Defiance 25

Paul Kossoff Molten Gold

But there’s the same old song / Keeps a-pushin’ me along / Day by day, on and on / There’s a sound like molten gold / Keeps a-burnin’ into my soul / Oh yeah, to my soul

Defiance 21

Arundhati Roy in the Financial Times

Arundhati Roy: “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.”

Cranes suffer from illegal wildlife trade

Stolen Grey Crowned Cranes recaptured

ICF President Rich Beilfuss writes today about something I guess I’d been aware of at the periphery of my attention, without according it much importance. All 15 Crane species have, at least in the past and also undoubtedly in the present, been hit by black market wildlife traders. Apparently order for up to 500 cranes are placed in that market. Beilfuss stresses the excellent work done by ICF to battle Crane capture and sale. He also ponders if this current pandemic might stimulate greater global focus on wildlife markets, origins of many new diseases. I’m guessing we’ll never snuff out this horrendous activity completely but maybe increased penalties, etc. will ruin thieves’ profit margins.

(Photo by Jim Harris from the article)

Defiance 19

Rebecca Solnit interview

Embers of hope from Rebecca Solnit: “In the end, I’m always interested in possibilities. I look for hope in all the dark stuff, and I focus on the absolute unknowability of the future.”