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Ilhan Omar is right about the influence of the Israel lobby | Alex Kotch | Opinion | The Guardian
Following the Ilhan Omar controversy, it’s incredibly important to be able to decipher between real antisemitism and basic political facts [...] Omar’s controversial tweets noted two important realities. First, money is a huge problem, and motivator, in Washington. Second, Aipac is a powerful group that uses its money to influence the policy decisions of members of Congress. As both Mehdi Hasan and Ryan Grim detail in the Intercept, Aipac officials have bragged about their power over Washington lawmakers.
Israel  lobby  Politics  antisemitism  Antisemitismus  Labour  vested  interest  UK  USA  history  Palestine  special  interests 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Crusher of Sacred Cows – Rolling Stone
With its silly swipes at AOC, the American political establishment is once again revealing its blindness to its own unpopularity [...] The mortification on the Republican side has come more from media figures than actual elected officials. Still, there are plenty of people like Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) doing things like denouncing “this girl, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whatever she is” for preaching “socialism wrapped in ignorance.” A group of GOP House members booed her on the floor, to which she replied, “Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas.” [...] The latter issue, of course, is the real problem most of Washington has with “AOC”: her self-generated popularity and large social media presence means she doesn’t need to ask anyone’s permission to say anything. [...] She doesn’t have to run things by donors and she doesn’t need the assent of thinkfluencers like Cillizza or Max Boot (who similarly compared her to both Trump and Sarah Palin), because she almost certainly gains popularity every time one of those nitwits takes a swipe at her.
AOC  Alexandria  Ocasio-Cortez  Washington  bubble  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  USA  1% 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
(2179) Volksdroge Alkohol – warum dürfen wir uns zu Tode trinken? | DokThema | Doku - YouTube
die Kosten des Alkohols:
health economics 10x mehr kosten als steuern und arbeitsplaetze
alkohol steuer + werbeverbot (1mrd eur pro jahr deutschland) + verfuegbarkeitseinschaenkungen
Alcohol  public  health  prevention  Cancer  self-medication  abuse  NAFLD  obesity  economics  nudge  lobby  vested  interest 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Bacon-cancer link: head of UN agency at heart of furore defends its work | Society | The Guardian
Bacon-cancer link: head of UN agency at heart of furore defends its work
IARC’s outgoing director attacks vested interests of critics but admits it could have communicated better [...] Its outgoing director, Christopher Wild, fiercely defended the decisions and transparency of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), attacking the vested interests of its critics, many of whom are from multinational corporations.
meat  cancer  public  health  prevention  lobby  vested  interest  glyphosate 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
US agribusiness lobbyists paid for trip by David Davis | Politics | The Guardian
US agribusiness lobbyists paid for trip by David Davis
The E Foundation worked with UK thinktank on Brexit and is alleged to favour weakening EU food regulations
Brexit  lobby  Lobbying  lobbyist  vested  interest 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
(13584) JOEL BENJAMIN on Why The Public Are Kept In The Dark - YouTube
Councils took out high-interest loans from highstreet banks (vs low from via gov) + PFI, now running against the wall
- http://lada.debtresistance.uk/what-is-a-lobo/

LOBO loans
UK  Austerity  Council  PFI  bankruptcy  high  interest  loan  LOBO 
october 2018 by asterisk2a
The UK Refused To Raid A Company Suspected Of Money Laundering, Citing Its Tory Donations
A national scandal: The government refused to help a French investigation into money laundering and tax fraud - citing the fact the company is "the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party"
Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  fraud  money  laundering  London  UK  vested  interest  lobby  HMRC  tax  evasion  avoidance  Theresa  May  JAM 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
Tool 'names and shames' hidden drug trials - BBC News
Some pharmaceutical organisations have been accused of burying unfavourable drug and medical test results.

Dr Ben Goldacre, who devised the website, told the BBC he hoped it would "nudge" institutions into properly disclosing data.
big  pharmaceutical  medical–industrial  complex  lobby  vested  interest  pharma  Transparency  Cancer  CVD  patient  safety  shareholder  dividend  CEO  pay  profit  maximisation 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
(5499) Kein Stress mit dem Gewicht - Faszination Wissen - ganze Sendung vom 11.5.2015 - YouTube
20:00 "stress esser" //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42788280 - Chronic stress disrupts our sleep and our blood sugar levels. This leads to increased hunger and comfort eating. &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxb1A3Q1vC8 - Escaping The Dietary Pleasure Trap - Alan Goldhamer DC - FULL TALK eg ice cream cold is too sweet. // Book Salt Sugar Fat.
