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Forget Brexit, war in Ukraine is the biggest threat to Europe | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian
History may compare the handling of a defeated and depressed Russia in the 1990s to that of Germany after 1918
Ukraine  Russia  history  Crimea  Putin  diplomacy  G-Zero  GZero 
16 days ago by asterisk2a
(14368) Wie wir die Folgen des Bergbaus bewältigen | Quarks - YouTube
ab pumpen von grund wasser um abgesunkene flaechen trocken zu halten - 64mio euro pro jahr
saeuberung von verseuchten grundwasser 11m euro pro jahr
verseuchung des oekosystems durch ableitung durch grubenwasser, abpumpen von grubenwasser das es nicht grundwasser erreicht. man hofft das sich das wasser nicht vermischt - kosten 145m euro pro jahr.
- legacy cost per year 220 mio pro jahr. per region braunkohle - dortmund
coal  history  mine  Germany  PCB  pollution  Grundwasser  Bergbau  Legacy  cost 
4 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Terrorists, cultists – or champions of Iranian democracy? The wild wild story of the MEK | News | The Guardian
They fought for the Iranian revolution – and then for Saddam Hussein. The US and UK once condemned them. But now their opposition to Tehran has made them favourites of Trump White House hardliners. By Arron Merat [...] Anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist and anti-American, MEK fighters killed scores of the Shah’s police in often suicidal street battles during the 1970s. The group targeted US-owned hotels, airlines and oil companies, and was responsible for the deaths of six Americans in Iran. “Death to America by blood and bonfire on the lips of every Muslim is the cry of the Iranian people,” went one of its most famous songs. “May America be annihilated.”
Iran  MEK  history 
4 weeks ago by asterisk2a
(14096) Lewis Lapham: Can America Survive the Rule of a “Stupified Plutocracy”? - YouTube
“Money and Class in America,”
where does "American Dream" come from?
100 years ago the American Dream got corrupted, now again
Harvard grads have done the most damage do America.
how do you find mediation, balance power between rich and poor
democratic society put premium on society
capitalism not
constant tension between capitalism and a democratic society
constant dialectic
more money earned with rents and dividents than wages 1984 and the gap is widening further.
"do we live in a democracy?" No!
loss of faith in democratic idea
Stupidfied Plutocracy - When Meritocracy Breeds Greed - The End of American Exceptionalism
American  Dream  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Capitalism  social  income  mobility  history  book  USA  post-racial  America  plutocracy  oligarchy  1%  Elite  No  Representation  New  Deal  economic  inequality  far-right  neofascism  fascism  alt-right  neonazi  Naziproblem  class  poverty  trap  Bush  IvyLeague  right-wing  democracy  Democratic  Mark  Blyth 
5 weeks ago by asterisk2a
(13428) Die Story im Ersten: Am rechten Rand - YouTube
und ruft zum Aufstand auf, rief zum zivilen ungehoersamen aufstand auf gegen den Staat.

&! =- Radical Right-wing in Germany in 2018 - Docu - 2018

&! - AfD-Aussteigerin | Franziska Schreiber | SWR1 Leute

&! - Gefühlte Angst: Wie die AfD im bayerischen Deggendorf den Fremdenhass schürt

& Tommy Robinson and the far right’s new playbook
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon AKA Tommy Robinson. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty
The former EDL leader is one of a new breed of entrepreneurial activists who are bringing extremist myths into the mainstream – while also claiming they are being silenced. -

* - Extrem gewaltbereit: Kampfsport in der rechten Szene | Monitor | Das Erste | WDR
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8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
The end of Atlanticism: has Trump killed the ideology that won the cold war? | News | The Guardian
"special relationship" - The foreign policy establishment has been lamenting its death for half a century. But Atlanticism has long been a convenient myth // Atlanticism has never had a very stable meaning. For one thing, the US and Europe have not always considered each other natural political partners. For most of American history, there hasn’t even been a unified “Europe” to partner with. [...] Advertisement

In 1973, Henry Kissinger, himself a transatlantic refugee, launched a “Year of Europe” tour to try to save the relationship in the name of containment, preventing the further growth of the Soviet Union. Speaking as Nixon’s national security adviser, he asked whether the Atlantic community could thrive as the memory of the second world war began to fade. As the “rigid divisions of the past two decades diminish, new assertions of national identity and national rivalry emerge”. He argued that Americans should continue to support European unity. “If we permit the Atlantic partnership to atrophy … we shall miss our historic opportunity for even greater achievement.”
