At times NobodyisFlyingthePlane will be a diatribe about the current state of affairs in the US and the world at large, at other times it will be an evidentiary discussion of the problem, and most of the time it will just be a collection of links I wanted to share.
The idea that the rich are better, know more more, make better decisions, etc. is pervasive. It shouldn’t be and its not based in reality.
NobodyisFlyingthePlane when small towns nationwide have and use military equipment. These programs need to stop.
NYTimes: Get the Military Off of Main Street
NobodyisFlyingthePlane. Right wing nuts from the West want their fires put out, but dont want to fund the federal government’s efforts to prevent forest fires. Worse, they declaim loudly that climate change is a hoax, merely smoke and mirrors.
Smoke and ashes out West.
NYTimes: Fools at the Fire
Great article on other paths to success outside the typical college track. We need to focus much more on how these paths can be increased and strengthened. Pushing every kid towards college is not the answer.
Americans have a host of postsecondary options other than a four-year degree—associate degrees, occupational certificates, industry certifications, apprenticeships. Many economists are bullish about the prospects of what they call “middle-skilled” workers. In coming years, according to some, at least a third and perhaps closer to half of all U.S. jobs will require more than high school but less than four years of college—and most will involve some sort of technical or practical training.
Will these be just jobs—or real careers? Is the system preparing enough Americans to fill them? Are there adequate opportunities for training? Do we do enough to steer young people toward technical training?
The first requirement of any upward path is entry ramps at the ground level.
The second requirement of any good upward path is for training to lead to a job.
A third requirement of a good career path is that it must be aligned with economic needs.
Many high schools and community colleges teach job skills, but too many of them use outmoded techniques and equipment or steer young people to industries that aren’t growing. The best way to stay current is to partner with an employer, who can offer advice about what’s in demand, help design curricula, lend equipment, even—like JV—provide training.
Like construction, nursing is a time-tested path to the middle class, and it has many of the same hallmarks: easy on-ramps, goal-oriented job training and a series of ascending steps, with industry-certified credentials to guide the way.
Rolls Royce has developed plans for ships with no crews. This seems like a great idea, but the article focuses on all the hazards. There are tons of way to test this new tech without endangering anyone, they just seem short on ideas. How about a ship which can accommodate a local Pilot when it gets to port? How about test boats with crew accommodations to allow for human intervention should it be required.
Minnesota has it figured out.
“energy consumption is growing more slowly than Minnesota’s robust economy, and greenhouse-gas emissions have basically been level since 2000.”
“We’re going to push the utilities harder than they want to be pushed, but we want them to make money while they’re doing it,”
Energy conservation doesn’t have to come at the expense of profit. Utilities world wide could learn a lot from those in Minnesota. They’ve been cleaning up their act for years and still profiting. The key appears to be flexibility in how the utilities go about improving.
while the state oversees the utilities’ renewable energy and carbon-reduction goals, the market largely chooses how they are met.
This article echos the discussion in a previous post about using peoples’ reputations to encourage or shame them into doing the right thing. This article mentions water use shaming in California. It seems that calling out people in particular and in general for wasting water for things such as their lawns has a positive effect. Unfortunately its not enough to resolve the issue in the deeply under resourced and dry West.
See the previous post and link to an article about public reputations and energy conservation here.
NYTimes: Californians Keep Up With Joneses’ Water Use