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.
I wrote a bit about a scene that stood out to me from my reading of the Ramayama: https://lrhodes.net/writ-divine/ramayana-bow-shiva
us pol, activism, contempt
Today, I wrote to my Representative urging the House to enforce its contempt rulings. I agree w/ Representative Ted Lieu that fines are a good start. The toothlessness of Congressional contempt began this decade & for the sake of a healthy Republic can't be allowed to continue.
I attached this article from Lawfare. https://www.lawfareblog.com/can-congress-fine-federal-officials-under-its-contempt-power
If anyone is interested in using my letter as a baseline to send their own, let me know and I'll send it over.
How Get Out and It Follows use the edges of the frame and offscreen space to evoke trauma for the audience. https://doi.org/10.3366/film.2019.0117
"Researchers at McGill University tested four kinds of plastic #tea bags in boiling water, and found that a single bag would release more than 11 billion microplastic and 3 billion nanoplastic particles."
By going back to original texts, a Duke University PhD candidate has found that several references to Mary Magdalene may have been altered in order to downplay her significance in the Gospel of John. https://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2019/09/duke-university-bible-mary-magdalene-researcher-correct
I've started writing at a new space, http://newsouth.city, about policies and politics affecting Atlanta, the state of Georgia and the South in general. The latest is about how southern lawmakers respond to questions on #ClimateChange. http://newsouth.city/article/2019/climate-change-issue-here
HK protests, doxing
More than 100 profiles of Hong Kong protestors — including pictures, DOBs, telephone numbers, social media accounts, and home addresses — have cropped up on a Russian-registered domain, apparently from files confiscated by Chinese police.
MIT's Open Agriculture Initiative has knowingly been dumping wastewater with nitrogen levels 20 times above the legal limit, potentially endangering local waterways, according to internal documents. https://www.propublica.org/article/mit-media-lab-kept-regulators-in-the-dark-dumped-chemicals-in-excess-of-legal-limit#167950
politics, refugee crisis
A new agreement between Italy, France, Germany and Malta could end the recurring drama of migrant vessels being forced to wait at sea for weeks while countries debate over who will take them in.
"The idea first emerged in the legal books of the ancient Roman Empire. When people held a debt in common, they were said to hold it 'in solidum.' […] In this original formulation, solidarity is a common identity underpinned by collective indebtedness and obligation, shared responsibility and shared risk, a state of interdependence and mutual aid."
"Solidarity, in contrast to charity and philanthropy, isn't one-sided. It is a form of reciprocity rooted in the acknowledgment that our lives are intertwined. " https://newrepublic.com/article/154623/green-new-deal-solidarity-solution-climate-change-global-warming
cancer, medical industry
"Awareness culture has failed women and will continue to fail them because on its own it neither acknowledges power nor tries to address its inequities." https://www.bookforum.com/print/2603/anne-boyer-s-memoir-of-living-with-breast-cancer-23626
Libyan civil war
Khalifa Haftar was a Libyan general until he fell out of favor with Moammar Gadhafi and fled into exile. Now back after two decades of asylum in the US, Hafter is turning Benghazi into the model for an eventual totalitarian state.
forensic analysis of funerary remains
Enamel peptide analysis suggests that the "Lovers of Moderna," two adult individuals intentionally buried hand-in-hand sometime in the 4th-6th centuries, were both male. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-49562-7#Abs1
"Chinese authorities are selling to local politicians not only products for 'controlling' their societies, but also a vision of how to build a prosperous and stable state without having to devolve power to the citizenry."
And the full report from Freedom House: https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/freedom-net-2018/rise-digital-authoritarianism
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