Sat 27 Jan 2018 The Guardian   London’s cycle superhighway squeezes cars on Victoria Embankment. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Imagine a healthy future. That we need to change radically was shown by a mass study of the health of 300,000 people that was at once entirely shocking and wholly predictable. Newcastle University found obesity and the lack of exercise (the two go …

No More Fairy Tales: Why the United States Needs a Whole New Operating System

BY THOMAS LINZEY Here’s one final New Year’s resolution: let’s stop lying to each other. Let’s stop lying about the state of the planet and what it will really take to fix it. Let’s stop lying about who the “founding fathers” were and what kind of constitution they wrote. Let’s stop lying to each other that we can fix everything by …

Promoting a federal jobs guarantee program and more: ask about impacts instead of budgets and deficits. Policymakers must learn that the deficit is not an excuse to ignore inequality

By Stephanie Kelton, 5 Jan 2018 Budget deficits can be a very powerful weapon in the battle against poverty, inequality, economic environmental and social justice. I worry very much about the vilifying of budget deficits and the use and reliance and dependence on questions of how social spending will impact budget deficits, to the complete disregard for the impact of programs …

Cities Alone Can’t Fix What’s Wrong With American Government

By Joe Cortright, 6 Feb 2018, CityLab.com Localism can only flourish with a competent, generous, and fair federal government. In the past year, a growing chorus of voices, disillusioned by growing polarization, has called for cities to be our saviors. Take Richard Florida’s description of the latest of these “The New Localism.” “In a time of national dysfunction and, frankly, …

Major corporations are planning to spend more than 30x what they are putting in the wallets of employees on buying back their own stock, benefiting wealthy shareholders

Washington Post By Rick Wartzman and William Lazonick, February 6, 2018  Rick Wartzman, director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, is author of “The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America.” William Lazonick is an economics professor at UMass Lowell and president of the Academic-Industry Research Network. Don’t …

Angelenos spent 102 hours in peak hour traffic on average, last year. Traffic speed in London hasn’t risen in 150 years (was 3.5 mph then and is still)

Americans are driving farther and longer than ever before, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. For 2017 through September, Americans drove 1.3% more — or 32 billion more miles — than in the same period in 2016.1 That’s equivalent to about 170 round trips between the Earth and the Sun. Other countries are seeing a similar trend.2  Economics are a contributing factor, …

The Appalachian City That Raised Its Taxes and Grew: To support a homegrown artist community, Berea, Kentucky, asked residents to trust government. It worked.

By Ivy Brashear, NextCity.com and Photos by Emily Moseley, published 29 Jan 2018 One of the things people notice after spending any amount of time in Berea’s historic downtown is the density of galleries. For a small city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, there are a lot of them. The state-designated “Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky” attracts visual …

California move to free college by restoring a state inheritance tax on Californians with wealth over $3.5 million and couples with over $7 million

Published on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by OtherWords, A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All: America’s left coast is showing how to break up concentrated wealth and fund higher education for all. By Chuck Collins, Common Dreams The University of California-Berkeley (Photo: Mike Procario / Flickr) California can be an annoyingly trendy state. Think avocado toast, In-N-Out Burger, Hollywood fashion, even legal …

State carbon tax update

Washington State Carbon Tax Seattle Times, Jan 2018 Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday released an ambitious plan to tax fossil-fuel emissions in Washington state. But will the Washington Legislature approve it? By Hal Bernton and Joseph O’Sullivan Seattle Times staff reporters OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday urged Washington lawmakers to embrace his ambitious plan to tax fossil-fuel emissions in Washington state. In his State …

Grush Niles new book, End of Driving, due to be finished this month

By John Niles, finishing book in January 2018 ONE. Humans continue to demand motorized mobility There is much to laud about efforts to promote walkable and bikeable communities. Efforts to construct complete streets are to be commended. But the consumption of motorized automobility is a force that cannot be turned back. It has its own engine of growth and its …