Tuesday, December 11, 2018

George Herbert Walker Bush and the Myth of the ‘Good’ Gulf War

Correcting revisionist history about Bush the Senior and the first Gulf War.

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/5/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Aluminum and steel tariffs, Beto and Obama, the crowded Democrat field, lame duck power grabs, Bush hagiography, Jeffrey Epstein, mortgages, cobalt, Google, social media, coal, hospitals, single payer, charter school strike, gut bacteria in your brain

G20: You Can Smell Tear Gas in the Streets as the Oil Industry Squabbles

What the G20 and OPEC meetings mean for the political relations, economies, and people of the world.

Links 12/5/18

Brexit: May Bloodied but Not Yet Bowed

Theresa May continues to exhibit her remarkable capacity for taking punishment. Too bad it’s not for good ends.

Our New York Magazine Article: “Uber Is Headed for a Crash”

A clinical look at Uber’s economics and prospects.

U.S. Treasury Sanctions Bitcoin Wallets For First Time

The long arm of US law reaches into bitcoin wallets.

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/4/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Trash and trade, Neera Tanden, Beto 2020, ME-02, NC, WI, motor vehicle sales, LNG, rentals, Google, MasterCard universal identity, clean coal, marijuana legisation, Women’s March, STD, carbohydrates and fat

The Impact of Inheritance Taxes on the Labor Supply of Heirs

Inheritance tax cuts cost non-currency-issuing governments more than just the lost inheritance tax revenues.

Links 12/4/18

Brexit: Coming to a Head?

The latest take on the increasingly frantic Brexit state of play.

Michael Olenick: A Quick Look at the Gilets Jaunes Protests. Update: They Won!

An overview of the gilets jaunes movement.

How Did Public Land Drilling Rights Become Cheaper Than a Cup of Coffee?

A great public land giveaway is in process….and where has the press been?

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/3/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Trump and Xi on trade, Sanders 2020, Beto 2002, authoritarian Democrats, MI, NC, WI post-midterms battles, capital spending, manufacturing, construction, retail, “last mile” logistics, UN on climate change, scripts in the news, occupational licensing, Xmas

Protecting Coral Reefs: Sustainable Scuba Diving Practices

PADI, the world’s largest scuba diving training and certification group, and British conservation charity Reef-World Foundation, have joined forces to support the Green Fins scheme, to mitigate the impact of recreational diving on already-stressed coral reefs.