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Britain wants cycle-friendly cities. Here’s how we get them | Andrew Gilligan | Opinion | The Guardian
Forget common sense: getting the go-ahead on new schemes is all about politics, writes Andrew Gilligan, former cycling commissioner for London
cycling  activism  london  politics 
7 hours ago by pozorvlak
Andrew Sullivan: Let Him Have His Cake
One final thought as a Christian. Sealing yourself off from those you consider sinners is, in my reading of the Gospels, the reverse of what Jesus taught. It was precisely this tendency of the religious to place themselves above others, to create clear boundaries to avoid “contamination” from “evildoers” that Jesus uniquely violated and profoundly opposed. If Jesus is your guide, why is this kind of boundary observance such an important part of your faith? Are you afraid your own faith will be w...
christianity.and.culture  politics 
8 hours ago by timmarkatos
“The Year in Falling Apart”, by Rahawa Haile for Hazlitt
This year, this prolonged unraveling, is what survival looks like. Semi-survival. Partial, because it is important to remember that not everyone made it. Many, at best, now exist in some form of limbo; many others are simply dead. Because there seems to be no way to make the NRA understand their organization is killing us. Because our current administration doesn’t care about Puerto Rico. Or climate change. Or public lands. Because they feel threatened by women’s rights and immigrants and transgender soldiers.

Because conservative white men would rather spend the rest of their lives fucking their fear, many of us are gone.
resistance  politics  2017 
9 hours ago by beep
There’s No Such Thing As ‘Sound Science’ | FiveThirtyEight
Science is being turned against itself. For decades, its twin ideals of transparency and rigor have been weaponized by those who disagree with results produced by the scientific method. Under the Trump administration, that fight has ramped up again.

In a move ostensibly meant to reduce conflicts of interest, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has removed a number of scientists from advisory panels and replaced some of them with representatives from industries that the agency regulates. Like many in the Trump administration, Pruitt has also cast doubt on the reliability of climate science. For instance, in an interview with CNBC, Pruitt said that “measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do.” Similarly, Trump’s pick to head NASA, an agency that oversees a large portion the nation’s climate research, has insisted that research into human influence on climate lacks certainty, and he falsely claimed that “global temperatures stopped rising 10 years ago.” Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump’s nominee to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a Senate hearing last month that she thinks we “need to have more precise explanations of the human role and the natural role” in climate change.
death  science  politics 
9 hours ago by wn
Court upholds ban of vegetable garden in the front yard of Miami Shores home | Miami Herald
Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom Carroll may grow fruit trees and flowers in the front yard of their Miami Shores house. They may park a boat or jet ski in their driveway. They may place statues, fountains, gnomes, pink flamingoes or Santa in a Speedo on their property. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  drudge  report  feed  esoteric  feedly  news  today  politics 
11 hours ago by Buffalo_Goku

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