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Chloe Cushman

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Brexit's super Saturday

New uses for social media

Indians are learning English through TikTok. China's viral video-sharing app just launched an educational initiative in India.

Indians are learning English through TikTok

It seems like ByteDance is trying to use the massive popularity of TikTok for something other than just being really fun.

Indians are using a Chinese app to teach one another English. Although it's an innovative use of social media, I'm a bit skeptical about TikTok's ability to revamp its image. The app's parent company, ByteDance, is based in Beijing. The specter of Chinese influence looms large.

This looks to me like an exercise to clean up its act in India. TikTok has had a rough run in this part of the world with linkages to fatal accidents and pornography. It's also faced legal suits and government warnings. So trying to promote and build an image of being more useful in helping common people

This looks to me like an exercise to clean up its act in India. TikTok has had a rough run in this part of the world with linkages to fatal accidents and pornography. It's also faced legal suits and government warnings. So trying to promote and build an image of being more useful in helping common people works in its favour. For the next court case, TikTok will at least have something positive to show for why it should be allowed to stay in the country.

The future of cars

The world’s downtowns are giving up on personal cars. In recent years, cities have begun to banish cars from specific streets or entire districts.

The world’s downtowns are slowly giving up on personal cars

I live in Los Angeles and were considering things like this as well except our public transit is terrible compared to other places. As long as the infrastructure can support having no cars, great!

Banning cars from the downtown is good for our lungs, our waist lines and our ears. Less air and noise pollution could attract people back to the downtown and result in much needed rejuvenation of beautiful older architecture. Walking in green spaces would allow exercise that is accessible to all and

Banning cars from the downtown is good for our lungs, our waist lines and our ears. Less air and noise pollution could attract people back to the downtown and result in much needed rejuvenation of beautiful older architecture. Walking in green spaces would allow exercise that is accessible to all and may even reconstitute a sense of community as people interact more. The key is access for service and delivery vehicles and easy alternative transport for longer distance travel like trains tramways buses and shared taxis.

India's wealth gap

Chinese censorship goes global

Chinese censorship is no longer just a China problem. The broad strokes of censorship in China are common knowledge. But over the past week or two, the world began to wake up to the fact that China’s censorship machine is now a global phenomenon. ✦

Chinese censorship is no longer just a China problem

It’s fascinating to see: the statement that something doesn’t fall in the scope of free speech because “it hurts the feelings” of people is an appeal to ethical concepts coming from a country that a while back proclaimed there are no such things as natural rights...

In the overt, China complains about

It’s fascinating to see: the statement that something doesn’t fall in the scope of free speech because “it hurts the feelings” of people is an appeal to ethical concepts coming from a country that a while back proclaimed there are no such things as natural rights...

In the overt, China complains about free speech hurting feelings, in the covert it manipulates social media in the west with disinformation.

Western companies need to decide how much to give up in ethics and basic rights in order to gain access to a market.

Outsiders' self-censorship follows a familiar pattern. When a Westerner runs afoul of Chinese nationalist ideology, they tend to follow the crude strategy of "apologize, play dumb, shut up."

The world needs to stop self-censoring about Hong Kong

Personally I disagree with cultural relativism. Not everything begs our understanding, like restricting freedom of thought, opinion, dress or the right to vote or assemble peacefully. There is a such thing as universally wrong. How does one judge the difference? I don’t have all the answers but usually

Personally I disagree with cultural relativism. Not everything begs our understanding, like restricting freedom of thought, opinion, dress or the right to vote or assemble peacefully. There is a such thing as universally wrong. How does one judge the difference? I don’t have all the answers but usually the right thing doesn’t produce more harm than good.

One small step

Two women walked in space. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station for a historic spacewalk that doubles as a metaphor for what it's like to be a woman full of ambition in 2019.

The metaphorical power of NASA’s first all-women spacewalk

Today was the first-ever all-women spacewalk, this moment is historic and will inspire so many girls to come. But getting here to this moment is a reminder of women trying to succeed in a world made for men

A moment to celebrate for all women. Lets make the spacesuit fit for many more women to come. Lets break down the bias so that this story - while spectacular, can become the norm and our children will see no boundaries nor be marginalized in the future simply for being female.

The future of gaming

Call of Duty turns down the loot. Players of the latest edition of the military-themed first-person shooter will no longer be able to pay for a chance of getting better at the game. Ridding loot boxes is a big step for the company, which generated $4.2 billion in revenue last year.

