4 ideas to replace traditional police officers

A world with far less policing is possible. Here’s what experts think that world could look like.By Roge Karma  Jun 24, 2020, Vox.com On the night of Friday, June 12, a police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, outside an Atlanta Wendy’s drive-through. Atlanta police officers were called to the scene after receiving a complaint that Brooks was sleeping …

Putting energy storage to the ultimate test: how cheap would storage have to get for it to be the cheapest option?

September 2019, excerpt from David Roberts In a clever twist on the traditional modeling approach — which seeks the cost-optimal path to decarbonization, given a particular set of demand and technology-cost assumptions — Trancik’s team starts by constructing a scenario in which renewable energy and storage provide 100 percent of US energy and then asks: How cheap would storage have …

Fading Winters, Hotter Summers Make the Northeast America’s Fastest Warming Region

Fading Winters, Hotter Summers Make the Northeast America’s Fastest Warming Region Connecticut’s average temperature has risen 2 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century, double the average for the Lower 48 states. By Abby Weiss As a kid growing up in Watertown, Connecticut, Daniel Esty would create his own backyard ice skating rink and flood it with a garden hose. …

West’s Water Scarcity

June 6, 2020 – How Investors Are Banking on the West’s Water Scarcity. Western Colorado Water Purchases Stir Up Worries About The Future Of Farming By HEATHER SACKETT, ASPEN JOURNALISM AND LUKE RUNYON, KUNC For five years, Zay Lopez tended vegetables, hayfields and cornfields, chickens and a small flock of sheep here on the western edge of Colorado’s Grand Valley—farming …

In the last 30 years, the number of racially segregated schools has more than tripled, and more than a third of all Black and Latino students attend a school where 90% of their peers are non-white

In the last 30 years, the number of racially segregated schools has more than tripled, and more than a third of all African American and Latino students attend a school where 90 percent of their peers are non-white.  NBER researchers found that resegregation had a significant effect on students’ political beliefs. “This article provides evidence that a key shock to …

How to raise live music from the dead

The Economist June 27, 2020 Schumpeter: Live-streaming will change rock ’n’ roll for the better, Business, Jun 27th 2020 edition A visit to Britain’s West Country on the eve of the summer solstice prompted your columnist to reflect on the serendipitous, socialist past of live music. The road passed by Worthy Farm, which 50 years ago hosted the first Glastonbury festival, costing …

Tear gas outlawed in Denver and Seattle. Amnesty International reports how tear gas, currently banned in warfare, has been misused by police across the country

June 27, By Esteban L. Hernandez, Denverite, ACLU – Lawsuit Claims The Use Of Force Violated Protester’s First Amendment Rights. Denver – The ACLU of Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter 5280 and other protesters against the City and County of Denver over police use of force during the protests against racism and police violence …

Out of Time: The case for nationalizing the fossil fuel industry

June 2020 by Mark Paul and Rory Renzy, New College of Florida, Carla Skandier, Senior Research Associate with The Next System Project ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY, DEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIP For decades, scientists have been predicting catastrophic levels of global heating if society does not change course. The relatively simple models that were in play when Dr. James Hansen first testified to the U.S. Congress in …

What ‘Abolish the Police’ Could Mean for Street Safety and Trevor Noah’s Common Thread: If you weren’t black, you’d still be alive

By Kea Wilson, Jun 22, 2020 What ‘Abolish the Police’ Could Mean for Street Safety (Streetsblog USA) The Vision Zero Network — perhaps the single most influential street safety advocacy group — has pledged to no longer recommend police enforcement as strategy to make streets safer. But many street safety advocates are still reckoning with what that might mean — especially …

Nearly every so-called race riot in the United States since 1935 has been sparked by a police incident. Studies of the origins of violence in these goes way back

How can videos of police assault prompt anyone to berate protesters for saying the police should maybe get less money?  How can videos of cops tear gassing city blocks prompt anyone to demonize those saying we should spend less on militarized cops and more on schools and housing?  How can videos of police beating peaceful protesters prompt anyone to tell …