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(9331) Jonah Goldberg - "Suicide of the West" and Preserving the American Experiment | The Daily Show - YouTube
"Suicide of the West" author Jonah Goldberg argues that the rise of both liberal and conservative populism threatens to undermine America's fundamental ideals. // social media - post-enlightenment
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  feelings  emotions  Book  populism  Social  Media  Identity  Politics 
16 hours ago
The health impact of separating migrant children from parents - BBC News
Nelson is a principal investigator on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, a long-term study of 136 abandoned infants and toddlers who wound up in orphanages in Romania in 2000. Nelson and his colleagues have been following the children for 18 years, and says they have observed very different patterns of brain activity in children who were placed in foster care versus those who stayed in an institution.

"What we see in kids who have been reared in institutions, that is separation from their parents, is a dramatic reduction in the brain's electrical activity," he says. "If they're then removed and put into good homes before the age of two, a lot of this recovers. But if they're older than two, meaning, say, the separation has occurred for two years, there's no recovery. The brain continues to produce dramatically less brain activity."
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  neuroscience 
3 days ago
US quits 'biased' UN human rights council - BBC News
The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a "cesspool of political bias".

The "hypocritical and self-serving" body "makes a mockery of human rights", said US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley.

Ms Haley last year accused the council of "chronic anti-Israel bias" and said the US was reviewing its membership.

Formed in 2006, the Geneva-based council has been criticised for allowing countries with questionable human rights records to be members.

But activists said the US move could hurt efforts to monitor and address human rights abuses around the world.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  UN  United  Nations  human  rights  Israel  Gaza 
4 days ago
‘Huge mistake’: Britain throwing away lead in tidal energy, say developers | Environment | The Guardian
Nation is a leader in capturing tidal and wave energy, but companies are starting to leave due to lack of government support
UK  Austerity  energy  policy  tidal  renewable  industrial  nuclear  Tories  Theresa  May  Brexit  JAM 
4 days ago
Maidenhead school asks parents to buy toilet roll - BBC News
Amazon Wish List // A school in Theresa May's constituency has sent a list to parents of things it says need buying to keep it running - including toilet paper. [...] On Monday, the school emailed parents with the items on the wish list, including a request for a "never-ending supply" of toilet paper, as well as adhesive tape, pens, A3 paper and Blu Tack.

It reportedly said it had lost £70,000 in government funding cuts.
UK  education  policy  Austerity  Theresa  May 
5 days ago
Hundreds of breast cancer patients 'denied reconstruction' - BBC News
But data obtained by the charity found that 47 out of 208 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England had policies in place which restricted these services - either by putting a time limit on them, limiting the number of surgeries allowed or denying access to balancing surgery.

