Boeing’s NMA2 in the Offing?

The Wall Street Journal reported that Boeing is planning a new large narrow-body aircraft to combat the A321. Ernest Arvai of the AirInsight consulting group remarks,

With the MAX closing in on certification and a return to service, Boeing realizes that it needs a better competitor to the A321 than the MAX, which simply doesn’t compete well at the higher end of the seat range.

But that higher end of the seat range, combined with longer-range capabilities, places the A321 as the natural replacement for the 757 in the middle of the market. The segment that Boeing initially created with the 757 and 767 has effectively been conceded to Airbus, as Boeing doesn’t offer a truly competitive product.

Hiring Experts Reveal Their Favorite Questions

Arianne Cohen of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine has top interviewers reveal the curveballs that distinguish job seekers from job getters:

  • Who do you most admire and why? … “Reveals a lot about who the candidate is, who she aspires to be, and whether she has the DNA to be part of a company’s culture.”
  • In your last employee review, what areas for improvement were identified? … “Illuminates self-awareness and potential weaknesses.”
  • Why are you here? … “Is an effective way to gauge whether the person is interested in working for us or simply seeking a job.”
  • What is your passion? … “Passion leads to success. I have turned folks away who could not frankly answer this.”
  • You’re a project manager? Tell me about a time you had a delayed project. … “Provides huge insights into their level of critical thinking, adaptability, awareness of their impact, and creativity.”
  • Describe an environment in which you would not thrive. … “Tells a remarkable amount about personality, as well as cultural and organizational impact. Ask this question early in an interview… it yields color for a richer conversation.”
  • If you could do anything, what would be your ideal job? … “Helps indicate the individual’s passions and strengths and whether they’re well-matched to the job.”

Gustav Mahler and Alma Mahler

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Brigid Schulte writes in The Guardian that the long stretches of time alone that creative geniuses—mostly men—afforded was facilitated by the dedicated women in their lives:

Gustav Mahler married a promising young composer named Alma, then forbade her from composing, saying there could be only one in the family. Instead, she was expected to keep the house utterly silent for him. After his midday swim, he’d whistle for Alma to join him on long, silent walks while he composed in his head. She’d sit for hours on a branch or in the grass, not daring to disturb him. “There’s such a struggle going on in me!” Alma wrote in her diary. “And a miserable longing for someone who thinks OF ME, who helps me to find MYSELF! I’ve sunk to the level of a housekeeper!”

11 Best Hiking Spots in Europe

Lori Zaino of The Points Guy blog picks incredible European hiking vacations:

  1. Caminito del Rey, Málaga, Spain
  2. Samariá Gorge, Crete, Greece
  3. Paklenica National Park, Starigrad, Croatia
  4. Alpe Adria Trail, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia
  5. Rota Vicentina, Portugal
  6. Croaghaun Cliffs, Achill Island, Ireland
  7. Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria, Spain
  8. The Painters’ Way, Pirna, Germany
  9. Tour du Mont Blanc, Switzerland, Italy and France
  10. Hornelen, Bremanger, Norway

Anthony Trollope Inspired by His Mother Frances Milton Trollope

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Brigid Schulte writes in The Guardian that the long stretches of time alone that creative geniuses—mostly men—afforded was facilitated by the dedicated women in their lives:

Anthony Trollope, who famously wrote 2,000 words before 8am every morning, most likely learned the habit from his mother, who began writing at age 53 to support her sick husband and their six children. She rose at 4am and finished work in time to serve the family breakfast.

From Wikipedia: Frances Milton Trollope wrote over 100 volumes, and her first book, Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832) is the best known. “She also wrote social novels: one against slavery said to have influenced Harriet Beecher Stowe, the first industrial novel, and two anti-Catholic novels that used a Protestant position to examine self-making.”

