Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2:00PM Water Cooler 1/16/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Harris, Gillibrand, AOC on Finance Commitee, Brennan Russia walkback?, organizing Philly, housing, mortages, lithium scandal, Blue Apron, WeWork and Softbank, Elsevier, law enforcement for profit, LA teachers strike, “toxic masculinity”

Micheal Olenick: Helicidine – French Miracle Snails

Snails to the rescue!

Links 1/16/19

Brexit: Chaos

Despite May’s epic Brexit loss, she’s still barely changed her course of action.

What Truck Drivers Say about “Driver Shortage” & Pay Increases

Debunking another “worker shortage” story.

The Shutdown Will Harm the Health and Safety of Americans, Even After It’s Long Ove

Another set of shutdown costs.

2:00PM Water Cooler 1/15/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: NAFTA won’t fund the wall, China trade negotiations, Wendy’s at the White House, Russian meddling, Bernie Bros, Obama’s presidency, manufacturing, purchasing prices, robot cars, online gambling, Apple, Bird, Blue Apron, Uber, Antarctic ice, Frederick Douglass

Do Not Disturb: The Right to Disconnect

New York’s City Council has scheduled a hearing Thursday to debate a measure to enshrine a right to disconnect – which would bar firms from requiring workers to check e-mail or other electronic communications outside the normal workday unless their contracts specify otherwise.

Links 1/15/19

Why the Green New Deal Is the Stuff of Fantasyland

Why the Green New Deal can’t deliver on its promises.

Bill Black: Trump CFPB Plans Obscene Change to Payday Lender Rule

The Trump Administration is out to weaken payday lender regulations so as to allow the industry to put borrowers on a debt treadmill that leads almost inevitably to bankruptcy.

Longtime Reporter Leaves NBC, Accuses Media of “Lionizing Destructive Organizations” Like the FBI

The FBI is openly setting out to make and break political leaders, undermining what we have left of a functioning democracy.

Cancelling NYC Meetup This Friday, January 18; Need Input On Planned Fort Lauderdale Meetup on Thursday, February 7

Readers have expressed virtually no interest in the first two scheduled meetups of this year, and we have gotten the message.

2:00PM Water Cooler 1/14/2019

Today’s Water Cooler; Fortnite, Southeast Asian trade, Sanders 2020, Democrats and the heartland, soybeans, Tidal’s faked streams, Bird, AWS and MongoDB, RSS, fiber, market moves, Los Angeles teachers strike, gig economy, Marie Kondo, countering misinformation

CalPERS Fiasco 2: Confidential Member Data at Risk by Letting Company With No Contract Have Access; CalPERS Apparently Still Has No Deal With Any Vendors for Upcoming Elections

How CalPERS gave access to its sensitive member database to a company it barely knew, Votem Corp., with no contractual protection whatsoever. That’s like giving the keys to your house to someone you just met.