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The miracles of , and how this tree is helping women in a community in Vietnam

"Mangroves are a testament to the miracle of trees. Of the 60,000 or so species of trees on Earth, only mangroves tolerate saltwater. They thrive where freshwater mingles with the ocean, just beyond the shores of more than 90 countries in South-east Asia, South America, North America, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Their thick tangles of ropey roots capture river sediment, thereby reducing beach erosion and preventing pollutants from flowing into the ocean. A 100-metre-wide swath of mangroves can reduce the height of a wave by as much as two-thirds. They sequester carbon three to five times more powerfully than upland tropical forest.

Mangroves are often referred to as "the nurseries of the sea"—clusters of them make breeding grounds for fish and crustaceans. Although exact estimates are hard to come by, it's likely that hundreds to thousands of fish species spend their lifecycle around mangroves. Researchers estimate that 80 percent of the global fish population is dependent on healthy mangrove ecosystems, and in turn 120 million people worldwide depend on them for income. Migratory birds also make seasonal homes in mangroves."

phys.org/news/2019-11-women-ha

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Fruits of the UNLIMITED BASIL video on YouTube. I bought a basil plant from the supermarket this summer but by September it was starting to die off. So I watched this guy in Glasgow's bit on how to take cuttings and here we are!

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"As long as we refuse to call people citizens or neighbors — instead calling them cases, customers, clients and labeling them by their vulnerabilities — we are trapped in the colonial mind, no matter how much charity is in our hearts."

"When workers announced their intention to unionize, Bright Power hired Littler Mendelson—the world’s largest labor law firm representing management with ties to the Trump administration—to handle its union negotiations.

Throughout the union campaign, management pulled workers aside at construction sites to discuss why a union was not appropriate for Bright Power, and told them that voting for a union meant “leaving the Bright Power family” —two workers told Motherboard.

On Monday, the company fired them."

vice.com/en_us/article/evjenn/

BTW, I'm pretty sure it's highly illegal to retaliate against anyone for unionizing.

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Holy shit. I just found they put all of Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin's documentaries online free to stream. She's one of the best indigenous film makers

nfb.ca/directors/alanis-obomsa

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If somebody can't take care of plants, I am highly suspicious of their ability to take care of animals or children.. yes the latter will remind about things like food & water, but still.. there are some basic principles which apply to tending any living thing, and it starts with understanding needs rather than being reactive.

"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)

Caught the end of a PBS Frontline documentary following a young mother evacuating from Syria.

She grabs one of her potted plants, a rose bush. "This plant. It will grow outside of Allepo," she says. In the background, a van packed with her family's belongings.

As she walks down a bombed-out city street, it stats to snow.

The final screen notes 500 additional attacks by Russian-led forces.

pbs.org/video/sama-trailer-oa6

ibtimes.com/why-russia-bombing

Hey folks, this is still very much relevant news

"“It’s just a bad idea,” said protester Bernadette Bourassa, of Eugene, referring to the pipeline project. “It’s a continuation of the extraction industry where a few corporate billionaires get another millions, or billions. There’s nothing in it for people.”

The proposed marine terminal, in Coos Bay, Oregon, would allow export of American liquid natural gas to Asia, and would have a 230-mile (370-kilometer) feeder pipeline from an interstate gas hub in southern Oregon’s Klamath County."

apnews.com/6d95dadd33de4296a0e

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Something that struck me as very worrying when I watched the Shock Doctrine is how the main thread running through the documentary is that a natural disaster such as a tsunami or a man-made disaster like a war are perfect opportunities to expand neoliberal capitalism.

The climate crisis, environmental breakdown, the collapse of animal and insect species, deteriorating fish stocks... all of these have created and will continue to create opportunities. New markets. Fresh land to colonise. Opportunities for exploitation and growth.

Capitalists will find ways to extract even as the planet dies. There is no point when they will give up. They can even---especially---capitalise in disasters. And we will be seeing many more disasters in the next few decades.

Two of only 230 endangered wild panthers in Florida killed in the last week.

Both killed by vehicles. 🦁 😿 😢

local10.com/news/2019/11/23/2-

Wasn't it inevitable that their denial

of obvious things would catch up with them sooner or later?

Let's examine a commonly-known pattern of "resource extraction" among the colonists, as they have imposed their mega-ton machinery upon the geology of the mid-plains and where it drains (ex. Bayou Corne, Deepwater Horizion, many more):

Drill, suck, rape, drought.
Drought below, weakness, swamp, .

(The vector in this pattern is moving toward increased weakness, attributable to weak men destroying what does not belong to them; they are bound to their sunk costs.)

Tumultuous storms increasing in frequency and duration:

docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d

Flooding, and the gravity that comes with it.

Maybe flushing out the all the doomed sickness and disease it doesn't want.

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Found a neat movement; the USDAC is a bunch of with outposts in various US states and a culture to respect and honor diversity.

Here's one of their projects to remind people about native land acknowledgement.

usdac.us/nativeland

(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, , 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."

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To swear the oath required of new lawyers in Alberta, the "default Bible" is no longer the only option; newly-minted lawyers can now be sworn with a sacred eagle feather.

theglobeandmail.com/canada/alb

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 hybrid rain garden and a Japanese tea is what I'm going to go for in the back yard of the

Fat cowboys with big trucks, gun racks, horse haulers and 3000 sqft houses surrounded by barbed wire fences don't understand .

They call themselves "ranchers" or "farmers", but they are delusional.

Our lands were made for Bison, not cattle.

"He found out by fencing off small patches of land along the bison migration route. By comparing the plants within and beyond the fences, the team learned that bison graze so intensely that they freeze plants in early spring for weeks at a time, preventing them from maturing and forcing them to continuously produce young shoots. Other North American mammals like mule deer can’t do this, because they travel in small-enough groups that plants can still outgrow the effects of their grazing. Bison, however, gather in the thousands. By moving in synchrony, they don’t have to surf the green wave. Uniquely, they can also create it.

Their actions change the landscape. In areas where bison graze, plants contain 50 to 90 percent more nutrients by the end of the summer. This not only provides extra nourishment for other grazers, but prolongs the growing season of the plants themselves. And by trimming back the plant cover in one year, bison allow more sunlight to fall on the next year’s greenery, accelerating its growth. When Geremia’s team looked at parts of Yellowstone where bison numbers have fluctuated, it found that the green wave grew in intensity and crested over a longer period as the herds grew larger. The bison engineer and intensify the spring. And astonishingly, they had a stronger influence on the timing of plant growth than weather and other environmental variables. They’re equivalent to a force of nature."

theatlantic.com/science/archiv

rollingstone.com/politics/poli

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