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Don midwest
Don midwest

“We Don’t Live on The Same Planet”

The consequences of not having a common ground of agreement are profound and are seen in small ways as the distance between Trump supporters and many other positions. An unbridgeable gap, it seems.

But looking at the earth, there are three major camps. Lets look at the write up for the exhibit in Taiwan. I added the white space in this single paragraph and the bold. Obviously the third group contains indigenous people who I hope survive long enough to share their wisdom.

Co-curated by French philosopher Bruno Latour and French independent curator Martin Guinard, along with Taiwanese independent curator Eva Lin, who has been specially invited to curate the public programs, this year’s biennial will showcase a line-up of works by 58 participants/groups from 25 countries and territories worldwide.

Entitled You and I don’t live on the same planet, the biennial starts from the postulate proposed by Latour and Guinard that “people around the world no longer agree on what it means to live ‘on’ Earth.

As we come closer to a series of tipping points, we simultaneously witness a division between those who seem to have abandoned planet Earth,

those who try to make it more inhabitable,

and those whose cosmology never fitted within the ideals of the globalizing project in the first place”.

again, I added white space

This year’s biennial is a call for ideas on how to view and respond to the current environment we are living in.

With knowledge across a field of studies encompassing humanities, history, geology, marine science, sociology and political science at the core of the exhibition’s framework, accompanied by dynamic public programs to stimulate thoughts and spark discussions, the biennial aims to question our current ongoing geopolitical tensions and worsening ecological crisis by examining our differences and influences on a planetary perspective.

The exhibition will propose a fictional “planetarium” within the museum, wherein the participants will set up the tensions between the gravitational pull of different “planets”. ‘

Among the many examples one could name the Planet GLOBALIZATION for those who relentlessly modernize despite planetary boundaries, and the Planet TERRESTRIAL for those who are concerned about the climate situation and trying to reconcile the paradox between development and sustainability.

The short announcement with wonderful graphics includes brief descriptions of some of the exhibits.

12th Taipei Biennial

You can stop by if you happen to be there

21 November 2020 – 14 March 2021
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

Don midwest
Don midwest

Posted on Naked Capitalism

Steps for Reducing COVID Transmission (GoogleDoc) Cyrus Maher, UCSF. This is the must-read for the week. It’s not only a review of the literature, it’s packed with useful, pragmatic information, and very simply and clearly written. Slide 11: Aerosol FTW; slide 20: the “Swiss Cheese” model; plus a series of slides on preventing exposure, reducing exposure, and improving your odds if you are exposed starting at slide 24; see especially slide 48

It is a series of slides in GoogleDoc

Steps for reducing COVID transmission


Surprised this made CNN and was received with less skepticism than M4A or the GND:


The conversation on JRE is 3 plus hours:


Brian is articulate and quite informative, hope to hear more on this. Especially given fair coverage. this interview was respectful and allowed real information to flow through CNN without all the ridiculing past people who talk the subject. The question about do youndo drugs was a bit demeaning but expected and his response was great. best 5 minutes of cnn Ive seen since Turner sat on panels

BRIAN C. MURARESKU graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University with a degree in Latin, Greek and Sanskrit. As an alumnus of Georgetown Law and a member of the New York Bar, he has been practicing law internationally for fifteen years. He lives outside Washington D.C. with his wife and two daughters. In 2016, Muraresku became the founding executive director of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Their work has been featured on CNN and ESPN, as well as The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. In arbitration with the NFL in 2018, Muraresku represented the first professional athlete in the United States to seek a therapeutic use exemption for cannabis


ty orl!!! it’s harder to use emoticons on my desktop, so i’ll just leave you a funky heart. <3


I use my desktop-what I do is ‘reply’ on twitter with the emoticons I want to use, then copy/paste them here (you just have to remember to discard the reply on twitter so someone unworthy doesn’t get the love).



i want to post this on FB, but i know they would see it as an attack.


I was so upset to hear he’d died. I just read:

Graeber posted on Twitter in August that he had “been sick for a month.” He maintained that the illness caused him “weird soapy taste in my mouth, exhaustion, stomach [and] lung-ache.”

So I looked for something that could cause that:

when a soapy taste in your mouth lasts for several hours or days, it’s usually a symptom of overexposure to sodium fluoride. This condition may be serious.

