Shelley is the host for this edition.
1. Detroit is bankrupt. On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, U.S. Judge Steven Rhodes handed down the landmark decision to uphold emergency manager, Kevyn Orr’s, application for bankruptcy making Detroit the largest city ever in U.S. history to be so decided. Bomey and Gallager do a great job in the Detroit Free Press article describing how Detroit came to be in its present position. The ladies, however, focus on the future rather than the past and discuss whether the once proud, economic powerhouse can rise like a phoenix from the ashes. With vim and vigor the ladies assert we all will be singing…
2. Drone delivery by Amazon. Was CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, just fooling around for PR purposes when he announced on Cyber Monday that Amazon would offer drone delivery of packages weighing less than 5 pounds (86% of Amazon’s business) within a 10 mile radius by 2018 or 2019? Or, worse yet, has it already been done by Zookal and Flirtey in Australia? The ladies explore logistical, legal, and privacy concerns and the over-crowding of the skies. Jen promises to have a blast, literally, blowing the drones out of the sky as they pass over her property. Pizza delivery may never be the same.
3. McRib--would you eat one? The media are having great fun discussing the liquefaction and maceration of food bits to turn them into fast food favorites. On the other hand, by using all parts of those poor chickens stuffed in boxes in warehouses are we not behaving more like ancient cultures that out of respect for the animal and need used all parts of an animal? Or, is it the use of vast quantities of preservatives that grosses us out? Will any of this information cause even one person to forgo a french fry?
Enrichments or Enragements:
|Mom is enraged by the institutionalization of greed and the morally and ethically repugnant stances of financial bureaucracies.|
|Cait is enriched by and inspired to greater achievements in Tae Kwon Do by her meeting at the school’s Christmas party of two hard-core practitioners.|
|Jen is enriched by Jeff and Rebecca and their fabulous podcast BookRiot. Check it out.|