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German Election 2017: Angela Merkel's Bitter Victory - Full English Analysis - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Jamaika  btw17  AfD  AngelaMerkel  Angela  Merkel  Germany  FDP  European  Union  Retrotopia  refugee  Protest  Saxony  Rentnerrepublik  PEGIDA  Precariat  working  poor  poverty  trap  social  income  mobility  Agenda2010  job  insecurity  welfare  state  Austerity  bank  bailout  Identity  Politics  recovery  economic  history  Rechtsruck  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  Identitäre  Bewegung  reform  neoliberal  Capitalism  diversity  LEGIDA  NPD  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  neo-Nazi  Nazi  neoNazi  immigration  No  Representation 
september 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
Lord King says Brexit brings 'real opportunities' - BBC News
economic reform // He said there were "real opportunities" for economic reform and new trade deals which meant Brexit could be a success. // problem is that after the GFC one opportunity was left at at bus stop. now we get 2nd w May/Tories/Brexit ? // like meat tax?
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
Leben mit Hartz IV: Die Wahrheit über 1€ Jobs (Doku Deutsch) - YouTube
Agenda 2010 u.a. - subventionierung von Arbeit und Ausbildung. Und liberalisierung von Arbeitsmarkt; zero hours, minijob, teilzeit, zeitarbeit, neuer werkvertrag, // = wage pressure of global workplace.
hartz-IV  poverty  trap  liberal  economic  reform  Agenda  2010  UK  Germany  OECD  USA  working  poor  technological  unemployment  universal  basic  income  UBI  Grundeinkommen  corporate  welfare 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Armutsfalle Teilzeitjob – vor allem für Frauen | FAKT | Das Erste - YouTube
zzt muss man 45 jahre vollzeit mit mindestens +11 euro die stunde arbeit. um nicht im alter in die sozialfalle zu fallen. altersarmut. altersgrundsichrung = hartz-iv im alter.
gender  pay  gap  working  poor  Poverty  teilzeit  part-time  minijob  Precariat  Precarious  altersarmut  pension  minimum  wage  mindestlohn  Germany  Liberal  Economic  reform  Austerity  UK  USA  squeezed  growth  income  downward  mobility  social  hartz-IV  ALG2 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
DOKU/HD Vorsicht Handwerker - Wenn auf Baustellen gepfuscht wird - YouTube
Meisterhandwerksberufe wurden liberalisiert. man braucht keinen meister mehr um Handwerksfirma zu Gruenden. = Lowering Cost. Reducing Internal Prices. More Competition from East Europe. & dann meldet er insolvenz an - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1-fBFVQBv8 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB5DfdlP91Y & isolationswahn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y9Ap8_kFgs
Agenda  2010  Germany  liberal  economic  reform 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Oh for the 1960s! People earned less but could afford more | Money | The Guardian
[ fetish of GDP ] Economic growth since the 1960s has been real, but the link between growth and personal prosperity has broken down, probably since the 1990s. We can carry on pushing for increases in GDP, but it’s meaningless unless it translates into a recovery in living standards. If any government really wants to help the left-behinds, then cutting house prices and rents must be their first priority.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
Cameron defends decision to call Brexit referendum - BBC News
[ Still not for redistribution ] And he urged leaders across the West to take steps to help those who felt left behind by globalisation.
Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Austerity  Theresa  Philip  Hammond  inequality  wage  growth  social  mobility  gini  coefficient  Brexit  globalisation  tax  evasion  avoidance  liberal  economic  reform  zero  hour  contract  history 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Müllers Memo: Die Globalisierung darf nicht scheitern - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Das alte Spiel ist im Gange. Ein Land versucht sich Vorteile im internationalem Wettbewerb zu verschaffen. Andere Länder ergreifen Gegenmaßnahmen - und schießen dabei nicht selten übers Ziel hinaus. Bis die nächste Reihe von Handelshürden errichtet wird.
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september 2016 by asterisk2a
IMF's own watchdog criticises its handling of eurozone crisis
Fund was over-optimistic, failed to spot scale of problem and gave impression it was treating Europe differently, says report
Troika  PIGS  Greece  Grexit  Yanis  Varoufakis  IMF  austerity  economic  history  Germany  Angela  Merkel  Wolfgang  Schäuble  liberal  economic  reform  ChristineLagarde  zombie  bank  zombie  banks  contagion  bank  bailout  sovereign  debt  crisis  European  Union 
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
Japan's Chance to Resist a Turn to the Right - Bloomberg View
[!From Bloomberg!] The country therefore stands at a crossroads; the choices Abe makes have the potential to refashion Japan’s institutions. Essentially, Abe faces a binary choice between making Japan a more liberal country or a more illiberal one.

Around the world, liberalism is in retreat. Buffeted by economic stagnation, recession, controversial immigration and shifts in the geopolitical order, countries from China to those in Europe are slowly opting for fewer personal freedoms, less tolerance of minorities and greater government control over the economy.
