Author: M. Ní Sídach

Berkeley becomes first U.S. city to ban natural gas in new buildings

The ordinance, introduced by Councilwoman Kate Harrison, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020 and phases out the use of natural gas by requiring all new buildings to have electric infrastructure.

After its passage, Harrison thanked the community and her colleagues “for making Berkeley the first city in California and the United States to prohibit natural gas infrastructure in new buildings.”

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How to Start and Run a Workers’ Cooperative

I’ve had to face the disturbing fact that even though when asked, most people say they believe in democracy, in actual practice, their true religion is empire. They don’t recent being dominated by big bosses so much as envy them, desire to be the one dominating others.

The narratives we weave in our fantasy lives are not about dedication to honor and serving our neighbors, being a worker among workers, but self-deceived Kings, Queens, Princesses, and Princes, so on and so forth.

When I mention democracy in the work place, what I get is militant pushback, in the flat declaration of, “Oh yeah, how’s that working for ya?” followed just as often by, “I’m creating my own empire, you won’t recruit me!”, and of course, “That’s a White thing.”

The rare exceptions being Cooperative or Collective Permanent Housing communities founded by some forward-thinking Black folks, and a smattering of Food, Craft, Art, Performance Art, or Service oriented communities.

What I cannot even entice people into a discussion about are co-operative manufacture of durable goods. Durable Goods are the opposite of Perishable Goods that people buy and consume. Your washer/dryer, motorcycle, car, truck, trains, boats, planes are all durable goods that are purchased and endure, providing service over a considerable span of time.

Of greatest importance are those durable goods and services that our entire Civilization depends on, a topic people strangely don’t spend much thought on until they don’t work or something happens to make them realize how much control certain people have over us all because they have an insane degree of control over these, the foundation of our society.

I suggest we reinvent this infrastructure so the cost of living is dramatically reduced first, make sure it insures our survival through the duration of this climatic change we face, and most of all include Reformation of Democratic process, making it far more hands on Participatory, among our highest priorities.

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Wired: Architecture Professor Explains Why Malls Are Dying

It is fascinating how scholars gloss over how “Suburbs” as we once knew them were unselfconsciously branded as an escape to safety for Urban White families, with malls serving as a metaphor of town center, a few even incorporating those words into their name or tagline.

Now that minorities have invaded suburbia, Whites have moved further into previously rural and or natural settings or returned to reinvent urbanity in a new wave gentrification.

Wired: Architecture Professor Explains Why Malls Are Dying

It is fascinating how scholars gloss over how “Suburbs” as we once knew them were unselfconsciously branded as an escape to safety for Urban White families, with malls serving as a metaphor of town center, a few even incorporating those words into their name or tagline.

Now that minorities have invaded suburbia, Whites have moved further into previously rural and or natural settings or returned to reinvent urbanity in a new wave gentrification.

Wired: Architecture Professor Explains Why Malls Are Dying

It is fascinating how scholars gloss over how “Suburbs” as we once knew them were unselfconsciously branded as an escape to safety for Urban White families, with malls serving as a metaphor of town center, a few even incorporating those words into their name or tagline.

Now that minorities have invaded suburbia, Whites have moved further into previously rural and or natural settings or returned to reinvent urbanity in a new wave gentrification.

Privacy-first browsers look to take the shine off Google’s Chrome

By David Ingram

Before Google, Facebook and Amazon, tech dominance was known by a single name: Microsoft.

And no product was more dominant than Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer. The company’s browser was the gateway to the internet for about 95 percent of users in the early 2000s, which helped land Microsoft at the center of a major government effort to break up the company.

Almost two decades later, Google’s Chrome now reigns as the biggest browser on the block, and the company is facing challenges similar to Microsoft’s from competitors, as well as government scrutiny.

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CNBC Vlickbait: Are Beyond Meat’s burgers healthier than red meat? Dietitians say no.

Dietians actually DON’T Say No, that is click bait. As always, professionals in healthcare are cautious and recooked a balanced diet.

There is no news story here. The introduction of vegetable-based products is systemically healthier as part of a balanced personal diet and more environmentally and economically more sustainable for us all.

This hack piece with it’s condesending weasel-words like “so-called” Flextarians, to describe people who regularly purchase and consume non-animal products is an attempt to poison the well we need to draw from if we are to enjoy a healthy, prosperous future..

If you want to bother reading the full article it’s here . . .

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