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Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem - BBC News
Over 10 years NHS prescriped 100% more anti-depressants. Medicalised Society. Parked indefinetly on management medication no healing. Left behind. // But so too is the fact prescribing patterns have changed. Doctors are much more likely to keep people on drugs for longer with evidence suggesting it is a more effective way of treating patients.
But as common as antidepressants are, the fact remains the majority of people with mental illness report they are not getting help.
Only one in three of those polled said they were receiving treatment, according to NHS Digital.
NHS  Society  Gesellschaft  mental  health  big  pharma  GP  care  demand  Austerity  CEP  STP  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  self-medication  coping  mechanism  chronic  stress  working  poor  Precariat  poverty  trap  Deprivation  Depression  public  economic  damage  prevention  Social  Media  Facebook  Instagram  well  being  welfare  DWP  JSA  ESA  Selbstdarstellung  Consumer  unhappy  Consumerism  consumerist  Capitalism  Exploitation  Scotland  England  Jeremy  Hunt  CCG  Simon  Stevens  accountability  Theresa  May  unemployment  prejudice  stigma  Disabled 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Brooks and Klein on Tom Price’s plane scandal, Trump taking aim at the NFL - YouTube
Culture and Identity Politics again Tribalism, Patritotism, Nationalism, Militarism, // see how neoliberal capitalism has destroyed fabric of society w individualism consumerism identity - Alain De Botton and Adam Curtis. When you can't consumer, and do culture, and only have tv as (and fb newsfeed) as window to the world to see the world experience the world - you dont take part in society - Kulturteilhabe. dann willst du AfD Brexit Trump. them v us. // nfl is epitome of culture war identity politics and post-racial america - resistance!
Culture  Identity  Politics  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD  history  post-racial  America  Religion  Liberalism  Liberal  LGBT  Society  Gesellschaft  Capitalism  Consumer  Consumerism  consumerist  Selbstdarstellung  Kulturteilhabe  Facebook  Newsfeed  TV  MSM  poverty  trap  squeezed  middle  class  Precariat  debt  credit  card  chronic  stress  self-medication  book  war  refugee  migration  immigration  social  income  mobility  secular  stagnation  growth  disposable  discretionary  spending  GFC  bank  bailout  double  standard  tax  evasion  avoidance  Career  Politicians  status  quo  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Konsum  accountability 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
End austerity – and kickstart Martin Luther King’s revolution of values | Richard Kozul-Wright | Opinion | The Guardian
Hyperglobalisation has concentrated massive wealth in a few hands, boosting the cult of materialism that the great civil rights campaigner warned us about // Byung-Chul Han // The real threat now is to the underlying trust, cohesion and sense of fairness that markets depend upon in order to function effectively. Against this, insisting that “there is no alternative” is yesterday’s political slogan. People everywhere desire much the same thing: a decent job, a secure home, a safe environment, a better future for their children and a government that listens and responds to their concerns. They want a different deal from that offered by hyperglobalisation. Prosperity for all cannot be delivered by austerity-minded politicians, rent-seeking corporations and speculative bankers. What is urgently needed now is a global new deal. Three elements – recovery, regulation and redistribution – remain at the heart of any such deal. Book Richard Kozul-Wright is director of the globalisation and development strategies division in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Its annual report, Beyond Austerity: Towards a Global New Deal, is published today
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian
Neoliberalism has taken this internalized self-blame and turbocharged it. It tells you that you should not merely feel guilt and shame if you can’t secure a good job, are deep in debt, and are too stressed or overworked for time with friends. You are now also responsible for bearing the burden of potential ecological collapse.
neoliberal  neoliberalism  society  sociology  psychology  group  individual  individualism  status  anxiety  consumer  consumerism  consumerist  collective  action  identity  capitalism  climate  change  global  warming  globalwarming  climatechange  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  fatalism  Cowspiracy 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Plugging in through clothing: How children’s clothes influence perception and affective practices in day careThe Sociological Review - Elina Paju, 2017
Through the analysis of everyday practices of wearing clothing, clothes are seen as connectors. They enhance, diminish or expand possibilities for perception, action and affective practices in which children engage, thereby altering the children’s ways of being. The article proposes that the wearing of clothing plays a role in constituting selfhood outside of mere representations.
poverty  well  being  mental  health  childhood  social  mobility  inequality  sociology  psychology  prejudice  stigma  consumerism  Consumer  consumerist  status  anxiety  advertisement  Advertising  Identity  communication  Depression  chronic  stress  cortisol 
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
First fall in consumer spending for almost 4 years
Consumer spending has fallen on an annual basis for the first time in almost four years [...] Adjusting for inflation, real consumer spending by British consumers on Visa debit, credit and prepaid cards in May was 0.8 per cent lower than in the same month last year. Visa said that seasonally adjusted spending was 1.8 per cent lower in May compared to April. The figures are unofficial, but suggest that sluggish economic growth continued in the second quarter, after a first quarter in which the UK grew at the slowest rate in the G7. [...] household consumption, which accounts for more than 60 per cent of the economy. [ 80 Services and Consumption 20 manufacturing ] /&! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/06/11/new-economic-woes-put-theresa-may-fresh-pressure/ - The crucial services sector stands on the brink of a contraction
UK  Brexit  GE2017  Consumer  Confidence  creditcard  credit  card  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  inflation  living  standard  wage  growth  recession  Economy  2017  secular  stagnation  deflation  deflationary  BOE  ZIRP  QE  NIRP  Austerity  Services  materialism  Shopping  Consumerism  consumerist  household  debt  mortgage  Manufacturing 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
(200) Noam Chomsky - What We Really Want - YouTube
dignity and self-worth, independence. // primitive wage labour is slavery. // informed consumers making rational choices ... credit cards is the inverse! //
UBI  Grundeinkommen  Consumerism  Materialism  Alain  de  Botton  Chomsky  consumer  consumerist  Retail  Therapy  coping  mechanism  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  Capitalism  Capital  Advertising  TV  creativity  Universal  Basic  Income  creditcard  credit  card  Brand  Status  Anxiety  Social  Media  life  lesson  Minimalism 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Here's Why A Slowdown In Earnings For The Top 1% Is A Problem For The UK - BuzzFeed News
“Fifteen years without a pay rise,” IFS director Paul Johnson said. “I’m rather lost for superlatives. This is completely unprecedented.” [...] If the top earners make less, the government brings in less tax revenue; it’s as simple as that. And with Brexit looming, the exchequer needs to raise all the funds it can.
