Saturday, September 8, 2018

we need to keep our libraries

"We should take heed. Today, as cities and suburbs continue to reinvent themselves, and as cynics claim that government has nothing good to contribute to that process, it’s important that institutions like libraries get the recognition they deserve. It’s worth noting that “liber,” the Latin root of the word “library,” means both “book” and “free.” Libraries stand for and exemplify something that needs defending: the public institutions that — even in an age of atomization, polarization and inequality — serve as the bedrock of civil society.
If we have any chance of rebuilding a better society, social infrastructure like the library is precisely what we need."

Libraries are changing in how they handle information. But they are still places for social interaction for everyone in a community, rich, poor, young, and old.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Solution to lack of affordable housing; non-profit housing communities

The absence of federal support has largely left state and local governments to play catch-up, particularly in areas on the West Coast where the housing markets show few signs of cooling. Californians will vote on two bond measures in November totaling $6 billion for housing relief, along with a proposal that would give local governments more power to expand rent controls. In Berkeley specifically, voters are set to consider the city’s $135 million affordable housing bond, paid for by new taxes on property owners.
But none of these proposals offer any immediate relief for people like Whitson and Prado. “You’re really looking at 15 to 20 years for increasing that housing supply,” said Sara Kershnar, chief of staff for Berkeley Vice Mayor Charyl Davila. “In the meantime, we have to do whatever we can to not take away – and certainly not criminalize – the shelter people make for themselves.”

"We are one of the nation’s largest nonprofit affordable housing organizations with regional offices across the nation. Each region is responsible for the organization’s local real estate development, Resident Services and fundraising activities. Each office is directed by a regional board and a regional president.
Mercy Housing provides loans to community developers through Mercy Loan Fund, which has loaned $311 million that has been leveraged into $2.3 billion of affordable housing financing and 24,300 homes for 62,000 people."

I believe that non-profit communities for low-income people is a perfect solution. It reduces cost, creates a community that can cater to the renters' needs, and offers help to move up.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

arms sales from the US

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

people keep working even with universal basic income: study

"The study examines the impact of the Alaska Permanent Fund, a $61-billion communal resource backed by oil, which has been running for more than 35 years. It is currently the closest thing to a UBI in the U.S. Researchers at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy analyzed the economic effect of the annual cash payments made to Alaskan residents, which have recently totaled around $2,000 per person.
The researchers found that not only did employment not decrease, but the number of people in part-time work actually increased by a significant 17 percent. And, while overall employment was reduced in fields like manufacturing and oil, it remained steady in fields like construction, education, and healthcare."

People want upward mobility, not the ability to sit on their asses all day.  

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Canadian basic income test working so far

"The three-year pilot project, which began last summer, is testing whether no-strings-attached cash support can boost health, education and housing for people living in poverty."

This short article lists 3 people that are better off thanks to the program.  I suppose you might find a person in there who's blowing his $ on hookers and beer, but then that person could just be removed from the program, eh.

Friday, November 3, 2017

fuel from cellulose? Possible huge breakthrough

"Officials with Poet DSM Advanced Biofuels have announced a breakthrough that will allow for increased cellulosic ethanol production.
The latest development from the South Dakota-based company is a process called pre-treatment. Matt Merritt with Poet DSM Advanced Biofuels says pre-treatment transforms plant residue like corn cobs and husks into a substance that can eventually lead to fuel. "

The article doesn't say how energy intensive the process is. Of course you don't want to be using up one kind of energy to produce less energy in another form (ethanol).  So we wait to see...