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  1. What Hillary Clinton really thinks

    Hillary Clinton’s theory of politics is unfashionable, but she doesn’t care.

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    On page 239 of What Happened, Hillary Clinton reveals that she almost ran a very different campaign in 2016. Before announcing for president, she read Peter Barnes’s book With Liberty and Dividends for All, and became fascinated by the idea of using revenue from shared natural resources, like fossil fuel extraction and public airwaves, alongside revenue from taxing public harms, like carbon emissions and risky financial practices, to give every American “a modest basic income.” Her ambitions for this idea were expansive, touching on not just the country’s economic ills but its political and spiritual ones. “Besides cash in people’s pockets,” she writes, “it would be also be a way of making every American feel more connected to our country and to each other.” This is the kind of transformative vision that Clinton was often criticized for not having. It’s an idea bigger than a wall, perhaps bigger even than single-payer health care or free college. But she couldn’t make the numbers work. Every version of the plan she tried either raised taxes too high or slashed essential programs. So she scrapped it. “That was the responsible decision,” she writes. But after the 2016 election, Clinton is…

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  2. Technology and Post Capitalism panel

    Since the inventions of agriculture and writing, technology has endured an intimate relationship with politics, serving to both disrupt and uphold concentrations of power. But do the technologies of the new century, from computing to synthetic biology, create a new set of possibilities? Are they the bridge to a different kind of society? —-

    The UK is facing an economic crisis, falling living standards, a climate crisis, the rise of the far-right. More than ever, we need a resilient Left. This means we need a strong Left media, capable of thinking honestly about the issues facing us, tackling these issues head-on, as well as reaching out to those who aren’t yet on side. Our wide range of output – from listicles to essays, from punchy videos to in-depth discussions – does exactly that.

    But all this costs money: studio rent, equipment, contributor fees and digital infrastructure. We do a lot with a little, but we can’t do anything with nothing. We won’t charge for content or cash in on sponsorship deals with Pepsi. We don’t have private fortunes, or state backers, or big capital behind us – we just have you.

    Not everyone can afford to give – but if you enjoy our work, and you believe in what we’re doing, maybe you could forego a couple of your preferred beverages…

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  3. Don’t Start a Blog, Start a Cult – Mr. Money Mustache

    Pete Adeney, more commonly known as Mr. Money Mustache, retired at 30 after working as a software engineer for about ten years. He blogs at about how he saved money, where he invested it, and how he achieved

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  4. #341: The Kaizen Method — Get 1% Better Each Day

    When it comes to self-improvement, most people set big, audacious goals. Setting those goals feels good. It pumps you up and you feel like you can conquer the world. But then … it happens. You have a setback and within a matter of days, your fiery ambition to change yourself is extinguished. And so you’re back to where you started, only you’re even worse off than before because you’re saddled with the sting of failure.

    But what if I said there’s a much more effective way to improve yourself and it just requires getting 1% better each day? It’s called the Kaizen method. It sounds like a mystical Japanese philosophy passed down by wise, bearded sages who lived in secret caves, but it actually has a surprisingly American and modern origin. My guest today has written a book about this philosophy of small, continuous improvement used by Japanese carmakers for over 60 years. His name is Robert Maurer and his book is "One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way."

    Today on the show, Robert explains the American roots of this Japanese manufacturing process and how the Japanese re-introduced it to America in the 1970s. He then digs into the psychology of why the Kaizen method of improvement works so well not just for organizations but for individuals. We end our conversation with the practical ways you can incorporate Kaizen in your own life.

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  5. White Haze | This American Life

    Right-wing groups like the Proud Boys say they have no tolerance for racism or white supremacist groups. Their leader Gavin McInnes disavowed the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

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  6. David Letterman - The Howard Stern Show

    From The Howard Stern Show (08-16-17) - David Letterman

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  7. Gillmor Gang 09.15.17: Staff Infection

    The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, September 15, 2017. Topics: Bitcoin, Apple Watch 3, iPhone X, commodity cloud.

    G3: Control Panel recorded Thursday, September 14, 2017 with Denise Howell, Elisa Camahort Page, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Topics: Equifax, Tesla, Apple Watch 3, Face ID.

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    Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor

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  8. The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 200, With Special Guest Craig Federighi

    The Talk Show

    ‘200: Episode CC’, With Special Guest Craig Federighi

    Friday, 15 September 2017

    Very special guest Craig Federighi returns to the show to talk about Face ID, the perils of live demos, Apple’s approach to designing the iPhone X, privacy, security, and more.

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    This week’s keynote address.

    More on the Face ID demo glitch.

    This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.

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  9. Gillmor Gang 08.31.17: Summer School

    The Gillmor Gang — Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, John Taschek, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Thursday, August 31, 2017.

    G3: Exit Interview recorded live Thursday, August 31, 2017 with Francine Hardaway, Elisa Camahort Page, Maria Ogneva, and Tina Chase Gillmor.

