Providence Journal:Trump is shocked Carrier took him literally One of the best explanations of the Donald Trump 2016 phenomenon is this, via Salena Zito: The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.
Real-World Economics Review Blog:The slow, painful death of the TPP The basic point that everyone should know by now is that the TPP had little to do with trade. The United States already had trade deals with six of the 11 other countries in the pact. The trade barriers with the other five countries were already very low in most cases, so there was little room left for further trade liberalization in the TPP.
1843:Bet on Trump to Ease the Stress This wager would act as insurance, or an “emotional hedge”. If Trump triumphs at the polls, then at least your bank balance will get a (temporary) boost. And if he loses, then the relief should dominate any feelings of regret.
Crooked Timber:Why surveillance capitalism is every bit as bad as Stansted Airport The only way to get there from London was with Ryanair. So already, I felt a bit let down by capitalism. Where was all the market choice and innovation to translate my myriad human desires into a
competitive range of options for me to choose from and pay for? Then it turned out that Ryanair would only leave from Stansted, which I dislike, so I had to satisfice like some too-lazy-to-compare
consumer or a half-arsed social democrat.
Boston Globe:Why do so many veterinarians commit suicide? A 2014 federal Centers for Disease Control online survey of 10,000 practicing veterinarians published last year found that more than one in six American veterinarians has considered suicide.
Veterinarians suffer from feelings of hopelessness, depression, and other psychiatric disorders two to three times more often than the general population. Two studies published in the British
Veterinarian Association’s journal, The Veterinary Record, found suicide rates are double or more those of dentists and doctors, and four to six times higher than the general population.
The Economist:Europe’s scapegoatUnder one model of the effects of migration, by 2030 GDP per capita in some eastern European countries could fall by 4%. “Europe has destroyed us,” says an official in the deserted Romanian village of Certeze.
The Globe and Mail:Why it may make sense for Ontario to go it alone on climate change You could call it Ontario’s declaration of energy independence: a radical plan to sweep carbon out of the provincial economy by turning off natural gas in homes and workplaces and switching on electric cars at a cost of $7-billion to taxpayers.
Geopolitical Futures:Not Much Is New in This Election The question is not why Americans regard this particular election as apocalyptic. The question is why Americans routinely regard presidential elections as apocalyptic, without realizing they are simply acting out an old script. One reason is a general one. Americans do not remember the past very clearly, particularly when it doesn’t directly affect their lives. America was founded without a past, but with a breathtaking future. As a culture, our focus has been there. We get caught up in the moment and we lack a sense of perspective because our memory of the past has been rendered fuzzy, with the hard edges removed.
Boston Review:Paying for Punishment But understanding decarceration only through the lens of cost cutting has a major blind spot. America’s contemporary system of policing, courts, imprisonment, and parole doesn’t just absorb money. It also makes money through asset forfeiture, lucrative public contracts from private service providers, and by directly extracting revenue and unpaid labor from populations of color and the poor.
The Economist:From Dotcom Hero to Zero At its peak in 2000, Yahoo had a market value of $128 billion.
In the dotcom version of Monopoly, Yahoo got the prime slot.
Annoyed Librarian:Information Failure The time has long gone when people would settle bar bets by calling a reference librarian, but the same
sort of fact-checking Snopes engages in is what reference librarians excel at, or at least used to until
people stopped asking them reference questions and started asking them to clear the printer jams.
Kieran Healey:Olympics Trolling A moment’s thought suggests that my views are perfectly correct. Reflecting a little further on my sports bigotry,
I think the simplest model is a two-dimensional space that, I think you will agree, is both easy to understand
and wholly objective.
Providence Business News:House OKs $20M bond for ProvPort A $20 million state bond issue that would expand the terminal capacity of ProvPort Inc., by adding more land and water acreage at the Port of Providence, is expected to be presented to voters in November.
The Economist:Where the smart is Connected homes will take longer to materialise than expected
Providence Business News:What new residential construction there is in R.I. rarely matches state's needsAlthough permit activity has increased, new construction of housing has yet to rebound from the Great Recession, according to builders and state officials.
And where residential building is taking place, it generally is not taking the form of multifamily or increased density. But that is exactly what the state needs, according to housing advocates.
The Economist:The price of caring Some reports have it that Thomas Mair, the 52-year-old man arrested for yesterday’s fatal attack on Jo Cox, a Labour MP, was waiting for her outside the Yorkshire library where she was holding a constituency surgery. Whether or not this turns out to have been the case, her murder is a stark illustration of the risks to which MPs go by making themselves so available to their constituents.
Combat!:Citigroup sues AT&T, claiming trademark on phrase “thank you” Like most consumers, I associate the phrase “thank you” with Citigroup THANKYOU Marks, which the financial-services giant uses in its customer rewards programs.
When I hold the door open for a little girl and she says “thank you,” I suffer a moment of confusion. How has this child become employed by Citigroup, and why has
my act of courtesy earned me THANKYOU Mark rewards? But then I remember that, oh yeah, trademark violations have diluted the THANKYOU Mark brand to the point where
people started using it in non-rewards point contexts. It’s the kind of infringement on intellectual property that has become too common in the modern world.