Whatever you think of the urgency of climate change, the best solutions, or effectiveness of this specific move (⬇️ beef), this move is the product of powerful climate narratives manifested in the real world by adherents (Epicurious employees/mgmt).
This is just the start.
I suspect it's just a matter of time before Google adjusts its algorithms to make finding beef recipes as hard as they did to find funny photos of portly people (to make fun of myself).
Top 5 reasons educated people crave indefinite lockdowns:
40% Education=conformity, not critical thought
30% Valid excuse for failure
20% Politics as religion
5% Get off on controlling others
5% Self interest, live how/where you want, skip work (teachers) theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
Officially, inflation is 1.5%, below the Fed's 2% target.
In reality, some assets, esp financial ones & homes, are ballooning, as are some cherry-picked commodities, but not the overall commodities index.
What's going on...?
There are several ways govt measures CPI (Consumer Price Index), which is the price of a "basket" of goods tracked across time. bls.gov/cpi/overview.h…
The official calculation is controversial because it excludes energy & food. There's also lots of issues w/housing calculation.
Also, there was a secret bipartisan effort in the 80's to underreport inflation & lower official CPI as a stealth cut to entitlements (social security, medicare, medicaid), which are tied to inflation.
I was a huge radio fan growing up. Listened to Howard Stern, sports talk (WFAN), liberal (Lynn Samuels, Alan Colms), conservative (Bob Grant), crappy sex talk (Dr. Ruth) hosts. Even tried catching far away stations late at night.
I first heard Rush Limbaugh in college.
A friend from NYU made me Rush cassettes, hoping for a conversion.
Unlike cranky local NY conservative Bob Grant, Rush was a showman. He had the flair of a preacher. Not hard to see why he attracted evangelicals.
Unlike preachers, there was no feigned piety or niceness.
Rush was more menacing, with a thin veil of what he considered humor, like bad puns ("Feminazis") or cliche jokes about Chinese or blacks.
Having listened to Howard & watched standup on TV, I was not amused. Nor did I care about his targets. Back then, life wasn't politics.
Each is different, but they share one very important characteristic that rules our lives and emotions. And it's wrecking us!
1) Foundational games are ones we can't opt out of. For example, procuring money to buy essentials - food, clothing, shelter. In fact, survival is the ultimate foundational game & capitalism its economic avatar. Traffic laws (really, most regulations) are mandatory games.
We may not be happy playing foundational games, but opting out is virtually impossible since they are enforced to one degree or another everywhere.
2) Covert games are ones we don't realize we're playing. Most social norms fall under this category.
One solution is diffusion
-reducing federal power (see below)
-breaking everything (companies, communities) into smaller, viable units
-declawing mass social media
-migration from cities/population diffusion
I've worked with countless CEOs, senior execs & professionals across industries like finance, tech, consumer goods. I've hired, employed & promoted dozens from every background.
This is the relationship between discrimination & power I've observed.
Undoubtedly racism, sexism & other biases still exist. I've heard some crazy stories from female & black colleagues. However, their incidence is fading. I'm profoundly optimistic about our trajectory for one simple reason: SURVIVAL.
We talk about tolerance. In business, one thing that's rarely tolerated (for long) is failure.
EVERYONE wants to do a good job, get promoted, get a raise, look good in front of peers & bosses.
THAT impulse is the single most powerful anti-racist tool we have.
Even perverted Keynesianism once feared inflation. Print too many dollars, prices go up, interest rates skyrocket, debt servicing becomes impossible & we default. This has not happened for many reasons. The biggest is debt & $'s are our #1 export.
It's easy to get caught up in our own dogmas & biases. It's also unfashionable to admit mistakes, not knowing something, evolving on an issue, or dismissing someone you shouldn't have.
Here, I'll try to track my mistakes, changed opinions & lessons.
I didn't know much about Malcolm X, nor did I try to learn. I knew of his 'by any means necessary' mantra but defaulted MLK's vaunted alternative. Having watched hours of his speeches, I realize how much truth there is in Malcolm & his ideas. #IWasWrong
Despite going to Yeshiva, I thought atheism, scientism & skepticism were more evolved than faith. As I watch them devolve into soulless, unforgiving dogmas, I now value faith as a vessel for meaning, values & compassion. Albeit from a distance. #IWasWrong
2. College debt forgiveness is regressive pandering to elites, where the 70% who don't go to college subsidize the 30% who CHOSE to go & will soon out-earn them. It;s obscene & doesn't solve the real problem.
3. Yes, drug prices must be lowered but NOT by removing all incentive to work on important diseases by invalidating patents! (I evaluare negotiation, importation, patent reform & others in The McFuture universal healthcare podcast IdeaFaktory.com/health5)
Online voting could be done w/bank SSO. You'd sign into a secure, private voting site using your bank's credentials, where you're already verified. Like Google or Facebook login on 3rd party sites. This can also be an opportunity to give accounts & benefit xfers to poor/unbanked.
This is not unprecedented. Companies like Intuit (TurboTax) and Yodlee access your bank, broker and ADP (paycheck) accounts to pull in W-2s and financial account data.
If done on mobile, additional sensors/camera can be used to aid in the verification/authentication process.