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'Toxic garbage will be sold here': Outcry as Brazil moves to loosen pesticide laws | World news | The Guardian
“The economic interest will prevail over human and environmental health.”

Of 121 pesticides permitted in Brazil for coffee production, 30 are already banned in the European Union, including the toxic herbicide paraquat, Bombardi reported in an extensive 2017 study. [...] The country already lets foreign companies exploit its lower standards of protection, they said, “exporting hazardous pesticides prohibited from use in their domestic markets to be used in Brazil.”

Under Brazil’s current legislation, pesticides with elements considered teratogenic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, endocrine disruptive, or posing risks to the reproductive system can’t be registered, they said. But under the bill, hazardous pesticides will only be prohibited when there is a “scientifically established unacceptable risk” – a definition too vague to be effective.
Brazil  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  lobby  Bayer  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  Monsanto  pollution  public  health  Soy  Soya  industrial  agriculture  deforestation  profit-maximisation  carcinogenic  toxic  ecological  disaster  environmental 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
‘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 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
UK nuclear plans 'risk collapse if Hitachi talks fail' | Environment | The Guardian
UK industrial and economic policy - subsidies for selected few to profit. fleecing the tax payer. -
Paul Dorfman at the Energy Institute at University College London said: “This would mean the hardworking UK taxpayer and energy consumer, who are labouring under ramping austerity, are being asked to stump up for an extraordinarily expensive nuclear plant just at the time that renewable costs are plummeting.”
UK  energy  policy  subsidies  renewable  nuclear  HinkleyPointC  Hinkley  industrial  Brexit  Austerity  underinvestment 
may 2018 by asterisk2a
Brexit fallout: Jonathan Portes & Ivan Rogers give evidence to parliament - YouTube
[min 15] 15-20 years. "what has happened to training to workers" radical fall-off. Certain industries in UK had free lunch provided by EU. Employer investment and training. currently much more reliant on public edu (higher education & college). Private is saving money, aka profit maximisation.
Brexit  Apprenticeship  UK  training  skills  gap  Productivity  EEA  EU  profit  maximisation  capitalism  Austerity  Education  Policy  Germany  Dualausbildung  University  College  Industrial  underinvestment  underemployed  output  Manufacturing  Innovation  R&D 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
A hard truth for Leave voters: Brexit means big government
Britain has seen a renaissance in jobs since 2013, of that there is no doubt. But most of those extra jobs were among the self-employed or fell into categories that can only be described as insecure and low-paid. When companies finally took the plunge and advertised full-time jobs from 2014 onwards, around a third went to migrants. [...] It is this mostly older group of workers across the developed world, worried about their pay, pensions and conditions of employment, that want to slam the brakes on globalisation and reject the remedy proposed by big business: greater labour-market flexibility and only limited job protections. [ Globalisation as a great rebalancing of the world economy between the west and the rest (BRIC and co) ] [...] Only government can provide the cure, with a commitment to invest where the private sector cannot or will not go.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Theresa May's cabinet: Who's in and who's out?
http://bit.ly/29FttLT //&! Putting the industry back into departmental business. The British trade ministry’s latest incarnation seems like a message to the manufacturing base that this government might give it a thought - bit.ly/29yzdIU //&! Theresa May has executed a brutal clear-out of the Cameron-Osborne era. But it’s brave to make so many backbench enemies with a parliamentary majority of 12 - bit.ly/29RL3gx //&! Theresa May has promoted women. But she’s a Tory first and a feminist second - bit.ly/29HP0nd - No one should doubt that she wants to improve the lives of women from less fortunate backgrounds. But make no mistake: our new prime minister is a Conservative first, and a feminist second.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Festival of Economics 2014: Will the Robots Eat all the Jobs? - YouTube
gov needs to smooth transition! education that focuses on analytics, creativity and research. and an economy w more capital investment! [...] link CXX pay w investment, not shareprice or company value per se. and/or mend the tax code to generously reduce corporation tax rate w how much they invest of their turnover, on a linear scale.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Technological Unemployment (2013) w Jacque Fresco
wikipedia Jacque Fresco // MORE AI, automation, robotics, augmented intelligence, self-driving cars = LESS AGGREGATE DEMAND (disposable income of the middle class, working class & working poor) [...] productivity has risen but incomes NOT! [...] & companies are making more money for shareholders & owners with less & less people (see Facebook) [...] Industry doesnt care abt people. They hire people because it hasnt been yet automated. [...] A JOBLESS RECOVERY & JOBLESS GDP GROWTH [...] routine middle class jobs eliminated fastest! [...] pace of destruction is greater than pace of creation of new jobs! [...] ie Lawyer Software searching through files via augmented intelligence //&! Humans Need Not Apply - youtu.be/7Pq-S557XQU //&! Jerry Kaplan ((re)distribute wealth more equally - youtu.be/JiiP5ROnzw8), Rifkin (Zero Marginal Cost), Paul Mason (post-capitalism) book //&! UBI a must in future - youtu.be/WMF-Z74C1QE &! youtu.be/mEV-kAjtm9U &! youtu.be/9pdU_Rkwzes
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT ON THE BALANCE OF PAYMENTS: THE MOST DAMNING STATISTIC!
