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Ana Kova

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Washington at home and abroad

The next G7 will be held at a Trump resort. The White House announced the 2020 summit will take place at Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, Reuters reports.

Trump will host G7 summit next year at one of his own properties: White House official

As we reported last month, if any other federal employee were to make this deal, they would likely be prosecuted: https://qz.com/1706517/trumps-bid-to-bring-g7-to-his-doral-resort-is-probably-illegal/

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost. This is still using federal dollars to keep his properties above water. It's all he cares about. If you don't believe me, when was the last time he talked about the GLWA? Or Feral Hogs invading new states? Or fires out west? Only when he thinks it averts attention to something else he doesn't want to talk about.

The optics here don’t look good. Mulvaney may say that it’s being held at cost but unless they open up the books why must we believe them. More than anything this is an endorsement of any leader who uses their position to profit and that has long term ramifications.

How can you know which Trump impeachment polls to believe? As with all polling, the results depend to some extent on who is polled, what they are asked, and when.

How to know which Trump impeachment polls to believe

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or someone else (like Romney).

This is a mathematical question and nothing else.

The new TV

Facebucks 2.0

Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook’s free speech policy. In a speech in Washington, DC, the CEO praised the social network’s fight against censorship. Critics say Zuckerberg ignores problems to protect his company’s bottom line.

Defiant Zuckerberg Says Facebook Won’t Police Political Speech

Facebook is just a cesspool of misinformation. Is Zuck really going to call political advertising (which he’s getting paid for) “free speech”? The platform’s riddled with lies and it seems likely to get worse from here. He’s putting lives & governments on the line with this inane approach.

Picture a world in which Facebook had been allowed to enter China and had HUGE sales there. Think Mark would be making this speech then or think he’d do the same as Apple?

Hey Zuck... it’s not “free speech with the purchase of an ad of equal or greater value”.... it’s free period.

And the quote “the long journey towards greater progress requires confronting ideas that challenge us” is very appropriate. Too bad FBs algorithm is designed for engagement, which means it just

Hey Zuck... it’s not “free speech with the purchase of an ad of equal or greater value”.... it’s free period.

And the quote “the long journey towards greater progress requires confronting ideas that challenge us” is very appropriate. Too bad FBs algorithm is designed for engagement, which means it just feeds you more of what you like and none of what challenges your world views...

Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg hopes to test WhatsApp Pay in Mexico before the end of 2019. The ramifications are far more realistic than Libra's theoretical impact on US monetary policy—and they would affect users worldwide.

Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp

If you look at Asian messaging platforms like WeChat or Line, they look far more successful for being payment solutions. Facebook Messenger didn't make it in the ​US.

American tech companies seem eager to go to South America for testing their financial solutions (Due to the small number of people having

If you look at Asian messaging platforms like WeChat or Line, they look far more successful for being payment solutions. Facebook Messenger didn't make it in the ​US.

American tech companies seem eager to go to South America for testing their financial solutions (Due to the small number of people having access to a bank, lower than the US). With WhatsApp's presence in Brazil and other South American countries, Facebook's bet on WhatsApp as payments strategy looks way more logical than Visa-betrayed Libra.

Facebook's Libra has won all the headlines recently. But over the last couple years, it's been WhatsApp that's quietly pioneered payments in India. Facebook is looking to go international with WhatsApp Pay.

What comes after the iPhone?

The future of work

The world in 50 years

What will we eat? “A lot more plants,” says scientist and author Bill Nye. Check out the predictions from artist and activist Mai Khôi, Andreessen Horowitz general partner Vijay Pande, transhumanist Zoltan Istvan, and more thought leaders.

The World in 50 Years: What will we eat?

Cool insights, but a lot of wild ideas. Keep in mind, 50 years ago was 1970. The world has not changed that frickin’ much.

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout

First, what a great project Quartz has put together here. Second, eating will be determined by how fast the microprocessor evolves. If we become full cyborgs dependent on solar, etc, we could very quickly as a species lose our need for biological food altogether. That’s what the Singularity is sbout. Radical transformation. Super radical!

