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Huawei's microchip vulnerability explained - BBC News
Unpredictable future
This is just one motherboard, in one device.

Last year, Huawei released a list of its core suppliers and it included 33 US companies. As well as Google having to pull back on supplying its version of Android, major US technology suppliers including Xilinx, Qualcomm, Broadcom and Intel have all warned they will need to stop selling their technology to Huawei in order to comply with the ban.

NeoPhotonics, a San Jose-based firm which makes networking equipment, has a contract with Huawei that represents 44% of its entire revenue.
USA  China  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  tradewar  Huawei  supply  chain 
may 2019 by asterisk2a
FLUCTUATIONS IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY: ONLY ONE CAUSE
The financial crisis of 2006/7 turned into a recession prolonged by a failure to manage monetary demand efficiently to achieve target inflation. With the failure of Lehman Bros interbank markets froze and banks stopped commercial lending. Since then a mixture of quantitative easing and distortingly low interest rates has only managed to create the illusion of a boom as bubbles have developed in property and other asset prices.
GFC  economic  history  fiscal  policy  monetary  policy  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  distortion  M3  liquidity  trap  credit  growth  money  creation  process  money  supply  secular  stagnation  aggregate  demand  austerity  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  hunt  for  yield  western  world  UK  USA 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Stocks are up. But it appears to us that the U.S. economy is going down. Go figure.
velocity is at 57yr low - WOW! the money that is in circulation is in less hands! the econ expanded according to GDP, but less and less $ reach on avg each hand. - "This is serious. The velocity of money tracks how often each dollar is used to buy something in the economy. Falling velocity shows that consumers and business are pulling back… becoming more reluctant to spend and invest… downsizing… and holding onto dollars rather than spending them. This has a similar effect as reducing the supply of money bidding for goods and services. Prices drop. Deflation, in other words. The bubble has developed a leak. The hot air is gushing out." //&! bit.ly/1MOxc9A //&! research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M2V &! pieria.co.uk/articles/getting_things_wrong_federal_reserve_style - it is associated with stagnant NGDP [...] demand problem.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Worst Mediterranean drought in 900 years has human fingerprints all over it
A new study shows that the current Mediterranean drought is likely the worst in 900 years, probably due to human-caused intensification [...] To be clear, this study doesn’t prove that droughts are getting worse, and it doesn’t prove that human emissions of greenhouse gases are making droughts more severe. In fact, proving such statements would be nearly impossible. What this study does is put recent extreme weather into historical context.
California  Mediterranean  drought  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  climate  change  global  warming  COP21  National  Security  food  water  scarcity  water  Wars  water  management  water  rights  water  shortage  water  supply  livestock  farming  sustainability  sustainable 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC Two - Britain's Secret Slavery Business
[forced labour, thus slavery. modern slavery act 2015; kept as a commodity, exploited, invisible handcuffs (documents taken away, or a threat to family)] [food industry & high steet is using it knowingly, does not monitor regularly unannounced it's suppliers for audits. slavery act 2015 can go only so long. industry can not self-regulate it seem.] Slavery and exploitation are alive and well in the UK. From factories and fields to high streets and high seas, investigative reporter Darragh MacIntyre reveals the extent to which exploited workers are embedded within our economy.
In this hard-hitting documentary, MacIntyre uncovers a hidden world of vulnerable victims - not only those trafficked to the UK from abroad, but also a British citizen forced to work unpaid for years. Joining police raids on suspected traffickers, MacIntyre witnesses first hand the authorities' efforts to combat this growing problem. He discovers, alarmingly, that 80% of slavery crimes may be going undetected
Zero  Hour  Contract  human  trafficking  UK  High  Street  minimum  wage  self-regulation  exploitation  shareholder  capitalism  crony  capitalism  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  slave  labour  shadow  economy  Germany  East  Europe  EEA  Meat  Industry  economic  refugee  supply  chain 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Demand for Meat Is Driving Water Shortages Affecting 4 Billion People | TakePart
Climate change, population growth, and skyrocketing meat consumption is making water scarce for two-thirds of the world’s population. [...] “For example, the average water footprint per calorie for beef is 20 times larger than for cereals and starchy roots,” he said. “The meat consumption per person in the world is still increasing, so the water demand grows quickly because of that.”
water  scarcity  watersupply  water  rights  water  supply  water  security  National  food  security  Meat  Industry  sustainability  sustainable  Politics  carbon  tax  Milk  Industry  climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  drought 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Eurasia Group - 2/3 of the global population face severe water...
