Daily Archives: August 10, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellows Program: Food Systems Resilience to Climate Change

http://www.sesync.org/opportunities/food-systems-postdoc

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Deadline:
Oct 01, 2014

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning early January 2015 that will be a part of a new SESYNC–USDA collaboration to catalyze data-driven research on food systems resilience to climate change. SESYNC seeks applications from PhD-level researchers with an interest in and/or prior research experience with data-driven analytical and/or modeling approaches to synthesize existing climate, socio-economic, demographic, and environmental data to address pressing questions related to food/agro-ecological systems resilience to climate change. The SESYNC postdoctoral fellow will also lead the planning, organization, and management of the new SESYNC–USDA “Data to Motivate Synthesis” Program. This new program will provide a unique opportunity for 25 early career scholars to co-develop research projects through a series of data exploration workshops with the cyberinfrastructure support needed to understand and predict food systems resilience under a changing climate.

The fellow’s research and program management responsibilities will be integrated through the SESYNC–USDA “Data to Motivate Synthesis” Program to:

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The Empiricist Strikes Back

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/the-empiricist-strikes-back/

August 10, 2014 8:32 pm

If climate change doesn’t scare you, and our failure to act doesn’t inspire despair, you’re not paying attention. And the great sin of the climate deniers is their role in delaying action, quite possibly until it’s too late.

But there are other, smaller evils; and one that strikes close to home for me is the campaign of personal destruction waged against Michael Mann.

Mann, as some of you may know, is a hard-working scientist who used indirect evidence from tree rings and ice cores in an attempt to create a long-run climate record. His result was the famous “hockey stick” of sharply rising temperatures in the age of industrialization and fossil fuel consumption. His reward for that hard work was not simply assertions that he was wrong — which he wasn’t — but a concerted effort to destroy his life and career with accusations of professional malpractice, involving the usual suspects on the right but also public officials, like the former Attorney General of Virginia.

As you can imagine, I find it easy to put myself in Mann’s shoes; obviously a lot of people would like to do something similar to me, although they haven’t (yet?) found a suitable line of attack.

Now for the slightly encouraging news: Mann filed suit against National Review for defamation. And as D.R. Tucker points out at Washington Monthly, the latest response from NR sounds very much like a publication running scared.

Also encouraging is the evident inability of NR to understand how you defend against a charge of defamation. You don’t repeat the false allegations — sorry, guys, but courts also have access to Google and Nexis, and can find that all the charges have been rejected in repeated inquiries. You try, instead, to show that you made the allegations in good faith. But of course they didn’t.

Good for Mann in standing up here; he’s doing all of us a service.

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Henry Giroux on Zombie Politics | Moyers & Company

http://billmoyers.com/segment/henry-giroux-on-zombie-politics/
November 22, 2013

In his book, Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, author and scholar Henry Giroux connects the dots to prove his theory that our current system is informed by a “machinery of social and civil death” that chills “any vestige of a robust democracy.”

This week on Moyers & Company, Giroux explains that such a machine turns “people who are basically so caught up with surviving that they become like the walking dead – they lose their sense of agency, they lose their homes, they lose their jobs.”

What’s more, Giroux points out, the system that creates this vacuum has little to do with expanding the meaning and the substance of democracy itself. Under “casino capitalism,” the goal is to get a quick return, taking advantage of a kind of logic in which the only thing that drives us is to put as much money as we can into a slot machine and hope we walk out with our wallets overflowing.

A cultural and social critic of tireless energy and vast interests, Giroux holds the Global TV Network Chair in the English and Cultural Studies Department at McMaster University and is a distinguished visiting professor at Reyerson University, both schools in Canada.

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Ebola outbreak hits African economies hard


Al Jazeera English

Published on Aug 10, 2014

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is having an impact on the region’s economies. Nearly a thousand people have died and the disease is hurting trade with other countries. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Lagos.

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“Worst of the American Spirit”: Advocates Decry Anti-Immigrant Protests, Urge Asylum for Children


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Published on Jul 11, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – As thousands of migrants continue to arrive in the United States seeking escape from violence in Central America, this week the Texas town of League City passed a resolution banning undocumented children from entering its municipality. The move echoes sentiments that flared up just before July 4 in Murrieta, California, when police blocked three buses of migrants from reaching a federal immigration facility there. The buses carrying dozens of children flown in from an overcrowded detention center in Texas were then surrounded by demonstrators who chanted anti-immigrant slogans. “A society is judged on how we treat our children, and what we witnessed that day was the worst of the American spirit,” says Enrique Morones, director of the group Border Angels. This comes reports show Honduran children are increasingly being targeted by gang violence and Border Patrol statistics indicate a strong correlation between Central American cities with high homicide rates and waves of children who come to the United States. “What we need to do is give them, as we would refugees anywhere else in the world, access to territory and access to procedures in order to establish their status and care for them as people who need international protection,” says Shelly Pitterman, head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Washington, D.C. He represents the office to the United States and Caribbean governments.

This video is an excerpt from the Democracy Now! discussion. Watch the full segment here:
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/11…

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Eduardo Galeano, Chronicler of Latin America’s “Open Veins,” on New Book “Children of the Days”


democracynow

Published on May 8, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – One of Latin America’s most acclaimed writers, Eduardo Galeano, is out with the new book, “Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History.” Galeano’s classic “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent,” made headlines when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez gave President Obama a copy at the Summit of the Americas in 2009. Since its publication in 1971, “Open Veins” has sold over a million copies worldwide despite being banned by the military governments in Chile, Argentina and his native country of Uruguay. While in exile after the Uruguayan military junta seized power in a 1973 coup, Galeano began work on his classic trilogy, “Memory of Fire,” which rewrites five centuries of North and South American history.

Watch part 2 of this interview: http://youtu.be/FANQzKGjb-Y

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Central American Conditions Force Migration

Dennis Gilman

Published on Jun 20, 2014

Here is what the media has not reported as to why people from Honduras are seeking asylum here. This is only part of the reason. But more importantly, this is how Phoenix and Tucson responded: http://leahsarat.wordpress.com/2014/0…

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