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Over 170 years after Engels, Britain is still a country that murders its poor | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
Class warfare is passed off as book-keeping. Accountability is tossed aside for “commercial confidentiality”, while profiteering is dressed up as economic dynamism
article  news  politics  economics  poor  fire  grenfell  safety  public  regulation 
yesterday by random
In southeastern Colorado, robots carefully disarm WWII-era chemical weapons
"Considering all the precaution that’s taken with these munitions, it’s easy to imagine that they’re very delicate. They are, but the munitions are not as delicate as you might expect. The burster material is made of tetratol or Composition B, Bailey said, so 'it sounds funny but we’re not overly concerned with dropping… the explosives themselves.' Bailey explained that the explosives were 'designed to have an explosive train set them off, so without that explosive train in place… they’re still explosives, they still demand a lot of respect, but the fact of the matter is they’re relatively non-sensitive.'"
a:Megan-Geuss  p:Ars-Technica★★  d:2017.02.26  w:4500  weapons  war  World-War-II  robots  safety 
yesterday by bankbryan
Deadly Cityscapes of Inequality | Blog | The Sociological Review
All of these tragedies are symptomatic of a broader process of redistributing risk and vulnerability. Those who control wealth and power are becoming ever more adept at protecting themselves from the perils that the rest of us face. Living in gated communities with private security infrastructure, and enjoying forms of global mobility that allow them to escape from dangerous situations as need be, today’s off-shored elites are able to dodge many of the problems caused by climate change, political instability, and inadequate regulation.

The poor have long faced elevated risk of death at work and at home. But generations of activists struggling around housing, labour, and other issues won safety standards, inspection regimes, public health measures, and other ways to mitigate and reduce the threat of illness and premature mortality. Yet the trend in recent decades has been to roll back regulations and download risk back onto individuals, often relying on market mechanisms, producing historically and socially specific forms of precarity and disposability. When security is privatised and safety is increasingly monopolised by the powerful, the relatively powerless are the ones who suffer. Grenfell Tower, like other recent disasters, is a chilling illustration of how inequality kills.
GrenfellTower  fire  safety  infrastructure  inequality  poverty  class  race  NewOrleans  Katrina  Flint  Michigan  risk  wealth  power 
3 days ago by petej
A near-disaster at a federal nuclear weapons laboratory takes a hidden toll on America’s arsenal | Center for Public Integrity
In one photo, obtained by the Center, two of the rods are touching each other as they rest on a roll of duct tape. In another, eight rods are clustered tightly enough to fit within a pencil’s length, propped up against a pyramid-shaped stick
nukes  safety  privatisation  stupidity 
3 days ago by yorksranter
The Grenfell tragedy is a direct result of the Tories’ openly declared war on health and safety | Pride's Purge
The Grenfell Tower tragedy was NOT an accident.

Health & safety was DELIBERATELY IGNORED to save money.

And ignoring health and safety at Grenfell was not a one-off case.

Since they came to power, the Tories and their friends in the right-wing tabloids have DEMONISED what they call the “health and safety monster”, because it harms the ability of private companies to make a profit.

Watch this video of David Cameron in 2012, openly DECLARING WAR on health and safety, and after you’ve watched the video, share it so people can see why we have to in turn declare war on a culture that puts our children’s lives at risk for the sake of profit:


via The Grenfell tragedy is a direct result of the Tories’ openly declared war on health and safety
IFTTT  The  Grenfell  tragedy  is  a  direct  result  of  Tories’  openly  declared  war  on  health  and  safety 
3 days ago by davidmarsden

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