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Jan. 19, 2020 Blumbers

Second Hottest Year

On January 15, 2020 NPR’s Rebecca Hersher reported “2019 Was The 2nd-Hottest Year On Record, According To NASA And NOAA” Hersher wrote:

 
“Last year was the second hottest on record globally, according to the latest climate data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.
 
It’s the latest confirmation that the Earth is steadily getting hotter — the planet has already warmed about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (or almost 1 degree Celsius) compared with in the mid-20th century — and that robust greenhouse gas emissions are causing global warming to continue unabated.”
 
Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies said “The warming up until now since the 1970s has been quite close to linear,” he explains, so “you’d imagine we’d cross 1.5 [degrees Celsius] in around 2035. But of course that depends on what we do with emissions, and we’re not able to tell you looking at the past how society will react.” 
 
By 2035? We do not have much time. Time to vote.
 
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Dec. 8, 2019 Blumbers

Teen Decade: Longevity

On December 3, 2019 NPR Morning Edition’s David Greene reported “Life Expectancy Study Jolts Assumptions Made About Life In America.” He talked about a Journal of the American Medical Association study  by Dr. Steven Woolf that says U.S. life expectancy is declining, and is not keeping pace with other wealthy countries. He looked at life expectancy, mortality across the United States between 1959 and 2017. Many will not live long enough to retire.

“In fact, our analysis intentionally looked at the data for all 50 states to try to locate where in the country this was happening the most. And what we found was that the increase was largest in the industrial Midwest, central Appalachia and northern New England but particularly in the Ohio Valley. That was like ground zero for this phenomenon. We found, for example, that of all the excess deaths that occur in the United States due to this increase in mortality, one-third of them occurred in four states – Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana. Those four states accounted for one-third of the excess deaths between 2010 and 2017.”

“But one very attractive explanation is the economy. This is the Rust Belt and the area where – at the time when this decline began, the 1980s and ’90s, is when we saw a major transformation in the economy, the loss of manufacturing jobs, coal mines closing, steel mills closing and families and communities exposed to many years of economic stresses. And we think they’re taking their toll on folks’ health.”

Woolf closed by saying “… we need to change our policy priorities in this country and focus more on improving the social and economic conditions for the middle class if we’re going to see a reversal to this trend.”

On December 9, 2019 NPR Morning Edition’s Jason Beaubien reported “There’s A New Kind Of Inequality. And It’s Not About Income” about the the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report. “Achim Steiner, the UNDP administrator, sums up the problem this way: “an increasing number of young people are educated, connected and stuck with no ladder of choices to move up.””

“What people perhaps 30, 40 years ago were led to believe and often saw around them,” Steiner says, “was that if you worked hard, you could escape poverty.” Yet in many countries today, he says upward social mobility is “simply not occurring” anymore.”

“UNDP’s Pedro Conceição, who oversees the Human Development Report, says their research shows that these global inequities are having huge impacts on individual lives.”

“If we look at what happened to a child born in the year 2000 in a low human development country compared to a child born in a very high human development country, there’s a 17% probability that the child [from the low development country] is not alive today, 20 years after she was born,” Conceição says. “While in a very high human development country, there’s only a 1% chance that the child is not alive today.”

Ultimately it is still about money. If you were born in a rich place twenty years ago, you not only get to grow up but go to college. Meanwhile poor people are seventeen times more likely to die. People are demonstrating around the world because they need money for education, housing and food to live.

“Inequalities in human development remain high and widespread,” he notes.

On a similar note, there is a new film called Dark Water starring Mark Ruffalo. It is about the true story of Cincinnati lawyer Robert Bilott who battled DuPont over toxic water pollution in West Virginia.

Let us make life less stressful for each other. People should live long enough to have a future. I guess there is something to that live long and prosper thing after all.

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Nov. 27, 2019 Amazon Safety

On Nov. 27, 2019 on NPR’s Morning Edition’s Will Evans reported “Amazon Warehouse Employees Face Serious Injuries”. Host Steve Inskeep was telling the audience that Amazon gave NPR money but the staff was running the story anyway. It was about unsafe working conditions at Amazon warehouses. About a minute into the story it stops and is switched to a story about refugees. I immediately checked on the web and had real trouble finding the story. Ars Technica is running a similar story. In the public interest, I finally found a transcript as seen below.

