Home Economics 2:00PM Water Cooler 3/6/2024 | bare capitalism

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/6/2024 | bare capitalism

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/6/2024 | bare capitalism


By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Affected person readers, I had a family debacle, and received a really late begin. Therefore, I’ll do politics first, since we had Tremendous Tuesday. Then I’ll do Covid, as a part of orts and scraps. Sorry! –lambert

Chook Track of the Day

Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler, Morogoro, Tanzania. Feels like a synthesizer making area noises!

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Some readers requested for one thing desk of contents-like, so listed below are just a few highlights amidst the density:

Excessive- or Lowlights

(1) Open supply P2P search software program.

(2) Cuomo to be accountable for nursing house deaths?

(3) Tremendous Tuesday.


“So most of the social reactions that strike us as psychological are in reality a rational administration of symbolic capital.” –Pierre Bourdieu, Classification Struggles

Biden Administration

“Safety fence to go up at Capitol for State of the Union” [Roll Call]. “A safety fence will encompass the Capitol as President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union deal with on March 7, in response to three sources conversant in the choice. The Capitol Police Board on Friday accredited the set up of the fencing. A safety fence went up across the Capitol for final yr’s State of the Union speech. The State of the Union is designated as a Nationwide Particular Safety Occasion, the best safety standing the federal authorities can assign to an occasion. These are decided by the scale, scope and potential menace profile. U.S. Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi mentioned folks ought to anticipate to see a heavy legislation enforcement presence across the Capitol advanced. He famous that there will probably be know-how, plainclothes officers and help groups.”

“The Press Is Able to Feast on Biden’s State of the Union” [Politico]. “Apart from this yr’s. Because of the stream of reminiscence lapses that burble from the president’s lips like a Rocky Mountain stream, his stiff gait, his falls, his use of the shorter and sturdier set of stairs on Air Pressure One and even his personal self-effacing jokes about his age, Biden has effortlessly attracted the amount of consideration that makes him the envy of earlier presidents. Sadly for Joe, it’s the incorrect form of consideration as a result of it makes him look infirm — veering into inept. And it’s occurring proper because the 2024 presidential marketing campaign is on the verge of being set, as a rematch between Biden and Donald Trump. The quantity of media and social media scrutiny that the deal with will blast at Biden will seemingly exceed the ability of a billion suns. His each handshake coming down the aisle, his each step taken, his each phrase spoken, will probably be magnified 100 occasions over by the press, his political opposition and voters as they take his measure. And it’s solely honest. Biden is asking for one more time period, and the press is tasked with vetting the candidates the perfect they will.”

“Ukraine first woman declines State of the Union invitation?” [The Hill]. “Ukraine’s first woman Olena Zelenska was invited to attend President Biden’s State of the Union deal with however is unable to return, in response to the White Home…. The White Home had additionally invited Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny, however she was additionally unable to return, in response to the White Home.”

“Biden’s Finest Attainable State of the Union Is a Populist Avenue Struggle” [The New Republic]. “Biden is in a near-disaster zone with working-class voters, it’s true. Earlier than we get into that, let’s shortly appropriate one assertion typically made by pundits that’s simply incorrect. Biden doesn’t must win the working class. He didn’t in 2020. Exit polls from that yr present that Trump gained non-college voters—the closest proxy to working class in such polls—by 50 to 48 %. Trump crushed Biden amongst white voters with no faculty diploma, 67 to 32 %. However Biden pummeled Trump by much more amongst voters of coloration with no faculty diploma, 72 to 26 %. If Biden can simply maintain it shut amongst non-college voters general (who comprised 59 % of the citizens in 2020), he can win. However he’s not there proper now, particularly with the erosion of help amongst Black and Latino working-class males that we’ve seen in ballot after ballot. If he can’t change that, he’s in serious trouble.” And: “It’s maddening as a result of middle-out economics—the financial concept that Biden embraces and promotes—is completely about shifting wealth from the highest again to the center and dealing lessons. The entire concept in a nutshell is that development comes not from reducing wealthy folks’s taxes and ready for them to speculate, however from making personal and public investments, financed partly by wealthy folks’s cash, directed towards the center and dealing lessons in order that these folks have a good shot at fulfilling their potential and dwelling higher and safer lives. Throw in his passionate help of labor unions [like the railroad workers], and Biden is extra on the aspect of working-class folks than any president since arguably Harry Truman. However the truth that he’s not getting numerous credit score isn’t puzzling, as a result of both (a) no person is aware of about this wealth switch or (b) they sort of comprehend it, however they don’t actually consider it. There are causes for this: First, Biden has not been a really efficient salesman for his concepts and accomplishments. He additionally suffers for the truth that his social gathering, writ massive, isn’t completely on the identical web page.” • And by not “on the identical web page” we imply “vehemently opposed” when their class oxen are gored.