Japan  Abenomics  liberal  economic  reform  economic  history 
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 - youtu.be/7Pq-S557XQU //&! Jerry Kaplan ((re)distribute wealth more equally - youtu.be/JiiP5ROnzw8), Rifkin (Zero Marginal Cost), Paul Mason (post-capitalism) book //&! UBI a must in future - youtu.be/WMF-Z74C1QE &! youtu.be/mEV-kAjtm9U &! youtu.be/9pdU_Rkwzes
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Geographies of Austerity: Mark Blyth
EU bank bailout (incl Britain) = 40% of EU GDP (incl Britain) = 5 trillion Euros. AUSTERITY FOR WHOM?! // secular stagnation - ZIRP, NIRP, QE, austerity, liquidity trap, aggregate demand short-fall = creditors paradise. their debt will not be inflated away. deflation - deflationary environment. for the next 2-3 decades. = NO DRIVE TO INVEST IN PRODUCTIVE ASSETS! = productivity gap. [...] rentier paradise. [...] = interest formation (those who have, call the shots, status quo). [...] deflationary spiral (PIGS & Germany) exporting deflation ... getting more competitive [EU has 2015 a current account surplus, bought my USA] = Dr Wolfgang Schaeuble. [...] Fall of Centrists, rise of the SNP & UKIP (reactionary) ... Trump. [...] as investment rate (ie SME/SMB lending) stays same, does not grow = DEAD. Eurobonds/Investment Fund(UK, 5bn 5 years). [...] min 55 - deflationary politics (policy for 1-10-20% of society) is one way train. DEATH. especially w austerity and low wages/secular stagnation.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Video: Die Story im Ersten: Terror von rechts - Die neue Bedrohung
Deutschland, Ende 2015: Mehr als 500 mal wurden Flüchtlingsunterkünfte angegriffen, mehr als doppelt so viele wie im letzten Jahr. Darunter waren viele Brandanschläge und - was kaum einer weiß - auch Anschläge mit Sprengstoff. Ermittler und Politik sind aufgeschreckt. Hinter den verbal-radikalen Pegida-Parolen wird eine Szene sichtbar, die vor Gewalt und womöglich terroristischen Anschlägen nicht mehr zurückschreckt. Vier Jahre nach dem Auffliegen der NSU-Mordserie gibt es einen neuen Terror von Rechts: Deutsche Neonazis verfügen über hunderte Schusswaffen. Sie beschaffen Pyrotechnik und Sprengstoff. Sie planen Anschläge und sie führen sie durch. Die Täter bleiben oft unerkannt. Manche tauchen ab. //&! via bit.ly/22TYsoT - Polizei nicht sensibel auf rechtsextremismus (militant), selbst nach NSU skandal (unfaehigkeit und unwille des Rechtsstaats - bit.ly/22U0Yvl )! ( Wikipedia: bit.ly/1WhBnw8 &! bit.ly/1rqqz3T )
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Revolutionary politics in the UK
// yanis is liberal marxist // &! Will John McDonnell's fiscal rules work for Labour? Paul Mason Vs John Rentoul - youtu.be/0EISho5eSUc - OBR econometrics dictated by Treasury, George Osborne w wonky multipliers that don't fit w IMF models. IMF calls for fiscal stimulus! since late 2015 because China's credit bubble popped and global economy started to head south.
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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
IMF urges more spending to boost growth
Fund’s steering committee calls for more forceful stimulus and warns monetary policy alone is not enough //&! http://www.theguardian.com/business/imf //&! bit.ly/1V9pfhD - IMF chief: regulators long 'alarmed' over Panama's handling of taxation. Christine Lagarde responds to Panama Papers revelations, noting that authorities were concerned but did not take ‘expected’ action.
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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
What Happens Next (In Europe)?
the odds of another crisis are higher than a rally to fresh records. [...]
“The 2009-2015 rally originated from two main drivers: a massive stimulus, and credit expansion in China,” said Goette, who’s a partner at his firm in Zug, Switzerland and helps oversee 1 billion Swiss francs ($1 billion).

“European earnings have not followed suit so far. Skepticism regarding central-bank operations has started to emerge.”
ECB  Brussels  recovery  reflate  reflation  China  credit  bubble  Germany  PIGS  zombie  banks  European  Bank  Supervision  European  Economic  Area  European  Election  2014  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  MarioDraghi  OMT  LTRO  monetary  policy  monetary  stimulus  Fiscal  Pact  Schuldenbremse  sovereign  debt  crisis  France  Brexit  Grexit  Angela  Merkel  Wolfgang  Schäuble  history  underinvestment  Richard  Koo  Yanis  Varoufakis  liquidity  trap  zombie  corporations  youth  unemployment  demographic  bubble  OAP  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  liberal  reform  Precariat  precarious  employment  low  pay  low  income  Minijob  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  1  Euro  Job  Structural  Impediments  imbalance  unemployment  monetary  transmission  mechanism  monetary  union  union  Rechtsruck  Bundesbank  fault  lines  shareholder  capitalism  bailout  GFC  2016  PBOC  Exportweltmeister  zombie  Financial  Stability  Board  crony  capitalism  Deutsche  Bank  infrastructure  investment  competitiveness  Beton  Gold  Betongold  asset  allocation  Super  Rich  1%  oligarchy  plutocracy  democracy  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  Russia  Crimea  Ukraine  U 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality?
