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Bruno Latour in VT over the weekend. I called his campaign office and let them know about the conference and that Bruno will be there

I don’t know which day he will be there


A Symposium and Convergence in Burlington, Vermont, October 20-22, 2018

Fifty years after the widespread international protests of 1968 challenged institutional norms, and some sixty years after C. P. Snow lamented the gap between academia’s “two cultures,” those of the arts and the sciences, it is time to ask whether educational institutions have changed in ways that help us address the world’s intensifying crises.

What are the cultural divides that fracture our world today — both in academia and in the world at large? How can we build “cosmopolitical” bridges between “coastal elites,” the populist movements of “flyover country,” and the growing global precariat of refugees, climate victims, Indigenous Peoples, and others? How do we prepare for the feverish world of the next 50 years?

More specifically, how can we draw on the creative imagination of the arts, the wisdom and critical insight of the humanities, and the know-how and know-what of science and technology to develop practices for collective coexistence and even flourishing in the climate-destabilized world of our likely future?

This 3+day symposium and art event will explore these questions through panels and roundtables, talks and presentations by invited speakers, art and performances by local and invited artists, and open forums including a “Tent City Commons” at the University of Vermont campus and at other area locations.

Invited speakers and artists include anthropologist and philosopher of science Bruno Latour, Brazilian sculptor and installation artist Néle Azevedo, visual artist Torkwase Dyson, artist/engineer Natalie Jeremijenko, musician and eco-philosopher David Rothenberg, eco-art theorist and educator Linda Weintraub, dancer and performance artist Pauline Jennings, digital artist Jonathan Harris, religion and environment scholar Bron Taylor, NPR “To the Best of Our Knowledge” co-hosts Anne Strainchamps and Steve Paulson, archaeologist and Abenaki historian Fred Wiseman, poet laureate of Vermont Chard deNiord, New Orleans-based heavy drone band Weather Warlock, cellist and sound artist Anne Bourne, and others (please see Speakers and Featured Guests page).

FEVERISH WORLD is organized by the EcoCulture Lab and is generously supported by the Gund Institute for Environment, the Steven Rubenstein Professorship, the UVM Humanities Center, the Dan and Carole Burack Distinguished Lecture Series, and the Molly Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts. Collaborating institutions include Champlain College, St. Michael’s College, Burlington City Arts, and the Shelburne Institute, as well as University of Vermont programs and departments in Environmental Studies, Global and Regional Studies, Art and Art History, and the UVM Fab Lab. Feverish World is part of Vermont Arts 2018, a project of the Vermont Arts Council.





“heavy drone band”?

Don midwest
Don midwest

What the progressives need to do – namely address the local

I won’t be marching for a people’s vote. There has already been one: Saturday’s march in London shows that progressives still refuse to listen to those who pressed the Brexit button

Like those who who still refuse to listen to those who voted for Trump.

Bruno Latour has published a more general book “Down To Earth”. It is out in England, but not yes for delivery in US. In any case, he tweeted that progressives have criticized the book because he didn’t bash their usual opponents. His views are related to the tweets he posted about the Guardian article posted above.

@BrunoLatourAIME 1h1 hour ago

Suzanne Moore @guardian https://bit.ly/2PKw1uK is right to direct the Left’s attention to identity, belonging and rage: the topic of Down to Earth is to try to answer the question of belonging to what sort of place & identify with what sort of world.

@BrunoLatourAIME 2h2 hours ago

“Identity matters, belonging matters. If the left don’t address these issues, the right owns them. Brexit was an act of transgression in terms of the articles of faith of liberal democracy – and it is this transgression that we need to address.” Suzanne Moore @guardian today.

Bruno is calling for a return to Earth, Gaia.


Hear, hear. I hope to read the book. Down to Earth.

huh. we have a funky/cool store here by that name, mostly home and gardening things with a hippie flavor. Not cheap but not sky high either.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Can you visualize Gaia?

Can you get your head around Gaia which will cause a profound adjustments in earth wide politics, religion, science, states, economy, law, etc?

Bruno Latour has been on a multi year effort to enlist scientists, artists, and others to create ways to grasp Gaia a little better.

He is in NYC for a conference and as part of it he gives an auditorium presentation.


A lecture-performance by Bruno Latour
Directed by Frédérique Aït-Touati

“Inside” is a lecture-performance by Bruno Latour, one of France’s leading thinkers. A theatrical thought experiment, “Inside” asks how we can re-think our relationship to the planet in times of environmental catastrophe.

