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Are we heading for another slump? - Michael Roberts, John Bellamy Foster and Joseph Choonara - YouTube
Michael Roberts book // lack of profit, due to lack of growth (outlook), thus lack of investment. ... less competition. +++ winner take all/globalisation/conglomerate +++ erosion of purchasing power +++ no to little wage (income) growth, if at all due to credit card, car load, mortgage, student loan, ... === less demand. === deflation pressures // less profits = more profit maximisation = lay-offs and destruction of union, bogus contracts via forced self-employment (thus saving on social security payments). = and outsourcing in next cheaper country.
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september 2016 by asterisk2a
Understanding Peter Thiel’s Politics
he “no longer believe[s] that capitalism and democracy are compatible.” (Thiel has since said that he was wrong to think America was a democracy, calling it instead a “state dominated by very unelected, technocratic agencies”). [...] Thiel let slip that he was pessimistic about the current system continuing. The failure of the present Establishment, according to Thiel, may point to Marxism, libertarianism, or something else, but “it’s going to be this increasingly volatile trajectory of figuring out what that’s going to be.” [...] political zero to one
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august 2016 by asterisk2a
Künstliche Intelligenz: Ökonomen lehnen Robotersteuer ab - DIE WELT
Mit einer Robotersteuer wollen manche die Maschinen menschlichen Arbeitnehmern gleichstellen. Ökonomen halten die Idee für einen Irrweg. Der technische Fortschritt lasse sich nicht aufhalten.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Deutsche Bank Loves Helicopter Money: Why "Big Inflation Is Coming... But Will First Require A Crisis"
[NEED FOR CHANGE OF WIND - deflationary pressures ] Europe is another story. Germany must let their southern neighbors cheat on deficits and bank recapitalizations. “Spanish election showed if you let them cheat and growth surprises positively then extremists don’t do so well. Europe can only survive as an inflation zone. Will it be formally tolerated? Probably not. Will governments cheat anyway with ECB support?” Probably.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
A hard truth for Leave voters: Brexit means big government
Britain has seen a renaissance in jobs since 2013, of that there is no doubt. But most of those extra jobs were among the self-employed or fell into categories that can only be described as insecure and low-paid. When companies finally took the plunge and advertised full-time jobs from 2014 onwards, around a third went to migrants. [...] It is this mostly older group of workers across the developed world, worried about their pay, pensions and conditions of employment, that want to slam the brakes on globalisation and reject the remedy proposed by big business: greater labour-market flexibility and only limited job protections. [ Globalisation as a great rebalancing of the world economy between the west and the rest (BRIC and co) ] [...] Only government can provide the cure, with a commitment to invest where the private sector cannot or will not go.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit Isn't Theresa May's Only Challenge - Bloomberg View [Editorial]
[! BLOOMBERG !] May’s approach to the British economy needn’t be radically different than the Cameron-Osborne agenda. Britain needs fiscal discipline to keep inward investment flowing, but it also needs reforms that will require both government spending and more private investment. A true one-nation agenda would also focus on improving education standards and job training, lowering barriers to entry for new businesses, and improving access to housing.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Up to 70% of people in developed countries 'have seen incomes stagnate' | Business | The Guardian
Research by the McKinsey Global Institute found that between 65% and 70% of people in 25 advanced countries saw no increase in their earnings between 2005 and 2014. The report found there had been a dramatic increase in the number of households affected by flat or falling incomes and that today’s younger generation was at risk of ending up poorer than their parents. Only 2% of households, 10 million people, lived through the period from 1993 to 2005 – a time of strong growth and falling unemployment – without seeing their incomes rise.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Businesses must alter 'toxic' attitude to executive pay, PwC says | Business | The Guardian
Companies have failed to address a “toxic” attitude towards executive pay and face a government crackdown if they do not act to curb boardroom excess, according to a report by consultancy group PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In polling carried out by PwC last month, two-thirds of Britons said they believed executive pay was too high, and nearly three-quarters said it made them angry if a chief executive was paid a lot while their company was doing badly.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Technological Unemployment (2013) w Jacque Fresco
wikipedia Jacque Fresco // MORE AI, automation, robotics, augmented intelligence, self-driving cars = LESS AGGREGATE DEMAND (disposable income of the middle class, working class & working poor) [...] productivity has risen but incomes NOT! [...] & companies are making more money for shareholders & owners with less & less people (see Facebook) [...] Industry doesnt care abt people. They hire people because it hasnt been yet automated. [...] A JOBLESS RECOVERY & JOBLESS GDP GROWTH [...] routine middle class jobs eliminated fastest! [...] pace of destruction is greater than pace of creation of new jobs! [...] ie Lawyer Software searching through files via augmented intelligence //&! Humans Need Not Apply - //&! Jerry Kaplan ((re)distribute wealth more equally -, Rifkin (Zero Marginal Cost), Paul Mason (post-capitalism) book //&! UBI a must in future - &! &!
