Posts Tagged ‘Homelessness’

The passing scene – October 9, 2015

October 9, 2015

Welcome to a New Planet: Climate Change, “Tipping Points” and the Fate of the Earth by Michael T. Klare for TomDispatch.

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens America’s Recent Manufacturing Resurgence by Alana Semuels for The Atlantic.

Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to New York prison inmates by Laura Gambino for The Guardian.

10 Stories About Donald Trump You Won’t Believe Are True by Luke McKinney for  Donald Trump is notable not as a business success, but as a promoter with the ability to distract attention from failure.

Can Community Land Trusts Solve Baltimore’s Homelessness Problem? by Michelle Chen for The Nation.  (Hat tip to Bill Harvey)

The Second Amendment’s Fake History by Robert Parry for Consortium News.  (Hat tip to my expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack.)

The Afghan hospital massacre: Snowden makes a brilliant suggestion by Joseph Cannon for Cannonfire.  Why does the United States not release the gunner’s video and audio?

Ask Well: Canned vs. Fresh Fish by Karen Weintraub for the New York Times.  Canned fish is probably better.  (Hat tip to Jack)

Shell Game: There Is No Such Thing as California ‘Native’ Oysters, a book excerpt by Summer Brennan in Scientific American.   The true story behind Jack London and the oyster wars.  (Hat tip to Jack)

A good question

February 26, 2014


Hat tip to Corrente.

Useless Wall Street, and other links 11/18/13

November 18, 2013

Wall Street Isn’t Worth It by John Quiggin for Jacobin magazine.

Quiggen argued that the United States would be better off with a smaller and less profitable Wall Street financial sector.  He said the expansion of Wall Street during the past 30 years has resulted in (1) CEOs being rewarded as richly for bleeding and destroying companies as for building them up, (2) financial risk being shed by business and government and put on the shoulders of workers and families, and (3) financial returns based more on speculative bubbles and crashes than on allocation of capital to sound investments.

But the U.S. government, instead of cutting Wall Street down to size, tailors its policies to meet the approval of the financial markets.  This is backwards.

As Quiggen said, the only financial institutions whose deposits should be guaranteed are banks engaged in making useful direct loans to businesses and families.  Speculators should be given free rein to self-destruct, without any hope of bailouts.

How the structure of everyday life creates sociopathic corporate leaders by Ian Welsh.

Louisiana sinkhole the size of 20 football fields could burst into flames by The Daily Mail (the one in London, not Hagerstown, Md.)

7 Things No One Tells You About Being Homeless, Part One on

7 Things No One Tells You About Being Homeless, Part Two on

A homeless man conducts a survey

May 4, 2013


Click on Homeless man’s A/B test of generosity based on faith for the result.

Not that this proves anything.

Hat tip to Marginal Revolution.