lewd, extremely low quality toot
@jk did you know that "Infowars" is an anagram for Wario NSFW
Turns out many public and cooperatively owned coal fired power plants cost more just to run than new solar costs to build from scratch... says the left-wing nutjobs at the Moody's bond desk: http://www.cleancooperative.com/news/moodys-report-shows-tri-states-coal-plants-are-more-expensive-than-new-renewable-energy
If you're into working with humans, free software & cryptography, and you love the idea of helping news organizations break their biggest stories based on submissions by whistleblowers, you may want to come work with me! New opening at Freedom of the Press Foundation just went up - boosts appreciated:
For a variety of reasons, after 12 years together, I am breaking up with Apple. A refurbished ThinkPad T470s is on its way from Lenovo, just in time for the Debian derived 18.04 OS releases.
I'm sure I will need some emotional support in this difficult time of grieving. And also, application suggestions. And what phone/carrier should I get to work best w/ Linux while also traveling overseas? Any ideas @ntnsndr?
like how does _that_ sales pitch go, exactly?
"yeah, listen, we've added a new feature - we're gonna do you a one shot ad post on a fringe social network full of gay space communists, people who identify strongly with cartoon animals, and programmers who are weirdly intense about ideological shit that we're not entirely sure is even real. oh yeah, and did i mention the sex professionals? that's been big lately."
Many older environmental groups were created to *stop* things from getting built. The big question facing Sierra Club & others today is “What do you do when building something produces an environmental good?”
If the state & local Clubs won't fight for building dense, livable economically accessible, low-carbon, mixed-use cities, they become at best irrelevant & at worst an enemy of climate action, engaged in predatory delay alongside Shell & the Kochs. #SB827 https://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/green-house-divided
Unsurprisingly, it seems like whether this is worthwhile will depend on our discount rates and risk tolerance. As with climate mitigation, a low discount rate & risk tolerance will encourage/enable climate adaptation investments.
Which reminds me of this thing I wrote a while ago.
Knowing when & how much sea level rise is going to happen seems important in the valuation of these coastal urban places. Can you trickle money into retrofitting an amphibious city? Or does it have to happen up front? Do we have appropriate financing mechanisms?
And across all the papers Alden owns, is there a correlation between how liberal/conservative the voice paper is, and how hard it gets squeezed? Are there any other interesting variables that correlate obviously?
It's like they realized anyone who still had a subscription to the paper was probably going to stay subscribed no matter what, and with one paper in town that gave them monopoly pricing power. So they were like, hey let's squeeze what we can out of this while it's still around.
Are there any reader/journalist owned multi-stakeholder cooperatives out there? Anywhere on Earth? It seems like a thing that should exist by now.
The vulture equity firm that owns the @DailyCamera@Twitter.Com refused to run this editorial criticizing the excessive extraction of profits from the newspaper, leading to its hollowing out. The editorial page editor of the paper posted it here instead: https://boulderfreepress.blog/2018/04/14/private-equity-owners-endanger-cameras-future/amp/
Finally finished The Water Will Come, and wrote up some thoughts... It feels like the start of a difficult conversation about our situation, which is great.
The conversation that is, not our situation.
Complicating all of this, thanks to an overly entitled wealthy coastal enclave in Florida, a judicial precedent has now been set that makes governments liable for *not* maintaining vulnerable infrastructure which should never have been built, or which ought to be abandoned based on what we know now. (PDF) http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/clerk/briefs/2011/1201-1400/11-1294_JurisAns.pdf
And that’s how we end up with the gray-market real estate of the Intertidal. Nobody owns it, and it’s technically worthless, but the crumbling infrastructure has residual value to folks with few other options. Like the little old ladies living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
And if the public were going to buy out threatened properties to reduce overall risks, and the need to expend public money protecting those properties… what’s the right price? In the long run, those property values are going to zero.
And then on top of all that, there’s the fact that you can’t own property that’s below the mean high tide line. What happens when it moves?
A former space explorer, marooned on a beautiful, dying world.
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