White cops question black man

St. Louis MO April 19, 2018.

Rule of law is critical to society. I like the police. But I like them better when video is rolling.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The only other person on the scene when police called over a gentleman, I propped up my camera.

This gentleman did exactly what I would have done. Came directly to the first officer. Sat down immediately as requested.

Police were not aggressive in body language or any other way. Eventually they noticed my camera. Did not seem to care. I suspect most encounters go exactly like this. But are not reported

change for the better in Saudi Arabia

I’ve been to Riyadh three times. They are leaders in the Muslim world. Many students study there before returning to their home nations.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has started reforming the Kingdom.

Token changes: women driving, introducing music and cinema, and cracking down on corruption.

In a land of extremists, I hope he can stay alive long enough to move the nation to moderate Islam.

He’s certainly cooperated with (played?) the Toddler President.

Norah O’Donnell: Are women equal to men?

Mohammed bin Salman: Absolutely. We are all human beings and there is no difference.

Norah O’Donnell: You have said you are, “Taking Saudi Arabia back to what we were, a moderate Islam.” What does that mean? …

He has curbed the powers of the country’s so-called “religious police,” who until recently were able to arrest women for not covering up. …

60 Minutes 

He has critics. One guy wants him to change more, faster.

Others say he’s been too brutal. A strongman dictator.

The future of global energy

I’ve always been suspicious of stories predicting the rise of solar and wind and the imminent plunge of coal and oil.

But it’s here. Solar in Dubai is already the least expensive source of electricity in the history of the world2.42 cents / kwh.

Click PLAY or watch a TED Talk on YouTube. (38min)

Incumbents will increasingly be asking for government subsidy for coal and oil. Those requests should be denied.

(via tywkiwdbi)

Rick is downsizing

What, you ask? A smaller backpack?

ALL my cassette tapes, reel-to-reel and VHS are headed for Value Village. A few CDs, as well. Software. Old electronics.

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Even that romantic mix tape. img_3890

I’ll donate at least 75% of my old clothes. Less is more. 🙂

related – my philosophy of Voluntary Simplicity

mapping the world in a simpler way

What3words (stylizedwhat3words) is a geocoding system for the simple communication of locations with a resolution of 3 m.

what3words encodes geographic coordinates into 3 dictionary words (for example, the Statue of Liberty is located at planet.inches.most).

Click PLAY or see how it works on Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/112227335

Mongolia officially adopted the new address system. Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

best refugee housing

Let’s say you have to flee your country.

Where would you go?

You’d cross the border hoping to return to your home, family and friends as soon as possible.

To a clean, safe refugee camp.

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Former soldier and UN observer Neale Sutton and businessman Andrew Hamilton’s self-designed “Humanihut” was last week plucked from relative obscurity to be on the Disrupt 100 list, an index of the most promising start-ups around the world. …

After securing a $50,000 grant from the South Australian government, the pair then engaged Adelaide company Applidyne to create “proof of concept” drawings based on their specifications.

The final product is a robust family-sized hut that can be set up in five minutes, with a village of 2400 huts designed to be set up in three days, inclusive of power, water and sewage. Their calculations show that one shipping container can hold 16 Humanihuts.

“When you unpack the 16 huts, the shipping container is then reconfigured to be the shower, washing and cleaning facilities for those people living in those 16 huts. We bring our own water treatment plant that can reuse 85 per cent of the “black water” for showers and toilets,” said Sutton. …

South Australian entrepreneurs seek to improve refugee lives with Humanihut

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

The Humanihut Shelter System is an inexpensive, innovative and robust shelter system for people at their time of greatest need.

humanihut.com

Thanks Mary.