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Computer Science Now Counts as Math Credit in Most States – Is This a Good Idea?

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1528 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, more original reporting.. Yves here. I know I’m showing my age in recoiling at the...

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Gene Editing Could Help Save the Planet — If Scientists Can Avoid the Typos

This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1327 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, expanding our reach. Yves here. Maybe I am an old fuddy duddy, but I see way too little...

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Ideology is Dead! Long Live Ideology!

Yves here. Quelle surprise! Economists engage in groupthink, which sounds a little less bad if you call it “ideology”. By Mohsen Javdani, Associate Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus and Ha-Joon Chang, Professor, University of Cambridge. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Mainstream (neoclassical) economics has always put a strong emphasis on the positivist conception of the discipline, characterizing economists and...

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‘This Is the Beginning’: New Study Warns Climate Crisis May Have Been Pivotal in Rise of Drug-Resistant Superbug

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams A new analysis warns that “global warming may have played a pivotal role” in the recent rise of a multidrug-resistant fungal superbug, sparking questions and concerns about the emerging public health threats of the human-caused climate crisis. Reporting on the research Tuesday, CNN outlined the history of Candida auris: Until recently, scientists considered it a mystery how C. auris popped up in more than...

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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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