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Denny Henke
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Experimenting with ways to live a low impact life in a tiny house the woods. Graphic and web design at Beardy Guy Creative . I often write about: Apple and the iPadClimate EmergencyThe current atrocities being committed by the US and Israel

Living on the traditional territory of: O-ga-xpa Ma-zhoⁿ (O-ga-xpa) (Quapaw), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo)
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They're really showing the world who they are. They're proud of their dehumanization of Palestinians and their war crimes. There's no shame for them, just pride in their deliberate acts of cruelty.

Reuters reports that Israeli army forces strapped a wounded Palestinian man to the hood of a military jeep during an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on Saturday.

According to the family of Azmi, there was an arrest raid, and he was injured during the raid, and when the family asked for an ambulance, the army took Mujahed, strapped him on the hood and drove off.

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@aeryn I believe I have watched that film close to ten times. And as it's been a couple of years I suspect I will watch it again in the next day or so! So, yes, agreed!

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Pundits in 2023-2024: Siri is terrible and must be fixed. Also, Apple is behind in AI and must do something! Apple at WWDC 2024: We're fixing Siri which is now powered by Apple Intelligence, our in-house LLM which will also help you edit your local text with suggestions when requested. Pundits: But, wai... beardystarstuff.net
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‘Multiple disasters all in one day’: New Mexico’s brutal week of fire and flood | The Guardian

It’s part of a troubling trend. By Rye’s tally, the number of state-declared disasters in New Mexico has quadrupled since 2019. “We are seeing an increase in the impacts to our state in various ways and it has become increasingly challenging over the last couple of years,” she said. “And we are not out of the clear yet.”

The threats are only going to rise as the world continues to warm.

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UN Human Rights Commission: Israel's is among most Criminal Armies in the World, Clear intention of forcible Dislocation

“What I do have expertise in and what I do have authority to do is make assessments of criminal conduct. And we’ve done that in relation to the recent events and you can see that in the report. And the only conclusion you can draw is that the Israeli army is one of the most criminal armies in the world.”

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Youth Activists Score Huge Climate Win in Hawaii – Mother Jones

Hawaii officials have announced a “groundbreaking” legal settlement with a group of young climate activists, which they said will force the state’s Department of Transportation to move more aggressively towards a zero-emission transportation system.

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Mehdi Hasan's latest is important for anyone that may not have a grasp of the role AIPAC is playing in pushing US politics further and further to the right.

“We need to talk about AIPAC” - YouTube

In Mehdi Hasan's latest monologue, he unpacks how and why AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, one of the most powerful lobbying group in the US, is spending record amounts of money to topple - not for the first time - a pro-Palestinian Congressman.

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Climate activists, Stonehenge and art: it's about protecting humanity's heritage. But, also, it's about prompting the public to consider and debate: what is the common heritage of humanity?

Let's talk about Stonehenge and PR campaigns - YouTube

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The plump seed heads of a grass meadow and a dew covered daisy were bathed in sunlight along my walk today. Soundtrack provided by Wood Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Northern Paula, White-eyed Vireo, Ovenbird and some bull frogs!

A close-up image of seed heads of grass, likely foxtail. Behind the grass is a mix of plants in a meadow lit by morning sun. The sun is in the top center of the image with blue sky in the background A close-up image morning dew drops on a white daisy with yellow center. Grass can be seen in the background.
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@manton Thanks!! Got it!

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@manton I did but I'm not seeing anything in my in the specified account settings. username is denny_henke

I do see Threads now in my Micro.blog account crossposting but nothing in Threads>Settings>Account>Website Permissions

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More than 1,000 hajj pilgrims die amid temperatures approaching 52C in Mecca | Hajj | The Guardian

The death toll from this year’s hajj has exceeded 1,000, with more than half of the victims unregistered worshippers who performed the pilgrimage in extreme heat in Saudi Arabia.

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Well Beyond the U.S., Heat and Climate Extremes Are Hitting Billions - The New York Times

Between May 2023 and May 2024, an estimated 6.3 billion people, or roughly 4 out of 5 people in the world, lived through at least a month of what in their areas were considered abnormally high temperatures, according to a recent analysis by Climate Central, a scientific nonprofit.

The damage to human health, agriculture and the global economy is just beginning to be understood.

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LOL, you think it's costing a lot now? Just wait.

