Sunday, October 22, 2017

2:00PM Water Cooler 7/5/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: NAFTA and corn, AHCA/BCRA, Sanders on #MedicareForAll, factory orders, Federal taxes, state budgets, GOOG

Lee Camp: Have No Fear – Trump Is Lying Us Into War Just Like All The Presidents Before Him

The Donald is completely conventional in having the media assist him in fomenting war on trumped-up grounds.

Links 7/5/17

CalPERS’ CIO Plays Board Like a Fiddle, Uses Trumpian Tactics on Credulous True Believers

CIO Ted Eliopoulos digs CalPERS a bigger PR hole and CalPERS’ board is so thick that it approves.

CalPERS CIO Sings Out of Tune, But Board Applauds His Poor Performance

A former chief investment officer critiques a remarkable, and not in a good way, performance by CalPERS’ CIO Ted Eliopoulos.

US Senate Strikes for Russian Equality – The Oligarchs Targeted in New Sanctions Bill

Parsing the details and the logic of the Senate sanctions against Russia and in particular, its oligarchs.

Links 7/4/17

More Animals in Government!

Why we should have government go more officially to the dogs and cats.

Has Keystone XL Become Obsolete?

New troubles for Keystone XL.

2:00PM Water Cooler 7/3/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Holiday open thread (with Lally Weymouth sighting).

The Crapification of Air Travel, And Don’t Expect AMEX to Help, Either

The tale of a barcoded duffel bag that’s gone astray– and the crapification of the system for finding it. Booking via AMEX no help.

Links 7/3/2017

When Trying to Increase Your Pay Was Dangerous

The long and often brutal history of owners scheming to contain pay levels.

Economics of the Populist Backlash

Populist movements are the regular result of trade-induced economic dislocations and distribution. So why were economists surprised?

Canada Undermines Targets for Protecting Oceans by Increasing Oil Exploration

Sabine Jessen discusses Trudeau’s plans to increase offshore oil exploration that undermine oceans protection commitments Canada has made.