Monday, November 26

ByKevin Sheekey

“I’d Vote for Michael in a Heartbeat”: Wall Street’s Case for President Bloomberg (Vanity Fair)
Mike Bloomberg’s recent political moves underscore a highly relevant fact about Bloomberg: he is the anti-Donald Trump. He is philanthropic, where Trump is not. He is actually very, very rich—with a net worth of more than $50 billion and counting—whereas Trump mostly pretends to be.

He has meaningful and relevant experience as the chief executive of a global company and an international city, while Trump was woefully unprepared to be president and seems always to be learning on the job, and poorly at that.

Unlike Trump, who at 72, claims to be the healthiest person who has ever served as president, Bloomberg, four years older than Trump, may actually be among the healthiest. In any event, he has some serious longevity genes: his mother lived to be 102.

Bloomberg’s Gift Opens Doors to a Top Education (Financial Times)

Be your own Bloomberg: Start small (Richmond Times-Dispatch – Marsha Mercer)

U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy (New York Times)
A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century’s end. The report is notable not only for the precision of its calculations and bluntness of its conclusions, but also because its findings are directly at odds with President Trump’s agenda of environmental deregulation, which he asserts will spur economic growth.

Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe (New York Times Magazine)
A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon emissions.

Desmond Tutu Awards International Peace Award to Parkland Students (CNN)
Survivors of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida in February were awarded the 2018 International Children’s Peace Prize for their work organizing the March for Our Lives and rally in Washington that called for stricter gun laws in the United States. The event, supported by the Mike Bloomberg founded and funded Everytown for Gun Safety, was one of more than 800 planned across the United States and in cities worldwide.

Mike Bloomberg: Why Financial Journalism Counts, and Should be Counted On (Business Day – South Africa)

New York Has More Tech Workers than the Bay Area (Crain’s New York Business)

French Grassroots Protest Is Macron’s Biggest Challenge So Far (Bloomberg)

Brexit Latest: Theresa May’s Brexit Deal Headed to Key Vote (Bloomberg)

The Week Ahead. Visit for the week ahead calendar, including President Trump’s meeting with President Xi Jinping at the G-20 in Argentina and Mexico’s inauguration of AMLO.

Caption Contest Winner.

Caption Contest

Thanks to all who sent in captions. As we like to keep SDR family-friendly, we had to leave a few noteworthy submissions out of the contest.

“I hereby fire all of the people investigating you. You are free to go.” – Chris Piekarski

Runners up:
“I’m having cheeseburgers anyway.”– Mark Feghali
“And my new right-hand adviser is… a big big turkey!”– Ambar Ali

Best of late night.

“Jack Daniels announced it will start selling coffee beans that taste like whiskey. They’re calling it ‘Breath of a Salesman.’”
— Seth Meyers

“I heard about an Ikea in Italy that lets stray dogs come in during the winter, which explains why their meatballs taste different from every other Ikea.”
— Jimmy Fallon

“I saw that Mickey Mouse just turned 90 years old. That’s cool. You can tell he’s getting old because every night he wakes up 5 times to visit “splash mountain”.”
— Jimmy Fallon

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