Sunday, August 18, 2019

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/12/2019

Today’s Water Cooler:

Summertime and the Living is Easy: In Praise of Farmers Markets

Not every aspect of modern life has been crapified: in praise of farmers markets, and the pleasure of making good jam.

Links 8/12/19

Bretton Woods Institutions: Enforcers, Not Saviours?

The two Bretton Woods institutions the have huge credibility deficits due to the policy conditionalities and advice they have dispensed to developing countries in recent decades.

Brexit Breakup

More consternation about Johnson’s possible Brexit moves.

U.S. Healthcare Industry Could Be Decimated by China Trade War

One way China could mess with the US.

Rotten Apple: Right to Repair Roundup

Apple continues to crapify its products, in ways intended to thwart the ability of their owners to use third party services to repair their devices.

Links 8/11/19

Example of ‘Unknown Unknowns,’ Study Detailing ‘Almost Instant Mortality of Corals’ Suggests Crisis Worse Than Previously Understood

New study published by Current Biology reveals that warming waters are an even bigger threat to coral reefs than experts previously realized.

Links 8/10/19

Austerity Has Made People Less Prepared for a No Deal Brexit

The government says it’s preparing for a Brexit crash out. But ten years of spending cuts have made the people of Britain intensely vulnerable to economic shock.

Bleak Financial Outlook for US Fracking Industry

The poor economics of fracking may finally be coming home to roost.

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/9/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Japan/Korea trade war, Biden, Buttigieg, Gabbard, Sanders, Trump, Warren, El Paso and Dayton, impeachment, voting machines, prices, Goldman Sachs, Uber, tech and censorship, climate change and poutine, etc., Paradise fire, Scott County, MS, body weight and the immune system

How Capitalism Exploits Our Fear of Old Age

Pondering the challenges of being old now.

Links 8/9/19