July 18, 2007
The Asian Classics Input Project is working hard to locate, catalog, digitally preserve, and rapidly disseminate Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts. Here's a pdf describing their work. The website is cool, too. They have a lot of stuff from the Bhagavad Gita and Rig Veda in addition to loads of Buddhist material for those of us with a scholarly bent.
Climate change may be changing the course of rivers in Tibet and reducing their flow, according to the China Daily (a government-controlled newspaper.) So the government of China is marginally more aware to the reality of human-caused climate change than the U.S. government. But they're still taking pride in destroying traditional life on the Tibetan plateau, here crowing about pulling cowboys off the prairie into wonderful new lives in factories making plastic baubles for Western consumers.
Speaking of secretive, authoritarian bureaucrats, have you heard about Dick Cheney's role in the big salmon die-off in the Klamath River? Farmers wanted water from the river, the White House / Vice President stepped in and gave it, and the result was disastrous for salmon and fishermen. This was considered a victory for property owners and their lawyers pooh-poohed the idea that this would hurt the river or its fish. The House Natural Reources Committee will look into Cheney's role in this situation -- it seems like he may have made a couple phone calls to pull strings; nice that he has time for things like that -- but the Veep will probably not be called to testify, nor would he come if he was called. Expect a lot more hard decisions like this (business / property rights vs. environmental "concerns") to come, and expect the U.S. and China to support business and private interests versus the greater good for years to come.
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