Novelist speaks on climate change at annual Hesburgh lecture

first_imgBringing a new perspective to an ever-present conversation, Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh spoke Tuesday afternoon in the Mendoza College of Business about aspects of climate change much of the world neglects. The first topic Ghosh tackled was wealth and desire — using the value of cloves hundreds of years ago as an example.“What made cloves desirable was the phenomenon that Rene Girard identifies as mimetic desire, which in his definition is rooted not in basic appetites, but in the crossing of gazes with others,” he said.We do not, therefore, desire things because we need them, Ghosh said — we desire things because others desire them.“Ultimately [mimetic desire] would bring into being our own era of globalization — a homogenization of desire on a scale never before seen, extending across the planet and into the deepest reaches of the human soul,” Ghosh said.Despite the rise in the global standard of living and the increasing accessibility of these desired goods Ghosh said the world has not attained some sort of utopic state of harmony and prosperity.“The intimate nature of the connection forged by these commodities has not led to greater cooperation or sympathy,” he said. “On the contrary, it has only intensified and deepened the resentment, anger and envy.”These sentiments, Ghosh said, are rooted in the imperialistic treatment of nations, their people and their resources. These tendencies began hundreds of years ago but continues to today. The disregard for the land itself established a precedent not easily shaken.“The right to consume and pollute is established and justified by the fact of it having happened elsewhere, in rich countries,” Ghosh said of developing countries’ attitude toward economic progress.The problem is that the image of perfect, universal prosperity as we understand it is simply unattainable, Ghosh said. No political leader, Ghosh said, can tell the blunt truth — the planet cannot sustain a world population that lives according to American standards of living. Either the poor must continue in poverty or the wealthy must drastically change their lifestyles.Ghosh also delved into some of the more hidden aspects of climate change. Capitalism and industry are not, Ghosh said, the sole cause of climate change. Power has become inextricably linked with fossil fuels, creating what Ghosh called an “energy regime.”“Today’s status quo, globally speaking, rests not just on the use of fossil fuels, but also on their flow in both the physical and financial senses,” he said. “During the last century, Anglo-American global strategy came to be focused on the nodal points through which oil is distributed around the world.” The military is both the foundation and the life force of such a power structure, and maintaining a powerful military requires enormous amounts of energy, more than most of the countries of the world combined, Ghosh said. Looking at climate change through this lens, Ghosh said, is more difficult than through an economic or technological lens.“We are happy to make sacrifices in order to solarize our houses and shrink our carbon footprint, but would we be equally willing to sacrifice our place within the power structures of the world?” he said.Part of the issue is the concealment of the reliance of all major nations on their militaries, Ghosh said. Civilians like to believe they are in control, that they are more than parts of an institution. The truth, however, is that in enjoying our position of power on the backs of the weak, we bear a responsibility for our military’s actions and energy use he said.When asked how we can change the trajectory our planet is on, Ghosh responded with support for the one leader whom he sees as challenging the status quo — Pope Francis.“I think the only really effective thing we can do is to support Pope Francis,” he said. “He is the only global leader who has provided any kind of alternative framework for viewing climate change … his is the only one that looks at climate in terms of genuine justice, not in terms of a mimetic justice.” Tags: Amitav Ghosh, Climate change, Pope Francislast_img read more

Honeymoon in Vegas to Record Broadway Cast Album

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Honeymoon in Vegas Related Shows View Comments Based on the 1992 film, Honeymoon in Vegas tells the story of Jack Singer (McClure), a commitment-phobe who finally proposes to his girlfriend Betsy (O’Malley). The couple heads to Vegas to get hitched, but when the smooth talking gambler Tommy Korman (Danza) falls head over heels for Betsy, he arranges for Jack to lose big in a poker game so he can claim the bride-to-be as his own girlfriend. The company will also include Matt Allen, Tracee Beazer, Grady McLeod Bowman, Barry Busby, Leslie Donna Flesner, Gaelen Gilliland, Albert Guerzon, Raymond J. Lee, George Merrick, Jessica Naimy, Zachary Prince, Catherine Ricafort, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Erica Sweany, Cary Tedder and Katie Webber. What happens in Vegas certainly isn’t staying there! has confirmed that a cast recording of Andrew Bergman and Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas will be released on the Universal Music Enterprises label. The album will be produced by Brown and Jeffey Lesser; the release date will be announced later. Starring Rob McClure, Tony Danza, Brynn O’Malley, David Josefsberg, Nancy Opel and Matthew Saldivar, the new musical will begin previews on November 18, with opening night set for January 15, 2015, at the Nederlander Theatre.last_img read more

Aaron Tveit & Rachel Tucker Perform an Acoustic Cover of ‘Defying Gravity’

first_img Wicked View Comments Our Broadway boyfriend (don’t give us that look) Aaron Tveit may be tied to the small screen for some time (doing the hand jive, battling aliens and whatnot), but in honor of Wicked’s 12th anniversary on Broadway, he’s revisiting the smash musical with current star Rachel Tucker in a brand new way. Check out their acoustic cover of “Defying Gravity,” the first video released as part of #OutofOz: Wicked Studio Sessions, a new series showcasing re-imagined covers of the Stephen Schwartz tunes. Expect more videos from Wicked faves past and present to come, and catch Tucker on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. Related Shows from $95.00last_img

