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The guy behind “Mint the Coin” to end the debt ceiling: The trillion-dollar scheme, explained by its inventor – Vox

By Underground | October 8, 2021

Instead of issuing new debt and running afoul of the debt ceiling, the Treasury secretary could simply fund the government by minting platinum coins. In 2013, even former US Mint Director Philip Diehl agreed it would work, and over the years, influential voices like financial journalist Joe Weisenthal and New York Times … Continue reading The guy behind “Mint the Coin” to end the debt ceiling: The trillion-dollar scheme, explained by its inventor – Vox

Here’s a Simple Way to Make Facebook Less Terrible – Bloomberg

By Underground | October 5, 2021

[Facebook Whistleblower] Frances Haugen’s suggestion to switch feeds back to chronological order could change everything. Haugen suggested a few remedies, some of which we’ve heard before, such as reforming Section 230 protections against legal action. … Continue reading Here’s a Simple Way to Make Facebook Less Terrible – Bloomberg

YouTube’s Ban on Misinformation

By Underground | October 5, 2021

And why it isn’t about us. …for a selection of high-stakes issues that could lead to real world harm, internet companies may need restrictive rules. We should be wary of happily silencing voices we don’t like in the public sphere, because we are conditioning ourselves to accept that silencing as the way … Continue reading YouTube’s Ban on Misinformation

Can YOU Fix Climate Change?

By Underground | September 30, 2021

Best video yet about climate change and what can be done. Very much worth watching! Source: Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell – Can YOU Fix Climate Change? Continue reading Can YOU Fix Climate Change?

China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced

By Underground | September 16, 2021

China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced (Financial Times) Could it be that something similar … Continue reading China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced

America has $1.73 trillion in student debt—borrowers from these states owe the most

By Underground | September 9, 2021

Not all states shoulder the same share of the student debt crisis. This is preventing graduates from being able to do the things their parents did, like buy a home. The government could wipe this debt out with a keystroke if it wanted to. It’s time to take this option seriously. Source: … Continue reading America has $1.73 trillion in student debt—borrowers from these states owe the most

20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France | Meat industry | The Guardian

By Underground | September 7, 2021

Livestock companies with large emissions receive billions of dollars in funding, campaigners say But people love their meat and dairy! Source: 20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France | Meat industry | The Guardian Continue reading 20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France | Meat industry | The Guardian

Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns – Slashdot

By Underground | September 6, 2021

“Rather than bouncing back, places hit repeatedly by hurricanes, floods and wildfires are unraveling,” reports the New York Times. “Residents and employers leave, the tax base shrinks and it becomes even harder to fund basic services.”That downward spiral now threatens low-income communities in the path this week of Hurricane Ida and those … Continue reading Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns – Slashdot

Dutch cities want to ban property investors in all neighborhoods

By Underground | September 6, 2021

The large municipalities in the Netherlands plan to make wide use of a legislative amendment that will allow them to designate neighborhoods where investors won’t be allowed to buy cheap and medium-priced homes and rent them out, NOS found after surveying the municipalities.  This legislative amendment is expected to take effect on … Continue reading Dutch cities want to ban property investors in all neighborhoods

Fears for future of American journalism as hedge funds flex power

By Underground | June 21, 2021

Financial firms control half of US daily newspapers as pandemic worsens industry’s plight Hedge funds are literally taking away everything that’s good in this world, from buying up all the private homes thus destroying the American dream to buying up all the local news outlets, thus destroying democracy. Source: Fears for future … Continue reading Fears for future of American journalism as hedge funds flex power

Price rises should be short-lived – so let’s not resurrect inflation as a bogeyman | William Mitchell

By Underground | June 15, 2021

Until full employment is reached, governments need not cut back on public spending, says William Mitchell, co-founder of modern monetary theory We’ve just been through the worst pandemic in modern history so there are a few supply issues, but we are not experiencing inflation caused by Biden giving out some stimulus checks. … Continue reading Price rises should be short-lived – so let’s not resurrect inflation as a bogeyman | William Mitchell

Google’s Privacy Backpedal Shows Why It’s So Hard Not to Be Evil

By Underground | June 14, 2021

Why Google thought twice about restoring your privacy. Quarterly profits rules all. Source: Opinion | Google’s Privacy Backpedal Shows Why It’s So Hard Not to Be Evil – The New York Times Continue reading Google’s Privacy Backpedal Shows Why It’s So Hard Not to Be Evil