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"Institutions have increasingly moved to reactive forms of strategy where the key goal is to sense and respond as quickly as possible to what is happening at the moment. This approach fosters incrementalism and tends to spread the resources of the institution across a growing number of initiatives, so that nothing receives a critical mass of attention or resources. Itโ€™s actually very inefficient." edgeperspectives.typepad.com/e

The 2nd paragraph of this 1988 #Shell report.

Predicted is:
Dramatic changes in #SeaLevel, ocean #currents, precipitation, temperature, .... and could have major social, economic and political consequences.

Hmmmm, well estimated ...

Frontline fight: Indonesia locked in epic battle against #jungle #blazes

Working around the clock, thousands of #firefighters are struggling to contain smog-belching blazes raging across #rainforests and #farmland in #Indonesia, one of the frontlines against fires blamed for aggravating #GlobalWarming.

m.phys.org/news/2019-09-frontl

#ClimateCrisis #Wildfire

Big tobacco lobbying that vaping is harmful to health is just so.... Can't even.

RT @FridayForFuture
These are the registered demonstrations for our 3. global strike next Friday on 20/9! The list is far from complete but already includes all continents (yes, also Antarctica). In Germany alone, 400+ school strikes are planned
RT to show that you'll support us!
#FridaysForFuture

"At 1,000ppm, human cognitive ability drops by 21%... Carbon dioxide clouds the mind: it directly degrades our ability to think clearly, and we are walling it into our places of education and pumping it into the atmosphere. The crisis of global waming is a crisis of the mind, a crisis of thought, a crisis in our ability to think another way to be. Soon, we shall not be able to think at all." - James Bridle in "New Dark Age"

"If Hong Kongโ€™s heroic refusal to go gentle into Beijingโ€™s dark night is accelerating this disenchantment, the summer of dissent has been this decadeโ€™s grandest and most important development." washingtonpost.com/opinions/gl

Unlike Mao, Deng was neither particularly introspective nor possessed by an overweening narcissistic urge to write himself grandly into Chinese history.

His [Deng's] writings and speeches largely ignored the subject of traditional culture and Confucian ideology. The epochal struggle to transform Chinese culture and revolutionze people's consciousness seems in Deng's mind to have been a distraction from the real work that needed to be done: namely, improving material conditions and making China a global powerhouse.

Deng and Mao's dissimilar attitudes towards family reflected their differing orientations toward traditional Chinese culture as a whole. If the self-absorbed Mao was a riot of self-contradiction - an ostentatious aficionado of Chinese classics while militantly demanding that his people liberate themselves from old thinking and feudal values - Deng suffered no such contradictions.

Later, in the Deng chapter:
[Deng] did not come to define himself through struggle against parental authority... described his boyhood under the care of his mother and father as being "very free and very full". Growing up without the kind of familial strife that had marked Mao's youth, Deng was throughout his life a far steadier person...

Later, in the Deng chapter:
[Deng] did not come to define himself through struggle against parental authority... described his boyhood under the care of his mother and father as being "very free and very full". Growing up without the kind of familial strife that had marked Mao's youth, Deng was throughout his life a far steadier person...

While his Tiananmen appearance in October 1949 was a triumphant milestone in the Chinese people's century-long struggle against disunity, inept government, imperialist exploitation, chronic backwardness, and unbearable humiliation, it was not an end marker. In Mao's ideological universe of ceaseless contradictions, protracted struggles, and "permanent revolution", there were never real finish lines, only brief intermissions between periods of struggle.

From Orville Schell's modern-history-through-thinkers "Wealth and Power: the "ying/yang aspects of [Tiananmen] square's modern identity - as embodiment of both state power and the people's resistance to it - were also dueling aspects of Mao Zedong's own personality. He was in love with spontaneity and upheaval, mass demonstrations and peasant earthiness, but no less fixated on control, discipline, orthodoxy, majesty, and the formal trappings of high office.

Another simple realisation: governments apparently have fuck all method for absorbing dissent or even pretending to listen let alone create dialogue. If you try to speak up, it's walls and tear gas.

China central bank will inject $126B into a contracting economy, US-China trade war.

bank reserve ratios will again fall 0.5%, has been done before, with limited success. Most funds go to SOE banks (state guaranteed), lend to SOEs (state guaranteed). SOEs plough these extra funds into real estate for a quick profit, RE prices rise. Consumers see RE price increases. Private co's get zero.

Inflation is on the rise, pork doubling, chicken increasing 30%. Trouble.

nytimes.com/2019/09/06/busines

I just had a simple realisation: globally we are in our first tests of something approaching democracy. The reaction points to the newly spiking power of the people.

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