Friday, November 27, 2015

Links 11/27/15


The Power of Nightmares 1: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (BBC-2004)

An Adam Curtis documentary on the similarities between the politics of neo-conservatives, and the politics of Islamist radicals.

Michael Hoexter: Road to COP21 and Beyond: The Missing Analysis of the Kyoto Protocol and its Failure

By Michael Hoexter, a policy analyst and marketing consultant on green issues, climate change, clean and renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Originally published at New Economic Perspectives. In this series, I will attempt to outline key issues facing policymakers as they meet in Paris at the UN’s Conference of the Parties-21 starting on November 30th […]

Links 11/26/15

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Mathew D. Rose: The Ordeal of Angela Merkel

A chronicle of Angela Merkel’s rise and a catalogue of recent political mistakes which are putting her chancellorship at risk.

John Helmer: The Classic Rules for Combatting Turkish Aggression

Russia’s commitment to blocking Turkish expansion is being tested. Will Putin step up or make a strategic retreat?

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/25/2015

Today’s Water Cooler: Trump’s family crest, Hillary kicks the left, #BlackLivesMatter in Chicago and Minneapolis, corruption in Albany (!!)

Angling for Dollars: A Review of Akerlof and Shiller’s Phishing for Phools

A fine stocking stuffer. And I’m not phishing!

CalPERS Pokes Its Board in the Eye by Releasing Private Equity Carry Fee Info After, Rather Than During, Board Meeting

CalPERS is so confident of its control over its board that it has no compunction about broadcasting how little respect it has for them.

The Bigger Significance of CalPERS’ Private Equity Carry Fee Release: Another Nail in the Carried Interest Tax Loophole Coffin

Why the CalPERS carry fee disclosure could affect the debate over ending the carried interest loophole.

Links 11/25/15

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Japan Proves that “Fix Trade” Sales Pitch for TPP, TTIP, and TISA is Wrong

Funny how foreign firms have failed to break into Japan for reasons having nothing to do with regulatory barriers, which calls the logic of “trade” deals like the TPP into question.

Turkey’s Shootdown of Russian Jet: What You Need to Know

Turkey takes a great big swing at Assad via Russia…and what might the fallout be?

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/24/2015

Today’s Water Cooler: Clinton on TPP, Sanders in Atlanta, Krugman on Clinton, greed, soil, psychoactive substances, love and authority

CalPERS Staff, Scandal-Ridden Fiduciary Counsel Argue to Weaken Board Oversight by Reducing Number of Board Meetings

CalPERS CEO and its tainted fiduciary counsel Robert Klausner try to sell the CalPERS board on giving up even more power, when CalPERS clearly needs more, not less, oversight.