Sunday, July 15, 2018

Four Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and…Repair

The mantra Reduce, Reuse, Recycle should be extended to include Repair, in order to address the worldwide waste crisis. Surprise, surprise, the US lags on this issue, but other countries are showing some progress.

Links 7/15/18

Can Trump, Israel, and Gulf Allies Get Putin to Turn On Iran?

Trump will meet this week with Putin in Helsinki. But despite talk of a “grand bargain” that enlists Russia in helping the US-Israel-Saudi-UAE front against Iran, don’t expect it to happen, says professor Rami Khouri in this Real News Network interview.

Links 7/14/18

Reproducibility Crisis Reaches All Randomised Controlled Trials

Social and medical sciences depend on randomised controlled trials, even though they harbor more assumptions and biases than commonly understood.

Trump’s Visit Marks the Start of Shock Doctrine Brexit

As Brexit approaches, the personal enrichment hopes of some of its proponents come into focus.

Meetups on Deck! San Francisco This Saturday, July 14; Portland with Gaius Publius Next Wednesday, July 18; Seattle July 19

Meetups just around the corner! Hope to see you soon!

2:00PM Water Cooler 7/13/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Trade war, Novartis, Mueller indicts 12 Russians, import and export, consumer prices, Fed indicators, AirBnB, cybersecurity, origin of homo sapiens, neutrinos, urbanization

Two Senate Democrats Call for Investigation into Smart TVs

Two Senate Democrats seek regulation of smart TVs. Since this is unlikely to happen anytime soon, consumers are faced with not purchasing such devices in the first instance, or attempting to configure them to prevent them from hoovering up personal data.

Links 7/13/18

From Donald Trump to Theresa May: How a US-UK Network Pushes Climate Science Denial and Lobbies for a Hard Brexit — Mapped

As Trump barrels into the UK, this timely post traces interesting linkages between climate change denialists on both sides of the Atlantic– and extends to Brexiteers.

Gaius Publius: Which Would Be Harder to Ban, Single-Use Plastic or Money-Bought Government?

Texas Supreme Court strikes down city of Laredo’s plastic bag ban. Real problem is dominance of money-driven politics– which is a far more difficult problem to solve than curtailing the use of plastic.

Why Is CalPERS’ Staff Serving Up Tech Charlatanism to Its Board?

CalPERS’ staff enlists McKinsey to pull yet another fast one on its board.

2:00PM Water Cooler 7/12/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Trade wars, voter registration and redistricing, AOC and Crowley, AOC and MMT, Democrats in disarray, comsumer prices, fracking sand, Goldman and 1MDB, epigenetics, migration and museums, Cambodian dancers, the cat

Labor Migration as a Human Supply Chain

Employer recruiting of migrants from other countries creates a transnational network of labor
intermediaries: the “human supply chain.”