"almost everyone has heard of joan of arc. yet today few people realize that in 1431, when she was 19 years old, joan of arc was burned at the stake by the inquisition of the catholic church because she refused to stop dressing as a man. almost 500 years later, in 1920, the catholic church canonized 'saint joan' because it needed a popular figure to connect to the church at a time of revolutionary upheaval worldwide. because joan of arc had been from the common people, she was still enormously popular, especially among peasants and workers. but the church and france buried the fact that she was a transvestite--an expression of her identity she was willing to die for rather than renounce." [continue reading]
In the U.S., recycling is often pigeonholed as “green”—something to do if you personally care about the environment, but it’s certainly not done for pure economic reasons.
That’s why many Westerners would be shocked to learn a simple fact: The recycling industry is worth $500 billion a year and employs more people than any other industry on the planet, except for agriculture.
This perception gap is the underlying driver of journalist Adam Minter’s new book, Junkyard Planet, coming out on November 12th. The book explores the often hidden world of the global recycling industry, with a focus on China, the mecca for the sector and where Minter, son of an American junkyard owner, has lived for the last decade.