Your hometown newspaper in peril?
The scope, audience, and revenue streams for newspapers is under review.
More than a quarter of American newspapers disappeared in last few years.
The information wants to be free concept was a misguided strategy.
Civic minded, wealthy investors come to the rescue.
Newspapers lack robust content, standards, & social media connection,
Environmentalist want logging to stop and introduced legislation to do so;
Loggers and environmentalists battled then found common ground
Log company & tree huggers cooperated & saved the town of John Day, Oregon.
Timber industry survived because environmentalist fought to save their jobs.
Realized that some logging was absolutely essential to make overgrown forests healthy.
Eastern Oregon forests were prone to fires.
Loggers and environmentalists were at odds over what ought to be done
Every employee at Amazon would have the option to be a stockholder.
Amazon would become an ESOP or some version thereof.
A move by Bezos to make Amazon an ESOP would change corporate America.
Amazon would become America largest Employee Stock Holder Company.
Stakeholder Capitalism Solves Labor Union Conflict & Employee Issues;
Amazon would share success with employees with a “stake” in the enterprise
50 young race horses have been put down at U.S, track so far in 2021.
The California Horse Racing Board & major tracks like Santa Anita have sought changes in racing practices over time.
These changes have alleviated deaths, however, horses are still dying of injuries on the track and in training.
The economics & traditions of horse racing outweigh the solutions to the real cause.
New study proved that Bayer’s neonic pesticides is brutal bee-killer.
Therefore, activists say a ban should be a foregone conclusion.
Bayer says study is flawed and not factual
Meantime, farmers say Insecticides necessary in raising crops.
Bayer is hard at work trying to discredit the science and bury the pesticide study.
Canada’s government is deciding whether to ban chemical, imidacloprid.
Seems to be no action forthcoming by the U.S. to save the bees.
Taro or Poi is nutritious and an excellent source of essential trace minerals.
like manganese, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper,& phosphorus.
Poi made from taro roots was & could again be complete diet for Molokai & Hawaii people.
Poi was once considered an important & sacred aspect of daily Hawaiian life.
Taro needs a lot of water & that is why not major food product in Hawaii (Molokai).
Is the automotive dealer franchise business model about to change?
Sales business model Impacted by transition to EVs from Fuel based vehicles changing dealer role & services.
COVID & EVs are changing what car dealerships do and their role in auto usage.
Coming years will force car dealerships to rethink & redo their business models.
High cost of maintaining large staffs & real estate means no more showrooms.
Customers no longer need to go to showrooms or service centers.
There is a limited global supply of Lithium for EV batteries.
Pent up demand for EVs caused by COVID now coming about.
Prompts more mining for lithium will be in Europe & U.S. starting to initial mine.
Presently every global operating mine is “sold out” for the future.
Trouble is much of American lithium is too expensive to pull out of the ground
Innovative Dealer Trains it own Technicians. Made them teachers.
Sought to solve dealership’s continued recruiting and turn over challenges.
Solved the problem by making Techs in-house teachers.
Program Increased the certification levels of techs in the dealership.
Core idea allows techs to teach helps bring new technicians into the business.
Built its own pipeline of highly trained technicians.
Study on Energy sourcing shows that politics are not that big a factor.
Shows New approach to climate change from study opens new markets.
U.S. policy states need for renewable energy generation strategies.
Study looked specifically at the prices of natural gas.
Scope of the study evaluated how pricing affects the level of emissions.
Molokai is a wonderful island in Hawaii. But it needs more water.
The water system on Island of Molokai is in bad repair after years of lack of investment.
Now $37 M capital improvement project to upgrade the 80-year-old Hoʻolehua System.
Enhancements to the system forthcoming consists of Installation of a 200,000-gallon storage tank & upgrades to automation systems.
This is a start.
The Heat is on.
Geothermal energy is clean, renewable resource. harnessed for use as heat & electricity.
Geothermal Project is to tap the intense heat & steam 1 – 2 miles down in the Earth.
Challenge is to develop a process of mining this heat generated from the Earth.
The ultimate source of geothermal energy is radioactive decay of earth elements.
As the auto industry transitions to EVs and Self Driving, new worker skills are going to be needed.
