These links appear in the order I read them. You may find some of the best ones are near the bottom—it varies from month to month. Last month I started a section at the bottom of the links on a subject that particularly interested me. This month I've added two more.
- Teachers Are Being Trained to Shoot Their Students, by Patricia J. Williams, The Nation.
Within the first 23 days of 2018, there were 11 school shootings in the United States. In lieu of any serious discussion about gun control, there has been instead a proliferation of laws and bills that would arm teachers, and train them to be able to kill.
- Phobic Christian, While You’ve Been Busy Bothering LGBTQ People…, by John Pavlovitz, johnpavlovitz.com
- The Science of Happiness, created by Happify, at happfiy.com
- Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don't Help The Environment, by Dan Charles, NPR, The Salt—What's on your plate.
- Flu and fish-mato., by mem_somerville, Medium—The Method
Conspiracy theories have real public health consequences. Stop it.
- How Will the World Feed Itself in 2050?, by NT Franklin, Medium—The Method
"The Method" refers, of course, to the scientific method, and the writers under this banner are taking a reality based approach—just the sort of thing I'm looking for.
- Farmers are Environmentalists, by NT Franklin, Medium—The Method
Some interesting discussion in the comments on this one, but unfortunately, you have to be a Medium member to access it.
- 2017 flu vaccine effectiveness—getting the facts straight, by Skeptical Raptor , skepticalraptor.com
- Heat Down, by RE, Doomstead Diner
- Linguists Discover Previously Unidentified Language In Malaysia, by Camila Domonoske, NPr, The Two-Way
- Food Insecurity and Rice, by NT, Medium
- What are the liberals' main gripe with the conservatives?
, a question on Quora which got 49 answers (so far).
The second one, by TJ Fuller is my favourite.
- The CANADALAND Guide to Jordan B. Peterson, a Canadaland podcast with Jesse Brown.
Why did an obscure Canadian psychology prof suddenly become an international media star? It’s a much better question than “is he right or wrong?”
- Funnily? Really?, by Dictionary Eyes
Because funnily is a word that people use and have been using for quite some time, it goes in the dictionary, and quite rightly so. That does not mean, however, that it is satisfactory. Presence in the dictionary is not a free pass out of dictionary eyes jail. Not all words are equal, and not all them should receive the same score. I have long been a believer that all words in the dictionary should be accompanied by a score from 0–6 that evaluates what people will think of you if you use them. It’s a public service. Funnily receives a 0.7.
- Why People Keep Misunderstanding the 'Connection' Between Race and IQ, by Brink Lindsey, The Atlantic
Jason Richwine's IQ-based argument that American Hispanics are less intelligent than native-born whites has been called racist. It's also wrong.
- Cryptocurrencies don't make sense, by Jon Danielsson, VOX, CEPR's Policy Portal
Cryptocurrencies are supposedly a new and superior form of money and investments – the way of the future. The author of this column, however, does not see the point of cryptocurrencies, finding them no better than existing fiat money or good investments.
- Survivor Libary, by Rocky Rawlins, Survivor Library
or... how to survive and prosper without modern technology.
- Yes, we do have tomatoes – but not GM ones – says riled bio-blogger, by Bob Edlin, AgScience, The NZIAHS blog
Pointing out the kind of outright lies I've come to expect from many of the anti-GMO folks.
- Godless yet good, by Troy Jollimore, Aeon
There’s something in religious tradition that helps people be ethical. But it isn’t actually their belief in God.
- Genetically modified organisms can help with food security, by Sami Zaatari, Staff Reporter, Gulf News—Environment.
Reporting on a talk by Nina Fedoroff.
- Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse, by Umair Haque, Medium—Eudaimonia & Co.
The Strange New Pathologies of the World’s First Rich Failed State
- Photographer visits lost Mongolian tribe, captures stunning photos of their life and culture, by Jenny Brown, Shareably
- Islands Not sinking: Climate Change Demonstrated to Be a Hoax, by Ugo Bardi, Cassandra's Legacy
Have you ever wondered how it is possible that coral islands lie flat just a little above the sea level? It is not a coincidence, the coral reef that forms the islands is alive and it can adapt to variations of the sea level. According to some people, that demonstrates that climate change is a hoax (??).
- Glyphosate Vs. Caffeine: Acute and Chronic Toxicity Assessments Explained, by Alison Bernstein, PhD, Food and Farm Discussion Lab
A good discussion of chronic toxicity.
"...caffeine is 40 times more toxic than glyphosate. However, this is only a useful number if we know our typical exposures. The exposure numbers above show that we don’t give a second thought to consuming caffeine at levels hundreds of times higher than the oral RfD, but are simultaneously worried about exposures to glyphosate that are 100 times lower than the RfD. In discussions of toxicity, we must use the correct data to back up our points to step outside the cycle of misinformation."