The Panama Papers will lead to the dynamiting of Tory credibility, but new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, is unlikely to prove the saviour of his party’s reputation. [...] Last autumn’s U-turn over cuts to working tax credits was a smoke screen. The axe will fall, only not everywhere, not just yet. From this week, existing universal credit claimants will lose up to £220 a month as the work allowance is pared back faster than the national living wage increases to replace it. [...] Short of taking a vow of poverty and retreating like Charles V to a monastery, there is nothing he can say now that will change the perception that he is at the head of a party that has a fundamental personal interest in preserving the advantages of the 1%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop's Victorian Benefits
An entertaining, provocative film in which Ian explores the colourful history behind one of the most explosive issues of our times - welfare: who deserves to be helped, and who doesn't. [... ] all hate, no heart. just spreadsheets. at Whitehall, no 11. [...] Benefit Street = victorian freak show/circus of curiosities [...] writing about others, "othering" them. demonising them or putting them on pedestals, making them saints. [...] IDS "a single mother wo aspiration is a product of the system" would correct that, a product of her environment (society) [ie gentrification - poor living w poor door to door. and everyone is looking down on them.].
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month
[ UC is a backdoor welfare cut ] Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty, charities say. Tens of thousands of low-paid working families can expect to lose up to £200 a month as a result of changes to universal credit introduced on Monday – the first wave of £3bn in welfare cuts that will affect 1m households by 2020. [...] a full-time single parent would have to work a 14-month year. [...] The cuts stem from changes in the work allowance unveiled by the chancellor, George Osborne, in his summer budget a year ago. These drastically reduced the amount people can earn before low-wage top-ups are withdrawn at the rate of 65p per £1 earned.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Yanis Varoufakis Candid Interview - Shocking Disfunction and The Power Of Oligarchs
Europe will not survive next crisis. [...] end of interview - China looked after the rest of the world and especially Germany after 2009 (credit bubble) as USA looked after Germany in the 50's - Wirtschaftswunder. Now China is trying its best not to implode and fall below 5% of growth per annum. And now USA is trying to contest Asia (excluding China) economically and militarily through TPP and military increase in that region. //&! Yanis Varoufakis - Guardian Live - youtu.be/md6_WfF9Ky0
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Week Ahead: the return of the nasty party and a good week for Brexit
David Cameron and George Osborne wanted to cut even more! //&! Nicky Morgan's embarrassing interview over Tory cuts to disabled welfare - youtu.be/hjk06tjx_xQ //&! Jeremy Corbyn - youtu.be/Ain-IP4pHCk //&! IFS: cutting disability benefits to fund tax cuts is a political choice - youtu.be/xVBf9dSa9Mw //&! MANIFESTO Election Campaign Promises - Tories hoist by their own petard over disability cuts - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek //&! also closed Independent Living Fund - youtu.be/nurjzK5VPAI //& "The electorate don't mind. Those who vote aren't affected." *George Osborne - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek - WCA to bring down bill by kicking people off was a pipedream & Universal Credit is a real cut in benefits. //&! Nicky Morgan's nightmare defending Osborne's nasty budget - youtu.be/Y9YNcQF4t8I - 12bn cuts were promised in Manifesto 2015. 4.4 tried through PIP. youtu.be/5-3Bp7qzj4Y (pre-election) //& cutting corporation tax (& capital gains tax) - youtu.be/gZ6qNHLnbs0 &! Analysis - youtu.be/v-qmvI9s3pE
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Dear Nicola, I voted Yes, I think you're great, but I'm #NoVotesSNP
Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities. [...] Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities.This was no home at all. This was an open-plan torture chamber where deprivation, in the truest sense of the word, was the absolute default position. A home where poverty had not only corrupted people, but left them grotesquely deformed. [...] There is no pragmatism where inequality is concerned. There is only action and inaction. If you can't make an argument for slightly higher taxes to a class of educated people who are fortunate enough to be doing well in a terminally unequal society then I already know what is required of me as a citizen. [...] She died because she happened to be born into poverty. And we grieved for her death while growing up poor. Now her ghost follows all of us wherever we go.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Four key numbers - BBC Newsnight
weaker outlook for income tax receipts & economy/global economy >> OBR has done 'no projections' on impact of Brexit: Robert Chote - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/A0jvIUKTU1U //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw - "WE HAD THE BIGGEST BANK BAILOUT" //&! NICKY MORGAN ON TORY WELFARE ROW - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/IC_Yhggk62o
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith resigns: Why? What next? - BBC Newsnight
youtu.be/e2XyYgkYNFE - Resignation stuck a knife into George Osborne. // working age on the bottom of the pile bore the burden of austerity. [...] weakness of labour party could mean Conservative will be in power for a long time. [...] this is big shot of Tory-out vs Tory-in. They wanted Osborne to fail. // tax credits, Google Tax Deal, ESA, PIP/DLA, .... //&! Iain Duncan Smith First interview since his shock resignation - youtu.be/hr5-WbzevyM &! youtu.be/ntKf3HtVNxs - lower gov income (income tax receipts and corp tax) pushed things ahead. No 10 ran DWP ... // Marr Show papers: IDS's resignation and budget shambles (20 Mar 16) - youtu.be/ZkNOxXZW9Kw //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw //&! Iain Duncan Smith Resignation Nothing To Do With EU - youtu.be/MJr2WmVtV1c &! youtu.be/_nAHvGZYkfY &! youtu.be/kvmOPZ0wP3o &! youtu.be/Hu_pnQBITPI
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Pensions stance creates budgetary mayhem
