„Based on our analysis of these 44 reports, we estimate that between June 2016 and July 2022, police may have collected between roughly 919,282 and 1,206,962 DNA samples, representing between one quarter (25.1%) and one third (32.9%) of Tibet’s total population (3.66 million)“
Citizen Lab: Mass DNA Collection in the Tibet Autonomous Region from 2016–2022 (Untersuchung, veröffentlicht im September 2022)
„Prescription is the moral and ethical dimension of mechanisms. In spite of the constant weeping of moralists, no human is as relentlessly moral as a machine, especially if it is (she is, he is, they are) as „user friendly“ as my Macintosh computer. We have been able to delegate to nonhumans not only force as we have known it for centuries but also values, duties, and ethics. It is because of this morality that we, humans, behave so ethically, no matter how weak and wicked we feel we are. The sum of morality does not only remain stable but increases enormously with the population of nonhumans. It is at this time, funnily enough, that moralists who focus on isolated socialized humans despair of us—us meaning of course humans and their retinue of nonhumans.“
Aus: Where are the missing masses? The sociology of a few mundane artifacts
„The decisions that led to the European energy war of 2022 will join the Treaty of Versailles and tariff wars of the 1930s in the basket of policy pariahs that future generations will be taught to avoid at all costs.“
The next Great Depression
Auf These geschrieben, natürlich. Aber es gibt durchaus eine Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass sich einige der düsteren Prophezeiungen bewahrheiten.
„Some social scientists have a term — “reification” — for the process by which the effects of a political arrangement of power and resources start to seem like objective, inevitable facts about the world. Reification swaps out a political problem for a scientific or technical one; It’s how, for example, the effects of unregulated tech oligopolies become ’social media addiction,‘ how climate catastrophe caused by corporate greed becomes a ‚heat wave‘–and, by the way, how the effect of struggles between labor and corporations combines with high energy prices to become ‚inflation.“
Mental Health is Political
„United Arab Emirates residents now use roughly 147 gallons per person a day, compared with the world average of 47 gallons, according to a 2021 research paper funded by the emirates.“
Cloud Wars: Mideast Rivalries Rise Along a New Front
Die Geschichte unserer Spezies in der Nussschale:
„The last remaining member of an uncontacted indigenous group in Brazil has died, officials say.
The man, whose name was not known, had lived in total isolation for the past 26 years.
He was known as Man of the Hole because he dug deep holes, some of which he used to trap animals while others appear to be hiding spaces.
His body was found on 23 August in a hammock outside his straw hut. There were no signs of violence.
The man was the last of an indigenous group whose other remaining six members were killed in 1995. The group lived in the Tanaru indigenous area in the state of Rondônia, which borders Bolivia.
The majority of his tribe were thought to have been killed as early as the 1970s by ranchers wanting to expand their land.“
‚Man of the Hole‘: Last of his tribe dies in Brazil
Die amerikanische Fracking-Branche war jahrelang hochverschuldet – eigentlich schien sie nur am Leben erhalten zu werden, damit es unter den beteiligten Banken keinen Domino-Effekt bei einem Zusammenbruch gibt.
Das hat sich geändert: Alleine in diesem Jahr wird die Branche einen Gesamtgewinn von 200 Milliarden US-Dollar ausweisen. Und könnte damit im Jahr 2024 schuldenfrei sein. Um sich dann weniger auf Öl, als vollständig auf Erdgas zu konzentrieren.
Ein „heißer Herbst“? In Tunesien und anderswo mehren sich die Anzeichen.
Where Salman Rushdie defied those who would silence him, today too many fear causing offence
„Human beings, Rushdie observed in his 1990 essay In Good Faith, “shape their futures by arguing and challenging and questioning and saying the unsayable; not by bowing the knee whether to gods or to men”.
We can only hope for Salman Rushdie’s recovery from his terrible attack. What we can insist on, however, is continuing to “say the unsayable”, to question the boundaries imposed by both racists and religious bigots. Anything less would be a betrayal.“
Aus der Schrift des französischen Autors Louis-Aimé Martin über Müttererziehung (1834):
„Wenn Sie den politischen und moralischen Stand eines Volkes kennen wollen, fragen Sie nach dem Platz, den dort die Frauen einnehmen.“