For Women of Color, the Child-Welfare System Functions Like the Criminal-Justice System: Mothers of color are scrutinized by authority figures—and then punished. 

By Collier Meyerson in The Nation, 24 May 2018 on “Under-resourced Parents” and The New Jane Crow. A mother picks up her 4-year-old son from a Head Start program in Boston, Massachusetts, March 2013. (Reuters / Brian Snyder) When Tasheva was 11 years old, she was left alone with her four younger siblings in her family’s New York City apartment. As kids who …

On Contact: Age of Anger with Pankaj Mishra

November 2017 interview We are looking at the expression of this re-sentiment/resentment that can assume many different forms, but we have to look at the underlying sources of that, which are enormous processes of disposition, dislocation, and psychological and spiritual disorientation.  People now desperate for meaning, bonding together in these forms of negative solidarity, invoking a sense of community by excluding …

An overview of some of Stuart Ewen’s concepts

(Nov 2017) 26 minute youtube, Chris Hedges interview with Stuart Ewen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_0vrFwaT2Y.  Trump is a product that speaks to what is missing in people’s lives…he embodies the cult of the self at the core of consumerism.  It’s all about me.  Acquisitive Individualism.  People project onto a leader what they feel missing themselves.  The everyman who has become successful.  Saying what has …

The most popular course at Yale teaches how to be happy – also William James, Maslow, Seligman and more…

The most popular course at Yale teaches how to be happy. https://news.yale.edu/2018/02/20/yales-most-popular-class-ever-be-available-coursera We took it for you. By Adam Sternbergh, Illustrations by Zohar Lazar, 28 May 2018 at The Cut. Professor Laurie Santos didn’t set out to create the most popular course in the history of Yale University and the most talked-about college course in America. She just wanted her students to be happy. …

Nearly half of all renters can’t afford rent, and over half a million Americans are homeless on any given night. How did we get here?

According to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, 11.1 million renters in the U.S. spent more than 50 percent of their income on housing. Millennials are creating their own version of success, Worth says, even though it looks different from previous generations’ picture of the American Dream.  Lynn Brown, 28, refused to let the housing market and rising costs of living …

Climate Change Disrupts Orchard Crops and Long-Term Plans for California’s Farmers

America’s avocado industry is already experiencing the effects of climate change. Avocados are particularly sensitive to temperature fluctuations, as the trees start to falter when temperatures drop below 28 degrees Fahrenheit or rise above 100 degrees. Cold weather can shorten the trees’ pollination period, while water shortages, salt accumulation in the soil, and warm-weather loving pests can also lead to …

Deliberative democracy in action delivers a success

Illustration by Mark Long In all the excitement of what happened in Ireland’s referendum on abortion, we should not lose sight of what did not happen. A vote on an emotive subject was not subverted. The tactics that have been so successful for the right and the far right in the UK, the US, Hungary and elsewhere did not work. …

After police were called on a barbecue, black Oaklanders share stories of racism and evictions, saying “We’re being pushed out”

By Sam Levin in Oakland, for The Guardian Fri 1 Jun 2018   Theo Williams at Oakland’s Lake Merritt. In 2015, a white man called police on his drum circle. Photograph: Talia Herman for the Guardian Kenzie Smith can’t get the voice out of his head. The woman could’ve ended his life with a single phone call, he said, and her threatening words play …

Hawaii legislature backs microgrids for enhancing community and grid resilience after lava mangles utility equipment

June 1, 2018 By Lisa Cohn Microgrid Knowledge Following the volcanic eruptions on Hawaii’s Big Island — where poles and equipment have been damaged or destroyed by lava — both Hawaii Electric Light (HELCO) and the state are moving toward boosting microgrid development. The eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano began May 3 on the Big Island and continue, with lava mangling utility-owned electrical …