I've been saying this for years, though the figures about the scale of dessication practices was new to me, I thought it was just wheat but nope. What's missing I would like to hear is what the crop cultivation looked like before this became the paradigm, the article doesn't really have specific practices to combat the industrial and farmer assertion that this is the only viable practice, which is necessarily historically false.
"Herbicide Is What’s for Dinner"
The phrase "injunctive relief" is rattling through my brain now. For a big newspaper, I appreciate the broadness of scope of remedial action envisioned by the author. The causal list is long but I would have also appreciated mention of the nationwide buyout and removal of city trolley systems by fuel/auto complex.
"Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It
The automobile took over because the legal system helped squeeze out the alternatives."
This is the sound of rhubarb growing in the dark. And someone really needs to take some sound samples to make a percussion track from it.
"Forced rhubarb" is a technique for growing fresh rhubarb in the Winter, while keeping it in pitch dark conditions. Done correctly, the plants grow super fast. Fast enough that you can hear it popping and creaking as it grows!
Anarchist philosophy and definition, request for guidance
Would someone kindly define the differences between anarcho-syndicalism and anarcho-communisim? It seems to me like the anarcho-communist philosophy is just a further step in the same direction that syndicalists move in? Or, equivalently, that syndicalists have the kinds of ideas as anarcho-communists only to a lesser degree?
You can paste paywalled articles into this website to get to the text and get it in a way that's pleasant to read, accessible, and easy to share:
Example Washington Post article:
Compare to the paywalled Washington Post direct link (cw: us politics):
Levi's clothing to mainline a cotton-hemp blend because of advances in fiber processing, expects to have 100% cottonized-hemp garments in five years. I really hope that knowledge isn't hoarded because hemp's implications for land use, carbon, sequestration and other environmental inputs and outputs make it quite important.
Gun control was actually one of the primary issues I had to wrap my head around when I first became anarchist, because I'd just heard so much shite from the states.
Then when I looked at what gun controls were being proposed; making it more difficult for poor, poc, queer and neurodivergent folks to obtain firearms while leaving guns in the hands of the police and military - that's when I saw what was wrong with liberal gun control solutions.
Like so many liberal statist solutions it's addressing the symptoms, while the problem itself will only get worse.
gun hottake shitpost
Joke: "FROM MUH COLD DEAD HANDS!"
Broke: "We need gun control"
Woke: "Guns are necessary for community defense in the absence of a standing army or police force. Access to firearms is not the primary factor behind shootings much less violence in general. Switzerland has the 4th highest rate of gun ownership but the 8th lowest rate of gun related deaths, some other countries are similar in this respect. Gun control often hits marginalized groups the hardest, the very same groups that often can't rely upon our existing state powers to protect them. It also makes revolutionary action more difficult in that it strips weapons from the proletariat while leaving the bourgeoise with their armed security forces (and the weapons they are able to pay exorbitant amounts to have)."
An article in The Atlantic re success with plant essential oils in ag and medical praxis and research as replacement/supplement to antibiotics, reminds me of recurring conversation on a local Skeptic's group on Facepalm before i quit. 1. meme: LOL look at the sad woo hippies and their mystic oils, how unscientific and fake. 2. me: actually it fucking works, here's a chemical/physical mechanism, here's research. 3. Skeptic: Fake cuz your study size is below that of Merck Pfizer research proportions, FDA is Arbiter of Truth, Hail Science! 4. Me: capitalism creates regulatory capture and underfunds public research especially when no fresh patent is involved, your appeals to market force and to authority are underwhelming bad skeptic bad, and you are inherently forbidding proles to tend to their own wellbeing. 5. Skeptic: you're a paid essential oil shill. 6. Me: I in fact used to work at a natural market, I like not being evil you Petro-fascist.
Complex life may only exist because of millions of years of groundwork by fungi
(submitted by pradpk)
So some researchers have figured out how to make a wonder material out of wood that cools buildings and is almost as strong as steel, and bounces off infrared that our atmosphere doesn't absorb so it even works at fucking NIGHT...
But our nightmare world means that they're now going to try and patent it and commercialize it instead of the public having access to make this stuff and maybe save the planet.
Your cranky completely random reminder to back up your important files regardless of where you keep them. 'It's on an external drive, not the computer' doesn't mean it's immune to failure, damage, or loss.
you don't need to back up everything ever but if losing it would be Bad, back it up.
ONE COPY IS ZERO COPIES.
BACK UP THAT RANDOM USB DRIVE YOU KEEP IMPORTANT STUFF ON.
Transportation safety praxis question🚴♂️
I advocate bicyclists occupy the whole lane. Gets safe distance passing from motor vehicles instead of "lemme just squeeze by", less debris, is where other vehicles look for movement, has line of sight for all traffic forward and back, includes you in the queue order for stops and turns. Safer.
The pool noodle thing seems helpful, but I also find it frustrating?
animator and painter in Springfield, Missouri
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.