Sunday, June 16, 2019

Adding to Planetary Alarm Bells, Top US Finance Official Warns Climate Crisis a Recipe for Global Economic Collapse

CFTC Commissioner Rostin Behnam says, “As most of the world’s markets and market regulators are taking steps towards assessing and mitigating the current and potential threats of climate change, we in the U.S. must also demand action from all segments of the public and private sectors, including this agency.”

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/12/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Biden, Buttigieg, Gabbard, Moulton, Sanders, Trump, Warren, Iowa, consumer price index, business inflation expecations, minerals, Spotify, Uber and Lyft, robot cars, tech break-ups, California fires and pot farms, UAW in Chattanooga, Jared Diamond, music master tapes destroyed

Mitigating “Plant Blindness” through a Photographing a Community Garden

Plant blindness has led to the devaluation of plants with regard to their impact on the economy and culture, environmental sustainability, and public health.

Links 6/12/19

Take the (Night) Train

It may not be possible to take the A Train anymore, but eschewing airplanes for trains, when possible, mitigates travel’s climate change impact.

Why Boeing May Never Recover From Its 737 Debacle

The company hasn’t just lost its business compass—gone is its moral one as well.

Wolf Richter: Global Semiconductor Sales Plunge 24% from Peak, Deepest % Plunge since Financial Crisis, Deepest $ Plunge Ever. Here’s Why

A slew of reasons, the China debacle on top.

Hope to See You at Our Cleveland Meetup Tonight or Our Chicago Meetup Tomorrow

Hope you can make one of our Midwest meetups!

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/11/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Supply chain and capital, Biden, Gravel, Sanders, Warren, campaign merch, AOC on wages, small business optimism, Apple monitor, algo v. chrono, slowing outout, plastic bag for your car, US and disasters, robots, the deadly hyphen, self-taught musicians

Revealed: Americans Care More About Social Needs Than Deficits

A recent poll from the Democracy Collaborative and YouGov reveals that most Americans are ready to spend more for social needs, even if it raises the deficit.

Links 6/11/19

Forget Lower Jobs Growth, The Number of People Who’ve Stopped Looking for Work Is Much More Worrisome

Why the jobs market isn’t as strong as the headline unemployment figures would have you believe.

Australia Is at War With Itself Over China

The Australian secuirty services are in open war against the Government over its pro-China policies.

Charter Schools Are a Major Dividing Line for the 2020 Democratic Candidates—Education Fights in Pennsylvania Point the Way

Charter schools are finally becoming a battleground.

2:00PM Water Cooler 6/10/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Biden, Gravel, Trump, Warren, Williamson, Iowa, rural voters, job openings, coal, container volume, Elon Musk, the yield curve, rice and greenhouse gases, health benefits for the undocumented, Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. exposed, tourism in Nepal