UK  Budget  wage  growth  Austerity  living  standard  income  social  mobility  productivity  output  gap  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  secular  stagnation  inflation  discretionary  disposable  credit  card  creditcard  household  debt  Consumer  Consumerism  consumerist  materialism  Brexit  London  1%  10%  NIC  welfare  state  underinvestment  gini  Coefficient  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Debt: Why more people are pressing the bankruptcy button - BBC News
More going bust as personal borrowing surges - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38768705 - The number of people declared insolvent owing to unmanageable debts was 13% higher in 2016 compared with the previous year,
consumer  debt  debtoverhang  household  discretionary  spending  UK  disposable  income  credit  binge  card  materialism  Consumerism  consumerist  Status  Anxiety  mental  health  rat  race 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Robert Skidelsky: 'Why don't more people aspire to living a good life?' | From the Observer | The Guardian
What went wrong?

The Thatcher years created a great regression in that belief, I think. We were getting there and then it was reversed. Though it was wicked and unrealisable, the failure of communism had a profound effect. There suddenly seemed no alternative to money as a way of organising society.
economic  history  Consumerism  materialism  status  anxiety  Selbstdarstellung  social  media  Consumer  consumerist  credit  card  capitalism  crony  Exploitation  mental  health  Happiness  rat  race  brand  Branding  aspiration  image  public  PR  Facebook  Instagram  Skidelsky 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Druck zur Selbstoptimierung: Macht unser Lebensstil krank? - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Besser, schöner, leistungsfähiger - der Druck zur Selbstoptimierung bereitet Psychiatern zunehmend Sorgen. Wie gut Menschen mit Stress zurechtkommen, ist jedoch auch eine Frage der persönlichen Verfassung.
Selbstdarstellung  Burnout  Status  Anxiety  Depression  mental  health  beauty  sickness  Social  Media  well  being  public  sick  population  Consumerism  consumerist  Consumer  materialism  crony  capitalism  exploitation  rat  race  sociology  Psychology  soziologie  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Monkeys show how low social standing could harm your health (From HeraldScotland)
[ status anxiety is making you sick ] Life at the bottom of the social ladder can be damaging to health - even for monkeys, research has shown.

A study of rhesus monkeys has revealed the stress of low social status can be damaging to the immune system of the animals. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38092146
Poverty  working  poor  cancer  public  health  immune  system  stress  chronic  burnout  sick  population  capitalism  status  anxiety  rat  race  Selbstdarstellung  social  media  mental  Consumerism  consumerist  Consumer  inflammation  diabetes  CVD  Deprivation 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
How Narcissists Took Over the World - YouTube
intolerant of others and other thinking. increases entitlement feeling and lowers respect for others. // mobile homescreen is feeding. same w social media. // thus CONCLUSION! POLITICAL COLLECTIVISM WILL HAVE IT AS HARD AS NEVER BEFORE! Generation Me to forgoe self interest in crony capitalism society.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Selbstdarstellung  Selfie  Social  Media  Newsfeed  Facebook  Psychology  Sociology  Narcissist  Narcissism  Twitter  Instagram  filterbubble  filter  bubble  childhood  parenting  parenthood  development  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Zivilcourage  Zivilgesellschaft  Society  soziologie  neoliberal  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  collectivism  activism  selfish  self-awareness  self-regulation  Self-Employment  individualism  consumerism  consumerist  consumption  Brand  status  anxiety  Politics  Career  Politicians 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
"On contact" with Chris Hedges (Episode 11) - YouTube
capitalism = ideology // book zen economics // victims of capitalism // hegemony dominant interest of group/society // << being conditioned. // manufactured consent - chomsky // industry creating consumer culture - adam curtis centry of self. [...] hedonism, exploitation of everything and everyone. //
neoliberal  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  consumerism  consumerist  materialism  individualism  squeezed  middle  class  credit  card  status  anxiety  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media  Reality  TV 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
"On contact" with Chris Hedges (Episode 19) - YouTube
David Cay Johnson, author of “The Making of Donald Trump" + 2007 book about tax avoidance and evasion. bill clinton showed that a tax rise does not sink an economy. // selbstdarstellung - kardashian, trump, reality tv stars, social media stars ...
tax  avoidance  evasion  USA  presidential  election  2016  Hillary  Clinton  Donald  economic  history  Selbstdarstellung  Kim  Kardashian  Status  Anxiety  consumerism  consumerist  materialism  book 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Zerstört sich der Kapitalismus selbst? - Doku Arte - YouTube
norbert bolz - consumer fetish ... spiritual worth (identity) is only reason to buy ... items live! give life. // slavoj zizek - in der praxis handelst du nach einer illusion! // Capitalism produces what people want << Celebrity Kim Kardashian // Wir verkaufen auch uns. - Menschliche Ware ... universalisiert die Prostitution. [...] Vorteuschung von leben. Verfuehrt mit einem Angebot von einem anderen leben. // MUST WRITE BOOK - Corruption of Society. Korruption der Gesellschaft. // slavoj zizek // accumulation - concentration of profit! (FB, Google, Apple) // Natur ist kein Privateigentum! /// technological unemployment shows that future capitalism needs no workers thus creating slums // materieller wettstreit = aufgebraucht ... knowledge is anti-capitalist commodity. // leben in einer zeit wo kollektive selbszerstoerung moeglich ist! // consumgesellschaft oder unbequeme wahrheit (zynisch dem status quo). leider sind wird durch beides in der vegangenheit und gegenwart schon vergiftet worden (extremes of capitalism and extremes of socialism/marxism/kommunism //
Marxism  Capitalism  crony  status  anxiety  Karl  Marx  neoliberal  neoliberalism  GFC  economic  history  workers  union  trade  poverty  working  poor  Philosophy  Alain  De  Botton  materialism  consumerism  consumerist  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media  mental  health  Universal  Basic  Income  Identity  Politics  Fashion  Celebrity  Culture  Wertegesellschaft  Kim  Kardashian  Gesellschaft  sociology  soziologie  Facebook  society  western  world  child  Precariat  Precarious  Exploitation  limited  resources  climate  change  global  warming  1%  10%  20%  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  bank  bailout  self-regulation  self-awareness  technological  unemployment  underemployed 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Das Ende der Gesellschaft. Von den Folgen der Vernetzung
Das Ende der Gesellschaft von den Folgen der Vernetzung aller. // // Strohfeuer - Book Tausche Seele gegen Erfolg. Sascha Lobos packender Debütroman über die Lebensgier in den Zeiten der New Economy. // margaret thatcher - there is no such thing as society. // massenmedien (soziale medien, u eigenes umfeldgeben) illusion von spektrum of normativen verhalten; ie consumerism! du bist wast du kaufst. ... < illusorisches gesellschaftsbild. // der lack blaettert ab! an der zivilisierten gesellschaft (brexit) // strenght of weak ties (kraft des netzwerks) // no self-censorship, thus more and more people see that racism and xenophobia and misogyny is an acceptable opinion and one is not alone. far-right conservatives tell that political correctness has gone too far. // nun findet keine maessigung mehr statt (dies political correctness); racism/xenophobia ist nicht mehr extrem. // nachrichten bekamen gefuehlsgetrieben (emotions) [...] gesellschaft in wallungen. gefuehlten wirklichkeit. // zeit des schnellen wandels der welt - 24/7 news cycle - coping mechanism = emotions.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Does The Myth of Meritocracy show us how to alleviate inequality?