If you want to understand how an economy is performing and how sustainable its economic growth then look at the current account balance. Officially it is often ignored and there are attempts to play down its significance. After all it is always only just a few years away from an election so the very short term is considered much more important than the long term strength and economic health of the economy. Dire straits is not an underestimate of the current damaged state of the UK economy and indeed many other western economies. [ affordable only bc of City of London (Banking and Co.)! - bit.ly/297c6D3 - Novara Media - The City: In Conversation with Tony Norfield ]
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
UK GDP growth – beware the march of the spenders | Business | The Guardian
the breakdown was deeply troubling. What it showed was an economy unhealthily reliant on consumer spending. Real household spending was up 0.7% on the quarter and added 0.5 percentage points to the growth rate. In other words, the other components of growth – investment, trade and government spending – contributed -0.1 points to growth during the first three months of the year. [...] drop in business investment, which was down both over the quarter and over the year. //&! bit.ly/1RjxDnh - Making things matters. This is what Britain forgot. Ha-Joon Chang. The neglect of manufacturing and over-development of the financial sector is the cause of the economy’s decline, not fear of leaving the EU
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may 2016 by asterisk2a
Pascal Lamy: Gove is 'pie in the sky' on Brexit - BBC Newsnight
Trade w europe may be currently shrinking (eu 'crisis'), but how much negotiation lever do you have as UK vs Europe (one single market/consumer!?) That is what Daniel Hannan does not highlight, the leverage of size to access, in negotiations with other countries. [...] 'trade negotiations are so long because they are so tough' [...] what will the UK have to give up, to gain access to foreign markets for their measly 20% of the whole economy (production, ie also house building, not just export/manufacturing)!? (2015, 80% of UK GDP growth consisted of consumption). Competing with much more competitive industry now! ( ie Cars. Ford's new plant in Mexico/Latin America ...) [...] "You can not exit and keep the benefits while you were in!" //&! >> What kind of trade deal could we get if we left the EU? - youtu.be/Pj9nPncM61M &! youtu.be/r8MiUI2eN6c
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Superbugs are on track to kill 10 million people by 2050 if things don’t change—fast
[under reported ] Today, 23,000 Americans die each year from infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Across the world, the estimated annual mortality rate is 700,000. If these trends continue, by 2050, 10 million people globally will die each year, as the potent diseases of previous centuries return to their old force, according to the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance. In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported an estimated 450,000 new cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. The emergence of multiple drug-resistant pneumonia and E. coli bacteria strains are predicted to contribute significantly to increased mortalities due to their ability to spread rapidly through populations.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Investors urge fast food and pub chains to act to reduce farm antibiotics
A group of powerful City investors who together control more than $1tn in assets have written to leading fast food, pub and restaurant chains urging them to take immediate action to reduce antibiotic use in their meat and poultry supply chains. [...] UK human campylobacter infections have become more resistant to antibiotic treatment. Percentage of human campylobacter cases tested that showed some degree of resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin - approaches 50%!!! [...] Of the 17,332 human campylobacter cases tested in 2015 for resistance to ciprofloxacin, 48% had some degree of resistance to the drug. In 2005, this figure was 30%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Waiters And Bartenders Rise To Record, As Manufacturing Workers Drop Most Since 2009
On the surface, the March jobs reported was better than expected... except for manufacturing workers. As shown in the chart below, in the past month, a disturbing 29,000 manufacturing jobs were lost. This was the single biggest monthly drop in the series going back to December 2009. But not all is lost: as has been the case for virtually every month during the "recovery", virtually every laid off manufacturing worker could find a job as a waiter: in March, the workers in the "Food services and drinking places" category, aka waiters, bartenders and minimum wage line cooks, rose again to a new record high of 11,307,000 workers, an increase of 25K in the month, offsetting virtually all lost manufacturing jobs. This is how the two job series have looked since the start of 2015: 24k manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past 14 months compared to an increas of 365K food service workers.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Sustainability or Prosperity? Why Not Both? | PolicyCast
describes the rapidly growing field of sustainability science, which combines a variety of disciplines in both the hard and social sciences to find paths towards a sustainable future. //&! Book Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice – (2016) by Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson. //&! http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/publications/insight/international/william-clark &! https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=LkLCmQwAAAAJ&hl=en &! http://earthsky.org/human-world/william-c-clark-defines-sustainable-development &! Jeffrey Sachs - Global Cooperation and Sustainable Development - youtu.be/cRWtRh3yLI0 &! "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet." - youtu.be/n3kzzVP2c7w &! Jeffrey Sachs: "The Price of Civilization" - youtu.be/_G6SYmQ0swg - profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects: jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Government planning to repeal animal welfare codes
Poultry industry to oversee chicken-farming standards as ministers move to create industry-led deregulation. Conservative ministers are planning to repeal an array of official guidance on animal welfare standards, starting with a move to put the code on chicken-farming into the hands of the poultry industry.