Rank and Yank: There’s Only so Much Fat to Be Cut

From Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric (2020,)

Rank-and-yank worked well for GE’s acquisitions, providing a formula for trimming fat and squeezing profits out of the operations. But some managers didn’t see it as helpful, especially after it had been used for a few years and some competent employees were ending up in the bottom 10 percent. You can trim fat only for so long. Also, some thought that the policy made workers fight each other for survival and inhibited managers’ ability to bring their workers together to operate as a team for the good of the company. One manager tried to subvert the system by putting an employee who’d recently died in the bottom 10 percent of the ranking list in order to save another employee’s job.

The Economics Nobel Isn’t A Nobel

The “Economics Nobel” prize was established in 1968 by the Bank of Sweden. It isn’t a Nobel Prize technically, even if its winners are announced with the Nobel Prize recipients, and the honor presented at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony:

Technically, there is no Nobel Prize in economics. Instead, there is the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. It was first awarded in 1969 and is named not after a person, but after the central bank of Sweden—the Sveriges Riksbank—which funds it. The Nobel Foundation doesn’t pay out the award or choose the winner (though the winner is chosen in accordance with the same principles used by the Nobel Foundation,) but it does list the prize on its website along with the Nobels, tracks winners the same as Nobel laureates, and even promotes the prize alongside its own. Members of the Nobel family have spoken out against the award.

Globalization Wasn’t Such a Blessing

Paul Krugman and others are now acknowledging that globalization hurt American workers far more than they thought it would:

Back in the ’90s, when the post-Cold War consensus was just emerging, economists tended to take a simplistic either-or view of trade—either you were a free trader or a protectionist—and forced people to choose sides.

Paul Krugman branded just about everybody who questioned the rapid pace of globalization a fool who didn’t understand economics very well. Now Krugman has come out and admitted that his own understanding of economics has been seriously deficient as well. Many of these working-class communities have been hit hard by Chinese competition, which economists made a “major mistake” in underestimating, Krugman says.

The Genius of Spinoza

Jeffrey Collins, professor of history at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, reviews Steven Nadler’s Spinoza: A Life (2001):

In the 1660s and ’70s, Spinoza produced one of the most significant intellectual systems in the history of Western philosophy. It encompassed natural science, religion, politics and ethics. Of his two masterworks, the “Ethics” was written first but remained unpublished when Spinoza began to fear the intolerant vigilance of the Dutch ministers. His “Theological-Political Treatise” was anonymously printed in 1670, to torrential public outrage. By his death in 1677, Spinoza’s infamy had spread well beyond Amsterdam’s Jewish quarter.

Ukraine Off the Beaten Track

Travel bloggers Megan & Aram on what to visit beyond the main two touristic cities in Ukraine:

  1. Mukachevo: The Carpathian mountains are just a stone’s throw away. The city runs the charismatic Latorica River, where people fish, swim and even wash clothes.
  2. Zhovkva: The town is small and walkable with places to eat from coffee and cakes to Ukraine borscht.
  3. Uzhhorod: Uzhhorod Castle has a vast Citadel, the town’s biggest attraction. Nearby, the bright yellow Greek-Catholic Cathedral, with its two steeples, stands out as one of Uzhhorod’s finest buildings.
  4. Lutsk: A mix of architecture inspired by its complex history and the must-see Lubart’s Castle.
  5. Zatoka: People, especially summer heat lovers, should go to the Ukrainian seaside. One of the most popular places among Ukrainians, particularly during summer when the temperatures.
  6. Truskavets: Resort spa town that is quite popular for domestic tourism within Ukraine. The water is dispensed to the public for free inside a few different structures throughout town that special house fountains.
  7. Kremenets: The town’s one main street is packed with pretty churches and cathedrals painted in pastel colors and topped with golden domes.
  8. Drohobych: Once a flourishing multicultural center of oil and gas industries. Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians came here to build financial fortunes and—later on—beautiful villas.
  9. Dnipro: The banks of the Dnepr river provide a great place to chill out watching the people go past while you drink a lukewarm beer from a kiosk.
  10. Zaporizhia: A bit off the path in Ukraine, but still want a city with a fair amount of things to keep one occupied.