fast  food  self-medication  abuse  junk  western  diet  S.A.D.  public  health  chronic  stress  poverty  trap  hormones  signals  reward  salt  sugar  fat  evolution  CVD  obesity  overweight  Cancer  dopamine  cortisol  metabolism  emotions  sickcare  mental  NHS  prevention  healthcare  exploitation  food–industrial  lobby  complex  vested  interest  weightloss  bariatric  surgery  diabetes  shiftwork  circadian  rhythm  sleep  Hygiene  alcohol  alcoholism  superficial  artificial  pleasure  processed 
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. //&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YU9djt_CQM - Authoritarianism: The political science that explains Trump &! https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-Skala_(Autorit%C3%A4re_Pers%C3%B6nlichkeit) &! Democratic Backsliding (salami tactic) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF-Tdsvk0tI - 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
Coca-Cola to sell smaller bottles at higher prices in response to sugar tax | Society | The Guardian
Coca-Cola is to use smaller bottles and sell at higher prices rather than alter its famous sugar-laden secret recipe, while Irn-Bru faces a growing consumer backlash over fears a new lower sugar version will ruin Scotland’s national soft drink.
sugar  tax  nanny  state  lobby  nudge  taxation  food  obesity  public  health  CVD  overweight  UK  NHS  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  self-medication  abuse  food–industrial  complex  vested  interest 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Sugar industry withheld research effects of sucrose 50 years ago, study claims | Science | The Guardian
http://www.spiegel.de/gesundheit/ernaehrung/zuckerlobby-und-wissenschaft-die-bittere-geschichte-von-projekt-259-a-1179551.html // See the Vegan Cardiologist Kim Williams arguing that it is fats meat beef and processed starches food sugar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4TMsRKOe8Q // and the problem w evidence-based medicine and statistics and research manipulation // and see the new guidelines when to prescribe statins (now earlier) re chronic sick population v side effects v benefits // The problem could be much bigger than the two ISRF studies the researchers have scrutinised. The researchers conclude that the debates we now have on sugar’s effects on our health are potentially rooted in six decades of the sugar industry’s manipulation of scientific evidence.
CVD  Cancer  obesity  diabetes  overweight  Sugar  Tax  taxation  meat  public  health  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  conflict  microbiome  Stroke  Statins  Statin  S.A.D.  processed  food  food–industrial  diet  lifestyle  sedentary  inactive  WHO  prevention  whole-food  plant-based  Fat  Salt  book  NHS  sickcare  healthcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  GP 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Cancer tests in supermarket car parks to be launched by NHS | The Independent
- see the caveat of boosing your survival, measured by 5 years only from diagnoses, to diagnose earlier ... patient will still die from mostly majority of lung cancers anyway after the 5 year mark. but statistically counted as survivor. it is farcical. unethical moral especially considering anyways deadly diseases. does not help mental and well being. especially normal folk don't understand medical statistics cancer and evidence-based medicine. and ct scan(s) are NOT harmless, duh. Sure you identified a risk group smokers and ex smokers. but you don't do active screening for tgct for undescended testicle patients. see also the debate and conclusive evidence about breast cancer self-examination and mammography (nil benefit for the patient, over treatment over mis diagnoses, unneccesary interventions). &! https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4968781/early-cancer-detection-survival-rate/
NHS  prevention  public  health  screening  evidence-based  medicine  Cancer  crisis  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  conflict  medical  research  profit  maximisation 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Finance trumps patients at every level – UK healthcare needs an inquiry | Aseem Malhotra | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian
tl;dr Diet & Lifestyle changes of the nation in the short-, medium- and long-term term can help (substantially) save the NHS. // A full public inquiry on the scale of Chilcot into the Iraq war may ultimately be required to overhaul a system where at every level financial interest continues to trump what’s best for patients – not only to improve the quality of care, but to restore trust in medical research. Until then, NHS England, the BMA and the Department of Health must make it a national priority to emphasise to patients that less medicine and healthier lifestyles are the most important solutions to sustaining the NHS. // statistics use in medical research and patient selection and reporting issue. absolute risk v % of all patients. // Such statistical and health illiteracy, far from being the exception, is actually the norm. The majority of healthcare professionals seem unable to understand medical literature. One study revealed 70% of those on a training programme failed a simple test on their understanding of evidence-based medicine.