Another nine CCGs indicated they could introduce similar policies.
NHS  Austerity  rationing  cancer  CCG 
5 days ago
Labour Leadership Result - Live - YouTube
500.000 votes. Jezza got half. // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1oAEyk4sdY - The rise of Jeremy Corbyn in Labour leadership race? - Newsnight // &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0gVBWGxbhM - Jeremy Corbyn: how the rebel became the front-runner // &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWnIpHAHaaE - Labour - The Summer That Changed Everything
Jeremy  Corbyn  Labour 
5 days ago
(9120) Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari - YouTube
Data & Tech now asset. Dictatorships more efficient in 21st century. Algorithms know you better than you yourself. human feelings - manipulated! elections turn into emotional puppet show "spectacle of society" / "they hack our feelings" // vanity - Status Anxiety Alain de botton / facism exploits our vanity
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  fascism  Brexit  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  history  China  Surveillance-Industrial  surveillance  complex  AI  machine  learning  Google  GCHQ  NSA  BND  Russia  democracy  Data  Facebook  Twitter 
6 days ago
Doubted at home, bypassed abroad: is Merkel’s reign nearing a frustrated end? | World news | The Guardian
As the row in her coalition deepens over migration, a once dominant figure is starting to look forlorn
Angela  Merkel 
6 days ago
Mental health patients still sent hundreds of miles for treatment | Society | The Guardian
Despite government promises to end practice, figures show almost no change since 2016 [... and more beds were cut!] [...] However, since this pledge, the number of mental health beds in England has fallen. There were 18,082 mental health beds available in January, February and March, 200 fewer than the 18,282 that existed in October, November and December 2017, other NHS Digital data shows.
NHS  mental  health  Austerity  patient  safety 
7 days ago
(9098) Did the Sokal affair "destroy postmodernism"? - YouTube
"society of the spectacle" - The Society of the Spectacle is a 1967 work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory by Guy Debord, in which the author develops and presents the concept of the Spectacle. The book is considered a seminal text for the Situationist movement. // Mass media and commodity fetishism - Comparison between religion and marketing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Society_of_the_Spectacle --- In his analysis of the spectacular society, Debord notes that the quality of life is impoverished,[6] with such a lack of authenticity that human perceptions are affected, and an attendant degradation of knowledge, which in turn hinders critical thought.[7] Debord analyzes the use of knowledge to assuage reality: the spectacle obfuscates the past, imploding it with the future into an undifferentiated mass, a type of never-ending present; in this way the spectacle prevents individuals from realizing that the society of spectacle is only a moment in history, one that can be overturned through revolution.[8][9] << see by Byung-chul han - Psycho politics and the tired exhausted depressed worker who can't imagine getting up for a revolution. thus votes brexit and trump. where am I getting my pizza if we have a revolution?
Sociology  Philosophy  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  book  Social  Media  Consumerism  Capitalism  Status  Anxiety  Individualism  Marx  Socialism  equality  poverty  trap  working  poor  rat  race 
7 days ago
(9086) Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life - YouTube
see book make it stike re addiction "addictive schemes in their designs" ... its profit maximization in stealth. [...] "we are observed constantly"
Social  Media  Facebook  Twitter  addiction  Instagram  YouTube  Jaron  Lanier  book  Google  mental  health  depression  public 
7 days ago
Hunt and Hammond 'gridlocked' over NHS funding rise | Society | The Guardian
Prof Anita Charlesworth, the Health Foundation’s chief economist, said: “Annual increases of 3.3% a year above inflation are the minimum required to prevent services from further decline. But stemming decline should not be the goal for the NHS in its 70th year.

“After eight years of austerity, people are waiting too long for care, the NHS doesn’t have enough clinical staff, public health budgets have been cut and just four in 10 people with a mental health problem get any help at all.

“If we are to make any inroads into these problems and secure the health service for the future, funding needs to increase by at least 4% a year.” //&! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/15/the-guardian-view-on-the-nhs-cash-boost-pay-for-it-with-deficit-spending - The decision is not an act of compassion. It is not a birthday gift – although it might be sold as such because the NHS is 70 this July. It is not because there is a Brexit dividend – there isn’t. It is because the NHS is falling apart before people’s eyes.
NHS  Austerity  Jeremy  Hunt 
7 days ago
'Women spend more time planning holiday than pregnancy' - BBC News
Only one in five started taking folic acid before stopping contraception, while one in six didn't take it at all.

A daily folic acid tablet while trying to conceive reduces the risk of your baby having brain or spine defects.

Medical experts said nutrition and lifestyle before conception were also crucial to a good pregnancy and birth.

There are lots of ways that both parents can improve their chances of a healthy pregnancy, if it is planned weeks or months in advance.

These include stopping smoking and drinking alcohol, eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting to a healthy weight.

But in a survey of 750 pregnant women, Tommy's found that fewer than half changed their diet during pregnancy and 17% did not take any folic acid at all.

In contrast, two-thirds spent three months or longer planning a holiday.
UK  public  health  chronic  sick  population 
9 days ago
Universal credit savaged by public spending watchdog | Society | The Guardian
NAO says core claims about flagship welfare programme are based on unproven assumptions The government’s ambitious change to the benefits system, universal credit, fails to deliver promised financial savings or employment benefits and leaves thousands of vulnerable claimants in hardship, according to the public spending watchdog.

The National Audit Office effectively demolishes ministerial claims for universal credit, concluding that the much-delayed flagship welfare programme may end up costing more than the benefit system it replaces, cannot prove it helps more claimants into work and is unlikely to ever deliver value for money.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/14/the-guardian-view-on-universal-credit-fix-this-cruel-expensive-fiasco &! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44468437 - The £1.9bn Universal Credit system may end up costing more to administer than the benefits system it is replacing, according to the National Audit Office.
Universal  Credit  DWP  JSA  ESA  Disabled  sanctions  poverty  destitute  homelessness  Council  Tories  nasty  party  Austerity 
9 days ago
Rising crime is symptom of inequality, says senior Met chief | UK news | The Guardian
Rising crime is symptom of inequality, says senior Met chief
Patricia Gallan says inequality leads people to feel like they ‘do not have a stake in society’
inequality  chronic  stress  crime  UK  Austerity  meritocracy  meritocratic  BAME  working  poor  minority  Gesellschaft  Society  Zivilgesellschaft 
10 days ago
Gig economy: heating engineer wins claim against Pimlico Plumbers | Business | The Guardian
Delivering judgment, on Wednesday, Lord Wilson said: “Although the contract did provide him with elements of operational and financial independence, Mr Smith’s services to the company’s customers were marketed through the company.

