanwhile look at some of the peripheral and beneficial applications of it here from the nature’s perspective.

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AI analyses bird sounds for Somerset conservation project (bbc.com)

S3. How Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain chip works.

Some humorously say that Elon musk has a chip already in his brains to begin with and that is not without a reason. Look the improbable, world beating projects of his starting with PayPal, Tesla, the boring projects, the satellite internet, the space X, the X and not but last, the Neuralink, all in between catching a nap on an office sofa or under the worktable. Talk about work to life balance. Nonetheless the Neuralink doesn’t stop to intrigue and let us see if we can relate to its intricacies…

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/how-elon-musks-neuralink-brain-chip-works

Wacky : amusing, peculiar

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Select news from BBC, Reuters, and link to Joe Rogan on You tube.

W1. Is Iceland entering a new volcanic era?

W2.  Wise, lucky, terrifying: The surprising 4,000-year history of dragons.

W3. ‘The great contraction’ hits Hollywood.

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W1. Is Iceland entering a new volcanic era?

This week, Iceland woke up to yet another day of fire, as towering fountains of lava lit up the dark morning sky. It is the third short-lived eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula since December 2023 and the sixth since 2021. But scientists think this is just the start of a period of volcanic activity that could last for decades or even centuries.

But the last time the Reykjanes peninsula saw any lava flow was hundreds of years ago – that may have started as early as the 8th or 9th Century and continued until 1240. Now the eruptions have started again – but why has there been an 800-year gap?

Scientists are learning more with every eruption, but there’s still a great deal of uncertainty for Iceland as a new volcanic era begins.

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Is Iceland entering a new volcanic era? (bbc.com)

W2.  Wise, lucky, terrifying: The surprising 4,000-year history of dragons.

From dragon-like animals to Chinese tornados and quaint English villages, here are the real-life traces of an ancient myth. The Chinese word “long” is usually translated into English as “dragon”. But lucky, ethereal Chinese dragons are very different beasts to the stomping, fire-breathing monsters of English mythology. No dearth for that anywhere around the world for that matter, let alone the curiosity around the lock ness monster. But are they real by any stretch of imaginations?

Let us check out what is Joe Rogan’s take on dragons here.  

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zoARHhX6oc

Wise, lucky, terrifying: The surprising 4,000-year history of dragons (bbc.com)

W3. ‘The great contraction’ hits Hollywood.

When stars returned to the red carpet in early January after two bruising strikes to celebrate the success of “Oppenheimer” and “Succession,” one existential threat above all was on everyone’s mind: Hollywood is shrinking.

The movie business is having its own existential crisis as once reliable formats have fallen flat at the box office. One longtime studio chief said he has been hearing for years about “superhero fatigue.”

That need not necessarily be the case elsewhere though especially with the Indian movie scene with Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood, Ollywood and Mollywood all rolling out mega budget productions.

There is an increasing representation of Indian Cinema in Hollywood especially music, classical music.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgu7OarKfYA

https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/the-great-contraction-hits-hollywood-2024-02-06/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=One-Essential-Read&utm_term=020624&user_email=af2603e1e3c5eebf288ce9c24a857f11a546d2dbf74f2b19db1bc09700f97c06

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