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David Boarder Giles, "A Mass Conspiracy to Feed People: Food Not Bombs and the World-Class Waste of Global Cities" (Duke UP, 2021)

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In A Mass Conspiracy to Feed People: Food Not Bombs and the World-Class Waste of Global Cities (Duke UP, 2021), David Boarder Giles explores the ways in which capitalism simultaneously manufactures waste and scarcity. Illustrating how communities of marginalized people and discarded things gather and cultivate political possibilities, Giles documents the work of Food Not Bombs (FNB), a global movement of grassroots soup kitchens that recover wasted grocery surpluses and redistribute them to those in need. He explores FNB's urban contexts: the global cities in which late-capitalist economies and unsustainable consumption precipitate excess, inequality, food waste, and hunger. Beginning in urban dumpsters, Giles traces the logic by which perfectly edible commodities are nonetheless thrown out—an act that manufactures food scarcity—to the social order of “world-class” cities, the pathways of discarded food as it circulates through the FNB kitchen, and the anticapitalist political movements the kitchen represents. Describing the mutual entanglement of global capitalism and anticapitalist transgression, Giles captures those emergent forms of generosity, solidarity, and resistance that spring from the global city's marginalized residents.  David Boarder Giles is a Lecturer in Anthropology at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin university, Australia. His writes about waste, cities, and social movements. He is also one of the producers of Conversations in Anthropology. Blog: https://dhboardergiles.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @DHBoarderGiles Amir Sayadabdi is Lecturer in Anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington. He is mainly interested in anthropology of food and its intersection with gender studies, migration studies, and studies of race, ethnicity, and nationalism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network



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Chorded Keyboard

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And even though it all went wrong / I'll stand before the lord of song / with nothing on my tongue but 'I don't understand, I swear I backed up my keyboard config before messing with it'
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gordol
134 days ago
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Ok, how many people tried this?
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linforcer
132 days ago
I know enough about messing with keyboard configurations not to try

Formatting Meeting

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Neither group uses iso 8601 because the big-endian enthusiasts were all at the meeting 20 years ago.
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jcherfas
181 days ago
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2022-01-04 is the Only True Way.

Except for 04-01-2022
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mkalus
180 days ago
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More like the rest of the world.
iPhone: 49.287476,-123.142136
macr0t0r
184 days ago
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We have tried so hard for so many years for a proper date format. This is worse than Daylight "Savings" Time. We've been here before: https://xkcd.com/1179/
silberbaer
182 days ago
I used to have 1179 printed out and posted to my cubicle wall, and would point to it when people didn't like my date format.
ReadLots
184 days ago
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This is bad, but the worst is using Excel which is the biggest date-format-bully on the planet.
"Hey that's some nice date strings you got there, shame if someone were to go and automatically reformat them on you. Oh, you've set your localization parameters, well guess who doesn't give a shit."
chrisrlowery
184 days ago
then when you manually change it to treat the cells like plain text, it converts the previously plain-text formatted date string into the internal numeric representation of the datetime

The mask we need

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What do we believe now?

We think that coronavirus is moderately contagious and is spread primarily from person to person rather than by surfaces to person. We think the best way to get COVID-19 is to join an indoor dance and singing session and that outdoor spread is rare. We think indoor masks are valuable and outdoor masks are primarily social gestures. We think cloth masks work primarily by reducing spread from someone with early COVID-19 and minimal symptoms. As of today there's a suggestion that children get mild COVID-19 infections but don't spread them well.

We believe social distancing reduces spread but has a terrible economic cost that falls primarily on non-college workers and small business owners.

We believe effective therapies will emerge gradually over the next 4-18 months and effective vaccines over the next 6-18 months.

So what could we do now that would reduce infection, possibly suppress disease, and allow the economy to reopen?

We should test and trace of course, but given the state of American government and American media (Fox, Murdoch, etc) that's unlikely to be enough.

So what else could we do that doesn't require new technology or new innovation?

We could give everyone over a better indoor mask. A mask that gives bidirectional protection, that protects against both infection and transmission. Give it first to 70+, then 60+, then every adult.

What are the features of this mask?

It's reusable of course. Washable with a filter module that's easy to replace. It comes with a UV light sterilizer than can hold several masks. It's a high air flow mask; you can wear it to your indoor CrossFit speakeasy and get your deadlifts done. It's not medical grade, but it's a hell of a lot better than a surgical mask.

If you're going to wear a damned indoor mask, it should work.

This doesn't require new science. It doesn't require new technology. It doesn't require closing the economy. At $100 a unit we could give every American adult this mask and family UV sterilization unit for 30 billion dollars.

30 billion dollars. That's nothing. Jeff Bezos could do it from his change pocket.

Want to restart the economy?

Make this mask.
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jcherfas
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It won't happen, but it should.
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Sourdough Starter

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Once the lockdown is over, let's all get together and swap starters!
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emdeesee
803 days ago
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#SFT
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804 days ago
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Good one.
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804 days ago
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Once the lockdown is over, let's all get together and swap starters!

Scientific Briefing

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"I actually came in in the middle so I don't know which topic we're briefing on; the same slides work for like half of them."
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"I actually came in in the middle so I don't know which topic we're briefing on; the same slides work for like half of them."
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