“A self that goes on changing goes on living,” Virginia Woolf wrote in her defense of letter writing as the humanest art
***Too poor to retire and too young to die LA Times
The West Is Traveling The Road To Economic Ruin Paul Craig Roberts. Teejay: “Devastating commentary.”
Loneliness grows from individual ache to public health hazard Washington Post
Doing the Math: Why Kommunist China’s Exports Aren’t Adding Up Bloomberg
The California Public Utilities Commission has voted to approve a $7.6 million dollar fine levied against ride-sharing app provider Uber “for not adequately reporting legally-demanded data on its service to the disabled.” The paperwork dispute is distinct from any actual proceedings over claims of service denial. [Brian Doherty, Reason; earlier and related on what Doherty calls California’s “regulatory war on Uber” here (employee status of drivers), here (CEQA), etc.
Everyone is watching Cuba. Can it morph into a decent version of “social democracy” without creating a nouveau-riche nouveau-ruling class ...
The EUs banking union: a recipe for disaster Pieria
Tories accused of shortchanging public as £26bn privatisation haul revealed Guardian. Wait, that’s the point of privatization…the mistake is the bad PR
Noel Towell Predicts: Business plots Medicare takeover Kafkaesque's tenses updated from the Politics in the Pub by Sam Dastyari (from commentariat: Why does this government hate us so much? What have we done wrong (other than elect it)? Private sector to deliver Medicare benefits under radical government proposal
Lawsuits Claim Disney Colluded to Replace U.S. Workers With Immigrants New York Times
Power Line, Federal Bureaucracies: Incompetent, Corrupt, Or Both?:
Advocacy group documents privatizing of US criminal justice system “Today, private companies hold contracts that allow them to profit from all corners of America’s criminal justice system. Consequently, many people charged with crimes are exposed to the profit-seeking of companies every step of the way, from entering the system to being released. These graphics depict the possible paths of people charged with different offenses, revealing the various privatized services provided by the corrections industry…”
Tim Dowd, Paul Landefeld & Anne Moore (Joint Committee on Taxation), Profit Shifting of U.S. Multinationals
Australia perceived as more corrupt ...
“Government Thinks You’re Too Dumb To Try Crowdfunding” [Ben Weingarten, The Federalist]
Precipitous Rents in Ski Country Push Workers to Edges New York Times
A report by the NSW Crime Commission found criminal gangs have exploited the property market as surging prices increased demand for funds into Australia. "This has provided greater opportunities for organised crime syndicates to launder millions of dollars," the commission found. The flow of money outside of Australia to settle drug transactions and the use of so-called "remittance agents", who facilitate the movements, have entangled legitimate offshore investors in money laundering schemes.