What’s in a name? Disappointment, sometimes. Ancestor.com revealed that the family name is a Celtic derivative of the apostle’s name “Paul”. McPhail says he had always thought it was a derivative of “phallic”.
After this summer’s stink about Nestlé’s bottled water permits and practices, the government wants to know what to do. I asked them not to renew Nestlé’s permit and to expropriate the well the company just beat the township out of.
Let’s do better than charge more for groundwater, Rick. Let’s simply stop selling it to purveyors of single-use water bottles and eliminate a lot of unnecessary plastic waste.
If you haven’t opened your present yet, too bad … I’m spoiling the surprise.
I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I like the way the book starts off … with a quick history of the rise of corporations and a clear outline of problems caused by the “growth trap” on digital steroids. Identifying problems can be a first step to solving them.
As you read on, Thorne, you may feel that Rushkoff’s ideas weaken as he ponders answers to income disparity, rapacious consumption, joblessness, and so on. I haven’t discovered anything new so far … shortening the work week, guaranteed annual income, sustainable business models. Maybe it gets better in the later chapters, but so far the perils seem much more powerful than the prescriptions.
Danica points out that reduced work hours often just send people out to get a second job. Guaranteed incomes? Maybe in Canada, but in Rushkoff’s anti-socialism USA? Even here, it would be a hard sell and probably too little to live on.
A ride-sharing company called Sidecar is offered as a sustainable alternative to super-aggressive Uber. Sidecar is already out of business.
Nevertheless, the book does address socio-economic issues that we cannot escape. It reveals business trends that I was unaware of and it avoids easy finger-pointing and blaming that simply won’t help.
Maybe we’ll have an interesting discussion about Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. No hurry. See you in September!