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Americans love symbolism, rather than actually doing something constructive. Far easier to yell and scream over a symbol than solve the problem. So, get this, the company that built Fearless Girl, the feminist statue supposedly confronting the Wall Street (masculine)... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Nine Shift
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You would think getting out of doors in the city would count. But apparently, being out and about in the city doesn't come close, according to the research I read, to the mental benefits of being in a forest or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Nine Shift
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Another NineShift exclusive! This is the 100th anniversary of most people being indoors most of the time. In 1900, most people had jobs working outside. Even half of all women worked outdoors much of the time on the family farm.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Nine Shift
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Elon Musk, the Telsa-Hoopla-SpaceX guy, now has noted a problem with the driverless car that NineShift pointed out years ago. The driverless car can be hacked. This month Musk noted that all the driverless cars could be hacked at the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Nine Shift
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This post is about you Canadians. The big merged European train company Siemens Alstom is also considering adding Bombadier to its corporation. We have to assume the Canadian train and plane maker Bombadier is thinking about it as well. And... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Nine Shift
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The reason you don't care about the big train merger and success of Europe is because you probably live in the United States. The United States is falling behind in this century. Certainly with respect to trains and light rail... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Nine Shift
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The Siemens Alstom company merger is also the story about Europe competing with China. Europe, which has been positioned to be the world's most influential superpower in this century, is now moving ahead to make that claim, and reality. So... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Here's another huge story you probably missed. The German train maker Siemens will merge with the French train maker Alstom. The reason is to compete better with China's train maker, China Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC). With trains being the primary... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Recreation departments, county fairs and everyone else who gives out so-called 'participation awards' to young children are right. Last summer James Harrison of the NFL, Dan Patrick and a host of other guys paid for talking nonsense all came out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Nine Shift
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There's a lawsuit against Google on gender pay inequity. So I was blown away, after all the Google propaganda about women in STEM, to then read that some female former Google employees were suing Google over not being paid the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Nine Shift
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So as soon as Google chose profit, and politics, over science, it then immediately began something else - - propaganda. It was only days after Google fired the engineer for citing science that Google propaganda began appearing on my computer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Nine Shift
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The late night humorist Craig Ferguson had a wonderful observation on science. He said it in contrasting science with magic, but it applies to beliefs as well. Science, he said, does not depend on anyone believing in it to function.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Nine Shift
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The story of Google choosing not just profit but propaganda starts last year, in 2016. I sat next to a Google manager and learning style researcher at a dinner for speakers at the big University of Wisconsin Distance Teaching and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Puerto Rico needs our help. We interrupt the future to say thank you to the 242 people on the LERN email list who contributed $10 or more to Unidos, a Puerto Rico relief effort with 100% of the money going... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Nine Shift
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The smart transit folks in Chicago are building a new train station - - at O'Hare Airport. Not light rail, but a train station that will take people by train to Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, maybe other states. Here's how it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Nine Shift
Third-wave feminists, those who like Gloria Steinem think boys should be raised like girls and girls like boys, are all out of focus. My brilliant co-author Julie Coates says the only thing women should be concerned about is gender pay... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Nine Shift
It is the first and only all-male public high school in the United States. And the African-American boys there, most from low income families, cannot get suspended, no matter what they do. After the first year, the high school, in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Nine Shift
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That was a quote from the NYTimes covering a story on the U.S. getting left behind as Europe and Japan just concluded a big trade agreement. But could it be said in general about the U.S. being left behind in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Caterpillar just moved its HQ from Peoria, which has no passenger train, to be near O’Hare and trains. According to Fritz Plous of Corridor Capital in Chicago, here’s why. International business people are used to the easy convenience, ability to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Nine Shift
A new world leader emerged last week, Margrethe Vestager, Europe's competition chief. In case you are keeping score (I am) this is the third woman from Europe (Angela Merkel; Christine Lagarde) whose influence is now global, especially with respect to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Nine Shift
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Here's the best news article of 2017 so far. lauren Herstik's NYTimes story on Los Angeles, "A City Famous for Sprawl Chooses to Fill in the Gaps," has at least these five reasons to make it my choice for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Nine Shift
This is why go canoeing: to see river otters. They have several 'looks.' The best is when they crawl on top of a log. Took this last month, so a good summer already with wildlife: swans, bear swimming, otters. Try... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Nine Shift
How cool is that!! John and Carmen
Once in a lifetime (mine anyway) experience. A black bear comes out of the grasses and swims across the river right in front of my canoe. Happened this summer. The bear knows I am there, but crossing the river more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Nine Shift
Trumpeter Swans, the biggest (by weight, equal in wingspan to eagles) fowl in North America, have made a huge comeback population-wise in northern Wisconsin, where I vacation. *See if you can see the babies, maybe only a week old, in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Nine Shift