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DoomsdaysCW, to climate
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AccuWeather sounding alarm bells: Super-charged hurricane season possible in 2024

It can be a "blockbuster" hurricane season, AccuWeather hurricane experts warn, as all of the ingredients are coming together for explosive tropical development in the Atlantic this year.

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
Published Feb 20, 2024


#Hurricanes #HurricaneSeason2024 #ClimateCrisis #ClimateCatastrophe

DoomsdaysCW, to France
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French mayors face violence and intimidation from xenophobic groups

Updated 12:01 AM EST, February 19, 2024

SAINT-BREVIN-LES-PINS, (AP) — The mayor of a small resort town on the Atlantic coast of France resigned, closed his medical practice and moved away after his house and two cars were set on fire. The arson followed months of death threats over plans to relocate a refugee center near a school.

More than 150 miles (240 kilometers) to the north, trouble visited another mayor when he decided to take in a handful of refugee families. The aim was to fill job vacancies in the village; instead, he received a torrent of abuse. One threat read: “I hope, Mr. Mayor, that your wife will be raped, your daughter will be raped, and your grandchildren sodomized.”

These were not isolated incidents.

Mayors, normally among the most appreciated elected officials in France, are under attack as never before. Opposition to immigration is a driving force, led by small extreme-right groups that are often backed by national politicians.

While other European countries including Germany, Sweden, Italy and Spain have seen protests over similar issues, the backlash against mayors is especially jarring in France. The French have traditionally revered state institutions. A small-town mayor embodies the values of the French Republic, harking back to the revolution of 1789.

The tactics used against French mayors in recent years go beyond the usual street protests and angry public meetings. They include violence and disinformation — and local demonstrations are often amplified by outside agitators.

In France, like elsewhere in Europe, national identity has become a war cry for far-right political groups. They promote the idea that foreigners are stealing the riches of the nation through state handouts and that they will ultimately upend France’s traditional way of life.

France’s internal security agency, the DGSI, is increasingly worried about fringe movements and their potential for violence, both on the far right and the far left.

Far right groups became more active after deadly attacks by Islamic extremists in 2015-2016. One of their goals is to “precipitate a clash” over those viewed as outsiders, then-DGSI chief Nicolas Lerner said in a rare interview with Le Monde last year.

“The normalization of a recourse to violence, and the temptation to want to impose ideas through fear or intimidation, is a grave danger to our democracies,″ he said.

The violent views of the radical right in the U.S. have spread to Europe and been amplified through social media, said Lerner.

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DoomsdaysCW, to acab
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Gantry climber, 22, found guilty

Court & Prison, Press / February 19, 2024

supporter and gantry climber, Cressie Gethin, has been found guilty. Cressie took action in July 2022, demanding the UK government immediately halts all licensing and consents for new fossil fuel exploration and extraction.

The trial began on the 5th February at Isleworth Crown Court, with Judge Duncan presiding. The jury has found Cressie guilty by a majority of ten to two. Cressie, 22, a music student from Hereford, will be sentenced on the 3rd of May with two others. They face a possible ten year custodial sentence. [2]

During the trial Cressie was prevented from talking about her reasons for taking action and was denied any legal defence by the judge. The court heard a witness testimony from acclaimed naturalist and television presenter, Chris Packham, who commented that those taking action like Cressie “should be commended for sounding a vital alarm”. He added: “I am attending court to support Cressie Gethin because I don’t think she is getting a fair trial. I think, along with the UN, that the UK’s protest laws and sentencing of protesters are unjust, draconian, and in conflict with our basic human rights.”

Cressie climbed a motorway gantry above the M25 on the 20th July 2022, two days after the governments’ net zero strategy was declared unlawful, and one day after the UK recorded its highest ever temperature of 40.3 degrees celsius, a milestone that scientists previously thought was impossible. 61,000 excess deaths were recorded across Europe as a result of the extreme heat that summer, whilst the UK government continued to licence new oil and gas. [5]

Speaking before the action in 2022, Cressie said:

“I am terrified by the extreme heat in the UK this week, knowing that this will only get worse as we continue to extract and burn more and more fossil fuels. This country has the technology and money to begin a just and rapid transition to renewable energy immediately, but our government refuses to do so. I feel it is my duty as a human being to demand change in a way that cannot be ignored.

