Sunday, December 3, 2023

Feds Need to Enlist Consumers to Police Eyepoppingly High Level of Medicare Advantage Ad/Marketing Fraud

Yet another reason to be leery of Medicare Advantage…..widespread deceptive marketing.

The Destructively High Energy Cost of AI

More data on the energy cost of AI, which is projected soon to exceed that of several small countries.

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/29/2023

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Big Meat Unveils Battle Plans for COP28

The meat industry is coming under enough climate change pressure so as to have started messaging and astroturf campaigns.

Links 11/29/2023

Gaza Conflict: End Game Not in Sight

While there is still tremendous uncertainty about where the conflict in Gaza is going, more Palestinian suffering near-term is baked in.

New Technologies to Get Around Old Laws: Algorithms Being Used to Evade Antitrust Rules, Fix Prices and Worse

Is organizing a price-fixing cartel still illegal if an algorithm tells you to do it?

Car Dealers Warn Biden Administration to Pump Brakes on EV Plans

Auto dealers throw cold water on EV uptake hopium.

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/28/2023

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Why Did Argentina Elect a Right-Wing Non-Establishment Extremist?

More on the truly wacky new president of Argentina, Javier Milei who nevertheless may get some of his bad ideas implemented.

Links 11/28/2023

Spanish Government Threatens to Break Ranks With EU and Unilaterally Recognise Palestine. What Gives?

If Pedro Sánchez were to actually deliver on his word (which is a pretty big “IF”), Spain would become only the second country to recognise Palestinian statehood while being an EU Member State

PlutoniumKun: Correcting the Considerable Misinformation on the Recent Dublin Riots

A detailed account of the Dublin riot and the related political and social undercurrents in Ireland by our esteemed PlutoniumKun

Prices of New Houses Drop Further, -18% Year-Over-Year, Sales Drop, High Inventories Rise Further, Supply Jumps

More unhappy news on the residential real estate front: lotta unsold houses out there!

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/27/2023

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