Eating meat and other animal products doesn’t have to be a binary choice such as veganism to do good.
We can improve health and environmental outcomes by eating less. The author calls it Reducetarian. We all know that livestock production is a major contributor to climate change. Now you can feel good about consuming fewer animal products rather then cutting them out entirely.
We need more forward thinking like this to make cities more livable and to improve transportation.
There are a lot of solutions out there to improve the transit experience. They don’t all involve throwing money at the same old bus and subway systems.
Apps like Flow from Alphabet have the ability to improve the experience of all people moving into, out of and through a city.
Flow packs sticks as well as carrots. An “optimised parking enforcement” module would use AI algorithms to calculate the most lucrative routes for parking cops, earning a medium-sized city another $4m in fines.
Sidewalk also wants to redefine public transport. Flow Transit would integrate information and payment for almost every form of transport into Google Maps. Choose a destination and the app will estimate a journey price and duration using everything from buses and taxis to Uber, Lyft, car-share services like Zipcar and even bike-shares.
This article is really about wage theft, but no one likes to call it that.
The author commissioned a study to show how we could make up lost income gains by using earned income tax credits for the lowest paid workers.
This is a great idea which the staff generally applauds, but it misses the point of where the lost wages went. In seeking to fund this make-up pay the authors dance around the idea of making those responsible give it back.
economic growth has far outpaced income growth for decades. Gross domestic product for each person in the United States was 78 percent higher in 2015 than in 1979. But the average income for those households at the 20th percentile of the income distribution rose only 6.9 percent in that span.
No one wants to admit that corporations and the wealthy took the profit from productivity gains and GDP growth away from the workers. Now have to carefully beg for it back. This is not NobodyisFlyingthePlane. This is wage theft.
What Would It Take to Replace the Pay Working-Class Americans Have Lost? http://nyti.ms/2htjKcu
A great suggestion on how police should work with protesters to avoid violence at large events. It should be used on the regular.
We’d like to see better cross group planning at Standing Rock.
[Police] should invite protest organizers to planning sessions to share perspectives, tactics and concerns about how demonstrations will be conducted and policed. One strategy: Team demonstration leaders with police officers, to jointly calm emotions and identify, and help to eject, people bent on violence.
How to Prevent Violence in Cleveland http://nyti.ms/29UymjB
If pot was legalized nationwide, with a tax on every sale designated for treatment, it would free up the police to get at serious crimes, while ensuring that no addict would be denied treatment for lack of funds. As with most social reforms, it only seems impossible until it’s obvious.
Reefer Republic http://nyti.ms/2dJxqSt
Environmental sustainability is possible, but we need political will to adjust the markets to favor it.
For this to happen, countries will need to adopt policies that reduce the price of low-carbon investments to make them more attractive for private investors. These policies include environmental regulations to stimulate clean, sustainable development; incentives and subsidies for clean energy investments; and the pricing of carbon emissions, which can be done in a variety of ways, including emissions trading and taxes. We also need to eliminate subsidies that encourage the use and extraction of carbon-based energy like coal and oil. Such policies will take strong political will, especially as economic growth is slowing.
How to Raise Trillions for Green Investments http://nyti.ms/2d4p1WF
Political cycles come and go, but we often lose sight of our real goal.
It’s our job to improve humanity. That means improving things for women.
Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas http://nyti.ms/2aaFHMk