Tag: Guest Post

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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2:00PM Water Cooler 3/20/2019

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Trade “Trump says he’s talking about leaving tariffs on China for ‘substantial period of time’” [MarketWatch]. “President Donald Trump on Wednesday, ahead of a trip to Ohio, told reporters on the South Lawn that he would leave tariffs on China for a ‘substantial period of time.’ ‘We are not talking […]

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative vs Washington Consensus

Originally published by Inter Press Service With the Washington Consensus from the 1980s being challenged, President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and China pursuing its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), most notably with its own initiatives such as the multilateral Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the political and economic […]

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Links 3/20/19

Abel Prize for maths awarded to woman for first time PhysOrg (Chuck L) First Anatolian farmers were local hunter-gatherers that adopted agriculture PhysOrg (Chuck L) THEN AND NOW: How the American living room has evolved Business Insider (Kevin W) California Reintroduces ‘Right To Repair’ Bill After Previous Effort Failed Apple Insider Researchers pinpoint cause of […]

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FIS and Worldpay’s Merger – Why Its “Bank in a Box” Tech Fantasy Will Go Nowhere

In a surprising but not really that surprising move announced Monday (March 18th), banking technology provider FIS is slated to merge with merchant and payment services provider Worldpay. The Wall Street Journal’s reporting is typically breathless: A global shake-up in the humdrum business of payments has set off a merger frenzy among the giant but […]

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What Republicans and Billionaires Really Mean When They Talk About ‘Freedom’

Yves here. This post focuses on an important slice of history in what “freedom” has meant in political discourse in the US. But I wish it had at least mentioned how a well-funded, then extreme right wing effort launched an open-ended campaign to render US values more friendly to business. They explicitly sought to undo […]

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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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Technology: From Copycats to Innovators

By Richard Vague, Managing Partner, Gabriel Investments and Chair, The Governor’s Woods Foundation. Originally published in Democracy; cross posted from the Institute for New Economic Thinking website In 1787, in his capacity as secretary of the Pennsylvania Society for the Encouragement of Manufactures and the Useful Arts, [Tench] Coxe had provided support for a British […]

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Bill Black: The Day Orthodox Economists Lost Their Minds and Integrity (#MMT)

Yves here. I’m behind reposting Bill Black’s series debunking the barrage of intellectually dishonest attacks being launched against MMT. I’m skipping over his fourth piece, Four “Tells” That Show Krugman Knows He Cannot Win an Honest Debate, but urge you to read it as well. By Bill Black, the author of The Best Way to Rob […]

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2:00PM Water Cooler 3/19/2019

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, my day today is unduly dynamic and complexified. I will return tomorrow in full force. In the meantime, here are some conversation starters! –lambert A clever workaround: Bird Preacher. A half-truth about St.Francis (1181-1226) is that he preached to birds – like a 12th century Dr.Dolittle. The truth […]

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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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Links 3/18/19

Stonehenge-like monuments were home to giant pig feasts. Now, we know who was on the guest list Science What’s the cost (in fish) between 1.5 and 3 degrees of warming? Anthropocene Home Of Strategic Command And Some Of The USAF’s Most Prized Aircraft Is Flooding (Updated) The Drive Radical plan to artificially cool Earth’s climate […]

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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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Can Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Be Trusted To Turn Facebook into a “Privacy-Focused Communications Platform?”

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Facebook CEO and squillionaire Mark Zuckerberg recently announced (in a Facebook post, naturally) that Facebook will become a “a privacy-focused communications platform.” He writes: As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms. Privacy gives […]

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Links 3/17/19

He couldn’t hack it as a drug-sniffing dog. Now he’s conservation’s best friend CNN. Good dog! 11-foot wall of water: One dam breaks, three counties suffer Lincoln Journal-Star Severe Flooding Omaha to Southern Wisconsin – 50s Possible Late Next Week Star Tribune. Lots of charts and maps. Here is a National Weather Service map. Insurance […]

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Who’s Behind Trump’s Claim the Green New Deal Will Cost $100 Trillion?

Lambert here: The usual suspects, but it’s always nice to see names named. By Dave Anderson, Energy and Policy Institute. Cross-posted from DeSmog Blog. President Trump’s claim that the Green New Deal would cost $100 trillion can be traced back to the Manhattan Institute, a think tank backed by fossil fuel investor Paul Singer and […]

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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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Of Course We Can Pay for a Green New Deal, but We Can’t Escape Hard Choices

Yves here. This post on the Green New Deal highlights an issue that hasn’t come close to getting the attention it warrants: the operational and organizational demands. However, it’s odd that the author does not consider revenue sharing, a program launched by that great American socialist Richard Nixon. Nixon believed that the federal government was […]

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Bill Black: Three Natural Experiments Documenting Krugman’s Bias Against MMT

By Bill Black, the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and co-founder of Bank Whistleblowers United. Originally published at New Economic Perspectives Third article in a series on MMT[1] I urge readers to review Scott Fullwiler’s brief […]

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