Tag: Banana republic

Costly Confusion: Patients Caught by Medicare Not Covering Annual Physical Exams

Yves here. This post presents a classic example of why medical care in America sucks. It’s too much about billing and not enough about patient care. Even your humble blogger, who has a 30+ year old indemnity plan (as in I can go to any doctor in the world, I’m not in a network) that […]

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U.S. ‘’Oil Weapon’’ Could Change Geopolitics Forever

By Tim Daiss, an oil markets analyst, journalist and author working out of the Asia-Pacific region for 12 years. He has covered oil, energy markets and geopolitics for Forbes, Platts, Interfax, NewsBase, Rigzone, and the UK-based Independent (newspaper) as well as providing energy markets analysis for subscription newsletters. Originally published at OilPrice In a dynamic […]

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Boeing Crapfication: 737 MAX Play-by-Play, Regulatory Capture, and When Will CEO Muilenburg Become the Sacrificial Victim?

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. At some point in the future, I’d like to do failure matrix for the pathways to misfortune (example of such a matrix here) that precipitated two deadly Boeing 737 MAX crashes on take-off in five weeks, but I don’t feel that I have enough information yet. (I’m not unsympathathetic to […]

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Report from the Ground in Paris: The Most Recent Gilets Jaunes Protests

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Our own Colonel Smithers was in Paris for the most recent Gilets Jaunes protests (“Gilets jaunes protests cause extensive damage on Champs-Élysées“; “Macron calls for ‘strong decisions’ after violent Yellow Jacket protests“)[1] and threw a series of emails over the transom. I’m going to put extracts from the Colonel’s mail […]

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Electronic Health Records: Death By A Thousand Clicks

Lambert: A blockbuster. No matter the initial intentions of the EHR boosters — among them, Obama, who earmarked $17 billion for EHRs in his $787 billion stimulus package — there seems to be no other real justification for them than fraud, whether by vendors or by upcoding. Plus physician burnout, if you consider replacing humans […]

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“Middle Class” Once Meant Stability and Now Means Fragility

By Alissa Quart, Executive Editor, Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Cross posted from the Institute for New Economic Thinking website feel that being middle class is not what it once was and that we are all running in place as fast as we can to stay the same, to quote Alice in Wonderland’s Red Queen,” Brenda […]

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Outsourcing Giant Interserve with 65,000 Employees Collapses

Yves here. Forgive us for being a bit heavy on UK stories, but it is proving to be a case study in how end-state neoliberalism produces incompetence and corruption. As Don Quijones described, the failure of a second major outsourcing player in barely more than a year provides strong evidence that the UK approach to […]

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A Way-Too-Early Handicapping of the 2020 Presidential Race

By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! [embedded content]A cigarette, martini, a staircase and Bette Davis — the 2020 election in a nutshell There are two groups of candidates in the Democratic candidate field. The first group contains people like Bernie Sanders. The second group contains all other candidates whom corporate Democratic power brokers will […]

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Mars or Mercury Redux: How Geopolitics Influence Bilateral Trade Agreements

By Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Arnaud Mehl, Principal Economist in the Directorate General International, European Central Ban and Livia Chiţu, Economist in the Directorate General International, European Central Bank. Originally published at VoxEU Both economics and geopolitics matter for trade agreements. In particular, defence pacts […]

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Boeing Crapification: Second 737 Max Plane Within Five Months Crashes Just After Takeoff

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Yesterday, an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers on board. The crash occurred  less than five months after a Lion Air jet crashed near Jakarta, Indonesia, also […]

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The 2020 Democrats of the ‘Anti-Green New Deal Coalition’

By Kendra Chamberlain, a freelance journalist overing renewable energy technology and smart infrastructure. Originally published at DeSmog Blog Follow her on twitter @KendraRC976 Support for the ambitious Green New Deal proposal has uncovered widening rifts within the Democratic Party as presidential candidates begin fleshing out their 2020 platforms. To date, the Green New Deal resolution […]

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Is a War With Iran on the Horizon?

By Bob Dreyfuss, an investigative journalist and founder of TheDreyfussReport.com. He is a contributing editor at the Nation, and he has written for Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, the American Prospect, the New Republic, and many other magazines. He is the author of Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam. Originally published at TomDispatch […]

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Bill Black Analyzes Brad DeLong’s Stunning Concession: Neoliberals Should Pass the Baton and Let the Left Lead

Jerri-Lynn here. The times they are a’changin. In this Real News network interview, Bill Black analyzes Brad DeLong’s stunning concession that neoliberals should get out of the way and let the left lead since their coalition with Republicans did not work. Black is the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own […]

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Economic Consequences of the U.S. Convict Labor System

By Michael Poyker, Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website hile labor coercion in agricultural and preindustrial economies is well-studied, few papers address the effects of coercive institutions in an industrial setting (Naidu and Yuchtman, 2013). The most common form of labor coercion in […]

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Charter School Cap Efforts Gain Momentum

By Matthew Gardner Kelly, Assistant Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University. Originally published at The Conversation From California to Wisconsin, efforts to stop charter school growth are gaining momentum. In the April 2019 mayoral election in Chicago, both candidates say they want to halt charter school expansion. Financial issues lie at the core of these […]

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Power Failure and Blackout: An Update on the Situation in Venezuela

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Currently, Venezuela is undergoing a country-wide blackout. Here’s an image (via Agence France Presse): And here is an animated image of what’s happening to the Internet in Venezuela as the power failure waxes and wanes: Urgent: Network measurements show extraordinary nationwide impact as #Venezuela is knocked offline amid power outages […]

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The Incoherence of Larry Summers, a Serious Economist

Yves here. Larry Summers, like Hillary Clinton, does not seem willing to get the message that it would behoove him to retreat from public life. By J. D. Alt, author of The Architect Who Couldn’t Sing, available at Amazon.com or iBooks. Originally published at www.realprogressivesusa.com Lawrence Summers, according to Lawrence Summers, is a “serious economist.” […]

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Cities And Counties Unlikely To Heed FDA Warning On Importing Foreign Drugs

Yves here. I found this article more than a bit frustrating, in that it didn’t clarify the legal and medical issues regarding ordering drugs from foreign suppliers. I’m not sure whether this is due to the author being too close to the subject matter or a Kaiser Health News editorial stance of not getting very […]

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