Some folks got pissed at me about this tweet because San Francisco won't literally look like Atlantis.

It's true, the San Francisco Archipelago is still just a dystopian fantasy world invented by @burritojustice (see burritojustice.com/2012/03/20/san…)

But let's talk reality a sec.
By 2050 we are virtually certain to see around ~ 3 feet of sea level rise. Sounds fine, right? You've got a cool condo in the Castro, elevation 200 feet. No problem.

Must be nice. Here's 101 in Mill Valley with 3 feet of sea level rise. The red part is underwater: Image
Here's Larkspur/Corte Madera: Image
Here's San Rafael: Image
Here's 680 by the Coliseum: Image
Here's 101 past SFO: Image
Here's ... well, 101 down most of the Peninsula: Image
And of course, the sea level rise sleeper beach town, Stockton, California.

These amounts of coastal/waterway inundation are basically locked in by mid-century. We already can't stop this from happening. Image
So, keep doing all that great work watching out for "the working class" who simply must drive cars to work in San Francisco from ...

Marin City (underwater), San Rafael (underwater), Stockton (underwater), Vallejo (underwater), East Palo Alto (underwater), Coliseum (etc.)
I get it, it's not your problem, you'd rather just let those damn kids figure it out.

It would be great if you would just say that.

(all maps available from coastal.climatecentral.org/map/14/-122.11…)

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In 1989 I moved to Colorado Springs and discovered (for myself) Christofascism.

We were walking downtown and encountered a massive “right to life” protest. We tried to ignore them but they were aggressive and militant about the need to accept Jesus as our savior & forsake sin.
They blocked our path and physically grabbed us. I can’t say I was scared so much as … freaked out by their existence.

How could this be the United States?

In the ensuing years I got a crash course in the religious war they were building up toward.
In 1992, from stronghold in Colorado Springs, this growing terrorist movement scored a major victory: They passed a voter amendment that functionally made it illegal to be gay in Colorado. Anyone could deny any service to any LGBTQ person - a home, a job, a hamburger, anything
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Holy crap you guys, I'm shocked to learn this but a left NIMBY just informed me ...

Builders ... PROFIT when they build homes.

Can you believe this shit?!?!?! Next thing you know, they'll tell me that carpenters GET PAID to frame buildings.

How will I ever get through this
I just googled around and it's frankly worse than I thought: You know plumbers? Those dudes make BANK.

You would not believe how few plumbers work for rose emoji vibes!!! I offered free praxis to a plumber in exchange for fixing the toilet, and ... non-repeatable slurs happened
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NOPE. $75 an hour for an apprentice, $150 for a journeyman!!!

How do these capitalists sleep at night?!?
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A thread, some reading, some history. eenews.net/articles/supre…
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Cars and driving.

Most current Mayors are poorly-suited to the task.
Cities that take action to make their streets safer, to allocate bus and bike lanes on the streets they own, to legalize dense housing near transit and amenities, have proven that they lower carbon emissions because cars and driving are the leading cause of climate pollution.
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washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/03…
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The stupid discourse over the price of gasoline is the quickest way to conclude that everything is galactically broken. Here's a quick primer.

Consumers think they're being creamed by the "price" of gasoline, but they're not. They're being creamed by the "cost" of transport.🧵
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