FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF GIANT SUVs: 2024 Toyota Sequoia Interior Review: Everything Is Huge but Thoughtfully Designed. I do not like the big screen. It doesn’t say if you can turn it off, but you can opt for a smaller one. Plus: “The finer radio and navigation controls have all been relegated to the touch screen. That’s an inevitability. However, we applaud Toyota for keeping the climate controls as hard buttons and switches below the screen. Here, you can control fan speed, temperature, fan direction, defogger, and available seat heating and cooling all with button taps. Much less distracting.”

Knobs and buttons are superior.

SUSTAINABILITY:

It’s a good thing Milton Friedman isn’t running the show anymore or this would be bad.

JUST SAW A TRADWIFE INFLUENCER ON INSTAGRAM DESCRIBE HERSELF AS A “FIRST GENERATION STAY-AT-HOME MOME” AND IT MADE SENSE TO ME. I suspect that we’ll see more of this in response to population changes.

BIDEN, TRUMP EXEC ORDERS COMPARED: Every executive order issued to date by President Joe Biden and all of them signed by his predecessor are sorted by topic, and the results show each chief executive’s true priorities, according to The Epoch Times’ Beth Brejle.

PROBABLY BECAUSE OF MY SUV: Earth’s rotating inner core is starting to slow down — and it could alter the length of our days. “Since scientists started mapping Earth’s inner layers with detailed seismic activity records around 40 years ago, the inner core has rotated slightly faster than the mantle and the crust. But in a new study, published June 12 in the journal Nature, researchers found that since 2010, the inner core has been slowing down and is now rotating a bit more slowly than our planet’s outer layers.”

No word yet how this will affect hurricane season but you know it will be bad.

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT: ‘Only Pirates Do This’: China Wields Axes and Knives in South China Sea Fight.

The Chinese coast guard came in small boats with axes, long knives and spears.

They used the crude weapons to slash and puncture the Philippine military’s rubber craft. One Chinese boat rammed a Philippine boat at high speed, severing the thumb of a Filipino seaman who was holding on to the side of his ride.

During Monday’s frantic events in the South China Sea, the Chinese coast guard crew also boarded a Philippine boat, smashed its outboard motor and communications equipment, and grabbed the Filipino crew’s cellphones. They seized seven disassembled rifles that were packed in cases for delivery to a Philippine outpost, the Philippine military said.

“Only pirates do this,” said Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., the Philippine military’s chief of staff. “Only pirates board, steal, and destroy ships, equipment and belongings.”

The incident, described by the Philippine armed forces, marked a sharp escalation in China’s use of forceful tactics and intimidation against a U.S. ally in the South China Sea. Its coast guard had never wielded bladed weapons and spears in its previous sea confrontations with the Philippines.

There’s hardly anyone around able to push back, so of course, they escalated.

CHANGE: Banks, Law and Consulting Firms Are Watering Down Their Diversity Recruiting Programs.

White-collar companies that once championed programs to recruit diverse employees are now tiptoeing away from them.

PricewaterhouseCoopers and JPMorgan Chase are among those that recently removed or altered descriptions of their programs for underrepresented students. The shift came after an “anti-woke” movement took aim at U.S. companies and a Supreme Court decision overturned affirmative action in college admissions.

Employers’ embrace of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives peaked in 2021, sparked by the death of George Floyd and the height of the Black Lives Matter movement a year earlier. In the years since, access to diversity programs has been slowly declining, a Glassdoor study in April found.

Howell Raines, who had the famous Freudian Slip in 2001 that the New York Times’ hiring campaign “has made our staff better and, more importantly, more diverse,” won’t like this news at all.