Liz Truss, the environment secretary, is overseeing moves to scrap the statutory codes on farm animal welfare and move to an “industry-led” guidance as part of her department’s deregulatory agenda. [ so industry funds its own regulatory body, lol! ] [...] Other sectors that could get control of their own guidance include the cattle, sheep and pig farming industries. //&! Poultry deregulation plans risk bringing back dark days of food scares. History shows problems start when food companies police themselves: think salmonella, BSE, foot and mouth, swine flu - bit.ly/1UON3ai - Privatisation move! Austerity. Self-regulation.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Stop Cancer Before It Starts (Michael Greger, M.D.. 2011)
[ oldschool dr greger ] not only is meat a carcinogen itself, but meat has accumulated pesticides and herbicides, because cows and co eat animal feed full of pesticides and herbicides. but also their loved ones (male chicken, not laying eggs, not putting on meat fast enough for industry to make a bigger profit) are in it, ground up. Even fat trimmings are in animal feed! // breast cancer rates on the rise as meat eating babyboomers come into old age 40-50 and older
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith QUITS Cabinet with vicious swipe at George Osborne over shambolic disability benefit cut U-turn Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3499499/Work-Pensions-Secretary-Iain-Duncan-Smith-QUITS-Cabin
[ we are all in this together ] [IDS PIP cuts] 'not defensible' alongside the tax breaks for the wealthy in this week's Budget. [...] He branded slash in benefits for the disabled as being 'indefensible.' IDS hit out at Osborne for lack of awareness and for letting the welfare system be 'salami-sliced' [...] 'I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest,' he wrote. The former Tory leader and standard-bearer for the Eurosceptic Right of the party admitted he wanted to cut benefits enjoyed by wealthy pensioners, but these plans were blocked by the Chancellor and the Prime Minister. [...] Mr Duncan Smith believed the Chancellor was too sly and devious in the way he went about balancing the nation’s books. [ Osborne wanted also to increase VAT Solar Panels ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: the productivity and prosperity puzzle
It wasn't so much "here's a rabbit from the hat" but more: "look over there - a squirrel!" [...] [Productivity] turned out disappointingly again. And that's knocked back the growth estimates for the economy, as well as for pay, for tax revenue, and for company profits over the rest of the decade.
Britain's not alone in that. But keeping company with the USA on such numbers is not that reassuring. [...] And as that is the main, long-term driver of real pay, it means Britain's standard of living will improve from the recession, but at only two thirds of the rate we've come to expect. [ Recovery ] average year saw only 0.1% per year.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Five ways to power the UK that are far better than Hinkley Point
These alternatives to the troubled planned nuclear plant will be faster to build and cheaper for energy consumers, say experts
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
New UK food poisoning figures published | Food Standards Agency
There are more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning a year from known pathogens. This figure would more than double if it included food poisoning cases from unknown pathogens.
Campylobacter was the most common foodborne pathogen, with about 280,000 cases every year. [...] Poultry meat was the food linked to the most cases of food poisoning, with an estimated 244,000 cases every year [... BUT ...] 10 million cases of infectious intestinal disease (IID) a year are not yet attributed to a specific pathogen. [ lack of backtracking, unable to backtrack to source ] &! http://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/multimedia/pdfs/fds2015.pdf &! Hidden Death Toll - dailym.ai/1MnQpcq //&! bit.ly/1nPBtgE - 2014 excess of 1m cases.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Osborne's economic fitness regime - BBC News
[2015] 80% OF ECONOMY CONSUMER SPENDING! - The economy has enjoyed what Andrew Goodwin of Oxford Economics describes as a "sugar rush" -the equivalent of a big tax cut - or 'fiscal stimulus' - through lower petrol prices. The economy grew by 2.2% last year; 80% of that growth was down to consumer spending. "That [growth] strikes us as some distance below par given the tailwinds we have had," Mr Goodwin says. And after the sugar rush comes the sugar crash: growth is likely to be revised down in the years to come because of global economic weakness.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
OP gelungen – Patient tot - Reportage & Dokumentation - ARD | Das Erste
Jahr für Jahr infizieren sich rund eine Million Patienten in Deutschland an Krankenhaus-Keimen. Bis zu 40.000 Menschen sterben daran, so die Schätzung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Krankenhaushygiene. Die Gefahr wächst durch neue Keime, gegen die kein Antibiotikum hilft. Der Blick hinter die Kulissen unserer Krankenhäuser zeigt ein erschreckendes Bild: Tagtäglich werden die gesetzlichen Vorschriften missachtet – und alle Beteiligten wissen das. // Krankenhaushygieniker - https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krankenhaushygieniker --- nicht angestellt weil Wirtschaftlicher druck. // Todesurteil durch einfachste infektionen. Eine rachenentzuendung wird zum todesurteil. //&! Video: Wie multiresistente Keime ins Essen kommen - bit.ly/1nM1mhv
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate change deal: 'Zero carbon' laws promised by government - BBC News
Under current law, emissions must be cut by 80% by 2050 - but ministers have said this does not go far enough. Following the climate deal in Paris, it is clear the UK must not increase CO2 at all because the warming threat is so severe, they added. No details of the law change have been given - and critics said the UK was failing to meet even current targets. [...] However, many in the energy sector will be baffled by what they see as a schizophrenic attitude to climate change from the government. While pledging their allegiance to very demanding CO2 cuts, ministers have made a slew of policy changes that are predicted to increase emissions. [...] government has failed to secure any new nuclear stations, scrapped a competition for carbon capture and threatened cuts in the offshore wind budget unless costs radically fall. [& turned back on] onshore wind and large scale solar energy
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Antibiotic-Resistant "Superbugs" in Meat | NutritionFacts.org
So the dire phrasing from head officials may be warranted. There are now infections like carbapenem-resistant enterobacter that are resistant to nearly all antibiotics, even to so-called drugs of last resort. Worryingly, some of these last resort drugs are being used extensively in animal agriculture. [...] it never fails to shock me that the meat industry can get away with something so forcefully and universally condemned by the public health community. What other industrial sector could get away with putting people at such risk? It speaks to the combined might of the livestock industry and the pharmaceutical industry in holding sway over our democratic process, no matter what the human health consequences.