Call of Duty won’t be the last high-profile game to get rid of loot boxes

As an avid gamer I am extremely happy about this! This returns the game to a more skill-based system rather than a “pay to win” model. If you want pay to win, play mobile games or Fortnight and try not to get eliminated by some 8 year old who stole his moms credit card to buy better weapons.

This is great, loot boxes are kind of like gambling with the RNG (random number generator) element. Yes it makes money but nowhere near Season Battle Passes that Fortnite uses (Epic made ~$3B in profit in 2018 from it just one company not the while industry).

So good riddance to loot boxes, Battle Passes

This is great, loot boxes are kind of like gambling with the RNG (random number generator) element. Yes it makes money but nowhere near Season Battle Passes that Fortnite uses (Epic made ~$3B in profit in 2018 from it just one company not the while industry).

So good riddance to loot boxes, Battle Passes are more aligned with player engagement b/c you buy the pass and in order to maximize all its benefits you have to play more, play with friends, complete challenges, etc. to unlock things. Brilliant from a user engagement standpoint vs dumb chance loot boxes.

Top dollar TV

Can you hear me now?

Brave towns are putting a stop to the tyranny of leaf blowers. The loudest models may have noise levels of up to 112 decibels—louder than a plane taking off, a freight train, or a live rock concert.

More and more brave towns are putting a stop to the tyranny of leaf blowers

Sorry but the back up beep beep is required by law to save lives. Doesn't stop people from walking behind them and that creates more noise.

Life outside the city has highway noise lawm mowers and snow blowers not to mention trains and jet engines. Even cottage country has outboards and snowmobiles

Sorry but the back up beep beep is required by law to save lives. Doesn't stop people from walking behind them and that creates more noise.

Life outside the city has highway noise lawm mowers and snow blowers not to mention trains and jet engines. Even cottage country has outboards and snowmobiles. Annoy your neighbors crank the volume.

Let’s not stop there. Those pesky beep BEEP BEEPS from the semi-trailer trucks and snow plows on my street have got. to. go. I’ve fantasized about painting a “where (your) kids come to cry” sign at the entrance of the alley way our bedroom sits over. I swear it’s a symphony of bad hip hop or EDM blasting

Let’s not stop there. Those pesky beep BEEP BEEPS from the semi-trailer trucks and snow plows on my street have got. to. go. I’ve fantasized about painting a “where (your) kids come to cry” sign at the entrance of the alley way our bedroom sits over. I swear it’s a symphony of bad hip hop or EDM blasting from sun roofs and open windowed sedans (you know who you are), trucks endlessly backing up (to seemingly nowhere), children mid-meltdown, sloshing drunks, recycling foragers clanking $.05 bottles, children on the verge of a meltdown, couples on the verge of a meltdown and finally, yes, leaf blowers and lawn care equipment.

I want peace but I’m wrapped in red tape. An ode to city life.

Noise pollution is one of the next major challenges to overcome, and the solutions cannot only come from technology advances. Machines, even the quietest, generate their own low-level noise that contributes to both overall pollution and the insistent, steady thrum.

Talkin' Texas

The Lone Star State, but make it fashion. The world’s biggest luxury brand, Louis Vuitton, is investing $50 million into a bag production factory on a Texas ranch south of Fort Worth. They have good reasons why.

Why Louis Vuitton opened a factory on a ranch in Texas

I never thought I'd see the day where Bernard Arnault would be in a photo with Trump. But this is a great set of news for the US manufacturing sector, and hopefully this can create a bigger trend towards fashion brands setting up more US plants.

That said, "Made in the USA" is a tag that brands can

I never thought I'd see the day where Bernard Arnault would be in a photo with Trump. But this is a great set of news for the US manufacturing sector, and hopefully this can create a bigger trend towards fashion brands setting up more US plants.

That said, "Made in the USA" is a tag that brands can only use if 100% of their products are sourced there. The leather isn't entirely from Texas (which is a bit odd) but this issue has also hindered the watch world.

There so much more under this hood, but kudos to LVMH for this news.

Come back soon!

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Michelle Obama’s career advice: It’s ok to change your mind

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From Our Members

  • Can’t wait to read Michelle’s book! We get so much pressure, especially from ourselves internally, to pick the path expected, but it’s so important to know that’s the path that will bring you joy. If not, make a change!

