Daveslist - Issue #2: Money for nothing, treading water, and living in a van down by the river

Lots of good stuff this week. Let's get after it.
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Daveslist - Issue #2: Money for nothing, treading water, and living in a van down by the river
By Daveslist • Issue #2
Lots of good stuff this week. Let’s get after it.

Whole Foods needs to dial it back a bit.
What if everyone got a guaranteed $2,500 check every month? How would society change? This referendum was held last weekend and did not pass, but it was the first attempt by a major European economy to try UBI. Get ready to hear and read a lot more about Universal Basic Income in the coming months and years. 
In my opinion it’s almost inevitable for two reasons. First, automation is going to destroy the majority of jobs, so we need to decouple income from labor (McKinsey estimates that 44% of jobs today can be automated with existing technology, and another 11% are at risk as soon as computers achieve human-level voice recognition some time in the next two years). 
Second, money is basically notional today anyway. It’s all just an idea, more or less just zeroes and ones on a computer, so if we can all agree to something like UBI there doesn’t necessarily have to be a hard landing.
In any case, this is something I’m watching and studying with great interest.
I’m absolutely captivated by the growing trend of vanlife. It blows me away how people are able to convert a crappy van on Craigslist into something beautiful they can live in for a year or more. Together with the tiny home trend, it suggests to me a cultural shift toward minimalism and away from suburban McMansions, and that’s a good thing in my view. 
This is nightmare fuel for anyone who spends time on the water, but at least it has a happy ending. I’m one of the best swimmers I know, and I’m not sure I could tread water for 20 hours. 
Man, right in the feels. Well played, Lowe’s. Well played.
I always chuckle when I read or hear someone bashing millennials for being smart enough not to believe the bullshit my generation was force fed for decades and was dumb enough to swallow hook, line, and sinker. If you think millennials are lazy and entitled, here’s the hard data proving you wrong. Now get off my lawn.
It came to light this week that Google founder Larry Page is behind not one, but two, flying car companies. I can’t be the only person who thinks flying cars are a terrible idea of colossal proportions. Be that as it may, the idea of flying cars has been with us almost as long as cars have, and this is a cool recap of how the idea has iterated over that time.
The past week has been brutal. The LinkedIn breach has been the big news, but the far more damaging breach (potentially) has been TeamViewer. If you have TeamViewer installed on any of your machines, go change your password. The hackers can literally take over your computer otherwise (if you’ve been compromised).
On the other hand, not all hackers are bad guys, despite what the authorities might lead you to believe. Somebody has to defend them when they run afoul of the law, and you’d expect that somebody to be one of a kind. You won’t be disappointed.
I can sorta understand why those in poverty sometimes steal, but I don’t think I’ll ever understand why those who live a life of privilege do it. Here’s another baffling case of a silver spoon kid gone wrong, who apparently took his family down with him. It’s a long read, but worth it if you’re into cautionary tales.
I guess the big news this week is that Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee for all intents and purposes (although who knows what might happen before or during the convention). If you’re like many Americans, you’re not thrilled with the choices this time around. Perhaps it’s time to look outside the two major parties, and if you’re open minded to it, here’s a hilarious interview between Samantha Bee and Libertarian party nominee Gary Johnson (full disclosure: I voted for Johnson in 2012 and will likely do so again this year). 
Samantha Bee and John Oliver are absolutely killing it. I’m not a huge fan of Trevor Noah so far (to be fair, he had impossible shoes to fill) but the Daily Show Alumni Association is on fire.
That’s it for this week guys. Hit REPLY and let me know what you thought about this week’s selection. And, as always, feel free to forward this to anyone else you think might enjoy it.
Stay safe, and I’ll see you next Friday.
DAVE
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