“Interestingly, this construction of a post-Westphalian caliphate is one of the points of disagreement between the IS and other radical militant groups, such as Al-Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra. The newly declared Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi argues that the people need to reject all the elements of the “kafir” modern states. With such a pronouncement, he clearly differentiates the IS from movements like the Taliban or the Muslim Brotherhood, which attempt to control power in a modern state and do not question the reference frame of the state as such. He also rejects Al-Qaeda, which is a global organization based on country chapters, which reinforces the nation state as a conceptual basis.”

Welcome to the post-Westphalia dystopia | Mada Masr

“Even if US has the manufacturing capacity, key parts of the knowledge ecosystem currently exist only in Shenzhen.”

Shenzhen trip report - visiting the world’s manufacturing ecosystem

“Pahlka said that one of the breakthrough moments of her year in the White House came when a federal procurement policy official pointed out how little it would take to reconcile agile programming with how government IT contracting is done: line items — those delineations of software features called for in traditional contracts — could be swapped out for, she said, “Sprint 1, Sprint 2, and Sprint 3.””

How the U.S. Digital Service could upset D.C.’s ‘IT vendor ecosystem’

“He is three hours from factories making every imaginable electronic component, and three days by FedEx from 90% of the world’s population.”

Inside Shenzhen: China’s Silicon Valley

“The status of immigration detainees held in centres while their cases are decided is distinct from that of convicted prisoners. Yet, like prison inmates, they do not qualify for the national minimum wage. They are also barred from any other form of work, yet must pay for essential goods such as toiletries.”

Private firms ‘are using detained immigrants as cheap labour’



“Drive no faster than 13mph / 20kph. The Optical Character Recognition Portal records information about your vehicle and the container(s) prior to entry. This is matched against the VBS data.”

London Gateway Way Finder | Your guide to DP World London Gateway

“The port, in Thurrock, Essex, opened in November after a huge dredging operation made the river Thames deep enough to accommodate the very larger cargo ships which are becoming standard in the shipping industry.”

Largest ship to ever to enter the Thames docks at London’s newest port (and it’s so big it can carry as much as 8,500 lorries) | Mail Online

“The protest was part of Unite’s campaign to highlight what it claims is DP World’s failure to deliver “basic labour rights for workers”. The union’s general secretary Len McCluskey has said he “will not countenance the establishment of a major non-union port in Britain”.”

BBC News - Boris Johnson confronted by Unite at London Gateway

“Pollutant collection treatment must be applied for from the local Maritime Safety Administration for the disposal of sludge and garbage. Port clearance will only be issued upon presentation of such a certificate. Some ports require both sludge and garbage to be disposed of using an approved contractor whilst other ports only require one of these to be removed in this way.”

News - Ben Line Agencies

Although exact numbers have never been agreed, something in the order of 140,000 people died within moments of that log entry, many of them vaporized in the heat of the blast or burnt to death by the fireball that swept through the city. Thousands more would die in the following months and years as a result of sickness caused by radiation.

Given the magnitude of the event, and its immense historical significance, we have few photographs of post-bomb Hiroshima. This is no accident. On September 18, 1945, just over a month after Japan surrendered, the U.S. government imposed a strict code of censorship. They suppressed the few images taken by Japanese photographers and banned all non-military photographs of the city, the original Ground Zero (this was the first time the phrase was used).

When we think of Hiroshima and what comes to mind is the mushroom cloud. Awesome in its way, with its bulbous head and towering stem, it is nonetheless an abstract image freed from human agency and human consequence.

The lack of visual evidence of the atom bomb’s effect has helped us to forget its devastating impact. To see is to remember. Up until now, there have been few publicly available images of what happened on the ground when the first atomic bomb exploded. As a result, Hiroshima has become, as the novelist Mary McCarthy wrote in 1946, “a kind of hole in human history.”

Hiroshima Lost and Found: Design Observer

“Winemakers often stack wine barrels on metal racks with wheels to maximize space. Some are piled 30 feet high, which makes it particularly dangerous if they fall.”

LA Times - Napa earthquake tosses wine barrels and bottles into piles

“Luckily, everything was fine. But it’s particularly disconcerting this time of year because we’re getting close to harvest and crush,” Fox said. “You can’t afford damage to your fermentation tank or water lines. If all your barrels came crashing, where are you going to get new ones in time?”

LA Times - Napa earthquake tosses wine barrels and bottles into piles

“Minor infringements of procedural requirements can lead to grossly disproportionate fines or informal settlements depending upon the country.”

Felixstowe Dockers: When a vessel arrives in port

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