Begum Wilayat arrived at New Delhi station in the early 1970s and occupied a VIP waiting room with her dogs, servants and two children, demanding that the state return to her the looted wealth and property of her ancestors. Refusing to move, she squatted in the room, furnishing it with rugs and antiques, for almost 10 years before being granted Malcha Mahal, a 14th-century hunting lodge in thick forest south-west of the city. “Wilayat announced to the world that she was the Queen of Oudh, demanding the vast properties of a kingdom that no longer existed,” wrote Barry. “An ordinary grievance, unaddressed, had metastasised to become an epic one.”
He ranted a little, complaining of persecution by a criminal gang. He was flinging his hands wide, declaiming and then dropping to a dramatic whisper, as he spoke of the decline of the house of Oudh.
“I am shrinking,” he said. “We are shrinking. The princess is shrinking. We are shrinking.”
When I asked if I could publish our interview, he balked. For this, he said, I would need the permission of his sister, Princess Sakina, who was not in Delhi. I would have to come back.
Kaziranga tiger reserve
Tigers kill about 150 cattle per year outside the park, sometimes breaking into sheds and tearing open their throats. In 2009, a tiger entered a nearby village and killed a man—a rarity. By the time forest guards, policemen, and a vet from the Wildlife Trust of India arrived to tranquilize the cat, a thousand-person mob had cornered it in a bamboo grove. One guy attacked the tiger with a machete; the tiger ripped out his throat and began eating him. The mob freaked, the tiger charged, the policemen fired in panic and shot the vet. The tiger then mauled a policeman, at which point somebody—no one knows if it was a forest guard or the police—shot the tiger.
Noam Chomsky on Covid 19 and Trump Administration
"A type of pandemic like Covid 19 was anticipated by the US government all throughout Trump's term, even before- going back to Sars epidemic in 2002-2004.
Trump's reaction was to cut back preparation for it.
Astonishingly this continued even after the coronavirus pandemic hit.
On February 10 when it was already serious, Trump released his budget for the upcoming year, take a look at it. The budget continues the defunding for the center of disease control and other government institutions responsible for health, continues to defund them.
It increases funding for some things, like fossil fuel production, his new subsidies for the fossil fuel industries.
It's as if the country is simply... maybe not as if.. the country is simply run by psychopaths. And the results are that we are cutting back the efforts to deal with the pandemic that is taking shape... and we increase the efforts to destroy the environment. The efforts in which the United States, under the Trump administration, is in the lead, in racing to the abyss. And bear in mind, I don't have to tell you, is the far more serious threat than the coronavirus. Now this is bad, serious, particularly in the united states. But we will recover somehow, with serious cost. We are not going to recover from the melting of the polar ice sheet."
at 2 degrees global temp rise - agriculture yields significantly less bountiful - less food for more people- hurricanes and floods, extreme weather would dramatically increase- 4x as many wildfires in california . 4 degrees all major ice sheets in the planet would begin permanent irreversible melt which means we would lose all ice no matter what we did that ice together would add at leaset 200 feet of sea levle rise to the planet - inundate every single beach youve ever been to. the entire coastline of the world on which 2/3 of all major cities exist would be unrecognizable. 4 degrees means world gdp 20-30 percent smaller than it would be without climate change- 30 percent is an impact twice as deep as the great depression in the 1930s and it would be forever. roughly 600 trillion dollars in global climate damages which is double the amount of money than currently exists in the world- agricultureal yields would be half as productive. mosquitos carrying dengue and malaria would reach around the world up to the arctic circle. currently with emissions remaining at business as usual we are set to hit 4 degrees global temperature increase by 2100- the population will be 11 billion- notes taken from years of living dangerously project with david wallace wells
barry lord art and energy connects kinds of culture you have with the kind of energy thats supporting it. coal- culture of production, marx trade unions, oil is very cheap and doesnt take very many people to produce it- culture of consumption, lots of cheap stuff, now we are transitioning into renewable energy and that will create a culture of stewardship, how are we going to do things differently on the other side? what are the effects of pushing down the reset button?