  • Been there! I was someone who totally thought I needed to check every box to be the person I “should” be- I applied (and failed!) to get into Yale Law School twice before I got in on my third try- and a few years later I hated my job in corporate law. 100% yes to this sentiment from Michelle. So excited

    Been there! I was someone who totally thought I needed to check every box to be the person I “should” be- I applied (and failed!) to get into Yale Law School twice before I got in on my third try- and a few years later I hated my job in corporate law. 100% yes to this sentiment from Michelle. So excited to read her book... just downloaded to my kindle!

  • I do not know what she really did for all those years along side her husband in the White House. Just what was her legacy? And finally. How in the world does she think she can give career advice?

  • It’s really hard to accept this advice early in your career; there’s a lot of pressure to get ahead on one path, and any deviation from that sets you behind. But I think it’s important to remember both professionally and personally. If you don’t, you can feel trapped in whatever your situation is. Although

    It’s really hard to accept this advice early in your career; there’s a lot of pressure to get ahead on one path, and any deviation from that sets you behind. But I think it’s important to remember both professionally and personally. If you don’t, you can feel trapped in whatever your situation is. Although it’s a scary feeling, it’s important to listen to it to figure out what it is you need to change, and what you’ve learned going forward.

  • People have the right to be happy and sometimes you end up on the wrong path or you have a realization of what is important in life. For me this was having kids which made me change how and when I work. I can’t blame others for a change if it gets them on the path that makes them happier.

  • People are desperate for inspiration and they will often look to others for some secret that they can apply to their own lives. The same message seems to get repackaged year after year: The power of yes, leaning in, rich dad/poor dad, habits of highly effective people. If it helps, great. But none of

    People are desperate for inspiration and they will often look to others for some secret that they can apply to their own lives. The same message seems to get repackaged year after year: The power of yes, leaning in, rich dad/poor dad, habits of highly effective people. If it helps, great. But none of this is really reinventing the wheel. Stand up for yourself, don’t let ego and emotion get in the way, be kind. See? Even I am at it now.

  • I would like to share this news with my students during my class tomorrow. Maybe this news will be more meaningful to them than a short piece theory that I teach. #MichelleObama #obama #life #motivation

  • Sharing her story authentically will inspire many. Good for her for being willing to do that ... so others can be inspired and know that the journey can be a process and that they don’t need to strive for perfect.

  • By stating this, Michelle Obama proves once again to be a good role model. For demographical reasons, we’re all meant to work for forty years or more. If so, it’s in our destiny to forget childhood vocations and instead be inspired many different times in our lifetime.

  • Change your mind! Chase your passion! Figure you out! Let’s focus less on being “right” and more on doing what is right for us individually. Reflect frequently, asking “How do I feel? Am I happy?” Dive deep! If you’re in a positive place, ask why. If you’re not in the best place (yet), ask why. If you’ve

    Change your mind! Chase your passion! Figure you out! Let’s focus less on being “right” and more on doing what is right for us individually. Reflect frequently, asking “How do I feel? Am I happy?” Dive deep! If you’re in a positive place, ask why. If you’re not in the best place (yet), ask why. If you’ve become content, ask why. Change can be worrisome and scary! I’d also recommend asking for feedback from family and friends. Remember - Progression requires change.

  • Reply to Tommy Williams - Michelle Obama is no less qualified to give career advice than anyone else, IMO. I can give career advice based on my own life experiences. It is really up to the reader whether or not to follow that advice. I happen to agree with her, wholeheartedly. But my reasons are subject

    Reply to Tommy Williams - Michelle Obama is no less qualified to give career advice than anyone else, IMO. I can give career advice based on my own life experiences. It is really up to the reader whether or not to follow that advice. I happen to agree with her, wholeheartedly. But my reasons are subject to another conversation, for another time.

  • When I started my career in the 70’s I worked for a Company that said their employees were the Company’s greatest asset. We were treated that way. Today employers greatest asset is the stock holders. Mrs Obama’s advise is good because it will make you think about if the career path you are on does not

    When I started my career in the 70’s I worked for a Company that said their employees were the Company’s greatest asset. We were treated that way. Today employers greatest asset is the stock holders. Mrs Obama’s advise is good because it will make you think about if the career path you are on does not bring you joy you should find what will bring you joy.

  • This is one of the few pieces of advice you don't hear in undergrad. It's ok to start over and try again. Some of the greatest people in the world had to change their minds several times before finding their true path

  • In the US, we far too often measure job attainment as career fulfilment. In doing so, we exchange appearances for self-worth. The subsequent fears and inflexibility are captured well here by Michelle Obama.

  • Emerson says the same thing in “Self-Reliance”.