#Smoke and #soot from central Alaska wildfires have afflicted the #subarctic city of #Fairbanks with some of the world’s worst #AirPollution in recent days, forcing many residents indoors and prompting one hospital to set up a “clean air shelter.”
“All the HEPA filters and everything are sold out in town, and the smoke is terrible...”
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If the ACA gets struck down this week, that's it. My partner and I are gonna have to choose between staying in the USA and keeping our jobs.
I have a lot of feelings right now.
Glad to be talking co-ops on @mcnallyterrence's podcast: https://aworldthatjustmightwork.com/2019/07/new-nathan-schneider-how-much-of-a-difference-can-co-ops-make/ grateful in particular for the challenge at the end. You decide how skillfully I evaded it.
She has welcomed criticism from a #fossil #fuel #industry chief that environment campaigners pose “perhaps the greatest threat” to the #oil sector.
The 16-year-old founder of the “#SchoolStrike4Climate’ movement described the comments made by the leader the Organisation of the #Petroleum #Exporting #Countries (#Opec) as their “biggest #compliment yet”.
I'm calling a social media strike for July 4-5: https://larrysanger.org/2019/06/social-media-strike/
I know many here have already abandoned the likes of Facebook and Twitter. But if you're still there...announce that you're on strike (repeatedly?) on those days, in protest of these companies' abusive policies, and if you like, share this Declaration of Digital Independence: https://larrysanger.org/2019/06/declaration-of-digital-independence/
News stories: https://twitter.com/lsanger/status/1146140428338716674
Mark Burton & Peter Somerville
Degrowth: A Defence
A respose to Pollin's argument in favour of green growth, the authors argue that a radical reduction in greenhouse gas emissions requires degrowth.
To take a self-centred example so that I don't run the risk of getting into an argument, I'll always self-describe as "Arabic" or "brown" or "a PoC" on here because in my current situation, I am perceived as brown in the overwhelming majority of situations that I'm in. The same goes for my father, who is even more noticeably brown than I am and has experienced racism throughout his life. However, when he lived in Cameroon, he was referred to as white and was, for all intents and purposes, white.
@privacylab "One recent study found that Amazon is the second most-trusted institution of any kind in the United States, ahead of Google, the police, and the higher-education system, and trailing only the U.S. military."
that's gotta be one of the most fucked up sentences I ever read
"Before implementing a captcha, it’s worth considering if one is necessary to begin with."
"The comment form of my blog is protected by what I refer to as “naive captcha”, where the captcha term is the same every single time. This has to be the most ineffective captcha of all time, and yet it stops 99.9% of comment spam."
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I recently read Karl Polanyi's "The Great Transformation," and while I found myself shaking my head at some points, I've also been repeating its ideas over in my head--there's a certain appeal to them.
Particularly his rejection of the "base and superstructure"--which, while a useful intellectual framework, I do find overly rigid.
Instead, he completely rejects the liberal separation of economic and social spheres--and seems to allude that Marx internalized these separations with base/superstructure theories.
Polanyi flips this idea and says that actually the economy is embedded in the culture, or social system, rather than vice versa (the modes of production determining superstructure).
And he has a good case: he cites the "double movements" in every country where capitalism has taken hold; double movements being socialist measures to counter the social vicissitudes that resulted from market liberalization.
Major update to ocean-heat record could shrink 1.5C carbon budget
.. released “HadSST4”, the largest update since 2011 to its widely used sea surface temperature record. It suggests that the world’s #oceans have warmed by around 0.1°C more than previously thought since pre-industrial times.
This would reduce the global “carbon budget” remaining to limit warming to 1.5C by between 24% and 33% ...
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> The American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas trade group, in an emailed statement said “natural gas and oil will supply more than half of America’s energy needs for decades to come.
These people do not even bother to sugarcoat their opposition to any threat to their profits. I wonder if "Thank You For Smoking" picked the wrong industries to satirize.
The overall picture is growing starker with each passing year.
Few industries make the case for seizing the means of production quite so well as academic publishing. We do the research, write the papers, referee the papers and make the journals "influential" by citing the papers. And the publishers take the profits.
The news stories about "Plan S" never seem to quote anyone saying the whole system is exploitative and corrupt and needs to be burned down. 🤔
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Node's package management is the level of shitshow that Python's was back in 2008, only worse because there are at least six competing almost-solutions and you need to use at least two of them.
It took a few decades for Python to settle on pip for programmers and anaconda for scientists. In a few decades, node developers will have created several hundred package managers and there will be no consensus on the right ones to use for anybody.
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here