The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything

Choose a Concept Teach it to a Toddler Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material Review and Simplify (optional) Farnam Street by Shane Parrish Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash Two Types of Knowledge There are two types of knowledge and most of us focus on the wrong one. The first type of knowledge focuses on knowing the name of something. The second focuses on …

Long history: fundamental problems are a bloated elite class, with too few elite jobs to go around; declining living standards among the general population, and a government that can’t cover its financial positions

“There is a very close correlation between adopting democratic institutions and having to fight a war for survival” Nov 2020, The Atlantic, Interview with Peter Turchin, excerpt From the June 2020 issue: We are living in a failed state The year 2020 has been kind to Turchin, for many of the same reasons it has been hell for the rest …

Fossil fuel extraction must drop by 6 percent per year

Colorado’s GHG Roadmap suggests Colorado should INCREASE methane/natural gas production by 30% this decade instead of reducing fossil fuel production.  In contrast, the Production gap report released by UNEP and four NGOs this week clarifies that fossil fuel extraction (existing extraction, not adding) must DROP BY 6% PER YEAR this next decade. (The Guardian, Axios, CNN, USA Today).  And this is the average needed worldwide.  Arguably we should …

Bernie and AOC demonstrated that bold social-democratic ideas can win a mass base today — an uncompromising demand for provision of essential social goods for all Americans — from health care and college tuition to childcare and family leave

The harsh truth, proved harshly across these six Aprils, is that a social-democratic majority does not yet exist within the Democratic electorate, never mind the United States as a whole. Sanders has given the Left new relevance in national politics, but to make the leap from relevance to power, we need to build that majority — and this is not the …

A Crime to Want Something Different: US countering democratic and reformist changes processes in 22 countries with leftist extermination

The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade & The Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World (2020) Vincent Bevins: The Jakarta Method is rounding up and killing huge numbers of unarmed leftists, in the service of establishing a specific type of social order. By eliminating these people, this potential opposition, you clear the way for authoritarian capitalism at home and the creation …

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy

Dynamic Line Rating: Expanding Transmission Grid Capacity for Clean Energy. Utilities and regulators in the US and abroad are taking next steps to boost renewable integration by tracking power line capacity, reliability in real time. By Jeff St. John, GreenTechMedia.com Dec 7, 2020 Dynamic line rating can find unused capacity, test health of transmission systems, if utilities and regulators can set …

Creative rebalancing of funding that goes to the source of our problems

By Thom Hartmann, LA Progressive, Dec 2020 excerpt The only way to deal with a death-dealing cult is to end it; thus, we must embark on a campaign to defund the Republican Party. Back in 1981, the Republican Party decided to defund the Democratic Party, and actually pulled it off. While the Republican Party had principally been funded by rich …

The post-pandemic transportation system has to reward transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians with safe, efficient and comfortable ways to travel – starting with restoring bus and rail service cuts for transit-dependent riders

By THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD DEC. 16, 2020 Here’s one more way that COVID-19 could leave a lasting mark: The pandemic has decimated public transit. Without swift action to restore bus and rail service and a serious commitment to building transit-friendly communities, Los Angeles will suffer from ever-worsening traffic, air pollution, carbon emissions and inequality long after the coronavirus is …

Trickle down is false: 50 year study finds strong evidence that cutting taxes on the rich increases income inequality and has no effect on growth or unemployment in the short and long term

Hope and Limberg analyzed major tax cuts for the rich in 18 countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, including the US, Japan, and Norway, from 1965 to 2015. Lower taxes for the rich caused high earners to seek pay raises. By Grace Dean, Business Insider, December 16, 2020 | Study Suggests ‘Trickle-Down’ Economics Makes Inequality Worse. “Cutting …