antibiotics  antibiotic  resistance  post-antibiotic  era  Hospital-acquired  infection  Meat  Industry  livestock  farming  industrial  agriculture  lobby  public  health  public  safety 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley: Why do we need the new nuclear power station? - BBC News
[ strike price ] Why is a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point running years behind schedule and the cause of seemingly endless debate? Here are some answers to the questions surrounding the world's most expensive power project. [ prob w renewables is energy storage systems and capacity! ] [...] However, the UK needs to build more power stations if it is to meet growing demand for electricity and the government wants to ensure consumers foot the bill no matter where the electricity comes from.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
To Stave Off Extinction, Protect Half-Earth by SciFri | Sci Fri | Free Listening on SoundCloud
In his new book, Half-Earth, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson argues that we must set aside half the planet for nature. // National Parks - places off limits for humans.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Glyphosat im Urin: Panikmache auf Verbraucherkosten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
75 Prozent der Deutschen sind deutlich mit Glyphosat belastet - zu diesem Ergebnis kommt eine Untersuchung, die die Heinrich Böll Stiftung auf einer Pressekonferenz in Berlin vorgestellt hat. "Die höchsten Belastungen ließen sich bei Kindern von null bis neun Jahren und Kindern und Jugendlichen von zehn bis neunzehn Jahren nachweisen." [...] Insgesamt entdeckten die Autoren bei gut 99 Prozent der Proben Glyphosatrückstände im Urin. Bei 75 Prozent der Probanden, den "deutlich mit Glyphosat" Belasteten, liege der Wert mit mindestens 0,5 Mikrogramm pro Liter Urin um ein Fünffaches höher als der Grenzwert fürs Trinkwasser, heißt es in einer Pressemitteilung. Ein Drittel der Untersuchten habe sogar die zehnfache bis 42-fache Menge des Grenzwerts im Urin.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Brasilien: Nach Giftschlamm-Katastrophe zahlt Samarco Entschädigung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Das Schlammdesaster im Rio Doce gilt als eine der schlimmsten Umweltkatastrophen Brasiliens. Nun zahlen die Verantwortlichen Schadensersatz - laut Präsidentin Rousseff ein "historisches Abkommen".
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Britain heading for power cuts next winter, say 60 local authorities | Business | The Guardian
bit.ly/1TOwjhT &! A group representing 60 local authorities has warned that recent closures of large power stations have left Britain heading for power cuts next winter, despite assurances to the contrary from the government. [...] National Grid needed to act immediately to fill the supply gap by sending out new contracts for at least 2,500 megawatts (MW) of additional generating capacity – enough to power 2.5m homes. The alliance wants ministers to reconsider the level of carbon taxes, saying this is one of the key reasons why so many coal-fired power stations are being shut down early. [...] In recent years, coal, nuclear and gas-fired plants have been shut because of low prices, high operating costs or old age. Windfarms have been erected and new nuclear facilities promised but energy companies say gas plants cannot be built without higher subsidies. //&! bit.ly/1MpvhlE - UK doesn not meet 15% of EU renewables target, but cuts subsidies for renewables, duh! &! bit.ly/1sL8Kty
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne warns of further spending cuts in Budget - BBC News
[ LOL! ] But recent figures showing the UK economy was smaller than expected meant savings must be found in his Budget statement on 17 March, he said. [...] Mr Osborne said he would rather look for extra cuts now than risk breaking his own manifesto commitment to achieve a surplus in the budget by the end of this Parliament. The chancellor did not completely rule out raising taxes in the event of a further slowdown in growth, but said that now was not the time for "significant" tax hikes. [...] I'm absolutely clear we've got to root our country in the principle that we live within our means and that we have economic security." [...] "whole purpose of our economic plan was to have a budget surplus. [...] we got big challenges at home to make the economy more productive even as more people get work. [ because having part of your budget in the property bubble is so productive ] [...] I will do what is required to keep our country safe and secure." [ NOT CHANGING PLANS ie U-TURN ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit referendum could destabilise UK recovery, says IMF | Business | The Guardian
