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UK GDP growth – beware the march of the spenders | Business | The Guardian
the breakdown was deeply troubling. What it showed was an economy unhealthily reliant on consumer spending. Real household spending was up 0.7% on the quarter and added 0.5 percentage points to the growth rate. In other words, the other components of growth – investment, trade and government spending – contributed -0.1 points to growth during the first three months of the year. [...] drop in business investment, which was down both over the quarter and over the year. //&! bit.ly/1RjxDnh - Making things matters. This is what Britain forgot. Ha-Joon Chang. The neglect of manufacturing and over-development of the financial sector is the cause of the economy’s decline, not fear of leaving the EU
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may 2016 by asterisk2a
The Growth Trap
[ growing for growth sake! vs growing in a world/area that is not conducive to grow ] When Twitter went public in 2013, its stock soared and its value jumped to $25 billion. Its founders and early investors got rich. But since then, the company has been considered a failure, despite the fact that it boasts 320 million active users, because it's not growing fast enough. Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," talks to Steve Paikin about why he sees the push for more growth as dangerous. // true capitalists (shareholder, crony, greedy) w/o self-regulation or governance extract all the value there is to extract and then leave, dispersing it to the few who already have [...] WE MUST REWRITE THE RULES OF THE GROWTH GAME ITSELF! [...] you want to optimise the economy based on velocity of money (circulation of money), not share price and value extraction [...]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Sustainability or Prosperity? Why Not Both? | PolicyCast
describes the rapidly growing field of sustainability science, which combines a variety of disciplines in both the hard and social sciences to find paths towards a sustainable future. //&! Book Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice – (2016) by Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson. //&! http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/publications/insight/international/william-clark &! https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=LkLCmQwAAAAJ&hl=en &! http://earthsky.org/human-world/william-c-clark-defines-sustainable-development &! Jeffrey Sachs - Global Cooperation and Sustainable Development - youtu.be/cRWtRh3yLI0 &! "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet." - youtu.be/n3kzzVP2c7w &! Jeffrey Sachs: "The Price of Civilization" - youtu.be/_G6SYmQ0swg - profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects: jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss | US news | The Guardian
As people dig ever deeper to find water, nearly 1,200 square miles of California is sinking 2 inches a month – destroying roads, bridges and farmland in the process // http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris climate summit: world leaders told to iron out differences before talks end | Environment | The Guardian
France steps up diplomatic efforts to get consensus [among nations concerned about economic growth (employment - capitalism - keep the ghost in the machine), living on a planet with finite resources] on a global deal six days before official talks conclude. //&! Mekong: a river rising The fate of 70 million people rests on what happens to the Mekong river. With world leaders meeting in Paris next week for crucial UN climate talks, John Vidal journeys down south-east Asia’s vast waterway - a place that encapsulates some of the dilemmas they must solve. He meets people struggling to deal with the impacts of climate change as well as the ecological havoc created by giant dams, deforestation, coastal erosion and fast-growing cities - bit.ly/1LAYGHX //&!
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Is there a danger to environmental jargon? - BBC News
[ confusing the public, as with diet ] The United Nations is promising a "universal climate change agreement" when leaders from almost 200 countries meet in Paris. But is the jargon used in environmental discussions actually putting people off the subject rather than enthusing them?
