Daily Archives: January 1, 2022

Tens of thousands flee Colorado wildfires – BBC News

BBC News – Dec 31, 2021

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated and hundreds of homes have been destroyed as wildfires spread through the US state of Colorado.

The fast-moving fires are burning in Boulder County, north of Denver, and officials say deaths and injuries are likely as the blazes spread further.

Some 30,000 people in the towns of Louisville and Superior were told to leave their homes on Thursday.

Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency, saying: “This fire is not so much a question of resources. This fire is a force of nature.”

Wildfires sweep through Colorado destroying homes as tens of thousands evacuate

Guardian News – Dec 31, 2021

Two fast-moving wildfires driven by strong winds erupted in northern Colorado on Thursday afternoon, destroying close to 600 homes and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee. The fires, burning to the north and south of the city of Boulder, were fanned by gusts that whipped flames and smoke into a frenzy. Officials said during a Thursday evening news conference that the fires had already blackened 1,600 acres Colorado wildfires destroy hundreds of homes as tens of thousands evacuate

From landscape architecture to conservation agriculture | Thomas Woltz | TEDxCharlottesville

Jan 2

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Landscape Design

Thomas Woltz is the principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) with offices in New York City, Charlottesville VA, and San Francisco CA. During the past 19 years of practice, Woltz and his staff have forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built form and craftsmanship with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology yielding hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows, and flourishing wildlife habitat. Currently NBW is entrusted with the design of 8 major public parks across the US, Canada and New Zealand. The firm’s work has been recognized with over 80 national and international awards and published widely. In 2011, Thomas Woltz was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors achieved in the profession, and in 2013, named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal Magazine.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture

Jan 1 2022

Enroll at http://www.regenpreneur.com

​A Regenerative Agriculture Certificate introduces you to a regenerative design framework for creating a resilient and healthy foodscape modelled upon the form and function of natural ecosystems. The course is designed for small farms wishing to convert to a pastoral grazing system, incorporating a diversity of plant and animal species – but focused on beef and dairy production.

Slaves in Italy? | DW Documentary

DW Documentary – Jul 9, 2019

Yvan Sagnet from Cameroon is battling modern slavery in Italy’s agricultural sector. Sagnet once worked as a low-wage farmhand. Now he is fighting for the rights of seasonal farmworkers, taking criminal recruiters, or gangmasters, to court.

Yvan Sagnet calls them slaves: the hundreds of thousands of seasonal farmworkers from Africa and eastern Europe on Italy’s fields. Without their labor the country would have no tomato, orange or olive harvest. But the workers are exploited and often forced to live under inhumane conditions in ruins or shanty towns called ghettos. In 2011 Sagnet himself briefly picked tomatoes on the fields near the southern Italian town of Nardò. For four days he labored to fill the 350-kilogram crates. He earned 14 euros a day, ten of which he had to hand over to the gangmaster, or Caporale, for transport and water. Caporale is the term for the criminal recruiters who control and exploit the workers. After a 14-hour day working under the blazing sun and even being beaten, Sagnet took home only four euros. He helped to organize the first strike among the farmhands. It was a success, and since then he has been an activist for the rights of the farmworkers and against the gangmasters. Despite death threats, he has set up an organization called NoCap, a label to certify produce farmed under ethically acceptable conditions. And he has taken his fight against exploitation and slavery to the courts. So far, the Italian justice system has responded slowly. It’s a fight that will take a long time to win.

The Big Picture: How We Got Into This Mess, And How We Get Out of It | Robert Reich

Robert Reich – Jan 1, 2022

I’ve been in or around politics for over a half-century now. I’ve watched as corporations ransacked our system. In 1952, the corporate share of federal tax revenue was 32%. In 2020, it was down to 7%. Here’s how we break the corporate oligarchy and return power to the people.

Capitalism Hits the Fan Film Screening and Q&A with Professor Richard Wolff | The New School

The New School – Mar 10, 2010

GPIA Presents: Capitalism Hits the Fan Film Screening and Q&A with Professor Richard Wolff

THE NEW SCHOOL | http://www.newschool.edu
For more online lectures and classes by Prof. Richard Wolff, visit http://www.rdwolff.com/classes

Join Economics Professor Richard Wolff, University of Massachusetts, for a screening of his film, Capitalism Hits the Fan, and a Q&A. Professor Wolff breaks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis and traces its source to the 1970s, when wages began to stagnate and American workers were forced into a spiral of borrowing and debt. By placing the crisis in this framework, Wolff argues that proposals for government “bailouts,” offers of stimulus packages, and calls for increased market regulation will not address the real causes of the crisis. He suggests that far more fundamental change is necessary to avoid future catastrophes. Richly illustrated with motion graphics, Capitalism Hits the Fan is a superb introduction to the unraveling economic crisis for ordinary citizens.

Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) | http://gpia.info

* Location: Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. 03/03/2010 6:00 p.m.

The War State: The Cold War Origins Of The Military-Industrial Complex And The Power Elite, 1945-1963: Michael Swanson

Today when you factor in the interest on the national debt from past wars and total defense expenditures the United States spends almost 40% of its federal budget on the military. It accounts for over 46% of total world arms spending. Before World War II it spent almost nothing on defense and hardly anyone paid any income taxes. You can’t have big wars without big government. Such big expenditures are now threatening to harm the national economy. How did this situation come to be?

In this book you’ll learn how in the critical twenty years after World War II the United States changed from being a continental democratic republic to a global imperial superpower. Since then nothing has ever been the same again. In this book you will discover this secret history of the United States that formed the basis of the world we live in today.

By buying this book you will discover:

– How the end of European colonialism created a power vacuum that the United States used to create a new type of world empire backed by the most powerful military force in human history.

– Why the Central Intelligence Agency was created and used to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations when the United States Constitution had no mechanism for such imperial activities.

– How national security bureaucrats got President Harry Truman to approve of a new wild budget busting arms race after World War II that is still going on to this day.

– Why President Eisenhower really gave his famous warning against the “military-industrial complex.”

– Why during the Kennedy administration the nuclear arms race almost led to the end of the world during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

– How President Kennedy tried to deal with what had grown into a “permanent government” of power elite national security bureaucrats in the executive branch of the federal government that had become more powerful than the individual president himself.

In this book you will discover this secret history of the United States that formed the basis of the world we live in today.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author


hedge fund manager Michael Swanson is the founder and head editor of WallStreetWindow.com. He received a Masters Degree in history from the University of Virginia in 1998 and since retiring from the hedge fund world writes about global investment trends, the financial markets, and American history. The War State is the first in a series of books he is writing on the Cold War and American foreign policy.

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 16, 2013)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback‏ : ‎ 430 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 1484080769
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-1484080764
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.7 ounces
  • Dimensions‏ : ‎ 5.25 x 0.97 x 8 inches

Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast: Marjoleine Kars

Winner of the Cundill History Prize
Winner of the Frederick Douglass Book Prize
Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR

A breathtakingly original work of history that uncovers a massive enslaved persons’ revolt that almost changed the face of the Americas

On Sunday, February 27, 1763, thousands of slaves in the Dutch colony of Berbice—in present-day Guyana—launched a massive rebellion which came amazingly close to succeeding. Surrounded by jungle and savannah, the revolutionaries (many of them African-born) and Europeans struck and parried for an entire year. In the end, the Dutch prevailed because of one unique advantage—their ability to get soldiers and supplies from neighboring colonies and from Europe. Blood on the River is the explosive story of this little-known revolution, one that almost changed the face of the Americas.

Drawing on nine hundred interrogation transcripts collected by the Dutch when the Berbice rebellion finally collapsed, and which were subsequently buried in Dutch archives, historian Marjoleine Kars reconstructs an extraordinarily rich day-by-day account of this pivotal event. Blood on the River provides a rare in-depth look at the political vision of enslaved people at the dawn of the Age of Revolution and introduces us to a set of real characters, vividly drawn against the exotic tableau of a riverine world of plantations, rainforest, and Carib allies who controlled a vast South American hinterland.

An astonishing original work of history, Blood on the River will change our understanding of revolutions, slavery, and of the story of freedom in the New World.


Praise for Blood on the River:
“A gripping tale about the human need for freedom. . . . The story of the Berbice Rebellion begs to be told, and Kars’ telling is impressive.”
Martha Anne Toll, NPR Books

“A richly detailed account of a gripping human story.”
H. W. Brands, The Washington Post

“[An] epic history. . . . A sweeping, thoughtful narrative, joining a new wave of books that make visible previously dismissed Black voices.”
Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

“A powerful book that will appeal to experts and—thanks to the lively and accessible writing style—the general public alike.”
Black Perspectives

“A riveting addition to the history of the search for freedom in the Americas.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This striking study unearths a meaningful chapter in the history of slavery.”
Publishers Weekly

“Meticulously researched and careful to prioritize the perspectives of the marginalized, Blood on the River offers a fascinating glimpse of the complex history of slavery in the Americas.”—Booklist

“A must-read for anyone interested in slave revolts and the history of Atlantic slavery.”
Library Journal

