How ‘Bernie Bros’ Were Invented, Then Smeared as Sexist, Racist and unAmerican

By JONATHAN COOK How ‘Bernie Bros’ Were Invented, Then Smeared as Sexist, Racist and unAmerican as Borscht, Counterpunch Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The Democratic presidential nomination race is a fascinating case study in how power works – not least, because the Democratic party leaders are visibly contriving to impose one candidate, Joe Biden, as the party’s nominee, even as it …

Meeting online in these times, advice from the People’s Hub

1. Ground in values of anti-oppression and decolonization. Just because we are moving online doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still acknowledge the land we are on and the ways we are interconnected to each other and the earth. We need to be showing up as three dimensional humans with feelings, dreams, hopes and grief. Now is a time to bring in …

Until a century or so ago, almost no one lived alone. Now in the US, more than one in four lives alone, and in big cities that’s much higher

April 6, 2020 Issue, New Yorker, The History of Loneliness, by Jill Lepore, March 30, 2020 Until a century or so ago, almost no one lived alone; now many endure shutdowns and lockdowns on their own. How did modern life get so lonely? Solitude and seclusion are different from loneliness, a state of profound distress. The female chimpanzee at the Philadelphia …

Stiglitz: “The answer is we need no evictions, no foreclosures on all properties, and the government should guarantee pay.” Credit card companies should also put “a stay on interest on all debt.”

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explained what was needed saying, “The answer is we need no evictions, no foreclosures on all properties, and the government should guarantee pay.” In addition, credit card companies should also put “a stay on interest on all debt.”  When COVID-19 first began, we pointed out that the US healthcare system was not prepared to respond and showed the problems of …

Concrete – pollution reduction

University of California – Davis. “Concrete solutions that lower both emissions and air pollution: Air quality and climate change intertwine in unexpected ways; a concrete example.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 March 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200323132416.htm> Sometimes, fixing one problem can create another. Concrete production contributes 8 percent of global greenhouse gases, and demand continues to rise as populations and incomes grow. Yet some …

Air Quality in the Northern Colorado Front Range Metro Area: The Front Range Air Pollution & Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPÉ), 2019 update

Air Quality in the Northern Colorado Front Range Metro Area: The Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Éxperiment (FRAPPÉ), by Frank Flocke, Gabriele Pfister, James H. Crawford, Kenneth E. Pickering, Gordon Pierce, Daniel Bon, Patrick Reddy 22 December 2019 https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JD031197 Earlier (2016) North Front Range Oil and Gas Air Pollutant Emission and Dispersion Study https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/tech_doc_repository.aspx?action=open&file=CSU_NFR_Report_Final_20160908.pdf We describe the resources used, the …

Peak fossil fuel demand and peak ICE vehicles. The recent 3 percent fall in oil demand has led to a 50 percent fall in the oil price. Governments role is to prevent fossil resurgence and to implement a tax wedge

Horse demand famously peaked when cars were just 3 percent of their number, and gas lighting demand peaked when electric lighting was just 2 percent of supply. The consequence of peaking demand for fossil fuels has been playing out for a number of years now, in sector after sector. Peak demand for coal meant lower prices for US coal and …

Notes from Open Energy Modeling Workshop – March 2020

Greg Schivley, US. PowerGenome – all the data for your US capacity expansion model — everything need to consider. Interested in adding modules to GenX to be able to expand it. The goal is to spend less time wrangling data, getting things in the right format, for the right regions, and to test sensitivities and policies. As everyone know, a …

Experts throw support behind newest Juliana push

Experts throw support behind newest Juliana push E&E News | Jennifer Hijazi Law professors, environmental advocates and public health experts said yesterday that a federal appeals court got it wrong when it dismissed the so-called kids’ climate case. While the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals strongly acknowledged the gravity of climate change in its Juliana v. United States opinion, …

Mandatory voting, swing voters and more

March 2020, In These Times articles Perhaps detailed blueprints are beside the point. Maybe, as the German social democrat Eduard Bernstein argued 100 years ago, the end goal of socialism is meaningless, while the socialist movement, advancing toward a more democratic horizon, is everything. Conventional wisdom puts the number of swing voters around 15–20% of the electorate, but Bitecofer argues it’s more …