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Impact of poverty costs the UK £78bn a year, says report | Society | The Guardian
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) estimates that the impact and cost of poverty accounts for £1 in every £5 spent on public services.

The biggest chunk of the £78bn figure comes from treating health conditions associated with poverty, which amounts to £29bn, while the costs for schools and police are also significant. A further £9bn is linked to the cost of benefits and lost tax revenues.
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august 2016 by asterisk2a
Anger after key plan to tackle childhood obesity delayed again
[ obesity/diet-related diseases (chronic) to bankrupt NHS ] Theresa May will delay publishing the Government’s long awaited Childhood Obesity Strategy until the autumn, despite pleas from the head of the NHS to act to protect the most vulnerable children in society. On Tuesday NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens called for the plan to be unveiled, saying the obesity crisis costs the taxpayer more than the police and fire services combined.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Here's Why All Pension Funds Are Doomed, Doomed, Doomed
Given that both The Economist and The Wall Street Journal have covered the impossibility of pension funds achieving their expected returns, this reality cannot be a surprise to anyone in a leadership role. [...] Here's problem #1 in a nutshell: the average public pension fund still expects to earn an average annual return of 7.69%, year after year, decade after decade.

This is roughly triple the nominal (not adjusted for inflation) yield on a 30-year Treasury bond (about 2.65%). The only way any fund manager can earn 7.7% or more in a low-yield environment is to make extremely high risk bets that consistently pay off. //&! Millennials are first gen to have earned less in their 20's than previous gens. - bit.ly/2a9M98K
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate change: Advisers warn of climate change domino effect
In a 2,000-page report, the Climate Change Committee says flooding will destroy bridges - wrecking electricity, gas and IT connections carried on them.
The committee also warns that poor farming means the most fertile soils will be badly degraded by mid-century.
And it says heat-related deaths among the elderly will triple by the 2050s as summer temperatures spiral.
The projections are based on the supposition that governments keep promises made at the Paris climate conference to cut emissions - a pledge that is in doubt.
The committee says if emissions are allowed to spiral, London summer temperatures could hit 48C (118F) in an extreme scenario, although the advisers say they don't expect that to happen.
The report from 80 authors is the most comprehensive yet on the potential impact of climate change on the UK.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Cannabis Fuer Alle
Who's funding the US cannabis industry? - Webb Garrison wants to start his own cannabis business. He doesn't have any industry experience and he's only just building up his knowledge of the complicated regulations that govern the sector. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36565525 //&! Mindestalter 18 (same for alcohol) oder 21 (alcohol age restiction USA and Colorado for cannabis)? //&! War on Drugs "diese massnahme ist nicht geignet. [...] rechtswissenschaftlich belegt" +++ weniger polizei kosten! und elend in Latain Amerika reduziert. //&! Black Market/Street - you don't know what you get! - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36573730 - able to regulate, and put recommendet dosage on packaging (Ecstasy, LSD), thus people don't oversode especially w alcohol! and no adverse reactions. and socially more acceptable then.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Stocks are up. But it appears to us that the U.S. economy is going down. Go figure.
velocity is at 57yr low - WOW! the money that is in circulation is in less hands! the econ expanded according to GDP, but less and less $ reach on avg each hand. - "This is serious. The velocity of money tracks how often each dollar is used to buy something in the economy. Falling velocity shows that consumers and business are pulling back… becoming more reluctant to spend and invest… downsizing… and holding onto dollars rather than spending them. This has a similar effect as reducing the supply of money bidding for goods and services. Prices drop. Deflation, in other words. The bubble has developed a leak. The hot air is gushing out." //&! bit.ly/1MOxc9A //&! research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M2V &! pieria.co.uk/articles/getting_things_wrong_federal_reserve_style - it is associated with stagnant NGDP [...] demand problem.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The economics of Brexit – Politics Weekly podcast
Leave Campaign, so far, has failed to assure voters that we get through the quiet possible tubulences and uncertainty unharmed severely after 1-2 years. [ economic forecasts/predictions are Wall Streets cottage industry ] Brexit for sure would throw Osbornes plan for a surplus in 2020. ... brexit is about less regulation free trade low tariffs, 'get off the back of our City [London bank regulation]' [low tax, higher pay] George Osborne ... // banks have not voiced their voice loudly because that would be seen by people who bailed them out to tune of doubling the deficit, and still own bank shares ie loyds. it could be seen disingenuous, outrageous, as we are still in doldrums, paying off their debt, and suffering through austerity where the most vulnerable are cut away from society.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
It's Hard Being a Meat Eater - YouTube
youtu.be/O8BSyzu6o7w - last means to change the message, reframe, direct away from the facts/research: polarisation //&! youtu.be/MIv88GEZq1A - not extreme. &! not restrictive - youtu.be/coFBx3v3ZRU
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Dr. Carl Hart - Debunking Drug Myths | London Real - YouTube
addictive: sugar+fat mix, alcohol, tobacco, ... [...] criminalising doesn't work (deviant behaviour = Religious), have to allow it supervised (clean drugs, not stretched nor other toxic ingredients) & educate & regulate. based on the scientific evidence it is the best choice for governments pockets (less cost for police and law enforcement, as well new consumer tax source and business tax source, and local gov/councils; paying for license to sell and grow/make, oversight and regular check-ups like food safety and hygiene laws). [...] drugs are an excellent way to vilify and marginalise certain kinds of people. see relative new legal high; media manufactured consent. they are dangerous bc nobody knows what they are & what is in then & there are no clinical trials ie for establishing safety limits! as gov also established safety recommendations for alcohol bit.ly/1uNuvry [...] gov does what voters want them to do (ie both Clinton's against gay marriage) // full episode - bit.ly/1NrcZSQ
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june 2015 by asterisk2a

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