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(2368) 🇰🇵 North Korea’s Secret Money | 101 East - YouTube
Over the years, an estimated 150,000 North Korean workers have been sent abroad to raise money for the ruling Kim family.
North  Korea 
7 hours ago
Is the NHS's long-term plan workable? - BBC News
Bleak picture
Budgets for public health (including prevention) and training of nurses, doctors and other staff have not yet been set out and, if less generous than the NHS settlement, they could affect the ability of the service to deliver the long-term plan, in the view of the report authors.

And what of the short term? The watchdog paints a bleak picture.

The financial health of some trusts, it says, is getting worse.
NHS  social  care  Council  elderly  adult  long-term  plan  Theresa  May  Conservative  Austerity  chronic  sickcare  sick  population  ageing  demographics  Cancer  Obesity  CVD  diabetes  rationing  mental  health  staff  crisis  hiring  locum  CAMHS  prevention  public  Privatisation 
21 hours ago
How diet is changing - the good and the bad - BBC News
But on other measures, diet has not improved, the report, from the Food Standards Agency and Public Health England, says.

Fruit and vegetable consumption remains largely unchanged and is still under the recommended five-a-day level.
Fibre intake has fallen slightly, while vitamin and mineral consumption is down.

And there has been little change in oily fish intake.
UK  chronic  sick  population  obesity  public  health  prevention  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  NHS  sickcare  demand  premature  ageing  diet  western  S.A.D. 
21 hours ago
Unpaid TSA screeners shouldn’t fear the infamous air traffic controllers union precedent.
Last Monday, I wrote that if any group of government employees could end the shutdown, it would be the 44,000 TSA screeners who keep the nation’s airports running. The next day, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa wrote that GOP lawmakers see a TSA walkout as Trump’s Achilles’ heel—the one factor that could force the president to back down from his demand that lawmakers fund a border wall. [...] President Ronald Reagan ordered them back to work within 48 hours. On Aug. 5, he fired the 11,500 controllers who had not returned to their jobs and banned them from federal employment for life. Airline travel was disrupted for weeks, but there were no accidents. The union was dismantled. Many of the controllers never recovered. It was a defining moment for Reagan and cowed the American labor movement for decades to come.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  workers  union  Gewerkschaft  trade 
yesterday
Mentally ill people more at risk of losing benefits, study shows | Society | The Guardian
The findings are based on government data about 327,000 people with either type of health condition who switched from receiving DLA to personal independence payments (PIP) between April 2013 and October 2016.

The findings raise fresh questions over whether people who are struggling with mental ill health are at a disadvantage when they have to negotiate the benefits system.
DWP  mental  health  Universal  Credit  Austerity  NHS  DLA  PIP  ESA  JSA  sanction  UK 
yesterday
New video sheds more light on students' confrontation with Native American | US news | The Guardian
Longer video footage of a confrontation between a Native American activist and Kentucky high school students at a protest has surfaced, providing fresh insight into the controversial encounter and offering a broader view of deepening divisions in America.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD 
yesterday
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Crusher of Sacred Cows – Rolling Stone
With its silly swipes at AOC, the American political establishment is once again revealing its blindness to its own unpopularity [...] The mortification on the Republican side has come more from media figures than actual elected officials. Still, there are plenty of people like Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) doing things like denouncing “this girl, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whatever she is” for preaching “socialism wrapped in ignorance.” A group of GOP House members booed her on the floor, to which she replied, “Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas.” [...] The latter issue, of course, is the real problem most of Washington has with “AOC”: her self-generated popularity and large social media presence means she doesn’t need to ask anyone’s permission to say anything. [...] She doesn’t have to run things by donors and she doesn’t need the assent of thinkfluencers like Cillizza or Max Boot (who similarly compared her to both Trump and Sarah Palin), because she almost certainly gains popularity every time one of those nitwits takes a swipe at her.
AOC  Alexandria  Ocasio-Cortez  Washington  bubble  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  USA  1% 
2 days ago
MLK's vehement condemnations of US militarism are more relevant than ever | Glenn Greenwald | Opinion | The Guardian
https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1087330612883660800 On April 4, 1967, speaking at Riverside Church, MLK called the US Government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today", and the leading exponent of "the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long"
In response to that beautiful speech, the NYT Editorial Page - headlined "Dr. King's Error" - condemned MLK for “slandering” the US by comparing it to evil regimes & falsely linking foreign militarism to domestic inequities
UK  MLK  Military–industrial  complex  Empire 
2 days ago
Faecal transplant researchers identify 'super-pooper' donors | Science | The Guardian
Writing in the journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Dr Justin O’Sullivan and colleagues say while recurrent C Diff infections are down to the overgrowth of a particular type of bacteria, a more complex shift in conditions seems to be present in ulcerative colitis where a “super-donor effect” is seen.
microbiome  microbiota  Faecal  transplant 
2 days ago
(2185) Der unsichtbare Feind - YouTube
60.000 newborns die from multi-resistance bacteria in India alone
"Wir haben uns entschieden die dreckingen dinge zu exportieren."
Das kommt wieder zurueck.
antibiotic  antibiotics  post-antibiotic  India  China  public  health  multi-resistance  bacteria  Superbug  evolution  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  profit  maximisation  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  globalisation 
3 days ago
(2179) Volksdroge Alkohol – warum dürfen wir uns zu Tode trinken? | DokThema | Doku - YouTube
die Kosten des Alkohols:
health economics 10x mehr kosten als steuern und arbeitsplaetze
alkohol steuer + werbeverbot (1mrd eur pro jahr deutschland) + verfuegbarkeitseinschaenkungen
Alcohol  public  health  prevention  Cancer  self-medication  abuse  NAFLD  obesity  economics  nudge  lobby  vested  interest 
3 days ago
What has the Women’s March accomplished, beyond mere visibility? | Jessa Crispin | Opinion | The Guardian
Women’s March // Advertisement

