Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted a music video.
California currently imposes the second-highest gas taxes in the country. A state excise tax currently adds $.417 per gallon, a rate that will increase to $.473 come July. On top of that, the state imposes a 2.25 percent gasoline sales tax.
As lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom supported a 2017 bill increasing the state's gas taxes. When running for governor in 2018, he opposed a ballot initiative that would have repealed that same increase. It's 2019, and Newson, now the state's governor, is demanding an investigation into why the state's gas prices are so high.Later, 7:28 p.m. CT: some background to the original post --
Last week:the API reported a surprise buildup in crude oil of 6.81 million barrels. A day later, the EIA reported an even larger build of 9.9-million-barrels.
But Germany didn’t just fall short of its climate targets. Its emissions have flat-lined since 2009.
Now comes a major article in the country’s largest newsweekly magazine, Der Spiegel, titled, “A Botched Job in Germany” ("Murks in Germany"). The magazine’s cover shows broken wind turbines and incomplete electrical transmission towers against a dark silhouette of Berlin.How much transmission line was added in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available? 30 kilometers. Or 18 miles, about the distance from the south side of Williston to the 13-mile corner north of "boom city." LOL.
“The Energiewende — the biggest political project since reunification — threatens to fail,” write Der Spiegel’s Frank Dohmen, Alexander Jung, Stefan Schultz, Gerald Traufetter in their a 5,700-word investigative story (the article can be read in English here).
Over the past five years alone, the Energiewende has cost Germany €32 billion ($36 billion) annually, and opposition to renewables is growing in the German countryside.
Maybe my local Apple store is just above average, but I like the changes. As soon as you walk in, someone asks you why you are visiting. If you need service, they enter you in the service queue and then you're free to roam around the store. If you need sales, they direct you to the product and enter you in the sales queue. In both cases, after a short wait an employee comes right to you and then helps you with the sales or service you need. I've done this several times and it's always been a much better experience than any other retail store I can think of. People always seemed to find the old genius bar confusing. While being helped, other customers would keep walking up to the bar and trying to squeeze in to get help. The 'bar' model didn't indicate there is actually a queue and someone will help you when it's your turn.Angela Ahrendts? Peter Principle. Next role: cast member on "Shark Tank." From Macrumors:
Switching careers and leaving fashion for a tech company made her "incredibly insecure," and she says she spent first six months at Apple "fairly silent" because she wanted to listen to get her bearings and gain confidence in her role.When I read that, it sounds like Human Resources at Apple failed. Wrong person for the job. Six months to get her bearings? Are you kidding? Six months is, like, a lifetime in tech. A Harvard MBA program is only two years. Groves and Oppenheimer went from nothing to a nuclear weapon in about that time. And that was in 1943 when the only way to travel from Los Alamos to Chicago was by train.
Get in your lane, bring your gifts to the table, right? They don't expect you to learn - you're used to being the CEO in an industry that you grew up in for 30 some odd years. You're used to knowing everything. And now you go in at a senior level and you know nothing but no, wait a minute: You know what you do.According to Ahrendts, she learned three things during her time at Apple: never forget where you came from, move faster than you could ever fathom, and never forget that you have a greater responsibility.
[Apple] was a titanic retail business at that point, with 55,000 employees all over the world. And so, okay, maybe I'm here because I'm a leader and maybe I'm here because I'm a brand builder. I wouldn't go as far as say visionary, but I thrive on looking out two or three years and feeling what's coming and warning everybody and uniting everybody around a strategy to be prepared for that.
The other day I was interested in the geography of the "waterways" around New York and New Jersey. I happened to be reading a biography of Richard Feynman (certainly you can't be joking!). He was born, raised in Far Rockaway, Queens, west end of Long Island. I can never remember the geography of that area. I was hoping to find a good book that would include the geography of this area. And then I remembered reading Valiant Ambition some time ago. I read it quickly, didn't pay much attention to it except to get the gist of the story. Now I'm going back and reading it slowly. first fifteen pages -- exceeds my expectations.
I was a bit confused regarding the boundary location of Queens / Brooklyn. It turns out I was not the only one. LOL. See this link.While at the library I took the opportunity to catch up on The New Yorker. After decades of subscribing, I did not renew my subscription about a year or so ago. The magazine had become a mouthpiece for Hillary, and it remained so after the election. The editors clearly were textbook examples of those afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome.