So I find it hard to keep up with “the latest,” keep fit, and also get work done. I’ve been able to find time in my day by combining two of them, news/opinion items and walking/running (and sometimes even work) using the “Instapaper” app, with which the paid-for edition does audio playback. So I listen to my news/opinion while out.
Here is the list of items I listened to (“read”) on this morning’s 7 mile walk.
Comment: Notes the shift in the climate “debate” over the past year or two.
Plausible emission scenarios
Comment: Dives into the debate on plausible emission scenarios of the future. #emissions
Machine learning and Explainable AI can support progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals
Comment: Looks at recent use of machine learning for understanding the impacts of sustainable development. I note that results indicate the undervaluation of natural infrastructure in the #SDGs #Science
Capitol Police Told to Hold Back on Riot Response on Jan. 6, Report Finds
Uproar in Hungary over plans for €1.5bn Chinese university in Budapest – News – GCR
http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/uproar-hungary-over-plans-15bn-chinese-university-/ #china, #hungary
CNN reporter confronted during Minnesota protests in heated on-air interview: ‚”Get away from here.”
Americans are still spanking their kids. A new study shows how harmful that is.
Comment: To be clear – I am 100% against spanking. But this ain’t proof. 😦
Colorado’s Big Transportation Plan Makes Transit A Lower Priority – And RTD Gets Nothing
https://www.cpr.org/2021/04/12/colorado-transportation-funding-makes-transit-a-lower-priority-and-rtd-gets-nothing/ #colorado, #transit
How The Mayor Of Salida Got Caught In The Battle Over Electric Car Chargers
https://www.cpr.org/2021/04/12/how-the-mayor-of-salida-got-caught-in-the-battle-over-electric-car-chargers/ #colorado, #energy_transformation
Asian Development Bank allocates $484m for Indian road maintenance – News – GCR
Lendlease announces new chief executive for Asia – News – GCR
Massive residential development proposed for Toronto rail corridor – News – GCR
Biden proposes $24.7 billion NASA budget in 2022 to support moon exploration and more
https://www.space.com/biden-nasa-2022-budget-request #nasa, #space
An Alliance of Autocracies? China Wants to Lead a New World Order.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/29/world/asia/china-us-russia.html #china, #russia
Comment: 21st Century elbows
Opinion | We Don’t Need More Life-Crushing Steel and Concrete
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/opinion/infrastructure-biden-nature.html #environment, #green_infrastructure
Comment: Preaching to the choir. More people need to be reached.
Opinion | America Needs to Empower Workers Again
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/12/opinion/us-unions-amazon.html #labor, #equity, #socialchange
Opinion | Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal could be the first step to a Taliban takeover
Opinion | Biden is admitting America’s defeat in Afghanistan. It’s about time.
Opinion | Things are going well for Biden. But the easy part may be almost over.
Patrick J. Buchanan: Putin & Xi Have Red Lines, Too | Articles
https://vdare.com/articles/patrick-j-buchanan-putin-xi-have-red-lines-too #china #russia #us_politics
Comment: Note: Far-right website.
Trump’s enablers want us to forget what they did. We can’t let that happen | Arwa Mahdawi
Opinion | Republicans have found yet another way to scam their own voters
Littwin: Vaccine passports are coming, but you may have to cross battle lines to get them
https://coloradosun.com/2021/04/11/coronavirus-vaccine-jared-polis-littwin-opinion/ #us_politics #colorado
Opinion | I Represent El Paso. What I’m Asking For Doesn’t Include Open Borders.
Comment: Most people want to stay in their communities, address the underlying reasons they need to leave.
If western governments want to promote democracy, a good place to start would be to fight illicit financial flows
Carving out Resilience Investments from the “American Jobs Plan” Could Attract Bipartisan Support – Niskanen Center
https://www.niskanencenter.org/carving-out-resilience-investments-from-the-american-jobs-plan-could-attract-bipartisan-support/ #us_politics, #resilience
My COVID lament: “Too soon, Mom. The vaccine was almost there.”
Comment: Worth reading
Perspective | I spent years obsessed with ‘Helen,’ my father’s girlfriend and mother’s rival
Comment: Very much worth reading
I don’t get what Adam Curtis is saying (I might just be dumb)
Comment: I’d never heard of Adam Curtis.
on trans issues
A review of BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN: A Story of Family, Feminism and Treason By Gina Frangello. Review by Dani Shapiro. A Rage-Fueled Memoir of a Marriage-Ending Affair