Thursday, 31 January 2019
quote [ These portraits of pop stars posing with their younger selves Agnetha Faltskog, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Barbra Streisand, Beyonce, Boy George, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Jon Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Sting, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston. ]
Thanks to SE'er for telling us about Flashbak.
Monday, 28 January 2019
quote [ 1. Trump subject to the normal laws of political gravity, and that for all his bluster, he is no more capable of sustaining an unsustainable position than any other politician.
2. Trump’s backers have a clear red line.
ending the shutdown has shown that the loyalty of Trump’s base has its limits.
3. It’s possible to “out-Trump” Trump.
giving ANY ground is a mistake. You have to not only stand firm, but be willing to go beyond all political norms ]
While I'm tired of the political chaos, there is a need for grounding on what's going on. I think this analysis is gloat rather than meaningful, it is not repeatable on other issues. It is clear with the decline of the US, trade issues, Venezuela, Syria and Brexit Putin is winning big time.
Sunday, 30 December 2018
quote [ In 1970. General Motors, the biggest company on the planet, unveiled the Lordstown Assembly plant, the most automated factory the industry had ever seen, to make GM’s Chevrolet Vega,
In 1972, Lordstown workers rebelled against GM. Their uprising became a national symbol of blue-collar disaffection. Newsweek hailed the strike as “industrial Woodstock,”
Toyota’s superior quality and efficiency was largely thanks to how it trained and valued its workers.
GM’s mistrust of its workers ultimately prevented it from making great cars ]
Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Amazon, Walmart. Google are flying high now but ....
Story is hard to read ... but compelling.
Sunday, 23 December 2018
quote [ The bible has 365 references to “don’t be afraid”. The good samaritan is based on fearing strangers, your neighbor. Strangers like Jews -money changers, or Muslims.
The crusades were about Christians intolerance to Muslims.
The Roman Catholic Church is modeled after the structures of the Roman Empire. An institution fostering lies and cover-up of child molesters.
Pope Francis represents the anti-Trump and other despots of xenophobia ]
Mixing religion, politics and where we are.
Saturday, 15 December 2018
quote [ complaints of students who said they’d studied economics to understand issues like poverty, inequality ... but faced years of abstract economic
When the global economy went into free fall, economists suffered a severe loss of credibility. They were vilified for not anticipating the financial crisis and further berated for their inability to offer credible ways to speed up the weak recovery,
It has prompted a period of soul-searching among economists to try and correct their errors. ]
My memory of Econ 101 was supply and demand, everyone makes rational economic decisions. I never believed everyone makes the rational economic decisions, and knew universities were teaching BS, just had to suck it in to get on the tread mill of economic survival.
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
quote [ Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign...
Manafort denied meeting Assange...
In a series of tweets WikiLeaks said Assange and Manafort had not met...
A separate internal document written by Ecuador’s Senain intelligence agency and seen by the Guardian lists “Paul Manaford [sic]” as one of several well-known guests. It also mentions “Russians”...
The revelation could shed new light on the sequence of events in the run-up to summer 2016...One key question is when the Trump campaign was aware of the Kremlin’s hacking operation – and what, if anything, it did to encourage it. ]
Well, this may be boring but ...
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
quote [ The Global Cooling Prize is an international competition launching November 12, 2018, to call upon participants around the world to develop a breakthrough residential cooling technology that has at least 5x less climate impact when compared to a baseline unit. ]
If Steele wins, he may drop SE. A better write up here.
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
quote [ Mr Trump announced the departure from the Oval Office, where he said Ms Haley “has been very special to me” and “is a fantastic person”. ]
I nominated Haley as the poster in the NY Times, about administration officials reining in certain Trump orders. Amazing how much speculation there is for her motives.
quote [ Microsoft pumped the brakes on the rollout of the latest version of its Windows 10 operating system, after users reported the recent update deleted files on their computers. ]
Google+, Will Be No More
Google+, a social network that we can certainly say existed and not much more, is slated for a long-overdue trip down the memory hole.
quote [ In the US and Europe, more than half of the water drawn from nature is used for power generation. This year’s heatwave has forced some of those power plants to shut down. The amount of water needed to produce electricity varies by a huge range: between 0 gallons (for sources like solar and wind) to 60,000 gallons for each megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity produced (for sources like nuclear and coal).Concentrated solar and geothermal contribute less than 1% of the world’s electricity, whereas coal, natural gas, and nuclear contribute more than 75%. Hydropower uses a lot of water, too: 4,500 gallons per MWh ]
Surprised so many nuclear power plants had to shut down during a heat wave.
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