Thousands of people will die this week as a result of the extreme temperatures we are experiencing in the UK. We are in this situation because of increasing global temperatures caused by the emissions from burning fossil fuels. Against this backdrop, the UK government plans to open new oil and gas fields. I am dumbfounded by their negligence.

I am thinking of the countless people across the country and abroad who are now experiencing illness and death as a result of the climate crisis. People are angry that our government is continuing down the path of destruction, and we will not simply stand by and let this happen.”

A Just Stop Oil spokesperson commented:

“It would be extremely convenient for everyone if the climate crisis could be removed from our lives by the ruling of a Judge. If we could imprison the wildfires, if we could arrest famines, or if we could legislate against the rising sea waters that will leave parts of Britain submerged, that would be a fantastic outcome – but the reality is that we can’t and rapid decarbonisation is the only way of preventing these horrifying outcomes.

However, the judiciary – like the police – is proving to be an effective arm of the oil and gas industry, by silencing and imprisoning members of the public taking nonviolent action against climate collapse. Future generations will be disgusted by rulings such as this.”

As the world passes tipping points that threaten the breakdown of ordered civilization, world leaders, captured by the interests of oil lobbyists and big business, are failing to protect our communities. British citizens are sick of being led by liars and crooks. Until we stop Tory oil, supporters of Just Stop Oil will continue taking proportionate action to demand necessary change. Sign up for action at juststopoil.org.


DoomsdaysCW, to Flowers
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grown floating on polluted waterways can help clean up nutrient runoff

Cut-flower farms could be a sustainable option for mitigating water pollution.

by Jazmin Locke-Rodriguez and Krishnaswamy Jayachandran, The Conversation

2/17/2024, 7:08 AM

"Flowers grown on inexpensive floating platforms can help clean polluted waterways, over 12 weeks extracting 52 percent more and 36 percent more than the natural nitrogen cycle removes from untreated water, according to our new research. In addition to filtering water, the cut flowers can generate income via the multibillion-dollar floral market.

"In our trials of various flowers, giant stood out as the most successful, producing long, marketable stems and large blooms. Their yield matched typical flower farm production.

Why it matters

"Water pollution is caused in large part by runoff from , urban , and even tanks. When it rains, excess phosphorus, nitrogen, and other chemicals wash into and .

"These nutrients feed , leading to widespread and harmful , which can severely lower oxygen in water, creating 'dead zones' where aquatic life cannot survive. Nutrient runoff is a critical issue as urban areas expand, affecting the health of water .

"Water pollution is an escalating crisis in our area of Miami-Dade and Broward counties in . The 2020 fish kill, the largest mass death of aquatic life on record for the region, serves as a stark reminder of this growing environmental issue.

How we do our work

"We study sustainable agriculture and water pollution in South Florida.

"Inspired by traditional floating farm practices, including the in Mexico and the ’ tree island settlements in Florida, we tested the idea of growing cut flowers on floating rafts as a way to remove excess nutrients from waterways. Our hope was not only that the flowers would pay for themselves, but that they could provide jobs here in Miami, the center of the US cut-flower trade.

"We floated 4-by-6-foot (1.2-by-1.8-meter) mats of inexpensive polyethylene foam called Beemats in 620-gallon (2,300-liter) outdoor test tanks that mirrored water conditions of nearby polluted waterways. Into the mats, we transplanted flower seedlings, including , , and giant marigolds. The polluted tank water was rich in nutrients, eliminating the need for any fertilizer. As the seedlings matured into plants over 12 weeks, we tracked the tanks’ improving water quality.