No debate about social mobility is complete without reference to the supposedly halcyon days of the 1950s and 1960s. The class fluidity of those decades, however, was not the result of professions becoming more meritocratic. It was caused by an unprecedented rise in the number of middle-class jobs: there was more room at the top. [...] Bloodworth writes that 21st-century society is characterised by a dwindling of professional jobs and more people slipping downwards: there is “more room at the bottom”. [...] Globalisation has created what the economist Robert H Frank calls “winner-takes-all” markets
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july 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.
profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  underinvestment  austerity  shareholder  capitalism  capitalism  in  crisis  capitalism  capitalist  working  poor  Precariat  squeezed  middle  class  status  anxiety  materialism  consumerism  consumerist  well  being  mental  health  burnout  work  life  balance  exploitation  exploited  part-time  part-time  employment  Contractor  self-employment  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  cortisol  poverty  trap  poverty  child  poverty  low  pay  low  income  shareholder  value  Wall  Street  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  Robert  Skidelsky  Slavoj  Žižek  Disabled  vulnerable  DWP  WCA  Iain  Duncan  Smith  Stephen  Crabb  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  public  health  public  health  policy  public  health  risk  liberal  economic  reform  neoliberal  neoliberalism  JSA  sanctions  Food  Bank  self-medication  substance  abuse  abuse  alcohol  abuse  alcoholism  binge  drinking  coping  mechanism  GP  health  care  cost  health  care  demand  NHS  homeless  homelessness  Housing  Generation  Rent  UK  USA  precarious  work  precarious  employment  isolation  child  protection  education  policy  Self-esteem  sociology  psychology  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  values  Gentrified  Gentrifzierung  gentrification  Beton  Gold  Betongold  urban  planning  urbanisation  rat  capitalism  class  economic 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
#24 Naomi Klein by How To Be Amazing
// absolute power corrupts on both sides of the isle; private and gov
Naomi  Klein  book  writing  climate  change  global  warming  COP21  carbon  tax  community  Smart  Grid  status  symbol  status  anxiety  consumerist  consumerism  materialism 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Joe Rogan Experience #766 - Gad Saad - YouTube
Gad Saad is Professor of Marketing & Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption and author of "The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption" and "The Consuming Instinct" // deferred gratification
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
UK consumes far less than a decade ago – 'peak stuff' or something else? | Business | The Guardian
From crops to energy and metals, average material consumption fell from 15 tonnes in 2001 to just over 10 tonnes in 2013 [...] UK households have also abandoned buying many resource-intensive goods common in the recent past – such as metal-heavy video recorders and hi-fi systems, vinyl records, CDs and books – as they shift to digital consumption. [...] The figures will spark fresh speculation that Britain and other developed economies have hit ‘peak stuff’, although some critics pour scorn on the quality of the ONS’s environmental accounts. In January, Ikea said the appetite of western consumers for home furnishings had reached its peak and consumption of many familiar goods was at its limit. Household spending on physical goods, including furnishings, clothing, cars and gadgets, decreased between 2002/03 and 2014, [...] Households now spend more on services than physical goods, he said. [...] [ saturation in some markets but we are not living in peak stuff ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Documentary Picks - Before I Kick the Bucket: The Whole Story
it's about the connections we have w people. ask ppl in old age, on their death bed. // in society that is material and goal orientated. FOMO. // vs reality. of being. being together w people. feelings. relationships. // // min 34 - 1 year on chemo takes its toll on you. it keeps you here. but takes everything out of you to actually enjoy yourself in the here. "it's psychological torture." [...] "I've got most of my strength from not looking ill." RE: her hair lost from new aggressive chemo round. [...] "If I stop chemo, I am gone. Have to go going, because ['I enjoy the rare ok days that I have left.']" //&! New Tumors popping up aggressively; needs now also radiotherapy [as life extension change] - on.fb.me/1R06oOY //&! When cancer outwits current new aggressive chemo (last resort), it is game over. Palliative Care Next. - on.fb.me/1LFoowA
life  hacker  life  lesson  Selbstfürsorge  Selbstdarstellung  materialism  FOMO  status  anxiety  zombie  consumer  mobile  homescreen  consumerist  consumerism  terminal  illness  cancer  Social  Media  chemotherapy  premature  death  sick  population  health  crisis 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Medien in der Vertrauenskrise: Was zu tun ist - mit Anja Reschke | ZAPP | NDR - YouTube
[ symptom ... of our time. = by-product (Luegenpresse)! ] // [ einflussnahme ] [ befangenheit ] // TV = brot, wasser & spiele. // vollmuendiger buerger wird beformundet. kann man ihn nicht zumassen.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
More Evidence Supporting the House of Debt | House of Debt
Many have argued that we overstate the importance of housing and household debt in explaining the Great Recession and weak recovery. They point to the banking crisis, policy uncertainty, or excessive regulation as equally or even more important. The data released today by the BEA show pretty clearly that the arguments we make in House of Debt remain relevant for thinking about economic weakness today. In our view, the explanation we provide is the most consistent with the striking difference in consumption across states. // From Comments: Without real median income rising you can’t grow in an economy based on debt expansion
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nasty Gal Layoffs Hit 10 Percent of Staff | Re/code
Online fashion retailer Nasty Gal has laid off 10 percent of its staff, as the purveyor of edgy women’s clothing cuts costs amid an uncertain financing and retail environment. CEO Sheree Waterson told the company in an email that the cuts were necessary as the “market in which we operate is changing, both in retail broadly and apparel specifically.” Nineteen employees across several departments were let go. Nasty Gal also laid off some staff in 2014. The layoffs underscore the difficulty mature e-commerce startups can encounter as they transition from being a hot new brand to the long slog of building a more traditional retail business. In short, building a retail brand is really hard and technology can only afford you so many shortcuts along the way. Online beauty brand BirchBox announced layoffs of 15 percent of its staff last week, as startups in e-commerce tighten belts as investors become more wary of unprofitable growth.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Harald Welzer: Unsere Freiheit ist bedroht, Sternstunde Philosophie vom 29.03.2015 - YouTube
"Wir der Konsumer sind das eigentliche produkt, das Firmen kaufen." [...] dieses system ist totalitaer. hat elemente von totalitarismus. [...] was bedeutet es fuer eine gesellschaft wenn das private verschwindet? [...] wir brauchen privats phaere, nicht offentlichen raum, fuer moderne buergerliche gesellschaft, [...] direkte einwirkung auf privates handeln "wenn man etwas nicht will das es nicht oeffentlich ist, soll man es nicht tun." [...] IoT ist neue welle, Industrie 4.0, wieder verlust der privatsphaere im haus [...] loss of autonomy - loss of decision making [...] man wehrt sich erst wenn man was erleidet, leidet [...]