2/3 of the global population face severe water scarcity at least 1 month of year // even the south of UK.
water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  food  security  National  drought  global  warming  climate  change  climate  crisis  mass  extinction  Wildfire  UK  USA  California  Australia  Africa  Asia 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Beware the Minuses of Negative Interest Rates
Whether sub-zero interest rates actually work is open to debate, however. So says Richard Koo, the chief economist of the Nomura Research Institute. “In my view,” he writes, “the adoption of negative interest rates is an act of desperation born out of despair over the inability of quantitative easing and inflation targeting to produce the desired results.” The failure of the BOJ and the ECB to meet their inflation and growth goals is shared by the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England. None of these central banks understand that their textbook solutions don’t fit the real economy, Koo asserts. [...] And on a more practical level, why corporations sit on record hoards of cash (taxes aside). [<< macro prudential policy ] //&! “When no one is borrowing money, monetary policy is largely useless.” [...] Keynes was right and (Milton) Freidman was wrong. - bit.ly/1Kl07Ri & There is no Confidence Fairy //&! fam.ag/1ogOOiM & bit.ly/1LpJL4W & bit.ly/1VgSjAB & bit.ly/214Icm3 & bit.ly/1Kl228n
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Housing: Corbyn and Cameron clash over 'right-to-buy' - BBC News
[ micro/macro econ policy folly / error to promote home ownership. the only asset of UK households hold ... has to be kept afloat! by any means necessary. + Help to Buy ] The way the government intends to pay for its plans to allow social tenants in England to buy their homes is "extremely questionable", MPs say. The Commons Communities Committee criticised the funding model for the right-to-buy scheme, which will see housing associations reimbursed for selling homes to tenants at discounts. [ AND WITH THE MONEY THEY WANT TO BUILT STARTER HOMES FOR THE 30-20% of UK HOUSEHOLDS THAT CAN AFFORD A DOWN PAYMENT OF A 250-400k HOME. ] &! bit.ly/1hpXShr - PM will promise to tear up planning rules in effort to encourage developers to build more housing for first-time buyers //&! Buy to Rent w its tax breaks is a subsidy for privileged! & MPs say it should be paid for directly rather than via council house sales. Ministers say it will help create a million new homeowners by 2020.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Äthiopien: Afrikas Wirtschaftswunderland kämpft mit der Dürre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Dürre, 800.000 Flüchtlinge - und die Grenzen bleiben offen [...] Obendrein beherbergt das Land ein großes Flüchtlingskontingent: 821.000 Menschen aus dem Südsudan, Somalia und Eritrea leben in äthiopischen Lagern. Trotzdem bleibe die Regierung bei einer "Politik der offenen Tür", berichtete das Uno-Flüchtlingshilfswerk UNHCR.
drought  Ethiopia  National  Security  water  water  scarcity  drinking  water  water  supply  food  refugee  crisis  Africa  Eritrea  Somalia  UNHCR 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Amid market turmoil and confusion, there are four key economic trends shaping society
The UK economy currently gets nowhere near its target of 2%. Inflation would decrease the value of current debts, making them less of a burden. In a world without much inflation, it is hard to get wages up. The worse case scenario is that debt costs increase, as prices and wages stagnate. [ ignoring debt and income growth - stagnation at their peril - youtu.be/KIaXVntqlUE - gov is no household budget, Steve Keen + Richard Koo ] [...] And in this age of austerity, these factors will work against governments seeking to reduce the welfare bill. Recent data shows that, in UK cities, growing numbers of low paid jobs have led to rising claims for welfare such as housing benefits, defeating the government’s aims to reduce spending.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nestlé admits slavery in Thailand while fighting child labour lawsuit in Ivory Coast | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
via https://redd.it/43n4uy //&! The company has won plaudits for its admission of forced labour in the Thai seafood industry but much of the supply chain remains hidden [...] By the time Nestlé owned up to slavery in the Thai seafood industry it was accepted knowledge //&! Research from the University of Sheffield argues audits are working for corporations but failing workers and the environment - http://bit.ly/1laHKT0
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Fred Block: The Tenacity of the Free Market Ideology - YouTube
Fred Block discusses his book “The Power of Market Fundamentalism,” which extends the work of the great political economist Karl Polanyi to explain why free market dogma recovered from disrepute after the Great Depression and World War II to become the dominant economic ideology of our time. // wo state role there would be no market system. // need social democracy in complex diverse society - representing people // freedom in complex diverse society = free of hunger and economic uncertain & freedom of nonconformity - protections, no marginalisation, no economic punishment // social democracy and free market are both Utopias // Thatcher & Co blaming State for malaise! nobody likes technocratic arguments, leaves public out, thus was able to make big return. // wealth creation through efficiency route takes more work and capital than predation (rentier/rent seeking) - ie relaxing fuel efficiency savings regulation for Detroit back in the days // trust that state can support innovation
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
James Galbraith, Kate Pickett, Branko Milanovic - Consequences of Inequality and Wealth Distribution - YouTube
