- Bypass paywalls on popular online publications for free, by 7 Labs.
There is a lot of important information out there that is behind paywalls, many requiring expensive subscription to overcome.
Above the Fold
- How Many are Going to Die Because Trump Surrendered to Coronavirus? by Umair Haque, Medium--Eudaimonia
- Calling overpopulation concern ‘ecofascist’ is absurd and harmful, by Olivia, Empathy Conservation
"There’s a disturbing new trend of associating concern about human population growth with fascism and racism. Here’s why this is hugely damaging to people and planet."
- 32 Pictures That Show What White Privilege Looks Like, by Dave Stopera and Matt Stopera, Buzzfeed
- The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die, by Hamilton Nolan, Common Dreams
"Whether Americans know it or not, their government is not working for them. Their government is working on behalf of capital. Humans are now a mere second-order, instrumental factor to be considered based on how it affects capital."
- How Much Do We Need The Police?, by Leah Donnella, NPR Code Sw!tch
Almost everything we use the police for could be better dealt with in other ways, ways that would address the underlying problems and solve them.
- The Surplus Energy Economy—an introduction, by Tim Morgan, Surplus Energy Economics
How the economy really works.
- Green economic growth is an article of ‘faith’ devoid of scientific evidence, by Nafeez Ahmed, Medium—Insurge Intelligence
"Crack team that advised UN Global Sustainable Development Report settle a longstanding debate with hard empirical data"
"Decoupling is therefore not a truly scientific concept. It is, instead, merely an “abstract possibility that no empirical evidence can disprove but that in the absence of robust empirical evidence or detailed and concrete plans rests, in part, on faith. "Instead of focusing on the mythology that we can continue business-as-usual, we need to find ways to mobilise both technology and fundamental restructuring of our economies and production relations to transition to new forms of prosperity. As Jason Hickel of the London School of Economics has shown: “Over and over again, empirical data shows that it is possible to achieve high levels of human welfare without high levels of GDP with significantly less pressure on the planet. How? By sharing income more fairly and investing in universal health care, education, and other public goods. The evidence is clear: When it comes to delivering long, healthy, flourishing lives for all, this is what counts — this is what progress looks like."
- Resources for a Better Future—Decoupling, by Timothée Parrique, Un Even Earth
But the title should have been decoupling debunked. And a good job done of it, too.
- How collotype printing, an outmoded technology, helps preserve Japan’s heritage, director: Fritz Schumann, Aeon—Psyche
Black Lives Matter
- Black Lives Matter
- Violence Never Works? Really? by Tim Wise, Medium—Equality
- Opinion: Maybe That Police Station Shouldn’t Have Broken the Law, by Kevin Tit, The Hard Times
- Letter from a Region in My Mind, by James Baldwin, The New Yorker
"From 1962: 'Whatever white people do not know about Negroes reveals, precisely and inexorably, what they do not know about themselves.' "
- When Gandhi Was Wrong, by Rafia Zakaria, The Baffler
"There is no universal resistance strategy"
Much in this that I don't agree with. It is important to realize the MLK eventually came around to the idea that violent protest may be the only way. Throughout history, much has been achieved through violence, and very little through peaceful protest. And I say this as a man who has no great love for violence.
- Antifa, explained, by Zack Beauchamp, Vox
"But it’s one thing to say some members are doing this stuff — a “faction of a faction,” as Bray puts it — and another to argue, as O’Brien does, that antifa is behind the overall tumult. The former is a reasonable suspicion based on antifa’s track record, the latter a political move designed exclusively to provide moral justification for a police crackdown on peaceful protesters."
- This ‘Equity’ picture is actually White Supremacy at work, by Sippin the EquiTEA, Medium—Race
- Structural Violence, Wikipedia
A new term that I have just recently become familiar with and which neatly describes much of the oppression going on today.
- Life and times at the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, by Shane Burley, Roar Magazine
"Following a long tradition of left revolutionary praxis, protesters in Seattle have declared a cop-free autonomous zone in the heart of the city."
