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The Atlantic: Trump’s Plan to Bring Jobs Back From China Misses the Point on U.S. Manufacturing.

The truth is, even if China blinked out of existence tomorrow, there just wouldn’t be a need for much of the work America lost. While low-skilled labor dominated manufacturing in decades past, automation and computers have made factory floors both tremendously productive and relatively human-free. A revitalized American manufacturing sector would raise employment, but not to the levels seen in 1979—a heyday that economists say is unlikely to be repeated.

04/28/16 • 10:39 AM • EconomicsHistoryHome & LivingPolitics • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: The Two Contradictory Ideas Many Americans Have About the Economy.

Many Americans, then, are holding two contradictory ideas in their mind at once: the optimistic belief that their success is in their hands (on display since Tocqueville’s Democracy in America) and the acknowledgement that wages have been steadily stagnating (on decline since the band America).” Dumb reference, that last one.

04/27/16 • 02:00 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingNewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dissent: Is Labor a Commodity in Wisconsin?

Surely if labor (or labor power) is a commodity, it is as Marx and many others have noted a peculiar one. It has sentience, feelings, ideas and the capacity for resistance. It’s not just another bar of soap.

04/26/16 • 01:14 PM • EconomicsHistoryHome & LivingLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pacific Standard: Why Are Americans Killing Themselves?

Consider that some three-quarters of the eight million jobs lost during the Great Recessions were in manufacturing—the sort of trade that primarily employed white men. And those jobs aren’t coming back any time soon.” No upward mobility, debt bondage, isolation ... how hard can it be to understand?

04/26/16 • 11:06 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Inverse: This Community in Sulawesi, Indonesia Keeps the Dead in Homes for Years.

If deceased persons and buffalo sacrifice bother you, don’t watch the video.

04/20/16 • 11:36 AM • Home & LivingReligionScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: How ‘Concept Creep’ Made Americans So Sensitive to Harm.

Pathologizing normal experience.” Oh boy, this is the READ OF THE WEEK. Long, but mark out some time to take it all in.

04/19/16 • 11:29 AM • EntertainmentHome & LivingHuman RightsPoliticsPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Oil exporters set to discuss output freeze.

The world’s leading oil exporters could be finally about to take action following the fall in prices.” Ruh-roh. Hope you didn’t buy any V8s.

04/15/16 • 02:52 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: In Wyoming, Hard Times Return as Energy Prices Slump.

As I’ve warned, when there’s a boom there’s always a bust. The American West is littered with evidence of the previous cycles. Going into one, you’ve gotta chuck most of your earnings into savings. One can escape neither history nor inevitability.

04/12/16 • 07:59 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHistoryHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Why Promising Baltimore Students Don’t Escape Poverty.

This shouldn’t be a surprise. You pull a child out of a bad situation, put her/him in a good one, they’ll thrive. Boarding schools might help solve this - if there were the will to vivify them. America might end up stunned at the excellence unleashed. I saw, via his childhood diary, how my own father (ensconced in an orphanage) went from near-illegible and near-unintelligible to quicksilver, witty and erudite in a few short years after being sponsored to a private prep school (where he had to shovel out the stables, do the most menial chores to stay). Riffing off an earlier post, ‘social elites’ felt he had to ‘prove’ himself by superhuman efforts in order to ‘deserve’ education. Physical labor, excessive hours ... and catching up to grade level? Efforts that social elites could never match, even if they wanted to. And that is what is wrong with having the ‘haves’ legislate aid to the ‘have nots’. They load the dice. The fact that Dad succeeded, is amazing.

04/06/16 • 09:18 AM • ChildhoodEconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: A Renewable Energy Boom.

A ray of hope.

04/04/16 • 06:34 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BillMoyers: Why Bernie’s Right About Glass-Steagall.

What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking. Have the banks do something that’s not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that’s not going to be too big to fail.

04/04/16 • 03:41 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Low-income Americans can no longer afford rent, food, and transportation.

If Vox just noticed, I give Congress a couple of years before it becomes known in the Beltway.

03/30/16 • 08:22 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Boston Globe: High-deductible health plans make Affordable Care Act ‘unaffordable.’