free education / land value tax / higher inheritance tax / abolition of private education / more progressive taxation / combat tax avoidance and tax evasion / ... Universal Basic Income //&! New Theoretical Perspectives on the Distribution of Income and Wealth Among Individuals - youtu.be/RO8KWTb2iPM - w Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman --- distinguishing between wealth and capital. ignore land (free yourself from Ricardo). land. credit. //&! David Cay Johnston: The Perils Of Our Growing Inequality - David Cay Johnston about his new book, Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality. - youtu.be/ok7ZJ8mS19Y
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Bolivia's second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change | World news | The Guardian
Lake Poopó was officially declared evaporated in December. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone. High on Bolivia’s semi-arid Andean plains at 3,700 metres (more than 12,000 feet) and long subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has essentially dried up before only to rebound to twice the area of Los Angeles. But recovery may no longer be possible, scientists say. “This is a picture of the future of climate change,” says Dirk Hoffman, a German glaciologist who studies how rising temperatures from the burning of fossil fuels has accelerated glacial melting in Bolivia. As Andean glaciers disappear, so do the sources of Poopó’s water. [... + water management - agriculture and mining ... + thus the water pollution! ] [...] “inhospitable arid climates” [ Bolivia's capital La Paz ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Carney: No need for interest rate rises now - BBC News
Carney said that collapsing oil prices and an "unforgiving" global environment meant that tighter monetary policy was not yet necessary. [...] He pointed out that the Fed's rate rise had only brought the US interest rate to the same "lofty level" as the Bank of England's. The Governor said that three factors would be the strongest guide to when interest rates might rise. First, that economic growth in the UK would be higher than the average trend. He said that growth at an average quarterly rate of 0.5% in 2015 had "disappointed". Second, that wage growth strengthens and productivity improves. And, third, that core inflation starts to approach the target rate of 2%. //&! Rate rise pause till early 2017? - bbc.in/1T1Qrge - [ global risks are building, global imbalances, faultlines. ] There's a frying pan - the global growth slowdown - and a fire - high levels of indebtedness - out there. &! bbc.in/1S5N7ks
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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
Tata Steel: More than 1,000 jobs to go in UK - BBC News
China's overcapacity. Built for a world that doesn't exist (the west and else). Currently. + expensive energy price in UK! = Disaster. //&! http://bbc.in/1JclUtT - scrap metal prices down 50% y/y //&! Tata 'acting responsibly' - Newport industry expert - http://bbc.in/1QhVOqT - Dr Kathryn Ringwald, an expert on the steel industry and China at the University of South Wales, said Tata was being responsible by mothballing the plant and not closing it.
Oil  price  commodity  prices  China  credit  bubble  aggregation  Supply  and  Demand  Demand  and  Supply  UK  energy  price  energy  policy  competitive  competitiveness  AIIB 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
WS MoreOrLess: Climate Change by BBC Radio 4: More or Less
Ruth Alexander investigates claims climate change has contributed to the war in Syria, // Syria civil war side story! "Global warming played a significant part in migration of people into city." drought chance more likely.
Syrien  Syriza  COP21  climate  change  climate  crisis  climate  science  drought  water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  civil  war  food  security  National  Middle  East  migration  Iraq 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/meat-industry - A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. //&! http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/23/eat-less-red-meat-and-cycle-more-for-your-and-the-planets-health // [...] I’m not suggesting that you eat no meat or other animal products. I am suggesting that we should all eat far less. Save the splurge for Christmas. And even then, choose carefully. [ Reductarian ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Patagonien: Zerfließende Eis-Riesen - Satellitenbild der Woche - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eismassen, türkise Seen, zerklüftetes Gebirge - die Landschaft Patagoniens ist selbst aus dem All faszinierend. Doch der Klimawandel bringt auch die Gletscher Argentiniens zum Schmelzen.
Argentina  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  rights  water  supply  climate  change  global  warming  National 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Prof. Gary L. Francione on the Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single-Issue Campaigns - YouTube
Free Range and Co. - still promoting animal exploitation. Same with don't eat veal (eat the mom) or Foie gras (just eat the bird, don't force-feed the bird to eat the liver). << Single Issue Campaigns still promote animal exploitation. More morally better because you don't eat that kind of cruel meat? // Greenpeace doesn't promote Vegan. Just sustainability. Whole Foods "happy exploitation." << betrayal of animal rights! PETA gave Whole Foods an award for "best animal-friendly." [...] "lessen the suffering." // when its about human rights we take an absolute position. but animal rights public takes no absolute position but talks about meatless Monday's. If it's wrong its wrong. If it violates fundamental human rights, it violates human rights. There are not baby steps. No journey. // Educate people about Veganism. And animal rights will take care of itself. But current Vegan movement is just about "humane" or "compassionate" animal exploitation. Vegan has to be a moral imperative!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How Soviet pollution destroyed the Aral Sea - BBC News