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Behind the Bond-Stock Divide Is a Big and Risky Bet on Central Banks - WSJ
The idea is that if stocks are rising, bond yields should be climbing too. Here's how to reconcile it. The answer is central banks. If rates are going to stay lower for longer; if more rounds of quantitative easing are coming; if new ways of easing are coming -- the rates should be going down and stocks moving higher. [...] It's about dividends paying more than bonds. 90% of the bond market universe is near 2% or lower. //&! //&! - When your nation's bonds are trading with a record low 28bps negative yield (10Y JGBs), everything else in the world (aside from Swiss 10Y) is a relative 'value'...
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july 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
The Hidden Wealth of Nations - YouTube
This lecture will discuss how big the wealth hidden in offshore tax havens is, what are the consequences for inequality, how tax havens work and are organized, and how we can begin to approach a solution. // 8trn dollars. // some 8% or more of wealth offshore. some parts ie russia even more
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july 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." //&! //&! &! - it is associated with stagnant NGDP [...] demand problem.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Growth Trap
[ growing for growth sake! vs growing in a world/area that is not conducive to grow ] When Twitter went public in 2013, its stock soared and its value jumped to $25 billion. Its founders and early investors got rich. But since then, the company has been considered a failure, despite the fact that it boasts 320 million active users, because it's not growing fast enough. Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," talks to Steve Paikin about why he sees the push for more growth as dangerous. // true capitalists (shareholder, crony, greedy) w/o self-regulation or governance extract all the value there is to extract and then leave, dispersing it to the few who already have [...] WE MUST REWRITE THE RULES OF THE GROWTH GAME ITSELF! [...] you want to optimise the economy based on velocity of money (circulation of money), not share price and value extraction [...]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
A!104 – Panama Freaks
58:26 - spin doctor and positioning, PR. // es ist ja bekannt das intendanten des fernsehen mal einen anruf bekommen und es richtig stellen sollen, so wie inter BPK: illegal eingewanderte fluechtlinge. was ein oxymoron. ein fluechtling zu sein ist keine illegale sache! // + 10.000 kids missing! // 1:45:54 - Panama Papers. Journalists have for years papers. And don't use them to shine light on the organised system in the western world of tax evasion/avoidance! Wie fatal.
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april 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.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
A tax inspector calls
That's why the unsnappily-titled Joint International Tax Shelter Information and Collaboration network (JITSIC) is gathered in Paris, under the umbrella of the (cumbersomely-monickered) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
This so-called 'rich countries club' has been given the task of pursuing the erosion of countries tax bases by multi-national corporations. That much has been agreed by the G7 developed nations group, and the wider G20.
And in researching this, the OECD has come up with some fairly startling findings about the extent to which multi-nationals game the system. [...] As I noted before, they reckon that between $100bn and $240bn of corporate tax goes unpaid because of these accounting practices
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn David Cameron on tax figures
gov claims - closed loopholes 2010 12bn and this parliament 2015 16bn, ... and putting back 1bn into HMRC after raiding it in 2010. // PMQs: Kuenssberg, Paterson and Benn on Cameron v Corbyn - &! 'Panama Papers' dominate PMQs clashes - //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Government accused of redefining fuel poverty to bring down figures
[ fuel poor if your spend more than 10% of your income on gas and electricity. choice between eating and having a warm home. ] Commons committee says 2.4 million people to be classed as fuel poor rather than 3.2 million under Energy Bill amendments //&! 800,000 people ‘lifted’ out of fuel poverty – by redefining it. David Cameron ‘putting interest of energy firms above ordinary people’ - //&! BBC Panorama - - min 6: estimated 12m people skip meals to pay energy bills. gov had simple definition (10%). Tories missed 2016 target, thus changed definition (LIHC), estimates now 20% of population in fuel poverty, 1 in 5. since fuel poverty was introduced as target (to eradicate), it has been rising steadily! Most pensioners are excluded under new definition. est. 9000 deaths from living in cold home. & 1/2 the members of the Fuel Povery Committee have strong links to energy industry //&!