"Encouraged by the success of the marigolds in our tanks, we moved our trials to the nearby canals of Coral Gables and Little River. We anchored the floating platforms with 50-pound (22.7-kilogram) weights and also tied them to shore for extra stability. No alterations to the landscape were needed, making the process simple and doable.

What still isn’t known

"The success of the giant marigolds might be linked to the extra roots that grow from their stems known as adventitious roots. These roots likely help keep the plants stable on the floating platforms. Identifying additional plants with roots like these could help broaden plant choices.

"Future raft designs may also need modifications to ensure better stability and growth for other cut-flower and crop species.

What’s next

"Our promising findings show floating cut-flower farms could be a sustainable option for mitigating water pollution.

"One of us (Locke-Rodriguez) is expanding this research and working to scale up floating farms in South Florida as a demonstration of what could take place in the many locations facing similar issues worldwide.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.


DoomsdaysCW, to random
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Native Warrior Women

Indian women have always been written out of history, but their bravery is being rediscovered in archives and Native oral traditions.

May 11, 2023

warrior had fought a number of battles in leadership roles. At the Battle of the , it is told she charged , grabbed his saber and stabbed him, knocking him off his horse, killing him. Afterward, Cheyenne and women stabbed their awls in Custer’s ears, chanting ‘you will listen to our people in the next world.’ They were avenged.'

"She wasn’t the only female warrior at the Little Big Horn. The Arapaho Chief, , fought there, too. She lived to be 101 years old and her grandson served in the Korean War as a U.S. Marine and later an Arapaho chief, just like his grandmother.

"Lozen (c. 1840-June 17, 1889) was a female warrior and prophet of the Chihenne Chiricahua who fought beside . She was the sister of Victorio, a prominent chief. Born into the band during the 1840s, Lozen was, according to legends, able to use her powers in battle to learn the movements of the enemy. The Apache tribesman, scholar and author, James Kaywaykla, was a child during the fighting days of Geronimo, Lozen and Victorio. Kaywaykla wrote, as a child:

"'I saw a magnificent woman on a beautiful horse—Lozen, sister of Victorio. Lozen the woman warrior! High above her head she held her rifle. 'She could ride, shoot, and fight like a man, and I think she had more ability in planning military strategy than did Victorio.'

"He added that Chief Victorio honored his sister as a great warrior: "Lozen is my right hand ... strong as a man, braver than most, and cunning in strategy. Lozen is a shield to her people."

Lozen fought beside Geronimo after his breakout from the San Carlos reservation in 1885, in the last campaign of the Apache wars. The band was pursued relentlessly by both the U.S. and Mexican cavalries. According to Alexander B. Adams in his book Geronimo, Lozen would try to ascertain where the enemy was by standing 'with her arms outstretched, chant a prayer to Ussen, the Apaches' supreme deity, and slowly turn around.' The band often relied on her strategic prowess.

"In 1885, Geronimo and about 140 of his followers, including Lozen, fled the reservation when they heard rumors that they were to be imprisoned on Alcatraz Island. Lozen and another female warrior, Dahteste, were designated to try to negotiate a peace treaty. Ultimately, after Geronimo's final surrender, Lozen traveled as a prisoner of war to the barracks in Mount Vernon, Alabama. There, along with many of her fellow warriors, Lozen died in confinement of tuberculosis in 1889.

" was a Apache warrior who rode with Lozen. Dahteste was fluent in English and often acted as a translator for the Apache people and was designated to lead in treaty negotiations with the American and Mexican armies. When Geronimo surrendered, she was arrested alongside Geronimo and Lozen, but was shipped to St. Augustine, Florida, rather than the barracks in Alabama. Nevertheless, like other prisoners in Florida, she contracted tuberculosis and pneumonia, but managed to survive both. Some scholars believe that and Dahteste were and lovers."


DoomsdaysCW, to actuallyautistic
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via @Seebangnow


DoomsdaysCW, to random
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Far-side -- good thing it's not Earth-facing!

