From the refugee crisis to a US presidential campaign featuring Donald Trump and everything in between, this is a look back at the headlines that dominated the news in 2015. Subscribe to TDC for more videos like this: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts
2 years ago
A great Jonathan Pie video, heads up it is satire. http://www.youtube.com/user/tomwalker78 A friend emailed me this clip, I posted it so I could embed it in some forum posts. ADDED: Jonathan Pie's YouTube channel was just shared with me. I added it to the description. At the time of posting this I had never heard of Jonathan Pie.
2 years ago
China is embracing megaprojects at an unprecedented rate and will - over the course of a few decades - complete a phase of infrastructure that will rival what the United States has built in its entire history. More information on China's Future Mgaprojects: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/bus... Subscribe to TDC for more videos like this: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConve... Like our page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconve... Join us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/1001349258045... Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo Music: "Electro Sketch" - YouTube's Audio Library "Klockworx" - YouTube's Audio Library "Eighties Action" - YouTube's Audio Library "Heavy Interlude" Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-... Artist: http://incompetech.com/ "Voyeur" - Jingle Punks - YouTube Audio Library "All This Scoring Action" All This - Scoring Action by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-... Artist: http://incompetech.com/ "Tremsz" - Gunnar Olsen - YouTube Audio Library "Dream" - Elka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja0C7... "Ambitions" - Glimpse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGm5e...
2 years ago
A straightforward explanation of Climate Change: the heat from human emissions is roughly equal to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs every day. Historically, every time carbon dioxide levels increase in Earth's atmosphere, the average surface temperature increases, ice melts, and the seas rise. Subscribe to TDC: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ The New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/28/science/what-is-climate-change.html Music: Dragon and Toast by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100251 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ More info: Follow Paris Climate Summit progress: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/climate/2015-paris-climate-talks/indian-activists-say-climate-solutions-must-consider-indias-need-to-grow Megacities face 20 feet of Sea Rise: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/nations-megacities-face-20-feet-of-sea-level-rise-19217 ITER (thermonuclear experimental reactor): https://www.wikiwand.com/en/ITER Like our page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Join us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo
2 years ago
Rebecca Morelle looks back on the year in science – from a British astronaut blasting off into space, to efforts to halt global warming here on Earth. That’s Review 2015: The Year in Science. Subscribe to BBC News HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog Check out our website: http://www.bbc.com/news Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bbcworldnews Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bbcworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/bbcnews
5 months ago
A documentary on eight of the most ambitious mega-projects currently under development around the world, featuring: Istanbul's building boom (Turkey); the Mission to put a human on Mars; the effort to develop Lagos (Nigeria); Africa's unprecedented clean energy opportunity; the project to probe the nearest Earth-like exoplanet; Atlanta's stadium of the future (Georgia, United States); India's effort to modernize its highways; and China's unprecedented One Belt One Road, "New Silk Road" initiative. Get your free audiobook: http://www.audibletrial.com/TheDailyConversation Subscribe to TDC: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ Video by Bryce Plank and Robin West Music: By Matt Stewart-Evans: https://soundcloud.com/mattstewartevans https://www.facebook.com/Matthew.Stewart.Evans Alex Gopher: https://soundcloud.com/alexgopher https://www.youtube.com/user/go4musicchannel http://www.go4music.fr/ Glimpse https://soundcloud.com/glimpse_official Kevin MacLeod http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/?keywords=electro+sketch&Search=Search And the YouTube Audio Library Like our page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation All images and videos used under the 'Fair Use' provision of United States Copyright Law: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html
1 year ago
