Aug 29, 2015
I’ve migrated this blog to Jekyll in anticipation of some upcoming changes.
I expect people reading this via RSS may get old posts marked as new again, sorry about that.
For those reading via the web, things will look a little basic while I work on visuals.
Aug 7, 2015
It’s becoming a tradition, longer articles for your week-end:
Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state’s Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living memory. London reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest July day ever recorded in the U.K.; The Guardian briefly had to pause its live blog of the heat wave because its computer servers overheated.
I sent the six queries I had planned to send that day. Within 24 hours George had five responses—three manuscript requests and two warm rejections praising his exciting project. For contrast, under my own name, the same letter and pages sent 50 times had netted me a total of two manuscript requests. The responses gave me a little frisson of delight at being called “Mr.” and then I got mad.
This year, I spoke with more than 30 company reps, factory auditors and researchers and read dozens of studies describing what has happened in those sweatshops since they became a cultural fixation three decades ago. All these sources led me to the same conclusion: Boycotts have failed. Our clothes are being made in ways that advocacy campaigns can’t affect and in places they can’t reach. So how are we going to stop sweatshops now?
Jul 31, 2015
It’s been a week already, a few longer articles I found interesting on my online explorations:
For 110 days and across two seas and three oceans, crews stalked a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher.
Consider this, if you would: a network of far-flung, powerful, high-tech civilizations closely tied by trade and diplomatic embassies; an accelerating threat of climate change and its pressure on food production; a rising wave of displaced populations ready to sweep across and overwhelm developed nations.
You’ve heard of actors getting typecast. But there is no group more slighted, more narrowly cast, than the Muslim-American actors who earn virtually their entire livings pretending to hijack planes and slaughter infidels.
Jul 24, 2015
It seems to be that time of the week again, here’s some fuel for your weekend reading:
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian
The old model of unwieldy behemoths is giving way to a new one of collaboration. Welcome to the world of Peers.
Powered by the sun, this low cost three-bedroom house is the first in the country to produce and sell more energy than it uses.
I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.
Jul 17, 2015
And another week is over and a few more long reads have found their way into my list. Here they are for your potential week-end reading session:
An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.
A political buffet offering everything but science.
The gourmet’s ongoing failure to think in moral terms
The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer.