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Health boards to share resources in face of challenges | Inverness Courier | News
Stealth mega merger of northern Healthboards, as preveiously reported about "thoughts" to form 4-5 mega trusts/healthboards for scotland. // A regional delivery plan for the north of Scotland will see health authorities in Highland, Grampian, Tayside, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles form a partnership, members of the Highland board have been told. [...] "With even more challenging times ahead we are absolutely going to need to share our infrastructure across the six health boards in the north."
NHS  Grampian  Scotland  Austerity  merger  rationing  efficiency  health  care  demand  ageing  chronic  sick  population  staff  crisis  medical  advances  demographic  recruitment  hiring  bubble  babyboomers  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  mental 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul - BBC News
[campaigners are not happy with the watered down draft] The new "right to request" fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008.
The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress wages and deny people their full employee rights. [...] "Two years ago our staff started to tell us they needed some form of contracted hours because they wanted to get mobile phone contracts, car loans and - as they got older - mortgages to buy houses. [...] companies are using the "self-employment" status of people who work for them to avoid tax liabilities such as national insurance payments.
zero  hour  contract  gig  economy  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  Werkvertrag  exploitation  tax  evasion  avoidance  efficiency  UK  profit  maximisation  workers  rights  union  No  Representation  wage  growth  income  inequality  insecurity  trickle-down  working  poor  Precariat  underemployed  welfare  state  credit  social  mobility 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Health warning over using radiators as clothes dryers - BBC News
// communal space to air dry clothes in well ventilated room. or extra room for it!
public  health  policy  public  health  urban  planning  energy  efficiency  architecture  life  hacker  life  lesson 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Carter report paints grim picture of NHS - FT.com
[ save 22bn by parliament end and you will get 8bn a year additionally. your Jeremy Hunt ] A government-commissioned report has painted a damning picture of a health service where bullying and harassment of staff is rife and there is little attempt to harness the NHS’s huge collective buying power. Enormous variations in everything from sickness absence to the costs of hip prostheses were uncovered by the inquiry, led by Lord Carter of Coles. His findings underline the distance the NHS still has to travel as it attempts to deliver on a target of £22bn of annual savings by 2021. [...] Some of the review’s most striking findings concern the NHS workforce. He says rates of absenteeism, alleged harassment and bullying and turnover in the NHS “do not make good reading when compared to other sectors”. //&! on.ft.com/1SK2kbQ - Productivity in NHS hospitals falls for third year
efficiency  NHS  austerity  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  staff  morale  locum  staff  staff  shortage  productivity 
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
carbon  tax  autoindustry  automotive  fossil  fuel  renewable  energy  electric  car  carbonfootprint  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonemission  consumer  choice  subsidies  subsidizing  macroprudential  policy  microeconomic  policy  macroeconomic  policy  Makers  COP21  climate  change  global  warming  climate  crisis  air  pollution  efficiency  energy  efficiency  Smart  Grid  energy  storage  SUV  status  symbol  zombie  consumer  Abgas-Affäre  oversight  transparency  accountability  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
The rush for solar power: buy now, before it's too late | Environment | The Guardian
As the second phase of the Guardian’s Keep It in the Ground campaign has highlighted, solar power has gone through a remarkable period of growth since the demoralising Copenhagen climate summit in 2009: in the intervening six years, the cost of panels has fallen by 70%, with the government’s target of 750,000 domestic solar installations by 2020 reached this year. Following her promotion in May, energy secretary Amber Rudd promised to “unleash a new solar revolution”, singling out commercial rooftop developments, still a relative rarity in the UK, and perhaps thinking too of her Hastings constituents with their sun-kissed, southern roofs. But just three months later, she was announcing drastic cuts. In the next few weeks, Rudd, who used to work under chancellor George Osborne in the Treasury, will decide whether or not to reduce by almost 90% the feed-in tariff that subsidises small-scale solar installations, such as household roofs, from 1 January 2016. A consultation closes next week
renewable  energy  wind  energy  Solar  Panel  power  energy  energy  price  energy  policy  energy  security  energy  efficiency  green  energy  UK 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Alexander Markowetz: "Digitaler Burnout" | Kulturjournal | NDR - YouTube
- Notifications = are Dopamine rush. ... Addiction. //&! youtu.be/xkP5PEllQg0 - Can teens cope without their smartphones? --- talk about wanting to be in the know, being notified as it happens << express for need of Dopamine rush! //&! Book The Information Diet
productivity  multitasking  efficient  efficiency  learning  Smartphone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  mobilephone  Millennials  distraction  Focus  focused  Appification  generationy  Social  Media  addiction  Dopamine  Notification  burnout  book  chronic  stress  communication  digital  economy  digital  natives  Age  norm  abuse  knowledge  worker  Creatives  Future  of  Work  life  hacker  life  lesson  Airplane  Mode  Detox  The  Information  Diet 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Why going home from work on time is good for you – and your employer | News | The Guardian
There is a lot of evidence that the number of hours worked does not equate to how much you are getting done. With the OECD countries above, there is a statistically significant negative relationship between the average hours worked and the amount of money made per hour worked. In other words, the countries with longer working hours tend to have less economically productive workers. In Japan, several firms including the operators of clothing retailer Uniqlo are moving to cut the number of hours employees work. So don’t feel bad about clocking off on time – you might actually get more done.
4-day  work  week  6-hour  work  day  productivity  efficiency  efficient  corporate  culture  corporate  values 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Maybe This Global Slowdown Is Different - Bloomberg View
[ warren buffet investing in america because he sees the long-term outcome of Globalisation (first was incredible pain and then a flat and then a normalisation). He is buying at the bottom of normalisation period. A truly flat, borderless world in next 20-30 years. Where USA is energy competitive with high skilled labour and top notch STEM, Research and R&D through its edu/colleges/university departments. Able to effectively compete. And also lobby for subsidies, gov contracts (ie defense, infrastructure! which will have to be replaced to the tune of trillions), effective tax avoidance & evasion. ] // Building global supply chains became so fashionable for Western manufacturers that they built them even when it made sense to keep production closer to customers; now they're retrenching and revising their approach.
warrenbuffet  USA  economic  history  globalisation  globalization  borderless  flat  world  competitive  competition  competitiveness  competitive  advantage  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  energy  price  renewable  energy  STEM  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  infrastructure  investment  western  world  Smart  Grid  deflationary  deflation  secular  stagnation  global  trade  global  economy  global  imbalances  faultlines  Structural  Impediments  imbalance  R&D  Research  digital  economy  knowledge  economy  Future  of  Work  Mobile  Creatives  Software  Is  Eating  The  3D  printing  Robotics  automation  GFC  recovery  long-term  view  long-term  added  value  value  creation  differentiate  differentiation  energy  efficiency  energy  policy 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Frankreich verliert Status als Deutschlands wichtigstes Exportland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
IMF rechnet für 2015 mit einem Anstieg des BIP US um 2,5 Prozent und für 2016 mit 3 Prozent. "Wir sehen zudem eine Reindustrialisierung in den USA: Dort werden wegen der niedrigen Energiekosten viele neue Fabriken und Produktionsstätten hochgezogen", sagte Treier. "Dafür werden Maschinen und Ausrüstungen aus deutscher Produktion benötigt." Hilfreich sei zudem der schwächelnde Euro, [...] "Die Amerikaner sind relativ preissensible Käufer, auch wenn es um Luxusprodukte wie deutsche Autos geht", // Germany & UK are energy dependent, especially after Desert Storm Energy project failed. UK need the bet on STEM and digital economy and knowledge economy, added value services that can be exported & leverage "British" brand. It can not compete against cheap energy fuelled China and USA! But it did nothing, UK has to even import Nurses and Doctors now! Thanks to short-sighted ideological dogmatic austerity & policy for established businesses. low corp tax & deregulation to compete w price only.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Royal Dutch Shell cuts 6,500 jobs - BBC News
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced it has shed 6,500 jobs as part of cost-cutting plans as it seeks to counter falling oil prices. // &! bbc.in/1OPYI2I - British Gas owner Centrica cuts 6,000 jobs [...] However, the strong performance at British Gas was offset by a collapse in profits at Centrica's oil and gas production division. Profits in this unit fell 78% to £116m as a result of lower oil prices. [...] Centrica appointed Iain Conn as chief executive at the start of this year. He has been conducting a strategic review of the business over the past five months, which has concluded Centrica should concentrate on the British Gas side of the business and reduce its activities in actual energy production, which takes major investment. That is a less attractive business currently, as raw energy costs, such as oil, are around $50-60 a barrel, half the levels of last year. Centrica said it was assuming the oil price would not move far from that for the foreseeable future.
energy  price  2015  Oil  price  recovery  global  economy  China  secular  stagnation  economic  growth  business  cycle  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  deflationary  deflation  disinflation  debtoverhang  sovereign  debt  crisis  Taper  balance  sheet  recession  Richard  Koo  energy  market  renewable  energy  green  energy  energy  security  wind  energy  energy  policy  energy  efficiency  competitive  competitiveness  OPEC  shale  gas  fracking  shalegas  UK  USA  Europe  Japan  debt-fuelled  recovery  debt  monetisation  debt  monetization  fiscal  policy  monetary  policy  austerity  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  productive  investment  asset  allocation  unintended  consequences  unknown  unkown  asset  bubble  speculative  bubbles  hunt  for  yield 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
End of wind farm subsidies 'could cost Scotland £3bn' - BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the decision was "wrong headed, perverse and downright outrageous." [...] "I think it severely undermines any Tory claims to be pro-business." [...] "This decision comes despite the UK energy secretary admitting on radio this very morning that onshore wind is one of the most cost-effective ways of developing renewable energy." Ms Sturgeon argued that the move would also send out the wrong message ahead of a conference in Paris later this year aimed at getting a new global agreement on climate change. The Scottish government believes the decision would have a disproportionate impact on Scotland, as about 70% of onshore wind projects in the UK planning system were in the country. [...] The move was part of a manifesto commitment by the [Tories] ahead of the general election in May. "We are driving forward our commitment to end new onshore wind subsidies and give local communities the final say over any new wind farms."
subsidies  subsidizing  renewable  energy  green  energy  wind  energy  UK  energy  policy  energy  security  Conservative  Party  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  climate  change  global  warming  energy  price  Smart  Grid  energy  efficiency  opportunist  Opportunism  Career  Politicians  general  election  2015  No  Representation  democracy  short-term  thinking  short-term  view 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Students 'cannot multi-task with mobiles and study' - BBC News
Researchers found that students sending and receiving messages while studying scored lower test results and were less effective at tasks such as note taking. The study examined how a generation of "voracious texters" might be affected by so many online distractions. It found that when students did not use mobiles, they were better at being able to recall information. [...] The study, Mobile Phones in the Classroom: Examining the Effects of Texting, Twitter, and Message Content on Student Learning, carried out a series of tests with 145 undergraduates. [...] "It is a common occurrence to observe students who are physically present, yet mentally preoccupied by non-course-related material on their mobile devices. "As mobile devices have deeply saturated the college student population, this problem will likely continue to pose a significant obstacle," says the study, by Jeffrey Kuznekoff, Stevie Munz and Scott Titsworth. // life hack = focus 100% without distractions, opp for procrasti
learning  focus  focused  online  learning  e-learning  bulimic  learning  Bulimie  lernen  distraction  snacking  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  noise  Signal  vs.  noise  pollution  Millennials  generationy  multitasking  brain  neuroscience  neurology  neurobiology  attention  attention  span  inefficiencies  efficient  efficiency  life  hacker  life  lesson  Procrastinating  procrastination  time  discipline  self-regulation  self-awareness  self-improvement 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin at the #CGC15: “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” - YouTube
From Top-Down Corporations to Prosumer (ProAm) to everybody being a potentially player! thus entrepreneurship, differentiation, being remarkable (Seth Godin). Distributed. Collaborative. Open. Transparent. (Open Source). Lateral Power. (TaxiOS project (collaborative) vs Uber (top-down Wall Street proprietary profit maximisation shareholder value with no shared economic interest, crony capitalism [ youtu.be/wCLPizjSe6I ]). // GFC 147$/barrel of oil. Started at 90$/barrel of oil --- globalisation/economic growth has a ceiling its 147$ and its starts to get prohibitive at 90$ // aggregate energy efficiency // Transport, Smart Grid, Internet, IoT; moving power, thus economic power. economic value chain // human capital; economic activity entity // digital goods = zero marginal cost of additional unit sold // Share Economy transforms Capitalism which will not be the primary exclusive arbiter of economic life // favours electricity cooperatives, E.ON, EDF, RWE & Co have to pivot //
marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  book  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  Future  of  Work  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  global  citizenship  Energy  Internet  Smart  Grid  renewable  green  transportation  public  transportation  policy  price  wind  security  efficiency  economic  history  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  augmented  intelligence  algorithm  algorithms  GFC  productivity  austerity  IoT  Big  Data  analytics  efficiency  Capitalism  Share  Economy  vocational  education  education  policy  practical  skills  practical  skill  set  MOOC  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  differentiate  differentiation  Seth  Godin  society  culture  Universal  Basic  Income  3D  printing  Manufacturing  Moore's  Law  democracy  logistics  Internet 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin: The Third Industrial Revolution - YouTube
fossil fuels // 148$/barrel of oil followed by GFC = peak globalisation based on price ceiling of 148$/barrel of oil "peak oil per capita" << affordability! THUS only renewable energy can sustain globalisation and economic growth! meaning affordable prices for long-term // Alarm bells are Unilever and P&G! // post-88 recession (definitive end of American boom years and baby boomers) and coming globalisation build on Americas purchasing power based on savings & debt (living off credit & debt [fictional economy]) till 2008 // climate change is the defining moment in our species history; extreme weather, ecological environmental disaster, mass extinction of life on planet earth possible. loosing 70% of species by 2100. there is no guarantee that WE will remain! have to be off carbon in 30 years. its down to the wire. Wall Street has no shared, long-term, economic interest in that. Corporations are no stakeholders in earth // democratisation of energy creation "Energy Internet" //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Bayern: McKinsey sieht bis zu 40 Prozent der Jobs bedroht - SPIEGEL ONLINE
40 Prozent der Jobs im Freistaat befinden sich demnach in einer "Gefährdungszone". Der Grund: Sie seien von den Folgen der Digitalisierung und weiteren Strukturbrüchen betroffen. Eine der Kernthesen der Untersuchung lautet, dass die klassischen volkswirtschaftlichen Parameter, in denen Bayern gut abschneidet (etwa Bruttoinlandsprodukt, Produktivität, Arbeitslosenquote), nur bedingt als Zukunftsindikatoren geeignet seien. Sie würden "lediglich den Erfolg der Vergangenheit bewerten", so McKinsey. In dem Bericht werden deshalb andere Kennzahlen herangezogen: Stabilität (u.a. Einkommensverteilung), Innovation (u.a. Bildungsqualität und Start-up-Quote), Diversität (Integrationsindex, Bildungsmobiliät), Internetzugang, Nachhaltigkeit (Gesundheits- und Vorsorgequalität, Ressourcenproduktivität). // Economic Indicators are about the past! Period. Wall Street cottage industry of economic forecasters.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
In Silicon Valley Frenzy, VCs Create New Inside Track - WSJ
special purpose vehicles are create to put together and make possible in the first place these mega growth rounds, sometimes mainly by existing investors own network. Because some funds raised itself by VC's are just 200-500m - covering an expected distance of 5 years with an additional 5 years or more till maturation of investments done with said fund, more even longer like +10 years. Some even are not cashing out during an IPO of said investment, bc history/data has shown that the return is of the long-term greater past the IPO compared to investment point to IPO. // "“Entrepreneurs should focus on investors that deliver value to them,” said Jeff Clavier, managing partner of venture firm SoftTech VC. “When you crowd out experience just to get an SPV going, then that’s a problem.” // ie a16z which is not ur usual VC shop but more like a services shop 2 support & put said investment on a fast track ie HR & Ops. Same with s23p providing detailed risk analysis & to do list 4evry pitch.
Silicon  Valley  Unicorn  Venture  Capital  Networking  savings  glut  allocation  efficiency  asset  allocation  allocation  Private  Market  Public  Market  transparency  inefficiencies  marketplace  efficiencies 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Niedrige Ölpreise steigern Gefahr von Fehlinvestitionen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Es geht um Öl. Die USA fördern immer mehr davon und locken mit billiger Energie auch deutsche Unternehmen ins Land. Nachhaltig geht anders.
shalegas  fracking  Vernunft  sustainability  sustainable  renewable  energy  energy  security  energy  efficiency  energy  policy  Career  Politicians  Makers  human  progress  tarsand 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
The rise of robot scheduling is a nightmare for low-wage workers - Quartz
The Times story points at a larger truth: Advances in management and workplace technology all have essentially one goal, to get more out of employees at lower cost. And in the quest for efficiency, companies often forget they’re dealing with people. + Kantor offers as an example the heartbreaking chronicle of a woman named Janette Navarro, and her efforts to raise her young son while working at Starbucks under this scheduling system. She often found out about her work hours with only a few days notice, requiring panicked adjustments to take care of her son and the family’s finances. She was sometimes asked to “clopen” her store (work till closing at 11pm and return at 4am to open it). The job required constant scrambling and caused tension with family members she frequently needed to beg for help to keep an eye on her son. ... She wasn’t alone.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Steve Jurvetson never sells a share of a company he invests in - YouTube
59m7s >> what if we erase the digital divide ... transforming the pyramid into a conical spike because of winner takes all network effects. .... >> ~30hr work week - Robert Skidelsky, ... contribution to the collective worth society, unpaid. - unconditional living wage/income ... a basic income redistribution. fairness. people that work in low to non-profit companies because of added value to society ... paid by excess profits of X ... we are all in the same boat. we are all interconnected. dependent on each other. +++ http://youtu.be/pDVDWNguPs4?t=1h5m20s // doing more with fewer staff. & practical skills you need in today's workplace, u don't learn at university. Elon Musk, the most important men 4 the future. bc he's swinging big, willing to fail with his ambition(s). attracts similar minds. [down the line come's Bill Gates 2.0, Larry & Sergey, & others that work on sustainability of food and energy.] ADD Larry Page on that topic - http://on.recode.net/1qZC7oZ // vid id Wdnp_7atZ0M
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
SolarCity's Chairman Elon Musk annouces it will buy solar panel maker Silveo
Without decisive action to lay the groundwork today, the massive volume of affordable, high efficiency panels needed for unsubsidized solar power to outcompete fossil fuel grid power simply will not be there when it is needed,” according to the blog post penned by SolarCity Chairman Elon Musk and the two co-founders, Peter Rive and Lyndon Rive. [...] “The timing is right to make an acquisition and get into advanced solar panel manufacturing. If we don’t do this, then we thought there’s a risk of not being able to have the solar panels we need to expand the business in the long term,” Elon Musk said on the conference call. [...] In both cases, Musk’s goal is to make sure that the components critical to his vision of the future — electric cars and solar energy — are available and cheap enough to beat fossil fuels.
SolarCity  Solar  Panel  Elon  Musk  efficiency  gigafactory  Tesla  Motors  energy  storage  systems  renewable  energy  Nudge  theory  financial  incentive  incentive  industrial  policy  subsidies  subsidizing 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
In ridesharing, it all comes down to the Benjamins | PandoDaily
+ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_Baur8sT_8 "always providing the reliable cheapest ride [by utilising data about demand and supply]", >> "search pricing" [enabling price elasticity of supply (of caps).] // But in the weeks prior to Lyft announcing its huge Series D, it was able to roll out Happy Hour pricing — something Uber has not yet done. As a cherry on top, it slashed its rates 20 percent in all markets after wrapping up the Series D.
Uber  Flywheel  Lyft  dynamic  pricing  search  pricing  ryanair  economy  airlines  Supply  and  Demand  consumer  product  customer  retention  customer  acquisition  customer  acquisition  cost  microeconomies  microeconomics  economics  price  elasticity  of  disrupting  markets  disruption  marketplace  public  transportation  inefficiencies  efficiency  marketplace  inefficiencies  product  market  fit 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Pandoras Promise - YouTube
+ Q&A - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiOlz4C5Alo + final remarks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DgBZZ9bVUo - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinkley_Point_C_nuclear_power_station + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaP9GuGK8r4 + Michael Moore & Robert Stone discuss Pandora's Promise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJyvsKcfr0 + http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0832134/?ref_=tt_ov_dr + http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1992193/?ref_=nv_sr_1 + till 2050 at current growth projection, world needs 3 times more energy - this can not be achieved with energy efficiency (energy austerity), and conventional/current renewable - even at scale - as at the same time we close down coal, oil and gas power stations to reduce emissions to 'slow' climate change. only achievable if we include a honest holistic mix that include nuclear '4th generation generators' power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljoerI8F9y0 + http://youtu.be/2tt6e_VA5gg + http://youtu.be/6pXiiQBknHM + Bill Gates http://youtu.be/_HxI3-DzPWU
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
'Science Guy' Bill Nye Debates Lawmaker on Climate Change - NBC News.com
California (West Coast) is suffering Drought and Fires. East Coast and Lake Area is suffering its 2nd Polar Vortex. UK has wettest start into the new Year since records 250 years began. And the Republican Congress women cites a cost-benefit-analysis.
