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.
There is an economic cost to keeping women in their place. It’s $95B in Africa. You would think that would be incentive enough to change but it isn’t.
The West needs to adjust their incentive policies for developing countries to favor gender equality, family planning, and contraception. Until we incentive the behavior they’re not going to change on their own. And the whole world will continue to have problems as a result.
Somebody has to look out for the worker. Big Biz won’t do it. This is a great example of how the government can and should set and enforce regulations. They may not be the best at it but no one else will if the gov doesn’t.
At last, the government has devised a means to better protect American workers and ensure that companies obey the law. Why would anyone stand in the way?
Fair Pay, Safe Workplaces, Republican Objections http://nyti.ms/2bNG01n
This is truly NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
When the conflict in Syria is looked at as it is in this article it is nearly impossible to have any hope that it will end. There’s even less hope that the end will be a good thing for the citizens of Syria.
I suppose we have to pray for a magical negotiation fairy to appear and wave her wand. Until then lots of people are going to die.
Syria’s Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse http://nyti.ms/2bLcZnn
The food industry doesn’t need Silicon Valley to make the needed changes which would benefit everyone. We just need to stop eating so much meat. Sure we need disruption in our food system, but not the sort that just replaces existing crap with a newer technology.
With 45 percent of the Earth’s land, and more than a quarter of its water already devoted to animal farming, which “accounts for as much or more greenhouse gas emissions than every car, bus, truck, train, ship and airplane in the world combined,” Brown, a vegan for 15 years, was spurred to action.
We definitely don’t need expensive juicers that make better juice. Juice isn’t good for you. This kind of tech innovation doesn’t solve any real world problems.
However we’d be willing to consider the kind of food tech that makes a real meatless burger with most of the prized qualities of the old fashioned burger.
They were vegan, made entirely from plants—without any hormones, antibiotics or slaughterhouse contaminants—but possessing the unmistakable texture and savoriness of real ground meat. Get ready to wrap your mind—and taste buds—around the Impossible Burger. Created by Impossible Foods, a Redwood City startup.
“I don’t think a large number of people blind-tasting it would be able to tell it’s not beef. It represents a viable and exciting possibility to make large-scale change in our food system.”
This article makes the case that better regulation is far more effective than criminal prosecution for corporate misdeeds.
A well-enforced regulatory regime lacks the TV-movie narrative arc of a criminal trial. But none of these crimes could have been committed if the government had been doing its job properly.
With regulatory structures in willful disrepair, the corporate world has become one more sphere colonized by the police and prosecutors. But even as progressives have begun to question the overuse of criminal law elsewhere, its encroachments into the white-collar world are generally cheered: Finally, a chance to stick it to “crime in the suites”!
Criminal law, however, turns out to be a lot better at catching the small, sad fish of middle management than the sharks of industry and finance. Go to the F.B.I.’s “most wanted” webpage for white-collar crime and what leaps out is how many on the list are nonwhite and how petty their swindles are.
The injustice of the Flint contamination and other safety disasters demand a meaningful response. Criminal law is not the right tool for the job.
The Real Crime Is What’s Not Done http://nyti.ms/2bF6sum
The notion that women’s sports need to be protected is paternalistic, Karkazis said, calling it “the mantle under which all kinds of discriminatory and sexist ideas enter.”
Radcliffe and gold medal athletes in Rio, like the American gymnast Simone Biles and the swimmer Katie Ledecky, have been as dominant as Semenya or more dominant, but their gender has not been openly questioned, Pape said.
Understanding the Controversy Over Caster Semenya http://nyti.ms/2bmm81W
Sweet. Sometimes the system does work. Most likely it’s just one of those rare alignments of profit motive and doing the right thing. Either way there will be benefits to the environment.
A Rare Agreement on Climate Rules http://nyti.ms/2bvIcuy