November 27, 2019 

Amazon Warehouse Employees Face Serious Injuries, Report Says  

A report from the Center for Investigative Reporting and The Atlantic reveals how Amazon warehouse employees are dealing with crippling injuries. NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to reporter Will Evans.  

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:  What is the human cost of Amazon’s convenience? The company delivers products from its warehouses to your door in days or even hours. Investigative reporters have found that drive for speed leaves Amazon warehouse employees with chronic pain and crippling injuries. They suffer serious injuries at more than double the industry average. We will tell you now that Amazon is a financial supporter of NPR News, and we are raising these questions about Amazon all the same, which is how it should work. The investigation came from the Center for Investigative Reporting, which publishes the program Reveal. Will Evans is one of the reporters leading this coverage. He joins us via Skype. Good morning.  

WILL EVANS: Good morning.  
 
INSKEEP: I want to work through one case that you examined here in a warehouse in Indiana. What happened there?  
 
EVANS: So there’s a worker named Phillip Lee Terry. He’s a 59-year-old grandfather. He was working on a forklift and when the – it fell on him, basically, and crushed him to death. There was a Indiana OSHA inspector who came in to investigate the death and found that there were some serious safety lapses.  
 
INSKEEP: OSHA – that’s for workplace safety. Now, when you talk about safety lapses, is that connected, in some way, to the drive to fulfill orders quickly?  EVANS: Well, we found broadly that the drive to fulfill orders quickly is injuring, you know, hundreds, thousands of workers at a very – at very high injury rates. In this particular case, the problem seemed to be that he wasn’t properly trained. That’s what the OSHA inspector said. That’s what some of the other workers there said. And it was interesting, that case, because Indiana was, at the same time, bidding for Amazon’s second headquarters to come to the state. And the inspector said he got political pressure to back off – to back off the case. And in the end, Indiana ended up deleting the safety citations.  
 
INSKEEP: Wow. OK. So we have so much money on the line that it is difficult to look into this. What is it about the nature of fulfilling orders quickly in an Amazon warehouse that gets people hurt?  
 
EVANS: So the workers are held to these very high production quotas, processing hundreds of items an hour for up to 12-hour shifts. They know that if they don’t keep up, they can be fired. And so they’re basically sacrificing their bodies either through repetitive stress injuries or strains and sprains. The speed is – seems to be the key element. And the safety – the former safety managers at Amazon that we talked to said they basically can’t protect the workers when the production demands are so high.  
 
INSKEEP: Let’s listen to one worker, Candice Dixon, who had a job in Southern California.  (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)  CANDICE DIXON: For Amazon, all they care about is getting the job done and getting it out fast and not realizing how it it’s affecting us and our own bodies.  
 
INSKEEP: Aren’t Amazon warehouses, though, supposed to have the very latest technology – robots to help retrieve packages, things that are supposed to make this a much easier job?  
 
EVANS: Yeah. It’s interesting. The robots bring the package and bring the items to the workers, so the workers don’t have to walk around for miles to find things. But because that’s so efficient and the robots are so fast, the workers are held to much higher production quotas. So they have to go faster and faster. And as one former safety manager told me, humans are basically tapping out. They can’t keep up.  
 
INSKEEP: They’re trying to turn people into robots, and they can’t quite do it.  
 
EVANS: That’s right.  
 
INSKEEP: Mr. Evans, thank you so much.  
 
EVANS: Thanks for having me.  
 
INSKEEP: Will Evans is a reporter for the Reveal team at the Center for Investigative Reporting.  
 

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Apr. 21, 2019 Blumbers

Falternative

On April 16, 2019 Dave Davies of NPR’s Fresh Air interviewed Bill McKibben about his new book on climate change “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?” Middle East and Indian inland countries are experiencing heat wave temperatures reaching 129 degrees Fahrenheit for weeks, making life dangerous or impossible. The coasts might be cooler but are experiencing more destructive storms. By 2050 humans will only be able to perform seventy percent of the work they use to do, including raising food. Drought is forcing farmers to move north as refugees and wildfires to wipe out whole towns. When it does rain, it floods more and faster. “I mean, in the end, this isn’t a fight between Republicans and Democrats or environmentalists and industry. It’s, in the end, a fight between human beings and physics. And physics is poor at compromise, doesn’t negotiate easily. We’re going to have to do what physics demands.”