Meat-free around the world

You'll never guess the world’s best city for vegan-friendly dining. A surprising winner emerges in a new ranking of the top 10 cities for vegan-friendly restaurants.

Guess the world’s best city for vegan-friendly dining! No, try again

On the face of it Dublin would appear to be a shock result, but that's only if you consider a high rate of vegan-friendly restaurants to be a product exclusively of social, cultural and/or religious concentrations that "break through" the norm to establish a new norm.

This theory tends to focus on

On the face of it Dublin would appear to be a shock result, but that's only if you consider a high rate of vegan-friendly restaurants to be a product exclusively of social, cultural and/or religious concentrations that "break through" the norm to establish a new norm.

This theory tends to focus on the notion of "changing minds" among existing populations -- a traditional cultural understanding of the focus of many vegan practitioners -- rather than any analysis of the increasing impact of global population movements and the massively increased interconnection of cities in particular around the planet.

In the case of Dublin, the surprised narrative would have us understand it to be a city still very much in the traditional stereotypical Irish model -- a mix of Catholicism, traditional pub food, Guinness pints and some of the finest of the melancholy arts. In this stage, it is no wonder anyone would be surprised that the opening of a single vegan restaurant, let alone a thriving vegan-friendly culture is a shock to all.

Pints dropped. Instant titterring among groups of elderly women. Elderly men slowly shake their heads and look to the sky. A young Irish babe begins to wail and somewhere in the background a rather frail looking priest in full traditional black cassock and collar faints from the intensity of the experience.

It's an easy narrative and all-to-unfortunately accepted one among far too many when thinking of Dublin.

But there's quite a different one that's clear to many who have watched Dublin transform in the past decades from a local capital of a nation struggling to find it's feet in the shadows of its former imperial masters to one of the major global nodes of trans-national economic, tech, design and culture systems.

As this node, Dublin had seen the world come to it -- to exchange ideas, cultures, technologies and, at the end of the day, populations. While the public mindset of what Dublin is may still be easily lured into traditional archaic stereotypes, the reality is that Dublin's vegan-friendly ranking is nothing more than a reflection of its place among the increasingly tight network of global cities.

We need to start thinking in terms of global culture and networks when we talk about cities that are willing to engage directly in these global networks. Cities will continue to have their own unique flavours, but they will also be drawing upon each other in ways we are not fully appreciating. Reinterpreting our stereotypical assumptions about why city data has the results it does will be essential if we are to effectively understand how our major global urban areas are continuing to evolve.

Fun read! But if it is baed on really fun article. I love the reveal. But, if it is based on Tripadvisor, what about cities that are not as active?

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We would rather be underpaid than work in a bad company culture

We would rather be underpaid than work in a bad company culture

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  • The answer is underpaid.

    Firstly, what is Corporate Culture?

    I can definitively tell you what it is NOT.

    It is NOT a written set of principles on a website.

    It Is NOT a generic talk about “teamwork” that you get during an interview.

    If you are interviewing for a new job and wondering “ What

    The answer is underpaid.

    Firstly, what is Corporate Culture?

    I can definitively tell you what it is NOT.

    It is NOT a written set of principles on a website.

    It Is NOT a generic talk about “teamwork” that you get during an interview.

    If you are interviewing for a new job and wondering “ What about it’s culture?” my advice is this.

    Look at its people. Culture is best understood as a culmination of action. Specially, the personnel decisions the company has made over time. It’s as simple as who they HIRE, who they FIRE and who they PROMOTE.

    So look around. Look at those people. If you like what you see, then it’s a fit for you. And that will allow you to grow in ways you can’t at a company with a poor culture.

    We live in a multi-career generation. We can’t afford to focus simply on short-term cash flows. We need to be investing in ourselves to increase the Net Present Value of our careers.

  • I say this from some hard-earned experience: I'll always take underpaid.

