[-] SteveKLord 2 points 10 hours ago* (last edited 10 hours ago)

Yeah, that's definitely reasonable. The world doesn't need more plastic, especially if a fast-fashion company wants to utilize this.

submitted 11 hours ago by SteveKLord to c/clothing

The new textile was designed to combat the urban heat island effect, reflecting both the sun’s heat and the heat that bounces off of buildings and streets.

submitted 11 hours ago by SteveKLord to c/lunar_punk

During springtime in the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun appears on the horizon farther north each day. Annually, around June 20 or 21, this motion appears to stop in what is known as the summer solstice. During that time, the Earth’s axis is angled toward the Sun, and the intensity of sunlight on the Northern Hemisphere is greatest.

As a historian of astronomy, I am interested in the role astronomical events had on ancient people and continue to have in modern times. My ancestors lived on the Central Mexican Plateau, where for many Indigenous cultures, both past and present, the rising and setting of the Sun during equinoxes and solstices were sacred events.

submitted 1 day ago by SteveKLord to c/energy

Solar photovoltaic energy is riding the wave of the future. Gas and oil have powered the previous hundred years of economic and industrial development, but demand for solar energy is growing even faster than China’s investment in green energy. Seven massive solar energy companies in China are building enough solar power that it has begun to overtake the energy reserves of the seven largest oil companies. The largest of them, Tongwei Co., builds enough solar panels in a year to power all of Italy.

[-] SteveKLord 1 points 2 days ago

I love the enthusiasm! Anything specific planned ?

submitted 2 days ago by SteveKLord to c/lunar_punk

June 2024’s full Moon is the Strawberry Moon, and this year it coincides with the summer Solstice, which makes its appearance a little stranger — and darker — than usual. Read on to learn what’s going on with this year’s Strawberry Moon, how to get the best view, and how June’s full Moon may also have lent its name to a romantic tradition in the Middle Ages.

[-] SteveKLord 2 points 2 days ago

Thanks for this. I love Peertube but definitely find search to be something that holds it back from being more widely adopted.

[-] SteveKLord 2 points 6 days ago

Cool! I'm glad you appreciate the post and I hope you like it. Hell yeah for using your library card to stream it. Hoopla must be similar to Kanopy in that regard. Feel free to let us know what you think!

submitted 1 week ago by SteveKLord to c/fiction

A soothing solarpunk change to more bombastic sci-fi epics, After Yang is a meditative exploration of identity, life, and family in a near-future Earth.

submitted 3 weeks ago by SteveKLord to c/fiction

My Neighbour Totoro is a pretty foundational movie in the Studio Ghibli canon, beloved by generations - the mascot of the studio, even! - and admired by solarpunks. But what is it about this movie that is so inspiring? The visuals are beautiful, but what about the plot and conflict? Is there conflict? Compared to, say, the flashy plots of action films or even recent Disney animated features, can there be satisfying conflict in a story that doesn't seem to have much in the way of stakes? Or perhaps is this a different way of storytelling altogether? Ariel and Christina consider these questions and more in a discussion of My Neighbor Totoro.

[-] SteveKLord 9 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

Sounds like the acidity doesn't need to be neutralized. It's recommended here that you compost them or just mix them into the soil. When I worked in coffee shops we would compost them and then someone picked that up. Also says some plants react better to coffee grounds but you shouldn't have to apply baking soda because "Fresh coffee grounds are acidic. Used coffee grounds are neutral."

What is Dual Power? (kolektiva.media)
submitted 4 weeks ago by SteveKLord to c/breadtube

Dual Power, sometimes referred to as counter-power, is a stage in a revolutionary movement where two competing political frameworks occupy the same space. For anti-state revolutionaries this implies a significant mobilization of people organizing autonomously and outside of and against existing power structures and institutions.

In this episode of A is for Anarchy, we examine the historical origins of dual power and analyze current examples and those throughout history.

The Bonk Song (youtu.be)
submitted 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) by SteveKLord to c/music

The Bonk Song · No$hu

[-] SteveKLord 3 points 1 month ago

Excellent movie and currently free to view on Kanopy which you only a library card to sign up for.

[-] SteveKLord 2 points 1 month ago

"attracting" companies like Intel that are on the BDS boycott list is not really a good look for Linux.

submitted 2 months ago by SteveKLord to c/fiction

In this bonus chat, Ariel and Christina talk about the 1984 Studio Ghibli film - and solarpunk inspo par excellence - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Does the film live up to its significant reputation and deserve its cred? Is Nausicaä a solarpunk role model, or is this more of a princess-on-a-mission-style of legend? Tune in as we discuss this and more!

submitted 2 months ago by SteveKLord to c/solarpunktravel

The Byron Bay Railroad Company runs the world's first 100% solar-powered train. It wouldn't work everywhere - but in the bright sunshine of Australia, it might just be the right tool for the job.