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Renten: Frauen bekommen nicht mal halb so viel Rente wie Männer - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Gehaltslücke zwischen Männern und Frauen wird im Alter zur riesigen Kluft: Im Schnitt erhält eine Rentnerin in Deutschland 57 Prozent weniger Geld als ein Rentner. Eine Studie zeigt die Gründe. [...] Die WSI-Forscher nennen eine Reihe von Faktoren, die für die Rentenkluft verantwortlich sind: niedrige Erwerbsbeteiligung: Frauen sind und waren weit häufiger gar nicht berufstätig als Männer. hohe Teilzeitquote: Frauen arbeiten häufig nicht Vollzeit. niedrige Entgelte: Aktuell verdienen Frauen im Schnitt 21 Prozent weniger als Männer. Früher, als die jetzigen Rentnerinnen im Berufsleben standen, war die Lücke noch größer. häufige und längere Erwerbsunterbrechungen, etwa durch Kinderbetreuung. häufige Beschäftigung in Minijobs ohne Rentenversicherung
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Kommunalwahl in Hessen: Nichtwähler machen AfD stark - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ symptom ] // Die Rechten sind auf dem Vormarsch. Ihr Erfolg ist auch eine Antwort der Gesellschaft auf eine Krankheit des Kapitalismus, die von den etablierten Parteien ignoriert wird. Und die hat mit den Flüchtlingen nichts zu tun. - //&! Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer "Rich people don't create jobs" - - nobody can afford to buy new stuff. circle of life. customers and businesses. consumer needs to have disposable income //&! Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming -
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
State pension changes: Charity finds 70,000 people won't qualify for pension under new rules | Home News | News | The Independent
Changes to the system coming into effect on 6 April mean that people will need 10 qualifying years to get any new state pension. This is a change from the existing regime which allows people to receive at least some state pension even with only a few years of NICs. [...] Age UK said it supports the aim of a simpler, fairer state pension, acknowledging it should benefit many people with low lifetime earnings due to low pay and caring responsibilities. But the charity is concerned that there are many approaching retirement, particularly women, who do not have a full NI record. [...] "People who haven't built up enough National Insurance can apply for Pension Credit, which works by topping up their other income and provides additional security in retirement.”
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Workers need to put 15% of income into pension, report says | Money | The Guardian
Saving more than three times the present average is necessary to have enough cash in retirement, review for Labour party finds [...] In the House of Commons, Iain Duncan Smith refused to say whether there would be an upper limit on the state pension age in heated exchanges over the government’s review. The work and pensions secretary said the government had launched the review to ensure pensions remained affordable for future generations, but he failed to answer the shadow work and pensions secretary, Owen Smith, when pushed over concerns that workers would have to wait until they were 80 to retire.
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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
Surfer 'not pretty enough to sponsor' - BBC News
Despite being the best female surfer in Brazil, Silvana Lima was refused sponsorship deals because she wasn't considered sufficiently good-looking.
