Live Nation and Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi will bring the sounds of Westeros to arenas nationwide this fall. Announced on Thursday, the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience will return to arenas and amphitheaters around the country beginning in early September, as the hugely-popular HBO series prepares to wrap its final season in the coming weeks.The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience—which initially performed music a heard in the series at venues around the world beginning in 2017 before wrapping last year—will return to North America for a run of 20 performances over the span of a month beginning on September 5th in Syracuse, NY and wrapping on October 5th in Hollywood, CA. As with the shows on the last tour, Djawadi will lead an orchestra and choir performing music from all seven seasons of the iconic Emmy Award-winning HBO series, with venues providing a setting worthy of the intense fandom that surrounds the series.Related: Phil Lesh Joins Midnight North To Perform ‘Game Of Thrones’ Theme During Jazz Fest AfterpartyAccording to reports, Djawadi will look to give his show some updates from last year’s global run. Fans should listen for the additions of new musical themes heard in the recent episodes of the show’s latest and final season.“The Game of Thrones fan base reaches all corners of the globe, so we are excited a wider international audience will now be able to experience Ramin’s extraordinary talent.” HBO’s Jeff Peters said about bringing the vast world of the show to cities of its international audiences beginning back in 2017.Fans can purchase tickets to the upcoming event when they go on sale beginning next on Monday, May 13th, at 10 a.m. local time here.Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Tour DatesSeptember 5 – Syracuse NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at LakeviewSeptember 6 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser StageSeptember 8 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreSeptember 10 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity CenterSeptember 11 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY TheatreSeptember 12 – Philadelphia, PA – The MannSeptember 14 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach AmphitheaterSeptember 15 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube LiveSeptember 17 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans AmphitheatreSeptember 18 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut CreekSeptember 20 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s PlaceSeptember 21 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky AmphitheatreSeptember 22 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union at the Florida State FairgroundsSeptember 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMPSeptember 26 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music FactorySeptember 27 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell PavilionOctober 1 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica TheatreOctober 3 -Mountain View, CA – Shoreline AmphitheatreOctober 4 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint AmphitheatreOctober 5 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood BowlView All Tour Dates
Read Full Story Seven years after the end of Nepal’s armed conflict, civilian victims are still struggling in the absence of effective help from the government, according to a report released Sept. 26 by Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC), in partnership with the advocacy group Center for Civilians in Conflict. According to the report, a government relief program, set to end in 2014, has failed to deliver sufficient services and support.“Assistance Overdue: Ongoing Needs of Civilian Victims of Nepal’s Armed Conflict” documents Nepali victims’ calls for financial and in-kind assistance as well as justice and truth after a decade-long conflict between government and Maoist forces. The report also evaluates the Nepali government’s current programs and proposals in light of victims’ needs and expectations.“Atrocities committed by both sides left thousands of Nepali civilians with permanent disabilities, lingering psychological trauma, and lost livelihoods,” said Bonnie Docherty, lecturer on law at IHRC and co-author of the report. “The government has failed to reach many victims and urgently needs to do so.”During the armed conflict that raged in Nepal from 1996 to 2006, Maoist and government forces targeted civilians with impunity. The Maoists often executed civilians publicly to create fear, while the government routinely eliminated perceived enemies through enforced disappearances. Both sides also tortured, raped, and committed other forms of violence. “Assistance Overdue” is based on more than 100 interviews with survivors, government officials, and other experts as well as extensive legal analysis.Read more on the Harvard Law School website.
