You and I May Never Summit Everest But Microplastics Already Have

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Regular readers no doubt have heard about the problems we have been having at Naked Capitalism this week. Mine have been particularly severe, though I understand some of the weirder ones have […]

‘The Real Looting in America Is the Walton Family’: GAO Report Details How Taxpayers Subsidize Cruel Low Wages of Corporate Giants

By Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams Pinpointing a reality denounced as “morally obscene” by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a new government study shows how some of the nation’s largest and most profitable corporations—including Walmart, McDonald’s, Dollar General, and Amazon—feast upon taxpayer money by paying their employees such low wages that […]

Links 11/19/2020

Jerri-Lynn here. Dear Readers: Technical problems have delayed timely posting of Links. Check back later for your full ration. Thanks! Done! If you are now reading this message, the evil gremlin who has seized control of our website this week has now relaxed his grip enough for me to upload your last links. Australian ‘war […]

Government-Funded Scientists Laid the Groundwork for Billion-Dollar Vaccines

By Arthur Allen, editor for California Healthline, joined Kaiser Health News in April 2020 after six years at Politico, where he created, edited and wrote for the first health IT-focused news team. Previously, he was a freelance writer for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Lingua Franca magazine, The New […]

How Mitch McConnell Flouts the Will of the American People

Jerri-Lynn here. Although he’s clearly one of the usual suspects, I quibble with pinning all the blame for the flawed U.S. COVID-19 response – and the inadequate stimulus – on Mitch McConnell, odious as he is. And I suspect many readers share my unease. By Tom Conway,  the international president of the United Steelworkers Union […]

Links 11/17/2020

Robert Fisk had True Independence of Mind, Which is Why He Angered Governments andParts of the Media Counterpunch 1% of people cause half of global aviation emissions – study Guardian ‘Predatory and Opportunistic’: Southwest Airlines Seizes the Moment as Rivals Struggle WSJ Marcus Rashford launches book club so ‘every child’ can experience ‘escapism’ Guardian The […]

COVID-19 Compounding Inequalities

By Anis Chowdhury, Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University & University of New South Wales (Australia), who held senior United Nations positions in New York and Bangkok and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, who was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of […]

Waste Watch: Carbon Emissions to Increase in the UK from Waste Disposal; Yet Another Reason We Need To Cease Making So Much Plastic

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. An article in Monday’s Guardian caught my eye, Increase in burning of plastic ‘driving up emissions from waste disposal’: By 2030 the government’s push to increase incineration of waste will increase CO2 […]

Links 11/16/2020

Revisiting “Seven Days in May” Counterpunch. I first read this book before I was a teenager. And I asked my uncle whether it was plausible. He was an Air Force pilot who flew missions in Vietnam, and retired as a full colonel, after finally serving as base commander at Hanscom Air Force Base near Boston. […]

Is Development for the World Bank Mainly Doing Business?

By Anis Chowdhury, Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University & University of New South Wales (Australia), who held senior United Nations positions in New York and Bangkok and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, who was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of […]

Voting Turnout: Three Simple Ways to Get Out the Vote

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. One of many things I learned from Walter Dean Burnham during my years at MIT was the importance of voting turnout had on electoral outcome. Much of the history of electoral politics […]

11/2/2020

Virtue Signaling Over Corpses Craig Murray Robert Fisk: Celebrated Middle East correspondent of The Independent dies aged 74 Independent The Martin Papers Bookforum A Nuts-And-Bolts Guide To Density People Actually Want American Conservative We’re developing self-disinfecting surfaces that could curb the spread of infectious diseases Scroll How about good old copper? 5 Myths and Superstitions […]

Links 11/1/2020

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90 BBC The First 50 Years of James Bond] Counterpunch. From the pen of the late great Alexander Cockburn. Typhoon Goni weakens as it crosses Philippines, four dead Reuters Typhoon Goni: Philippines hit by year’s most powerful storm BBC 70-year-old pulled out alive as Turkey quake death toll hits […]

Waste Watch: Right to Repair as Remedy for School Computer Shortage?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The New York Times featured a piece earlier this month about how the pandemic is worsening the digital divide and thus indirectly worsening inequality, The Digital Divide Starts With a Laptop Shortage. Yet […]

Links 10/22//2020

FBI Arrests Florida Lawyer for Bank Robberies Law.com How the Soviets accidently discovered the ‘Gates of Hell’ BBC video  of the most amazing sites I’ve ever visited. Airbnb brings in Jony Ive to oversee redesign FT #COVID-19 AstraZeneca shares turn negative after Brazilian health authority says volunteer in Covid vaccine study dies CNBC Why this […]

