What I “read” this morning on my morning walk: 2021-04-14

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.

Climate blog

Eight years


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

Comment: 😠

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.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/04/13/sara-sidner-cnn-minneapolis-wright/       #socialchange

Americans are still spanking their kids. A new study shows how harmful that is.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/spanking-study-twins-behavior-genetics/2021/04/08/53a7e1ee-961a-11eb-b28d-bfa7bb5cb2a5_story.html #socialchange

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

http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/asian-development-bank-allocates-484m-indian-road-/ #asia

Lendlease announces new chief executive for Asia – News – GCR

http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/lendlease-announces-new-chief-executive-asia/ #asia

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/13/bidens-afghanistan-withdrawal-could-be-first-step-taliban-takeover/ #asia

Opinion | Biden is admitting America’s defeat in Afghanistan. It’s about time.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/13/biden-is-admitting-americas-defeat-afghanistan-its-about-time/ #asia

Opinion | Things are going well for Biden. But the easy part may be almost over.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/13/things-are-going-well-biden-easy-part-may-be-almost-over/ #us_politics

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

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/13/trumps-enablers-want-us-to-forget-what-they-did-we-cant-let-that-happen #us_politics

Opinion | Republicans have found yet another way to scam their own voters

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/12/republicans-small-business-job-creators-scam-voters/ #us_politics

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/opinion/border-migrants-central-america.html #us_politics

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

https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/if-western-governments-want-promote-democracy-good-place-start-would-be-fight-illicit #global_governance

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.”

https://coloradosun.com/2021/04/12/write-on-colorado-alessandro-sary/ #covid19

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)

https://freddiedeboer.substack.com/p/i-dont-get-what-adam-curtis-is-saying #culture

Comment: I’d never heard of Adam Curtis.

on trans issues

https://freddiedeboer.substack.com/p/on-trans-issues #equity

Book Review

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


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