I was gonna spend an hour on this and then I spent my whole day on this long thing nobody's going to read.
But here's some more musing on "systems lisp" things, whatever the hell that means: "A Guile Steel smelting pot" https://dustycloud.org/blog/guile-steel-smelting-pot/
On this day in 1983, socialist revolutionary Thomas Sankara became president of Burkina Faso at the age of 33. He only lasted 4 years because he was killed in a military coup suspected to be backed by the US and France.
Sankara won the love of his people because of his socialist programs and economic prosperity, his confrontation with the national elite, Western imperialism and neo-colonialism.
In those 4 short years he:
• Vaccinated 2.5 million children against meningitis, yellow fever, and measles in weeks.
• Initiated a nationwide literacy campaign, increasing the literacy rate from 13% in 1983 to 73% in 1987.
• Redistributed land from the feudal landlords and gave it directly to the peasants.
• Appointed women to senior positions, encouraged them to work, and granted pregnancy leave during education.
• Called for a united front of African nations to repudiate their foreign debt, arguing the poor and exploited did not have an obligation to repay money to the rich and exploiting.
When I think about climate change, I think about the Great Stink.
By 1830, London was the largest, richest city in the world. But the city's waste management systems had not changed appreciably since medieval times. Most human waste was handled quite simply: it was just dumped into the River Thames.
The result was a slow-growing crisis that lasted three decades. Cholera outbreaks (from drinking tainted water, though nobody understood that then) periodically wracked the city, killing tens of thousands. The stench from the river gradually grew worse and worse, making life in riverside districts increasingly intolerable. The government was too hesitant to take dramatic action, though; it tried instead to mitigate the problem, by pouring lime into the river to cut the stench.
It all came to a head in the summer of 1858. A dry spell caused the level of the river to drop, leaving the banks coated with mounds of what the newspapers delicately called "impure matter." The stench was so bad that it became known as "the Great Stink." Parliament, whose halls were right on the river, could not conduct business. The smell in the chambers was so strong that all the curtains were soaked in chloride of lime to try and block it. (It didn't work.)
Parliament was now faced with a simple, stark choice: do something to clean up the river, or move itself out of London altogether. Members seriously discussed relocating to Oxford and St. Albans, but in the end, they decided to act. Municipal engineer Joseph Bazalgette was authorized to build a network of new sewers, at the then-staggering cost of £3 million, to be paid for by taxing every London household three pennies for the next 40 years.
Bazalgette's sewers solved the problem. They solved it so well they're still in use today. But democratic government had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making them happen. Only when the problem made their own lives intolerable did they finally act.
How all this relates to climate change, I shall leave as an exercise for the reader.
Twitter is down globally now, and this is exactly why I think everyone should at least learn the *basics* of HTML and have their own website.
I know I'm preaching to the choir given the vibes of this town, but still.
(some) Hills I'm willing to die on:
- People should have their own websites
- Everything would be better if we focused urban planning around bike and public transport infrastructure
@gargron No! That’s my point — we expect people to contort themselves to fit the computer, but it should be the computer contorting itself to fit them.
The more “computer literacy” people have to have to use a computer safely and productively, the more we have failed to put the person before the tool.
@EU_Commission These claims go entirely against the consensus in the field.
The projected growth in AI, blockchain, IoT will lead to a massive rise in emissions, not a reduction. And contrary to your claim, none of these technologies is essential in reducing emissions.
Quantum Computing is unlikely to be mainstream by 2050 and has currently no promise of energy efficiency. There are much more promising compute technologies. Space-based services cause emissions in the upper atmosphere which leads to additional warming of those layers, making global warming worse.
Please check with experts before posting things like this.(fwiw, I am an expert in low-carbon and sustainable computing so green & digital transition is my area)
Starting my day off with this tune. "Fisherman's Blues" from The Waterboys:
MNT Pocket Reform is coming!
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Ana Dantas returned for industrial design. The snazzy 3D art was done by Philipp Broemme. Illustrations by Anri Hennies.
Gilles Deleuze -- Postscript on the societies of control https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/gilles-deleuze-postscript-on-the-societies-of-control.pdf
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