@Thomas it is a fact that the CIA used to just call up both sides of a rivalry between anarchist or communist or black power groups and say "yo I heard someone's talking shit" and then wait for them to murder each other, that is a thing that happened, so the Manson thing isn't a reach at all imo
Does anyone here do monochrome #PixelArt commissions, approximately 32x32 in size? I have some ideas for my perler art but I'm no good at making this kind of thing. I've attached an example of the kind of thing I'm looking for.
Appreciating the boosts, I've still had no one contact me about this
In August 1974, the CIA produced a study on “climatological research as it pertains to intelligence problems”. The diagnosis was dramatic. It warned of the emergence of a new era of weird weather, leading to political unrest and mass migration (which, in turn, would cause more unrest). The new era the agency imagined wasn’t necessarily one of hotter temperatures; the CIA had heard from scientists warning of global cooling as well as warming. But the direction in which the thermometer was travelling wasn’t their immediate concern; it was the political impact. They knew that the so-called “little ice age”, a series of cold snaps between, roughly, 1350 and 1850, had brought not only drought and famine, but also war – and so could these new climatic changes.
“The climate change began in 1960,” the report’s first page informs us, “but no one, including the climatologists, recognised it.” Crop failures in the Soviet Union and India in the early 1960s had been attributed to standard unlucky weather. The US shipped grain to India and the Soviets killed off livestock to eat, “and premier Nikita Khrushchev was quietly deposed”. ...
This is a long-form piece with captivating detail of earlly recognition, and dismissal, of the risks of climate change and its potential for global destabilisation, dating to the 1960s. It's very much about 60 years of lost time in tackling the challenge. It covers the CIA, Stephen Schneider, Helmut Landsberg, Rafe Pomerance, Gordan MacDonald, The Jasons, Exxon, James G. Watt, and more.
The article itself is an except of a book just published by Alice Bell, Our Biggest Experiment: An Epic History of the Climate Crisis (the Guardian's bookshop link, purchases support The Guardian newspaper.)
Very pleased to announce that as of a few days ago, the mastodon.technology instance has existed for longer than the American Confederacy did. So, take that, you literal losers.
Maybe a group that only existed for four years should have less sway in contemporary American politics, eh? That’ll be the day 🙄
@InternetEh i remember reading that after the soviet union fell and they started bringing western fast food into russia the workers were baffled by the insistence that they had to be polite to customers because they were the ones performing the service. i think about that a lot
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