Shifting Gears on Automation

Rural residents, who make up about 20% of the U.S. population, are more vulnerable than urban counterparts to job change and potential job loss due to automation, artificial intelligence, and technological change. According to a new report, America at Work, released today by Walmart, the 190 million Americans who live outside of major metro areas find themselves at a disadvantage to urban centers when it comes to capacity for resilience in the face of automation. Yet rarely are residents of rural areas, small cities or towns seeing their needs addressed in efforts and discussions around the future of work. The reasons for their vulnerability are diverse — ranging from lags in postsecondary attainment to an occupational mix heavily weighted towards high-risk jobs in manufacturing, agriculture, and retail — but they aren’t simple. The solutions required are equally as diverse, reflecting the varied history, demographics, vision, and needs of rural communities and small towns across the country. How should communities prepare for these coming disruptions?
— Read on www.newamerica.org/work-workers-technology/shiftlabs/blog/new-america-launches-rural-shiftlabs-initiative/

Fyre Festival Was a Huge Scam. Is Netflix’s Fyre Documentary a Scam, Too? | The New Republic

Now, documents show that the CEO of FuckJerry, Mick Purzycki, who was a producer of Fyre, also claimed to have “final cut” over the documentary while it was being put together. Though his editing authority was later “superseded by the distribution agreement where the final cut was with the director,” according to Netflix, the way the movie was produced suggests that FuckJerry used the film to launder the troubled company’s reputation. And what appeared to be a story of competing films turns out to be something else: A genuine investigative documentary struggling for attention against a shadow public relations campaign.
— Read on newrepublic.com/article/153095/fyre-festival-huge-scam-netflixs-fyre-documentary-scam-too

2019 WGI Troy Percussion Regional Photos

I am back home after a great day spent at Troy Athens High School in Troy, Michigan and Winter Guard International’s Troy Percussion Regional!

While I posted many photos for WGI on their various social media platforms, I took many more photos and have uploaded them to my SmugMug account. These photos are free for you to check out and share. All I ask is that you give me credit if you share any photos from my collection.

Troy Percussion Prelims:

Troy Percussion Finals:

Inside story of how legendary NFL broadcaster Bob Costas ended up excised from football and out at NBC — ESPN

“More and more is being learned about the now-undeniable link between concussions especially repeat concussions — and subsequent problems with dementia, depression, early onset Alzheimer’s, an entire array of serious medical problems stemming from an injury that is more common in football than in most other sports.”

“Here’s the truth,” Costas said. “America’s most popular sport is a fundamentally dangerous game where the risk of catastrophic injury is not incidental, it is significant.”
— Read on www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/25914913/inside-story-how-legendary-nfl-broadcaster-bob-costas-ended-excised-football-nbc-espn

Cleveland’s Lindor (calf strain) out 7-9 weeks – TSN.ca

Francisco Lindor’s spring training appears to be over before it even begins.

Cleveland announced on Friday that their star shortstop is expected to “return to Major League game activity” in seven to nine weeks after incurring a right calf strain.
— Read on www.tsn.ca/cleveland-s-lindor-calf-strain-out-7-9-weeks-1.1254443