The automotive industry is on the verge of going the way of the buggy whip

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/23/five-billion-dollar-businesses-for-the-driverless-future/?ncid=rss

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Here’s Why This Best-Selling Book Is Freaking Out the Super-Wealthy

Piketty’s 15 years of painstaking data collection—he poured over centuries worth of tax records in places like France, the U.S., Germany, Japan and the U.K—provides clear proof that in lieu of major events like World Wars or government interventions like the New Deal, the rich take a greater and greater share of the world’s economic pie.

TIME

There are many reasons why French academic Thomas Piketty’s 685-page tome, “Capital in the 21st Century,” has vaulted to the top of the Amazon.com best seller list and is being discussed with equal fervor by the world’s top economic policy makers and middle class Americans who wonder why they haven’t gotten a raise in years. The main reason is that it proves, irrefutably and clearly, what we’ve all suspected for some time now—the rich ARE getting richer compared to everyone else, and their wealth isn’t trickling down. In fact, it’s trickling up.

Piketty’s 15 years of painstaking data collection—he poured over centuries worth of tax records in places like France, the U.S., Germany, Japan and the U.K—provides clear proof that in lieu of major events like World Wars or government interventions like the New Deal, the rich take a greater and greater share of the world’s economic pie. That’s…

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APOCALYPTICON by Clayton Smith

good review

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

apocalypticon-print-cover I’m calling this the best post apocalyptic book ever. (Please disregard the fact that I haven’t read all that many post apocalyptic books. Maybe fifteen?) But that does not deter me from standing my ground on this one.

It started with the attack of the flying monkeys, spreading a dust of some kind of chemical all over the world. Launched from Jamaica.  (Ok, Ok, calm down. I didn’t write this stuff; I’m just reporting the facts.)  The flying monkeys were actually a swarm of small rockets with monkey faces painted on them, hence the name. The dust stuff caused people to pretty much instantly melt from the insides out, and it wasn’t long at all before there were only a handful of people left on earth.

It is a funny book, both dry and laugh-out-loud funny. But there are undercurrents of sadness. And terror.

Patrick and Ben, native sons of…

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DCI JONES CASEBOOK: ELLIS FLYNN by Kerry J. Donovan

A good read, more Columbo than ystery, but therein lies its charm

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

dcijones DCI Jones, a somewhat OCD kind of guy (think Monk lite), picks up another case, and this one is pretty eeeuuuuie.  (We first met the Chief Inspector in his casebook: Raymond Francis Collins .)  He is back, along with his attractive (and gay) female partner, a very competent chick from Sweden, who totally has his back.

A young teen girl, 13 years old, goes missing, but in searching her belongings, her parents find her passport is missing.  So did she run away, or was she abducted?

This is not a mystery, per se, because we know right from the beginning who dunnit and what they done did, and geez are they two of the most disgusting characters this side of …. ummm, well, Hades, I guess.   The story unfolds being told alternately from the disgust0’s viewpoint, and then from the side of DCI Jones.   What the book is is a…

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