Wednesday, March 20, 2019

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/20/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: China trade, Biden, Gravel (!), Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Sanders, Chelsea Clinton, mortgages, Boeing 737 MAX, AirBnB, Google, realtors, AI, electric buses, climate change and heart disease, Canada v. U.S. health care, Ramsey Orta, anti-vax, how spies use disguises

China’s Belt and Road Initiative vs Washington Consensus

An update by Jomo Kwame Sundaram on how China and the US are faring in their use of trade and development policy to foster growth and project power.

Links 3/20/19

Brexit: End of the Road

The UK has run out of time for Brexit machinations, even if that isn’t well recognized yet.

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

FIS and Worldpay are merging, hyping that they’ll be a bank in a box. Clive looks under the hood and doen’t like what he sees.

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

Why the meaning of the word freedom very much depends on your economic standing.

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

High-level causes of the 737 MAX debacle, and how MCAS got certified.

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/19/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Trade and heavy machinery, Houston chemical fire, plate tectonics and ice ages, superbugs in space, Iowa manure, Midwest flooding, PG&E and fire, college deans on corruption, advertising in space

Links 3/19/19

Technology: From Copycats to Innovators

How China is cuttting into America’s technology advantage, and how the US can respond.

Another Theresa May Faceplant as the Brexit Clock Ticks: Speaker Bercow Nixes Another Meaningful Vote in Current Session [Updated]

Brexit demonstrates the saying, “Things look the darkest before they go completely black.”

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

Chronicling and debunking more scurrilous attacks against MMT.

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/18/2019

Todays Water Cooler: Open thread.

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

A report from Colonel Smithers.

Links 3/18/19