Saturday, April 29, 2017

Engineering Consulting Makes Breitbart News!!!

A Paragraph to Ponder

From Tyler Cowen's Bloomberg column:

"Sometimes significant news doesn’t make much of a splash, and that was the case for a major transaction last week. PetSmart Inc. announced the acquisition of LLC for $3.35 billion, the largest e-commerce deal ever. Also notable is that, which sells pet products online, is based near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, rather than San Francisco or Seattle or New York. Might we be at a point where startups and e-commerce drive economic growth and job creation in many regions of the country, not just a few of the more famous (and expensive) areas?"

The Ford - Civil Engineering Interface / Who Will Control Mobility

Add Political Risk to Your Evaluation Matrix

From Democracy in Decline: Rebuilding its Future by Philip Kotler - fourteen short comings in our democracy:

  1. Low voter literacy, turnout, and engagement.
  2. Shortage of highly qualified and visionary candidates.
  3. Blind belief in American exceptionalism.
  4. Growing public antipathy toward government.
  5. Two-party gridlock preventing needed legislation.
  6. Growing role of money in politics.
  7. Gerrymandering empowering incumbents to get re-elected forever.
  8. Caucuses and primaries leading candidates to adopt more extreme positions.
  9. Continuous conflict between the President and Congress.
  10. Continuous conflict between the federal and state governments.
  11. The Supreme Court's readiness to revise legislative actions.
  12. The difficulty of passing new amendments.
  13. The difficulty of developing a sound foreign policy.
  14. Making government agencies more accountable.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Paragraph to Ponder

From Arup:

"Arup’s internal research shows that 40% of all packages received at the firm’s offices are employees’ personal purchases, increasing to 60% during the festive season. It’s a worldwide problem, causing traffic congestion on American city streets such as New York and San Francisco."

Distribution is the Kingdom

From the excellent Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in the Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson:

"Some people disdain distribution and marketing as pointless, boring, tawdry, or all three.  But they are the subterranean roots that push beautiful things to the surface, where audiences can see them.  It is not enough to study products themselves to understand their inherent appeal, because quite often the most popular things are hardly what anybody would consider the "best."  They are the most popular everywhere because they are, simply, everywhere.  Content might be king, but distribution is the kingdom."

The Choice: Make Coal Great Again—or Build New Industries?

The Choice: Make Coal Great Again—or Build New Industries?: A more likely path to good jobs lies in retraining workers in dying industries to acquire skills demanded by growing ones.