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If any of my ~3:30 AM posts are weird, it is because in meditation, I often meditate on honor in the order of molecules, or on their larger counter parts:

The order of the red-hot mantle atop the core that honors its place in outer space, to stretch out some magnetized poles and produce rotations so that each layer of core and mantle and crust can move and bubble and produce rocks and ash and dirt and flint and chert.

I like the order of spores held close by ferns and lichens and moss which, with the help of the fungi, speed up the return of fallen branches and leaves, decomposition to give the forests that earthy smell with fruiting bodies to feed the sticky snail so he can, in a rip and crack then feed the joyful scrubjay with strength to fly and fill the forest with his talkative calls.

The order of the two Hydrogens paired with the one Oxygen, floating around sometimes tied, sometimes loose, mixing here and there with salt and sand and quenching roots and throats, recycling their dances over and over and tiring not at all.

I am not here to impress anybody. If I followed you, don't take that as an automatic that I endorse your world views. More likely than not, it means I found some goodness of logic in something you wrote in one of your areas of expertise.

Most words have opposites; anarchy is a bad opposite of most good things: it seeks to confuse and distract.

I'm a builder, not a destroyer.

I will always honor order where it orders best in nature, never the fickle, flaky ways of emotional humans and their egotisms and cliques and clubs and pissing contents and hangups and rages and wishful entitlements.

It's better to start the day with an honoring of order and its BFF, accountability.

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My day job is writing documentation for developers who work in what is perhaps the most hyped buzz phrase industry today: Artificial Intelligence.

Those who work in AI know that really, it is just a fancy way of saying math. Computers can do math astoundingly fast (this is AKA Machine Learning), which means they can distinguish patterns astoundingly fast. The application of a "known" pattern to a new scenario to achieve a predictable and desired result is the gist of what most AI does.

Conversely, nature has what is more aptly described as "Natural" Intelligence. Every single plant that bursts with seed pods has inherent engineering to maximize success for that plant's "known" pattern ... it rallies and sometimes flocks with others of its kind to further ensure that its cycle can repeat itself and sustain its unique imprint of and on life.

Of course, we can honor their efforts with more

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First Amendment rights to free, political, activist speech being among the truths we hold to be self-evident.

== The only thing worth celebrating this 4th of July.

📜 🆓 🗨️

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Sustainable vs Non-Sustainable:

It comes down to a question of renewable vs non-renewable. Only resources are sustainable; this is why there's no such thing as "clean coal". There never was. What the monsters in Republican governments (local, state, and federal) lie to you about is everything. Why do you elect liars to lead you? They gleefully destroy what the planet takes Billions of years to form. Their destruction spells your doom.

We [do not need to recreate the smog and pollution crisis of the 70's to know](motherjones.com/politics/2011/) that renewable resource energy is the better way to plan for future energy needs. Stop drilling in Alaska; stop everything the TRE45ONists are doing.

iea.org/renewables2018/

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"Proponents of the IndieWeb offer a fairly straightforward analysis of our current social-media crisis. They frame it in terms of a single question: Who owns the servers? The bulk of our online activity takes places on servers owned by a small number of massive companies. Servers cost money to run. If you’re using a company’s servers without paying for the privilege, then that company must be finding other ways to “extract value” from you—and it’s that quest for large-scale value extraction.. that leads directly to the crises of compromised privacy and engineered addictiveness... When you confine your online activities to so-called walled-garden networks, you end up using interfaces that benefit the owners of those networks."

Source: newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-t

The "IndieWeb" is not about walled gardens at all. There aren't "gardens" on Facebook; more like a horror movie funhouse of mirrors. You're always being distorted -- to some degree or another-- by censors or distractions.

An independent server admin ensures a message isn't distorted, ensures you are not censored, lets he truth of the words you write be pure. There are some messages so mighty with fact that they can't be kept quiet, no matter what.

Not everything in this world is about money.

Calling all fediverse friends...

