Ordinary Times regular contributors Mark Krieger (@musepolisci) and Andrew Donaldson (@four4thefire) break down the news that Walmart is looking to launch their own streaming service, and fall on opposite sides when it comes to projecting the retail giants success.
The US will win most trade wars, but not with Mexico.
Somehow I became a Microsoft person again.
It’s only worth it to you if it’s worth it to you.
How would we get a social media service that won’t sell our personal data?
From copyright law to banking and ecigarettes, it’s good to have the big boys on your side.
How necessary is to go to college in order to make a good living? Are we getting what we are paying for? Who doesn’t need to go to college in order to make a good living, indeed, even to get rich? Those are the issues I explore here while reflecting on Bryan Caplan’s new book that argues for austerity in education and how a friend of mine is doing quite well in business without a college degree.
This year will be a crucial one for the New York-based company.
We accept the unacceptable sometimes because it never occurs to us not to.
How much should cities even want Amazon’s HQ2? What should be they be willing to pay and do?
The choice paradox, but with labor.
American workers are at a cross-roads and our political leaders all seem to be leading them in the wrong direction. What the ‘Amazon effect’ means for the future of labor.
A look at the relative culpability of overly optimistic borrowers for automobile loans.
In which I am the last person on Earth to discover that cable television is doomed.
Oregon is cracking down on loose scheduling.
Kmart deserves either a good death or second chance at retail life. But looks more and more that it will get neither and that’s a shame.
Focus, people, focus.
Not paying taxes for 18 years is not necessarily tax evasion
A Princeton professor has demonstrated that you can’t pick stocks that “beat the market.” The future, by in large, is unpredictable. Except one area of the future, is predictable. For a possible investing strategy that relates to that predictable area of the future, read on.
Not one of which is, “You know, that Jim Cramer is really on to something.”
Perhaps there is more to piracy than its need to be stopped.
The best biography written by a CEO is not a business biography.
How does the unregulated “free market” determine the wages paid to prostitutes?
A CEO crashing his car is an accident. A CEO crashing his car and dying a day after being indicted for criminal charges is not.
Valuing one set of customers’ wishes over another’s is not the harbinger of Freedom and Liberty’s End Times.
Vikram explains to his daughter why Buzzfeed is great.
Some light speculation as to which companies may get there first.
Alphabet is about Google not becoming Microsoft.
It doesn’t go well for VW.
Reflections on of a very good book about the financial crisis
A modest proposal for media organizations
Chinese people don’t want Chinese Barbies.
A double-edged safety razor is actually less fussy than the alternatives.
The merits of playing with loose parts seems oversold.
Looking in vain for ChinesePod’s pedagogical philosophy.