Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/17/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: NAFTA, Bombardier, Clinton uranium, Women’s March, industrial production, iPhone X, the Bezzle, robots, mindfulness

Use Spare Older Workers to Overcome ‘Labour Shortages’

Getting tough about age discrimination would help address the alleged shortage of workers.

Links 10/17/17

May Rebuffed in Personal Brexit Lobbying in Brussels, Yet Much of UK Press Spins Otherwise

The latest Brexit follies….

The Case of the Spitting Legionnaire

How the “spitting on our veterans” meme is a remarkable and complete inversion of the facts.

On Iran, Trump Follows Iraq War Neocons

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson on why Trump is trying to decertify Iran even though he has admitted Iran is fully compliant with its agreement.

Balloon Dog (Orange): The Art of a Health Care Deal

What a health care solution space looks like to our highly transactional President.

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/16/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Open Thread

Links 10/16/17

An Irrational Choice: Behavioural Economist wins Nobel Prize

A round–up of reactions to behavioral economist Richard Thaler’s selection for the so-called Nobel Prize for Economics.

May to Plead With Merkel as Brexit Deadlocks Domestically Too; New Data Shows UK Lacks Foreign Reserves, Meaning Even More Vulnerable to Brexit

New data showing that the UK has negative net foreign assets throws even more cold water on the idea of a Glorious Brexit.

Catalonia Anxious and Divided on Eve of Rajoy’s Deadline for Independence Answer

Nail-baiting in Catalonia on the eve of Rajoy’s demand for a response…..

The Wine Country Fires: Is Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) a Rogue Utility?

PG&E, tree-trimming, and profit.

Links 10/15/17

The Empire Comes Home Counterinsurgency, Policing, and the Militarization of America’s Cities

American society is embracing its inner empire. Eventually, its long reach may come for us all.