Category Archives: Bidness

Our Agricultural Innovation Lags Behind China

One common belief is that, in the U.S., we are encumbered by environmental regulations, while other, supposedly less developed countries gain short-term economic advantages by poisoning their environments. As this article about the environmental damage caused by pig production suggests, … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Environment, Food, Public Health | 1 Comment

Yes, This Is a Coup

From Politico EU (boldface mine; screenshot below the fold): THE FUND THAT COULD MANAGE GREEK ASSETS: Germany has suggested one particular institution – KFW – could manage Greece’s assets and some of their reform efforts. But who’s behind this little-known … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Fucking Morons | 2 Comments

Maybe the First $50 Billion Should Have Told You Something?

First rule of holes–stop digging (boldface mine): Puerto Rico’s governor, saying he needs to pull the island out of a “death spiral,” has concluded that the commonwealth cannot pay its roughly $72 billion in debts, an admission that will probably … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Economics, Fucking Morons | Leave a comment

The Spiro Agnewization of the D.C. City Council: The Pepco Edition

The D.C. City Council, with partial funding provided by Pepco (boldface mine): The District won’t be studying the creation of a city-owned power company after all. Despite residents’ grievances with Pepco (and the potential that a pending takeover [by Exelon] … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, DC | Leave a comment

‘New’ Democrats Don’t Realize Their Party Has Changed

Charles Pierce on the failure to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership fast-track approval (boldface mine): You can’t really understand what happened—or appreciate what may happen next—without taking into account the transformative effect of the economic collapse of 2008 on our politics. … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Democrats, Economics

In a ‘World-Class City’, Buying the Mayor Should Cost More (and I’m Considering Doing So)

The title is largely for the Boston readers (though I’ve seen the phrase ‘world class city’ used elsewhere), since a subset of Boston politicians are incredibly concerned about Boston being a ‘world class city’*; in my experience, use of the … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, DC | 3 Comments

Another Discussion About Teaching Versus Research That Ignores Overheads

I wish I was a Thought Leader so I could write thinkful and thoughty pieces that aren’t grounded in reality. Which brings us to this post by Clay Shirky about how professors, like it or not, are going to do … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Education | 8 Comments