Obbie King
ObbieZ@urbanists.social

33° predicted today, high 30's every day for the coming week.

Let the thawing begin!

1 day ago
Obbie King
ObbieZ@urbanists.social

We just learned of the passing of singer/songwriter Robert Hoyt, an old friend who was a fixture among the environmental activists we circulated with in the late 90s. He recorded several albums of original material that deserved a lot more circulation than they got. Gonna miss that guy.

2 days ago
Obbie King
ObbieZ@urbanists.social

Winter in (all temperatures Fahrenheit):

>30° = nice day
20-30° = a little chilly
10-20° = kinda cold
0-10° = cold
-10-0° = really cold
-20--10° = f***ing cold
<-20° = really f***ing cold

It was f***ing cold this morning

5 days ago
Obbie King
ObbieZ@urbanists.social

Back in the 70's, a US Ag secretary said, "get big or get out." That's when the rural family dairy farm culture in Wisconsin started dying out. Killed by Big Money.
theguardian.com/environment/20

5 days ago
Obbie King
ObbieZ@urbanists.social

"US employers spend an estimated $340m annually on hiring union avoidance consultants..."

Y'know, if they'd spend that money on better wages, they might not NEED the "union avoidance consultants."

theguardian.com/us-news/2023/j

5 days ago
Obbie King
ObbieZ@urbanists.social

I think of those who looked down their nose at me showing up at 10am, but who didn't notice when I was still around and doing my best work at 7pm. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2

January 30, 2023
Obbie King
ObbieZ@urbanists.social

Did I ever meet ? Short answer: probably.

In the 80's to early 90's, I sold underground newspapers on the streets of California, and at college towns and Grateful Dead shows nationwide. I never recognized "famous" people, but when someone pointed out Crosby outside a show in Oakland, my first thought was, "yeah, I'm pretty sure I've talked to that guy."

Overall, a good guy, and this story points out the goodness that most obits misssed. portside.org/2023-01-28/what-m

January 29, 2023
Obbie King
ObbieZ@urbanists.social

Everything you need should be a 15-minute walk (or bike ride) from where you live.

I'm glad the concept of the "15-minute city" is getting more exposure, but.... "Supported by Lexus?" theguardian.com/us-news/2023/j

January 25, 2023
Obbie King
ObbieZ@urbanists.social

E-cars are still cars...

"The US’s transition to electric vehicles could require three times as much lithium as is currently produced for the entire global market, causing needless water shortages, Indigenous land grabs, and ecosystem destruction...

"But ambitious policies investing in mass transit, walkable towns and cities, and robust battery recycling in the US would slash the amount of extra lithium required in 2050 by more than 90%." theguardian.com/us-news/2023/j

January 24, 2023