The Breakfast Club: 8-22-2014

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The Breakfast Club 8-20-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

 

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Gender Prison: Eleven local fairness campaigns

In the absence of federal anti-discrimination legislation on the basis of sexual orientati/gender identity (SOGI) and since only 18 states have passed such protections...with an additional three which only protect on the basis of sexual orientation...attention moves to the more local arena, where we seek ordinances that make it safer to live in some areas than others.

So I have reports from 11 municipalities that have recently taken up the issue. There were fortunately more successes than failures, with some of the ordinances still up in the air.

Orlando, FL unanimously approved the addition of gender identity as a protected category in its human rights ordinance at its August 11 meeting of the City Council, twelve years after after adding protection on the basis of sexual orientation.

By passing this protection you are truly saving lives. Within the transgender community, there will be one more person who will not lose their livelihood; there will be one more person who will not lose their ability to provide for their families and who will not decide to take their own life.

Being transgender is not a choice and the need to live a true and authentic life is a difficult and perilous journey. For many transgender people who go through transition on the job, everything that we hold dear is at risk: our families, our friends, our jobs, our quality of life.

--Gina Duncan, Equality Florida

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The Breakfast Club 8-19-2014

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The Breakfast Club: 8-18-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

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Sunday Train: The Two Transitions to A Renewable Electricity Supply

The topic for this week's Sunday Train was brought to my mind when I listened to the Energy Gang podcast. They were discussing the question of whether "CSP (that is, concentrated thermal solar power) is dead", and the always entertaining, but not uniformly informative, "energy futurist" Jigar Shah declared that "CSP is dead" (segment starts 30:29), backing the claim up with a set of bullet points that fell far short of supporting the claim. And listening to the set of bullet points, it seemed to me that he was talking in the context of the phase of the transition to renewable energy that we are presently in, and ignoring the phase of the transition that we will have to pass through if we are to survive as a national economy and national economy.

In short, he seemed to be talking more as an energy presentist than an energy futurist, claiming that there was no plausible position for solar CSP power based on both the technology currently rolled out for a technology that is experiencing rapid development, and in the context of renewable energy being added to an energy system which is untenable over the long term.

But I do not mean to single out Jigar Shah, since as I have recently been exploring various discussion spaces talking about various issues in the roll-out of renewable energy, cross-talk between the different phases of the transition to renewable energy seems to be commonplace. So what I wish to write about this Sunday afternoon is the "Two Transitions" to renewable energy: the Current Transition and the Next Transition.

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The Breakfast Club (Hoist Up the Mainsail)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault. 

 

 

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To the FCC on the issue of Network Neutrality

crossposted from: Humanitarian Left

By OPOL
from Humanitarian Left, 8 August, 2014

There is no more important issue than that of Network Neutrality. The brilliant R. Buckminster Fuller posited decades ago that we would always think our way out of our dilemmas, that we would stay one step ahead by inventing new solutions to the thorniest problems facing the human race. And in many ways we have done just that with, among other things, computer technology and the Internet.

Virtually every human endeavor benefits from those technologies. Computer and networking technologies have transformed our world like nothing before.

For the first time in history, every co-existing civilization has easy access to (virtually) all others and that access is available to ordinary people in the remotest locations. This is a game-changer. Every curious mind with an increasingly common appliance has the world of answers to virtually any question at their fingertips. The communications alone that the Internet makes possible is a brilliant step forward for humanity. It has empowered the entire species and is one of the few unambiguously hopeful developments of the past several decades.

The Internet is still young, but it's a promising youth. We have to nurture it of course. That's the point. All its potential is in our tender care. Hopefully we won't blow it.

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