Tag: Regulations and regulators

The Planetary Health Diet Isn’t Much Use to People Living in Food Poverty

Yves here. Mass market food producers have not been good actors in promoting a healthy diet. Among other things, adding sugar to products makes them taste better and “snacks, drinks, and processed foods that are high in sugar have the highest profit margins.” By Anya Pearson, a freelance journalist and editor, and guitarist in feminist […]

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Micheal Olenick: Helicidine – French Miracle Snails

Yves here. If anyone takes up this idea, please remember Naked Capitalism (as in at least send me some of the stuff)! Remember, the US bars reimportation, as in ordering US drugs via Canada. Importing foreign drugs doesn’t fall into that category (so personal use is fine, getting approval for commercial resale is probably not […]

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What Truck Drivers Say about “Driver Shortage” & Pay Increases

Yves here. Of course, one then wonders how many of the other worker shortage stories are exaggerated. And remember that profits have been at record levels as a percentage of GDP, so the idea that most companies can’t pay more is spurious. By Wolf Richter, a San Francisco based executive, entrepreneur, start up specialist, and […]

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Do Not Disturb: The Right to Disconnect

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Employees of public companies in New York City would be able to ignore after-hours emails and other electronic communication under a right to disconnect measure pending before  the City Council. This measure […]

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Why the Green New Deal Is the Stuff of Fantasyland

Yves here. I’ve been disappointed by the cheerleading over the Green New Deal. Its claim is that if we mobilize enough resources, we can convert to a renewable-energy-based economy and arrest the rise in greenhouse gases soon enough to prevent the worst global warming outcomes. That might have worked if we had started 20 years […]

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$15 Minimum Wage: Job Killer or Path Out of Poverty?

This Real News Network segment sets forth the most common arguments against increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, or alternatively, a living wage level, and shows why they don’t hold up to scrutiny. A decent minimum wage is even more important when the supposedly robust US economy is increasingly creating McJobs. JAISAL NOOR: […]

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Trillions In IPO Funds At Risk Over Government Shutdown

Yves here. Let us all shed crocodile tears for the fact that Uber’s IPO may get done behind schedule. By Michael Kern , a newswriter and editor at Safehaven.com, Oilprice.com, and a writer at Crypto Insider. Originally published at SafeHaven Welcome to day 20 of the government shutdown over a $5-billion border wall that’s taken […]

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The Mysteries Surrounding Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, the Sackler Family’s Second Opioid Company

By Roy Poses, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University, and the President of FIRM – the Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine. Originally published at Health Care Renewal Mysteries still abound in the not so wonderful world of health care dysfunction, so, quick, the game’s afoot… Today’s mysteries involve beneficial ownership.  […]

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Another Win for Fossil Fuels: EPA to Weaken Basis for Calculating Mercury and Future Environmental Standards

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Nearly halfway through his first term, Trump’s domestic policy record is decidedly mixed – despite having enjoyed Republican House and Senate majorities.  In 2017, he enacted a massive tax cut for the […]

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Journey into a Libertarian Future: Part VI – Certainty

This post was first published on December 6, 2018 By Andrew Dittmer, who recently finished his PhD in mathematics at Harvard and is currently continuing work on his thesis topic. He also taught mathematics at a local elementary school. Andrew enjoys explaining the recent history of the financial sector to a popular audience. Simulposted at The Distributist Review […]

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Journey into a Libertarian Future: Part V – Dark Realities

This post was first published on December 5, 2011 By Andrew Dittmer, who recently finished his PhD in mathematics at Harvard and is currently continuing work on his thesis topic. He also taught mathematics at a local elementary school. Andrew enjoys explaining the recent history of the financial sector to a popular audience. Simulposted at The Distributist Review […]

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These 2018 Corporate Scandals Demonstrate Why the New Democratic Congress Must Crack Down on Corruption

Lambert here: Sadly, the political class lacks the expertise to translate “must” into “will.” At least on this issue. By Matthew Chapman, a video game designer, science fiction author, and political activist from Texas. Originally published at Alternet. The headlines for white-collar crime this year have largely been grabbed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who […]

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Journey into a Libertarian Future: Part IV – The Journey into a Libertarian Past

This post was first published on December 2, 2011 By Andrew Dittmer, who recently finished his PhD in mathematics at Harvard and is currently continuing work on his thesis topic. He also taught mathematics at a local elementary school. Andrew enjoys explaining the recent history of the financial sector to a popular audience. Simulposted at The Distributist Review […]

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Journey into a Libertarian Future: Part III – Regulation

Lambert here: Andrew’s dead-pan voice and genre-bending technique seem to perplexed some readers. “Journey into a Libertarian Future” is not a genuine interview, although it is cast in the form of an interview. The interviewee, “Code Name Cain,” is fictional, but also a proxy for the libertarian thought leader, Hans Hoppe, whose words Andrew “puts […]

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How the International Monetary Fund Imposes Its Economic Policies on Argentina

By Celina della Croce of the Independent Media Institute. Cross-posted from Alternet. In September, Argentine president Mauricio Macri accepted the 2018 Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Award. In attendance were many of world’s neoliberal power players and policy makers, among them International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Facing the crowd, Macri gleefully admitted that […]

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Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

Yves here. Some design and regulatory proposals to mitigate the risks of the deployment of artificial intelligence. By Valerie Frissen, a professor in ICT and Social change at Erasmus School of Philosophy, Gerhard Lakemeyer, Professor of Computer Science and head of the knowledge-based systems group, Department of Computer Science 5, Aachen University of Technology, and […]

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How Immoral Are Laissez Faire Ideologues? Ask About Drones.

Yves here. The Politico European newsletter today confirms that drones are a flight safety risk that hasn’t been addressed in any systematic way: UNLEASH THE EAGLES THIS CHRISTMAS: Here is some transport policy news that everyone traveling around Europe over the holiday should care about. Drone disruption is an increasing problem, and brought London’s Gatwick airport […]

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Advertising Trade Association Presses for Federal Data Privacy Regulation

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 Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) – an industry trade association – is pushing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to adopt a new federal law to […]

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The UK’s Reform of Limited Partnership Law: Dead on Arrival (II)

British company structures which hide the identity of those behind them were branded a disgrace by the whistleblower who brought to light an alleged 200 billion euro (178 billion pounds) money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO). “The role of the United Kingdom is an absolute disgrace. Limited liability partnerships and Scottish [limited] partnerships have […]

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