Sunday, April 22, 2018

Disruptive Finance Huffing and Puffing Won’t Blow Big Bank Houses Down

Why newfangled finance will not have much impact on the banking industry.

Through the Revolving Door, with a Few Stumbles – Health Care Corporate Executives and Consultants Continue to Become Leaders of Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services

As hard as it may be to believe, health care industry corruption is increasing, as measured by revolving door appointments.

Another Big Retailer Gets Liquidated

Retailers in bankruptcy are notoriously hard to restructure.

2:00PM Water Cooler 4/18/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: China on autos, Sanders on opioids and Cardi B, voter registration, #MeToo, Barbara Bush, architectural billings, infrastructure, Tesla, state taxes for online retail, insects, math

Facebook, Privacy, and the Use of Data

The US press and punditry has been tip-toeing around the real problem with Facebook: that it has monopoly power.

Links 4/18/18

Brexit Looks Wobbly as Polls Go Negative, House of Lords Throws Spanner in the Works

Some Brexit updates.

CalPERS Board Member Margaret Brown Still Illegally Locked Out, Given Only Highly Restricted Access to Transcripts

CalPERS doubles down on its campaign against reform-minded board member Margaret Brown.

J.D. Alt: Framing the Progressive Agenda

Thoughts on how to present progressive policies without triggering “you mean tax and spend” reflexes.

Announcing 2018 Mini-Fundraiser for Water Cooler!

2018 Mini-Fundraiser for Water Cooler

2:00PM Water Cooler 4/17/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: TPP (again), 2020 contenders jostle, MI and NY governor races identity politics, industrial production, housing, employment situation, David Harvey, Los Angeles TImes, memes

Raising Tariffs on China Without Grabbing Headlines

How Europe raised tariffs on more Chinese imports than Trump has threatened to.

Links 4/17/18

Los Angeles Times Confirms Our Reporting on CalPERS CFO Charles Asubonten’s Resume Misrepresentations; CalPERS Admits to Fabrications and Gets Defensive

The Los Angeles Times verifies and amplifies our reporting on the misrepresentations and inaccuracies in the resume that recently-hired CFO Charles Asubonten presented to CalPERS.

Gaius Publius: Fracking Has Brought the World to the Brink of Disaster

Fracking is one reason why our bad climate change picture is getting even worse.