[ one example. doesn't mean its the last one ] In October 1990 Western scientists confirmed the virtual disappearance of the Aral Sea in Soviet Central Asia, formerly the fourth largest inland sea in the world.The loss of sea water was the result of 60 years of intensive agriculture and pollution by the Soviet authorities. It is considered the biggest manmade loss of water in recorded history. The surrounding areas were devastated. Local fisherman watched as the shore gradually receded and fish stocks ran out. Local children fell victim to respiratory illnesses. Professor Denys Brunsden, of London's King's College, was one of the first Western scientists to visit the Aral Sea in 1990. //&! Volunteers map UK coastline for industrial damage - bbc.in/1GSy6ZT - science led management; new artificial strip on coast changed things and beach stripped itself of sand ... //&! Beach litter 'increasing', says Marine Conservation Society - bbc.in/1xat2Q6
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's most expensive city facing 'catastrophe' - BBC News
shortage of supply = unaffordable = nobody can afford to live there, work there, study there. or have to commute from out of town for 1 hour or more. // this is not only a problem in Oxford. NHS Grampian has problems of recruiting because unaffordable house prices and rents pushed up by Oil Industry and the lack of new housing. Same for teaching jobs. // all the while building companies make pumper profits and even skirt around the edges to lower the ratio of social and affordable housing they have to provide with each new big project. its in their interest, if prices were to fell, they would make less money. so they build not enough to keep up with demand at all. and not enough so each new builds profit rises because of risen demand and people willing to pay more for the same house or flat from previous year or two or three despite no real improvement in the build technically/energy efficiency wise/or architecture wise - modern, wide open, big windows. //
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The political power of bricks and mortar - BBC News
Few deny that the UK is facing a housing crisis, the subject has become a hot political topic. But the best way to solve it is still widely disputed, as national ambition confronts local anxiety and tradition.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Average monthly rent hits record high of £816, highlighting housing shortage | Money | The Guardian
Rents rose across most of England by averages of 6.3% and 8.5% in past year, say separate studies, but fell in the north-west, north-east and Wales [...] Housing charity Shelter said the figures “highlight the plight of an entire generation stuck in insecure and expensive private renting”. On Tuesday, official figures underlined the continuing difficulty of buying, as UK house prices surged to a record peak of £284,000 on average in August. According to the report from Your Move and Reeds Rains, rents rose to a “new all-time record” in September and are up a typical 6.3% on an annual basis. It found that rents are now almost a quarter (24%) higher than in January 2010, while the index of CPI inflation is just 14% higher over the same period. // bonuses and pay and profit for building companies are up as well. actively restricting demand to push up prices marginally (compounding over time). nearly all property sells before even the first brick is put down for the development!]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
SNP conference: John Swinney to give Scottish councils business rate powers - BBC News
[ so who is actually going to pay tax? to repair roads, winder service, replace street lights, clean the city, police, NHS, ... to fund councils budgets that are already deep in the red and are cut further over the next 5 years. Public libraries, pools, social care, etc etc. dismantling britian. framing it as job creator. as if tax cuts create demand! lol. its a race to the bottom. ] Colin Borland, the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) head of external affairs in Scotland, said it was good news that cutting the cost of doing business was "at the heart of the deputy first minister's message". He said: "If used appropriately, these powers could give local economies a welcome boost and it will be interesting to see how many hard-pressed councils will be able to take advantage of them." UK Chancellor George Osborne has promised local authorities in England more flexibility over business rates by 2020.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Britain's water crisis | Nick Davies | Environment | The Guardian
The immediate cause of the early drying out at the source of the Ouse was simply that there was not enough water in the underground aquifer on which it feeds. But that turns out to be part of something bigger. In March 2013, the local branch of the Environment Agency reported that, depending on conditions, there are now years when they can extract water from the Ouse on no more than 94 days. For the rest of the year, abstractors can use water that has been stored during the wet months in the big reservoir at Ardingly, and they can pump up water through boreholes sunk into the underground aquifers. This in turn reduces the amount of water that bubbles up into the river and its tributaries. The Environment Agency has stopped issuing new abstraction licences for the river. Meanwhile, during the summer months, nearly half of what we like to describe as a river is, in fact, recycled waste water and sewage. [...] [south-east and south] “serious water stress”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK mortgage market, Barclays Qatar probe and US bank CEOs by FT Banking Weekly
there will be no push for new homes to flood the market, increasing prices support status quo, Loan to value measures (underwater or not?). house prices outpaced income since GFC. Buy-to-Let amplifies boom-bust. bank system resilient enough for 35% fall of prices. // generationengerechtigkeit - more of disposable income to spend on rent! putting money into pockets of rentier (buy-to-let) who can him or herself buy only so many pairs of jeans.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
World's largest ecological study aims to make palm oil wildlife-friendly | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
