Amazon warehouse accidents total 440. What’s the story?

According to a BBC news story “Amazon warehouse accidents total 440”. While this is obviously bad news for the people involved, is it good or bad compared to the industry as a whole? The tenor of the story implies it is bad news. But then the details of the story don’t quite back that up. […]

Climate disaster and how to avoid it

Today the IPCC came out with its sternest warning yet about the dangers the world faces if global warming isn’t held to 1.5degC. The thing is, we already know how Governments can do this. They tax the things they want less of and incentivise the things they want more of. This is simple and it […]

Picking stocks

Many years ago when my boys were young teenagers we used to have to take them off every Saturday to play Warhammer, the strategy game you play in person with others with characters you bought and lovingly painted yourself. It became a big obsession with both of them, rivalling even Pokemon and I got to […]

Remaking Post-Industrial Cities

Interesting talk this lunchtime at the RSA from Don Carter about his new book Remaking Post-Industrial Cities, which looks at 10 cities in the US and Europe and charts their decline and recovery.  Carter looks at the history of the cities in three phases: The industrial powerhouse phase, from 1865 to 1945 Renaissance, from 1946 […]

Elon Musk: good news or bad news?

The outcome of the SEC investigation into Elon Musk’s wayward tweet on taking Tesla private could turn out to be either very good, or very bad.  The requirement by the SEC that Musk and Tesla each pay $20m in fines is trivial for both. The instruction to hire an independent chairman to oversee Musk is […]