Category Archives: Bidness

The Plight of Moderately-Skilled White Collar Workers

At first, this NY Times article about the long hours and miserable conditions at Amazon for white collar workers simply seemed to reinforce the notion that CEOs and upper-level managers are often assholes. But there’s something else going on as … Continue reading

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WMATA Board Officials: Stupid and Evil

For those who don’t get the “stupid or evil” reference, there is a tradition, more often on the left, of trying to understand if someone is espousing a certain policy because he is stupid or is evil. Well, in the … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, DC, Transportation

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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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