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EPA Changes Math to Allow Burning of More Coal

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The Trump administration continues to erode US regulation in many areas – especially of the environment, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies advancing policies to benefit the fossil fuels industry. The latest depredation: changing a calculation method so as to understate the health risks of air pollution, and thereby...

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MMT Scholars’ Predictive and Policy Successes – Part A

Yves here. Now that MMT is getting mainstream attention and has become the regular object of blistering, and typically very much off-base attacks, it’s hard to understand what the vitriol is about. One issue is that MMT offends the aesthetics of a lot of economists, who fetishize elegant models even when their real world applications are highly restricted at best. By Bill Black, the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, an associate professor of economics and law at the...

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Mortality, Medical Coding and the (Purported) Drop in Hospital Readmission Rates

By Lambert Strether of Corrente The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) originated with a 2007 report to Congress from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers Medicare and works with the states to administer Medicaid, among other things including ObamaCare. From that report, “Promoting Greater Efficiency in Medicare” (PDF), page 8: The concept of efficiency should include not only...

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Listening to Nature: How Sound Can Help Us Understand Environmental Change

Lambert here: These are new ideas to me, so I’m opening comments on this post to see if readers have relevant experiences to share. Not just country mice. City mice, too! By Garth Paine, Associate Professor of Digital Sound and Interactive Media, Arizona State University. Originally published at The Conversation. Our hearing tells us of a car approaching from behind, unseen, or a bird in a distant forest. Everything vibrates, and sound passes through and around us all the time. Sound is a...

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Jane Sanders: Climate Crisis Critical Issue in 2020 Elections

Jerri-Lynn here: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a ‘first lady’ who did more than plant gardens and appear on Carpool Karaoke? In this Real News Network interview, Jane Sanders discusses the climate crisis and tells Paul Jay that voters shouldn’t support candidates who claim to be progressive, but don’t prioritize the fight against fossil fuel interests. The Sanders Institute recently convened The Gathering – a meeting of about 200 progressives – in Burlington, Vermont, to discuss the policy...

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New Study Highlights Collapse of Insect Populations

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 815 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 and what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, thanking our guest bloggers. An important new study that finds a dramatic fall in the...

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Gaius Publius: IPCC Releases Climate Report — First Thoughts

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 814 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 and what we’ve accomplished in the last year, and our current goal, thanking our guest bloggers. By Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West...

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Fighting Opioid and Painkiller Addiction

Yves here. This discussion of the widespread misapplication of an early study on the risk of opioid addiction illustrates why scientific studies are met with much more skepticism than in the past. And this was before the era of big money distorting research. By run75441. Originally published at Angry Bear Some History In 1980, a letter to the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine by the Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program stated “the risk of addiction was low when opioids...

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Social Activism and the Economics of Mental Health

Yves here. I must confess to not knowing that participation in social activist groups was a prescription ofr depression. First, there is a very strong base of evidence that shows that regular exercise is very effective in alleviating mild to moderate depression, so I am curious to see remedies with less solid research backing being recommended widely instead. Since most people are extroverts, it’s not hard to see the intuitive appeal of getting them out of the house and out with people as a...

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