[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 17 points 2 hours ago

rat-salute-2 Critical support to the IDF in their war against the IDF. That must have saved thousands of lives.

[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 9 points 2 hours ago* (last edited 2 hours ago)

Then they end up in a nursing home that understaffs and rations wet wipes to save money. shrug-outta-hecks

edit: And that specific one I'm thinking of charged $3700/month for the cheapest bed with 1:20-1:60 nurse:patient ratios.

[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 17 points 23 hours ago

dont make fun of me my mom says i gotta wear this to church

[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 4 points 1 day ago

I didn't bother asking her what timescale those background climate cycles happen on versus the rate of climate change that's occurred in her lifetime. Fully gave up on pretending she's a serious person worth speaking to.

[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 22 points 2 days ago

Death to America, Death to Israel, death to every complicit "journalist". Thank you social fascists for saying we could push Biden left if we voted for him this one time.

This concludes my TED Talk.


spoilerThe White House has pushed back against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claims that the US is withholding weapons and ammunition from Israel, hours after he lashed out at the Biden administration.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed an ongoing pause remained on one particular shipment of bombs, echoing comments from Secretary of State Antony Blinken hours beforehand, but she insisted no other weapons were being withheld.

"We genuinely do not know what he's talking about," Ms Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.

In a video in English earlier on Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu rebuked the US, saying he had told Mr Blinken it was “inconceivable” that weapons and ammunition had been withheld "in the past few months".

"America’s closest ally, fighting for its life," he said of Israel.

In the video, Mr Netanyahu said he had spoken to Mr Blinken about delays and that the secretary of state had assured him he was "working day and night to remove the bottlenecks".

At a press conference in Washington, Mr Blinken confirmed the administration was continuing to hold back consignment of bombs from Israel over concerns about their use in urban areas of Gaza, but that the issue remained under review.

He faced repeated questions from reporters over exactly what he had told Mr Netanyahu, but he wouldn't be drawn on what he called a diplomatic conversation.

Last month, a senior administration official confirmed to the BBC that the delivery of thousands of 2000lb and other bombs had been paused - the first delay of US munitions to Israel.

The US is by far Israel's biggest source of weapons and ammunition. By law, it provides Israel with $3.8bn (£3bn) of military aid each year. The US Congress last month passed a bill providing a further $14bn of military support.

And the Biden administration will move forward with another major arms sale to Israel that includes 50 F-15 fighter jets worth more than $18bn, US media report, after two key Democratic holdouts signed off.

The deal, first reported by the Washington Post, had been stalled by the objections of Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland and congressman Gregory Meeks of New York.

"Any issues or concerns Chair Cardin had were addressed through our ongoing consultations with the Administration," said a spokesman for Senator Cardin in a statement to the BBC.

"That’s why he felt it appropriate to allow this case to move forward."

Senator Cardin, a vocal supporter of Israel and the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, did not express those concerns publicly.

Mr Meeks, whose office has been contacted for comment, had been outspoken about his opposition to the sale, citing concerns over Israel's conduct in its war against Hamas. Mr Meeks is the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"I don't want the kinds of weapons that Israel has to be utilised, to have more death," he said in an interview with CNN in April.

But after months of delay, and mounting pressure from the Biden administration, both Mr Cardin and Mr Meeks ultimately signed off on the transaction several weeks ago, the Post reported.

In his statement, Senator Cardin's spokesman Eric Harris said the sale to Israel had gone through the "regular review process".

Once the consultation process with Congress is complete, the state department can take the next step of officially notifying Congress of the sale.

If approved, it would be one of the largest arms transactions with Israel since the war began in October.

President Joe Biden has faced growing concerns within his own party over Israel's handling of the war, and the United States' continued military support.

Republicans meanwhile have continued to criticise the delay of the shipment of weapons to Israel. Congressman Russell Fry of South Carolina last month called the weapons holdup "reprehensible", writing on X that "the United States must stand with Israel. Period".

The Israeli military launched a campaign in Gaza to destroy Hamas in response to an unprecedented attack on southern Israel on 7 October, during which about 1,200 people were killed and 251 others were taken hostage.

