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  1. Feb 2023
    1. “AquaSalina is 400-million-year-old ancient seawater from the Silurian Age” that “contains a perfect natural balance of chlorides uniquely suited for snow and ice management,”

      “...We recycle and repurpose this natural water to a higher purpose.”

    2. In fact, thanks to a single exemption the industry received from the EPA in 1980, the streams of waste generated at oil-and-gas wells — all of which could be radioactive and hazardous to humans — are not required to be handled as hazardous waste. In 1988, the EPA assessed the exemption — called the Bentsen and Bevill amendments, part of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act — and claimed that “potential risk to human health and the environment were small,” even though the agency found concerning levels of lead, arsenic, barium, and uranium, and admitted that it did not assess many of the major potential risks. Instead, the report focused on the financial and regulatory burdens, determining that formally labeling the “billions of barrels of waste” as hazardous would “cause a severe economic impact on the industry.” Effectively, the EPA determined that in order for oil-and-gas to flourish, its hazardous waste should not be defined as hazardous.
    3. While the risk of exposure to radioactive elements in some phases of our operations is low, Shell has strict, well-developed safety procedures in place to monitor for radioactivity as well as a comprehensive list of safety protocols should radioactivity be detected.”

      double-speak. "radiation exposure is low, actually"

    4. The extent of any health impacts are unknown, mostly because there hasn’t been enough testing. Many doctors just aren’t aware of the risks.

      Literally insane that something this dangerous and ubiquitous is something fucking health officials aren't aware of.

    5. “If I had a beaker of that on my desk and accidentally dropped it on the floor, they would shut the place down,” says Yuri Gorby, a microbiologist who spent 15 years studying radioactivity with the Department of Energy. “And if I dumped it down the sink, I could go to jail.”

      Of the brine from the OH, PA, WV, NY area, the brine Peter trucks.

    6. the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires industrial discharges to remain below 60 for each. Four of Peter’s samples registered combined radium levels above 3,500, and one was more than 8,500.

      Amounts are in units of picocuries.

      radium-226 emits mostly alpha-particles (2 protons, 2 neutrons)

    7. It was the first time Peter had heard any mention of the brine being radioactive.

      Peter began this job in 2014. He learns the waste he trucks is radioactive in 2017, after three years working more than full-time. Also note: he was not directly told he was working with radioactive material, another worker mentioned it after a seemingly random radiation check.

  2. Jul 2021
    1. consumer friendly

      Including the "consumer" here is a red herring. We're meant to identify as the consumer and so take from this statement that our rights and best interests have been written into these BigTech-crafted laws.

      But a "consumer" is different from a "citizen," a "person," we the people.

    2. passage in March of a consumer data privacy law in Virginia, which Protocol reported was originally authored by Amazon

      From the article:

      Marsden and Virginia delegate Cliff Hayes held meetings with other large tech companies, including Microsoft; financial institutions, including Capital One; and non-profit groups and small businesses...

      Which all have something at stake here: the ability to monitor people and mine their data in order to sell it.

      Weak privacy laws give the illusion of privacy while maintaining the corporate panopticon.

    3. consumers would have to opt out of rather than into tracking

      Example of a dark pattern.

  3. Jun 2021
    1. authority is proportional to property

      these words are particularly haunting in context of the future of the internet/the world wide web in general. The point of the web was to democratize knowledge and spark a drive towards a more egalitarian world in general. That dream has died with social media, but it was never their explicitly stated goal to establish and maintain hierarchies: Zuckerberg at least feigned alignment with the anarchist hacker who first roamed the web.

      This blatant call to enforce hierarchies of "wealth" in the digital sphere as well is alarming.

    2. Yarvin, out of ignorance or for rhetorical purposes, does not seem to recognize how ownership is a power relation.

      It seems more likely that Yarvin simply believes most of his readers are too dull to know he's being facetious. This argument was delivered with a nod and a wink

    3. Urbit, as a P2P project, is a fundamentally social and thus incorporates ideas about how people should be organized, Yarvin’s politics should be considered as something that influences his design decisions and his long-term vision for the project
    4. Many people in tech still believe that technology can be divorced from its creators

      While a technology's creator(s) wield an enormous influence over its development, policies and how those policies are enforced, and use this power to kowtow to shareholders, this belief is naive at best, duplicitous at worst.

  4. Mar 2021
    1. Not only are these websites breaking my trust—when I visit your website, I entered into contact with you, not 80 other websites—but they are loading content from websites neither know nor trust. Some of which have been know to spread malware.

