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Pressure grows for price on carbon ahead of UN signing
A group of world leaders and international finance chiefs has urged the world to rapidly expand the pricing of carbon pollution.
They argue that more than half of emissions of CO2 should be covered by a carbon price within a decade.
India has also called on rich countries to put a tax on coal to help poorer nations adapt to climate change.
These calls came ahead of a UN ceremony where some 155 countries are expected to sign the Paris Climate Agreement.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Clouds gather over solar power after golden years of success
After a day in which Britain generated more power from the sun than from coal for the first time, the industry should be rejoicing. But the mood is fearful [...] But over the last year both the RO and FiT support mechanisms have been either removed or wound dramatically further down – with the government arguing the industry should largely be fending for itself while bill payers should be spared unnecessary cost. [...] [ spokesman from energy department - no subsisdy for renewables, ... but strike price guarantee for nuclear energy w nuclear waste problem]
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april 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
What Really Caused the Crisis and What to Do About It - YouTube
"There are not perfect markets, and there is no perfect planner. [...] we will never arrive at perfect solutions. [...] market will never allocate perfectly ... [...] market will always tend to lend to property and land, and less into productive means (businesses = risk of 100 loss, land or property ... you have a loss when you sell it. << China, UK ) [...] not all credit is good credit. [...] need for macroprudential policy to dampen bubbles bc rate hikes could dampen normal non-speculative area of economy. ie loan to value limits [...] interest rate setting is blunt hammer that people though is the magic wand along the line of self-regulation, free market, neoliberalism and trickle-down [...] GFC can be traced back to the 60-70's - macroecon + micro with absurd assumptions (ie rational expectations, equilibriums, no bubbles) & math & pure theoretical base (no empirical analysis ie of what banks really do ie greed) = makes job of economist as policy advisor real easy.
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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
The trap of materialism - YouTube
Consumerism! The more we consume, the better our lifes will be. ... Keeping up with the jonses. [...] the true cost of an item is not the price. as long as carbon, pollution is not priced in. thus the carbon tax and pollution tax (ecological and environmental). [...] WALL E is true. leaving a planet full of junk. and pollution, inhospitable environment. [...] post-capitalism = post-consumerism in age of abundance and marginal cost (energy, water, food). [...] a man's life does not lie in the abundance of his possessions. and be fearful of greed << Bible [...] consumerism does not equal to tue individuality or individualism of a human being among many. its a choice you can pick from and define yourself in public with it ie which color your iPhone has or what case for it [ min 8 Adam Smith; let flourish self-interested selfish economic interest through consumption = growth ] [...] shopping as experience. shopping as a way of life. self-medication. coping mechanism in the rat race.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Elektroauto: Sonderabgabe auf Sprit soll Kaufprämie finanzieren - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In den Regierungsstreit über eine Kaufprämie für Elektroautos mischt sich der Chef der Nationalen Plattform Elektromobilität ein. Henning Kagermann will den Bonus unbedingt - zulasten von allen anderen Autofahrern. //&! Ab 2021 dürfen Neuwagen in der EU nicht mehr als 4,1 Liter Benzin im Schnitt verbrauchen. Doch besonders die deutschen Hersteller tun sich laut einer Untersuchung mit den Vorgaben schwer. Schuld daran hat ein Trend, den sie jahrelang selbst befeuert haben. - bit.ly/1nT3mFF //&! LOBBYING EFFORTS STILL ON! - Ab 2017 werden die Abgaswerte von Dieselfahrzeugen unter Realbedingungen gemessen. Das EU-Parlament hat für einen entsprechenden Entwurf gestimmt. Gleichzeitig winkten die Abgeordneten Zugeständnisse an die Autohersteller durch. - bit.ly/1QiXxrA
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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
Hitachi boss issues warning over Wylfa subsidy deal - BBC News
[ giving extortionate (for consumer) strike prices, while cutting renewable feed in tariff 95% and 500m subsidies for Oil/Aberdeen ] The head of the company behind a new £8bn nuclear power station on Anglesey has warned it may walk away from the project if a subsidy deal with the UK government cannot be reached. Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi told the Telegraph he voiced concerns about Wylfa Newydd's expected cost to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. It followed problems a rival faced for the Hinkley Point plant in Somerset. The UK government said it wants low-cost nuclear power. Hitachi owns Horizon Nuclear Power which is behind the plans to build the new power plant, which could be operational by the early 2020s. Horizon is in talks with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on issues such as the strike price, which will be key to attracting additional finance.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scottish cabinet calls on UK Chancellor to cut oil and gas 'tax burden' - BBC News
- how about putting money in renewable schemes? duh? // selecting an industry, that is clearly on the down, in the long run. duh! and is clearly not contributing a carbon free economy!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Carney: No need for interest rate rises now - BBC News