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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
Pegida On Rise As Germany Divided Over Refugees - YouTube
[ symptom ] [ niemand had was ueber 'alle muessen anpacken' gesagt ] [ Holocaust for 3rd gen germans is not shame, its rather a "wird sind besser in allem" "wir koennen das wo andere vor uns ethish moralish humanitaer politisch civil und auch als vollmundiger buerger versagt haben." ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
GPs battle fatalism in neighbourhood with Britain's worst life expectancy | Society | The Guardian
Doctors at new health centre in part of Glasgow known for the wrong reasons say ultimatums to give up smoking, drinking or fatty food just don’t work [...] And while they may live longer than before they do so in poor health, with complex, chronic illnesses. Clinicians call it premature multi-morbidity: patients who may be life-long smokers living with obesity, lung disease or ailing hearts. “Our patients have multiple chronic diseases about 15 to 20 years earlier than in affluent areas. They are living longer in poorer health,” Crawford says. [...] There is a strong sense that smoking is a rare pleasure in a difficult world; beating addiction is harder with great routine stress in daily life. [ self-medication and coping mechanisms ] [...] But they come to you because I don’t make judgments, and they don’t lie to me about how much they’re drinking,” [...] “I suppose you’re trying each time to enable them to finally make that change [...] [ keeping them alive ]
sick  population  health  crisis  deprivation  Perspective  Perspektivlosigkeit  poverty  poverty  in  old  age  food  poverty  Alcohol  substance  abuse  drug  abuse  self-medication  food  abuse  coping  mechanism  diet-related  disease  chronic  diseases  premature  ageing 
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 - //&! Guaranteed Employment & Basic Income - //&! Why the precariat requires a basic income (Prof. Guy Standing) (ENG) - //&! The Precariat: The new dangerous class - Sydney Ideas -
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Women in Tech
[ via pando - ] They surveyed some 200 senior women in the tech world about discrimination. The details from the survey are, in a word, disgusting...
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
FA’s Sue Campbell: women’s football in England is a bit like a patchwork quilt | Football | The Guardian
New head of female game wants to create a coherent strategy across the country and ensure Richard Scudamore and the Premier League are also onside
FIFA  soccer  World  Cup  business  of  sport  gender  inequality  Women  in  womens  sport  Olympics  IOC 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Malnutrition causing thousands of hospital admissions - BBC News
"We often see parents who are going without food so that they can feed their children, and these parents often struggle to afford enough nutritious food for their children too." He said the Trust did not believe anyone should have to go hungry in the UK, and was working with the public, charities and politicians to "find solutions to the underlying causes of food poverty". [...] "Eating and drinking well is critical when it comes to staying healthy and independent, yet this can become more difficult as we get older. [...] She said people were making choices about whether to pay a bill or feed the family. [...] quite often by the time they come through our doors and need to be admitted, the damage is already done.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Patients told to 'Skype your doctor' in bid to relieve Christmas pressure on NHS - Press and Journal
diet, sick population, lifestyle, and going sick into work ( presenteeism ), and not washing hands regularly and door handles / light switches at home. //&! NHS report shows ‘worrying’ gap in life expectancy across north-east. The call comes in the wake of the latest annual report from NHS Grampian’s director of public health – which reveals “persistent health inequalities” between the most and least deprived areas. -
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Food banks have become a lifeline for many, but where is the way out? | Patrick Butler | Society | The Guardian
Back in September 2012, however, when Bestwood and Bulwell food bank opened, Webster did not expect to be hugely busy, confidently believing it could be “run out of a cupboard”. What happened next was terrifying: the initial trickle of referrals turned into a flood, triggered by what Webster calls “downright poverty”. After a year, volunteers were “on their knees” (though they are on their feet again now, he adds), battered not only by the sheer weight of demand, but by the shocking specificity of the deprivation and injustice they encountered: the food bank client who was sanctioned by the jobcentre (had her benefits stopped) for not attending a job search interview even though she told them she was in hospital having chemotherapy; a woman client who asked if the food bank gave out tampons; she had no money and had been forced to use newspaper instead. It troubles him that so much of their work is, on the face of it, due to avoidable failures in state provision, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
One million older people in need 'struggle alone' - BBC News
A million older people in England struggling with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing, are being left to fend for themselves, campaigners say. // [ rationing ] other report shows only 1 in 3 applications for help do pass. << councils more stringent with their criteria who gets help who needs it most //&! More old people in hospital as community care 'starved' – Age UK Charity calls for urgent cash injection amid ‘alarming’ rise in emergency admissions as community health and social care decays -
NHS  Public  Services  Social  Services  austerity  poverty  in  old  age  Altersarmut  UK  bed  blocking  staff  shortage  Big  Society  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  fairness  care 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scottish food bank taskforce holds first meeting - BBC News
The latest figures from the Trussell Trust showed that 117,689 people in Scotland picked up a three-day supply of groceries in 2014/2015, more than eight times the number of users compared with two years ago. [...] "UK government welfare cuts and benefit sanctions have continually pushed more and more people into food poverty and increased the demand and number of food banks in Scotland. "This shocking trend has to stop." [...] The group's recommendations will be used in the Scottish government's Social Justice Action Plan, which aims to help tackle poverty and create fairer opportunities. [...] "We need to find longer term solutions to food poverty. So we welcome the Scottish government convening this new group to find lasting solutions to the problem." [...] The Scottish government currently invests £1m in the Emergency Food Action Plan which supports 26 local food aid projects //&!
