Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Links 7/24/2024

More Guns, Less Butter: How Will the EU Wed Austerity to Militarization? 

Will Euro defense bonds be the answer? 

Pitchbook Report Attempting to Defend Private Equity Role in Healthcare Suffers from Fundamental, Fatal Analytical Flaw

A recent report from Pitchbook commits data crimes in attempting to depict private equity management of healthcare companies as benign.

‘Woah!’: FTC Applauded for Launching Inquiry Into Surveillance Pricing

The FTC targets surveillance pricing, which is privacy-risking data harvesting used to charge higher prices.

2:00PM Water Cooler 7/23/2024

~ Today’s Water Cooler: Politics, syndemics; Pelosi and the Twenty Fifth Amendment; Kamala’s rollout; establishment voices at the Atlantic; Boeing cluster continues ~

US Voters Want Change, Biden’s Exit Hasn’t Fixed That

Communities ravaged by neoliberal capitalism want real change. Candidates like Biden make Trump look more able to deliver it.

Links 7/23/2024

Middle East Heating Up: Increased Hezbollah, Houthi Attacks on Israel after Israel Strike on Yemen Port,

As you were transfixed by the Biden, Harris and Trump show, the Middle East conflict is escalating, with Hezbollah launching new attacks.

In Major Shift, British Newspapers Begin Warning of Perils of Cashless Society After Global IT Outage

The mainstream media has, until now, played a crucial role in advancing the Global War on Cash — a war that began with no official declaration but in which propaganda, as with all wars, is a vital weapon.

Crying Wolf: Why Negotiating Lower Drug Prices Will Not Harm Pharmaceutical Innovation

More evidence that US drug price curbs are unlikely to be harming pharmaceutical innovation

Trump’s Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention

Trumpian themes: People and country, the assassination attempt, Heel or Face, and the working class.

2:00PM Water Cooler 7/22/2024

~ Today’s Water Cooler: Politics, syndemics; many new Covid charts: Stay safe out there! Biden’s defenestration; Harris: Let the oppo begin! What if we stop reading? ~

Links 7/22/2024

Wall Street Journal on Americans Being Less Willing to Have Children

The Journal gives a largely sympathetic account of why fewer are having children, even as it may be going easy on cost pressures.

Obama Call for Open Nomination After Biden Withdrawal Assures Party Damaging “All Pay Auction” Process

How Obama rejecting Harris by calling for nominee selection assures not just more infighting but also serious donor fund wastage.