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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The most exciting business news story of 2018 ended with a whimper this week as reports surfaced that Amazon's HQ2 project would in fact be two smaller projects, one on Long Island City in Queens and the other in Crystal City across the Potomac from Washington, DC ... The question of local government subsidies to entice businesses remains an urgent one, but the HQ2 drama in many ways reveals an even bigger policy failure ... Simply put, while locating large pools of high-salary white collar positions in the New York and DC metro areas makes a ton of sense for Amazon, it doesn't actually make that much sense for either greater New York City or greater Washington ... And it makes no sense at all for the United States of America, which urgently needs more economic opportunity in dozens of other metro areas that have a different set of problems. read more

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Modern medicine's ability to keep us alive makes it tempting to think human evolution may have stopped. Better healthcare disrupts a key driving force of evolution by keeping some people alive longer, making them more likely to pass on their genes. But if we look at the rate of our DNA's evolution, we can see that human evolution hasn't stopped – it may even be happening faster than before. read more

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Amazon HQ2 saga had all the hallmarks of the gaudiest reality TV. It was an absurd spectacle, concluding with a plot twist, which revealed a deep and dark truth about the modern world ... The prize: 50,000 employees and the glory of housing an international tech giant. The cost? Just several billion dollars in tax incentives and a potential face-lift to the host city. read more

Friday, November 09, 2018

More than 60 world leaders will gather in Paris this weekend to mark the centennial of the 1918 armistice. As host, French President Emmanuel Macron is embracing a post-national, pan-European understanding of the past -- and vision of the future. But the World War I centennial arrives at a moment when the European project and transatlantic alliance are under strain -- and nationalism is seeing a startling resurgence. read more

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Senator-elect Mitt Romney said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions should not affect the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election ... Romney, who will take office in January, praised Sessions in a statement but, in his first warning shot at Trump since Tuesday's election, made clear that Robert Mueller's probe of Russia and Trump's team should continue ... "I want to thank Jeff Sessions for his service to our country as attorney general," Romney said in a statement and a tweet. "Under Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, it is imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded."


As a New England transplant in the midwest I can say I understand why they don't want to locate here. It's not bad but there's nothing about it that stands out.


Here are some Midwest selling points that just scratch the surface;

- World renowned natural resources: Great Lakes, Mississippi River, agriculture (world's breadbasket).

- Historic educational systems: Big Ten and Big 12 schools.

- Major healthcare centers: Mayo Clinic (Minnesota) and the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare system (Ohio).

- Great cultural centers/landmarks: and it's not just Chicago -- Dakota Black Hills and Badlands, Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Milwaukee is very underrated and has allot to offer, Michigan's UP.

- Professional sports teams in the four major sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL ... plus major sports events like the Indianapolis 500 ... along with iconic minor league and college level sporting events like the College World Series in Omaha, NE, and the Midwest bracket of the NCAA basketball tournament.

- Then there are all the community events through out the Midwest that happen annually, and just one example is the annual RAGBRAI (Register Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) organized by the Des Moines Register -- RAGBRAI is the largest bike touring even in the world ... en.wikipedia.org

And with politics, it wasn't all that long ago that political leaders from Midwestern states held great sway and clout over the country's national politics: Bob Dole (Kansas), Tom Daschule (South Dakota), and presidents Reagan (yuk) from Illinois and Dwight D. Eisenhower from Kansas.

What happened is that money swamped and then overwhelmed all aspects of Midwestern influence on America. Once corporations could get away with building cars in Mexico (see Michael Moore's 'Roger and Me') it was inevitable that American workers in the Midwest were sold out with trade deals like NAFTA -- moving corporate power and political influence to the coasts and leaving a hallowed out and dilapidated Midwest behind.

America must do better for all Americans.

Top Republican political strategist rips governor-elect Brian Kemp for cheating during Georgia's gubernatorial race

"This hack @BrianKempGA is the next ‘governor*' of Georgia. But he cheated & undermined democracy every step of the way. @staceyabrams should be governor, but isn't due to actions that can't be tolerated. She has a bright future. We need a new, enforceable Voting Rights Act. Now!"

John Weaver wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning.

Weaver was a strategist for former president George H.W. Bush and a presidential campaign adviser to the late John McCain.

The Republican now works for Ohio Governor John Kasich, who is rumored to be considering a 2020 run against Donald Trump as a possible third-party candidate.


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