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Mohr Media Mohr Media is a publishing platform that seeks to promote public engagement in and understanding of the global world. The goal is to follow good journalistic principles while covering global economics and publishing books.

Mohr Media was born out of the belief that good story telling and the pursuit of truth are meaningful services. Good information told well helps decision makers solve problems, consumers make informed buying decisions and citizens hold governments accountable. Mohr Media is focused on the following goals: Making the world accessible. Bridging distant lands. Celebrating diversity. Promoting respect for cultures. Examining the global economy. I started this platform because I truly believe these goals are worthwhile. I chose the image of Mammoth Mountain in California because I feel like goal is so great it is like climbing a big mountain. The top is surely attainable, even for just one person to reach by herself. Not everyone understands why she climbs. But with each step, she knows she is closer to a most satisfying view.

Mission: Providing insight and analysis on global news to engage people from different backgrounds. Creating newsletters, news sites, books and perhaps spinoff educational products and resources.

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The 2020 U.S. election was the most expensive in history, totaling $14 billion. That's double what was spent in the 2016...
11/04/2020
2020 election to cost $14 billion, blowing away spending records

The 2020 U.S. election was the most expensive in history, totaling $14 billion. That's double what was spent in the 2016 election. More than $7.2 billion went to congressional campaigns, while donors gave over $6.6 billion on the presidential candidates.

It's been 10 years since the landmark Supreme Court case Citizens United vs the FEC. The decision said the government could not restrict campaign donations by corporations, unions, nonprofits and other associations.

Democrats outspent Republicans in the 2020 cycle, spending $6.9 billion through mid-October compared to $3.8 billion by Republicans.

Overall, small donors giving less than $200 accounted for 22 percent of the total, up from 15 percent in 2016. The majority of donations came from big individual donors, such as casino owner Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and hedge fund manager Tom Steyer.

Of the money raised, 53 percent went to media campaigns. Political groups spent over $1 billion advertising on platforms like Facebook and Google.

https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2020/10/cost-of-2020-election-14billion-update

The total cost of the 2020 election will nearly reach an unprecedented $14 billion, making it the most expensive election in history by far.

10/28/2020
EXPLORING THE WORLD A look at animal wildlife in Kenya & Tanzania

We're switching things up today at Mohr Media by creating something primarily for educators, their students and life-long learners. This video will also be of interest to anyone interested in seeing wild animals in their natural habitat. Who's ready for a safari?

When you can't travel the world, let the world come to you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiChXhX1G5I&feature=youtu.be

Wilmington, NC-When you can't travel the world, let the world come to you. Exploring animals and nature conservation in Kenya and Tanzania. Interview with sa...

Interesting article that perhaps foreshadows what's to come in the United States. It says "Facebook is bracing for what ...
09/26/2020
Facebook vows to restrict users if US election descends into chaos

Interesting article that perhaps foreshadows what's to come in the United States. It says "Facebook is bracing for what is likely to be a highly polarising election" and is considering "how to handle about 70 different potential scenarios."

Mohr Media hopes the US election produces clear results and the population accepts the winner. #democracy comes first.

https://www.ft.com/content/82ead3c3-774f-4b12-b7ed-e1c0bbf70261

Nick Clegg, head of global affairs, says social network could use aggressive and exceptional measures

The writer says the "lockdown reflex" is the "biggest threat to western capitalist democracies." He says it's too early ...
09/14/2020
Sweden’s Covid-19 experiment holds a worldwide warning

The writer says the "lockdown reflex" is the "biggest threat to western capitalist democracies." He says it's too early to make judgments about Sweden's strategy during the pandemic or any real-time decision making. The data is not complete.

Do not jump to conclusions about lockdowns before all the data is in and analysed

America's Experiment in Nation-Building in Iraq Has FailedIt's been 17 years since the United States invaded Iraq, promi...
08/21/2020

America's Experiment in Nation-Building in Iraq Has Failed

It's been 17 years since the United States invaded Iraq, promising to rid the country of tyranny and install a system of democracy and human rights. The agenda failed. Democracy never happened.

Yesterday, President Trump hosted an official meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at the White House.

They discussed sales of U.S.-manufactured military equipment, oil projects, trade deals, and defense.