NHS  crisis  big  pharma  BMA  pharmaceutical  lobby  vested  interest  profit  maximisation  rationing  treatment  delay  waiting  times  GP  A&E  prevention  public  health  sickcare  healthcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  obesity  diabetes  economic  damage  OECD  S.A.D.  diet  western  lifestyle  sedentary  inactive  revolving  door  conflict  research  Statins  Statin  CVD  Cancer  overweight  disabled  medical  statistics  risk  patient  safety  literacy 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
More than 24,000 Scots hospitalised because of drinking
50p minimum price per one unit of alcohol, to come into effect March 2018, after years of legal fight against the alc lobby vested interest. (Sugar Tax, ) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42066394 - Minimum pricing has been broadly welcomed by health bodies and alcohol awareness groups, who say it will target the kind of drinking that leads to the greatest harm. //
People from the most deprived areas are nearly eight times more likely to need help, according to the NHS. There were 36,235 alcohol-related hospital admissions last year - the equivalent of more than 100 a day. They involved 24,060 individual patients - up from the 35,376 admissions involving 23,656 patients the previous year. Alcohol-related admissions had been falling for almost a decade but the latest figures show there were 685.2 hospital admissions per 100,000 people last year - an annual increase of almost 2%. //&! http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/drink-related-hospital-stays-on-the-rise-1-4619230
NHS  Scotland  Alcohol  minimum  pricing  alcoholism  deprivation  addiction  coping  mechanism  maladaptive  Austerity  poverty  trap  Precariat  binge  drinking  Society  class  Gesellschaft  Sociology  working  poor  Council  childhood  care  Policy  public  health  prevention  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  mental  psychology  psychiatry  depression  aus­sichts­los  hoffnungslos  hopelessness  hopeless  Aussichtslosigkeit  human  condition  humanity  homeless  homelessness  abuse  substance  Opioid  war  on  drugs  tobacco  food–industrial  complex  Sugar  processed  food  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  profit  maximisation  obesity  liver  overweight 
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. // &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKXWelf-ZvA - 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) //&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNj89ohoYQ0 - American Epidemic: The Nation's Struggle With Opioid Addiction WSJ &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfe8pol6OG4 - The Opioid Effect: An Ohio Family Rebuilds After Addiction VICE //&! AMERICA ADDICTED - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w67IDMY2tn8 - A community overwhelmed by opioids &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGITecuBEHQ - Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin - watering down regulation and oversight. &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPk6VinYG-k - How Big Pharma & Cartels Got America Addicted to Heroin with Jason Smith &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnviuDOvhlg - US Addiction Epidemic Fuelled By Pharma Corporations (2015) "pill mill" &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmJEY1CTgKg - Why Portsmouth, Ohio Became The Epicentre of America's Opioid Crisis &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lof9_iPAWAY - Opioid Crisis in Maine &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQtCTxO2hTM - Narcan On The Rise &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNWU6XSjb-c - Heroin's Children: Inside the US opioid crisis - Fault Lines
addiction  coping  chronic  stress  abuse  opioid  dopamine  crisis  epidemic  narcotics  war  on  drugs  USA  painkillers  economic  damage  workforce  Precariat  working  poor  structural  unemployment  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  insecurity  trap  poverty  inequality  American  Dream  secular  stagnation  wage  income  growth  Productivity  output  gap  GFC  history  Super  Rich  1%  trickle-down  Sociology  socioeconomic  Society  Gesellschaft  Xanax  fentanyl  alcohol  heroin  overdose  Consumerism  mental  health  well-being  wellbeing  Capitalism  Consumer  Selbstdarstellung  consumption  Austerity  welfare  state  neoliberalism  OxyContin  lobby  pharma  pharmaceutical  BigPharma  revolving  door  vested  interest  Regulation  regulators  self-regulation  substance 
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. - https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/79jmuh/almost_all_the_10_million_jobs_created_since_2005/
USA  economic  history  workers  trade  union  recovery  GFC  secular  stagnation  social  income  mobility  inequality  job  creation  Precariat  working  poor  security  insecurity  1099  gig  economy  Self-Employment  part-time  Uber  on-demand  profit  maximisation  capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  benefits  welfare  state  tax  credits  evasion  avoidance  Austerity  BarackObama  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD  poverty  trap  post-racial  American  Dream  UK  Germany  btw17  lobby  vested  interest  No  Representation  employment  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  Werkvertrag  Agenda  2010  Agenda2010 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Should the Government Bring Back Trust-Busting? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
A de-concentration of economic power would lift up the middle class. Antitrust law was formerly used to reduce inequality, fight corruption and create a politically stable social contract all at once. [...] “Monopoly constitutes the death of capitalism and the genesis of authoritarian government.”
anti-trust  trust-busting  monopoly  oligarchy  oligopol  oligopoly  Super  Rich  bank  bailout  TBTF  lobby  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  revolving  door  vested  interest  groups  Workers  Rights  Union  Trade  globalisation  globalization  Exploitation  accountability  tax  evasion  avoidance  middle  class  Amazon  Google  Microsoft  Capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Facebook 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Assumed safety of widespread pesticide use is false, says top government scientist | Environment | The Guardian
“The effects of dosing whole landscapes with chemicals have been largely ignored by regulatory systems,” the scientists said. “This can and should be changed.” They contrast this situation with pharmaceuticals, for which there is a system of rigorous global monitoring after a drug is approved in case adverse effects emerge.

