Every now and then, we bring up the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade agreement between a number of countries who border the Pacific Ocean. The problem with the TPP isn’t just that it’s a trade deal that’s supposed to benefit the masses. Experts say that the supposed trade benefits of the TPP are largely fictitious. No, the real heart of the TPP is in new strict intellectual property laws that will cripple your digital rights. The fine folks over at the EFF explain how in a handy infographic.
There are a lot of funny and terrifying economic stories in today’s links. The price of oil has tanked. The TPP is probably bad for you. Basically, unless you’re in oil, it looks like the economy is only going to benefit the rich. Those income inequality charts are just going to keep getting worse.
Anyway, it’s Wednesday so you know what that means. Let’s kick off with Hayden Panettiere who certainly doesn’t look like she did on Heroes.
Bernie Sanders might be onto something when he says that big pharma should be to blame for the opioid problem in America. (Vox)
With the falling price of oil, a barrel costs more than the oil that goes in it. (The Independent)
NYT has a look at how El Chapo was captured by Mexican authorities. (New York Times)