Thursday, December 8, 2016

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/2/2016

Today’s Water Cooler: 2016 Democrat post mortem (rural; Rust Belt), Carrier, WaPo’s McCarthyism, employment situation, holiday retail, brains

Trump’s Win is a Warning: Europe Urgently Needs a New Deal

Europe is ignoring the lessons of New Deal era much to its peril.

Links 12/2/16


Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Three: Understanding False Claims About Uber’s Innovation and Competitive Advantages

Why Uber does not have any significant competitive advantages save very deep pockets that allow it to engage in sustained predatory pricing.

The Electoral Consequences of Globalization

A look at some of the economic and political issues related to globalization.

Trump Picks Ex-Goldman Banker, Steve Mnuchin, Known as ‘King of Foreclosures’ to Head Treasury

Why you should be worried about the prospect of Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary.

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/1/2016

Today’s Water Cooler: NAFTA, Mnuchin, Ross, Krugman takedown, Stein recount, manufacturing, coal, aluminum, subprime auto debt, Jane Jacobs

US Constitution’s Emoluments Clause: a Nothingburger for Trump

Does the emoluments clause of the US Constitution require President-elect Trump to divest himself of real estate and other assets?

Links 12/01/16


Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Two: Understanding Uber’s Uncompetitive Costs

Why Uber is the taxi industry’s high cost producer and cannot grow into profitability.

India: Demonetization and its Discontents

Why have India’s citizens not reacted more forcefully to the huge disruption created by a misguided demonetization program?

Canada Oil Pipeline: Trudeau Just Knocked Over the First Domino

Canada talks the talk on climate change, but Trudeau’s pipeline decision this week shares too much in common with poor US pipeline policy.

Catch Us Discussing the New McCarthyism with Josh Scheer of KPFA/TruthDig Today, Dec.1 at Noon PST

We’ll speak with Josh Scheer about the how the Washington Post’s smear against 199 independent news sites is more serious than it might seem.

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/30/2016

Today’s Water Cooler: RCEP, “They Had One Job,” Trump conflicts and cabinet, Ranked Choice Voting, ADP, income, copper, zinc, Czar Nicholas

Why Has CalPERS Given Chief Investment Officer Ted Eliopoulos a $135,000 Gift Via a Bonus That Violates His Bonus Formula?

CalPERS flagrantly violated its procedures by granting its CIO, Ted Eliopoulos, a bonus greatly in excess of the level allowed.