Cuneiform in Iraqi street art. These are the Sumerian logograms ama-gi4 𒂼 𒄄 In cuneiform texts, the term refers to a reversion…

IFTTT, Twitter, Moudhy


(via http://twitter.com/Moudhy/status/1192377653422153728)

"Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an…

IFTTT, Twitter, leisa


(via http://twitter.com/leisa/status/1192491568894136320)

And so while it may seem strange and even naïve to look to mythology for tools to understand the earth’s six mass extinctions,…

Adam Nocek, mythology, extinction, ambiguity, philosophy, 2019

“And so while it may seem strange and even naïve to look to mythology for tools to understand the earth’s six mass extinctions, we think that in an era dominated by technocratic solutionism (which leaves little room for paradox, ambiguity, and non-modern ways of relating to the world) it is naïve to think that we could rely on the styles of thought and reasoning that brought about the problem in the first place. In this way our project, as well as our work as a collective, calls upon humans to harness the powers of mythical fabulation in order to address our relation to an earth future that we will bring into being (it is a product of human design), but which completely escapes our human capacities for understanding.”

Adam Nocek 

Where Are They?

poetry, life, questions, fermi paradox, wikipedia, found poetry, list, 2019

  7.1 Extraterrestrial life is rare or non-existent
  7.2 No other intelligent species have arisen
  7.3 Intelligent alien species lack advanced technology
  7.4 Water world hypothesis<br/>  7.5 It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy itself
  7.6 It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy others
  7.7 Periodic extinction by natural events
  7.8 Intelligent civilizations are too far apart in space or time
  7.9 Lack of resources to spread physically throughout the galaxy
  7.10 Lack of desire to live on planets
  7.11 It is cheaper to transfer information for exploration
  7.12 Human beings have not existed long enough
  7.13 We are not listening properly
  7.14 Civilizations broadcast detectable radio signals only for a brief period of time
  7.15 They tend to isolate themselves
  7.16 Colonization is not the norm
  7.17 Outcomes between all and nothing
  7.18 They are too alien
  7.19 Everyone is listening but no one is transmitting
  7.20 Earth is deliberately not contacted
  7.21 Earth is purposely isolated (planetarium hypothesis)
  7.22 It is dangerous to communicate
  7.23 They are here unacknowledged

( Found poetry via Fermi’s Paradox and WIkipedia)

Scientists: there is a zombie outbreak Think tanks: The zombies are a natural cycle Politicians: I’m not a zombie expert…

IFTTT, Twitter, DrKateMarvel


(via http://twitter.com/DrKateMarvel/status/1191362942995959810)

Blade Runner’s 2019 is prisoner firefighters battling a burning California while the internet rages with bots passing as humans….

IFTTT, Twitter, hondanhon


(via http://twitter.com/hondanhon/status/1190753708839034880)

"global computing infrastructure has become so concentrated around just 10 or 15 major hubs ..that the internet itself has…

IFTTT, Twitter, timmaughan


(via http://twitter.com/timmaughan/status/1190694872409411584)

I finally realized why I generally dislike consuming audio and video: I’m not able to use any of my strengths in reading…

IFTTT, Twitter, fortelabs


(via http://twitter.com/fortelabs/status/1190056157257318400)

That feeling that all your peers have figured out something important you haven’t and moved on in some way, leaving you behind?…

IFTTT, Twitter, vgr


(via http://twitter.com/vgr/status/1190123481792253952)

People criticize tech companies for putting money above principle, but Github is holding on to a $100K ICE contract despite…

IFTTT, Twitter, Pinboard


(via http://twitter.com/Pinboard/status/1190018795873681417)

To celebrate halloween we trained a net that creates endless vignettes about murdering humans, torture, necrophilia—kinda funny…

dadabots, death, extinction, cannibal corpse, RNN, BigGAN, AI, death metal, livestream, 2019

video link

To celebrate halloween we trained a net that creates endless vignettes about murdering humans, torture, necrophilia—kinda funny and campy like Evil Dead—using one of the greatest datasets ever— cannibal corpse lyrics

😵🗡️🤖🔪😵🗡️🤖

Neural network generating death metal, via livestream 24/7.

Audio / lyrics / visuals are all generative.