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Deutsche Telekom darf das Internet schneller machen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Es gibt in der Frage auch starken politischen Druck: Die Bundesregierung will den Breitbandausbau bis 2018 durchbekommen, dann soll es überall im Land Zugänge mit 50 Megabit pro Sekunde geben - es ist ein Prestigeprojekt des Ministers Alexander Dobrindt (Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur). Und ohne die Vectoring-Pläne der Telekom wäre das sehr viel schwerer zu erreichen. Zur Entscheidung der Netzagentur können die Marktteilnehmer noch einmal formell Stellung nehmen, auch in einer öffentlichen Verhandlung. Auch das Kartellamt und die europäische Regulierungsbehörde, die Vectoring kritisch sieht, werden gehört. Erst dann fällt im Frühjahr 2016 die endgültige Entscheidung.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Nickel in Ohrringen: Jeder sechste Stecker enthält zu viel - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ German livestock industry is using last stand-antibitoics, without oversight, regulation, accountability, transparency ] Geflügel: Antibiotika wirken immer häufiger nicht, weil Bakterien dagegen resistent werden. Ein Grund ist übermäßiger Einsatz in der Tierhaltung. Das BVL testete 125 Proben von Hähnchen und 84 von Pute auf entsprechende Rückstände. Die gute Nachricht: Der nachweisbare Antibiotikagehalt lag in der Regel deutlich unter den zulässigen Höchstmengen. Zuletzt hatten sich Geflügelproduzenten in einer "Geflügel-Charta" zu einem verantwortungsvollen Umgang mit Antibiotika bekannt.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's coal plants to be phased out within 10 years - BBC News
[How can gas be central if it has to be shipped from Russia & else?! - bbc.in/1WZQj4D ] UKs remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed. Ms Rudd wants more gas-fired stations to be built since relying on "polluting" coal is "perverse". Only if gas-fuelled power can fill the void created by closing coal-powered stations would coal plants be shut, she said. //&! bit.ly/1G7rJQt Subsidies cut in "emergency" Budget2015 after election which was not in the manifesto. &! Greenpeace said it showed the chancellor is out of step with the times. - bit.ly/1D2ylQg &! bit.ly/1HOeCt0 &! Renewables industry slams move to make them pay Climate Change Levy (also done in the Budget2015) - bit.ly/1j8khAR - "Like making apple juice pay an alcohol tax" &! Gov says in official statement, this move protects customers from higher energy bills??? - bit.ly/1Kkd8GH
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Government facing defeat in Lords over tax credits | Politics | The Guardian
Tim Farron instructs peers to back fatal motion, greatly increasing chances of government being defeated //&! bit.ly/1NlQDCE - Live Ticker of that Day: Former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna says that while state subsidy going to employers to top-up low wages is not desirable, it is the order of the government’s policy that is the problem, ie. cutting tax credits before the wages go up enough. [ << SHOWING HOW LITTLE EVERYDAY MORALITY, ETHICS, HUMILITY, MENSCH, COMPASSION AND SENSIBILITY TORIES HAVE. ] //&! MP Heidi Allen warns tax credit cuts 'betray' Tory values [...] cutting peoples cloth when there is no cloth. - bbc.in/1LlzFDQ [...] want "transitional" arrangements [...] [MP Heidi Allen] said her party must not treat it as "a spreadsheet exercise" since many of those affected would not be able to cope and faced a stark choice between heating their homes and putting food on their tables. //&! bit.ly/1jRP9WJ &! bit.ly/1M6zk5j - Who is MP Heidi Allen?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The government seems intent on ending the solar power industry. It’s madness | Howard Johns | Comment is free | The Guardian
saving on the wrong end of the stick. // &! One solar executive says the 87% cut in state subsidy is ‘obscene’, and will lead to thousands of job losses - bit.ly/1Xdgl0V - “We are all paying £100 for nuclear decommissioning costs in our bills. Solar: five quid? It is nothing to do with the energy bills of hardworking families it is entirely ideologically driven by George Osborne. It is nothing to do with the cost to the energy consumer.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Antarctic ice sheets face catastrophic collapse without deep emissions cuts | Environment | The Guardian
[ emotionally, people are not there to change ] [S]teep cuts to emissions during the next decade are the only way to avoid a catastrophic collapse of Antarctic ice sheets and associated sea-level rise that will continue for thousands of years. [...] This would trigger a collapse that would go on for thousands of years, raising sea levels by 0.6 metres to 3 metres by the year 2300 depending on how high manmade greenhouse gas emissions remain. Our descendants living in the year 5000 will continue to suffer the consequences of today’s fossil fuel burning, as sea levels continue to rise up to nine metres above current levels. [...] The global sea level has risen roughly 20cm over the last century and is already causing problems for communities in low-lying areas. Only a little of this has so far been caused by melting ice; most comes from the expansion of oceans as they warm. [...] Antarctica’s two ice sheets, east and west, cover an area the size of the contiguous US and Mexico combined