Related Many people are convinced that the country is irredeemably racist, sexist, homophobic, and sexually assaultive, whereas all of these scourges are in steady decline (albeit not quickly enough). People on both the right and left have become cynical about global institutions because they think that the world is becoming poorer and more war-torn, whereas in recent decades global measures of extreme poverty and battle deaths have plummeted.People are terrified of nuclear power (the most scalable form of carbon-free energy) because of images of Three Mile Island (which killed no one), Fukushima (which killed no one; the deaths were caused by the tsunami and a panicked, unnecessary evacuation), and Chernobyl (which killed fewer people than are killed by coal every day). They imagine that fossil fuels can be replaced by solar energy, without doing the math on how many square miles would have to be tiled with solar panels to satisfy the world’s vastly growing thirst for electricity. And they think that voluntary sacrifices, like unplugging laptop chargers, are a sensible way to deal with climate change.How do we change this destructive statistical illiteracy and disdain for data? We need to make “factfulness” (as Hans, Ola, and Anna Rosling call it) an inherent part of the culture of education, journalism, commentary, and politics. An awareness of the infirmity of unaided human intuition should be part of the conventional wisdom of every educated person. Guiding policy or activism by conspicuous events, without reference to data, should come to be seen as risible as guiding them by omens, dreams, or whether Jupiter is rising in Sagittarius.— Steven PinkerJohnstone Family Professor of PsychologyNext week: Abraham “Avi” Loeb discusses why he wants more scientists to think like children. Giving ‘good’ a rigorous inspection Steven Pinker’s history of thought Steven Pinker makes case for human progress in ‘Enlightenment Now’ Wielding data against doom and gloom Greene, Pinker, and Singer trade ideas on how to be moral — and happy This is the first part of a series called Focal Point, in which we ask a range of Harvard faculty members to answer the same question. Focal PointSteven PinkerQuestion: What is one thing wrong with the world that you would change, and why?Too many leaders and influencers, including politicians, journalists, intellectuals, and academics, surrender to the cognitive bias of assessing the world through anecdotes and images rather than data and facts.Our president assumed office with a dystopian vision of American “carnage” in an era in which violent crime rates were close to historical lows. His Republican predecessor created a massive new federal department and launched two destructive wars to protect Americans against a hazard, terrorism, that most years kills fewer people than bee stings and lightning strikes. In the year after the 9/11 attacks, 1,500 Americans who were scared away from flying perished in car crashes, unaware that a Boston-LA air trip has the same risk as driving 12 miles.One death from a self-driving Tesla makes worldwide headlines, but the 1.25 million deaths each year from human-driven vehicles don’t. Small children are traumatized by school drills that teach them how to hide from rampage shooters, who have an infinitesimal chance of killing them compared with car crashes, drownings, or, for that matter, non-rampage killers, who slay the equivalent of a Sandy Hook and a half every day. Several heavily publicized police shootings have persuaded activists that minorities are in mortal danger from racist cops, whereas three analyses (two by Harvard faculty, Sendhil Mullainathan and Roland Fryer) have shown no racial bias in police shootings. “How do we change this destructive statistical illiteracy and disdain for data?” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. ‘What could be more interesting than how the mind works?’
Associate professor of English John Duffy examined the quality of American public discourse and its social impact Saturday in his lecture “Beyond Civility: The crisis in American public discourse.”The lecture, the final installment of the Snite Museum’s Saturday Scholars series, examined both the current trends in American civil discourse and the measures needed to address the problem effectively. According to Duffy, the problem with contemporary public discourse lies in its polarizing and factually questionable nature.“We seem to have reached the point in our public deliberation in which there is no widely shared agreement as to the nature of a fact,” Duffy said. “There is little place in our public arguments for deliberative language that might express doubt, explore ambiguities, admit errors or acknowledge positions that might depart from orthodoxy.”Duffy said some of the main factors behind the nature of contemporary civil discourse lay in economics and technology. He said sensationalized, polarizing rhetoric has become more marketable for lucrative corporations and media, while the accessibility modern technology has given to news channels and public radio has created a media climate saturated with misleading and combative discourse from both politicians and media pundits.“There is nothing new about vilification, but what makes our moment extraordinary is not the fact of our corrosive discourse, rather it’s the technologies that allow us to disseminate the discourse so effectively,” he said. “We’re unique not because of the toxic nature of our rhetoric, but because of the methods we have to liberate the toxins.”According to Duffy, in order to create a more fruitful rhetoric, we must begin to understand the purpose of argument not merely as a tool of persuasion, but also as a way to engage in a relationship with another human being where opinion is well articulated and respectful of the other’s intelligence. Duffy said this requires a knowledge of “rhetorical virtues.”“To understand rhetorical virtue is to understand that speaking and writing are not merely instrumental but are fundamentally ethical activities,” he said. “That means we are obliged to answer certain questions of ourselves before we speak or write. How does our speech or writing reflect, say, the virtues of respectfulness, generosity? How does our writing respect the practices of tolerance?”While many believe the solution to polarizing, ineffective discourse is to encourage greater civility, Duffy said civility is often a “misleading metric.” Since civility is both too vague to define and too limited in its approach to rhetoric, Duffy said what is needed in civil discourse is a better recognition of rhetorical virtue and purpose.“What the rhetorical virtues offer is something different. They offer a language of assessment and practice of public discourse,” he said. “They call upon us to speak and write, not as Republicans or liberals, Libertarians or Democrats, but as a people committed to an ethical discourse and a common good.”Tags: Beyond Civility, John Duffy, Saturday Scholars
