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Behemoth: reflections on Joshua Freeman’s history of the factory – WILLETT’S MAGAZINE

 

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Freeman is sensitive to the way organized labor, in revolt in the early seventies, was met by a number of entrepreneurial ‘innovations” seeking, ultimately, to do to the working class what the Pentagon did to many a Vietnamese village: pacify it, liquidate it, and disburse its population.  In the process, investors began to invest not in manufacturing, but in de-manufacturing – in cutting lose from actually making anything.  Freeman registers the divorce between manufacture and brand and ties it into the logic of the factory. To take the most well known example, Apple computers are, strictly, not manufactured by Apple. This is well known, but it is easy to forget. Apple designs them, and Apple markets them. Design and marketing – and not concern with the grime and grievance of the proletariat – define their corporate culture. This has become true for hundreds of big American corporations.

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Source: Behemoth: reflections on Joshua Freeman’s history of the factory – WILLETT’S MAGAZINE

The secret history of radiation | Eurozine

 

The Pripyat amusement park in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Photo by Jason Rogers from Flickr

In the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, international agencies dismissed local doctors’ warnings about a ‘public health catastrophe’ in order to suppress scandal over nuclear tests carried out by the West since the 1950s. This is the conclusion reached by Kate Brown, in her new book ‘Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future’. Here, she talks to Aro Velmet about the secret history of radiation and what Chernobyl means in the era of climate change.

Source: The secret history of radiation | Eurozine

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo in conversation with Mark Krotov | Online Only | n+1

 

Source: Jean-Baptiste Del Amo in conversation with Mark Krotov | Online Only | n+1

The Gospel According to Marianne Williamson – The New York Times

‘Climate apartheid’ between rich and poor looms, UN expert warns – BBC News

A house burns in the upmarket Paradise Pines neighbourhood of California in November

A UN expert has warned of a possible “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape from hunger, “while the rest of the world is left to suffer”.

Source: ‘Climate apartheid’ between rich and poor looms, UN expert warns – BBC News

‘Exhausted’ polar bear found 700km from home in Russian village | World news | The Guardian

Environmental activists have blamed climate change for appearance of polar bear in the Kamchatka Peninsula

Source: ‘Exhausted’ polar bear found 700km from home in Russian village | World news | The Guardian

Rochelle Owens: Devour Not the Elephant :: Poems and Poetics

Rochelle Owens: Devour Not the Elephant

Poaching scene
crime scene  carcasses of
dead rhinos and Savannah elephants
Precious the ivory tusks and horns
cut off  severed
Two from a bull
raw and bleeding holes gouged
into Jumbo’s face
Swollen  infected the wounds
every day bears the data
Data of body
feces  hair and nails  yellowish-white
bones push to the surface
In the green of leaves  Earth
Air  Fire  Water
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What is property?
property is the body  Ears  Trunk
Feet
The face half-severed  precious
the ivory tusks and horns
Property is the body
mutilated  burned  Ears  Trunk
Feet
Ears like human fingerprints
none are the same
Flapping their ears
blood circulates in the head
ears the shape of Africa
Two long pointed teeth stick out
of the mouth
The trunk is like a human arm
or the fingers of a hand
picking berries
Elephant corpses found drifting
In a creek  yellowish-white bones
Push to the surface
In the green of leaves Earth
Air  Fire  Water
What is property?  property
is the body  a human arm or hand
My mother was sold
from me \when I could
but crawl
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Among the stalls
piles of ivory trinkets  bangles
and beads
Rows of Ivory carvings
of maidens  monks  and birds
Carcasses of dead rhinos
and Savannah Elephants  carcasses
stripped of their skin
Burned  mutilated  saleable parts
hacked off
Ears  Trunk  Feet
the horns and tusks ground up
my body the bread  my blood the wine
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Disturbingly informative
an elephant savaged by poachers
Poison in the rivers
poison in the arrow heads  following
the dying animal around
Following the dying animal around
every day bears the data
Data of body  body of data
property is the body mutilated  burned
carnal/spiritual
In the green of leaves  Earth
Air  Fire  Water

 

Source: Poems and Poetics: Rochelle Owens: Devour Not the Elephant