At times NobodyisFlyingthePlane will be a diatribe about the current state of affairs in the US and the world at large, at other times it will be an evidentiary discussion of the problem, and most of the time it will just be a collection of links I wanted to share.
This is the best sounding idea I’ve heard so far for settling the Middle East.
The staff can’t agree yet with the boots on the ground part, but it seems to balance the power and put certain despots in their place. Of course, it leaves the issue of the friendly autocratic states for another time.
John Bolton: To Defeat ISIS, Create a Sunni State http://nyti.ms/1QFDJU8
Progressive consumption tax. Yes please. Details to he agreed upon later.
Momentum Builds to Tax Consumption More, Income Less http://nyti.ms/1Yka8AX
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to see your neighbor get off the dole. Aligning and voting with the Republican party to do so makes little practical sense. The flyovers are turning red in droves for just this reason though.
To bad these middle and lower class voters aren’t also interested in reducing the corporate welfare and subsidies doled out to the businesses which have turned their corners of the country into economic wastelands.
Who Turned My Blue State Red? http://nyti.ms/1SN8P9L
Charters work for urban poor non white populations, but not in suburban white middle class areas.
So clearly charters have a role and place in education, just not everywhere. What isn’t addressed is whats so wrong with the public school systems themselves. In between the lines there must be a story about how public sector unions don’t help, but private sector unions do.
Urban Charter Schools Often Succeed. Suburban Ones Often Don’t. http://nyti.ms/1PEEVH1
Something is better than nothing. Perhaps it could be way better than nothing. This company seems to be making admirable strides.
Sustainability doesn’t have to be incompatible with economic success.
If Unilever can actually double revenue and simultaneously cut its environmental impact in half, it will have made progress toward one of the most important sustainability milestones. It would have unlinked economic growth from resource consumption, reconciling the expanding needs of a growing population with the fact that natural resources are finite.
“It is essential that economic growth and natural resource use be decoupled,” Mr. Cramer of BSR said. “Simply replicating Western consumption patterns as they are today would require more natural resources than are available.”
Unilever Finds That Shrinking Its Footprint Is a Giant Task http://nyti.ms/1SP5TJY
Don’t give in to the fear. It’s not war, it’s terrorism. ISIS and other fundamentalist religious nuts have no hope of bringing down Western Civilization.
Fearing Fear Itself http://nyti.ms/1PvpAsj
There is a convergence between art and science going on in London. The type that architects are particularly adept seeing.
They are looking at how machines see the world through scanning equipment to understand better what problems these machines will have in perceiving the real world.
This is going to have a big effect on the long-term success for driverless cars.
The Dream Life of Driverless Cars http://nyti.ms/1kMhr5u