"The relationship is very good," Trump said. "We have become friends."

Sadly, despite the good relations among the two nations' top leaders, U.S. dreams of instilling democracy in Iraq under former President George W Bush's Freedom Agenda never took hold.

Today, Iraq faces militia attacks and an even stronger influence campaign from its neighbor Iran. It has mass protests over government corruption and now -- more significantly -- it faces condemnation for failing to stop or account for target assassinations of hundreds of activists.

"We are outraged by the targeted assassinations of civil society activists and attacks on protesters in Basrah and Baghdad," the US State Department said yesterday. "It is unconscionable that the perpetrators of these horrible acts continue to act with impunity."

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi also spoke out.
"The government needs to make critical decisions that go beyond the process of substituting one person for another, otherwise it risks its existence and that of Iraq," Allawi said on his Twitter feed. "Basra burns as its people face violence and unprecedented level with no security force or government help to account."

#US #democracy and #freedom agenda by #georgewbush failed in #Iraq.

Sources:
DW "Iraq: US 'outraged' at fresh killings of anti-government activists
The White House
The US State Department

In the United States and Mexico, the border is a very political topic. Today, leaders of a movement in the United States...
08/20/2020

In the United States and Mexico, the border is a very political topic.

Today, leaders of a movement in the United States that raised $25 million in donations to build a border wall came under scrutiny as the Department of Justice indicted them for defrauding donors. We Build the Wall is an online crowdfunding campaign.

The head of the campaign is named Brian Kolfage. DOJ accuses him funneling $350,000 to himself.

The other high-profile case involves Steve Bannon, President Trump's former adviser. According to the DOJ press release linked below, Bannon received $1 million, of which some went to cover his personal expenses. Officers reportedly arrested Bannon this morning while he was a guest on someone's 150-foot yacht.

In statements to the press today, Trump disavowed both Bannon and the fundraising campaign.

The other two men named in the indictment are Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea.

The men, who have been intent on building walls, may have succeeding in doing just that--building walls around themselves--if they end up in jail.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/leaders-we-build-wall-online-fundraising-campaign-charged-defrauding-hundreds-thousands

https://www.globaleconomicreport.com/global-tech-firm-tencent-owner-of-wechat-hires-us-lobbyist/#globalization #digitale...
08/18/2020
As US-China Digital Battle Begins, Global Tech Firm Tencent Holdings Hires U.S. Lobbyist - Global Economic Report

https://www.globaleconomicreport.com/global-tech-firm-tencent-owner-of-wechat-hires-us-lobbyist/

#globalization #digitaleconomy #bigtech #lobbying

August 18, 2020--As the United States and China begin to battle over the use digital technologies by consumers, Tencent Holdings, a Chinese-based multinational technology company that owns the social media app WeChat, hired a law firm to lobby the U.S. government.

08/16/2020
LIVE: Dr. Fauci joins Reuters for an exclusive interview on the future of COVID-19

Looking Ahead: What's ahead for Covid-19?

"We may need to go through a season of it, and then by the next season if we have a vaccine it won’t be a pandemic, it won’t be immobilizing the world, it won’t be destroying the economy," said Dr. Anthony Fauci. "We can put this behind us."

Bottom Line: Vaccines and preventative measures can and likely will contain it.

#nopolitics #outlook
https://youtu.be/Glq3yQECfSY?t=865

#Exclusive #coronavirus #COVID-19 Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Reuters for an exclusive interview on the future of COVID-19. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Drug manufactu...

#history #learning #people #places #stories #hope #prayersIn the late 6th Century, a great plague ravaging Europe, Egypt...
08/13/2020

#history #learning #people #places #stories #hope #prayers
In the late 6th Century, a great plague ravaging Europe, Egypt and Palestine had killed 100 million people, brought trade to a halt and laid havoc on the Byzantine Empire.

In Rome, Pope Gregory I organized a prayerful procession around the city.

The faithful carried images of the Virgin Mary during the procession and chanted prayers asking God to cleanse the air of disease and lift the plague. Legend has it that Angels joined the group, singing praises of "Regina coeli laetare, alleluia."