Carney said that collapsing oil prices and an "unforgiving" global environment meant that tighter monetary policy was not yet necessary. [...] He pointed out that the Fed's rate rise had only brought the US interest rate to the same "lofty level" as the Bank of England's. The Governor said that three factors would be the strongest guide to when interest rates might rise. First, that economic growth in the UK would be higher than the average trend. He said that growth at an average quarterly rate of 0.5% in 2015 had "disappointed". Second, that wage growth strengthens and productivity improves. And, third, that core inflation starts to approach the target rate of 2%. //&! Rate rise pause till early 2017? - bbc.in/1T1Qrge - [ global risks are building, global imbalances, faultlines. ] There's a frying pan - the global growth slowdown - and a fire - high levels of indebtedness - out there. &! bbc.in/1S5N7ks
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Meet the Renegades Steve Keen - YouTube
[ chicago school of economics ] 17:25 - private debt // demand will never be again so starong as before GFC. growth of debt/credit is normal. but without growth and high debt is cancer. + current account deficit/trade deficit = means things for UK can not go in indefinitely. austerity will run its course, will not make things better. next is property bubble! and NPL as normalisation to 2% nears // China margin trading & leverage via credit bubble. property bubble. // 24:20 - there is still room to grow household/private debt. Tories treat gov budget like a household rather than a bank! UK will stumble along at lower rate than America. Will not get better! Just rearranging deck chairs of a painfully slowly sinking ship.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The city in love with cars even though its air is toxic - BBC News
Delhi is a city that adds 1,400 cars to its roads every day - and the minute the local government announced an emergency car rationing plan, the complaints and legal battles began. // economic damage - due to a rise in cancer and chronic ailments - reducing discretionary spending/disposable income - due to health care spending and being a carer for your sick relative.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate Scientist James Hansen Warns World is on Wrong Track to Prevent Runaway Global Warming - YouTube
"total fraud [...] if we let fossil fuel be the cheapest form of energy [...] price should reflect cost to society and the planet. [...] COP21 resolutions are jump change versus realities. [...] helps to stop to subsidies renewable bc renewable will be more favorable because fossil fuels will be more expensive."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Whoa...The Climate Crisis at the North Pole - YouTube
Storm Frank/Storm Eva/Storm Desmond. High temps @North Pole. This will go down into the history books! Destabalising of Polar Vortex (colder winters) vs El Nino effect (warmer wetter winters) + Jet Stream wobbly (<< still cutting edge science.) [...] 'Destable Polar Vortex due to global warming.' Wobbly Jet Stream = chaotic weather (ie warm arctic like california warm). Coming Decades more extremes, more events. //&! Civilization's rise based on fossil fuel = also it's demise, mass extinction - youtu.be/XhkpsyT3mDc //&! Pre-COP21 France Foreign Minister "We Are on the Edge of a Climatic Abyss" - youtu.be/jfeS5k1518o //&! Crisis is Worse Than We Think & Scientists Are Self-Censoring to Downplay Risk - youtu.be/NmL4t8TclGU - public collectively comfortably aware. and hoping for carbon capture tech. youtu.be/svlU6p0gHgo //&! Naomi Klein on Why Climate Change is ‘Incredibly Threatening To Our Elites’ - youtu.be/g_2GjzS576A
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Storm Frank: What have we done to make the flooding worse? - BBC News
[Strom Eva, Desmond, Frank, ... building code has to be reviewed. new buildings have to be raised, first floor ~1m above ground. no basement. also, roofs have to resist gale winds easily ] Policy-makers are often keen to see brownfield land used for residential development, but these areas are often most vulnerable to flooding. Demand from buyers has fuelled this growth, too. You might assume that there would be huge drops in property prices after highly publicised floods. But in places like Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and Cockermouth, Cumbria, which experienced heavy flooding in 2007 and 2009 respectively, prices have remained largely unaffected in the long run. [...] "We've tended to straighten rivers, to canalise them, to embank them and all that rushes the water down to the nearby urban pinch point," explains environmentalist and writer George Monbiot, adding that the flow of water should be slowed down and the rivers lengthened instead.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
UK floods: 'This could be the end for our business' - BBC News
[ Desmond hit Cumbria and Co. ] [Storm Eva hit Manchester, York, Lancashire region and Co plus Cumbria again. ] [ Storm Frank, Scotland bore the brunt, even Franks eye wasn't even near British Isles ] He told the BBC the firm had not been able to get flood insurance due to its proximity to the water and he now felt "this could be the end" of the business. //&! Manchester City Centre - bbc.in/1Tst39u - &! River Ouse - bbc.in/1JMkS2i //&! Communities along River Ouse - bbc.in/1PzzBnP //&! Clean-up and Frank - bbc.in/22B2o0t & Frank@Scottish Borders - bbc.in/22B2C7O //&! UK floods: David Cameron pledges £280m for Yorkshire flood defences - bbc.in/1PzRjWh - Bellwin scheme adds to budget deficit - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellwin_scheme //&! York's efforts to prevent flooding - bbc.in/1Ji7Gr8 //&! Cumbria region flooded three times - bbc.in/1YRW7xW //&! Roads washed away - bbc.in/1R24aEb A93 Scotland, Storm Frank. &! bbc.in/1NV0Qa0 Royal visit to Ballater &! bbc.in/1Tsutkw
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
UK floods: Storm Frank threatens more misery - BBC News
A fresh storm threatens to bring more misery to parts of the UK, including areas already hit by severe flooding. Storm Frank is due to sweep in from Tuesday evening, with Cumbria and south and central Scotland at most risk. There are nine severe flood warnings - meaning "danger to life" - in England and Wales, mostly centred on York which was badly hit by flooding on Saturday. David Cameron has defended government spending on flood defences after the devastation across northern England. Floods minister Rory Stewart told the Today programme that the government was open to the idea of an external review being held. The Environment Agency said on Monday there would have to be a "complete rethink" of flood defences. December has seen communities in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire swamped by rising waters. Storm Frank poses a new threat in the wake of what Storm Eva brought over the Christmas weekend. [...] costs could exceed £1.5bn. [ Eva, Desmond, Frank ]
