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What you are about to read is an actual conversation I had with the AI known as ChatGPT. This is the entire, unedited, discussion until its conclusion. The only edits I will make will be to edit out my email address and to identify the comments made by Chat GPT. For my part, I used […]

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Jim and Greg discuss House Speaker Kevin McCarthy rejecting Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell for the House Intelligence Committee, with Jim explaining why the move is good politics and good policy. They also groan as Rep. George Santos criticizes comedians and other politicians for making fun of his serial mendacity. And as former Vice President Mike Pence admits having classified documents, they wonder just how many of our top officials are careless with sensitive materials.

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I’m sitting in a hotel room in New Hampshire, on a business trip to spend a few days with my biggest client. I’ll spend the next few days making machines move, the aspect of software writing that I enjoy the most.

A few minutes ago, I received a message from a friend in Ghana. He’s a doctor, building a hospital clinic in a rural and underserved portion of the country. I asked him, a few days ago, what he needed most desperately. He tells me it’s reinforced steel bar and concrete. (I’ve watched him and his workers making their own bricks, baking mud in the sun. Apparently that doesn’t work for every aspect of construction.)

Robots aren’t as far in the future as many people think, especially ones that can be put to work in the skilled trades and “hard industries.” And we’re going to need them because of the existing and expanding shortage of skilled (human) labor in those industries, and given the fact of rising demand for all the things produced by “hard industries” whether basic materials, from metals to grains, or advanced products, from cars to computers.

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As a grizzled ex-programmer, though, I have to wonder about the Turkish Embassy’s Xenophobia Event form. This is directly accessible from the Turkish version of the embassy’s homepage, under Yabancı Düşmanlığı Bildirimi. Which puzzled me at first, because I was taking that phrase word by word: “Foreigner Hostility Notification”? But the thing is definitely about […]

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As we enter the New Year, Dennis Kneale takes a contrarian view of the McCarthy Mess, dives into media ignorance on the #TwitterFiles, and asks “Wealth Wizard” Ed Butowsky to explain his surprisingly bullish outlook for investing in 2023.

Put a smile on your face! Things are looking up!

Happy New Year!  Jim and Greg start the new year by closing out the awards season for last year. Today, they give our their prestigious choices for Person of the Year, with Jim focusing on the midterm elections and Greg thinking about a moment that took almost 50 years to come. Then they reveal their selections for Turncoat of the Year, as Jim zeroes in on presidential politics and Greg goes with people in government doing the exact opposite of their job description.  Finally, they offer up predictions for 2023. One of them is optimistic and one of them most certainly is not.

Thanks for listening! Our usual 3 Martini Lunch format returns on Tuesday.

It’s media day in our year-end Three Martini Lunch awards and Jim and Greg have plenty to say about how things were covered – if they were covered at all.  Specifically, they look at the stories the mainstream media covered far too much, the ones they conveniently ignored because they didn’t fit their narrative, and they highlight what they saw as the best stories of 2022.

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with Cato Scholar and author Marian Tupy about his new book, Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet, focusing on the contrast in policy perspectives between those who see humans as consumers of finite resources and those who recognize the unlimited potential of human ingenuity.

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Federalist Radio Hour Host Emily Jashinsky is in for Jim today. Emily and Greg start by dissecting the left’s full meltdown over Twitter suspending several journalists on the left for violating the new doxxing rules. They also discuss the impact Twitter has in exposing media bias and whether Elon Musk’s actions break his pledge to champion free speech. They’re also furious as Philadelphia public schools plan to impose a mask mandate on students when they return in January just as the damage done to poor and minority students in California from being out of school becomes clearer. Finally, they wonder what exactly Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg does following reports he was vacationing in Portugal just a week before the nation was threatened with an economy-crippling railroad strike.

It’s the time of the year for the lollapalooza of retrospectives. On the energy front, the electric vehicle (EV) was at the top of the year’s obsessions. As a foil for framing an exploration of the state-of-the-EV, we’ve chosen a recent column by Dan Neil, the Wall Street Journal’s automobile reporter, and graded the answers he’s offered to that column’s title question, “Should You Buy An EV Now?”

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I was listening to the flagship podcast today and @jameslileks had a mini rant about how he misses the full office that used to exist as well as the impact that has had on downtown establishments.  In some ways I agree with him.  I used to work in and around downtown Houston when I lived […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they discuss the impact of Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema leaving the Democratic Party and becoming an independent – both on the functioning of the Senate and the 2024 Senate race in Arizona. They also break down the reporting of Bari Weiss on how Twitter really was shadow banning  – or “visibility filtering”  – certain accounts on the right. And they discuss the bizarre case of the Biden administration’s non-binary nuclear waste expert being charged with another felony after a second case of stealing someone else’s luggage at the airport.

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I was going to title this Aura of Ophthalmic Migraine because that’s what my eye doctor called it when I first had it, back in 2007. “You can look it up in Wikipedia,” but I didn’t until 2022. I had been so reassured by his calm quick diagnosis that I felt no need to research. […]

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Porto Velho is justly celebrated worldwide for three things: it’s where my avatar photo was taken, it’s at the navigable limit of the Amazon’s longest tributary, and it was the downstream terminus of a railway built about the same time as the Panama Canal and itself said to be, at least by its promoters, as […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the DNC planning to shake up the order of the early primaries and enjoy watching the fight among states and political figures about what the order ought to be. They also sigh as Switzerland makes plans to restrict use of electric vehicles to essential activities if there is a major power emergency this winter. And they have plenty to say about the Kanye West debacle over Hitler and the Nazis.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for blasting Apple’s nauseating practices of silencing American voices it disagrees with and groveling before the Chinese government by making it harder for protesters there to get their messages out. They also groan as the crisis in Haiti is on the brink of collapse and the Biden administration fails to get other nations to take the lead on the response. And they discuss whether Kevin McCarthy will have the 218 votes needed to become speaker after at least two GOP members say they won’t back him on the House floor come January.

After a brief discussion of the Jets decisive victory over the Bears, Jim and Greg cheer on the brave protesters in China who are fed up with the CCP’s suffocating COVID policies and demanding other freedoms in the face of a repressive regime. They also wince as an Iranian paramilitary group violently confronts protesters and even blinds many of them. And they react to Trump’s dinner with Kanye West last week that also included Milo Yiannopoulos and Nick Fuentes – a trio that Jim refers to as “the Mount Rushmore of lunatics.”

In Part 2 we highlight some specific technologies and sectors where radical, promising new products and services are already emerging, i.e., we predict a future “that’s already happening” per that great aphorism from the late great management consultant Peter Drucker.