October 9. 2019 Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers by Matthew Taylor and Jonathan Watts “The great tragedy of the climate crisis is that seven and a half billion people must pay the price – … [Read more…]
From IEEE Spectrum: New Alternative to Bitcoin Uses Negligible Energy 15 Oct 2019 | 15:00 GMT New Alternative to Bitcoin Uses Negligible Energy Novel algorithms are secure like blockchains, but simpler, faster, and more energy-efficient By Charles Q. Choi A nearly zero-energy alternative to Bitcoin and other blockchain-based cryptocurrencies that promises as much security but … [Read more…]
‘Scary for democracy’ Adam Gabbatt in Youngstown, Ohio Wed 21 Aug 2019 It was in the late 1920s that the Ku Klux Klan regularly began gathering outside the home of William F Maag Jr in Youngstown. Maag owned the Vindicator newspaper, which unlike others in this once prosperous part of Ohio, had been willing to … [Read more…]
In the New York Review of Books, this essay Real Americans by Joseph O’Neill is noteworthy. O’Neill reviews two books, This America: The Case for the Nation by Jill Lepore and This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto by Suketu Mehta. O’Neill delivers a fine essay covering many points of the current state in … [Read more…]
From July 20, 2019:
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian. Paul Mason Fri 17 Jul 2015
To write his new novel, Red Moon, the sci-fi author became an expert on lunar colony tech IEEE Spectrum – By Sally Adee But for Red Moon, which is set so close to the current moment, the underlying “really” is the same thing as the explicit plot—it’s about China taking over the moon. China and … [Read more…]
24 May 2019 – IEEE Spectrum TELCOM By Lucas Laursen “Rural Cooperatives Deliver High-Speed Internet for Less,” tired of waiting, some rural residents are funding their own Wi-Fi networks to bring broadband to their homes.
From the Guardian: Executive pay is skyrocketing in the US. But I froze the salaries of my top team to benefit other workers – and it worked. What seems like a real world example of how smart leadership can help fix wage disparity.
Plant owner Exelon said the reactor would shut down by September 30. from Ars Technica by Megan Geuss, 05/09/2019.