Paul Krugman has bad news: Voodoo economics is poised for a comeback

From Salon:  http://www.salon.com/2014/10/06/paul_krugman_has_bad_news_voodoo_economics_is_poised_for_a_comeback/

Evidence debunks supply side economics, but the voodoo cult won’t give up. How it could soon get a lot worse


Supply-side economics – the idea that tax cuts pay for themselves by generating a wave of new spending and job creation – appears to be on its death bed. Not only did it fail to work in the Reagan administration, but its disastrous budgetary consequences may well spark the defeat of the conservative Republican governor of Kansas – Kansas! – this year.

But don’t declare victory just yet, economist Paul Krugman admonishes readers in his New York Times column today. Supply-side economics, which George H. W. Bush memorably derided as “voodoo economics” during his unsuccessful 1980 presidential campaign, may actually be poised for a comeback.

That’s not to say that decades of economic scholarship is about to be upended and supply-side economics will soon be demonstrated to work. Instead, voodoo economics could soon rear its head in the form of a magical type of math called dynamic scoring.

Dynamic scoring, Krugman notes, is wonkspeak for economic forecasting that assumes tax cuts will generate the economic stimulus their champions claim. The problem? Data confirm that voodoo economics is, well, voodoo. Supply-side tax cuts don’t generate the investment, productivity, employment, wage, or GDP gains their proponents assert. Meanwhile, Krugman points out, the Bill Clinton administration witnessed both tax increases and faster expansion in GDP, jobs, wages, and family earnings than occurred during the supply-side Ronald Reagan era.

But if Republicans win control of the Senate and thereby gain full control of Congress this year, there’s reason to believe that they could push the Congressional Budget Office to adopt dynamic scoring in its forecasts, effectively embedding supply-side economics’ magical thinking in the nonpartisan office’s work. Paul Ryan, Krugman observes, has suggested as much.

That means that when Ryan and congressional Republicans propose a budget dramatically cutting taxes, the CBO would have to suspend disbelief and assert that the tax cuts would unleash substantial economic gains. And then – voila! – Ryan and the GOP could wield the coveted CBO stamp of approval as evidence of their budget’s soundness.

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Police Departments Retaliate Against Organized “Cop Watch” Groups Across the US

From Truth Out:  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26527-police-departments-retaliate-against-organized-cop-watch-groups-across-the-us

By Candice Bernd
Thursday, 02 October 2014

When communities attempt to police the police, they often get, well… policed.

In several states, organized groups that use police scanners and knowledge of checkpoints to collectively monitor police activities by legally and peacefully filming cops on duty have said they’ve experienced retaliation, including unjustified detainment and arrests as well as police intimidation.

The groups operate under many decentralized organizations, most notably CopWatch and Cop Block, and have proliferated across the United States in the last decade – and especially in the aftermath of the events that continue to unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, after officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown.

Many such groups have begun proactively patrolling their communities with cameras at various times during the week, rather than reactively turning on their cameras when police enter into their neighborhoods or when they happen to be around police activity.

Across the nation, local police departments are responding to organized cop watching patrols by targeting perceived leaders, making arrests, threatening arrests, yanking cameras out of hands and even labeling particular groups “domestic extremist” organizations and part of the sovereign citizens movement – the activities of which the FBI classifies as domestic terrorism.

Courts across the nation at all levels have upheld the right to film police activity. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and photographer’s assocications have taken many similar incidents to court, consistently winning cases over the years. The Supreme Court has ruled police can’t search an individual’s cellphone data without a warrant. Police also can’t legally delete an individual’s photos or video images under any circumstances.

“Yet, a continuing stream of these incidents (often driven by police who have been fed ‘nonsense‘ about links between photography and terrorism) makes it clear that the problem is not going away,” writes Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project.

Sources who have participated in various organized cop watching groups in cities such as New York; Chicago; Cleveland; Las Vegas; Oakland; Arlington, Texas; Austin and lastly Ferguson, Missouri, told Truthout they have experienced a range of police intimidation tactics, some of which have been caught on film. Cop watchers told Truthout they have been arrested in several states, including Texas, New York, Ohio and California in retaliation for their filming activity.

Continue reading at:  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26527-police-departments-retaliate-against-organized-cop-watch-groups-across-the-us

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Parker Molloy Returns To The Advocate Covering Violence Against LGBTs Following Her Violent Outburst Against A Fellow Trans Activist

From Queerty:  http://www.queerty.com/parker-molloy-returns-to-the-advocate-covering-violence-against-lgbts-following-her-violent-outburst-against-a-fellow-trans-activist-20141007

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Oct 7, 2014

Parker Molloy, a writer for Advocate.com, has returned to work to report on violence against the transgender community after a one-month suspension over an incident that landed her in a database of violent offenders against trans* people.

The Trans Violence Tracking Portal is an online watchdog that seeks to protect the trans* community, and last month the group added a “violence advisory” against a member of their own community, Parker Molloy.

Molloy received a one month’s suspension from Advocate.com for telling trans* Huffington Post writer Kelsie Jones to “cut yourself…stupid cunt…drink bleach.” Jones wrote an essay for Queerty about the incident, condemning Molloy’s actions as dangerous, which you can find here.

After Jones told her, “Way to go Parker, piss off another person who likes and supports you,” Molloy responded with “HAHAHA.”

As of last week, Molloy is back at Advocate.com, and her first headline was Transgender College Student Attacked In Possible Hate Crime. She shared this message on Facebook to mark her return:

Continue reading at:  http://www.queerty.com/parker-molloy-returns-to-the-advocate-covering-violence-against-lgbts-following-her-violent-outburst-against-a-fellow-trans-activist-20141007

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