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    Racism-Rivetting Story of How Racism is Structural- It Is Intentional

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/28/top-6-reasons-authorities-are-cracking-down-hard-black-protesters-while-treating

     https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/29/its-bigger-buildings-america-burning

    https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

    Great Matt Taibbi book, I Can't Breathe, about the murder or Eric Garner, and on how gentrification and the desire of DAs  and prosecutors to be tough on crime (in order to run for higher office (congress or judge)) leads to the murder of blacks.  It's also about the scam where poor peolle are hit with fines and charges that keep them  poor and pay for the police/courts/local government structure.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32740061-i-can-t-breathe

    Bacigalupi Thrillers about Drought, Rising Seas, & Loss of Biodiversity

    Here is one interview.

    The Water Knife is a detective thriller set amidst drought refugees and physical battles between cities over water.  It has romance, murder, gangs, chases, and journalists.

    The Windup Girl is about a future of GMOs, rising sea levels, hunger, loss of species of food crops,  racial blaming, and hunger after terminator genes wipe out many food varieties.  Oil is gone.  It is a very violent.

    Another interview.

    Drowned Cities and Ship Breaker are about societies where the oil based energy system is gone, and people struggle in gangs over the spoils or else move on to wind-powered ships.

    Zombie Baseball Beatdown is about middle schoolers battling GMO mad cows from a slaughter house.  It also touches on bullying, discrimination against  immigrants, corporate power over local government, and friendship.  

    The Doubt Factory  is about radicals protesting against toxic products .  It focuses on a high school girl’s relationship to her father, who is doing the fake pr for tobacco, pesticide, drug,  and  oil companies.  She is attracted to rebellious radicals who want to expose the corporate PR.

    Posted on September 22, 2015

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    Great Tree Book: The Songs of Trees

    David George Haskell's new book fascinates me. He tells of the music and songs of trees and rivers: the sounds of rain on different leaves, the wind in the upper leaves of the ceibo trees, the calls of bromeliad frogs, of parrots, of insects, monkeys, crested owls, spectacled owls, tawny screech owls, and tinamou. He recounts the pain of a bullet ant bite. He relates that " good and harmonious life" with reciprocity and solidarity" Listen to the trees as you walk amongst them and as you dream. He describes the tension as local communities fight against the oil companies and consumerism in the Ecuadorean forests.