The diagnostic criteria for narcissistic personality disorder compared to the behavior of President Trump. Do you thing the President of the United States is mentally ill? Subscribe to TDC: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ Like our page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Join us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo
3 months ago
The top ten countries on the World Giving Index, determined by a worldwide poll of three factors: helping a stranger, donating money, and volunteering. A study by the Charities Aid Foundation: http://bit.ly/2dFnEN7 Subscribe to TDC: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Charity navigator https://www.charitynavigator.org/ Video by Bryce Plank Visualization by Robin West Music: "Undeniable" by Vibe Tracks (YouTube audio library) Script: The world is becoming more generous. That’s the good news coming out of the most recent world giving index, an annual study by the Charities Aid Foundation that provides insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world. The research firm Gallup asked people from 140 countries around the world whether they had done these charitable activities in the past month: helping a stranger; donating money to a charity; and volunteering time to an organization. Each country is given a percentage score and ranked. These are the top 10 most generous countries. Number 10 is the United Arab Emirates. It jumped up from fourteenth to tenth thanks to its people’s willingness to help strangers. Its fifth place ranking in that category is the highest of any country in the overall top 10, and buoys its overall score after the UAE had the least amount of people on this list spend time volunteering. Next is Ireland, it’s score is down three percentage points and is hurt by the second-worst helping strangers score on the top 10. This decline comes as Ireland’s economy is the fastest growing in Europe for the fourth straight year. Eighth is the United Kingdom. It’s people rank as the seventh most generous at giving their money away, down four percent from its five-year average. However, its volunteering time is up three points. It will be interesting to see if behaviors in the UK change as the Brexit situation develops. Taking the seventh spot is Indonesia. It scores in the top three in both donating money to charity and time spent volunteering. Overall, it leaped up fifteen spots in the rankings. This could have something to do with the survey coinciding with the holy month of Ramadan. The Canadians come in sixth. Solid across the board, Canada doesn't crack the top ten in any single category--the only country on the list where that's the case. It's best ranking is in donating money, although slightly fewer Canadians did than last year. Sri Lanka is fifth. Its ranking jumped up four places from its five-year average. It's helping a stranger and donating money scores are both now in the 60's, and its volunteering score is the fourth best in the world. Fourth is New Zealand. It is top 10 in donating money and volunteering. Oceana, comprised solely of Australia and New Zealand, is a conflict free part of the world which allows its more economically well off people to be more generous with their time and money. Which brings us to Australia, ranked third on this list. Its overall score is two points higher than its five-year average, helping it rise to the third spot. Like its regional neighbor New Zealand, its highest score is in donating money. The United States is ranked second. Its average rank of nine across the three categories in the survey is best in the world, and its 61% overall score is the same as its five-year average. And the number one ranked country on the world giving index - for the third year in a row - is Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Its overall score is largely driven by its 91% donating money score. Its heavily Buddhist population donates regularly to support the country’s monks. Worldwide, people are more altruistic across all three of the categories in the study. Separating countries by level of development provides even more insight into the data. We see people in developed places are slightly less likely to help a stranger. Iraq and Libya are the countries most likely to help a stranger. The greater need amongst the population in these war torn places is encouraging more people to be responsive out of sheer necessity. Men are more likely to help a stranger than women, and those over 50 years old are the least likely age group to do so. On the flip side, the oldest among us are the most likely to donate money to charity. The people of Turkmenistan are the most likely to donate their time, thanks to the widespread practice in that country of people spending their Saturdays volunteering. Again, men are more likely to volunteer than women, and those over 50 are the least likely age group to volunteer their time. And lastly, these are the continent-wide scores in each category compared to each other, and their five-year averages. Thanks for watching.