Since its inception, Women’s March has faced criticism by many within the feminist community. The March and its participants, we heard from many critics, marginalized Native women, disabled women, women of color, trans women and Jewish women to present a very safe, white, middle of the road protest. [...] Others called the organization out for not having any real agenda, and for focusing solely on what it was against – the Trump administration and Republican control of Congress – and not what it was for. This is a common problem for organizations that begin as protest movements.
&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ7hlHr66XE - Women Say Unity, Not Strife, Define 2019 March
Womens  March  #MeToo  Feminism  feminist  violence  sexism  Sexismus  Planned  Parenthood  LGBT  LGBTQIASP  transphobia  Transphobic  protest  movement 
3 days ago
Does marijuana use really cause psychotic disorders? | Carl L Hart and Charles Ksir | Opinion | The Guardian
marijuana
Alex Berenson says the drug causes ‘sharp increases in murders and aggravated assaults’. As scientists, we find his claims misinformed and reckless
marijuana 
3 days ago
Unfit DWP should be axed, says thinktank | Society | The Guardian
Ministers should consider abolishing the Department for Work and Pensions after its failure to help ill and disabled people out of poverty, a leading thinktank has said. [....] Tom Pollard, the report’s author, spent 18 months at the DWP on secondment from mental health charity Mind. By the end of his time there he concluded that the “DWP is institutionally and culturally incapable of making the reforms needed to achieve such a shift in outcomes for ill and disabled people, or for ‘harder-to-help’ groups more widely”. [...] The report concludes that while the DWP has been able to help people with minor difficulties into employment, the outcomes are “much poorer when it comes to supporting people with more complex needs”, such as the ill, disabled, older people, those with drug and alcohol problems, ex-prisoners and the homeless. [...] It calls for the DWP to be stripped of responsibility for these hard-to-help groups, with the health department and NHS helping the ill find work, local government taking over Jobcentre Plus, and benefits and pensions delivered by HMRC. The charitable sector could also be given a bigger role. [...] It accuses the department of seeing claimants through a “benefits lens”, in which conditions were placed on their payments as a way of forcing them into work. He warns that the department’s reputation among many groups is now so bad that it may prove impossible and expensive to improve. “A bad reputation is far harder to lose than a good one,” he writes.
WCA  ESA  Disabled  mental  health  DWP  Universal  Credit  Council  Austerity  Privatisation  welfare  state 
4 days ago
Ministers urged to halt right-to-buy scheme | Society | The Guardian
More than 40% of former council homes now rented out by private landlords [...] In Ealing, the council has spent £107m buying back 516 former council properties that it had originally sold for £16m. Peter Mason, Ealing’s cabinet member for housing, said the report highlighted “exactly some of the more unforgivable impacts of Thatcher’s right-to-buy scheme, which she launched with great fanfare in Northolt [a town in the borough of Ealing]”.
UK  housing  crisis  Thatcher  social  affordable  Council  Privatisation  Rentier  capitalism  profit  maximisation 
4 days ago
(2116) Trump’s Done. Here is the Evidence. - YouTube
https://www.independent.co.uk/infact/michael-cohen-allegations-explained-trump-lie-congress-russia-moscow-tower-mueller-a8735526.html - Of crucial importance will now be what the Democrats on Capitol Hill do. They control the House of Representatives and have already vowed to hold hearings into the claims. The House is where any impeachment proceeding against Trump would start out. Speaker Nancy Pelosi may wish to hold off going down that route until Mueller completes his report.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Michael  Cohen  Mueller 
5 days ago
Windfarm industry urges UK to lift onshore subsidies ban | Environment | The Guardian
Ministers have been urged to drop their block on subsidies for onshore windfarms, as industry figures showed that nearly 800 renewable projects are ready to plug much of the power gap left by the abandonment of the Wylfa nuclear project.

