McConnell Rides in With Substitute Legislation for HR 1754 Proposing Independent Horse Racing integrity & Safety Authority & Provisions.

Will there ever be any national legislation to reform horse racing?
McConnell just re-intro’d SB 1820 as new Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act.
Apparently, the sponsors of HR 1754 in the House are on board with new proposed act.
Proposes an independent Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority.
Governed by a nine-member board- Non-racing people, owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, tracks, veterinarians & state racing commissions.
Appears Senate bill has less restrictive provisions than HR 1754 reflecting Churchill Downs and McConnell contributor concerns.

B Corp Certification Seeks to Fill Need for an Organization & Process to Gain Corporate Commitment to Environmental, Social, & Governance Objectives

A B Corp seeks to use a business model as a force for good including reform of Capitalism.
Objectives take into account  & prioritizes the needs of employees as stakeholders.
B Corp companies recognize the combined purpose & profit considerations.
The success of bringing large corporations into the B Corp Movement gave the certification credibility and acknowledgement of effort to do good.

Women of Color Automotive Network Formed To Do Something to Get Male Dominated Industry Talking & Acting on Race, Women Empowerment, & Gender Imbalance

The auto industry has and still is finding it difficult to deal with issues of women & race.
Women of color and women in general continue to struggle for empowerment & identity in the Automotive Industry.
There is still an imbalance in industry leadership, management, and ownership.
Highest ranked women of color in the industry leaving GM dramatizes the need for nonwhite women to lift themselves up & find open doors

How Men Talk to Women: Use of Gendered Language Perpetuates Major Obstacle for Women to Lead in the Workplace

You talking to me? The way men and women talk to each other is a problem & a challenge.
The use of gendered language by males perpetuates workplaces that favor men.
This language needs to change because the needs of those who use it have changed.
Using gender inclusive language like “they” instead of “he” or “her” is a major step toward inclusion

Recycling Plastics Challenged by Constraints of Pricing, Sorting, & Shipping Cost to Landfills & Africa; Machines Are Learning to Sort.

It is being more and more challenging to recycle plastic as business model.
Much of the plastic dropped in recycling bins isn’t being recycled.
The price of plastic has gone down.. Markets are depressed.
Landfills are filling up with plastic materials along other waste.
Good news is–waste companies are using machine learning to sort plastic from trash.

Cities Consider Police & Public Safety Integration; Portions of Police Budgets Being Redirected to Public Safety, Not Defunded; Sunnyvale is Best Example.

Don’t defund Police budget, Instead combine police, fire, and public safety department.
Call the new integrated civic protection group. “Public Safety”.
Best example of how this would work is Sunnyvale, CA Dept of Public Safety.
Provides 3 services; Fire, police &  emergency medical services.

Putting Horses Down: Researching Protein & Identifying RNA Markers to Prevent More Catastrophic Racehorse Injuries

Can research in and around the massive injuries to race horses actually reduce or even identify other reasons for these horses breaking down?
Research in the UK & Kentucky Horse Commission thinks and hopes so.- about to publish a study.
By studying biomarkers in proteins they are accumulating data that may give the horse racing industry some answers,
Being able to determine the likelihood of a forthcoming injury is a major scientific breakthrough. What the Industry craves right now.

Getting Diverse about Disrupting Diversity: Four Actions to Drive Change – Not Just Talk

There seems to be a need to keep diversity and inclusion in front of Corporate America. Some progress is being made.
The COVID19 pandemic has de-prioritized the focus on advocating & implementing changes to bring women and minority management to the forefront.
The action-ables from this in-depth and substantive article from the WSJ are solid moves for all of America to make, particularly the automotive sector.
This higher priority now needs higher leadership to take higher levels of action to achieve what is right.

“Moloka‘i Nō Ka Heke” [Moloka‘i is the Greatest] But Did Monsanto’s Spraying Chemicals Turn Portions of Molokai into a GMO Wasteland? Did Money & Time Fix The Problem?

Has Molokai recovered for the use of chemicals on its rich red volcanic soil?
Could what turned out to be a few million dollars from lawsuits really do anything to compensate or help the people of Molokai to build a life and a viable economy. One can only Hope.

Monsanto has apparently remained on the Island after Monsanto was purchased by big Bayer. Now Molokai is rebuilding its land, its people, and its culture. The Place is the Greatest “Moloka‘i Nō Ka Heke”.

They’re Still Off & Not Running: How to Make Sense Out of CHRB Race Horse Necropsies, Vet Reports, & Wimpy Maryland Lasix-Free Pilot Program Agreement for 2023

The issues, challenges, and inaction of the combined horse racing infrastructure are gradually doing it in.
The use of performance enhancing drugs like Lasix has been dealt with –in Maryland recently, but not a ban for nearly 3 years from now.
The California Horse Racing Board Report is full of tests and scientific pub reference but little action on year old report.