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Jan. 25, 2017 Awful Thawful

On Jan. 25, 2018 NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff reported “Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?” Doucleff talked with Dr. Thomas Douglas, a geochemist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Charles Miller, a chemist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They are worried that climate change is causing arctic permafrost to melt and release methane and carbon into the atmosphere. This could dramatically increase global warming. There is also a possibility that a bacteria or virus could thaw and infect humans.

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Jan. 18, 2018 Bambi Zombie

On Jan. 18, 2018 NPR’s Sam Brasch reported “Concerns Grow That Infections From ‘Zombie Deer’ Meat Can Jump To Humans” Apparently some deer are suffering from Chronic Wasting Disease similar to Mad Cow disease. Matt Dunfee, head of the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance in Fort Collins, Colorado said “The vast majority of the time hunters find out their animal has CWD, they’re shocked, because it looked great,” he says. “It was moving just like everything else. It had great body fat.”

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Dec. 23, 2017 American Poverty

On Dec. 23, 2017 NPR’s Sasha Ingber reported “U.N. Investigator On Extreme Poverty Issues A Grim Report — On The U.S.” Philip Alston, United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights recently issued his report. Poverty exists mainly with women and children of all races. “Contrasts between the rich and poor abound. While funding for the IRS to audit wealthy taxpayers has been reduced, efforts to identify welfare fraud are being greatly intensified,” he says. The wealthy also stand to benefit from advances in technology, while robots and automation threaten to take away jobs from people in low-skill labor positions, he says.

Meanwhile, the poor may not even be able to use the Internet. Alston states that nearly half of all people living in West Virginia lack access to high speed Internet. “When I asked the governor’s office in West Virginia about efforts to expand broadband access in poor, rural communities, it could only point to a 2010 broadband expansion effort,” he says in the statement. It’s not that they don’t want it; half of the state’s counties have reportedly applied for broadband assistance. The U.N. considers the Internet to be a human right for its ability to support education, drive development and foster citizen engagement, among other things.

“In 2016, 40 million people — more than one in eight citizens — lived in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. “The reality is that the United States now has probably the lowest degree of social mobility among all the rich countries,” Alston says. “And if you are born poor, guess where you’re going to end up —- poor.”

Alston also criticized the Republican tax reform bill that just passed in Congress. He says it “stakes out America’s bid to become the most unequal society in the world.”

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Dec. 22, 2017 Homeless Memorial Day

On Dec. 21, 2017, NPR’s Camila Domonoske reported “Cities Across The U.S. Honor ‘Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.””They pass quietly, often out of sight, their deaths more likely an unconfirmed rumor to those who knew them on the street than the basis for a news story,””Many never get a funeral. Some of their bodies go unclaimed at the morgue.” Homeless groups across the country held vigils reading the names of the homeless people who have died over the past year.

On Feb. 17, 2015, Mother Jones reporter Scott Carrier wrote an article “The Shockingly Simple, Surprisingly Cost-Effective Way to End Homelessness” about the Salt Lake City approach for the homeless. They spend $10,000 a year to house, feed and care for them. This is cheaper than spending $20,000 putting them in jail or hospital emergency rooms.