Only 10 U.S. states have “bottle bills” requiring deposits on some beverage containers so consumers will return them. Those states recycle 70 percent of their bottles and cans, 2.5 times more than states without bottle bills. The beverage industry has spent millions fighting bottle bill legislation, even though beverage containers make up 5.6 percent of the U.S. waste stream. Credit: Mr. T. in DC, courtesy FlickrDear EarthTalk: Why don’t more states mandate deposits on beverage bottles as incentives for people to return them? Most bottles I’ve seen only list a few states on them.— Alan Wu, Cary, NCSo-called bottle bills, otherwise known as container recycling laws, mandate that certain types of beverage containers require a small deposit (usually five or ten cents) at checkout beyond the price of the beverage itself. Customers can return the empty containers later and reclaim their nickels and dimes. The idea is to provide a financial incentive for consumers to recycle and to force industry to re-use the raw materials.According to the Container Recycling Institute (CRI), a California-based non-profit which encourages the collection and recycling of packaging materials (and runs the website BottleBill.org), the benefits of bottle bills include: supplying recyclable materials for a high-demand market; conserving energy, natural resources and landfill space; creating new businesses and green jobs; and reducing waste disposal costs and litter. The 10 U.S. states that currently have container recycling laws recycle at least 70 percent of their bottles and cans; this amounts to a recycling rate 2.5 times higher than in states without bottle bills.Beverage containers make up a whopping 5.6 percent of the overall U.S. waste stream, so every bottle and can that gets recycled counts toward freeing up landfill space. And CRI reports that beverage containers account for some 20 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from landfilling municipal solid waste and replacing the wasted products with new ones made from virgin feedstock. So by promoting more recycling, bottle bills indirectly reduce our carbon footprints.The 10 U.S. states with bottle bills are California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Vermont. Delaware’s legislature repealed its bottle bill after almost three decades on the books last year as the state’s bottle recycling rate had dropped to just 12 percent due to more and more retailers refusing to deal with the hassle of accepting returned containers. In place of its bottle bill, Delaware enacted a $0.04/bottle recycling fee that will help defray the costs of starting up a curbside recycling pickup system to service the entire state.“We are extremely disappointed they chose to repeal their law, rather than enforce it,” reported CRI’s Susan Collins, adding that the new fee places a burden on consumers only. “Consumers will be subsidizing the producers and that is unfair.” CRI supports “extended producer responsibility” where producers and consumers together pay for the life cycle costs of product packaging.Beyond Delaware, the main reason bottle bills haven’t caught on is because of opposition to them by the beverage industry, which doesn’t want to bear the costs of recycling and claims that the extra nickel or dime on the initial cost of the beverage is enough to turn potential customers away. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) found that the beverage industry and its representatives spent about $14 million in campaign contributions aimed at defeating a national bottle bill between 1989 and 1994. Meanwhile, members of a Senate committee who voted against national bottle bill legislation in 1992 received some 75 times more in beverage-industry PAC money than those who voted in favor of the bill.CONTACTS: Container Recycling Institute, www.container-recycling.org; USPIRG, www.uspirg.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
By Dialogo January 17, 2012 On January 15, more than 2,000 Bolivian military and police personnel began work on the eradication of excess coca in several regions of the country, with special emphasis on ecological reserves. “We’re going to start the work of eradicating excess coca both in the tropical area of Cochabamba (where President Evo Morales got his start as a union leader) and in the Yungas area of La Paz, chiefly prioritizing national parks,” Deputy Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres told reporters. The announcement follows an incident that took place in the region of La Asunta, in the Yungas area of La Paz, where three unions expelled 20 members of a joint task force during an opposition-led demonstration against the destruction of excess coca fields. The government invited those unions to a meeting planned for January 16 to reach a consensus on joint actions to fight drug trafficking, which feeds on excess coca crops. A force of 1,700 military personnel and 400 police officers of various ranks will be deployed to the camps, Cáceres announced, without going into details. The law regulating coca and controlled substances recognizes areas of coca production for legal uses in the amount of 12,000 hectares, but a recent United Nations report asserted that there are a total of 31,000 hectares of coca fields in Bolivia. Bolivia is the world’s third-largest producer of coca, the chief raw material for cocaine, behind Peru and Colombia.