Defund the Police
- What are we talking about when we talk about “a police-free future?”, MPD150
- Seattle protesters stake out 'autonomous zone,' angering Trump, CBC News—The Associated Press
"After days of violent confrontations, police have largely withdrawn from now 'festival-like' area"
- Free Food, Free Speech and Free of Police: Inside Seattle’s ‘Autonomous Zone’, by Mike Baker, New York Times
"President Trump challenged Seattle’s mayor to “take back your city” after the police vacated a station house and protesters laid claim to the neighborhood around it."
- The City that Really Did Abolish the Police, by Katherine Landergan, Politico
" And rebuilt the department from the ground up. The strange, hopeful, politically complicated story of Camden, N.J."
- Minneapolis Organizers Are Already Building the Tools for Safety Without Police, by Jae Hyun Shim, Truthout
- Six Ideas for a Cop-Free World, by José Martín, Rolling Stone
"As public outrage at police brutality grows, we take a look at a few of the practicable, real-world alternatives to the modern police system."
- Alternatives to Policing—flyers to help us imagine a better way.
- MPD 150—Resources
"Of course, this list is not exhaustive; but these are some great places to start if you’re looking to learn more about what a world without police might look like, and how we might get there."
- Modern policing was set up to protect the powerful from a criminal underclass, by Lewis Waller, Aeon Magazine—Psyche
- How MAGA Media Spins Statistics, by Tim Wise, Medium—Media
"Right-wing COVID distortions endanger American lives"
- Putting the Risk of Covid-19 in Perspective, by DAvid C. Roberts, The New York Times
- Reopen and Rise!, by Dawn Allen, Legal Reader
"All around the country, it’s time to reopen and rise! How well we survive the utterly predictable COVID spike is a reflection of our cultural values."
- Sweden Has Become the World’s Cautionary Tale, by Peter S. Goodman, The New York Times
- American Passports Are Worthless Now (Map), by Indi Samarajiva, Medium—Politics
Capitalism, Communism, Anarchy
- Anarchy: What It Is and Why Pop Culture Loves It, by Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue
"Anarchism is a radical, revolutionary leftist political philosophy that advocates for the abolition of government, hierarchy, and all other unequal systems of power. It seeks to replace what its proponents view as inherently oppressive institutions — like a capitalist society or the prison industrial complex — with nonhierarchical, horizontal structures powered by voluntary associations between people. Anarchists organize around a key set of principles, including horizontalism, mutual aid, autonomy, solidarity, direct action, and direct democracy, a form of democracy in which the people make decisions themselves via consensus (as opposed to representative democracy, of which the United States government is an example)."
- Progressives Say 'People Know Who Real Looters Are': Not Those Angry Over Police Killings, But Oligarchs Robbing Nation Blind, by Eoin HIggins, Common Dreams
"Americans know who the real looters are. It's the billionaires who plundered America for $434 billion during the pandemic while the essential workers keeping our country afloat make barely over minimum wage."
- Why are people against incentives to perform better in lieu of socialism that has no incentives?, by Pascal Morimacil, Quora
- I Can Make You a Socialist in Four Minutes, by Alexei Stell, Medium
"Unlike capitalism, a cooperative-based socialism would actually be consistent with commonsense moral principles"
- Are You An Anarchist? The Answer May Surprise You! by David Graeber, The Anarchist Library
- Why do we make socialists defend the worst of socialism but never ask capitalists to defend the worst leaders of capitalist history? by Pascal Morimacil, Quora
The New Fascism, and Antifa
I hear a lot of well educated people saying that the people some of us are calling fascists don't meet all the criteria for being "real" fascists. Others have even accused us of calling anyone we disagree with a fascist. I predict that a few decades from now those same people will be saying they wish they hadn't been quite so fussy with their definitions, and had acted sooner to oppose these "new fascists", even if they weren't identical to the fascists of the twentieth century.
- What is antifa? A look at the movement Trump is blaming for violence at protests, by Eric Tucker, Associated Press, PBS News Hour
Resource Depletion, formerly (and still including) Peak Oil
The change in title stems from the fact that it's not just oil that is peaking.
- Record debts come due for Canadian oilpatch after 5 years of crisis, Thomson Reuters/CBC News
- The Major Problem With Shutting Down Oil Wells, by Irina Slav, OilPrice.com
The problem being with the issues that arise when you try to start them up again.
