12 Reasons Bicycling Will Continue to Soar in Popularity

AlterNet Dec. 06, 2017, by Jay Walljasper, who has been a favorite and instrumental in my thinking since the early 90s and maybe even1989! For too long biking has been viewed skeptically as a white-people thing, a big city thing, an ultra-fit athlete thing, a twenty-something thing, a warm weather thing or an upper-middle-class thing. And above all else, it’s seen …

Debbie Dooley and Green Tea Party: Talk about talk about energy choice, private property rights, freedom, innovation, national security and being good stewards of the environment God gave us

Interview with John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance, Dec 2017 “Every conservative that I know believes in energy choice. They don’t like these giant monopolies depriving them of the decision of what to do on their private property. They want to be energy independent.” Or on Vox.com (April 2017):  According to Dooley, the problem with her fellow conservatives …

Our Children’s Trust case heard by panel of 3 judges in the 9th Circuit as Trump Administration again tries to derail it, this time with a writ of mandamus

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch 11 Dec 2017 A landmark climate change lawsuit brought by a group of children appears poised to move forward after a Monday hearing at a federal appeals court, despite the Trump administration’s efforts to dismiss the case. Juliana v. United States was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 young plaintiffs who argue that their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated …

The commons and peer to peer, in relation with cooperation and unions Presented by Stacco Troncoso (P2P Foundation) and Alex Pazaitis (P2P Lab) Introduction to the Commons and P2P The Commons, cooperatives and unions are ways of managing the complexity of the world. New forms of community organizations are emerging to manage a necessary worldwide transition towards new ways of …

How to handle monopolization and remake the American economy for all, by Elizabeth Warren

By Elizabeth Warren, Dec 2017, In a speech at the Open Markets Institute, Senator Elizabeth Warren offers a roadmap for how to tackle growing monopolies in the United States  ‘To rebuild an economy that works for everyone, not just the big guys, it is critical to reduce concentrated power in our markets.’ Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Wednesday 6 December 2017 14.47 ESTLast modified on …

Who becomes an inventor in America, where young people are going and settling, debt and central banking and more

5 Dec 2017, by Jeanna Smialek, Bloomberg  Bars, gyms and restaurants packed densely into downtown areas have played a “decisive role” in drawing young college graduates to city centers, revitalizing America’s urban landscape.  That’s the conclusion of the lead study in this week’s research wrap. Other papers and posts show factors in a child’s environment that predict adult innovation, underline the sunnier side of monetary policy spillovers and …

Boulder Voters Say (Again): “We’ll Lead Movement to Energy Democracy”

By John Farrell, Nov 21, 2017, on ILSR It was a squeaker. With 85% of votes cast, the outlook for Boulder’s quest to control its energy future seemed dimmer than it had since 2011. The nays were up by 100 votes, in favor of ending funding for the city’s effort to take over its electric utility and bolster locally-produced renewable energy. A late night …

Highlights from Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy by Michael Hudson

Last annotated on May 15, 2017 The “Forgash Plan,” named for Florida Senator Morris Forgash, proposed a World Bank for Economic Acceleration with an alternative policy to the existing World Bank – lending in domestic currency for land reform and greater self-sufficiency in food instead of plantation export crops. My first evening’s visit with him transfixed me with two ideas …

Happiness Is Other People

By Ruth Whippman, 27 Oct 2017 In a particularly low moment a few years back, after arriving friendless and lonely from Britain to live in the United States, I downloaded a “happiness app” onto my phone. It was surprisingly hard to choose one. There were close to a thousand bliss-promising options in the app store — ones that would teach …