What is it about Ireland? They seem to be head/shoulders more productive than the rest … all those EU countries with better social services and progressive (per US standards) governments, seem to be doing better than USA.
On a highly trafficed bike path along our city-splitting river, is a wonderful Osprey nest. This is the second year I have watched the cycle … and as of yesterday, this year’s little one was gone from the nest … but circling not far away.
A couple of weeks ago, the little one was exercising
Afterward, one of the parents dropped in for some coaching
In today’s climate crisis, defenders who put their lives and livelihoods on the line daily are being killed all over the world. A fair question to ask – of the top countries in the post below, how many are US allies? These are just the confirmed / reported deaths; it’s not too much of a jump to assume highly under reported.
Update: I reflected on this post and find it overly filtered thru a win / lose lens, and there are other lens that can be used (like that fancy tool in the eye doctor’s office). There will be a second post shortly on same data but from a cooperative lens – Lens #2.
If you have confidence in your strategy and resources, then competing is best. It does not have to be a kill or be killed, but I think best to when all are focused on engagement and competition to derive the best outputs.
A recent view from Statista suggests that China is winning in the transition to renewable energy. I strongly believe that this will be a key predictor of the leader in the next 10-20 years.
An odd view to a story of two towns (about 200k people together) unfolded this week. One town sits up-river from the other … both release their water treatment outputs to the river. There is a wonderful bike/walk trail all around the down-river side … and a wonderful beach where people come to play
This is down-river from BOTH treatment plants and is about 100 yards from the largest of the two treatment plants – probably the least safe water of the entire up-stream river to its source. But, this is where people want to come to play … odd
Not enough is being printed, said, discussed or integrated into public policy on the potentially unintended consequences of EV mobility. Bloomberg published an article last month on impact to Chile’s Atacama area.
With all innovation, it’s the unintended consequences that bit us in the rear … sadly.
When will we as a society actually work to remedy the situation instead of putting our proverbial head in sand? This also impacts my investment decisions as I just this week rejected a great investment opportunity that had too many properties in coastal FL. A huge capital risk when viewed from a long term investor’s lens.
White Trash – The 400 Year Untold Story of Class in America is an important book in today’s environment. The book can be hard to read at times as it leans toward academic prose and style. The ideas and history are critical to learn nonetheless and I found it worth the effort required by the prose. For me, this was in the impact genre of Zinn’s A People’s History – though Trash is much narrower in scope.
Three things really strike me as i look back over my reading. 1. Colonization could have been as much about cultural cleansing (sending the undesirable as far away as possible) as it was about rape and pillage; 2. Different colonies in the south began with opposing views on slavery; 3. Class manipulation (pitching one class, especially the poor white class, against another more lowly class) is as alive today as it was in any other time of our history.
A few quotes:
“When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance that the dancing bear will win.”
“We know, for instance, that Americans have forcefully resisted extending the right to vote; those in power have disenfranchised blacks, women, and the poor in myriad ways. We know, too, that women historically have had fewer civil protections than corporations. Instead of a thoroughgoing democracy, Americans have settled for democratic stagecraft: high-sounding rhetoric, magnified, and political leaders dressing down at barbecues or heading out to hunt game.”
“If this book accomplishes anything it will be to have exposed a number of myths about the American dream, to have disabused readers of the notion that upward mobility is a function of the founders’ ingenious plan, or that Jacksonian democracy was liberating, or that the Confederacy was about states’ rights rather than preserving class and racial distinctions.”
Looking at different new investments, an industrial REIT surfaced from my value screens … I am not a huge fan of economic cycle REITs at this point, but the valuation was interesting – MNR
I was primarily interested in a preferred stock MNR/PR/C. But … after looking at their financials and business model a bit closer, this graphic struck me
They have a sizable property distribution on the eastern US seaboard … if i am looking at a 10 yr investment, do i really want to purchase hard physical assets that are on the coast? NO! Climate change risk was a big factor in walking away from this investment.
Quote: ” From plastic bags to straws, single-use plastic products have worn out their welcome in Canada. Today, the Canadian government announced that it plans to “ban harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021” in an effort to reduce the 3 million tons of plastic waste tossed out by the country every year. “