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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
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
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
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
Happy 150th anniversary to our many Canadian friends. And congratulations on Canada's recent and continuing moves to position your country for success and prosperity in the 21st Century. Happy Fourth of July to our many American friends. And congratulations on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Nine Shift
An article in NYT recently suggested that more cities are growing out = suburbs, than are growing in = dense downtowns. My respond is just you wait. The cities that are growing in/up and becoming more dense are those cities... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Nine Shift
My brilliant co-author Julie Coates was at a Portland, Oregon, mall and noticed a new fidget toy store set up in the mall. So the fidget toys are catching on. She also noticed the customers: ten year old boys and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Nine Shift
This week the BBC interviewed a new Macron party legislator. His top three priorities for France: 1.Jobs 2.Education 3.Revitalizing democracy and democratic institutions. The second two are what America and possibly other countries need to do in the 21st century... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Nine Shift
A recent ad that kept popping up whenever I went online noted that Gen Z is Moving to the Suburbs. There's only two things wrong with that statement: 1.Gen Z is at most age 17. The only place Gen Z... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Nine Shift
As too few have said, the elections in North America and Europe are about the 21st Century versus the last century. That obviously doesn't mean the 21st century wins all the time. And it many situations, the people of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Nine Shift
There's a new war against fidgeting. The sides: Learning vs. Behavior. Familiar of course. A new Fidget Spinner aid, or toy - - you decide - - has caught on amongst students. The research shows that fidgeting is normal. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Nine Shift
No big deal yet, but at least Senator Tammy Baldwin, who serves on the Education Committee, has access to the research on the gender bias against boys, the resulting economic and social catastrophe, and what to do about implementing Title... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Nine Shift
Julie and I were in a restaurant and asked our waitress if she knew about the current White House scandals. "It has something to do with email," the recent college graduate guessed. Wrong scandal, wrong politician. And with today's White... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Nine Shift
The U.S. will continue to be "a" world superpower, but did it give up being "the" world's superpower this week? 100 years ago, almost to the year, Great Britain lost its role as "the" world's superpower. It took 40 years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Nine Shift
This month our son's friend moved from Kansas (no trains, no light rail) to Portland. He reported on Facebook, "So you just go outside and you get on this big machine with other people and it takes you where you... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Nine Shift
Methinks boomers are driving more than earlier generations of older adults. Here's why: 1.Boomers are living longer and are more healthy than previous generations of older adults, so they can drive more. 2.Boomers are wealthier than young generations, and wealthier... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Nine Shift
"Drive safe!" my father always told me when we parted. A good thing to attempt, as driving unsafe doesn't work. But there's no such thing as driving safe. Cheri Brenna did (see our May 22 post). In fact, drivers make... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Nine Shift
They say that more Americans are driving more now. I don't think that's true. Here's what I think is going on: 1.Some, but fewer, Americans are driving more, much more. 2.The average person is driving fewer miles. 3.The younger you... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Nine Shift
And 50,000 Americans will be seriously injured. In car crashes. We stole the prediction from the National Safety Council's estimate from last year, which turned out to be the deadliest year on the road in over a decade. So maybe... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Nine Shift