Carrier said “We could, as a country, look at the root causes of homelessness and try to fix them. One of the main causes is that a lot of people can’t afford a place to live. They don’t have enough money to pay rent, even for the cheapest dives available. Prices are rising, inventory is extremely tight, and the upshot is, as a new report by the Urban Institute finds, that there’s only 29 affordable units available for every 100 extremely low-income households. So we could create more jobs, redistribute the wealth, improve education, socialize health care, basically redesign our political and economic systems to make sure everybody can afford a roof over their heads.” Or, we could give a trillion dollar tax break to the richest one percent.
New York University psychologist Sam Tsemberis had an idea. “Okay,” Tsemberis recalls thinking, “they’re schizophrenic, alcoholic, traumatized, brain damaged. What if we don’t make them pass any tests or fill out any forms? They aren’t any good at that stuff. Inability to pass tests and fill out forms was a large part of how they ended up homeless in the first place. Why not just give them a place to live and offer them free counseling and therapy, health care, and let them decide if they want to participate? Why not treat chronically homeless people as human beings and members of our community who have a basic right to housing and health care?””We have the cure for homelessness—it’s housing. What we lack is political will.”
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Dec. 14, 2017 Net Neutrality

On Dec. 14, 2017 NPR’s Alina Selyukh reported “FCC Repeals ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules For Internet Providers.” “U.S. telecom regulators have voted to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which restrict the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps.” The decision was supported by Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. It was opposed by Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Keep sending your messages supporting Net Neutrality to them and your elected representatives. This a First Amendment issue. Speak while you still can.

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Dec. 11, 2017 Discrimination Against Women

On Dec. 11, 2017 NPR’s Joe Nee reported “Poll: Discrimination Against Women Is Common Across Races, Ethnicities, Identities.” An NPR survey was put together by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard Chan School. ” A majority (56 percent) of women believe that where they live, women are paid less than men for equal work. And roughly a third (31 percent) say they’ve been discriminated against when applying for jobs because they are women.”

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Dec. 6, 2017 West Coast Homeless

On Dec. 6, 2017 NPR’s Pam Fessler reported “Homeless Population Rises, Driven By West Coast Affordable-Housing Crisis” The number of homeless people is rising on the West Coast particularly in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, San Diego and Sacramento. Many of them are veterans. “Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, was surprised the overall numbers weren’t better.””Roman says it’s increasingly difficult to find available units in some areas of the country to house the homeless. And she worries the problem could get worse. Housing advocates note that the Trump administration has proposed cutting low-income housing subsidies, which many people rely on to stay housed. They also believe the tax bill working its way through Congress could discourage investment in new affordable housing construction by reducing tax credits used by developers.”

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Dec. 4, 2017 Do It Anyway

On Dec. 4, 2017 NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro reported “In ‘Bombshell,’ The Double Identity Of Hollywood Star Hedy Lamarr.” This new documentary is about Lamarr’s careers as actor and inventor. Escaping the Nazis in the 1930s, Lamar became a Hollywood star. She also invented a frequency hopping technique used for weapons and telecommunications.

Alexandra Dean, the director of “Bombshell” said “Even if you feel that you’ve been kicked in the teeth, and the world never gave you the applause you deserved because you did something amazing and it was not recognized, do it anyway. Do it anyway because it’s in changing the world that you’ll find meaning at the end of your life. It’s in trying to make your mark. And I love that, and I think everybody should listen to that – you know, that it’s in the work, the doing, that you’ll find meaning, not in the applause.”

Do it anyway.

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Dec. 3, 2017 Blumbers

Moody’s Blues

On Dec. 3, 2017 NPR’s Nathan Rott reported “Credit Rating Agency Issues Warning On Climate Change To Cities.” Moody’s “One of the largest credit rating agencies in the country is warning U.S. cities and states to prepare for the effects of climate change or risk being downgraded.” “In the Midwest, “impacts on agriculture are forecast to be among the most significant economic effects of climate change,” the report says. The Southwest is projected to become more vulnerable to extreme heat, drought, rising sea levels and wildfires. Rising sea levels and their effect on coastal infrastructure is the biggest forecast impact on the Northeast.”

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Nov. 29, 2017 Robot Origami Muscles

On Nov. 29, 2017 NPR’s Merrit Kennedy reported “Robot Muscles Inspired By Origami Lift 1000 Times Their Weight” about Harvard Engineering professor Robert Wood’s and Daniela Rus, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. “The artificial muscles work by encasing in a plastic “skin” a folded origami-like “skeleton” capable of expanding and contracting. The device expands as water or air is pushed into it, and contracts as the water or air is pumped out.” This technique would be a safer, softer technology for the disabled.