Disability benefits: they are forecast to increase by £2bn over the next five years. Could do something there. Sickness benefits: they are predicted to rise by about £1bn. Might be able to save some of that. But what's this? It's rising by £15bn over the coming five years. That's the one. Off our Martian goes to see the chancellor. "What are pensions?" she asks. That is the problem the government is struggling with. Its political refusal to touch pensions, or pensioner benefits, has in a stroke protected the single biggest cost in the welfare budget. And the cost that is rising the most. [ AND ADD INTO THE SAME BUCKET THE NHS and PUBLIC HEALTH BUDGET! ] Welcome to your new job, Stephen Crabb.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Disability benefits U-turn leaves Cameron with £4.4bn to find
David Cameron has been forced to concede that a £4.4bn black hole created by the U-turn over disability benefits will not be filled by further cuts to welfare as he fought to shore up his credibility following the shock resignation of Iain Duncan Smith. The spending climbdown was announced on Monday by Stephen Crabb, the new work and pensions secretary, an hour after Cameron addressed the political crisis engulfing the Conservative party by offering his support to George Osborne and praise for the work of Duncan Smith. [...] but the Treasury clarified the remarks by stressing that there were no plans to fill the £4.4bn gap caused by dropping PIP reforms with further cuts in welfare spending. &! bbc.in/1S10VIg
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith QUITS Cabinet with vicious swipe at George Osborne over shambolic disability benefit cut U-turn Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3499499/Work-Pensions-Secretary-Iain-Duncan-Smith-QUITS-Cabin
[ we are all in this together ] [IDS PIP cuts] 'not defensible' alongside the tax breaks for the wealthy in this week's Budget. [...] He branded slash in benefits for the disabled as being 'indefensible.' IDS hit out at Osborne for lack of awareness and for letting the welfare system be 'salami-sliced' [...] 'I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest,' he wrote. The former Tory leader and standard-bearer for the Eurosceptic Right of the party admitted he wanted to cut benefits enjoyed by wealthy pensioners, but these plans were blocked by the Chancellor and the Prime Minister. [...] Mr Duncan Smith believed the Chancellor was too sly and devious in the way he went about balancing the nation’s books. [ Osborne wanted also to increase VAT Solar Panels ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
'Graph of Doom' warning to Highland councillors
deprived areas have low tax base to fund welfare and social care, and w demographic bubble, less income tax receipts. this is a double whammy to fund demand of babyboomers. // In a paper to councillors, officers quote research such as a London borough council's "Graph of Doom" showing the effect of spending cuts on services.
The Highland officials also make reference to political commentators describing a period of "perma-austerity" for local government.
They recommend that the council reviews its priorities.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Higher rate tax cut is 'wrong choice', says Nicola Sturgeon
[we are all in this together ] [ tax cut for one, and cut away +1bn in PIP ] the starting point for paying 40p income tax in the rest of the UK will be raised from £43,000 to £45,000. [...] Scotland's 40p tax payers: 372,000 - Approximate total number. 10% - Working population. £190m Value of 40p tax cut plan. 14,000 Workers removed from rate by cut [...] Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell backed the threshold change.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Harald Welzer zum Thema Flüchtlinge - YouTube
Thomas Friedman - Germany hippieland? // Gunnar Heinsohn über den wahren Hintergrund des Asylwahns - youtu.be/zhzthrcmkBM - (16:11) Milton Freedman, only highly productive educated skilled people come to your country for work if there is work, if there is zero social safety net/welfare state. GERMANY NEEDS TO INTEGRATE, EDUCATE migrants with MASSIVE PUSH! MASSIVE! NEW OWN MARSCHALL PLAN thus that those don't end up on hartz-iv and ALG2/Aufstocker! Compassionately. Emphatically. And ask German Industry to help to overlook some minor issues like German and Math that can be fixed along the way! reform economic refugees. // TO MAINTAIN Exportweltmeister and keep stable the transferleistungsbilanz (welfare state/social safety net) // economic refugees also created via trade agreements, globalisation and competition. and borderless world. // Book "Selbstdenken" - youtu.be/v_FVRNlLZT4
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Italien: Bankensektor wieder tief in der Krise - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Zusammengefasst: Italiens Ministerpräsident Matteo Renzi hat zwar einige Reformen auf den Weg gebracht. Auch die Wirtschaft des Landes ist zuletzt etwas gewachsen. Doch wer genauer hinschaut, sieht: Der Eurostaat hat nach wie vor mit massiven Finanzproblemen zu kämpfen - und die Schulden des Landes steigen immer weiter.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Börsenabsturz in China: Der Kontrollverlust - Kommentar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Börsen-Crash in China ist Symptom eines fundamentalen Wandels: Um den Wohlstand zu erhalten, muss die Regierung immer mehr Kontrolle abgeben. Die Allmacht der kommunistischen Partei gerät ins Wanken.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Interview ǀ Weg vom BIP-Wachstumswahn — der Freitag
Interview Hans Diefenbacher ist Ökonom und hat eine Alternative zum allmächtigen Bruttoinlandsprodukt entwickelt //&! „Ökonomen verhindern einen Wirtschaftswandel" Interview An der Cusanus-Hochschule werden alternative Wirtschaftsmodelle gelehrt. Die Professorin und Ökonomin Silja Graupe erzählt im Gespräch, warum das notwendig ist - bit.ly/1Oi4Qo9
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Leiharbeit: Arbeitgeber wollen keine Begrenzung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Sozialministerin Nahles will Leiharbeit begrenzen und die betroffenen Arbeitnehmer besserstellen. Doch die Unternehmer-Lobby wehrt sich. Sie spricht von einem massiven Eingriff.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax credit cuts - will the House of Lords stop them? - YouTube
