Shu Lea Cheang shulea at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 24 02:51:38 AEST 2019

dear Oliver

indeed, i never read about this connection you made here with HIV virus. 
I have myself done a scifi cyherpunk film about HIV virus mutation in 
the future. (http://fluidthemovie.com).

"The rich biodiversity of primary forests might start resisting in 
completely unanticipated and catastrophic ways."

This warning is alarming.

AMAZON continues burning... just want to mention as we enter into the 
4th week of our sejour here in -empyre-, but feel free to continue the 
closely watched.

thanks lots


On 23.09.19 18:33, Dean Wilson wrote:
> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> Thanks for this razor sharp contribution to the slowly expanding 
> awareness of what living beings innately understand. Hasn’t the rich 
> biodiversity of primary forests been resisting in unanticipated and 
> catastrophic ways for centuries? Are we not witnessing accelerated and 
> conflated natural disasters? Not long from today, the word Sargassum, 
> for example, may refer to phenomena that presently have no explicit 
> meaning in the mode of empirical observation:
> DW
> On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 10:36 AM Oliver Kellhammer 
> <okellhammer at gmail.com <mailto:okellhammer at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>     The multispecies resistance can cut both ways once primary
>     ecosystems are parsed up with roads and exposed to globalized
>     trade flows. Freed from their predators or other ecologies of
>     containment, some of the more protean species will take this as an
>     opportunity to explore new habitats, and with viruses and
>     microbes, that can be super bad news.
>     When the rainforest of equatorial Africa started getting
>     fragmented by resource extraction,  there arose the set of perfect
>     conditions to allow HIV to jump from its simian to human hosts -
>     the bushmeat trade, long-distance trucking, roadside sex trade
>     workers, systemic poverty and displacement. The result was an
>     epidemic for which the world was completely unprepared. I remember
>     in the '80s (along with many others) trying to piece together the
>     epidemiology of how it was that friends in Toronto were dying by
>     the score of illness completely unknown a few years before. Who
>     would have guessed that it stemmed from roadbuilding, mining and
>     logging in the vast watersheds of the Congo?
>     The rich biodiversity of primary forests might start resisting in
>     completely unanticipated and catastrophic ways.
>     O.
>     On Sun, Sep 22, 2019 at 1:38 PM margaretha haughwout
>     <margaretha.anne.haughwout at gmail.com
>     <mailto:margaretha.anne.haughwout at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>         Good morning -empyre-,
>         And yes thank you so much Lucio for this insight, and for the
>         link. It is very important. I believe I found the English
>         version:
>         https://theintercept.com/2019/09/20/amazon-brazil-army-bolsanaro/
>         It does seem like it all starts with the roads. The roads
>         introduce new species in the area as they get made,
>         possibilities for logging come about. New edge effects are
>         created and microclimates emerge that allow for a greater
>         chance of fires, ultimately directing the landscape away from
>         rainforest and toward savannah where the plantationocene can
>         take hold -- radically depleting species diversity and
>         introducing new species that also exhaust the soil (cattle
>         deplete nutrients in the pastures). The roads are resource
>         frontiers, and also involve the process of 'making cheap' -- a
>         process Jason Moore describes (and who is referenced by Escher
>         in another thread). Perhaps we can pick up the epistemological
>         question again in the future -- the question of distance,
>         speed, and totalizing views (yes, creating the 'we' vision).
>         On the ground, I am so interested in the foreign species that
>         travel along these roads -- how invasive plant species
>         *sometimes* give big ag grief and can often remediate the
>         landscape, reintroducing nutrients and re texturing the soil,
>         sometimes so the more native species can move back in (Oliver
>         has many examples of this happening in North America) . I'd
>         love to learn what plants could do such things along these new
>         roads in Brazil. Also interested in species that help fight
>         big ag in alliance with humans. In Argentina for example anti
>         gmo activists throw amaranth into fields (a superweed, a
>         spinach, a grain): PDF:
>         https://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article-pdf/9/2/204/517303/204beilin.pdf
>         (also see
>         https://ourworld.unu.edu/en/rethinking-a-weed-the-truth-about-amaranth)
>         A big shout out to multispecies resistance.
>         -M
>         --
>         beforebefore.net <http://beforebefore.net>
>         --
>         On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 2:19 PM Sergio Basbaum
>         <sbasbaum at gmail.com <mailto:sbasbaum at gmail.com>> wrote:
>             ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>             Thank you Lucio, for this account
>             s
>             On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 1:24 PM Lucio Agra
>             <lucioagra at gmail.com <mailto:lucioagra at gmail.com>> wrote:
>                 ----------empyre- soft-skinned
>                 space----------------------
>                 Hi, everybody.
>                 I've been lurking until now, following the discussion
>                 and preferably trying to do not interfere. 
>                 Margaretha, though, has put a good point here.
>                 Today I waked up with a message sent by a colleague 
>                 through Whats Up, with a link to The Intercept ,where
>                 a young brazilian journalist, from their crew, grabbed
>                 some information about the plans that the Govern - and
>                 particularly the Army - have been preparing concerning
>                 Amazon area. The militaries basically reedited an
>                 ancient doctrine about security on the Amazon
>                 frontier. Among several conspiration theories
>                 involving the construction of an independent country
>                 for Yanomoanis in collaboration with Venezuela, and
>                 other klind of misconception there is an intention to
>                 get around ancient plans of roads construction in the
>                 region. There is already a road that connects Cuiabá
>                 (in the middle of the country) to Santarem. Up to this
>                 place, there begins the region known as Calha Norte,
>                 which was involved in disputes and projects since
>                 Military Dictatorship in the 70s and 80s. It gave
>                 raise to a rumorous situation that involved, in the
>                 past, some militaires and empresarios. Well, here they
>                 come again, projecting the occupation of Indigenous
>                 areas with mining and people brought from other parts
>                 of the country, with the aim to avoid a supposed
>                 "invasion" of Chinese immigrants that also supposedly