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Nov. 25, 2017 Uneven Sea Level Rise

On Nov. 25, 2017 NPR’s Christopher Joyce reported “The Sea Level Threat To Cities Depends On Where The Ice Melts — Not Just How Fast” about  a new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Eric Larour thinks the sea level will rise more in some places like New York and Washington DC than others. “What happens is when you change the mass of the ice, the modification itself makes the wobble change, and this in turn changes the shape of the ocean on the Earth.” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s William Sweet said “Right here on the Severn River, we are somewhere that’s very likely to experience 25 to 50 percent more than the global average” of sea level rise.” “The land along Louisiana’s coast is sinking, for example, as are parts of the East Coast.” “So it really matters when you start planning … ‘I’m going to be prepared for one meter of sea level rise.’ Well, you might want to be prepared for four or five feet.”

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Oct. 19, 2017 California Politics And Harassment

On Oct. 19, 2017 NPR’s Marisa Lago and Scott Shafer reported ” ‘Enough’: California’s Women In Politics Call Out Sexual Harassment.” Lobbyist Samantha Corbin open letter said “Often these men hold our professional fates in their hands. They are bosses, gatekeepers, and contacts. Our relationships with them are crucial to our personal success,” they wrote. “We don’t want to jeopardize our future, make waves, or be labeled ‘crazy,’ ‘troublemaker,’ or ‘asking for it.’ Worse, we’re afraid when we speak up that no one will believe us, or we will be blacklisted.”

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Oct. 5, 2017 Life Expectancy

On Oct. 5, 2017 NPR’s Emily Sohn reported “People Are Living Longer In Places You Wouldn’t Expect” Christopher Murray, of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health talked about the new study. “Since 1970, he says, worldwide life expectancy has increased by 14 years, from 58 to 72. And since 1990, the proportion of children who die before their fifth birthday has dropped from nine percent to four percent.”

Murray said in the country of Niger “To keep its little kids alive, the government has set ambitious goals, including a policy instituted in 2006 that offers free health care to women and children. There’s also a national program to train more community health workers. As a result, more children are vaccinated for diseases and treated for major childhood killers like diarrhea.” So if you have free health care, you live longer?

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Sep. 28, 2017 Jet Pack Contest

On Sep. 28, 2017 NPR’s Glenn McDonald reported “Wish You Could Soar? A $2 Million Contest Aims For Personal Flying Device”. There is a contest for creating a jetpack.. “According to the GoFly Prize competition rules, the flying device just needs to be safe, compact, relatively quiet, and able to provide vertical (or “near vertical”) takeoff and landing capability in urban environments.” Great. Now we will have distracted people flying around while on their phones.

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Sep. 19, 2017 Plastic Seafood

On Sep. 19, 2017 NPR’s Ken Christensen reported “Guess What’s Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics.” Vancouver Island University’s Sarah Dudas talked about the increasing amount of plastics in shellfish. She said “”So when you eat clams and oysters, you’re eating plastics as well,”

Peter Ross of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Pollution Research Program said “We’ve long known that plastic and debris can be a problem for ocean life,” “The research is adding to the evidence of a problem that touches every corner of the planet: from the depths of the ocean abyss to the surface waters of the Arctic to an area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean now known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Scientists think plastic pollution in the ocean could outweigh the fish there by 2050.”

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Aug. 7, 2017 Google Women

On Aug. 7, 2017 Motherboard’s Louise Matsakis reported “Google Employee’s Anti-Diversity Manifesto Goes ‘Internally Viral” While the document itself contains the thoughts of just one Google employee (James Damore), the context in which they were shared—Google is currently being investigated by the Department of Labor for its gender pay gap and Silicon Valley has been repeatedly exposed as a place that discriminates against women and people of color—as well as the private and public response from its workforce are important.”

According to NPR’s Bill Chappell reporting in “Google Grapples With Fallout After Employee Slams Diversity Efforts”

  • Women make up 25 percent of the company’s leadership
  • Women hold 20 percent of technology jobs
  • Overall, 31 percent of Google’s employees are female
  • 56 percent of employees are white; 35 percent are Asian
  • 4 percent are Hispanic, 4 percent are mixed-race, and 2 percent are black

Google is not alone with this problem. The test for diversity is not reading public relations press releases, but direct observation. Walk into a company’s offices. How many women do you see? How many over forty in leadership? How many are making six figures? If it is not half the population, the company has some work to do. Start hiring women and pay them market rates.

