Economics/Class Relations

The worst-paying college majors

Hello, Insiders. This week, I’m focusing my notes on the war in Ukraine. Today, let’s dig into American support. It’s been massive — about $76.8 billion in aid. Biden recently made a daring trip to Kyiv to reaffirm US support of Ukrainian efforts against Russia. But will it continue? For how long?

Public support for Biden’s efforts in Ukraine is split along party lines. As of January, according to Pew, 61% of Democrats approve of his response — as opposed to only around a quarter of Republicans. But one thing many Americans seem to agree on: They’re growing tired of support without diplomacy. Many want the US to pursue diplomatic negotiations to end the war.

I’m curious to hear from you — what do you think should happen next? Let me know:

— Nicholas Carlson


In today’s edition: How Boomer greed destroyed the economy, why scientists are worried about the sun, check out the worst-paying college majors, and experience the unraveling of an adtech darling. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.

Train crash, The Boring Company, & more

  • At least 36 people have died after two trains collided head-on in Greece. Survivors said they had to use luggage to break windows and escape. The full story.
  • Russia’s struggles in Ukraine show US special operators that they’ll need to fight without their “tethers” to win future wars. Read more.
  • The Boring Company CEO could replace Elon Musk as Twitter’s next CEO, a report says. Find out more.

Boomers’ greed

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The story of our inflation headache is one of scarcity: not enough people, homes, or ships.

But while the arguments about post-COVID price chaos have focused overwhelmingly on pandemic-created triggers, inflation is also a story of larger tectonic shifts within the population.

Boomers are entering their twilight years. And as they ride off into the sunset, they’re leaving behind an economy that isn’t really built to accommodate the demands of the 21st century.

They’ve spent the past few decades shaping the world in a way that has made the current crunch more painful — and sets up future generations for continued deprivation. Their greed destroyed the economy. Now, millennials and Gen Z are paying the price.



College majors, Walmart warning, & more

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  • MediaMath’s unraveling. It once seemed like the hottest adtech startup around, destined for a fairy-tale exit. But last April, MediaMath’s cofounders and early investors saw their equity wiped out. It’s a “Shakespearean tragedy” of ambition, missed opportunities, a late-stage investment, and a boardroom breakdown. Get the full story.
  • The worst-paying college majors. According to a new report from the New York Federal Reserve, there are six majors to avoid if you want to make a lot of money in your first job. From theology to performing arts, here’s the full list.
  • An Amazon driver’s TikTok goes viral. The video describes how Amazon’s AI-powered cameras flag drivers for sipping coffee or not buckling their seat belt enough times. Check it out.
  • The sun is about to get more active than it has for a decade. These so-called solar maximums can lead to power outages and grounded flights, but haven’t been much of a problem in the past. Here’s why scientists are worried this time around.
  • Walmart warns employees about ChatGPT. In a leaked memo to staff, Walmart’s tech and engineering arm told staffers to refrain from sharing any information with generative AI tools. Take a look.
  • Some schools are switching to the four-day workweek. The goal is to bring in and retain teachers amid an educator shortage. Here’s why experts say even more is needed.
  • Salesforce has been reportedly paying Matthew McConaughey $10 million a year. Despite mass layoffs, a report says the company has been paying the actor millions to act as a creative advisor and TV pitchman. More here.


A three-year cruise

MV Gemini with Life at Sea Cruises


This cruise ship will circle the globe for three years. Life at Sea Cruises begins its three-year journey this November. Pricing starts at $90,000 per person for the full itinerary, which will take more than 1,000 seafarers to 375 ports in 135 countries. See what life aboard the Gemini looks like.

So expensive

Why single-origin coffee is so expensive. Single-origin specialty coffee can cost over $30 per pound, more than five times the average price of 1 pound of ground coffee in the US. We went to Kenya to find out what it takes to grow high-quality coffee, and learn why it’s so valuable. Check it out.

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This edition was curated by Nicholas Carlson, and edited by Hallam Bullock, Lisa Ryan, Dave Smith, Nathan Rennolds, and Jack Robert Stacey. Get in touch:

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