Lower than a yr to go!

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Tremendous Tuesday: “Takeaways from Tremendous Tuesday” [CNN]. “President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump made their rematch all however official, with each notching big Tremendous Tuesday wins and Nikki Haley dropping out of the GOP presidential race. Greater than a dozen states held primaries or caucuses on Tuesday, the largest day of the nominating races as far as the 2024 presidential marketing campaign accelerates and leaves the one-by-one march by means of early-voting states behind. Each Biden and Trump noticed acquainted indicators of potential normal election weaknesses: progressives casting ballots for “uncommitted” reasonably than Biden, college-educated suburbanites selecting Haley over Trump.” • Useful maps:

Tremendous Tuesday: “Donald Trump and Adam Schiff Are the Greatest Winners of Tremendous Tuesday” [Cook Political Report]. “Donald Trump’s decisive displaying on Tuesday — he gained 14 of the 15 contests and 722 delegates — wasn’t shocking. However, in the beginning of 2023, this end result was removed from a given. At this level in 2023, polling confirmed Trump polling at simply 46% whereas an ascendent and well-funded Florida governor seemed well-positioned to make the race for the nomination a severe contest. A yr later, Ron DeSantis is lengthy gone, and Trump’s lone remaining opponent, Nikki Haley, solely managed to choose up 46 delegates and one main state victory (Vermont). Exit polls in North Carolina and Virginia confirmed a long-standing sample of Trump operating up the rating amongst Republican and non-college voters, however narrowly successful, or shedding, faculty educated and impartial voters to Haley.”

Tremendous Tuesday: AIPAC a paper tiger?

Min additionally has a DUI conviction, so he’s not with out vulnerabilities.

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Trump (R): “Arizona investigators subject grand jury subpoenas as state’s 2020 Trump election probe accelerates” [Politico]. “Arizona prosecutors in latest weeks issued grand jury subpoenas to a number of folks linked to Donald Trump’s 2020 marketing campaign, a pointy acceleration of their felony investigation into efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s victory within the state… Mayes’ investigators are scrutinizing the so-called “alternate electors” who signed paperwork falsely claiming that Trump had gained the state. Prosecutors in Georgia, Michigan and Nevada have already introduced fees towards pro-Trump pretend electors of their states. Mayes’ workforce has additionally requested folks about Trump himself, in addition to former White Home Chief of Employees Mark Meadows and Trump attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro. Chesebro, an architect of Trump’s scheme to arrange slates of false electors in six states gained by Biden, pleaded responsible for his position in that scheme in Georgia, and he has cooperated with investigators in Nevada, Michigan and Wisconsin. He agreed late final yr to talk to Arizona prosecutors as properly.” • To me, that is essentially the most harmful lawsuit of all, and the one that will have already holed Trump under the waterline, as a result of among the “contingent electors” have been innocents who received sucked in. Voters could properly really feel that gamers do what they do, on both sides. However when the gamers begin capturing civilians, that’s fairly one other factor. (I don’t know if the Democrats are able to enjoying it that approach, since that will suggest that each one Trump voters should not evil, but when they will deliver themselves to, I believe it might be the best method.)