“[A] masterpiece . . . Marjoleine Kars has unearthed a little-known rebellion in the Dutch colony of Berbice and rendered its story with insight, empathy, and wisdom. You’ll find no easy platitudes herein. Instead, you’ll find human beings in full relief, acting with courage, kindness, calculation, and mendacity in their quest for self-determination. Blood on the River is a story for the ages.”
Elizabeth Fenn, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People

“Takes readers on a moving journey deep into a colonial heart of darkness. Drawing on rich and challenging sources, Marjoleine Kars reveals enslaved people making a rebellion that lingers in memory and landscape.”
Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize–winning author ofThe Internal Enemy and William Cooper’s Town

“This riveting story offers a close look at the inner dynamics of a slave war—its fraught alliances and antagonisms, strategies and tactics, and the grievances and aspirations of its combatants and resistors.”
Vincent Brown, author of Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War

“One of the great slave revolts in modern history has at last found a gifted historian to tell its epic tale. Using a breathtaking archival discovery to make the Berbice rebels vivid flesh-and-blood actors, Marjoleine Kars deeply enriches the global scholarship on the history of slavery and resistance.”
Marcus Rediker, author of The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

“Vivid. . . . The aborted attempt at freedom she chronicles provides a harrowing counterpoint to the American and French revolutions that would soon follow.”
Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World

“Marjoleine Kars has brought from the archives the voices of the enslaved, both in hope and in defeat. A tale of importance for our time.”
Natalie Zemon Davis, author of Trickster Travels and The Return of Martin Guerre

“This is required reading for historians of the Black Atlantic world.”
Jennifer Morgan, professor of history, NYU, and author of Reckoning with Slavery

About the Author

Marjoleine Kars is a professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A noted historian of slavery, she is the author of Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast (The New Press) and Breaking Loose Together. She lives in Washington, DC.

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ The New Press; Illustrated edition (August 11, 2020)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 1620974592
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-1620974599
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.4 pounds
  • Dimensions‏ : ‎ 5.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches

Houghton Leader Tom Hyry Takes On Expanded Role | Harvard Library

By Harvard Library Communications Office May 10, 2021

Dear library colleagues,

As of the first of this month, our colleague Tom Hyry has officially assumed his expanded role of Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections and Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library. I wanted to take a moment to officially congratulate Tom and welcome him to his new position.

The creation of a senior role dedicated to archives and special collections signifies the increasing and strategic importance of our rare and unique holdings to the future of Harvard Library. In his new role, we are asking Tom to partner across Harvard Library to advance system-wide infrastructure and initiatives that will support Harvard repositories and their users. He will also add oversight of the Harvard University Archives to his existing management responsibilities, which include the Fine Arts Library, the Harvard Film Archive, and the Eda K. Loeb Music Library, as well as Houghton Library, for which he will continue to serve as director.

An archivist by training, Tom will bring strong experience and an exceptional record of successful leadership at Harvard, UCLA, and Yale to his new responsibilities. Under Tom’s direction since 2014, Houghton Library has created a more open, welcoming, and dynamic environment for research, teaching, and community engagement and has prioritized telling diverse stories through the library’s exhibitions, digitization projects, and acquisitions. Tom has proven an excellent advocate for the library and made strong connections with faculty, students, visiting scholars, donors, colleagues, and others passionate about Houghton and its collections.

As a dedicated and inspiring leader, Tom takes special pride in the growth and accomplishments of his staff and in seeing Harvard take a more collaborative approach among repositories on campus over the past several years. Most recently, Tom established and implemented a transformative vision for the physical renovation of Houghton to be even more inviting, accessible, and functional. I know he’s looking forward to sharing the newly renovated, inspiring spaces with the library and campus community as soon as we’re able to do so.

Over its nearly 400 years, Harvard Library has had the privilege and the responsibility of acquiring and stewarding an incomparable collection of rare, unique, and invaluable materials that form a vital part of our collective cultural and institutional memory. Our special collections represent not only an incredible resource for the University but for a global audience of scholars, students, and the general public passionate about what we can learn from archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other materials. As we move forward, our work will be measured by how we connect our holdings with a broader and more diverse set of users, so that together we can generate new knowledge and creative work.

To realize this vision, it is also crucial that our collections continue to evolve to include an even broader spectrum of human experience. In this way, our archives and special collections, and the talented archivists, librarians, curators, and staff who steward them, play a critical role in our work of Advancing Open Knowledge.

I am very grateful to Tom for taking on this expanded role, and I look forward to working with him, and the amazing special collections and archives community at Harvard, to ensure we continue to grow and evolve.

Please join me in congratulating Tom on his new role.

Martha Whitehead

Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian
Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences