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The Problem with the Globalists
Who Makes the ‘Rules’ in a ‘Rules-Based’ Liberal Global Order? Obviously not the people.
rmc  globalization 
4 days ago by chrischantrill
The Wake of Crows – Thom van Dooren
"The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds, Columbia University Press: New York, 2019

The blurb:

Crows can be found almost everywhere that people are, from tropical islands to deserts and arctic forests, from densely populated cities to suburbs and farms. Across these diverse landscapes, many species of crows are doing very well today: their intelligent and adaptive ways of life have allowed them to thrive amid human-driven transformations. Indeed, crows are frequently disliked for their success, seen as pests, threats, and scavengers on the detritus of human life. But among the vast variety of crows, there are also critically endangered species that are barely hanging on to existence, some of them subjects of passionate conservation efforts.

The Wake of Crows is an exploration of the entangled lives of humans and crows. Focusing on five key sites, Thom van Dooren asks how we might live well with crows in a changing world. He explores contemporary possibilities for shared life emerging in the context of ongoing processes of globalization, colonization, urbanization, and climate change. Moving between these diverse contexts, this book tells stories of extermination and extinction, alongside fragile efforts to better understand and make room for one another. Grounded in the careful work of paying attention to some very particular crows and their people, The Wake of Crows is an effort to imagine and put into practice a multispecies ethics. In so doing, van Dooren explores some of the possibilities that still exist for living and dying well on this damaged planet.


“A necessary and beautiful book, The Wake of Crows models the work of living responsibly inside both the humanities and the sciences in order to nurture still possible worlds. This book shows us what collaborative efforts to enact multispecies communities mean, and might yet mean, in the context of ongoing processes of extinction and extermination. Moving through diverse sites of human/crow encounter, it offers insights into the fragile, situated, ongoing, work necessary to cultivating ecologies of hope in troubled times.”
~ Donna Haraway, author of Staying with the Trouble, and When Species Meet

“The Wake of Crows is a thoughtful and captivating book that opens our imagination. In this book van Dooren shows us that accepting the challenge to coexist with crows without dreaming that they will come to behave as a loyal and grateful companion species, might teach us priceless lessons at a time when we need to learn how to make room for many different, sometimes inconvenient, but so very interesting, others.”
~ Isabelle Stengers, author of In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism

“Writing from a personal and scholarly perspective, Thom van Dooren takes us on a deep dive into the human-crow relationship that both informs natural history and lays bare the importance of expanding our own ethics to value all of life and our wonderful connections to it.”
~ John M. Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science, University of Washington and author of Gifts of the Crow and Welcome to Subirdia."
thomvandooren  crows  animals  birds  corvids  books  intelligence  donnaharaway  isabellestrengers  johnmarzluff  globalization  urban  urbanism  urbanization  climatechange  colonization  human-animalrelations  human-animalrelationships  multispecies  morethanhuman 
8 days ago by robertogreco
We went undercover in a Chinese MDMA factory - Features - Mixmag
Since 2012, pills have doubled or tripled in strength and now have to be taken in halves if you want to remember your night – or to survive it. There were 65 MDMA-related deaths in 2016 – a fivefold increase from the 13 recorded by the Office for National Statistics in 2011.

On dark web markets, prices for kilogrammes of MDMA are now £5,000; 10 years ago it was £30–40K. MDMA used to sell at street level for £60/gramme; now it can be bought for £30. The chemical we’ll buy, PMK-glycidate, caused these changes, as it is being used to make MDMA on an unprecedented, industrial scale.
chemistry  mdma  globalization  china  drugs 
11 days ago by yorksranter
032 La nueva ruta de la seda en Lejano Este en mp3(01/04 a las 11:00:24) 30:29 33905443 - iVoox
El cambio de Hegemón global.
Si os hablo de OBOR (One Belt One Road), quizá no os suene de nada. Si os nombro «La Nueva Ruta de la Seda” quizá sí y si os explico que se trata de la estrategia de expansión comercial de China recuperando la antigua Ruta de la Seda, probablemente ya os suene bastante.

«Plan Marshall del siglo XXI al estilo chino” se le llama de forma despectiva o amenazante… Que digo, no tienen nada que ver una cosa con la otra, pero creo que no se habrá debido de explicar muy bien el plan Marshall si se utiliza como ataque.

El proyecto afecta a 60 países, el 75% de las reservas energéticas conocidas al mundo, el 70% de la población mundial y generaría el 55% del PIB mundial.

El OBOR se compone de dos vías principales para conectar China con el resto del continente euroasiático. Una terrestre y otra marítima.

