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silence7 OP ,

That Saudi. The plan there seems to be to sell off all the oil, and then have the royal family decompress to a more northern latitude with their harems while the rest of the population cooks to death.

silence7 OP ,

About a week ago, the Washington Post started requiring registration in order to access the gift link. You need to give up an email address (eg: a burner for just this purpose) in order to access gifted articles for free.

Abused by the badge | A Washington Post investigation found hundreds of law enforcement officers in the United States have sexually exploited kids. Many avoid prison time. (wapo.st)

The Washington Post has recently started asking people to register in order to access gift links. You can put in a completely made-up email address, as there is no verification of the email address.

silence7 OP ,

Unless your well is drawing from an uncontaminated aquifer that isn’t recharged by rainwater, that doesn’t really help you. This class of chemicals wound up pretty much everywhere.

silence7 OP ,

There’s no way this one ends up being only billions; they literally coated the entire surface of the ocean.

silence7 OP ,

They’re also buying tracking data from phone apps, so you’d need to make sure you’re not running any of those either.

silence7 OP ,

Not in the same detailed minute-by-minute tracking of where you’ve been.

silence7 OP ,

A ban isn’t going to be suddenly imposed; it’s going to look more like “we stop subsidies for fossil fuels, and end advertising for them, and phase them out over 20 years”

So he’s asking for the first steps. Which is a good move.

silence7 OP ,

There is still coal, oil, and gas in the ground. There are forests yet standing. It might have been better to get seriously started a few decades ago, and we can’t achieve zero-visible-impact at this point, but we can still change how hot it gets before temperatures stabilize.

I’d far prefer to be getting started now instead of never.

silence7 OP ,

Yes, but if you haven’t even taken that first step, take it.

silence7 OP ,

Restrictions on advertising were a key part of the steps to sharply reduce cigarette smoking

silence7 OP ,

Hence the need to push attendees to take actions like this, instead of expecting them to just happen on their own.

silence7 OP ,

Talk to your municipal government, and bring a bunch of other parents to do the same — this is something that can be fixed.

silence7 OP ,

There has been a really big drop in walking and biking to school over several decades. Kids never stopped completely, but it’s a lot less common in the US than it used to be

silence7 OP ,

That’s horrible.

Deaths mount and water rationed as India faces record heat | Reports of heat-related illnesses and deaths have surged across the country as daytime highs hover around 120°F and nights remain over 90°F (wapo.st)

India’s heat waves are attributed to a combination of short-term weather patterns and long-term warming trends fueled by human-caused climate change. Residents in India’s sprawling capital are often particularly affected, because dense buildings, roads, cars and air conditioners contribute to urban heat, experts say.

silence7 OP ,

Per the article, they started to change policy a bit after some of the groups they were sponsoring started attacking the monarchy:

Astonishingly, the attacks of 9/11 had little effect on the Saudi approach to religious extremism, as diplomats and intelligence officials have attested. What finally changed royal minds was the experience of suffering an attack on Saudi soil. In May 2003, gunmen and suicide bombers struck three residential compounds in Riyadh, killing 39 people. The authorities attributed the attacks to al-Qaeda, and cooperation with the U.S. improved quickly and dramatically.

silence7 OP ,
silence7 OP ,

Pretty much — it makes it clear that they didn’t just come from Saudi Arabia but had active support from within the government there.

silence7 OP ,

The article is about a small number of congressmembers with speech and hearing disabilities.

silence7 OP ,

Three, on different servers — one for climate, one for a general news reach, and one which is just New York Times gift articles

silence7 OP ,

They’re ditching inland areas too, for different climate-related reasons.

silence7 OP ,

This implies an end to mortgages (or sharply higher interest rates) and a huge drop in real estate prices.

silence7 OP ,

That’s the big environmental issue with Bitcoin — other major cryptocurrencies have moved to proof-of-stake instead of proof-of-work, so they don’t need vast quantities of energy, and when you stop using all that energy, the generators with the highest marginal cost shut down, which generally means coal or gas.

silence7 OP ,

Bitcoin essentially has the same thing though — it’s just that the “staked class” is those who have built power-devouring ASIC facilities to compute lots of hashes. Get enough of them together, and you can roll back transactions via a Sybil attack, just as you can with organized action by stakeholders in a proof-of-stake cryptocurrency.

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