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Inequality driving 'deaths of despair' - BBC News
there is income inequality
there is health inequality (air)
there is political inequality, your voice only heard when you have money to donate and can pay lobbyists.
>> electoral reform (1), limit lobby influence and party donations (2), citizens assembly, devolution might have failed.

Widening inequalities in pay, health and opportunities in the UK are undermining trust in democracy, says an Institute for Fiscal Studies report. [...] The think tank warns of runaway incomes for high earners but rises in "deaths of despair", such as from addiction and suicide, among the poorest.

It warns of risks to "centre-ground" politics from stagnating pay and divides in health and education.

The report says such widening gaps are "making a mockery of democracy".

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), one of the country's leading research institutes, is launching what it says is the UK's biggest analysis of inequality.

That will be chaired by Nobel Prize-winning economist Prof Sir Angus Deaton.

[see second graph, poorest got poorer ]

Angus Deaton - inequality of political voice

inequality  No  Representation  democracy  Brexit  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Europe  AfD  poverty  trap  suicide  self-medication  drug  abuse  addiction  alcoholism  sickcare  Austerity  GFC  NHS  mental  health  Universal  Credit  stigma  prejudice  nasty  party  Conservative  OECD  gini  Coefficient  Angus  Deaton  Westminster  bubble  lobby  exploitation  rentseeking  Economics  Rentier  vested  interest  1%  tax  evasion  avoidance  underinvestment  history  globalisation  revolving  door  subsidies  subsidizing  subsidising  life  expectancy  premature  death  job  security  insecurity  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  Society  Psychology  Sociology 
may 2019 by asterisk2a
China's long game to dominate nuclear power relies on the UK | Environment | The Guardian
While Germany and other western countries have turned their backs on nuclear, the UK is strongly committed to new nuclear to meet its carbon goals and this means, despite security concerns, the government needs Chinese involvement. [...] But the company is open about the bigger prize – the UK as a springboard for exporting Chinese nuclear technology to other countries.
UK  Brexit  China  energy  policy  national  security  espionage  cyberwar  nuclear  FDI  freetradedeal  tradedeal 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Devastating climate change could lead to 1m migrants a year entering EU by 2100 | Environment | The Guardian
Devastating climate change could lead to 1m migrants a year entering EU by 2100
Researchers plotted temperature rises against the number of asylum applications and are predicting that as the southern hemisphere heats up the number of people migrating to the EU each year will triple
climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  climate  change  food  security  water  national  Klimakatastrophe  refugee  crisis  Africa  war 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Couple scammed out of £57,000 fear being homeless at Christmas | Money | The Guardian
doesn't even need social engineering. just very targeted, knowing their business, hacking attack (eg phishing through password change see podesta) and remain undetected for a long time just listening in on the email inbox. and jumping in when the situation comes. // in the end encryption didn't help. would help if there were a 2-auth process for those transactions (business ops, business it security) if you cant be 100% sure that your employees fall for phishing, impersonation, or social engineering (there have been reports of secretaries and assistants falling for social engineering to transfer large amounts for bogus but believable business transactions)
phishing  fraud  scam  cyber  IT  security  private  end  user  social  engineering  crime  impersonation  identity 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Almost all the 10 million jobs created since 2005 are temporary — Quartz
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment. -
USA  economic  history  workers  trade  union  recovery  GFC  secular  stagnation  social  income  mobility  inequality  job  creation  Precariat  working  poor  security  insecurity  1099  gig  economy  Self-Employment  part-time  Uber  on-demand  profit  maximisation  capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  benefits  welfare  state  tax  credits  evasion  avoidance  Austerity  BarackObama  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD  poverty  trap  post-racial  American  Dream  UK  Germany  btw17  lobby  vested  interest  No  Representation  employment  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  Werkvertrag  Agenda  2010  Agenda2010 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe | Environment | The Guardian
Today we know beyond doubt, and with scientific statistics rather than just anecdote, that this is true, and the question immediately arises: what caused it?