Trump (R): “FAU ballot exhibits 1 in 7 Republicans don’t plan to vote for Trump in November” [Orlando Sentinel]. “The ballot requested folks — Democrats, Republicans and independents — who mentioned they aren’t voting for Trump in November why. There have been two central causes folks cited for his or her intentions to not vote for Trump within the fall. (1) His monitor report as president and his efficiency on Jan. 6, 2021, the day of the tried revolt aimed toward stopping the official declaration of President Joe Biden’s victory (cited by 30%); (2) The way in which Trump conducts himself personally (cited by 21%). There have been notable variations by political social gathering. Amongst Democrats, 31% cited his presidential efficiency/Jan. 6. Amongst Republicans, 29% cited his private conduct. The precise query was, ‘Why are you not voting for Donald Trump?’” And, on abortion: “Simply 4% mentioned it was their high concern.” • The query purpose #1 actually was “His monitor report as president together with his efficiency on Jan. sixth.” If this have been a journal paper, I’d say there have been confounders.

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“Who Will Win Management of the Home in 2024? California Could Maintain the Key” [New York Times]. “Of the 16 Home districts gained by Mr. Biden however presently in Republican fingers, 5 are in California, making the state a linchpin of the social gathering’s hopes of retaking the [House], the place Republicans presently maintain a three-seat majority…. On the entire, Democrats begin at a slight numerical drawback relating to taking again the Home. Gerrymandering and the pure sorting of voters between dense city areas which can be closely Democratic and huge rural districts which can be strongly Republican have left vanishingly few in play.” • “Pure”? Once you learn “pure,” at all times think about rewriting as “synthetic.” • Useful chart on Home rankings, from Larry Sabato’s Heart for American Politics:

Republican Funhouse

“GOP lawmakers ship Andrew Cuomo subpoena over COVID insurance policies” [News Nation]. “A Home committee led by Republicans issued a subpoena Tuesday to former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, asking him to offer a deposition on his COVID-19 insurance policies, in response to a letter obtained by NewsNation. The subpoena, despatched by the Home Choose Committee on the Coronavirus Response and signed by GOP Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, asks Cuomo to present a deposition on Could 24. Particularly, lawmakers are asking for info on his COVID insurance policies as they relate to nursing properties throughout the early days of the pandemic. Cuomo left workplace in 2021 after a report by New York Lawyer Basic Letitia James concluded he sexually harassed no less than 11 girls, which he has denied. In terms of the pandemic, critics have mentioned Cuomo understated the true loss of life toll in nursing properties by 1000’s, with fatalities fueled by a state order that successfully compelled such locations to just accept recovering COVID-19 sufferers.” • That is particularly nice as a result of the Republicans aren’t going for a winger kneejerk speaking level, however accountabilty for an actual subject: Cuomo’s slaughter of elders (which Democrats couldn’t deliver themselves to do. Sexual harassment is dangerous, no query, however think about prioritizing it over the deaths of 1000’s).

Stats Watch

Employment Scenario: “United States Job Quits” [Trading Economics]. “The variety of job quits in america declined by 54,000 from the earlier month to three.385 million in January 2024, down from December’s revised determine of three.439 million and touching the bottom degree since January 2021.”

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The Bezzle: “Worldcoin hit with non permanent ban in Spain over privateness issues” [TechCrunch]. “Spain’s knowledge safety authority has ordered Worldcoin to quickly cease accumulating and processing private knowledge from the market. It should additionally cease processing any knowledge it beforehand collected there. The controversial, Sam Altman-founded eyeball-scanning blockchain crypto challenge began operations out there final July, as a part of a worldwide rollout. The Spanish authority is utilizing ‘urgency process’ powers contained within the European Union’s Basic Information Safety Regulation (GDPR) for the non permanent knowledge processing cessation order — which suggests the order can have a most period of three months (so till mid June).”

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As we speak’s Worry & Greed Index: 75 Excessive Greed (earlier shut: 74 Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 78 (Excessive Greed). (0 is Excessive Worry; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Mar 6 at 1:15:38 PM ET

Information of the Wired

YaCy is free software program on your personal search engine” [Yacy.net]. “Think about if, reasonably than counting on the proprietary software program of a big skilled search engine operator, your search engine was run throughout many personal gadgets, not underneath the management of anybody firm or particular person. Effectively, that’s what YaCy does!” • Attention-grabbing, although requires Java or docker. (The demo web page could be very sluggish to load, presumably being overloaded by Hacker Information site visitors.)

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