Donald  Trump  DonaldTrump  Brexit  Atlanticism  foreign  policy  affairs  diplomacy  USA  UK  Germany  Europe  China  Russia  history  coldwar  special  relationship  myth  nationalism  Kissinger  politics  foreignaffairs  Interventionism  Iraq  Afghanistan  nuclear  deterrent  G-Zero 
september 2018 by asterisk2a
(11487) Is Trump REALLY a Fascist? - YouTube
Fascist Roots, Trump the product of the failure of neoliberal neoconservative capitalism to provide a better future for all.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  fascism  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  neo-nazi  neonazi  nazi  Brexit  PEGIDA  neoliberalism  neoliberal  neoconservatism  Capitalism  inequality  downward  mobility  income  working  poor  poverty  trap  Austerity  GFC  secular  stagnation  stagflation  economic  history 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
For black women, cutting your hair off is political - as I and the star of a new Netflix drama well know | Fashion | The Guardian
The gravity of a black woman deciding to cut her hair off and go “natural” in a white supremacist society (yes, ours) should not be underestimated. Almost every black hairdresser I visited before finally plucking up the courage to cut my hair off told me I was making the wrong decision, but it was a reminder of how deeply entrenched these views are.
This isn’t just about looks: our wider history is stained by instances such as the apartheid-era pencil test in South Africa – those who could hold a pencil in their hair without it falling out could not be classified as white. To this day, black women and girls lose job offers and are sent to detention or are suspended because our hairstyles don’t suit white sensibilities.
BAME  discrimination  post-racial  America  American  Dream  history  slavery  apartheid  Jim  Crow  poverty  prejudice  bigotry  Gesellschaft 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
'Enemy of the people': Trump's phrase and its echoes of totalitarianism | US news | The Guardian
The phrase the president has repeatedly said in his attacks on the media was used by dictators including Stalin and Mao [...] [ allows for the unspeakable, to go unchallenged, normalised, tyranny of the mob/majority ] “Stalin originated the concept ‘enemy of the people’. This term automatically made it unnecessary that the ideological errors of a man be proven,” Khrushchev said in his secret address to the Communist party’s inner circle.

“It made possible the use of the cruellest repression, against anyone who in any way disagreed with Stalin, against those who were only suspected of hostile intent, against those who had bad reputations.”
Brexit  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  History 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
(10581) Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich - Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture - YouTube
Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich - Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture - nelson mandela lecutre
/ this is just a speech, obama speech.
/ is like Robert Reich - saving capitalism from itself, reforming capitalism
/ part of the system - supposedly meritocracy - embrace it - if I can do it you can do it - clintons and obama.
/ obama suckerpunched everyone after being elected
/ the problem is system it is not just banks - system chaotic and irrational working against its sustainability bc of greed profit maximization and duopoly competition
PART 2 - Obama Says Inequality Led to Rise of the Right, but Takes No Responsibility for It (2/2)
BarackObama  meritocracy  meritocratic  1%  thirdway  third-way  TonyBlair  Blair  globalisation  globalization  inequality  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD  lobby  tax  evasion  avoidance  social  income  mobility  Capitalism  neoliberalism  No  Representation  welfare  tradeunion  union  workersunion  exploitation  gig  economy  10%  growth  secular  stagnation  GFC  bailout  Austerity  philanthropy  Democrats  self-employment  consumerism  materialism  poverty  trap  working  poor  economic  history  critique 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Ana Kasparian SHREDS Trump's Weak Economy + Trade War Tariffs + Farmers Bailout
US going to run 4-5% budget deficit + debt accumulation + 1% tax cuts AND hourly earnings have not risen June 2017-June 2018! - From June 2017 to June 2018, real average hourly earnings decreased 0.2 percent, seasonally adjusted.
Combining the change in real average hourly earnings with a 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek resulted in no change to real average weekly earnings over this period.
