Cities shifting to better and more walking and biking. Drivers likely to shift roles into more of “ambassadors” that assist commuters and others needing rides.

June 06, 2018 Brian Straight, managing editor of Freightwaves: A sea change is about to transform the way people and goods move through cities The world of transportation is changing and changing fast. After decades of little innovation, the past five years or so have ushered in a sea change and it will profoundly impact the way people and goods move, said Timothy …

End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds: As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.

Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, June 11, 2018, End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds: As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.  The U.S. power mix is rapidly changing, but utilities still want the same thing — a resource mix that delivers the most reliable and safe …

Power Companies’ Mistakes Can Cost Billions. Who Should Pay?

Utilities say they must be shielded from liability or the electric grid will suffer. Critics say that puts the burden on ratepayers, not investors. By Ivan Penn, New York Times, June 14, 2018   FALLBROOK, Calif. — After flames rolled over the hills north of San Diego and engulfed vineyards, avocado groves and neighborhoods, hundreds in this area were left with only the …

Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity

Bryan Stevenson (b. 1959) is a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. [1] In his book Just Mercy, Stevenson describes how being in touch with our own humanity and need for mercy helps give us the compassion needed for restorative justice. He is a …

How to Build a Chicken Coop

By Brian Barth, Modern Farmer If you’ve taken the plunge and are brooding baby chicks, the only thing that stands between you and a supply of fresh eggs is a permanent place for your hens to call home. By six weeks of age they need something more than a cardboard box to live in. Building a basic chicken coop for a …

How Much Can Democrats Count on Suburban Liberals? Small shifts in racial homogeneity elicit unexpected changes

NYTimes. com, By Thomas B. Edsall Ryan Enos, a political scientist at Harvard, published a book last year, “The Space Between Us,” suggesting that the ideological commitment of liberals in these and other similar communities may waver, or fail entirely, when their white homogeneity is threatened. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/opinion/trump-racism-liberals-suburbs.html  A clever study of commuters explored the reliability of suburban liberalism and found it wanting.CreditJonathan Wiggs/The …

Charlatans become especially prevalent in ages of “rapid development of the sciences, or quickened progress in technology” says scholar

NYTimes excerpt, June 2018 Ms. De Francesco explains that the word “charlatan” comes from the Italian “ciarlatano,” itself probably related to the verb “ciarlare,” which means to babble or to go on incessantly without reflection. The original charlatans would babble on and on to mesmerize their audiences. Medieval and Renaissance mountebanks often employed elaborate shows featuring musicians, clowns and performing animals …

New distributed solar mandate in California lowers cost of home ownership

May 21st, 2018 by John Farrell. Originally published at ilsr.org. Starting January 1, 2020, every new home built in California will sport solar panels. The landmark ruling of the state’s Energy Commission is expected to lower the monthly cost of home ownership by $40, as the energy savings from solar (and other building envelope measures) added to new construction offsets the anticipated costs. The savings add up …

Mexican indigenous communities announce, “We undertake the task of rebuilding our way of life as original communities, in exercise of our right of self-determination”

By Emir Olivares Alonso, La Jornada Friday June 1, 2018, p. 6 Indigenous communities form alliance to defend their traditional systems of government   “We undertake the task of rebuilding our way of life” Faced with the “lack of credibility” of the partisan proposals, the indigenous communities of the municipalities of Cherán, Michoacán; Oxchuc, Chiapas, and Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero, have formed an alliance …

Affordable measures help State and local agencies implement policies, procedures, and proven engineering treatments to make uncontrolled crossing locations safer

The Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program promotes a set of cost-effective countermeasures that can enhance pedestrian safety and reduce fatalities at uncontrolled crossing locations. About 72 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur at uncontrolled crossing locations, such as midblock areas and intersections with no signals or stop signs.  STEP countermeasures help State and local agencies implement policies, procedures, and …