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RCP 8.5: The Climate-Change Disaster Scenario - The Atlantic
The year 2018 was not an easy one for planet Earth. Sure, wind and solar energy kept getting cheaper, and an electric car became America’s best-selling luxury vehicle.
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The Suffocation of Democracy | by Christopher R. Browning | The New York Review of Books
As a historian specializing in the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and Europe in the era of the world wars, I have been repeatedly asked about the degree to which the current situation in the United States resembles the interwar period and the rise of fascism in Europe.
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Is it hopepunk to have a baby? | The Outline
Last Tuesday, I saw my unborn child for the first time, on ultrasound direct from my partner's belly. I’d seen ultrasounds before, obviously, but nothing can prepare you for the sensation when it's yours.
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Why I chose to live house-free in Alaska | US news | The Guardian
I am a 64-year-old navy veteran of the Vietnam era and houseless in the tundra, somewhere around 65 degrees north latitude.
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Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’ | Environment | The Guardian
His return to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico after 35 years was to reveal an appalling discovery. The insect population that once provided plentiful food for birds throughout the mountainous national park had collapsed. On the ground, 98% had gone. Up in the leafy canopy, 80% had vanished.
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Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.
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Scientists: Warming Oceans Will Lead to “Catastrophic” Future
As the greenhouse effect has intensified, according to the new research, the oceans have born the brunt of global warming. Readings suggest that 2018 will be the hottest year on record for the planet’s seas, replacing 2017 and 2016 before it.
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Protests against President Aleksandar Vučić spread from Belgrade to cities across Serbia · Global Voices
Mass protests against human rights violations by the government of Aleksandar Vučić have entered a fifth consecutive week, with thousands joining in from five Serbian cities beyond the capital Belgrade.
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A history of the sprawling personality clashes over RSS / Boing Boing
Sinclair Target's long, deeply researched history of the format wars over RSS are an excellent read and a first-rate example of what Charlie Stross has called "the beginning of history": for the first time, the seemingly unimportant workaday details of peoples' lives are indelibly recorded and avail
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How to Jump Rope Like a Boxer
When you think about boxers’ workouts — when you mentally run through all the real life preparation they put in before a fight, as well as all the cinematic training montages you can remember — one exercise probably comes most readily to mind: jumping rope.
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7 days ago by josephaleo
‘The Venerable W.’ Review: A Buddhist Monk Preaches Hate - The New York Times
The Venerable W.NYT Critic's PickDirected by Barbet SchroederDocumentary1h 40mMore InformationThis film completes what its director, Barbet Schroeder, calls a “trilogy of evil.
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12 days ago by josephaleo
Childhood's End | Edge.org
To those seeking true intelligence, autonomy, and control among machines, the domain of analog computing, not digital computing, is the place to look.
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Monologue by an unnamed mage, recorded at the brink of the end - Uncanny Magazine
I wanted to tell you, in case opportunity absents itself forever, that it doesn’t matter. That your magic is algorithmic, that mine is an abstraction of reality.
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25 days ago by josephaleo
How the world has fought back against the violent far-right and started winning | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian
Over the course of the current decade, every passing year seemed to indicate a far right movement which was growing in numbers, cultural reach, political influence, and in its preparedness for violence.
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28 days ago by josephaleo
Waiting for Day Zero in Cape Town | The Outline
On January 18, 2018, Patricia de Lille, the mayor of Cape Town, South Africa, released a statement about the city’s water crisis that opened with the words, “We have reached a point of no return.” City dams were at 35 percent capacity.
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29 days ago by josephaleo
The Future of Work: Compulsory, by Martha Wells | WIRED
It’s not like I haven’t thought about killing the humans since I hacked my governor module.
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29 days ago by josephaleo
It’s time for a Bill of Data Rights - MIT Technology Review
It is the summer of 2023, and Rachel is broke. Sitting in a bar one evening, browsing job ads on her phone, she gets a text message. Researchers doing a study on liver function have gotten her name from the bar’s loyalty program—she’d signed up to get a happy-hour discount on nachos.