2 years ago
President Obama jokes around with daughters Sasha and Malia during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House. Subscribe to TDC for the best and most amusing moments from Barack Obama's presidency: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ Like our page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Join us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo Video courtesy of The White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/
4 months ago
On June 23rd, 2016, an entire country headed into the unknown when 17.4 million people in the United Kingdom voted to become the first country to leave the European Union. This is the story of Brexit. Subscribe to TDC: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ FB for daily news: http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation More on Brexit: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32810887 Lord Kerr speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCv-ZQ9-LVo PBS News Hour piece on Brexit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7w8m2AIgiM Video by Bryce Plank and Robin West Music: "Consequence" by Matt Stewart-Evans: https://soundcloud.com/mattstewartevans https://www.facebook.com/Matthew.Stewart.Evans "Decisions" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100756 "The Stranger" by Glimpse: https://soundcloud.com/glimpse_official/tracks Epic drone shots of London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-OnT7jLAfw Script: On June 23rd, 2016, an entire country headed into the unknown. That’s the day 17.4 million people in the United Kingdom voted to become the first country to leave the European Union. This is the story of Brexit. We begin 60 years ago. After World Wars I and II had brought unprecedented death and destruction to the continent, a simple theory gained traction: if countries form stronger economic ties, they’ll be much less likely to fight each other. So, in 1957, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and West Germany signed the Treaty of Rome and formed the European Economic Community. The UK wasn’t included. It tried to join in 1963 and ‘67, but was blocked by French President Charles de Gaulle. De Gaulle didn’t trust the British and their close allies, the United States, although de Gaulle’s official reason was that the UK’s economy wasn’t compatible with Europe’s. A few years later, once de Gaulle was out of power, the UK became a member of the EEC in 1973. But not everyone was sold on the idea. So, just two years after joining, the UK held its first ever national referendum to decide whether it should turn around and leave. The vote wasn’t close, 67% of the electorate chose to stay. In the years since, the EEC has become known as the European Union, expanded to 28 member states, and enacted countless laws and reforms that have created a thriving political and economic zone with 500 million citizens. In many ways it was designed to mirror the world’s most successful federal republic: the United States. Just like the American colonies had done two centuries earlier, the individual countries of Europe decided they’d be better off - economically, geopolitically - if they formed a unified group. It was a good decision. For proof, look no further than the year-by-year, per-person GDP rate, which has skyrocketed across the entire euro-zone. Germany, the UK, and France, the EU’s biggest economies and the 4th, 5th, and 6th largest individual economies in the world, have seen their growth track right along with each other at roughly the rate of the United States. A look at the emerging economies of Brazil, China, and South Africa gives you a better sense of just how closely the Europeans have tracked together. Look at Turkey — who wants desperately to join the union — compared to Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain the four EU countries most affected by the global downturn at the end of the previous decade, and you see more evidence of the power of the EU in driving growth. As it has became more and more integrated — as its members chose to give up more and more of their sovereignty — the UK kept negotiating ways to stay independent from key aspects of the union. It didn’t join the open border that the rest of the EU created in 1995 to create completely free movement within the union, and it chose to keep the British pound as its currency instead of adopting the Euro. But the development that made the UK’s eventual exit most likely was the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. Not only did it make the EU’s central institutions more efficient and more powerful, but — for the first time — it gave its members an official mechanism to leave, called Article 50. At around the same time, the world was hit by a severe recession. Greece, whose public debt was far higher than most other EU members, was worse off. Its fellow union members forced it to implement severe spending cutbacks in exchange for money it needed to stabilize its economy. This was followed by a migrant crisis, as millions of refugees fled war-torn countries across the Middle East and North Africa. As immigration rates rose across Europe, the preferred destination was one of the big three economies: Germany, the UK, or France...
2 months ago
Cairo, Egypt is the capital of the Arab world and the largest desert city on the planet. For centuries it has thrived alongside the Nile, the world’s longest river. Subscribe to TDC: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ Video by Bryce Plank With editing help from Robin West Music: Matt Stewart Evans: https://soundcloud.com/mattstewartevans/tracks YouTube audio library Motion Array More on Cairo: http://bit.ly/2h21QCB https://www.britannica.com/place/Cairo Full piece by NPR's Jane Arraf: http://n.pr/2wFQGXA FB: http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo
5 months ago
Its name means "fragrant harbor" in Chinese, but it could also mean city of change. This is the story of Hong Kong. Subscribe to TDC: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ FB for daily news: http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo Video by Bryce Plank and Robin West
2 years ago
President Barack Obama addressed the broader debate surrounding the battle between the FBI and Apple over unlocking the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter. The President emphasized the need to carefully balance privacy and security in our increasingly encrypted digital world. Subscribe to TDC for complete coverage of President Obama's last year in office: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ Like our page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Join us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo
2 years ago
Jing-Jin-Ji: China is in the midst of a construction spree unparalleled in human history. These are the Megaprojects that will lift China into the future. China wants to make its capital, Beijing, the center of the world’s largest supercity, by merging three provinces into one continuous megalopolis of 130 million people. Subscribe to TDC for more epic videos like this: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ More info: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/20/world/asia/in-china-a-supercity-rises-around-beijing.html?_r=0 https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Jingjinji Music from YouTube's Audio Library: "Electro Sketch" "Klockworx" "Eighties Action" Like our page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo Join us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts Script: China is in the midst of a construction spree unparalleled in human history. Over the course of just 40 years, the Chinese will be adding a layer of infrastructure that will rival what we in the United States have built in our entire past. These are the Megaprojects that will lift China into the future. China wants to make its capital, Beijing, the center of the world’s largest supercity, by merging three provinces into one continuous megalopolis of 130 million people. That’s six times the population of New York. The region is called Jing-Jin-Ji. It will tie together the cities in the three provinces along the Bohai Bay rim using advanced communications networks, new high-speed rail and subway lines, and better highways. Reports are that Beijing’s focus will be culture and technology, Tianjin will become a research base for manufacturing, and Hebei will be the new home of many of the federal bureaucracy jobs that will be relocated from the capital. The project has the full backing of President Xi Jinping to catch the area up to China’s more economically prosperous regions, like what Shanghai and Nanjing have got going on in the Yangtze River Delta. Covering roughly the total land area of the US state of Kansas, Jing-Jin-Ji will be unlike anything seen before in the history of mankind. And even though it’s still a work in progress -- part of a long-term vision -- that’s not stopping people from moving into areas that are completely unready for them. “The services are bad,” says a salesman who commutes a total of five hours a day on congested roads. His 6-year-old child has more than 65 kids in his class. They live in Yanjiao, one of the many tower-filled suburbs that are sprouting up all across Jing-Jin-Ji. Yanjiao has about ¾ of a million residents, but just two very small parks and no bus terminals. Why is this the case? Because corruption is perceived as rampant at the local level in China, the central government doesn’t allow cities to keep the little tax revenues they do collect. So communities like Yanjiao have no way to pay for desperately-needed schools, roads or enough buses to adequately serve their citizens. The most vital piece of infrastructure that will help fix a lot of these problems is still being built, Jing-Jin-Ji’s high speed rail network. With trains that can hit 185 miles per hour, urban areas that were previously confined by the 60 miles per hour speeds of a car or subway or train, can now greatly expand. Thanks for watching. Make sure to subscribe to get part 2 and the rest of this series. For The Daily Conversation, I’m Bryce Plank.
4 months ago
The ten countries with the most people in modern slavery (victims of human trafficking). Subscribe to TDC: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ The study: https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/findings/ Get involved: http://www.freetheslaves.net/ Full interview with Kevin Bales: http://n.pr/1S54uR7 Video researched, written, narrated, and directed by Bryce Plank Visualization and editing by Robin West Music: "Enter the Maze" by Kevin MacLeod http://incompetech.com/ "Phife for Life" by Otis McDonald Script: Slavery used to look like this, then it evolved into this, and today it looks like this. In fact, there are an estimated 45.8 million people living in modern slavery across 167 different countries. They fall into three general categories: children held in the commercial sex trade; adults held in the commercial sex trade; and any other laborer made to work through force, fraud, or coercion. The trafficking victim often looks like anybody else at work in a mine, on a farm, in a factory. Many are lured by promises of a steady job in another country, only to have their passports confiscated when they arrive. However, many slaves work in their native countries or even the cities where they were born. According to The Global Slavery Index, these ten countries are home to the most modern slaves. They each suffer from income inequality, discrimination and classism, and entrenched corruption. Number ten, Indonesia, produces about 35% of the world’s palm oil. The many small palm plantations present an immense challenge to inspectors trying to crack down on child labor. The country’s many islands are also home to tens of thousands of enslaved fisherman trafficked from Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia. Number nine is the Democratic Republic of Congo. 