[ refined oil, free oil = bad for health. oil is not a health food, its not even a food it has no nutrition. its empty calories. it has same clogging factor ar any other oil or animal fat ( https://www.youtube.com/user/headveg/search?query=oil ). its about whole-foods bland-based diet! Vegan. IF you buy peanut butter, buy without added salt, sugar, oil, organic! its consumer choices that make a difference! or make your small batch own with food processor! w mixed nuts & seeds bag and peanuts 1/3 - 1/4 ] A new palm oil plantation in Borneo, Malaysia, is being used by researchers to study ways of retaining endangered wildlife, including the orangutan //&! see also Delicious entry under Fish Industry - "Is it OK to eat farmed salmon now? | Environment | The Guardian theguardian.com"
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Homelessness figures: Nearly 100,000 children in England 'homeless' - BBC News
Nearly 100,000 children in England are living in temporary accommodation after being made homeless, new figures show. // &! More & more student start work after graduation in low pay jobs not requiring a diploma, due to current job market/job creation situation in UK! Not hitting 21k repayment threshold - bbc.in/1OU0K3H - OBR show fewer are likely to start paying than was expected when the policy was introduced, [...] freezing the loan repayment threshold - alongside other changes such as replacing maintenance grants for poorer students with loans - will significantly increase the cost of going to university. It says this risks undermining pledges by successive governments to improve social mobility, as well as raising uncertainty in students' minds over the terms of their borrowing. //&! Higher education cuts 'risk NI being left behind' - bbc.in/1gZMrgj //&! Doctors warn Tories not to cut free school meals (child poverty, food poverty) bbc.in/1LewQrn
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England concerns over buy-to-let boom - BBC News
The growing buy-to-let property market in the UK could post a threat to wider financial stability, a Bank of England committee has said. [...] Buy-to-let mortgage lending had the potential to "amplify" a housing boom and bust, the Bank's Financial Stability Committee (FPC) concluded. Lending in this sector has risen by 40% since 2008, the FPC said. It stopped short of suggesting any intervention by government or regulators at this stage. "The FPC is alert to the rapid growth of the market and potential developments in underwriting standards," the committee said.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
The new right to buy is solving 1979’s problems at today’s expense | Gaby Hinsliff | Comment is free | The Guardian
This Thatcherite policy revival fails to recognise that the main cause of the housing crisis is affordability //&! Housing bill needs radical, long-term measures to reform the market. As well as increasing supply, the government needs to use the tax system to make buy-to-let less attractive as an investment - bit.ly/1PDxWe3
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
The other generation rent: meet the people flatsharing in their 40s | Money | The Guardian
Number of flatsharers aged 45-54 has risen by 300% in five years, figures show, amid soaring house prices, especially in London [...] Photographer Alex Forsey, 44, is typical of the new generation of flatsharers in their 40s. He recently moved into a house in Clapton, east London, with three other people in their 20s to 40s. He said: “The most affordable one-bed flat I was shown was £1,200 a month, and it was worse than a squat. The agent tried telling me it was a bargain.” //&! ability to get interest only loan is unbelievable.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Borrowing up amid interest rates speculation - BBC News
Mortgage brokers said that the relatively low mortgage rates on offer could be a response to a mismatch of supply and demand. "The mortgage market remains over supplied with lenders having more money to lend than there are people looking for home loans. This means criteria will have to loosen and rates will have to remain low to ensure lenders hit their volume targets," said Mark Harris, chief executive of SPF Private Clients. "For many, the main issue is not so much finding a cheap mortgage rate but being able to prove affordability to satisfy the lender and meet [the regulator's] tighter criteria."
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
It's Hard Being a Meat Eater - YouTube
youtu.be/O8BSyzu6o7w - last means to change the message, reframe, direct away from the facts/research: polarisation //&! youtu.be/MIv88GEZq1A - not extreme. &! not restrictive - youtu.be/coFBx3v3ZRU
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Brazil's downgrade | Authers' Note - YouTube
- 6 killer apps not yet properly installed. - // and still dependent on western world demand! aggregate demand via western consumer. // credit bubble and ZIRP/NIRP/QE has run its way largely // private sector could not pick up recovery. no appetite. same for SME SMB mittelstand. excess reserves not lend out because the horse has to drink by itself, can't make the drink. // especially when it has no means to served future credit interest payment coupons and principal repayment with no income growth! for decades. // inequality huts, middle class destoryed. - Career Politicans, Fear, polarisation, inequality, gini coefficient, zeit arbeit, leiharbeit, self-employment, working conditions, ...sozialer abstieg, squeezed middle class, ... insecurity, cloudy future, richard koo: austerity isn't helping!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Wasser: Mineralwasser, Leitungswasser - Welches ist am besten? - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eine Gefahr droht dagegen aus der Politik: Das Handelsabkommen TTIP könnte dazu führen, dass die eher strengen europäischen Regeln für den Einsatz von Pestiziden aufgeweicht werden. "Zum Beispiel dürfen amerikanische Äpfel mit einem fünfmal so hohen Restgehalt des Gifts Captan verkauft werden, als in Europa erlaubt ist", sagt Ole Braukmann von Hamburg Wasser. Er fürchtet, dass die deutschen Bauern bald ebenfalls mehr spritzen: "Für den Gewässerschutz kann die diskutierte Angleichung der Gesetze einen Rückschritt in die Siebzigerjahre bedeuten."