//&! & - $12bn Farmer's bailout (only for this year) to save face in mid-term elections & telling voters 'don't trust what you read and hear.' << - "The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." - George Orwell, "1984" - Donald Trump in front of Vets of Foreign Wars: "Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening"
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  1%  income  growth  working  poor  poverty  trap  stagnation  secular  stagflation  Fed  social  mobility  economic  history  downward  taxcut  mid-term  wage  GDP  recovery  GFC  inequality  election  elections  Farmers  bailout  tradewar  trade-war  tariffs  WTO  Brexit  China  retaliation  EU  UK  freetradedeal 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Millions of families 'worse off' than 15 years ago - BBC News
[ decades of underinvestment across the plane of the economy, infrastructure education skills ] On the "why", research by the Foundation - which was set up to look at the problem of low incomes - reveals that the economy has struggled to create wealth for people in work.
JAM  working  poor  poverty  trap  productivity  output  gap  class  Brexit  skills  education  policy  social  income  mobility  Austerity  downward  UK  recovery  secular  stagnation  stagflation  economic  history  GFC  debt  household  disposable  globalisation  globalization  Competition  competitive  competitiveness  underinvestment  London  child  childhood  Council  public  health 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
(10204) Are We Destined for a Slow Growth Future? - YouTube
- shortage on the demand side. but demand can't be more leveraged and borrowed. ALL economic indicators point against a thriving of the UK bottom up (from household finances, are stretched thinly) //&! Gross wages lower than 10 years ago! Lost decade of earnings. In real terms people are NOT better off.
secular  stagnation  Brexit  household  debt  consumer  UK  USA  loan  GFC  recovery  Productivity  output  gap  economic  history  leverage  underinvestment  banking  property  bubble  housing  demographic  immigration  working  poor  poverty  Austerity  Trickle-down  Gesellschaft  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  inequality  social  mobility  income  Society  inflation  deflation  deflationary  debtoverhang  debt-servicing  OECD  IMF  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  BOE  Fed  globalisation  globalization  trap  credit  card  creditcard  creditcrunch  student  auto 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Victor D. Hanson: How the Obama Presidency Destroyed Todays Democratic Party - YouTube
republican right wing wonk. // Victor D Hanson; Explains Perfectly how Trump pulled off the biggest Upset in Presidential History - //&! - Victor D. Hanson: The Media Hysteria over Trump | and the Reality //&! - Victor Davis Hanson: The Hypocrisy of the Left over Equality << Hypocrisy & What aboutism is not featherweight argument - burn blue planet because Al Gore keeps using his private Jet.
BarackObama  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  HillaryClinton  Hillary  Clinton  USA  globalisation  globalization  migration  Elite  Brexit  AfD  1%  illegal  immigration  Idealism  Establishment  Pragmatism  Politics  Compromise  GFC  recovery  history 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Angela Merkel und die "europäische Lösung": Die EU schottet sich ab - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Beim Minigipfel in Brüssel beginnt der europäische Teil der Operation Kanzlerrettung. Die Folgen für die EU-Flüchtlingspolitik dürften gravierend sein: Orban und Co. bekommen endgültig Oberwasser. //&! - Germany's Conservative Meltdown The Approaching End to Merkel's Tenure With the chancellor under heavy fire from Bavarian conservatives, Germany's political landscape may be facing radical upheaval. Angela Merkel might lose her job and the country's traditional center-right partnership could soon end. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
European  Union  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  refugee  crisis  history 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
(9120) Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari - YouTube
Data & Tech now asset. Dictatorships more efficient in 21st century. Algorithms know you better than you yourself. human feelings - manipulated! elections turn into emotional puppet show "spectacle of society" / "they hack our feelings" // vanity - Status Anxiety Alain de botton / facism exploits our vanity
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  fascism  Brexit  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  history  China  Surveillance-Industrial  surveillance  complex  AI  machine  learning  Google  GCHQ  NSA  BND  Russia  democracy  Data  Facebook  Twitter 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