SolarHam: X2.5 / CME Update
February 16, 2024 @ 12:20 UTC

"Multiple coronal mass ejections are visible in the latest cornagraph imagery.

"For the third day in a row, an energetic eruption was observed off the farside of the Sun. This will obviously be directed away from Earth.

"The impulsive X2.5 solar flare around AR 3576 this morning resulted in a beautiful eruption of plasma off the southwest limb. Although there is currently a gap in imagery, the main stream of plasma appears to be headed away from Earth. I do not expect a noteworthy impact from this event."

Current Solar Flare Threat
C-Flare: 99%
M-Flare: 60%
X-Flare: 15%
Proton: 15%


DoomsdaysCW, to spiders
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spin webs to catch prey. They’re also trapping a wealth of genetic information

captured by may be a hidden resource that scientists can use to track endangered animals and monitor , according to new research.

By Katie Hunt, CNN

Published Feb 6, 2024

"Spiders spin silken webs to capture flies and other tiny prey. They’re also trapping a wealth of DNA from the surrounding environment, a hidden resource that Australian scientists said could be used to track endangered animals and monitor ecosystems.

"Spiderwebs collected from two locations around Western Australia’s Perth — Perth Zoo and the Karakamia woodland sanctuary — revealed the genetic signature of 93 animals, including native kangaroos and koalas and captive elephants and zebras, according to a study published last week in the journal iScience.

"Spiderwebs might be a useful way to keep an eye on what animals are around us, according to study coauthor Joshua Newton, a doctoral student at Curtin University’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences near Perth.

"'These webs, often overlooked in biodiversity studies, proved to be reservoirs of genetic information,' Newton said in a press release.

"'With only trace amounts of DNA needed to identify animals, this cheap and non-invasive method could be a game-changer in how we explore and protect our terrestrial .'"

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DoomsdaysCW, to technology
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My work computer has a "flash drive" (not my choice). I constantly back up critical files, because I don't trust them. I always say, "Your files will be gone in a flash!" Personally, I prefer old school hard drives -- the ones you can fix by hitting them with a tiny hammer!

You're not imagining things – are getting worse

Story by Dan Robinson
February 7, 2024

"A German data recovery specialist has confirmed what many Reg readers will have suspected: USB memory sticks are getting less reliable. The cause, as you might have guessed, is inferior memory chips, while the move to storing multiple bits per flash cell also plays a part.…

"CBL Data Recovery posted that the quality of newer memory components in microSD and USB sticks is declining, and it reported that USB sticks where the NAND manufacturer's logo had been removed from the chip are increasingly turning up in its data recovery laboratory.

"It suspects that flash chips from manufacturers such as SK hynix, Sandisk or Samsung that fail quality control checks are being resold into the market, but marked as components with lower memory capacities.

"'When we opened defective USB sticks last year, we found an alarming number of inferior memory chips with reduced capacity and the manufacturer's logo removed from the chip,' wrote CBL Managing Director Conrad Heinicke (translated from German).

"Heinicke said that many of the USB sticks actually contained microSD cards that had been mounted onto the circuit board and were being managed by an external controller chip. While USB sticks like this were mostly promotional gifts, he said, there were also branded products among them, adding: 'You shouldn't rely too much on the reliability of flash memory.'

"Heinicke's view is that the adoption of multi-level cell architectures, where a single memory cell is coaxed into storing more than just a single bit by varying the voltage, has also exacerbated the situation. With quad level cells (QLC), for example, four bits are stored per cell, which means that 16 states have to be distinguished.

"This path was chosen by the NAND flash manufacturers because it delivers greater storage density, which means higher capacity drives and lower costs per GB. But it also has implications for the endurance, or longevity of the cells. In other words, the cells wear out faster the more bits they are used to store.

"'The downside of success in increasing storage density: writability (endurance) and storage capacity (retention) decrease,' he wrote. "This means that the number of maximum possible write-read cycles decreases and the risk increases that the charge differences, which are read as bits, can no longer be read due to the aging of the insulation layer that holds these charges.'

