Friday, February 23, 2018

Exxon’s Conspiracy Charges Aim To Derail Climate Lawsuits

ExxonMobil is engaged in unprecedented efforts to sue and harass in court those are investigating and suing the company over global warming

Technology Change Not the Culprit in Wages Falling Behind US Productivity Gains

Larry Summers and Anna Stansbury challenge the idea that workers getting a smaller cut of the productivity gains pie is due to technology.

Law Professor Proposes Bringing Back Indentured Servitude

Indentured servitude is the new idea for how to get immigrants to come to American at less than minimum wage pay.

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/20/2018

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, I started today filled with good intentions, and then got a late start. I will add more material in a bit! –lambert UPDATE 2:52PM All done! Trade “China’s got a trade problem that can’t be solved by Belt and Road” [South China Morning Post]. “That’s Belt and Road […]

Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

A Russiagate debate.

Links 2/20/18

Davos: Alive or Dead?

Politicians and economists are meeting at Davos, but as times change, does neoliberalism retain its cachet?

Tax Astroturf: The B-Team Lowers the Bar for Tax Transparency

Quelle surprise! The B Team, a supposed top group for “responsible business,” punts on tax transparency.

Why Mental Health Is the Hidden Cost of the Housing Crisis

Housing has too often become a source of insecurity rather than security.

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/19/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Open thread.

Andy Slavitt’s United States of Care: A Second “Undertaking” (and What We Can Expect From It)

@USofCare, accounting control fraud, financial predation, conflict of interest, and abuse of workers.

Links 2/19/18

Another Brexit Mess: “Grandfathering” Existing Free Trade Agreements Looks Unlikely

Another item on the Brexit problem list: what to do about free trade agreements that will cease to apply to the UK on Brexit day.

Growth-Equity Trade-Offs in Structural Reforms

There is a fear that certain reforms could further exacerbate inequality….

Wolf Richter: “Blockchain” Stocks Completely Disintegrate

Blockchain plays have collapsed at an astonishing speed.