what constitutional crisis? democracy. separation of power. checks and balances. getting the voice of the minority heard who have no voice, nobody, no lobby in Westminster to speak and represent them. // 1:44:00 David Cameron and Osborne lied to win a small majority in the general election, withholding the details of further (12bn) welfare cuts in the next parliament if they were (re-)elected. The British public is fed up. Same with LibDems budging on Student Fees post-election and students went on the street in London and elsewhere. & 1:58-59:00 because of that fact, what the gov is asking us to do to waive this through, is unacceptable. & 2:00:00 no taxation without representation & 2:34:00 Poor have to make even more hard choices that Toff can't even imagine to make. & If you don't create middle-class jobs (job creation/industrial policy), you have to top up pay with tax credit for low income. Period. & 2:47:00 proposed amendments were just soft paced cut style. no principles!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
These 5 Facts Explain the Worrying Rise of Europe’s Far-Right | TIME
Economic instability, populist politicians and a refugee wave is changing the face of politics in Europe Another round of elections, another push from increasingly vocal nationalists. Austria’s far-right Freedom Party gave the Social Democrats a run for their money in local elections over the past weekend, but fell short of capturing Vienna’s mayoralty. What started as an oddity in European politics has quickly become a disturbing pattern. These five facts explain the rise of the radical right in Europe, its causes and its implications for the region.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS and care sector: Safety a 'big concern' in England - BBC News
[ NHS set-up to fail by Tories budget cuts over last 5 years ] bbc.in/1VWVnB2 &! bbc.in/1LplwDz - Heath chairman Sarah Wollaston on NHS England funding 15 October 2015 Last updated at 16:21 BST At least £4bn of the extra money promised for the NHS in England is needed this year, says Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston. The chair of the health select committee told Jo Coburn: "If it all comes on stream at the end the NHS is going to be in very serious financial difficulty, so we need to have some of that earmarked to come on stream early." They also spoke about contracts for junior doctors - with the Conservative MP explaining that her GP daughter has gone to work in Australia - and a "culture of transparency" in health services in their Daily Politics interview.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
TPP - The Death Sentence Clause - YouTube
TPP, TTIP, TISA excludes BRIC! this is a protectionism move from USA/Wall Street in new world that is emerging infront of our eyes that undermines USA/Wall Street monopoly, global power - financial, corporate, political, foreign affairs. Its shaping peoples everyday lifes. Much more potent than military intervention //&! https://youtu.be/ysm2Ksb7Yeg - TPP - Here’s What Happens Under SHAFTA --- race to the bottom. its not a free trade deal. its a managed deal written by and for multinational conglomerates. literally continuing the further the race to the bottom, competing with countries like Vietnam for jobs!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Holes in the walls of the Brics by FT Hard Currency
most are domestic problems. low hanging fruits have been picked in the last 20 years during the race with global economy. can not rely on west to export to. as west is in secular stagnation with debtoverhang of private secort/household debt/consumer debt. BRIC's have to build social safety net, welfare state, health care insurance, access to justice system, patent system protection, property rights, infrastructure, ... // investors have to pick local future champions (serving emerging middle class), can not bet just on ETF/national index if they want to outperform for the next 20 years.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Japan's IPO of the Century - Bloomberg View
The privatization couldn't have come at a more opportune moment. Even Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, an early Abenomics cheerleader, said this week that he's "really, really worried" about Tokyo’s chances of ending a two-decade slump. The hope is that the listing, which will be targeted at individual Japanese, will encourage households to invest more of their savings. Perhaps more important, it could enliven the country's stagnant banking sector. Japan is among the developed world's most overbanked nations, with more than 100 sleepy regional players (84 of which are publicly traded) servicing 126 million people. Thanks to the Bank of Japan's zero-interest-rate policies, profit margins are shrinking even faster than the population.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Austerity Now: Brazil's Downgrade and Reckoning - Bloomberg View
Brazil faces its deepest recession in 25 years, policy drift and now a reputation deficit that threaten to undo years of prosperity and social gains. [...] even years on, with the economy set to shrink by two percent this year, and unemployment and consumer debt spiking, Brazil looks more likely cast as the leader of submerging markets and the sick man of the BRICS, the club of outsize developing nations -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- once touted to lead world growth.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Selling Off the State in China - Bloomberg View
China's latest batch of ugly data offers a stark message to President Xi Jinping: Whatever he's doing to prop up growth isn't working. Even worse than the 5.5 percent drop in exports last month was the 13.8 percent plunge in imports, indicating that domestic demand is weaker than the external sector. The good news is Xi is changing tack. Rather than just tossing more stimulus at the economy and stocks, he's redoubling efforts to reform the inefficient and opaque state-owned enterprises at the root of so many of China's vulnerabilities. In other words, Xi is finally working to strengthen China's foundations rather than papering over the cracks. The bad news is that Xi could just as easily be making things worse.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Group of 20 Financial Leaders Agree to Act to Bolster Growth - The New York Times
Ms. Lagarde was even more explicit, making it clear that governments had for too long relied on the supply of cheap cash from central banks that have been running ultra-loose monetary policy. “Monetary policy alone will not cut it,” she said. “It is necessary, it is recommended from our perspective, particularly in Europe and in Japan still, but it will not cut it on its own. “Clearly in the fiscal sphere as well as in the structural reforms sphere, more needs to be done, and it needs to accompany and eventually take the baton from the central bank governors.”
