March 13, 2013
And You Thought Our Carpet Bombing Was Bad…

Ecological notes from the Shanghai Daily:

HANOI, March 12 (Xinhua) — A project to build the largest complex of wood processing factory in Vietnam’s southern Ca Mau province has been approved by local authorities, reported Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper Tuesday…

Built in Khanh An Industrial Zone in U Minh district, the factory has a designed capacity of producing 200,000 cubic meters of finished products per year, mainly with wood planks and medium- density fibreboard (MDF) for exports to the EU and the United States.

And from a retired war correspondent:

I was just in Mondulkiri, a remote hilltribe province of Cambodia bordering Vietnam, and one major part of the forest there is a horrible wasteland stretching as far as the eye can see, chopped down and burned — one’s eyes sting from the residual smoke…

Locals told me a Chinese company plans to lay out rubber plantations there, as at Memot. The land-grabbed inhabitants live in shacks now along the main road, and still protest occasionally but it is too late to do anything.

The Central Highlands of Vietnam have more or less gone. ‘Triple canopy jungle’ — remember the cliché we used to write? — has vanished. It’s all coffee plantations now.

Wildlife has disappeared too. The kouprey, a kind of wild ox that was Cambodia’s national animal, has not been seen since 1988. The elephants in both countries have been decimated.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 13, 2013 11:02 AM
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Posted by: LanceThruster on March 14, 2013 5:11 PM

It can't be all that bad. After all, at Privacy international they don't even make the list, much less be among the very worst surveillance societies in the world, countries like China, the USSR and the US, the latter three scoring the worst rating as "endemic" surveillance societies. Some people actually take the time and energy to notice these little "1984" things.

https://www.privacyinternational.org/sites/privacyinternational.org/files/file-downloads/phrcomp_sort_0.pdf

Posted by: LlITIGATOR on March 14, 2013 5:13 PM

Besides all that, whole forests have been cleared in Southeast Asia so Americans don'thave to wipe with the Sears catalog. There's actually a seal that is on some toilet paper indicating that rainforests have not been chopped to the ground and that they use recycled paper in their product. We can't rightly preach to the Chinese on that particular score. Or too many others.

As Noam Chomsky once said, so called human "intelligence" is probably a fatal disease. I know Joe Bageant felt that way although he didn't express the thought exactlyt that way to me.

Have you seen the video out that proves that Chimpanzees have much better computer memory skills in one respect than humans do? It's a powerful video demonstrating just what a foolish and dangerous creature humans really are.

We'll destroy the whole thing soon enough. Jarod Diamond studied societies that collapsed and he said they all seemed to be getting along great until things were better than ever and then their collapse was in every case that he studied was sudden and rapid. We're headed for the same end. He didn't study the Roman Empire but you do understand that the end of that period was called the Dark Ages. The third chimopanzee was just lucky that the particular end that came wasn't fatal. We won't be so lucky.

Posted by: Buck on March 15, 2013 1:07 AM
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