- How do North and South Korea's Footprints compare?, by Global Footprint Network on YouTube
- Can You Make a Wind Turbine Without Fossil Fuels?, by Robert Wilson, The Energy Collective
- Community Resilience in an Era of Upheaval
This is a recording of a webinar I sat inn the other say, featuring Richard Heinberg and Rebecca Wodder
- Alberta hasn’t suffered for raising the minimum wage, by Ian Hussey, The Globe and Mail
The problem for critics of minimum-wage increases is that history doesn't back up their sky-is-falling claims.
- Why a $15 minimum wage is good for business, by Armine Yalnizyan, Macleans
Boost the minimum wage and you boost the economy from the bottom up, writes economist Armine Yalnizyan. That means more demand for what businesses have to sell.
- Stop Lying to Yourself: When You Snub Panhandlers, It’s Not “For Their Own Good”, by Tim Wise, Medium
"This idea that the poor should enjoy no indulgence, exhibit no vice, and partake in no pleasurable diversion whatsoever — be it a drink, a cigarette, or a cell phone — while still expecting our sympathy, comes very near the definition of sadism."
- Why the ‘Housing Crisis’ Is Really About Globalization, by William E. Rees, TheTyee.ca
Free-flowing capital breaks the link between prices and local incomes — and most of us are shut out.
- I’ve been homeless 3 times. The problem isn’t drugs or mental illness — it’s poverty
, by Veronica Harnish, Vox
A rising economic tide doesn't lift all boats — it merely drowns the poor.
- Poverty is Policy-Based, by Veronica Harnish, Car Living When There's No Other Choice
- What To Do & Who To Contact If You Are Homeless Right Now—Or About To Be, by Veronica Harnish, Car Living When There's No Other Choice
- San Francisco’s ‘Diseased Streets’ Are Being Compared to Some of Worst Slums in the World, by Joe Seyton, The Western Journal
- As homeless camps explode in L.A. suburbs, residents fear they will become permanent, by Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times
- Making It Illegal to Sleep in Cars and RVs, by John Vibes, The Mind Unleashed, Anti Media
- Cold comfort: U.S. homeless shelters overwhelmed in brutal weather, by Scott Malone, Reuters
- Los Angeles Blames Wildfire on Homeless, But Evicting Them Won’t Solve the Real Problems: Climate Change and Urban Sprawl, by Alleen Brown, Eric Preven, Joshua Preven, The Intercept
"Indeed, in a world increasingly altered by climate change and minimally controlled development, the rush in L.A. to blame a population of vulnerable people for a phenomenon that challenges the very way we live on the land may be a sign of what’s to come."
- San Diego mayor outlines impending crackdown on homeless, by Meenakshi Jagadeesan, World Socialist Website
- Homeless deaths skyrocket in major Canadian cities, by Janet Browning, World Socialist Website
- Oregon woman evicted from senior housing for $328 in late rent freezes to death in parking garage, by Admin, Bloomsmag
- Visible Homeless in Tokyo, Japan, by Life Where I'm From, YouTube
- Why Japan's Homeless are Different from North America's (Part 1), Life Where I'm From, YouTube
- Who are Japan's Homeless? (Part 2), Life Where I'm From, YouTube
- Housing Japan's Homeless (Part 3), Life Where I'm From, YouTube
- Meeting and Helping Japan's Homeless (Part 4), Life Where I'm From, YouTube
- Why Are There Still 5,534 Homeless People in Japan? (Part 5) , Life Where I'm From, YouTube
- Maria’s Bodies, by Mattathias Schwartz, Photographs by Matt Black, New York Magazine
The hurricane in Puerto Rico has become a man-made disaster, with a death toll threatening to eclipse Katrina’s.
- I Won’t Leave Puerto Rico in the Dark, by Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Medium—Bright
- The Media Really Has Neglected Puerto Rico, by Dhrumil Mehta, FiveThirtyEight
- The Military Was Ready in Texas and Florida. What Went Wrong in Puerto Rico?, by Richard Parker, Politico Magazine
When Hurricane Maria struck, the U.S. military called off the huge resources it had mustered for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
- Puerto Rico pays taxes. The US is obligated to help it just as much as Texas and Florida, by Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox
FEMA is required to treat the territory like any other state.
- How Low Will Puerto Rico’s Population Go?, by Lyman Stone, Medium—in a state of migration
- Behind the Scenes— Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico, by Senator Chris Murphy, Medium
- Puerto Rican Governor calls for the closing of a quarter of the island’s public schools, by Rafael Azul, World Socialist Website
- FEMA Contract Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered., by Patricia Mazzei and Agustin Armendariz, The New York Times
- Surviving the Future, by David Fleming
"Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy"
An absolutely brilliant book that is unfortunately sprinkle throughout with little nuggets (turds) of crunchy nonsense.