It is hard to imagine a country as deliciously victimized by its contradictions as Japan. It is there where reverential respect for tradition merges with the most avant-garde and Avant la Lettre forms of modernity that mankind has produced. It is there where technological accelerationism, with its always punctual rail systems and its robots on the order of the day, merges with already archaic bureaucratic and administrative customs. And it is there that the glorification of work without rest, including deaths, is accompanied by a certain taste for stillness.
More and more pets are sharing a roof with us. The number of dogs and cats as pets has grown in recent decades and not even the pandemic seems to have slowed this trend. The cause of this pet boom? We millennials. The economic and precarious situation in many countries has caused this generation to end up delaying plans such as having a child or buying a house. Now we settle for having a dog or a cat.
Is masculinity in crisis? The issue has sparked countless debates and ramblings over the last decade, as a result of the changing roles of men in society and the push of feminist and conservative thought. But beyond theory, there is little data that evidences a profound transformation between the men of yesterday and today. Of course, among the shortages there is a clear trend: testosterone seems to have fallen into decline.
China has gone from not having an inch of high-speed rail to having the longest high-speed rail network in the world. Over the last 15 years, the Asian country has added more than 38,000 km to its network of high-speed trains (HSR), with a total length that far exceeds the rest of the united world. The speed of its trains has increased from a maximum of 200 km / h to almost 400 km / h, the fastest in the world. And it plans to grow more in the future.
COVID-19 crisis has dramatically revealed the vulnerability of certain categories of the population. Three million jobs lost in Canada since the start of the pandemic, 400,000 in Quebec, the province hardest hit.
The behavior of the stock prices during 2020 of the pharmaceutical companies that develop vaccines against Covid-19 has been uneven since all the positive returns were concentrated in companies that have recently been listed on the Stock Market, while the consolidated laboratories saw their share price fall.
When a survey by the Pew Research Center showed that the proportion of Americans aged 18 to 29 living with their parents increased during the pandemic, you may have seen some dramatic headlines announcing that this number is higher than at any time. another time since the Great Depression. But the real story, from my point of view, is less alarming and even more interesting.
Facebook is becoming a real estate company, but it has its reasons. For months, he has been investing millions of dollars in affordable housing for the people with the lowest income levels in Silicon Valley. Homes that they themselves are hoarding. We have already discussed the reason before. And it is that technology giants like Google, Facebook, or Apple have attracted thousands of highly qualified workers who receive very high salaries and this has caused the cost of housing to rise throughout California. Much more than most middle-class workers can afford.