Tag: Banana republic

How To Roast the Planet with Good Intentions: The Climate Equity Act

Yves here. This post illustrates that both good policy and good legislation are hard, particularly on complex and high-staked issues like climate change. Unfortunately, it appears that progressives’ propensity to punt on doing the work will play into the hands of the opposition. By Eric Kramer. Originally published at Angry Bear I have suggested (here […]

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Private Equity’s War to Preserve Surprise Billing

If you want proof that private equity is predatory, you need go not further than its concerted efforts to extend and intensify the devastating practice of surprise billing. Bad enough that patients develop afflictions or have accidents that land them in the hospital. Recovering physically is hard enough. But to then have the stress and […]

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Why No Retired Generals Oppose America’s Forever Wars

Yves here. Even though Sjursen describes the cultural factors and institutional mechanisms that allow the US armed services to perpetuate pro-war groupthink, I’m surprised to see no mention of economic incentives. Retired generals can look forward to consulting assignments and board appointments with military contractors. Some also wind up getting lucrative speaking gigs. Having a […]

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To Tackle Inequality, We Need To Start Talking About Where Wealth Comes From

Yves here. While it was refreshing to see some Democratic presidential candidates depict inequality as an important political and economic issue, it would help if they sharpened their critique of why concentrated wealth is suspect. Too much inherited money lead to the creation of dynasties. As Bloomberg is so vividly demonstrating, the rich can buy […]

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A Full Scale Attack on Medical Debt

Yves here. Even if you don’t agree with Bob Hertz’s prescription for medical debt, his typology of various types of debtors and the political and practical problems they pose provides a good foundation for further analysis. By Bob Hertz, a health care essayist The recent proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders to cancel $81 billion of […]

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The Public’s Right to Know: HA! How Courts and Federal Agencies Stonewall on Citizen Access to Government Information

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. How can we get our government to work for us if we don’t know what they’re up to?  Last  week, a federal court addressed one aspect of the  problem of  ‘public’s right […]

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Ship the Airplane: The Cultural, Organizational and Technical Reasons Why Boeing Cannot Recover

Jerri-Lynn here. Grab a cup of coffee and make time to read this devastating analysis of what went wrong at Boeing.. By Gregory Tavis, a writer, a software executive, a pilot, and an aircraft owner who has logged more than 2,000 hours of flying time, ranging from gliders to a Boeing 757 (as a full-motion […]

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Progressives to Voters Skeptical of Bernie Sanders: This ‘Big Tent’ Movement Is a Winning and Practical Choice

Jerri-Lynn here. You can read this as a companion piece to yesterday’s post by Ferguson, Chen, and Jorgensen, outlining one key element of the Sanders demographic: lower income towns in New Hampshire voted heavily for Sanders; richer towns did the opposite (Lower Income Towns in New Hampshire Voted Heavily for Sanders; Richer Towns Did the […]

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Right to Repair Roundup: One Step Forward, One to the Side

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Earlier this month, US Pirg  published a short squib discussing one modest recent development in the battle over the right to repair, , LOBBYING AGAINST RIGHT TO REPAIR IS RISKY. The post […]

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Lower Income Towns in New Hampshire Voted Heavily for Sanders; Richer Towns Did the Opposite

Jerri-Lynn here: This post is short and to the point and reports a key fact about the Sanders vote in New Hampshire: lower income towns in the state voted heavily for Sanders, while richer towns did the opposite. By Thomas Ferguson, Director of Research, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Paul Jorgensen, Assistant Professor of […]

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How Corporations Are Forcing Their Way Into America’s Public Schools

Yves here. Yet another illustration of the ongoing effort to repurpose schools solely for workplace skills and not, say, being a citizen. By Jeff Bryant, a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a communications consultant, freelance writer, advocacy journalist, and director of the Education […]

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This Philadelphia Refinery Is the Country’s Worst Benzene Polluter. Trump Wants To Keep It Open

Yves here. What is particularly appalling is that, as you’ll read, a winning bidder wanting to turn the refinery land into a real estate development is now facing having his offer rejected by hidden interests who want to keep the refinery going. There also appears to be no particular unique economic value to this refinery. […]

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Iowa, Democrats, and Elite Incompetence

The Democrats have lurched from their self-inflicted wound of the botched impeachment effort to the self-inflicted wound of the embarrassing fail of Iowa caucus result-tallying, thanks not just to the use of a newly-created app that failed in prime time, but also the lack of any sort of fallbacks. The spectacle of a district chief […]

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Corporate Counter-Mobilization: Uber and Deliveroo’s ‘Charter of Good Work’ Is Nothing but Fairwashing

Yves here. One bit of good news with Uber and its allies’ launch of an empty charter to pretend to deal with the job conditions of gig workers is it appears to have gotten little notice in the US. Perhaps the fact that it was launched at Davos was more than a bit of a […]

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Cybernetic Opioid Pushers: EHR Vendor Practice Fusion to Pay $145 Million to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations

Yves here. Even though we linked to this story earlier in the week about the way a software company Practice Fusion actively enabled opioid abuse, we’re highlighting it again because the details matter, and not just the sorry fact that no one is going to jail. Many commentors defend the use of electronic health records […]

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US Loses Nearly 4 Million Jobs to China Since WTO Entry

A newly released study by the Economic Policy Institute reaches a devastating but not surprising conclusion: globalization has screwed American workers. However, putting numbers on how much sustained trade deficits with China translate into lost American jobs, and those numbers turning out to be large, gives free trade cheerleaders a lot less wriggle room. EPI […]

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How Iowa Chooses National Convention Delegates and What That Means For Us

Yves here. Who dreamed up this crazy process? I thought Iowa citizens were straightforward types. By Thomas Neuberger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! Iowa’s four congressional districts. Note Cedar Rapids in CD1, Iowa City (a major college town) in CD2, Des Moines in CD3 and Ames (the other large college town) in the otherwise heavily rural CD4. […]

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#MeToo Shamefully Nowhere To Be Found as SEIU Not Only Refuses to Fire Staffers Charged With Multiple Instances of Sexual Misconduct, but Retaliates Against Press and Whistleblowers

One of my big beefs about #MeToo is that is the movement has been almost entirely about defending upper class/professionally accomplished women. No one has ridden in to demand the ouster of employees of SEIU who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct, nor has any prominent woman objected to the way SEIU has promoted some of […]

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The Dead Zone Downstream: Gulf Edition

Yves here. Even though this article discusses the fertilizer-created dead zone as a crisis for Gulf of Mexico shrimpers, this is a manifestation of an ecological problem showing up in other forms around the world. Written and photographed by Spike Johnson with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Originally published in partnership between […]

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