What Trump's Generation Learned About the Civil War
these workarounds are almost as dangerous to the American system of government as the Trump presidency itself. They tend to reduce the president to the status of an absentee emperor while promoting his subordinates into shoguns who exercise power in his name.
It became obvious then that Facebook knows its users have better things to do, and quietly hopes they don’t notice how little they get out of it. It knows that most of the value it delivers is on the level of lab-rat food pellets: small, scheduled hits of gratification we’ve learned to expect many times a day. Facebook hasn’t been about its original purpose—keeping in touch with friends we might otherwise drift away from—since the mid-2000s
To have teammates that encourage you, that lift you up, that's what we all need in life
The biggest common denominator among Obama-Trump voters is a view that the political system is corrupt and doesn’t work for people like them.
I have wooden hangers from the Container Store. They’re walnut and cost $7.99 for a pack of six. I bought them online because stepping into the Container Store, for me, is like stepping into a crack den. You’re an addict trying to organize your crack, and they’re selling you pretty boxes to put your crack in.
Pretty boxes are crack, so now you have more crack. But wooden hangers are O.K. They’re like mimosas. Nobody’s going to OD on mimosas.
They say Las Vegas loves a sucker; this time it is the sucker
Phenomenal portrait of a great leader.
I smell what the Rock is cookin'!
The cold, hard truth is that if Donald Trump can be elected president, Dwayne Johnson can be elected president. Easily. He probably has better odds of winning an election than Trump, and Trump did win, so what does that tell you?
We have largely chosen, however, not to deploy any of these state-of-the-art housing or transportation technologies, preferring to rely on detached single-family homes and unpriced car commuting. That naturally leads the population to migrate to sprawl-friendly geography despite relatively low pay.
"In the 21st century we might witness the creation of a massive new unworking class: people devoid of any economic, political or even artistic value, who contribute nothing to the prosperity, power and glory of society. This “useless class” will not merely be unemployed — it will be unemployable."
"But again, don’t you know businesses are valued on future potential, not present reality? Yes I do. And that’s my objection. Surely a mix is prudent, but the spectrum has gotten out of whack. To the point where the present is entirely discounted by the lure of the future. And the past, what it took to get where we are, is either ignored or forgiven. Mistakes may have been made, but tomorrow is an entirely new day, divorced from any of the days that went before it. It’s a constant cycle of absolution combined with a community-induced amnesia to past transgressions. It’s just more efficient that way."
"“Our republic was based on reason. The Founding Fathers were wed to this notion of reason. It was a reason-based system. And if you go to a point wherein it doesn’t matter, I mean, that has huge implications in terms of where we go next as a society.”"
Things that make you go hmmmmm
Long article, but well worth the read. Really interesting insights.
"We can only get away with whatever's considered reasonable by the majority of the folks in our society. That's why it's different in the SEC. Maybe that's why we're able to be more active in what we do. Because no one ever looks at the car or the jewelry and says, 'How did you get that, poor football player?' They say, 'How did they get you that and not get caught, poor football player?'"
Really interesting insights on our neighbors to the north... may you read this and be enlightened.
"At the end of the 2012 season, the Niners were a few points away from winning the Super Bowl, and they followed that up with a 12–4 season in their last year at Candlestick. Then they went 8–8, hired a mustachioed handyman who went 5–11, and things have been even worse under Chip Kelly. If the trend continues, they will go negative-2 and 18 next year while coached by a guy who works at a local auto body shop during the week. Does this have anything to do with the stadium? No, but it’s a fun coincidence."
Great advice... broaden your horizons, people!
Really well-thought out and well-written article. Poignant analysis.
WOW. Just WOW.
Raises some really interesting questions about driverless car technology and resource allocation... what if the government invested that $50B in driverless technology instead?
Bubble? What bubble?
"Uber, valued at about $69 billion, is the most valuable American car company by some margin, worth more than General Motors and Fiat Chrysler combined. Airbnb is valued at $30 billion, more than any hotel chain on the planet. Snapchat is said to be preparing for an IPO at a price of at least $25 billion, 25 times what Facebook paid for Instagram in 2012."
“I’d look at his name,” [Iwobi] said, “and then try to remember how good he was on FIFA.”
Kudos to these guys for building a great business, maintaining control, and sticking to the market they know.
Really great insights into how society is shifting today.
What not to do with investor money.
Great productivity tips on how to tame your inbox!
"Basically, if you commit to nothing, you’ll be distracted by everything."
Read anything Jason Zweig writes
Skynet just killed this guy.