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India's coal addiction

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet. Quartz explores how India is meeting the challenge of providing increasing amounts of energy to its people while trying to lower its dependence on fossil fuels. ✦

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular, has other motivations: from energy security to soft power.

Improving culture at work

Lebanon protests inequality

Making immigration work

Politics on Facebook

Shifting Middle East

Team Trump is heading to Davos in the Desert. The administration has apparently gotten over its outrage at the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, so now senior adviser Jared Kushner and Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin are heading to Saudi Arabia for a major business conference.

Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi’s ‘Davos in the Desert’

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last

By scouring contract solicitations, Justin was able to piece together the fact that high level Trump administration officials are heading to Saudi Arabia to talk business at Davos in the Desert. The only problem with that? It's extremely unseemly. Saudi Arabia brutally killed an American journalist last year, and brushing aside his cruel murder signals US indifference to the crime.

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh

A bit of news buried in a haystack's worth of State Department contract solicitations, confirming the attendance of Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin at Saudi Arabia's version of Davos later this month. Interestingly, the Saudi Arabian government "did not authorize" the US delegation to stay at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, where the event is being held. So they booked 45 rooms at the nearby Burj Rafal, instead.

Biased agenda

Class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds. A Yale study shows hiring managers' decisions are influenced in ways that perpetuate wealth inequality.

Yale study shows class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe

This is such an interesting study and story. Kind of chilling too, especially for those of us who like to think we're operating in egalitarian settings. Read it and weep, or at least cringe, like I did, when you get to this part about cultural fit. “It’s going to seem like the person just has this vibe, right? But it might be class,” Kraus says.

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Forget Self-Driving Cars. Bring Back the Stick Shift.

Forget Self-Driving Cars. Bring Back the Stick Shift.

Read more on The New York Times

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  • I drove stick for about 12 years in the Boston area, stuck in traffic many times, but also never needing AWD or snow tires, so I understand the feelings of those who wish that 'standard' transmission was actually still the standard on new vehicles. I propose a compromise: with advances in electronic

    I drove stick for about 12 years in the Boston area, stuck in traffic many times, but also never needing AWD or snow tires, so I understand the feelings of those who wish that 'standard' transmission was actually still the standard on new vehicles. I propose a compromise: with advances in electronic controls, todays shifters on Automatics are not physically connected to the transmission, if they ever were. So maybe Manuals can be designed that way too, if they aren't already. With a simple swap of a shifter guide top-plate, an automatic shifter could become a manual shifter in today's cars. People could choose manual on any car. Manual doesn't need to be actual preset gears in the transmission box, it could be the same continuous transmission box with a manual control that is based on delta positions of the drive gear, relative ratio steps based on speed and driving styles, maybe some preset ratio packages, customizable. Imagine setting up your own 7 speed manual tranny ratios to match your driving style. Rush's Red Barchetta specially remastered song edition included on all models with the new 'Red Barchetta Transmission: Your Uncle's Classic Brought Back to Life - Drive Often, Drive Responsibly, Dream Forever!

  • Such an American piece. The rest of the world didn’t get rid of it so this piece lacks the nostalgia it intends to illicit. Safety to one side, automatic cars with a CVT could offer environmental advantages. If car manufacturers put more effort into this and less into selling dreams of the past who knows

    Such an American piece. The rest of the world didn’t get rid of it so this piece lacks the nostalgia it intends to illicit. Safety to one side, automatic cars with a CVT could offer environmental advantages. If car manufacturers put more effort into this and less into selling dreams of the past who knows what problems they could solve...

  • The tech industry may be well intended, but its relentless pursuit of automation and convenience are stripping us of skills that are important to our humanity.

  • Well meaning but not practical in the gridlock of traffic we find on our highways, where stickshifts could mean hundreds of gear changes each trip. Can you imagine the stalls and accidents that would occur? Whenever I drive in San Franscico I'm always grateful that running backwards down a hill is not

    Well meaning but not practical in the gridlock of traffic we find on our highways, where stickshifts could mean hundreds of gear changes each trip. Can you imagine the stalls and accidents that would occur? Whenever I drive in San Franscico I'm always grateful that running backwards down a hill is not possible here thanks to the majority of cars having automatic transmissions!

  • I love the idea. I learned how to drive on an 83 Volvo station wagon super diesel. You have to listen to the engine, really pull the shifter, put muscle into the clutch, and mange the mirrors due to the black smoke following you. If only this was a viable option for the insane distraction focused culture

    I love the idea. I learned how to drive on an 83 Volvo station wagon super diesel. You have to listen to the engine, really pull the shifter, put muscle into the clutch, and mange the mirrors due to the black smoke following you. If only this was a viable option for the insane distraction focused culture that has taken over the highways.

  • I love driving stick but using the flying analogy, if we actually let pilots fly planes there would be so many more crashes. Pilots direct the flight management computers on the plane rather than flying it, except for takeoff and landing. That has produced an unprecedented multi-decade era of air safety

    I love driving stick but using the flying analogy, if we actually let pilots fly planes there would be so many more crashes. Pilots direct the flight management computers on the plane rather than flying it, except for takeoff and landing. That has produced an unprecedented multi-decade era of air safety. We’re just in the transition period on cars where the tech can cause problems but past the tipping point is a lot safer driving.