Climate disasters around U.S. are costing Americans billions - YouTube

NBC News’ Bill Karins details how intense weather around the country is wreaking financial havoc. The data from the weather agency shows the country might be on track to match or even pass the cost of 28 individual billion dollar weather disasters last year.

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@jamesrh Well now, that's a beautiful sunrise!

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@manton denny_henke

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The sights and sounds of a morning walk. Birds songs identified as: Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Parula, White-eyed Vireo, Northern Cardinal, Yellow-breasted Chat and Acadian Flycatcher.

A close-up image of seed heads of grass, likely foxtail. Behind the grass is a mix of plants in a meadow lit by morning sun. The sun is in the top right corner of the image and the longest ray of light seems to bend as it crosses over the top of the seed head. Trees and a hint of blue sky are in the background of the meadow Morning sunlight streams through the branches of trees falling on a gravel road in the near distance. The rays of light contrast against a dark green background of trees that form most of the background of the image.
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@flo ❤️😍❤️

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A beautiful yellow slime mold! I love the details of the little ruffles and the threads attaching to the leaves.

Yellow slime mold growing on fallen brown leaves. The yellow mold viewed close up is ruffled and where it is growing onto the leaves it creates a network of threads. Yellow slime mold growing on fallen brown leaves. The yellow mold viewed close up is ruffled and where it is growing onto the leaves it creates a network of threads.
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@Miraz Ha! Agreed. I think Klingon would be great.

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@JohnBrady @annahavron Oh I love the subversion, these are great ideas!

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Louisiana to require the 10 Commandments displayed in every public school classroom : NPR

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana has become the first state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every public school classroom, the latest move from a GOP-dominated Legislature pushing a conservative agenda under a new governor.

The legislation that Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signed into law on Wednesday requires a poster-sized display of the Ten Commandments in “large, easily readable font” in all public classrooms, from kindergarten to state-funded universities.

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There's a lot of confusion and contradiction in the recent back and forth between Netanyahu and Blinken on restrictions of weapons shipments to Israel. Biden has denied that he is withholding weapons and, in fact, is pushing against some in his own party:

Biden has pressed forward with aid despite opposition from within his own Democratic party, where progressives have accused Israel of committing genocide in a war that has now killed more than 37,000 Palestinians.

Meanwhile as US claims that Israel supports the ceasefire deal that is being negotiated Netanyahu pledges to “finish the job”.

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@manton Yes but he continues sending the weapons doesn't he? With virtually no restriction or pause. Just one of the many stories recently. He's doing it in the open.

I've not simplified the war. On the contrary, I'm paying very close to the details everyday via a range of respected sources. And that includes the details of the "peace deal", the details of the "aid avenues", etc. The inconvenient truth is that he's saying one thing publicly but the details, if one chooses to actually look, reveal that the public statements contradict much of the diplomacy.

There are people simplifyng the war, it's not me.

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Multimedia exploration of Juneteenth:

Juneteenth | National Museum of African American History and Culture

On June 19, 1865, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln emancipated enslaved Africans in America, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas with news of freedom. More than 250,000 African Americans embraced freedom by executive decree in what became known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day. With the principles of self-determination, citizenship, and democracy magnifying their hopes and dreams, those Texans held fast to the promise of true liberty for all.

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Up First briefing: Why Juneteenth is for all Americans : NPR

It commemorates the day federal troops arrived to enforce The Emancipation Proclamation in Texas some two years after it was issued. More broadly, though, it celebrates the end of chattel slavery. To my mind, it celebrates the beginning of true freedom because — as moral philosophers have long known — no one is free until everyone is because oppression ensnares the oppressor as well as the oppressed. Anyone who has ever been in a toxic relationship knows that.

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A practical guide to building community resilience. Ordered.

Lifehouse: Taking Care of Ourselves in a World on Fire | Verso Books

In this book Adam Greenfield, author of Radical Technologies, recovers lessons from the Black Panther survival programs, the astonishingly effective Occupy Sandy disaster-relief effort and the solidarity networks of crisis-era Greece, as well as municipalist Spain and autonomous Rojava, to show how practices of mutual care and local power can help shelter us from a future that often feels like it has no place for us or the values we cherish.

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@darby3 @ndreas Yep, all the time!

