Technical writer by day , admin of our Apache-friendly Ecosteader community by night
(... it's actually more like a 3 AM side project) ϕ
#Compost is not that hard and composting to keep valuable plant nutrients out of landfills is important. I am still bleeping astonished that the company that owns this (and at least 7+ other old high-rent apartment buildings in Portland) is so fucking (whoops, forgot the bleeps on this one) stupid and ignorant.
As the nation becomes more and more suffocated by the greedy and #EvilLandlords, sometimes you've gotta be brave and tell it like it is... even if you're just a tenant.
It's no secret that Ecosteader is furiously hated by Realtors.
In fact, part of the reason we incorporated officially is to ensure that our messages will live on indefinitely (B Corp for Public Benefit), and not be stomped out by these vicious, selfish, malevolent people.
The "National Association of Realtors" (NAR) is, in fact, a cartel-like fascist organization run by mostly white supremacists doing something that the US Supreme Court itself ruled illegal in 1950:
"Enough has been said to show that under our decisions an illegal price-fixing scheme has been proved, unless the [339 U.S. 485, 489] fixing of real estate commissions is not included in the prohibitions of 3 of the Act. Price-fixing is per se an unreasonable restraint of trade. It is not for the courts to determine whether in particular settings price-fixing serves an honorable or worthy end. An agreement, shown either by adherence to a price schedule or by proof of consensual action fixing the uniform or minimum price, is itself illegal under the Sherman Act, no matter what end it was designed to serve."
This ruling is not enforced today, obviously, as real estate agents and brokers (and all their affiliates!) in all 50 US states have grown uglier SUVs crowding more and more homeless people into their streets.
"More Than Half of Canada’s GDP Gain Was From Realtor Commissions"
⬆️ example of the US and Canada both failing so badly on even the most basic things
Permafrost melted, revealing an 18,000 year-old puppy with teeth, whiskers, and fur and paws all amazingly well preserved.
CW on the image: check it out if you dare... his little teeth are interesting, shaped like swords.
Does not mention implications of potential viruses or other health-related things that could also come out of the #permafrost
#Geophysics: G-Rated levels of record-keeping capacity.
Muds and silts preserve fossils especially well when they have a little ash to work with. Both volcanic ash and ash from forest fires can make surfaces slick, and especially prone to landslides, mudslides, and avalanches around intense storm activities. Many slide-based geologic events created fossils we have in our fossil record today, preserving the factual records of prehistoric life.
For much of the PNW, landslides and mudslides are a real threat. Much of our geology underlies active ("recently active" by geologic time as in Mt. Saint Helens, for example) volcanoes, which created layers of ash that make especially hazardous conditions.
Have you heard of Oso, the US town in WA that was literally buried alive in 2014?
Topographic maps need updated frequently in areas where rapid sediment deposits happen, such as storm-changed coastlines, or recent slide and subsidence-affected areas.
Ash is not a requirement for slide activity to happen; sometimes a simple saturated ground is essentially the effect of a solid surface.
Erosion is one way tall mountains become smaller. The Appalachians, for example: "These mountain ranges likely once reached elevations similar to those of the Alps and the Rocky Mountains before they were eroded". Add many existing and human-amplified problems (like coal mining) at the tops of these mountains, and the problems compound.
Great news in this recent NARF victory for the water protectors.
✨ 🙌 🦆
"This is a tremendous victory for the Klamath Tribes, which NARF represented as amicus curiae in the case, as well as for the other Klamath Basin tribes, the United States, and environmental groups.
In this long-running case, Klamath Project irrigators sought nearly $30 million in compensation from the United States government for the Bureau of Reclamation’s curtailment of Project water deliveries during a severe drought in 2001. The water restrictions were made to meet Endangered Species Act requirements and fulfill tribal trust responsibilities. In late 2017, the US Court of Claims confirmed that the Klamath Tribes and downriver Klamath Basin tribes have senior water rights over other water interests in the Klamath Basin. Thus, the Project irrigators, as junior water rights users under the western water law system of “first in time, first in right,” were not entitled to receive any Project water in 2001."
