It seems like so very long ago, many of us here at The Agonist gave up on Barack Obama. It was long ago – six years now – which is a long time considering the progress the United States could have made had Obama been the leader he promised to be. My disillusionment was almost [...]
Esquire, By Charlie Pierce, August 6
To paraphrase from my grandmother, the former shepherd lass from the hills and hollows of north Kerry, who the fck is Campbell Brown when she’s at home?
Well, on the basics, she’s from Ferriday, Louisiana, the hometown of Jerry Lee Lewis, and she graduated from Regis University in Denver [...]
…I would have laughed in your face. But it did:
Why abandon K-Street, and acknowledge, then reject, the Big Business perception of the GOP? They’ve had the Republican Party’s back for some time, right? In the past, the largest companies favored one party over the other because they understood a pro-capitalist, low-regulation government benefits [...]
OilPrice.com, By Andy Tully, July 13
According to BP, drivers whose vehicles rely on burning oil have a little more than a half-century to find alternate sources of energy. Or walk.
BP’s annual report on proved global oil reserves says that as of the end of 2013, Earth has nearly 1.688 trillion barrels of crude, [...]
The Bitter Truth Behind the Gospel of Productivity
VQR, By Esther Kaplan, Summer 2014
When Lisa Norris was a kid in Cookeville, Tennessee, her father worked at Acme Boots, and that plant and her childhood were intertwined. One of her earliest memories is of wandering around the factory among bins of leather, breathing in the [...]
And remember how they supported unions, the (informed) workers supported unions, and hell, most of America wanted to see those plants opening up here because, jobs? And it was only a small handful of conservative morons who were all Socialism!!!!!, which of course neglects the fact that the same “socialism” was expanding production into [...]
Naked Capitalism, By Yves Smith, July 7
The mortgage beat has been quiet of late, but I must confess to being remiss in writing up two recent losses suffered by MERS. One of the big reasons that MERS has taken comparatively few losses in court is that it has often settled cases where it looked [...]
CBC, By Kristy Kirkup, July 3
Trade officials from Canada and other Asia-Pacific nations are meeting behind closed doors in Ottawa to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive free-trade proposal that could create one of the world’s largest trading blocks.
The TPP currently comprises 12 countries, including Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New [...]
I was talking the other day about how people select their facts and their beliefs, how they use (or don’t use) science. I referred Dr. Strangelove and President Muffley’s line when he learns about the Soviet’s automatic doomsday device, “This is absolute madness. Why should you build such a thing?”
The name of the New [...]
Naked Capitalism, By Lambert Strether, June 29
I cruised by Scotusblog today and saw this note:
At 9:30 a.m. on Monday we expect orders from the June 27 Conference, followed by the opinions at 10:00 a.m. We will begin live-blogging at this link at approximately 9:15. The only remaining undecided cases of the Term [...]
CNN, By Josh MacIntosh, June 9
Your mother and I are so proud that in less than a week you’ll be graduating college, and from my alma mater, no less! So this seems an opportune moment to share some thoughts about what you might look for in a career. And as luck would have [...]
Check Out Sasol’s Energy Complex in Lake Charles, La.
The Wall Street Journal, By Dennis Berman, May 27
Start with exotic Nazi technology, take a detour with South African apartheidists, and add a bit role for Iranian imams. What you have is—what else? —one of the most improbable and important American business stories of the [...]
Pranab Mukherjee tells parliament government will encourage foreign investment and engage energetically with neighbours.
Al Jazeera, June 9
India’s new government will pursue an economic reform agenda that foresees introducing a general sales tax, encouraging foreign investment and speeding approvals for major business projects, the president has told parliament.
Pranab Mukherjee also said on Monday [...]
Bloomberg, By Anatoly Kurmanaev, June 9
The arrival of a Liberian-flagged freighter with Ukrainian, Arab and Filipino sailors spells one thing for Elena — dollars. And greenbacks are king in Venezuela, the 32-year-old prostitute says.
Within hours of hearing of the ship’s imminent arrival, she has packed her bags and is heading to the crumbling [...]
TruthOut/PRWatch, By Jay Riestenberg & Mary Bottari, June 5
As the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 session comes to a close, one of the major cases left for a decision is Harris vs. Quinn,which could effect millions of public sector workers in the United States.
The case originates in Illinois, where home health care workers have [...]