Leading Horse Racing Trainers & Professionals Seek Legislation Stalled By Congress To Clean Up Industry & Prohibit Performance Enhancing Drugs

The Horse Racing Industry remain in peril and threat of extinction.
Key legislation seeks to deal with use of performance drugs and other abuses is stalled in Congress
The proposed Horse Racing Integrity Act (HR1754/S1820) has not moved out of committee since introduction.
With the pandemic prohibiting racing crowds at major tracks, the industry infrastructure & leadership is stuck and silent. Nothing is happening.

Watch Your Language: How Men Talk to & About Women in the Workplace is About Power & Needed Change

The way we talk to each other at work needs to change. Remove the gender language.
Language needs to change is because the needs of those who use it change.
How men talk to women has been important socially even culturally. Now the need for change has come to work.
How we talk to each other is critical & It appears that men are getting it but slowly

Bud Gets Better With BetterUP’s Women Focused Leadership Program Brew

Things and people are getting better by working at or maybe even drinking Bud.
AB Bev that owns Budweiser brands is focusing on leadership programs with emphasis on women.
It seems that women are just not being hired or entrusted with high level management positions at many companies.
Budweiser seeks to fix that situation, but the brew is not as far along as they would like.

All About White Males Again–Dominate Auto Tech, Transportation Management, & Tech Overall

It appears that the tech community including automotive and transportation management are finally focusing on bringing more black and women engineers and technology professionals into the Industry.
However, in general, little progress has been made to date and things remain the same in the Industry
The system perpetuates practices that have not effectively dealt with diversity & untapped talent of Blacks, Women, and Minorities
The solution is about access, support, mentoring, getting involved, & leadership from the white males who now lead automotive technology companies

Breaking Through the Silence & Inaction in Automotive about Racism, BLM, & Change – All Talk Again?

Companies in automotive and corporate America are now doing a lot of talking & focusing of the issues brought by the massive response to Black Lives Matter.
However, if what has been reported — even surveyed and measured–and history is to be examined to see if this is a repeat of past acknowledgement but no real change or changes have happened.
Now it is up to the visionary leadership of the automotive Industry to adopt and implement initiatives and programs to bring more Blacks and minorities into leadership, equity positions, and empowerments.

Five Lessons from Fearless Female Leaders – Now For the Males

Women influence or actually accomplish most vehicle sales and selections. The operative functions in a dealership are handled and managed by women like HR, Finance, and Customer Service. Yet less than 25% of the auto dealership employees are females and few dealerships, OEMs, and suppliers are lead and managed by women.
It is now becoming apparent that in order for women to gain parity in automotive, they need to gain the backing of financial resources like venture funding, bank underwriting, and capital allocation. That’s where they are now going.

Now Six Whips Per Race? Does the CHRB, Owners, The Stronachs, & Jockey Guild Realize How Awful that Sounds?

Horse Racing is under more scrutiny than ever. Industry groups and governing boards like the California Horse Racing Board continues to seek to solve and not solve the real problem that causes young horses to be put down.

The latest effort by the CHRB is to limit the number of times a jockey can use a whip to hit a horse during a race. That is now six times per the ruling that goes into effect in October. Meantime, it is business as usual.

10 Ways You Get Smarter as You Get Older – So You Do Matter More Every Day

Researchers have identified ways in which older minds hold their own against younger ones and even surpass them.
Here are 10 ways that is happening and keep you in the game and growing smarter every day.
Your experience adds to your wisdom and your good looks are working for you even as you get older. The current trend to regard youth as being what you want to be is really not what it is cracked up to be.
Check out the specifics of these 10 ways and you will be psyched.

Why Aren’t Women Running the Automotive Industry? Is it Time to Close the Gender Gap in Automotive Pay, Policy, and Power?

The societal, social, and economic impact of women in the management of enterprises & business entities, particularly in the automotive industry is becoming more visible and actionable every day.
The video interview with Sallie Krawcheck which primarily focuses on the gender gap in pay in business in general also applies to the the overall condition and situation for women in the automotive industry. While we see women being placed and promoted in to secondary management roles, we still do not see them becoming the leading force in an industry that continues to be male dominated. Women just have not been able to over come this situation.

Has Corporate Automotive, The Dealers, & The Industry Orgs Failed Black America?

Black Lives matter among automotive companies but do their careers, opportunities, and leadership matter? Sunday NYT Business section article on “Corporate America Has Failed Black America” has caused this premise to be reviewed with haste by the automotive industry corporate community. Changes are about to come about in the Board of Directors, Management teams, and corporate policy and practices.