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 won’t last long. Its too outrageous to survive court battles.
It does show just how far corporations will go to conceal their poor behavior.
No More Exposés in North Carolina http://nyti.ms/1Q6aOUa
Conservatives are no less harsh. Pundits ominously predict that the “innovators” are about to be overwhelmed by a locust blight of “takers.” The message: If it weren’t for successful people like us, middle-class people like you would be doomed. And if you’re not an entrepreneurial “producer,” you’re in the way.
Is it any surprise that white middle-class voters are in rebellion?
How Both Parties Lost the White Middle Class http://nyti.ms/1QUwzLk
This sums up a good bit of NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
Not only do we need good pilots (leaders), we also need good air traffic control (institutions).
The Anxieties of Impotence http://nyti.ms/1lBmHsS
This says it all regarding our problems with guns and with our inability to gauge true risks.
We spend billions of dollars tackling terrorism, which killed 229 Americans worldwide from 2005 through 2014, according to the State Department. In the same 10 years, including suicides, some 310,000 Americans died from guns.
But we need a new strategy, a public health approach that treats guns as we do cars — taking evidence-based steps to make them safer.
Some Inconvenient Gun Facts for Liberals http://nyti.ms/1OxoLdL
The first quote below says it all. Public subsidies for sports teams are bad investments.
Is there any other industry or field of business where taxpayers are asked to hand over astronomical sums to billionaire owners and their millionaire employees?
Public economic development dollars can be put to much better use on things besides subsidizing sports teams and their wealthy owners.
In the past 15 years alone, over $12 billion of the public’s money has gone to privately owned stadiums—constituting essentially a massive transfer of wealth from everyday Americans to the super-rich owners and players involved in these billion-dollar sports franchises.
Although Minneapolis initially required a public referendum to approve funding for the stadium, a “stadium authority” was able to override the referendum and authorize the budget without taxpayers’ consent.
taxpayers have actually spent as much as $10 billion more on professional sports stadiums and arenas than is typically acknowledged after various hidden costs are taken into account.
“Cities have very little bargaining power with an NFL team. As long as there are cities without NFL teams that are willing to subsidize a stadium, cities will have to pay part of the cost of a new stadium.”
Supporting billionaire owners may look bad, but sitting idly while the local team moves to another city can also mean getting tossed out of office.
The stark reality is that cities and their leadership are mainly complicit in stadium boondoggles. Even when residents vote down these deals, they often frequently reappear under the guise of stadium development authorities and other non-democratic ways to obtain public funding. A comprehensive 2006 study of the local growth coalitions of business and politicians that foist stadium deals on taxpayers found that public officials are frequently active participants in stadium shakedowns—far from the neutral brokers they like to claim. The study concludes that “the default position of local governments (with only rare exceptions) is to believe in the wonders of publicly subsidized sports stadiums.”
The overwhelming conclusion of decades of economic research on the subject is that using public funds to subsidize wealthy sports franchises makes zero economic sense and is a giant waste of taxpayer money. A wide array of studies have shown that professional teams add virtually no income to local economies.
An exhaustive look at the changes that driverless cars (automated vehicles) could bring to our lives.
A lot of the what ifs are a little a head of their time. Obviously entrenched interests will fight against the change to AV’s tooth and nail. I think widescale demonstrations and purpose built automated systems such as driverless downtowns or AV lanes on the highway will put many of the concerns to rest.
It’s the ancient system of water rights and the current morass of water legislation that’s to blame for the problems caused by the drought.
Instead of asking eaters to wade through this complexity every time they pick up a fork, we need policies that make water expensive for farmers in places where it’s scarce. A market price for water would simply eliminate inefficient crops.
And, in fact, California already has a functioning water market … with one massive market failure: It’s still legal for landowners to pump as much water out of their ground as they can in many places. And it’s that market failure that is causing the true shortages in poor farming towns.