Powered by DADABOTS http://dadabots.com 


🤖Audio generated with modified SampleRNN trained on Cannibal Corpse
🤖Lyrics generated with pretrained 117M GPT2 fine-tuned on Cannibal Corpse
🤖Meat images generated with BigGAN interpolations in the #butchershop latent space
🤖You can generate all kinds of gross stuff on artbreeder https://artbreeder.com/i?k=ff84821d51…
🤖Vocals separated using Wave-U-Net (yup it separates death growls)
🤖Read more about our scientific research into eliminating humans from music https://arxiv.org/abs/1811.06633

7 ways Hurricane Sandy started a tidal wave of resilience

rjzimmerman:

Excerpt from this story from Mother Nature Network:

It’s been seven years since Hurricane Sandy ransacked the East Coast. And, while bigger storms — with even more devastating impacts — have certainly come along, Sandy was unique because it helped start a movement toward resilience and nature-based solutions.

What does this mean?

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of the Interior did something unusual; it provided more than $300 million in funding for resilience projects. Not just recovery — the building-back of damaged areas or the clean-up of debris — but the strengthening and restoration of vital natural systems like marshes, wetlands and rivers that can actually help protect people and wildlife from storm impacts.

This work was not limited to national wildlife refuges and parks — more than 160 projects, funded primarily through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), were implemented in collaboration with hundreds of local NGOs and state partners up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

“This really was an investment in the future,” explains Rick Bennett, who coordinated the Hurricane Sandy resilience effort for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “It wasn’t just about fixing what was damaged by Sandy, but figuring out how we can improve environmental conditions so that fish, wildlife and people can be more resilient to flooding and storm impacts.”

7 ways Hurricane Sandy started a tidal wave of resilience

All Things Facebook Libra

brucesterling:

 In preparation of MoneyLab #7 in Amsterdam on November 14-15 I made the following link list. Many of the topics will be discussed there. No coincidence much of it is related to the Libra developments. 

Best, Geert Lovink


MakerDAO decentralized stablecoin, collateral loans, and community governance

https://makerdao.com/en/

“The desire to travel far away and start a new currency will become a powerful driver of human expansion into space” (via Inte)

https://www.unchained-capital.com/blog/law-of-hash-horizons/

https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2019/10/14/bitcoin-cryptocurrency-sextortion-masturbation-blackmail-monero-save-yourself-malware/

Olaf Scholz vs. Facebook’s Libra

https://hackernoon.com/germany-says-nien-to-facebook-exfederal-prosecutor-blocking-libra-will-bring-national-problems-frdm32e9

Zuckerberg at Washington hearing on Libra

https://www.coindesk.com/zuckerberg-facebook-would-quit-libra-if-association-launched-prematurely

Solution for Deepfake Problems…?

https://www.wired.com/story/the-blockchain-solution-to-our-deepfake-problems/

American conservaties, Libra and Europe

https://www.aier.org/article/sound-money-project/does-libra-threaten-monetary-sovereignty

Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation by Grace Blakely

https://repeaterbooks.com/product/stolen-how-to-save-the-world-from-financialisation/

Anti-globalization blog

http://www.ourworldisnotforsale.net

Ethereum: Scam or Iteration?

https://www.coindesk.com/scam-or-iteration-at-devcon-ethereum-diehards-still-believe-in-2-0

A gallery selling work of cryptoartists

https://knownorigin.io/artists

A London-based crypto artist

https://xcopyart.com/

Libra coalition is falling apart as eBay, Visa, Mastercard and Stripe jump ship

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/11/ebay-drops-out-of-facebook-libra-cryptocurrency-one-week-after-paypal.html

More on OneCoin crypto pyramid scheme court case

https://cointelegraph.com/news/bank-of-ireland-execs-back-out-of-testifying-in-onecoin-scam-hearings

The Radical’s Survival Guide to Adventures in Cryptoland: Can Cryptocurrencies Save Us All? (via Inte)

https://freerads.org/2019/09/05/the-radicals-survival-guide-to-adventures-in-cryptoland-can-cryptocurrencies-save-us-all/

Tank Magazine’s Libra link list

https://tankmagazine.com/tank/2019/07/libra-reading-list/

“Degrowth is about redistribution by design, not by collapse”

https://failedarchitecture.com/degrowth-is-about-redistribution-by-design-not-by-collapse/