How #MeToo revealed the central rift within feminism today | News | The Guardian
It’s not a generational divide, but rather a split between two competing visions of feminism – social and individualist. // from a theoretical point of view feminism is socialism and socialism embraces feminism. feminism is a leg a pillar for socialism .. vs capitalisn neo hyper individualismus - what came first - feminism (sufferagettes) or socialism (atley, et al) historically, feminism came first. but interestingly not in germany. what is german timeline of feminism sufferagete womens vote and workers rights (pension and health and free sundays)
#MeToo  Philosophy  Sociology  Class  Feminism  feminist  History  book  socialism  capitalism  status  anxiety  individualism  Identity  Politics 
may 2018 by asterisk2a
(6119) The Best speech on Donald Trump's Rise. - YouTube
[as GFC shock to capitalism, Trump shock to third-way liberal democracy ] Glenn Greenwald delivers a scathing look at Donald trump's Presidency and the underlying causes of voter frustrations. // ORG: - //&! - VIDEO: GLENN GREENWALD AND JAMES RISEN DEBATE THE TRUMP/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION - //&! @ggreenwald watched ur talk. If GFC was shock to finance led crony neolib capitalism. & 'Trump is shock to existing order of third-way liberal democracy.' Then what is TARP, ZIRP, NIRP & QE for liberal representative democracies? cc @mtaibbi @nntaleb
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  GFC  Glenn  Greenwald  BarackObama  democracy  Brexit  history 
march 2018 by asterisk2a
Capitalism’s Crisis of Stagnation and Austerity
After the 2008-09 financial crisis, the hope was that a combination of economic recovery, inflation and austerity would shrink the debt mountain. This, though, was too optimistic. Growth has been below par, inflation subdued and austerity self-defeating. (“Global debt is the danger: beware the butterfly moment” Financial Times 6 January 2018)
Kapital  Capital  productivity  Austerity  economic  history  secular  stagnation  demand  output  gap  UK  USA  Germany  income  growth  debt  bubble  inflation  service  QE  monetary  fiscal  policy  underinvestment  Exploitation  atomised 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
UK state should pay for housing, food, transport and internet, says report | Business | The Guardian
UK state should pay for housing, food, transport and internet, says report
‘Universal basic services’ costing about £42bn could be funded through higher taxes, say Jonathan Portes and academics //&! - Report proposes £10,000 for everyone under 55 - Most state benefits would be cut under the scheme. The RSA said the dividends would help steer people through the challenges of the 2020s. [...] "Without a real change in our thinking, neither tweaks to the welfare state nor getting people into work alone, when the link between hard work and fair pay has broken, will help working people meet the challenges ahead." [[...] space for skill acquisition, what UK system currently rules out completely ]]!!
UBI  Universal  Basic  Infrastructure  Income  commuter  urban  development  urbanisation  commuting  Socialism  Labour  Policy  SPD  air  pollution  chronic  stress  economic  history  UK  USA  Council  housing  discretionary  spending  disposable  growth  wage  Mark  Blyth  secular  stagnation  Precariat  working  poor  poverty  trap  GFC  recovery  skill  acquisition  social  mobility  education  ganularer  Lebenslauf  University  College  MOOC  meritocracy  Zufall 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
The Pledge | 8th February 2018 - YouTube
arguments against violence don't hold up in a perverse violent opressive environment. (see hedges, cornel west, Malcom X, etc) especially if your elite "fellows" sell you down the river (barack Obama eric holder and co). Or see Vietnam, Buddhists burned themselves (self-immolation) up because of the injustice and their beliefs. Or Bobby Sands et al. Indefinite hunger strikes. Or Guantanamo/AbuGhraib if I am not mistaken, people there went on hunger strike. //&! - Suffragette //&! the women who chose to sit in protest on the bus in the white section, and the what followed blacks entering white establishments. a knowingly intentional provocation not answered by law and order but by public violence. //&! or the 2011 uk youth riots - debatable, but a grain of salt, violence answered w violence in this case looting ... what else? a bank? which is an impossibility. or looting your neighborhood block of flat Grenfell? // especially institutionalized structural oppression regime against minorities. or institutional disadvantaged.
