nycpol, transportation, activism, query
is there a worthwhile organization out there that advocates for radical progressive transportation policy in NYC? one that could use my money and/or volunteer labor?
(by radical progressive transportation policy I mean stuff like "make all subway rides free" and "ban all private cars within city limits" and "literally demolish the BQE") (I see Transportation Alternatives but it looks like it's mostly focused on cycling specifically?)
The DMV won't let me apply for a driver's license, because I don't have auto liability insurance. I pointed out that I don't own or regularly drive a car, but was told that was irrelevant.
Allegedly this is a state with a Republican legislature that sued over Obamacare because it mandated purchase of private health insurance, but when it comes to making it more difficult or expensive for poor people or people who want to go mostly without cars, I guess those conservative principles don't count.
I'm not sure the particular impact of a digital climate strike on a personal homepage, but I still like the symbolism of the personal, public commitment. And it's easy to add: https://digital.globalclimatestrike.net/
h/t @emsenn for the prompt and https://kottke.org/19/09/get-ready-for-the-global-climate-strike-on-september-20 for the particular resource
This kind of graphic is an experiment for me, based on this Sightline blog post "What Would Our Cities Look like If We Took Our Climate Change Values Seriously?"
Getting the map sizes right was a little tricky, but I believe this is correct, and it's a striking visual.
Franzen was just trolling us, y'all. He wrote the perfect piece to make the reader both feel bad and feel good, and to be slightly ambiguous in advocating for whatever you're already doing now, so that there would be both backlash and some defense.
He's not actually trying to discourage climate action or to encourage resilience development; he's actually trying to get notoriety and clicks.
Let's keep frequent flyer programs, except that instead of giving discounts for even more flying, instead you pay an exponentially-increasing tax on every flight.
Genuinely excited to have set up compost service with a local company. Yesterday I cooked breakfast in our apartment, and was able to throw everything -- the coffee grounds, eggshells, egg carton, greasy paper towel from cleaning the cast iron pan, onion skins and veggie scraps -- into the compost container. Zero-waste breakfast!
Why aren't more people familiar with the NATO phonetic alphabet? It would be so useful!
I was just trying to spell out my email address over the phone, the other person couldn't understand it, so I read out the letters as words (november-papa-delta-oscar-tango-yankee), and they were even more confused. Eventually we just texted over SMS to communicate.
and this Prime Minister and his advisers have chosen to repeatedly describe the withdrawal agreement's backstop provision, negotiated by the head of his own party and the elected representatives of countries across the EU, and necessary to maintain the Good Friday Agreement treaty entered into by elected representatives, as "undemocratic".
The unelected Prime Minister, who plans to ignore the will of the elected parliament, chooses to repeatedly call a negotiated agreement "undemocratic".
... and reportedly the Prime Minister intends to pursue this plan after a majority of parliament votes him out of office either by (1) scheduling an election after the departure date and therefore making this unilateral huge policy decision while acting as a caretaker government knowing that parliament has no confidence in him just because of that decision or (2) by refusing to step down as prime minister even if an alternative coalition has more support, triggering a constitutional crisis
The Prime Minister, elected not by the general public but by under 100k members of his own party, a party which came in 5th place in the most recent nationwide election and doesn't have a majority in parliament, is moving forward with a plan to leave the EU without a deal, a plan which a large majority of people in the UK and their elected representatives oppose (and which wasn't part of the campaign in the 2016 referendum),
What actions can I take to address the climate crisis? I made a list:
I have a particular personal focus within each category:
* Reducing my personal carbon emissions
* Building communities
* Raising awareness
* Influencing local policy
* Influencing federal policy
What are you doing? Have you posted your list somewhere?
But ocap URLs would have an additional function: you could cut off an entire downstream set of people by revoking a single URL, if a whole subgroup turns out to be unwanted.
But there are other confusions: if I know you through 7 connections and you cut off 2, my client has to keep a list and retry.
I study technical standard-setting. I fight for user privacy on the Web. I like wildflowers. I take public transit.
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