Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Water Cooler

Could China be sitting on 10,000 tons of gold? (

Zappos eliminates manager role, goes to flat structure; 14% of employees leave (

R.J. Hillhouse (who broke
the Hersh story years ago).
Seymour Hersh has taken a lot of flak for recent allegations about the bin Laden killing, such as his assertion that Pakistan's ISI was, in fact, keeping bin Laden in a safe house, yet that's exactly what was reported in December 2011 in the Terrorism Monitor Volume: 9 Issue: 47 (and earlier, in a blog by R.J. Hillhouse). And a prominent Pakistani journalist has now (allegedly) identified the walk-in spy who gave up bin Laden. So it's not impossible Hersh's version has a few things right. It would be good, in any case, to see a stronger response from the White House than "there's too many inaccuracies [in the Hersh account] to address one by one." Address them, please. One by one. Meanwhile, Hersh should man up and acknowledge that R.J. Hillhouse broke this story years before he did. (But oh, wait: Hersh doesn't know about blogs...)

Congratulations, Class of 2015: You’re the Most Indebted Ever (

Job Crapification: "Mid-wage and high-wage jobs accounted for 79% of jobs lost during the recession [but] as of August 2012, they represented only 42% of those created during the recovery. The gap was filled by low-wage jobs: only 21% of jobs lost during the recession were those making less than $13.83 an hour, but they make up the majority of new jobs created during the recovery." April jobs report promising but core problem is still income inequality (

Internet Economics 101: Spotify unable to turn a profit despite revenues of $1 million per employee per year and no manufacturing expense. Spotify's net losses grow to $197 million (

Almost 2 million Americans make less than $2 per day; 7.1 million children live in deep poverty (family income less than half the poverty threshold). Why So Many Americans Are Trapped in ‘Deep Poverty’ (

Meanwhile, take out a $100 payday loan, owe $3600 (

Not exactly news but still startling: The world's 80 richest people are worth more than the bottom 50% of humanity ( This is based on Forbes billionaire data, which omits dictators and monarchs. Hence it very likely understates, not overstates, the wealth of the wealthiest.

"There's a reason depression and its precarious cousin, anxiety, are the dominant political modes of late capitalism." An angry population is hard to govern; a depressed population is easy (

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