  • Damm Skippy. There is nothing like being in control of your RPMs when going for fuel economy or letting the beast loose once in awhile

  • I bought my lasting car with stick shift 28 years ago and still runs on original Honda engine 415,000 miles later. It is cheaper to replace a manual clutch than repair or replace an automatic transmission in my experience with other cars, and lasts longer, so it has potential to save you some money

    I bought my lasting car with stick shift 28 years ago and still runs on original Honda engine 415,000 miles later. It is cheaper to replace a manual clutch than repair or replace an automatic transmission in my experience with other cars, and lasts longer, so it has potential to save you some money. It's also easier ( dare I say more fun?) to jump-start going into 2nd gear rolling down hill or with a helpful push from a good samaritan, when the battery has died. Nice conversation starter. I've had other cars and I mean way past tense 'had'. Automatic. it's cool at times but I remember it mostly in a mellow way, hohum, commuter doldrum, when you just wish you were not stuck in traffic like that. The benefits of having an automatic transmission seems to me is when you wish you didn't need one, didn't need that car stuck on a freeway parking lot, didn't need this traffic congestion, in essence you wish it wasn't that way. Stick shift for me is remembered for the great Moments, on the scenic highway, the early Sunday morning race to soccer practice, when no traffic is present on the freeway, (and I still got a ticket), it makes you feel what the heck if you have a Ferrari under the hood and realize Honda actually does run Formula 1. The stick shift is your connection to NASCAR. An experience. It's a lovely reminder of your high school crush telling you: if you want it done right you've got to do it yourself. Technology is not the answer for all good things. In some cases maybe it is more useful in bad conditions, so it's not a bad thing in itself, it just may be overrated. Like a bandaid, not the fix for the root cause, not the cure. But at the end of the day both will get you from point A to point B.

  • Shore thing s to cognitive skills as we head into an era that it’s going to be needed more than ever the busier we all become

  • Yes! I drive stick and it's quite difficult to do anything else but well, drive.

  • Manual transmissions used to have an efficiency advantage which no longer exists. For most vehicles offered with a choice, the automatic achieves greater fuel efficiency than the manual. Some clung to manuals for their efficiency which no longer exists. Perhaps some of these claimed efficiency as their

    Manual transmissions used to have an efficiency advantage which no longer exists. For most vehicles offered with a choice, the automatic achieves greater fuel efficiency than the manual. Some clung to manuals for their efficiency which no longer exists. Perhaps some of these claimed efficiency as their beacon while serving as a front for frugality.

    They’re not coming back. Urbanization is part of the problem. Manuals are a lot of fun, but they suck when you’re stuck creeping along a few feet at a time in heavy traffic. Nor can the many people who never learned to drive stick teach their children to do so.

    You might as well pursue the reintroduction of the horse as a primary means if transportation. I do believe the rate of distracted riding incidents was quite low. Be careful what you wish for...

  • Manual transmissions are common and probably the norm in Germany. But, yes, please bring them back in the US.

  • My commute to work was made easier when I drove a 5 speed. Make and model did not matter as long as it was standard. It is all about control. This became more evident when I had to drive through ice and snow. Control...love having control.

  • Doesn’t make sense. All electric and hybrid vehicles are automatic (as we call them in Europe), there is no reason to advocate for stick shift.

  • Great article! We some how believe because of a vehicles' technology accessories we do not need to be as alert. It seems, we have to be just as alert, if the tech fails, and we are slow to react, there is an opportunity for catastrophes. If we remain alert and engaged the whole time we are able to react

    Great article! We some how believe because of a vehicles' technology accessories we do not need to be as alert. It seems, we have to be just as alert, if the tech fails, and we are slow to react, there is an opportunity for catastrophes. If we remain alert and engaged the whole time we are able to react, with time to spare, hopefully, avoiding disaster.

  • Manual ❤

    Always ❤

    Electricity Produced = Burning Oil 🙏

    How Can i.e. Electric Cars be efficient or the same as gas guzzlers?

    Note to self:

    Dodge Chargers had beautiful bodies until the film Vanishing Point came out and the company sadly became Challenger oriented. Till Date.

  • If you know how driving a manual transmission car is not much more work it does require more thought, forcing the driver to pay more attention. It is also a skill that isn't taught. Truck fleets are converting to automatics because there is a shortage of qualified drivers.

    There are two additional

    If you know how driving a manual transmission car is not much more work it does require more thought, forcing the driver to pay more attention. It is also a skill that isn't taught. Truck fleets are converting to automatics because there is a shortage of qualified drivers.

    There are two additional advantages to a standard transmission. The first is the driver chooses the correct gear for the environment not a factory set best guess. The second advantage is ephemeral, driving a manual a lot of fun, performance is better because in smaller engines the automatic transmission soaks up horsepower.

    Better performance more driver engagement, more driving fun.Give me a winding road a responsive car and a 5 speed manual and I am really happy.

  • I was recently behind the wheel of a self driving car for the first time and it was daunting. Not to have the car operate without my influence but just how quickly I got used to it. Right now self-driving cars seem to be synonymous with a minimalist interior but that may not always be the case. Aka my answer: why not both.

  • Forget electrical vehicles… bring back leaded gasoline.

    Forget intelligent reporting in The New York Times… bring back sensationalist headlines with idiotic premises to drive clicks.

  • This is a more serious problem in flying

    Airplanes. Too much technology

  • I enjoy driving a stick, but this is stupid. As mentioned earlier, electric cars don’t have gears and gasoline engines are on the way out. To follow this to its logical conclusion, lets add gearboxes to vehicles that don’t need them so the driver will be distracted by the gearbox (which they don’t need

    I enjoy driving a stick, but this is stupid. As mentioned earlier, electric cars don’t have gears and gasoline engines are on the way out. To follow this to its logical conclusion, lets add gearboxes to vehicles that don’t need them so the driver will be distracted by the gearbox (which they don’t need) rather than paying attention to what they are doing. Just throwing more tech at the problem is also not the answer. I’m not saying distraction isn’t a problem. Flight automation is great until it’s not. Silver bullet answers do not exist. Sorry.

  • Stick shift sports car as a 16 years old first car, what a way to start a lifelong love of the driving experience.

  • Great article man !

  • Could not agree more.

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