"NARF Staff Attorney Sue Noe was not surprised by the court’s ruling, “The courts continue to rule in favor of the Klamath Tribes’ water rights because it is the only interpretation that makes sense. The Tribes have lived in the Klamath Basin for millennia. In an 1864 treaty they relinquished millions of acres of their homeland to the United States in exchange for guarantees, including protections for the tribal right to harvest fish in their streams and lakes. There is no expiration date on those treaty promises, and they cement the Tribes’ top water rights in the region.”"
"With the coming of foreigners to our shores, life as we knew it would change drastically. Individual ownership was foreign to my people. Fences?? Unheard of, back then. We were a communal people and we took care of each other. Our grandparents weren’t isolated from us! They were the wisdom keepers and storytellers and were an important link in our families. The babies? They were and are our future! Look at the brilliant young people who put themselves at risk, fighting to keep our water and environment clean and safe for the generations yet to come. They are willing to confront the giant, multi-national corporations by educating the general public of the devastation being caused. I smile with hope when I think of them. They are fearless and ready to speak the truth to all who are willing to listen. We also remember our brothers and sisters of Bolivia, who are rioting, in support of the first Indigenous President, Evo Morales. His commitment to the people, the land, their resources and protection against corruption is commendable. We recognize and identify with that struggle so well."
Everything the colonists did to infringe too much beyond what they claimed they were fleeing (or rather, they never taught their children correctly)
The act of collecting rent as a means to "sustain" was never permitted in the original design. Those generations always die out quickly (it def not pnl s tho). Europe's underground can give them many hints about what they ought to expect.
8164 or more epochs of iterations, (ONES THAT INCLUDE GRAVITY) and fundamental encoding hasn't shifted. That is some circular, iterational beauty of unpurchasable magnitu
A message from Leonard Peltier, an indigenous activist who was framed for murder in 1975 and jailed; his next scheduled parole hearing will be in July 2024, when Peltier will be 79:
"For those of you who are thankful that you have enough food to feed your families, please give to those who aren’t as fortunate. If you are warm and have a comfortable shelter to live in, please give to those who are cold and homeless, if you see someone hurting and in need of a kind word or two, be that person who steps forward and lends a hand. And especially, when you see injustice anywhere, please be brave enough to speak up to confront it. I want to thank all who are kind enough to remember me and my family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for continuing to support and believe in me. There isn’t a minute in any day that passes without me hoping that this will be the day I will be granted freedom. I long for the day when I can smell clean fresh air, when I can feel a gentle breeze in my hair, witness the clouds as their movement hides the sun and when the moon shines the light on the path to the sacred Inipi. That would truly be a day I could call a day of Thanksgiving."
"We as feminists must be aware of our history on this continent. We need to recognize that the same forces that devastated the gynarchies of Britain and the Continent also devastated the ancient African civilizations, and we must know that those same materialistic, antispiritual forces are presently engaged in wiping out the same gynarchical values, along with the peoples who adhere to them, in Latin America. ... those wars were and continue to be about the imposition of patriarchal civilization over the holistic, pacifist, and spirit-based gynarchies they supplant." (p. 214)
Here's one of their projects to remind people about native land acknowledgement.
(No, it's not a real government agency; see their FAQs)
"The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) is a people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. Since 2014, the USDAC has engaged more than 40,000 artists, #activists, and allies in all 50 states in arts-based dialogues and actions. By creating opportunities for learning, connection, and collective action at the local and national level, the USDAC works toward a society that affirms the right to culture; values each community’s heritage, contributions, and aspirations; and dismantles all barriers to love and justice."
shinrin-yoku ~ 森林浴 ~
forest bathing: "A short trip into a forest or natural space to experience the restorative effects of spending time in the stillness of nature."
Haven't been to the Portland Japanese Garden since it was redone last year, but I did visit it when gathering the original inspiration idea for the yard... something like a #zen hybrid rain garden and a Japanese tea #garden is what I'm going to go for in the back yard of the #Ecostead
Today, November 14, 2019, Ecosteader B Corp is pleased to announce the release of our #OpenSource math helper for data science:
$ cat vector calculus
Note: 1/0 is not valid; only 1/API includes documentation.