“Vigilance on the scale that is required for medicines does not exist to assess the effects of pesticides in the environment,” they said. They cite the UK as an example of one of the most developed regulatory systems: “Yet it has no systematic monitoring of pesticide residues in the environment. There is no consideration of safe pesticide limits at landscape scales.”
ecological  ecology  environment  Environmental  impact  public  health  water  air  pollution  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  WHO  glyphosate  Monsanto  vested  interest  organic  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Millennials spend three times more of income on housing than grandparents | Society | The Guardian
Millennials are spending three times more of their income on housing than their grandparents yet are often living in worse accommodation, says a study launched by former Conservative minister David Willetts that warns of a “housing catastrophe”. [....] They are four times as likely to rent privately than two generations ago, a sector which has the worst record for housing quality, the report claims.
Millennials  UK  housing  crisis  affordable  social  Generation  Rent  Generationengerechtigkeit  babyboomers  baby  boomers  disposable  discretionary  income  Spending  Generationy  GenY  oligopol  oligopoly  Corruption  lobby  vested  interest  bubble  underinvestment  Austerity  debt  revolving  door  asset  distortion  London  Productivity  output  gap  skills  student  loan  GFC  mortgage  risk  recovery  secular  stagnation  lost  lostdecade  decade  history  Margaret  Thatcher 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS 'sleepwalking into stroke crisis' unless more funding found for research into prevention (From HeraldScotland)
A report, by the Stroke Association and carried out at Queen Mary University of London and London School of Economics, estimates that a £10 million investment in research into interventions such as blood pressure management, treatments for atrial fibrillation which increases the risk of stroke, and treatments to prevent haemorrhagic stroke - the deadliest type - would cut by 114,000 the number of people living with a stroke in UK by 2035.
CVD  stroke  big  pharma  vested  interest  public  health  chronic  sick  population  Disabled  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  care  demand  NHS  Prevention  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  sedentary  food–industrial  complex  junk  fast  food  lobby 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Revealed: how loopholes allowed pro-Brexit campaign to spend ‘as much as necessary to win’ | openDemocracy
New tranche of Electoral Commission emails show how Vote Leave gave a student £675,000 overnight – and the worrying implications for British democracy.
Brexit  lobby  vested  interest 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
EU report on weedkiller safety copied text from Monsanto study | Environment | The Guardian
Exclusive: EU’s food safety watchdog recommended that glyphosate was safe but pages of report were identical to application from pesticide maker
Monsanto  glyphosate  lobby  European  Union  herbicide  pesticide  carcinogen  carcinogenic  fungicide  corruption  vested  interest 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW unter Kartellverdacht: Einmal Schrottpresse - SPIEGEL ONLINE
das Wort der Industrie kein Verlass ist. [...] Problem für die Branche, von der in Deutschland fast jeder siebte Arbeitsplatz abhängt. //&! http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/volkswagen-audi-porsche-bmw-und-daimler-unter-kartellverdacht-a-1159052.html - Die deutsche Autoindustrie hat sich seit den Neunzigerjahren in geheimen Arbeitskreisen über die Technik, Kosten, Zulieferer und sogar über die Abgasreinigung ihrer Dieselfahrzeuge abgesprochen. Das belegt eine Art Selbstanzeige, die der VW-Konzern nach Informationen des SPIEGEL bei den Wettbewerbsbehörden eingereicht hat. Es könnte einer der größten Kartellfälle der deutschen Wirtschaftsgeschichte werden. &! http://www.politico.eu/article/daimler-volkswagen-bmw-porsche-audi-siemens-the-dishonest-germans/
Abgasskandal  VW  BMW  Audi  Mercedes  Diesel  CO2  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  European  Union  cartel  collusion  bribery  lobby  revolving  door  neoliberal  neoliberalism  capitalism  profit  maximisation  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  public  health  air  noise  pollution  Trust  governance  corporate  welfare  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  science  big  pharma  tobacco  pharmaceutical  vested  interest  Military–industrial  food–industrial  conglomerate  tax  evasion  avoidance  Glaubwürdigkeit  Journalism  journalismus  Absprache  Bundeskartellamt  Diesel-Gate  Abgas-Affäre  Porsche  Daimler  Dieselskandal 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Saudi Arabia has 'clear link' to UK extremism, report says - BBC News
The Henry Jackson Society said there was a "clear and growing link" between Islamist organisations in receipt of overseas funds, hate preachers and Jihadist groups promoting violence.