More than 37,340 people have been killed in Gaza since then, according to the territory's Hamas-run health ministry.

[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 17 points 2 days ago

Touching grass, great. Absolutely do not talk to people though. The olds are not okay.

[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 14 points 2 days ago

She started off by saying she was a nurse and couldn't work in medicine anymore. I was excited to get off the topic of bikers should die and almost said that I also worked in medicine and couldn't do it anymore because the commodification of healthcare made me feel like a vampire. Nope, just the vaccine. meemaw gun-hubris

[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 46 points 2 days ago

I've had two boomers walk up and gleefully describe how they want to kill two different wild animals with two different methods. Just like randomly telling a horticulturist that thinking I'd agree with the most sociopathic thing they could think to say.


There's this meemaw who always spends her mornings walking around a local park. She'll pick up cigarette butts and fish hooks, trim bushes, just whatever needs doing. Apparently an 11 year tradition for her.

Today she stopped me to chat for the first time as I was picking up some fishing line. We had a nice little conversation about how important it is to protect birds and how poorly the city does so. I was just about to describe how much I also care about the local wildlife and how important stewardship is.

Within two minutes she's pointing at a bike lane and asks me if I support that. I say "Yeah, I commute on it and it's a lot safer than it used to be". She launches into a rant about how one bike can cause a 4 mile traffic jam and she wishes they'd tear out all of the bike lanes. We have a visible air pollution layer from car exhaust being trapped by the local topography, making the air so dangerous that her demographic is specifically warned against going outside for most of the summer. Okay.

Next came climate change. When she was a kid in the 40s they taught civics. Now kids are just told what to think. The climate changes cyclically and we've found fish fossils in Wyoming. People are so afraid of a perfectly natural cycle. She doesn't care if they're liberal, conservative, whatever. They're taught social studies instead of civics and it makes them believe in stuff like this.

Then vaccines. She was a nurse and couldn't work in medicine these days with that COVID vaccine shit they're forcing on young people like me. It doesn't even work and they fire nurses if they don't get it. She wishes she could get all the nurses together and collectively bargain because they can't fire everyone for refusing to get the vaccine. She's 84.

Sometimes I see a nice old person doing something good for their community and for a brief second I think "that's probably not a rabid reactionary who wants to spend their last years salting the earth". Then they speak and I remember that this is the Burger Reich. Death to America.

[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 22 points 3 days ago

soypoint-1 [ultra-wealthy movie man endorses genocide against starving children] soypoint-2

The Old Yeller Caucus will really inspire the youth vote.

[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 6 points 3 days ago

Even if you don't understand Skibidi Biden, he brings hope to millions who are afraid about the state of our democracy. So many young people have been dissuaded from voting by hearing Skibidi Trump say "Joe is doing Hitler's actions".

[-] happybadger@hexbear.net 22 points 3 days ago

I just wish the creator of Skibidi toilet could learn from Skibidi Biden and make it educational. Edit the videos so that it only says "Trump is using Hitler's language". That will help the kids.


Our understanding of intelligence is always growing, but recent research has thrown a fascinating curveball: we're discovering that plants are intelligent too. Though they might not look like creatures we typically describe as intelligent, plants can store information, solve problems, and develop complex social networks. This week, Adam sits with Zoë Shlanger, author of The Light Eaters: How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth, to explore this galaxy-brain concept of plant intelligence and what it means for how we see all life and our place in the world.


The French are famously good at protesting – and it looks like they might be staging a more, er, unusual protest in Paris this summer.

Locals are clearly not too pleased about the government’s €1.4 billion scheme to clean up the River Seine for the 2024 Olympics. In fact, the French are so unhappy with this plan that they’re threatening to defecate into the iconic river.

Officials are intending to use the Seine for the Olympics, with triathlon and open-water swimming events planned to take place in the river. However, there are widespread concerns that the river is not safe to swim in due to contaminated water. Recent tests have found that samples of water from the Seine still contain E.coli.

