Saturday, September 23, 2017

Planet of Introverts

Notes on Ursula Le Guin’s “Solitude,” introversion, politics, and class.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Limited Art of Interpretation

Why is the brilliant Ta-Nehisi Coates not as persuasive as you’d expect?

Links 9/23/17

2:00PM Water Cooler 9/22/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Warmonger Morgan Freeman, Sanders/Klobuchar to debate Graham/Cassidy on health care, copper, Uber, SEC, juggalos, frats

Cybersecurity Ain’t the Only Game in Town: The Scams Multiply

Cybersecurity is much in today’s news, but it’s not the only source of scams– which are much more omnipresent than in the past.

Electronic Frontier Foundation and ACLU Sue Over Warrantless Phone, Laptop Searches at US Border

Suit attempts to clarify constitutional status of border searches of electronic devices: is a warrant required?

Links 9/22/17

Don Quijones: It Gets Ugly in Catalonia

Madrid’s crackdown is increasing support for independence in Catalonia among those who previously had little interest in such an outcome.

Gaius Publius: Obama Follows Clinton, Boards the Millionaire Speech Train to Wall Street

Like Bill Clinton before him, ex-President Barack Obama has boarded the Wall Street-financed train to millionaire riches.

2:00PM Water Cooler 9/21/2017

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Trade “USTR CONSIDERS NON-BINDING DISPUTE SETTLEMENT MECHANISM IN NAFTA: The United States is considering dropping a binding mechanism in NAFTA for resolving government-to-government trade disputes in favor of a softer advisory system, sources following the talks told Morning Trade” [Politico]. “The dispute settlement shift would also include a change to […]

Toys R Us: Another Private Equity Casualty

What killed Toys R US? Amazon,Walmart? The numbers say the company’s yet the latest in a string of retail casualties to private equity greed.

Links 09/21/17

Hack of SEC May Have Yielded Illicit Trading Gains

SEC joins Equifax in reporting its own cybersecurity breach. Failure to safeguard information is not a problem unique to the private sector.

California Rewrites the GOP’s Climate Playbook

Some California Republican legislators are breaking ranks and beginning to embrace modest pro-regulatory positions on climate change.

Bill Black: Massachusetts First to Sue Equifax Over Massive Hack

Several government agencies and at least 34 state attorneys general have opened probes into the Equifax data-breach scandal–‘the gift that keeps on giving,’ says Bill Black.