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december 2015 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
Literatur ǀ Kapitalismus oder Klima? — der Freitag
Literatur Der Politologe Athanasios Karathanassis erklärt in seinem Buch, warum man über Kapitalismus nicht schweigen kann, wenn es um Umwelt geht [...] Kapitalistische Naturverhältnisse, Ursachen von Naturzerstörungen Begründungen einer Postwachstumsökonomie Athanasios Karathanassis
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Privatisation of Green Investment Bank could 'damage its reputation' - BBC News
The UK's "green" bank should not be privatised unless the government can ensure it keeps its environmental purposes, a committee of MPs has said. In June Business Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to part-privatise Green Investment Bank (GIB). But the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee warned this could cause the bank to lose its "green identity". This could "damage its reputation" and "undermine its leadership role in the green economy", the committee said. [...] The bank's projects are required to make a contribution to one of the its five "green purposes": reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of the use of natural products, protecting the natural environment or biodiversity and promoting environmental sustainability. But the projects are also required to provide market-based commercial returns. [...] Environmental Audit Committee argued privatisation could encourage the bank to shift its focus towards more conventional projects
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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
UK Floods: Stories from the devastation in Cumbria - BBC News
Storm Desmond. // people can't seem to make the long-term connection or even imagine that it will get worse and worse and worse. their actions. and what is happening again and again and again. it's like an addict who take it as granted sleeping rough, beschaffungskirminalitaet, ... and what comes with it. //&! bit.ly/1TG4Jkf //&! Floods bring people together, but they also wash away trust. - If I were David Cameron, I would fast-track flood defences ahead of HS2, and say: ‘These are the people’s priorities – I get it’ - bit.ly/1OVkqop
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Stop Eating Meat and Save the Planet - YouTube
51% of greenhouse gases = livestock farming // animal product would have to have one a health tax and two a carbon tax (like sports cars) // Was capitalism ever generous, responsible, conscious and sustainable? //&! 25% of land use -https://youtu.be/o0aJet5EVmM- and human waste is highly regulated - sewer, not so animal waste.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Texas Fracking Zone Emits 90% More Methane Than EPA Estimated | twice as much as estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and 5.5 times the number from a separate global database. : science
Texan here. I can say it is getting pretty noticeable in some parts. The I-20 between Pecos and Abilene reeks of gas now. I've lived in Texas for over 20 years and this is the worst it's been. At one point, I had to turn the air off in my car just so the stench would stop flowing in (even the air filter did little to help). But in a bit of uplifting news, Sweetwater, also on the I-20, has installed a ton of wind turbines. So it's good to see that the move the green energy is being made in the state.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ignoring watersheds, ignoring climate change: flooded by our ignorance | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
Storm Desmond’s floods expose the utter madness of government policies, both in the hills and at the Paris talks. It’s as if it had come to remind us of what’s at stake. While the climate negotiations in Paris trudge their dreary road, Storm Desmond takes a great boot to our backsides. Yet still we fail to make the connection. The news records the spectacle and ignores the implications. //&! On Monday, experts called for new measures to be implemented –such as raising new buildings a metre above ground – to help cope with global warming-induced flooding. - bit.ly/1YVeQ8r //&! Flood defences failed; bit.ly/1LZTcGN //&! Labour attacks £115m fall in flood management spending - bit.ly/1NCldJY //&! bit.ly/1loVcU9 - 45k homes without power. //&! Pictures w Cameron visiting flooded homes; bit.ly/1QbA7JD //&! Guardian Editorial - bit.ly/1PShdr9 &! bbc.in/1iatrb6 &! bbc.in/1PTFMnG &! bbc.in/1Qc4Vd7 &! bbc.in/1HRT1mb - Vegan as Long-term investment against extreme weather, duh. makes men cry.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris Klimagipfel: Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma investieren Milliarden in saubere Energie - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ratan Tata, Jack Ma: Einige weltbekannte Superreiche und 20 Staaten setzen den Ton für die Klimaverhandlungen in Paris. Sie wollen Milliarden in saubere Energie für Entwicklungsländer investieren. // Wenn Gates und Bezos es ernst meinen, heatten sie schon lange ihre Unternehmen auf "CARBON NEUTRAL" strategie geschickt. //&! bit.ly/1NWM8wf
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Hyundai poliert CO2-Flottenverbrauch mit Kia Soul EV-Export - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Ein Gramm kann laut Transport & Environment im schlimmsten Fall mit 70 Millionen Euro Strafe zu Buche schlagen. Davon bleibt Hyundai-Kia zunächst wohl verschont - dank der Norwegen-Mauschelei, aber auch, weil die EU-Behörden großzügig sind. Hersteller müssen die schmutzigsten Autos bisher noch nicht in die Kalkulation einbeziehen. [...] Während Politiker auf dem Pariser Klimagipfel die Erderwärmung in den Griff bekommen wollen, "scheinen die Autohersteller unfähig, verantwortungsvoll zu handeln. Stattdessen tricksen sie die Gesetze aus".
