When should behaviour outside a community have consequences inside it?

Source: When should behaviour outside a community have consequences inside it?, by Matthew Garrett

communities don’t exist in a vacuum. They’re made up of people who are also members of other communities, people who have other interests and engage in other activities. Sometimes these people engage in behaviour outside the community that may be perceived as negatively impacting communities that they’re a part of, but most communities have no guidelines for determining whether behaviour outside the community should have any consequences within the community.

Did the behaviour violate the law?

Did the behaviour violate your community norms?

Did the behaviour violate the norms of the community in which it occurred?

As a result, communities struggle to make consistent decisions.

Lithium Production (2017)

72.11 million cars and 22.53 million commercial vehicles were produced in 2016. Fewer than 1 million of those vehicles produced were electric.
Worldwide automobile production from 2000 to 2016 (in million vehicles) | Statista
The rise of electric vehicles: The second million | The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)

An astounding amount of battery production is being constructed, mostly for electric vehicles but also for grid-scale power storage.
10 Battery Gigafactories Are Now in the Works. And Elon Musk May Add 4 More | Greentech Media (2017/6/29)
Tesla Gigafactory
LG to open Europe’s biggest car battery factory next year | Reuters (2017/10/12)
Daimler begins construction on a $562 million lithium-ion battery factory in Germany | Ars Technica (2017/5/22)
Daimler announces new $740 million battery factory in China for Mercedes-Benz’s EVs | Electrek (2017/7/5)
Tesla switches on giant battery to shore up Australia’s grid | Reuters (2017/12/1)

Where is all that lithium for lithium ion batteries going to come from?

This is not a chart that looks like lithium production is being aggressively expanded.

How much is that lithium going to cost?

Lithium Price | Metalary

How much lithium carbonate is used in a lithium-ion battery?
Less than 1 kg per kWh.
Breakdown of raw materials in Tesla’s batteries and possible bottlenecks | Electrek (2016/11/1)

Conservatism Won’t Survive Donald Trump

Source: Conservatism Won’t Survive Donald Trump

“Conservatism in this country long predated Trump; for now, it is tied up with Trump; soon, it will have survived Trump.”

You can believe this only if you imagine that ideologies exist independently of the human beings who espouse them—and that they can continue unchanged and unchanging despite the flux of their adherents. … This is simply not true. Ideas are not artifacts, especially the kind of collective ideas we know as ideologies.

Conservatism is what conservatives think, say, and do. As conservatives change—as much through the harsh fact of death and birth as by the fluctuations of opinion—so does what it means to be a conservative. … The word conservative will of course continue in use. But its meaning is being rewritten each day by the actions of those who lay claim to the word.

Building a Stylish Home Aquaponics System: The Basics

Source: Building a Stylish Home Aquaponics System: The Basics – The Smart House

How I transformed my freshwater aquarium into an aquaponics garden for year-round organic produce (and stopped doing water changes).

In this article we aren’t going to focus on my aquariums themselves, but instead we’re going to focus on all that waste the freshwater fish produce. … Where a hydroponics system requires you to add nutrients to the water to feed your plants (basically fertilizer), an aquaponics system uses all the nitrates produced by your fish as natural fertilizer!

it’s not quite as straightforward as sticking a plant in some nutrient-rich water and letting it grow. The water has to be in a near-constant state of movement for starters, and believe it or not the roots actually need to be exposed to the air as well (otherwise you get root-rot and your plants die). … The answer is to use a very clever plumbing contraption known as a Bell Siphon which is designed to do exactly what we need in our grow beds.