Month: April 2017

La Grande Culture Est Mort

The French elite is binge watching American shows on Netflix in private while insisting that the culture of their grandparents is set in stone and must be protected from foreign influence. Long dead politicians, artists and ideas are presented as the ideal France. Youth culture in France today is considered an aberration, a foreign (largely …

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Do we still believe old oil’s sales pitch?

The FT article “Saudi Aramco chief warns of looming oil shortage” https://www.ft.com/content/ed1e8102-212f-11e7-b7d3-163f5a7f229c is┬ámore interesting for the comments it now attracts than for the content. We’re no longer buying these sales pitches. Still, we do live in a world were we did buy these pitches for decades and where they mostly were right. Oil is vital …

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Space, the next business frontier

https://www.ft.com/content/e07c7a9e-1cf7-11e7-a454-ab04428977f9 The ability to reuse the booster may shortly give SpaceX and Blue Origin a highly competitive advantage. And that really is the advantage of having these agile commercial parties compete: they’re not beholden to the fat government pork barrel spending and reducing the cost per launch really is their driving force rather than making …

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