Humans have long thought they walk on a globe, on the Globe. But in recent years, geochemists have shown us a completely different planet, by turning attention to the “critical zone,” this thin surface film of Earth where water, soil, subsoil and the world of living beings interact. If this area is critical, it is because life, human activities, and their resources are concentrated there. Can we change the way we see the Earth, no longer as the distant blue ball lost in the cosmos, but rather, in cross-section? Our way of walking on Earth would no longer be “on” but “with.” Such a change of perception is a matter of perception, sensation and modeling.

For ten years, philosopher Bruno Latour and director and researcher Frédérique Aït-Touati have been working on projects at the intersection of research and theater. Their projects strive to stage the process of a developing thought, putting it in a place of modeling and perceptual experiment.

This performance is organized in parallel with the “French Natures” conference-festival organized by Frédérique Aït-Touati and Phillip John Usher for the Center for French Language and Cultures at New York University. For details, see here: http://frenchnatures.org/

Here is the link to the conference at NYU


This is the first presentation of the INSIDE event in the US. It was presented in Europe last March. Here is Bruno giving the presentation. I found that Closed Captions, CC at the bottom of the page is helpful.

And the page first comes up in French and may have to do an automatic translate. I did. The text is similar to that above.



Yes! Cool. And the way we are so connected on the atomic/quantum level–how electrons can influence each other at great distances. And how important microbes, fungi and little tiny things are. i don’t understand the half of it, but it’s very juicy and exciting.

Don midwest
Don midwest

TX candidate radical approach to election

I have been in Greece the last couple of weeks and this might have already been posted. Excellent article.

Texas Candidate’s Radical Approach to Turning Out Asian-American Non-Voters: Talking to Them (in 13 Different Languages)


oh that’s right! hope you had a great time. welcome home.


Thanks, again, Kennedy. You may have done more than most to barrel us all down the tube.

‘Disgraceful and Enraging’: Supreme Court Halts Youth Climate Case After Last-Ditch Trump Effort to Kill Suit

Plaintiff lawyer thinks there is still a chance.



The Americans, the Saudis, and the Israelis: Assassins Without Borders

Russia, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia are the latest members of a select international club.

Assassins Without Borders has roots that go back, in the modern era at least, to the policies of the Soviet Union, Chile, Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. All of these countries share a single trait. They were willing to defy international law in order to assassinate their critics and opponents in other countries.

No fair assessment of evidence. No due process.

Lots of examples. Here’s a couple.

Last year, the Kim Jong Un regime sent agents to Malaysia to take out Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader’s older half-brother. These agents in turn hired Indonesian and Vietnamese accomplices, who say that they thought it was a prank for reality TV, to apply in succession the components of VX nerve agent to the hapless brother. He died on the way to the hospital. According to South Korean intelligence, from the moment he took control of the country, Kim Jong Un wanted his brother dead. It took him six years to accomplish the task.

There was global outrage at the assassination. The two women accomplices are on trial in Malaysia, still declaring their innocence. Kim Jong Un, on the other hand, is meeting with world leaders, like Moon Jae-in in South Korea and Donald Trump in Singapore. He might even share a Nobel peace prize if he plays his cards right.

Saudi Arabia no doubt took careful notes.

Russia has been more aggressive in its pursuit of critics. Russian agents used polonium to poison and kill former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. It employed a nerve agent in an attempt to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, an attack that even Donald Trump now acknowledges was likely a Kremlin plot. Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza has fallen deathly ill twice from poisonings, both on trips back to Russia.


Your missing one country. The USA is pretty good at eliminating those that they don’t like by whatever means whether it is legal or not.


He does mention us, iirc, in the article. 😉


I like how Cooper makes me think here. “Tribalism!” sounds all perfect to describe the country’s split, but it’s way too easy an answer. And although I’m not sure that he touches on it, it also provides the perfect excuse to be “civil” and “friends” with those who are working completely against what we value.

The rest of the the article really adds to this bit and the graphic at the beginning is pretty funny.

Whereas a tribal feud is the product of a perfectly rational (in game theory terms, at least) desire to inflict revenge for a family member being injured or killed, roughly four-fifths of American political conflict is about crack-brained conspiracy theories and postmodern cultural grievances. Conservative Republicans are unquestionably the major culprits when it comes to stoking partisan conflict, and the engine of that process is a sophisticated cultural war propaganda apparatus, enabled by cutting-edge communication technology, designed to alternately fleece elderly conservatives and to obscure the fact that the Republican elite only writes legislation for the top 1 percent. If Republican base voters can’t be given universal health care or wage increases (or anything else concrete), they at least can be whipped into a frenzy over Colin Kaepernick and “safe spaces” on college campuses.

