a divine hulk stretched out on a cold marble slab; traces of human blood remain beneath his toenails, from stamping on populations as if they were grapes
here we meet a god who eats several of the ark animals when they are grilled after the flood
we do not believe that there is any hope for a race of people who do not believe that they look like god
a flowing beard, a symbol of sovereignty so ubiquitous in the ancient world that queens were known to wear prosthetic ones to mark their own power
in mesopotamian myth, gods were said to "gather like flies" around sacrifices of meat
god preferred to eat his meat not only well-done but still on fire
who circumcised god? an ancient phoenician myth, preserved by the second-century-ce writer philo of byblos, reported that el (like abraham) took matters into his own hands
yahwey..was "the paradigmatic alpha-male," but the alpha male is only a figment that sprang out of zoology into mass consciousness about forty years ago
in the evenings he would relax with his pet sea monster
such fevered reveries were reminiscient of the nineteenth century, when british industrialists dreamed, as one put it, that if only they "could add an inch of material to every chinaman's shirt-tail, the mills of lancashire could be kept busy for a generation"
daniel defoe compared the pirate settlers of madagascar to the founders of rome, and montesquieu claimed that the greeks, too, were originally pirates; graeber suggests that tales of pirate politics would have been well known to many writers and thinkers of the day. as a roughneck utopian committed to liberty from all existing laws and governments, the pirate was 'just as much a figure of the enlightenment as voltaire or adam smith'
the ever given, one of the world's largest container ships, was operated by the taiwan-based shipping company evergreen, which had chartered it from its japanese owners, shoei kisen kaisha. it flew the flag of panama; its agent was a dubai-based firm; and its indian crew and officers worked for the german company bernhard schulte ship-management. it also had multiple insurers. the ever given's hull, machinery and cargo were insured in the japanese market, while claims for injuries, accidents and pollution were covered by the uk protection and indemnity club. the suez canal authority, shoei kisen kaisha, uk p&i and all of their lawyers negotiated in public and behind closed doors for the next three months, and finally took their case to egyptian courts. after a settlement was forced on the parties, the ship was released on 7 july 2021
from northern somalia to the offices of lloyd's of london
only if a ship was fully abandoned or the crew had all perished would the vessel and everything on it become res nullius, the property of no one. at sea these things were classified as flotsam (any floating object), jetsam (cargoes deliberately thrown overboard) and lagan (sunken goods marked with buoys). but once something made landfall it became wreccum maris, wreck of the sea, and open to the competing claims of salvagers, coastal landlords and crown officials
so many barrels of brandy were unloaded from the wreck that..soon 'near halfe the town, men, women, and children lay drunk upon the sands'
dozens of deaths among the salvagers - some from exposure, some shot as looters, and others simple 'country people' who drank from the wrong barrel
by about 1720, impunity for all but the most fraudulent speculations was well entrenched within the emergent financial and legal system
nine nations - including colombia, peru, and chile - went bankrupt in the 1820s, failing to pay their debts
somehow, between about 1690 and about 1830, financial crises stopped being crimes and became natural disasters
today, peatlands cover about 3 percent of the planet's land surface, but scientists estimate that they store twice as much soil carbon than all the world's forests - which are about ten times as extensive. just six years ago, researchers announced the discovery of peatlands in the congo basin that store as much carbon as the burning of fossil fuels worldwide emits in three years
the long-standing human penchant for draining swamps
95 percent water but fibrous enough to stand on
(9) the anarcho-syndicalist symbol of a caterwauling black cat, spine and tail raised high
perhaps you are one of the millions of people for whom the pandemic stirred a fascination with logistics
a robotic ballet
this ritualized "shape-up," bridges observed, resembled an old-world "slave market." (it still exists in cleaning and construction. just visit a home depot at 6:00 am, where immigrant day laborers haggle for work)
immigrants still must repudiate communism to stay in the us
why couldn't the ilwu represent people doing software development?
the death of god at human hands - a crime so vastly ramifying that we needed to become gods ourselves to be worthy of having committed it
the great cosmic operating system upgrade