Autoplectic | 26 Jun 16:24 2005
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amber waves of plastic

<http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-grain26jun26,0,4198107.story>

To Replace Oil, U.S. Experts See Amber Waves of Plastic

American crops could be used in place of many products' petroleum
base, some scientists say.

By Stephanie Simon
Times Staff Writer
June 26, 2005

BLAIR, Neb. — He operates 90,000 feet of hissing pipes and dozens of
enormous churning vats — an industrial jungle with a single,
remarkable purpose: "Essentially," plant manager Bill Suehr says,
"we've got corn coming in at one end and plastic coming out the
other."

In a hot, noisy factory that smells of Frosted Flakes, yeast and wet
farm animals, agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. has set out to lead a
new industrial revolution — one fed by the green fields of the Midwest
rather than the oil fields of the Middle East.

Sprawled across a square mile of prairie, a series of automated
assembly lines turns raw corn kernels first into sugary syrup and then
into white pellets that can be spun into silky fabric or molded into
clear, tough plastic.

The end products — which include T-shirts, forks and coffins — look,
feel and perform like traditional polyester and plastic made from a
petroleum base. But the manufacturing process consumes 50% less fossil
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Jim Devine | 26 Jun 18:05 2005
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Re: arbeitskraft

I agree with Michael. I think Mike Lebowitz's interpretation of Marx's
"shift" is better. See his BEYOND CAPITAL. The second edition is even
better than the first.
JD

On 6/25/05, Michael Perelman <michael@...> wrote:
> I agree with Ted.  I thought that the author went too far, but I sent it to get Tom
> Walker working on the book, which is still very interesting.
> 
> On Sat, Jun 25, 2005 at 10:25:22PM -0400, Ted Winslow wrote:
> > Michael Perelman wrote quoted Anson Rabinbach:
> >
> > > By the early 1860s, Marx thus shifted his focus from the
> > >    emancipation of mankind through labor to emancipation from
> > >    productive labor by an even greater productivity .... To use the
> > >    philosopher Agnes Heller's formulation, Marx turned from a
> > >    "paradigm of work" to a "paradigm of production." see Heller,
> > >    Agnes. 1981. "Paradigm of Production: Paradigm of Work."
> > >    Dialectical Anthropology, 6, pp. 71-9.

Autoplectic | 26 Jun 18:06 2005
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the political economy of disease diagnosis

<http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/sickintro.html>
[This is the first in a series that will run all week]
<http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/health/suddenlysick/>

The hidden big business behind your doctor's diagnosis

By Susan Kelleher and Duff Wilson
Seattle Times staff reporters
Sunday, June 26, 2005, 12:00 A.M. Pacific

You walk into your doctor's office for a physical exam and step on the
scale. Last year, the doctor said you were overweight. Now he says you
are obese — at the same weight.

A nurse takes your blood pressure. You have hypertension — with the
same previously healthy reading you've had for years.

The doctor scans your wrist bone. You have a condition called
"osteopenia" — with the same bone density that was fine last time you
were measured.

You mention you are not enjoying sex as much as you used to.
Diagnosis: a new kind of sexual dysfunction.

You leave the office with a head full of worry and a fistful of new
prescriptions, joining more than 40 percent of Americans who take one
or more prescribed drugs daily in the effort to stave off more serious
trouble.

You are suddenly sick, simply because the definitions of disease have
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Jim Devine | 26 Jun 18:24 2005
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Re: Will capitalism destroy the Internet?

It seems to be the trend under capitalism. The Internet started out as
common property (dominated by .edu and .gov sites). [I remember when
commercialism was frowned upon in e-mails.] Then came the commercial
(.com) invasion, including spam. Add in the evil-doers (hackers) and
the Net threatens to shut down. I would guess the solution (under
capitalism) will be to have it as government-regulated and
corporate-monopolized as banking is.

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"Segui il tuo corso, e lascia dir le genti." (Go your own way and let
people talk.) -- Karl, paraphrasing Dante.

