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UK student debt 

Interest on student loans is linked to inflation, which could leave higher earning graduates with 12% interest this year.

Fedifriends at, I have some funding available and ideally would like to spend it on conferences/workshops around tech, ethics & social sustainability (the more interdisciplinary the better) - any suggestions?

carbon offsets 

Carbon offsets are at best a very limited resource and at worst a total scam:
* Even if it would work as well as possible, the earth’s land ecosystems can only hold enough additional vegetation to absorb 40 - 100 GtCO₂e from the atmosphere.
* Once this additional growth is achieved (and that takes decades), there is no capacity for additional carbon storage on land.
* The world emits 55 GtCO₂e into the atmosphere per year. So all we can offset is 2 year’s emissions at most.

So even if it would work (but zero evidence so far), offsetting is not a sustainable solution: it is too little and too late because we need to cut emissions dramatically (by 40 GtCO₂e per year) in the next 20 years.

And if that is not bad enough, in practice, it's even worse, because a lot of the saplings die in the first year, and the land used for tree planting was in general already sequestering carbon in its previous state.

So as it stands, carbon offsetting almost certainly leads to increased CO2 emissions, purely because those who buy them have no incentive to lower their own emissions.

phd, funding 

does anyone know of any good websites/resources that compile potential sources of funding for phds in europe/uk?

Anyone on here involved in UK local gov? Here's the CO2 emissions of council homepages If you are in higher education here's the CO2 of learning provider homepages And here's central gov organisations Click through to your org to get more specific advice on how to reduce your homepage size. I'd like to see the worst offenders improve.

China's statistical yearbooks are all published online as images because apparently it's the 1990s and they don't know any more useful formats that could be used.

@mplouffe Also, I nominate GEE modeling as having one of the most unhelpful names among common mehods.

In the spirit of open access, the graduate students at the East Asia Studies Department, in collaboration with our amazing EA library, organized an indie film festival. The directors generously offered the free streaming of their work between May 16 and May 21. Enjoy!

In addition to cheating being flat-out wrong, students should also consider just how much regulation-reading and paperwork it creates for their professors.

US Neo Nazi 2. 

have just done a really good job at making it more palatable to larger conservative base, and the change in the conservative base is towards fascism.

Neo Nazi rhetoric has sprung out of Hell Net onto TVs, and that's scary and disgusting and disturbing.

The continued influx of QAnon beliefs into the Republican party legitimizes these fringe Neo Nazi beliefs

Love y'all.
Fuck fascism.

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US Neo Nazi discourse, Great Replacement 

The Great Replacement theory isn't new, and it's online circulation has been around for a very long time too.
The difference is in the 00s and 2010s I had to seek it out - stormfront, pol, etc. - when I wanted to monitor what the far right was saying.
The soft introduction into American media isn't entirely new. During highschool, so Obama's presidency, I saw it in the way Bill O'Reilley and Glenn Beck talked about immigrants.
Tucker Carlson and friends

Southern Gothic bit 

He preferred to interpret the turkey buzzard circling the roadkill possum not as an omen, but as an invitation to communion.

"When Doves Cry" was released on this date, 16 May, by Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as "Prince".

38 years ago.

You're welcome.

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