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Aug. 4, 2017 Wage Increase Not Worth A Dime

On Aug. 4, 2017, NPR’s Scott Neuman reported “U.S. Economy Adds 209,000 Jobs In July; Unemployment Dips To 4.3 Percent” but “Average hourly wages rose by 9 cents, to $26.36.” In other words real wages have not gone up a dime. Having a job and having a job that helps pay the bills are two different things.

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Jul. 19, 2017 Climate Change Fewer People

On Jul. 19, 2017, NPR’s Tori Whitley reported “Want To Slow Global Warming? Researchers Look To Family Planning” A study by Kimberly Nicholas and others at Lund University in Sweden concluded one way to reduce CO2 gas emissions is to have fewer children. Having one fewer child (an average for developed countries of 58.6 metric ton CO2-equivalent (tCO2e) emission reductions per year.

On Aug. 19, 2017, NPR’s Jennifer Ludden reported “Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?” Travis Rieder of James Madison University said 4 degrees of warming would be “largely uninhabitable for humans.””Here’s a provocative thought: Maybe we should protect our kids by not having them,” According to nonprofit Conceivable Future’s Meghan Kallman, “the climate crisis is a reproductive crisis.”

“Oregon State University researchers have calculated the savings from all kinds of conservation measures: driving a hybrid, driving less, recycling, using energy-efficient appliances, windows and light bulbs. For an American, the total metric tons of carbon dioxide saved by all of those measures over an entire lifetime of 80 years: 488. By contrast, the metric tons saved when a person chooses to have one fewer child: 9,441.”

Note to young people planning their future in Oregon.

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Jul. 15, 2017 China Teleports Cryptography

On Jul. 15, 2017 NPR’s Tori Whitley reported “Beam Me Up, Scotty … Sort Of. Chinese Scientists ‘Teleport’ Photon To Space” “Chinese scientists have announced they successfully “teleported” information on a photon from Earth to space, spanning a distance of more than 300 miles.”

“There is a security issue here,” Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University says, “because the first country to build a quantum computer or a quantum Internet, they will be able to send effectively unhackable messages. And then they can use the technology to try to hack into more conventional messages.”

Great. Just great. Quantum spam.

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Jul. 12, 2017 Seattle Tax Rich

On Jul. 12, 2017 NPR’s Laurel Wamsley reported “‘Most Regressive’ State, Seattle Passes Tax On Highest Incomes”. “The council voted 9-0 in favor of the tax, which will apply a 2.25 percent tax on annual income over $250,000 on individuals, or $500,000 for couples filing jointly. The city estimates the tax will generate $140 million in new annual revenue.” Daniel Beekman of The Seattle Times reported  ” ‘Seattle should serve everyone, not just rich folks,’ software developer Carissa Knipe told the council before the 9-0 vote, saying she makes more than $170,000 per year.  ” ‘I would love to be taxed,’ the 24-year-old from Ballard testified, drawing applause from a room packed with supporters of the tax.”

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Jul. 11, 2017 Telework Not Working?

On Jul. 11, 2017 NPR’s Yuki Noguchi reported “Some Employers Are Rethinking Telework, Citing A Need For Better Collaboration” about some companies like Bank of America, Best Buy, IBM,  Reddit and Yahoo making more employees work onsite. Many endorse the Agile work method, where employees are all crammed into the same room until they solve a problem. Despite this counter trend the movement is toward remote work because not all the talent works in the same building, town or country. Goody Group’s Jay Friedman said “Being remote forced us to document more — so document decisions, document learning, training, etc. — and that actually reduced the amount of time and back-and-forth,” keeping everyone on the same page and on task, Friedman says.”

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Jun. 5, 2017 Apple Homepod

On Jun. 5, 2017 NPR’s Alina Selyukh reported “Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused ‘HomePod'”. Apple’s Homepod enters the nosy home computer market with Amazon’s Echo/Alexa and Google’s Home and Microsoft’s Cortana. A real step forward will be when they get a computer than can pay for the house.

