Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Fast-Fashion’s Environmentally Destructive Habits

Fast fashion is cheap for bad reasons.

Links 12/8/17

Brexit “Breakthrough”: Headfake or May Trying to Engineer Further Capitulation to EU?

The UK has managed show “sufficient progress” so as to be allowed to go to the\ next phase of Brexit talks. But what does that really mean?

MIT Professor Angrist Publishes Obviously Misleading Analysis of Uber Driver Economics….With Uber Chief Economist as Co-Author

More Uber boosterism masquerading as analysis.

More Climate Change Refugees Means More Walls

Yves here. We’ve pointed out that since the early 2000s, Defense Department analyses have been anticipating climate-change-induced mass migrations. As this post describes, they are happening at at an accelerating pace. By Todd Miller, who has written on border and immigration issues for the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, and the NACLA Report on […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/7/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Net neutrality, Sanders in Ohio, tax “reform,” Franken; Conyers, jobs, consumer confidence, Uber, AirBnB, AI, Waze

Catalonia: Political Prisoners or an Extrajudicial Elite?

A close look at events before and after Catalonia’s referendum to test the validity of the main claims made by the separatists.

Links 12/7/17

Benign Effects of Automation: New Evidence from Patent Texts

A new study on automation suggests that even if the robots are coming for your job, they create even more jobs.

Bitcoin Could Cost Us Our Clean-Energy Future

The insane trajectory of the energy cost of bitcoin mining.

Republicans Plan to Cut Food Stamps as Homelessness Rises in the US

Republicans want to take food out of children’s (and adults’) mouths by cutting food stamps. One likely result is an increase in homelessness.

Daniel Ellsberg: U.S. Military Planned Nuclear First Strike On Every City In Russia and China … and Gave Many Low-Level Field Commanders the Power to Push the Button

Daniel Ellsberg reveals that the authority to launch nuclear first strikes has long been widely distributed. So who has that authority now?

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/6/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Net Neutrality, NAFTA, Harvey Weinstein, impeachment, tax reform, productivity, bitcoin, innovation, index cards

Monetary Mental Illness

Puzzling over why more people don’t embrace Modern Monetary Theory.

Links 12/6/17