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    Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor

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  10. Benedict Evans on the Future of Cars | EconTalk | Library of Economics and Liberty

    Intro. [Recording date: July 27, 2017.]Russ Roberts: Today we’re going to be talking about the future of the car, based on a very provocative and lengthy blog post that you wrote on the rise of two things that appear to be transformative for that industry—which are the electric car and the driverless car. And what I loved about the post—it was a beautiful example of one extremely important aspect of what I call the economic way of thinking, and that I associate with George Stigler and Thomas Sowell. And that is: And then what? That is: Something gets put in motion. Something happens. Something changes. And a lot of people think, ‘Well, that’s the end of that.’ And, what a good economist does, and what you did in this blog post, is start thinking about, ‘What are going to be the implications for a much wider range of stuff?’ In particular about the consequences of more electric cars or more driverless cars—what you call second- and third-order effects. So, I want to get started with electric cars. How might they change things? Benedict Evans: Well, I think there’s sort of, there’s two sets of things to think about here. The first is that the electric car doesn’t so much as get rid of the gas tank as kind of rip out the spine[?] of the car. So, it’s not that you get rid of the gas tank and replace it with batteries. You get rid of the internal combustion engine and all of that’s[?] associated systems. And you get rid of the transmission system and the gear box. Or most of the transmission system. So, you probably have between 5 and 10 times fewer moving parts. And, that obviously has an awful lot of consequences inside the car industry, which are kind of the first-order effects. It has fairly obvious effects on kind of the supply chain; and also on things like companies making machine tools—which is a big part of German industry. But then the [?]— Russ Roberts: Companies—I’m sorry. Companies making what? Benedict Evans: Machine tools. Russ Roberts: Oh, machine tools. Sure, the work on the cars. Yeah. Benedict Evans: Yeah, like the people who make old stuff—the machine tools that make all those moving parts inside the gear box have a problem. But then you sort of start [?] thinking, ‘Well, what about things like gas stations?’ So, there’s 150,000-odd gas stations in the USA. Gas is sold at almost no margin. They make their money from everything else. [?] they would base it, you mean [?] salt, sugar, and nicotine, in kind of shiny plastic packaging. And some portion of that is an impulse purchase. And, if you are never going to a gas station again—basically you’ll only go there if you want the salt, sugar, or nicotine—you won’t [?] go to get gas any more. So what happens to sales of those? Something over half of sales tobacco in the United States, say, are sold in gas stations. Some portion of that is an impulse purchase—as [?] sort of suggests studies of who and what pricing changes and what availability in packaging changes due to tobacco consumption. So, um, I thought that was kind of an interesting consequence. There’s another, um, perhaps [?] more directly related to cars, around repair. So, as far as I can make out, something around half of repair maintenance expenditure in the USA on the stuff[?] that’s already related to the internal combustion engine—like the oil change and the transmission and everything else—the rest is like, you need tires or body work or the age-fact[?] rates, or something, so there’s other stuff that won’t be in sync[?]. But, again, you go—you have many fewer moving parts; you will have many fewer failures. You won’t need an oil change because there’s no oil. The radiator fan belt won’t fail because there’s no radiator. So, you get a radical simplification in the mechanics of the car; and that’s what a lot the maintenance expenditure you go through [?]. And of course that is actually the economic support for a lot of the dealer network as well. Um, that’s where they make their money. So, you’ve got these sort of rippling-out effects around the stuff that’s sort of the support infrastructure around the gasoline car. Which will go away. You know, the adoption of electric cars is really a question of when rather than if. It’s a function of battery pricing. And, battery pricing is kind of function of scale. So there’s a circularity there, or virtuous circle. We are now at the point that we have expensive, un-economic electric cars. We will get to the point in the next 5 or 10 years that electric cars become cost-competitive with gasoline. And then it’s[?] just the question of time, [?] or basically cycles out. Russ Roberts: How confident are you that it’s a 5-10 year process? Benedict Evans: Well, so there’s two processes here. So, there’s: How long does it take to get to the point that, um, an ordinary, boring car is cheaper to buy as an electric car—it’s cheaper to buy an ordinary, boring electric car than to buy an ordinary, boring gasoline car. So, that’s how long—and that’s a question of battery pricing, really: How long does it—and scale? Then: how long would it take before all new cars on the market are electric? How long does it take before all new cars on the market are electric? How long does it take before all the old cars cycle out of the system? And that kind of depends on public policy, because it depends on what kind of incentives you put into government [?] to do that. But, that feels like, you know, a 20-, 30-, 40- year process, depending on how aggressive you are, while going, you know, from the $50,000 electric car to the $10,000 or the $20,000 electric car; and how what you think the lifespan of existing vehicles is, and so on. So, it’s not something—it’s not likely when it will be done in 5-10 years. It’s more likely it will get started in 5-10 years.

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