individualism  individuality  Selbstbestimmung  status  symbol  status  anxiety  consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  sociology  philosophy  filter  bubble  Newsfeed  Google  Search  algorithm  western  society  Gesellschaft  Big  Data  metadata  Facebook  profiling  user  Meta  Data  Amazon  e-commerce  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  perma-cookie  cookies  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  surveillance  surveillance  state  Snoopers  Charter  Dataretention  Vorratsdatenspeicherung  Orwellian  self-censorship  Wertegesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  Autonomy  mobile  homescreen  Smart  Home  IoT 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Auf den Spuren der Körperkunst: Kulturplatz mit Eva Wannenmacher - YouTube
mangel and moeglichkeiten der wirklichen individuality. ie nur shopppen von 12 outlets = ~100 possibilities to go out. possibility to wear same as others. 6 colors to chose from for your phone. need new phone after year or two. gets old quick.
body  modification  individualism  individuality  Patriarchy  beauty  standard  beauty  industry  beauty  sickness  Fashion  differentiation  differentiate  Gesellschaft  sociology  Rebellion  psychology  self-medication  coping  mechanism  toleranz  tolerance  status  symbol  status  anxiety  zombie  consumer  consumerist  consumerism  Tattoo  Piercing 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Plant Based News: Escaped Cow, USDA Lawsuit, New Cowspiracy? - YouTube
the PCRM (Dr Barnard is part of it) lawsuit against the USDA w help of Egg Lobby studies, not limiting dietary cholesterol. // cowspiracy follow-up docu - "what the health!!" //&! Cholesterol = Good! Egg Board Pays Off USDA - youtu.be/qI6cwuvE_Tg // sprinkling in doubt! //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=lobby
Egg  Industry  diet-related  disease  cholesterol  dietary  cholesterol  USDA  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  medical  profession  medical  care  GP  prevention  intervention  USA  revolving  door  Cardiovascular  disease  vascular  disease  heart  disease  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Wall  Street  Food  Politics  Poultry  Industry  Meat  Industry  Dairy  Industry  Milk  Industry  Fish  Industry  conflict  of  interest  interest  groups  corruption  bribery  vested  interest  crony  capitalism  conglomerate  manufactured  consent  corporate  media  capitalism  Consumer  Protection  public  health  policy  public  health  Standard  American  Diet  Western  pattern  zombie  consumerist  consumerism  status  anxiety  fad  dieting  health  crisis  sick  population  heart  attack  stroke  embolism  aneurysm  multinational  pharmaceutical  pharma  big  pharma  high  blood  pressure  FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  tobacco  history  WHO  cancer  safety  borne  illness  PR  spin  doctor  Positioning  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  budget  deficit 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Insatiability, and the 15-hour week - YouTube
// book wealth of nations //&! Prof Lord Robert Skidelsky - How Much is Enough? The Economics of the Good Life - youtu.be/yeWz5Cg_BD4 //&! Guaranteed Employment & Basic Income - youtu.be/2W1ShSG1X6k //&! Why the precariat requires a basic income (Prof. Guy Standing) (ENG) - youtu.be/4WaA8zqjBSk //&! The Precariat: The new dangerous class - Sydney Ideas - youtu.be/-jJt-5i_dls
book  Robert  Skidelsky  income  distribution  GDP  nominal  GDP  targeting  macroeconomic  policy  happiness  index  microeconomic  policy  4-day  work  week  6-hour  work  day  economic  history  well  being  public  health  policy  public  health  leisure  time  work  life  balance  burnout  western  society  western  world  secular  stagnation  life  hacker  life  lesson  inequality  Gini  coefficient  wealth  distribution  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  social  democracy  No  Representation  democracy  welfare  state  social  safety  net  minimum  wage  Universal  Basic  Thomas  Piketty  precarious  work  Precariat  working  poor  poverty  in  old  age  poverty  UK  USA  Europe  transferring-wealth  wealth-distribution  trickle-down  economics  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Super  Rich  1%  plutocracy  oligarchy  Greed  zombie  consumer  consumerism  consumerist  status  anxiety  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  sociology  philosophy  Aristotle  low  income  tax  free  income  income  redistribution  income  inequality 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong - YouTube
substance abuse as form of self-medication and coping mechanism - due to their environment they live in. It's the cage you live in. Unhealthy bonds - vs - Healthy bonds. Crisis of disconnection. Social vs Individual recovery!
addiction  neurobiology  neurology  neuroscience  substance  abuse  mental  health  mental  illness  well  being  Perspective  Perspektivlosigkeit  happiness  index  happiness  deprivation  poverty  poverty  trap  child  poverty  Escapeism  Entertainment  work  environment  living  environment  coping  mechanism  self-medication  human  nature  mobile  homescreen  zombie  consumer  War  on  Drugs  Psychiatry  psychology  sociology  working  poor  precarious  work  Precariat  stigma  rat  race  western  world  western  society  status  symbol  status  anxiety  book  consumerist  consumerism  Great  Depression  food  abuse  alcohol  abuse  alcoholism 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Apple, Samsung and Sony face child labour claims - BBC News
Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children. [...] "It is a major paradox of the digital era that some of the world's richest, most innovative companies are able to market incredibly sophisticated devices without being required to show where they source raw materials for their components," said executive director of Afrewatch (Africa Resources Watch) Emmanuel Umpula. "The abuses in mines remain out of sight and out of mind because in today's global marketplace, consumers have no idea about the conditions at the mine, factory and assembly line. We found that traders are buying cobalt without asking questions about how and where it was mined."