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Jun. 2, 2017 American Dream Hoarders

On Jun. 2, 2017 NPR’s Steve Inskeep reported “Top 20 Percent Of Americans ‘Hoard The American Dream.” Brookings Institution’s Richard Reeves new book called “Dream Hoarders.” says the top twenty percent richest Americans get the best homes, schools and jobs.

Reeves said “I’ve come to believe that the dangerous separation of the American upper-middle class from the rest of society is a huge problem for politics because there’s a sense of a bubble, there’s a sense of people who are kind of making out pretty well from current trends and who are increasingly separate – occupationally, residentially, educationally and economically — from the rest of society. They are also disproportionately powerful and the fact that they are not only separate but unaware of the degree to which the system works in their favor strikes me as one of the most dangerous political facts of our time.”

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May 22, 2017 Trump Touches Orb

On May 22, 2017 NPR’s Colin Dwyer reported “Here’s The Deal With That Glowing Orb — And Plenty Of Notes On What It Isn’t.” American President Donald Trump, Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi touched a glowing orb to start a welcome video at the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Nothing odd here. Just three guys touching an orb. Three grown men. Three world leaders.

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May 18, 2017 Justice Dept. Names Robert Mueller Special Counsel

On May 18, 2017, CNN reported that Justice Department Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named Mueller Special prosecutor,  “The Justice Department is appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the growing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to associates of President Trump.”

According to NPR’s Jessica Taylor “As special counsel, Mueller will have full authorization to direct the Russia investigation, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with Trump’s campaign and any other matters. He can only be fired by Rosenstein, only with cause, and with notice to Congress. He is authorized to prosecute federal crimes that may arise from the probe.”

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May 10, 2017 Reporter Arrested Asking Questions

On May 10, 2017, NPR’s Camila Domonoske reported “West Virginia Reporter Arrested For Yelling Question At HHS Secretary.” On May 9, 2017, in a hallway of Charleston West Virginia Capitol building, Public News Service Dan Heyman asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if insurance companies would treat domestic abuse as a pre-existing condition under the newly proposed bill before Congress. He was arrested and held under $5000 bail. “This is what I’m supposed to do,” Heyman said. “I am supposed to go and find out if somebody is going to be affected by this health care law.””At the time of his arrest, Heyman says, he identified himself as a journalist by wearing his press pass and a “Public News Service” shirt.”

On May 3, 2017, Time magazine’s Lisa Marie Zegarra reported “Jury Convicts Woman Who Laughed During Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing.” “Desiree A. Fairooz, a Code Pink protester, was removed from the Jan 10 hearing after she laughed when Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) stated that Sessions has an “extensive record of treating all Americans equally under the law.” The jury on Wednesday also found guilty her parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds, according to the New York Times.”

An emperor with no clothes should have a thicker skin.

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Apr. 3, 2017 Self Driving Car Insurance

On Apr. 3, 2017 NPR’s Yuki Noguchi wrote “Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance” Every auto insurance company will be affected by self driving cars. “Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, whose company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns the insurance giant Geico, told CNBC in a February interview: “If the day comes when a significant portion of the cars on the road are autonomous, it will hurt Geico’s business very significantly.”

If current inequality trends continue, most people will be too poor to own a car.  If they need transportation they will use Uber or Lyft. They might use a traditional taxicab or car rental company that has survived the transition. Car manufacturers might even offer their cars directly. In any case, consumers will not be paying directly for insurance. If a car has an accident it will not be the passenger’s fault.

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Mar. 24, 2017 Experience Discrimination

On Mar 24, 2017 NPR’s Ina Jaffe wrote “Too Much Experience To Be Hired? Some Older Americans Face Age Bias” about age discrimination. Prof. David Neumark of University of California, Irvine sent out 40,000 resumes with age as the only difference. The older the person the less likely they to be called back. Older women  were the most affected. One recruiter blew the whistle and went to San Francisco law firm Altshuler Berzon and the course is working its way to the US Supreme Court.

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