Ford, General Motors and Stellanis have reportedly joined President Biden’s pledge to make 40% of all vehicles electric by the year 2030. Stellanis was previously Fiat Chysler.
This was reported by the Washington Post based on an internal email but the companies have not made this public yet and the United Auto Workers union has not ordained it either but it does seem to be forthcoming. It is part of a larger trend of new mileage and emission standards across the board.
The European Union announced recently that it would push for all gas vehicles to be banned by 2035, which is far more ambitious than President Biden’s plan but not a moment too soon. Climate change is happening. Just this week temperatures spiked in Greenland, causing 8.5 billion tons of surface melt. This is the third-largest melt in a single day on record. Experts say that the amount of ice that melted on Tuesday alone would cover the entire state of Florida in two inches of water.
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Did you know that there are apps to find yourself a Sugar Daddy? For those unfamiliar with the term, a “sugar daddy” is a romantic partner that will support one’s lavish lifestyle in exchange for companionship.
Apparently there is an app for that but they won’t be made available in the Google Play store anymore. Google updated its policy so that starting September 1, apps like this will not be allowed due to “new restrictions on sexual content, specifically prohibiting compensated sexual relationships.” This also includes “apps that promote sex-related entertainment, escort services or other services that may be interpreted as providing sexual acts in exchange for compensation, including, but not limited to compensated dating or sexual arrangements where one participant is expected or implied to provide money, gifts or financial support to another participant (‘sugar dating’).”
Apple already forbids such apps so if you want to find yourself a Sugar Daddy, you’ve got to pound the pavement and find them in the flesh.
Is Hollywood cheating its actors by releasing films at streaming services? That is what “Black Widow” star Scarlet Johannson claims in a lawsuit filed against Disney on Thursday.
Johannson’s suit claims that her pay was based on the box office performance of the Marvel film. When the studio released the film on Disney+, it cut into box office ticket sales and cost her those bonuses. The Wall Street Journal estimates that this was a $50 million loss for the A-list star.
Johannson’s lawyers say that the studio was suggesting releasing the film to streaming services long before the pandemic and that her representatives pushed to make sure this did not happen. The studio did it anyway, citing the pandemic as the need to do so.
Sure, it’s hard to feel sorry for someone who is rich and famous over a $50 million loss but maybe she’s got a point. At the very least you have to give her credit for having the courage to file a lawsuit against a behemoth such as Disney. If she is successful, this will force studios to account for streaming as well as box office profits when they negotiate actors’ pay.
Where We're Going We Don't Need Old Roads
concept showing the charging strips being installed. credit: futurism
A German company is going to test out vehicle-charging streets in Indiana. These are streets that can charge electric vehicles that drive on them!
The company is called Magment and they have partnered with the government of Indiana and Purdue University to test these streets near Purdue’s campus. If the tests go well, the Department of Transportation will build more.
Scientists say that charging roads will cost about the same as regular roads.
The Jewel Thief: Starring Jean-Cleade Van Damme
This story is straight out of a movie! Two people were arrested for stealing jewelry from a store in Paris. The employees and other shoppers did not notice because they were star-struck by Jean-Cleade Van Damme who was at an optician nearby.
The thieves stole jewels worth between €2 and €3 million and got away on electric scooters. They were seen on surveillance cameras taking the pieces and later arrested.
Interesting to note that in the year 2021, heists are still a thing!
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