Bitcoin will be how we transact with aliens

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/op-ed-hear-me-out-in-a-post-area-51-world-bitcoin-could-be-our-best-hope-for-alien-interaction

A different look at the history of money, apparently more grounded what actually has happened (via Eduard)

<https://michael-hudson.com/2018/04/palatial-credit-origins-of-money-and-interest/>

EU-Funded Projects in Blockchain Technology

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/eu-funded-projects-blockchain-technology

Rhythm in Economic Space by Stamatia Portanova         

https://transversal.at/transversal/0318/portanova/en

Proposal for voluntary degrowth by redesigning money for sustainability, justice, and resilience (via Patrice)

https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/JPE/article/view/20900

France to block Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency in Europe

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/12/france-block-development-facebook-libra-cryptocurrency

Fund to launch alternative business models for online content

https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/blog/100-million-investment-reshape-economics-web/

Money is the Oxygen (via Patricia)

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/money-is-the-oxygen-on-which-the-fire-of-global-warming-burns

Laura Lotti: Blockchain Affordances (via Luca Recano)

http://mediatheoryjournal.org/laura-lotti-blockchain-affordances/

Gavin Mueller: Digital Proudhonism (via Luca Recano)

https://www.boundary2.org/2018/07/mueller/

Coinbase: The 2019 Leaders in Crypto Education

https://blog.coinbase.com/highereducation-c4fb40ecbc0e

Proposal making in DAOs: the limitations of “Anyone Proposes Anything”

https://hackernoon.com/proposal-making-in-daos-the-limitations-of-anyone-can-propose-anything-gn3lh35w1

ECB’s Mersch Warns Over ‘Treacherous Promises’ of Facebook Libra

https://www.coindesk.com/ecbs-mersch-warns-over-treacherous-promises-of-facebook-libra

French pry-trance festival that promotes local currencies

https://www.hadra.net/HTF2019/village.php?lang=fr&&page=village&&subpage=conferences

Bitcoin Rap Battle Debate: Hamilton vs. Satoshi (via Maisa)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaMJi1_1tkA&

RIP Decentralization–Sorry, Bitcoin, it’s Libra’s turn now (via Eduard)

https://medium.com/futuresin/rip-decentralization-ae2d13417da7

Libra: The social media company’s move into cryptocurrency takes advantage of regulatory oopholes

https://onezero.medium.com/the-libra-masterplan-dc9560e41c87

What’s wrong with Ethereum?

https://hackernoon.com/everything-wrong-with-ethereum-in-2019-r63gl3wr8

Of Art Tokenization, Blockchain, and Provenance with A Sprinkling of Non-Fungible Tokens

https://hackernoon.com/revolutionizing-the-art-industry-with-blockchain-d836m34vb

MEMRI (connected to Israeli intelligence): The Coming Storm – Terrorists Using Cryptocurrency (via Donatella)

https://www.memri.org/reports/coming-storm-%E2%80%93-terrorists-using-cryptocurrency

Libra, a Cyberpunk Nightmare in the Midst of Crypto Spring

https://hackernoon.com/libra-a-cyberpunk-nightmare-in-the-midst-of-crypto-spring-5543b6f6e34b

Facebook admits Libra cryptocurrency may not happen after all

https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/facebook-libra-delay-cancel-sec/

https://mur.at/ is hosting a one week worklab “block that chain” in October.  Here is the open call:

https://mur.at/post/call-for-participation/

Conner Brown: Bitcoin Has No Intrinsic Value — and That’s Great

https://medium.com/coinmonks/bitcoin-has-no-intrinsic-value-and-thats-great-e6994adbfe0f

Libra untangled: what lies behind facebook’s digital currency project - PART I by Andrea Bianconi

https://hackernoon.com/libra-untangled-what-lies-behind-facebooks-digital-currency-project-part-i-wq6e22hwk

Ten reasons why Facebook’s Libra is a bad idea – and we should stop it now

https://mailchi.mp/finance-watch/ten-reasons-why-facebooks-libra-is-a-bad-idea-and-we-should-stop-it-now

