Air conditioners aren’t the only reason electricity use is still close to its pre-pandemic levels. Many building systems, such as water heaters and server rooms, are designed to operate all the time, not to be turned on and off like a light switch in the office kitchen. To ensure long-term functionality, many operational systems continue working even when people aren’t in the building. For owners, this is one of the costs of operating buildings. “The last thing they want to do is shut everything off and then have an issue with mechanical degradation or mold,” Robin says. “You can’t just mothball a building.” … [Read more...] about Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?
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When’s the money coming? Ask Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader after Wednesday. Congress needs to pass a relief bill, and McConnell’s track record is not one of speed: As majority leader last year, he repeatedly postponed, even as millions of Americans faced financial peril, leading to an epic nine-month process to pass a second relief package with stimulus checks. … [Read more...] about Biden stimulus update: What the new president and Senate could mean for third checks
As much as my brain has been ravaged by temporal distortion, I remember vividly the day of Trump’s inauguration. I made the trip to Washington D.C. to be part of it, to physically register my opposition. The rattled hordes marched with parade floats, like a purgatorial Mardi Gras. A scattered handful of black bloc antifascists weaved in and out of the crowd, en route to go trash some property. (Many of them racked up felony rioting charges for their efforts.) Ghoulishly ebullient MAGA Dads jeered at the lot of us to “get a job,” even though it was Saturday. … [Read more...] about What looking back at Trump’s inauguration tells us about Biden’s presidency
But, the research suggests, it’s also possible to imagine platforms that deliver what users want—features like connections to friends and community members, access to relevant and true information, and places to organize around civic issues—without so much of the negativity people associate with today’s social media companies. Horrifying events like the Capitol riot, devastating trends like online harassment, and positive developments like coronavirus mutual aid groups and online get-out-the-vote efforts all reinforce that what starts on social media can have real-world consequences for the well-being of everyone—whether they’re on particular platforms or not. … [Read more...] about These 14 principles could help big platforms create healthier social media
"I made this record in isolation during quarantine. It was a weird year, but I tried to capture that feeling. I hope you get a chance to check it out, I can send a download if you'd prefer." https://t.co/hgxKfPlUx1 … [Read more...] about The internet has hilarious guesses about the letter Trump reportedly left for Biden