More about the railroad: https://byronbaytrain.com.au/

submitted 2 months ago by SteveKLord to c/abolition

April 17 marks Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, established by the Palestinian National Council in 1974 as a day to honor the thousands of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli occupation prisons and to support their legitimate right to freedom. The date was chosen because it commemorates the release of prisoner Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi in the first prisoner exchange between the Palestinians and Israel. Accordingly, Palestinian Prisoner’s Day considers all those who have served time in prison as “icons of resistance,” thereby representing all Palestinians who have been under brutal occupation for the past 76 years.

In an interview with the New Arab, Charlotte Kates, Samidoun’s coordinator, confirmed that “Palestinians deeply value and honour the tremendous sacrifices that political prisoners have made for the liberation of their land. Each of their lives is precious to them.” She added that Palestinian prisoners are leaders of the resistance who have been detained because Israel understands that they are a threat to the settler colonial system and therefore wants to isolate them away from the world.

“From the earliest days of the Palestinian national liberation movement, imprisonment has always been a weapon used by the colonizer,” Kates confirmed, “and it has always been an inspiration for Palestinian resistance.” More than just the colonizer’s victims, she explained that prisoners are also “leaders, organizers and fighters. They organize behind bars and turn prisons into ‘revolutionary schools’ of the oppressed.” Because they are “central to the liberation movement,” their right to freedom must be part of the liberation struggle along with the isolation of Israel.

[-] SteveKLord 6 points 2 months ago

Prior to Oct 7, Gaza had one of if not the highest densities of rooftop solar panels in the world. The IOF has obviously reduced that through their bombing campaign. Hamas and being "woke" have nothing to do with this.

[-] SteveKLord 5 points 2 months ago

Thank you, that's an important distinction. I hope they can be trusted to live up to that. However it still feels l pretty problematic to bring them in and would be a lot of opting in to debate and implement. It remains a pretty big violation of user privacy and trust and it says here:

As if that weren't bad enough, preparations for the sale went poorly, and it seems large categories of Tumblr posts that weren't supposed to be sold were added to the mix anyway. That data includes:

Private posts from public accounts

Posts on deleted or suspended accounts

Unanswered asks

Private answers

Explicit posts

Posts from partner accounts, like ad campaigns where Tumblr doesn't own the rights. (Apple is specifically named here.) 
[-] SteveKLord 4 points 2 months ago

It's a bit more complex than that.

Per the report, New York homeowners with an annual income of more than $50,000 are 2.5 times more likely to have rooftop solar than those making below $50,000, as those making below $50,000 often don’t pay enough income tax to fully claim the credit. Households making less than $50,000 annually make up 24% of owner-occupied houses in New York, but have only received 5% of residential tax credit subsidies.

You are correct under ideal conditions in that

The report also found that refundable tax credits could help shorten the gap. Refundable tax credits could help up to 63% of New York’s 1.4 million “energy-burdened” households and could cut the cost of solar for the average low-income household by 48%, from $98 to $51 per month.

Unfortunately, however

Around 25% of all New York homeowners make less than $50,000 a year, the report said, but they only installed 10% of solar projects between 2010 and 2022. However, solar installation rates do not increase as homeowner income does – households making $50,000 to $100,000 have the same installation rates as households making more than $200,000.

submitted 2 months ago by SteveKLord to c/energy

Although New York has the largest of several state tax credit incentives for homeowners installing rooftop solar, the state’s “rooftop solar gap” is large, leaving many low-income residents unable to take full advantage of incentives, according to a new report from think tank Win Climate.

New York’s State Solar Tax Credit has paid for 25% of a rooftop solar installation, or $5,000 – whichever is less. The Residential Solar Tax Credit Reform Act (S3596/ A6739) made the tax credit fully refundable, with the intention of allowing low-income homeowners and residents to benefit, and increased the tax credit amount to $10,000.

The report, Closing NY’s Rooftop Solar Gap, aimed to analyze how many New York residents have utilized the State Solar Tax Credit, and how the Residential Solar Tax Credit Reform Act could impact the cost of solar for low-income residents. The “rooftop solar gap” is the difference in rooftop solar installation rates between households making more and less than $50,000 per year.

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