[ putting investment decisions and plans on hold! ] Christine Lagarde warns that uncertainty over outcome ‘will be bad in and of itself’ in months leading up to vote [...] But the IMF’s annual health check said “the relatively positive outlook is subject to risks and uncertainties”, including a global slowdown, sluggish productivity growth, a large trade deficit, still-high levels of household debt, and the forthcoming referendum on EU membership. It said any sign of weakness in growth should be met with higher spending by the Treasury. The UK authorities should explore “both revenue and expenditure measures, while protecting spending in priority areas, including healthcare, education, and infrastructure”. The report emphasised that “flexibility in the fiscal framework should be used to modify the pace of adjustment in the event of weaker demand growth”. [ moderates and politicians, wisely worded! no instructions. no direct criticism. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Five issues that will shape the Northern Powerhouse - BBC News
[ white elephant! lol & the double standard of Google paying 2% tax vs small businesses full 18%+ and not getting investment, R&D loans ] Will Hull thrive or suffer if transport is radically improved to the eastern fringe of the Powerhouse? There's no way of telling. Some people think investment in skills, education and training would be a more certain way of improving productivity - and business leaders are keen to ensure that these key elements are not forgotten in the rush for steel and tarmac. I asked former CBI director-general John Cridland, who is now head of Transport for the North, if there was any certainty that spending billions on infrastructure would improve productivity. He agreed there was no proof, but urged people to take a leap of faith - like the Victorian engineers.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - YouTube
introduce a carbon tax, rather than cherry picking! // who is also invested in their "ventures"? Arabs! See also Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary by Michael Moore. //&! Koch Bros Behind Solar Power Fines - youtu.be/E3SDcOZLksk --- ALEC lobby group. //&! Koch Bros Slammed By Billionaire T. Boone Pickens - youtu.be/65Y1RWDdQBI //&! Koch Brothers Caught On Tape - Obama & Osama Compared - youtu.be/hTUjYyae2zw //&! Koch Brothers Destroyed By Bloomberg Report - youtu.be/ENuN2R0je0k //&! Letters Expose Agenda Of Billionaire Koch Brothers - youtu.be/1JdhyI8mmqY //&! Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea - youtu.be/J4XQO6bH7_k //&! Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers - youtu.be/fW96KEbeGTw //&! Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 (ft. Bernie Sanders) - youtu.be/2N8y2SVerW8 //&!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
This Letting Agent Admits The Housing Shortage Is Good News For Landlords - BuzzFeed News
[ Lord Adair Turner book & Richard Koo; banks tend 2 lend 2 property & land rather than productivity/businesses. risk averse, if the family cant pay the mortgage any more, than at least u have not lost all the money! less risky! Its also partly rentier behaviour of banks. // also BOE has to be concerned about future disposable income; rent & utilities eating up 50%-75% of income thus less for consumption! ] “Landlords’ balance sheets are looking healthier than at any point since 2014, and property investors are looking at an excellent rate of return from their portfolios.” Gill warned that changes to stamp duty announced in chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and due to take effect on 1 April – people selling buy-to-let investments will pay an extra 3% – were bad news for landlords. But overall, the “consistent and developing lack of housing for across all tenures, for a spiralling population” meant the level of demand for rental properties would not reduce, he said.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Dispatches - Low Pay Britain - All 4
living wage starts from 21? 25? // retail big! high street big! - service sector. no manufacturing ... // IT IS CORPORATE SUBSIDY - PROGRAM FOR LOW PAY! // very far from Germay model! // tax payer pays for people in high street! // Ofsted found inadequate conditions! AND SMALL MINORITY GET ACTUALLY A FULL-TIME JOB! LOL LOL LOL! // Social Market Foundation (research) found lvl2 apprenticeship adds nothing to purse over a lifetime. // its DWP policy to get young people off the paper onto other paper largely, still funded, by the gov - still adding to budget deficit. // Ofsted concerned over apprenticeships "wasting public funds" // WHAT A TORY SPIN! // retail places have shot up, and construction plummeted! the latter is harder or put through training providers ( private companies, PRIVATISATION! ). employers are not in charge. to quote one employee of a training provider "meet targets, get money in" its about the # of apprenticeships, not the quality or economic need/industry. //
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Migrant crisis: Germany's 'rock of stability' in danger - BBC News
[ has to invest massively to integrate people and not put them aside on Hartz-IV. leeway to borrow money for nothing is there. political will to break the dogma and ideology of austerity, schwarze null, schuldenbremse has to be there. across europe! ] The migrant crisis could see Germany losing its position as a "rock of stability", a former European Central Bank chief economist has told BBC HARDtalk. Otmar Issing warned the growing "fiscal burden" over the numbers of people arriving could completely change the country's economy.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Whale CSI: why sperm whales are washing up dead on British shores | Environment | The Guardian
