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A Brush With A Notorious Cat, My Rabies Education And The Big Bill That Followed

Yves here. In any other country, this sort of price gouging, let alone for not-expensive rabies shots, would be regarded as criminal. Here it’s just business as usual, made to see logical due to the insane and arbitrary insurance network system. I have an indemnity plan, and I can’t fathom how I’d function if I had to deal with a network or an HMO. And even then, the network hassle presupposes insurance and not-insanely-high deductibles. By Caitlin Hillyard. Originally published at Kaiser...

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Amid Recession Warnings, Trump Reportedly Considering More Tax Cuts for Rich and Corporations

Yves here. The thrust of Trump’s stimulus ideas make clear that his priority is to goose the stock market, not to do much for the broader economy. And that should come as no surprise. As we’ve pointed out a few times, small focus groups with Trump and Hillary voters found that the enthusiasm of Trump voters post election was due almost entirely to the gains in their portfolios. Of course, this is doesn’t do much for the lower-income voters who also backed him. It is also worth noting that...

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Crooked Conflict of Interest: CalPERS Board Member Lisa Middleton Pushed Radical Changes to Board Schedule to Solve Her Personal Schedule Conflict

CalPERS board member Lisa Middleton engaged in blatant violation of ethics by devising and actively promoting radical changes in the board’s meeting schedule and voting for them in a Tuesday Board Governance Committee meeting when she should have recused herself due to a clear conflict of interest. The entire process of pushing through the schedule change, which was approved in the Board Governance Committee on Tuesday and is set for a vote of the full Board of Administration, was corrupt to...

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‘The Next Flint,’ and America’s Problem with Lead in Its Water

By Molly Enking, a news fellow at Grist. Originally published at Grist Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A U.S. city is facing a public health crisis, after years of denying that it had a problem with lead in its drinking water supply. In 2016, that would have been a reference to Flint, Michigan. This week, it’s Newark, New Jersey, where city officials on Sunday resorted to handing out bottled water to affected residents. Lead has long been recognized as a potent neurotoxin. The health...

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CalPERS Engineering Board Resignation: Underhanded, Dishonest Plans to Cut Investment Meetings of Poorly Performing Fund by More Than 50%, Shrink Investment Committee

CalPERS’ staff is seeking to complete its de facto takeover of the board through a set of measures initially presented at a board offsite last month. Not only is the substance of these proposed changes contrary to the US and California constitutions, as well as the statute governing CalPERS and fiduciary law, but also consistent with these proposals being the governance equivalent of a coup, the staff has advanced the plan in an underhanded manner, designed to minimize the ability of...

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CalPERS Engineering Board Resignation: “Attempted Coup” via Unconstitutional, Fiduciary-Duty-Violating “Code of Conduct”

In our companion post today, we describe the deceptive manner in which CalPERS’ staff is trying to get the already zombified CalPERS board to cede what little is left of its authority to staff. That post also described two of the important elements of this scheme: that of greatly reducing the number of meeting of the most important committee, the Investment Committee and the Pension and Health Benefits Committee, and reducing the size of the Investment Committee. This post describes how a...

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CalPERS Board President Henry Jones Exposed for Leaking Confidential “Closed Session” Information; Board Member Theresa Taylor Gives Factually-Challenged Denial of Her Closed Session Leak

In surprisingly speedy confirmation of a theory we presented yesterday, more evidence has emerged that some, and perhaps most, of the CalPERS board members have either lost their minds or are frightfully stupid. The object lessons today are Board President Henry Jones, and a repeat performance by Theresa Taylor, both of whom violated closed session confidentiality. The hypocrisy should be obvious: this is the smear the majority board faction regularly, applies to the pro-accountability...

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CalPERS Board Member Theresa Taylor Breached Confidentiality, Board Engaged in Apparent Criminal Violations of Open Meeting Law in Attacks on Pro-Transparency Board Membrs

It appears that some, and perhaps most, of the CalPERS board members that shun performing their fiduciary duty and justify that by backing the staff that they abjectly fail to supervise, have either lost their minds or are frightfully stupid. Board member Theresa Taylor has made a clear-cut violation of CalPERS’ confidentiality practices in on the record remarks to a journalist where she tried to dirty up pro-transparency board members. And what offense have the dissidents supposedly engaged...

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Phishing Equilibria in E-Commerce: Shopping Sites and Dark Patterns

By Lambert Strether of Corrente We have called attention to the use of “dark patterns” on websites before (2013), but until now the literature has been confined to definitions, examples, and classifications from website developers and User Interface/User Experience designers. Now we have a full-fledged academic study (“Dark Patterns at Scale“) that quantifies the number of sites that use dark patterns, and puts some rigor into the definitions and example. I’m going to start with the original...

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Brexit: According to Script

Aside from Boris-Johnson-generated noise, like his People’s PQMs, Brexit is evolving, or devolving, on the trajectory predicted by our insightful readers. Specifically, vlade and others anticipated that the only viable route for Parliament to obstruct Johnson’s crash-out plan was to win a vote of no confidence, then use the 14 day period in which Parliament could vote confidence in a government, including one different than the one it had shot down, to create what amounted to a caretaker...

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