GRETA THUNBERG WINS 1 MILLION EURO GULBENKIAN PRIZE
Climate change has gotten lost in the pandemic news but some are paying attention. A few days ago the Swedish teenage activist, Greta Thunberg, won the one million Euro (1.15 million U.S. dollars) Gulbenkian Prize for humanity.
”...for the way she 'has been able to mobilise younger generations for the cause of climate change and her tenacious struggle to alter a status quo that persists', Jorge Sampaio, chair of the prize jury, said earlier,” reported The Guardian.
As Thunberg says in the video, all the prize money will be donated, through her foundation, to different organisations and projects who are working to help people on the front line, affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis.
You can read more at the Gulbenkian website.
WONDERFULLY FUNNY DRUNK TWEETS
If you read The New Yorker magazine, you probably recognize Susan Orlean's name. As the Washington Post describes her, she is
”...an award-winning author of several books, including The Library Book and The Orchid Thief, and has received both Nieman and Guggenheim fellowships. Meryl Streep was nominated for an Academy Award for portraying Orlean in the movie Adaptation.”
A week ago, she – oh, never mind. Let WaPo reporter Travis M. Andrews explain:
”...the work that had her name trending on Twitter this weekend was a little different. See, Orlean got drunk Friday night, met a newborn foal and fired up the social media platform. And the ensuing thread — in which she bemoaned the state of the world, threw shade at her cat for not snuggling and recounted an epic quest for candy only to wind up with sugarcoated fennel seeds — proved utterly delightful.”
Here is a piece of it:
You can read her entire drunken thread here. And, it's worth following the WaPo link above to an interview with Orlean about her drunken tweet night.
This is such an excellent respite from our global troubles.
PETER TIBBLES' MUSIC COLUMN
In last Monday's post I mentioned that Peter Tibbles, who writes Sunday's TGB Elder Music column is thinking over whether he will continue it in some form after I die.
In case you missed it, here is the response he left in the comments:
”I don’t think I’ll continue with the music column. I have seen with my own eyes the amount of work Ronni puts into producing each day’s column. I retired from the computer industry after 50 years and it and it seems to me that I’d be just going back to work, and I certainly don’t want to do that.
“Having done this for more than 10 years and about 600 columns I wonder if I have anything to add that won’t bore you all. However, you never know. I might become inspired and find some easy software and start again.”
THE ALEX AND RONNI SHOW
As we do every two weeks, last Wednesday my former husband, Alex Bennett, and I record a short chat I have dubbed The Alex and Ronni Show.
Usually, I post it on Friday but got carried away yesterday with a long discussion of the Gestapo tactics being unleashed by the federal government on cities across the U.S. Actually, Alex and I got carried away on that subject too. Here is the video.
Alex's video chat show can be found here.
CROWD CATCHES CHILDREN JUMPING FROM BURNING BUILDING
Last Tuesday, two young boys in Grenoble, France, brothers age 10 and three, exhibited extraordinary bravery and trust in their fellow human beings by jumping from high floors of a burning building to be caught by people waiting on the ground:
EXTRAORDINARY ANTI-TRUMP CAMPAIGN VIDEOS
This week they came up with a remarkably similar idea for their latest videos:
In the law-and-order surge from the president in Portland, Oregon, there has been one small bright spot to give us a smile. She has been given the name, Naked Athena. Here is the story according to Snopes:
“Police officers in Portland, Oregon were caught off guard after being approached by a nude female demonstrator, who lay down in the street and began performing yoga. The cops were then filmed ‘withdrawing.’
“A woman wearing nothing except a mask and a beanie approached a group of officers clearing out the downtown area in the early hours of Saturday. A line of police and federal agents were standing at an intersection when the naked woman seemingly appeared out of nowhere.”
Here is some video from The Sun including some commentary on the protests from Trump:
Among all the turmoil and fear being generated, Naked Athena makes me feel happy for a little while.
CAT DISCOVERING IT HAS EARS
This cat discovering that it has ears is absolutely the best thing I will see today. pic.twitter.com/SDx80QOnAI— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) July 16, 2020
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