“More importantly, its term enabled the company to exercise tight administrative control over him during his periods of work for it; to impose fierce conditions on when and how much it paid to him, which were described at one point as his wages; and to restrict his ability to compete with it for plumbing work following any termination of their relationship.

“We hold that the [employment] tribunal was entitled to conclude that the company cannot be regarded as a client or customer of Mr Smith.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44465639
gig  Economy  Uber 
10 days ago
Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
Freihandelsvertraege muessen Verfallsdatum haben. Koennte man ja mal versuchen mit den Brexit Freihandelsvertragverhandlungen.
Brexit  free  trade  agreement  TTIP  NAFTA  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  globalisation  globalization  TPP  European  Union  Africa 
10 days ago
Donald Trump Making Life Tough for German Companies - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Irritation is growing within both the European business community and the German government over the Trump administration's ruthless approach. During a trip to Beijing last week, Joe Kaeser, CEO of global engineering giant Siemens, lamented an American policy of "tariffs and tweets." The statement represented something of a reversal of course for the executive. At the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, he and other German executives were fawning over Trump.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump 
10 days ago
British overseas territories in talks to keep tax haven secrecy | World news | The Guardian
Leaders of British overseas territories are to hold two days of showdown talks with ministers in an attempt to reverse the UK government’s decision to end secrecy for offshore tax havens.

British Virgin Islands (BVI), Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands,

An unexpected vote by MPs at the beginning of May to impose public registers of share ownership in all the BOTs has triggered angry resistance including street protests, boycotts of the Queen’s birthday celebrations, and even demands for constitutional separation.
UK  Tories  tax  evasion  Great  Britain  offshore  avoidance  taxevasion  taxavoidance  HMRC  Europe  heaven  British  Virgin  Islands  Bermuda  Cayman 
10 days ago
Child protection costs 'threaten local councils' financial stability' | Society | The Guardian
Failure to support families at risk and reduce pressure on the care system will lead to child protection services becoming financially unsustainable, the chair of an expert care review group has warned.
UK  Austerity  Council  child  protection  services  JAM  poverty 
10 days ago
Student loans 'heading for trillion pounds' - BBC News
The conversion of means-tested grants into loans has meant that the poorest students end up graduating with the biggest debts, says Lord Forsyth.

And he warns that the current repayment system was more expensive for people in middle income jobs such as nursing, rather than high-paid lawyers or financiers, who would pay off their debts more quickly.

"The people who get screwed by this are those in the middling jobs," says Lord Forsyth.

"This was all done on the basis that it would create a market in higher education - and that has failed, there isn't a market."

Lord Forsyth says that there is no meaningful consumer choice or competition - and he dismissed the system for rating teaching quality in universities, the teaching excellence framework, as a "bit of a joke".

"Because no-one ever turns up to look at the teaching," says Lord Forsyth.
UK  education  policy  David  Cameron  Nick  Clegg  George  Osborne  Tories  University  College  poverty  trap  student  debt  loan  vocational  skills  Mittelstand  apprenticeship  accounting  Austerity  gap  productivity 
12 days ago
James O'Brien vs self-serving, cynical, opportunistic Boris Johnson's Brexit tape - YouTube
Boris Johnson void or morality integrity principles.
see his lne in chruchil biography "politicians are inherent gamblers of event what will happen"
Boris  Johnson  Brexit 
13 days ago
Anthony Bourdain: Celebrity chef found dead at 61 - BBC News
US government health officials on Thursday said the nation's suicides had risen by 30% since 1999, and that the crisis was a growing problem. Nearly 45,000 Americans took their own lives in 2016. // CNN cites suicide - https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/08/us/anthony-Bourdain-obit/index.html // days after Kate Spade suicide
suicide  public  health  mental 
15 days ago
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