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In media studies, they often show how reporting of things can be skewed by how "close" the observer is to the event. Sometimes it's a good idea to back up and look at the big picture. And with footage from a drone, it doesn't get any more .

Flooding across at least four counties in the region; drone footage showcasing the reality of a large concentration of climate change deniers. How closely have they read their insurance policies? Good luck cleaning that up!

Meteorologists' jobs must be getting more and more difficult these days. Stay safe out there!


Yay, a democratically-focused instance that has a similar goal as the folks


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@indie not all conceptual, it says they would build one 2012.. See proofs of concepts on their site dating back to 1994, and latest new site 2017.. also see a paper on there.

It'd be nice to know how well it works.. it comes back at it in 2016.

This 2012 article on it seems interesting (not an assessment if it works well tho)

Siberian forest fires 🔥 are producing massive amounts of #BlackCarbon that will accelerate ice melting in the Arctic. These fires are a global issue right now.

Interesting design making agriculture in "hot and dry coastal regions" all the more efficient...

It a seawater-powered and it's engineered to work with the variety of climatological region that has easy access to salt water, but maybe not fresh water... yet still do water-intensive agriculture.

"A greenhouse produces crops year-round in hot dry areas using only seawater and sunlight. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, herbs—anything that can be grown in traditional greenhouses—can be grown in seawater greenhouses. The award-winning technology, invented by Seawater Greenhouse Ltd. founder Charlie Paton, was inspired by the natural water cycle where seawater heated by the sun evaporates, cools to form clouds, and returns to earth as precipitation."

"The idea behind the process is simple. It combines two unlimited resources - sunlight and seawater - to provide ideal growing conditions for crops in hot, arid environments.

The innovation [uses] the cooling and humidifying power of water vapor produced from evaporating salt water. Using modeling and simulation techniques developed in collaboration with our partners at Aston University, we are able to process local climate data to predict greenhouse performance and inform the design. The combined effect of reducing temperature and increasing humidity, together with providing a protected environment for crops, results in up to 90% reduction in Evapotranspiration. This to greatly reduced irrigation requirements, which can be provided by desalination, and improved growing conditions."


"Talk to transformer" is a most interesting "toy". It is a trained neural network, and basically what it does is generate expected completions of sentences, based on the hints or context in the prompt you give it.

Here's two surprisingly examples when I inquired what it knows about ecosteading...


When we get sick, even a one degree rise in body temperature is a big deal.

A deadly superbug emerges on three different continents at the same time, validating the that the rising global temps due to
will indeed lead to widespread global health crises:

"C. auris emerged independently on three continents simultaneously, with each clade being genetically distinct. "What is unusual about Candida auris is that it appeared in three different continents at the same time, and the isolates from India, South Africa, and South America are not related. Something happened to allow this organism to bubble up and cause disease. We began to look into the possibility that it could be climate change," said Dr. Casadevall. "The reasons that fungal infections are so rare in humans is that most of the fungi in the environment cannot grow at the temperatures or our body." Mammalian resistance to invasive fungal diseases results from a combination of high basal temperatures that create a thermal restriction zone and advanced host defense mechanisms in the form of adaptive and innate immunity."


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.

Fallout from my whim to "rip out lawn and plant flowers", year three, with a wink at our bees friends, many of which meander at the .

Jewel colors in a bouquet of echinacea, yarrow, agastache, coreopsis and rudebeckia.

A bumblebee on some "smartie" dahlias.

Super close-up of intricate ipomopsis, AKA "standing cypress", grown from seed. It didn't flower last year and I transplanted it to a sunnier spot. This year it and one other grew over 7 feet tall and ended up bending sideways. This is a flower that hummingbirds love because their beaks alone are long enough to get the nectar.

All the moar .

🏡 :ecostead: 🦋 🐝

The Nitrogen cycle, for example.

The bedrock under Manhattan, for example? Old, but not that old ...

Geological time has wisdom that surpasses the predilctions of humans. (17,000 p/si after ___ per unit, from subductive convection is, after all, an estimation). Earth scientists recognize several types of plate tectonics; convection in a subduction zone could be resultant from changes in various layers.

Designs (plural). Because they can be applied locally.

As the population of cities increases, there cannot be mistakes in the overestimation.

Balance in what is sustainable has to be defined.

This is a thread about berries (cont'd):

... Lingonberries Huckleberries Nannyberry Boysenberry Cloudberry Dewberry Hackberry Thimbleberry Cranberries Cherry Mulberry Wolfberry Tayberry Loganberry Crowberries

Many fruits not commonly known as berries include grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, bananas, and chili peppers. A plant bearing berries is said to be bacciferous or baccate. Yesterday's list was off the top of my head, but apparently I was wrong to initially include strawberries, raspberries and blackberries on my list; Wikipedia tells me these are not actually berries, but "aggregate fruits".

So why are berries on the brain? Yesterday I acquired two small Bunchberry plants, AKA _Cornus Canadensis_ for groundcover in some of the 's more sloped and shady areas. These are considered "threatened" in some of the more central areas of their native habitat, but not so much in the . Gorgeous and happy little plants they are; I am looking forward to seeing how wildlife takes to them.

Here's a photo. Photos of the new plants on the ecostead coming later

Image source:

Why isn't publicly-funded on private land more ? Thanks @rms for the article source:

"Conservation on private land costs the public hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Just from 2008 to 2012, for instance, landowners donating conservation easements claimed tax deductions that cost the U.S. Treasury $1.6 billion.

The lack of transparency — and attention — can leave investments on private land vulnerable to abuse. In one recent case, Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Land Trust discovered a house being built in the middle of a conservation easement intended to protect the “Path of the Pronghorn” migration route. The builder, coal industry billionaire Chris Cline, agreed to donate another easement nearby. But the incident left some conservationists seething.

A Colorado audit found that tax breaks to landowners were often a bigger driver of such deals than any benefits to wildlife."


Wow. All the Masto/Fediverse should watch this:

BBC World News just aired a well-produced segment on the cultural tensions of Portland's "Antifa" and the "Proud Boys":

So, of course: good work to fellow documentarians. Your and our efforts to help teach and train others how to get the facts out.

(Like federation relays are sometimes not such a good idea; still until the bully is in prison, we must remain vigilant )

The best can't happen until after he's long gone.

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