Erika Alexander Explains Why White Executives Only Cast Black Actors in Stereotypical Roles
one of the realest things i’ve ever watched
Early American slavery and modern wage slavery (or, more accurately, financial slavery) should not be equated, but they only differ in scope and methodology. The same exploitative logic underlies them both.
Your boss may not personally beat you and withhold food from you, but the wages he pays you determine whether or not you can afford to feed yourself and avoid the police brutality that comes with being homeless, among other things.
His dominance over you may not necessarily be the result of institutional racism, but it’s certainly always the result of structural classism.
Your employment may seem voluntary, but that’s only because you’ve been convinced that dying due to joblessness is an act of suicide and not the result of the structural risk of suffering the same fate it would cost others to help you.
Ironic coincidence or not, the most common field of dehumanizing labor in the United States for forcibly imported African slaves leading up to the American Civil War was picking cotton; modern U.S. dollar bills, the dominant denomination in which wages are paid today, are printed on cotton paper.
Of course these two forms of slavery shouldn’t be compared. One of them once lawfully oppressed a race; today, its continued legacy both lawfully oppresses prisoners who are members of that race, among other races, and unlawfully oppresses members of that race, among other races, in the form of human trafficking. The other lawfully oppresses the world and arguably incentivizes the continued legacy of the former.
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This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree
It’s still in the “so crazy it just might work” stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees. [x]
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. This is ingenious.
The design is a light bulb surrounded by a glass casing. The glass is filled with (water based) media and microalgae. The top is permeable to gasses so that gas exchange can occur. All of the wiring is linked to the grid underground.
Since the light source is inside, it gets scattered and “dimmed” by the water and algae. This makes it less glaringly bright and scatters the light wider, which is good for a street light. It is not longer white light as well, which helps make it easier on the eyes while still providing light.
At the same time, it provides the light for photosynthesis in the algae, so they are continuously exchanging CO2 for O2, not just in the day. It also provides a source of heat, which helps keep the algae from going dormant during cold weather (as in the snowy picture above).
And notice how I did not specify permeability - that’s because NOx’s (NO and NO2) are also permeable and can be used as nitrogen sources to microalgae. In fact, algae are relatively low maintenance. As autotrophs, they don’t require super complex media, not does it really need to be changed/added to. (I’m actually fairly certain that there would still be algae in these tanks a year later; it may need to be cleaned or something, but there would be some living algae.)