Tag: Regulations and regulators

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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Brexit Delay Will Not Postpone Deglobalisation

By Peter A.G. van Bergeijk, Professor of International Economics and Macroeconomics, Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University. Originally published at VoxEU Many associate Brexit and the Trumpian trade wars with the start of a new phase of deglobalisation. This column argues that we should view them as symptoms rather than causes, as the world had […]

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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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Shotgun Marriage: Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank Discuss Merger

Normally, when banks look into merging, the impetus is either opportunism, whether well informed or not, or desperation. The only thing that differentiates the possible combination of Deutsche Bank, long the sickest man of Europe, and not all that healthy Commerzbank is that the desperation isn’t driven by the usual urgency, that a bank is […]

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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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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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Medicare for All (the Perplexed)

Yves here. Michael Olenick is correct to point out how one of the many bad features of US exceptionalism is that we refuse to learn from the experience of other countries, particularly with health care. And that’s before you get to the fact that big swathes of the public have been propagandized to view foreign […]

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India Bans Plastics Waste Imports, While Fossil Fuel Plastics Pushers in US and China Ramp Up to Party On

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. India last week banned imports of plastics waste for recycling. This move will exacerbate the worldwide recycling crisis. Regular readers know that China in 2017 stopped importing plastics waste for recycling, diverting […]

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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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Do Real Estate Markets Make Our Cities Less Livable?

By Aaron Freedman, Communications Strategist & Economics Editor, Institute for New Economic Thinking. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Economics Editor Aaron Freedman talks to Samuel Stein, a geography PhD candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center and an Urban Studies instructor at Hunter College, about his new […]

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Have We Already Passed World Peak Oil and World Peak Coal?

By Gail Tverberg, an actuary interested in finite world issues – oil depletion, natural gas depletion, water shortages, and climate change. Originally published at Our Finite World Most people expect that our signal of an impending reduction in world oil or coal production will be high prices. Looking at historical data (for example, this post […]

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Deregulating Banks Fueled Speculation, Not Productive Investment

Yves here. While most readers probably accept the idea that letting banks run wild did more for financiers than the real economy, it’s still important to test the idea empirically. By Josh Ryan-Collins, PhD, Head of Research at University College London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. He was previously Senior Economist at the New Economics […]

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Developing Industry Standards Won’t Give AI a Conscience

By Matthew Linares, Technical and Publishing Manager with openDemocracy. He is a variable tinkerer writing and organising around debates in technology and more: Thought and projects. He tweets @deepthings. Encrypt mail to him with his  public key. Originally published at openDemocracy Toyota unveil a self-driving car in 2013. IEEE’s new standards could transform how companies use AI. Image: […]

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Why Carbon Prices Are Not Enough

Yves here. While this post makes some important points about carbon pricing, I disagree vehemently with the notion that carbon prices and cap and trade are similar, and therefore I also differ with the author’s assertion that the carbon price is important and not the mechanism for achieving it. Carbon taxes provide for a fixed […]

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Skilling Released from Prison After A Decade of Doing Time : A Reminder of a Not So Distant Past, When the Rule of Law Applied to Corporate CEOs

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. On Friday, the Grey Lady reported:  Jeffrey Skilling, Former Enron Chief, Released After 12 Years in Prison: Jeffrey K. Skilling, the former chief executive of Enron whose lies contributed to the sudden […]

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Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) last week released a report, Plastic & Health; The Hidden Cost of a Plastic Planet. Its conclusion: “Plastic is a Global Health Crisis Hiding in […]

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Bills Criminalizing Pipeline Protest Arise in Statehouses Nationwide

By Steve Horn, a San Diego, CA-based climate reporter and producer for The Real News Network, who has worked as a staff investigative reporter for the publications Prison Legal News and Criminal Legal News and works as the Escondido reporter for The Coast News Group’s Inland Edition in northern San Diego County. He worked from 2011-2018 […]

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Taxcast: The #LuxLeaks Tax Deals – Still No investigation? Plus Amazon’s $0 Federal Tax Payment

Originally published at Tax Justice Network In Edition 86 of the February 2019 Tax Justice Network’s monthly podcast/radio show, the Taxcast (available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and other podcast platforms): why hasn’t the European Commission investigated any of the secret tax deals that were exposed by the LuxLeaks whistleblowers where tax authorities gave multi-national companies […]

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Why a Focus on “Fake News” and Facebook Misses the Internet’s Real Problems – and Solutions

Yves here. Needless to say, I have little sympathy for the handwringing over “fake news,” and worst, the plans to regulate content provision on the Internet. There is no evidence that “Russian” campaigns on social media has any impact on election results, and political scientists like Tom Ferguson have debunked the idea. In addition, Marina […]

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