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Fordlandia’s Rise and Fall
07.24.2009
12:41 pm
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Jim Jones, Fitzcarraldo, The Mosquito Coast...nothing sucks me in quicker than a tale of a dashed jungle dream.  That’s why I’m bracing for what seems like a harrowing read in Greg Grandin’s account of Henry Ford’s Amazonian misadventure, Fordlandia.  Despite the story’s familiar trajectory (man—> jungle—> tragedy), the details sound remarkable:

In 1927, Ford, the richest man in the world, needed rubber to make tires, hoses and other parts for his cars. Rubber does not grow in Michigan, and European producers enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the rubber trade because of their Asian colonies. So, typically, the car magnate decided to grow his own.

The site chosen for Ford?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.24.2009
12:41 pm
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Hysterical Public Comments Made at Santa Cruz City Council Meeting
07.22.2009
08:02 pm
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We can be rich in cotton and mining metals and silkworms and we can makes things, we can make things cars, the machine can make it for us…on the East Coast they have slaves and they believe in slavery and made in China, but on the West Coast, the new West Coast, we don’t believe in that. We believe in the union and that’s what we are.

(via reddit)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.22.2009
08:02 pm
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The Lost Inventions of R Buckminster Fuller
07.17.2009
10:59 am
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Interesting essay about the “lost” patents and inventions of Buckminster Fuller:

Buckminster Fuller sought patents for his works to document in an enduring form what an individual could invent for the betterment of humanity.  A primary resource for Fuller?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.17.2009
10:59 am
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