Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Payday Lenders Offering Installment Loans to Evade Regulations – But They May Be Even Worse

When is a payday loan still pretty much a payday loan? When it’s an installment loan with annual interest rates over 100%.

Links 12/10/19

Misunderstanding Volcker

A reappraisal of Volcker, who was more hostile to workers and less hard on financiers than the press would have you believe.

A Window into European Versus US Management

Evidence keeps accumulating that American management is rotten.

“Less-Lethal” Weapon Abuse in Chile

On the deliberately vicious use of supposedly use of less lethal weapons.

Impeachment, the House as Prosecutor, and Justice

If we consider the House as a prosecutor, is the House acting as an ethical prosecutor should?

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/9/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg, Sanders, Warren, employment situation, banking, commodities, Tesla, United Airlines, the ozone layer, permafrost, ocean oxygen, Portuguese wildfires, Florida keys, groundwater, USC corruption, Uber, climate change and labor

BBVA Compass Fails to Dispute, Much the Less Remedy, Retaliatory Swatting, Disclosure of Confidential Information, and Reckless Treatment of Elderly Customer

BBVA has not denied that an officer swatted an elderly woman on fabricated grounds as retaliation for documenting his reckless advice.

The NHS Is Opening Up to US Business: The Reassurances Are Demonstrably False

British officials dodged invitations to exclude the NHS from a US-UK trade deal. Not surprising, given how much public money already goes to the US healthcare industry.

Links 12/9/19

Elizabeth Warren’s “Foreign Policy”

Yves here. I hate to seem unduly hard on Warren, but she has made having detailed and supposedly well informed policy positions here calling card. This post by Ilargi examines one she volunteered, as opposed to backed into by being questioned in an interview or a debate. By Raúl Ilargi Meijer. an editor at Automatic […]

Estuaries, Climate Change, and “Blue Carbon”

Estuaries defined, whether they are carbon sources or carbon sinks, and an excursion into the world of climate NGOs through “blue carbon.”

Links 12/8/19

Using History to Understand Hidden Wealth in the UK

Between 1920 and 1992, English elites concealed 20-32% of their wealth. Accounting for hidden wealth eliminates one-third of the observed decline of top 10% wealth share over the past century.

Links 12/7/19