“Urban sprawl has strong impacts on sustainable mobility in cities. It is a phenomenon that not only encourages car use, but it also makes it more costly for local governments to provide public transport services. For individuals, sprawl makes it very difficult to walk or ride a bike to daily activities.”—
“To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive - to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.”—Rollo May (via psychotherapy)
My 6’5” dad was black and grew up in one of the most dangerous cities in America. He sported a huge afro into the early 90s when he died at the age of 33; one year older than I am now. My mother, a white, Jewish refugee from Poland, arrived in Brooklyn when she was 17 with no money and no English. She essentially raised me as a single mother. That makes me a half-black, half-white, 6’5” guy born into a half-Christian half-Jewish family. Growing up in the almost entirely white, middle-class suburb of Hopewell, NJ, made me feel like an outsider on some level. I felt most alone when I was surrounded by people. These moments made me realize how different I was.
Based on some of the most reliable and groundbreaking research in network science, this background may not have been a hindrance like I thought it was.
It may have actually been the perfect upbringing to be a connector.
Network brokers (ie – connectors) have three advantages:
Breadth. They pull their information from diverse clusters.
Timing. While they may not be the first to hear information, they are first to introduce information to another cluster.
Translation. They develop skills in translating one group’s knowledge into another’s insight.
South Africa is in a severe poaching crises against our Rhino and other Wildlife… since January last year… 816 Rhino have been poached by unscrupulous criminals and their KINGPINS that have no regard for life of any sorts…
“That all opposites—such as mass and energy, subject and object, life and death—are so much each other that they are perfectly inseparable, still strikes most of us as hard to believe. But this is only because we accept as real the boundary line between the opposites. It is, recall, the boundaries themselves which create the seeming existence of separate opposites. To put it plainly, to say that “ultimate reality is a unity of opposites” is actually to say that in ultimate reality there are no boundaries. Anywhere.”—
Ken Wilber, No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth (via rotterdamblues)
Ken’s great. Really dense stuff. He’s basically talking about non-duality!
If you can’t afford to own, you can rent. But what if you can’t afford to rent, either? Millions of Americans are in precisely that situation, according to a study released today by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The availability of apartments, especially cheaper ones, hasn’t nearly kept up with demand, and the problem has worsened since the 2007-09 recession, the study says.
“In 1960, about one in four renters paid more than 30 percent of income for housing. Today, one in two are cost burdened,” according to the study, America’s Rental Housing.
“Cost-burdened” means you’re paying more than 30 percent of income for housing and “severely cost-burdened” means you’re paying more than half. “By 2011, 28 percent of renters paid more than half their incomes for housing, bringing the number with severe cost burdens up by 2.5 million in just four years, to 11.3 million,” according to the Harvard study, which was conducted with partial funding from the MacArthur Foundation.
The way our socio-economy is structured is making us all poor.
This week, the European Commission began a two-year moratorium on a class of nerve-agent pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which have been highly implicated in a global decline in bee colonies — which, in turn, dealt a serious blow to fruits and…