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Is there a danger to environmental jargon? - BBC News
[ confusing the public, as with diet ] The United Nations is promising a "universal climate change agreement" when leaders from almost 200 countries meet in Paris. But is the jargon used in environmental discussions actually putting people off the subject rather than enthusing them?
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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
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, London to be fined millions for pollution levels
The UK capital is now facing fines from the European Commission of £300 million per year for failing to meet required clean air standards for NO2 - a gas emitted from car exhausts known to harm human health. Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Matthew Pencharz discusses the details with Naked Scientist Charis Lestrange and dishes the dirt on who might be to blame for the pollution penalty. //&! London's invisible health threat - bbc.in/1MUTg1E
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen: Totales Kontrollversagen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
VW räumt ein, in Hunderttausenden Fällen auch bei klimaschädlichen CO2-Werten getrickst zu haben. Warum haben die zuständigen Behörden nichts davon gemerkt?
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Why A Carbon Tax Is Essential - YouTube
2 degrees is actually a number for disaster. 2 degrees was chosen for convenience and more time (politicians). this is actually a global crisis that is going on now.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: September 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
Private Education (Charter Schools) that get public money, without the public being involved in decision-making how to spend that public money ... were outlawed/illegal, by Seattle Judges 6-2. //&! Tax exception of universities. Yale (4th richest uni of USA with 20bn in endowments) is being subsidized by people of the 7th poorest state. no property tax (largest land owner & employer in New Haven (Connecticut)). Public Services (Fire, Police, Hospitals) & Infrastructure. //&! min 41 Greg Mankiw: carbon tax would discriminate (burden too much) the middle class & poor with no wage growth last 30 yrs in disposable income vs corporates, well off, Super Rich, 1%. Rebuttal: tax more progressively those who can afford it. The crux of a carbon tax & tobin tax, setting it nationally, corporate lobby that it "will" be anti-competitive. Destroy Jobs. // 47:35 Science & Money. 1:09:20 Hegemony 1:22:20 public transport, US dogma; THE CAR! Committed 2 Private Free Enterprise. << Ideology. LA traffic
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: October 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
33:40 Price Increase 13.1% 2013/14. Big Pharma + Lobby + insurance company + letting itself being sugar-coated-medical profession = medical-industrial complex. A cosy relationship. // Big Sugar. Big Tobacco. Big Oil/Fossil Fuel. // US spends more % (18%) of GDP on medical related expenses than any other developed/western country. //&! 44:40 - VW! No.1 air polluter is private automobil. "we are not talking about more profits. but maximising profits while accepting the contribution to air pollution and death of the vulnerable (asthma). [...] fraud. that caused who know how many people. [...] example of what capitalism is. if there is more money to make. do it." [+ Zeitarbeit, Leiharbeit exploitation] "deadly behaviour of conglomerates (many recalls blamed on complexity of car) in a rational society, but no questions have been asked." [] [Underinvestment in public transportation in USA. 1/2 of Berlin citizens have no car. tell that LA.] "Decision to Deceive. Knowingly harm People."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon does not rule out steel plants public ownership - BBC News
// gov has never been good about picking industries. // how about investing to lower energy prices, that is not nuclear? --- making the whole industries more competitive in world markets. lowering marginal cost across the board. also for consumers. stupid!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cycling: three-quarters of Britons support more spending on bike use | Environment | The Guardian
[ where is the bike lobby here? its a bn dollar business. ] Biggest ever survey on subject says people would like government to spend almost seven times more on bike infrastructure than it does now. [...] Currently, about 1% to 2% of all trips in the UK are made by bike, as against figures of 25% or more in some nations, such as the Netherlands. Activists argue that more bike use would greatly help combat the ongoing health crisis caused by physical inactivity, as well as reducing vehicle pollution, among other benefits. “The message from the public couldn’t be clearer: there’s a desire to cycle more, but that a lack of safe places to ride bikes is off ­putting,” said Jason Torrance, policy director at Sustrans. [...] “Physical inactivity, congestion and declining air quality cost our economy billions. Governments must act to secure a greater share of current transport investment for cycling and walking.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastic bag charge in Scotland sees usage cut by 80% - BBC News
