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Why Don’t We See Headlines Touting the Pentagon’s Hefty Price Tag?

Yves here. This post raises a good question, why is the press so cowardly about discussing our bloated, overly ambitious, routinely underperforming military? But it doesn’t go very far in probing why the media gives the Pentagon a free pass. One obvious explanation is access journalism. Cross the spooks or the Pentagon and you go to the end of the line in getting planted stories pet leaks and access to insiders who can spin ‘splain what is going on . But a second factor is a love of men...

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3 Ways Congress Could Hold Facebook Accountable for Its Actions

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 744 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and participate via our donation page, which shows how to give via check, credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Read about why we’re doing this fundraiser, what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, bonuses for our guest writers. Yves here. It’s frustrating but also revealing to see yet...

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Jared Holst: RBG – Political Incorrectness v. the Merch Machine (From the Archives)

Yves here. It is never a good thing when someone who has neither run for office nor is/was a celebrity (that include athletes) has their likeness used to sell stuff. The once-mistakenly-sainted Robert Mueller is the classic example. The extent of Fauci merchandise says his fall is inevitable. And then we have the curious case of Ruth Bider Ginzburg, too familiarly RBG. I’ve never been a huge fan. If RBG really cared about keeping a left-of-center or at least not right wing majority on the...

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Bad Reporting On Latest Sveriges Riksbank Prize In Memory Of Nobel

Yves here. It is really wrongheaded that the not-really-a-Nobel-prize in economics are never awarded posthumously. Alan Kruger clearly would have gotten one were he alive, and his suicide may have been at least partly due to the hostile treatment his peers gave to his and David Card’s work on minimum wages. Card even said he abandoned that line of inquiry because “he lost a lot of friends” as a result. By Barkley Rosser, Professor of Economics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg,...

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Popularism and the Child Tax Credit

Yves here. I am deeply prejudiced against popularism because that the chief tool Marcie Frost is using to run CalPERS into the ground. Poll like crazy to find out what people want to hear, tell them what they want to hear, and rely on them not paying attention to what you are doing (which at CalPERS is staff rather than beneficiary-serving). In the details of the discussion below, Matt Bruenig correctly points out how Daniel Shor tries to make out that the difference between 49% and 53% in a...

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Did Labor Action Over Vaccine Mandates Compel Southwest to Cancel Thousands of Flights?

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Betteridge would be pleased; from the evidence we have, the answer is no. Let’s start with what we know. From The Points Guy, “Southwest suffers operational meltdown as hundreds upon hundreds of flights canceled or delayed“: Southwest Airlines is suffering an operational meltdown this weekend as hundreds upon hundreds of flights have been delayed or canceled outright. The airline is blaming weather and an air traffic control issue from Friday for the domino...

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Why Does Congress Fight Over Childcare But Not F-35s?

Yves here. Of course we know the answer to how Congress sets its priorities. No one wants to lose donations or cause their friends in Virginia to lose sleep wondering how they’ll pay for their kids’ college tuition. Even so, the New York Times has finally deigned to notice that the US is an outlier, in an obviously bad way, on childcare spending. Gee, one wonders why. In fairness, this post gives useful detail on America’s over the top military spending and how it manages never to come up for...

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9/11 Twenty Years On and On and On….

By Lambert Strether of Corrente There are any number of 9/11 retrospectives right now using the “20 years on” locution (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and on and on and on). This is one more of them. For me, the event of 9/11 is only the spark that flashed along a long-laid fuse to the powder keg what was the Iraq War, an enormous strategic debacle, albeit very profitable to some[1], that is still playing out. I remember the day myself; for some reason, I turned on the television...

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US as Failed State: Covid Booster Shot Mess

It should come as no surprise that the US is regularly exposed as being incapable of managing its way out of a paper bag. We had the early 2020 Covid test kit fiasco, which never really ended. Even though it was obvious that Delta was coming, the US is already experiencing test shortages, with Covid infections set to worsen as schools open. And that’s before getting to inexcusable data failures, like trying to shift vaccine complaints to VSafe, which was impossibly buggy, and being late with...

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As US Prepares to Ban Ivermectin for Covid-19, More Countries in Asia Begin Using It

The information war takes a dark turn as the corporate media transitions from misinformation and obfuscation to outright lies and fabrication. The campaign against ivermectin is intensifying in the US. Until recently the health authorities appeared to be quite content merely to ridicule those who take or prescribe the drug in order to treat or prevent Covid-19. A couple of weeks ago, the FDA released a now-infamous advertorial on twitter with the heading “You are not a horse. You are not a...

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