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The Equality Trust | Working to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic inequality
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(book) "The Spirit Level"
The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better[1] is a book by Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett,[2] published in 2009 by Allen Lane. The book is published in the US by Bloomsbury Press (December, 2009) with the new sub-title: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger.[3] It was then published in a paperback second edition (United Kingdom) in November 2010 by Penguin Books with the subtitle, Why Equality is Better for Everyone.[4]

The book argues that there are "pernicious effects that inequality has on societies: eroding trust, increasing anxiety and illness, (and) encouraging excessive consumption".[5] It claims that for each of eleven different health and social problems: physical health, mental health, drug abuse, education, imprisonment, obesity, social mobility, trust and community life, violence, teenage pregnancies, and child well-being, outcomes are significantly worse in more unequal countries, whether rich or poor.[1] The book contains graphs that are available online.[6]

In 2010, the authors published responses to questions about their analysis on the Equality Trust website.[7] As of September 2012, the book had sold more than 150,000 copies in English.[8] It is available in 23 foreign editions.

"The Spirit Level authors: why society is more unequal than ever"

[follow-up book] "The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing"
Why is the incidence of mental illness in the UK twice that in Germany? Why are Americans three times more likely than the Dutch to develop gambling problems? Why is child well-being so much worse in New Zealand than Japan? As this groundbreaking study demonstrates, the answer to all these hinges on inequality.

In The Spirit Level Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett put inequality at the centre of public debate by showing conclusively that less-equal societies fare worse than more equal ones across everything from education to life expectancy. The Inner Level now explains how inequality affects us individually, how it alters how we think, feel and behave. It sets out the overwhelming evidence that material inequalities have powerful psychological effects: when the gap between rich and poor increases, so does the tendency to define and value ourselves and others in terms of superiority and inferiority. A deep well of data and analysis is drawn upon to empirically show, for example, that low social status is associated with elevated levels of stress, and how rates of anxiety and depression are intimately related to the inequality which makes that status paramount.

Wilkinson and Pickett describe how these responses to hierarchies evolved, and why the impacts of inequality on us are so severe. In doing so, they challenge the conception that humans are innately competitive and self-interested. They undermine, too, the idea that inequality is the product of 'natural' differences in individual ability. This book sheds new light on many of the most urgent problems facing societies today, but it is not just an index of our ills. It demonstrates that societies based on fundamental equalities, sharing and reciprocity generate much higher levels of well-being, and lays out the path towards them.

"Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?"

"The Inner Level review – how more equal societies reduce stress and improve wellbeing" ]

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8 hours ago by robertogreco
KaedeRavensdale - The Wind and the Lion
There's more than one way to end a war, more than one way to protect your people, and wedged between a rock and a hard place--or,rather, the fact that the Horde possesses the potential to create super weapons--Anduin is forced to turn to an unconventional solution which may bring the warring Factions together but will tear the Alliance apart.
What do you get when never melting ice meets ever burning fire?
fandom:World_of_Warcraft  year:2018  Rating:Mature  pairing:Sylvanas/Anduin  het  arranged-marriage  chosen-family  slow-build  WIP  words:80.000-90.000  violence  death!fic  enemies-to-lovers 
2 days ago by hear-the-rain
Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar
Reuters found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments and pornographic images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims on Facebook. A secretive operation set up by the social media giant to combat the hate speech is failing to end the problem.

DGNI  ncpin  nct  Facebook  Hatespeech  Violence  Fake  FakeNews 
3 days ago by walt74
Dreaming in Color - ELG - X-Men (Original Timeline Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
If you've got a night free, try partaking in this novel -- I'm not kidding,
it's 75,000 words, SO GET TO IT -- and settle in for the funniest,
sweetest, and filthiest read on this side of the X-Men fanfic block. It
also has cameos by Iceman and Gambit, if that helps.
xmen  scott/logan  nc-17  violence  hurt/comfort  favourite 
4 days ago by tess
The People Who Stand By You - pallorsomnium - X-Men: First Class (2011) - Fandom [Archive of Our Own]
aka "In which Charles actually has a twin brother, who now wants to kick Erik's ass"

Wesley didn’t want much out of life, but what he wanted the most was for Charles and Raven to be safe and happy.
So he was rightfully displeased when he heard the message left on his emergency line, and by someone distinctly not Charles or Raven.
fandom:x-men  fandom:wanted  pairing:charles/erik  pairing:charles&wesley  fix-it  violence  post-xmfc  wip  family  author:pallorsomnium  20000-50000 
4 days ago by aerten
Police chief's son charged in brutal attack on Sikh man / Boing Boing
One of two teen boys who kicked and beat a Sikh man in Manteca, California, turned out to be a local police chief's own son.

Tyrone McAllister, 18, the son of Union City, California, police Chief Darryl McAllister, was one of the two arrested, police in the city of Manteca, California, said.

The other suspect was identified as a 16-year-old boy whose name was withheld because he's underage. The two were taken into custody Wednesday for investigation of attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, Manteca police said.
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violence  hate  Sikh  Manteca  Union_City  CA  2018 
6 days ago by Quercki

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