Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More Brexit Delusion: May’s “Exit Tab” Surprise, Davis’ City Scheme v. More Customs Alarms, Tech Brexodus

Yet more sobering Brexit sightings.

Unemployment is Miserable and Doesn’t Spawn an Upsurge in Personal Creativity

A new study on unemployment confirms decades of research showing that people are happier when they work, even if they have an income.

Gauis Publius: In Surprise Move, Norway’s $1 Trillion Sovereign Wealth Fund May Divest From Fossil Fuels

Would a Norway sovereign wealth fund divestiture from fossil fuels be a tipping point among investors?

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/20/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Nafta, 2018 wave, Russia, Russia, Russia, leading indicators, nickel, shipping finance, Skedaddle, polytheism, KFC

SEC Continues to Tout Performance of Underwhelming Whistleblower Program

The SEC tends to overstate the performance of its whistleblower program; meanwhile, Congress passes laughable whistleblower legislation.

Links 11/20/17

New Study Undermines Rationale for Investing in Private Equity and CalPERS Strategy in Particular, as Oregon CIO Demonstrates that Public Pension Funds Are Dumb Money

A top private equity scholar finds her earlier work on persistence no longer holds, consigning a key industry defense to the dustbin.

Michael Klare: The Trump Doctrine: Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again

Trump and the US military build on existing doctrines and policy precedents, making unintended nuclear war more likely.

“The Medical Cost Reduction Act of 2017”

A set of proposed laws targets some of the worst forms of medical price gouging.

Hope to See You at Our Birmingham Meetup Today!

A reminder: if you are in or near central Alabama, don’t miss our Birmingham meetup today!

Judge Requires Warrant for Use of StingRay Surveillance Device

New York state court judge joins nationwide trend in concluding that use of StingRay surveillance device requires warrant.

Links 11/19/17

As US Fuels War Crimes in Yemen, House Says US Involvement is Unauthorized

House passes non-binding resolution on US role in war in Yemen; the measure fails to confront the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis there.

Links 11/18/17

A New Supreme Court Case Could Cripple Public Employee Unions

A case before the California Supreme Court poses a fundamental threat to public employee unions’ funding.