Thursday, June 30, 2016

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/30/2016

Today’s Water Cooler: TTP and TTIP roll on, Trump rebound, Clinton’s spontaneity, leadership, Guccifer 2.0 FAQ, jobless claims, conversation

Brexit: Why the UK is Unlikely to Have a General Election Soon

Explaining the not-well-understood UK general election rules and how they play into the Brexit calculation.

Links 6/30/16

EU to UK on Brexit: “What About ‘Nein’ Don’t You Understand?”

The EU lays down the law on Brexit.

Brexit: Does Invoking Article 50 Require the Approval of Parliament?

Gaming out whether Parliament can or will try to stop the British Government from invoking Article 50.

Bill Black: The Terrible Cost to Democrats and Our Nation of Ignoring Tom Frank’s Warnings

A high level description of how Democrats and Labor sold out the working class, and how that served a narrow interests at great cost.

We Were Under a DDoS Attack Yesterday

DDoS strikes again! Ugh but we are back to normal.

3:00PM Water Cooler 6/29/2016

Today’s Water Cooler: Gotta run, no time for the meta!

UK, EU Talk Past Each Other on Brexit Negotiations

The disconnect between the UK and EU over Brexit basics revealed yesterday was disconcerting.

Links 6/29/16

Ethereum and Smart Contract Unicorn Woo-Woo – There Should Be a Law Against It

Why Ethereum and smart contracts don’t and will never live up to their hype.

Matt Stoller: How the US Saw Multinationals as a Means to Prevent War

The role of multinationals in the post World War II order.

Patrick Cockburn: How Neoliberalism and Cold War Obsessions Fractured the Middle East

How neoliberalism, the resource curse, and military interventions by Washington and its allies, profoundly destabilized the Middle East.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/28/2016

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Zeitgeist Watch Quoting mail from an alert NC reader apologizing for a kerfuffle in NC’s incomparable comments section: “I briefly lost my mind more than usual.” There seems to be a lot of that going around lately. I, for one, have developed an exhilirated demonic laugh, rather like a mad […]

Is Common-Sense Public Policy Necessarily “Innovative”?

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. (By Betteridge’s Law, no.) Readers will recall that I have often flagged “innovative,” along with “disruptive,” “startup,” “founder”, and (in the business context) “ecosystem” as bullshit tells, and recommended that if you hear such con artist’s patter in a crowd, you should put your hand on your wallet or clutch […]