i was diagnosed with depression when i was 16 and obvi, it's affected my whole life. i'm here primarily for the solarpunks! i find the movement fascinating, because it's so hopeful and has such a strong vision of what our society can be. i really love it and want to learn more about it. anyways, thanks for having me ✌️
Regardless of any discrepancy of any oral tradition story about American pioneers, we all know a few basic facts. They died a lot, while other people were living here quite happily. This information alone requires a great deal of mental effort, intentional ignorance, and dehumanization of native people to view white settlers as anything but inept.
To appease Trump, #Mexico's newly formed National Guard has tripled the rate that it is detaining migrants, leading to horrific conditions which echo those in US #ConcentrationCamps. Read this haunting first hand account, translated by @incandesceinto. https://itsgoingdown.org/torture-tears-desperation-mexico-migrant-jails/
semi-regular reminder: the #Firefox (also Chrome, if you must) add-on Bypass Paywalls lets you easily get past the article-hiding nag screens on numerous major media websites, even that jerk-ass WSJ
both mozilla and google rudely delisted it from their add-on sites so you have to get it from the author's github:
"On 10 April, astrophysicists announced that they had captured the 1st ever image of a #blackhole.
Just 5 days later, the NSF rejected a grant to support that ecosystem, saying that the software lacked sufficient impact.
#opensource is widely acknowledged as crucially important in science, yet it is funded non-sustainably."
blocking ads is evil grr
HTTP is a pull-based medium. it is within the original philosophy of HTTP to selectively pull the data, for example, a device that doesn't support images won't download them. by circumventing ad "blocking", you are spitting in the face of HTTP. a more accurate term would be ad rejection. ads are not "blocked", they are simply not asked for.
Tropical night today in our local botanical garden, open till midnight and everything was decorated with lights and candles, outside you could get some cocktails and there was live music. Unfortunately it started raining, but a greenhouse at night feels special, I loved it. #florespendence #BotanicalGarden
This one is for my #SolarPunk pals @sunbeam.city 🤟
So in July of 1974, the "old-timey hippie" generation (my parents' generation) was in their mid 20's to mid 30-ish. Those hippies had just barely just convinced the world that it probably wasn't the best idea to go on with the catastrophic pollution crisis which Mother Jones so bluntly captured here: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/12/smog-photos-1970s-america/
They were pioneers of their own right, showing that those toxic chemicals were a poor replacement for the natural energy of the sun, which can be used to meet all of our human needs for energy in one form or another.
From the magazine featured below, they shared a design of a #SolarOven. It's based on the concept of a Fresnel Lens, a sort of "grooved" lens that is specifically designed to concentrate rays into a high-heat situation to cook food or make an oven!
Just goes to show that high-tech does not need to be elite-tech.
Happy Memorial Day to the generation that knew we didn't need GUNS to make peace.
Cooperation Jackson: Building a Social and Solidarity Economy
On the weekend I went to a talk by Kali and his comrade (apologies, I’m terrible with names) from Co-operation Jackson. It’s possibly one of the most inspiring discussions I’ve ever been part of. They have been organising for decades in Jackson, Mississippi and in the past 5 years have acelerated efforts to build a new economy based on principles of co-operation, democracy and mutual aid. You can read more about the details below.
It is so rare to see such a positive yet pragmatic response to the material reality we find ourselves in. I’m still really processing it all! Maybe I will post some more thoughts in this thread as time goes on. We all have a lot to learn from these amazing folks!
Find out more!
A great documentary
Leftists who spend all of their time complaining about how naive and utopian and not-based-on-enormous-books-of-political-theory #solarpunk is:
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.