Auto is immersed in a digital revolution.
Need for companies & dealers to transform their operations with retrained employees.
Must retrain or hire newly qualified employees in technology & automation.
Re-skilling required for jobs that face high automation potential.
Your house is your next gas station.
Process is Waste gasification or pyrolysis of non-recyclable trash.
Transforming garbage from homes & offices into vehicle fuel.
Trash refineries on verge of commercialized waste gasifiers by making
biofuels more production efficient & release less carbon than fossil.
How you get to a metro airport in the next 5 years is probably not going to be in your car. How do you get to the Airport in Next 3 years? Take an Air Taxi from remote lot.
Major airlines like United are planning to buy flying taxis to shuttle people off airport & to plane.
The means the cost of environmental travel to weigh heavily on consumers and the eco conscious.
Passengers will park off airport & E-air taxi to terminal and their jet fueled flight, even to & from suburban areas. .
The objective for California is to generate fewer planet warming emissions in California
by accomplishing fewer blackouts, wild fires, & geothermal disruptions.
CA needs to further reduce conditions & infrastructure that ignite wild fires.
Climate activists say Newsom is setting up State for failure & should do more.
The profound impact of Teddy Pendergast & The Blue Notes Lives on.
The words of this song are so applicable and timely that we must respond.
The lyrics says–
“The world won’t get no better if we just let it be
The world won’t get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me’
Are we going to do it or just keep taking shots at one another?
Car Insurers can now use AI, Machine Learning, & computer vision technology.
Vehicle Accident Claims Management is changing.
Major vehicle insurance companies processing claims on Apps immediately..
USAA is example using Alphabet of major underwriter adoption.
Probably means a new & different role for human vehicle appraisers.
What are algorithms doing or going to do to us ?
With my job, my company, my house, my life style? Me?
There are challenges and obstacles that we must meet.
See what 9 people who are right in the middle of dealing with this change tell us.
Could things not just be about each other & how we think about each other?
It is certainly about listening, then caring, helping, accepting, & serving others.
Would not listening to each other reveal how we can help & make things better?
It may be more about some deep concern, uncertainty, or fear they have.
While it seems it is about politics—but it may not be at all. It’s more
There are key people who are going to work on “fixing” a lot of the current problems and providing situations.
Many of these “Things that need to be fixed” were caused by mismanagement of previous administration.
President Biden seeks to bring new talent, ideas, people, and solutions to forefront as a top priority.
Successful Management Consultant & former government official, Jeffrey Zients, appears to be one to do it.
The basic premise behind getting rid of the vernacular and certain terminology
associated with the sale of a vehicle is that “There is no such thing as a deal with a car purchase”
Visionary franchised and independent automotive retailers have an opportunity to act & change.
The discontinuance of the use of these words maybe the next breakthrough for auto retailers.
Perhaps the emergence of online sales and COVID vehicle sales process will accelerate a whole new way to acquire the use of a vehicle
You probably could use a catalyst or igniter for your psyche about now.
Between COVID, The Election, and your confinement & commitments.
You must feel overloaded if not somewhat overwhelmed.
So this list may be a start or way for you get things going again and keep them going.
Give it a try –pick 5 or 10 and implement, Your example will help your contacts and all you influence.
Sometimes it seems like being young is an advantage in the current business world.
This is only partially true–most because they grew up with computers, social media & cell phones.
But the new reality is that most people become more creative, productive, and just plain smart with age.
We are only as old as we think we are. So we need to stop thinking that we are over The Hill & get back on conquering another hill.
Aging people have learned over time that how you think is how you are. Most young people do not have the experience.
People over 50 are now having successful third acts.
All because of how one is thinking. Realize that you can create a whole new career, reputations, and power position at any age.
These resolutions from Carly are so timely and give us all a boost.
The core of her counsel is that we have a choice — to do something about our problems.
As a country, as individuals, as family members, and as a leader– Yes- a Leader.
You and me can change, fix, and solve– and can do with love, empathy, and support. No “Ors” from now on.
2021 will be the best year of our lives. We need only to choose to change and reach out for one another. ( While wearing a mask)