Friday, December 3, 2021

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/3/2021

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WSJ Report: Companies Step Up Efforts to Get You to Cough Up Your Data, in the Face of Policy Changes by Apple and Google

In response to data protection laws in California and Europe, as well as big Tech policy changes, customers are increasing their efforts to collect their customers’ personal data.

Links 12/3/2021

Why Has the Press Ignored Retailers’ Crappy Black Fridays, as Experts Warn of Coming Bankruptcies?

The retail sector is staring to flash “Watch out below” warnings. How many store chains will be forced to retrench?

Pentagon Blasted for ‘Unacceptable Failure’ to Reckon With Civilian Casualties

The United States has not lived up to its legal and moral commitments or its own stated policies to protect civilian lives.

The US Biofuel Mandate Helps Farmers, but Does Little for Energy Security and Harms the Environment

Why biofuel is a scam, except perhaps as a subsidy to Big Ag.

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/2/2021

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The Case of Igor Tarakanov Who Shot Down MH17 Before Shooting Himself in the Foot

Flight MH17 is baack…under some pretty dodgy-looking premises.

Links 12/2/2021

US Putting Choke Chain on UK Over Threat to Invoke Article 16, Retrade Brexit Irish Protocol

The UK may have been too clever by half with its scheme to retrade the Brexit deal.

How Would the Left Treat an Illegitimate Election?

The lack of any interest in improving election systems in the US leaves what purports to be the left exposed to chicanery.

Quitting Your Job or Thinking About Joining the ‘Great Resignation’? Here’s What an Employment Lawyer Advises

Quitting can be trickier than you think. Some pointers.

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/1/2021

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Profiting from the Carbon Offset Distraction

Carbon offset markets allow the rich to emit as financial intermediaries profit and undermine efforts to cut greenhouse gasses.

Links 12/1/2021