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This Is Why Your Drug Prescriptions Cost So Damn Much | Mother Jones
Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, addresses the debate on the Civil War: what caused it, did the North care about abolishing slavery, did the South secede because of slavery, or was it really all about states' rights?
medicaid  Medicare  pharmaceuticals  drugs  crony  capitalism  corruption  government  healthcare  health_insurance  lobbying  99%  grade_A  grade_AA 
may 2017 by Marcellus
BBC One - Rip Off Britain, Episode 9: Julia investigates the snags which can come with buying a new build
UK housing crisis. yet another report. due to the unmet demand and buyers willing to compromise. builders are not building properly, high-quality houses and flats. up and down the country! this is no one single incident. first-hand evidence. this is chronic across the industry! using carrier plastic bags for insulation is no mistake by the contractor nor builder. // lesson learned, get an independent surveyor before paying any money! // there are more consumer protection laws and right regarding a tin of beans than a build house. //
UK  industry  housing  crisis  capitalism  crony  profit  maximisation  consumer  protection  self-regulation 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
More than half of donations to EU referendum campaigns came from just ten wealthy donors | The Independent
In its report Take back Control: How big money undermines trust in politics, the campaign group found that of the £31,834,885 donated to both sides during the referendum, £16, 444, 905 – about 52 per cent – came from just 10 individuals or companies. [...] Leave received £17.5 million of all donations - almost exactly one vote for every pound given towards the Brexit campaign - compared to Remain’s £14.2 million.

Transparency International also found that 95 per cent of all money raised during the referendum campaign came from just 100 donors – a tiny fraction of the millions who voted on June 23.
Brexit  Super  Rich  1%  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  10%  Democracy  lobby  UK  tax  evasion  avoidance  Populism  Propaganda  Trickle-down  neoliberalism  capitalism  crony  bank  bailout  Exploitation  GFC  recovery  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Oxfam-Studie: Konzerne in den USA schaffen Billionen Dollar in Steueroasen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
US-Unternehmen schleusen immer größere Summen am Fiskus vorbei. Einer Studie zufolge haben die 50 größten Konzerne im Jahr 2015 1,6 Billionen Dollar in Steueroasen geparkt - und mehr in Lobbyarbeit investiert.
UK  tax  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  crony  neoliberal  neoliberalism  capitalism  Lobby  WallStreet  revolving  door 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexitland: The truth from well-to-do Fareham: this was no working-class uprising | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian min 29 ... globale liberalismus ... ethnopluralismus aehnlich segregation // As he continues his journey around leave-voting areas, Owen Jones finds middle-class Brexiters variously motivated, but happy with the choice they made
• Brexitland: People can’t find homes. No wonder they were angry
• Brexitland: ‘Too many foreigners – way, way too many’
Brexit  Austerity  Housing  Crisis  UK  inequality  working  poor  stagnation  secular  recovery  economic  history  globalisation  Abstiegsangst  Society  Gesellschaft  neoliberal  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  Identity  Career  Politicians  Culture  Segregation  Germany  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  White  Supremacy  Middle  Class  Precariat  poverty  trap  gini  coefficient  GFC  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  AfD  Racism  refugee  Islam  Muslim  NPD  Zivilgesellschaft 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Bereaved families bring case against government over prisoner suicides | Society | The Guardian
Relatives of prisoners at HMP Woodhill who have taken their own lives are to bring a legal challenge against the institution’s governor and the justice secretary for allegedly failing to introduce basic safety measures. Eighteen prisoners have killed themselves at the jail in Milton Keynes since early 2013 despite repeated recommendations and guidance from coroners’ reports and official bodies that investigate deaths in custody.
Prison  Austerity  UK  Privatisation  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  radicalisation  recidivism  rehabilitation  empathy  neoliberal  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  homeless  homelessness  scrounger  DWP  Disabled  NHS  rationing  unemployment  unemployed  single-mum 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Passport checks for patients is an abandonment of NHS principles | Zoe Stewart | Opinion | The Guardian
Dena Bryant, a lifelong resident of Grantham, had her eligibility for care at her local hospital questioned by a nurse who justified her questioning because Bryant was “not white” and did not “look English”.

The reality is that these policies represent yet another instance of the government attempting to blame migrants for the devastating impact of their austerity agenda. [...] The relationship between the doctor or health professional and a patient relies on respect and trust. A policy that demands we verify eligibility and report ineligible patients prioritises money over care, and jeopardises the relationship between a patient and their care provider.
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april 2017 by asterisk2a
Disability services transform students' lives – we must protect them | Higher Education Network | The Guardian - As if cuts threatening crucial services in universities aren’t bad enough, the word ‘disability’ is itself now at risk – despite its key role [...] These days I work for disability services within a university. But what we offer is at risk – both from government cuts and changes within higher education.