Spent all day yesterday moving to an apartment. Maybe it's the elevation (second floor apt), but both me and the kitty are exhausted. It's good to be off work, but this is not like a real vacation. 🌴
The kitty, who has moved around with me all over the great American West for the last 19 years, did pretty well until the house was basically empty except for his litter box and food.
He did not know what was going on.
He protested about 75 percent of the drive and is currently conked out upon his familiar and cozy mound of blankets.
I have to unpack, but just want to sleep, too.
Large problems (Texas insists it have everything "larger") stay where they were discovered.
Sinkholes, for example. Way back in 2011, we knew which areas of FL were most prone to sinkholes. Yet here we are eight years later and they are still trying to get away with the same insurance fraud scams. Even that desperation isn't going to work for much longer ... less than half as long with guys like Trump "residing" there. )
Until those responsible for propagating the problem don't have any more room to wreck their future, and their "negative externalities" ripple out and wreck others. (Poor Louisana and Mississippi and Alabama!)
Systemic problems should be taken into consideration whenever possible.
And on the other side of the Gulf, it is Unfortunate that Texas continues to elect those who make their already-big problems even bigger.
Geology reveals seem to talk in even longer timelines than even the speed of light might fathom.
Texas Senate reps have _never_ achieved anywhere near a passing score according to the LCV.
Note: Alaska's House reps never respected green, except once in 1971
In other news, several places in Australia (which is basically Trump territory on a different continent, with who their leaders are) are burning, and have been burning with wildfires.
How _______ works is not the entirety of anything.
Neat educational project I noticed when attending the Climate Strike marches in September... This project is on the PU Campus, and is being worked on by @jasonarch1234
The #CityRepair projects have some really neat ideas; this one is what a city's idea of "bus stop" really ought to strive to be like, in a way that says to a homeless person, " Our city doesn't harass our homeless people"
This is a problem.
The farmers just don't get it.
It's because their generational memory doesn't go back that far. The white man charged in; he was warned already not that long ago. Probably, the Earth remembers every one (oth) repeatedly harmed by that particular vector. Don't let those with delusions destroy what doesn't belong to them.
Adding on to the thread about #sinkholes (repost/edit to fix typos).
If we want to be brutally honest, the vectors have already been put in motion, and there's little to do but wait. Every single day that the damage continues makes it less likely this is something we'll be able to just clean up and move on from. It only takes a little damage to ripple out for generations: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-grim-pollution-pictur_b_9266764
Our environmental disasters will be unique to our geology. Which means, more than likely, a significant portion of the US is going to either "sinking bog" or permanently underwater in ~50 years. The industrial rape of fracking, drilling for oil, and aquifers pumped dry combined with rising sea levels can only go on for so long. A hotter earth means more energy for more storms; more storms means more intense water beating down on geology weakened from the disgusting fossil-fuel infrastructure sucking strength and vitality out of eons-old layers of our Earth's crust.
Limestone, salt and gypsum underlie over 40 percent of the contiguous US. These "rock types are susceptible to dissolution in water. In these areas the formation of underground cavities can form, and catastrophic sinkholes can happen. These rock types are evaporites (salt, gypsum, and anhydrite) and carbonates (limestone and dolomite). Evaporite rocks underlie about 35 to 40 percent of the United States, though in many areas they are buried at great depths."
"About 16,000 sinkholes originate in Missouri. For comparison, Tennessee has more than 54,000 sinkholes and Florida has about 12,000."
Technical writer by day , admin of our Apache-friendly Ecosteader community by night
(... it's actually more like a 3 AM side project) ϕ
Ecosteader is an indigenous-friendly community to design, build, and innovate "green" or eco-friendly spaces: wildlife-friendly gardens, micro-homesteads, off-grid communities, artwork, and more. We participate in Ecological Democracy by designing and building our local communities around the health of our shared soil which can only be achieved via sustainable practices.
We oppose anyone and anything that supports Trump, the Realtor network, racists, fascists, or rent-seeking landlords. And please keep boycotting Home Depot!