Source: Opinion | The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem – The New York Times, by Angus Deaton
It is time to stop thinking that only non-Americans are truly poor. Trade, migration and modern communications have given us networks of friends and associates in other countries. We owe them much, but the social contract with our fellow citizens at home brings unique rights and responsibilities that must sometimes take precedence, especially when they are as destitute as the world’s poorest people.
Source: A New Recipe for Hunting Alien Life – Scientific American, by Lee Billings
methane and carbon dioxide together, unaccompanied by carbon monoxide, on a rocky, ocean-bearing world would best be interpreted as an airtight sign of anoxic life
Source: Fellow Engineers: This is where your money comes from, by Tom Lianza
If … you care about getting paid, I think the most important thing you should be thinking about is where does that money come from?
There are a lot of valid answers to that question, but I think most of the time the calculus reduces to: we get our money from our customers.
if the money that pays your paycheck can be traced back to your customers… how do you justify getting paid more money? At that point it’s simple… find a ways to impact the value your company is delivering to customers. But, there are a few subtleties here:
- Your customers are not paying you for your time (slightly different for consultants).
- Your customers are not paying you for your education.
- Your customers aren’t even paying you for your individual output.
That last one can be counter-intuitive, but your customers are paying your company for the value your company delivers to them.
This is why … career ladders start to layer in responsibilities for things that a single individual can’t accomplish themselves. This doesn’t mean you need to become a manager, but it does mean you need to look beyond yourself to maximize the value you’re able to bring to the people who are ultimately paying you.
Source: Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America
Corporate goliaths are taking over the U.S. economy. Yet small breweries are thriving. Why?
make it easier for small firms to grow and to make it harder for large firms to relax.
A phalanx of small businesses doesn’t automatically constitute a perfect economy. There are benefits to size. Larger companies can support greater production, and as a result they often pay the highest wages and attract the best talent. But what the U.S. economy seems to suffer from now isn’t a fetish for smallness, but a complacency with enormity. The craft-beer movement is an exception to that rule.