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Zack Rosebrugh

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SCOTUS update

Trump and the courts

Metals.com scam

Amazon attrition

At the movies

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Reshaping society

Electric cars make their mark

2019 was the year electric vehicles grew up. From budget Kias to fleets of e-trucks, this was the biggest year for vehicular electrification yet—but several blockbuster launches belie a hard road ahead as automakers are forced to reinvent themselves.

2019 was the year electric cars grew up

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious for EVs.Tesla has done the yeoman's work of proving you can sell a million or so electric cars to the masses. Its Model 3 accounted for 1 out of every 6 EVs sold worldwide. Now VW, GM, Ford, and others have painted a giant target on Tesla's back. Let the race begin.

Canopy branches out

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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Why US rightwing populists and their global allies disagree over Big Tech

Why US rightwing populists and their global allies disagree over Big Tech

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  • The exploitation of internet platforms by right wing populists around the world has been exceptionally successful. Now that they are in power, right wing populists should expect the platforms to love the back, which is already happening. Platforms as ubiquitous as Facebook and Google must align with

    The exploitation of internet platforms by right wing populists around the world has been exceptionally successful. Now that they are in power, right wing populists should expect the platforms to love the back, which is already happening. Platforms as ubiquitous as Facebook and Google must align with the powerful to maintain their monopolies. By failing to recognize the power of social media as it emerged, centrist incumbents effectively ceded power to right wing extremists in many countries in the west. The question before us is, why do we do now?

  • Kinda like comparing apples and gorillas. The reason US populists view US tech different than their European counterparts is that hey have a different experience. Duh.

    Google, for example, has actively attempted to manipulate perception via controls/false rankings on search. This has been a major frustration

    Kinda like comparing apples and gorillas. The reason US populists view US tech different than their European counterparts is that hey have a different experience. Duh.

    Google, for example, has actively attempted to manipulate perception via controls/false rankings on search. This has been a major frustration of US populists, and correspondingly a major complaint. If google were likewise influencing EU citizens in an attempt to control their thoughts and beliefs, EU populists would view tech companies in the same negative light as their US counterparts. But so far, EU populists have enjoyed the exposure and reach of tech without the biased meddling. So far.

    A fascinating sentence “Silicon Valley appears to be a perfect enemy for non-centrist forces in America, as bashing it helps to delegitimize the legacy of Obama and Clinton, seen as its primary enablers.” This ignorant justification for other’s views is what’s killing the left in America today. You can’t simplify that which you don’t agree with into some childish anti-Clinton/ anti-Obama rhetoric. That’s how the Democrats gave Trump the presidency.

  • The question of who is most true to their principles the American populist movement or the rest of the world.

    “But neither will the American populists lower their tone and find another target. On the issue of Silicon Valley and its power, Steve Bannon will remain closer to George Soros than to Matteo

    The question of who is most true to their principles the American populist movement or the rest of the world.

    “But neither will the American populists lower their tone and find another target. On the issue of Silicon Valley and its power, Steve Bannon will remain closer to George Soros than to Matteo Salvini. This is a paradox that clever progressives ought to be able to exploit, if only by asking non-American rightwing populists to explain their great love for an industry that even Steve Bannon considers to be “evil”.

    No answer would be forthcoming as rightwing populists, whatever their rhetoric, have no sound analysis of either the global economy or of the Big Tech’s role in it (nor, alas, do many of their non-populist opponents). The sooner this absence gets revealed, the better.”

  • Planned hatred by far right wing controllers of the message!