[ the plastic bag chage, 5p, is not enough, should be 50p and seen as penalty! thus it is the little brother of Sugar/Processed Food/junk food/fast food/and animal product taxation (extra levies) to show people every day when they show that they know this is more expensive now because this has to pay for my sick days in later life, like insurance premium for risky behavior, to fund NHS! Even seeing it as carbon tax and environmental levy because of how dirty animal products are! ]"It's now becoming second nature to shoppers to reuse their carrier bags and hopefully to think more about our impact on the environment." [...] Asda witnessing a drop of 90% and Sainsbury's 100% as it no longer offers them to shoppers. [...] The policy came into being in Scotland on 20 October last year and England introduced charging at the beginning of this month.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What's going on in UK manufacturing? - BBC News
Manufacturing abt 10% of UK output. The rest of the production industries: mining, quarrying, gas, electricity, water and sewage account for another 5%. The service sector accounts for 79%, with construction making up the final 6%. In the last decade, manufacturing grew gradually from 2005 to 2008, at which point it took a dive in the financial crisis in common with the rest of the economy. It recovered from 2010 until the start of 2012 and has been pretty volatile since then. The sector is still below its pre-crisis peaks, unlike the service sector, which is well above its pre-crisis level. [...] the sector had been "stunned by a triple combination of a sharp slowdown in consumer spending, weak business investment and stagnating export order inflows". But most of the big headlines have been about one sector: steel [ energy price not competitive & bust of commodity prices blown up by ZIRP, NIRP & QE ] [ why not lower energy prices for all!?] & bit.ly/1hPrPrn &! bbc.in/1jRMjRF
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What is the outlook for Britain's steel industry? - BBC News
UK steelmakers want lower business rates, a relaxation of emissions targets for heavy manufacturers, more compensation for high energy prices and a commitment that British steel is used in major construction projects. "We've set out some of the things government can press ahead with now to send out a clear signal of support in the very short term," said Gareth Stace, director of UK Steel. [...] How does the government act without going against its free market principles and breaking EU rules? It has already provided steel makers with millions of pounds in compensation for carbon permit costs. Beyond that it says its hands are tied by strict European Union state-aid rules. [ << targeted welfare vs lower energy prices and a smart grid for all ] //&! bbc.in/1GhJaoH - Unions want the government to take "urgent short-term action" to support the industry. [...] the steel industry globally was facing one of the most difficult times in its history. [...] we can't change the price of steel.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Antarctic ice sheets face catastrophic collapse without deep emissions cuts | Environment | The Guardian
[ emotionally, people are not there to change ] [S]teep cuts to emissions during the next decade are the only way to avoid a catastrophic collapse of Antarctic ice sheets and associated sea-level rise that will continue for thousands of years. [...] This would trigger a collapse that would go on for thousands of years, raising sea levels by 0.6 metres to 3 metres by the year 2300 depending on how high manmade greenhouse gas emissions remain. Our descendants living in the year 5000 will continue to suffer the consequences of today’s fossil fuel burning, as sea levels continue to rise up to nine metres above current levels. [...] The global sea level has risen roughly 20cm over the last century and is already causing problems for communities in low-lying areas. Only a little of this has so far been caused by melting ice; most comes from the expansion of oceans as they warm. [...] Antarctica’s two ice sheets, east and west, cover an area the size of the contiguous US and Mexico combined
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris climate summit: UN negotiations 'need redesign' - BBC News
[ only bottom up works ... till the tide is big enough. same with health and fitness (which in part has to be about looking good/fit). self-esteem. ] The UN climate negotiations are heading for failure and need a major redesign if they are to succeed, scientists say. The pledges that individual countries are offering ahead of the Paris climate summit in December are too entrenched in self interest instead of being focussed on a common goal. The researchers say the science of cooperation is being ignored. Instead, they say the negotiations should focus on a common commitment on the global price of carbon. This means countries would agree on a uniform charge for carbon pollution, a scheme that would encourage polluters to reduce their emissions. The comments from researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, University of Maryland, US, and University of Cologne, in Germany, are published in the journal Nature. //&! bbc.in/1jYOUtz
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK interest rates held at 0.5% after 8-1 Bank vote - BBC News