child  labour  slavery  slave  labour  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  corporate  governance  crony  capitalism  capitalism  exploitation  CSR  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  status  anxiety  status  symbol  zombie  consumer  consumerist  consumerism  materialism  Apple  rare  earths  rare-earths  transparency  accountability  governance 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC Documentary - The Money Trap - How Banks Control the World Through Debt - YouTube
most profitable credit card debt customers are those making just the minimum payment. ... a credit card being a statement of status! retaining customers by upgrading them regularly w higher limits, new colors, new perks (they will never use). // unsecured lending - DEFINITION of 'Unsecured Loan' A loan that is issued and supported only by the borrower's creditworthiness, rather than by a type of collateral. An unsecured loan is one that is obtained without the use of property as collateral for the loan. // revolving debt // the higher your credit limit, the more you are likely to spend. // half of his income to just serve credit card fees and interest charges (no payments towards paying down) debt ... // banks lend irresponsibly bc they know they can get away with it, or somebody else will do it! because there is not regulation. no bank oversight. //&! The Truth about Payday Loans :Young, British and Broke - youtu.be/-yWxTvffbuE //&! Gambling/Betting Shops on Highstreet.
retail  banking  investment  banking  CDO  CDS  subprime  credit  card  debt  credit  card  financial  literacy  household  debt  mortgage  market  Payday  Loans  exploitation  debt  servitude  student  loan  debt  Bubble  property  ethics  moral  beliefs  revolving  debt  consumer  debt  debtoverhang  debt  Super  Cycle  student  debt  private  debt  status  symbol  instant  gratification  status  anxiety  socioeconomic  status  zombie  consumer  consumerist  consumerism  Protection  overdraft  materialism  crony  capitalism  capitalism  NPL  NINJA  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  bonuses  bonus  financial  incentive  incentive  creditrating  credit  creditrisk  credit  score  self-regulation  Bank  Oversight  financial  instruments  derivatives 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Pope Francis in his Christmas homily denounces materialism - BBC News
Pope Francis has warned the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics not to be "intoxicated" by possessions in his annual Christmas homily.
status  anxiety  consumerist  consumer  debt  consumerism  zombie  consumer  materialism  credit  card  debt  substance  abuse  psychology  sociology  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  society 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Stephen Fry - HIV and Me - Part 1 - YouTube
[ chem sex as symptom of public sentiment at large towards what "being gay" means. and how gay people see themselves in this picture and see how they are treated at large?! it's like about breaking free from social norms, its a counterproductive form of rebellion against society in its most dangerous form. ] [ protection = naughty but not dangerous ] [ some are thrill seeking people. a kick apart form normal life. ] [ hetero sex now counts for half of all new infections ] [ medical profession guess is that between 1/3 and 1/2 of all infection go undiagnosed, because they don't have HIV test, in UK ] PART 2: [ stigma and prejudice of being HIV positive is a social crisis. medically we moved on, but socially we haven't. there is still this big fear and horror part, instilled into people by it's initial campaign during the 90's. HIV is a social problem. ]
HIV  AIDS  subculture  gay  culture  chemsex  chem-sex  LGBT  LGBTQIASP  dehumanisation  subhuman  discrimination  social  discrimination  substance  abuse  alcohol  abuse  drug  abuse  unprotective  sex  Entertainment  numbing  distraction  STI  STD  superbug  multidrug-resistant  gonorrhea  Escapeism  society  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  sociology  psychology  Zivilgesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  western  society  rat  race  post-antibiotic  era  antibiotic  resistance  antibiotics  diet-related  disease  chronic  diseases  public  perception  public  safety  public  awareness  public  image  public  health  policy  public  health  public  opinion  public  sentiment  public  discourse  public  debate  western  lifestyle  western  world  climate  change  climate  crisis  global  warming  carbonfootprint  status  anxiety  status  symbol  social  status  zombie  consumer  crony  capitalism  capitalism  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  consumerist  consumerism  teenage  pregnancy  prejudice  stigma  bias  judgement  snap  judgement 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges The Cult Of Celebrity - YouTube
when you spend your life as celebrity, you have no idea of who you are. // hostile takeover of consumer culture to make it a religion. // people see themselves as consumer products. // is a commodity culture, cult of self ... psychopaths. // ethic of Wall Street is same as ethic of consumer celebrity culture.
Chris  Hedges  Fame  celebrity  celebrity  culture  celeb  status  symbol  status  anxiety  Selbstdarstellung  Selfie  Social  Media  gossip  culture  gossip  Tabloid  Glossy  Magazine  Daily  Mail  Wertegesellschaft  society  consumer  culture  culture  Reality  TV  scripted-reality  television  zombie  consumer  plastic  surgery  beauty  sickness  consumer  debt  consumerist  consumerism  of  You  Newsfeed  Instagram  YouTube  Vlogging  Vlog  sociology  psychology 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Conservatives should blame capitalism for the 'war on Christmas' | Steven W Thrasher | Opinion | The Guardian
consumption as with dieting, is not consistent. [...] The first battles of this war on Christmas are usually fought right after (and increasingly on) Thanksgiving Day, as Black Friday shoppers are whipped into a frenzy of buying garbage products we don’t need, built in ways that maim and kill the people who make them and produced by means that slowly kill us all.
capitalism  Christmas  status  symbol  status  anxiety  zombie  consumer  consumerism  consumerist  household  debt  debt  servitude  consumer  debt  credit  card  debt  credit  card  crony  capitalism  advertisement  advertising  marketing  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media  Selbstfürsorge  psychology  addiction  substance  abuse  Helloween  Valentines  dieting  Mindfulness  sociology  mass  culture  socioeconomic  status  status  rat  race  Religion  relationship  Intimate  relationship  relationships  sweatshop 
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.
