I'm a writer (mostly of television promos) in Atlanta. Non-academic these days, but I never stopped studying. Some of you may remember me as the admin of the now defunct instance humanities.one. Primary interests are philosophy, history, religion, literature and the arts.
climate change, Amazon
Bolsanaro and company are burning the Amazon to clear land for cattle production.
One way to intervene would be to undercut their financial incentive.
The most efficient way to do that is through economic sanctions on the Brazilian beef industry.
If you want to do something to help, call your political representatives and tell them you want to see economic sanctions against Brazil.
One thing pushing Guatemalans to emigrate north to the US: cheap coffee. https://www.lawfareblog.com/how-struggling-coffee-market-pushes-guatemalans-north
This article on monoculture in #Georgia's timber industry does a fascinating job of connecting reforestation to the issues of economic justice. https://www.atlantamagazine.com/great-reads/georgias-forests-are-a-shrinking-line-of-defense-against-global-warming-can-janisse-ray-make-us-care-enough-to-save-them/
Centralizing forest management in the 1950s led to rapid deforestation in Nepal. Now they've returned management to local communities, but reforestation is being driven by another factor: emigration.
Oh, almost forgot I had posted a few thoughts on book-gutting: https://lrhodes.net/readings-workings/guttable-books
I'm refining my Open Access reading process a bit.
I've got a ton of RSS feeds that surface a steady drip of papers, and I've been downloading the ones that look interesting, sticking them in a folder, and circling back to them when I have time. Which mostly results in a big folder of unread papers. Not great.
Instead, I'm going to start "gutting" them — reading the intro and conclusion and deciding based on that whether I want to circle back and read more.
A look at the academy where Mumbai partisans, energized by the reelection of Narendra Modi, are training the next generation of Hindu nationalists. https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2019/0813/More-like-Modi-Hindu-nationalists-nurture-the-next-generation
And no sooner do I post that quote than I run across this thread about Tyra Hunter, a black transgender woman who died from medical neglect after a traffic accident in a literal intersection. https://twitter.com/cmclymer/status/1161054565015465989
Reading Crenshaw's "Demarginalizing the Intersection." Here, she literalizes the term with an analogy:
"If an accident happens in an intersection, it can be caused by cars traveling from any number of directions and, sometimes, from all of them. Similarly, if a Black woman is harmed because she is in the intersection, her injury could result from race discrimination or sex discrimination." (149)
US politics, racism
"The Long Southern Strategy targeted white southerners who felt alienated from, angry at, and resentful of the policies that granted equality and sought to level the playing field for all of these groups. And it did not just target the diehard fringe; the GOP courted white southern moderates who might accept an abstract notion of equality but often objected to any kind of tangible federal efforts to achieve it."
US politics, racism
A thread for notes on The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-long-southern-strategy-9780190265960
Maxwell and Shields insist the Southern Strategy was not confined to Nixon's election, but represents a long-term response to the Civil Rights Act, analogous to what historian Jacqueline Dowd Hall called "The Long Civil Rights Movement."
For reference, JDH's paper (doi:10.2307/3660172):
US healthcare system
How pharmaceutical companies use "authorized generics" to stifle competition and keep drug prices high: https://khn.org/news/drugmakers-now-masters-at-rolling-out-their-own-generics-to-stifle-competition/
Protecting coastal cities will cost billions of dollars over the next few decades, but who pays?
"The failure to face these costs is the next phase of climate denial." https://e360.yale.edu/features/who-will-pay-for-the-huge-costs-of-holding-back-rising-seas
The environmental impact of escooters: "While traveling a mile by scooter is better than driving the same distance by car, it’s worse than biking, walking or taking a bus — the modes of transportation that scooters most often replace. That’s primarily because of the energy-intensive materials that go into making the vehicles, and because of the driving required to collect, charge, and redistribute them." https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-08-02/are-e-scooters-good-for-the-environment
"Contemporary laws are singularly i'll-suited to deal with the current and impending refugee crises. Despite references by global leaders to climate-induced migration, no international convention currently recognizes the needs and rights of climate refugees. They are invisible in juridical terms, a condition that effectively nullifies their pleas for refuge." p. 195
Building on the assessment of the Paris Accord negotiations offered by South Africa's delegate, Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Disenko ("It's just like apartheid. We find ourselves in a position where in essence we are disenfranchised"), Dawson outlines "climate apartheid" as:
• a hardening of borders against climate refugees
• social precariousness tensing toward exploitation
• analogous to (and overlapping with) racial capitalism.
Just 10% of fossil fuel subsidy cash 'could pay for green transition'
"Coal, oil and gas get more than $370bn (£305bn) a year in support, compared with $100bn for renewables, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) report found. Just 10-30% of the fossil fuel subsidies would pay for a global transition to clean energy, the IISD said."
In states where judges are elected rather than appointed, competitive elections can lead to harsher sentencing as candidates seek to look tough on crime.
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