Sunday, May 27, 2018

Neoliberalism’s Assault on the Veteran’s Administration Continues

An impending IT debacle at the Veteran’s Administration, and a bipartisan effort to privatize it.

Links 5/27/18

The Carbon Bubble and the Pricing of Bank Loans

Neglecting the possibility that fossil fuel reserves can become ‘stranded’ could result in a ‘carbon bubble’ as fossil fuel firms become overvalued.

Links 5/26/18

How Institutional Dysfunction Has Enabled Poor Economic Policy Thinking

How economic research practices and the role of academic journals helped create and reinforced an orthodoxy that was able to miss that the crisis was coming.

Do Fewer Settlements by Pharmaceutical Companies Mean Even Less Accountability for Their Execs?

Drug company settlements with the Feds, which never were very tough to begin with, are also becoming less frequent.

2:00PM Water Cooler 5/25/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Automobile imports, “Blue Wave” already cresting?, California primaries, Teachout runs for NY AG, Our Revolution, durable goods, consumer sentiment, DNA, ’80s home robots

US Supreme Court Ordered Desegregation, then Conservatives Worked to Demolish Public Education

How desegregation led to a concerted attack on public education.

Links 5/25/18

Eyewitness Sketches Provide ‘Stormy’ Results, Can Lead to False Convictions

On the shortcomings of eyewitness memories, and in particular, forensic sketches based them.

PropOrNot – Setting Up the Atlantic Council for Lawsuits

Some sleuthing into who might be backing the low-life hit men at PropOrNot, a group linked to Ukrainian fascists that defamed Naked Capitalism, ConsortiumNews, Counterpunch, the Ron Paul Institute, Paul Craig Roberts, Black Agenda Report, and other sites.

2:00PM Water Cooler 5/24/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Open Thread.

Salient Economic Characteristics of the Counties that Flipped to Trump, Sorted by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and an economic message for Democrats.

Links 5/24/18

Hubert Horan: Uber’s Q1 Results – Reporters Show They Aren’t Up to Reading Financials

What was the real story in Uber’s first quarter results?