My friend Judy Schmidt processes Hubble Telescope data for fun and these are some of her results. How she does it is way over my head, but I’m very appreciative of the time she takes to make each one of them. I love how she’s able to show that the universe is overrun with mind boggling scenery, and what we’re accustomed to seeing isn’t all our galaxy has to offer.
When you’re done looking at these, I highly recommend checking out her flickr, which has more images, and information to go along with it.
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The massive assaults on female civilians have no more a place in official military theory than massive attacks on the civilian population at large. The accepted view is that unfortunately, but sometimes inevitably, it happens that civilians fall victim to acts of war. Warfare “proper” is considered to be the confrontation that takes place between soldiers. There is much to be said against this definition of war.
First, the figures on the number of civilian victims of the wars in this century give a dramatically different picture. They attest to a worldwide systematic involvement of the civilian population (mostly women and children). Far more civilians than soldiers were killed in World War I. In World War II, the former Soviet Union lost nine million soldiers, as compared to 16 million civilians. According to official statements that ratio amounted to 1:5 for the Korean War and 1:13 for the Vietnam War. UNICEF data from 1989 indicate that in the wars fought since World War II, 90% of all victims have been civilians. In an analysis conducted in 1979, the ratio for future wars was assumed to be 1:100. Faced with these figures, one can hardly speak of a regrettable and unintended involvement of the civilian population.
One of the primary goals in war, as Starry (1985) points out, is the destruction/deconstruction of culture and not necessarily the defeat of the enemy army. The deconstruction of culture, however, is achieved through injuring and destroying human beings because this is the most efficient (most forceful) way in which a decision can ultimately be brought about.
The Logic of Sexual Violence in Wars by Ruth Seifert
Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi was never trained to handle pesticides. His job was to keep the crop-dusters flying by filling their tanks as quickly as possible, although it often meant getting drenched in poison. Now, at 47, he’s a living skeleton, so weak he can hardly swallow or go to the bathroom on his own.
American biotechnology has turned Argentina into the world’s third-largest soybean producer, but the chemicals powering the boom routinely contaminate homes, classrooms and drinking water. Now, a growing number of doctors and scientists are warning that their uncontrolled use could be responsible for the increasing number of health problems turning up in hospitals across the South American nation.
A nation once known for its grass-fed beef has undergone a remarkable transformation since 1996, when the St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. promised that adopting its patented seeds and chemicals would increase crop yields and lower pesticide use. Today, Argentina’s entire soy crop and nearly all its corn and cotton are genetically modified, with soy cultivation alone tripling to 47 million acres (19 million hectares).
Argentine farmers use twice as much pesticide per acre as U.S. farmers do and agrochemical spraying has increased ninefold, from 9 million gallons in 1990 to 84 million gallons today. Yet Argentina doesn’t apply national standards for farm chemicals, leaving rule-making to the provinces and enforcement to the municipalities. The result is a hodgepodge of widely ignored regulations that leave people dangerously exposed.
In the heart of Argentina’s soybean business, house-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities found cancer rates two to four times higher than the national average, as well as higher rates of hypothyroidism and chronic respiratory illnesses. It’s nearly impossible to prove that exposure to a specific chemical caused an individual’s cancer or birth defect, but doctors say these cases merit a rigorous government investigation. | Read More
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