>                 have benn growing in Suriname. Several detais,
>                 including a presentation with maps and some audio
>                 registering the meetings done in the state of Pará,
>                 were disclosed by Intercept. The material is
>                 astonishing even to those of us who were born and in
>                 Brazil and to all that live here.
>                 Now I  arrive to the important point Margaretha
>                 sustained in her commentaries. The roads we see in the
>                 map, part of it, probably represent these efforts to
>                 open ways up to North Amazon, a place, as an specialst
>                 heard by Intercept says, so isolated that does not
>                 demand concerns on fronteer security. There is indeed
>                 a plan to occupy Amazon with roads and it is really
>                 important for some /tactical/ reasons: first, because
>                 it increases petrol and cars lobby, second because it
>                 was one of the main politics of Dictatorship in the
>                 70s, through the absurd project of TransAmazonica
>                 road. Nowaday it seems to be a reedition of ancient
>                 positions susteinad by  some falcons from the Army.
>                 If, from one side, says Margaretha, perhaps the world
>                 get information that constructs a "we vision" (from
>                 the standpoint of the ones who did not suffer
>                 colonization directly - "seeing from afar") , on the
>                 other there is an analogous situation concerning
>                 people that live in  in  southwest or south parts of
>                 the Country, which means also "seeing from afar".
>                 Nevertheless, the same network has been making it
>                 possible to have fast access to such an information as
>                 it was disclosed by journalist Tatiana Dias through
>                 Intercept today. Intercept uses the same Network that
>                 can either reinforce distances, either eliminate them.
>                 To use a cliché, information is a crucial tool to this
>                 very moment.
>                 Link to the story (I'm afraid it is only in
>                 Portuguese):
>                 https://theintercept.com/2019/09/19/plano-bolsonaro-paranoia-amazonia/
>                 Best
>                 Lucio Agra
>                 Em sex, 20 de set de 2019 às 11:13, margaretha
>                 haughwout <margaretha.anne.haughwout at gmail.com
>                 <mailto:margaretha.anne.haughwout at gmail.com>> escreveu:
>                     ----------empyre- soft-skinned
>                     space----------------------
>                     Dear All,
>                     Hope your day of CLIMATE STRIKE! brings new energy
>                     and fresh beginnings to the struggle.
>                     Fabi thank you for your posts so full of energy
>                     and for a vision of agroecology. I share your
>                     inspiration for this set of cultivation practices,
>                     and worry deeply about the ways it can be taken up
>                     by capital.... But perhaps as you suggest it is a
>                     way out, a tear on the edges of modernity (Eduardo
>                     Gudynas argues the way out of modernity will be
>                     determined by Latin America....)
>                     I have another question for you Fabi and for Dan.
>                     One of the striking things about the arial images
>                     of the Amazon, are the fishbone patterns we see as
>                     roads get developed. We can actually see the
>                     metabolic pathways of capitalism in these
>                     patterns. But I'm wondering about the ways 'we'
>                     see the Amazon from afar -- the technologies we
>                     use, and how they themselves are implicated in
>                     colonial histories and colonial futures that have
>                     us leaving earth -- could you comment. How do you
>                     use these mapping and satellite technologies in
>                     your own practice?
>                     In solidarity,
>                     -M
>                     --
>                     beforebefore.net <http://beforebefore.net>
>                     --
>                     On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 1:21 PM Dean Wilson
>                     <dean at sundialforum.org
>                     <mailto:dean at sundialforum.org>> wrote:
>                         ----------empyre- soft-skinned
>                         space----------------------
>                         A lurker here ... thanks for the thread. "A
>                         thousand years ago" indeed. Even an eight year
>                         interval under the present exploding plastic
>                         inevitable airborne toxic event is a lost
>                         slave ship of failure. Pankaj Mishra's book
>                         review of David French scraped the bulbous
>                         lard of privilege and rummaged around thusly
>                         back in the day (2011):
>                         https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/a-curzon-without-an-empire/270145
>                         "Even stranger gaps exist in /India/, which,
>                         though subtitled /An Intimate Biography of 1.2
>                         Billion People/, finds no place for the nearly
>                         800 million Indians who still depend on
>                         agriculture for a living. The quiet
>                         catastrophe in rural areas—the collapse of
>                         water tables, spiralling debt, the poisoning
>                         of cultivable land, and tens of thousands of
>                         farmer suicides—is absent from /India/. French
>                         does talk to one man with a farming background
>                         at length; but the latter turns out to be an
>                         upwardly mobile adivasi at a Californian-style
>                         vineyard owned by Sula Wines. Claiming that
>                         Mahadev Kolis “normally prefer” Chenin Blanc
>                         and Madeira, he leads French into upbeat
>                         speculation about the “democratisation of
>                         wine-drinking” in India."
>                         Parasamgate bodhi svaha.
>                         DW
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>                 -- 
>                 *Lucio Agra*
>                 Prof. Adjunto • CECULT/UFRB
>                 Centro de Cultura Linguagens e Tecnologias Aplicadas
>                 <https://ufrb.edu.br/cecult/>
>                 http://contemporaryperformance.org/profile/LucioAgra
>                 Se vc tem urgência de falar comigo, me ligue no
>                 celular! É mais rápido!
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>             B'H'
>             "Do mesmo modo como a percepção da coisa me abre ao ser,
>             realizando a síntese paradoxal de uma infinidade de
>             aspectos perspectivos, a percepção do outro funda a
>             moralidade (...)"
>             Maurice Merleau-Ponty
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