Sunday, July 22, 2018

Google Bitten by 2nd Antitrust Fine in the EU, $5 Billion, Hugest Ever Anywhere. Third Waiting in the Wings

Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine.

Can Globalization Be Reversed?

Will the Trump tariffs lead to a rollback of globalization? And if so, what might it look like?

Marshall Auerback: How Plan to Replace LIBOR Will Cement Fed’s Role as Global Central Banker

How proposals to replace LIBOR will strengthen the Fed’s position in global markets.

2:00PM Water Cooler 7/18/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Textiles and trade, Clinton, Cuomo corruption, Helsinki commentary, electronic voting, mortage applications, housing starts, home delivery, labor market, Eric Garner, federated social networks

Gun Control: Remington Rejects Navajo Nation Bid

Remington rejects bid by Navajo Nation investment trust that would have transformed its business model to reject production of assault weapons and embrace smart gun controls.

Links 7/18/18

Net Neutrality: FCC’s Scuppering Will Stand; Meanwhile, India Adopts World’s Most Sweeping Protections

US net neutrality advocates hold onto slim hope that Congress might overturn the FCC’s decision to scupper net neutrality provisions; meanwhile, India adopts some of the strongest net neutrality protections in the world.

Commandos Sans Frontières: The Global Growth of US Special Operations Forces

Why Green Berets and Navy SEALs need to solve national security problems — strategic issues that ought to be addressed by policymakers — is a question that has long gone unanswered: Overview of global deployment of US commandos.

Don Quijones: Multiyear, Job-Creating, Mass-Tourist Boom in Spain Runs Out of Steam

Tourism in Spain accounted for a quarter of the jobs created since 2013 — but mass-tourism of this type brings its own problems.

2:00PM Water Cooler 7/17/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Temporarily open thread

Why I Hate Google, Twitter, and Facebook

Google, Twitter, and Facebook are anti-democratic for both readers and writers.

Trump Administration Succeeds at Securing Confirmation of US Attorneys

The Trump administration’s success in filling federal judgeships has been widely noted and will have long-term consequences. Filling US attorney positions allows for follow through on implementing Jeff Sessions’ DoJ agenda.

Links 7/17/18

Gaius Publius: Facebook Launches TV News Feed; Fox News Prominently Featured

Facebook wants to control even more of your mind.

The National Insecurity State and the United States of Inequality

For tens of millions of Americans, the source of deep workaday insecurity isn’t the standard roster of foreign enemies, but an ever-more entrenched system of inequality.