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Brooks and Klein on Tom Price’s plane scandal, Trump taking aim at the NFL - YouTube
Culture and Identity Politics again Tribalism, Patritotism, Nationalism, Militarism, // see how neoliberal capitalism has destroyed fabric of society w individualism consumerism identity - Alain De Botton and Adam Curtis. When you can't consumer, and do culture, and only have tv as (and fb newsfeed) as window to the world to see the world experience the world - you dont take part in society - Kulturteilhabe. dann willst du AfD Brexit Trump. them v us. // nfl is epitome of culture war identity politics and post-racial america - resistance!
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
Distortion of financial economy (speculation), underinvestment in real things.
7:33 QE and ZIRP and banks business model, the financialisation of the western economies, is causing underinvestment now for a too long time, in the real economy (companies, R&D, infrastructure, edu, productivity). - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL31ORGxZPk - TBTF central banks w QE blance sheet unable to unwind it! Loss of faith in politics and the system. (2) credit bubble from consumers that made the recovery w the help of ZIRP QE - zombie consumer zombie companies zombie banks - kept just about alive w QE and ZIRP. america uk worth more on paper due to credit and forex USD £ than their real economy realer wirtschaftswert (3) Argentina example.
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
Car finance deals soar to new record - BBC News
The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have raised concerns about such deals.
The Bank's worry is in relation to levels of consumer borrowing.
However Adrian Dally, head of motor finance at the FLA, said lenders were behaving responsibly.
"We do not share their concerns," he told the BBC. "Lending is responsible. This is a sustainable model going forwards." [...] That is largely because motorists can hand their cars back if they can no longer afford payments.
Ultimately it is the car manufacturers who carry the risk on such deals, as they guarantee second-hand values.
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
Researchers have answered a big question about the decline of the middle class - The Washington Post
“This idea that we’re having this progression of increasing incomes over time — I think that might be true for the upper regions of the income distribution but not for the median,” said Nathaniel Hendren, a Harvard University economist who was not involved in the study. [...] The implication, Guvenen argues, is that economists should search for explanations for households’ current financial woes in the youth and childhood of today’s workers.

“We are maybe looking at the wrong place for the solution to stagnation in wages and rising inequalities,” Guvenen said. “To understand higher inequality, we should turn and take a closer look at youth.” /// &! one comment https://redd.it/69zf27 said part to do w competition. if you don't work for that money, others will. labour pool available for some kind of work. already applicable in the auto industry in usa uk and germany.
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
(577) Cornel West on Donald Trump: This is What Neo-Fascism Looks Like - YouTube
spiritual historical blackout. niall ferguson calls it historical amnesia among public and academics. // "most trying time in our lifetime." // pseudo populist = donald and brexit! but it is neoliberalism! / chornic crisis &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcJqjgB4tyQ
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
Tory education cuts: Conservative MPs demand funding policy reverse - YouTube
budget cuts in real terms // Global Britain schools cutting education, culture, arts, foreign modern languages, // add NHS // Prison // Police // adult social care/elderly care //
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: Hammond to tell us the Brexit vote could have been worse | Business | The Guardian
consumers carried on spending and businesses continued to expand.

The picture for the public finances is also looking rosier compared with Hammond’s maiden autumn statement in November. [...] But here’s what the chancellor will not tell you: living costs have gone up and will continue to do so. The poorest will be hit hardest as the cost of essentials such as food and heating take a growing chunk out of already tight family budgets. Wages will struggle to match rises in inflation and the government’s benefit cuts mean that incomes will fall for the poorest people in Britain. In short, unless the government does something significant to improve living standards this week, inequality will start rising again.
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
STEVE KEEN on Private Debt - YouTube
the trick is up for tory austerity soon, when the private debt/household debt bubble bursts. and or the uk economy comes to a standstill. /// London has driven out the real wealth creators - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyk1t4wEDAE - democracy by houses, bc renters have no rights, &! Money , banks, debt seems not to matter in status quo economics - Prof Steve Keen on Parasitic Banking Sector London School of Economics - https://youtu.be/Kh99jEE18KY GFC recovery is not recovery it is Japanese style stagnation! ex imigration¬!
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Junta lite: how generals and billionaires took over Trump's militarized America | US news | The Guardian
A government of billionaires and generals [...] This country has, in other words, been militarized in all sorts of ways, both obvious and less so, in a fashion that Americans once might not have imagined possible. [ Police w military equipment ]
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Government looks for new spending cuts of up to 6% - BBC News
[ fallacy of Austerity, just Austerity to balance the budget, living off the body, no investment (ROI) to balance future butget by increased tax income. debt does not come down, bc the economy stupid. and imf has backtracked its austerity advice, and latest from imf - investment in health and edu grows economy, got an ROI! ] The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said meeting this target by 2025 would require up to £34bn in further spending cuts and tax rises. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38894023 - To meet his target of eliminating the deficit during the next parliament, which is from 2020 to 2025, Mr Hammond will probably have to find a further £34bn in tax rises and spending cuts, extending austerity.
The report said £17bn of tax rises could be needed to contribute to closing the gap for government between outgoings and income.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Martin Schulz: Mehrheit hält den SPD-Kanzlerkandidaten für unglaubwürdig - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Was!? Man glaubt Politikern ihre Wahlversprechen vom Herzen und mit Emotionen nicht? // Die Mehrheit nimmt Schulz auch nicht seine Ankündigung ab, sich besonders für "hart arbeitende Menschen" einzusetzen. 57 Prozent halten das für "unglaubwürdig", 36 Prozent für "glaubwürdig". //&! Labour’s collapse among working-class voters is catastrophic – according to YouGov, only 16% would vote Labour now. That’s troubling enough for “the party of working people”, but it is made doubly damaging because, contrary to expectations, Ukip is not proving the main beneficiary. - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/25/wings-labour-blame-electoral-collapse &! http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-third-most-popular-party-working-class-voters-behind-tories-ukip-latest-yougov-poll-stoke-by-a7578641.html &! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/opinion/britains-absent-opposition.html?_r=0 &! http://gulfnews.com/news/europe/uk/brexit-has-changed-britain-s-political-landscape-1.1984533 &! https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/12/brexit-labour-identity-crisis-solution-return-to-roots
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
'It feels like a wilfully ignored secret': how commentators painted Stoke-on-Trent all wrong | UK news | The Guardian
(career) politician placards and journalists (headline grabbing) can only tell one-line slogan stories. ... for "ordinary people" there is just no space. and they can't make space for them. [...] Not many of these accounts left any room for complexity, nor any recognition of Stoke’s collective push for regeneration and revival, and plenty of local people greeted them with a mixture of anger and anxiety. [ also sold out to professional class, the ascendent as on the other side of the pond ]
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Why the Daily Show had to change - YouTube
Donald could also be interpreted as a backlash (white, latino, black, .. BAME) that also the black guy didn't make it better for us (the workin folk) and HRC campaign was all about 'its all good.'
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february 2017 by asterisk2a

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