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June 15th, 2017 - 1:28 am § in Environment

Castro on Globalization

“After the last worldwide bloodbath in the forties, we were promised a world of peace, we were promised that the gap between rich and poor would be closed, and that the more developed would help the less developed. All that was a huge lie. A world order was imposed on us that cannot be justifi[...]

April 28th, 2017 - 10:08 am § in Foreign Affairs

Workers Strike Against Conservative Government

Brazil crippled by general strike RIO DE JANEIRO, April 28 (Xinhua) — Brazil’s transportation, schools and businesses were brought to a halt on Friday as Brazilian unions launched a full-scale strike nationwide to protest President Michel Temer’s social security and labor reforms. [...]

March 2nd, 2017 - 1:27 am § in Misc.

How to manufacture jobs

In a forward-thinking way, shall we look at what the incoming Administration can do about what appears to be issue #1, jobs? Among the major issues are skills and also areas for jobs that cannot be exported. A problem is with industrial drill press operators, secretaries, etc., who don’t have [...]

December 9th, 2016 - 1:20 pm § in Misc.

Capitalism is NOT Trumpism

David Brewster Lawrence Summers on what’s profoundly disturbing about Trump’s Carrier deal, signaling deals-based capitalism. It reminds me of the stadium wars, where sports teams threaten to move (as to Mexico or China) and are rewarded handsomely for staying put (until the next round).[...]

November 19th, 2016 - 1:20 am § in Misc.

The Bigger Threat to Labor: ROBOTS

Foxconn has deployed 40,000 robots in its factories in mainland China as it aims to reduce the number of workers at its plants creating digital devices. Dai Chia-peng, general manager of the automation technology development committee of Foxconn, said during an interview with local Chinese media tha[...]

November 17th, 2016 - 10:56 am § in Misc.

David Brewster This story on Europe’s innovation zones is a good illustration of how sophisticated Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post is becoming in graphics. It also maps Europe’s economy and makes an interesting point about how Germany, with relatively low college graduates, is nonethel[...]

November 14th, 2016 - 8:12 am § in Donald Trump, Misc.

Is There a Serious Thought Behind Reaganomics?

Worth our read. Unlike the Donald’s incoherent speeches, this article by Anthony Scaramucci, an adviser to Trump, makes a stab at some specificity. Some of it is interesting, esp. the stuff about tax reform.  A real effort could give the GOP a place to hide otherwise off the box expenditures [...]

October 24th, 2016 - 8:37 pm § in Misc.

AFTER TRUMP: Repairing TPP and NAFTA

Want to help free trade’s ‘losers’? Make ‘adjustment assistance’ more than just burial insurance Marina v. N. Whitman, University of Michigan Trade adjustment assistance, dubbed ‘burial insurance’ by those it’s supposed to help, needs to be significantly reformed so that fut[...]

September 22nd, 2016 - 9:44 am § in Misc.

Kshama Sawant Plays the Trump Card: Attacks the UW for studying the $15 minimum wage

“It is professionally irresponsible to draw such a conclusion from the data at this time.”  Kshama Sawant The Seattle Times Reports: Professor Jacob Vigdor and other members of a UW team  published a preliminary study of the effects of the $15 minimum wage in Seattle. Whatever good that has d[...]

September 18th, 2016 - 4:17 pm § in Misc.

WWID? Ask Lucy what IKE would do?

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