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SCOTUS update

Metals.com scam

Amazon attrition

At the movies

Fashion forward

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.

Record low unemployment

Americans locked up abroad

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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The new elite’s phoney crusade to save the world – without changing anything

The new elite’s phoney crusade to save the world – without changing anything

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  • Most VC funding goes down the drain. Perhaps a real effort to fund Agri tech and Clean energy would go a long way to achieve sustainability.

  • Rich people talk about paying too little taxes, inequality and they will do everything in their power to reduce their tax burden.

    Elites gather at TED, WEF to talk about progressive ideas and they clap and give standing ovation to all these great ideas. This allows them to get rid of their guilt but

    Rich people talk about paying too little taxes, inequality and they will do everything in their power to reduce their tax burden.

    Elites gather at TED, WEF to talk about progressive ideas and they clap and give standing ovation to all these great ideas. This allows them to get rid of their guilt but they go back to doing nothing about it.

    It's a shame when 26 people have more wealth than the combined wealth of 4 billion people in the world. Now is the time to do something about it.

  • A powerful article that may help inform us of the source of rage in the US, Europe and elsewhere. Most if not all are left behind as the economy has expanded.

    “That vast numbers of Americans and others in the west have scarcely benefited from the age is not because of a lack of innovation, but because

    A powerful article that may help inform us of the source of rage in the US, Europe and elsewhere. Most if not all are left behind as the economy has expanded.

    “That vast numbers of Americans and others in the west have scarcely benefited from the age is not because of a lack of innovation, but because of social arrangements that fail to turn new stuff into better lives. For example, American scientists make the most important discoveries in medicine and genetics and publish more biomedical research than those of any other country – but the average American’s health remains worse and slower-improving than that of peers in other rich countries, and in some years life expectancy actually declines. American inventors create astonishing new ways to learn thanks to the power of video and the internet, many of them free of charge – but the average US high-school leaver tests more poorly in reading today than in 1992.”

  • 1. wealth creation is not zero sum.

    2. it is not clear leaving this to the government leads to better outcomes.

  • It’s ironic that there has also been a string or articles recently that report on surveys showing people think companies and their leaders should step in and act when governments don’t.

    “This genre of elites believes and promotes the idea that social change should be pursued principally through the

    It’s ironic that there has also been a string or articles recently that report on surveys showing people think companies and their leaders should step in and act when governments don’t.

    “This genre of elites believes and promotes the idea that social change should be pursued principally through the free market and voluntary action, not public life and the law and the reform of the systems that people share in common; that it should be supervised by the winners of capitalism and their allies, and not be antagonistic to their needs; and that the biggest beneficiaries of the status quo should play a leading role in the status quo’s reform.”

  • In order for real change to happen, a good number of these “new elites” will have to be drawn back into politics, and away from business.

    Perhaps we are now seeing this happen in U.S. politics with the “new generation” of politicians: extraordinary individuals like Alexandria Cortez and Pete Buttigieg

    In order for real change to happen, a good number of these “new elites” will have to be drawn back into politics, and away from business.

    Perhaps we are now seeing this happen in U.S. politics with the “new generation” of politicians: extraordinary individuals like Alexandria Cortez and Pete Buttigieg who have the brains and leadership skills to be CEOs of billion dollar companies, who choose instead to dedicate themselves to public service. Is this the start of a new era?

  • The societies and states are not companies, they have different purpose so their tools and know-how must be in general different. Even the algorithms are not objective, the only difference between tech and politics is that politics is accounted for this unavoidable subjectivity...

    For some time already

    The societies and states are not companies, they have different purpose so their tools and know-how must be in general different. Even the algorithms are not objective, the only difference between tech and politics is that politics is accounted for this unavoidable subjectivity...

    For some time already I am drawing the attention to the fact that the science claims over something that it has no knowledge neither skills to deal with: social condition of humans. To deal with this you need a humanist working with you hand in hand or reshaping science education to add humanities there.

  • The problem with this worldview is that if we just took all the money being spent on philanthropy and instead took it in as taxes, we could solve more societal problems. There are some things government is good at and expansion (and higher taxes) makes sense. For example, Medicare is a generally well

    The problem with this worldview is that if we just took all the money being spent on philanthropy and instead took it in as taxes, we could solve more societal problems. There are some things government is good at and expansion (and higher taxes) makes sense. For example, Medicare is a generally well run program so expanding it to Medicare For All makes sense. But government fails at as many things as it succeeds (like schools) and the people making this argument usually have the exact same elite background as the people they’re criticizing and no actual experience or sense of what running a government is actually like. Calling all philanthropy phony is just as stupid as saying that government can never work.

  • I disagree. I don’t want to wait for the rich to do something about it. If you want to know whether these people are serious look at their business models. Are they sourcing materials responsibly? Are they trying to cut out their carbon footprint? Or are they dumping sewage into our rivers and lakes

    I disagree. I don’t want to wait for the rich to do something about it. If you want to know whether these people are serious look at their business models. Are they sourcing materials responsibly? Are they trying to cut out their carbon footprint? Or are they dumping sewage into our rivers and lakes, poisoning us with their food ingredients, and ignoring their carbon footprint?

    A big one- stop buying from Monsanto and companies like them (but especially them). It is easy to point fingers but consumers have sort of created these monsters. Consumers also have choices, and in the end, they’re in charge because companies will conform to demand.