Identity  Politics  Chris  Hedges  Cornel  West  MalcomX  MLK  BAME  UK  blacklivesmatter  Jim  Crow  post-racial  America  Feminism  violence  sexism  Sexismus  democracy  history  LGBT  minority  No  Representation  discrimination  injustice  justice  USA  Sociology  Psychology  Philosophy  women  rights  gender-based  Pankhurst  #MeToo 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
(5791) Reaktion von Kevin Kühnert zum Verzicht von Martin Schulz auf den Außenministerposten am 09.02.2018 - YouTube - SPD-Bundesparteitag: Rede von Kevin Kühnert am 21.01.2018 // nichts fuer die 20% armutsgefaehrdent, weiterhin 2 klassen medizin. kompromiss bei befristung von arbeitsvertraegen. kein familien nachzug. &! //&! KEIN KOALITIONSVERTRAG. EIN FUSIONSVERTRAG! //&! &! - Prof. Volker Kronenberg zum Verzicht von Martin Schulz auf den Außenministerposten am 09.02.18
GroKo  Martin  Schulz  JuSo  Angela  Merkel  Germany  Politics  history  SPD  CDU  CSU  refugee  crisis  btw17  AfD  trust  trustagent  No  Representation  European  Union  Brexit 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
(5780) Supermarkets face £billions in compensation for "pay discrimination" - YouTube
pay segregation gender bias // much ethics and moral values. Gesellschaft. nothing which capital knows about. // main question: equal pay for equal work - shopfloor vs warehouse - comparable? // gendered roles eg care health care nursing
gender  pay  gap  equality  gender-based  discrimination  value  Feminism  feminist  sexism  Sexismus  part-time  ethics  morality  Philosophy  Sociology  fairness  Capitalism  Kapital  profit  maximisation  HR  human  resources  policy  transparency  BBC  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  UK  Economics  history 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Women's vote: Pardoning suffragettes 'complicated' - BBC News - [non-reactionary movement = suffragette is also a non-symptom of a greater thing. ] Equality campaign group the Fawcett Society and some relatives of the suffragettes are among those who called on the home secretary to overturn the convictions of women who were imprisoned while fighting for the vote. //&! - Will women be equal to men in 100 years? The panel verdict //&! &! - The 1910s: ‘We have sanitised our history of the suffragettes’
suffragette  movement  Feminism  Sociology  Psychology  LGBT  reactionary  symptom  Socialism  Labour  UK  Sexismus  sexism  history 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Why I prefer diaries to memoirs
If you want to get a sense of what something was really like, read a diary.
Book  Politics  history  revisionism  writing  journalism  journalismus 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
The 1920s: ‘Young women took the struggle for freedom into their personal lives’ | Life and style | The Guardian
With the first world war having debunked ideas of duty, sacrifice and the greater good, women learned to value their individuality above the needs of others
Feminism  history 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Homebase owners may close up to 40 stores - BBC News
[first the supermarkets, then everyone else, also UK restaurant trade struggling, especially mid-market! anything above your payday takeout, also housing growth is slowing down thus DIY ] UK retailers are struggling in the face of rising inflation and fragile consumer confidence.

Several store chains have announced job cuts recently, including supermarket giants Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda.

Homebase's rival, B&Q, last week said it was cutting 200 jobs at its head office in Hampshire as part of a cost-cutting drive. &! - Demand weakens for services such as restaurants and hotels amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty
UK  Brexit  disposable  income  economy  discretionary  spending  growth  wage  Productivity  High  Street  Precariat  working  poor  poverty  trap  social  mobility  pay  rise  inflation  broke  household  debt  credit  card  leverage  recovery  secular  stagnation  history  GFC  Austerity  underinvestment  output  gap  HighStreet  Services  Service 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
(5666) Mark Blyth: The Economic Crisis and the Rise of Trumpism - YouTube
'welcome to global populism: your debts are too high you wage just pays minimum payment off, your wage growth 0 for decades, inflation doesn't inflate away debt, more like eats away at meage wage increase, secular stagnation, baby boomers retire w 4 chronic diseases burden on public purse sickcare and defined pensions = demand reduction'. // Mark Blyth's lecture at UCLA’s Center for Social Theory and Comparative History, recorded by Jacobin Radio with Suzi Weissman.
Recorded: January 29th, 2018
Mark  Blyth  economic  history  GFC  Austerity  Brexit  AfD  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  technocracy  inequality  income  wage  growth  disposable  discretionary  spending  debt  servicing  bubble  secular  stagnation  babyboomers 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
(5655) E.J. Dionne, "Why the Right Went Wrong" - YouTube
no place for moderates (eg David Cameron UK) // too many broken promises. // reactionary movements have no long-term steam.
