Shall We Have a Dallas Meetup Thursday February 13?
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Shall We Have a Dallas Meetup Thursday February 13?

Via Naked Capitalism Dear patient readers, I’ll be in exotic Plano a week from Thursday and wondered if readers were game for a Dallas meetup then. I would need someone to find a venue that could accommodate 10 to perhaps as many as 25 people, with a section we could reserve or take over. Not...

Links 2/3/2020
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Links 2/3/2020

Via Naked Capitalism Scientists find record warm water in Antarctica, pointing to cause behind troubling glacier melt Phys.org Risk of ‘stranded assets’ from 2025, new oil report warns EU Observer Uber looks to radical financing to fund driverless cars FT. “Car fleet investment trusts would establish autonomous vehicles as new asset class.” Which pot strain...

Coronavirus: Australia Faces Calamity
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Coronavirus: Australia Faces Calamity

Via Naked Capitalism Yves here. This post from our colleagues at MacroBusiness looks at the economic impact of the coronavirus, first on China, then the knock-on effects around the globe. Skeptics have long thought that China’s high levels of private debt and dependence on increasingly not-very to un-productive investment would lead to a retrenchment and...

Brexit: Warmed Over Chicken
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Brexit: Warmed Over Chicken

Via Naked Capitalism On the one hand, we Americans are hardly ones to talk about empty posturing, usually accompanied with moral indignation and finger-wagging. On the other hand, it isn’t just that the Government’s approach to Brexit has been heavy on theatrics and thin on substance. It’s also that the UK is in Groundhog Day...

‘Uninsurable and Unhedgeable’: Central Banks Warn of Financial Crisis from Climate Change
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‘Uninsurable and Unhedgeable’: Central Banks Warn of Financial Crisis from Climate Change

Via Naked Capitalism By Nick Cunningham, an independent journalist covering the oil and gas industry, climate change and international politics. He has been featured in Oilprice.com, The Fuse, YaleE360 and NACLA. Cross-posted from DeSmogBlog. Like black swan events, “green swan” events will be very difficult to predict and will hit with little warning. The potential...

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/3/2020
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2:00PM Water Cooler 2/3/2020

Via Naked Capitalism By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Politics “But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” –James Madison, Federalist 51 “They had one weapon left and both knew it: treachery.” –Frank Herbert, Dune Here is a second counter for the Iowa Caucus, which is obviously just around the...

Agency: William Gibson’s Ode to Personal Networking for the Precarious Professional
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Agency: William Gibson’s Ode to Personal Networking for the Precarious Professional

Via Naked Capitalism By Lambert Strether of Corrente. The (presumbly) second book of William Gibsons “stub” trilogy (presumably), Agency, has been released, to generally favorable reviews (four-and-a-half-stars at Amazon). Here’s Amazon’s review: The year is 2017, and Verity Jane is a talented “app whisperer” who is hired to test a new artificial intelligence called “Eunice.”...

Links 2/4/2020
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Links 2/4/2020

Via Naked Capitalism Behind Amazon’s HQ2 Fiasco: Jeff Bezos Was Jealous of Elon Musk Bloomberg YouTube Reveals Revenue for First Time: $15.1 Billion in 2019 Hollywood Reporter Citi suspends senior bond trader over alleged theft from canteen FT Small, modular nuclear reactors in Eastern Washington could balance more renewable electricity, power agency says Seattle Times...

Iowa, Democrats, and Elite Incompetence
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Iowa, Democrats, and Elite Incompetence

Via Naked Capitalism The Democrats have lurched from their self-inflicted wound of the botched impeachment effort to the self-inflicted wound of the embarrassing fail of Iowa caucus result-tallying, thanks not just to the use of a newly-created app that failed in prime time, but also the lack of any sort of fallbacks. The spectacle of...

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/4/2020
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2:00PM Water Cooler 2/4/2020

Via Naked Capitalism By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, this Water Cooler will be Iowa and not much more, because my other Twitter persona was limited, probably because the word “ratfucking” hit a tripwire, so my research tool got trashed, and then my iPad did its trick of leaving links I’d sent to my...

Libya Is Being Torn Apart by Outsiders
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Libya Is Being Torn Apart by Outsiders

Via Naked Capitalism Yves here. Empty promises to halt arms shipments to Libya followed almost immediately by more hostilities. Tragic but predictable. By Vijay Prashad, an Indian historian, editor and journalist. He is a writing fellow and chief correspondent at Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is the chief editor of LeftWord...

Coronavirus Starting to Hit Auto Industry Supply Chains
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Coronavirus Starting to Hit Auto Industry Supply Chains

Via Naked Capitalism Even though we are not that far into the progress of the novel coronavirus, experts are still trying to assess its impact and spread. On the one hand, Goldman Sachs forecasts that the novel cornoavirus won’t dent global growth, based on the assumption that the infection peaks in China at the end...

Links 2/5/2020
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Links 2/5/2020

Via Naked Capitalism Coyote and Badger Spotted Traveling Together Under Bay Area Highway NBC Bay Area (joe6pac). Woman sees missing dog on beer cans promoting shelter dogs AP Deep ocean oxygen levels may be more susceptible to climate change than expected Phys.org Electric or Not, Big SUVs Are Inherently Selfish Vice GM reviving Hummer brand...

Brexit: Fish-y Business
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Brexit: Fish-y Business

Via Naked Capitalism I had wanted to write a more comprehensive post on the Brexit state of play, but (sorry for whinging) I have a sprained thumb, which is making everything hard, particularly typing. So we’ll just stick to a couple of observations and hope our Brexit mavens pile on. Neither side is acting much...

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/5/2020
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2:00PM Water Cooler 2/5/2020

Via Naked Capitalism By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, this Water Cooler will still be not up to scratch, because I need to rebuild a Twitter account with new follows. Silly me, I did not prepare for this day. I will be back shortly with more on Iowa after I put in a laundry....