Monday, June 26, 2017

The Tragedy of ‘Mountain Dew Mouth’ and the U.S.’s Insane Approach to Dental Care

Lack of dental care weighs as heavily on the poor, particularly the rural poor, as access to what we usually define as “medical” care.

CalPERS to Game Benchmarks Yet Again to Flatter Private Equity, Understate Risk, Boost Staff Bonuses

CalPERS is lying with numbers yet again, this time with its private equity benchmarks.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/14/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: London Meetup June 16, 6:30PM, DeSantis baseball shooting in Belleville, Ossoff, Trump on health care, consumer prices, retail sales, the Fed, auto subprime, concentration and workers income sahre

Party On! Congressional Democrats Pile On to Another Bogus Emoluments Clause Lawsuit

Congressional Democrats file yet another emoluments clause lawsuit today; lack of standing will prevent assessing its claims on the merits.

Links 6/14/17

The Hidden Cost of Privatization

Privatization conflates public and private interests. In conflicts between them, the private interests win out.

Wolf Richter: This Toxic Trifecta for Auto Loans is Fueling #Carmageddon

Recent vintage auto loan securitizations are going rancid, and for good reason.

U.S. Women Disproportionately Burdened by Student Debt

The wage gap hits women hard in paying off student debt.

London Meetup on June 16 (Date TBC) (with Lambert)

I am attending to some long-deferred family business in London (the UK) this week, and so I thought a London meetup might be fun. As in 2010, our venue will be the Jerusalem Tavern in Farringdon at 6:30 PM. Here’s a map with details: NOTE I’m not anticipating enormous attendance; perhaps 10? But if you […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/13/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: TPP and TTIP, Ossoff v Handel, AHCA battle, Comey matter, voters v elites, producer prices, Uber, Apple, F-35

The Universal Basic Income Discussion

Kicking the tires on various Universal Basic Income proposals.

Links 6/13/17

Lee Camp: How to Write Propaganda for the NY Times – As Demonstrated in an Article About Me

Lee Camp dissects a New York Times hatchet job that manages the difficult feat of having almost nothing accurate in it save Camp’s name.

Trump Administration Welshes on “Repeal Dodd Frank” Promise, Does Not Back Key Elements of House Bill; Seeks to Give Banks Lots of Other Goodies

Banks are champing at the bit to get Dodd Frank “reform,” when for many, the changes will actually increase their costs.

Nina Turner: Wall St. Democrats vs. Working Class Democrats

A wide-ranging discussion with Nina Turner from the People’s Summit in Chicago.