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
Our immigration system hinders entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. Success in the tech industry, where whole new job categories are created overnight, requires deep familiarity with trends, products and technologies. Learning opportunities abound — if you’re willing to transition to new roles, educate yourself, work on different products or switch companies altogether. Building your own startup, or even joining one, can be the best career move; it offers remarkable potential for growth by wearing multiple hats in an expanding organization. The labor market benefits from this flexibility not just with an improved and adaptable workforce, but also one that creates jobs. The immigration process impedes all these possibilities. [...] [ reset process when switching companies ] [...] And that’s not even the worst part. If you get laid off, you must leave the country. Immediately. [...] Try telling your VC you spent $25,000 of their $1 million funding on immigration fees
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
China's impossible trinity - BBC News
At the heart of China's problem is the "impossible trinity" of international macroeconomics. The impossible trinity - or trilemma - is the idea that it is impossible for a country to have three things at the same time: a stable currency, the free movement of capital (i.e. the absence of capital controls) and independent monetary policy. A country can instead choose just two of the options from this policy suite. The UK, in common with most developed economies, has free capital movement and an independent monetary policy - but not a controlled exchange rate. The Bank of England sets interest rates at a level it thinks is right for the UK economy and - as capital can flow into and out of the UK at will - the exchange rate is determined by the market. [...] But the bigger criticism is usually over the nature of the post-2009 stimulus package [...] But, for all the criticism, the counterfactual is rarely stated. What would global growth have looked like without it? [//+ deflation factors]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
There’s nothing good about the rise in zero-hours contracts – ban them now | Peter Fleming | Comment is free | The Guardian
Yet the growing trend, which British employers love, is steadily eroding what used to be called “stable jobs”. We are not just talking about teenage fast-food employees or the struggling artist who lands a call-centre gig to tide them over. Universities and the NHS are among those who have embraced this onward march of workplace rationalisation. [...] Studies looking at the effects of economic insecurity are poignant here. According to some behavioural economists there is no doubt that the endless worry caused by economic uncertainty impedes the body’s immune system and you get sick more. But it also starts to mess with your ability to reason. People start making bad decisions. A bad situation can easily get worse. [...] Zero-hours contracts help to subsidise rich corporations and businesses. [...] phase neoliberalism, with its plutocrats, oligarchs and rentiers back in full swing. [...] But as an astute economist recently put it, we can no longer afford the rich.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Larry Lessig’s campaign to run as the “Referendum President” & restore representative democracy - YouTube
min 7 campaign finance and party / politician finance - voucher system (tax free, out of your tax, financed by all tax payers, distributed across all). give it to the party and politician/candidate u think will represent u. does what you think is right. 1 man one woman one (voting right 16), company got a voucher. no lobby org got vocher. its the people. // GroKo Germany election Merkel partied in Berlin in-front of her party. No in-front of the people. // 100bn in corporate subsidies per y in USA alone statistic via Kato Institute (liberal think tank) // the internet is both the best it possibly can be and the worst it possibly can be // Americans have no capacity to admit to their mistakes. // &! youtu.be/48OtjHGpcIQ - Referendum Candidate Lessig Would Consider Biden as VP
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Renminbi Rumba | FT Markets - YouTube
ppl surprised because western market was complacent. should have seen it on the horizon that it was a matter of time! // further competitive QE from Japan (new round of Abenomics post Q2'15 -0.4% results and Chinas three round of devaluations) will infuriate Asian neighbours. // commentary - bv.ms/1I0ucNL - tl;dr - its a correction (with some overshoot in less liquid market and emerging market (currencies)), market participants won't go yet on sidelines. &! bv.ms/1NqY7GS - At the very least, we have been long overdue for a simple 10 percent correction. And while the economic data has been on the mixed side, we don’t see the usual indicators of recession, at least in the U.S.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Alan Greenspan: Oil Price Hasn’t Hit Bottom Yet - YouTube
>> capital investment falls short of requirement to keep productivity growing. employment has been rising, but consumption falling. job creation mainly in services! multiplier (disposable income, discretionary spending) low. no net job creator. // &! inequality hurts economy! tax code! entitlements can not be proficiently funded under current tax code inequality // USA hat sich abgeschafft. und UK ist nicht weit weg. // economic health and balance.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Japan Exports Its Way to Irrelevance - Bloomberg View
[ Politicians as always will react with reactionary unimaginative policy, competing for the same pie. instead of enabling, supporting new pies to be created. ] But Abe needs to recognize, as China already has, that this is only the latest sign of a broader reality: Asia's old export model of economic growth no longer works. [...] All the stimulus BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda can muster won't change the worsening trajectory of the region's most-populous nation. That's why Abe needs to take a page from Beijing and focus more on creating new industries at home. [ the base of home grown new market/category/vertical also includes sound middle class to buy those products. demand at home. social safety net (security). and less inequality. progressive taxation. fight tax evasion/avoidance, monopoles, monopsonies, bribery, corruption. and politicians making policy for lobby. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Empire of the geeks | The Economist