Jim Devine | 26 Jun 18:28 2005
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Re: amber waves of plastic

this is the kind of thing that reduces the demand for petroleum and
helps avoid the nasty effects of Hubbert's alleged Peak. I think the
problem comes from pollution and other external costs.
JD

On 6/26/05, Autoplectic <autoplectic@...> wrote:
> <http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-grain26jun26,0,4198107.story>
> 
> To Replace Oil, U.S. Experts See Amber Waves of Plastic
> 
> American crops could be used in place of many products' petroleum
> base, some scientists say.
> 
> By Stephanie Simon
> Times Staff Writer
> June 26, 2005
>

Michael Perelman | 26 Jun 18:32 2005

Re: amber waves of plastic

Although there is debate on the subject, the energy used to grow the crops typically
exceeds the energy extracted.

On Sun, Jun 26, 2005 at 09:28:19AM -0700, Jim Devine wrote:
> this is the kind of thing that reduces the demand for petroleum and
> helps avoid the nasty effects of Hubbert's alleged Peak. I think the
> problem comes from pollution and other external costs.
> JD
>
> On 6/26/05, Autoplectic <autoplectic@...> wrote:
> > <http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-grain26jun26,0,4198107.story>
> >
> > To Replace Oil, U.S. Experts See Amber Waves of Plastic
> >
> > American crops could be used in place of many products' petroleum
> > base, some scientists say.
> >
> > By Stephanie Simon
> > Times Staff Writer
> > June 26, 2005
> >

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Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

Tel. 530-898-5321
E-Mail michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
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Jim Devine | 26 Jun 18:33 2005
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Re: the political economy of disease diagnosis

When I had my heart checked with ultrasound earlier this year, the
tech predicted that within a few years 100% of the US population would
be classified as needing meds.
JD

On 6/26/05, Autoplectic <autoplectic@...> wrote:

> The hidden big business behind your doctor's diagnosis
> 
> By Susan Kelleher and Duff Wilson
> Seattle Times staff reporters
> Sunday, June 26, 2005, 12:00 A.M. Pacific

Jim Devine | 26 Jun 18:34 2005
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Re: amber waves of plastic

On 6/26/05, Michael Perelman  wrote:
> Although there is debate on the subject, the energy used to grow the crops typically
> exceeds the energy extracted.

the article points to the opposite. 

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Jim Devine
"Segui il tuo corso, e lascia dir le genti." (Go your own way and let
people talk.) -- Karl, paraphrasing Dante.

Michael Perelman | 26 Jun 18:40 2005

Re: amber waves of plastic

I said there is debate.  I think that the article is wrong.

On Sun, Jun 26, 2005 at 09:34:51AM -0700, Jim Devine wrote:
> On 6/26/05, Michael Perelman  wrote:
> > Although there is debate on the subject, the energy used to grow the crops typically
> > exceeds the energy extracted.
>
> the article points to the opposite.
>
> --
> Jim Devine
> "Segui il tuo corso, e lascia dir le genti." (Go your own way and let
> people talk.) -- Karl, paraphrasing Dante.

--
Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

Tel. 530-898-5321
E-Mail michael at ecst.csuchico.edu

Jim Devine | 26 Jun 18:44 2005
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Re: amber waves of plastic

maybe, but there's no reason that we can rule out the possibility of
low-cost fuel from corn, since corn (and other plants) are "factories"
for converting solar energy into chemicals that we can process to get
that energy. (Usually, we do it by eating the corn.)

On 6/26/05, Michael Perelman <michael@...> wrote:
> I said there is debate.  I think that the article is wrong.

> > Jim Devine
> > "Segui il tuo corso, e lascia dir le genti." (Go your own way and let
> > people talk.) -- Karl, paraphrasing Dante.
> 
> --
> Michael Perelman
> Economics Department
> California State University
> Chico, CA 95929
> 
> Tel. 530-898-5321
> E-Mail michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
> 

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Jim Devine
"Segui il tuo corso, e lascia dir le genti." (Go your own way and let
people talk.) -- Karl, paraphrasing Dante.


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