Posts Tagged ‘ kindness ’

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

Burt Bacharach – Alfie Amazing version – YouTube

ECOLOGY WITHOUT NATURE: You Can Pre-Order Humankind

You Can Pre-Order Humankind

If you’re in the USA, the UK or elsewhere I think you can do it on Amazon. I haven’t looked at other places yet.

Look at the nice blurb (that’s what the description is in fact called; an endorsement is in fact traditionally a puff!):

A radical call for solidarity between humans and non-humans

What is it that makes humans human? As science and technology challenge the boundaries between life and non-life, between organic and inorganic, this ancient question is more timely than ever. Acclaimed Object-Oriented philosopher Timothy Morton invites us to consider this philosophical issue as eminently political. It is in our relationship with non-humans that we decided the fate of our humanity. Becoming human, claims Morton, actually means creating a network of kindness and solidarity with non-human beings, in the name of a broader understanding of reality that both includes and overcomes the notion of species. Negotiating the politics of humanity is the first and crucial step to reclaim the upper scales of ecological coexistence, not to let Monsanto and cryogenically suspended billionaires to define them and own them.

Source: ECOLOGY WITHOUT NATURE: You Can Pre-Order Humankind

How Hillary Clinton launched her campaign’s latest phase – The Washington Post.

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Hillary Clinton with supporters at the rally. Melina Mara / The Washington Post

How Hillary Clinton launched her campaign’s latest phase – The Washington Post.

A Conversation with Noelle Kocot: The World Is Really Falling Apart by Amy Newlove Schroeder / Boston Review

Boston Review — Amy Newlove Schroeder: The World Is Really Falling Apart (Noelle Kocot).

A Story from Lacan’s Practice

What the human hand can do ~ a kindness remembered long after cruelty, part of the analysis itself, an act of humanity towards humanity.  Thank you to Gregory Laynor. ~ Donna Fleischer

Human Kind: Sissela Bok reviews “The Price of Altruism” by Oren Harman / The American Scholar

Human Kind: Sissela Bok reviews “The Price of Altruism” by Oren Harman | The American Scholar.