The Great Russian Disinformation Campaign and Collusion Scandal. Meanwhile, the annual budget for cyberwarfare is less than the price of a single American F-35 jet

In a new book, Timothy Snyder explains how Russia revolutionized information warfare—and presages its consequences for democracies in Europe and the United States. By DAVID FRUM, The Atlantic, JUL 1, 2018 Journalists listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, on December 23, 2016.SERGEI KARPUKHIN / REUTERS When Westerners first began to hear of Vladimir …

Low-speed torque and whisper-quiet operation make electric vehicles an attractive alternative for garbage trucks, buses and delivery vans

NYTimes, Buses, Delivery Vans and Garbage Trucks Are the Electric Vehicles Next Door: Low-speed torque and whisper-quiet operation make electric vehicles an attractive alternative for commercial uses, and the incognito answer to Teslas and Bolts. ImageA 60-foot electric bus used by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Los Angeles County. The agency is aiming to deploy an all-electric fleet by the …

Kansas City boosts job access by 17% in one year through transit and 2.2 sq mile “smart area”. New York City leads on job access via transit, study says

By Jason Plautz, July 2, 2018, Smart City Dive Dive Brief: New York City has the highest job accessibility by transit, with 31% of the city’s commutes being made by transit, according to a new study from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota. Kansas City, MO showed the greatest improvement in the annual survey, with a more than 17% increase in its transit …

The only lesson violence ever teaches is a fundamentally authoritarian lesson. It teaches that human relationships are hierarchical and that those above have a right to dominate those below

If there is one thing we know best about violence, it’s that it feeds on itself. To someone locked in a cycle of violence, more violence always looks like the logical and inevitable next step. (That’s why they call it a cycle.) Breaking out is difficult, especially when it can feel like unilateral disarmament.  The most important task before us, collectively …

What Are The Most Efficient Electric Cars?

June 30th, 2018 by Andy Miles, Clean Technica  The Question This was a question about EV efficiency that I was asked recently, and apart from thinking that the Hyundai Ioniq must be fairly efficient, as it gets about 120 miles out of its 28 kWh battery, I was not able to answer. It is sometimes the case that it is only when …

Surprise: putting up a solar parking canopy is of equal cost or less than putting on a smaller rooftop solar system. 400 California Solar School Projects Completed By Solar Installer MBL Energy

July 2nd, 2018 by Jake Richardson on Clean Technica MBL Energy has completed solar installations at hundreds of California school sites, and recently announced certification of its solar module attachment, the Beacon Clip. The San Jose-based solar power company answered some questions for CleanTechnica about its work. 1. What is this attachment and why is it important? MBL-Energy’s patented UL-certified Beacon™ Clip is a best-in-class enhanced solar …

Plug In America & Sierra Club Release The AchiEVe: Model State & Local Policies To Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption

July 2nd, 2018 by Cynthia Shahan in Clean Technica I drive in one of the best cities in Florida for EV charging infrastructure. Still, there are gaps. Along with education to the public that demystifies electric cars and EV charging, we must dispel many misleading myths. As clean air advocates, we need to work for change in our local communities and states. Plug In …

‘Nothing to worry about. The water is fine’: how Flint poisoned its people

When the people of Flint, Michigan, complained that their tap water smelled bad and made children sick, it took officials 18 months to accept there was a problem. By Anna Clark in The Guardian, July 2018 On a hot day in the summer of 2014, in the Civic Park neighbourhood where Pastor R Sherman McCathern preached in Flint, Michigan, water rushed out of …

Democracy under threat and need for reform is urgent, says regulator

Electoral Commission asks government to change law after series of online political campaign scandals, by Jim Waterson, The Guardian UK, Mon 25 Jun 2018    Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie addresses a rally in Parliament Square organised by the Fair Vote Project. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo The Electoral Commission has called for urgent reforms to electoral law after a series of online political …

Failed Economic Policies Have Contributed to Asylum Seekers: Many of the families detained at the U.S.-Mexico border have lost their livelihoods as the result of reforms that benefit elites in the United States and Latin American countries

By Manuel Perez-Rocha, Inequality.org, As a Mexican American and a father of two young children I am horrified to see the cruelty being inflicted on thousands of families that haven’t been as lucky as mine and have been separated at the US-Mexico border. Feeling the heat from all sides, the president has reversed his separation policy and signed an executive order …