@douginamug I should add that I just finished a commission, so if you know somebody looking for a composer for a game or a film, perhaps point them at me and I can show some portfolio items.
'Complete Declension Tables' - now to take my German up a notch.
#ShowerThought: Tidal Power is actually just indirect Orbital Power. We're generating energy by drawing the Moon closer to the Earth, and the Earth closer to the Sun.
Ein U-Boot aus ner Ikea-Frischhaltebox und Lego. Ohne zu bohren. Sehr geil. https://youtu.be/MdfUSNzc0Xk
One of the scientists that developed the study of implicit bias explains that so far no anti-racist training or method has provided measurable long term results in changing implicit bias, even in participants who really wanted to change:https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/making-people-aware-of-their-implicit-biases-doesnt-usually-change-minds-but-heres-what-does-work
What has measurably worked? taking about people’s systematic power to discriminate, which includes taking away the data they could use to discriminate (things like taking names, genders and photo’s off job applications).
@douginamug there’s no point in making a “dent” in CO2 anymore
the real research has to go into coping with the massive changes that are coming, eg. getting agriculture ready for the new “normal”, increasing storm drain capacities, raising awareness of illnesses that are spread by species that can expand into new territory (especially moskitoes are already expected to be a risk, but also ticks).
climate is a pretty laggy system, there is absolutely 0 chance for the western world to get “developing” countries on board with reducing consumption, since (just as much as the westerners) their populations want the improved quality of life that is currently tied to fossil energy sources, so emissions will continue to climb. nuclear power is not cheap, and it can’t replace fossil fuels in places where the chemical properties of certain fossils are required (e.g. coal for iron/steel production, although theoretically hydrogen could be used it’s not competitive, replacement substances just increase power consumption, making the overall problem worse). if we made a dent now, it most likely wouldn’t show for a few decades, which means that the results of today’s emissions are more or less set in stone.
another thing is that there are far more mundane environmental catastrophes happening all the time, and i feel like “the climate” is often used as a distraction from those. microplastics are apparently airborne and can be found globally, european pharma companies are dumping waste (including contaminated product like antibiotics, which in the west are heavily restricted to avoid multiresistant bacteria) into rivers in india to cut costs, there’s illegal logging going on pretty much everywhere, chemical wastes seep from landfill sites all over the world, sellafield and la hague still dump liquid radioactive waste into the english channel and the irish sea (and there’s probably similar situations in the US, russia and china), theres millions of tons of highly toxic (and probably also still volatile) WW2 ammunition covering seafloors all around the world, heavy oil in shipwrecks, etc etc
unlike global warming, which can (in my opinion) be prepared for in a reasonable manner by every individual once accurate, non-dramatized predictions are made public, having your fisherboat blown up by UXO or having dioxine seep into your basement or getting a multiresistent infection or dying from pollution-induced lung disease are things happening to people right now but few talk about it since the new cool thing where you can be pro-environment is climate
global warming is a distraction from more pressing environmental issues, there will not be a consensus on emissions reduction, the currently existing reduction technologies are insufficient to sustain our current standard of life even if employed at large scale
This site displays an overlay over OpenStreetMap, showing the locations of the standing stones, barrows / burial mounds, ancient villages, crosses, hill forts, cairns etc all over the world!
14 anarchist films to watch during confinement
This list was originally put together by the Venezuelan anarchist collective El Libertario, I've found the original dubs and tried to find versions with english subtitles (Versions without english subtitles are marked NS, you can find srt files on OpenSubtitles):
The Wave (2008) - German film that portrays the rise of Nazism amongst a group of students. Based on a real United States experiment. [NS]
Libertarias (1996) - Film about the role played by the anarcha-feminist group Mujeres Libres in the middle of the Spanish Civil War.
Land and Freedom (1995) - Film based on 'Homage to Catalonia' by George Orwell.
Salvador (2006) - Dramatic film about the attempt by family and friends to prevent the Franco regime's execution of the Catalan anarchist Salvador Puig Antich. [NS]
The Green Beautiful (1996) - The film portrays a utopian planet where its inhabitants develop themselves as they get rid of the hindrances of the modern world. [NS]
Simón, Hijo Del Pueblo (2013) - Documentary that recreates the historical memory around Simón Radowitzky. [NS]
Lucio (2007) - Documentary about the anarchist bricklayer Lucio Urtubia.
The Anarchist's Wife (2008) - Film about a passionate woman who must search for her anarchist husband after the Spanish Civil War. [NS]
Manuel (1991) - A Spanish refugee in Canada, picks up Manuel, a twelve-year-old Portuguese teenager, who he teaches to read, to assert his rights and to whom he talks about the Spanish civil war. [NS]
Animal Farm (1954) - Animated film based on the Orwell novel.
Hombres de ideas avanzadas (2011) - Documentary about the Catalan anarchist Penina, who was shot by the Argentine military. [NS]
Sacco & Vanzetti (1971) - Film about the process that the US government unfairly carried out against two anarchist workers.
Joe Hill (1971) - Film about the poet and singer Joe Hill, member of the IWW and persecuted by the US government.
Libera, My Love (1975) - Italian film that portrays the anarchist struggle against the rise of fascism. [NS]
After a lot of fence-sitting about nuclear, I want to make up my mind ☢️
Nuclear (fissile) power has been an enemy of the ecological movement as long as I can remember. Germany in particular is incredibly anti-nuclear.
Is it now time for a U-turn? Did something change? Or is there a dogma that should be killed?
Will be watching https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora's_Promise tonight with housemates for a pro-nuclear perspective.
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