ETHBerlinZwei is a hackathon, a culture festival, an educational event, a platform for hacktivism, and a community initiative to push the decentralized ecosystem forward

https://ethberlinzwei.com/about.html

Remember, blockchain replacing everything…

https://medium.com/@matteozago/why-the-net-giants-are-worried-about-the-web-3-0-44b2d3620da5

From Jaya Klara Brekke’s newsletter:

Breaking the ZuckBuck overview of claims by the good crew at Alphaville

https://ftalphaville.ft.com/series/Breaking%20the%20Zuck%20Buck

The need for global payment system as a public good by Rohan Grey

https://www.thenation.com/article/facebook-libra-currency-digital/

Tank Magazine’s shortlist

https://tankmagazine.com/tank/2019/07/libra-reading-list/

Good New Models podcast discussion of ZuckBuck

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-16-e-pluribus-zuck-mat-dryhurst-kei-kreutler/id1399619562?i=1000444495944

Facebook’s plan for a cryptocurrency is right to set alarm bells ringing

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/21/facebook-plan-for-cryptocurrency-right-to-set-alarm-bells-ringing

Strengthening Hyperledger Indy and Self-Sovereign Identity

https://www.hyperledger.org/blog/2019/07/18/strengthening-hyperledger-indy-and-self-sovereign-identity

Alt-C is an installation by Michal Sedbon  that uses electricity produced by plants to power a single board computer mining a cryptocurrency (via Tatjana Seitz)

https://michaelsedbon.com/Alt-C

Massimo Ragnedda and Giuseppe Destefanis (eds) *Blockchain and Web 3.0. Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges*. Routledge, 2019

https://www.routledge.com/Blockchain-and-Web-30-Social-Economic-and-Technological-Challenges/Ragnedda-Destefanis/p/book/9780367139841

Facebook Libra: on the 4 steps road for World Presidency

https://hackernoon.com/facebook-libra-on-the-4-steps-road-for-world-presidency-s92sx34ji

Offshore Finance: How Capital Rules the World by Reijer Hendrikse and Rodrigo Fernandez

http://longreads.tni.org/state-of-power-2019/offshore-finance/ (via Francesca Bria)

Jack Ma’s $290 billion loan machine is changing Chinese banking (via Patricia de Vries)

http://www.ecoti.in/kZmtUa55

The Invention of Money (via Eduard de Jong)

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/05/the-invention-of-money

Pragues Crypto-Anarchists are Spreading the Gospel

https://breakermag.com/pragues-crypto-anarchists-are-spreading-the-gospel/

Duniter, a fully decentralized libre currency based on the relative theory of money (via Michel Bauwens)

https://duniter.org/en/ 

https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Duniter

Radix: a fast, scalable, easy-to-use ledger, ready-made for 7 billion people

https://www.radixdlt.com/

I was wrong about spreadsheets

https://www.reifyworks.com/writing/2017-01-25-i-was-wrong-about-spreadsheets-and-im-sorry

YAIR | Your Art is Reality: Unleash Digital Art

https://yair.art/

Glen Brook: In Zuck We Trust?

https://pv.glenbrook.com/in-zuck-we-trust/ (via Eduard de Jong)

New Models podcast on Libre

https://soundcloud.com/newmodels/episode-16-e-pluribus-zuck-mat-dryhurst-kei-kreutler-busta-keller-lilinternet

A massive facility that opened last spring located near Buffalo (via Stephanie Rothenberg)

https://www.coinmint.io/data-centers/

With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

https://theconversation.com/with-cryptocurrency-launch-facebook-sets-its-path-toward-becoming-an-independent-nation-118987

Nate Tkacz on Facebook’s Libra, Or, The End of Silicon Valley Innovation

https://medium.com/@nathanieltkacz/facebooks-libra-or-the-end-of-silicon-valley-innovation-9cb2d1539bcd

Is Libra the West’s response to China’s payments empire?

https://threebody.capital/blog/2019/6/29/is-libra-the-wests-best-response-to-chinas-payments-empire

Libra geen open cryptomunt, maar databank van Facebook (in Dutch)

https://www.netkwesties.nl/1365/libra-geen-open-cryptomunt-maar-databank.htm?utm_source=mailing%2030-jun-2019&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_term=libra-geen-open-cryptomunt-maar-databank