It seems indisputable: it is us. It is human activity – more specifically, three generations of industrialised farming with a vast tide of poisons pouring over the land year after year after year, since the end of the second world war. This is the true price of pesticide-based agriculture, which society has for so long blithely accepted.
food–industrial  complex  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  Glyphosate  agriculture  Monsanto  lobby  food  security  national  insects  bee  colony  collapse  disorder  ecology  ecological  crisis  environment  environmental  pollution 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
How Europe's far right fell in love with Australia's immigration policy | World news | The Guardian
Espersen has studied Australia’s Pacific solution in detail, so I pushed him: where would your Nauru be? “Morocco is a very good example of a country that would possibly do it for an amount of money,” he claims. And Danish staff could run the camps. “We would run the things ourselves and pay the Moroccan authority a fee. We would also make it possible for their local grocers or butchers to come and deliver goods … There will be excellent service, I can assure you.” In the Danish right’s offshore paradise, there would be education, too. Nobody will be “living in ratholes”, he promises. [...] As with Australia and its offshore centres, what happens in Libya stays in Libya while Europe washes its hands of responsibility. If the flow of migrants surges again during the next war or climate crisis, the clamour for offshoring will only grow louder. And if the Australian model is adopted more fully in Europe, then there will be no hope for legitimate refugees to claim asylum through legal channels, and more of them will seek illegal paths to Europe.
European  Union  refugee  war  crisis  Africa  Libya  Lybien  Auffanglager  human  rights  Germany  quota  btw17  AfD  Brexit  immigration  Australia  KZ  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  neoliberalism  corporate  totalitarianism  FDP  Austria  policy  capitalism  Exploitation  Foreign  Aid  Syria  Iraq  Afghanistan  Islamophobia  Turkey  Erdogan  Merkel  UN  Asylum  Asylbewerber  book  Klimakatastrophe  Climatecatastrophe  national  security  food 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software' - BBC News
Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report.
The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post.
Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves.
Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities.
Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm's software on its computers.
The Israelis are said to have notified the US, which led to the ban on Kaspersky programs.
coldwar  cyber  cold  war  hacking  coldwar20  cyberwar  leak  Wikileaks  Israel  Iran  Russia  USA  European  Union  cable  EU  Germany  spying  Lauschangriff  Angela  Merkel  AngelaMerkel  Security  IT  economic  damage 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Millennials wish they had grown up in baby boomers' times – survey | Money | The Guardian
Resolution Foundation study reveals growing concern about debt, job security, home ownership and retirement finances [...] “I feel sorry for millennials. They live in this low-wage economy now,” said one baby boomer. “I’m not sure how they’re going to afford anything. It’s dreadful.”
Babyboomers  Mark  Blyth  MarkBlyth  Millennials  Generationengerechtigkeit  poverty  trap  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Capitalism  Exploitation  affordable  housing  Generation  Rent  seeking  Rentier  UK  student  debt  job  security  Standard  of  Living 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
How the humble potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism
Enlightened eating

