Tuesday, August 23, 2016

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/23/2016

Today’s Water Cooler: USTR owie, Clinton’s price for access, “Our Revolution” startup problems, Trump in striking distance, housing, Walmart

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Trickle Down Election Economics: How Big Money Can Affect Small Races

Billionaires are targeting key state races.

Revealed: ECB Secretly Hands Cash to Select Corporations

Is the ECB’s latest bond-buying program creating corporate winners and losers?

Bill Black: Why Whistleblowers’ Disclosures Need Protection Under the Law

Big companies work hard at silencing whistleblowers. Here are some ways to keep them from shutting whistleblowers down.

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/22/2016

Today’s Water Cooler: TPP and the lame duck, Huma Abedin the go-between, Clinton email, tax receipts and employment, greatness at the NYPL

How Abusive Employers Combined With Job Insecurity Lead to Suicides

Labor activists charge that pressure-cooker jobs and employer abuse are leading to more work-related suicides. But how can companies by held to account?

Links 8/22/16

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CalPERS’ Tainted Fiduciary Counsel Robert Klausner Departs After NC Publicizes His Dubious History

CalPERS’ tainted fiduciary counsel, Robert Klausner, is leaving. But CalPERS’ handling of his departures says it hasn’t learned its lesson.

Human Development, Inequality, and Long Working Hours

One-dimensional indicators such as GNI per capita are known to be flawed measures of well-being. The Human Development Index (HDI) introduced dimensions of health and education alongside income. This column argues that an HDI adjusted for inequality and hours worked gives deeper insight into a country’s economic standing. Using this composite measure, the US falls from first to seventh among G8 countries.

A Hard Look at the War Criminals, Um, Hawks Who Say “Never Trump”

The hawks who are throwing bricks at Trump forgot that they are living in glass houses.

Links 8/21/16

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Taxcast on Big Four Accounting and the Duke of Westminster

Should the Big Four be broken up? And how about the Duke of Westminster’s $9 billion tax-free inheritance?

Eurozone Stability Under Threat of a ‘Bad Shock’

Remarkably, an increasing number of economists believe the Eurozone has addressed its weaknesses. Shades of the Great Moderation, circa 2006.

Links 8/20/16

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