Introducing the Decentralized Autonomous Kunstverein (DAK)

https://dak.international/

Even Joseph Stieglitz is against Libra (via Patrice Riemens)

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/02/why-facebook-libra-currency-gets-the-thumbs-down

Kaspersky reports that only 1 in 10 people ‘get’ crypto

https://bravenewcoin.com/insights/kaspersky-reports-that-only-1-in-10-people-‘get’-crypto

Blockchain: Technology alone cannot protect freedom of expression

https://www.article19.org/resources/blockchain-technology-alone-cannot-protect-freedom-of-expression

NYT: Libra is a bad move for Facebook (via Eduard)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/19/opinion/facebook-currency-libra.html

Jameson Lob on Libra

https://onezero.medium.com/thoughts-on-libra-blockchain-49b8f6c26372

Stating the obvious: Bitcoin is not ready for the world

https://hackernoon.com/why-people-are-not-ready-for-bitcoin-d3adef2b2907

Andrew Keen on Libra

http://www.ajkeen.com/blog/2019/6/23/another-facebook-fk-up

Evgeny Morozov on Libra

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/21/facebooks-plan-to-break-the-global-financial-system

Final nail in the coffin for physical money (via Inte)

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2019/jun/25/cashless-monopoly-is-this-the-final-nail-in-the-coffin-for-physical-money

Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game

https://stratechery.com/2019/facebook-libra-and-the-long-game/

Libra, a Cyberpunk Nightmare in the Midst of Crypto Spring, by Daniel Jeffries (via Patrice)

https://hackernoon.com/libra-a-cyberpunk-nightmare-in-the-midst-of-crypto-spring-5543b6f6e34b

Why ICOs were doomed from the start

https://hackernoon.com/why-icos-were-doomed-to-fail-from-the-start-fe623aca1d2c

Review “DARK HAVENS: Confronting Hidden Money and Power” Disruption Network Lab Berlin/April 5-6 2019

https://www.furtherfield.org/review-of-dark-havens-confronting-hidden-money-power-disruption-network-lab-berlin-april-5-6-2019/

GNUcash, a personal and small-business financial-accounting software

https://www.gnucash.org/

Stablecoins are booming

https://bravenewcoin.com/insights/the-stablecoin-market-is-booming

WeChat is Watching

http://nautil.us/issue/73/play/wechat-is-watching

Recap (Part I): Blockchain, Open Education & Digital Identity Conference in Lille, France

https://connectedlearning.edu.mt/recap-part-i-blockchain-open-education-digital-identity-conference-lille-france/

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future

https://medium.com/@kaistinchcombe/decentralized-and-trustless-crypto-paradise-is-actually-a-medieval-hellhole-c1ca122efdec

Facebook announces cryptocurrency with the release of Libra Whitepaper

https://hackernoon.com/facebook-announces-libra-cryptocurrency-cb0f496102e7

Flash Boys 2.0:Frontrunning, Transaction Reordering, andConsensus Instability in Decentralized Exchanges https://arxiv.org/pdf/1904.05234.pdf

Things got weird for stablecoin Tether

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-04-26/things-got-weird-for-stablecoin-tether

George Gilder’s Life after Google—The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy is disappointing American (fin.) conservatives

https://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2018/09/07/book_reviews_george_gilders_life_after_google_disappoints_103403.html

Erik Bordeleau talks fabulation, finance and cryptophilosophy at

Economic Space Agency – Transit Lounge Radio

https://transitloungeradio.net/erik-bordeleau-ecsa/

Interview with Max Haiven on Art after Money, Money after Art (for Romanian Bienale catalogue)

http://networkcultures.org/geert/2019/05/11/interview-with-max-haiven-art-after-money-money-after-art/

Social Good & Blockchain

https://breakermag.com/73-blockchain-social-good-organizations-that-are-actually-doing-something/

Banning stores that do not accept cash (via Patrice)

https://www.technocracy.news/backlash-cities-and-states-are-banning-stores-that-dont-accept-cash/

Just in case you did not notice: the unsuable bitcoin 

https://hackernoon.com/bitcoin-is-about-to-become-unusable-again-a3dc48a8082d

Is Fake Bitcoin Volume a Roadblock For Full-Fledged Crypto Rally?

https://www.newsbtc.com/2019/04/03/is-fake-bitcoin-volume-a-roadblock-for-full-fledged-crypto-rally/