Today’s somewhat uneasy marriage of public health and individual choice is the result of new ideas that emerged during the Enlightenment. During the 18th century, states across Europe began to rethink the bases of national wealth and strength. At the heart of these new ideas was a new appreciation of what we would now call public health. Whereas in earlier centuries rulers wished to prevent famines that might cause public unrest, in the 18th century, politicians became increasingly convinced that national strength and economic prowess required more than an obedient population disinclined to riot.
public  health  national  security  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  Military–industrial  complex  food  profit  maximisation  lobby  NHS  budget  big  pharma  prevention  Adam  Smith  addiction  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  Disabled  Productivity  output  gap  care  demand  obesity  overweight  hypertension  Stroke  heart  attack 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Sick patients dying ‘unnecessarily’ in NHS because of poor care | Society | The Guardian
Two out of five hospitals at some point had been unable to cope with the number of patients who needed NIV because they lacked equipment. “Lack of ventilators is a common problem, even though a basic machine costs about £1,000 to £2,000. When there are too many patients, some end up receiving other medical treatment that’s not as good as ventilation. That will give them a higher risk of dying.” [...] Doctors were often “really poor” at documenting the condition of patients on NIV, probably because of understaffing.
NHS  Austerity  STP  rationing  health  care  demand  CQC  staff  shortage  locum  security 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
(2173) Noam Chomsky (2017) "Advertising, Consumerism, and Human Nature" - YouTube
The 19th-century working class read more than aristocrats, back in the days! // dignity self-worth identity independent. consumerism is a drug to numb, to suppress, narcotic on humanness. human condition. // there is no market economy bc consumers are not informed not making rational choices. irrational choices. uniformed.
Noam  Chomsky  Consumerism  Materialism  Status  Anxiety  mobile  homescreen  shopping  Dopamine  self-medication  comfort  coping  mechanism  Democracy  Alain  de  Botton  AlaindeBotton  Television  Facebook  Entertainment  distraction  Consumer  consumerist  Politics  Capitalism  working  poor  social  security  poverty  Armut  Advertising  Identity  Fashion  No  Representation  Psychology  nudge  theory  Sociology  Society  Wertegesellschaft  Manufactured  Consent  dignity  self-worth  class  struggle  economic  history  culture  creative  creativity  UBI  Grundeinkommen  Universal  Basic  Income  humanity  Economics 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
(1487) Shane Smith Investigates The True Cost of Climate Denial (VICE on HBO: Season 5, Episode 1) - YouTube
same tactics in tobacco, meat, climate = seeding doubt & creating a debate about scientific consensus. "doc merchants of doubt" // climate change cost will be astronomical! // public attitude //
climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  FEMA  economic  damage  denial  science  doubt  PR  language  communication  public  health  economics  lobby  lobbying  revolving  door  Career  Politicians  Tobacco  Debate  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  medical–industrial  agriculture  industry  cost  fossil  fuel  shareholder  fiduciary  responsibility  profit  maximisation  drought  flood  flash  flooding  national  security  vested  interest 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Stephen Hawking gibt Menschheit noch 100 Jahre auf der Erde - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Er ist der bekannteste Forscher der Welt - und er macht sich große Sorgen um unseren Planeten. Klimawandel, Asteroideneinschläge, Epidemien und Bevölkerungswachstum könnten die Erde demnach unbewohnbar machen, warnt Stephen Hawking.
climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  food  security  national 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Britain is one of worst places in western Europe for asylum seekers | UK news | The Guardian
Britain is one of the worst destinations for people seeking asylum in western Europe, according to a Guardian analysis of policies, data and reports of the conditions faced by the record recent influx of new arrivals.

At the start of a year-long project with three other newspapers on Europe’s refugee crisis, the Guardian has analysed the experience of refugees and asylum seekers in the European Union’s big five nations – the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy – and found the conditions in Britain do not compare well.
Only Italy, on the frontline of hundreds of thousands of people crossing the Mediterranean, fares worse. &!
UK  Home  Office  Theresa  May  Amber  Rudd  immigration  Visa  refugee  asylum  detention  centre  nasty  party  Conservative  Brexit  history  migration  massmigration  war  food  security  national  Europe  Germany  Syria  Iraq  Afghanistan  neoconservatism  neoconservatives 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
The UK’s vegetable shortage was not a blip – it’s a sign of things to come | Felicity Lawrence | Opinion | The Guardian
But when you take into account climate change, the shortages of early 2017 look more like a taste of things to come than just a blip, and that is almost impossible for supermarkets to admit. [...] First, it depends on the profligate use of finite resources – water, soil, and fossil fuels (with all their greenhouse gas emissions).
food  security  national  global  warming  extreme  weather  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  Oil  price  Food–industrial  complex  conglomerate  oligopol  oligopoly  multinational 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Harald Lesch Die Ursache allen Übels Das Geldsystem unbedingt anschauen - YouTube
kein downward trend! Wissenschaftlich wissen wir was passiert und was sache ist, aber Gier und Elite macht nichts. Renewables ist mindestmass, Landwirtschaft die grosse aufgabe!
climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  climate  change  Landwirtschaft  economic  damage  long-term  Greed  Gier  food  security  national  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  underinvestment  BOE  ECB  Fed  renewable  Carnism  Omnivore  Vegan  monetary  policy  agriculture  Military–industrial  Complex  profit  maximisation  antibiotic  antibiotics  shareholder  value 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Obamacare in Trump country - YouTube
'people thought Trumps rhetoric against Obamacare/Affordable Care Act (ACA) was all talk. no way repeal something that benefits +25m people (more if more would sign up). the poor.' // ACA is a subsidy for the poor to afford insurance, paid for by progressive tax on the rich households of America (200k/250k couples and above) // still voted for Trump in the belive that he would make it even better for them, cheaper. monthly's and premiums not really leisurly affordable for JAMs // Obamacare was an invention of Republicans to make efforts against it, stick, a PR Communication tactic, vs just "ACA" ... and also on the road put many roadblocks in making premiums higher. // bc of flaws ppl voted for Trump he made it more affordable to insure. // Obama would like even more subsidy from the rich! //&! &! Republicans have one major problem on Obamacare -
Obamacare  ACA  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  JAM  working  poor  Precariat  public  health  Republicans  GOP  insurance  USA  squeezed  middle  class  Poverty  Social  Security  Medicaid  Medicare 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Universal basic income is not a magic solution, but it could help millions | Anthony Painter | Opinion | The Guardian
The tragedy for those who believe in progressive change would be if this debate was stifled. If we as a society are serious about creating a greater level of security and dignity for all then this debate needs to be widened rather than curtailed.
Universal  Basic  Income  UBI  Grundeinkommen  technological  unemployment  underemployed  underemployment  welfare  social  security  poverty  working  poor  Precariat  JAM 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Risk of Christmas electricity blackouts next year, warn MPs | Business | The Guardian
Findings within the report claim that in recent winters the country’s spare electricity margin has fallen from around 17% during the winter of 2011-12 to around 1% this winter.

