Daily Archives: October 4, 2020

The Fatal Consequences of a Misplaced Metaphor: The “Agricultural Industry” & The Delusion of Infinite Growth in A Finite Ecosystem | EV & N 361 | CCTV

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Those who live in industrial civilizations often fall into the trap of thinking that they have transcended the limits of biology by transforming agriculture into an “industry.”  This is a fatal metaphorical mistake. Agriculture is a subset of millions of microbial bio-geo-chemical exchanges in living soil communities — many of which are only partially understood and certainly beyond human control. 

For this reason agriculture cannot in principle be reduced to an assembly-line, industrial process.  Acting as if agriculture were an “industry” is a fundamental metaphorical confusion which will lead inevitably in the future — as it has in the human past — to the fatal syndrome of overshoot and collapse that cannot be sustainable in Earth’s ecosystem.  Fantasies of agriculture being established as part of mechanically operated environments outside of Earth’s ecosystem remain just that — fantasies — no matter how much subsidy and promotion is provided for them by the world’s richest corporations and individuals.

‘Turkey has a clear objective of reinstating the Turkish empire’, Armenian PM says

FRANCE 24 English

Oct 4, 2020

Heavy fighting escalated this week between Armenian and Azerbaijan forces over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. On Friday, global leaders renewed calls for a ceasefire with French President Emmanuel Macron pressing for a fresh round of peace talks. In an interview with FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg in Yerevan, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sat down to discuss the crisis embroiling his country.

The Proud Boys: How the right-wing extremist group gained prominence

Washington Post

Sep 30, 2020

During the first presidential debate on Sept. 29, President Trump told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” Here’s why they are defined as a hate group. Read more: https://wapo.st/3jhmWbn.

Covid in the Country


The Laura Flanders Show

Premiered 3 hours ago

The coronavirus crisis has been acutely felt in urban areas, but the virus also spread disastrously, and in some ways differently, in rural America. Equipped with a facemask and a selfie stick, Laura Flanders reports in this episode (from a responsible distance) on the impact of Covid-19 on one poor, rural county just 100 miles from New York City. Talking to poultry workers, dairy workers, artists, activists and labor organizers, she looks at what the pandemic has revealed about their county from its economic fragility, to the strength of local social networks. What fears do people have facing a future of more budget cuts and what sort of investment is most needed now?

This is an episode that speaks to rural and small town life that is rarely visible in our media, even when, as here, the community in question is just 100 miles from a global media capital. It also serves as an example of how journalists can continue to report safely in the midst of a pandemic.

Why are US minorities left out of coronavirus vaccine trials? | The Stream

Why are US minorities left out of coronavirus vaccine trials? | The Stream

Streamed live 3 hours ago


Data in the United States shows that communities of colour are more at risk of contracting COVID-19, yet they are the least represented in vaccine trials.

There are now growing calls from health officials to recruit more people from ethnic minority backgrounds to the trials in an effort to make them adequately representative of the wider population.

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s latest tally – carried out on September 28 – showed just 9 percent of its volunteers for testing were Black. Native Americans made up 0.7. Another company, Moderna, slowed its trials in September until it was able to enroll more minorities. It grew its participation of Black Americans from 7 percent to 30 percent.

COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, has run rampant in minority communities who often live with comorbidities that complicate exposure, testing and treatment. Black, Latino and indigenous Americans also make up a high percentage of essential workers, who were unable to quarantine.

History, too, plays its part. In 1932, hundreds of Black men were recruited to a trial that falsely promised them free syphilis treatment. Instead, they were observed as the illness took its course. In the mid 1800s, James Marion Sims conducted hundreds of experiments on enslaved Black women without anesthesia. And in the 1960s and 70s, hundreds of Native American women were forcibly sterilised by the Indian Health Service after being admitted for routine medical procedures. Such episodes have sewn distrust.

Now, a series of advertisements and outreach carried out by churches, unions and social services organisations is aimed at reversing the trend for COVID-19 vaccine trials. In this episode of The Stream, we look at those efforts and ask a panel of experts what more can be done.

Rally denouncing shortcomings of virtual university procedures ends in clashes in Peru


RT



Published on Oct 4, 2020

Police officers and students clash during a rally denouncing the shortcomings of universities’ virtual exam and education processes made visible by the #COVID19 pandemic in #Peru‘s #Lima. Students decry virtual processes the availability of which was difficult for all students

What’s Wrong With The Way We Measure Hurricane Intensity


Science Insider

Published on Oct 4, 2020

When it comes to extreme weather like hurricanes, water is deadlier than wind. But the way we measure and categorize these storms, doesn’t take this into account. The popular and well-known Saffir-Simpson Scale rates hurricanes from Category 1 to Category 5 depending only on wind speed, but many meteorologists say it is inadequate to properly inform the public about the dangers of hurricanes.

MORE HURRICANE VIDEOS: Why Hurricanes Hardly Ever Hit Europe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1JeR… What If We Nuked A Hurricane? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMJik… What Happens To Fish During A Hurricane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4PgK…

Study Finds Racism In America Has Cost Taxpayers $16 Trillion


The Ring of Fire

Published on Oct 4, 2020

Via America’s Lawyer: RT Correspondent Brigida Santos joins Mike Papantonio to discuss a Citigroup report which estimates that systemic racism has cost Black Americans $16 trillion over the past 20 years.

Eco disaster | Mass death of sea life in Kamchatka


RT



Published on Oct 4, 2020

Hordes of sea creatures have washed up at a popular tourist beach in Kamchatka after surfers complained about suffering from eye burns. A probe has been launched as tests show increased levels of petroleum products in the water. #Kamchatka is a large peninsula, in #Russia‘s Far East, which juts out into the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk.

MORE: https://on.rt.com/arp1

Trump Summons His “Army” To Help Suppress The Vote


The Ring of Fire

Published on Oct 4, 2020

Donald Trump will do anything to win, and his supporters will do anything to help him. They view themselves as on some kind of a mission to protect him, and Trump is trying to cash in on their delusion. Trump has now issued a call to action for people to join his “army” and become poll watchers in November. He even has Eric’s wife featured in a video telling people to “ENLIST TODAY!” Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.