Twenty-Two Percent of the World’s Power Now Comes from Renewable Sources:

Wind, solar, and other clean energy sources “continued to grow strongly, reaching almost 22 percent of the global mix,” according to the IEA, “compared with 21 percent in 2012 and 18 percent in 2007.”

The stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stones. The carbon age is ending and the fossil fuel industry is going to fight it as hard as they can.

Some Self-Described Libertarians Can’t Distinguish Libertarian from Communist or Unitarian:

Pew says it could find no larger than a 5% cluster that sorta kinda adheres to what we’re told “libertarianism” is a about. But even that group’s coherence is shaky. There are obviously a lot of ways to ask questions and crunch numbers, but I’d say Pew has at the very least cast some massive doubt on all that “libertarian moment” polling from Reason.

For the most part, libertarians are just republicans under the age of 30.

  1. @patrickdijusto Are fashion crimes impeachable offenses?
  2. RT @patrickdijusto: We need to root out ISIL, Russian troops, and whoever sold President Obama that tan suit.
  3. Hello Kitty isn’t a cat. She is a middle aged british furry named Kitty White who is also a perpetual 3rd grader.

  1. Bitcoin advocates went from claiming that gov can’t stop bitcoin to bemoaning gov interfering with bitcoin in the past year.

The Kübler-Ross model:

My friends on the right who are complaining about those black mothers saying my kids didn’t do nothing should take a moment to read about the Kübler-Ross model of grief. Those mothers are not clueless idiots unaware of the child’s actions. They are not monsters who care not about the victims of their child. They are in grief and acting exactly how the model suggests they would act.

Tax Burden in U.S. Not as Heavy as It Looks, Report Says:

We’ve been told repeatedly that the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world — 35 percent — which is higher than the nominal tax rates in places like Ireland (12.5 percent), Britain (21 percent) and the Netherlands (25 percent) and the 24.1 percent average rate of all countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

All of that’s true, but Professor Kleinbard contends that most United States multinational companies don’t pay anywhere near 35 percent. Companies paid, on average, 12.6 percent,

Cutting those rates will not get companies to bring more money into the US economy. They would still keep the money were it could be moved more easily. And that is in commonwealth nations that can easily do business with London banks.

Black People Are Not Ignoring ‘Black on Black’ Crime:

The notion that violence within the black community is “background noise” is not supported by the historical record—or by Google. I have said this before. It’s almost as if Stop The Violence never happened, or The Interruptors never happened, or Kendrick Lamar never happened. The call issued by Erica Ford at the end of this Do The Right Thing retrospective is so common as to be ritual. It is not “black on black crime” that is background noise in America, but the pleas of black people.

A must read.

Web Trolls: It’s like playing Whac-a-Mole with a sociopathic Hydra:

“As long as the Internet keeps operating according to a click-based economy, trolls will maybe not win, but they will always be present,” said Whitney Phillips, a lecturer at Humboldt State University and the author of “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” a forthcoming book about her years of studying bad behavior online. “The faster that the whole media system goes, the more trolls have a foothold to stand on. They are perfectly calibrated to exploit the way media is disseminated these days.”

This is so true. It is a huge amount of effort to keep trolls away.

There 3 reasons why Rick Perry’s chances in 2016 are over. He’s been indicted for abuse of power. He’s failed to attract any positive attention from the GOP establishment. And I can’t remember the 3rd.

Ferguson Police Beat Up Wrong Suspect Then Charged Him For Getting Blood On Uniforms In 2009:

The police served an outstanding warrant to one Henry Davis, 52, according to the Beast — but they were actually looking for a different Henry Davis who had a different middle name and Social Security number. But after the police apparently ran Davis’s license plate number and saw his name, he was pulled over and arrested


The Guns of Ferguson: When Tyranny Really Comes into Town, the NRA Goes into Hiding:

One would think, given his views on freedom of assembly and the importance of democratized violence, that LaPierre would be shouting through a megaphone for the besieged citizens of Ferguson to powder their muskets and cry liberty!

The NRA represents gun manufacturing and gun sales. They don’t really care that much about the rights of gun owners beyond the right to buy more product.

  1. RT @patrickdijusto: There are reports that people in Gaza are tweeting to people in Ferguson, telling them how to protect themselves from t…
  2. It might help to look at #Ferguson as a preview of what oligarchy ends up looking like.
  3. I wish I could be surprised by #Ferguson but that is exactly what it looks like with a wealthy few rule over a disenfranchised majority.

Senator Rand Paul on Ferguson: We Must Demilitarize the Police:

Does Mr. Paul think armed drones are not an example of militarized police?

From Forbes

“I’ve never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on. If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.

I think the use of an armed drone in the case of an robbery is an example of militarized policing.

From the article:

If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.

That’s called being white. When I was a teen, I had zero fear that I would be arrested, let alone shot. I did not realize how different my experience was until I was much older. As an middle age white dude, the police are polite to me. Even deferential at times.

  1. It might help to look at #Ferguson as a preview of what oligarchy ends up looking like.
  2. I wish I could be surprised by #Ferguson but that is exactly what it looks like with a wealthy few rule over a disenfranchised majority.
  3. Am I the only person to notice that slack is basically a Google wave clone?