The foreign affairs think tank called for a public inquiry into the role of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.
The UK's Saudi Arabian embassy says the claims are "categorically false".
Ministers are under pressure to publish a report on UK-based Islamist groups.
The Home Office report into the existence and influence of Jihadist organisations, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, has reportedly yet to be completed amid questions as to whether it will ever be published. &! http://henryjacksonsociety.org/2017/03/05/islamist-terrorism-analysis-of-offences-and-attacks-in-the-uk-1998-2015/
Saudi  Arabia  ISIS  Middle  East  War  on  Terror  Military–industrial  complex  vested  interest  UK  USA  Germany  Wahhabism  Islam  Muslim  Sharia  Law  Ideology  Extremism  radicalism  radicalisation 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
(1487) Shane Smith Investigates The True Cost of Climate Denial (VICE on HBO: Season 5, Episode 1) - YouTube
same tactics in tobacco, meat, climate = seeding doubt & creating a debate about scientific consensus. "doc merchants of doubt" // climate change cost will be astronomical! // public attitude //
climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  FEMA  economic  damage  denial  science  doubt  PR  language  communication  public  health  economics  lobby  lobbying  revolving  door  Career  Politicians  Tobacco  Debate  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  medical–industrial  agriculture  industry  cost  fossil  fuel  shareholder  fiduciary  responsibility  profit  maximisation  drought  flood  flash  flooding  national  security  vested  interest 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Why don't we elect MPs by proportional representation? - BBC News
FPTP is no more fit for purpose in a diverse country like UK! two-party system is out-dated /// "Millions of voters feel they are unrepresented in parliament - whether it is because they live in one of hundreds of 'safe seats' across the country, or because they feel forced to 'hold their nose' and opt for a 'lesser evil' rather than the party they truly support." // rule by majority is not democratic! especially in environment where corporate lobby w vested interest can water down anything at will! see sugar tax, climate change, air pollution etc. // and not to forget the right win media lobby landscape - owning 70% of newspapers.
GE2017  FPTP  electoral  reform  UK  No  Representation  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  Capitalism  media  landscape  Generationengerechtigkeit  sustainability 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen: Wie Wirtschaftskrisen Populisten helfen - Kolumne - SPIEGEL ONLINE
All das passt zu Zahlen, wonach - auch in Deutschland - eine große Minderheit seit Jahrzehnten real an Einkommen verliert. Und der Abstand zwischen Gewinnern und Verlierern atemberaubend groß geworden ist. Und es passt zum verbreiteten Gefühl, dass nur noch schwer nachzuvollziehen ist, welche Macht Konzerne ausüben. Und wie wenig die Regierungen dem noch entgegenzusetzen haben. [...] All das lässt sich nicht mit ein bisschen mehr Konjunktur beseitigen. Wie der französische Ökonom Thomas Piketty diagnostiziert hat, gibt es eine fast automatische Verschärfung der Ungleichheit - schon weil mit großem Geld mehr zu verdienen ist als mit harter Arbeit.
