Thursday, April 18, 2019

Links 4/13/19

Daniel Ellsberg On Assange Arrest: The Beginning of the End For Press Freedom

In this Real News network interview, Daniel Ellsberg discusses the significance of the arrest of Julian Assange: “This is the first indictment of a journalist and editor or publisher…And if it’s successful it will not be the last.”

2:00PM Water Cooler 4/12/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders, Swalwell, Yang, IA, ME, ISO, DSA, Amazon, Uber, Republicans and climate, New Orleans levees, clean water rule, Sanders on insurance companies, health CEO pay, PNHP, oxytocin and fairness, aging and ironic action, Katie Bouman

Assange Arrest and Extradition Round-Up

The indictment (for Manning, not DNC email), the theory of the case (not “hacking,” please), the assault on journalism, horrid takes, and details of the arrest.

Links 4/12/19

Where Are All the Bugs Going and What Can I Do About It?

Insects are the waste management contractors of ecosystems.

Warren’s Antitrust Proposal: Should We Break Up Big Tech, or Just Regulate It Better?

While it is gratifying to see Senator and presidential contender Elizabeth Warren focusing on antitrust and the abuse of monopoly power, her $25 billlion fix looks too simplistic.

A Veblen Moment: Thorstein Veblen’s Lessons from the First Gilded Age Even More Relevant Today

Veblen was early and accurate about the behaviors and dangers of the super rich. Tthe advanced world is re-living his warnings.

2:00PM Water Cooler 4/11/2019

Today’s Water Cooler: China trade, trade agreements and labor, Buttigieg, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, RussiaGate, race relations, Democrats and the donor class, Trump staffers, jobless claims, inflation, AI, Apple, the Green New Deal, plastic, ocean noise, tourists, Delta uniforms, trigger warnings

Italy: How to Ruin a Country in Three Decades

How Italy became an economic mess.

Links 4/11/19

Brexit: Torygeddon?

The Tories are starting to bear the cost of the Brexit fiasco.

Are You Biased Against Nuclear Power? Yup, Say Scientists

Nuclear power has a worse reputation than it deserves.

Gail Tverberg: The True Feasibility of Moving Away from Fossil Fuels

Why our societies will remain dependent on fossil fuels much longer than we’d like.

Reminder: Washington DC Meetup Tomorrow, Friday April 12 with Matt Stoller

More details for our Washington DC meetup this Friday. Hope you can stop by!