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by Bjinse on Sun Sep 2nd, 2018 at 08:34:04 PM EST
by generic on Mon Sep 3rd, 2018 at 01:45:08 PM EST
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"History is written by victors" may itself be an example of history written by the losers! While the ..."

This weekend --after headline perversion out of eSwatini (Swazi land)-- I delved into the interboobs for update on S.A. historiography (last retrieved ~ 2006, keyword mfecane). A politcally influential essay (pub'd. 1988) sequestered by JSTOr has been since liberated. Arguably this type of primary source critique that revises canon has informed CAPS II tuition in S.A. juvenile education as well as continuing studies into truth and reconciliation.

The Mfecane as Alibi (fabricated myth about "depopulation" and innocent by-standers)

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by Cat on Mon Sep 3rd, 2018 at 03:11:03 PM EST
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And how many histories of the American War written by Vietnamese do you know?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Sep 3rd, 2018 at 03:20:48 PM EST
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None.

I am not fluent in Vietnamese. And even if I could find volumes of English translation, I wouldn't read them. It's not a topic in its particulars that interests me. The "Conflict" --as my eminently offended parents reminded us back in the day-- is barely History. The stories to tell are still memoirs, which is to say, in my mind, abject and belated explanations for ones's part dressing a naked genocidal project this way or that.

When I was a child I watched news of The Conflict on the evening news delivered by Cronkite, Huntley, and Brinkley. Mr Lt. Calley's trial was a topic in my "social studies" class. About the same time, for different reasons, we were given a project to present our family histories. I, by comparison to the many purported descendants of Mayflower settlers, little to offer to the grand scheme. My daughter informs me that the narrative of personal mementos scattered around the National Museum of African American History leaves the same impression.

I have spent a little time though in Ho Chi Minh City twenty years or so ago. The city was teeming with youth and poverty. I was startled that my guide could find no war memorials of the "American War". I was startled to learn that "Yo!" is a toast to good health. This all gave me pause for thoughts about symbols signifying tribute or triumph. If I'd ever made it to Hanoi or crawled through the tunnels, I might have today a different perspective on the history of the Vietnamese peoples, but I doubt it. I've learned my lesson.

So in my dotage I amuse myself reading "revisions" as black history of the world's civilizations comes to light.

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by Cat on Mon Sep 3rd, 2018 at 08:02:15 PM EST
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File in Epithets of Historical Events Around the World/Hegemons/Organizational Hygiene/Failure

In May 1998, the mainstream press of Western Europe and North America announced the death of a man by the name Pol Pot. This man was said to have caused the death of more than two million people in Cambodia--a small country in Southeast Asia bordered by Vietnam and Thailand. Pol Pot was said to have committed this "crime against humanity" between 1975 and 1978 when he was in power in Cambodia. Journalists, newspaper editorialists and political commentators in Nigeria, including those who had never before heard of Cambodia, proceeded from this Western announcement to condemn Pol Pot and regret that the "monster" died just as he was about to be handed over, not to the government of his country, but to the United States of America, to be tried for his heinous crimes.

In all this expression of righteous indignation the Western press did not tell us, and the Nigerian press did not ask, what sustained Pol Pot in the jungle of that small country for 20 years, from the time of his removal from power in 1978 to his death in 1998. We were not told how Pol Pot came to power in the first place and how and by whom he was removed from power. We were not told how Pol Pot managed to kill more than two million of his country men and women. Did he run amuck slaughtering them in the manner of Rwanda? Did he march them into gas chambers in the manner of Adolf Hitler? Did he simply starve them to death?

If we have been told all this, we probably would still have condemned Pol Pot, but we would at least have known that the man came to power in the Second Indo-China War, that is, the war in the third quarter of the 20th century between the peoples' liberation forces of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, on the one hand, and American forces on the other; that, in that war, American forces killed, through bombing and starvation, more than two million Cambodians; that American governments sustained Pol Pot for 20 years after he was overthrown by the Vietnamese in a border war; and finally that those in power in Cambodia today, through the help of American government, were all collaborators of Pol Pot.

Happy Black History Y3 D252

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by Cat on Sun Sep 9th, 2018 at 03:43:58 PM EST
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aww, just as the Irish are becoming accustomed to lottery winnings and US American freedom fighters are becoming accustomed to Facebook, Twitter, and Google "curating" ...

China not [only] hitting crypto*, video gaming now discouraged

The authorities were having none of this and have closed a number of crypto-related groups in addition to closing down a number of blockchain news outlets on China's largest platform WeChat.

It did not stop there. According to local news reports, Chinese tech giant Baidu has now joined other major online firms Tencent and Alibaba in imposing new anti-crypto measures as Beijing toughens its stance again.

* criminalized initial coin offering (ICO) solicitation

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Always Read the Footnotes

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by Cat on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 08:32:13 PM EST
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As originally proposed blockchain technology was silly and it's only gotten sillier.

