Samir’s Selection 03/09/2016 (p.m.)
Five possible scenarios for a “work till you drop” world – FT.com >>>
“The alternative to saving for retirement is to delay retirement, possibly indefinitely.” This was the grim message from a report on pension provision published last week. The report, commissioned by the UK Labour party, said that many people were
Elizabeth Warren: What are the most important steps the government can take to improve middle class income stagnation? – Quora >>>
Middle class income stagnation wasn’t caused by some unstoppable force of nature, like gravity. It was caused by changes in government that favored those who could hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers, and that left everyone else behind. Now, instead of an economy that works well for everyone, America has an economy that works well for only about 10% of our people.
Before anyone does the oh-this-is-just-fantasy-dance, please look up the polling. Most of America – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, Contrarians, Vegetarians – support nearly all of these proposals by about two-to-one. Our problem isn’t that we don’t know what we need to fix. Our problem is that the US Congress won’t pass these fixes.
Trunki firm loses Supreme Court case over design >>>
A company that sells children’s ride-on suitcases has lost a court battle with a rival over product design.
Magmatic – which sells Trunki suitcases decorated to look like animals or insects – said PMS International’s Kiddee Case range infringed registered design rights.
Five Supreme Court judges analysed the dispute at a hearing in November and have now ruled against Magmatic
Lawyers said the ruling will have “profound” design implications.
But in its ruling on Wednesday, the Supreme Court backed the Court of Appeal – a move experts described as a “massive blow to Trunki”.
Lawyer Mike Gardner, a partner at law firm Wedlake Bell, said the case showed how difficult it could be for businesses to protect their designs.
He said: “The court expressed sympathy with Magmatic that, in this case, it could not do anything to stop the sales of a product copied by a rival.
“But design law did not protect ideas – it protected the appearance of products. “
Only Trump Can Trump Trump – NYTimes.com >>>
Those G.O.P. elites sold their own souls and their party so many times to charlatans and plutocrats that you wonder when it’s going to show up on closeout on eBay: “For sale: The G.O.P. soul. Almost empty. This soul was previously sold to Sarah Palin, the Tea Party anarchists, Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist, the gun lobby, the oil industry, the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and Fox News. Will bargain. No offer too low.”
Normally smart people, like Mitt Romney, discarded all their best instincts to suck up to this ragtag assortment of self-appointed G.O.P. commissars, each representing a different slice of what came to be Republican orthodoxy — climate change is a hoax; abortion, even in the case of rape or incest, is impermissible; even common-sense gun laws must be opposed, no matter how many kids get murdered; taxes must always be cut and safety nets shrunk, no matter what the economic context; Obamacare must be destroyed, even though it was based on a Republican idea; and Iraq was a success even though it was a mess.
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