Links 10/20/2020

A California shark lab tagged a record number of sharks off the Southern California coast this year KCTV First tyrannosaur embryo fossils revealed National Geographic (The Rev Kev) Neil deGrasse Tyson warns asteroid could hit Earth the day before the election The Hill. UserFriendly  “can I vote for the asteroid?” NASA will (hopefully) snag samples […]

Waste Watch: New York Begins Enforcing Plastic Bag Ban

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many existing recycling policies, particularly those involving plastic. Now, while this may in effect be a bit of a blessing in disguise – as it highlights the […]

COVID-19: Examining Theories for Africa’s Low Death Rates

Jerri-Lynn here. Two thing I wish to draw to reader attention of readers about this COVID-19 post about Africa.. First, India too has recorded low relative death rates, this despite reporting the world’s second incidence of cases, and having a poor health care system. Second, the authors suggest that genetic factors may account for the […]

Can Hunter Biden Be Both Right and Wrong, Both Innocent and Guilty? Yes He Can.

By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! The story that started the latest round of madness If you’re confused by the welter of reports around the Hunter Biden-purloined laptop story, don’t be embarrassed. The reporting is not just confusing, but confusingly told. Even if we divide the story into its two major parts — what […]

Links 10/19/2020

A La Niña winter is on the way for the US Ars Technica Pakistan fails 6 of 27 obligations set by terror watchdog FATF, likely to stay on grey list The Print Data analytics and targeted political messages began over 40 years before Facebook, shows this book Scroll 21 Masks That Make Great Halloween Costumes […]

Eating More Chocolate: A Cure for Pandemic Fatigue?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. I just finished compiling today’s Links and they are particularly dire. COVID-19 is not going away. There is no vaccine or cure in sight. Even some places that had seemed to control […]

Links 10/18/2020

Cruise will soon hit San Francisco with no hands on the wheel Ars Technica Unelected Bolivian govt detains, doxxes, threatens international observers on eve of election Grayzone Sacha Baron Cohen: This Time He’s Serious NYT Just watched the Chicago 7 film on Netflix and it wasn’t half bad. In my next life I want to […]

Corporate Law Consequences: Amy Coney Barrett Nomination

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Yesterday was the kickoff for Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Barring some unforeseen and unprecedented event, the outcome is not in doubt. Republicans have the necessary votes to confirm her […]

Links 10/13/2020

New York’s Commercial Rents Are ‘Too Damn High’ NYT How a suicide in Calcutta in 1800s sparked a debate on applying English laws in India Scroll Apple’s T2 security chip has an unfixable flaw Ars Technica. Yet another reason to be wary of Apple devices. When Black Lives Matter, Athletes Say “No More Games” Capital […]

As Trump Touts His ‘Great’ COVID Drugs, the Pharma Cash Flows to Biden, Not Him

By Jay Hancock, senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News.Originally published at Kaiser Health News Pharmaceutical giants Regeneron and Gilead Sciences got the kind of publicity money can’t buy this week after President Donald Trump took their experimental drugs for his coronavirus infection, left the hospital and pronounced himself fully recovered. “It was, like, unbelievable. I felt […]

Right to Repair Redux: Massachusetts Ballot Questions

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Links 10/05/2020

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Why Don’t We Study Countries That Have Had COVID-19 Success?

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Links 10/4/2020

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The Chamber Of Commerce Dems From The Republican Wing Of The Democratic Party Just Undercut Pelosi’s Pandemic Negotiations With Mnuchin

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Naked Capitalism: Countering the Spin of the Mainstream Media

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. This is one of my favorite posts to write each year. It’s my annual chance to thank the Naked Capitalism community for what you give to me. I’ve said it before. But […]

Links 9/28/2020

Does Boris Johnson take the population for idiots? His latest offering suggests so Independent. Robert Fisk. Britain will seek coronavirus ‘herd immunity’ covertly or by default – thanks to the failure of lockdown Independent. Patrick Cockburn. A Real Vaccine Before the Election? It’d Take a Miracle. ProPublica The Case for Independent Centers for Disease Control […]

Andrew Cuomo Says NY Officials Will Do Separate Review of Any COVID-19 Vaccine

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Links 9/25/2020

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Continued Tight UK Self-Isolation Rules Continue to Hammer Tourism Sector

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Why Trump’s Promise to Save Manufacturing Was One He Never Intended to Keep

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