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
VW: Das Auto? Der Betrug! Jakob Augstein zur Abgas-Affäre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Nicht nur Banken betrügen, auch die Industrie. Das zeigt der VW-Skandal. Deutschland hält sich eher ans Recht als das Ausland? Ein Irrtum. Guter Kapitalismus, böser Kapitalismus? Gibt's nicht. Nur die Notwendigkeit des starken Staates. [...] Die Amoralität ist in der Idee der Firma an sich eingebaut. Menschen haben (vielleicht) Moral. Firmen nicht. Da liegt ein grundlegendes Missverständnis im modernen Kapitalismus. [...] In einem langen Artikel über Wirtschaftsethik hat der "Economist" einmal geschrieben: "Unternehmen, die lügen und betrügen, können nicht erwarten, lange im Geschäft zu sein, selbst wenn ihre Handlungen vom Gesetz gestattet sind." Wir wissen, dass das Gegenteil der Fall ist. Aber so streuen sich die Gralshüter der liberalen Wirtschaftsideologie selbst Sand in die Augen. [ The Corporation (2005) by Joel Bakan ] [...] Beschreibt das nicht perfekt das Wesen der großen Konzerne - je größer, desto besser? Und VW ist sehr groß. [ Amazon's monopsony ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Britain's fading greenery - BBC News
[ after the collaps of energy prices, commoditiy prices and freed up labour from oil and gas industry ... instead of tripling investment in renewable energy, they cut it. increasing long-term competitiveness with domestic cheaper energy prices. stupid. instead they cut corporate tax rate, as if tax evasion and avoidance wasn't helping them already ... no further development of 6 killer apps. policy for vested interest. subsidies for oil. tax breaks. etc etc. ] The energy team at business consultancy EY can't expect to get many contracts out of Whitehall - not after a thorough trashing of UK policy. //&! Al Gore chimes in - bit.ly/1V88zmb //&! bbc.in/1NIzAMl //&! bv.ms/1Vgb4Iy - Stop Propping Up Fossil Fuels. Subsidies, as a rule, distort financial incentives and leave the economy less efficient. Subsidies on fossil fuels are doubly foolish: They also divert investment and consumption away from cleaner energy, and cost taxpayers a bundle.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England may cut rates, says chief economist - BBC News
Softening employment figures and weakening surveys on manufacturing and construction output suggested growth in the UK could slow in the second half of the year and inflation might not pick up as expected. Furthermore, problems in emerging markets could be a drag on UK growth and the headwinds from those economies were unlikely to abate any time soon, Mr Haldane added. //&! In a wide-ranging speech that called on central bankers to think more radically to fend off the next downturn – including the notion of abolishing cash – Haldane warned the UK was not ready for higher borrowing costs. He described recent events in Greece and China as "the latest leg of what might be called a three-part crisis trilogy."
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
OECD: leading countries spend $200bn a year subsidising fossil fuels | Environment | The Guardian
Thinktank says member states and six biggest emerging economies should use sum to tackle climate change instead //&! Company emerges as Europe’s worst climate policy wrecker, according to a new table ranking firms by their records on lobbying and opposition - bit.ly/1Qtfq8j //&! 'its always about jobs' how about reframe it and retrain these people vs putting them directly on the dole, funded by government - long-term investment! duh. there is always an alternative. //&! nyr.kr/1W8YWpH - What Exxon Knew About Climate Change - The influence of the oil industry is essentially undiminished, even now. The Obama Administration may have stood up to Big Coal, but the richer Big Oil got permission this summer to drill in the Arctic;
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
ECFR's World in 30 Minutes: Refugee Crisis by ECFR
&! EU East - West divide on refugee crisis? - bit.ly/1iyR1Ut //&! [Instability in Libya contributes to the migration crisis - bit.ly/1Qs2Upt - also mentions Lybia - bit.ly/1NG5cCq "crisis everywhere" europe is engulfed and involed in their own crises: sovereign debt, refugees, brexit, grexit, Brussels, political crisis, low growth (deflation fear) ... // &! bit.ly/1OJNA9n - The 550 million dollar program launched last year to train moderate Syrian rebel forces did not bring any results. According to the White House "he [ POTUS] had never believed in the strategy, anyway". &! bit.ly/1JjNy0O &! bit.ly/1QG0bti - 'Europe is responsible for the current refugee crisis, because it supported the West’s aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East. Such a statement was made by Syrian President Bashar Assad in an interview with Russian media outlets.' // [ EU seems 2be fucked bc only NATO soldiers on ground will work. who will bite bullet first? & also HAVE TO cooperate w Assad-Regime. ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
