Monday, January 23, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017


I made a comment to a friend over the weekend of 12/18 about being Chinese, someone also of Canto background. If the central government of China is every successful in stamping out Cantonese I think I'd have little reason to identify as Chinese in any way. I do identify as Cantonese with respect to my heritage, family lineage, family history, and family culture, so if Cantonese were to disappear, what link would I have to a dominated people that has become culturally extinct?

What sort of genetic/genealogical relationship really exists between the different peoples that make up the Han ethnic group? There are significant differences in appearance, over a range. Even if all of the Han peoples of China are part of one larger group, there is no necessity for them to have the same language. That is the totalitarian impulse of a centralizing political authority. As an identity "Cantonese" expresses more of the specificity (though it may not be the most refined one, as Chinese identity would be specific to village and clan) reflecting subjective reality than just "Chinese."

Why Are Northeast Asians White-Skinned?

Links of Interest, 170121

The Real Reason Your City Has No Money (Resilience)
Reinventing Poor Cities at Scale by Charles Marohn (Resilience)

The Growthist Self: Growthism Part 3 by Erik Lindberg
Sustainability 4.0 by Andre Reichel (Resilience)

Neoliberals know the price of everything and the value of nothing by Kurt Cobb (Resilience)

Reducing Consumption and Local Exchange Better than “Sustainable Consumption” by Gunnar Rundgren (Resilience)

Lean Logic:
Lean Logic and Surviving the Future: Review by Mark Garavan (Resilience)
Shaun Chamberlin: Surviving The Aftermath Of The Market Economy by Chris Martenson, Shaun Chamberlin (Resilience)

Solidarity Economics

Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 2 by Tim Wickstrom (Resilience)

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

documentary website and FB

It is being shown at Sundance.

Movie Un-Review: Wendell Berry, the Not-Quite Rock Star Seer by Allan Stromfeldt Christensen (Resilience)

General Mattis on Women in Combat Roles

Setting Up a Tactical Carbine


Friday, January 20, 2017