Thursday, August 17, 2017

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/17/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Open thread

After Neoliberalism, What Next?

The neoliberal order has failed and is creating more and more political and social upheaval. Some elements of a new system may be in sight.

I Am Disabling Comments

The caliber of discourse has degenerated utterly at NC in the wake of Charlotteville. I am disabling comments on all live posts. I am sick, now up until 9 AM ruining my health. I do not need this bullshit. It is not worth the effort to clean up the disinformation and the upset and dishonest […]

Links 8/17/17

Uber PR Story on Supposed Financing Falling Apart as Warring Board Members Trade Barbs

Things are so bad at Uber that planted stories are falling apart within days.

School Funding Fight in Illinois: Billionaire Ex-Private Equity Governor Rauner v. 2 Million Students

Yves here. Notice how all the hysteria over evil Rooskies, North Korea, and neo-Nazis on the march has diverted media attention away from fights over economic issues? In Illinois, Governor Rauner is pushing through a scheme to curb funding to schools that is designed to hit lower property tax districts and Chicago particularly hard. Some […]

Brexit: A View from the Other End of the Telescope

Brexit is the incomprehension of a former imperial power, wistfully hoping to recreate a long-gone global sphere of influence.

Please come to our Burlington VERMONT Meetup August 17, and/or our Montreal QUEBEC Meetup August 18 (with Lambert)

The deets, as we say these days: Burlington Date: August 17 Time: 8:00PM Place: Zero Gravity Brewpub at Flatbread. Here is a handy map: How to recognize Lambert: I am tall, not overly thin, with glasses, greying-white short hair, and glasses. I will be wearing a red shirt, and will have a black computer bag […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/16/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: NAFTA negotiations, 2018 races, Charlottesville, housing, gold, Amazon disrupts retail by inventing the store, podcast

Why Is The Fed Raising Interest Rates As Fast As It Is?

Musing on why the Fed is so eager to raise interest rates.

Links 8/16/17

Why Public Company Ownership Is Irrelevant to Monopolies

Why the argument that public company ownership contributes to monopoly power is wrong-headed.

Ilargi: Negative Interest Rates – Rogoff Cribs from Orwell and Kafka

The war on cash, to enable central banks to implement negative interest rates on ordinary citizens, continues.

Lee Camp: I Witnessed the Charlottesville Terror Attack, Here’s the Video

Lee Camp gives a first person account of the violence at Charlottesville.

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/15/2017

Meetup reminder: Burlington, VT Thursday, August 17 at 8:00PM; Montreal, Quebec Friday, August 18, at 6:00PM. Hope to see you there!