Silicon Valley should be celebrated. But its insularity risks a backlash [...] Critics are often from industries wanting to protect their privileges; the geeks’ aggressive behaviour is sometimes part of the creative destruction that leads to progress. But that is not the only source of anger. Silicon Valley also dominates markets, sucks out the value contained in personal data, and erects business models that make money partly by avoiding taxes. There is a risk that global consumers will feel exploited and that the effects of a shrinking tax base will infuriate voters. If the perception takes root that enormous profits from exploiting data and avoiding taxes are crystallised in the fortunes of a few people living on a patch of ground near San Francisco, then there will be a backlash." // recent emergence of marketplace for X and gig platform for X - 1099 Economy etc etc, making money with our data - Facebook.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Big businesses should agree to renounce aggressive tax planning, says HMRC | Business | The Guardian
[ Voluntary, are you kidding me!? ] The government wants the UK’s largest businesses to sign a voluntary code of conduct on tax which would see them renounce aggressive tax planning and vow to follow the spirit as well as the letter of the law. // [ rootless crony capitalistic tax evaders with profit maximization and shareholder value on mind ... to pay more!? ] [ how intellectual dishonest can one be!? (Osborne, Cameron and Co.) we are obviously not all in this together! He ask the poorest, disabled and unemployed to do their best (or work more hours, harder and asking their employer to pay them more for the same amount of work - by cutting tax credits) and if it doesn't yield results, cuts the benefits (his 'only work pays' mantra ... and ask crony rootless global conglomerates to be a little easier on tax planning through a "voluntary code of conduct" ]
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne will spend more than ever. Don’t be fooled by his ‘40% cuts’ | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
The chancellor is not cutting the cost of the public sector – he just wants a different one. But even then, expect costs to balloon // he wants to outsource services with an aim to save money. but as the welfare reform has showed, this often does not save money, does not increase efficiencies, and actually cost in terms of (quality and speed of) service delivered to tax payer - what they paid for - compared to in-house solutions. Offshore companies do bid low to get contract, save on every corner, on staff pay, and incentivize employees with bonuses targeted towards short-term goals and no shared economic interest. After all its a corporate entity with profit maximization in mind and shareholder value in mind - only!
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Draw up 40% cuts plans, George Osborne tells Whitehall departments - BBC News
The Treasury said "large savings" would be required of unprotected departments, which have been asked to model two scenarios: of 25% and 40% cuts to their budgets by 2020. The BBC's economics editor Robert Peston said what was being proposed would require a reinvention of some services taken for granted by the public. Mr Osborne has already unveiled £12bn of welfare savings plus £5bn of tax avoidance prevention measures - which together with the £20bn of departmental spending cuts make up the £37bn figure earmarked to get government finances back in the black. [...] "It is incredibly bad economics to compare household finances and state finances." "This is the stuff of public-service reinvention, not efficiency." bbc.in/1TOnEdG [...] Spending limits will be set for government departments, which will also be asked to examine the way they manage their assets and consider privatisation and contracting out where necessary. [
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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 - youtu.be/e3aJxy9tA-w &! youtu.be/U-oEjFKCp00 NEET
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Inequality and the Challenge of Employment - New Economic Thinking - YouTube
intrinsic motivation, fairness, social animal - social comparison (is encoded into the brain) - status anxiety // self-interest mostly wins over ethics/moral values? // trust between principle & agent // org structure and inventive - ie bonus variable attracts more selfish people and risk takers // justice and fairness is critically important - not only in orgs but also democracies //&! Natural rate theory (equilibrium) - service sector jobs (unskilled manual labour jobs) w minimum wage and not higher. and flexible wages with no minimum wage (USA) create working poor/inequality. institutional change - economists are not just analysts they also affect policy makers (think tanks). // austerity hurts equality/social mobility = economic long-run damage to potential (thus output gap and productivity loss) - lack of supply of able workforce to create added value products & services. trickle-down not helping. //&! tax code unfair, lower capital gains tax than on earned (labour) income
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Davos 2015: Nouriel Roubini says Income Inequality Creates U.S. Plutocracy - YouTube
- shown hurting growth. US growth is dependent on consumer spending. stupid. hacking off the only leg one has is not smart. // established economic truth ! Paul Krugman: Inequality Actually Bad for Growth - youtu.be/cRMi8_M681U &! Paul Krugman & Tony Atkinson in Conversation | Inequality and Economic Growth - youtu.be/3l6E3mUNW70 &! &! What's Really Driving Income Inequality: Orszag - youtu.be/XJ_raBX7oq8 ( only added value jobs STEM - pays for work and shows wage growth, not so in service sector jobs. UK recovery showed it; lots of service sector job creation than any other type of job + Lohnzurueckhalting (no leverage to demand higher wage than just minimum wage or little above bc outside the door waits the one who will replace you) = no wage growth in the first couple of years of recovery and no productivity growth and persistent output gap (below potential) )
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Staatsverschuldung als Problem der Generationengerechtigkeit | Lars P. Feld | SWR Tele-Akademie - YouTube