COP21  flash  floods  flooding  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  climate  crisis  climate  change  recycling  carbonfootprint  carbon  tax  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonemission  economic  damage  Generationengerechtigkeit  constituency  babyboomers  Meat  Industry  livestock  farming  methane  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  economic  growth  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  crony  capitalism  capitalism  underinvestment  renewable  energy  energy  policy  fossil  fuel  Makers  austerity  solar  energy  wind  energy  Smart  Grid  zombie  consumer  consumerist  consumerism  sustainability  sustainable  materialism  status  anxiety  status  symbol  sick  population  health  crisis  hypocrisy  budget2015  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  nasty  party  Conservative  Tories  short-termism  macroeconomic  policy  microeconomic  policy  taxation 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
The roof is being fixed but beware the house crashing beneath it | Business | The Guardian
Consumer spending is driving economic growth but household debt and the house price-income ratio is at a record high. Be afraid [...] It is worth recalling that when Osborne became chancellor five and a half years ago that he had two big objectives. The first was to repair the hole in the public finances, which is still very much a work in progress. The other was to shift the centre of gravity of the economy back towards making things for export. This remains a pipedream. [...] Despite the welcome pickup in business investment, the main driver of growth has been consumer spending, which has been boosted by low interest rates, the fall in inflation caused by lower oil prices, and a modest acceleration in earnings. [...] “not the ideal shape for the recovery” and it can say that again. The current recovery looks like all the previous recoveries. [...] “Fast-rising household debt is needed to maintain a reasonable rate of growth in consumers’ spending and GDP in a world of austerity ...
household  debt  consumer  debt  zombie  consumer  recovery  credit  card  debt  credit  card  materialism  status  anxiety  USA  UK  Super  Cycle  debtoverhang  mortgage  market  Housing  Crisis  debt  servitude  NPL  property  bubble  speculative  bubbles  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  BOE  Buy-to-Let  Help  to  Buy  Scheme  Right  to  Buy  student  loan  debt  debt  bubble  student  debt  private  debt  economic  growth  GFC  fiscal  policy  austerity  industrial  policy  underinvestment  productive  investment  competitive  competitiveness  George  Osborne  dogma  ideology  neoliberalism  neoliberal  David  Cameron  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  economic  history  energy  policy  energy  price  STEM  Manufacturing  diversity  microeconomic  policy  macroeconomic  policy  Amber  Rudd  debt  monetisation  debt  monetization  secular  stagnation  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  consumerist  consumerism  trickle-down  economics  status  symbol  market  affordable  social  budget2015  marginal  propensity  to  consume  Precariat  tax  credit 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Selfie: The high cost of low confidence - YouTube
A conversation about the impact body confidence has on individuals and society as a whole. Highlighting how social media magnifies the desire to look "perfect" and the lengths to which girls will go to become their best “digital selves.” // Display yourself vs Contribute to society.
Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  Selfie  Social  Media  psychology  sociology  celebrity  culture  beauty  standard  beauty  industry  beauty  sickness  of  You  gossip  culture  Tabloid  Glossy  Magazine  gossip  Depression  Newsfeed  Facebook  Instagram  childhood  development  Wertegesellschaft  Self-esteem  confidence  society  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  status  symbol  status  anxiety  socioeconomic  status  materialism  zombie  consumer  public  health  mental  health  Zivilgesellschaft  fat  shaming  fat  acceptance  dieting  Fashion  Fast  Fashion  capitalism  consumerist  consumerism  individualism  individuality 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Grand Designs - South Yorkshire, 2013 - All 4
Kevin McCloud reveals the designs which have reinvented the suburbs // [the new house] it's energy can start a new context [...] can transform an area. // suburbs have the freedom to design [...] can always revisit and redesign/build new to reflect time and thought // housing is ever more uniform in UK, no supply (no choice) forces demand to accept what is on offer; status quo is one big developer, all houses uniform because its cheaper that way for the developer to build and extract most profit out of contract (lowest bidder symptom), get couple of developers for a plot and you get some difference but still sameness (garden variety) [REFLECTIVE OF SOCIETY AND CAPITALISM AT LARGE, NO INDIVIDUALISM/INDIVIDUALITY. STATUS ANXIETY: JUST ABOUT THE PRICE TAG AND BRAND]. get 100s of developers and you get Progressive new suburb that reflects time, culture, ideas, thought, mood, principles, ... making a place! // << Nasty Party has no guts. No principles. No guiding light. No mark.
urbanisation  urban  planning  suburb  architect  architecture  design  interior  interior  design  happiness  index  happiness  well  being  UK  Housing  Crisis  Progressive  Policy  Makers  Tories  Conservative  Party  crony  capitalism  capitalism  culture  mass  culture  multiculturalism  individualism  individuality  Apple  zombie  consumer  consumerist  consumerism  materialism  status  anxiety  status  symbol  social  status  generation  rent  community 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Why do people act the way they do on Black Friday? - BBC News
We are not able to process as much information if we are in an emotional, adrenaline-driven environment Kate Nightingale, Customer psychologist [...] This can lead to frustration when people miss out on what they wanted to buy. A study in the US suggested that people who commit acts of "consumer misbehaviour" were more likely to have carefully planned their Black Friday shopping trips. Researchers concluded that some people were reacting badly to being blocked from their goals.
zombie  consumer  consumerist  consumerism  marketing  advertisement  advertising 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Why I'm buying nothing for a year – no clothes, no holidays, no coffee ... | Money | The Guardian
I’m not the first person to attempt this. There is a growing movement of people who are turning their back on consumerism and purchasing possessions in favour of buying experiences and travelling the world. In the US, the Minimalists have encouraged people to live with less, while in Canada Cait Flanders – who blogs at Blonde on a Budget – transformed her finances with a shopping ban. In the UK, Kath Kelly lived on just £1 a day for a year in order to buy her brother a lavish wedding gift.
consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  materialism  status  anxiety  status  symbol  consumer  debt  credit  card  debt  credit  card  household  debt  UK  substance  abuse 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Nickel in Ohrringen: Jeder sechste Stecker enthält zu viel - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ German livestock industry is using last stand-antibitoics, without oversight, regulation, accountability, transparency ] Geflügel: Antibiotika wirken immer häufiger nicht, weil Bakterien dagegen resistent werden. Ein Grund ist übermäßiger Einsatz in der Tierhaltung. Das BVL testete 125 Proben von Hähnchen und 84 von Pute auf entsprechende Rückstände. Die gute Nachricht: Der nachweisbare Antibiotikagehalt lag in der Regel deutlich unter den zulässigen Höchstmengen. Zuletzt hatten sich Geflügelproduzenten in einer "Geflügel-Charta" zu einem verantwortungsvollen Umgang mit Antibiotika bekannt.