20,000 of the DRC’s more than 870,000 slaves live in one of the most hellish landscapes on the planet, a vast ore mine in the east of the country. The terrorist group Boko Haram gets overshadowed by ISIS, although it kills more people. When it comes to enslavement, one of its tactics is to give Nigerian entrepreneurs loans and then force them to join their group if they fail to repay fast enough. Seventh is Russia. 55% of the slaves there work in construction. Foreigners are lured mainly from nearby Azerbaijan, the “stans,” Ukraine, and North Korea—thanks to this border on the far eastern edge of Russia. The North Korean government is the world’s largest single slaveholder. Not only does it force more than one million of its people to toil in labor camps and other similarly hopeless situations, but it actually loans out some people to work in neighboring China and Russia, then pockets most of their wages. This exploitation generates about $2.3B each year for the Kim Jong-un regime. The fifth most enslaved country, Uzbekistan, is the world’s sixth largest producer of cotton. It has benefited from forced labor, as the government puts more than 1 million people to work using threats of debt bondage, heavy fines, asset confiscation, and police intimidation. Slave recruiters in Bangladesh promise poor families that their boys will be given a job, only to be enslaved on a faraway island and beaten to clean fish for up to 24 hours straight. Often, these fish are exported as cat food for our pets. Sometimes, the boys meet a gruesome death when they are eaten by tigers while searching for firewood. Third is Pakistan, which has suffered through decades of conflict, terrorism, and displacement—especially along its northwestern border with Afghanistan. Its provinces have not raised the minimum age of marriage, which has allowed the widespread problem of forced and child weddings to continue. Over 250 million Chinese have migrated within the country to find better opportunities, creating the ideal conditions for human trafficking. Each year, 58 million children are ‘left behind’ as their parents search of work in the China’s many booming cities. Every year, up to 70,000 children fall into forced begging, illegal adoption, and sex slavery. And number one is India, which has - by far - the most victims of modern slavery. While economic growth has greatly reduced the percentage of its citizens living in poverty, the country’s sheer size still results in more than 270 million Indians living on less than $2/day. It’s unsurprising that inter-generational bonded labor, forced child labor, commercial sexual exploitation, forced begging, forced recruitment into nonstate armed groups, and forced marriage all exist in India. The government has already created many of the laws necessary to fight the epidemic, but the challenge is enforcing those laws and tracking improvements and areas of continued need.
2 years ago
South-to-North Water Transfer Project: The huge populations filling China's northern megacities have a shortage of the single most necessary resource for life: water. To solve that problem, the Chinese will soon be moving 44.8 billion cubic meters of fresh water each year from the wetter South to the dryer North. Subscribe to TDC: https://www.youtube.com/TheDailyConversation/ More info: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/South%E2%80%93North_Water_Transfer_Project Like our page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Join us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/100134925804523235350/posts Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo The huge populations filling the megacities in the North have a shortage of the single most necessary resource for life: water. To solve that problem, the Chinese will soon be moving 44.8 billion cubic meters of fresh water each year from the wetter South to the dryer North. There will be three canals in the project, a 716 mile-long Eastern Canal that will begin at the Yangtze River and snake uphill, with the help of more than 20 pumping stations, to reservoirs in Tianjin. Route two will flow downhill from the Danjiangkou Reservoir on the Han river 785 miles across the North China Plain to Beijing. And the third route is the Big Western Line. It’s still in its planning phase, but it will divert water from the rivers flowing into the Yangtze, sending it to the Yellow River instead. The Central Government has rammed this project through despite many concerns over pollution and the forced relocation of hundreds of thousands of villagers. It’s also late and over budget due to the soaring costs of building bridges and tunnels for the canals to cross the many rivers and highways in its way. Then there are the fears that diverting water from the Yangtze River could cause the world’s third-longest river to run low, devastating those whose livelihoods depend on it. One proposed solution to this problem is to give the Yangtze more water by redirecting rivers in southwestern China. But this would affect India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, potentially causing an international crisis. For the immediate future though, the South-to-North water Transfer Project is a done deal. Following the example of the American West in the previous century, China has completely reshaped its environment using dams and canals, allowing for the arid North to support tens of millions more residents than it otherwise could. Thanks for watching Part II of China’s Future Megaprojects. Subscribe to get the rest of this series delivered to your homepage.