In 590, Pope Gregory I had a vision of Archangel Michael announcing the end of the epidemic. In memory of the vision, the people of Rome placed an Angel on top of a castle on the banks of the Tiber River.

Today it is known as Castel Sant' Angelo in Rome, Italy on the right bank of the Tiber River.

Credits:
Photos: By tiqets.com
Story sources:
"A little hisotry," on rome.net,
"During a deadly plague, Pope Gregory had this consoling vision of St. Michael the Archangel," on Aleteia.org,
"And Empire's Epidemic," on ph.ucla.edu
and "The Death Toll of Justinian’s Plague and Its Effects on the Byzantine Empire," on armstrong.edu

Lebanon: The ammonium nitrate that blew up parts of Beirut killing 158 people and injuring 6,000 others was stored in a ...
08/08/2020
How ship's deadly cargo ended up at Beirut port

Lebanon: The ammonium nitrate that blew up parts of Beirut killing 158 people and injuring 6,000 others was stored in a port warehouse since 2013. It may have arrived there from a Moldovan-flagged cargo ship, the MV Rhosus, that set sail from Batumi, Georgia.

Lebanese port authorities said they made several attempts to warn the judiciary about storing dangerous materials there.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53683082

More than 2,000 tons of ammonium nitrate arrived in 2013 on the Moldovan-flagged MV Rhosus.

08/08/2020

In the U.S. presidential election, China and Iran are pulling for Democratic candidate Joe Biden while Russia is supporting Donald Trump, according to a statement by William Evanina, a director of U.S. national intelligence.

Among the goals, those seeking influence want to "increase discord in the United States, and undermine the American people’s confidence in our democratic process."

https://www.dni.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/item/2139-statement-by-ncsc-director-william-evanina-election-threat-update-for-the-american-public

The US-Mexican relationship will be on display today as leaders from the two countries meet at the White House. Implemen...
07/08/2020
Why Mexico’s president is buddies with Trump despite years of insults

The US-Mexican relationship will be on display today as leaders from the two countries meet at the White House. Implementation of the USMCA agreement, A.K.A. "NAFTA 2," started July 1.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/07/mexico-president-andres-manuel-lopez-obrador-friends-trump-350974

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a lifelong populist and face of Mexico’s left, actually has a lot in common with Trump.

What was the last U.S. state to allow slavery? Hint: It actually wasn't Texas. June 19, 1865 is the day the Union gave o...
06/19/2020

What was the last U.S. state to allow slavery?

Hint: It actually wasn't Texas.

June 19, 1865 is the day the Union gave orders to Texas to emancipate slave --and, yes, that's something to celebrate today.

But we should note, slavery continued in slave-holding border states, such as Kentucky and Delaware. Slavery did not end there until three-fourths of the states ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, finally abolishing slavery for all.

President Johnson viewed freeing all men and women from slavery as essential for the restoration of states to the U.S. government.

As the Lancaster Gazette reported Nov. 9, 1865, "The power to enslave will be forever taken from the States, and the American people will enter upon a career of peace and prosperity unparalleled in history."

Mohr Media supports #freedom #liberty #truth and #Evolution of the human spirit.

HUMAN RIGHTS. UIGHURS IN CHINA.On Wednesday, President Trump signed a bill into law that will require the U.S. governmen...
06/18/2020

HUMAN RIGHTS. UIGHURS IN CHINA.

On Wednesday, President Trump signed a bill into law that will require the U.S. government to investigate human rights violations by China and "individuals and entities" on the Uighur population.

It may pave the way for sanctions, both "property-blocking" and "visa-blocking" on individuals involved in human rights abuses.

The White House announced that Trump signed the bill into law with little fanfare.

Meanwhile, Senator Marco Rubio, the bill sponsor, released a statement applauding the bill signing.

“As the Chinese government and Communist Party continues its mass internment of at least a million Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities, the United States will hold the CCP and its enablers accountable for their heinous crimes,” he said.

In a ruling this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 on the Obama-era DACA program impacting the DREAMS -- indi...
06/18/2020

In a ruling this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 on the Obama-era DACA program impacting the DREAMS -- individuals brought to the United States without documentation as children.

In effect, the decision tells the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reconsider the issue.

