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Bad Kingdom (1972)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 19/06/2022 - 5:10am in

In 1972, the government drew up plans to construct a deportation facility off the coast of Ireland that could house as many as 70 million people - the entire population of the UK, if need be. The intention was to make it an exact replica of the United Kingdom and call it Bad Kingdom. Nobody, it seemed, fulfilled the increasingly stringent criteria of what it meant to be truly British. 

Experts estimated that, by 2050, the United Kingdom's only remaining residents would be members of the Cabinet, the Royal family, and bald-headed perpetually enraged men with a poor command of the English language whose idea of patriotism was to attack with deckchairs anyone who so much as spoke with a foreign accent. 

In all likelihood, without enough people to maintain a working infrastructure, these UK residents would have to sneak into Bad Kingdom in order to stock up on supplies and to have a shower, although doing so would be illegal and carry a sentence of deportation back to the United Kingdom where they risked being deported to Bad Kingdom, leaving the UK empty.

An Interview with Peter Linebaugh on the Commons, Crime, and the Meanings of Industry and Idleness

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 26/02/2022 - 2:08am in

In this episode, I’m joined by Peter Linebaugh, a historian whose thinking and writing about the commons spans the entirety...

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An Iconic Suburb Goes Urban

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 24/02/2022 - 12:50am in

Talk of the towns

As small towns phase out single-family zoning and condos sprout near commuter rail lines, it feels like we’re entering the age of the urbanizing suburb. Bloomberg CityLab takes a deep dive into one of the most interesting cases: the pioneering planned community of Columbia, Maryland.

In the 1960s, Columbia was meticulously constructed on 14,000 acres of farmland. The idea was to build a better suburb with mixed-use, easily walkable villages. And while the town has been hailed as one of the more successful examples of planned suburbanism, it never really achieved the pedestrian-centered, no-car-needed goal it strived for.

columbiaColumbia, Maryland. Credit: Design for Health

Now, the town’s master developer is trying again with an ambitious plan to urbanize the town center with 14 million square feet of new construction. The company describes it as nothing less than “the reinvention of suburbia” — a more sustainable, less car-centric retrofit that leverages modern planning techniques, concerns about climate change and rising real estate prices. But the plans also challenge the very identity of one of America’s most iconic suburbs — or, as the project’s website now calls Columbia, “the third city between D.C. and Baltimore.”

“How do you improve suburbia and make it more available to the masses?” asked one land use expert and Columbia resident. “I think the first part is very easy, and the second part is incredibly hard.”

Read more at Bloomberg CityLab

Caught green handed

For the first time, someone in the UK has been convicted of domestic abuse after being sprayed with a liquid that shows up under ultraviolet light.

The substance, called SmartWater, is a forensic marking agent that stains the skin and clothing of an attacker, similar to the paint bombs that have long been used to identify bank robbers. It comes in hand-held canisters, and can also be applied to door handles and gates. When analyzed, it can link the attacker to the specific batch of SmartWater that stained him. It is now being used by 200 women across England as part of a pilot program. The man it was used to convict was sprayed with it by his ex-partner while he showed up at her home in West Yorkshire.

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“Domestic abuse is quite often difficult to prosecute and a lot of these crimes occur behind closed doors,” said the detective superintendent of the West Yorkshire police. “If we forensically mark, then we can track someone back to a location. We’ll know who the perpetrator is, and we’ll know who the victim is, as well.”

Read more at the BBC

Charge!

The petrol-powered automobile continues its slow slide into obsolescence. In 2021, over 6.6 million EVs were sold in an average week. That’s more than were sold in the entire year of 2012, and three times as many as in 2019. Globally, EVs account for nearly one in ten car sales. In countries like Norway, it’s almost three in four.

EVs present their own set of challenges. There are now 16 million on the roads, contributing to traffic congestion, urban sprawl and pedestrian fatalities. But they’re undeniably better than the climate catastrophe that gas-powered cars represent, and as a consumer product, appear to be the trendiest thing on four wheels.

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College Behind Bars: the Case for Higher Education in Prison

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 15/07/2021 - 10:41pm in

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It’s the episode we’ve been looking forward to all year! Meet the winner of the 2021 Have You Heard Graduate Student Research Contest: Patrick Conway. When you listen to this episode, you’ll understand exactly why Patrick claimed this year’s top prize. His exploration of how we value prison education raises essential and relevant questions—about who is entitled to be educated at tax-payer expense, what kind of education they should receive, and how we view crime. Congratulations to Patrick, and a big thanks to his former student JD Linares for putting in a special appearance. You can find a complete transcript of the episode here

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