Tag: Guest Post

Still No Minimum Wage Bill – Not Because Of Trump Or McTurtle – Because Of Pelosi And Hoyer And Their Blue Dogs

By Howie Klein. Published at DownWithTryanny! [embedded content] The Deseret News in Utah is far more conservative than the Salt Lake Tribune. But last week, the paper’s ran an OpEd that one wouldn’t expect to see in a right-wing Republican newspaper, America Has Gone Too Long Without Raising The Minimum Wage. “June 16 marks the […]

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Bad Loans Still Too High at Eurozone Banks, ECB Warns

Yves here. This post describes how efforts to tackle the bad loan problem at Eurozone banks have made a dent, but still leave banks in countries that had a high level of non-performing loans at considerable risk. That matters because the EU implemented banking “reforms” which became effective in 2016 called the Bank Recovery and […]

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2:00PM Water Cooler 6/17/2019

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Trade “From window curtains to fireworks, American importers are struggling to find alternative suppliers for the goods they bring in from China. An analysis of federal import data shows China accounts for more than 90% of imports in 273 categories of the items targeted by new tariffs… reaching deep into […]

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Two Hours Spent Weekly in Nature Improves Health

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. After deadlines and poor weather have kept me cooped up indoors for the last couple of days, I’m well aware of the irony of discussing the health benefits of spending time communing […]

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Links 6/17/19

Largest world stock of animal-killing virus destroyed by UK lab BBC Why sleeptrackers could lead to the rise of insomnia – and orthosomnia Guardian In Pablo Picasso’s Studio During the Nazi Occupation of Paris Literary Hub NEW UNDER-18 MODEL BANS ARE CHANGING HOW AGENCIES RECRUIT AND SIGN TALENT Fashionista Waste Watch Where does your plastic […]

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Adani is Cleared to Start Digging its Coal Mine – Six Key Questions Answered

Jerri-Lynn here. Last week Queensland gave approval to Indian mining company Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine – reminding us that it’s not just in the United States where fossil fuels interests hold sway. Make sure you click on the interactive graphic, which includes considerably more detail than the text of this short post. By Adrian […]

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Links 6/16/19

Chief of Naval Operations lauds return to tradition of ‘false flag’ operations Duffelblog Target’s computer systems reportedly went down nationally, prompting long lines and confusion MarketWatch ‘Software engineering’ was a joke until the mission to the Moon made it the future Fast Company Hackers behind the world’s deadliest code are probing US power firms MIT […]

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US Poised to Approve Shipping LNG by Rail for Export With No New Safety Rules

By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog On June 6, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that the company Energy Transport Solutions LLC had applied for a special permit to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) in unit trains 100 cars long and […]

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Links 6/15/19

Trump says his UK visit was the most fun Queen had in 25 years NY Post. Indeed. Darwin’s Finches Are In Danger Because a Parasite Is Changing Their Mating Song Vice (see the website of the Galapagos Conservation Trust for background and context: DARWIN’S FINCHES) A deadly deer disease is spreading. Could it strike people, […]

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Food Security: Largest Animal Epidemic in History Is Due to Industrial Farming

Jerri-Lynn here. This Real News Network interview with Rob Wallace of the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps discusses what’s caused the current outbreak of African swine flu – the largest animal epidemic in history –  which is currently rampaging throughout China and other parts of Asia. Pork prices have shot up 40% globally. This […]

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Economic Growth: A Short History of a Controversial Idea

By Gareth Dale, who teaches at Brunel University. He publishes occasionally in The Ecologist. This article includes passages from previously published texts, including ‘The tide is rising, don’t rock the boat!’ Economic growth and the legitimation of inequality (2018), Seventeenth century origins of the growth paradigm (2017), and The growth paradigm: A critique (2012). Originally […]

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Book Review: Chris Arnade’s “Dignity”

“When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’” —Matt 9:11 By Lambert Strether of Corrente Those who have followed Chris Arnade on Twitter or Flickr will be gratified that his new book, Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America has arrived. I bought it […]

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Grenfell Tower Fire: A (Non-)Progress Report

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Today, June 14, is the second anniversary of the GrenFell Tower fire in London, a public housing block where 72 people died in a conflagration where the proximate cause was inflammable cladding installed on the outside of the building during a remodelling, and the ultimate cause was Thatcherite deregulation and […]

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Links 6/14/19

Yes, Saturn’s Rings Are Awesome — NASA’s Cassini Showed Us Just HOW Awesome. Space.com ‘Giants Of The Monsoon Forest’ Explores The Lives Of Working Elephants In Asia NPR Empire of Meat The Baffler Rising methane: A new climate challenge Science Exxon, Saudis Bet on Plastics Growth in Giant Gulf Coast Plant Bloomberg Answering Questions About […]

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Michael Hudson: Trump’s Trade Threats are really Cold War 2.0

By Michael Hudson, a research professor of Economics at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. His latest book is “and forgive them their debts”: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year. President Trump has threatened China’s President Xi that […]

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Conservative Economists Embrace Adam Smith as a Hero — But Many Scholars Say His Legacy Has Been Distorted

By Glory M. Liu, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Political Theory Project at Brown University with research interests in the history of political thought, American politics and political economy. She is currently working on a book project titled “Inventing the Invisible Hand: Adam Smith in American Thought and Politics, 1776-Present.” Cross-posted from Alternet. People […]

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2:00PM Water Cooler 6/13/2019

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Politics “But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” –James Madison, Federalist 51 “They had one weapon left and both knew it: treachery.” –Frank Herbert, Dune “2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination” [RealClearPolitics] (average of five polls). As of June 11: Biden down 32.2% (33.4) and […]

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Climate Change: Judge Allows New York’s Martin Act Lawsuit Against Exxon to Proceed

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. New York Supreme Court Judge Barry Ostrager yesterday blocked three of Exxon’s four possible affirmative defenses against New York state’s lawsuit for alleged climate fraud. Then-New York state attorney general Barbara Underwood […]

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Links 6/13/19

Sajid Javid signs US extradition order for Julian Assange The Guardian Wine has barely changed since Roman times, and that’s a problem TreeHugger France’s fascinating ‘wine treatment’ BBC. From last month, still worth a read. THE TOP SECRET COLD WAR PROJECT THAT PULLED CLIMATE SCIENCE FROM THE ICE Wired Walking Alone: On “Digital Minimalism LA […]

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