n | Raj Patel

November 30, 2010

For some reason, I’d thought I’d posted this already, but since I can’t seem to find it, and since the next round of climate change talks are about to start, it’s worth repeating.

This is a picture of the carbon emitted by China that turns out to be accounted for by consumption in other countries. In other words, what has happened is that countries in Europe and North America, for instance, have managed to shrink their carbon footprint by getting China to do a great deal of emitting. And then they turn to China and refuse to move forward in the negotiations until China does its bit to reduce greenhouse gases.

Read the full report here.

Very useful. I assume california’s record low emissions is mostly outsourcing.

What could better illustrate the instability of protocol-driven social control systems than the phenomenon of a leak? Springing a leak is an irruption through a human-constructed wall (hull) holding back the chaotic flows of the sea. Wikileaks is a reversal of that, where the leak is from the inside of the ship-of-State to the outside. Where inside there are protocol-defined pathways of State-driven communication flow filling a space of partially-stabilized human endeavor. Every so often, one of the nodes of State communication goes rogue, mad, AWOL, counter, and defies the standing protocols by whatever means possible. Opening the mouth and speaking, telling the secrets of State, a yawning vomit of bilge over the sides: merely seasick.

This is a helpful reframing if where power lies in a difficult yet interconnected world. In thinking about how we participate in global sustainability, this helps stir our imagination.

Crops better able to resist drought can help DuPont expand its $8.2 billion agriculture business, according to Jim Borel, vice president in charge of seed operations for the Wilmington, Delaware-based company, the world’s second-biggest seed maker behind Monsanto Co.

Farmers’ Productivity

so how can we go green when the greening companies want to sell more to recover costs?

The value of conversation

November 28, 2010

Between classes at Columbia on a lovely September afternoon, Schamus found a spot in the sun behind Dodge Hall to smoke a cigar. “For me,” he said, “the happiest place on earth is a well-run school. If I have a false nostalgia, it’s for an ongoing conversation in which anyone can say anything interesting, a conversation you have in public, and that includes people who are dead. To the extent that I have a management style, I try to replicate that environment.”

His conversations with students and filmmakers have in common a desire to get them to stop trying to please an imaginary internalized Professor or Studio Head and free themselves to say something original, fresh and useful — something constructively weird.

To get people past needing a conversation to have a specific goal is not easy. But important.


November 28, 2010

This is a good image of wealth concnentration, in front, and th helper bees behind.





from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/27/sold-corona-del-mar-home-_n_788337.html#s191949

The Azimuth project

November 27, 2010

This is looking like a great rsource for a combiantion of social and scientific thinking

The Azimuth ProjectPaleoclimate


The history of the Earth’s climate includes some unique episodes such as

and also some repetitive events or cycles such as:

Nicolas Berggruen knows fixing to California’s structural shortcomings won’t be a short-term endeavor.

But the jet-setting billionaire says he’s is not daunted by the long haul. He has pledged to invest at least $20 million of his own fortune into a new organization aimed at realizing a long-term vision for improving California’s system of governance.

“How much time will it take? Years,” Berggruen said in an interview with The Bee editorial board today. “Luckily we are still reasonably energetic, and so we will be at this for years.”

Will this be an attempt to return to the old economy, a green economy, democratic or centralist, a state run by financiers or public good?