Swimming in the Seine has been illegal since 1923, though it seems things are changing with French President, Emmanuel Macron, and Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, promising to dive in before the Games this summer.

News that their President will be taking a dip in the Seine has prompted the French to devise a plan to protest against what they see as wasteful spending on the cleaning scheme. The #JeChieDansLaSeineLe23Juin hashtag, which translates to ‘I poop in the Seine on June 23’, has been trending on social media. If it goes ahead, protestors plan to defecate in the river before the politicians and Olympians venture in.

It’s fair to say the sentiment of locals towards the upcoming Olympic Games is mixed. Many Parisians are planning to leave the city, and news last year that the Seine’s famous bouquinistes will have to temporarily shut was not well received (though that decision has since been reversed).

Who’d have thought taking a dip in the river could be so dung-erous?


spoilerUS regulators are investigating after an incident in which a Boeing 737 Max 8 flown by Southwest Airlines rocked side to side while in air, in a potentially dangerous movement known as a "Dutch roll".

It is one of two new inquiries involving Boeing planes that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently confirmed.

The agency is also involved after Boeing reported learning of potentially falsified documents used to certify titanium used in its planes.

The issues have emerged at a time when the safety record of Boeing planes is under intense scrutiny.

Boeing referred questions about the Southwest flight to the airline, which said it was cooperating with the investigation.

Boeing said the issue involving titanium was "industry-wide" involving shipments from a limited set of suppliers.

It said tests performed so far indicate that the correct alloy was used, despite the false documentation.

It said it sourced the metal separately from its supplier and it believed a small number of parts had been affected.

"To ensure compliance, we are removing any affected parts on airplanes prior to delivery. Our analysis shows the in-service fleet can continue to fly safely,” the company said.

The New York Times, which first reported the issue, said a supplier to Spirit Aerosystems, which makes parts for Boeing and European plane-maker Airbus, started looking into the issue after noticing holes from corrosion.

Spirit, which had alerted the two manufacturers to the problem earlier this year, said more than 1,000 tests had been completed on the suspect parts, which had been removed from production.

"It is the documents that were counterfeit, not the titanium," spokesman Joe Buccino said. "The problem is we've lost traceability."

The FAA said Boeing had issued a bulletin to suppliers to be on the alert for counterfeit records and that it was probing the scope of the issue.

The so-called Dutch roll, reportedly named after the movement in a gliding ice skating technique attributed to the Netherlands, occurred on a 25 May flight from Phoenix, Arizona to Oakland, California.

The FAA said the aircraft regained control and no one on board was injured but the plane suffered "substantial" damage.

A post-flight inspection of the two-year-old plane revealed significant damage to a unit that provides backup power to the rudder.

"Dutch roll can be unpleasant but the 737 exhibits relatively benign characteristics. The time elapsed since the incident, and the absence of airworthiness action on the fleet, suggest that this is a one-off, not another widespread problem for Boeing," said Tim Atkinson, a former UK accident investigator turned consultant.

Safety campaigners have raised alarm about the quality of recent planes produced by Boeing.

An incident in which a panel broke off a plane in mid-air in January reignited concerns, sparking lawsuits and increased oversight of Boeing.

Boeing has slowed its production and last month presented the FAA with an action plan aimed at resolving the issues.




In pavement cracks, roadside medians, and parking lots, there are incredible miniature civilizations booming within our concrete jungles: ants! We don’t often think of urban areas as having “ecologies” but Amy Savage, Ph.D. studies the amazing diversity of ants making their way in the city. Their combined efforts make our urban landscapes greener places to live, but their newfound love of carbs is also changing things for them...

Our host and museum curator, Jessica Ware, Ph.D. joins Amy in a search for some tiny neighbors. They're managing surprisingly well in New York and other cities by adapting to human food. But without the access to easy protein (e.g., other insects to prey on), they're doing things a bit differently in street medians than they would in a more rural setting.


This wall was to the supply room with all of the uniforms and PPE. The building was constructed in the mid-20th century so it turns out it's full of asbestos. Thanks mole man.


spoilerExtreme heat in Arizona sent 11 people to hospital as they waited to enter a campaign rally with former President Donald Trump.