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february 2014 by asterisk2a
Austerity vs. Europe - Javier Solana - Project Syndicate
Compared to a new recession, the long-term cost of stimulus policies is insignificant. In many countries, current budget deficits are the result not of reckless government overspending, but of temporary measures to deal with the crisis. With interest rates already low and the private sector deleveraging, there is little risk of expansionary policies causing inflation or crowding out private investment. By contrast, spending reductions could undermine economic activity and increase, not decrease, the public-debt burden.

Public debt, moreover, should not be demonized. It makes financial sense for states to share the cost of public investments, such as infrastructure projects or public services, with future generations, which will also benefit from them. Debt is the mechanism by which we institutionalize intergenerational solidarity. The problem is not debt, but ensuring that it finances productive investment, that it is kept within reasonable limits, and that it can be serviced with lit
global  imbalances  Asia  USA  UK  Europe  policy  folly  politicaleconomy  economic-thought  politics  2012  austerity  malinvestment  efficiency  governance  government  public  debt 
january 2012 by asterisk2a
YouTube - ‪Krankenhaus: Patienten tragen Risiken‬‏
healthcare reform gone awry wrong as each case has standards, and if the patient is non-standard, the patient loses out (dies, complications) and hospitals ration care to minimize losses on the non-standard care.
healthcare  capitalism  2011  germany  casestudy  research  efficiency  efficient  reform  economics  lobby  Lobbying  lobbyist 
june 2011 by asterisk2a
Fuel economy: The Difference Engine: Four bangs for the buck | The Economist
Europeans snigger at how little it costs even Californians to fill the tank. But people in the United States pay through the nose for many other things in life (health, education, property taxes, wireless services, etc) that foreigners get for far less or even free. ... 

all previous recessions, petrol consumption has been a leading indicator of recovery, bouncing back sharply as people started using their vehicles more to shop, to dine out, to seek the curious and the entertaining, and, above all, to take vacations. Despite the American economy’s belated and still timid recovery—seen in increasing sales of cars, clothing, hospitality, entertainment, and consumer goods generally (though still not housing)—the amount of petrol being consumed across the country has tumbled to 2001 levels, and shows every sign of falling further.  

Reason; BC Americans buying frugal - more fuel efficient cars now. $4-a-gallon gas, Americans want cars that do 40mpg or more.
greatrecession  recession  USA  economy  behaviour  consumer  consumption  study  research  signs  SUV  patterns  oil  oilprice  2008  2011  change  frugal  austerity  budget  analysis  efficient  efficiency 
june 2011 by asterisk2a
Meredith Doubles Down: Move Over Munis, Here Comes The "Hidden State Financial Crisis" | zero hedge
While over the past 10 years state and local government spending has grown by 65%, tax receipts have grown only by 32%.

What concerned us the most was the fact that fixed debt-service costs are increasingly crowding out state monies for essential services. For example, New Jersey's ratio of total tax-supported state obligations to gross state product is over 30%, and the fixed costs to service those obligations eat up 16% of the total budget. Even these numbers are skewed, because they represent only the bare minimum paid into funding pension and retirement plans. We calculate that if New Jersey were to pay the actuarially recommended contribution, fixed costs would absorb 37% of the budget. New Jersey is not alone.

The real issue here is the enormous over-leveraging of taxpayer-supported obligations at a time when taxpayers are already paying more and receiving less.
MeredithWhitney  municipal  debt  sovereign  pension  USA  2011  outlook  publicservice  government  efficiency  taxation  taxes  taxpayer  faultlines 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
Green Inc. Column - Governments Can Promote Energy Efficiency - NYTimes.com
Long-term savings from actions as simple as sealing leaky ducts or buying a more efficient refrigerator have always been there for the taking. But persuading homeowners or businesses to take such steps and — especially — persuading governments to enact the policies that will help them to do so has for the most part been challenging. Often, it has proved easiest to do nothing.
energy  efficient  efficiency  government  policy  mckinsey 
august 2009 by asterisk2a

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