Sunday, March 26, 2017

Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Nine: The 1990s Koch Funded Propaganda Program That is Uber’s True Origin Story

The perception that Uber is a competitive success comes from a recycled propaganda campaign.

Performance in Mixed-Sex and Single-Sex Tournaments: What We Can Learn From Speedboat Races in Japan

How much credence should we give to studies on sex-related performance differences?

Flint Official Escapes Imprisonment, Only Has to Write Apology Letter

The optics around a Flint water plea deal are not good.

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/14/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Trump EO to eliminate agencies, CBO ObamaCare replacement report, inflation, trucking, volcanic eruptions, Johnny Cash

New Oil Price War Looms As The OPEC Deal Falls Short

The OPEC deal last year was weak and is vulnerable to US shale players increasing production.

Links 3/14/17

More Railroading of CalPERS Board: General Counsel Withholds That Fiduciary Counsel Candidate Is Leading Case That Undermines CalPERS and CalSTRS

Yet more abuses and derelictions of duty by CalPERS’ general counsel Matt Jacobs. Please circulate this post to CalPERS and CalSTRS members.

Whose Costs? Who Benefits? – A Close Reading of a Hospital System CEO’s Prescription for Controlling Health Care Costs

A hospital system CEO makes some questionable recommendations about containing health care costs.

Bad Bank Proposal for India: A Partial Jubilee Financed by Zero Coupon Perpetual Bonds

A proposal for a partial jubilee as a way to clean up banks overburdened with bad loans.

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/13/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Trade fracas, Trump to meet Xi, the press corps, Medicaid, labor market, logistics, collapsing civilizations, numbers

Trump Fires Preet Bharara and 45 Other US Attorneys, Media Hysteria Ensues

Bharara dismissal: The media spins what was treated as SOP in other new administrations into a harbinger of the decline of the Republic.

Links 3/13/17

Persuasion: An Introduction

Understanding the drivers of persuasion and other influence techniques.

Doubling Down on Dystopia

What dystopian novels and narratives say– and fail to grasp– about the triumph of Trump’s will.

Your Humble Blogger Is Harassed for Being Injured

Your humble blogger had a bad day.