  • Amen! The job I’m at now pays my bills and offers good benefits, but a lack of purpose and meaning still leaves me frustrated. The environment I hoped for and the fulfillment I thought I’d experience haven’t lived up to the expectations created in the job interview. I feel I can’t complain because I’m

    Amen! The job I’m at now pays my bills and offers good benefits, but a lack of purpose and meaning still leaves me frustrated. The environment I hoped for and the fulfillment I thought I’d experience haven’t lived up to the expectations created in the job interview. I feel I can’t complain because I’m able to provide for my family at this moment, but I can’t help but dream about what might be next.

  • It’s stating the obvious but it’s good to see that most people would choose a job they care about and feel appreciated and engaged over one that had a toxic environment. I’ve had both a number of times and each time I have had less patience and or endurance with the toxic job. There’s a cool startup

    It’s stating the obvious but it’s good to see that most people would choose a job they care about and feel appreciated and engaged over one that had a toxic environment. I’ve had both a number of times and each time I have had less patience and or endurance with the toxic job. There’s a cool startup out of Tokyo called Attuned, https://www.attuned.ai that gives employers an extremely sophisticated personality test that lets manager know what motivates you and keeps you engaged; it checks in on you every so often as a sort or tune up to let managers see where you are and how they can make adjustments to keep a happy and motivated workforce. I can’t think of a reason not to try it.

  • Why must we choose? Shouldn’t we all have enough confidence in our own value to require both a respectful company culture and being paid what we’re worth? We all must keep our standards high in the face of these kinds of lose-lose career propositions!

  • We spend so much of our lives at work. We spend more waking time with our co-workers than virtually anyone else in our lives, including family, friends, and significant others. It's relatively easy to keep employees happy - benefits like generous PTO, flexible work from home schedules, support for work-life

    We spend so much of our lives at work. We spend more waking time with our co-workers than virtually anyone else in our lives, including family, friends, and significant others. It's relatively easy to keep employees happy - benefits like generous PTO, flexible work from home schedules, support for work-life balance and family time, and (missing from this report) investment in employees' growth (student loan forgiveness programs, tuition reimbursement, enrichment programs, promoting from within, etc.) are far more beneficial than high salaries. A recent article I read noted that people's satisfaction and happiness as relates to their income generally plateaued at around $75k-80k. What works far better at retaining talent is recognition and investment in other areas.

  • Culture eats strategy for lunch.

  • Working in a company like TSC really proved how important culture can be. I love my job and it’s mostly because of the amazing people they hire

  • 💯 agree. Happy supported employees will continue to work hard and stay loyal to their teams and bosses!

  • It’s not surprising that a LI survey yielded these results - likely supported by hoards of workers in high paying jobs thinking the right culture would make them more fulfilled at work. The real challenge is finding work you actually want to do. Unfortunately everyone can’t love their job - most people

    It’s not surprising that a LI survey yielded these results - likely supported by hoards of workers in high paying jobs thinking the right culture would make them more fulfilled at work. The real challenge is finding work you actually want to do. Unfortunately everyone can’t love their job - most people work for money and that’s a reality forgotten by many who feel they’re entitled to both.

  • You people crack me up. You've now been convinced to be paid less to work for someone whose politics you agree with. How's this, make all the money you can. Start you own business. let them take less to agree with you?

    Your kind of work place culture homogeny is best suited for yogurt.

  • 100% agreed.

  • The culture and your boss are key. You will leave if they are not perfect.

  • This is a probably the cause of most workplace absences, physical illness and possibly workplace violence.....yet no one dares admit it.......there are probably millions of people waking up this morning in mental and physical distress starting their day by either throwing up or crying in their cars before

    This is a probably the cause of most workplace absences, physical illness and possibly workplace violence.....yet no one dares admit it.......there are probably millions of people waking up this morning in mental and physical distress starting their day by either throwing up or crying in their cars before entering their workplace........😪

  • In Japan, work-life balance is first priority for many young employees, but not for middle-aged people like me. I think its reason is from unique education in Japan, yutori-education. In America, same reason…?

  • That sounded like the right answer to all the young, "underpaid" baristas and the young professionals who feel businesses should pay more to accommodate the payments for a degree they dont know how to apply and dont understand. That survey is not impressive. "Liking where you work- that's got to be good right!? teehee"

  • So very true!!!

  • Absolutely