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Kamala Harris Tells Big Lie: That 2012 Mortgage Settlement Was a Good Deal for Homeowners | naked capitalism
Kamala Harris' supposed big accomplishment, of getting California a better deal in the 2012 mortgage settlement, isn't anything to boast about.
civics 
10 days ago by emerysnyder
Warning of Solar Geoengineering's Dangers, Group Recommends a Global Ban | naked capitalism 2018-12
A Harvard team intends to shoot particles into the air to slow or halt global warming. The unknown risks of geoengineering could be catastrophic, and some scientist support an outright ban.
civics  climateChange 
4 weeks ago by emerysnyder
British Politics in Chaos | The Full Brexit
The mounting crisis in British politics is not simply the result of incompetent personalities or bad choices. It represents a deep void at the heart of political life, which the EU referendum has starkly exposed.
civics 
5 weeks ago by emerysnyder
‘Evil Has Been Trivialized’: A Final Conversation with Zygmunt Bauman | by Zygmunt Bauman | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
For all practical intents and purposes, the idea of “us” would be meaningless if not coupled with “them.” That rule, I am afraid, does not bode well for the dream of a world free of bullying.
civics 
5 weeks ago by emerysnyder
The Global Financial Crime Wave Is No Accident | naked capitalism
Financial crime is a feature of our global financial system not a bug, pioneering economist Susan Strange recognized.
civics 
8 weeks ago by emerysnyder
The idea of intellectual property is nonsensical and pernicious | Aeon Essays
Copyrights, patents and trademarks are all important, but the term ‘intellectual property’ is nonsensical and pernicious
civics 
8 weeks ago by emerysnyder
The Vortex: Why Users Feel Trapped in Their Devices

The Vortex is a user-behavior pattern that begins with a single intentional interaction followed by a series of unplanned interactions. This unplanned chain of interactions creates a sense of being “pulled” deeper into the digital space, making the user feel out of control.
webdesign  civics 
11 weeks ago by emerysnyder
The International Use of the Euro: What Can We Learn From Past Examples of Currency Internationalisation? | naked capitalism 2018-10
European leaders have regularly expressed a desire for a European currency to serve as a reserve currency. The history of the transition from sterling to dollar and Europe's aspirations sheds light on whether the Euro can assume this role.
civics  economics 
october 2018 by emerysnyder
It’s Already Here | Online Only | n+1

But the Trump study helps illuminate more than the nightmare of a right-wing climate realism. It shows how lacking the left is in a comparable program. The climate debate is not only about developing ideas for mitigation and adaptation; it revolves around classic political questions. Who is the potential subject to carry through such a project? How might it be formed?
civics 
october 2018 by emerysnyder
We can cut air pollution drastically right now. Here’s how | John Vidal | Opinion | The Guardian
Initiatives such as car-free days in major cities show that our toxic air can be cleaned, says environmental writer John Vidal
environment  civics 
september 2018 by emerysnyder
From Fish to Humans, A Microplastic Invasion May Be Taking a Toll - Scientific American 2018-09
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
civics  environment 
september 2018 by emerysnyder
Where in the World Is It Easiest to Get Rich? | naked capitalism 2018-08
Debunking American exceptionalism on a pet obsession: the ability to get rich.
civics 
august 2018 by emerysnyder
Are Boys Better Than Girls at Math? - Scientific American
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.
math  civics 
august 2018 by emerysnyder
Empires, Past and Present | naked capitalism 2018-08
Hobson was not a Marxist, but his work greatly influenced later Marxist writers who wrote about imperialism, including Vladimir Lenin, Rudolf Hilferding and Rosa Luxemburg. Hobson believed that there was chronic underconsumption in advanced capitalist countries due to unequal distributions of income. This lowered the return on domestic investment, and as a result the owners of financial capital turned to foreign markets where returns would be higher. These investors relied on their governments to guarantee the safety of their foreign holdings from seizure.
civics 
august 2018 by emerysnyder
Are Stock Buybacks Starving the Economy?  - The Atlantic 2018-07
A new report finds that big companies could have given their workers thousands of dollars’ worth of raises with the money they spent on their own shares.
civics 
august 2018 by emerysnyder
Past Earth Overshoot Days – Earth Overshoot Day
The date of Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by comparing humanity’s total yearly consumption (Ecological Footprint) with Earth’s capacity to regenerate renewable natural resources in that year (biocapacity).
2018 was August 1.
civics  environment 
july 2018 by emerysnyder
Marshall Auerback: Trump’s Trade War with China Will Cause an Economic Catastrophe — Here’s a Better Solution | naked capitalism
The imposition of local content rules would end the possibility of any country cornering the market, thus reducing incentives for currency manipulation or subsidies
civics 
july 2018 by emerysnyder
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