Hitachi dropped plans for the nuclear plant in Wales this week, raising questions over what would replace it and leading the business secretary, Greg Clark, to admit that renewable energy sources are more competitively priced than nuclear.
nuclear  renewable  UK  energy  policy  wind  onshore  offshore  infrastructure  investment  Brexit 
5 days ago
Minority ethnic Britons face 'shocking' job discrimination | World news | The Guardian
Black Britons and those of south Asian origin face “shocking” discrimination in the labour market at levels unchanged since the late 1960s, research has found.

A study by experts based at the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, found applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds had to send 80% more applications to get a positive response from an employer than a white person of British origin.

A linked study by the same researchers, comparing their results with similar field experiments dating back to 1969, found discrimination against black Britons and those of south Asian origin – particularly Pakistanis – unchanged over almost 50 years.
UK  BAME  discrimination  prejudice  bigotry  immigration  Brexit  Bias  Islamophobia  Racism 
6 days ago
(2053) Ann Coulter Is "Not Going To Complain" Trump Shut Down The Government Over Immigration (HBO) - YouTube
Donald Trump is held hostage by his base, to build the wall.
Donald Trump holds fed workers hostage to get approval by Democrats.
Who will blink first?
Look at her chin 5:07 - fearful this Trump project will blow up in their face. With Trump, their career as Republican/conservative pundit.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  border  wall  immigration 
6 days ago
Amber Rudd’s denial of the benefits crisis takes political spin to a new level | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian
The facade did not last long. On the eve of the Brexit vote, the DWP snuck out a change to pension credits that could see couples on universal credit lose as much as £7,000 a year.
Benefits rule changes could cost pensioners in UK thousands a year
From 15 May, new pensioners with partners under 65 can no longer claim pension credit - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/15/benefit-rule-changes-could-cost-pensioners-in-uk-thousands-a-year-pension-credit new pensioners whose partners are younger than the state retirement age of 65 can no longer claim a means-tested top-up called pension credit.

Instead they will be forced to claim the much less generous universal credit alongside their younger partners.

The couple rate of universal credit is £114.81 a week compared with £255.25 for a couple receiving pension credit. This amounts to a potential loss of £7,320 a year.

&! There is perhaps no greater skewer to this narrative than the fact some MPs have called for the introduction of a minister for hunger. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/10/appoint-minister-for-hunger-to-tackle-uk-food-insecurity-mps-urge
DWP  Universal  Credit  Austerity  CON-servative  Conservative  Pension  poverty  nasty  welfare  state  food  hunger  deprivation  trap 
7 days ago
Ofsted plans overhaul of inspections to look beyond exam results | Education | The Guardian
New guidelines will shift focus towards quality of education rather than ‘outcomes’
UK  education  policy  Ofsted 
7 days ago
El Chapo paid $100m bribe to former Mexican president Peña Nieto, witness says | World news | The Guardian
A witness at the US trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has testified that he told US authorities the accused Mexican drug lord once paid a $100m bribe to the former Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.
Mexico  war  on  drugs  bribery  bribe  Enrique  Peña  Nieto  USA  Latin  America 
8 days ago
Are Andrew Lansley's NHS reforms being binned? - BBC News
But Nigel Edwards, the influential chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank, believes a "significant unpicking" of Mr Lansley's reforms are on the cards and in time they will be judged as "one of the most major public policy failures" of all time.

If that is the case, it begs the question: why did the government go to all the trouble of pushing ahead with them in the first place?
NHS  Privatisation  long-term  plan  sickcare  ageing  population  Conservative  Party  premature  chronic  sick  prevention  public  health  CVD  dementia  Cancer  Austerity  social  care  Council  elderly  CCG  GP 
9 days ago
West Midlands Police fail to record 16,600 violent crimes - BBC News
The inspectorate said the force was "failing victims of crime."
UK  Austerity  Police 
9 days ago
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