Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How Despair Helped Drive Trump to Victory

Trump did well in places that have borne the brunt of declines in manufacturing, mining, and related industries since the 1970s.

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/17/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Tariffs, NAFTA, Jones v Moore, Virginia, Clinton interview at Mother Jones, Franken, manufacturing, Tesla, collapse

Trump Gets Chance to Reshape CFPB

Trump will soon name a replacement for CFPB director Richard Cordray; rule-making and enforcement priorities will become more bank-friendly.

Links 11/17/17

Don Quijones: The Next Italian Bank Threatens to Topple

Health of Italian banks remains fragile, with several teettering; resolution or taxpayer-funded bailout appears increasingly likely.

Yet Another Brexit Train Wreck – UK to Fall Outside EU Auto Approvals Regime – and It Doesn’t Even Register With Officials

Parliamentary testimony on the auto industry lifts another Brexit rock, revealing new creepy crawlies.

Gaius Publius: New Study – “Natural Gas” Has No Climate Benefit, Will Make Things Worse

Debunking the myth that natural gas will reduce carbon emissions.

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/16/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Tariffs, Allison Ikley-Freeman, wave election, Al Franken, weaponized sanctimony, industrial production, coin flips

PG&E and the Causes of the Wine Country Fires

Maps that could have prevented the Wine Country fires are not complete because PG&E and other utilities stalled them.

Links 11/16/17

Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

Spending on urine screens and related genetic tests quadrupled from 2011 to 2014 to an estimated $8.5 billion a year — more than the budget of the EPA

Scientists: Population Growth “Primary Driver Behind Ecological and Societal Threats”

A bit late in the game, experts are finally depicting population growth as the driver of threats like climate change.

The Struggle in the Democratic Party

The fight for control over the Democratic party continues….

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/15/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Open thread

Alex Azar: Can There Be Uglier Scenarios than the Revolving Door?

Alex Azar isn’t only corrupt; he could be the point man on the Administration effort to crapify the health care system via regulatory change