Livestock  farming  food  industry  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  oversight  transparency  post-antibiotic  era  antibiotics  antibiotic  resistance  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  shared  economic  interest  short-termism  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  Wall  Street  capitalism  crony  capitalism  consumerist  consumerism  Consumer  Protection  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  Meat  Poultry  Fish 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Greenpeace: Deutsche werfen selbst gut erhaltene Kleidung in den Müll - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Um bei Modetrends mithalten zu können, werfen viele Deutsche laut einer Greenpeace-Umfrage auch gut erhaltene Klamotten einfach weg. Etwa 40 Prozent der Sachen im Kleiderschrank werden fast nie getragen. [...] Denn laut einer Umfrage der Umweltschutzorganisation Greenpeace betrachten viele Deutsche Kleidung als Wegwerfware. Demnach hängen 5,2 Milliarden Kleidungsstücke in deutschen Schränken. Davon würden 40 Prozent sehr selten oder nie getragen, teilte Greenpeace mit. Jeder Achte trage seine Schuhe weniger als ein Jahr lang. Kaum jemand lasse Kleidung ausbessern. Für die Analyse wurden im September mehr als tausend Menschen zwischen 16 und 69 Jahren befragt. Mode sei zum Wegwerfartikel wie Einweggeschirr verkommen, fasste Greenpeace-Expertin Kirsten Brodde die Ergebnisse zusammen. Für wichtig werde gehalten, den schnell wechselnden Trends zu folgen.
closetphile  consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  materialism  status  anxiety  Fast  Fashion  Fashion  Industry  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  capitalism  marketing  advertising  sustainability  sustainable  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  Primark  Zara  H&M  resource  depletion  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  Wertegesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  society  Gesellschaft  consumer  debt  consumer  choice  paradox  of  choice  household  debt 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Every Day I Want To Quit Social Media
[ no more time to reflect and think for yourself ... we are all and feel Alon Together. ] I am drowning in a sea of anxiety created by Twitter and Facebook. [...] We all want to be recognized as clever or witty. [ your best side, public ] [...] I ended up on social media for a reason, and though the reason escapes me during moments of sheer panic and anxiety, I take part, no matter what — the pursuit of relevancy, or, in the strictest sense of the term, validation, is an imperative that exists as a key part of humankind’s quest for meaning. Self-definition has become intertwined with social media. We are all here for each other. I wake up staring at my phone. I fall asleep to the glow of the very same screen.
Selbstfürsorge  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media  status  symbol  status  anxiety  Celebrity  of  You  public  relations  Personal  Brand  Positioning  self-censorship  focus  distraction  Digital  Detox  Newsfeed  envy  Alain  de  Botton  sociology  gossip  culture  gossip  culture  psychology  society  western  society  western  lifestyle  zombie  consumer  materialism  consumerist  consumerism  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  civil  courage  Zivilcourage  courage  TV  Reality  TV  scripted-reality  television  Escapeism  Entertainment  Entertainment  Industry  Tabloid  Daily  Mail  empathy  compassion  human  being  human  decency  dignity  community  anxiety  anxiety  Millennials  generationy  prejudice  judgement  label  bias  filter  bubble 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Addiction and Depression - Have You Considered This? - YouTube
What are you running from? // the tip of the iceberg is off-label use of prescription drugs (Modafinil) for narcolepsy, ADHD and other conditions that give you the kick to focus ... on work. // Work to keep up with the Jonse's. // taking is time consuming. vs giving // commodification of human as resource, exchangable resource via capitalism // Love & Community // Do what ever it takes to get you through the day. // Good for the collective. // Coffee as gateway drug. // give everything up for success, use every thing for success // honor your needs! //
food  addiction  substance  abuse  food  engineering  orthorexia  psychology  Psychiatry  food  industry  junk  food  mental  health  well  being  happiness  index  chronic  stress  environment  tobacco  drug  abuse  binge  drinking  Legal  Highs  stress  Oxidative  stress  fast  food  Alain  de  Botton  Politics  Positioning  marketing  advertising  messaging  food  poverty  Escapeism  Dopamine  self-medication  distraction  anxiety  Precariat  WHO  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  public  health  policy  public  health  sick  population  productivity  health  crisis  burnout  Coffee  4-day  work  week  6-hour  work  day  status  symbol  status  anxiety  materialism  zombie  consumer  consumerist  consumerism  capitalism  crony  capitalism  shared  economic  interest  Shift  intellectual  self-actualization  self-awareness  self-regulation  self-respect  Self-esteem  child  abuse  pre-diabetic  metabolic  syndrome  diabetes  endocrine  system  addiction  alcohol  abuse  processed  food  community  Social  Media  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  empathy  compassion  Porn  pornography  Selfie  selfish  gene  vulnerability  radical  honesty  feminism  feminist  everyday  sexism  sexism  sexismus  commuting  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  Big  Society  celebrity  culture  of  You  celebrity  Succes 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Popular Food Blogger Commits Suicide - YouTube
Comparison is the thief of life. especially to something edited like Facebook and Social Media in general. And photoshop and good flattering angles. // dwelling on negatives you can't change, bad. think about the things you can control. // liking yourself. // everyone is in your show as well, you are not the only freak you think you are. // self-esteem through being a force for good. purpose. autonomy. mastery. SELF-WORTH. You deserve to be happy. // living through the screen only. in safety. //
Social  Media  comparison  Alain  de  Botton  Depression  well  being  well-being  hopelessness  Perspektivlosigkeit  deprivation  helplessness  happiness  index  happiness  Instagram  Twitter  status  symbol  status  anxiety  socioeconomic  status  zombie  consumer  materialism  consumerist  consumerism  paradox  of  choice  FOMO  consumer  choice  mental  health  mental  illness  life  hacker  life  lesson  Pinterest  YouTube  mobile  homescreen  Dopamine  Serotonin  sociology  psychology  self-respect  self-regulation  Self-esteem  intrinsic  motivation  Autonomy  Mastery  Purpose  self-love  self-worth  Suicide  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  Zivilcourage  civil  courage  courage  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  instant  gratification  superficial 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry | World news | The Guardian
17m birds slaughtered in UK alone each week. // " You are producing them more slowly." << That is how we talk about animal lives. & UK Regulator: "its the job of the industry to crack this problem." (neoliberal stance, please self-regulate yourself) [...] "It's a judgement call what we publish. [...] we don't want consumers to be mislead or confused" < that is out of the book of repeat messages from the food lobby. // TORIES, nasty party. Like Osborne tax credit cut is a "judgement call" in his own words in-front of select committee. // http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=chicken // consumer ask for those "standards" because they ask for lower prices. and unregulated capitalism will short shrift to make more profit no matter what. even if it is just a penny. // Lack of compassion. Empathy. Also reflective towards our fellow human beings.
