WhatsApp truckers shut down Brazil

Fascinating story of the new way to organize.

When Lazaro Rutino needs a break from hauling beef across Brazil in his truck, he swipes on his phone and is instantly connected to dozens of other truckers. Rutino, 59, is a member of eight trucker groups on WhatsApp, the messaging service that has become a staple for Brazilians of all walks of life.

Source: WhatsApp is upending the role of unions in Brazil. Next, it may transform politics | The Star

Make fakeologist your #1 setting on the infinite dial

Over the air radio is nearly dead.

Here’s why.

The scariest findings dealt with how many people don’t even own a radio at home.

Are you ready? The Infinite Dial Canada 2018 Study shows 51% of 18-34 year-olds don’t own a radio at home. That’s one in two millennials who don’t have either an AM or FM radio where they live.

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Toxic assets, junk bonds

Old story but good one on what a junk mortgage bond is.

In January 2010, reporters from Planet Money bought a toxic asset—you know, the things that blew up wall street banks, sank the economy and brought the global financial system to a halt—one of those. And “Toxie” turned out to be an encyclopedia of the financial crisis.

Source: Toxie – This American Life

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Job Alert: How Would You Like to Babysit Robots?

BOOK A NIGHT at LAX’s Residence Inn and you may be fortunate enough to meet an employee named Wally. His gig is relatively pedestrian—bring you room service, navigate around the hotel’s clientele in the lobby and halls—but Wally’s life is far more difficult than it seems. If you put a tray out in front of your door, for instance, he can’t get to you. If a cart is blocking the hall, he can’t push it out of the way. But fortunately for Wally, whenever he gets into a spot of trouble, he can call out for help.

www.wired.com/story/job-alert-how-would-you-like-to-babysit-robots/

Via Babysitting Robots questioningourreality.blogspot.com/2018/01/babysitting-robots.html

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Fox in hen house

Who knew are county’s finances are being run by our very own corporate raider. The planned destruction of Sears sounds just like the movie Wall Street.

The whole concept of corporations, and why were invented in the first place, has long since gone.

www.torontosun.com/2017/10/22/morneau-shepell-sears-and-more–theyve-all-forgotten-about-the-little-guy

Most Canadians spend years working for an income and trying to save enough for a secure retirement. That’s called middle class Canada.

Then there are those who make their money at the expense of undermining middle class security — and get rewarded with villas and yachts. There’s a name for them, too.

 

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