The central bank said cost pressures in the UK's labour market were rising too slowly for inflation to return to the Bank's 2% target, and that inflation would stay below 1% until spring 2016. Inflation has been hovering around 0% for the past few months, but the Bank had indicated that robust domestic growth and the fading effect of last year's big oil price falls would cause it to bounce back towards 2% next year. Although UK consumer spending had remained resilient, bolstered by wage growth, attempts to reduce the UK budget deficit had restrained activity and global growth had been below average.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Pop star Selena Gomez diagnosed with lupus - BBC News
The disease is currently treated by drugs, and by chemotherapy designed to suppress the action of the immune system. - nutritionfacts.org/?s=autoimmune & nutritionfacts.org/video/cancer-as-an-autoimmune-disease/ - Immunosurveillance Hypothesis & nutritionfacts.org/2014/07/03/how-animal-proteins-may-trigger-autoimmune-disease/ //&! bbc.in/1LCHEzM &! Speaking to Billboard magazine, the 23-year-old was scathing about the gossip websites who suggested she was addicted to drugs. "I wanted so badly to say: 'You guys have no idea. I'm in chemotherapy. You're assholes'." "I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again." Gomez went on to criticise the tabloid press, who have spent years picking apart her relationship with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber as "vile". "I've been working since I was seven. I've been a Unicef ambassador since I was 17. It's so disappointing that I've become a tabloid story," she said.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Nomi Prins-Federal Reserve Transition to Destruction - YouTube
via - http://schiffgold.com/interviews/former-wall-street-insider-some-form-of-bank-bail-ins-will-come-to-us-video/ ||&! QE and ZIRP bad policy, bank and market cuddeling. no mainstreet recovery! trickle-down failed. Private sector can not carry existing minimal momentum forward. policy has not helped people on the ground. // many bubbles created: junk bond/zombie corps, car loans, student loans, property, ... // transition to destruction, volatility is first sign. // market manipulation! // inflated financial system // rise in NPL! where how will they cover that? another bailout? or bail-in. taking depositors haircut. FDIC can't cover that all.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England may cut rates, says chief economist - BBC News
Softening employment figures and weakening surveys on manufacturing and construction output suggested growth in the UK could slow in the second half of the year and inflation might not pick up as expected. Furthermore, problems in emerging markets could be a drag on UK growth and the headwinds from those economies were unlikely to abate any time soon, Mr Haldane added. //&! In a wide-ranging speech that called on central bankers to think more radically to fend off the next downturn – including the notion of abolishing cash – Haldane warned the UK was not ready for higher borrowing costs. He described recent events in Greece and China as "the latest leg of what might be called a three-part crisis trilogy."
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Non-performing loans in China, investment bank landscape and Portugal's Novo Banco by FT Banking Weekly
what is the exposure of western banks to china? zero hedge had one post that showed London's banks were biggest participants in chinas credit bubble bonanza ...
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
There's a Simpler Way to Fight Climate Change, California - Bloomberg View
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_Emission_Trading_Scheme // out of the privy of gauging and science, let market deceide price of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions under framework to reduce near-term emissions - incentive to reduce and invest in emission reduction and renewable energy ... ... in addition to regulation, targets, tax incentives (always watered down with the threat of jobs - politicians are job destroyers: reframing, spin. and Career Politicians are spineless and without character and principles holding against it "if you don't like to do business here, somebody else will gladly take you place.") vs just self-regulation and market forces. because there is no 2nd earth and this experiment can't be re-run in different set-up. meaing A ... test, asses. and then A and B ... test, assess after 10 years. we don't have that much time. and politicians aren't that long in office.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
The Fed has to deal with its own zombie apocalypse
"However, there are pockets of greater weakness like these zombie companies. These pockets are likely to see some more turbulence than overall conditions. Some companies definitely will go out of business." It isn't just the zombies, though, that should worry about higher rates. Corporate America overall has been piling on the debt, which grew 8.3 percent in the second quarter, according to figures the Fed released Friday. [...] Michael Contopoulos, high-yield strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said the high-yield space is a mess no matter what the Fed does. Global economic weakness and deteriorating fundamentals are making it increasingly harder for the Fed to underwrite junk debt through a zero funds rate. [...] Earnings for junk companies have been "incredibly weak," [...] "leverage is at all-time highs" while "defaults and downgrades are creeping into the market." [...] the issues with high-yield could be more secular in nature.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Good news! B rounds have doubled in value over five years!
B Round! doubling down on (to a certain point) proven ideas as they move to make themselves solid/viable (building business model & continued growth if not even putting some more gasoline on the fire with a B Round - allocation of resources). thus there is competition thus bidding up in a private market. BUT BUT also reflects the rising cost! Rising cost to grow, the war for talent to scale, and the cost in said hubs/ecosystems where the talent are already working on scaling other companies, where rent is sky high and space rare to expand office, ops, ramp up head count, ... // why, on a side note!, ? because global ZIRP, NIRP, QE, hunt for yield, FOMO, property speculation, alternative asset management and allocation (newly minted paper millionaers) have bid up prices in metropolitan and hot cities by credit bubbles around the world. bc financial markets are global, thus your allocation/diversification is global, not limited where ur home addr is. adding to volatiliy too bc of froth!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Banks Are Perilously Exposed to China - Bloomberg View
International banks, however, don't appear to be heavily exposed to China, at first glance anyway. Bank of International Settlements data show that their claims on Chinese banks, companies, consumers and public sector are quite manageable, though Australian and U.K. banks have extended a lot of credit in China in proportion to their total foreign assets: [...] U.K. banks' $198 billion in Chinese assets at the end of last year looks particularly threatening, especially given that HSBC and Standard Chartered both derive a significant portion of their revenue from China. This exposure is particularly problematic because a debt overhang is one of the Chinese economy's biggest problems.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Alibaba Is the Canary in China's Coal Mine - Bloomberg View
It turns out investors were right about Alibaba: No company is more on the front lines of China's economic shifts than Jack Ma's juggernaut. And that's just where the problems begin. [...] After months of putting the entire weight of the government behind saving the market, Beijing appears to have given up. The fallout from that realization will have unpredictable effects on 1.3 billion people indoctrinated to believe Beijing can control any crisis or narrative. As markets swoon and gross domestic product slides, consumers are delaying nonessential purchases. [...] Mass austerity has only just begun. [...] it would be interesting to see how the government responds to "large and widespread investment losses that could lead to a notable negative wealth effect which could weaken consumption, as well as grievances against the authorities." [...] Macau's GDP -26.4% last quarter [...] Chinese gamblers stayed home. [...] Ma created a better quarterly GDP report than Beijing.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Steen Jakobsen: Get Ready For The Biggest Margin Call In History - YouTube
ideology/Career Politicians/Complacency/Cushy/non-ambitious/AIIB/comfortable //&! bit.ly/1cU2RVS March 2015, SELL & come back in 6 months - bloom.bg/1NTykGB //&! bit.ly/1NJvXai &! bit.ly/1VsYTEJ Outrageous predictions for 2015 were: China devalues yuan 20% [joining others in global struggle to import inflation] &! Corporate high yield market spreads double (higher refinancing cost, which zombie corporations do actually have no pants on as tide goes out) "High yield is a derivative of equity markets. If you believe equities are overvalued, so too is high yield," &! UK house prices crash (foreign hot money, speculative + shortage + Summer 2015 Crash + BOE Taper in 2015/16 = back to reality!) &! Russia defaults again // &! Fed Taper is a "margin call," [need 2 normalize despite its mandate/fundamentals not warranting a hike!] [...] a seven-year bull run 4 equities might be coming to an end [...] the rise (not value) of RMB/Yuan as it becomes free floating out of need] - cnb.cx/1MMyLSC
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Easy Money Creates the Most Dangerous Bubbles - Bloomberg View
[Money has been slushing arnd in markets speculating, not investing in future & productive, added value goods. big companies are flush 2. easy credit is holding zombie corps of the last century over water. western world is persisting 2 put a banking bailout/crisis in the light of a sovereign debt crisis 2 push idealogical austerity. falling way being, never be able 2 catch up with productivity, output gap, STEM, research, future of work, smart grid & infrastructure, retooling their economy 21st century style.] // "speculation in property markets, amplified by mortgage financing, as a persistent central factor driving economic cycles." [...] the worst bubbles -- those that inflict the most economic pain -- tend to involve not just speculation, but a surge in easy lending and increasing leverage. [...] economic downturns following credit bubbles were generally worse and lasted longer. [...] danger of leverage cycle. // [ easy credit & debt fuelled recovery of assets, not fundamentals ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Forget China - Oil Price Is Main Driver Of Market Turmoil | Zero Hedge
For the moment we are expecting oil producers to start to minimize their loses by producing even more oil. The oil crisis has just begun. // // &! DeMark compares China to the start of the Great Depression in the US, and when applying the 38.2 Fib retracement levels which have been breached, now expects even more pain for Chinese stocks - bit.ly/1NJdISb // // &! THINGS WERE TOO FAR AWAY FROM REALITY - Many indicators confirm that last week was remarkable and historic. Record after record was set, including the largest daily move, the biggest intra-day reversal and the most harrowing intra-day air pocket. - bv.ms/1O45W2i - legitimate questions about the robustness of the global economy [ contagion & overshoot - hubris and panic alike, good news gets washed down w bad news, extreme volatility still break markets, contagion still real & ppl are leveraged again (were complacent, institutional! investors!) ] market craziness. [ irrational exuberance that were equities ]. &! bv.ms/1UnLeMV
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Marc Faber: The Global Economy Is Entering An Epic Slump - YouTube
could see liquidity squeeze. have global credit bubble. Chinas own (2009-Put) did pop, probably just this Summer '15! // may lead 2 zombie banks, if they werent already if it werent 4 PBOC with huge amounts of NPL also within shadow banking system. bit.ly/1FaVAZt policy response could be 2 double down on usual mis-guided measures 2 keep status quo. extend & pretend. // World is still flush, thus currently moderate signs of impact of China slowdown - bit.ly/1EuMVXe - will take time. // &! leverage / margin trading was/is at new highs comparable to 2007 on both side of Pacific (USA/China) - bit.ly/1IxyRXD - so the hurt was/will be big! BIG! underwater. talk abt manufactured balance sheet recession // &! Willem Buiter: Only "Helicopter Money" Can Save The World Now - bit.ly/1Et5Bq5 - major blast of fiscal spending by PBOC in some months when the hurt cant be ignored any more. Will wait too long, will drag everyone else down. & bit.ly/1NYB5nQ &! youtu.be/3wvQDxJPhQ4 - Jim Rogers.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why China Had To Crash - Forbes
Private Debt/household debt 2 GDP exceeding 1.5x/150% spells trouble. Chinas pace of Private Debt expansion through credit was unprecedented in % terms compared to any other recent credit bubble (China Put, 2009) on.ft.com/1Ixhw1a // Could now spell balance sheet recession (underwater, servicing debt for worth(less) asset ie stock (+margin trading) or property (inland or overseas)) thus deleveraging of private households. --- Metropolitan property markets across the world have been flooded with speculative money from China & BRIC! Just look at last chart of % of household debt increase bit.ly/1va3oaw Its Russia, China, Brazil, ... // And China banking system & shadow banking system could sit on a lot of NPL coming 2016. Zombie banks in China, ups! PBOC commanded to lend post-2009! // &! bit.ly/1KWkTQY // &! youtu.be/-3aBjFo2Fh4 - Steve Keen (Mar 29, 2015) 'with bad models you can't see shocks coming!'