Heavy metals are now so concentrated in fish that pregnant women and small children are advised to eat no more than two portions of affected fish in a week.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scientists: air pollution led to more than 5.5 million premature deaths in 2013 | Environment | The Guardian
“Air pollution is the fourth-highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease,” said Michael Brauer, a researcher from the University of British Columbia. Brauer said air pollution contributed to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, bronchitis, emphysema and acute infections. He and his colleagues compared the problem in Asia to the conditions under centuries of industrial revolution in the US and Europe: massive economic growth smothered by clouds of toxic matter in the air. [... COAL ...] “Even in the most clean scenario in 2030,” Ma said, China’s growing and ageing population will still suffer 990,000 to 1.3 million deaths a year.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Amid market turmoil and confusion, there are four key economic trends shaping society
The UK economy currently gets nowhere near its target of 2%. Inflation would decrease the value of current debts, making them less of a burden. In a world without much inflation, it is hard to get wages up. The worse case scenario is that debt costs increase, as prices and wages stagnate. [ ignoring debt and income growth - stagnation at their peril - youtu.be/KIaXVntqlUE - gov is no household budget, Steve Keen + Richard Koo ] [...] And in this age of austerity, these factors will work against governments seeking to reduce the welfare bill. Recent data shows that, in UK cities, growing numbers of low paid jobs have led to rising claims for welfare such as housing benefits, defeating the government’s aims to reduce spending.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The lights are going out for solar energy
Back in December, when most people were focussed on Christmas and not renewable subsidies, the government quietly published their decision to cut Feed-in Tariffs for industries such as solar, wind and hydropower by a staggering 65 per cent. Included in the small print was analysis which showed a possible 19,000 job losses, mostly in solar, which would see that industry shrink to under half its size. [...] Instead the government is thinking short-term, and our economy will suffer. For a party that wants people to think of it as economically competent, this is an incredibly bad move.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Sources: Vegas-based Work In Progress co-work space is shutting its doors
Organic is better is more sustainable // Vegas Downtown Project // have a framework (macroprudential policy), but don't pick winners, cities, regions, ... roundabouts. // semiconductor boom bust in scotland, outside glasgow, area - via tax breaks (ie IBM spango vallye)
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Why is the pound falling so sharply? - BBC News
Weak economic data is casting doubt on the future performance of the UK economy, with inflation persistently well below the Bank of England's 2% target and earnings growth slowing down from a six-year high. Earlier this month, figures for November showed that UK industrial output had suffered its sharpest decline since 2013. Looking further ahead, investors are worried about the outcome of a referendum on the UK's continued membership of the EU. As Andy Scott of foreign exchange services firm HiFX put it: "Concerns over the UK economy and the risk of a Brexit look likely to continue to haunt sterling." Traders are also generally more risk-averse in the light of the global turmoil caused by Chinese market problems and falling oil prices, which makes them reluctant to buck sterling's downward trend.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/meat-industry - A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. //&! http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/23/eat-less-red-meat-and-cycle-more-for-your-and-the-planets-health // [...] I’m not suggesting that you eat no meat or other animal products. I am suggesting that we should all eat far less. Save the splurge for Christmas. And even then, choose carefully. [ Reductarian ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
'Almost too late': fears of global superbug crisis in wake of antibiotic misuse | Society | The Guardian
Despite European Union regulations aiming to cut back on the unnecessary use of antibiotics, Dr Brown believes it will take more than just legislation to tackle the superbug crisis. Market forces will need to be compelled to cut usage, perhaps when prompted by a shift in public opinion, he said. “Those with a vested interest find ways around legislation. So, in addition to public policy we will need also the power of market forces,” he added. “When the public start demanding meat that has not seen antibiotics - because they understand that the meat may contain antibiotic resistant bacteria - only then will real progress be made. We need education about the threat.”
