Rise in EU citizens not getting UK settled status causes alarm - theguardian.com/politics/2019/ 42% only given pre-settled status - so much of johnson's “I repeat unequivocally our guarantee to the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us.” another #brexit lie

Corporations pile pressure on Brazil over #Amazonfires - theguardian.com/world/2019/aug corporations can be callous and evil, but they don't have to be. and sometimes, for whatever reasons, they do the right thing, as here...

Projects like #DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and #Handle.net have created ways to permanently link to documents on the web, even if their actual URL changes. But like #Webcitation.org and #Archive.org, both are centralized systems, requiring layers of bureacracy and ongoing funding to maintain. #DataShards has been proposed as a way to automate this, in a decentralized and even offline way:

today i learned about agroecology, a form of agriculture in which which small-scale farmers use sustainable methods based on a combination of modern science and local knowledge. it can provide greater yields than industrial farming while avoiding the patented products from giants like monsanto:



Came to for some Adorno books and noticed they have a back to school giveaway in progress. 50% off (discounted paper copies too) and one free ebook a day!


Rolling Stone on how WaPo rated an accurate and verified statistic as "mostly false" when said it.

>The process by which the Post fact checker transmogrified a basically true statement into a ruling of “mostly false” is a case study in the uselessness of the political fact-check as it is often practiced.


US Proposing Easing Rules on Climate-Changing Oil Emissions

Deliberately loosening regulations really ought to be made a . At least Shell realized the optics looked bad, the other oil companies seem to be rooting for this.


Jair Bolsonaro claims 'profound love' for Amazon rainforest as criticism intensifies - theguardian.com/environment/20 important: shows he is vulnerable to pressure threatening trade deals like #mercosur #AmazonFires

G7 leaders to hold emergency talks over Amazon wildfires crisis - theguardian.com/environment/20 “Brazil had stopped being a villain and it is now going back to being a pariah. We must stop this insanity” #AmazonFires

The denial is strong. It doesn't matter how much evidence you show some people that industrial agriculture is unsustainable, produces poor quality food-like products, poisons and kills soil biota and pollinators, contributes to climate change, *and* causes more food waste and shortages than it fixes. They are determined to believe that corporate and industrial = science, and the distributed ownership and regenerative methods of systems like permaculture = anti-science:

People's reactions to me pointing out 3/4 of my grandparents are immigrants is telling. Everyone assumes since I'm white that my family's been in Canada for generations, nope my Dad's first generation and one of my mom's parents immigrated here as well. As soon as I say that people trip over themselves saying they don't mean my family. Bullshit my grandparents came to Canada after having their lives destroyed by war they were exactly the kind of people who are immigrating now only they're white.

Did too much work today, and took time to get my every-8-weeks meds. So here's a picture of the central library from a few days ago. One of the things I appreciate about Seattle is that one of its most impressive landmark buildings is a library.

Canada's election watchdog: ads saying climate change is real may break law - boingboing.net/2019/08/20/cana #climatecrisis is not a matter of opinion; @ElectionsCan_E are irresponsible idiots

We're living in a microplastic world.

"Plastic was the furthest thing from Gregory Wetherbee’s mind when he began analyzing rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains. “I guess I expected to see mostly soil and mineral particles,” said the US Geological Survey researcher. Instead, he found multicolored microscopic plastic fibers."

#Plastics #MicroPlastics #Pollution #Environment


Interesting finding. "[I]n all 344 cities [in China], solar photovoltaic systems were capable of generating and selling electricity at lower prices than the grid without subsidies, and in 22 percent of those cities, they could also produce electricity at lower prices than coal."

#SolarEnergy #Electricity #PowerSupplies #RenewableEnergy #China


The Amazon is on fire
The forest has been burning for weeks now

The smoke chokes cities hundreds of kilometers away

Without the Amazon there is NO WAY to avoid civilization ending warming

If we do not force our oligarchs to act now nothing much else will matter

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