Campylobacter  food  poisoning  food  borne  illness  UK  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  food  industry  Poultry  Egg  crony  capitalism  capitalism  kitchen  hygiene  Chain  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  animal  rights  animal  cruelty  Liberation  corporate  scandal  corporate  welfare  corporate  values  corporate  governance  corporate  media  corporate  state  corporate  culture  antibiotics  antibiotic  resistance  post-antibiotic  era  public  health  policy  public  health  MRSA  superbug  Salmonella  C.  diff  Gesellschaft  Wertegesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  zombie  consumer  status  anxiety  consumerist  consumerism  food  waste  ESBL  Listeria  feces  faeces  Meat  morality  ethical  machine  Protection  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Tories  Conservative  Party  revolving  door  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Wall  Street 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cornel West and Richard Wolff talk about Capitalism and White Supremacy - YouTube
individualism tends to capitalism (each their own coloured widget) vs individuality of the individual. don't mistake the one for the other and you can't achieve the same happiness and well-being with just individualism because it is also based on constant consumption. // what people leave out of socialism and the pundits decry over it. is democracy. democratic socialism. // Plutocracy is undercutting its ability to survive! Problem, the system will take us down with it. // We got ecological catastrophe on our doorstep. Nuclear catastrophe. And Capitalisms catastrophe. //&! Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. - Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 - youtu.be/iA41ggsdeXE - capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Russell Brand on Porn: How It Relates To Everything - YouTube
instant gratification robs you of happiness, that results from putting in the work, being considered, mindful, thoughtful. effort can be the most rewarding thing in life. the pleasure of work. reward comes from hard work. --- a selfless life can bring much more pleasure than selfish life. we are social creatures. the only thing you've got to keep are your thoughts, emotions and health (well being, fitness)
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why too much choice is stressing us out | Life and style | The Guardian
From jeans to dating partners and TV subscriptions to schools, we think the more choices we have the better. But too many options create anxiety and leave us less satisfied. Could one answer lie in a return to the state monopolies of old?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The Program. www.psychologie-heute.de
Zwiespalt zwischen medialer und gelebter Realität seiner Protagonisten. [...] Je weiter der Film in der Erzählung vorankommt, desto mehr verfällt Armstrong seinem eigenen Lügengebäude, seiner perfekten Heldengeschichte. [ case of isolation as with people on Social Media and B, C, D Celebrity types ] [...] The Program erzählt aber nicht nur eine Parabel über den schönen Schein im Sport und über die Heldenverehrung und -gläubigkeit der Millionen Zuschauer. Der Film variiert zugleich auch ein uramerikanisches Thema: Die Lüge ist fundamentaler Teil des American Dream, und der Mythos vom Comeback (was im Grunde auch die Urgeschichte des Sports ist) und der Traum von der Unbesiegbarkeit gehören dazu. //&! Nietzsche on: The Superman youtu.be/bxiKqA-u8y4 - "carving their own path [] suffering as a neccesary component of good things. [] who we would like to evolve into [] super-version [] refine our own ambitions" //&! aspirational 'one fucker that broke out of the system rigged against us.'
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Mindfulness has huge health potential – but McMindfulness is no panacea | Jon Kabat-Zinn | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ you own only your thoughts, emotions and health (fitness) ] [ you have to function ] Mindfulness is often misunderstood – so let us be clear about what we are encouraging. In essence, mindfulness – being about attention, awareness, relationality, and caring – is a universal human capacity akin to our capacity for language acquisition. It is a way of being in wise and purposeful relationship with one’s experience, both inwardly and outwardly, with oneself and with others. Thus there is an intrinsic social dimension to its cultivation as well. It usually involves cultivating familiarity and intimacy with aspects of everyday experience that we often take for granted.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Die Qual der Wahl: Warum uns Entscheidungen so schwer fallen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Entscheidungen kosten Zeit, sie kosten Aufmerksamkeit und Kraft. All das sind wichtige, begrenzte Ressourcen im Leben. Wer herausfinden will, welcher Fernseher genau den eigenen Vorstellungen entspricht, muss so manchen Feierabend damit verbringen, sich in die technischen Details einzulesen und Preise zu vergleichen. Je größer die Auswahl, desto schwieriger wird es, das "perfekte" Fernsehgerät zu finden. Entweder investiert man also viel Zeit, oder man muss hinterher mit dem Zweifel leben, ob man tatsächlich die bestmögliche Wahl getroffen hat. Beides ist nicht so toll. [...] "Wenn es nur wenige Optionen gibt, können wir mit unserer Wahl glücklich sein, weil wir sicher sind, dass es die beste Wahl für uns ist", schreibt die kanadische Psychologin Sheena Iyengar. "Aber wenn die Optionen quasi endlos sind, glauben wir, dass irgendwo da draußen genau das richtige Angebot auf uns wartet und dass wir die Verantwortung dafür tragen, dieses auch zu finden."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The blame for distorting our view of women doesn’t lie just with advertisers | Lucy Mangan | Comment is free | The Guardian
If we objected strongly enough to warped views of female bodies, women would take our custom elsewhere. But we keep buying the brands that offend us [...] But the lack of change in this area suggests consumers are not changing their spending habits. And as most of the consumers of the brands and products these advertisers are selling to are women purporting to hate this kind of thing, we have a conundrum: why are we still doing this? Why aren’t we putting our money where our mouths are? And then, obviously, in further solidarity taking our mouths off for a pizza somewhere? [...] Asking, or compelling by legislation, advertisers to do this runs counter to almost every prevailing ideology and trend. It asks that moneymaking ventures act for the greater good instead of the bottom line. It asks government to chip away at a cornerstone of the free market. It conceptualises women as hapless victims of intangible forces.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Kolumne ǀ Vier Jahre nach Occupy — der Freitag
[ jeder fuer sich selbst ] Kolumne Die Occupy-Bewegung ist längst Vergangenheit. Die Ungleichheit jedoch wächst weiter. Vor allem, weil wir eine faire Gesellschaft immer noch dem Wachstum unterordnen [...] Warum ist es nötig, sich hinter vorgeblichen wirtschaftlichen Vorteilen einer faireren Gesellschaft zu verstecken? Warum ist Moral zur Begründung nicht genug? Sind wir nur bereit, Flüchtlingen zu helfen, wenn sie prima in unseren Arbeitsmarkt passen? Vier Jahre nach Occupy zählt immer noch vor allem anderen, was der Wirtschaft guttut. Deren Primat steht nicht in Frage. Da ist es fast egal, dass zum Jahrestag nur ein paar versprengte Occupy-Fans in den Zuccotti-Park kamen.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
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