The intensity of the conflict over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has died down since last June, after the Administration won its victory in getting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) through Congress. During the Intervening months, the efforts of the Special Trade Representative (STR) to complete TPP negotiations have continued. Read more about Who Needs Balanced Trade? Who Needs Balance Budgets: A New Book on Trade and Fiscal Policy
If there is a government shut down people's food stamps will be stopped. That means hardship for America's poorest, it will also mean millions, possibly billions, of dollars in lost sales for Walmart. So it is time for Doug McMillon to show some leadership and put the considerable political muscle of Walmart behind keeping the government open. Read more about Time for Doug McMillon to show some leadership
A few short years ago, a viable positive vote bloc web-based application was available at votizen.com. (Votizen was acquired by causes.com, and all of it's stellar functionality and assets have since gone AWOL, AFAICT.) Hopefully*, within the next few months (optimistically assuming sufficient support 'appears'), a negative vote bloc, web-based application will be available, along the lines of the "Voter's Revenge" application that I have defined. Read more about Negative Vote Blocs vs. Positive Vote Blocs - which could prove more disruptive in the near future?
I'm apparently doing "twitter essays" now, and, apropos gruesomely hilarious NJ NG story, did one re odd history of the institution as a whole.
The LABOR Party- Corbyn appears to have stoked the embers of what it once was.
Below a link -Interesting article historically.- If you can dodge your way through the references to internecine Communist grudges (Trotsky v. Stalin.)
The UAW and the Democratic Party - World Socialist Web Site
"...the US labor movement, virtually alone in the world, had never built a political party of its own."
Corporate media, trying to keep a straight face, slips:
"Welcome to the first US presidential primary debate - the first round in the longest electoral game show in the world." -BBC
Chris Hedges spells out what's at work here: Read more about 'The debates' are a game show- the winner gets to preside over our continued servitude
I follow most big public events on Twitter these days, it is very amusing. You can gage public reaction in real time.
Did anyone else follow it in real time? What stuck me was the flood of scorn the was poured over the Republicans by Democrats on Twitter. For every Republican tweeting their approval of this or that candidate, there were at least 20 Democrats heaping scorn on the even. Did anyone else have the same reaction? Read more about The Republican debate on Twitter
I have previously described, in another diary here, a design for a web application that I now call "Voter's Revenge", and previously called "Transpartisan Negative Vote Blocs". Read more about "Voter's Revenge" Web Application Screen Shots
For just a few moments, let us pretend that CorrenteWire is a massively influential blog and debate who should host Meet the Press. My nominations, in no particular are: Jessica Desvarieux of the Real News Network, Robert Parry of Consortium News, Peter Daou, Chris Hedges, Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks, Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks, Mike Norman, who else? Read more about Who should host Meet The Press
Simpson, Hedwig Maurer, "Herr Hitler: At Home in the Clouds." The New York Times [Magazine] Aug 20, 1939; p. SM3
Highlights available here. "Larchwood shingles, which are just taking on a pleasant weathering". . . . If nothing else, NYTMag writers breed true. Read more about "Herr Hitler: At Home in the Clouds" (New York Times Magazine, 8/28/1939)
A concept that has been percolating into debates over the feasibility or desirability of moving to an all-renewables, no/low carbon energy supply system is the ceiling on what percentage share of our total energy supply we can take from variable renewables. At The Energy Collective, in the second of a two part May 2015 series on Wind and Solar energy, Jesse Jenkins looked at the question of Is There An Upper Limit To Variable Renewables?. Now, as the Sunday Train has covered many times, there is an upper limit, and so an all-renewable no/low carbon energy system requires dispatchable renewables as well as variable renewables ... and all cost-optimizing models of all-renewable energy systems that I have seen confirm this.
However, Jesse Jenkins proceeded to mis-characterize the policy question at hand, when he wrote:
First, as a growing body of scholarship concludes, the marginal value of variable renewable energy to the grid declines as the penetration rises.
Indeed, where renewable energy earns its keep in the energy market — and is not supported outside the market by feed-in tariffs — the revenues wind or solar earn in electricity markets decline steadily as their market share grows.
Well, not so fast. There is a fundamental flaw in the assumptions behind this claim. It turns out that kind of market situations that allow market prices to measure a resource's "ability to earn its keep" quite clearly exclude this particular situation he is talking about.
So it makes a difference how markets are put together, which is what this week's Sunday Train takes a look at. Read more about Sunday Train: Hobbling & Liberating Renewables with Markets
And so our first season as professional bee wranglers comes to a close. Actually, we now wrangle bees and farm our small holding in Western Washington full time. I believe technically we are now officially bumpkins. Read more about Bee wrangling and so on