"According to our sister site Blocks & Files, a single-level cell supports around 100,000 cycles while a (2-bit) MLC cell wears out after around 10,000 cycles, a triple-level cell is limited to 3,000 cycles and QLC supports about 1,200. Upcoming penta-level cells (5 bits per cell) are likely to have less than 600 cycles.

"'Even with high-quality memory chips, the effort that manufacturers have to put into error correction mechanisms in the controller is enormous. It is not surprising that data loss occurs with USB sticks containing decommissioned chips,' Heinicke states.

"He posted a few tips for flash users. If you frequently write and delete data on USB sticks, such as when using them as backup devices, for example, you should use several sticks in rotation.

"If is to be used to store anything for an extended period, use high-quality storage hardware, and keep it somewhere cool, as high temperatures may accelerate data loss.

"Flash storage should be accessed annually or semi-annually, as this allows the error correction mechanisms to internally copy "fading" data, and devices should not be filled to capacity – leaving unallocated space allows the internal data maintenance and error correction mechanisms to function longer."


DoomsdaysCW, to Israel
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’s War on Truth

Israel’s Ruthless Propaganda Campaign to Dehumanize

by Jeremy Scahill
February 7 2024

"Just as the Bush administration exploited the 9/11 attacks to justify a sweeping war in which it declared the world a battlefield, Netanyahu is using the horrors of October 7 to wage the crusade he’s been preparing for his entire political career. With his grip on power fading last fall, the October 7 attacks provided him with just the opportunity he needed, and he hitched his political survival to the war on Gaza and what could be his last chance to eliminate Israel’s Palestinian problem once for all."


DoomsdaysCW, to climate
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World's first year-long breach of key 1.5C warming limit

February 8, 2024

By Mark Poynting, BBC News climate reporter

"For the first time, global warming has exceeded 1.5C across an entire year, according to the EU's climate service.

"World leaders promised in 2015 to try to limit the long-term temperature rise to 1.5C, which is seen as crucial to help avoid the most damaging impacts.

"This first year-long breach doesn't break that landmark Paris agreement, but it does bring the world closer to doing so in the long-term.

"Urgent action to cut carbon emissions can still slow warming, scientists say.

"'This far exceeds anything that is acceptable,' Prof Sir Bob Watson, a former chair of the UN's climate body, told the BBC Radio 4's Today Programme.

"'Look what's happened this year with only 1.5C - we've seen , we've seen , we've seen and all over the world.""

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DoomsdaysCW, to california
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Intense brings danger to

By Antoinette Radford, Zoe Sottile and Matt Meyer, CNN
Updated 0111 GMT (0911 HKT) February 5, 2024

What we're covering

  • More than half a million California power customers face outages as an intense atmospheric river lashes the state with heavy rain and strong winds. Forecasters warn that potentially life-threatening flooding and will follow.

  • A warning is in effect for parts of the southern and central coast, including areas in , where officials warned of one of the "most dramatic weather days in recent memory." More than a month's worth of rain could fall by the time the bulk of the storm has passed on Tuesday.

  • This system comes after an earlier storm already unleashed record rainfall in some parts of the region.

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DoomsdaysCW, to Texas
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A tribe banned Gov. from a reservation over her remarks

February 3, 2024

"A South Dakota tribe has banned Republican Gov. Kristi Noem from the after she spoke this week about wanting to send and security personnel to to help deter immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and also said cartels are infiltrating the state’s reservations.

“'Due to the safety of the , effective immediately, you are hereby Banished from the homelands of the Tribe!” Tribe President said in a Friday statement addressed to Noem. “Oyate” is a word for people or nation.

" accused Noem of trying to use the border issue to help get former U.S. President Donald Trump re-elected and boost her chances of becoming his running mate.

"Many of those arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border are from places like , and who come 'in search of jobs and a better life,' the tribal leader added.

"'They don’t need to be put in cages, separated from their children like during the Trump Administration, or be cut up by razor wire furnished by, of all places, South Dakota,' he said.

