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.
Richard Florida has been leading a new understanding of what makes urban places great and how we can harness the innovation and economic success that comes from our cities.
His thoughts on the 2016 election lead him to see a looming decentralization of political power. It sounds good to the staff here, but we wonder how it plays out in situations such as when red country pollution seeps into blue cities.
Steps to mitigate misinformation campaigns. The Russians aren’t the only ones doing it.
the internet companies that sold ads to Russians over the past few years can voluntarily adopt the Honest Ads Act’s provisions. They’ve taken some steps in that direction, but there is certainly more they could do.
More housing is needed in most communities experience rapid increases in housing costs. To some extent displacement is a problematic consequence of denser redevelopment. Right to Remain provisions could incentivize developers to keep displaced renters in the neighborhood while replacement housing is built. This would go a long way to reducing the effects of displacement.
Right to Remain could fit into state or local law in a number of ways — but it would be most effective to pair it with upzoning (zone changes that allow for denser housing to be built). Rent is rising in Los Angeles because we build far too little housing to accommodate our children and the job-seekers who move here. That resulting housing shortage gives landlords all the negotiating power. Upzoning allows more housing to be built, giving renters more options — and therefore more leverage with landlords. In combination with the Right to Remain, upzoning can provide enough housing to bring rents down while making sure that no one is displaced along the way.
Given this history, it is not surprising that the contemporary leaders of the religious right are blasé about reports that Trump cheated on his third wife with a porn star shortly after the birth of his youngest child, then paid her to be quiet. Despite his louche personal life, Trump, the racist patriarch promising cultural revenge, doesn’t threaten the religious right’s traditional values. He embodies them.
the politicized sectors of conservative evangelicalism have been associated with bigotry, selfishness and deception for a long time. Trump has simply revealed the movement’s priorities. It values the preservation of traditional racial and sexual hierarchies over fuzzier notions of wholesomeness.
But it seems absurd to ask secular people to respect the religious right’s beliefs about sex and marriage — and thus tolerate a degree of anti-gay discrimination — while the movement’s leaders treat their own sexual standards as flexible and conditional. Christian conservatives may believe strongly in their own righteousness. But from the outside, it looks as if their movement was never really about morality at all.
Of Course the Christian Right Supports Trump https://nyti.ms/2GfXdx0
$20 Billion in funding could end homelessness in the US. That’s about what we spend on Christmas decorations every year. The link has a great info graphic showing places we might find that funding.
The figures are 5 years old, but the more important part is that it might not be as hard to find the funding as some would think.
The Guardian looks at homelessness in the U.S. as a human rights issue. Of course it is, it’s spelled out in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The problem, as with many other human rights, is policy and funding are needed to make it so.
What the article seems to miss is that shelter alone will not keep most people experiencing homelessness off the street. Lots of other wrap around services are needed to help stabilize them.
Our staff here would like to see us judge our success as a society not by the Dow, but by how those in the greatest need are treated.
Government Shutdowns as tools of negotiation aren’t an unbiased across the board suspension of government services. They are #Selectivestarvation
The essential services kept going are ones designed to favor the GOP and their law and order model of government, while social services such as food and healthcare for the poor are suspended.
When Congress passed laws over the past decades to feed the poor, educate people, and create public spaces, it didn’t mark these efforts as “nonessential.” This distinction is simply an extra-legal assertion by the government that’s been mindlessly accepted by the media and internalized by the broader public. But what is and isn’t “essential” isn’t a determination made by some objective bureaucrat simply calling balls and strikes; it’s the entire framework for how this right-wing administration and Congress will remake government in its image—all without input from the public.