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Bumper payouts for housebuilding executives as market booms | Business | The Guardian
Two of Britain’s largest housebuilders, Berkeley Group and Persimmon, could hand out about £1bn to their top executives and managers in pay and bonuses over the next six years, boosted by strong UK house prices and government-subsidies for home-buyers. Tony Pidgley, founder and executive chairman at Berkeley, is expected to face tough questions on Tuesday at the group’s shareholder meeting near its headquarters in leafy Cobham, Surrey, after it emerged last month that his pay package last year was worth £23.3m. [...] Meanwhile, executives at Persimmon, the UK’s largest housebuilder, also have a Berkeley-style incentive scheme that is one of the most generous to be found at a London stock market-listed firm. [...] Berkeley’s share price has risen more than 40% since the election of a Conservative government in May, [...] [bonuses] “entirely based on short-term performance”. [...] return on equity[.][ < KPI, what gets measured gets done ] &! bbc.in/1KE0jut - Barratt Homes profits +45%
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Tesla Will Change The World
[ 2C target is the most stupid experiment even run in human history, comes before nuclear fallout. fukushima, chernobyl - still dealing with the consequences. ] This is Part 2 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies. For an explanation of why this series is happening and how Musk is involved, start with Part 1.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - A history of social housing
Viability assessments are commercially confidential. not even the council can have a look at them. just get yes/no, and something liking to an executive summary. >> bbc.in/1FR9JAh - The UK has a serious shortage of affordable homes. Lesley Curwen asks whether the current system - where councils do deals with developers to provide cheaper homes - is working. [...] in transparent, not accountable, no inclusion of community/tax payer. abuse of the system & situation. writing their own rules. knowing they have the leverage/upper hand due to the shortage and pressure put on councils by public due to shortage. the new-smaller bankster! Out come additional/more cost for everyone due all this. This is not a market. This is a one way game, again. Like the bank bailout was. either you bail us out on our conditions or you go down with us. // &! Why can't the UK build 240,000 houses a year? - bbc.in/1xjHHTi // &! bit.ly/17zBXQv - The housing crisis in charts &! bit.ly/1Nboz5Y &! bit.ly/1t4PWYh
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Mason: what they're not telling you about housing - YouTube
- Tories isn't brave enough to stop the one way bet. Electorate preferential to those who actually vote, voted them in and are spared of most of the austerity. babyboomers and pensioners. // add Generation Rent + Student Loan Debt (Bubble) + low interest rate environment to inflate debt away + low yield for savings mean higher principle each year to put in means less discretionary spending + secular stagnation in the western world (Globalisation + Software eats the world) equals wage stagnation equals less spending power and savings power. ... ... it is a Disaster in the making, in-front of our eyes. Only those who inherited will be ok. otherwise, social mobility goes down, inequality up, ... making yourself means making hard choices (ie no kids), and bettering yourself by your own means impossible, when the whole system conspires against you.
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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
Wirtschaftslage: Ungebremst in die nächste Krise - SPIEGEL ONLINE
So instabil, wie die Lage ist, bedarf es womöglich nur eines vergleichsweise kleinen Anstoßes, um die nächste Krise auszulösen. Und was passiert dann? [...] Kaum noch Spielräume, nirgends. Weder die Finanzpolitik noch die Zinspolitik kann bei einem erneuten Abschwung viel ausrichten. Das gilt auch für die Schwellenländer: Russland & Brasilien mühen sich, ihre Zahlungsfähigkeit zu sichern. Sogar Saudi-Arabien muss sich im Ausland verschulden. China's [...] Kapitalmarktblase aufgebläht und leidet nun unter einer der höchsten privatwirtschaftlichen Verschuldungsquoten aller Emerging Markets. Die ernsten Schwierigkeiten, vor denen die Volksrepublik steht, zeichnen sich bereits seit Langem ab. [...] Japan ist dann überall. [debt fuelled recovery (fiscal stimulus) that always were. now we have austerity & the "recovery" reflects that. plus deflationary effects; further globalisation, flat borderless world, technology, commoditisation of XYZ, future consumer (growth) not in the west!, etc]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Japan's economy shrinks by 0.4% in a blow for 'Abenomics' growth plan | World news | The Guardian
the country’s main Nikkei stock market index was up strongly by 0.6% as investors expected the government to unleash more monetary stimulus. “Should growth remain sluggish for another quarter and inflation expectations start to fall, the odds of additional monetary easing would increase substantially,” analysts at DBS said in a commentary. Private consumption, which accounts for about 60% of Japan’s GDP, fell 0.8%, as exports dropped 4.4%. “The sharp plunge from the previous quarter’s surprise growth was partly due to disappointing demand for Japanese products in the US, Chinese and other resource-exporting markets,” SMBC Nikko Securities said in a commentary. “Sluggish wage growth and bad weather drove down consumption at home,” it added. // no demand led recovery. debt fuelled recovery! little is fixed thus nothing (kogs) fits and runs by itself as one would expect. // [...] convincing people to splash out on consumer goods has been a struggle
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Drought - Bloomberg QuickTake