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"Everyone has seen, this can actually undo everything else that you have in your life." - Daniel Gallas

From the BBC's Global Story Podcast: Is Brazil's flood catastrophe a climate warning?

It shouldn't be framed as a question because it's obvious. Yes. The answer is yes.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has declared it a "climate catastrophe". Officials are writing off whole neighbourhoods – telling residents these places can never be made safe.

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@manton If he get's my vote it will be despite my disgust of his support of genocide and only because the alternative is an outright fascist. History will show that Israel has committed war crimes, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Given his very long support of Israel and ongoing willingness to support them with the weapons they are using at this moment to commit the crimes, I suspect that history will not show him in a favorable light.

I continue to be dumbfounded at so many Americans' willingness to look the other way. If anything what it's made clear is that a predominately white middle class America is deeply fearful of loosing what they have. There doesn't really seem to be a moral or ethical framework for middle class America other that fear of loss of their position and priviledge. And within that it comes down to being in quiet support of a system deeply rooted in a history of white supremacy and which is still an active expression of that white supremacy. We don't talk about it but that doesn't negate its reality. It's the core of our ongoing national/domestic violence, our willingness to export violence via foreign policy and war profiteering, etc.

It's all so much bigger than a comment to a blog post so I'll stop there.

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@patrickrhone Oh, good question. I suppose I'm simplistic in my thinking about it and the thoughts I'll provide won't be all that satisfying or helpful. I'm laughing at myself as I write this but in truth, I approach this from the how do we communicate to a six year old. Which is to say, my thinking about it simplistic an that way: it's somewhat childish because it goes to the heart of basic human decency if there is such a thing.

For me it's not about deep thinking or calculation but basic fairness and being blunt about it. Parents claim to love their children and grand children. Most(?) humans want to think of themselves as fair and decent. We tell ourselves stories about being good and moral.

In this case, the hard, razor truth is that we are all helping one another, through a commitment to collective "sin". We'll all go ahead and do the wrong thing together so we can dillute our guilt. We can pretend that there is nothing to be done. We let ourselves put our individual contribution to the problem and our responsibility for the fix into the collective pool, asserting that the responsibility falls to politics, to something outside of our control. Something we can't be held accountable for.

In short, we're all engaging in a shared lie because it's convenient. Because we think we can dillute or pretend away our guilt.

Long thinking, in the context of the climate emergency, is what I would call a basic human respect for future humanity. For our children and grandchildren. It's actively and honestly reckoning with the future world we are making for them today.

The truth is we've made mistakes, lots of little mistakes that were easy to make because they were the simple little things of culture, the gradual build up of lifestyles that just seemed normal to do. And I'm speaking here of those of us in the US and the "developed" North of the world. The "good" life, the American Dream: the house, the picket fence, the cars, etc, the material elemens that were woven into the fabric of daily life, that have come to be our "necessities".

At some point along the way we began to demote the roles of fairness, common good and health in our shared vision of what constituted a "good life". We set aside any commitment to real and meaningful public health. It was a tricky messy process because large scale human society is complicated. The weaving of culture-making is complicated. The interactions happen in so many overlapping layers and processes (within processes) grossly simplified as politics, economics, education, religion, etc.

But along the way we traded current and future health for the sugary goods being offered by capitalism. We allowed our common culture to tilt away from asking questions about the future. We gradually gave up our responsibilites as public citizens in exchange for private consumerism and in so doing created a vacuum in the decision making process we call democracy which was filled by the interests of capital in the form of professional lobbies.

To return to the sharp point, the decent thing to do is to care about the future of our fellow humans and to reckon honestly with what our way of living has done. We own it because it's the right thing to do. It's not about a payoff. It's not about what we get out of it. The deal is we reckon with the pain and suffering we've caused to others in the world today. The deal is we reckon with teh pain and suffering we've caused to all future humans.

That's the simple deal and the honest reckoning.

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Just a glimpse of the incredible suffering that is already being endured by those that live in the Global South. The majority of the human population have not created the climate emergency that they bear the brunt of.

All of us in the U.S. are a part of the top 10%, our lifestyles are causing this suffering. We may not realize it but our day-to-day energy use is the cause of this suffering.

We must change how we live. Now.

In May 2024 there was more record-breaking heat across the globe.

Parts of Southeast Asia, because of geographical location, suffered particularly-extreme temperatures.