Food  Bank  poverty  child  abuse  austerity  UK  2015  SNP  Scotland  public  awareness  public  perception  poverty  child  poverty  poverty  in  old  age  public  health  public  health  policy  subsidizing  subsidies  corporate  welfare  fairness  social  safety  net  welfare  state 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Deutschland: Fast 118.000 Selbstständige sind auf Hartz IV angewiesen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Immer mehr Unternehmer beantragen staatliche Unterstützung. Laut einem Bericht bekamen im vergangenen Jahr fast 118.000 Selbstständige Hartz IV. Besonders schlecht verdienen demnach Leute die als Ein-Personen-Unternehmen arbeiten. [...] Zugleich hat sich die Zahl der Selbstständigen ohne Beschäftigte dem Bericht zufolge seit dem Jahr 2000 von 1,84 auf 2,34 Millionen erhöht. Damit gebe es inzwischen deutlich mehr Solo-Selbstständige als Selbstständige mit Beschäftigten. Deren Zahl habe im vergangenen Jahr bei 1,85 Millionen gelegen. [ << underlying truth of the labour market Germany - precarious. No way to save something for retirement. ]
low  pay  Niedriglohnsektor  lohndumping  Niedriglohn  self-employment  ALG2  Aufstocker  hartz-iv  labour  market  job  market  job  creation  job  security  Sozialer  Abstieg  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  precarious  work  Precariat  Germany  Selbstständigkeit  neoliberalism  neoliberal  social  safety  net  welfare  state  Agenda  2010  Altersarmut  poverty  in  old  age  poverty  recovery  GFC  corporate  welfare  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  fairness  subsidies  subsidizing 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Angela Merkel: Abschottung ist keine Option mehr - SPIEGEL ONLINE &! - Kanzlerin Merkel vor dem Bundestag erklärt zum Zusammenhalt in der EU gemahnt. Man stehe vor "historischen" Prüfungen. //&! Stärken die Flüchtlinge den Standort Deutschland oder kommen hohe Kosten auf die Sozialkassen zu? Der Ökonom Raffelhüschen warnt vor massiven Steuererhöhungen und steigender Altersarmut. - - Schon heute gebe es in Deutschland Hunderttausende unqualifizierte Arbeitslose. "Es kommen jetzt bis zu 1,5 Millionen Menschen dazu, von denen etwa 70 Prozent ebenfalls unqualifiziert sind", sagte Raffelhüschen der Nachrichtenagentur dpa. &! - Geringqualifizierten droht in Deutschland heute häufiger ein Leben in Armut als noch vor zehn Jahren. Mehr als 30 Prozent derjenigen ohne Berufsausbildung und mit höchstens einem Realschulabschluss sind demnach armutsgefährdet. &! Integrationsdebatte: Lammert fordert von Flüchtlingen Anpassung an "Leitkultur" -
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
More patients in Scotland given antidepressants - BBC News
814,181 patients in 2014/15. Since 2009/10, use of antidepressants has increased by 28.5%. Two-thirds of the patients given the drugs were women, with use peaking in the 50-54 age group. The figures indicated antidepressant use was associated with deprivation. They recorded 225,969 patients in the poorest parts of Scotland receiving the drugs, compared with 110,507 in the least deprived areas. The total cost of antidepressants to the NHS in Scotland was £40.8m. The use of lower-cost drugs means this figure has fallen by one-third over the past 10 years. [...] "We are now looking at the flabbergasting statistic of more than one in seven people in Scotland being prescribed antidepressants this year. [...] "The fact that we have seen such substantial increases in prescriptions raises real concerns over whether this reflects shortages in other services, //&! - doubling in 10 years from 10 to 20 million daily doses for NHS Grampian [...] without other forms of treatment.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Lebenserwartung-Studie: Menschen leben länger - jedoch für hohen Preis - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eine aktuelle Studie zeigt, wie unterschiedlich die Lebenserwartung weltweit verteilt ist - und wie viel Zeit wir mit Krankheiten leben. [...] Laut der Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 werden die Menschen immer älter. In den 23 Jahren zwischen 1990 und 2013 ist die weltweite Lebenserwartung um 6,2 Jahre gestiegen. Gleichzeitig zeigen die Ergebnisse aber, dass die gewonnenen Jahre häufig mit einem hohen Preis bezahlt werden: Sie gehen zu Lasten der eigenen Gesundheit. [...] 1. Länger leben, länger krank: [...] Hierzulande haben Menschen, die 2013 geboren wurden, laut den Daten eine Lebenserwartung von 80,7 Jahren. Gesund sind sie davon aber lediglich 68,8 Jahre. [...] Ursache für die ungesunden zusätzlichen Lebensjahre sind oft nicht Krankheiten von Herz und Kreislauf oder Krebs, schreiben die Forscher. Stattdessen listen sie Leiden wie Diabetes, Muskel- und Skeletterkrankungen, mentale Krankheiten, Suchtprobleme, neurologische Erkrankungen sowie Hör- und Sehverlust auf.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What is the 'gig' economy? | FT Comment - YouTube
