Tuesday, October 9, 2018

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/3/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: USMCA/NAFTA 2.0 terms and effects, Sanders finance break-up bill, Amazon wage raise. “academic grievance studies,” Kavanaugh, mid-terms gushing cash, employment, services, capital spending, robot supermarkets, Woody Guthrie

Disaster Profiteers vs. the People of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico shows how distress and grifting too often go hand in hand.

Links 10/3/18

Brexit Notes: Tory Conference and DUP Demands Yield More Insanity

Brexit has officially gone around the bend.

Death by Fertilizer

Why nitrogen fertilizer is a disaster and whether there is a way to get over modern dependence on it.

New Study: Median Uber Driver Earnings $9.73/Hour After Conservative Assumption for Costs

More on the dismal economics of being an Uber driver.

Faith, Works, and Dental Care in America

Dental care, volunteerism, and Medicare for All

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/2/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Canada trade deal, Sanders and Amazon, Clinton polling, generic ballot, Airbus engine shortage, Tesla, robots, AI, Theranos, single payer, tech adoption stalls

Links 10/2/18

Weathering the Next Florence

How should we prepare for a future filled with many Florences? Grist talked to experts for ideas on building resilient communities.

Why the Distribution of Wealth Has More to Do With Power Than Productivity

How statistics about wealth mislead, and why that matters.

Randy Wray: Modern Monetary Theory – How I Came to MMT and What I Include in MMT

A short history of MMT and and overview of core principles.

Announcing Tucson Meetup for Tuesday, October 9

Tucson is kicking off the first fall NC meetup!

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/1/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: NAFTA 2.0, China trade, Kavanaugh mini-essay, Clinton, Medicaif expansion, manufacturing, construction, Tesla, influencers, adult bedtime, a case of “chaotic neutral”

“That’s a hell of an act. What do you call it?”

Zeitgeist Watch at a Joan Baez concert