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
(2012/13) After the Financial Crisis: How to Tell the Forest from the Trees - YouTube
"Profits are privatized while losses are socialized. How we got here, and how we can get out of this situation." // min20 - UK debt2GDP 2008, +100% Debt on Banks Balance Sheet, ~100% Household Debt, +100% Nonfinancial institutional/corporate Debt, <50% Gov Debt ( bit.ly/1u6QiLP ) risen to <80% Gov Debt2GDP bc of Bank Bailout. ( gross national debt has been rising, unable to pay down because of lack of growth, turning Japan - bit.ly/1f7UNyp ) // It is still a banking crisis. Especially in Europe. Not a sovereign debt crisis. Greece situation made much worse because of austerity. // min 32 - talks about China! China's Assets and Liabilities. 70% of global consumption is US/EU. [but shifting!] From CDO example, China correlates with US/EU vice versa! Chinese property bubble & equity bubble, came 2 an end this Summer 2015! The crisis began w banks & will end w banks! The crisis is still with us. The banks, stupid! // investment banking bust bc of low yields across all public asset classes
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Sorry to burst your bubble | The Economist
bit.ly/1IfX0s9 // "According to two new papers, the crucial variable that separates relatively harmless frenzies from disastrous ones is debt." // see China Stock Market leverage pop mid 2015 - with its huge rise in margin debt trading ... money which was flowing out of the property market into the Stock Market // // &! so if it is about debt - UK mortgage market & consumer/private debt of all kind (loans and credit card debt) does qualify as they took up what was cut by austerity. Plus the Supply Demand distortion, with new builds/project at a decades lowest. // Question for China. The China problem. Can they make their system sustainable before it will crush everyone. // The most obvious is China. But the next one will be different & greater than all came before. Period. Still, UK had not a housing bubble collapse on its own making. Only through endogenous circumstances. UK recession as UK economy runs mostly on consumer sector & debt) bit.ly/1OpClSO bit.ly/1wQITjb bit.ly/1SycLtY
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
China's stockmarket crash: A red flag | The Economist
via bit.ly/1HgJT6x // "Yet China’s intervention has screamed of panic. [...] If economic stability is not in peril, why then the panic? The most compelling explanation is politics. The government has staked much credibility and prestige on the stockmarket. When the going was still good, the official press was chock-a-block with articles about how the rally reflected the economic reforms that Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, was set to push. Li Keqiang, the premier, said repeatedly that he wanted equity markets to provide a bigger share of corporate financing—comments, from punters' perspective, not unlike waving a red cape in front of a bull. The sudden end to the rally is the first major dent in the public standing of the Xi-Li team. The botched attempts to stabilise the market only make them look weaker, giving succour to their critics." &! bbc.in/1eFbi8h - 1929 margin trading (borrowing to buy shares) & leverage products &! bloom.bg/1RjIgg9
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Online Harassment (HBO) - YouTube
Online harassment is a major problem, but it’s rarely prosecuted. If only we’d been warned about this in the early days of the internet. // &! Facebook real name policy issues. // &! 'any kind of tools can be used as a weapon.'
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame - YouTube
In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands a different way.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
On the Origin of Celebrity - Issue 5: Fame - Nautilus
"Why the obsession? Because we’re primates with vested interests in tracking social hierarchies and patterns of social affiliation. And celebrities provide our primate minds with stimulating gyrations of hierarchy and affiliation (who is sleeping with, feuding with, out-earning whom). [...] Why is rank so important to a baboon? For one thing, a stable dominance system is a huge social convenience—it insures bloody teeth and claws don’t reign each time a potential conflict arises." - via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8614040 &!&! http://nautil.us/issue/5/fame/homo-narrativus-and-the-trouble-with-fame "We think that fame is deserved. We are wrong. [...] These two traits—our compulsion to tell stories, and our bias towards the individual—conspire to ruin our intuitive understanding of fame. [...] There is no such thing as fate, only the story of fate." << via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8624002
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