Best Article of 2016: Number Six

Farewell America

No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently.

The sun sets behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

America died on […]

Best Article of 2016: Number Seven

OBAMA RECKONS WITH A TRUMP PRESIDENCY

Inside a stunned White House, the President considers his legacy and America’s future.

via The New Yorker by David Remnick – Nov. 28th, 2016

****************** “We’re going to have to redesign the social compact,” Obama said. “And I know how to build a bridge to […]

Best Article of 2016: Number 8

What now: Paul Krugman – Thoughts for the Horrified

So what do we do now? By “we” I mean all those left, center and even right who saw Donald Trump as the worst man ever to run for president and assumed that a strong majority of our […]

Best Article of 2016: Number 9

How the Media Manufactured Hatred of Hillary Clinton

Clinton’s popularity didn’t start to plummet until the press focus turned to her emails.

As the late columnist Walter Winchell used to say: Onions. Onions to virtually everyone in the press corps for promoting a narrative […]

Wind & Solar Review

Solar and Wind: How Low Can They Go?

For the second year in a row, wind and solar accounted for roughly two-thirds of new U.S. generating capacity, while natural gas and nuclear made up most of the rest.

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The psychological research that helps explain the election

The research that helps explain the election.

via The New Yorker – by Maria Konnikova

December 25, 2016

Research on psychological concepts like “cultural tightness” and “optimism bias” offers insight into the rise of Donald Trump.

At the end of most years, I’m typically asked to write about the best psychology papers […]

Money. An article from the archive about getting real

by Richard @ Bizmarts – Dec. 2011

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Every day we see another article in the media about the positive signs in the economy; from the decline in the number of new unemployment claims, to a decline in the number of new foreclosures, to the claims that the world economy as a whole can expect […]

On the importance of select recycling considerations

New York CRT processor struggles to meet regulatory requirements

via Resource Recycling – posted on December 22, 2016 by Bobby Elliott *************************

Despite having a CRT glass recycling furnace in place in New York, Nulife Glass has for years had difficulty coming into compliance with state facility rules.

Nulife began processing up […]

Can recycling keep pace with plastic’s evolution?

via Resource Recycling – Posted on December 20, 2016 by Dan Leifp

Innovators in the resin realm often get a bad rap for prioritizing functionality over recyclability. But according to one bioplastics executive, end-of-life is still top-of-mind for many companies developing cutting-edge materials.

In a webinar earlier this month, Steve Davies of […]

Why things are not effective in movies, and why that’s not a good thing

“Why do almost no films ever show civilization functioning well, institutions doing their jobs, democracy working? The answer is simple: laziness.

A storyteller’s job is to keep his or her characters in pulse-pounding jeopardy for 90 minutes of film, or 600 pages of a novel. It’s hard to do that if they can dial 911 […]

My answers to questions on Quora

If median voters theorem holds then parties in two party systems should pick positions close to a median voters ideal point. What historical or current evidence can you provide to support or contradict the claim of this hypothesis?

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The whole concept of finding a political “Golden Mean” is faulty if each ‘wing’ starts from […]

The Single Mother’s Manifesto

J.K. Rowling: The Single Mother’s Manifesto

Writing about web page http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article7096786.ece

From The Times Online, April 15, 2010 – J.K. Rowling writes:

I’ve never voted Tory before, but . . .” Those much parodied posters, with their photogenic subjects and their trite captions, remind me irresistibly of glossy greetings cards. Indeed, the more […]

How To Make $71 Billion A Year: Tax the Churches

How To Make $71 Billion A Year: Tax the Churches

via Think Big – by DEREK BERES

While the desire to tax churches is not new, it seems as far from reality as possible at this moment. As has been commented, no atheist could possibly hope to win an election in today’s political […]

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How to Inspire Action on Climate in the Age of Trump

Action on Climate in the Age of Trump

A Guide for Advocates

On January 20, climate-conscious policymakers will be cast from the halls of power and replaced by a cadre of industry insiders whose giddy contempt for science will shape political discourse for […]

Vindictiveness personified

Trump Lashes Out At ‘Vanity Fair,’ One Day After It Lambastes His Restaurant

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Patrons are reflected in a mirror as they eat at Trump Tower Grille at Trump Tower in New York. A critical Vanity […]

Interference in elections

The long history of the U.S. interfering with elections elsewhere

via Washington Post – by Ishaan Tharoor October 13 U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shakes hands with Chilean Foreign Minister Ismale Huerta Diaz during break in the Latin Foreign Ministers Conference in Mexico City, Feb. 22, 1974. (Ed Kolenovsky?AP)

One of the […]

Trump is laying the path for Democrats to reconsolidate the Blue Wall

Trump is laying the path for Democrats to reconsolidate the Blue Wall via Daily Kos by Egberto Willies Sunday Dec 11, 2016 · 9:00 PM EST

Democrats lost a big chunk of the blue wall because they took many of the reliably Democratic states for granted. They did not do so by having policies inferior […]

Farewell America

No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently.

The sun sets behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

America died on Nov. 8, […]

Middle class blues – economic style

American Dream collapsing for young adults, study says, as odds plunge that children will earn more than their parents

Rising income inequality has eroded the ability for American children to grow up […]