The government has made £30m of cuts to Disabled Students Allowance since August 2015, which has resulted in the loss of funding for specialist IT equipment and non-medical help such as mentoring, study skills support, note-takers, interpreters and physical assistance. Now, the term “disabled” is also under threat. My manager has had to challenge university directors who want to get rid of the word entirely.
Disabled  Austerity  Council  adult  social  care  Tories  JAM  nasty  party  Conservative  DWP  ESA  PIP  rationing  welfare  state  UK  language  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Brexit  empathy  poverty  trap  income  mobility  Gini  Coefficient  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  inequality  taxation 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
European parliament overwhelmingly backs red lines for Brexit negotiations | Politics | The Guardian //&! 1 - The UK must not be offered a deal that offers all the advantages of single market membership. 2 - Talks on a future UK-EU trade deal should not start until “substantial progress” has been made in the talks on the withdrawal deal. 3 - The UK-EU trade deal can only be concluded after the UK has left the EU. 4 - The European court of justice must be “the competent authority for the interpretation and enforcement of the withdrawal agreement”. 5 - Britain must pay an exit bill. 6 - Any future UK-EU trade deal must not allow the UK to cut standards. ( environment, climate change, the fight against tax evasion and avoidance, fair competition, trade and social rights, especially safeguards against social dumping. ) Note: The Tusk guidelines are very similar. This condition is key, because it suggests that MPs who want Brexit to lead to a bonfire of regulation will find this incompatible with a UK-EU trade deal. 7 - Any future UK-EU trade deal must not contain special “sectoral provision” for certain parts of the economy. 9 - Any transitional period should last for no longer than three years. 10 - If the UK starts trade negotiations with other countries before Brexit, that will be against EU rules.
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april 2017 by asterisk2a
Cameron’s legacy is secure – he’s the man who sold millennials down the river | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett | Opinion | The Guardian
Such complacency, many of us thought, was entirely in line with the man’s whole shtick – an egotistical public schoolboy encased in shiny PR guff, a man incapable of contemplating the possibility that he might ever be wrong, gambling the fortunes of an entire country before coolly walking away from the ensuing fiasco literally humming. [...] many of those who voted for Brexit will either be dead or in care homes that millennials will be subsidising, probably in a deregulated, privatised environment in thrall to US corporate interests and hostile to workers’ rights. That’s if care homes even exist.
David  Cameron  Brexit  Rentnerrepublik  ageing  population  NHS  demographic  bubble  Austerity  recovery  UK  secular  stagnation  immigration  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  George  Osborne  bank  bailout  tax  evasion  avoidance 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
George Osborne is a failure of a politician who is laughing in our faces | Owen Jones talks... - YouTube
that Theresa May let's this slide, is telltale sign! Not even the rumor of May asking him to resign. // Terror Attack aside. If in the next week or so there isn't even a rumour Maybot asking George to resign as MP, = telltale. "JAM" = just PR.
Westminster  Whitehall  Austerity  George  Osborne  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  revolving  door  lobby  No  Representation  Expense  Scandal  neoliberalism  crony  Capitalism  welfare  state  BlackRock  tax  evasion  avoidance  neoliberal  lost  generation  Brexit  David  Cameron  Rupert  Murdoch  backbench  gini  Coefficient  social  mobility  inequality  poverty  trap  UK  rigged  JAM 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Don’t tell me you weren’t warned about Corbyn | Nick Cohen | Opinion | The Guardian
One senior Labour figure told me he thought Corbyn was endangering British democracy. It depends on the opposition being a government-in-waiting. Labour looks now as if it will never be in government again. The 60% of the population who do not want Conservative rule are faced with Conservative rule without end, with the only pressure for change coming from an ever-more audacious right.

More troubling for you ought to be the question why might May, a prime minister with a fragile majority, not bother to call an early election. One cabinet minister explains her insouciance thus.
Labour  Party  Jeremy  Corbyn  UK  Tories  Conservative  nasty  Brexit  Theresa  May  far-right  right-wing  Austerity  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Trump Care - Your Cancer, Your Problem: Russell Brand The Trews (E415) - YouTube
Ryan talks about they want hospitals and insurerer to compete against each other. but the McCarran–Ferguson Act 1945 prevents that. Hypocrisy!
ACA  Paul  Ryan  Republicans  GOP  Obamacare  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  AHCA  USA  insurance  cartel  medical–industrial  complex  bribery  Preisabsprache  corruption  crony  neoliberal  capitalism  neoliberalism  oligopol  oligopoly  lobby  revolving  door 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
How economics killed the antibiotic dream - BBC News
it is estimated that more will die of antibiotic resistance infection in 2050 than by Cancer. Costing 1tn in economic damage.
antibiotic  antibiotics  profit  maximisation  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  sustainability  environment  Environmental  public  health  policy  food–industrial  multinational  Campylobacter  E.Coli  Salmonella  ESBL  MRSA  superbug  super  bug  MCR-1  China  Germany  UK  USA  Meat  Industry  NHS  Cancer 
march 2017 by asterisk2a

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