Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Economy Under Trump: Business Optimism Combined with Inequality

Gerald Epstein dissects the Trump Administration happy talk about the state of the economy.

2:00PM Water Cooler 9/12/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: WTO, Cory Booker, Trump and the midterms, the austerity box, inflation, detention and demurrage, scooter users in the ER, McDonald’s workers, Minsky’s financial instability hypothesis, the new iPhones

Michael Olenick: Debunking Yet Another Misleading Gun Study

A gun “study” falls apart when given a cursory examination.

Links 9/12/18

State AGs to Step Up Enforcement Against Tech Companies?

The WSJ reported Monday that state AGs, who include many Republicans, are poised to step up enforcement against big tech. Interesting times may lie ahead.

Why Positive Thinking Won’t Get You Out of Poverty

The New York Times condescends to people in poverty.

Shall We Kill the Hay Exports or the Cows?

Hay has become a scarce resource in Australia, and not for the best reasons.

2:00PM Water Cooler 9/11/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: China trade, EU talks, the left and foreign policy, Raimondo, spook candidates, elections and money, electronic voting, small business optimism, blockchai bezzle, deep fake videos, gender equality, war on cash, meth makes a comeback

If You Read This Book, It’ll Make You a Radical: A Conversation with Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank on what’s the matter with America.

Links 9/11/18

Michael Olenick: Digging Into Data on the Student Loan Scam

A data dive shows that the student loan business is at least as bad as you think it is.

Fighting Opioid and Painkiller Addiction

How the misapplication of an early study on opioid addiction risk help pave the way for overly-casual prescription of these drugs.

Gaius Publius: Big Oil Seeks Billions from U.S. Government to Protect It From…Climate Change

Big oil seeks yet another handout.

2:00PM Water Cooler 9/10/2018

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Readers, Naked Capitalism’s holiday week is over. I hope your Labor Day weekend, and the week following, was as pleasant as mine! So many threads over the past week, I’m not sure I picked them all up…. –lambert Trade “One of the electronics world’s bedrock supply chains is getting caught […]

UK Consumers Sour on Plastic Packaging

Surveys indicate that consumers are souring on the ubiquitous use of plastic packaging– at least in the UK. Yet these shifts alone won’t be sufficient to address the problem. Governments must up their regulatory game, and global action is necessary.