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Don midwest
Don midwest

All the right words on climate have already been said
What kind of awareness quotient are we looking for? What more about climate change does anyone need to know? What else is there to say?

writer wrote an article about climate change and Miami a while ago and now that the building collapsed, the article is being talked about

meanwhile, hunkered down in CA

and games from editors

why write more when it has already been said

Don midwest
Don midwest

I listened to this lecture live in 2013.

It begins with a quotation from Gunther Anders who was the first husband of Hannah Arendt. Gunther wrote a lot about the end of the world from nuclear war but Hannah Arendt did not take up that theme. She wrote about politics: totalitarianism, democracy, agency, etc. and her work is still being read and discussed.

Closed captions helps, but it has lots of errors.

The end of this lecture brings in Carl Schmitt. The Nazi judicial scholar who was very critical of liberal democracy. Latour notes that his work needs to be handled with extreme caution, like poison, the poisons for example used in chemo therapy for cancer. Schmitt has insights about war and peace.

I found a man to read Latour’s work with. We are currenting reading a dissertation “The Political Theology of Bruno Latour.” I am finding profound insights into politics in this work and thus further understanding Latour. I have read some of his works many times and finally his positions become clearer and provide insight to many other areas.

The question: will the earth bounds (another name for humans) return to earth, to subsist with the enfolding life forms, or will they continue their destructive course?

This is just one part of a larger effort.

Prof. Bruno Latour – War of the Worlds: Humans against Earthbound

There were 6 Gifford Lectures which are linked below. He then took a couple of years to rewrite them and expanded to 8 Lectures. “Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on The New Climate Regime.” Gaia is the most important political actor.






Grim is better than that other quisling, by far.

Don midwest
Don midwest

decrease of Alzheimer’s disease of 16% in wealthy countries

In recent years Knopman has focused on “the enigma of the declining incidence of dementia.” The overall number of dementia cases is on the rise, due to the increase in life expectancy and the fact there are a greater number of old people, but the percentage of people with Alzheimer’s is decreasing. In autopsies conducted on donated brains fewer accumulations of the amyloid beta protein are being recorded. In the most developed countries, where there is an obsession with finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, there has been a 16% decrease in the disease’s incidence decade-on-decade since 1988.

40% reduction in chances of disease with life style changes

A commission organized by medical journal The Lancet last year calculated that modifying a dozen risk factors could prevent or delay dementia in 40% of cases. These 12 variables are lack of education, hypertension, auditive disability, smoking, obesity, depression, lack of physical activity, diabetes, social isolation, excess consumption of alcohol, blows to the head and atmospheric contamination. In Latin America, according to the study, the percentage of preventable cases of dementia reaches 56%.

article from Spain. last paragraph

Antonio Mercero directed a movie about Alzheimer’s in 2007 – ¿Y tú quién eres? (or, And who are you?) – before he was diagnosed with the disease. At the premiere he stated: “It’s incredible. Right now anyone can tell you they have a cousin with Alzheimer’s, or an uncle, or a father. It’s a terrible thing. Alzheimer’s is everywhere now.” The WHO estimates that the number of people with dementia will triple to over 150 million by 2050. Eliminating risk factors could prevent 40 million cases without the need for any miracle drug. Sánchez Valle believes furthermore that a treatment will arrive sooner rather than later. The countries of the G7 made a commitment eight years ago to develop a cure or an effective treatment for dementia by 2025. “We will not have a cure in 2025, but I do hope to see an effective treatment before I retire,” says Sánchez, 50. “And it won’t be aducanumab.”

articles begins with brains from humans and non humans

finding something that drug companies can go after led to recent approved treatment

“We do not know the cause of Alzheimer’s and we never will, because there is no one cause, there are many,” says Rábano. Until now, researchers have focused on two prime suspects. In the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, a protein called amyloid beta accumulates among the neurons. And a second protein, tau, forms balls inside the brain cells. However, in the words of neurologist David Pérez of Madrid’s Hospital 12 Octubre, thinking that these proteins are responsible for Alzheimer’s is like arriving at the scene of a crime and believing the blood committed murder.

The Alzheimer’s enigma: Why is the incidence falling at 16% a decade in the world’s richest countries?
While all experimental treatments have proven ineffective, science shows that the illness is not an inevitable tragedy of old age but a preventable disease in 40% of cases

Don midwest
Don midwest

In last couple of months I have enjoyed and benefited on lectures or interviews or various events on the web.

As you know, one can get totally overwhelmed. The main reason not here much these days because already spending to much time on the web.

Here is an effort that I learned about in the last couple of weeks and listened to a session on Hannah Arendt. Here is a link to some of their events in the next few days.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Politics of the non-human

A hive is a superorganism that makes single decisions powered by tens of thousands of individuals. Each bee has a specific role – foragers work so hard collecting nectar and pollen from a three- to five-mile radius during the spring, summer, and fall that their one-month lifetimes are less than a fifth of those of winter bees. There are nurse bees, cleaners, food processors, and guards who also take care of the hive’s temperature. When it overheats they go on fan duty at the entrance, planting their feet and revving their wings up to full flight thrust to push in fresh air. A few drones get to mate with the queen – and die immediately afterwards; the rest seem to wander around the hive all summer before being kicked out. Guard bees are ready to give their lives, protecting others with a venomous sting.

an Urban beekeeper – bees in NYC on top of buildings … and other places

But this high level of specialization in roles is also what constitutes the tight body made up of all the bees. A body that makes one decision, has one health, and makes a product that is replenished, apparently without complaint, after we take what we decide is our share. Each hive seems to have a character, its own microcosmic Volksgeist. It can turn on me suddenly, and then change in response to the smoke I puff, and turn away. One hive can work hard at making honey when a hive right next to it, started on the same day, makes hardly any. A hive can be so friendly one day that I wonder if they even notice I am there, working alongside them. On another, especially after a wrong move that startles or threatens them, some signal seems to go out and bees are all around, filling my head with their buzzing and following me away from the hive, waiting to sting after I take off the veil.

City of Bees
Notes of an Urban Beekeeper
Tim Maendel


T and R, jcb!! 🙂 I want to give you and Ms. Benny a grateful ‘usual excellent suspects’ shoutout for your holding down the OT fort here. 🙂