DonaldTrump  MarineLePen  Donald  Trump  Brexit  UKIP  UK  USA  Germany  AfD  France  Frankreich  Populism  demagogue  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  White  Supremacy  Centrist  GFC  recovery  secular  stagnation  dot.com  Abstiegsangst  Middle  Class  Precariat  working  poor  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  Austerity  Schuldenbremse  Fiscal  Pact  European  Union  Privatisation  workers  trade  Hartz-IV  ALG2  Aufstocker  Altersarmut  Globalisation  insecurity  Geert  Wilders  Protest  Vote  voterturnout  turnout  Democracy  inequality  gini  coefficient  Super  Rich  1%  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  tax  evasion  avoidance  lobby  TTIP  CETA  income  distribution  poverty  trap  Kapital  vested  interest  Capital  Thomas  Piketty  structural  unemployment  underemployed  underemployment  part-time 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Labour to oppose 'Henry VIII powers' being used to rewrite EU laws | Politics | The Guardian
[ no moderation, moderation is gone. Global Britain is here. 'indyref2 wil happen one way or another. no opposition and no say will infuriate Scots even more eventually ] It is expected that this will involve extensive use of “Henry VIII powers” – laws allowing ministers to change primary legislation (government bills) using secondary legislation (orders that go through parliament with little or no scrutiny). [...] Corbyn said Labour would oppose handing ministers such extensive powers when the House of Commons votes on the great repeal bill. [ less accountability, transparency, democracy, representation ... more technical! technocracy! that was voted actually against as it is practiced in EU ... the irony ] //&! The Observer view on triggering article 50. As Britain hurtles towards the precipice, truth and democracy are in short supply - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/26/observer-editorial-triggering-of-article-50-jeopardises-60-years-of-unparalleled-peace
Brexit  Theresa  May  far-right  alt-right  right-wing  nasty  party  Conservative  Tories  House  of  Commons  Opposition  Labour  Jeremy  Corbyn  JAM  neoliberalism  democracy  No  Representation  workers  trade  Union  rights  Whitehall  Westminster  Parliament  lobby  revolving  door  interest  groups  UK  FPP  Populism  Nationalism  DailyMail  Daily  Mail  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  Super  Rich  Austerity  NHS  1%  10%  Privatisation  Prison  Police  Surveillance-Industrial  complex  Military–industrial  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  corporatism  technocrat  technocracy  accountability  debate  Transparency  Article50  Article  50 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexit: Singapore bank UOB suspends London property loans
"With foreign exchange risks, even if the value of the overseas property rises, any gains will be eroded if the country's currency depreciates against the Singapore dollar," Mr Tok explained. // Chinese (and Asian) love their Betongold (most likely to be around 50% of their portfolio). Now in the hole because GBP lost 10%. But doesn't account for Yuan depreciation/devaluation.
Forex  GBP  devaluation  British  Pound  FX  Brexit  property  bubble  London  speculative  bubble  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  distortion  hunt  for  yield  Interest  Rate  Swap  Beton  Gold  Betongold 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Gawker was irresponsible, but the precedent Peter Thiel is setting is dangerous - Vox
on.recode.net/1X9iL3U - Denton's letter is a direct response to Thiel's recent New York Times interview in which he proudly took credit for stealth funding various lawsuits against Gawker, with the explicit purpose of bringing down the digital publisher. //&! https://twitter.com/Jason/status/736598373793292289 - 1/What an ugly mess @nicknotned v @peterthiel is, forcing us to pick between the freedom of the press & the freedom to live a private life. //&! Gawker's homophobic, years-long crusade to out James Franco: http://thebea.st/1MgPI8c //&! New York Times Is Very Concerned About Billionaire Media Investors—But Not Their Billionaire Investor - bit.ly/1THwEQf
journalism  journalismus  journalist  Super  Rich  plutocracy  oligarchy  free  speech  freedom  of  press  Peter  Thiel  Gawker  Gawker  Media  Tabloid  Privacy  NYT  NYTimes  conflict  of  interest 
may 2016 by asterisk2a
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
Director: Alex Gibney / Writer: Alex Gibney //&! https://youtu.be/zY5UuWkVq8g //&! all the bad fish got away! only the shark got caught // party and campaign financiers; wall street: fossil fuel followed by the emergence of silicon valley firms. // congress does not serve american people. average citizen does not have a voice. ... congress need of money exploited, fighting each other with more and more money! getting a leg up on your opponent. who they get the money to be elected or re-elected? those who have already money! [...] public finance would end it!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
"PanamaPapers" ist "noch nicht zuende"
Harald Schumann ("Tagesspiegel") bedauert, dass die Auswahlkriterien bei den "PanamaPapers" nicht erklärt wurden. Verschwörungstheorien, der ICIJ wäre gesteuert, hält er für "völligen Quatsch". // namen aus aller welt. deutsche privat personen nicht genannt weil sie nicht in der oeffentlichkeit stehen? und man kein strafdelikt finden kann (used legal tax loophole) - das war die antwort der sueddeutschen. "ueber 1000 deutsche namen" [...] downside to wikileaks! //&! "PanamaPapers" eine ICIJ-Verschwörung? "Das ist Kokolores!" - youtu.be/Rw3VlVapUP4 - Lux Leaks - Swiss Leaks - ... [...] filtering who to write about. not everyone who used the service will not be named. why those (names and evidence) are not forwarded to justice department/steueramt is a bit WTF! keine "verdacht-bericht-erstattung."
