Oliver Kellhammer okellhammer at gmail.com
Tue Sep 24 04:37:38 AEST 2019


On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 2:36 PM Oliver Kellhammer <okellhammer at gmail.com>

> It took a lot of epidemiological sleuthing to figure that out at a time
> when the main priority was (and still is) saving people from dying.
> Wikipedia has a good introduction to the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus
> jumping hosts to become HIV. Viruses are much more adaptable than humans.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simian_immunodeficiency_virus
> Also, for those of you who can pull scientific papers via their
> institutions
> On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 12:35 PM Dean Wilson <dean at sundialforum.org>
> 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>
>> wrote:
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>>> 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> wrote:
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>>>> 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
>>>> --
>>>> On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 2:19 PM Sergio Basbaum <sbasbaum at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
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>>>>> Thank you Lucio, for this account
>>>>> s
>>>>> On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 1:24 PM Lucio Agra <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> 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
>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>> On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 1:21 PM Dean Wilson <dean at sundialforum.org>
>>>>>>> wrote:
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>>>>>>>> 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
>>>>>>>> _______________________________________________
>>>>>>> empyre forum
>>>>>>> empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au
>>>>>>> http://empyre.library.cornell.edu
>>>>>> --
>>>>>> *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!
>>>>>> _______________________________________________
>>>>>> empyre forum
>>>>>> empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au
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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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