Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Tuesday Evening Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Henry Mance talks to Mariana Mazzucato about the big con by private consultants who have been treated as a substitute for a knowledgeable civil service without having any expertise in actually serving the public. And Cathy Taylor writes about the need to invest in non-profit rather than corporatized supports for people living in poverty. 

- Moira Welsh and Clare Pasieka each report on AdvantAge's report on exploitative practices by temp agencies who poach staff from the public sector, then charge exorbitant rates to now-desperate care homes. Joel Lexchin discusses how the pharmaceutical and insurance industries are standing in the way of universal prescription drug coverage in order to preserve their own profits off of people's need for medicine. And Sarah Rieger interviews Arshy Mann about Canada's grim status as three monopolies in a trenchcoat. 

- Meanwhile, Tim Redmond reports on draft plans indicating that San Francisco could afford to set up a public bank with as little as $20 million in startup capital - ensuring that all citizens have access to the financial services they need without being at the mercy of the corporate sector. 

- Finally, Madeleine de Trenquayle interviews Naomi Klein about the inextricable connection between economic inequality and climate injustice. Naveena Savidasam discusses how the East Palestine rail calamity underscores the needless dangers arising from our reliance on petrochemicals and plastics. And Carl Meyer highlights how the tar sands sector is engaged in another exercise in greenwashing - this time at the expense of tens of billions of public dollars - in order to run decades off the clock while avoiding any plan to build out cleaner energy alternatives. 


  1. Phillip Huggan3:01 p.m.

    The injustice might only be temporary. I am not aligned with migration issues but on most issues I'm aligned with India but haven't found them high enough on world rankings to take issue. That won't be an issue in a few decades. It has been brought to my attention by a Pakistanian, Bombay was made for rocket launch. I will give carbon black on metals desalination and some modelling obviously of analogous stuff, maybe every decade for a few decades as their cut of my nanotech instead of medical pipings. Less red tape than planning for a half daozen nation's needs later.

  2. Anonymous5:55 p.m.

    I appreciated reading the comments on the tar sands, it has been awhile good to see concern and insight. Take care.