human capital, HR - as cost center. // trading short-term competitiveness (kick ppl of the book according to demand) but trade it in aggregate with long-term social deprivation and skill gaps and underinvestment. because of dog eat dog mentality than you are incentivised to compete on price, because it is the easiest and you are able to to it with those neoliberal labour reforms in Europe. Don't compete with Amazon on price. Don't compete with China/Asia on price. Stupid.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
I've been viciously attacked for daring to start a women's tech site | Media Network | The Guardian
So yes, my site has ‘feminine’ branding. Yes, we cover fashion and beauty as well as phones and drones. And that is entirely deliberate. It’s okay to be a woman who likes tech. It’s also OK to not like clothes and makeup. But many people seem to believe that to achieve equality, we all have to pretend we’re genderless, faceless ‘users’, and that doesn’t help anyone. Acceptance isn’t about ditching who you are to fit in with the crowd. It’s about the crowd recognising that you have differences and welcoming them.
gender-based  discrimination  gender-based  harassment  #GamerGate  Women  in  Tech  gender  pay  gap  gender  policing  gender  politics  gender  inequality  everyday  sexism  sexism  sexismus  misogyny  Misogynie  Patriarchy  straight  white  male  male  privilege  white  male  privilege  feminism  feminist 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Joseph Stiglitz: It’s Time to Get Radical on Inequality - YouTube
Nobel laureate Stiglitz, author of The Price of Inequality and The Great Divide, studies the forces driving inequality and what is at stake if it continues. In his view, bad economic thinking deserves part of the blame — fanciful ideas like trickle-down and the notion that economists should try to increase the size of the economic pie and let the politicians worry about distribution. On the contrary, Stiglitz sees distribution as a problem economists must confront. He warns that an economic system that doesn’t raise standards of living for most Americans is a failure. [...] monopoly rent = too big to fail/tbtf (bailout) == cost to society/economic damage == where was antitrust!? monopolies are less productive & costly eventually in the long-term. rent exploitation through lobby! [...] this is bad for everyone, rising inequality, lower inequality is an econ multiplier // &! The Great Divide with Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich - &! NEET
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
bethanye Blount Velocity NY 2014 Keynote: "Build a Better Unicorn..." - YouTube
>> lot has already been blogged about how hiring for STEM is somewhat broken - // because of existing stakeholder look and talk the same and have the same education background. living in their own created bubble. prejudice against everything that is not them. --- thats what I read into the satus quo description. // &! &! OSCON 2013: Laura Weidman Powers, "Diversity in the Innovation Economy" - &!
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 558: News Roundtable! Reddit, tech outages, hackers gone wild, sex scandals, luxury pot, - YouTube
>> Ellen Pao wasnt alone, there was Sam Altman and Alexis Ohanian who also aversaw 1) how to make AMAs and Co reddits a business avenue (he plan of how to make money without asking / consulting all stakeholders!) and 2) its lack of mod and community support on a lasting basis and 3) to fire Victoria, and secret santa founder and SVP of product bc they did were not on the same line with the head honchos how to make money with Reddit. Period. Ellen Pao was not the sole decision maker. The board obviously was behind her. /// &&&!!!