GOP  Republicans  Conservatism  book  Politics  history  UK  USA  Tea  Party  Brexit  DonaldTrump  No  Representation  Donald  Trump  Sociology  AfD 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Donald Trump's success reveals a frightening weakness in American democracy - YouTube
liquid times by Zygmunt, globalization - accelerated times, inequality, 1%, poverty trap, weak institutions being fleeced (latest and biggest - GFC, one rule for the one TBTF and other for the many, many have to suffer what they must (varoufakis)), same w broken promise of globalisation benefits everyone, same w failed military interventions ... STRUCTURAL REASONS - DEMOCRACY ELECTED REPRESENTATION does no more exist! its lobbied $$$ vested interest pork barrels corruption abuse get rich quick schemes. Longing for past greatness eg case Brexit. //&! - Authoritarianism: The political science that explains Trump &! &! Democratic Backsliding (salami tactic) - - The decline of American democracy won't be televised
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  UKIP  Authoritarianism  GOP  LGBT  Transgender  gay  marriage  immigration  Culture  Identity  politics  inequality  unknown  foreign  different  AfD  uncertainty  No  Representation  book  globalisation  Super  Rich  1%  tax  evasion  avoidance  globalization  Institutions  revolving  door  lobby  vested  interest  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  Technocracy  Monopoly  poverty  trap  working  poor  post-racial  America  UK  Germany  American  Dream  democracy  history  neoliberal  neoliberalism  economic  Austerity  GFC  trust  trustagent  Sociology  Psychology  Philosophy  gini  Coefficient  corruption  White-collar  crime  war  on  drugs  Military–industrial  Privatisation  profit  maximisation  food–industrial  big  Pharma  TBTF  bailout  recovery  China  Russia 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Is the property ladder just a myth? | Money | The Guardian
a national ill-guided unfortune (for all in aggregate) bringing obsession. its a bubble. its heavily subsidizes. its political. it suck resources out of the "productive" economy. its a monopoly oligopoly duopoly vested interest industry. no consumer rights. and what is build is sub par compared to europe. UK is known for its bad quality house among EU expats. // The theory is that a couple owning a starter home and considering children could afford to move into a bigger property – but with household income falling, that idea is increasingly unrealistic
UK  housing  crisis  productivity  underinvestment  malvestment  bubble  economic  history  Politics  social  income  mobility  lottery  gini  Coefficient  postcode  parents 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
The sun may never set on British misconceptions about our empire | Ian Jack | Opinion | The Guardian
How much this avoidance has to do with Britain’s present feelings towards its old empire is hard to know. No doubt the history curriculum has changed since my day and, in any case, feelings about the past come from many other sources than the classroom. But according to a YouGov poll conducted around the time of the Rhodes Must Fall protests two years ago, 43% of British people believed the British empire was a good thing and only 19% a bad thing, with 25% believing it was neither. Furthermore, 44% felt that Britain’s history of colonialism was something to be proud of and only 19% felt it should be regretted. As to the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College, Oxford, only 11% thought it should be removed.
UK  Empire  Kolonialismus  colonialism  history  Sociology  Psychology  Slavery  Holocaust  JimCrow  Jim  Crow  BAME  discrimination  LGBT  Section28  Section  28  humanity 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Tory members 'a breed apart' from other main parties, study finds | Politics | The Guardian
Poll shows Conservative grassroots more supportive of the death penalty, obedience to authority and a hard Brexit &! - Authoritarianism: The political science that explains Trump & Trump Brexit Putin AfD = Tyrant - //// 30 years thrid way technocracy produced autocracy plutocracy pure unashamedly in your face.
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
Banker Leonhard Fischer über selbstzerstörerischen Finanzkapitalismus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Fischer: Die Globalisierung der Finanzmärkte besteht im Wesentlichen darin, dass die Amerikaner sich in ihrer eigenen Währung verschulden können und den Dollar so in die ganze Welt exportiert haben, um ihr riesiges Leistungsbilanzdefizit zu finanzieren. Ich habe als junger Banker bei J.P. Morgan selbst erlebt, wie die Investmentbanker in Scharen erst nach London flogen, dann nach Tokio und schließlich nach China, um Dollaranleihen für Schuldner aus den USA zu platzieren. Gleichzeitig investierten wir das Geld amerikanischer Fonds weltweit in Unternehmen und Immobilien. Ganz Amerika hat sich wie ein gigantischer Hedgefonds verhalten. So entstand die globale Finanzmarktmaschinerie, die in Wahrheit vor allem eine amerikanische ist.
