Scientists are calling the developing, and in some cases already unprecedented, El Niño the Godzilla El Niño. Current projections of a record-setting El Niño would be bad enough - except what other scientists are calling "the Blob" will be involved as well. The Blob is unprecedented warmth in the North Pacific. At the least, we are very likely in for a big new global temperature record.
What will today's workers do in an age of touch-screen cash registers and drive-themselves taxis? Enjoy more leisure or be put out to pasture like so many horses in the age of the automobile? Peter Frase sticks to the optimistic view. With more tech tools, there's more leisure in our future, as there should be, he says. He's also convinced that capitalism will end.
In addition to the private prison corporations, a wide range of companies, organizations, individuals and even towns profit economically or politically from prisons. They all have "skin in the game" - and have a definite interest in opposing attempts to reduce or end mass incarceration.