New study quantifies bitcoin's ludicrous energy consumption

A new study estimates that this process consumes at least 2.6GW of power--almost as much electric power as Ireland consumes. This figure could rise to 7.7GW before the end of 2018--accounting for almost half a percent of the world's electricity consumption.

The whole thing is predicated on every transaction on the network is sent to every node on the network meaning "Satoshi Nakamoto" - whoever she, he, or they are - lacked any awareness of Combinatorics.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 04:03:43 PM EST
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They knew what they were doing. It's a pyramid scheme. The early adopters got their bitcoin cheap. A bunch more made money speculating. Transaction costs are prohibitive, and there will never be enough of it to be useful.

It's just as well it doesn't work, because if the libertarian nutbags got their way and enough people used it, it would be the end of tax collection.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 04:46:36 PM EST
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profit taking over the prior year

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by Cat on Thu Sep 13th, 2018 at 12:24:59 PM EST
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All Things Linguistic
   "Folks, there's nothing left from the Linguistics division. We lost all the indigenous languages collection: the recordings since 1958, the chants in all the languages for which there are no native speakers alive anymore, the Curt Niemuendaju archives: papers, photos, negatives, the original ethnic-historic-linguistic map localizing all the ethnic groups in Brazil, the only record that we had from 1945. The ethnological and archeological references of all ethnic groups in Brazil since the 16th century... An irreparable loss of our historic memory. It just hurts so much to see all in ashes."

Cira Gonda, translated by Diogo Almeida, about the fire at Brazil's National Museum.  

by generic on Thu Sep 6th, 2018 at 11:26:00 AM EST
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Uncanny
I checked that site this weekend after a long separation and read through the interviewing/job search post. This advice was disappointing at a lot of levels.

Found the fire news elsewhere while searching for (not trade) news about employment of anthropologists. Ended up reading more than I cared about Brazil's royal family.

Considered rereading 100 Years of Solitude.

A lot of consequences tied up in that event go unmentioned. I'm not alluding to replacement value.

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by Cat on Thu Sep 6th, 2018 at 03:55:18 PM EST
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`Gay sex is not a crime,' says Supreme Court in historic judgment

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"Our focus is not only on the sexual act but the relationship between two consenting adults and the manifestation of their rights under Articles 14 and 21"

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by Cat on Thu Sep 6th, 2018 at 03:33:57 PM EST
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Medecins Sans Frontieres --Beni, DRC
The tenth Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on 1st August in the North Kivu province, on the north-eastern part of the country.
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The total number of cases are: confirmed (91) + probable*, (30) = 121 total cases, suspect cases: 14, deaths amongst confirmed cases: 51 and 17 health staff infected (Source: Congolese MoH). The national laboratory (INRB) confirmed on 7 August that the current outbreak is the Zaire strain on the virus, the most deadly and the same that affected West Africa in 2014-2015 as well as Equateur province, in western DRC earlier in 2018 - although the virus' strain was different from an outbreak to another.
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Whilst cases have decreased dramatically we cannot yet say that the epidemic has stabilized or is under control. New cases are still arriving at our treatment centre in Mangina but we are not seeing the number of suspect cases we would expect to see at this stage of the epidemic. We are concerned that this could be not only because of a reduction in the number of infections but because those patients experiencing symptoms are too afraid to access care or do not understand the importance of early hospitalisation and treatment. We also don't have a clear idea about how many unreported deaths could happen at community level.
WHO | 13 May 2017

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*Probable refers to community deaths that have links to confirmed Ebola cases but which were not tested before burial.

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living lab 18 Aug

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by Cat on Thu Sep 6th, 2018 at 06:10:32 PM EST
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Zimbabwe Declares Cholera Outbreak After 20 Deaths
Water and sanitation infrastructure is collapsing. ... "The numbers are growing by the day and to date there are about over 2,000 cases, that's quite a big number," the minister said, attributing the outbreak to shortages of safe drinking water and poor sanitation. "This whole problem has arisen as a result of blocked sewers. The other problem is that garbage hasn't been collected on a regular basis. There is water problems, no water availability."
7 cross-border aquifiers, innumerable commercial contractors, no deliveries

Meanwhile in Libya, $25B still burning.
NATO bombs the Great Man-Made River
Two workers killed in second attack on Libyan water plant

"An armed attack was carried out by terrorist groups on the Tazirbu site causing havoc, looting, killing and terrorizing families, children and the workers who ensure the supply of water to cities," said a statement from the Great Man-made River Project, a pipe network supplying ground water from the Libyan Sahara.
Hasawna System: Water to return gradually to entire western region
Sahara and Sahel Observatory

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by Cat on Tue Sep 11th, 2018 at 09:52:55 PM EST
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