Let's help this tribal community in South Dakota that is being deliberately ignored by the US National Guard during our climate emergency!

Most of the community has been literally underwater for 6 months... and now the snow is here.

After unprecedented flooding that tainted their water supply (E Coli, molds and more).

Blankets, towels, boots, personal hygiene products, water filters... these are not unreasonable requests, and I'm sure anything can help. Listen to the whole podcast about what's going on via the link above.

amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/L24N

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reminder that GitHub is not the only company who gets money for helping perpetuate crimes against people: companies-that-work-with-ice.c #NoTechForICE

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Are you interested in supporting actions against fascism, imperialism, and/or capitalism, but live too far from a major population center to easily attend protests?

This means you're far enough away from such places to organize your community without much interference. Building new communities that are anti-fascistic in nature is what those protests support; show your support back by building such communities around you!

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In a time of 'single issue' politics, a bold Green New Deal strategy with net zero target of 2030 is a really good one for Labour. Easy to get behind: it's good for people's lives, it's good for the environment. Tories are banging the single issue drum of Brexit, Labour should bang the Green New Deal drum louder.

novaramedia.com/2019/09/27/the

A dual citizen of the United States and the Nation named Mark Charles running as an Independent candidate for the office of President of the United States. (1/n)

"In the midst of this ongoing chaotic drama (which according to psychologists is where narcissists thrive), President Trump cannot decide which starring role he wants to play. If you observe Donald Trump’s behavior ... He is either the savior of the world OR the greatest victim of it. There appears to be no middle ground. And for this current episode, he cannot decide which role will serve him best, hero or victim.

And beneath all of this, we have our nation’s white supremacist, racist and sexist foundations. A Declaration of Independence that refers to Natives as savages. A Constitution that never mentions women, excludes Natives and counts Africans as three-fifths human. And Supreme Court Opinions, as recent as 2005, which imply natives are (still) savages and reference the dehumanizing Doctrine of Discovery as the legal precedent for land titles. All of these foundations were literally written for the purpose of protecting white land-owning men.

The precedent these foundations have established is this: at the highest levels of both politics and finance, there is an understanding that there will be minimal legal, ethical or moral accountability for white land-owning men and even less consequences for white land-owning men who engage in immoral, unethical or illegal behavior. This system has worked for nearly 200 years, as long as it was only white land-owning men responsible for (not) holding white land-owning men accountable within this system that was designed to protect and benefit white land-owning men."

nativenewsonline.net/opinion/i

Fascinating interactive charts from the confirming what we already know: the intent of the laws as they were originally written was for the richest, highest income earners to pay the majority of tax; this is, essentially, the bedrock of democratic socialism.

Did you know the US had a 70 percent income tax bracket in 1950? That fact alone is almost certainly what created the fleeting window of opportunity for the "middle class" to be formed. The generation that grew up in this fleeting window peeking into a middle class life is AKA what we call the "baby boomer" generation in the US.

"The overall tax rate on the richest 400 households last year was only 23 percent, meaning that their combined tax payments equaled less than one quarter of their total income. This overall rate was 70 percent in 1950 and 47 percent in 1980.

For middle-class and poor families, the picture is different. Federal income taxes have also declined modestly for these families, but they haven’t benefited much if at all from the decline in the corporate tax or estate tax. "

Indeed, the original "blind" system of taxation, based strictly on income numbers, has been replaced with a "dark" system that instead lets earners hide income and "buy" personal favor of politicians.

Short of a revolution, things are not likely to change.

“Many people have the view that nothing can be done. Our case is, ‘No, that’s wrong. Look at history.’” As they write in the book: “Societies can choose whatever level of tax progressivity they want.” When the United States has raised tax rates on the wealthy and made rigorous efforts to collect those taxes, it has succeeded in doing so."

Source: nytimes.com/interactive/2019/1

web.archive.org/web/2014121809

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Need a job?

democraticjobs.coop/

Currently mostly UK and North America jobs listed but it only just launched.

