Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Yanis Varoufakis: Why Bitcoin Is Not a Socialist’s Ally – Reply to Ben Arc

Debunking some major misperceptions about potential roles for Bitcoin and blockchain.

Links 7/29/2020

Covid-19: To Clean or Not to Clean?

Cleaning vigilance was an early Covid-19 precaution. Have we gone overboard?

AOC Shellacking of Rep. Ted Yoho Shows How Little Progress Women Have Made

Why AOC’s impressive speech about Ted Yoho’s bad conduct reveals much about the standing of women in America, and not in a good way.

Thomas Frank: Corporate Democrats Idolize FDR, but Hate His Policies and the Populists That Supported Him

Thomas Frank discuss how Democrats try to have it both ways, wrapping themselves in FDR’s good name while dissing pretty much everything he stood for.

2:00PM Water Cooler 7/28/2020

~ Today’s Water Cooler ~

Plastics in Oceans Will Triple By 2040, Absent Immediate Drastic Action

Unless we take drastic steps NOW- and stop allowing plastics pushers to set the agenda- plastics in the world’s oceans will triple in twenty years, by 2040.

Links 7/28/2020

Google Postpones Employee Return till Mid 2021 as Office Buildings Remain Empty, Residential Delinquencies Soar

White collar workers staying away from the office does not bode well for confidence about getting Covid under control.

US and China Are Both Raising the Military Stakes in the South China Sea

Is the US engaged in military escalation with China, or are recent moves just high stakes posturing?

Our John Siman Wins Kukula Award for Non-Fiction Book Reviewing

John Siman wins a prize! Please join us in congratulating him!

Why Don’t Democratic Leaders Support Verifiable Elections? The Reason Is Simple and Obvious

Some evidence of design in the Democrats’ indifference to the integrity of elections.

2:00PM Water Cooler 7/27/2020

COVID peak in five problem states? ~ Harris shows “no remorse” ~ Biden FL campaign disarray ~ Sanders delegates to rebel on #MedicareForAll ~ Mike Duncan’s hair on fire ~ Manufacturing, durable goods ~ Small business cull ~ Composting tips ~ Moderna vaccine tips ~ Hygiene theatre ~ Protests in California ~ College debate ~ The return of Sid

The War Nerd: Amateurs Talk Cancel, Pros Talk Silence

War Nerd Newlestter 100:Irish potato famine and more: a tour d’horizon through AK Sen, Victorian literature, et.al.

Links 7/27/2020