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
What the Panama Papers Tells Us About Global Capitalism
never seen David Cameron red-faced, so much! [...] sold in 2010!? And what was before that time? The time he was a MP!? [...] we are not all in this together, for sure! // book the hidden wealth of nations. - 7-8trn tax evasion and avoidance - not taxed. //&! Rumble - Just like FDR - Bernie Welcomes the GE CEO Hatred... - youtu.be/jT7NIoDS1gw - taking advantage of the tax laws THEY MADE.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Sovietization of capitalism (E723) - YouTube
BIS 100% of private debt and finance sector larger than 3.9% of economy bad ... and siphoning off talent from more productive fields of work. And finance favours lending to property and land (low productivity). [...] financial products (derivatives) do not help economy. is just a financial product, fee collection. rentier! rent-seeking behaviour! fees fees fees. (JP Morgan, 89% of profits, see interview) [...] QE reflated asset prices/share prices! // In the second half, Max interviews David Graeber about his new book, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres to step down - BBC News
Ms Figueres said she would not accept an extension of her appointment which finishes this summer. As executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, she played a key role in the talks that lead to the Paris Climate Agreement. Her contribution to the negotiation process was praised as "really extraordinary". [...] Ms Figueres has announced her decision to stand down in the same week as the President of the Paris conference, Laurent Fabius, announced he was stepping aside from that role. He is being replaced by French environment minister Segolene Royal.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - YouTube
introduce a carbon tax, rather than cherry picking! // who is also invested in their "ventures"? Arabs! See also Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary by Michael Moore. //&! Koch Bros Behind Solar Power Fines - youtu.be/E3SDcOZLksk --- ALEC lobby group. //&! Koch Bros Slammed By Billionaire T. Boone Pickens - youtu.be/65Y1RWDdQBI //&! Koch Brothers Caught On Tape - Obama & Osama Compared - youtu.be/hTUjYyae2zw //&! Koch Brothers Destroyed By Bloomberg Report - youtu.be/ENuN2R0je0k //&! Letters Expose Agenda Of Billionaire Koch Brothers - youtu.be/1JdhyI8mmqY //&! Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea - youtu.be/J4XQO6bH7_k //&! Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers - youtu.be/fW96KEbeGTw //&! Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 (ft. Bernie Sanders) - youtu.be/2N8y2SVerW8 //&!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Matt Taibbi: Mitt Romney and the Looting of America (1/2) - YouTube
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heuschreckendebatte // companies turned into financial instruments. // fictionalisation of economy // >> money spend (debt) on hostile takeover/LBO/MBO/M&A are tax deductible! << = invest in debt, rather than equity! & carried interest is only taxed at 15% max. still can reduce it w deductions xyz. // !!! NO SKIN IN THE GAME !!! Nassim Taleb //
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Politicking: Matt Taibbi on America's 'Injustice System' - YouTube
worship culture of success. [...] jail is for poor people. [...] securities fraud go jail free w fine, and do benefit/welfare fraud, go straight to jail! // For Profit Bail System - on YouTube Vice Channel. //&! Matt Taibbi, "The Divide" - youtu.be/k4CohXkdR0w //&! Matt Taibbi: Minding the Wealth Gap - youtu.be/KiRe1PK3zkM //&! Too Big To Fail, Too Big To Jail: Matt Taibbi, Bernie Sanders Town Hall 2013 - youtu.be/d-nh8DYJvlM //&! Matt Taibbi: The Conspiracy To Destroy Our Pensions - youtu.be/ZIDfyfXDGME //&! Matt Taibbi explores US criminal injustice with Bill Maher - youtu.be/uS9LHBPTM7A //&! The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap (w/ Matt Taibbi) - youtu.be/iFl-o7qJHaY
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
How Billionaires Built The Radical Right! - YouTube
Modern fascism poisons public communication channels. // Obstructing democracy and social democracy. // Insurgency tactic! Like Conservatives adopting some Labour proposed policies! // Undermining faith in government! // no transparency where party funding comes from!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Evidence-Based Nutrition - YouTube
Sodium Skeptics Try to Shake Up the Salt Debate - youtu.be/f8-qkrenQr0 //&! Why Your Doctor Is Lying To You - youtu.be/R9Z3Wg_Huik - "what is practical and doable [...] soft-pedaling the patient, patronizing the patient, deciding for them. [...] bc they think you can't handle the truth. [...] make things palatable to general public, yes we still will kill people with our recommendation, but less than otherwise. [...] the average doc may get only 1 hour of nutrition and lifestyle course. [...] this is physician-assisted suicide! [...] big broccoli lobby doesn't take out doc to paid dinners. [...] this is tobacco's fight all over again! most doctors smoked. most doctors eat meat. [...] eventually society will catch-up to science. but this is about people's premature death, ageing, ill life, disability, and the environment, ecology and climate change. //&! youtu.be/xpewnQoh45c & Google Talk - youtu.be/7rNY7xKyGCQ
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
MSNBC | Democratic Debate: The Young Turks Summary - YouTube
// nasty career politician - Hillary Clinton, spin and positioning ... supported by Wall Street donations and industry at large. // MSNBC | Democratic Debate: The Biggest Winner Was… - youtu.be/ckf8dNrJJtU //&! MSNBC | Democratic Debate: The Worst Line Was… - youtu.be/NS9DLDYgUkM //&! Elizabeth Warren Defends Bernie Sanders - youtu.be/GM1FDhXrSPw
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Plant Based News: Escaped Cow, USDA Lawsuit, New Cowspiracy? - YouTube
the PCRM (Dr Barnard is part of it) lawsuit against the USDA w help of Egg Lobby studies, not limiting dietary cholesterol. // cowspiracy follow-up docu - "what the health!!" //&! Cholesterol = Good! Egg Board Pays Off USDA - youtu.be/qI6cwuvE_Tg // sprinkling in doubt! //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=lobby
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
How would you pull a Big Short in 2016? | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian
The same institutions that were parading their restraint, largesse and deep concern for humanity in Davos last week are condemned in the movie by the designer of the “short”, Mark Baum, in the following terms: “We’re living in an era of fraud in America. Not just in banking. But in government, education, food, religion, journalism, prisons, baseball ... Somehow, American values became: Fuck it, let’s grab what we can for now and the hell with tomorrow.”