Welcome to the RaveEnabler Unlock your Cryptorave #10 entry by donating your CPU. Support your local Cryptorave network mine Monero (XMR) and embody another identity https://0b673cce.xyz/

-Out in June-Finn Brunton: Digital Cash, The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency https://press.princeton.edu/titles/13537.html

Quinn Dupont speaks to Finn Brunton about his book Digital Cash

https://breakermag.com/new-book-reveals-cryptos-radical-origins/

Bitcoin and Friends | Episode 1 (via Inte)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCi3X3AbgT4&feature=youtu.be

Interview with Gina Pieters by Quin DuPont on why crypto reamains marginal amongst economists

https://breakermag.com/economists-are-missing-a-trick-with-crypto/

Dark Crystal: Back up your secrets using the trust in your social fabric

https://darkcrystal.pw/

A ‘Blockchain Bandit’ Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring 

https://www.wired.com/story/blockchain-bandit-ethereum-weak-private-keys/

“Data as oil,” “data as property,” “data as water,” “data as labor,” and “data as nuclear waste,” and the list goes on. The more…

IFTTT, Twitter, gquaggiotto


(via http://twitter.com/gquaggiotto/status/1188753286762876929)

Australian water rats have learned how to kill cane toads, eat their hearts and carve out their organs with “surgical…

cane toad, water rats, rakali, predation, ecology, au, 2019

Australian water rats have learned how to kill cane toads, eat their hearts and carve out their organs with “surgical precision”. In only two years, highly intelligent native rakali in the Kimberly region of Western Australia discovered how to safely destroy the deadly toad – by removing its gallbladder and feasting on the heart.The rats even targeted the biggest, most poisonous toads they could find, leaving their bodies strewn by the riverside, according to research published in Australian Mammalogy.

The researchers hypothesise that the rats either learned from scratch – by figuring out which parts of the toad made them sick – or already had previous experience from eating Australian native toxic frogs.

Other animals, like crows and kites, have been observed turning cane toads inside out to avoid the toxic skin and only eat non-poisonous organs, the report said. The rats face threats from pollution of waterways, can be caught in fishing line and discarded balloons, and hunted by stray cats, foxes and dogs.

(via https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/26/australian-water-rats-cut-cane-toads-open-with-surgical-precision-to-feast-on-their-hearts and https://doi.org/10.1071/AM19016)

I think the secret to being a productive programmer is to relentlessly accumulate tricks for getting interesting things done…

IFTTT, Twitter, simonw


(via http://twitter.com/simonw/status/1188581362397171712)

’I see no reason to suppose that the air about us and the heavenly spaces over us may not be peopled by intelligences, or…

IFTTT, Twitter, PeterSjostedtH


(via http://twitter.com/PeterSjostedtH/status/1187885372094722048)

"The battle for freedom is not fought alone on the great fronts. It is fought in every home, in every community, in every state…

IFTTT, Twitter, thejaymo


(via http://twitter.com/thejaymo/status/1187424894197338115)

"Certainly there had been trouble coming. Anyone who had had any experience of wars would have seen it coming long before the…

IFTTT, Twitter, thejaymo


(via http://twitter.com/thejaymo/status/1187425295973965824)

The idea of Multiscale Localism: The smaller the scope of the system, the more tightly bound together the agents comprising the…

IFTTT, Twitter, normonics


(via http://twitter.com/normonics/status/1187068911986118661)

The Destruction Caused by the Border Wall Is Worse Than You Think

rjzimmerman:

This story makes me think of the mentality of destruction. Put a human and shovel together, and the human digs. Put a human on a bulldozer, and the two together destroy. The digging may have nefarious purposes and it might be destructive, but even if it is, the damage is relatively insignificant. We can’t say that about the bulldozer. What does an engineer think when he plans where the bulldozer scrapes? What does the politician think when she/he approves the plan, or sees images of its outcome? What does the driver of the bulldozer think as she or she watches the blade of the bulldozer destroy everything in the way? I have a hard time imagining how a moral person can allow any of that to happen.

Excerpt from this story from the Sierra Club:

As shocking as the Trump administration’s most recent demolition of the desert wilderness has been, scientists and Interior Department officials say that it is just a continuation of the destruction that has been unfolding for years as US-Mexico border militarization has intensified.