henry paulson and tim geithner said they are in a moral hazard. put it the way to either nationalise (aka the end of American Dream, Failure part of capitalism) or bailout (gov loans and co like TARP). Rather the moral hazard was to either put current and future unborn generation in debt servitude they had nothing to do with and keep criminals private with all its benefits. Or really give a warning shot a privatise banks and end the profligacy of crony capitalism and Wall Streets shareholder value creation only and profit maximisation - without consequences. // and Europe looks towards USA and did the same; made banks whole again (because they were really - TBTF - and would pushed some EU countries into Great Depression/Insolvency. especially France & Belgium where bank liabilities were too big for public balance sheet) and took some of the debt onto its public balance sheet (and gave bailout loans) to be served by current & future unborn generation.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Am Tiefpunkt der europäischen Nachkriegsgeschichte - Jung & Naiv: Folge 237 - YouTube
referendum yes no - was not planned through if Eurogroup would not budge to demands of lesser austerity terms. Syriza had no plan (Grexit) for this case, how it played out. Thus (Tsipras) had to accept (capitulated) any offer Eurogroup offered; privatisation of state assets with an aim to raise 50bn, no debt restructuring nor forgiveness. // This is the 3rd bailout outcome; a bailout to repay previous bailouts (EFSF, IMF, ECB) and private debt obligations. Greece (Parliament) will have to accept Eurogroup offer/demands because they were not willing to opt by their own, the worst of the worst and the unknown of Grexit. 'Darin liegt auch die Demuetigung.' //
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Who Will Pay? Austerity vs. Bailouts | Greece, Europe and The Euro! - YouTube
have to be held accountable >> bankers! but have not, just transfered private debt/losses onto public balance sheet which no has to paid down by the weakest of society and collectively by less public investment for the future (output gap/lower productivity) ie into infrastructure and education // stealing from the young // policy making by comfort and trinkets - George Osborne // moral hazard - the options they choose - paulson geithner summers and co made the tbtf and jail even worse! instead should have chosen partial privatization // sold off our future for keeping the gangsters "private" - get out of jail free card for what reason? because it would be not American? American means to be WALL STREET crony capitalistic greed with tax evasion and lobbying to the tunes of millions - your judge - that judges on you whether you get a free out of jail card?! // who will suffer in the end? the public and the weakest of society and unborn! period. long-term. // &! youtu.be/EmHYeGI0b_U
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Resistance is not enough – we need a whole new political vision | Zoe Williams | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ trying to pit the weak and squeezed against the weaker, on the the dole, and bread line and disadvantaged (born into extreme poverty) ] // The budget took us further down a vindictive, regressive path. But we don’t have to toe the government’s line – we need to decide how we want society to look // [ Book owen Jones - The Establishment ] // [ cutting away left and right, even those things which help long-term creating opportunity - eduction policy, vocational education, (Student Maintenance Grant) social services, mental health and well being ... ] [...] To attack first entails retaking the language, so that we aren’t constantly battling on the territory of “common sense” that has already been demarcated and controlled by someone else. Professor Danny Dorling, at the British Library’s weekend conference on London, had this suggestion, in the wake of Osborne’s appropriation of the phrase “living wage”. [ Same with re-appropriating child poverty targets ] [ intellectual scum ]
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Cameron’s monkeys are feasting on the BBC’s nuts | Comment is free | The Guardian
‘The culture secretary, a massive fan of torture porn, had strung the director general over a meat hook and spat into his face while dressed as an old woman’ Culture secretary John Whittingdale. [...] In January 2014, when a critically endangered water lily was stolen from Kew Gardens, the former Conservative MP Louise Mensch tweeted on her Twitter, “Got to say what’s the point? Ordinary plant hardly worth saving.” The Conservatives can’t even see the point of flowers. It’s asking a lot to expect them to see the point of the BBC. It doesn’t even attract bees.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Government selects panel to review the future of the BBC - BBC News
"Some of the assaults which certain newspapers are leading, with the Conservative party, against the BBC is really very worrying", Labour's Tristram Hunt - bbc.in/1Sh0YAm 'Unpatriotic assault on our institutions and identity.' // BBC director general Tony Hall said the deal gave the corporation "financial stability and the ability to plan for the future". // bbc.in/1gvp9zc &! bbc.in/1NWKUD9 However writing in the Observer Lord Hall said the negotiation process should not happen again. &! bit.ly/1JcrVA5 &! bit.ly/1dTOCAz &! bit.ly/1gvvx9E NewStatesman "The BBC is the best broadcaster in the world - but it needs to get its house in order."
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Newsnight - 08/07/2015
"Comprehensive analysis of the Budget with Evan Davis and guests." // During the election David Cameron said child tax credit/benefit was off the list of welfare spending cuts. - broken election campaign promise // --- SHOULD BE (Labour Party Policy for next election):: make work pay and eliminate child poverty AND help people (everyone) w education and support to find better and more gainful work that lift them and the economy by producing added value products. // no path to higher wages, no path to higher productivity, no path to added value British Products export increase (manufacturing, research, STEM, ...) // low wage jobs have no to very little economic multiplier ... take into account tax credits etc and it is net-negative for state and the council //
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015: The return of Tina - BBC News
Tina, it would appear, is back. Forgotten Tina? The acronym for There Is No Alternative? Regularly cited by Margaret Thatcher? Thatcher? Oh, come on, it hasn't been that long since the Tories were in sole command of the UK. [ // history rhymes; Angela Merkel and her "Alternativlos." = There is No Alternative. ] George Osborne set out quite deliberately in a range of ways to suggest that there is no effective or realistic alternative to his approach. [...] It is aimed over their heads at the voters. Mr Osborne is seeking to suggest that there is a remorseless logic to his package, that only the ingrate or innumerate would oppose it.
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