November, 2015. This is *exactly* what ACA touters are missing. I went from a $500 individual deductible to $5,000 to keep my premium the same. The ACA has hurt me by giving me less. Significantly less. And I’m supposed to be happy? Sure, I appreciate the other aspects of the ACA (preexisting conditions, etc.). But this feels like a colossal ripoff. You wonder why Sanders does well in certain states - look no farther. Hillary would do well to propose common-sense repairs.

03/29/16 • 10:36 AM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPersonal • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Gallup: U.S. Uninsured Rate 11.9% in Fourth Quarter of 2015.

... the uninsured rate declined 5.2 percentage points since the fourth quarter of 2013, right before the key provision of the health law requiring Americans to carry health insurance took effect in early 2014.” I have previously quoted the number of 3%, prior to this update, as the decline - the new number is officially 5.2%.

03/24/16 • 01:15 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Climate guru James Hansen warns of much worse than expected sea level rise.

I’m always hesitant to ignore the findings and warnings of James Hansen; he has proven to be so very prescient when it comes to his early prediction about global warming.Thanks, E!

03/22/16 • 10:19 AM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Border Wall.

The thing that depresses me most about modern political comedy, is that they have to be the ones who lay out the idiotic realities our news media persist in ignoring. Even the smallest bit of investigative journalism is too big an investment, it seems. We all know a wall is ridiculous, and an argument could be made that any sensible person would know this. But rallies and turnout prove that an explanation - in detail - is *not* ridiculous. Indeed, such explanation is sadly necessary. Where are the in-depth analysis - with modern infographics? The fancy Medium/Exposure style image pages with animations? Where are the stats of how many billion gallons of concrete that would be necessary?

Then again, perhaps noone wants to even hint that the whole project would likely be contracted to the Chinese.

03/21/16 • 08:59 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsMotion GraphicsPolitics • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Register.UK: Amex ‘fesses up: Your credit card data was nicked ...

Hello ... what?!!

03/17/16 • 01:21 PM • ConsumptionHome & LivingLawSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Macworld: Kasita is a tiny house that comes connected right out of the box.

A floorplan would be helpful, Macworld.

03/15/16 • 12:21 PM • DesignEconomicsHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CEPR/VoxEU: Balance of payments statistics and hidden assets.

Jeebus. Makes me think of the Bing Crosby quote, “Everyone’s got a little larceny in ‘em.”

03/15/16 • 08:52 AM • Home & LivingLawPoliticsSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Racked: The Last Lifestyle Magazine.

How Kinfolk created the dominant aesthetic of the decade with perfect lattes and avocado toast.” Never heard of it. But we in Santa Fe are immersed in lifestyle publications. I doubt Kinfolk has many vigas, ristras or green chiles in their photo essays.

03/15/16 • 08:41 AM • ConsumptionDesignGeneralHome & LivingNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Return of the Cafe Racers: The Worlds Strongest Denim by Saint.

For riding, but given the import/export featherweight denim being sold these days, you might need a really tough pair of jeans. Comfort? Well, that’s probably secondary ...

03/12/16 • 06:40 PM • ConsumptionDesignHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FiveThirtyEight: What The Stunning Bernie Sanders Win In Michigan Means.

If, however, pollsters are missing something more fundamental about the electorate, then the Ohio and Illinois primaries could be a lot closer than expected.” I keep telling you folks, factor in ACA Co-op failures. Michigan lost theirs, too. I know the Dems don’t want it mentioned until after the election, but if the black hole in people’s monthly budgets isn’t influencing their vote, nothing is. Time for the media as a whole to stop ignoring the elephant in the room.

Later: Naked Cap has some interesting observations, gathered from pundits.

03/09/16 • 10:07 AM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MercerSpace: McMansions threaten Princeton’s unique character.

In which my hometown loses its soul. If you’re going to build something big and ugly, at least have the compassion to obscure it with trees.

03/07/16 • 02:35 PM • HistoryHome & LivingPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Clinton Would Limit Fracking; Sanders Just Says No.

Well, now. Makes me feel a *little* better about Ol’ Hill. She’s gone on the record, and mentioned “locality”. Just saying “states” puts the choice in too many GOP Governors’ hands.

03/07/16 • 11:38 AM • EnvironmentalHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Stat: Alzheimer’s activists splinter in angry fight over priorities.

Important read, if you have family members suffering - or caregiving. Thanks, E!

03/03/16 • 09:32 AM • HealthHome & LivingPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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