The Romans enslaved people , enforced a rigid patriarchy, and delighted in the spectacle of prisoners being tortured at the Colosseum. Top minds of the ancient Western world—luminaries such as Aristotle, whose works are still taught in undergraduate lectures today—defended slavery as an entirely natural and proper practice. Indeed, from the dawn of the agricultural era to the 19th century, slavery was ubiquitous across the world. It’s hard to understand how our predecessors could have been so horrifically wrong. We have made real progress since then. Though still very far from perfect, society is in many respects considerably more humane and just than it once was. But why should anyone think this journey of moral progress is close to complete? Given humanity’s track record, we almost certainly are, like our forebears, committing grave moral mistakes at this very moment. When future generations look back on us, they might see us like we see the Romans. Contemplating our potential … [Read more...] about What Will Future Generations Think of Us?
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Dodge is dipping back into the electrification waters with its new hybrid, the second the company has produced (the first was the 2009 Durango). The addition to the "Brotherhood of Muscle" lands in the hot compact crossover segment using another classic name: Dodge Hornet. The 2023 Dodge Hornet uses the same platform as the also-Stellantis-owned Alfa Romeo Tonale, but with a ton of Dodge DNA injected from looks to powertrain. It won't sport the company's traditional crosshair grille like the decade-old concept of the same name. The Hornet name started with the Hudson Hornet in the 1940s. When Hudson was swallowed by American Motor Corporation it became the compact AMC Hornet. AMC was then folded into by Chrysler, giving the company, now owned by Stellantis, access to the nameplate. "This is the hottest segment in the industry. This is a million-unit segment, and in the next five years it is going to grow almost 50 percent," Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO said at an event at the … [Read more...] about Dodge revives Hornet name for electrified crossover ‘muscle car’
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday handed over indigenously-developed equipment and systems to the Army which will enhance the operational preparedness of the defence forces and help them to deal with future challenges. These include Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS), new generation anti-personnel mine ‘Nipun’, rugged and automatic communication system with enhanced capabilities, upgraded sights system for tanks and advanced thermal imagers. The equipment/systems have been jointly developed by the Indian Army in collaboration with Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Industry, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to modernise the Armed Forces, under the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’, according to an official statement issued by the Ministry of Defence. Singh has exuded confidence that the equipment and systems will enhance the operational preparedness of the Indian Army and increase their … [Read more...] about Rajnath Singh Hands Over Home-grown Equipment to Army | Here’s All About the New Weapons Systems
CLAIM: President Joe Biden claimed the “Inflation Reduction Act,” signed into law on Tuesday, gives tax credits to American consumers for electric vehicles “if those vehicles were made in America.” VERDICT: False. The Inflation Reduction Act does provide tax credits for electric vehicles made in America — but also for those made in Mexico and Canada as well. As Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, he gave remarks on the legislation that is set to spend nearly $740 billion, mostly on green energy projects. In those remarks, Biden suggested that the provision for electric vehicle tax credits is only for vehicles made in the United States. “[The Inflation Reduction Act] … gives consumers a tax credit to buy electric vehicles … new or used, and it gives them a tax credit of up to $7,500 if those vehicles were made in America,” Biden said. “American auto companies, along with American labor, are committing their treasure and their talent, billions of dollars to make electric … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Joe Biden Falsely Claims ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Does Not Subsidize Foreign-Made Electric Cars
America's tech giants are taking a modern-day crash course in India's ancient caste system, with Apple emerging as an early leader in policies to rid Silicon Valley of a rigid hierarchy that's segregated Indians for generations. (Sign up to our Technology newsletter, Today’s Cache, for insights on emerging themes at the intersection of technology, business and policy. Click here to subscribe for free.) Apple, the world's biggest listed company, updated its general employee conduct policy about two years ago to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of caste, which it added alongside existing categories such as race, religion, gender, age and ancestry. The inclusion of the new category, which hasn't been previously reported, goes beyond U.S. discrimination laws, which do not explicitly ban casteism. The update came after the tech sector - which counts India as its top source of skilled foreign workers - received a wake-up call in June 2020 when California's … [Read more...] about Caste in California: Big Tech giants confront ancient Indian hierarchy
The U.S. will be a key partner in India's journey in the next 25 years as it aspires to ascend to new heights of prosperity, the Indian envoy here has said, terming the bilateral ties as one of the most consequential relationships for both the countries and for the world. The remarks by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s Ambassador to the U.S., came after he hoisted the national flag at the India House to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Independence Day on Monday in the presence of embassy staff and members of the Indian diaspora. “As the country (India) is making positive strides, we have more work to do to fulfil the aspirations of future generations. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed…The journey of the next 25 years would mark the creation of a new India. The goal of this ‘Amrit Kaal’ is to ascend to new heights of prosperity,” Mr. Sandhu said. “In this journey, the United States will be a key partner for India,” he said. “The India-U.S. partnership , led by Prime … [Read more...] about U.S. will be key partner in creation of new India, says Ambassador Taranjit Sandhu
NEW YORK (AP) — Wolfgang Petersen, the German filmmaker whose World War II submarine epic “Das Boot” propelled him into a blockbuster Hollywood career that included the films “In the Line of Fire,” “Air Force One” and “The Perfect Storm,” has died. He was 81. Petersen died Friday at his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood after a battle with pancreatic cancer, said representative Michelle Bega. Petersen, born in the north German port city of Emden, made two features before his 1982 breakthrough, “Das Boot,” then the most expensive movie in German film history. The 149-minute film (the original cut ran 210 minutes) chronicled the intense claustrophobia of life aboard a doomed German U-boat during the Battle of the Atlantic, with Jürgen Prochnow as the submarine’s commander. Heralded as an antiwar masterpiece, “Das Boot” was nominated for six Oscars, including for Petersen’s direction and his adaptation of Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s best-selling 1973 novel. … [Read more...] about Wolfgang Petersen, Blockbuster Filmmaker of ‘Das Boot,’ ‘In the Line of Fire,’ ‘The Perfect Storm’ Dies at 81