Archaeologists Rick and Sandy Martynec are among those who have witnessed the erosion of environmental protections firsthand. For the past 25 years, the Martynecs, independent researchers, have been conducting archaeological surveys in Arizona along the US-Mexico border. In a roughly 20-by-20-mile stretch of desert, the husband and wife team has documented more than 600 distinct archeological sites, ranging from 10,000-year-old Paleo-Indian campsites to O’odham farming villages inhabited as recently as the 18th century.

As they’ve documented the rich historical and cultural records, the couple has seen a fragile desert ecosystem become a casualty of US border policy. About two decades ago, when the Martynecs were doing survey work in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge at Las Playas—a series of dry lakebeds that once filled during the summer monsoon season—they frequently encountered wildlife, including coyotes, mountain lions, and more than a dozen bird species such as hummingbirds and owls. The pooling of the water in the lakebeds, which lie on both sides of the border, has sustained this unique desert environment.

But they have also observed something else: As the number of migrants coming across the border increased in the early 2000s, so too did the roads within the refuge, 90 percent of which is designated wilderness. Small, rarely used dirt tracks were becoming well-traveled multilane roads used primarily by Border Patrol agents. In the post-9/11 period, Border Patrol was granted expansive new powers and funding to police the border. In one instance, Rick Martynec measured a frequently used Border Patrol “corridor” that was at least 200 yards wide. “Until you actually see it, walk it, it just can’t be imagined,” Martynec said.

The new roads have begun to change the way water moves in this part of the Sonoran Desert. Now when seasonal rains occur, the water no longer flows into the playas but often runs in torrents along the roadways. “Almost every conceivable water source has been choked off by roads and by dams,” Martynec said.

This has had a devastating impact on the region’s ecology. Entire groves of mesquite trees and vegetation surrounding the playas have withered. The birds and mammals have largely disappeared. Martynec said that they haven’t seen a coyote out there in five or six years. The biologically complex desert soil—which was once home to ephemeral grasses and small trees and which can take decades to recover once disturbed—looks like a cracked moonscape. Around 2010, after completing their archaeological research in the region, some of it carried out on behalf of the Cabeza Prieta refuge, the Martynecs wrote a separate seven-page paper titled “The Death of Las Playas?”

The end of the story has an interesting perspective:

Due north of Las Playas is the Growler Valley, one of the most remote and deadly routes for migrants traveling through the desert. For the past several years, the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths has enlisted volunteers to leave water and food at various locations within the refuge.

But the Trump administration, with assistance from the Fish and Wildlife Service and other land-management agencies, has begun to crack down on their activities. At one trial, a federal judge said that the activists had undermined “the national decision to maintain the refuge in its pristine nature.” Earlier this year, four members of the group were convicted and several more currently face trial for, among other things, violating the Wilderness Act.

The Destruction Caused by the Border Wall Is Worse Than You Think

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How Guilty Should You Feel About Flying?

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Excerpt from this New York Times story:

But should most Americans really be ashamed of getting on a plane to see grandma this holiday season?

The short answer: Probably not. If your flights are purely a luxury, though, that’s another matter.

A small group of frequent fliers, 12 percent of Americans who make more than six round trips by air a year, are responsible for two-thirds of all air travel and, by extension, two-thirds of aviation emissions, according to a new analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation, a nonprofit research group.

Each of these travelers, on average, emits more than 3 tons of carbon dioxide per year, a substantial amount, particularly by global standards. And the most frequent fliers, those who take more than 9 round trips per year, emit the highest share.

One note: because so many Americans don’t fly, the United States per capita emissions rank much lower, in 11th place, after other high-income countries like Singapore, Finland and Iceland. And some of the fastest growth has been in developing countries, like China and India, where incomes, and a middle class that is more likely to fly, are rising.

Airline emissions could also be lowered with more fuel-efficient planes, of course. Plane manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus have competed to drive down fuel use in their models.

The problem is that air travel is growing many times faster than fuel efficiency gains, which more than cancels out the improvements in fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, the adoption of lower-carbon fuels that can reduce emissions, like biofuels, has been slow.

How Guilty Should You Feel About Flying?

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