Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Wolf Richter: Bring on Higher Oil Prices: They’ll Boost the US Economy. Powell Sees it Too. A New Experience for the US

The plunge in oil prices since August has caused the oil-and-gas sector to get skittish with capital expenditures this year, and Powell picked up on that. Investment in the US shale sector has a big impact on the real economy.

Links 6/22/19

1 In 6 Insured Hospital Patients Get A Surprise Bill For Out-Of-Network Care

Surprise bills don’t just come from the emergency room. Often, patients will pick an in-network facility and see a provider who works there but isn’t employed by the hospital.

Trade Wars in the Global Value Chain Era

Why trade wars are more costly than conventional wisdom would have you believe now that manufacturing to a large degree depends on global value chains.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/21/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Biden v. Booker, Biden v. Sanders v. Warren, Trump and the evangelicals, reparations, party building, housing, PMI, Tesla, concentration, New York climate law, cannabis cultivation, the NHS, surprise billing, AHIP, the Internet of Sh*t

Last Hurrah in NYC! Free Books, Free Drinks, Other Giveaways, and Good Conversation! Please Come by on Sunday June 23

Please join me for my very last Sunday in New York before I depart the city for good. We’ll have free books, drinks and good company, so I very much hope you can work us into your Sunday schedule. I have nearly 200 books I am giving away, mainly brand new or only once read, […]

Place-Based Economic Conditions and the Geography of the Opioid Overdose Crisis

There is not one opioid crisis in America—there are many. And supply-focused measures won’t stop them.

Links 6/21/19

Brexit: Sleepwalking

The Brexit zombie lurches forward.

What Is a ‘Climate Refugee’ and How Many Are There?

Climate-change-induced migration is significant and set to grow. But no one seems to have any answers, save perhaps the neoliberal default, “Die sooner”.

The Two-State Solution Is Dead. Bloodbath Next?

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Israeli plan to force integration of Palestine will lead to a bloodbath. But what are the alternatives?

Facebook’s New Libra Digital Currency, Trust Issues (Many), and Sovereignty

Trust issues with Facebook’s Libra for users, regulators, and technically. And is Facebook seeking to become a sovereign?

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/20/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Apple China cutback, Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Trump, Warren, workers in Republican states, leading indicators, jobless claims, business outlook, Boaty McBoatface, viral communication, homeless students, personal boundaries

Links 6/20/19

Citizens Assembly: Towards a Politics of Considered Judgement’

Experts in deliberative democracy have been working across the world for around twenty years. Now, all of a sudden, their expertise is in high demand. Interview.