- The World Isn’t Ready for Peak Oil, by Amos Hochstein, The Atlantic
- Global oil discovered 7.7 times less than consumption in 2019, by energyskeptic at energyskeptic.com
- Why Our Intuition About Sea-Level Rise Is Wrong, by Daniel Grossman, Nautilus—Oceans
"A geologist explains that climate change is not just about a global average sea rise."
- Siberian Arctic 'up to 10 degrees warmer' in June, by Justin Rowlatt, BBC News
- Climate Change and Agriculture, Union of Concerned Scientists
"A Perfect Storm in Farm Country "
Before jumping to the erroneous conclusion that this section was paid for by Monsanto, stop for a moment and understand that organic agriculture/food is a multi-billion dollar per year industry that relies on fear to get people to buy its product. Millions of dollars are being spent to convince you that non-organic food is dangerous. In fact both conventionally grown and organic foods are equally safe. Sadly neither method of agriculture is even remotely substainable.
- Why do farmers use GMOs? and other questions you’ve always wanted to ask, by Matt Sawyer, Real Farm Lives
Recipes and Cooking
- 5 Shortcuts to More Flavorful Soup, by Mark Bitman, Medium-Heated
Before jumping to the erroneous conclusion that this section was paid for by Monsanto, stop for a moment and understand that organic agriculture/food is a multi-billion dollar per year industry that relies on fear to get people to buy its product. Millions of dollars are spent to convince you that non-organic food is dangerous. In fact both conventionally grown and organic foods are equally safe. Sadly neither method of agriculture is even remotely substainable.
- Panic-free GMOs, A Grist Special Series by Nathanael Johnson
"It’s easy to get information about genetically modified food. There are the dubious anti-GM horror stories that recirculate through social networks. On the other side, there’s the dismissive sighing, eye-rolling, and hand patting of pro-GM partisans. But if you just want a level-headed assessment of the evidence in plain English, that’s in pretty short supply. Fortunately, you’ve found the trove."
A series of articles that does a pretty good job of presenting the facts about GMOs. I plan to include one article from this series here each month.
- Genetically modified seed research: What’s locked and what isn’t, by Nathanael Johnson , Grist—Panic Free GMOs
"Monsanto gets a lot of pain in the public press, but they are the company that interacts the best with public scientists — they have always been on the forefront of pushing public research forward."
- TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Say They Sank Trump Rally, by Kellen Browning, Sheera Frenkel and Taylor Lorenz, New York Times
These are of such importance that I've decide to leave them here on an ongoing basis.
- Debunking, Wikipedia
- Pseudoscience, Wikipedia
- List of topics characterized as pseudoscience, Wikipedia
- Rational Wiki
- Science Based Medecine
- Snopes, debunks or validates urban legends
- Bad Astronomy
- The Skeptics Society
- The 8 Best Fact-Checking Sites for Finding Unbiased Truth, by Megan Ellis, MUO—Make Use Of
- Pain Science, by Paul Ingraham
- Techniques of Science Denial
Lacking an Owner's Manual
The human body/mind/spirit doesn't come with an owner's manual, and we continually struggle to figure out how best to operate them.
- What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness, by Robert Waldinger, TED—YouTube
- To Boost Your Productivity, Embrace the ‘Hard Stop’, by Dr. Tom Snyder, Medium—Forge
"Quit letting innocent-looking tasks keep you from doing the work that matters"
- The 2-Word Trick That Makes Small Talk Interesting, by Dave Schools, Medium—Forge
Small talk is something I am abysmally bad at, so I am always interested in suggestions on how to make it go better.
Poverty, Homeless People, Minimum Wage, UBI, Health Care, Affordable Housing
- Residents move from tents into cabins at Kitchener’s newest settlement for the homeless, by Laura Booth, The Record
These are great times for political satire.
- ANTIFA surprised to discover it is an organization, by Anders Yates, The Beaverton
- A Deepness in the Sky, by Vernor Vinge
- To Sail Beyond the Sunset, by Robert A Heinlein
- The Pursuit of the Pankera, by Robert A. Heinlein
A "new" Heinlein book.
- Mamelukes, by Jerry Pournelle, David Weber, Phillip Pournelle
Janissaries book four