Thirsty Brazilians are drilling through their basements for water. Iran is short of water from border to border as its lakes and wetlands shrink. Taiwanese chipmakers are searching for alternate water supplies as cities there struggle against a record drought. Droughts in China, India and South Africa have power producers and beverage makers interrupting operations or facing protesters saying don’t take our water. Overpumping in places like California’s Central Valley and the Great Plains’ Ogallala basin has depleted some of the world’s biggest aquifers. Water played a role in instigating civil war in Syria, and scientists suggest that Yemen could collapse as a state over an even more serious lack of water. Egypt and Ethiopia have long bickered over shared Nile River water, while the only thing that Iraq and ISIS agree on is that Turkey is storing too much water from the Euphrates River. Quality is also a vast concern: ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Access To Startup Skills Threatened By U.K. Visa Review | TechCrunch
[ unable to move fast, execute fast ] Startups of course rely on filling vacancies by bringing skills from abroad — given it may be the only way to obtain relevant expertise when you’re working in such nascent areas. [...] According to the MAC’s call for evidence, the proposed changes being considered by the government include some potentially radical measures — such as: significantly raising the salary threshold; restricting which job roles are eligible; and removing the right for dependents of visa holders to be able to work in the U.K. [ salaries threshold, NHS already cried out loud foul as many foreign nurses would have to leave it threshold would be set at about 34-35 minumum earnings. ] [...] “The majority don’t… and several of the respondents said it’s already too complicated and expensive for us to go through that process,” he notes. [...] “populist politics” could pose a threat the U.K.’s digital economy [... quality of life in London less than in other US cities ...]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Dürre in Deutschland: So trocken seit 50 Jahren nicht mehr - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die große Hitze und ausbleibender Regen haben in manchen Teilen Deutschlands eine starke Dürre verursacht. "In Südhessen, Teilen von Nordbayern, Sachsen bis ins südliche Brandenburg ist der Boden so trocken wie seit 50 Jahren nicht", twitterte der Deutsche Wetterdienst (DWD). Völlig ausgetrocknet seien die obersten 30 bis 60 Zentimeter des Erdreichs in den betroffenen Regionen, sagte Udo Busch, Leiter der DWD-Agrarmeteorologie. Dies schade allen Pflanzen, die kürzere Wurzeln haben. So ist der Mais vielerorts zu klein gewachsen. [ new temp record in Germany, 40.3 C, one incident to become more common ] [....] "In #Südhessen, Teilen von #Nordbayern, #Sachsen bis ins südliche #Brandenburg ist der Boden so trocken wie seit 50 Jahren nicht." [...] Die Wasservorräte im Boden würden immer im Winter aufgefüllt, und davon sei auch in diesem Jahr auszugehen. [...] In Spanien wird das Olivenöl knapp
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Housing affordability gap grows, says ONS - BBC News
The figures show that rent for social housing took up a larger percentage of residents' earnings in England and Wales in 2014 than in 2002. Many commentators have suggested that building more homes in certain areas will help to tackle the affordability issue. The ONS said that house building had not recovered to the 150,000 or more completed new homes a year that were built before the recession. During the latter half of the 1960s more than 300,000 new homes were built every year. Campbell Robb, chief executive of charity Shelter, said: "Millions of people who simply want a home of their own in a place where they can find work and take care of their families, are instead finding themselves priced out and stuck in a lifetime of unstable and expensive private renting.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Gletscher schmelzen weltweit im Rekordtempo - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Klimawandel macht sich im Gebirge deutlich bemerkbar: Weltweit sind die Gletscher auf dem Rückzug, viele verlieren einen halben bis einen Meter pro Jahr. //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Generation rent: the housing ladder starts to collapse for the under-40s | Money | The Guardian
House price rises of 5% a year and a shortage of affordable homes are set to swell the ranks of “generation rent” over the next decade, so that by 2025 more than half of those under 40 will be living in properties owned by private landlords. A report from economists at accountancy firm PwC suggests the number of new homebuyers is set to fall over the next 10 years, as the high cost of raising a deposit locks large segments of society out of the housing market. [...] “A large and sustained increase in affordable housing supply will be required to meet the needs of a UK population that is growing relatively rapidly by European standards.” // Tories pledged new Right to Buy Scheme of their Council house/flat in the general election 2015. And promises to reform building and planning process probably will come shot of. // bit.ly/1JgWVn1 << landlords (especially buy to let) display rent-seeking behavior! renter rights need to be strengthened in light of current times & of future to come.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS - Telegraph
Monetary policymakers have run out of room to fight the next crisis with interest rates unable to go lower, the BIS warns. [...] These low interest rates have in turn fuelled economic booms, encouraging excessive risk taking. Booms have then turned to busts, which policymakers have responded to with even lower rates. [greenspan put][dot.com and GFC were in part fuelled by inadequate rate setting and oversight] [...] [BIS also rejecting the notion of secular stagnation]. // &! BIS 'low rates hold back global growth' - http://www.ft.com/cms/s/12ded5aa-1be6-11e5-a130-2e7db721f996 // &! Rising interest rates pose new risk for banks: BIS - reut.rs/1Jgyft9 [...] but a "normalization" of borrowing costs would reverse the debt-fueled inflation of asset prices and hit banks' own loss-absorbing equity capital, the BIS said. "Just as falling yields have supported asset valuation gains in recent years, an eventual normalization would generate losses ... Banks' equity capital would shrink."
