Saturday, February 23, 2019

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/20/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: First day of the Sanders campaign, Harris, Mueller, and temporarily open thread.

New Review of Dozens of Studies of Insect Population Decline, the Causes, and Things You Can Do

A review of the massive new study on insect population decline and its drivers.

Links 2/20/19

Opioid Crisis Shows How Economic Inequality Kills

Opioid abuse has strong economic roots, namely despair resulting from desperation in struggling communities.

France’s Institutional System Favours Rebellion Against Its Leader

The gilet jaunes movement proves that France’s political and budgetary centralism, the source of citizens’ feelings of abandonment and revolt, must be reformed.

Will The U.S. Actively Pursue Regime Change In Iran?

The US is still awfully eager to Do Something in Iran.

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/19/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Harris and hot sauce, Sanders announces, housing market, oil, auto loans, warehouse fires, Google search, gardens, prairies, regenerative agriculture, palm oil, Colorado River, the KonMari method, vocal bursts, nihilism, fun with aircraft

Brexit and Labour’s Spat: Everything That’s Wrong with The Independent Group

The departure of seven Labour party members isn’t good for Brexit, the party, or themselves.

Links 2/19/19

Bill Black: Modern Monetary Theory Is On the March (#MMT)

A recent Wall Street Journal article that tried debunking MMT effectively supported it.

CalPERS Chief Investment Officer Ben Meng Lied About Private Equity to State Senator Dr. Richard Pan at Joint Pension Committee Hearing

CalPERS lied to the wrong person. State Senator Dr. Richard Pan is smart enough to know he was snookered when word gets back to him.

CalPERS’ Management Continues to Lie to Its Board and Beneficiaries About Its Private Equity Scheme

CalPERS is once again up to no good on the private equity front.

The Financial Crisis Was a Minsky Moment but We Live in Strange Times

Why has Susan Strange been reputationally short changed as an expert in financial instability?

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/18/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Open thread

Wellbeing Measurements, Easterlin’s Paradox and New Growth Models: A Perspective through Gross National Happiness

Examines new growth models, especially Bhutan’s, which has pursued gross national happiness, rather than GDP, since the 1970s.