Bitcoin  Dollar  fiat  currency  GFC  petro  WallStreet  Chomsky  neoliberal  neoliberalism  globalisation  globalization  China  IMF  USA  Empire  Capitalism  exploitation  economic  history  Blyth  Austerity  Chicago  liberalism  trust  oil  OPEC  petrodollar  Fed  bailout  self-regulation  money 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Pullman's plea to save school libraries - BBC News
Children's authors such as Philip Pullman and Malorie Blackman are calling for a halt to the "shocking decline" in England's school libraries.
They, along with 148 others, wrote to Education Secretary Justine Greening, asking her to signal her belief in the "value of literacy" for learning. [...] The letter highlights how England has lower rates of teenage literacy than other developed nations, according to international rankings.
UK  Austerity  libraries  library  education  policy  further  college  skills  gap  Gesellschaft  Society  Enlightenment  Precariat  class  numeracy  STEM  MINT  Maths  literacy  history 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Roger Cohen on Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"To refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD  Nationalism  scapegoat  patriotism  Orwell  Orwellian  Technology  Facebook  Newsfeed  filter  bubble  Filterblase  technocracy  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  totalitarianism  Super  Rich  1%  economic  history  inequality  Precariat  working  poor  poverty  trap  exploitation  fake  news  Fascism  alt-right  right-wing  far-right  neo-Nazi  Nazi  GOP  Republicans  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  UKIP  Front  National  France  UK  Germany  USA  American  Dream 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
(4387) How the opioid crisis decimated the American workforce - YouTube
direct link between out of work (injury) and opioid addiction and dropping out of workforce. // &! - Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart: People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians’ Ignorance - needle exchange and free drug purity checks is a step to reducing overdose deaths and first foot in door for rehab (liberal) //&! - American Epidemic: The Nation's Struggle With Opioid Addiction WSJ &! - The Opioid Effect: An Ohio Family Rebuilds After Addiction VICE //&! AMERICA ADDICTED - - A community overwhelmed by opioids &! - Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin - watering down regulation and oversight. &! - How Big Pharma & Cartels Got America Addicted to Heroin with Jason Smith &! - US Addiction Epidemic Fuelled By Pharma Corporations (2015) "pill mill" &! - Why Portsmouth, Ohio Became The Epicentre of America's Opioid Crisis &! - Opioid Crisis in Maine &! - Narcan On The Rise &! - Heroin's Children: Inside the US opioid crisis - Fault Lines
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Who's Destroying The American Dream by RSA Events
Richard Reeves - PBS did a segment w him, middle class keeps its chips to itself. also if you want more upward mobility, you need also downward mobility. possible w better welfare state net - ie UBI universal basic income. the worse inequality gets the worse reference points get.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Almost all the 10 million jobs created since 2005 are temporary — Quartz
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment. -
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
(4207) Inside the mind of white America - BBC News - YouTube
3:30 "most of it I hear is from the news and it is mostly negative." // white privilege also means not knowing about your advantage as white white neighbourhood white name white parents and grand parents and grand grand parents // Institutional racism
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
“I think it’s to do with fear”: Russell Brand on America’s love of guns - Vox
usa got much more intensive media - driven by profit motive. the click. the outragous. the absurd. the funny. to keep you watching. confirmation bias. division. divisor. fear mongers hate mongers demagogue. protect what you've got bc gov is out to take it from you. - guns false security, consumption false identity, trump false Heilsbringer. and your neighbour is an illegal alien ...
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
(4081) Warum wir alle ärmer werden – Top-Ökonom erklärt die Gründe! // Mission Money - YouTube
houses are unproductive / schuldeninfusion erhaelt am leben, zombie u.a. / wer bezahlt fuer EU schuldenschnitt? / German econ illusion / banken in eu immernoch sanierungsbeduerftig /
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
UK's low pay culture traps people in poorly paid jobs, study finds | Society | The Guardian - high tech, low life. // in-work poverty, gini coefficient takes into account pensioners. // “Britain has one of the highest proportions of low-paid work in the developed world. And while three-quarters of low-paid workers did manage to move into higher-paying roles at some point over the past decade, the vast majority couldn’t sustain that progress. This lack of pay progress can have a huge scarring effect on people’s lifetime living standards. [...] “Britain’s flexible workforce gives us global economic advantage but a two-tier labour market is now exacting too high a social price.
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