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The world as we knew it is coming to an end, and it’s up to us how it ends and what comes after. It’s the end of the age of fossil fuel, but if the fossil-fuel corporations have their way the ending will be delayed as long as possible, with as much carbon burned as possible. If the rest of us prevail, we will radically reduce our use of those fuels by 2030, and almost entirely by 2050. We will meet climate change with real change, and defeat the fossil-fuel industry in the next nine years.

If we succeed, those who come after will look back on the age of fossil fuel as an age of corruption and poison. The grandchildren of those who are young now will hear horror stories about how people once burned great mountains of poisonous stuff dug up from deep underground that made children sick and birds die and the air filthy and the planet heat up.

We must remake the world, and we can remake it better. The Covid-19 pandemic is proof that if we take a crisis seriously, we can change how we live, almost overnight, dramatically, globally, digging up great piles of money from nowhere, like the $3tn the US initially threw at the pandemic.

Read the rest of this article at: The Guardian

News 19.11.21 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

News 19.11.21 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

On Jan. 23, several hundred partygoers packed into an unusual art gallery. Champagne flowed into glasses that floated above a black disco floor. Guests’ avatars danced to electronic music, unhindered by gravity. The host, an Indian cryptocurrency investor who goes by the name of MetaKovan, wore a purple crown.

MetaKovan – real name Vignesh Sundaresan – was holding the event in the virtual metropolis of Origin City to celebrate his recent $2.2 million purchase of a series of images by the digital artist Beeple. Sundaresan had hired architects to build the gallery in an online “metaverse” to display the works. Now, he was launching a crypto token giving buyers a stake in the art pieces.

It was a spotlight-grabbing move by MetaKovan. Two months later he would go further still. At a sale by Christie’s, he bid $69 million to win another Beeple piece – “Everydays: The First 5000 Days.” It was the first time a major auction house sold a digital artwork in the form of a new crypto asset called a non-fungible token (NFT), a digital certificate of ownership. It was also the third most expensive artwork ever sold at auction by a living artist.

The purchase shook the art and crypto worlds. Sundaresan had become the top spender in the hottest area among crypto investors.

For several years, interest in NFTs simmered on crypto culture’s fringes as fans paid small sums to designers, artists or third parties for cartoon cats and pixelated characters. In the months before the auction, NFTs exploded in popularity. The Christie’s sale set off a gold rush that continues today, with celebrities from Lionel Messi to Paris Hilton launching NFTs for people to buy.

While some observers deride NFTs as a speculative asset, devotees see them as the building blocks of a new digital economy and the next evolution in art collecting. The notion that the internet will develop into a metaverse – a parallel universe of virtual spaces – has gathered such momentum that last month Facebook changed its name to “Meta.”

Read the rest of this article at: Reuters

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In her years on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Susie Essman has worked with dozens of guest stars. There was Clive Owen: “Great heartthrob,” she says. And Mel Brooks: “People tell you that a lot of times you’re disappointed when you meet your idols, but I was not disappointed with Mel whatsoever.” Then this season, among many others, there was Tracey Ullman: “She is just so amazingly talented and so funny, which I always knew. But getting to actually work with her and improvise the part? It’s just so much fun.”

For decades, A-list actors, comedians, and athletes have made memorable television cameos. But Larry David’s series is different from most classic sitcoms. “The show is built around guest stars,” says Ben Shenkman, the Billions regular who plays Larry’s attorney for three Season 10 episodes. Whether it’s Shaquille O’Neal as Larry’s tripping victim, Michael J. Fox as a litigious upstairs neighbor, or Cheri Oteri as “The Nanny From Hell,” there’s never been any shortage of characters to clash with Curb’s lovably maladjusted protagonist.

Read the rest of this article at: The Ringer

News 19.11.21 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

News 19.11.21 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

When Olivier IV de Clisson was convicted of betraying France by spying for England, his punishment was swift and severe: Off with his head. But the stern-faced King Philippe VI felt execution alone was not sufficient to get his message across. So he ordered Olivier’s decapitated head to be sent from Paris and placed atop a gate in Nantes, near the disgraced nobleman’s home.

The execution was the coda to a contentious episode during the War of the Breton Succession. When the heirless Duke of Brittany died in 1341, both the French and English had laid claim to his lands in northwestern France. Olivier, a wealthy Frenchman with pale white skin and long brown hair, was entrusted with protecting France’s honor and leading the army as a commander. But when the key city of Vannes fell into the hands of the English, Olivier was accused of not fighting valiantly enough for the French.

The two sides ultimately signed a peace treaty and Olivier traveled to Paris, believing the treaty would put these past allegations behind him. However, when he reached the capital, King Philippe had him arrested, thrown in prison and convicted of treason.

Sending a nobleman like Olivier to the guillotine was highly unorthodox. Some sources report that Olivier confessed, yet there is no way to confirm that he truly did, or that he did so in a clear state of mind, as he may have been tortured, and fair and ethical trials were hardly a common practice at the time.

King Philippe, for his part, surely hoped his gruesome order would dissuade any other would-be traitors in his midst.

He could not have been more wrong.

Around 20 miles from where Olivier’s head was placed, his widow, Jeanne, was seething. She and their children were holed up in her husband’s expansive castle, the Château de Clisson, overlooking the beautiful Sèvre Nantaise river. Eight centuries later, the question of whether Olivier truly betrayed France is not easily answered. But one thing is starkly clear: Jeanne, after learning of her beloved husband’s execution, had a new sworn enemy — the French king. And to say she was intent on exacting her revenge would be an understatement of historic proportions.

Read the rest of this article at: Narratively

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News 19.11.21 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

For those of us who have grown weary of scrolling through Zillow listings, ogling dream homes we could never afford, there is a corner of the internet dedicated to the ones we’d never want.

There’s the $2.5 million listing for a house in British Columbia with amateur biblical frescos on the vaulted ceilings — the Last Supper, Noah’s Ark, Adam and Eve. You get the idea. Jessica More lampooned it on her TikTok account, Zillowtastrophes, telling her 331,000 followers, “Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t find a paying job as a mediocre artist.” Over on It’s That Real Estate Chick, Lauren Matera, a TikToker and real estate broker, mocked a listing for a $15 million mansion in California, asking “What in the Barbie Dream House is this?” when she happened across photos of a purple glass chandelier that looked like “a gigantic upside-down Christmas tree.” And at Zillow Gone Wild, on Instagram, Samir Mezrahi lamented that his 1.3 million followers had missed their chance to bid on a burned-out house in Melrose, Mass., listed for $399,000. “This home is already pending, so it may be too late to buy,” he wrote in the caption alongside the blackened facade.

Where Zillow offers us a window into what is possible, the social media accounts that troll it provide us the chance to scoff at what never should have been. With absurdist humor, this small band of influencers sifts through hundreds of listings so we don’t have to, delivering the gems — the faux Texas castle with a requisite faux drawbridge; the Florida house of infinite closets that looks like someone’s personal Manhattan Mini Storage, and an entire house outfitted like a shrine to Coca-Cola.

Read the rest of this article at: The New York Times

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