The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Nicole Wakelin during a Newsweek episode of The Debate about Elon Musk and Tesla Motors. You can listen to the podcast here: Elon Musk isn't terrible, but he is this cult of personality and people love him. I don't think he's going to destroy Tesla. He's done great things, like helping to make electric vehicles (EVs) more accepted by the public. But then people associate EVs with Elon Musk when he says things on Twitter that you're not supposed to say, and now the SEC is really mad at him. He does these crazy things, but in between is really good stuff. Some of the things he does aren't great for the brand, but the good outweighs the bad enough of the time — and people have almost come to expect this craziness from him. It's not out of character for Musk to act like a sound and stable executive one day, and then turn around the next day smoking a joint and putting a car into space. People have always not bought … [Read more...] about Good outweighs the bad with Elon Musk | Opinion
It was the bag of Fritos that gave me away. As a secular Jewish kid whose family did not belong to a synagogue, I did not think twice about riding my bike to the convenience store around the corner during the afternoon of Yom Kippur. I knew that it was a solemn holiday when observant Jews do not eat or drink. But my public school was closed for the holiday, and there was little to do. As luck would have it, as I came back around the corner, I nearly ran over a schoolmate who was walking on the sidewalk. I lived in a predominantly Jewish suburb of New York and was conscious that although I wasn't fasting, he almost certainly was. The bag of corn chips that I was carrying betrayed me as a traitor to my faith. Years later, as a scholar and author of Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli , I came to understand why the Jewish practice of abstaining from food on Yom Kippur is so out of step with the rest of Jewish tradition. In both its religious and cultural … [Read more...] about Yom Kippur: Should I fast or feast? | Opinion
On Friday, Kid Rock returned to his metal-rap roots with a profanity-heavy anthem against Wokeness, titled, “Don’t Tell Me How to Live.” The song, which features backup from the Canadian country rock band Monster Truck, laments that the politically correct sensitivities that Americans thought were funny in the nineties are oppressing them and silencing their speech today: Years ago, we all thought it was a joke, see? That every kid got a motherf***ing trophy But yo homie, here’s a situation A nation of p***ies is our next generation And these minions and their agendas Every opinion has a millennial offended But this amendment one, it rings true And if it don’t descend b***h, then see number two Ain’t nothing new, right church, wrong pew Get a clue or prove your fake news and views Can all kick the bottom of my mother***ing shoe I’m the last of a few still screaming f**k you Ain’t nobody gonna tell me how to live To promote the … [Read more...] about ‘Every Opinion Has A Millennial Offended’: Kid Rock Releases Expletive-Laden New Song Criticizing Wokeness | The Daily Wire
Angela Barnett hails from Taradale and her tūrangawaewae is Piha. She’s a writer, body image activist, mother, and lover of wigs. OPINION: On our second night with five baby chicks, we couldn’t hear the TV. “Can you turn down the chickens,” said my partner. Peering into their box I found blood down the spine of one of them while the rest of the brood pecked at the same bloody spot in a frenzy like sharks. It’s possible I screamed. Google suggested tedium was one reason for chick bullying–and could end in homicide. Bored to death! Panicked, we dangled a CD into the box (for pecking), put up some Christmas lights (for distraction) and played Adele (for entertainment). READ MORE: The comment that started a lifelong war against my moustache A love letter to all mothers who miss being needed Scales are evil and triggering, it's time to smash them all All was calm when we went to bed, but I was horrified at what the chicks could do to each other, and what I might … [Read more...] about The romance vs reality of keeping chickens
Dear Newsweek, I am the mother of four children— three girls and my son is the youngest. Our son has gotten into some domestic trouble with an on/off girlfriend. One time, our youngest daughter tried to kick his girlfriend out of our home when he and his girlfriend wouldn't comply with our wishes and leave our home. My daughter and son got arrested after I and his girlfriend called the police because the argument became physical and out of hand. After this incident, for that daughter's engagement last September, I threw a special surprise engagement party for them with both sides of the family at a country club in February. Less than two weeks after that party, this daughter heard my son in the background of our phone conversation (as he was at my home) and became unhinged and said she was ending our relationship. She said I never protected her and that she resents me and asked me not to contact her anymore. I tried to tell her I never expected her to be in the same … [Read more...] about My daughter uninvited me from her wedding—what should I do?