The last time I posted a video of Erna and the Erratics it got likes and I even got a few follows, so I thought I’d let you all know that Erna and the gang are hoping to finally record some of their stuff and put out an EP. I hope you give them a listen and consider supporting them through their Kickstarter. Erna is an extremely talented vocalist and musician with a knack for talking about important subjects. Here’s the video I posted earlier of one of her more personal songs about being biracial and Asian American.
With a Department of Energy grant, Raleigh, N.C. has been using about 40 so-called Big Belly cans: “Large, solar-powered” public trash bins that “automatically compact trash and recyclables, and … send workers an email when they’re full.”
The cans cost about $7,000 each, said Bianca Howard, a community education specialist with the city’s Solid Waste Services department. But they ultimately save taxpayers money because they need to be collected less often, she said.
During the pilot program, the city replaced 32 traditional open-top cans along Fayetteville Street with 10 Big Belly stations and reduced costs from $40,903 to $1,607 for the year. In the Glenwood South area, collection costs were decreased from $12,056 annually to $115.
I’m not saying that Cap and Trade is necessarily a bad idea, but I do think that when public policy or environmental issues are at stake, our task is to figure out which of the two - social or market norms - will produce the most desirable outcome. In particular, policy makers should be careful not to add market norms that undermine the social ones.
“Well it’s very strongly related to income, but only to a certain amount. After about $20,000 a year, it becomes much more dependent on the amount of time we spend with family and friends. This is something we seem to intuitively know at the beginning and end of our lives— but lose sight of in the middle.”