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Chaotic lives and ethical dilemmas: inside the hospital liver ward | Society | The Guardian
Hepatologists in Southampton are seeing more young, middle-class and female alcoholics – some even in their teens [...] Half of Wright’s liver patients are not drinkers. He sees obese patients with fatty liver disease and cirrhosis, and those with viral hepatitis. But the drinkers are addicted and it is hard for the NHS to sort them out. //&! The secret alcohol liaison nurse's diary: 'Cuts are having a devastating impact' - http://bit.ly/1ZX9EEW - We receive multiple referrals where clients have an underlying alcohol-related mental health problem. //&! How the NHS saved my life: I spent my 20s playing Russian roulette with alcohol - bit.ly/1Tjzr53 //&! >> With budgets tight and lifestyle diseases burgeoning, the NHS will not be saved until the vested interests ranged against it are taken on << Sugar Tax, Minimum Alcohol Unit Pricing, Animal Product Tax, Fast Food/Food Chain Tax, Processed/Engineered Food Tax - bit.ly/1NtxwDL
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Billionaire supports reported inquiry into possible ExxonMobil cover-up | Environment | The Guardian
Activist Tom Steyer’s comments followed reports that California attorney general is looking into what the world’s biggest oil company knew about climate change. Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer spoke out on Wednesday in support of an unconfirmed investigation by California into allegations that ExxonMobil spent decades lying to investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change. “We don’t have the facts yet, but I think that there is enough that has been revealed that it’s totally appropriate that (California) be conducting this investigation,” Steyer told the Guardian. “Anybody who puts out intentionally misleading information I think should be answering to us.” Steyer’s comments came hours after the Los Angeles Times reported that California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, is looking into what ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew about climate change going as far back as the early 1980s.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal 'own goal' - BBC News
Humanity is at risk from a series of dangers of our own making, according to Prof Stephen Hawking. Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses are among the scenarios which he singles out. And he says that further progress in science and technology will create "new ways things can go wrong". Prof Hawking is giving this year's BBC Reith Lectures, which explore research into black holes, and his warning came in answer to audience questions. He says that assuming humanity eventually establishes colonies on other worlds, it will be able to survive. "Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years. [...] But he also said that future generations of researchers should be aware of how scientific and technological progress is changing the world, and to help the wider public understand it. //&! bit.ly/1RwS7yA
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The Great Unraveling Looms - Blame The 'Austrians'? | Zero Hedge
Well, well: who would have believed it. First the Bank for International Settlements comes out with a paper that links credit booms to the boom-bust business cycle, then Britain's Adam Smith Institute publishes a paper by Anthony Evans that recommends the Bank of England should ditch its powers over monetary policy and move towards free banking. [...] The BIS paper will be the more influential of the two in policy circles, and this is not the first time the BIS has questioned the macroeconomic assumptions behind the actions of the major central banks. [...] Targeting nominal GDP is not a perfect answer.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Too Many "Think Tanks" Are Just Kool-Aid Fueled Group-Think | Zero Hedge
In response to the consumer: “Consumers are doing quite well.” “Gas (prices) is a boon to retail.” In response to employment and the economy: “Jobs are doing great, people just aren’t spending.” “GDP is on the right track.” // - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_school_of_economics
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
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