#jobs #work #work-needed

Small follow-on from yesterday, found this lovely infographic including a smattering of purple natives. 🌞 🌟

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Good thoughts from Tumblr (not by me):

"If courage isn’t the absence of fear but doing the right thing regardless of it, maybe confidence isn’t the absence of insecurity but knowing you have real worth despite it"

"By this same token, maybe goodness isn’t the absence of bad thoughts or impulses, but the conscious choice to behave according to your moral ideals in spite of them."

Source: randomslasher.tumblr.com/post/

Took what will probably end up being my last coast-bound trip of the calendar year today. No pics from the trip, but I did learn a few new things...

Speyeria zerene hippolyta, the endangered Oregon Silverspot butterfly's caterpillar likes to feast on Viola adunca aka "early blue violet". It also likes Yarrow and Goldenrods.

But for early-stage growth, it needs violets. I was super excited to realize I've seen those tiny heart-shaped violets (maybe not the exact species?) in my yard; it was so prolific, I thought for sure it was invasive. Nope.

"With pressures from human activities and invasions of non-native plant species, there are few remaining native coastal grasslands with early-blue violets. Last seen on the Long Beach Peninsula in 1990, this butterfly is now found only at four sites in Oregon. It was listed as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 1980 ".

has details too.

Sources:

inaturalist.org/taxa/210836-Sp

inaturalist.org/taxa/53328-Vio

fws.gov/refuge/willapa/wildlif

natureofthehills.wordpress.com

Brilliant video: Dr. David Suzuki, a geneticist, on where did humanity go so wrong?

Video from a fundraising event for some indigenous tribes in Canada opposing oil drilling and other destructive-to-the-land actions of BC's government, AKA "the crown"...

youtu.be/Ne0v_Fbqgeo

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tired: saying "if you build it they will come" to justify building consumerist crap

inspired: saying "if you build it they will come" to justify building a garden

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The Open Structures website is back online after a large overhaul! It's looking great :)

Open Structures is an open source modular system that allows you to build anything from shelving to a recumbent bike to a table lamp to stool, using modular, replaceable parts and standard hardware. This means you can repair and redesign any item that fits the standard, and build new parts using designs freely available online.

openstructures.net/

#making #DIY #solarpunk #modular #hacking #OpenStructures #RightToRepair #repair

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Happy Friday! Sometimes you're looking for something new to do with an old vegetable... Now, due to my long history as a feline caretaker, I'm not ; however, most of my favorite dishes would be classified as that.

In my younger years, I basically took every penny I had to go central India, because of an inexplicable need to see the Elephants in one of the last places on Earth they live in their natural habitat (inaturalist.org/observations/3).

This dish is inspired from that trip. Recipe doesn't really have a name; it's adapted. Works great with potatoes or cauliflower: warm and spicy and mildly sweet and fragrant.

* 1/2 cup split black lentils AKA urad dāl उरद दाल (Hindi) ಉದ್ದು (Kannad)
* 1 cup cauliflower (गोभी gobi) or potatoes
* 12 oz. coconut milk

* 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
* 1 Tbsp. black mustard seeds
* 1 tsp. black cumin seeds (काला ज़ीरा)
* 1-2 tsp. turmeric powder
* hot chili powder (to taste)
* salt (to taste)

Rinse the lentils in at least 2 changes of water and boil in for 10 minutes, skimming off any foam that accumulates on the top. Add cauliflower or diced potatoes and boil 8-10 more minutes, until veg is softened but not soft.

If any water is left when the lentils drain that water off and set lentil-veg mix aside.

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle in mustard seeds and cover until they stop popping (like popcorn). Sprinkle in cumin seeds. Add lentils and cauliflower and stir until coated. Sprinkle hot chili powder and turmeric; stir fry everything ~3 minutes until slightly browned.

Add coconut milk and reduce heat, cooking until warmed through. Add curry leaves and serve.

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