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Noyce and the Rise of Silicon Valley (2009) - YouTube
BBC Docu about history (its past) of Silicon Valley. // &! Something Ventured - Something Ventured is a 2011 documentary film investigating the emergence of American venture capitalism in the mid-20th Century.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Lionesses welcomed home with 'sexist' FA tweet - BBC News
discrediting indirectly by highlighting what they are ... mothers, daughters, partners, ... not professional soccer players who have league play one week later. /// &!
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Sheryl Sandberg - Mobile Uploads - - "We're women from different parts of the globe, now living and working in the tech centre of Europe - Berlin. Our skills cover design, marketing, communications and development, so you're in good hands." -
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
SPIEGEL.TV - Freital (Sachsen) - Buerger gegen Asylbewerberheime
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Arbeitsmarkt: Prekäre Beschäftigung belastet Privatleben - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Leiharbeiter, Minijobber und Teilzeitbeschäftigte müssen nicht nur mit geringem Einkommen vorlieb nehmen. Die Berufssituation wirkt sich einer Studie zufolge auch negativ auf ihr Privatleben aus. Besonders bei Frauen. [...] Dabei betrachten die Forscher atypische Beschäftigung nicht pauschal als Teufelswerk, betonen aber den zwiespältigen Charakter: Während Arbeitnehmer befristete Stellen und Leiharbeit ganz überwiegend unfreiwillig und mangels alternativer Angebote übernähmen, sehe das bei Teilzeit- oder Minijobs auf den ersten Blick teilweise anders aus. Insbesondere Frauen entschieden sich häufig bewusst für einen solchen Job, um mehr Zeit für die Familie zu haben. Doch selbst wenn es sich "oberflächlich betrachtet" um eine freiwillige Wahl handele, steckten dahinter oftmals "strukturelle Zwänge", wie etwa fehlende Möglichkeiten der Kinderbetreuung oder die geringe Bereitschaft der Arbeitgeber, den Bedürfnissen von Familien Rechnung zu tragen.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
David Cameron speech: I'll end welfare merry-go-round - BBC News
Cameron thinks corporations will pay living wage instead of minimum wage & hire full-time only. &! "We are all in this together." &! punishment over incentives (personal), guidance&practical help; JSA claimants are put on private agency lists who get a referral bonus if they put them in work. Scheme, since introduction it seems, was neither a success nor failure. Numbers are kept under wraps. // "It comes amid a debate over plans for £12bn in welfare cuts, the details of which have not been revealed. [...] According to the Treasury, about 4.5 million families received child and working tax credits in 2013-4, nearly 70% of which were in some form of employment. [ flexible labour market conditions (liberal economic reforms) introduced massive rise in precarious employment ] // - "You identify a million people who you'd like to take £1,000 away from and I'll do it." [Speech was 4 grounding a message/theme for the cuts ahead] &!
