An hour of work & GDP productivity

Infographic: How Productive is an Hour of Work? | Statista

From those wonderful data dogs, Statista.

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.

Osprey child left the nest

Literally …

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.

End of the summer nest … and if you look down below, the area is scattered with white paste

A couple of weeks ago, the little one was exercising

Afterward, one of the parents dropped in for some coaching

Collaboration – Lens #2

A recent post described a competitive lens on this data

Infographic: The State Of Global Renewable Energy Employment | Statista

The collaborative lens would ask …

  • what is China doing that the rest of us should copy?
  • what can we do to help others increase their renewable energy employment?
  • what are the constraints keeping employment less in some countries?
  • what are the strongest forces in all countries to grow employment in this field?

The gist of the discussion becomes how to increase EVERYBODY rather than find winners and losers. Learn and share to the benefit of all. … how strange, right?

Compete or stifle competition? – Lens #1

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.

https://www.statista.com/chart/18775/employees-in-the-renewable-energy-sector-by-country/

Infographic: The State Of Global Renewable Energy Employment | Statista

Cities, rivers, waste treatment plants and recreation

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

EV and metals mining

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.

White Trash, by Nancy Isenberg

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.” 

A climate reason behind ‘why not’

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.