Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Hastily Composed Monday Night Links

with 11 comments

* Imagine BP’s Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil disaster happening every single year, with little or no public outcry, no media coverage, and all but silence from government and the companies involved. Welcome to Nigeria.

* Environmentalism can’t succeed until it confronts the destructive nature of modern work.

* The fifty most queried words at nytimes.com. Via Steve, and MeFi.

* Reenactments of the Robert Green “Hand of Clod” goal from the England-U.S. game.

* Tales of Future Past is your retrofuture warehouse. Via Gravity Lens.

* How to destroy a black hole. Also via Gravity Lens.

* And some science fiction names for your baby. Also also.

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  1. I cry foul: “Bail Antilles” was not Leia’s adoptive father.

    Christ, I Need A Drink

    June 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm

  2. I used to want to name my male child Andrew (i.e. Ender). OH LORD THE BAD DECISIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE MADE IF I’D GOTTEN KNOCKED UP IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Kate

    June 15, 2010 at 2:39 am

  3. Go Super Eagles.

    Neil

    June 15, 2010 at 6:27 am

  4. Not sure these kinds of claims really advance the argument in any way:

    “This is so not because of a power, a strength out there that we must resist. It is because we are weak and fearful. Only a weak and fearful society could invest so much desperate energy in protecting activities that are the equivalent of suicide.”

    Alex

    June 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

  5. Or these: “Corporations are really powerless to be anything other than what they are”

    Alex

    June 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm

  6. Exploiters of nature have no problem “understand[ing] our relation to nature in spiritual terms or poetic terms or, with Emerson and Thoreau, in good old American transcendental terms”

    Alex

    June 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm

  7. “You’re all worthless and weak!” –Twisted Sister

    “Corporations are really powerless to be anything other than what they are” seems to me to be fairly true, don’t you think? It’s not individual bad actors, but the system itself, that generates monsters.

    gerrycanavan

    June 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm

  8. It seems like a cop-out to me, along the lines of saying “Corporations are legally obligated to maximize shareholder value.” First of all, it’s not true (corporations are not legally obligated to maximize shareholder value). Second, you’re a weird form of quasi-theological distinction-making: on the one hand, corporations are functions, they only do a specific thing within a specific system; on the other hand, people have free wills and the potential to act outside that system, and they can be different from what the system makes them. Neither of these claims seems to be exactly true.

    Alex

    June 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm

  9. Sorry, “you’re” not a “weird form of quasi-theological distinction-making”; it is.

    Alex

    June 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

  10. I expected good things from this essay, and instead I got, “We can’t confront environmental problems with science; we have to confront them with faith (or ‘reverence,’ as he calls it).”

    Alex

    June 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm

  11. I’ve read this essay before: I read it when Thomas Carlyle wrote it; I read it when John Ruskin wrote it; I read it when Matthew Arnold wrote it; I read it when T.S. Eliot wrote it…

    Alex

    June 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm


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