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Intel Capital’s Lisa Lambert on the firm’s new $125 million Diversity Fund | PandoDaily
The plan is to invest in what we think is representative of the global society. All the data points to more diversity in our country and across the globe. As these communites have more influence and more purchasing power, they should be involved in the development of products that are going to serve the market they represent. We think it is good business. Designing products and investing in companies that Intel can partner with that serve these communities. [...] But also, from a practical standpoint, if you look at the venture capital community as a whole, it is pretty homogenous in terms of demographic breakdown. I think a lot of them aren’t sourcing these diverse deals because they don’t have access to those networks and have those communities. [...] I think the perception that there wouldn’t be deal flow, and what we found is that that is most definitely not true. [...] It’s not the pure tech, hard tech company that you’d expect Intel to invest in, but Intel is branching out.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
What an Anti-Poverty Movement Looks Like (It’s Not What You Think) |
The truth is, there isn’t a millionaire in the world that could craft a coherent welfare policy. Programs that require you to quit your job to attend job training courses to get benefits, because nobody remembered to write in an exception, or misunderstandings about the differences in generational vs. situational poverty – those exist because the wealthy tried to imagine what poverty must be like. And they guessed wrong. A strong anti-poverty movement will be led by the people who understand what poverty really is, why it happens, how we could create workable solutions. A strong movement will be made up of the people who are poverty experts because they have lived in poverty. There is no one leader in this movement; there can’t be. It has to be a broad coalition of strange bedfellows, because there are 45 million people living in poverty in America. That many people can’t look like any one thing.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Die Lüge vom Wirtschaftswunder - Marshall Plan, D Mark, die Korruption des Ludwig Erhard - YouTube
Brain drain from east to west Germany! most important in Germany's post-war economic history! human capital and intellectual property. // 2nd - 50% debt jubilee for Germany & other European countries did forgoe war reparations bc USA pressured them and promised them Germany will produce machinery and material (enabled by war time industrial parks) that will rebuild Europe. // - Mythos Trümmerfrauen - Mehr Wunsch als Wirklichkeit
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Ellen Pao Says Silicon Valley Isn’t A Meritocracy. It’s Not. | TechCrunch
Pao also took issue with the “pipeline issue” excuse for not hiring diversely. “I hate the pipeline issue,” Pao said. “It allows people to say, ‘I’m doing my best, it’s out of my hands. There’s a whole slew of things that can make it more fair.'” Swisher said she felt the same way about unconscious bias: It allows people to absolve themselves of responsibility for bias. Pao said she did not think Silicon Valley, a place where it’s possible to have all white male meetings all day every day, was a meritocracy. “I think SV aspires to be a true meritocracy … but there is not an even track to success. No. With 6% women in VC, level of funding for women-led startups, it just doesn’t seem that that could possibly be the case.” // Williams leads unconscious bias workshops that aim to educate employees on the science behind decision-making and encourage a "culture where employees are comfortable with -- & held accountable for -- calling out prejudice, both blatant and subtle.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Silicon Valley is Lying to You (by GQ)
We're forever thankful to Silicon Valley for giving us the iPhone, omnipotent search engines, and swipe-simple hookups. But now that America's most vaunted industry has also become its most self-satisfied, Silicon Valley is veering toward fall-of-Rome territory. Which is why it needs to blow up these seven myths about itself before it's too late // Myth #1: Silicon Valley Is the Universe's Only True Meritocracy. Myth #2: Silicon Valley Is Bringing Us Closer Together. What new human contact these start-ups actually do foster is barely human contact at all—everything is mediated through an algorithm, a button, a swipe, or a GPS beacon. Myth #3: Younger Is Smarter, Safer, and Inarguably Better. Myth #4: School Is for Suckers, Just Drop Out [ Income disparaty between high school degree and college degree will widen further during the Industrial Revolution 2.0. Not everybody can be lucky, creating a unicorn while driving Uber +3 days a week ].
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
OECD: Vermögen in Deutschland sind besonders ungleich verteilt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wie sind die Vermögen in den Industriestaaten verteilt? Eine neue OECD-Studie zeigt: In Deutschland klaffen Besitzverhältnisse und Einkommen auseinander. // moving again to a world where winner takes almost all. duopolies/oligopolies
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Headline Numbers: How do you measure inequality? - BBC News
Research from the Institute for Policy Studies found that in 2014, bonuses paid to Wall Street employees had been double the total annual pay earned by all Americans who worked full-time at the federal minimum wage. I crunched the numbers and it turned out that the same was true for the UK. [...] The Office for National Statistics (ONS) had figures out on Wednesday based on the definition that people were in poverty if their income was below 60% of the median level (to find the median income, line up all the people in the country in order of income and take the middle one). It found that almost a third of the UK population had experienced poverty in at least one of the years between 2010 and 2013, which is very high by European standards. The OECD sets out a summary of what has happened to examples of all three of these measures. Across its 34 member countries, the Gini Coefficient rose gradually from 1996, fell slightly for the financial crisis and then resumed its upward path.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works
“I don’t particularly think that the existing computer science curriculum has been effective for anybody. It needs to be situated in a real-world or meaningful context so people understand why they’re doing it. That doesn’t make it less rigorous — students learn the same things, but in a different way.” — National Center for Women & Information Technology co-founder Lucy Sanders // like applied science, building stuff, real world things as team projects over the course of the whole semester, away from the math, theories, dry textbooks, learning by doing - figuring it out by trial end error (failure),
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
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