The low levels of fluoride found in toothpaste, dental treatments, and drinking water are generally safe.

However, high levels of sodium fluoride can be dangerous. This chemical is used in higher concentrations in insecticides and other industrial applications.

One can only hope that potential cause was ruled out.

What a loss!

Don midwest
Don midwest


I have not read his work and didn’t know he existed until his death.

From Bruno

Bruno Latour: “What David Graeber wrote and did had an enormous effect in empowering his readers, and more generally a whole audience of stakeholders, precisely because he was providing an alternative version of the economy in which we are imprisoned. In that sense, one can say that David Graeber was an optimist. However, his death does not make us optimistic at all: it is a shock for all those who hoped that his work would give a way out of the fiction that the economy is.

“David Graeber was an academic with a public commitment: his scholarly practice and his activist practice permuted with one another, but without ever being separated. In writing a book called Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology he was clearly showing an interest in the issue of power and his willingness to combat ordinary social theories that are based on a false conception of power. Did he fight by writing a book or by going out to the street? These are both acts that are too deeply intertwined to divide them.

“This short book [Bullshit Jobs: A Theory], which has been very successful, is typical of Graeber’s whole work. A work which shows that every time we delegate a function, we stop producing it through our own resources, we take on a bureaucracy that imposes itself on us. The increasing number of bullshit jobs implies that we are giving up our agency, [our capacities], to others. The anarchist thought sees in this delegation a self-conscious acceptance of domination through bureaucracy.

When asked, what is the effect of David Graeber on his own thinking, Latour replied: “A legacy is “diseconomization.” He shows that the topic of production, which obsesses Marxism as much as Liberalism, is a function. What is tragic about David Graeber’s death is that few are working to get us out of the economy as a fiction, to get rid of the economy as a principle of analysis of the social world. Economic notions do not grasp the violence of the social world.” (Thanks to Vassily Pigounides for the translation


Correction of translation of the sentence two from the end.

He shows that the topic of production, which obsesses Marxism as much as Liberalism, is a FICTION.

In an earlier post on agriculture, a young man pointed out the problems with PRODUCTION which underlies both socialism and capitalism. This is Latour’s main point here as well.

Link where quotation is found:

Tributes to David Graeber

There are many other tributes at this link including Paul Mason and Nathan J. Robinson


There was an ‘Intergalactic Memorial for him yesterday.

Nika is, of course, David’s widow.



long thread. i didn’t realize Snowdon reads him, and many others. there’s a synopsis of the book in the thread. now i want to read it. :O)


shows his power that they’d lie about his support.
but unelectable.



We get Pence and trumpcorps daughter 🤢🤮🤮 and today is my last day of vac😥😥


i’m so sorry, wi62, i can feel the “last day of vaction” in my bones. 🤗


The positive is I got to hang out here a little more, but once I retire in under 5 years I can put in more time here and no more corporate grind to worry about



There’s a difference between Biden doing well in certain seats of red states, and trying to flip chairs in an area where he needs to do well.


yes. might be more of an effort to get the Biden vote out.


Presented without comment: Trump has announced that he will hold a rally Every Day until Nov.3.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Lolol… Go for it Covid Man.


An interesting read with regards to potential flaw in Biden campaign. (no paywall)

Detroit – When Democrats lost the presidency to Donald Trump four years ago, their biggest vote drop-offs were centered on a trio of Midwestern Rust Belt cities with large Black populations – Detroit, Milwaukee and Cleveland.

This year, all three anchor battleground states that Democratic nominee Joe Biden hopes to reclaim for his party, and recent polls show him in the lead.

But in 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton led some of the same October polls in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio only to lose them all, thanks largely to blue-collar white voters turning to Trump and some African Americans turning away from the election altogether.


But interviews with more than 60 Black local elected officials, religious leaders, grassroots organizers and voters in visits to all three cities reflect a shakier situation – one where there is often little enthusiasm among African American voters for Biden and prevalent concerns that the campaign has to do more to improve turnout.


Another article in the ongoing breakdown of battleground states.

Clicking should provide access.



they need to get loud about a theocracy now? do they really believe that a majority of Americans want to be ruled by someone who thinks he was ordained by god to rule and will regulate the bejesus out of you? not! frack.