By Dialogo October 01, 2012 Long isolated by mud and dirt roads, rural communities in the department of Concepción received medical treatment and education from the Paraguayan Army and U.S. Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) on June 2-3, 2012. Paraguayan Military and police, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and the National Anti-Drug Secretariat, brought doctors, surgeons, dentists and nurses to treat more than 2,400 residents. Laboratory and pharmacy services also were provided. Medical supplies were donated to the local clinic in Arroyito, and school supplies were given to the 12 de Abril school with a $70,000 grant from the U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program. Brigadier General Mario Restituto González Benítez, the Paraguayan 4th Army Division commander, oversaw the Military-police operation in Arroyito. He said this was the first time his troops could fully operate in Arroyito. Commissioner Hugo Cesar Barrios, chief of the National Police’s Rural Operations Unit, also highlighted the Government’s objective to build relationships with the community. “It’s clear that when we talked to the communities, it’s about gaining their trust and letting them know that the Government and police are here to support them.” The Medical Civic Action Program (MedCAP) provided the opportunity for the military and police to serve a vulnerable population, develop rapport between the two partner nation services, and build community relations. Paraguayan Military, National Police and SOCSOUTH plan three more MedCAPs in the near future. Sources: Kelsey L. Campbell, SOCSOUTH, and Air Force Master Sgt. Larry Carpenter, SOCOM, http://spanish.paraguay.usembassy.gov
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Biden seeks party unity Biden immediately hailed Sanders as “a good man, a great leader, and one of the most powerful voices for change in our country.”He urged Sanders supporters to join his campaign, which already has the backing of nearly all other ex-rivals in the race including senators Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, and former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg.”I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country,” Biden said in a statement to Sanders and his supporters.”I hope you will join us. You are more than welcome. You’re needed.”Trump made his own pitch for Sanders’s supporters, though in a more abrasive tone.”Bernie Sanders is OUT!” the president posted on Twitter. “The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!” Trump said.Trump won the 2016 election with help from disaffected working-class voters who believed they were being left behind by politicians in Washington.Sanders also appeals to those voters.He said he would not remain in an unwinnable campaign that would “interfere” with important anti-coronavirus work while the country is gripped by crisis.Biden said his focus is on ending the pandemic, but promised to continue campaigning despite the logistical challenges.”First things first: how we’re going to keep America safe and get this crisis under control and provide economic assistance,” he said during a virtual fundraiser. Leftist US Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday, clearing the way for rival Joe Biden to secure the Democratic nomination and challenge Donald Trump in November.The feisty 78-year-old democratic socialist shook up the 2020 race with his relentless pursuit of “economic justice” for all Americans and a demand for universal health care.But he acknowledged his campaign had fallen short, as party voters determined Biden would be a stronger candidate to go up against Trump in the general election. ‘Strengths where I have weaknesses’ And he repeated a pledge to choose a woman as his running mate — a topic on which he said he has asked former president Barack Obama for advice. At a second virtual fundraiser later in the day, he seemed to imply he had an eye on former rival Harris, who had hoped to become the first black woman president.The two had one particularly memorable clash on a debate stage before she dropped out of the primary in December and later endorsed his candidacy. “And I’m so lucky to have you as part of this, this partnership going forward,” Biden said of 55-year-old Harris, who also made a virtual appearance Wednesday.”We can make a great deal of difference, and the biggest thing we can do is make Donald Trump a one-term president. So I’m coming for you, kid,” Biden said. Trump injected his own comments into his rivals’ contest during a coronavirus briefing, wondering why Obama had not yet endorsed his former vice president, who Trump regularly dismisses as “Sleepy Joe.” “He knows something that you don’t know,” Trump warned voters of Obama’s silence so far. But Obama did not endorse the previous Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, until June 2016, after it became clear she would be the party’s nominee. Sanders stressed he would remain on the ballot and seek to gain as many delegates as possible in order to “exert significant influence” over the direction of the party.And while Biden may be to the center of Sanders, former Obama team member Jon Favreau pointed out last month that Biden “will run on the most progressive platform of any Democratic nominee in history,” crediting Sanders and his supporters for that change in the party’s ideology. But he was eclipsed by a surging Biden, who won the vast majority of remaining primaries and now holds a commanding lead in the all-important race for delegates who choose the nominee.Sanders brought his liberal ideological platform — including a call for universal health care and a $15 hourly minimum wage — into the mainstream.”Together we have transformed American consciousness as to what kind of nation we can become, and have taken this country a major step forward in the never-ending struggle for economic justice,” Sanders said.Several lawmakers have come out in support of his policies, and Biden has shifted leftward to incorporate some Sanders positions, although he does not support Sanders’s Medicare for All plan. “I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful,” Sanders told supporters in a livestream from his home, where he has remained for the bulk of the coronavirus pandemic that put all in-person campaigning on hold.”Vice president Biden will be the nominee,” he said, adding that he congratulated his rival, a “very decent man, who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward.”Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the party’s nomination in 2016, mounted a formidable 2020 bid.He raised astonishing amounts of money from record numbers of donors, becoming the frontrunner early this year and earning the most votes in the first three state-wide contests. 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