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The case for stubborn optimism on climate | Christiana Figueres
"This decade is a moment of choice unlike any we have ever lived," says Christiana Figueres, the architect of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement. The daughter of Costa Rica's beloved President José Figueres Ferrer, she shares how her father's unwillingness to lose the country he loved taught her how stubborn optimism can catalyze action and change. With an unshakeable determination to fight for the generations that will come after us, Figueres describes what stubborn optimism is (and isn't) -- and urges everyone to envision and work for the future they want for humanity.
The Great Migration and the power of a single decision | Isabel Wilkerson
Sometimes, a single decision can change the course of history. Join journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she tells the story of the Great Migration, the outpouring of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to cities in the North and West between World War I and the 1970s. This was the first time in American history that the lowest caste people signaled they had options and were willing to take them -- and the first time they had a chance to choose for themselves what they would do with their innate talents, Wilkerson explains. "These people, by their actions, were able to do what the powers that be, North and South, could not or would not do," she says. "They freed themselves."
Climate change is becoming a problem you can taste | Amanda Little
Our food systems have not been designed to adapt to major disruptions like climate change, says environmental journalist Amanda Little. In this eye-opening talk, she shows how the climate crisis could devastate our food supply -- and introduces us to the farmers, entrepreneurs and engineers who are radically rethinking what we grow and how we eat, combining traditional agriculture with state-of-the-art technology to create a robust, resilient and sustainable food future.
What if a US presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election? | Van Jones
If the 2020 US presidential election is close, the race could drag on in the courts and halls of Congress long after ballots are cast, says lawyer and political commentator Van Jones. Explaining why the customary concession speech is one of the most important safeguards for democracy, Jones exposes shocking legal loopholes that could enable a candidate to grab power even if they lose both the popular vote and the electoral college -- and shares what ordinary citizens can do if there's no peaceful transfer of power.
Sexual assault, shame and teaching kids to ask for help | Kristin Jones
Sexual assault is never the victim's fault, says advocate Kristin Jones. In this courageous talk, she tells her story of overcoming the shame that followed sexual abuse as a teenager -- and shares how parents can foster an open conversation about abuse to empower kids and encourage them to ask for help. (This talk contains mature content)
How to be a good ancestor | Roman Krznaric
Our descendants own the future, but the decisions and actions we make now will tremendously impact generations to come, says philosopher Roman Krznaric. From a global campaign to grant legal personhood to nature to a groundbreaking lawsuit by a coalition of young activists, Krznaric shares examples of ways we can become good ancestors -- or, as he calls them, "Time Rebels" -- and join a movement redefining lifespans, pursuing intergenerational justice and practicing deep love for the planet.
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REFORM FOR THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE:
The present problem of the Electoral College can be solved relatively easy not by abolishment, but an adjustment and some arithmetic. Instead of Winner Takes All - which renders millions of votes moot - why not allocate accordingly?
While I find the figures confusing (California has 55 electoral votes, which averages out to 1 vote per 723,272,727 residents; Wisconsin has 5, which translates to one vote per 588,220 residents, while Hawai’i has a whopping 4 votes averaging out to only 350k of the islands’ state’s population!), in principle, however, tallying the votes and attributing them per party will, with a handful of exceptions (i.e. votes for the Independents and Greens and other third parties), restore balance and fairness to the system simply by allocating collective votes for a particular party an electoral vote, statewide.
If, for example, in the state of a large state such as California, a third party should ever accrue sufficient votes statewide to reach or surpass a total of 723,272,727, then it would be allocated one electoral vote; still not sufficient to put that party into the White House, of course, but providing appeasement to those who voted for a third party as well as providing a possible progression in the direction of the viability of an alternative to the current two party system some time for the future.
In the event that there should be a tie, i.e. neither Republican nor Democrat obtain the necessary 270 electoral votes, then the winner is the party with the most electoral votes - which will then approximate the popular vote and therefore reflect voters’ choices much more accurately than is presently the case.
Why does everyone sound like they are on adderall
Please stop speeding up or dubbing the speakers in the podcast. It’s not even peaceful to listen. Not sure when this started but I get anxiety trying to listen to these podcast that used to be positive and informative because they sound like they all snorted two lines and are now trying to give a speech! Slow it back down and stop trying to speed it up to cram everything in! Make them peaceful and helpful again!
Your left-wing biases make it very hard to take your talks seriously.