Saturday at The Rock

first_imgWhen most Georgians think about Rock Eagle, images of 4-H’ers enjoying summer camp come to mind. But long before Rock Eagle 4-H Center was established, the property was home to an extended pioneer family, a bustling country inn and a large working farm. Visitors can visit the pioneer site during the next session of Saturday at the Rock, which is set for Oct. 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the center in Eatonton. As part of the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program, a turn of the century homestead was recreated at Rock Eagle. “The authenticity of Rock Eagle’s pioneer site transports visitors back in time. Participating in traditional homestead activities brings awareness to youth and adults alike about the differences of life in the early 1900s,” said Matt Hammons, Rock Eagle program coordinator.The center’s interpretive staff gives tours of a renovated saddlebag house, a smokehouse, teaching garden, a chicken coup and more. Visitors can even tend the garden, use hand tools and pump water. Participants should wear comfortable shoes as there is a half-mile hike to reach the site. This Saturday at the Rock session is appropriate for all ages and costs $5 per person. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call Hammons at (706) 484-2862 or email him at Saturday at the Rock programs take place the third Saturday of each month, excluding December. A complete schedule of sessions can be found at read more

Outdoor Updates: Man suffers severe burns after falling in thermal waters near Old Faithful

first_imgVirginia teen in critical condition after bike is struck by school bus A trail runner is dead after being struck by lightning during a race The name of the injured teen has not been released but he is from Fort Valley, VA. He was taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment. The school bus driver, a 76-year-old woman, was uninjured. There were no children on the bus at the time of the incident.  Man suffers severe burns after falling in thermal waters near Old Faithful  A teen cyclist in Shenandoah County, Va is in critical condition after being struck from behind by the side mirror of a Shenandoah County Public Schools bus on Tuesday. The bus was attempting to pass the cyclist when it knocked the 16-year-old to the ground. The teen was wearing dark clothing and did not have on a helmet. Bad weather prevented the use of a life flight helicopter so Siemers was taken by ambulance to West Yellowstone Airport and then flown by fixed-wing plane to Idaho Falls and admitted into the Burn Center of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and results will be forwarded to the United States Attorney’s Office. The ground around Old Faithful is closed to the public. Anyone damaging the geyser cone could be prosecuted.  A 48-year-old man is being treated for severe burns after falling into thermal water in Yellowstone National Park near the cone of Old Faithful Geyser. The National Park Service announced in a press release Monday that park rangers and paramedics responded to a call from the Old Faithful Inn around midnight on Sunday, September 29 by Cade Edmond Siemers, a U.S. citizen living in India. Siemers told authorities that he had taken a walk-off of the boardwalk and tripped, falling into a hot spring. First responders found evidence of alcohol use. An ultrarunner competing in the FlatRock 50K near Independence, Kansas was struck and killed by lightning on Saturday, race organizers announced on their Facebook page. Thomas Stanley, 33, was running on a paved section of trail just feet from the finish line when a fast-moving storm rolled into the area producing lightning, which struck Stanley. Other runners and race officials administered CPR but Stanley could not be revived.  The runner leaves behind a wife and three young children. In a statement released by his family, Stanley was described as living a “beautiful life, one marked by compassion and joy.”last_img read more

How The Beatles taught boomers about money

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Greg Daugherty, Next Avenue ContributorThis April will mark 45 years since The Beatles broke up. That may come as a shock to members of a certain generation born between 1946 and 1964, of which I am a shocked member. Though few of us are walking around with Beatle haircuts anymore, the Fab Four still seems very much with us.While they shaped the boomers in many ways, as a personal-finance writer, I’m intrigued by one way that’s rarely discussed: How we think about money.That’s a thesis raised in Candy Leonard’s recent book, Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World.First Purchase: Beatles Albums“For many young fans, their first experience going to the store with friends, or saving allowance money, or earning money from lawn mowing or babysitting, was about buying Beatle stuff. Diverting lunch money was also common,” Leonard, a sociologist as well as a Beatles buff, writes. “Fans remember knowing approximately when the next record was coming out, calculating how much they’d have to save each week, and budgeting.” continue reading »last_img read more

An update on the marijuana banking landscape

first_imgLast year was a big year for marijuana banking. First, the SAFE Banking Act, a bill that would allow a safe harbor for financial institutions to legally bank marijuana-related businesses (MRBs), passed in the House. Second, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published an interim final rule laying out a regulatory framework for legal hemp farming. Third, the NCUA published guidance giving credit unions the green light to bank hemp and hemp-related businesses. Despite this movement, the future of a federal safe harbor to bank MRBs remains hazy (pun intended). Given the Senate’s current stance on House-passed legislation, the fact that 2020 is an election year, and there may be bigger fish to fry, we may not see the successful passage of legislation. But, if we see a shift in Democratic control of the Senate, then it is very possible that legislation may be passed in 2021.Federal Legislation – or Lack Thereof, to be Blunt. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo issued a press release at the end of last year re-affirming his opposition to marijuana legalization at the federal level, as well as his opposition to the House-passed SAFE Banking Act. Chairman Crapo identified several issues with the bill and laid out changes that he would like to see in a Senate bill. Concerns include public health and safety, preventing bad actors and cartels from using legacy cash and the financial system to launder money, updating the 2014 FinCEN rules and guidance, respect for state rights in interstate commerce, and eliminating “Operation Choke Point” initiatives. To address these concerns, Chairman Crapo suggested that any potential Senate version include: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Nisky GOP brought criticism on selves

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion(Headline has been changed.)After reading The Gazette editorial sharply criticizing the Niskayuna Democrats for what you termed “shameful,” I simply had to write.According to the reporting in the Oct. 18 Gazette, the town’s Republican website did, indeed, direct visitors to both Breitbart News and Rush Limbaugh’s “material.” If you don’t wish to be labeled racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic or hateful, you can’t associate, promote or refer your visitors to people who espouse exactly those disgusting views.If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas.Jane CapelloSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Calculated risk

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LandSecs unleashes 30 Gresham Street

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