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tiny rainbow

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #3250 on: May 16, 2020, 05:11:55 AM »
Another 28 days:

j.mp/covidnewsmuse
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https://archive.today/2020.05.09-040155/https://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/v36n3/pdf/keeling.pdf
 'Dragon-Slayer vs. Dragon-Sayer', Lori Goodson & Jim Blasingame

https://web.archive.org/web/20050321125215/http://www.jhfc.duke.edu/icuss/pdfs/Mbembe.pdf Mbembe, Achille. Necropolitics Translated by Libby Meintjes
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But under what practical conditions is the right to kill, to allow to live, or to expose to death exercised?

Who is the subject of this right? What does the implementation of such a right tell us about the person who is thus put to death and about the relation of enmity that sets that person against his or her murderer?
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The sovereign world, Bataille argues, “is the world in which the limit of death is done away with. Death is present in it, its presence defines that world of violence, but while death is present it is always there only to be negated, never for anything but that.
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the human being truly becomes a subject—that is, separated from the animal—in the struggle and the work through which he or she confronts death.
Reminded of Dune (The Gateway Collection) https://books.google.com/books?id=FZOdS_02yacC&pg=PT10
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"Withdraw your hand and the gom jabbar takes you. Understand?"
"What's in the box?"
"Pain."

https://archive.today/2020.05.15-025525/http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2019/624278/EPRS_STU(2019)624278_EN.pdf Automated tackling of disinformation - Panel for the Future of Science and Technology, European Parliamentary Research Service, Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA), March 2019
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human curators can often struggle to identify bots from public Twitter profiles alone. This is set to become even harder, as more sophisticated bots are starting to emerge [..] as part of their transparency drive, Twitter have now released a very large dataset of more than 10 million Tweets and 2 million images and videos posted by 3,841 Russia-affiliated and 770 other accounts, potentially originating in Iran.
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there is an even bigger challenge. These are all proprietary algorithms, the details of which are not disclosed in public and neither are any independent quantitative evaluations, if such exist. The only information available is from blog posts and press releases of the companies themselves
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a significant amount of unverified information and factually incorrect statements are published by traditional media and advocated by politicians.
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At present, media literacy education is most often delivered in face-to-face sessions by NGOs or widely respected media organisations (e.g. the BBC, Le Monde) .. it will take some time to scale that up on European level. It is best delivered through initiatives independent of the state, as it could be misconstrued as yet another form of government propaganda.
https://archive.today/2020.05.15-024658/https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2020/646172/EPRS_BRI(2020)646172_EN.pdf BRIEFING - Effects of 5G wireless communication on human health, European Parliamentary Research Service, March 2020
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A 5G appeal was presented to the United Nations in 2015, and to the European Union from 2017, with an increasing number of scientists' signing (268 scientists and medical doctors as of 18 December 2019). The signatories state that with the increasingly extensive use of wireless technology, especially when 5G is deployed, nobody could avoid exposure to constant EMF radiation because of the huge number of 5G transmitters with an estimated 10 to 20 billion connections (to self-driving cars, buses, surveillance cameras, domestic appliances, etc.). In addition, the appeal states that a large number of scientific publications illustrate EMF exposure effects such as an elevated risk of cancer, genetic damage, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, etc. The appeal pointsout not only harm to humans, but also to the environment.

The appeal recommends a moratorium on the deployment of 5G for telecommunications until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent of industry.
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Various studies suggest that 5G would affect the health of humans, plants, animals, insects, and microbes – and as 5G is an untested technology, a cautious approach would be prudent.

https://archive.today/2020.04.20-190327/https://jsis.washington.edu/news/what-will-5g-mean-for-the-environment/
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The millimeter waves, specifically, have been linked to many disturbances in the ecosystems of birds. In a study by the Centre for Environment and Vocational Studies of Punjab University, researchers observed that after exposure to radiation from a cell tower for just 5-30 minutes, the eggs of sparrows were disfigured.
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beehives exposed for just ten minutes to 900MHz waves fell victim to colony collapse disorder.[37] Colony collapse disorder is when many of the bees living in the hive abandon the hive leaving the queen, the eggs, and a few worker bees. The worker bees exposed to this radiation also had worsened navigational skills, causing them to stop returning to their original hive after about ten days.
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[Packham, Chris. Would We Starve Without Bees? BBC.]Bees not only provide pollination for the plant-based food we eat, but they are also important to maintaining the food livestock eats. Without bees, a vast majority of the food eaten today would be lost or at the very least highly limited.

https://web.archive.org/web/20200515025937/https://betweenrockandhardplace.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/australia-september-15-2019-cell-phone-radiation-and-health-gaps-in-the-knowledge.pdf 5G and Health - Gaps in the Knowledge, University of Helsinki, September 15, 2019
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■ No studies to show what is the fate of the RF-induced “DNA damage”
■ Is DNA damaged by RF or is RF impairing repair of spontaneous DNA damage?
■ Is DNA damage repaired or does it persist in further generations of cells?
- https://web.archive.org/web/20200515071925/https://sci-hub.tw/10.1016/j.brainres.2015.01.019
Research Report - Exposure to 900 MHz electromagnetic fields activates the mkp-1/ERK pathway and causes blood-brain barrier damage and cognitive impairment in rats, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China
https://archive.today/2020.05.15-025419/https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/pall-firstenberg-and-the-silent-enablers-are-responsible-for-the-current-5g-storm/
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Those who promote 5G-coronavirus theories based on weak evidence undermine the credibility of scientists and medical doctors who have expressed concerns about 5G safety based on strong evidence (e.g., the 5G Appeal)[this is another 5G Appeal, not the one authored by Firstenberg].





https://archive.today/2020.04.14-225213/https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/14/state-department-cables-warned-safety-issues-wuhan-lab-studying-bat-coronaviruses/
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Two years before the novel coronavirus pandemic upended the world, U.S. Embassy officials visited a Chinese research facility in the city of Wuhan several times and sent two official warnings back to Washington about inadequate safety at the lab, which was conducting risky studies on coronaviruses from bats. The cables have fueled discussions inside the U.S. government about whether this or another Wuhan lab was the source of the virus — even though conclusive proof has yet to emerge.

