The NY Times just did a big story about corporation headquarters moving downtown from the suburbs. NineShift wins again. The reason, these corporate execs said, was to recruit Gen Y to work for them. Yes, Gen Y wants to live downtown. But why? The writer had no clue why Gen Y wants to be downtown. Here it is - - to save time. Yes, cities are more environmentally friendly than suburbs. Yes, you don’t get killed on transit, like you do in cars. But economically, at the heart of it all, is that living and working in a dense neighborhood saves time. Lots of time. Hours of time each business day. And another whole day - - Saturday - - a week.
One of the fascinating things about living in a history making period of time is that people, leaders, media still don’t get it fully.
In case you are playing along, watching the US presidential election, here's an update. First, we predicted the Democrats would win the White House in 2016. We predicted that four years ago. We are predicting the Republicans will win the White House in 2020. Yes, of course Dems won in 1916 and GOP in 1920. Any dummy can predict that.
Secondly, in the past few weeks Mr. Trump has had many bad days. Every bad day for him is 0.20% points difference. That's why several GOP analysts are saying there's not much time left; and why Dems like Pres Obama are trying to win this thing before Labor Day.
Back in 1973 I was not doing well. My nonprofit business was fading fast. And my girlfriend - - I didn't have one. But I would bike to a working class tavern in Milwaukee's factory area and have one beer, watch the news, and be a little comforted knowing that Richard Nixon had a worse day than I did. It's 2016, and I now got a girlfriend!
The New York Times has this big story on Gen Y and even corporations moving downtown, of mixed zoning, of Gen Y taking light rail. And another big story on Uber. And then they do a story on how important car sales are to the economy. As if Gen Yers, living in dense neighborhoods, taking light rail and Uber, will still be buying cars. Do you not see the inconsistency here, media man?
See the link to the story on our August 10 post.
Not only is the General Electric headquarters moving downtown, but it will have no parking lot. The New York Times reports it is to “encourage” employees to use transit. But guess what, their Gen Y employees need no encouragement, they demand transit. The encouragement might be for older employees. Will be interesting to see if the top brass at GE take the light rail, or have their own last century parking garage.
Thanks to educator Susan Baranek of Helena, Montana, for asking the question, “Have studies been done to see if higher testosterone levels in females leads to better spatial reasoning?” She was a recent participant in our UGotClass Gender in the Classroom course.
1.Females have one-tenth the testosterone.
The average female has one-tenth of the testosterone as the average male. Even a gay male has many times more testosterone than a butch lesbian.
2.Testosterone is related to spatial ability.
The outstanding scientist Doreen Kimura first proved that males’ average superior spatial ability is due to having more testosterone. National Institute of Health studies confirm this. And Nancy Cole, when she was president of the Educational Testing Service, documented that females test significantly lower than males on spatial ability.
3.About 20% of females have spatial ability akin to males.
About 20% of females do have spatial ability skills at the same level as the average male. Trying to raise one’s testosterone level artificially for the average female is generally not a good idea, according to the Testosterone Centers of Texas. Numerous side effects range from fatigue to a much higher risk of heart attack.
4.Females with CAH disorder have higher spatial ability.
Spatial ability is exhibited by both males and females at birth. Females with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, or CAH, have higher levels of testosterone at birth. They perform better than other females with spatial tasks, thus confirming the biological evidence relating spatial ability with testosterone levels.
5.Women in later life may have better spatial ability.
When their estrogen level declines later in life, the hormonal balance changes and testosterone becomes more evident. Thus women in later life may have better spatial ability than they did earlier in life.
For more, see the UGotClass course for educators on Gender in the Classroom, part of a new Certificate in Learning Styles. Coates and Draves also presented the research findings on “Gender in the Online Classroom” recently at the big Distance Teaching & Learning Conference sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Photo: Doreen Kimura, psychobiologist and professor at the University of Western Ontario.
Christopher A. Hart, chairman of the transportation safety board, recently said self-driving cars had great potential BUT the cars may be "challenging" for "drivers who are not highly trained and may be fatigued or distracted," according to a story in the New York Times by Neal E. Boudette.
I thought being fatigued or distracted or "not highly trained" (e.g. elderly, children, those without a driver's license) was the Whole Point of the self-driving car. Yes, we will have a self-driving car. No, it will not replace trains and trains will replace automobiles for 80% of the people travelling 80% of the time.
Photo: grasses along the river's edge.
I don't get it, do you? On the one side of the university, the researchers all have documented conclusively that females are superior in language, and males superior in spatial skills. On the other side of the university, the educators have steadfastly refused to accept the science of STEM.
The third-wave feminist faculty even deny females are superior in language skills, because that would mean males must be superior in something; as not even the whacky wrong faculty suggest publicly that females are more intelligent (they are equal to males, always have been, always will be).
In my recent online courses for K-12 teachers, the K-12 teachers are really open to learning about these gender differences. In fact last month they wondered aloud why they weren't taught these differences in their schools of education. K-12 teachers both see these differences everyday in their classrooms. And it has been argued K-12 teachers, especially elementary school teachers, care about their students more than the faculty.
Photo: I am pretty sure I was the first white man to canoe this isolated river, this year.
"While prudence may prosper in a static world, it is a futile virtue in a dynamic one." So wrote American author Winston Churchill in a book written in 1916, one hundred years ago. Don't forget the 100 year parallels.
Just read that passage this week, and 1916 of course just like 2016. Mrs. Clinton picks a nice man, but a man from the last century, a "prudent" choice they all say, to be her running mate. We predicted four years ago the Dems will win the White House in 1916, and that prediction seems on track.
But 2020 is a different matter. And so is 2017-2019. The Dems are taking Gen Y for granted, and by 2020 the GOP will be embracing the Gen Y agenda as much as the Dems. The lack of a progressive Gen Y running mate will be followed by a pro-status quo administration. It was the Dem superdelegates who nominated Mrs. Clinton as a status-quo candidate two years ago. We will see how far Gen Y, progressives, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren can get in the next four years. I hope they get Gen Y's agenda passed. But it does not look like it is enough right now.
Photo: A beaver, still awake at 7 am after a hard night's work, swimming in front of his beaver dam on the river. Photo by WA Draves hisself.
This does have a negative affect on males and their perception of being treated fairly in school - - which they are not. A Florida State University professor documented the downward trendline of boys expecting to go and graduate from college. Boy bashing really does damage.
If Aronson had some proof, that would be different. But the OECD has accurately noted that the US is one of the worst countries in gender discrimination against males in education. If Aronson had said this about females, Jews, Irish or especially African American boys (boys does include black boys of course, but he would deny that) he would be fired. Instead, he gets praised.
Photo: my first sighting of a baby Trumpeter Swan while canoeing. A beautiful bird, the largest fowl in North America - - when grown up.