In the loop August 28: Google, Brexit lobby and Uber's expansion by POLITICO Europe
[My take, for EU to thrive, it needs 2 develop & integrate further the 6 killer apps of western nations history, but they dont do that. quite the opposite especially under pressure situations (refugee crisis response: bit.ly/1KkArk5 Merkel 'this is EU wide problem, not just Germanys') & that is very much something that speaks 4 Brexit as UK has 2 give up further powers & further struggle 2 be just a prosthetics (not even appendage like science can grow an ear on someones arm) 2 Europe, which gives other countries internal nationalism leverage 2 put barriers in way of really putting Europe on the map of the "world economy," developing/advancing the 6 killer apps 4 Europe. Brexit will be part of Merkel's legacy! Verwalten of status quo. No principles. No vision. No mission. No future.] bit.ly/1FW3Qgi // European integration itself is a Moonshot project & it looks like that crisis management leading to political crisis, doesnt help at all putting the rocket together in the first place.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Disenfranchised Voters and the Rise of Radical Populism - YouTube
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt’s ‘24/7’ plan for the NHS proves it – he should be sacked | Jullien Gaer | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ opportunist - constituency wooing gift ] Overworked, stressed health professionals are cursed with a secretary of state who knows nothing of the service they work in and its ideals //&! bit.ly/1KkIX0i //&! UK social care system failing most vulnerable - We see the impact the last five years have had on our services, all directly caused by the ideological bias of our two most recent secretaries of state for health. This includes the failure to plan the future NHS workforce properly, the cutting of local authorities’ budgets almost to the quick - bit.ly/1VRKYZc //&! bit.ly/1gvVO78 - With the NHS a key issue in the election campaign, Guardian Health correspondent Denis Campbell was joined by a panel of leading experts to discuss whether the NHS's unique model of healthcare is under threat.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Climate change - a burning issue in Paris | FT World - YouTube
why is this not seen as moonshot? moon landing ala jfk. bc there is no yet visible messaged thread like the russians. and its not immediate. and it is not ideological enough (capitalism vs communism). and no representation by career politicians. characters. not even obama.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
'The trade union bill is sinister' | Owen Jones meets Frances O'Grady - YouTube
>> Changes for Tories constituency.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
The more you pursue happiness, the faster it runs from you | Zach Stafford | Comment is free | The Guardian
Psychologist Iris Mauss at the University of California, Berkley found that the pursuit of happiness might just leave you worse off. “Wanting to be happy can make you less happy,” said Mauss in an interview with livescience.com. “If you explicitly and purposely focus on happiness, that appears to have a self-defeating quality.” [...] In her studies, participants who were not happy would begin blaming themselves for feeling sad. They thought it was an immediate flag for their failure, making these negative feelings even more counter-productive. The people who accepted these negative feelings as normal, however, were much happier in the long run. So, accepting your sadness could actually make you feel good. [...] For Darwin, emotions were very much tied to surviving, which requires more than just happiness. [...] Be open about how you’re feeling, don’t try to hide behind it or conceal it. // &! keeping a diary talking to and about yourself compassionately.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt breezes through MPs' health check | Politics | The Guardian
Giving evidence before Tuesday’s health select committee, Hunt gave the impression of it only being a matter of time before he learned to walk on water. He breezed in, his trademark grin revealing gleaming white teeth, as if he were hosting a departmental drinks party. Which he almost could have been. The two-hour session that had once looked as if it might get a little sticky as the committee unpicked the details of his NHS reforms, was going to be a walk in the park. Not because Sarah Wollaston or her other committee members were anything other than forensic in their questioning, but because no one in the rest of the country was paying the slightest attention. [...] Hunt began in buoyant form, suggesting that despite an ageing population, a lack of money and rising expectations, the NHS had never been in better health.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