La primera es conocida como el Cinturón Económico de la Ruta de la Seda, que conecta China por tierra con todo Centro-Asia, Oriente Medio, Europa del este y finalmente Europa occidental.

La segunda, la Ruta de la Seda marítima, bordea la costa del Pacífico hasta el Índico, subirá por el mar Rojo y termina entrando al Mediterráneo conectando además con el continente africano que quizá sería la gran novedad, en el cambio de estrategia con respecto a la antigua ruta de la seda hace 2000 años.
!audio  !key  !trends  China  economics  EU  geoestrategia  globalization  Italy  petrodollars  Russia  USA  trading 
12 days ago by david.garciahz
006 Fábricas vs Traders en Lejano Este en mp3(16/09 a las 18:09:56) 21:38 28610604 - iVoox
Audio que explica las ventajas y desventajas de los intermediarios en China. Ir a fabrica parece atractivo, pero el trader puede conseguir volumen agregándonos y alcanzar precios que no obtendríamos nosotros. Por otro lado, es verdad que puede compartir nuestra idea con N fabricas y la de N fabricas con nosotros, por lo que hay que pensarlo a la hora de darle una idea... hará splash en el mercado...
Finalmente, los traders juegan a presionar con su volumen a las tiendas, y si somos uno de sus clientes claves nos beneficia y ecc, nos perjudica (xq nos arrastran para respaldar a otro cliente).
!audio  !concept  !interesante  !shocking  China  competitiveness  economics  FoW  geoestrategia  globalization  organization  productividad 
12 days ago by david.garciahz
Bill Gates says poverty is decreasing. He couldn’t be more wrong | Jason Hickel | Opinion | The Guardian
What Roser’s numbers actually reveal is that the world went from a situation where most of humanity had no need of money at all to one where today most of humanity struggles to survive on extremely small amounts of money. The graph casts this as a decline in poverty, but in reality what was going on was a process of dispossession that bulldozed people into the capitalist labour system, during the enclosure movements in Europe and the colonisation of the global south.

Prior to colonisation, most people lived in subsistence economies where they enjoyed access to abundant commons – land, water, forests, livestock and robust systems of sharing and reciprocity. They had little if any money, but then they didn’t need it in order to live well – so it makes little sense to claim that they were poor. This way of life was violently destroyed by colonisers who forced people off the land and into European-owned mines, factories and plantations, where they were paid paltry wages for work they never wanted to do in the first place.

In other words, Roser’s graph illustrates a story of coerced proletarianisation.
capitalism  colonialism  poverty  optimism  bill_gates  globalization 
12 days ago by perich
Free trade and opioid overdose death in the United States - ScienceDirect
"Opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. rose dramatically after 1999, but also exhibited substantial geographic variation. This has largely been explained by differential availability of prescription and non-prescription opioids, including heroin and fentanyl. Recent studies explore the underlying role of socioeconomic factors, but overlook the influence of job loss due to international trade, an economic phenomenon that disproportionately harms the same regions and demographic groups at the heart of the opioid epidemic. We used OLS regression and county-year level data from the Centers for Disease Controls and the Department of Labor to test the association between trade-related job loss and opioid-related overdose death between 1999 and 2015. We find that the loss of 1000 trade-related jobs was associated with a 2.7 percent increase in opioid-related deaths. When fentanyl was present in the heroin supply, the same number of job losses was associated with a 11.3 percent increase in opioid-related deaths."

--- I'm very skeptical about OLS here. Something like nearest neighbors would be better here, but I'm not sure how to handle spatial correlation.
to:NB  to_read  drugs  whats_gone_wrong_with_america  class_struggles_in_america  econometrics  statistics  globalization  to_teach:data_over_space_and_time  to_teach:undergrad-ADA  causal_inference 
19 days ago by cshalizi
5 Myths About Global Poverty – Current Affairs | Culture & Politics
This is why the DWEIB narrative is the single greatest threat to the leftist project. It is no longer merely a weapon of the political right—it has started to infect and splinter the left from within. If we do not address it, then we leftists, SJWs, and socialists may just find ourselves part of a losing movement—or perhaps without a movement at all. 

Lucky for us, the DWEIB narrative is nothing more than a carefully crafted fantasy. At its core are five interlocking myths about poverty, capitalism, development, and progress. Let’s evaluate these myths one at a time. 
globalization  poverty  optimism  r_vs_g  bill_gates  steven_pinker  myth_of_progress 
23 days ago by perich
Mauritius Leaks exposes tiny tax haven's role in vast offshore system - ICIJ
Based on 200,000 files, this new ICIJ investigation uncovers a sophisticated system that diverts tax revenue from poor nations back to the wealthy elite.
mauritius  taxes  corruption  geldof  globalization 
23 days ago by stevesong

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