Wednesday, December 2, 2020

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/2/2020

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Rapid COVID-19 Tests Can Be Useful – But There Are Far Too Few To Put a Dent in the Pandemic

Why Covid antigen tests, which are easy to administer and produce results in less than a half hour, are not a magic bullet.

Links 12/2/2020

Big Banks Grow Bigger and Smaller Banks Disappear, As Mergers Return to Crisis-Hit Eurozone

A fresh wave of bank failures and mergers are set to trigger a new round of consolidation of the Eurozone’s banking system

How Do You Combat Information Overreach?

A shaggy dog story, and a request for reader ideas on how to escape unreasonable requests for personal information.

Are “Net-Zero” Emissions a Smoke Screen?

A wide-ranging, and therefore sobering, discussion of climate change policy, including emissions and temperature targets.

Potential Consequences of Post-Brexit Trade Barriers for Earnings Inequality in the UK

More bad news on the inequality front.

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/1/2020

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MMT and the EU: A Case for Capturing the Prevailing Narrative

A political economy take on the EU.

Links 12/1/2020

Another Blow to Private Equity: “You Can Pick Winners” Again Shown To Be a Fool’s Game

More bad news about private equity returns.

Much of the U.S. Could Be Uninhabitable by 2050

A new report confirms earlier studies that found that climate change will render a lot of the US uninhabitable in a few decades.

Obama’s Promised Land: Obama Wept (Two Episodes from Campaign 2008)

Obama on the trail in 2008….

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/30/2020

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OSHA Let Employers Decide Whether to Report Health Care Worker Deaths. Many Didn’t

Scores of deaths were not reported to occupational safety officials from the earliest days of the pandemic through late October.