Tag: Guest Post

Links 2/17/19

Meet the many unsung heroes of the Seattle Snowpocalypse Seattle Times An earthquake lasted 50 days, but no one felt it. Here’s why. National Geographic Researchers Create ‘Rat Cyborgs’ That People Control With Their Minds Discover. What could go wrong? Payback for Bezos Has No Limit Bloomberg. Good clean fun. […]

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Hubert Horan: Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Seventeen: Uber’s 2018 Results Still Show Huge Losses and Slowing Growth as IPO Approaches

By Hubert Horan, who has 40 years of experience in the management and regulation of transportation companies (primarily airlines). Horan has no financial links with any urban car service industry competitors, investors or regulators, or any firms that work on behalf of industry participants Overview of Uber 2018 results Uber […]

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Who Is Really A Socialist?

Yves here. Although this post does a very helpful job of parsing out the critical ideas that travelers under the “socialist” banner may hold, a shortcoming is how Rosser treats the idea of “ownership” of production. The original Marxist construct developed when businessmen owned mills and workshops directly, as in […]

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Is the Opioid Overdose Crisis a Story of Supply or Demand? Depends Where You Look

By Shannon Monnat, an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Lerner Chair of Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Over the past two decades deaths from opioids and other drugs have grown to be a major U.S. health problem, but […]

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And Now This Message From Some Very Rich People: ‘Please Raise Our Taxes

Yves here. IMHO, the bigger deal in this tax proposal is closing the carried interest loophole, which would trim the sails of private equity and hedge fund barons. It’s also striking to see the factually-challenged, knee-jerk reaction from Cuomo on raising taxes on the rich. When I was a young […]

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If Medicare for All Is Politically Impossible, “All Payer” Could Fix the System

Yves here. While I like the “all payer” idea a lot, one quibble I have regards price-setting on a regional basis. There’s a big difference in pricing between major cities and exurbs. In Manhattan, doctors in Queens and Staten Island charge lower fees due to lower rents. And it used […]

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A Study in Professional Power: Why Do the Big 4 Accountants Survive?

Yves here. While many people go into “my eyes glaze over” mode when the topic of accountants comes up, you ignore them at your peril. In the US, boards and executives escape liability if they can say they were acting on the advice of professionals. Lawyers are the main liability […]

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How Neoliberalism Is Normalising Hostility

Yves here. Even though this post paints with very bright colors, I imagine most readers will agree with the argument it makes about the destructive social impact of neoliberalism. Some additional points to consider: Neoliberalism puts markets above all else. In this paradigm, you are supposed to uproot yourself if […]

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On the Built-In Instability of Cryptocurrencies

By Joshua Aizenman, Dockson Chair in Economics and International Relations, USC, Originally published at VoxEU The fall in valuation of Bitcoin has led to a debate over whether decentralised currencies can be reliably stable. This column argues that in contrast to the success of inflation-targeting regimes, there is no feasible […]

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Pelosi Advisor Proposes Non-Binding Arbitration as Road to Lowering Drug Prices

Yves here. Arbitration??? Are you kidding me? First, this is just an excuse for not regulating or negotiating. Every other advanced economy, and they all have fewer patients than the US, bargains with drug companies over prices. I know a bit about the Australian system, run by its Therapeutic Goods […]

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Links 2/11/2019

Pablo Escobar’s hippos keep multiplying and Colombia doesn’t know how to stop it CBS News Town in northern Russia battling invasion of polar bears Irish Times David Attenborough: ‘Making TV about animals isn’t that difficult’ FT Key West to ban sunscreen with coral-harming chemicals TreeHugger Climate change seen as top […]

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Climate Policy: On Buying Insurance, and Ignoring Cost-Benefit Analysis

By Frank Ackerman, principal economist at Synapse Energy Economics in Cambridge, Mass., and one of the founders of Dollars & Sense, which publishes Triple Crisis. Originally published at Triple Crisis First in a series on climate change policy The damages expected from climate change seem to get worse with each […]

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Are Investors Finally Waking up to North America’s Fracked Gas Crisis?

Jerri-Lynn here. I try not to miss a post in Justin Mikulka’s excellent series covering the fracking beat for DeSmog Blog. Here’s his latest. By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog The fracked gas industry’s long borrowing binge […]

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Links 2/10/19

Chimpanzees escape from Belfast Zoo enclosure using tree branch ladder Independent 3 philosophers set up a booth on a street corner – here’s what people asked The Conversation How to save a dragon in Indonesia Asia Times Unravelling a Havana mystery AFP. Missed this last month and it piqued my […]

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Beware Proposed E-Commerce Rules

By Chakravarthi Raghavan, Editor-emeritus of South-North Development Monitor SUNS, is based in Geneva and has been monitoring and reporting on the WTO and its predecessor GATT since 1978; he is author of several books on trade issues; and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, is Senior Adviser with the Khazanah Research Institute, and […]

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