Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Despite Low Oil Prices, Renewable Power Gaining Traction, Energy Agencies Report — But Not Yet Fast Enough for the Climate

The shift away from coal and towards renewable energy is slowly beginning to gain traction.

Matthew Cunningham-Cook: How the TPP Will Create a Medical Privacy Hellscape

Yet another reason to oppose this truly awful, anti-people deal.

Is Obama Walking Into COP21 With An Empty Hand?

The EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” and the run-up to the COP21 climate change in Paris.

CalPERS Debunks Private Equity: Executive Summary

Announcing a series that shows how CalPERS’ efforts to defend its private equity program through a workshop for its board backfired.

CalPERS Hired a Fiduciary Counsel Accused of Serious Misconduct Over More Than a Decade, Including Kickbacks, Failure to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

CalPERS’ board has hired a fiduciary counsel, Robert Klausner, who has been associated with scandals for over a decade, the latest in Jacksonville, Florida.

Board Member Reveals That CalPERS Engages in Systematic Violation of California Open Meeting Statutes

CalPERS’ CEO and its staff are engaged in systematic, flagrant, and apparently long-standing violations of California’s open meeting law, the Bagley-Keene Act.

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Rebooting the Eurozone: Step 1 – Agreeing a Crisis Narrative

The Eurozone needs fixing, but it is impossible to agree upon the steps to be taken without agreement on what went wrong. This column introduces a new CEPR Policy Insight that presents a consensus-narrative of the causes of the EZ Crisis. It was authored by a dozen leading economists from across the spectrum. The consensus narrative is supported by a long and growing list of economists.

AFRICOM’s New Math, the U.S. Base Bonanza, and “Scarier” Times Ahead in Africa

Africa is now dotted with American outposts, drone bases, and compounds for elite teams of Special Operations forces.

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The Political Aftermath of Financial Crises: Going to Extremes

Lambert here: The focus is on European parliamentary systems. Is America different? Exceptional? By Manuel Funke, Doctoral Candidate in Economics and Social Science at the Graduate School of North American Studies, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University Berlin, Moritz Schularick, Professor of Economics, University of Bonn and CEPR Research Fellow, and […]

Wolf Richter: Financially Engineered Stocks Drag Down S&P 500

Financial engineering performs miracles for stocks, even with duds like IBM and HP – until it doesn’t.

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/20/2015

Today’s Water Cooler: TPP and ISDS, Clinton v. Sanders on taxes, MRCQE bulls, shipping, Cowen, Gates, and the tumbrils, HIV, the Intertubes

The Disaster of Greek Austerity – What Next?

More on the ground readings on the impact of austerity in Greece.

Links 11/20/15

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