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29 days ago by josephaleo
The Future of Work: The Branch, by Eugine Lim | WIRED
The library of the future is more or less the same. That is, the branch is an actual and metaphoric Faraday cage. You enter, a node and a target, streamed at and pushed and yanked, penetrated by and extruding information, sloppy with it. And then your implants are cut off.
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29 days ago by josephaleo
The Future of Work: Maximum Outflow, by Adam Rogers | WIRED
“When normalized on a per 1,000-short-ton basis, the estimates indicate that 1,000 tons of recycled material attributes 1.57 jobs, $76,030 in wages, and $14,101 in tax revenues.” —“Recycling Economic Information Report,” Environmental Protection Agency (2016)
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29 days ago by josephaleo
The Future of Work: Placebo, by Charles Yu | WIRED
The thing is beeping at Brad. All he needs to do is accept. Click it and the action cascade will download to his tablet, setting into motion the procedure. End of Life.
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29 days ago by josephaleo
The Future of Work: The Farm, by Charlie Jane Anders | WIRED
News breaks like a rain cloud, or a daydream. Roy arrives at his desk just in time to claim the story: Rival militias started a gunfight at a federal water pipeline that they both wanted to steal from. Nine people dead, another 17 injured.
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The Future of Work: The Third Petal, by Nisi Shawl | WIRED
Bridie held the dropper centered over her left eye and couldn’t see it. She tried shifting it right. Better. But the sparkling whiteness of her blind spot had spread. Again. She needed to talk with her pharmacist. This prescription wasn’t working. She squeezed the dropper’s bulb anyway.
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29 days ago by josephaleo
The Future of Work: Real Girls, by Laurie Penny | WIRED
Late June. Sweltering, airless English summer heat. 4,165 days since the financial crash.
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29 days ago by josephaleo
Ocean Deoxygenation as an Indicator of Abrupt Climate Change – Nature Bats Last
The true Renaissance person is endowed with panoramic attention …. The habit of noticing the ensemble of everything and its constituent parts is a matter of will, not of innate aptitude. It involves the conscious noticing of things and the gaps that separate and connect them.
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29 days ago by josephaleo
A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations | WIRED
While popular memory today remembers Watergate as five DNC burglars leading inexorably to Richard Nixon’s resignation two years later, history recalls that the case and special prosecutor’s investigation at the time was much broader; ultimately 69 people were charged as part of the investigation
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Why China’s electric car industry is leaving Detroit, Japan and Germany in the dust - MIT Technology Review
After the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and ’70s crippled China’s economy, the country began to open its markets to the outside world. The aim was to bring in technological know-how from abroad that domestic firms could then assimilate.
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29 days ago by josephaleo
Full text of "Against Civilization"
See other formats Against Civilization Readings & Reflections John Zerzan, editor 1999.
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4 weeks ago by josephaleo
Hit where it hurts | The Anarchist Library
1. The Purpose Of This Article. The purpose of this article is to point out a very simple principle of human conflict, a principle that opponents of the techno-industrial system seem to be overlooking.
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4 weeks ago by josephaleo
Industrial Society and its Future
1. The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.
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4 weeks ago by josephaleo
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Fifteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg minced no words at the COP24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland this week. Speaking to the assembled countries Wednesday, at the most important climate negotiating meeting since the Paris talks in 2015, she said:
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The Unlikely New Generation of Unabomber Acolytes
John Jacobi discovered Ted Kaczynski’s writing at an anarchists camp in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When John Jacobi stepped to the altar of his Pentecostal church and the gift of tongues seized him, his mother heard prophecies — just a child and already blessed, she said.
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Edge of Extinction: McPherson Paradox – Nature Bats Last
Big thanks to Internet wizards Kevin Ray and Niels van der Wolk for their voluntary service keeping this blog operating. Kevin bailed me out again two days ago when the service hosting this website was overwhelmed with my rampant ineptitude. The Second, Revised Edition of Ms. Ladybug and Mr.
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5 weeks ago by josephaleo
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Both Apple and Facebook have refused to provide this help, arguing that it would jeopardize user privacy. But now that the Assistance and Access Bill is law, companies that refuse to help Australian authorities could face fines of nearly $10 million in Australian currency.
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