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  • eupraxis@aol.com
    J, I am not in error. When I have the time I will look through my old notes from then. There was a special issue, if I recall correctly, of a Yale journal on
    Message 1 of 69 , May 1 3:34 PM
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      J,

      I am not in error. When I have the time I will look through my old notes from then. There was a special issue, if I recall correctly, of a Yale journal on contemporary French thought that had the original Derrida piece where he refused to make any definitive statement on the subject, saying instead something about the free play of signifiers or some such thing. The journal also had the critique by the students, and Derrida's scathing response. I believe these were subsequently published in book form.

      Most of this stuff is in storage in NY right now. I will be up there in a week or so. I will try to get them, if I can manage it.

      I am sure that D. was not sanguine on South Africa, but he felt that he had to play games with the topic. He was a walking contradiction, a member of the Communist Party until his death, and an opponent of the same in public, for example. Go figure.

      WS

      -----Original Message-----
      From: jaime.denada@...
      To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tue, 1 May 2007 5:01 PM
      Subject: [existlist] Re: can EGOS mate?

      I just did. What I read says you're in error.

      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eupraxis@... wrote:
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      > Google it.
      >
      > WS
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: jaime.denada@...
      > To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Tue, 1 May 2007 4:43 PM
      > Subject: [existlist] can EGOS mate?
      >
      > Really? I must have forgotten some original postion on
      apartheid which
      > if true was then so obviously recanted. What about his last words
      on
      > racism and the lectures on the im/possibility of 'forgiveness'in
      SA?
      >
      > JD
      >
      > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eupraxis@ wrote:
      >
      > His inability to speak against apartheid in the 80s was
      reprehensible
      >
      >
      >
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    • Exist List Moderator
      A few years ago there was a man we called President. He knew the power of words. He declared he would be the Real Environmental President and vowed to
      Message 69 of 69 , May 29 11:40 AM
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        A few years ago there was a man we called President. He knew the
        power of words. He declared he would be the "Real" Environmental
        President and vowed to protect "wetlands." (We won't dwell on his
        vice-president, since that might contradict his current persona.)

        Anticipating a change, the Department of Agriculture, the Department
        of the Interior, and (separately) the Bureau of Land (mis-)Management
        set forth to define "wetland" since this term lacked an official
        definition. As a result, scientists and activists attended policy
        forums and started to get a definition of "wetland" codified. This
        upset farmers and developers, who then demanded more hearing and
        public forums. These hearings were during the presidential campaign,
        so there were sob stories from farmers who had lost their land to
        lizards and shrimp.

        In academic circles, the definition of "wetland" had been set in
        works by Tripp (1991, p. 203) and Golet (1991, 635) as "areas
        sufficiently saturated by water that only specially adapted plants
        can grow there. Saturation with water prevents oxygen from working
        its way into the soil and therefore creates conditions of no
        oxygen" (Tripp's definition).

        In 1989, under a different President (who must not have been an
        environmentalist since he was marked with the Red R), the Interagency
        Committee for Wetland Delineation published a precise manual on how
        to map wetlands and protect them from human activity. This was deemed
        good by many, but not trusted because of his Red R.

        Ah, but the "Real" Environmental President promised no net loss of
        wetlands during his administration. The scientists were happy. They
        trusted him. Unfortunately, to win an election in the United States,
        you must promise farmers in Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Minnesota,
        Illinois, Kansas, and so on, more land and more subsidies.

        Let us cut all of the boring dates and federal papers... you already
        know what happened. "Wetland" was redefined and there were hearings.
        The definition began to change. A "Revised Manual" was developed and
        "wetlands" as defined by Congress (1992) according to Francis Golet
        "disregards more than 15 years of scientific research."

        By the time the New Improved Environmental President took office,
        legislation was ready to be passed and there are now two definitions
        of wetlands: the one in academic texts and the one maintained by the
        federal government.

        Politicians don't care about science unless they can control the
        terms. Scientists are not very good at public relations, it seems --
        until there is an emergency and people have to listen to them.

        Science and politics -- without a discussion of stem cells or
        anything controversial.

        - CSW
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