BACKGROUND: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protects individuals brought to the United States as children from deportation. The Trump administration's Department of Homeland Security acted to end the program.

TODAY'S RULING: The Supreme Court said the DHS acted wrongly.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the ruling, which was supported by the court's four liberal judges. The 74-page ruling says:

"We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies.... We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action. Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous is-sues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients. That dual failure raises doubts about whether the agency appreciated the scope of its discretion or exercised that discretion in a reasonable manner. The appropriate recourse is therefore to remand to DHS so that it may consider the problem anew."

06/14/2020
Gandhi (1982) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Looking back at history for inspiration.

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.” -Mahatma Gandhi.

He showed that nonviolent resistance to oppression works.

And this is one of the BEST movies ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7I6D3mSYTE

Check out the official Gandhi (1982) trailer starring Ben Kingsley! Let us know what you think in the comments below. ► Buy or Rent on FandangoNOW: https://w...

06/12/2020
Real Issues Impacting Black Lives. Getting Real With A Man Named Prince

Mohr Media was fortunate enough to have an honest conversation about life "in the hood," where men face pressures to commit crime and show status.

The solution for societal problems is to listen and listen hard to what's happening on the ground in high-crime areas. Welfare policies keep families fatherless. Culture focus is on status symbols.

We cannot solve what we don't understand.

Black people matter. All lives matter. Best place to start is to put the politics aside and listen to real people.

https://youtu.be/dG-mkhM4odY

Washington, DC June 8, 2020--Talking about real issues impacting lives in some black communities. Pressures on the street Fatherless homes Getting marked by ...

06/10/2020
'Understanding Is A Start.' FULL INTERVIEW with protestor in DC

Talking About Race in America.

Watching stories about the black-lives-matter protests online is not the same as talking to real people.

I wanted to go and listen. This is what I heard.

#Peace is achieved through understanding. Please take a moment to listen to this young lady.

https://youtu.be/-siR6MdkJiA

Talking about race in America. Washington, DC, June 8, 2020--Full unedited interview with an attendee at the black-lives-matter protest in Lafayette Square o...

"It's okay to agree to disagree because you were taught different than I was." -man at the black lives matter protest in...
06/09/2020

"It's okay to agree to disagree because you were taught different than I was." -man at the black lives matter protest in downtown DC calls for love and understanding.

See the video on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx3ogFzrTLs

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Mohr Media is a modest multimedia publishing platform built to support narrative nonfiction, both travel stories and global news journalism.

It is currently just me in this enterprise. But I hope that I can grow and share it with other aspiring writers, creative multimedia artists and journalists.

Why? I believe good information told well helps everyone: decision makers who solve problems; consumers who make informed buying decisions; and citizens who hold governments accountable. And besides, I like meeting people of backgrounds different than my own, hearing their stories and seeing things from their perspectives. I’m focusing on the following themes in story-telling: Making the world accessible. Bridging distant lands. Celebrating diversity. Promoting respect for cultures. Examining the global economy -- not necessarily in that order.

I started this platform because I truly make the world a little more connected, both in terms of the heart and head. I initially chose the image of Mammoth Mountain in California because I feel like my publishing goals are challenging and a little like climbing a big mountain. But, surely the mountain top is reachable, even for just one person.

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I wonder what would happen if the people spent less time on religion and more attention to a love for humanity and the human condition. #israel #palestine #humanity
Coincidences happen. Sometimes, it feels like something more. 🤔 I had some background music going today while doing things around the house. At one point, I sat down to look up my friend's sister's page. (This is the lady I've mentioned before who was arrested on a visa violation at the Nepal-India border.) I discovered Farida had a page set up for the singing career she was pursuing abroad. As Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" was playing in the background in my apartment, I sat at my laptop and scrolled along Farida's page and clicked on one of the many videos. Suddenly, I heard the song "Happy" in unison. Farida was singing in perfect alignment with Pharrell. I mean unmistakable perfect unison! ✨🎶 It was very confusing at first as I couldn't believe the coincidence. I clicked "off" and "on" the video several times. Every time, Farida sang the song "Happy" in perfect melody and timing with Pharrell. To be honest, this experience gave my heart a start. ❤️🌠 I hope it's a sign that Farida will be okay. #hope #pray for #peace