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Bacteria that resist 'last antibiotic' found in UK - BBC News
[ over 80% of antibiotic use - livestock farming. also use of colistin. self-regulated. ] Bacteria that resist the most common antibiotic of last resort - colistin - have been discovered in the UK. Officials say the threat to human health is low, but is under ongoing review. Scientists warned the world was on the cusp of a post-antibiotic era when such resistance was discovered in China last month. Now checks have discovered the same resistance on three farms and in samples of human infections. [...] Colistin-resistance was discovered in fifteen of them, including samples of Salmonella and E. Coli. [...] The DNA that gives bacteria resistance to colistin - the mcr-1 gene - can spread rapidly between species. The concern is that colistin-resistance will now find its way into other superbugs to create infections that doctors cannot treat. //&! youtu.be/M2xZBngTIas //&! bit.ly/1O5oHWa //&! bit.ly/1MW3FYW //&! bbc.in/1PkB6G9 //&! 50-50 chance to salvage situation - bit.ly/1Zmx8Qg
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Sports Direct is a reflection of the modern British economy | Letters | Business | The Guardian
Sports Direct seems to be a metaphor for the modern British economy. “The conscious strategy would seem to be to rely on cheap labour rather than costly investment,” as your editorial (11 December) says. It also illustrates the epidemic growth of workforce insecurity which plagues a nation scarred by the rise of the precariat. Britain is rapidly becoming the sweatshop of Europe, and this, along with bubbles in consumer debt and house prices, has been a major part in such anaemic recovery as we have seen over the past five years. [...] [ HMRC cut under austerity, can't do it's job ] //&! theguardian.com/business/sports-direct-international //&! bit.ly/1jTkmsi - transferring assets. then bringing in administrators. leaving suppliers empty.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
German plasma success raises nuclear fusion hopes - BBC News
A German nuclear fusion experiment has produced a special super-hot gas which scientists hope will eventually lead to clean, cheap energy. [...] Physicists are in a worldwide race to create stable fusion devices that could not only mimic the Sun but release abundant energy, without the volumes of toxic waste generated by nuclear fission - the splitting of the atom. [...] The project began nine years ago and has cost 1bn euros (£720m; $1.1bn) so far. The EU's main nuclear fusion project is called Iter, at Cadarache, in the south of France. But it will not be fired up until the 2020s. It is controversial, having already cost more than €10bn. [...] Scientists have been working on nuclear fusion for more than 50 years but the extreme temperatures involved and the difficulty of controlling plasmas mean progress is slow.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Heathrow Airport expansion: Why the renewed delay? - BBC News
A decision whether to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport has been officially delayed until at least next summer, the government has announced. This will mean yet another review of the arguments for and against a third runway at Heathrow, in west London - or the alternative: a second runway at Gatwick, directly to the south of London. Whatever decision the government eventually takes is likely to prove controversial - both among those arguing for more airport capacity as quickly as possible if the UK economy is not to suffer, and among those arguing that the drawbacks of expanding Heathrow would outweigh any benefits. Essentially it comes down to politics and the environment. //&! bit.ly/1IJaJs5 &! bit.ly/1STglAs - doesn't make sense on several grounds.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ofcom to BT: Status quo is not an option - BBC News
Far more serious for our broadband future is Ofcom's decision on whether BT's Openreach division should be split off from the rest of the company. Rival suppliers and some consumer groups argue that is the only way of getting the UK's broadband strategy back on track, while BT insists it would harm, not help, its investment programme. [...] She promises that Ofcom will press BT and its rivals on behalf of consumers on issues such as broadband advertising and the ability to switch providers. [...] The most startling figure in its Connected Nations report is that half of all small firms in areas like business parks cannot even get speeds of 10Mbps, the bare minimum recently promised to everyone by the government by 2020.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
IMF: UK's economic performance 'very strong', but risks remain - BBC News
[ UK more like USA than Europe, let alone Germany ] Underlying economic vulnerabilities have been addressed, and steady growth looks set to continue, it said. But high household debt, a "strikingly large" trade deficit and high government debt are still risks to the economy. It also warned about uncertainty over whether the UK would stay in the EU. [...] But although UK house price growth has eased, the household debt-to-income ratio is still high, and could leave some households vulnerable to shock interest rate rises. The large trade deficit could affect cash flows into the UK, adversely affecting growth, the report says. In addition, high government debt, and a continuing deficit, could tie the government's hands in dealing with any future recession, and productivity growth might fail to materialise. Chancellor George Osborne said the IMF report "could hardly be more positive" about the UK economy, but that it "rightly" identified challenges.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
The roof is being fixed but beware the house crashing beneath it | Business | The Guardian
Consumer spending is driving economic growth but household debt and the house price-income ratio is at a record high. Be afraid [...] It is worth recalling that when Osborne became chancellor five and a half years ago that he had two big objectives. The first was to repair the hole in the public finances, which is still very much a work in progress. The other was to shift the centre of gravity of the economy back towards making things for export. This remains a pipedream. [...] Despite the welcome pickup in business investment, the main driver of growth has been consumer spending, which has been boosted by low interest rates, the fall in inflation caused by lower oil prices, and a modest acceleration in earnings. [...] “not the ideal shape for the recovery” and it can say that again. The current recovery looks like all the previous recoveries. [...] “Fast-rising household debt is needed to maintain a reasonable rate of growth in consumers’ spending and GDP in a world of austerity ...
