Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Ellen Gould comments on how the CETA and other trade deals constrain democratic governance – and the fact that corporate bigwigs are threatening any government which considers giving effect to popular opposition doesn’t exactly provide any comfort. Meanwhile, Scott Sinclair points out the dangerous effects of the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – PressProgress notes that the Cons’ economic track record is one of eliminating well-paying jobs in favour of lower-wage, more-precarious work. And Jim Stanford follows up on why we shouldn’t believe the Cons’ spin about deficits: I think that a more fruitful and principled line of attack on the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Elias Isquith interviews Matt Taibbi about the complete lack of morality underlying Wall Street and the regulators who are supposed to protect the public interest from banksters run amok. Paul Buchheit reviews some compelling evidence that poorer people are more ethical than the wealthy – suggesting that extreme ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Frances Russell writes about the corrosive effects of inequality. And Robert Reich points out one creative option California is considering to address inequality at the firm level: tying corporate tax levels to wage parity, under the theory that shareholders will then have an incentive to push for a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Friday reading. – Robert Kuttner discusses Karl Polanyi’s increasingly important critique of unregulated markets and corporatist states. Sarah Kendzior writes about the latest cycle of workers stuck in poverty who are striking back against a system designed to suppress their standard of living. And Michael Rozworski examines the effect of the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – David Dayen discusses how prepaid debit cards are turning into the latest means for the financial sector to extract artificial fees from consumers. And Matt Taibbi reports on the looting of public pension funds in the U.S.: Nor did anyone know that part of Raimondo’s strategy for saving ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Murray Dobbin points to the oil sector’s utter domination of Canada’s federal political scene. And Dr. Dawg sums up the problem: Briefly, the Harperium has now taken to grossly misusing the state apparatus to spy upon and intimidate citizens who dare to disagree with the Prime Minister. The ...

Eclectic Lip: The 1-2-3′s of EV market share in the US

My article on the 1-2-3′s of electric vehicle adoption in the U.S. went up on GreenCarReports on the weekend. The commentary went through a title change – a procedure familiar to many famous writers, and many more of us unknown mediocrities. 🙂 About fifteen years after a publisher’s first impression of Jane Austen’s First Impressions ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Matt Taibbi discusses how public pension funds are being looted for the benefit of a few well-connected banksters: Hedge funds have good reason to want to keep their fees hidden: They’re insanely expensive. The typical fee structure for private hedge-fund management is a formula called “two and ...

Eclectic Lip: The witless wisdom of Shai Agassi

Dunning-Kruger effect graphed by AddAttack on DeviantArt. LinkedIn has an “opinion leader” piece from Shai Agassi, founder of bankrupt car-battery-switcher Better Place, telling carmakers how they need to respond to Tesla’s success. Who better to give them advice than a guy who raised $850 million for an ignorant, impractical, impossible business model, then drove his ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Scott Sinclair discusses how CETA could create extreme and unnecessary risk in Canada’s banking and financial system: The failure of a single company (such as Lehman Brothers in October 2008) or unchecked growth in markets for high-risk financial products (such as sub-prime mortgages) can quickly cascade out ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Sadly (if perhaps unsurprisingly), the Trudeau Libs’ vote with the Harper Cons against civil rights has received relatively little notice compared to the two parties’ attack ad posturing. But there’s still plenty worth reading on the subject – including another post from pogge, a discussion led by David ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Matt Taibbi provides what may be the definitive take on Mitt Romney – as the plutocrat running as a deficit nag made his own personal fortune loading up businesses with debt and charging millions for the privilege: And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at ...

CNN’s Erin Burnett makes play to become this decade’s Judith Miller

Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi put he screws to Erin Burnett for her Judith Miller act – promoting a new war, this time with Iran. She employs all of the old Miller tricks, including fear mongering, acting as stenographer for hawks and presenting trumped-up ‘evidence’. You can just feel it: many of the same newspapers ...

Thoughts for Remembrance Day, and Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) figures out the #Occupy movement

It’s a big man who can start a national column with an admission that he got it wrong. This little corner’s been relatively silent on the whole Occupy thing, but now that it’s gotten the Masters of the Universe sufficiently rattled, they’re cranking up the apparatus of repression. At encampments everywhere, the cops are moving ...

Matt Taibbi is beginning to get it about the Occupy movement

Most political/cultural/populist movements begin in back rooms, in clandestine meetings over a period of years. Many times the resultant movement looks little like the disorderly chaos of the initial gatherings. Unlike past uprisings, the Occupy movement is taking place in front of our eyes in cities all over the world for all to . . ...

Matt Taibbi is beginning to get it about the Occupy movement

Most political/cultural/populist movements begin in back rooms, in clandestine meetings over a period of years. Many times the resultant movement looks little like the disorderly chaos of the initial gatherings. Unlike past uprisings, the Occupy movement is taking place in front of our eyes in cities all over the world for all to see. Pundits ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Chantal Hebert wonders whether the Libs have reached the point of no return, while Stephen Maher also points out that the NDP is in a historically strong position across Canada. – Donald Lenihan muses about what better gender balance in politics might figure to accomplish: If women ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Going Rogue?

Matt Taibbi talks to David Shushter about the latest banking scandal. Swiss financial services company UBS has admitted that a “rogue” trader has run up a loss of $2 billion dollars in unauthorized risky trades. The 31 year old trader Kweku Adoboli who worked in the bank’s London exchange as director of the now ironically ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Why isn’t Wall St. in jail? And come to think of it, why isn’t Obama?

I don’t usually repost other people’s writings, but this article is too hard-hitting and important to pass up. If we want to understand better what is wrong with the economy and politics, this sheds more than a little light, and confirms the gut instincts of the great majority of people today. Yes, we live in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Graham Thomson notes that for all the permutations and combinations that have developed among Alberta’s opposition parties over the past few years, the NDP’s strong principles have positioned it nicely in the lead up to a possible fall election: Even though they might not admit it, New ...

Matt Taibbi gathers intelligence on Michele Bachmann’s Holy War

Though not as colourful as his takedown of Paul Ryan nor as revelatory as his expose of modern journalists, Matt Taibbi still provides plenty of juice on god-heavy presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. A must read. A taste. Bachmann’s story, to hear her tell it, is about a suburban homemaker who is chosen by God to ...