Key determinants of health relate to chronic stress embedded in the social fabric, our lives and relationships with one another, especially the damaging effects of low social status, quality of care in early childhood, and the protective effects of friendship and social integration

Excerpt from Richard Wilkinson in The Guardian, August 2020 40 years on, we know that it is chronic stress that lies at the heart of our vulnerability to poor health; stress is related to such a wide range of diseases that its effects look like more rapid ageing. We also now know that the most potent generators of chronic stress …

German UBI experiment

Starting this week, 120 Germans will receive a form of universal basic income every month for three years. The volunteers will get monthly payments of €1,200, or about $1,400, as part of a study testing a universal basic income. The study will compare the experiences of the 120 volunteers with 1,380 people who do not receive the payments. Supporters say …

Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republic: violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome’s end

Smithsonian Magazine Jason Daley, August 2020 Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus. Credit: Jean-Baptiste Claude Eugène Guillaume / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain. The U.S. Constitution owes a huge debt to ancient Rome. The Founding Fathers were well-versed in Greek and Roman History. Leaders like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison read the historian Polybius, who laid out one of the clearest descriptions …

How a Plan to Save the Power System Disappeared

A federal lab found a way to modernize the grid, reduce reliance on coal, and save consumers billions. Then Trump appointees blocked it. How a federal lab’s study outlining the massive potential benefits of stronger connections between regional power grids ignited a political firestorm within the Trump administration, which prohibited the authors from presenting or even discussing their work outside …

Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Knowhow for Global Flourishing

Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Knowhow for Global Flourishing is a small meeting/conference that was held at the University of Notre Dame from September 11-15, 2016. The meeting brought together an interdisciplinary set of scholars and artists ready to integrate first-nation and mainstream contemporary understandings to move toward a flourishing planet. Organizer Darcia Narvaez wrote: We take Paul Shepard’s words as …

A useful education today must instruct us in our creativity so that we do not turn it over to others and so that we use it for purposes that are life-giving and life-affirming (biophilia) rather than destructive or death-affirming (necrophilia)

By Matthew Fox, Aug 23, 2030 A useful education today must instruct us in our creativity so that we do not turn it over to others and so that we use it for purposes that are life-giving and life-affirming (biophilia) rather than destructive or death-affirming (necrophilia) When Hildegard of Bingen was very sick, she had an overwhelming experience of a …

Charlottesville group pushes leaders to link climate goals with energy equity

By Elizabeth McGowan, US Energy News, August 18, 2020 A recent report draws attention to the extreme energy burden facing hundreds of low-income and people of color in the community. At first glance, access to affordable and secure energy doesn’t seem much of a struggle for residents of Charlottesville, Virginia. On average, households spend just over 2% of their income …

Direct Action Injustice

Over 60 People Have Driven Their Cars Into Protesters Since May By Ray Levy-Uyeda, Mic.com. At least 68 people have driven their cars into Black Lives Matter protesters since May 25. The incidents, most incited by civilians and some by police, represent an alarming trend in counter-protest violence against those marching in the streets. On foot, protesters are often defenseless against attacks …

Hamilton is the government official most responsible for shaping and structuring the executive branch as it exists today. While Hamilton only succeeded in implementing roughly half of his agenda, we should now drive home the other half.

“Radical Hamilton: Economic Lessons From a Misunderstood Founder,” a new book by Parenti, takes a deep dive through Alexander Hamilton’s writing, along with his public reports as the nation’s first secretary of the Treasury, and emerges with a portrait of a man wildly misunderstood by his most strident critics and his most slobbering followers. The Hamilton of the imagination of …

Denver City Council approves 0.25% sales tax increase, sending it to November ballot Cash from the increase would, if approved by voters, be dedicated to Denver’s renewable energy goals over the coming decades By CONRAD SWANSON | cswanson@denverpost.com | The Denver Post August 3, 2020 Denver City Council passed a measure to the November ballot Monday which would increase the city’s sales tax rate …