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The Cheapest Generation - Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann

The Cheapest Generation - Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann
In 2009, Ford brought its new supermini, the Fiesta, over from Europe in a brave attempt to attract the attention of young Americans. It passed out 100 of the cars to influential bloggers for a free six-month test-drive, with just one condition: document your experience online, whether you love the Fiesta or hate it. Young bloggers loved the car. Young drivers? Not so much. After a brief burst of excitement, in which Ford sold more than 90,000 units over 18 months, Fiesta sales plummeted. Don’t blame Ford. Adulthood, Delayed The Great Recession changed young Americans' attitudes about what it means to be an Derek Thompson In a bid to reverse these trends, General Motors has enlisted the youth-brand consultants at MTV Scratch—a corporate cousin of the TV network responsible for Jersey Shore—to give its vehicles some 20-something edge. Perhaps. Since World War II, new cars and suburban houses have powered the economy and propelled recoveries.

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Last Word On Mozilla I wrote about the Mozilla CEO termination thing (I, II, III). The point of my writing on it was just to continue my long-standing project of pointing out that most procedural arguments — by which I mean content-neutral and substance-neutral arguments nominally divorced from policy and cultural preferences — are not serious. It seems to me that most people have some extreme limit to the kind of processes they are willing to use, but within that limit, they just use and find arguments for whatever processes lean towards their preferred substantive outcomes. In making this point, I have not (as you would expect) tried to make some procedural justification for firing people for their political views. I have not tried to make some procedural justification for market coercion or civil coercion.

sorrel.ish.: 7 Reasons Why You Should Stop Bitching About People On Benefits. 1. One day, it could be you. The welfare state is a safety net. It is there to catch anyone who falls on hard times, including you. The First Lesson of Marriage 101: There Are No Soul Mates - Christine Gross-Loh Research shows that practically every dimension of life happiness is influenced by the quality of one’s marriage, while divorce is the second most stressful life event one can ever experience. Yet nearly half of all married couples are likely to divorce, and many couples report feeling unhappy in their relationships. Instructors of Northwestern University’s Marriage 101 class want to change that. The goal of their course is to help students have more fulfilling love relationships during their lives. In Marriage 101 popular books such as Mating in Captivity and For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage are interspersed with meaty academic studies. Students attend one lecture a week and then meet in smaller breakout groups to discuss the weekly topics, which range from infidelity to addiction, childrearing to sexuality in long-term relationships.

What are negative interest rates? 18 December 2014Last updated at 11:04 ET Tom Espiner Business reporter Switzerland's National Bank (SNB) is to impose an interest rate of minus 0.25% on large amounts of money deposited in the country. The negative rate will apply to "sight deposits" - a type of instant access account for banks and large companies - of more than 10m Swiss francs (£6.5m). But why would a bank want to cut the value of deposits it holds, or charge depositors? Swiss National Bank wanted to lower the value of the Swiss franc What are negative interest rates?

‘Slomo’ Slomo came into my life at an opportune moment. Having just rolled into my 30s, I was looking for both a film subject and some wisdom on how to approach the encroaching “middle third” of my life — the years when youthful idealism is so often blunted by adult responsibilities. Around this time, during a business trip to San Diego, my father had a chance meeting on the Pacific Beach boardwalk with John Kitchin, an old medical school classmate.

10 Signs We Live in a False Economy It’s time to admit that we live in a false economy. Smoke and mirrors are used to make us believe the economy is real, but it’s all an elaborate illusion. Out of one side of the establishment’s mouth we hear excitement about “green shoots”, and out of the other side comes breathless warnings of fiscal cliffs and the urgent need for unlimited bailouts by the Fed. We hear the people begging for jobs and the politicians promising them, but politicians can’t create jobs. We see people camped out to buy stuff on Black Friday indicating the consumer economy is seemingly thriving, only to find out everything was bought on credit. The corporate media does their best to distract us from seeing anything real.

The ship in 'Star Trek: Discovery' was likely inspired by vintage concept art Fans who hoped for casting news may have been disappointed by SDCC's Star Trek panel, which focused on the 50-year history of the franchise. However, we did get one exciting teaser for the new TV series: a clip of its starship, the U.S.S. Discovery. The upcoming series is titled Star Trek: Discovery, and the panel revealed a couple of interesting tidbits about how it compares to previous series: the first season will unfold "like a novel" instead of focusing on episodic storylines, and showrunner Bryan Fuller emphasized the importance of diversity and a progressive political message in the show. As for the teaser clip, we've already gleaned some new information from its introduction of the new spaceship. The most intriguing detail is the Discovery's resemblance to some 1970s concept art by sci-fi icon Ralph McQuarrie, who was instrumental in designing the look of the original Star Wars trilogy.

Swiss National Bank will cut interest rate to minus 0.25% 18 December 2014Last updated at 08:57 ET Switzerland's National Bank (SNB) will bring in a negative interest rate cutting the value of large sums of money left on deposit in the country. The Bank is imposing a rate of minus 0.25% on "sight deposits" - a form of instant access account - of more than 10m Swiss francs ($9.77m). It is trying to lower the value of the Swiss franc, which has risen recently. Russia's market meltdown and a dramatic plunge in the oil price have led investors to seek "safe havens". Brigid Schulte’s Overwhelmed and our epidemic of busyness. Photo by Thinkstock Are you too busy? You should be, and you should let people know in a proud but exasperated tone. Like this, from an old colleague I recently asked for advice: “I would like to help but I can not. I am desperately trying to finish a screenplay and a talk I need to give in Milan. Once I get an assistant I will be happy to help!”

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