The MPs say “there is a sustained danger of intermittent blackouts for the foreseeable future”, and that this is down to “dwindling base capacity and freak weather events”.

In order to plug the capacity gap, household bills by 2020 could increase by as much as £30 a year – nearly double government estimates.
energy  security  UK  renewable  Austerity 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Military experts warn of 'epic' humanitarian crisis sparked by climate change - AOL News UK
The former Commander of UK Maritime Forces and government climate and energy security envoy, said more UK forces would have to be deployed for conflict prevention and resolution and to respond to more frequent humanitarian disasters.
climate  change  global  warming  national  security  food 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Trumponomics (E993) - YouTube
GMO crops did not increase yields, that were promised by patent holder of said GMO crops and the needed GMO special pesticide/herbicide/insecticide
GMO  patent  crop  pesticide  herbicide  insecticide  crony  capitalism  Monsanto  lobby  climate  change  yield  global  warming  food  security 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Poor nations pledge deep emissions cuts at Marrakech summit | Environment | The Guardian
Go beyond ... & then sue western states 4 damages (food & national security) bc they didnt. Good strategy. #COP22
indirect threat
COP21  COP22  climate  change  global  warming  food  security  national 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Natural disasters push 26m into poverty each year, says World Bank | Business | The Guardian
Study finds floods, storms and droughts cost global economy $520bn a year and highlights need to tackle climate change
climatechange  climate  change  globalwarming  global  warming  national  security  food  COP21  COP22 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Germany says time for African 'Marshall Plan' | Reuters
COP21 followup COP22 in Marrakesch // debt jubilee // renewable energy // better trade deal! keine huenchen exportieren //
Africa  Middle  East  refugee  crisis  war  climate  change  global  warming  national  security  food  COP21  COP22  Europe  Germany  Brussels 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
"On contact" with Chris Hedges (Episode 14) w Mark Blyth - YouTube
austerity works for those, who impose it. middle class and pood paying for the debt and bailouts they were not responsible for. // [...] when you shut down the casino economy. where is growth coming from? wage growth, productivity, investment, ... to pay those debts ... by the 80% who bailed out the 20%. current authoritarian depotism populism demagoge does not have the policy/answers. to make the economy work for the 80% so they can pay/serve their debt obligations. [...] young ppl in debt like never before, will not achieve life their parents had. [..] public scared of idea if you change fiscal policy ie tax raise and public investment you make it worse. [...] italy has not grown more than 1% since joined the euro.
Mark  Blyth  Austerity  bank  bailout  UK  George  Osborne  inequality  poverty  wage  growth  Fiscal  Pact  Schuldenbremse  reflate  WallStreet  Mainstreet  Economic  History  USA  European  Union  working  poor  credit  card  household  debt  car  loan  auto  property  bubble  squeezed  middle  class  Brexit  Precariat  1%  10%  20%  plutocracy  Super  Rich  book  welfare  social  security  Triple  Lock  Pension  neoliberalism  neoliberal 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Theresa May's nuclear kow towing to China will cost UK households £30bn - YouTube
Greenpeace "most expensive object on earth" // even the economist says it is more logical/common sense to invest 15bn over 20 years into renewables and smart grid. // EDF says price is competitive, ehrm sorry, EDF was only one willing to take risk (bidders got out of race one by one) they themselves had internal strive // half truth of former energy sec (lib dem) and osborne/cameron gov that it is good value for money to keep lights on ... yes as is, but not if you invest ~20bn over 20 yrs in smart grid and renewables, stupid. which bring jobs across UK, not just Hinkley Region! duh! //&! (politics before economics and common sense) &! //&! history of said reactor promises to invite cost overrun and years of delays. means energy price remains higher compared to Germany thus industry uncompetitive ("March of Makers").
energy  policy  Hinkley  Point  C  price  security  Smart  Grid  renewable  underinvestment  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  austerity  Amber  Rudd  FDI  nuclear  waste  power  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  competitive  competitiveness 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
World's hottest month shows challenges global warming will bring | Environment | The Guardian
July was hotter than any month globally since records began – but some areas, such as the Middle East, suffer more than others
climate  change  refugee  global  warming  Middle  East  Africa  food  security  national 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
China warns of 'crucial juncture' over Hinkley delay - BBC News
Writing in the Financial Times, Liu Xiaoming said the delay to approving the plant had brought the two countries to a "crucial historical juncture".
