Tragic genres as the miner’s canary…

We should note that world history shows a far larger constellation of ‘genres’, e.g. the tragic (and comic)genre of ancient greece in the context of a religious background to state run theatres: in Athens in its classic period this produced the era of Aeschylus to Euripides. But then in modern times we see the ‘commercial’ theatres of the elizabethan period again producing tragic (and comic) genres in the context of something almost like primitive capitalism. This is not a plug for commercial theatres but perhaps a reminder that what is discussed here is monopoly capitalism that has turned into a kind of dead mass, a mechanical freak show of something closer to degenerated capitalism.
Let us note this effect in modern drama where full-fledged capitalism could never produce anything like a tragic genre as it generates a massively mediocre Hollywood monstrosity that has corrupted taste, perception, and genre diversity for dramatic junk engineered to for profit.

Source: How Capitalism Changed American Literature | Public Books

The Green New Deal Must Include Regenerative Agriculture and an End to Factory Farming 

A millennial perspective on why the way we farm and how we consume food must be part of the conversation when it comes to the climate crisis.. This week, a petition signed by more than 100,000 people

Source: The Green New Deal Must Include Regenerative Agriculture and an End to Factory Farming | Common Dreams Views

Particle physics is a mess but Hossenfelder should chill, fellow physicist says 

Hmmm. He’s not giving fellow physicists much of an incentive to sort out the mess. On the other hand, civilized theoretical physicists fight so politely that you can learn a lot just by listening.

Source: Particle physics is a mess but Hossenfelder should chill, fellow physicist says | Uncommon Descent

Sea level rise: West Antarctic ice collapse may be prevented by snowing ocean water onto it — ScienceDaily

Scientists are scrutinizing a daring way of stabilizing the West Antarctic ice sheet: generating trillions of tons of additional snowfall by pumping ocean water onto the glaciers and distributing it with snow canons.

Source: Sea level rise: West Antarctic ice collapse may be prevented by snowing ocean water onto it — ScienceDaily

How mammals’ brains evolved to distinguish odors is nothing to sniff at

Neuroscientists have discovered that at least six types of mammals — from mice to cats — distinguish odors in roughly the same way, using circuitry in the brain that’s evolutionarily preserved across species.

Source: How mammals’ brains evolved to distinguish odors is nothing to sniff at: Study finds that the relationship of ‘distributed circuit’ components scales across species — ScienceDaily