This kind of politics — laying facedown in a dumpster to own the libs, for instance — would be perfectly incomprehensible and probably not a little alarming to your average tribal shaman. “There is something deeply wrong with these people,” he might think, and he would be right. Nevertheless, that is our world.

Pretending we’re suffering some kind of social regress to a bestial pre-modern state is not only offensive, but misdiagnoses the problem. Our problems must be confronted on their own terms.


Charlie Pierce at Esquire writes:

People like Jadin and these other folks don’t run this fast, this far, or this loudly away from a sitting governor unless they’re convinced he’s a loser, and they certainly don’t endorse his Democratic opponent unless they’re pretty damn sure.

“Governor Walker has consistently eschewed sound management practices in favor of schemes or coverup and has routinely put his future ahead of the state.” the letter states. “The result is micromanagement, manipulation and mischief. We have all been witness to more than our share of this.”
“Schemes or cover-up”?

Is there more? Of course, there’s more. Some of us have been waiting eight years for the dunghammer to fall.

In 2015 Jadin told the State Journal that he rebuffed then-Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch’s push for a $4.5 million loan to a top Walker donor. WEDC gave the donor’s company $500,000, but the loan was never repaid. A subsequent agency review could not locate underwriting documentation for that and more than two dozen other awards. Bildsten led the Department of Financial Institutions for Walker’s first term and left in February 2015. He has previously called out Walker’s office for discouraging the creation of public records, an issue the letter also raises.

“The Governor and his team do not like to leave a paper trail or state record of their actions relating to the conduct of state business,” Bildsten, Wall and Jadin wrote. “They simply did everything in their power to avoid transparency in his decision-making process so they could not be held to account.”
According to an NBC/WSJ poll taken last week, Evers is back up by 10 points.

Gerrymander that, pal.

I do not have a linky as I got this another way paywall free.


For any one interested –here’s the link

I commented about Jadin the other day this just confirms it:)


This would be the ideal outcome!(ending the war in Yemen)


This is what is likely happening.
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Trump wasn’t the only one influenced by MBS.


All for HIll, iirc?


I think Branson is feeling some remorse about that relationship. He too pulled away from that conference and I believe I read he was withdrawing/severing some business ties with the MBS oligarchy.


good for him. i don’t get Oprah’s anti-Bernieism, love for neoliberalism, and now, apparently, going gushy over MBS. she does these free 21 day meditations online with Deepak Chopra and I can’t seem to square her seeming (supposed?) ability to access her universal self with her political policy preferences, which harm people.

surely these jet-setters know that Saudi Arabia funds terrorism and that most? all? of the hijackers came from there? and that it is a very oppressive government? what were they thinking? or not.

i did enjoy the new A Wrinkle in Time movie on NF, though, with Oprah as a diety.


Its simple, she is now a Billionaire and well represented.


It is good to see these trigger happy people get charged. Next we need a conviction.



Bernie could have easily inserted Steve King’s name for “the President of the United States.” 🙂


“Joltin’ Scholten’s Grand Slam Home Run.”

This newest addition to the Ben and Jerry’s roster will include “caramel corn and chocolate covered bacon with a strong coffee base to commemorate Iowa’s contribution to our nutrition,” said Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. “The coffee is to give congress the jolt it needs.”



I like this approach.


Maybe orlbucran will know if this is significant.


One more for orl.


Once again Republicans are resorting to dirty tricks.


someone please step in here. court? someone? anyone? how many repubs might it take with it? except you can bet a lot of the election officials making the decisions are repubs.


Not much help will be on the way. Abram’s opponent for Governor Brian Kemp just happens to be secretary of state who runs the election.


I hope that this is impactful.


CINCINNATI — For nearly two decades, an online charter school with a bold name — the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow — grew in Ohio, helped along by the state’s Republicans, who embraced the idea of “school choice” for families.

Conceived on the back of a Waffle House napkin, the school grew to become one of the largest in the state. Republicans cheered on ECOT, as the school was known, and ECOT officials contributed more than $2 million to GOP campaign accounts.

That was before it all crumbled. It was before state regulators figured out the school was being paid to educate thousands of students who never logged in. Before the state ordered the school to repay $80 million. Before the school abruptly closed in January, leaving 12,000 students stranded.

Now, Democrats, who have been locked out of power in Columbus for eight years, are hoping the complex tale of a charter school’s collapse holds their ticket back.


Let’s hope it goes viral.


Sanders: Trump setting ‘terrible example’ for our children

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) accused President Trump of setting a “terrible example” for children at a rally in South Carolina on Saturday.