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
COP21: UK under fire on climate policy - BBC News
Allegations of hypocrisy will be levelled at the UK when the Climate Secretary Amber Rudd appears at the Paris climate summit on Monday. [...] Most recently Mr Osborne scrapped a £1bn fund for a demonstration plant to capture CO2 from a power station and store it underground. It was a major pillar of UK climate policy. Craig Bennett from Friends of the Earth said: "The government is totally hypocritical on climate change. "George Osborne's anti-environmental policy decisions on energy fly the opposite way to the low-carbon route the vast majority of other countries are pursuing. // also hypocrisy to cut renewable's and investment (increase future energy price, see Steel industry; wholesale price 1/3 higher than Germany, in Germany steel companies did not close shop. They complained too. but did not close shop.) and on the other hand say only austerity will strengthen economy and a strong economy guarantees a strong NHS.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
TTIP und Gentechnik: US-Behörden lassen Gen-Lachs zu - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Erstmals hat die Lebensmittelbehörde FDA ein genetisch verändertes Tier zum Verzehr freigegeben: In den Vereinigten Staaten darf künftig besonders schnell wachsender Lachs verkauft werden - ohne besondere Kenntlichmachung. [...] Was heißt das für die TTIP-Debatte? Es handelt sich um das erste genetisch veränderte Tier, das die FDA zum Verzehr freigibt. Zahlreiche Verbraucherorganisationen kritisierten die Entscheidung und kündigten an, dagegen vorzugehen. Ob und gegebenenfalls wann modifizierter Lachs tatsächlich in Läden und Restaurants kommen könnte, war zunächst nicht klar. [...] In Deutschland hatte die Bundesregierung jedoch die Pläne für eine Kennzeichnungspflicht genetisch veränderter Lebensmittel verschleppt. Verschiedene Gutachten hatten zudem davor gewarnt, dass TTIP und Ceta dieses Vorhaben gefährdeten. So erwartet der Wissenschaftliche Dienst des Bundestags sogar Klagen der USA, sollte die EU eine entsprechende Kennzeichnungspflicht einführen. //&! bbc.in/1X133Ih
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of 'post-antibiotic era' - BBC News
People will die, warns antibiotic expert - bbc.in/1STI2so - The world is on the cusp of a "post-antibiotic era", scientists have warned after finding bacteria resistant to drugs used when all other treatments have failed. They identified bacteria able to shrug off the drug of last resort - colistin - in patients and livestock in China. They said that resistance would spread around the world and raised the spectre of untreatable infections. It is likely resistance emerged after colistin was overused in farm animals. Bacteria becoming completely resistant to treatment - also known as the antibiotic apocalypse - could plunge medicine back into the dark ages. &! bit.ly/1kPkevq - In China wurden Darmbakterien entdeckt, gegen die selbst hochwirksame Antibiotika nicht helfen. [ How little the world is.] //&! doctors handing out pills for colds and flu. - bbc.in/1O1AXXs
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's coal plants to be phased out within 10 years - BBC News
[How can gas be central if it has to be shipped from Russia & else?! - bbc.in/1WZQj4D ] UKs remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed. Ms Rudd wants more gas-fired stations to be built since relying on "polluting" coal is "perverse". Only if gas-fuelled power can fill the void created by closing coal-powered stations would coal plants be shut, she said. //&! bit.ly/1G7rJQt Subsidies cut in "emergency" Budget2015 after election which was not in the manifesto. &! Greenpeace said it showed the chancellor is out of step with the times. - bit.ly/1D2ylQg &! bit.ly/1HOeCt0 &! Renewables industry slams move to make them pay Climate Change Levy (also done in the Budget2015) - bit.ly/1j8khAR - "Like making apple juice pay an alcohol tax" &! Gov says in official statement, this move protects customers from higher energy bills??? - bit.ly/1Kkd8GH
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Bees and pesticides 'missing link' found - BBC News
they just die quicker, just like any other livestock animal you know. like cows living max 5 years vs 20-25 years normally.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Überwachung in Großbritannien: Neues Gesetz vorgestellt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Werbekampagne hat sich gelohnt. Am heutigen Mittwoch veröffentlichte Innenministerin Theresa May einen Gesetzentwurf (hier als PDF), der britischen Geheimdiensten noch mehr Macht verspricht. Die Spione können, sobald die sogenannte Investigatory Powers Bill vom Parlament verabschiedet wird, ganz legal das tun, was sie bislang ohne solide rechtliche Grundlage machten. Gleichzeitig sagte Innenministerin May, sie wolle die Aufsicht über die Geheimdienste stärken. [...] Theresa May betonte im Parlament, dass es nicht darum gehe, den gesamten Browserverlauf zu speichern, sondern nachvollziehen zu können, mit wem Verdächtige kommunizieren. [ jeder ist nun verdaechtig ] [ UK people seem not to care ]
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne vs John McDonnell - Treasury Questions - YouTube
"economic security for the country (& working people)" out of the mouth of Mr "Judgement Call" (that is what the tax credit cuts are, according to him, in front of select committee in house of commons hearing on the matter. // As if 12bn have no multiplier. 12bn for the corporate sharing it amongst their shareholders who have already bns, there is no multiplier at all. it just moves the digit after the comma. For the poop it is about paying for heating and new shoes. stupid. could afford welfare bill if corporates were to pay their fair share of taxes and not avoid and evade and no corporate welfare like for the steel industry (picking winners). = Show of Career Politician with some ideoligy and dogma and no principles. HE IS A MERCENARY. NOT A VISIONARY. A Career Politician. Calculated. Opportunistic. No long-term view. // IFS did say, in case of austerity, private sector has to pick up the slack. And it did since 2010. And new figures in household debt/credit card debt shows that.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich - Timeline Photos
What about all the ballyhoo about manufacturing jobs coming back to America? Well, some have. But they pay lousy wages. The average wages of production and non-supervisory employees in manufacturing are lower today than they were in 1985, when adjusted for inflation. [...] Bottom line: Most Americans have got zilch out of this recovery. In fact, they’re worse off now than they were in 2000. Meanwhile, the top 0.1 percent is doing fabulously well. More and more people are concluding the game is rigged -- which it is. No one should be surprised at the surge in populist anger on the left and the right.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
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