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
If People Understood This One Thing, We Would Have Revolution Overnight - YouTube
Martin Luther King, Jr. was working towards a guaranteed basic income for all when he was killed. Wealth inequality, neoliberalism, the actions of the Federal Reserve, along with the greed and theft of the global elite have made the call for a guaranteed basic income for all even more urgent in 2014 than in the 1960s. [...] In his new book, The Economics of Revolution, DeGraw writes: “Having that much wealth consolidated within a mere 1% of the population, while a record number of people toil in poverty and debt, is a crime against humanity. For example, it would only cost 0.5% of the 1%’s wealth to eliminate poverty nationwide. Also consider that at least 40% of the 1%’s accounted for wealth is sitting idle. That’s an astonishing $13 trillion in wealth hoarded away, unused.” In this clip from the full 30-minute interview, DeGraw points out that the Federal Reserve is already printing money and giving it away to the financial elite.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
The Fundamental Fallacy of Modern Recruiting | TechCrunch
Engineers in most firms today are also supposed to know at least something about product design, marketing, and customer support for those top-paying enterprise clients. Purely technical roles still exist of course, but they tend to congregate away from consumer and enterprise software into areas such as embedded systems. Interdisciplinary skills may be the hallmark of the modern engineer, but it is precisely that broad and ambiguous skillset that complicates hiring. [...] [HR/Recruiters] have an impossible job looking for these unicorn employees. When we combine the increasing ambiguity of our jobs with the increasing distance of HR recruiters from the actual work taking place, you get everything that is wrong with modern recruiting. [...] [ Founder team should ] take an active role in ensuring that the right employees are being hired. [ And not outsourcing at first chance. ]
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Should Americans Be Paying More for Water? - YouTube
$4.8 trillion over next 20 years. Americans pay 1 cent per gallon of water.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Don’t stop showering, California. Just lay off the burgers & nuts. — Medium
farming in that climate zone with that little water resources. = bad long-term. // https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/979019875443942 - Why did Governor Jerry Brown exempt Big Oil and Big Agriculture from his order this week to cut water consumption by 25 percent? Big Oil uses more than 2 million gallons of fresh water a day in California for fracking, acidizing, and steam injections – nearly 70 million gallons last year alone. Meanwhile, California’s farmers consume 80 percent of the water used in the state and generate only 2 percent of the state’s economic activity. Oddly, the Governor’s order focuses on urban water use, which makes up less than a quarter of the water consumed here. California could save the same amount of water by requiring its farmers to increase water efficiency by 5 percent. & facebook.com/naomi.wolf.author/posts/10153185815179476 &! spiegel.de/fotostrecke/rekord-duerre-kalifornien-muss-wasser-sparen-fotostrecke-125389-10.html
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Water crisis coming in 15 years unless the world acts now, UN report warns | Hacker News
Am Sonntag ist Weltwassertag, und passend zum Anlass hat die Uno heute ihren Wasserbericht veröffentlicht. Die Ergebnisse klingen wenig optimistisch: Die Verschwendung von Trinkwasser nimmt demnach bedrohliche Ausmaße an. Es seien "einschneidende Änderungen bei der Nutzung, Verwaltung und Aufteilung" nötig. 748 Millionen Menschen haben dem Uno-Bericht zufolge keinen Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser. Eines der drängendsten Probleme sei der Anstieg der Weltbevölkerung von derzeit 7,3 Milliarden Menschen auf voraussichtlich 9,1 Milliarden im Jahr 2050: Der weltweite Bedarf an Wasser werde dadurch um 55 Prozent ansteigen, unter anderem durch die landwirtschaftliche Produktion, die bereits heute für 70 Prozent des Wasserverbrauchs verantwortlich ist. http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
California has about one year of water left | Hacker News
As difficult as it may be to face, the simple fact is that California is running out of water — and the problem started before our current drought. NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002, when satellite-based monitoring began, although groundwater depletion has been going on since the early 20th century. How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain. &! bit.ly/1xlusTL - California Is Drilling for Water That Fell to Earth 20,000 Years Ago &! bit.ly/1GUZuXy
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Brasilien: Wasser-Krise in Rio de Janeiro und São Paulo - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Schuld an der Wasserkrise ist nicht der Bürger, der sein Auto wäscht", sagt auch der Klimaforscher Alexandre Costa von der Universität Caéra. "Der weitaus größere Verschwender ist die industrialisierte Landwirtschaft. Sie allein verbraucht 70 Prozent des Trinkwassers." Die Agro-Industrie ist Brasiliens wichtigster Wirtschaftszweig Sie produziert großflächig Soja, Mais und betreibt Viehzucht. 2014 exportierte sie Agrargüter im Wert von knapp 85 Milliarden Euro. Und sie ist verantwortlich für 88 Prozent der Zunahme beim Wasserverbrauch in den vergangenen vier Jahren - die Bevölkerung für zwei Prozent, bilanziert Forscher Costa. Doch es gibt wohl noch einen weiteren Grund der Wassermisere. Forscher wie Costa warnen schon lange vor klimatischen Veränderungen. Entgegen der offiziellen Linie der brasilianischen Regierung sehen sie einen Zusammenhang zwischen ausbleibenden Regenfällen im Südosten und der Abholzung des Regenwalds 3000 Kilometer entfernt im Amazonas.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
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