      The contract of a healthy community: basic respect for one another.

    1. it’s crucial to understand that these mental states are inherently different. As we do our work, we are either in a decision-making mindset, or in a mindset of creation and intuition

      I don't believe this to be true. While I was an experimental physicist, I relied on my creativity to conduct my experiments, which naturally required my logical side.

      As a painter the inverse is true: I make decisions, I plan things logically all while immersed in my creative process.

      Science and art aren't opposites of one another. The world is not black and white and the two feed and fertilize one another.

    1. “She’s crafting a language and I could create a visual from those ideas.”

      An example of being inspired by a work and reinterpreting it

    1. And then the other techniques I do, sometimes they come from something that I really liked and then I try to crack the recipe and try to see how they were done. So I’m also very interested in the knowledge that is embedded in specific techniques.

      This is a scientific process. Art is (or should I say can be) a scientific process. The dichotomy of artist and scientist is artificial. I know first hand how much of a creative process good science is.

    1. glyphs


      1. a pictograph or hieroglyph.
      2. a sculptured figure or relief carving.
    2. it was a slow process but I feel like I’ve put in a lot of time and effort to create that community for myself

      Something I hadn't thought about before: you don't have to find a community to join, you can create your own

    1. Connecting with each other and having conversations is how we build new and different worlds.

      Imagining new futures cannot and should not be a solitary practice. If those futures are to ever have a chance of becoming reality they must be imagined together.

    2. I’ve paid the residency and submission fees. And I’ve come to realize that this only feeds the beast. By capitulating to an extractive system, our actions harm all artists

      Join artist cooperatives, artist-run galleries, etc.

    3. pay-to-submit art shows

      I had no idea this was standard practice. This should be abolished immediately. Meritocracy indeed

    4. When applied to art making, the premise of the side hustle is that it is not productive to make art if it is not in the service of profit.

      Going further: why does everything need to be productive?

    5. I thought the only option for me was to find a way to combine creativity and earning money.

      This thinking has led to a disturbing trend of monetizing hobbies. Even pleasure must become work in capitalism.

    6. reject the ethos of the side hustle

      Yes!!! Fuck side hustles, fuck hustle culture, fuck workingafter hours, fuck tying your identity to your job and nothing else.

    7. We are told this system is a meritocracy, where the most talented and hardworking people are granted entrance to the top 1% of earners

      The myth of meritocracy is perpetuated to justify wealth disparity and to convince workers to work harder and longer for less money (hustle culture). The latter appears to benefit the worker in the long run with the promise that hard work is always rewarded with wealth, but in actuality only the capitalist benefits. Cheap, enthusiastic labor.

    8. those lost wages are made up for by a sense of passion and personal fulfillment.

      "you're getting paid in exposure"

    1. the business ideology of short-term gain without regard for human consequences, in accord with the vile maxim.

      Reminder: vile maxim is "all for ourselves and nothing for other people"

    1. Andrew Schapiro, a lawyer for Google, argued the company’s privacy policy “expressly discloses” its practices.

      So disingenuous. People expect private browsing mode to be, well, private and for that session data not to be stored.

      It's well known most people do not take the time to try to parse the intentially opaque legalese of privacy agreements.

    2. forced Google in one notable case to disclose its scanning of emails to build profiles and target advertising

      Why do users accept this enormous invasion of privacy? Is it really worth finding new things to buy?

    1. The data breach was carried out by an international hacker collective and intended to show the pervasiveness of video surveillance and the ease with which systems could be broken into

      I hope this helps to turn the tide against this surveillance capitalist hellscape we live in

    2. “There are many legitimate reasons to have surveillance inside of a company,” Galperin added. “The most important part is to have the informed consent of your employees. Usually this is done inside the employee handbook, which no one reads.”

      We must work together to cultivate a culture of transparency and openness. Stop try to pull one over on employees and coworkers!!

    3. Kottmann said their reasons for hacking are “lots of curiosity, fighting for freedom of information and against intellectual property, a huge dose of anti-capitalism, a hint of anarchism -- and it’s also just too much fun not to do it.”


    4. Our internal security team and external security firm

      Is it standard practice for an obstensibly security-focused company to outsource security work?

  5. Jan 2021
    1. a processthat is quite often colonial in character.

      Another example of how closely bound capitalism and colonization is.

    2. planetary boundaries

      what are these?