  • An interesting read with compelling stats on the widening income disparity in society. But the argument that business elites are social capitalists (merely to preserve the status quo)— is both cynical and not really what most people believe. In our Harris Poll data, 60% of American consumers expect CEO’s

    An interesting read with compelling stats on the widening income disparity in society. But the argument that business elites are social capitalists (merely to preserve the status quo)— is both cynical and not really what most people believe. In our Harris Poll data, 60% of American consumers expect CEO’s to be visibly discussing social issues such as income inequality, gender discrimination and climate change— and 56% say they buy more from brands that are vocal on issues they care about. People want business to fill a void in leadership.

  • ‘[It is] important to understand how the elites see the world, so that we might better assess the merits and limitations of their world-changing campaigns.’

    An understated point. That (for fear of sounding closed-off) these individuals are given a platform. In the spirit of not discounting any solutions

    ‘[It is] important to understand how the elites see the world, so that we might better assess the merits and limitations of their world-changing campaigns.’

    An understated point. That (for fear of sounding closed-off) these individuals are given a platform. In the spirit of not discounting any solutions we not only hear what the elites have to say but incidentally put their solutions on pedestals not afforded to the average Joe.

  • Any business that gets ahead or stays ahead of the rest of us by wielding the States power should lose all their property. You cannot even dig a hole for someone without a license.

  • A thoughtful and important long read.

  • Although awareness has increased about how the Wealthier among society live their lives outside of the office, the question that is most begged is: To what extent do the Wealthy owe society, and if this is the contention, how can the Wealthy do a better job at supporting the world through its crises?

  • The government is here to set the “rules of the game” and society in all forms is here to “play the game by the rules”. Things go wrong when the government set rules that benefit the few and biases the game. You can observe that best watching kids playing a board game where one or more players feel cheated

    The government is here to set the “rules of the game” and society in all forms is here to “play the game by the rules”. Things go wrong when the government set rules that benefit the few and biases the game. You can observe that best watching kids playing a board game where one or more players feel cheated. Typically the games ends with the pieces on the floor and a bunch of unhappy kids. The government has to change it’s consciousness and take responsibility for their role in society creating a society that is more fair and less divided.

  • “By refusing to risk its way of life, by rejecting the idea that the powerful might have to sacrifice for the common good, it clings to a set of social arrangements that allow it to monopolise progress and then give symbolic scraps to the forsaken – many of whom wouldn’t need the scraps if society were working right.”

  • 26 people's wealth being greater than 4 billion others is not a shame. The financial struggle of those in the 4 billion group are a shame. The assumption that the money to help them needs to come from the 26 people is the problem

  • As regards bettering the lot of the masses, it's the same old 'bait and switch'... Those who control the wealth, control the world. Barring catastrophic upheavals in world societal structure, this will not change.

    All we do, is rearrange the split hairs, in the carpet that the financial giants walk

    As regards bettering the lot of the masses, it's the same old 'bait and switch'... Those who control the wealth, control the world. Barring catastrophic upheavals in world societal structure, this will not change.

    All we do, is rearrange the split hairs, in the carpet that the financial giants walk on...

    Make peace with that, and live for others...

  • The current tax and economic regulation allows the creation of wealth by innovation, but also allows the accumulation of wealth. This new wealth exploits the reduction of economic barriers, like globalization reduces tariffs, and ecommerce reduces the need for inventories and real estate costs. Yet also

    The current tax and economic regulation allows the creation of wealth by innovation, but also allows the accumulation of wealth. This new wealth exploits the reduction of economic barriers, like globalization reduces tariffs, and ecommerce reduces the need for inventories and real estate costs. Yet also, the real engine, the ultimate cause that's been creating the wealth is consumption. We are consuming more than ever, as species. Countries, religious organizations, and Corporations have every incentive for us to increase the population, for economical, political and power reasons. However, the environment cannot sustain an ever growing number of people on the planet. The yearly renewing capacity of the earth is surpassed in only 8 months. Going "green" is not enough. Rich, middle class and poor feel entitled to more. More customers, more kids, more consumption. Now Bezos and Musk think we must make an effort to go to Mars and are willing to spend their fortunes into that, instead of developing population control. But who and how will ever promote population control. It won't on the right, and even less on the left. The train is headed to a cliff and we are still arguing whose and how many sit in first class.

  • I have long held that the government does not run the USA, and that big business and the 1-3% elite are the true masters. “Do the right thing”, Spike Lee.

  • AOC has the brains to run a billion dollar company?

  • I think there needs to be a consensus on what the elites really are and what they stand for. Are there factions of elites against one another or working together. If so why? We7 should be looking at the larger picture I think instead of looking at theair talk alone. What are their actions? What is their

    I think there needs to be a consensus on what the elites really are and what they stand for. Are there factions of elites against one another or working together. If so why? We7 should be looking at the larger picture I think instead of looking at theair talk alone. What are their actions? What is their history? Why are they the way they are? What information is missing? Can we recover it and do we have the right context/interpretation? Perhaps I am not seeing it but forgive me if I am not. What is the overall perception of elites today? Or perhave have they chainged conpletely throughout history, and yet still somehow connected to eachother, especially when they fight eachother. What resources are the most valuble to them and can we anticipate what they may be after even if it is before they know?

  • True.