Psst check it out @darius
I've seen a few people complain that the black hole picture is a waste, that humanity has our environment or povery or whatever else as a far far more immediate pressing matter than to take a photo that is 'an orange smear'.
The issue at hand here isn't science funding, the issue at hand is the total structure of industrial capitalism. If you cut astronomy funding to 0, how much do you think of that would go towards social projects? How much would go towards sustainable degrowth? How much would go towards ANYTHING that goes against tje ideological principles of neoliberal capitalism.
On the contrary, there are people who find a deep romantic wonder and an inherent artistic value in things like this. People finding wonder in the world, being humbled by the nature and otherness of it is a beautiful way to look at the world. Don't light your torches at astronomy, capitalism is your issue
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The more it seems like there's space for the stuff I've been interested in and working on (ecological collapse, computers, colonialism) in the form of events and other people getting funding the more I kind of have scarcity panic and suspect I'm already too late? Like, I'll just remain in the acknowledgments of all my friends' books instead of ever getting to write my own, seeing variations of proposals I once wrote get funding that I was rejected from last year
This guy at Recurse is talking about how he made a thing for archiving your browsing in real time because sometimes stuff is posted and then rapidly taken down and all I can think is this is a great way to perpetuate harassment campaigns? (eg the doxxing post is taken down within seconds but it's rapidly archived and reposted) I guess this is true for all web archiving but the instantaneous timing of it stresses me out
of course when we say 'birdsite' we're referring to https://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/ - the extensive database information system containing over 25 million records about all birds of the world
often known on the other social medias as "lifewinning"
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