If you were an elephant … Guardian
Harvard Management Company to Lay Off Half Its Staff Harvard Crimson. “In a message to Harvard affiliates Wednesday, N.P Narvekar—HMC’s newly-installed CEO—outlined his plan to revitalize the University’s underperforming investment arm, announcing that the company would move to eliminate its internally-managed hedge fund teams by the end of fiscal year 2017, among other reforms.”
It’s time for business leaders to wake up about Trump Larry Summers, WaPo
When a “Golden Opportunity” to Bribe Arises, It’s Hard to Pass Up Psychological Science. First all at once, then all at once. Readers?
Indian techies nervous about stay in Donald Trump’s America; mull passage back home Economic Times of India (J-LS).
Will Evidence Matter In 2017? Health Affairs
Brexit as a game of Chicken FT. I had no idea Thomas Schelling was a script advisor for Doctor Strangelove.
Trump’s Expected Ambassador to EU Says “Short the Euro, Collapse May Come in 12 to18 Months” MishTalk (Furzy Mouse).
Bitcoin Lovers, Thank Beijing Bloomberg
How WeChat Founder’s Obsession With QR Codes Reshapes Chinese Internet WSJ. If QR codes become more or less universal, is there a business case for abolishing cash? Why not just let it do what it does?
2016 Post Mortem
Hillary: “I’ll Be Back!” Ed Klein. With a TV show. I’d take Klein with a dose of salts, in case he’s talking his book, but note the logic of anger as a self-licking ice cream cone.
Creating The White Tribe Rod Dreher, The American Conservative. Sonnet 121: “‘Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed / When not to be receives reproach of being…”
The collapse of the flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership was inevitable South China Morning Post
TRANSCRIPT: ABC News Anchor David Muir Interviews President Trump ABC. A primary source. Worth reading with this Frank Luntz interview in the back of your mind. Trump isn’t speaking to the interviewer at all.
Presidential Actions whitehouse.gov. More primary sources: The actual texts of Executive Orders.
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Israel’s border ‘wall’ the model for Trump, Senate Washington Times. So, since servicing Israel is bipartisan, what’s the issue here?
Canadian Scientists Warn U.S. Colleagues: Act Now to Protect Science under Trump Scientific American
Give Rex a chance The Economist
Trump is obsessed with what his staff wears. Don’t let their costumes distract you. WaPo. As usual, story, which does have interesting detail, is at odds with the sexed-up headline.
Trump White House Senior Staff Have Private RNC Email Accounts Newsweek. Same structure as the Bush White House.
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Chuck Schumer, Leader of the Resistance, Keeps Approving Trump’s Nominees Village Voice. I love clean messaging: Trump is a
fascist Putin stooge history’s worst monsterPresident, whose supporters are stupid deplorables Nazisnot from around here, and who must be resisted by marches piss joke Tweets leaks from our friends in the CIA squillionaire funding punching them in the face by any means necessary (except for a von Stauffenberg solution)supporting the party that collectively approved his Cabinet appointments. And people wonder why the Democrats lost.
Kirsten Gillibrand has voted against almost all of Donald Trump’s nominees. 2020, anyone? WaPo. Oh, a revolving heroine!
Don’t look now: It’s President Pence! Donald Trump can be deposed, even without impeachment Heather Digby Parton, Salon. And hopefully our good friends in the intelligence community will keep helping out! Have fun, but this line caught my eye: “Trump managed to convince enough voters in just the right places….” In other words, Trump, the underdog, ran an excellent campaign. Right? Lordie.
Democrats, With Garland on Mind, Mobilize for Supreme Court Fight NYT. Yeah, that should do it. I’m totally dying in the last ditch for Merrick Garland.
What’s Causing Chicago’s Homicide Spike? The Atlantic
Imperial Collapse Watch
How America Could Collapse Matt Stoller, The Nation (2011). Worth a read today:
By the early parts of the last decade, the ideal American multinational made its profits by using its market power to gut labor and supply prices and by using its political power to eliminate taxation. All of this turned giant American institutions against making things.
In other words, rent-seeking.
US corporate leaders now see the idea of making things as a cost of doing business, one best left to others. What has happened as a result is that much of the production for critical products and services that make our economy run is constructed by a patchwork global network of suppliers all over the world in unstable regions, over which we have very little control. An accident or political problem in any number of countries may deny us not just iPhones but food, medicine or critical machinery.
I’m picturing a collapse movie featuring a fast-moving plague where the MacGuffin is the world’s supply of the plague vaccine, trapped in a single container somewhere on a Hanjin ship after Hanjin went bankrupt…
ECONOMIC RESCUE, RECOVERY, AND REBUILDING ON A NEW FOUNDATION Obama.org (Steve C). Steve C: “Ugh! How about setting the world up for Trump?” I like the alliteration in “rescue, recover, rebuilding.” That’s the kind of service a well-paid staff provides.
Upward mobility declines sharply as the rich make off with the growth Bill Mitchell (Furzy Mouse).
Demonetisation may have caused lasting damage to economy: political economist Barbara Harriss-White The Scroll (J-LS). A functional System D cannot make the powers that be happy. Perhaps this is a bug, not a feature?
Finding Balance of Public and Private in Community Fellowship for Intentional Community. Using permaculture’s zone system to organize public and private boundaries.
Mary Tyler Moore, Sweetheart of American Television, Dies at 80 Hollywood Reporter
The Dying Days of Liberalism: How Orthodoxy, Professionalism, and Unresponsive Politics Finally Doomed a 19th-century Project Zero Anthrology. Today’s must-read. Grab a cup of coffee for a massive takedown.
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