The Soft Show @ Floating World Comics Future Tense Books & The Rumpus @ Ash Street Saloon Burnside Review @ Valentine’s Street Roots & Street Books @ The Mercy Corps Building University of Hell Press @ Dante’s Magic Helicopter/Noo Journal & Perfect Day Publishing @ Shanghai Tunnel
With a 10:00 after-party at Dante’s!
Late notice here, but I’m reading with the Street Books contingent tonight.
There’s a war going on between the self-interested, self-serving body that is the corporation, and humans. At this point in our democracy, that’s the primary struggle we’re facing: whether corporate or constituent interests will win out. Weirdly, corporations are staffed by people, presumably, and so you’d expect they’d have some sway. But a corporation has a mind of its own, and corporate goals do not line up at all with potential longer-term goals of our species (these goals might be difficult to agree on, but surely opportunities for cataclysm might be among them). I do wish every CEO (most of whom are among the one percent) would sit down and re-evaluate his or her corporation’s goals based on long-term interests for living here on this planet.
This is a nice-enough quote… except for my typo. I would think that our species would be looking for opportunities for *avoiding* cataclysm, not looking for opportunities for cataclysm. But what do I know?
“We have strategies today to deal with drought—develop more drought-resistant crops, use more groundwater,” Cook says. “But if future droughts will be much more severe, the question is whether we can extend those strategies or if we need new ones.”
Am happy to provide a copy of my book to any municipal planner/legislator that needs a little motivation…
The contest involves setting up a tripod on the Tanana River in the tiny community of Nenana, about 55 miles south of Fairbanks. People pay $2.50 a guess to predict when the river ice will go out.
… The 99-year-old game is a popular form of wagering in Alaska, drawing entries from across the state and elsewhere. Last year’s classic produced a record jackpot of more than $363,000 and had the highest grossing ticket sales in its history.
I’m going to Fairbanks, Alaska next week with davidnaimon.
I’m going to win the ice melting championships. Just you see if I don’t.
More than 80% of California remains in a state of extreme drought, according to an update from the U.S. Drought Monitor, and things aren’t expected to get better in the near future. At the Los Angeles Times, a graphic shows the progression of the drought from 2011 through today.
CNBC says California might have to migrate people… certainly migration is currently under way in areas where farming has gone kaput:
Suffering in its third year of drought, more than 58 percent of the state is currently in “exceptional drought” stage, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map. That marks a huge jump from just seven days ago, when about 36 percent of the state was categorized that way.
Exceptional drought, the most extreme category, indicates widespread crop and pasture losses and shortages of water in reservoirs, streams and wells.
“the drought in California will cost the state $2.2 billion and put some 17,000 agricultural workers out of a job this year.”
I should mark out what the drought-map would look like in a Sherwood Nation-like scenario, where essentially everything west of the Rocky mountains is in extreme/exceptional drought. At any rate, not good!