“I’ve got four kids, 7 grandchildren, we try to raise our kids to be honest and treat other people with respect and compassion and what kind of terrible example, regardless of your political views, whether you are conservative or progressive you want your kids to be honest and decent,” Sanders said at the rally in Columbia.

“What kind of terrible example is this person in the White House giving to our children?” the senator continued in reference to Trump.

The Vermont senator also blasted the president as an “embarrassment” and a “pathological liar.”

“There is no politician in history who doesn’t stretch the truth in order to make his or her point, that’s politics but we’ve never had a president who lies all the time and it’s quite possible he doesn’t even know the difference between a truth and a lie,” Sanders said.

Sanders’ remarks came during a rally that was billed to support “Medicare for All,” according to The State.



I don’t know if being an underdog is a good thing or not as this juncture, but no one expected Gillum to win either…

Democrats haven’t won a statewide race in Texas since 1994, but O’Rourke, 46, has fueled liberal hopes of unseating Cruz, 47, through massive rallies, record-breaking fundraising and engagement with young voters – a phenomenon that some are calling “Betomania.”

In doing so, O’Rourke is sparking a level of enthusiasm down the ballot that no other Democratic candidate including gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez has been able to generate in Texas.

“He creates activity and interest that’s very hard to generate from down-ballot activity alone,” said Matt Angle, a veteran Democratic strategist in Texas and director of the Lone Star Project.

The enthusiasm comes even as O’Rourke himself may end up unable to defeat the conservative firebrand. Though O’Rourke raised a record $38 million in the third fundraising quarter, recent polls have shown Cruz consistently building a lead in the statewide race.

But an increased turnout could be enough to tip the races in smaller House districts, according to strategists.

Mary Beth Rogers, who was campaign manager to the late Ann Richards, the last Democratic Texas governor, said O’Rourke will need to do about 5 to 6 points better than 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton did in some parts of the state in order to give a boost to some of the competitive House races.


I’ve seen some narratives already that Beto’s campaign is similar to Ossoff’s–lots of money, but still won’t be elected. Ossoff did not live in the district where he ran. period.


If he only needs to do six points over Hillary, I’d bet on him winning. He’s got the enthusiasm that Bernie had, which Hillary did not.



And he hasn’t even said that he is running. LOL



And the district King represents is hugely dependent on “illegal” workers. Another unspoken secret in plain view.

A recent Esquire article does the deep dive on the Iowa district and CA Rep Devin Nunes’ family farming interests in that area:


This 5 minute video is worth watching.


A comment under the youtube video:

I’m happy I get to vote for Jealous. The biggest obstacle for him winning is actually the DNC though. They haven’t invested a single dollar to get him elected. Literally nothing. In a historically blue state, where a Republican Governor hasn’t won re-election in around a half a century, the DNC has absolutely abandoned Ben Jealous. Once again, the Democrats would rather lose to a Republican than win with a progressive.


That’s our Bernie.

BTW is that Jeff Weaver in the image?


Yep it is.The only way Walker gets that close to the public is if they are waving a fist full of $100 bills


I haven’t watched this debate on socialism v. capitalism yet, but I’m intrigued by this partial description.

I respect Dr. Mitchell for two reasons: First, he was extremely polite and “played fair.” Neither one of us interrupted the other and it did not descend into awkward personal sniping. We both stuck to the ideas. Second, Dr. Mitchell was extremely honest about the implications of his position. He admitted that he was opposed to democracy, that he thought offshore tax havens were good, that he believed workers shouldn’t have any rights beyond their contracts, and that he had no idea how capitalism could possibly avert the climate change crisis. The right often tries to avoid discussing these implications of its philosophy. Dr. Mitchell was quite blunt in saying that democracy is bad and tax avoidance is good. I am grateful to him because, while I find these positions morally objectionable in the extreme, it is helpful when I can point to someone’s actual words rather than having to accuse them of burying their true feelings beneath euphemisms.

The debate we had was very illuminating on the contrasts between the capitalist philosophy and the socialist one. I explained how the premises of laissez-faire, that “voluntary contracts” between people would ensure maximal freedom, were false: In fact, power tends to concentrate in the hands of a few extremely wealthy elites, and because wealth is power, those who have very little wealth have very little power. We are subjected to the “private government” of corporations; while elected officials can be voted out, a company like Facebook can do as it pleases because it has cornered a market, and users have very little say in what happens. The debate was partly about “big tech” and I showed the contrast between the “participatory” governance of Wikipedia and the top-down governance of the large for-profit companies, explaining why socialists thought it so important that ordinary people be allowed to take part in decisions that affect their lives.

oops wrong thread. catch it on 10/21. 😉

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