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The Wages of Whiteness | by Hari Kunzru | The New York Review of Books

Black Panthers, Chicago, 1969  Hiroji Kubota/Magnum Photos

“White privilege” is a protean concept that has found its way into conversations about political power, material prosperity, social status, and even cognition.

Source: The Wages of Whiteness | by Hari Kunzru | The New York Review of Books

Learning to Live with Murder Hornets – Edge Effects

The honeybee (Apis mellifera), which has no natural defense against the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), plays an essential role in North American agriculture today. But that’s only part of the story. Photo from Wikimedia, 2010.

Whether with bees, sheep, or dogs, environmental historians often analyze how human make emotional bonds with animals. And these relationships are essential when learning to mend exploited nature. In Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Donna Haraway argues that “We need to make kin . . . who and whatever we are, we need to make-with—become-with, compose-with—the earth-bound.” Loving broadly resews broken earth.

Plantation Ecologies and Loss

Interspecies alliances sour when exclusive. Anthropologist Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing has described how plantations—“simplified ecologies designed to create assets for future investments” by exploiting human and non-human labor alike—endanger our world. Analyzing profit-driven, global ash supply chains, Tsing asks readers to ponder how “fungal pathogens” would encounter industrial ash tree plantations: “imagine the feast for ‘hunter’ fungi: an endless meal of helpless and identical prey.” Plantations create susceptibility; predatory fungi merely perform in a niche.

And these ecologically simplified plantations are everywhere. Midwestern cornfields, Vietnamese rubber forests, African phosphate mines: each produces homogenous commodities—corn, rubber, phosphorus—while suppressing all other growth. In Apis mellifera’s case, this means “artificial hives throughout the United States” that are sustained by “a large and sophisticated beekeeping industry” busy “mass-producing queens and bees for sale to other beekeepers.” And by ensuring that bees, like Tsing’s ash trees, “coordinate only with replicas—and with the time of the market,” vulnerable abundance and abundant vulnerability ensue.

Source: Learning to Live with Murder Hornets – Edge Effects

Source: Learning to Live with Murder Hornets – Edge Effects

Terraforming Governors Island with Todd Harrington and Elaine Ingham on Vimeo

Patriot Act Bonus: Hasan Sits Down With Bernie Sanders | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix – YouTube

How Happy I Am to Have Seen This Little Corner of America in a Museum

Jordan Casteel, “Ourlando” (2018), oil on canvas, 90 × 78 1/8 × 1 1/2 inches, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, photo: Edward C. Robison III

When it comes to the word “diversity,” what are we really referring to?

Source: How Happy I Am to Have Seen This Little Corner of America in a Museum

Patch of Bamboo Creates New Legal Thicket for Connecticut City – The New York Times

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A thicket of bamboo growing outside a home in New London, Conn., has led to city officials criminally charging the homeowner, Carlos Carrion, under the city’s blight ordinance. CreditJessica Hill for The New York Times
 Life itself is diverse. We need more of both, particularly in cities. Tax payers need town council members and legislative committees to broaden and deepen their knowledge of ecology for less costly, more communal, and user-friendlier living spaces. Reading Jane Jacobs would be an excellent start. Two recent occurrences in the town of Bloomfield, CT are one of many mistakes that ought to have been prevented: a massive new apartment building has literally destroyed an old, lovely neighborhood and Niagra Bottling was allowed in town to bottle water from the Metropolitan District Commission supply underwritten by taxpayers, i.e., privatization.    – word pond

Biodiversity moves beyond counting species : Nature News & Comment

Common species such as this guineafowl pufferfish (Arothron meleagris) may have important functions in their ecosystems.

Ecologists are increasingly looking at how richness of traits — rather than number of species — helps set the health of ecosystems.

Source: Biodiversity moves beyond counting species : Nature News & Comment

MoMA | MoMA Acquires the Rainbow Flag

The Rainbow Flag waving in the wind at San Francisco’s Castro District. Photo: Benson Kua. Image used through Wikimedia Commons

MoMA | MoMA Acquires the Rainbow Flag.

Diversity & Inclusion – Love Has No Labels

Is the “4th Wave” of Feminism Digital? | Bluestockings Magazine

Is the “4th Wave” of Feminism Digital? | Bluestockings Magazine.