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Saturday, March 29, 2003

On the Patriot Act and Animal Liberation

This in from Steve Best:
Hot off the press:
http://utminers.utep.edu/best/papers/vegenvani/sonofpatriotact.htm#top

This is a follow-up to my earlier article, based on recent revelations and events:
http://utminers.utep.edu/best/papers/vegenvani/mccarthy.htm


Posted by Richard
3/29/2003 07:15:20 PM | PermaLink

Under Cover of War

A Clickable Compendium
by TomPaine.com Staff

The Bush administration and the GOP Congress are poised to ram radically conservative legislation -- on the environment, health care, education and the economy -- through Congress. And they're banking on Americans being too fixated on the Middle East to notice.
http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/7510

Posted by Richard
3/29/2003 04:06:53 PM | PermaLink

 
Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Human Ecology Review Online

The full text of volumes 5-9 of Human Ecology Review are now on-line as PDF. The files are at: www.humanecologyreview.org.

You may be interested in the most recent volume -- Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter 2002. It has two articles on animals:
1) The 'Ethical' Space of the Abattoir: On the (In)human(e) Slaughter of Other Animals
2) Animal Rights and the Antarctic Treaty System

Both are interesting reading...

Posted by Richard
3/26/2003 09:30:17 AM | PermaLink

Nature's Landlord

The following article is an in-depth look at how The Nature Conservancy can be seen as a giant multinational that is a centralizing, land-acquiring force that works in conjunction with the state and other large-scale political interests to advance an agenda that is increasingly undemocratic and insensitive to the concerns of local communities.
"Unless we as a people are willing to accept the continued loss of not only private property and individual right, but of large portions of our national culture and custom as well, The Nature Conservancy must be brought to heel. Right now, it is a well-fed and generally admired beast leading us in a wild run that is as destructive in its seemingly friendly character as it is in is seldom-seen attacks."

At: http://www.rangemagazine.com/tnc/tnc-sp-03a.pdf


Posted by Richard
3/26/2003 09:21:19 AM | PermaLink

New York Guidelines Strive For Environmental Justice

Maybe Stanley Aronowitz running for Governor had some effect after all...
For the first time, New York state has clear guidelines designed to bring what advocates call "environmental justice" to low-income and minority neighborhoods that have historically seen a disproportionate amount of development-related pollution and health risks.

At: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?category=CAPITOL&storyID=119229&BCCode=&newsdate=3/26/2003

Posted by Richard
3/26/2003 08:50:55 AM | PermaLink

 
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

U.S. May Alter Line Between Cars, Trucks

As it develops a plan to overhaul federal fuel economy standards, the Bush administration is weighing proposals that could redraw the line between what the government considers a car and what it defines as a light truck, an official said today. The definition is important and politically charged because regulations let vehicles classified as light trucks use far more gas than do passenger cars. Environmental groups have long complained that automakers give some vehicles trucklike attributes so they will qualify for the more lax light-truck fuel economy standards. But the first glimpses of the administration's plans also worry environmental advocates, who say details not yet disclosed will determine if new rules end up improving overall fuel economy.

At: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/25/business/25AUTO.html

Posted by Richard
3/25/2003 10:30:44 AM | PermaLink

 
Monday, March 24, 2003

Critic of Biotech Corn Fears UC Won't Give Him Tenure

As an academic in the UC system, let me state for the record that making one's reputation by intervening between university departments and big corporations is a sure way NOT TO GET TENURE. That tenure arose as the means towards protecting academic work and preserving integrity in the face of such insitutional and corporate pressures makes this truly ironic and sad.
In a flap that raises new questions about corporate ties to universities, some academics are wondering whether the junior UC Berkeley professor who has become a leading biotech industry critic can get a fair hearing in a tenure review that has already gone twice as long as usual.

At: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/03/23/MN248867.DTL


Posted by Richard
3/24/2003 12:57:54 PM | PermaLink

 
Sunday, March 23, 2003

Sheep Beaten, Stabbed with Pitchfork in High School Classroom; One Dies

Again, in order to fathom the depths of "man's inhumanity to man" one needs to understand man's inhumanity to animal. Gender pronoun specific...
Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- Two sheep were brutally beaten and stabbed with a pitchfork in a high school's agriculture classroom, authorities said. One sheep died, the other was severely hurt.

Two men were arrested, but the motive for the attack remained unknown, said Sgt. Lou Fatur of the Sacramento County sheriff's office.

"We don't know why they did it," Fatur said. "It just defies all logic to go in there and beat an animal that's just standing there."

The men were arrested as they left Casa Robles High School early Saturday. A neighbor saw the men enter the school late at night and called deputies.

Authorities found the badly beaten animals in the agriculture classroom, which had also been burglarized.

Daniel Lee Krause, 22, and Chad Lee Console, 23, were jailed on charges of burglary and possession of burglary tools, and were expected to be charged with animal cruelty, Fatur said.

Both men had hammers that authorities believe were used to beat the sheep, Fatur said.

Posted by Richard
3/23/2003 02:09:00 PM | PermaLink

Internet Subcultures and Oppositional Politics

Here is an essay I wrote with Douglas Kellner a few weeks back. It does a pretty good job of summarizing the ways in which political subcultures have used the global Internet for political activism of one form or another. It is too bad that it was completed just prior to the outbreak of Operation Iraqi Freedom, as recent news of Internet use spiking as citizens rush for contextual information point to the fact that there is another article to be written on the role the Internet will play politically in this war.

Read the essay at: http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/courses/ed253a/oppositionalinternet.htm

Posted by Richard
3/23/2003 11:30:31 AM | PermaLink