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Wednesday, October 27. 2021
It's fun to press the random occupations button and see who's schtupping whom. Of course homemakers aren't on the list, because they don't exist and you're weird for asking why they're not.
As opposed to the Federal Reserve, which has a single director, Beelzebub.
Wow. French people talking sense. Truly it must be the end times. Oh, they fix the problem by charging the customer more. Never mind.
Interns get paid? Who knew? According to the graphic, a social media intern makes about double what a healthcare intern makes. Legal interns make the most, probably because medical malpractice lawsuits caused by low wage healthcare interns pay great.
No thanks. I get all my vital information from brilliantine dullards who read scripts written by social media interns on the TV news.
Pro Tip: Leaving your password on a Post-It note appended to the screen isn't good. It's especially not good if you're using the computer at the library.
Hmm. That sort of arrangement isn't new. It's called a favela overseas, or an Indian Reservation around here. Good luck with that.
Women, minorities, Neil DeGrasse Tyson hardest hit.
So, every molecule of the story was fake, except the part that smears Trump. That was totally legit. Got it.
Better headline: Cities are actually terrible at accommodating humans.
Microsoft is IBM now. Kinda staid, reliable, always makes money. No one gets fired for hiring Microsoft, as they say. IBM is now, oh, I don't know, Fotomat.
That's why being a sugar daddy makes more sense. You can be a sugar daddy at any old age. And your protege won't mind if you die. She might even help.
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Bitcoin is, and always has been, a bet that the Chinese Communist government will continue to allow it to be used to circumvent its capital export controls. If it either liberalizes its private capital flows or cracks down completely, the pseudo-currency will take a bloodbath.
The paradox is that the more the CCP threatens to crack down without actually taking action, the more Bitcoin value increases, fueled by the immediacy effects spurring instantaneous demand.
Re "Jobs that Marry": As a retired EE I can corroborate that many of my colleagues (and I) married RNs, far more than any other profession. Nurses tend to be tough-minded and practical people; I think that appeals to engineers.
Something that isn't addressed in the article: some occupations are dominated by one sex. Thus it is far more likely to have an engineer-nurse marriage than an Engineer-engineer or nurse-nurse marriage on the basis of the occupational demographics alone.
Microsoft - they just produce shit, pretending to fix or upgrade the last shit they released and the problems they unleashed. All while trying to stay relevant.
IBM at least produced things worth a damn to their customers. But they were expensive. Because they worked.
Fake news from Velles - this story was so meta my head spun. I don't know what was fake or real, except the warnings seemed legit: it's easy to produce completely untrue fraudulent stories, complete with photographic evidence. Now CBS won't need to rely on tricks.
"City of the future" - I'm pretty sure Lex Luthor did something like this too.
Aaah, Utopia. "The city would have a density of around 33 people per acre, on par with San Francisco"......“training centers, cultural institutions, and retail spill out onto the street..... “Lush in native planting, the city parks host carefully managed reservoirs which store water for the city and provide all residents with open space within minutes of where they live.”....."Telosa would house 50,000 residents on 1,500 acres in the first phase of development, expected to be complete by 2030."
Now, using old math, that means each person would enjoy 1307 square feet of paradise, including home floorplan, sidewalks, retail, parks, cultural institutions, etc.
Ahh.....Paradise. I hope they're not following San Francisco's Sidewalk Management Plan.
Aggie: Now, using old math, that means each person would enjoy 1307 square feet of paradise, including home floorplan, sidewalks, retail, parks, cultural institutions, etc.
Using old math: The Steinway Tower in New York City occupies 20,621 square feet of land area. There are 60 luxury residences.
20,621 ÷ 60 = 344 square feet of land area per luxury residence.
Somehow or other, they fit in swimming pools, cabanas, fitness centers, elevators, and other amenities. A three-bedroom, 4,500-square-foot apartment costs about $30 million.
That's uninteresting and entirely in line with your normal patter of substituting alternate arguments and then trying to win on different merits. It's a tired, sophomoric game. Read the article.
Is Phase 1 and apartment building in the middle of the desert, or is Phase 1 a completed sustainable metro fully supported by its own service economy?
Aggie: Read the article.
The first paragraph mentions skyscrapers. That means living space will be much larger than 1307 square feet per person — using "old math."
The problem with taxes today is that multi-millionaires and billionaires can avoid taxes on literally millions and billions of dollars by making a contribution to "charity". We all know what we think a charity is but if you have been paying attention to the Clinton's a "charity" is not what you thought it was. I think that everyone should pay taxes and I am not opposed to charitable giving. However I think it would be more charitable if the individual paid the taxes first before they gave any money to charity.
"Walmart Billionaire Marc Lore Is Planning a $500 Billion 'City of the Future'"
$500 billion? Why not something simple and eminently doable that might - just might - salve the vanity of Mr Lore while making him a real hero?
Fund COVID vaccination for the Third World.
I'm not sure that the third world needs covid vaccine. The non-covid risks they encounter far exceed the risks from covid. Clean water for example. You could (and I know some NGO's do) provide ways for people in the third world to filter water. Another example is mosquito control. This problem kills 1000 times more third world children than covid does. Simply making DDT legal and available would stop a couple million deaths a year.
Whatever way you want to go, $500 billion applied to a straightforward, narrowly-focused problem (whether vaccinations or clean water) would go a long, long way indeed.
As opposed to that same $500 billion soon dissipated on vague, complex, omnibus issues mired in cult-like ideology (i.e., "climate change" or "equitism").
Selling homes (and businesses) but not the ground underneath is pretty much common practice in Florida where land is at a premium. You end up paying a ground lease for living on the land. That's been a practice for a long time.
It doesn't show up in these statistics, but I was surprised during my working years to see how many male engineers married female lawyers.
I have known many engineers. Good, smart, competent people. I doubt a one of them "choose" their spouse. So I suspect the statistic you refer to says more about female lawyers than male engineers.
My sister in law told me many years ago that the women chooses the man. Being much younger then and being a man I of course thought she was wrong. But as a general rule I now believe she was right.
I've noticed myself that I don't take the shortest route through town, I prefer to stick to the main roads so that in the event my car breaks down, I run out of gas, or am involved in a collision, I can easily call someone and describe to them exactly where I'm at. A further consideration is that the long way round takes me past the park, the lake and the zoo whereas the shortest route takes me through Cracktown, Junkieville, and Stabby Crazy Homeless Guy Villas. I wonder if the guy who did this study took into consideration that the shortest route is not necessarily the "best" route.
Agreed- I had a similar thought. The kind of people who produce these studies usually present themselves as, and in fact might be, unaware of any considerations other than speed, directness, or some other subject relevant and usually singular, quantifiable "metric". Qualitative considerations don't fit the data. Even when relevant to fairly hard concerns like safety and security. Odd, since they're also usually risk-intolerant, but perhaps it's because they can also be shockingly risk-unaware.
Another principle of engineering: whether a solution is optimal depends largely on which parameter you are trying to optimize.
Which is why this "City of the Future", like any other centrally planned enterprise, is doomed to failure - it can only work as long as everybody wants the same things. You look at McDonalds and see how every one of them is just alike, they've got burger production down to a science to produce them as efficiently as possible. But notice there's still room for Wendy's, Burger King, Hardee's, Jack in the Box, Krystal, Steak-n-Shake and dozens more - people can't even agree on what makes a good burger. Good luck getting them to agree on what makes a good city.
Lore's Georgist land policy is morally superior, but his techno-futurist urban fantasy built atop it obscures the view.
Meet Ray Epps: The Fed-Protected Provocateur Who Appears To Have Led The Very First 1/6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol