There are some things in this place to be seen only without eyes. For I am a blind lover, nothing more nothing less. I am addicted to a kind of happiness which brings me to fall in love with emptiness. For I am a lover who shall never amount to anything more. My only occupation, in theory, is similar to that of an architect; I fabricate the blueprints of modern marvels for man to celebrate life in. Some say I am lost, but I am not. I’m just hoping that the right people find me during my walk with Chirst through the sand or my daily meditation with Buddha. For I am a lover without judgment, I hate only in fiction, I laugh out loud and advise the same of anyone that listens. For I am a picture, a picture of chance. And chance isn’t something you come across, something that miraculously happens. No, you take chances, literally take them out of thin air and never take them for granted. For I am not a skeptical lover, other than exactly where I am there is no place I’m meant to be. For I am a youthful lover, I believe that time flies only because it does not exist in this realm of intimacy. I believe in the kindness of strangers and the inevitable magnetic field which connects us all to this universe. For I am lover, free for you to seek safety within. I pledge independence from all social norms. And to the stars and the way they shine, I pray that not only these states are united but the countries and lands to the east and west combined. One earth, devoured by Peace. Indivisible. With Appreciation and Justice for all…
I believe one day the sky will fall, I hope by then we’ve exhausted all our possibilities, created a life in touch with all our darkest fantasies. I hope that then we are prepared to catch the sky as it falls onto us, that we’ve left this world not only satisfied but our lives justified by our devotion to conducting random acts of kindness. One day asteroids will make contact with the grounds before us, leaving our eyes dancing in a very rhythmic fashion at the wonders of the world as they wash away. In this moment, we will represent the true architecture of happiness, as mother nature deconstructs we shall admire the ruins developed through her imminence. The cameras used to capture this rapture will remain disposable, yet the memories hidden within the depths of their film. Either we will know nothing past the point of devastation or live to tell prophecies in a world light-years from now. I hope the privileges we are granted are none but those to welcome and emit love with a remarkable yearning for peace. One day a solar eclipse will forever darken the consolation, leaving kaleidoscope eyes in a sequence of humanitarian hallucinations. I hope there’s something out there. I hope there’s someone out there, not to save us but to tell of this twisted reality which we graciously fell victim to.
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.
There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it. But even under the best scenarios, their work will only apply to things published in the future. Everything up until now will have been lost.
That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them? Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It’s outrageous and unacceptable.
“I agree,” many say, “but what can we do? The companies hold the copyrights, they make enormous amounts of money by charging for access, and it’s perfectly legal — there’s nothing we can do to stop them.” But there is something we can, something that’s already being done: we can fight back.
Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out. But you need not — indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords with colleagues, filling download requests for friends.
Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You have been sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the information locked up by the publishers and sharing them with your friends.
But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It’s called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.
Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it — their shareholders would revolt at anything less. And the politicians they have bought off back them, passing laws giving them the exclusive power to decide who can make copies.
There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.
We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that’s out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.
With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?
July 2008, Eremo, Italy
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Feeding the world releases up to 17,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, according to a new analysis released October 30 by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). But while the emissions “footprint” of food production needs to be reduced, a companion policy brief by CCAFS lays out how climate change will require a complete recalibration of where specific crops are grown and livestock are raised.
Together, Climate Change and Food Systems (published in the 2012 Annual Review of Environment and Resources) and Recalibrating Food Production in the Developing World: Global Warming Will Change More Than Just the Climate (published by CCAFS), shed new light on the intertwining evolutions of climate change and the world’s food system and their potential impact on humanity’s relationship with food.
“Climate Change mitigation and adaptation are critical priorities. Farmers around the world, especially smallholder farmers in developing countries, need access to the latest science, more resources and advanced technology. This research serves as an urgent call for negotiators at the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha,” said Bruce Campbell, CCAFS’s program director.
“We are coming to terms with the fact that agriculture is a critical player in climate change. Not only are emissions from agriculture much larger than previously estimated, but with weather records being set every month as regional climates adjust and reset, there is an urgent need for research that helps smallholder farmers adapt to the new normal.” said Frank Rijsberman, the CEO of the CGIAR Consortium.
While previous studies have looked at the contribution of agriculture to emissions, Climate Change and Food Systems assesses the entire food system’s emissions “footprint” — in total somewhere between a fifth and third of the greenhouse gases emitted by people on this planet. This figure accounts for every aspect of food production and distribution — including growing crops and raising livestock, manufacturing fertilizer, and storing, transporting and refrigerating food. Agriculture accounts for around 80 percent of these emissions, but the combined contribution of transport, refrigeration, consumer practices and waste management is growing.
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Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bombarded the Ras al-Ain area on the border with Turkey today, days after the town fell to rebels during an advance that has sent thousands of refugees fleeing for safety.
Helicopters circled above the town and opposition activists said they had strafed targets near the village of Tal Halaf.
The Arab and Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain fell to the Free Syrian Army on Thursday in fighting that sent 9,000 fleeing in a 24-hour period, one of a largest refugee influxes into Turkey of the 19-month civil war..
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