This week brought the first test of the year for millions of Americans in the south-west who routinely see high heat come summer.

Temperatures on Thursday were expected to hit as high as 112F (44C) in parts of Nevada, Texas and California, reaching 121F in California's scorching Death Valley.

As Trump took the stage just after 17:00 EST (22:00 GMT) in Phoenix, the temperature was 111F.

Trump fans began lining up for the event early on Thursday morning, in what was the first rally for the former president since his criminal conviction in a New York hush-money case.

There were several thousand people queuing outside the massive Phoenix Dream City Church to see Trump speak on Thursday.

Strict security measures meant it took time to get everyone inside the mega-church.

As supporters waited outside the campaign rally, BBC News saw several people being treated for heat-related issues and two were taken to hospital.

Eleven attendees in total were taken to hospital with heat-related symptoms, according to Phoenix Fire officials.

Firefighters were seen using ice to treat others and cool them down.

On Thursday - two weeks before summer even officially starts - the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast record-breaking temperatures in interior California, and parts of Nevada and Arizona.

In Phoenix, an excessive heat warning is in place through Friday, with people being asked to limit time outdoors and stay hydrated.

Trump started a small campaign tour with the stop in Phoenix on Thursday, exactly a week after he was found guilty in New York.

The former president spoke for about 90 minutes before departing for a fundraiser in San Francisco. He is next expected to hold a campaign event in Las Vegas on Sunday.

That city is also seeing record temperatures. The forecast high of 112F in Las Vegas on Thursday would be the city's earliest observed 112F day on record.

Temperatures are 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit above average for this time of year, according to the NWS, though they will cool slightly by the time Trump visits on Sunday.

The intense heat has placed more than 30 million people across the south-west region under alerts for dangerously hot temperatures, with officials asking residents to take precautions.

Heat-related illness and even death are becoming more common in Phoenix and the American south-west.

While heat domes were once described as rare, heatwaves and heat domes are becoming more common and intense because of human-induced climate change, scientists say.

The world hit 12 straight months of record-high temperatures, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said earlier this week.

Last month was the hottest recorded May in history.

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edit: Also, I watched the mother feed them a couple times. She just flew right between the two spikes without any issue, landing on the rim of the nest. This would definitely stop a larger predator though.

edit: Also their names are Binkbonk and Pikachu. I don't make the rules.


Seems like everyone wants to talk about third place lately. Honestly, I don't really get it. Ray Oldenburg - the creator of the theory - was not progressive by most definitions and he built his theory off of strict masculinity rooted in misogyny and homophobia. I really don't like Ray Oldenburg and I'll show you exactly why in this video. And on top of that I'll give you something else to talk about - a more relevant theory called "The Right to the City," which is the idea that we control how the places we live change over time - not profit-seeking capitalists.

Sources (in order of reference):


Ray Oldenburg - The Great Good Place, 1989 (Third edition: 1999): https://archive.org/details/greatgoodplaceca00olde_2

Ray Oldenburg - Celebrating the Third Place, 2001 (unfortunately I cannot find a readily-available pdf online, I got the E-book for this video. But also you would be better served in avoiding this one, it's terrible)

Karl Marx - Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1844/manuscripts/labour.htm

Leopold Schwarzschild - The Red Prussian, 1947: https://archive.org/details/redprussian0000schw

Erich Fromm - The Sane Society, 1956: https://historicalunderbelly.wordpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/erich-fromm-the-sane-society.pdf

Henri Lefebvre - "The Right to the City" (1968) from Writings on Cities, 1996: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/henri-lefebvre-right-to-the-city

David Harvey - "The Right to the City," 2008 https://newleftreview.org/issues/ii53/articles/david-harvey-the-right-to-the-city


Ocmulgee Mounds might become America's next National Park, albeit with a sizeable boundary expansion and a less-than-perfect set of logistical challenges. In this video, I'm giving you a deep dive on the effort to create an Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve, including what this park would even entail, the reasons its proponents are pushing for it in the first place, and why the National Park Service itself doesn't think it should be created...

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