(deleted) https://archive.today/2020.02.21-233309/http://english.whiov.cas.cn/sylbt2016/201806/t20180604_193842.html Take a look at the largest virus bank in Asia, Wuhan Institute of Virology

(deleted) https://archive.today/2019.09.27-191416/https://twitter.com/ChinaDaily/status/1001255579157979136 Take a look at the largest #virus bank in Asia! Wuhan Institute of Virology in Central China's Hubei province preserves more than 1,500 different strains of virus.

https://archive.today/2020.05.13-230647/https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?strip=1&q=cache:16ttuoc5Yk8J:https://www.unmultimedia.org/avlibrary/asset/2545/2545006/
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Very, very smart people are saying on the economic side that the worst thing that can happen is if we go out of a lockdown and then we don't do the health part right and we go back into a lockdown.
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The way to know that the disease is coming back is to have community-based surveillance, to be testing and to know the problem is coming back, and then be able to adjust your public health measures accordingly. Let us not go back to a situation where we don't know what's happening until our hospitals are overflowing. That is not a good way to do business.
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15. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
STORYLINE:

The Executive Director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, Micheal Ryan, said the virus causing COVID-19 "may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away.”

Speaking at press conference today (13 May), Ryan said there was a “long, long way to go before there's going to be any bells unrung” in the COVID-19 response. He said countries are trying to find a path towards “a new normal as many people have put it, and we're going to be on that pathway for a long, long time.”

SOUNDBITE
https://archive.today/2020.04.17-175316/https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2020/04/world-after-coronavirus
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Adanna Shallowe posits a future in which the global economic and political chaos caused by Covid-19 led, 10 years on, to the emergence of a new UN Human Security Charter and a supporting global body, following the collapse of the UN as we know it.  Devoutly to be wished.  ‘Security’ expanded to include, economic, health, food, community, political, personal and environmental; essential.  But the dynamic is not clear. We will have broken out of the rule-bound regime of neo-liberalism; found pots of money, released the state from its straight jacket, and let individuals rediscover neighbourliness. That is the one positive in the otherwise divisive strategies currently being pursued by national governments around the world.  But there are negatives.  The current war on the virus ignores the social conditions that favour it, and the inward nationalistic policy focus allows the disintegration of such transnational solidarity as presently exists.  Breakdown of the old order is assured.  But from whence will come the ideas, where the leadership, and who, globally, will form the political constituency, to support the new?
FT Interview: Emmanuel Macron says it is time to think the unthinkable | Financial Times (comments)
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Unlike other world leaders .. trying to return their countries to where they were before .. Macron says he sees the crisis as an existential event for humanity that will change the nature of globalisation and the structure of international capitalism.
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use a cataclysm that has prompted governments to prioritise human lives over economic growth as an opening to tackle environmental disasters and social inequalities that he says were already threatening the stability of the world order.
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change the nature of globalisation, with which we have lived for the past 40 years . . . We had the impression there were no more borders. It was all about faster and faster circulation and accumulation,” he says. “There were real successes. It got rid of totalitarians, there was the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago and with ups and downs it brought hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. But particularly in recent years it increased inequalities in developed countries. And it was clear that this kind of globalisation was reaching the end of its cycle, it was undermining democracy.”
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Mr Macron likened the fear of suffocating that comes with Covid-19 to the effects of air pollution. “When we get out of this crisis people will no longer accept breathing dirty air,” he says. “People will say . . . ‘I do not agree with the choices of societies where I’ll breathe such air, where my baby will have bronchitis because of it. And remember you stopped everything for this Covid thing but now you want to make me breathe bad air!’”
https://archive.today/2020.05.16-162232/https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52689372
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plan to close large swathes of London to cars and vans would create one of the largest car-free areas of any city in the world.
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temporary response to the coronavirus crisis, but many local authorities say that - following consultation with local communities - they would like to make them permanent.
"We hope that pedestrians and cyclists will reclaim the streets
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We have consulted with the community and they say want to make this area a nicer place to live", says Levenshulme resident Pauline Johnson.
She said the response from local people has been overwhelmingly positive.
"They say they want this to be somewhere where children can play safely in the streets."
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Chris Boardman .. "If we don't take steps to enable people to keep traveling actively, we risk a huge spike in car use as measures are eased", the Olympic gold winner said.
"Not only is it the right thing to do to protect people now, but it's vital to meet our clean air goals and protect our NHS long-term."
https://archive.today/2020.04.18-102751/https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-52319956/page/7
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only 9% of people say they want life to return to how it was before
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Some respondents (51%) said they had noticed the air was cleaner

(27%) said they had seen more wildlife.

Four in 10 said there had been a stronger sense of community and the feeling of neighbours looking out for each other.



goodreads.com/book/show/4965 Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Insight guide https://books.google.com/books?id=ylRMUEaxb-MC
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In conclusion, it is sadly evident that most individuals in Year of Wonders have little real power. The plague is a horrific leveller, targeting rich and poor alike, and devastating everything in its path. The lack of knowledge and effective resources means that the majority must resign themselves to a miserable fate. Individuals are further constrained by societal factors such as poverty and gender. At the same time, there are characters in the novel whose courage and enterprise encourage them to exercise some autonomy, even to the extent of shaping events and influencing outcomes.
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"A time of ash shall mark the rise of the cities. Days of old shall be new once more."