He hinted that "mutual trust" could be in jeopardy if the UK Government decided not to approve the deal.
FDI  foreign  direct  investment  Hinkley  Point  C  UK  China  Russia  Huawei  Theresa  May  national  security  USA  Cisco  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  cyber  war 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Decline of fishing in Lake Tanganyika 'due to warming' - BBC News
New research blames rising temperatures over the last century as the key cause of decline in one of the world's most important fisheries.
Lake Tanganyika is Africa's oldest lake and its fish are a critical part of the diet of neighbouring countries.
But catches have declined markedly in recent decades as commercial fleets have expanded.
However this new study says that climate warming and not overfishing is the real cause of the problem.
climate  change  global  warming  food  security  national 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley Point: Theresa May's China calculus - BBC News
The UK already has a Chinese company, Huawei, running key parts of its telecommunications network.Arguably nuclear energy is likewise a business relationship subject to similar national security safeguards. But led by the United States, several other western countries have barred Huawei's involvement in key telecommunications networks on national security grounds. And no other major developed economy has invited Chinese involvement in a key nuclear energy project. //&!
Hinkley  Point  C  China  Brexit  National  Security  FDI  Foreign  Direct  Investment  EDF  France  UK  Relations 
august 2016 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.
globalisation  globalization  squeezed  middle  class  Precariat  working  poor  job  security  job  insecurity  self-employment  neoliberal  neoliberalism  liberal  economic  reform  Agenda  2010  Zero  Hour  Contract  OECD  BRIC  USA  UK  Germany  France  economic  history  capitalism  capitalism  in  crisis  protectionism  Brexit  exploitation  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  immigration  migration  Philip  Hammond  austerity  Workers  Union  Workers  Rights  Trade  Union  Theresa  May  Conservative  Party  nasty  Tories  budget  deficit  neoclassical  economics  Chicago  School  deflation  deflationary  aggregate  demand  aggregate  demand  short-fall  Richard  Koo  free  free  agreement  underinvestment  business  confidence  productivity  productivity  gap  productive  investment  output  output  gap  technological  unemployment  skills  economy  skills  gap  skill  gap  industrial  policy  Manufacturing 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Theresa May's cabinet: Who's in and who's out? //&! 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 - //&! 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 - //&! Theresa May has promoted women. But she’s a Tory first and a feminist second - - 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.
Theresa  May  industrial  policy  Manufacturing  energy  policy  energy  price  energy  security  Hinkley  Point  C  renewable  energy  Smart  Grid 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
We have entered a new era of conflict, warns new book
In his new book, Irregular War (IB Tauris) , he reflects on Isis, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, and the Taliban - all separate manifestations, he says, of a new non-state dynamic driving international conflict through asymmetric and hybrid warfare. But their significance is more fundamental. They are part of what Rogers calls “an historical shift towards revolts from the margins”. And such revolts are made more likely by “the widening global socio-economic divide and the onset of climate disruption”. [...] The causes of conflict are many and deep – economic, political, societal, environmental, demographic. [...] “the increasing marginalisation of the majority of the world’s people caused by the workings of the neo-liberal system of international economic activity” which concentrates most of the fruits of economic growth in the hands of a transglobal elite of some 1.5bn people.
book  ISIS  ISIL  al-Qaeda  al-Qaida  Boko  Haram  Al  Shabab  Taliban  Middle  East  Iraq  War  climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  extreme  poverty  free  trade  weather  extreme  drought  crop  shortage  water  security  food  security  crop  failure  youth  unemployment  unemployment  Arab  Spring  Jasmine  Revolution  jasminrevolution  military-intelligence  military–industrial  complex  Gini  coefficient  inequality  poverty  1%  10%  20%  globalisation  globalization  winner  take  all  Super  Rich  plutocracy  neoliberal  neoliberalism  neoclassical  economics  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  Chicago  School  liberalism  Foreign  Aid  global  economy 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley Point C may cost £30bn in 'top-up payments', warns watchdog
National Audit Office says renewables may be cheaper option as falling costs of energy undermines competitiveness of nuclear plant
Hinkley  Point  C  nuclear  power  UK  energy  price  energy  policy  energy  security 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
The politics of anger | The Economist
When Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, amid the triumph of Soviet collapse, an aide slipped Mr Fukuyama’s essay on history into her papers. The next morning she declared herself unimpressed. Never take history for granted, she said. Never let up. For liberals today that must be the rallying cry. //&! //&! - History never quite repeats itself, but its lessons are important nonetheless. We should recall that the first era of globalization, which reached its peak in the decades before World War I, eventually produced an even more severe political backlash.
Brexit  austerity  squeezed  middle  class  Chicago  School  economic  history  Precariat  working  poor  globalisation  globalization  unemployment  immigration  western  world  secular  stagnation  bank  bailout  GFC  recovery  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  UK  USA  European  Union  AfD  UKIP  Front  National  Germany  France  Centrist  Career  Politicians  politician  welfare  state  far-right  right-wing  Nationalism  Nationalismus  Polarisation  demagogue  demagogy  fear  mongering  uncertainty  job  security  job  insecurity  poverty  child  poverty  Gini  coefficient  social  mobility  income  mobility  inequality  income  distribution 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Ofgem approves Scotland-Norway power cable
The developers plan to build a £1.3bn power cable between Boddam in Aberdeenshire and Eidfjord in Norway.
The project aims to link hydro power from Norway with wind energy from Scotland.
It is scheduled to start operating from 2022.
NorthConnect have said that the cable will have a capacity of 1.4GW - about 25% of Scottish peak demand.
UK  Scotland  Smart  Grid  renewable  energy  green  energy  energy  security  energy  price  energy  storage 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Why is one of the world's largest lakes disappearing?
Lake Chad was once one of the largest lakes in the world, but as much as 90% of it has disappeared in the past 50 years. [ human activity + change in rain patterns ]
Lake  Chad  sustainability  sustainable  human  activity  global  warming  climate  change  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  rainfall  National  Security  food  Africa 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
The economics of Brexit – Politics Weekly podcast
Leave Campaign, so far, has failed to assure voters that we get through the quiet possible tubulences and uncertainty unharmed severely after 1-2 years. [ economic forecasts/predictions are Wall Streets cottage industry ] Brexit for sure would throw Osbornes plan for a surplus in 2020. ... brexit is about less regulation free trade low tariffs, 'get off the back of our City [London bank regulation]' [low tax, higher pay] George Osborne ... // banks have not voiced their voice loudly because that would be seen by people who bailed them out to tune of doubling the deficit, and still own bank shares ie loyds. it could be seen disingenuous, outrageous, as we are still in doldrums, paying off their debt, and suffering through austerity where the most vulnerable are cut away from society.
Brexit  George  Osborne  economic  damage  economic  growth  economic  security  economic  slack  economic  slowdown  economic  harm  macroeconomic  policy  microeconomic  policy  trade  agreement  free  trade  regulation  David  Cameron  Whitehall  Westminster  economic  forecast  Wall  Street  European  Union  Career  Politicians  EEA  free  movement  of  people  immigration  migration  austerity  general  election  2020  general  election  2015  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  neoclassical  economics  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Chicago  School  trickle-down  economics  self-regulation  deregulation  regulators  MervynKing  Mark  Carney  BOE  IMF  retail  banking  investment  banking  City  of  London  bank  bailout  GFC 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Revolutionary politics in the UK
// yanis is liberal marxist // &! Will John McDonnell's fiscal rules work for Labour? Paul Mason Vs John Rentoul - - OBR econometrics dictated by Treasury, George Osborne w wonky multipliers that don't fit w IMF models. IMF calls for fiscal stimulus! since late 2015 because China's credit bubble popped and global economy started to head south.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Capitalism and Mental Health: How the Market Makes Us Sick
POVERTY TRAP! // we were never as miserable as a nation as ever before.
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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
Philippines rice shortage sparks violence
South East Asia Drought (heat wave), water shortage, and forest fires. / One of the strongest El Nino weather events ever recorded has caused heatwaves, water shortages and forest fires around the world.
Now deaths linked to protests over food shortages have been reported in Cotabato province in the southern Philippines, where thousands of drought-hit farmers have clashed with police over demands for rice. //&! &! &! &!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Angestellte bei Airbnb und Uber: "Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat"
AirbnB und andere Firmen tun so, als hätten sie eine soziale Mission. Doch laut dem Buchautor Tom Slee beuten sie ihre Angestellten schlimmer aus als herkömmliche Firmen - und begünstigen totale Überwachung. // SPIEGEL: Es gibt Ökonomen, die sehen in diesen neuen Jobs auch eine Chance.

Slee: Diese Jobs schaffen ein neues Prekariat. Die dahinterstehenden Plattformen tarnen sich als Innovation, bauen aber auf unbegrenzte Verfügbarkeit und darauf, Arbeitsgesetze auszuhebeln und alles Risiko den Kleinunternehmern aufzuhalsen. [...] SPIEGEL: Uber und Co gerieren sich oft als Plattformen für freie Miniunternehmer. Sind sie das wirklich?

Slee: Die Leute sind scheinselbstständig, oft werden sie wie Angestellte behandelt. Tatsächlich haben sie etwa die Pflicht, 90 Prozent der angeforderten Fahrten anzunehmen, sonst werden sie gefeuert.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
As unicorn startups send customer service gigs to the hinterland, is Silicon Valley exporting its prosperity, or just dead-end jobs?
In the end, only a couple of the San Francisco Lyft staffers decided to go to Nashville. Some scrambled to find new jobs in the company, and the rest got severance and left. Six months later, two people I talked to are still looking for jobs, in a city that boasts a 3.4 percent unemployment rate. “I feel a little burned by this experience,” said one. “There’s just this understanding that if you work for customer service in the tech world you’re not valued. Those are soft skills, and associated with women, they’re not super valued.” [...] With their skills deemed better suited to Nashville, Lyft’s workers can’t help but internalize another message about whether they belong in increasingly Darwinian San Francisco. “It doesn’t make any fucking sense to live in one of the most expensive areas in the country and work in nonprofit development,” one told me.
Another customer service worker I’d talked to from a big software company decided that if she wanted to stick around the Bay Area, it was time to teach herself to code.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t Translate
Uber for X // Startups that deliver what you want, when you want it — like Uber, but for groceries, laundry, munchies, etc. — are revamping their business plans or shutting down entirely. It turns out that the on-demand model is so cash-intensive that it only really works if you're, well, Uber.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Worst Mediterranean drought in 900 years has human fingerprints all over it
A new study shows that the current Mediterranean drought is likely the worst in 900 years, probably due to human-caused intensification [...] To be clear, this study doesn’t prove that droughts are getting worse, and it doesn’t prove that human emissions of greenhouse gases are making droughts more severe. In fact, proving such statements would be nearly impossible. What this study does is put recent extreme weather into historical context.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Syria conflict: Russia's Putin orders 'main part' of forces out - BBC News
In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to start withdrawing the "main part" of its forces in Syria from Tuesday.
He said the Russian intervention had largely achieved its objectives.
The comments come amid fresh peace talks in Geneva aimed at resolving the five-year Syrian conflict. [...] [ Comment: The decision to scale down Russian operations may partly be fuelled by cost, given falling oil prices; it could also be driven by a desire to end Russia's isolation and western sanctions.
But whilst Vladimir Putin has ordered his foreign minister to focus efforts on the political front in Syria, he appears to be hedging his bets. ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Big solar is heading for boom times in the US - Vox
In 2007, there were zero utility-scale solar power plants in the US. Today there are hundreds, ranging from the 579 MW Solar Star project (the world's largest solar farm) in California down to dozens upon dozens of 10, 20, and 50 MW projects in communities across the country. (SEIA counts 2,100 solar PV projects over 1 MW.)
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Give support to Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project, government told | Business | The Guardian
Ministers urged to give go ahead to tidal energy scheme as doubts grow over Hinkley Point nuclear power station
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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
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