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Cool Tools: Car2Go.

A step on the way to self-driving cars (eliminating the ‘ownership’ mentality).

08/27/14 • 09:54 AM • EconomicsGeneralHome & LivingTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Hyperallergic: Marfa’s Art World Gentrification Is Pushing Out Long-Time Residents.

Move to Marfa today and you can purchase a five-bedroom home that Judd once owned for $735,000; though cheaper than a New York brownstone, it’s astronomical by West Texas standards. Several homes in Marfa are priced above $350,000, and many more are in the $200,000 range, according to the newspaper. That’s significantly higher than the $22,000 that Hughes paid for her house 14 years ago; it’s now worth $120,290.”  Time for the residents to get together, move and take over a town nearby, and name it “Old Marfa” just to mess with some heads. If they do it right, they might even cause another gentrification, and make double the cash on their homesteads.

08/13/14 • 10:16 AM • ArtsEconomicsHome & Living • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bloomberg: The 1% are more affluent than we think.

Failure to get a better handle on the actual amount of wealth and income means economists and policy makers don’t have a proper understanding of the degree of disparity, which represents a hurdle in addressing it.

08/07/14 • 10:10 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Economist: Dress codes - Suitable disruption.

A slicked-up entrepreneur is inevitably a salesman trying to compensate for an inferior product.” Later in the article, another pullquote: “When everyone wears a T-shirt to lectures and board meetings, how do you tell who is truly innovative and who is just posing?”

Answer: I have no flippin’ idea.  Other than those who have creations to show, and those who have only rhetoric.

08/06/14 • 11:15 AM • EconomicsSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

naked cap: New Oil and Gas Drilling Financed Largely With Debt.

“Through the various peculiarities of the tax code, oil and gas companies already pay a much lower effective tax rate than the statutory 35 percent. ExxonMobil for example, paid a 19.3 percent effective tax rate between 2009 and 2013. But by deferring taxes, oil and gas companies can wind up paying even less than that. But the heady days of drilling might be drawing to a close.

08/06/14 • 10:36 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture.

What makes the middlebrows so contemptible? Woolf’s tautological response is their very middleness, their inability to be either one thing or another, and their habit of ‘indistinguishably and rather nastily’ mixing up art and life (the pure, complementary pursuits of the high and the low) with things like ‘money, fame, power or prestige.’”  Perhaps, but who wants to be a lowbrow ‘dancing monkey’ for the higbrows? The ‘affinity’ of the high and low could only be expressed in such terms by the highbrow urbanity of the NY Times; happy to look down upon their readership.

08/04/14 • 09:35 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

nakedcap: How Fracking Is Blowing Up Balance Sheets of Oil and Gas Companies.

It’s a horrendous treadmill. Just to maintain production, companies have to drill more and more and incur more and more debt, even as revenues are disappointing.”  Fracking is the methamphetamine of the oil and gas industry.

07/31/14 • 10:17 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: The median household is 20% poorer than in 1984.

Unsurprising. What’s surprising is the lack of will to do anything about it.

07/29/14 • 12:30 PM • EconomicsHistoryPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pacific Standard: California’s Lax Policing of the Fracking Industry.

The problem is that at least 100 of the state’s aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them.” !^$%$^@#^%!%$ [Holding my hand to my throat, practically strangling myself, so I don’t start shouting again.] There is no such thing as a useless resource.

07/24/14 • 03:58 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingHuman RightsNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare?

Compared with the average OECD country, the U.S. delivers (population adjusted) almost three times as many mammograms, two-and-a-half times the number of MRI scans, and 31 percent more C-sections.

07/23/14 • 09:12 AM • EconomicsHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

OneHeadlightInk: Turns out movies DO make money for New Mexico.

It is interesting that on average full time movie jobs pay over $50,000 per year. Over 8000 jobs have been created over the last four years.

07/23/14 • 09:11 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Rich People Shrug Off High Taxes.

Despite the common political argument that local governments need to coddle high earners with low taxes, lest they take their wealth elsewhere, rich New Yorkers, at least, seem to accept with equanimity the burden of contributing to civilization.”  OK, that’s it. We can end the tax cut insanity then?

07/21/14 • 12:26 PM • EconomicsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Neatorama: “Human Props” Who Stay in Luxury Homes But Live Like Ghosts.

The trick is, one must be ready at all times to vacate the premises completely at the drop of a hat.

07/14/14 • 09:49 AM • ConsumptionEconomicsHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Turbulence Ahead - The Coming Pilot Shortage and How It Came to Be.

The First Officers I flew with at American Eagle came there with over $200,000 in debt for a job that pays $22,914 per year, to start.” Becoming a pilot used to be a virtual guarantee of a high-paying job; the industry was ‘Napstered’ even before Napster existed.

07/14/14 • 09:46 AM • EconomicsHistoryHome & LivingPoliticsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Dish: Tax Cuts Don’t Pay For Themselves.

How many goddamn times need it be said? Reagan/Contract with America/Bush II/today … we need to put a stake through the zombie’s heart, immolate the corpse and forget the location.

07/10/14 • 09:34 AM • EconomicsHistoryPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: US drought to deplete Lake Mead to levels not seen since 1930s.

California, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming wouldn’t see direct cuts in their share of river water, but officials have acknowledged there would be ripple effects.”  Water wars are gearing up. Just wait.

07/09/14 • 10:55 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

VQR: Losing Sparta.

Long, important read. Leans a bit close to maudlin, but has good intentions. Via MeFi.

07/06/14 • 11:44 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsPoliticsTravel • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels BNP’s Illegal Deals.

Worth your time to read through.

07/01/14 • 08:12 AM • EconomicsHuman RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Naked Cap: Arctic Seafloor Methane Release is Double Earlier Estimates.

Do you want it to exist at all, this monetizable ‘carbon budget,’ if it means only 2/3 chance that your grandchildren will not be hunter-gatherers?

07/01/14 • 08:00 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PC World: Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with unlimited cloud storage.

There are no asterisks on the storage. [snip] It’s truly unlimited at Google scale. We don’t want customers to spend time worrying about storage.” Been waiting for this cloud tier to drop; haven’t you all, also? But wait a bit … see if responses dive even further in price.

06/25/14 • 02:40 PM • ConsumptionEconomicsGoogleInternetSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Modern Farmer: The Abstinence Method.

“Large-scale agriculture proponents reject any link between farms and human health problems. In publications and testimony, spokespeople for conventional meat production have said that taking away antibiotics would cut productivity and raise costs. But the Netherlands’ success demonstrates this isn’t true.

06/17/14 • 07:20 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Contently: New Report Reveals Just How Drastically Brand Engagement is Plummeting on Facebook.

Hitching your wagon to any service, whether Google, Facebook or other(s), seems the height of unwisdom these days.

06/15/14 • 09:29 PM • EconomicsInternetSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtsJournal/CultureCrash: What if Music Streaming Collapses?

Not one of the music streaming companies has made a profit yet, not one.

06/12/14 • 09:02 AM • EconomicsInternetMusic • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Medium/The Nib: The Case Against Sharing.

Of note.

06/07/14 • 10:24 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingInternetTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WCPO: Burt Reynolds faces foreclosure.

The Bandit is looking fragile. Man, time has flown.

06/03/14 • 09:40 AM • EconomicsEntertainmentHistoryHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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