"Star Comes Out also addressed ’s remarks in the speech to lawmakers Wednesday in which she said a gang calling itself the Ghost Dancers is murdering people on the Pine Ridge Reservation and is affiliated with border-crossing cartels that use South Dakota reservations to spread drugs throughout the Midwest.

"Star Comes Out said he took deep offense at her reference, saying the is one of the Oglala Sioux’s “most sacred ceremonies,' 'was used with blatant disrespect and is insulting to our Oyate.'"

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DoomsdaysCW, to california
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37 million at risk for from blockbuster rainstorm

The second and stronger storm of a one-two punch will blast California with torrential rain, flooding and feet of snow.

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist

Published Feb 2, 2024 11:43 AM

"Hot on the heels of a drenching storm and a low-end that affected California from Wednesday to Thursday, a more potent storm and high-end atmospheric river will roll ashore Saturday night and Sunday with major impacts that will threaten lives, property and travel into next week, AccuWeather meteorologists continue to warn.

"Public awareness and storm readiness are strongly encouraged as life-threatening conditions may evolve in some communities.

"'Roughly 94% of California's population, up to 37 million people, is at risk for flooding, some of which can be life-threatening. Due to the numerous mountains and hills, even just a few inches of rain can cause significant flooding,' AccuWeather Senior Director of Forecasting Operations Dan DePodwin stated.

"'The greatest risk of a widespread flooding disaster is expected across the canyons and hills of Southern California, especially in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties,' DePodwin added.

Blockbuster rainstorm, major flooding to unfold

"Because the new storm, packing much more moisture, will hit only a couple of days after the first storm soaked and much of the state, runoff will be rapid and potentially dangerous and destructive, especially in portions of Southern and Central California, where most of the new rain is likely to fall.

"The first storm brought a general 1-6 inches of rain from Wednesday to Thursday. However, starting as early as Saturday night, more than double the amount of rain may fall from the new storm, with some of the rainiest spots picking up a foot or more of rain in only 48 hours."


lin11c, (edited ) to random
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I thought this was an interesting explanation of how the "billionaires" like run their cons. Easily fixable with new tax and financial crimes laws. UPDATE: I forgot to tag @FluentInFinance Thanks for this!

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@lin11c Heh. Glad to see others using the hashtag. It's so fitting, eh?

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@lin11c Heh. Me too!

_L1vY_, to random
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It's not that everyone I know who's had Covid has had some subsequent dreadful health issue, it's that everyone I know with some (new) dreadful health issue seems to have gotten it as a result of having Covid.

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@flowerpot @ClimateJenny @ai6yr @_L1vY_ I drive the speed limit (or slower in weather or areas with a lot of deer). The other day, some jerk rode my bumper, then passed me on a solid double line, deliberately ran a red light, and a few miles later, I was still behind them. All that risk to get ONE car ahead? There's something seriously wrong with people! I used to think it was just distracted driving because of smartphones, but it's way more worse than that. Six months ago, another guy ran into my car, then proceeded to yell at me and threaten the witness!

DoomsdaysCW, to climate
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cleared after unlawful protest arrest

2nd February 2024, 01:49 EST

"Greta Thunberg and four co-defendants have been found not guilty of breaking the law when they refused to follow police instructions to move on during a .

"District Judge John Law threw out a public order charge due to 'no evidence' of any offence being committed adding police attempted to impose 'unlawful' conditions.

"The 21-year-old was arrested at a demonstration near the InterContinental Hotel in Mayfair on 17 October.

"The judge said that the conditions imposed on protesters were 'so unclear that it is unlawful'.

"He added that it meant that 'anyone failing to comply were actually committing no offence'."

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DoomsdaysCW, to history
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How the Sat Down and Changed the World

Four Black students sat at a “whites only” lunch counter in 1960 and sparked the sit-in movement.

By Colin McEvoy

"On February 1, 1960, four Black men walked into the Woolworth’s general store in Greensboro, North Carolina, and changed the world.

"Ezell A. Blair Jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond bought toothpaste, notebooks, and other small items at different counters in the store, saving the receipts to prove they were paying customers. Then, they each sat down at the store’s lunch counter, which was designated for 'whites only,' and tried to place their orders."


petersuber, (edited ) to academia
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From a survey of @penn_state : "72% …reported they had not purchased a course’s required , and 33% said they had not registered for a specific course because of its cost of required course materials. In addition, 33% said they had earned a poor grade because they couldn’t afford to purchase a course textbook, and 17% dropped a course because of the cost of materials required for the course."


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The college industry is a ripoff -- and dominated by a few publishers! Change a little bit of text, and, hey, the old edition is obsolete! Here, pay $300 for the latest one. I wish more instructors would go with "open source" and accessible PDFs of the required material. @petersuber @penn_state @academicchatter

DoomsdaysCW, to actuallyautistic
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So, I just was accused of using a "stern librarian tone" when calmly making a request. Apparently, the person accusing me thought he was insulting me. Hah! Nah, I'm just being my true self without the exhausting mask, but thanks for the compliment!

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@actuallyautistic So, thanks to @GlennMG , I was able to figure out that I had an instance of sensory overload, and personally, I think a "stern librarian tone" was a pretty good reaction compared to how I could have reacted. Thanks, Glenn!

DoomsdaysCW, to random
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I guess the hasn't heard about , eh? Also, has been DISPROVEN! smh

IAEA: treated water release meets intl. safety standards

January 30, 2024

"The agency said in its earlier report in July that it found Japan's plan for handling the treated water to be consistent with international safety standards. It added that the discharge as planned would have a negligible radiological impact to people and the environment."


DoomsdaysCW, to Japan
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announces date for release

August 2023

"As of 8 June 2023, there were 1,335,381 cubic meters of radioactive wastewater stored in tanks, but due to the failure of the (Advanced Liquid Processing System) processing technology, approximately 70% of this water will have to be processed again. Scientists have warned that the risks from the discharges have not been fully assessed, and the biological impacts of , , , and , which will be released in the discharges, have been ignored.

"The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) endorsed Japan’s plans for discharge. However, the IAEA has failed to investigate the operation of the ALPS, has completely ignored the highly radioactive fuel debris that melted down which continues every day to contaminate ground water – nearly 1000 cubic meters every ten days. Furthermore, the discharge plan has failed to conduct a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment, as required by its international legal obligations, given that there is a risk of significant transboundary harm to neighboring countries. The IAEA is not tasked with protecting the global marine environment but it should not encourage a state to violate it."


DoomsdaysCW, to random
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Way back in the 1990s, I worked as a file clerk for 's legal department. While filing patents for inventions, I noticed the file folder for 's experiments was empty. When I asked someone about it, they told me the came and them. Pons and Fleichmann's experiments did not pan out (or so we were told), but the fact that the government can just grab potentially game-changing inventions was a bit unnerving (and then I found out about ...).

Revisiting the cold case of cold fusion

by Curtis P. Berlinguette, et al.
Published: 27 May 2019

The 1989 claim of ‘cold fusion’ was publicly heralded as the future of clean energy generation. However, subsequent failures to reproduce the effect heightened scepticism of this claim in the academic community, and effectively led to the disqualification of the subject from further study. Motivated by the possibility that such judgement might have been premature, we embarked on a multi-institution programme to re-evaluate cold fusion to a high standard of scientific rigour. Here we describe our efforts, which have yet to yield any evidence of such an effect. Nonetheless, a by-product of our investigations has been to provide new insights into highly hydrided metals and low-energy nuclear reactions, and we contend that there remains much interesting science to be done in this underexplored parameter space.


Paywall article (requires registration):

Cold fusion remains elusive—but these scientists may revive the quest

May 2019


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@RefocusOpenScience In Nikola Tesla's situation, only 60 of the 80 documented boxes were returned -- so it seems the government has 20 of them.

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