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Israel's plan:

  • Bomb Gaza into rubble
  • Continue the violence and land theft in the West Bank

So, the complete removal of all Palestinians. Genocide.

Israel Plots West Bank Settlement Expansion as More States Recognize Palestine | Truthout

The announcement comes amid an unprecedented wave of settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.

Top Israeli officials on Sunday discussed plans to expand illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank as an act of retaliation against countries that recently joined the majority of the international community in recognizing Palestinian statehood.

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50,000 Children in Gaza Need to Be Treated for Acute Malnutrition, UNRWA Says | Truthout

Israel’s near-total blockade of humanitarian aid has pushed tens of thousands of children in Gaza to the point of requiring medical treatment for starvation and malnutrition, the UN reported on Saturday.

According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), there are currently over 50,000 children in Gaza who need to be treated for acute malnutrition — or nearly a tenth of Gaza’s population of children.

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It's getting much worse and will keep getting worse.

A war on children.

UNICEF Decries Israel's "War on Children" as Starvation & Deaths Mount in Gaza - YouTube UNICEF spokesperson James Elder in Rafah:

"The physical and psychological exhaustion they face is almost impossible to capture," he says, characterizing Israel's offensive as "a war on children."

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Excellent practical advice for the necessary adaptions to the climate emergency. But it's important to remember that adaption is much easier for the wealthier nations of the Global North.

Extreme heat is getting worse. Can we learn to live with it? | The Excerpt - YouTube

May 2024 marked the twelfth straight month of record-high temperatures for the planet. Here in the U.S., temperatures across the country are likely to break records again this summer, increasing health risks to those spending long periods outdoors – from construction workers to migrants illegally crossing the border.

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@jagibson ❤️😍🥰

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@samjc Given your interests I think you'll like the episode as well as the general mission of the podcast. As far as podcasts that cover climate and energy I think it's one of the best.

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@jabel Well said. I'm currently reading Becky Chambers' book, A Prayer for the Crown Shy and there are similar threads coming up. Same for the first book in the series, A Psalm for the Wild-Built. If you've not read I suspect you would like both.

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@numericcitizen @pcora Yeah, I'm with you and had the same reaction. Perhaps I'm a weirdo but I actually thought the images Apple were sharing were pretty adorable even the one being referred to as SLOP. I honestly don't know why everyone is hating on that image.

I know in his recent podcast he made a high-minded point of stating that when they need images for MacStories they pay an artist/designer. Okay, great for you guy, you run a successful, for-profit website. But, ah, you know, there are a lot of use cases out in the world where people who are not publishing a for-profit websites could use images like this. The possible use cases are limitless.

And I'll assume that since he's taking the stance that Apple should not be using the open web to train it's models he will abstain from using all the features they are offering based on that training?

I don't understand the problem. Maybe I don't understand the process but it seems like Apple and others are using the data to create/train the models that I think of as brains that have learned to think from the billions of pages they have digested.

The main problem I have is the intensive energy consumption and at least with Apple, based on their climate commitments, I'll be able to use the features with the understanding that Apple's AI is the most climate friendly option.

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@johnvoorhees But, wait. It's cool that you all commission human artists/designers for your for-profit business as Federico mentioned in a recent episode. What about a blogger that just wants an image for a post? A student doing a school assignment or a kid creating a party invite?

There are many times someone isn't in a position to hire a graphic artist. This is a nice upgrade from clip art in Pages, no? Given Apple's pledges, this would also be the better climate option over others options.

This seems like a mix of discussions and issues being all muddied together. Might be helpful in your coverage to tease them out into separate threads.

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@7robots I was at university in Missouri and they came through our town around 1990. I was lucky enough to meet a couple of them and then attend their show - the beginning of many years of listening! One of my all-time favorites and I listen to them often to this day😍🥰

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@dwalbert Moss 😍🥰❤️

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@jabel Love this! Soundtrack for this post, two songs by Poi Dog Pondering: Fact of Life and Bury me Deep!

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@adders Yes, more useful while being far less harmful to the climate. Given the focus on local processing, much of it would seem to have no climate impact at all other than the energy used to run the local device.

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@jabel So true!

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@ArnoldHoogerwerf Yes, there was something so sweet about that simple daily gesture of his. ☺️