Thursday, October 17, 2019

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/17/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Open thread

Are Cognitive Frameworks Hard-Coded in Language Driving Humanity to Crisis?

Is language, or more specifically, notions strongly represented in major modern languages, a big culprit in our inability to contend with self-induced existential threats?

Links 10/17/19

Facebook’s Libra Faceplant: Beware of CEO Bright Ideas

Libra is going nowhere fast.

A Bitter(Sweet) Pill: The Impacts of Private Provision of Medicaid

A study on Texas turning Medicaid over to private contractors shows mixed results, which is better than most critics would expect. But does this study attribute bennies to privatization that aren’t justified?

Automation Armageddon: a Legitimate Worry?

Yves here. Readers will notice a marked disconnect between Michael Olenick’s grim account of the impact of the automation of the early industrial era on workers’ lives as to his more sanguine posture for the future. One way to reconcile the two is that major shift in automation can have significant transition costs in terms […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/16/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Turkey and automobile production, Biden, Sanders squad endorsements, Warren, the debate, impeachment, retail sales, business inventories, housing market, retail, Dutch tulips, the Cloud, OS X mail bug, shale, autumm leaves, GM strike, brain tuning, Pumpkin Spice for Men

The People’s Money (Part 1)

An explanation of the Federal Reserve money system.

Links 10/16/19

Trump’s Border Wall is a Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Handout

How Trump made the long-standing border boondoggle even bigger.

Elizabeth Warren Wants Green Trade Deals. What Does That Mean?

Is what Democratic candidates mean by “green trade deals” what environmentalists and trade experts mean?

Live Blog: Democrat Presidential Primary Debate #6 in Westerville, Ohio

Candidates! Candidates! Candidates! ★★★Twelve candidates on one stage!★★★ Come on down!

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/15/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: China trade, Biden, Buttigieg, Gabbard, Warren, Yang, influencers, woman truckers, SpaceX, Fortnite, PG&E, The Economist throws in the towel on robot cars, power outage, scientists supporting non-violent direct action, Medicaid estate recovery, inequality, Simone Biles, politeness

How to Know Which Impeachment Polls to Believe – and Which to Skip

Since impeachment looks likely to stay front and center of the news, how to make sense of polls.

Links 10/15/19