▶ The Great British Diet - YouTube
8:30 - "acceptable" meaning ABOVE the industry fudged guidelines!? &! 9:00 - the juice/smoothie! processed fruit juice WITHOUT THE FIBER! The fruit, the phytonutrients, the good stuff. // processed, snacking, convenience, ... but not satiating. no fiber. now whole plant based foods. // "mindless" excess. // Reframing >> it is about consumer protection and protecting the NHS from certain bankruptcy VS ohhh nanny state gets not involved what I have in my cupboard and fridge, what I put in my mouth.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Consumed: How We Buy Class in Modern Britain: Amazon.co.uk: Harry Wallop: 9780007457106: Books
[ abuse of human condition, evolution ] he argues that our social standing in today's society is no longer determined by the accent you speak with, the school you attended, or your parents. Rather, it is determined by the food we eat, our choice of holiday destination, the clothes we wear, the size of the TV we sit in front of, and whether you use a plug-in air freshener or a smelly candle. // &! Enough: Breaking Free from the World of Excess Paperback (2009) by John Naish // &! No Logo by Naomi Klein //&! The Tyranny of Choice - Renata Salecl //&! The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less - Barry Schwartz //&! The Art Of Choosing: The Decisions We Make Everyday of our Lives, What They Say About Us and How We Can Improve Them - Sheena Iyengar // &! Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Greg McKeown) // &! September 2015 Wish list // &! essentialism, simplicity, minimalism, minimalismus, and tim ferriss >> decision fatigue
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS warns nurse immigration rules 'harm patient safety' - BBC News
"But the fact that 10 senior chief executives from different parts of England have signed this letter reflects the strength of concern across the NHS. "The public might, like us, be surprised to learn that the list of occupations with shortages includes computer games designers and even ballet dancers - but not nurses." The Migration Advisory Committee is reviewing this aspect of the immigration system but is not due to report until the end of the year. The NHS leaders argue action is needed before then - because extra UK nurses who are in training now will not be available until 2017 at the earliest. [ >> Risk of more agency staff >> higher budget spend ] UCLH, which has about 500 vacancies at the moment, out of 3,000 nurses. // &! bit.ly/1LZ0nlH - A chronic lack of nurses so serious that it posed “a major risk” to patients. - NHS hospital trust put in special measures over serious care failings
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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
Vince Cable: Osborne is cynical but will be next prime minister | Politics | The Guardian
“Some of the greatest pressure came on Iain Duncan Smith at the Department for Work and Pensions, whose poor, disabled, unemployed and otherwise vulnerable clients were seen as easy targets for cuts. “IDS was a significant figure, and a fundamentally decent man, but he spent much of his time fighting off pubescent advisers and Treasury officials with cruel ideas for saving money.” [ // they are not the majority of voteres, that vote tories, and thus him, into office at the next election. the poor, vulnerable. disables are not his constituency he has to bank on to follow after David Cameron. ]
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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
This refugee crisis was a test for David Cameron. He’s flunked it | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian
"If there was any shred left of the progressive, “modernising” David Cameron who wanted to avenge the idea of the “nasty party” and take on the uglier aspects of Labour’s record, this was arguably his moment. The case for an act of principled leadership was glaring. But on the barren political ground left by his predecessors, he flunked it." // http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/02/david-cameron-migration-crisis-will-not-be-solved-by-uk-taking-in-more-refugees
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Jamie Oliver's sugar tax is a good idea - Telegraph
The Government should forget about industry lobbying and act on the national scandal of sugary food and drink, // The coalition also relies on another common industry talking point: "empowering choice is more effective than restricting it," claiming that "instead of teaching people what not to eat, dietary guidance should focus on providing practical 'how to' advice." - facebook.com/DietitiansForProfessionalIntegrity/posts/974432892626586
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Wellness in the workplace: how health initiatives can boost staff productivity | Guardian Small Business Network | The Guardian
Encouraging colleagues to exercise can help remedy strains and stresses – but there’s a fine line between wellbeing and piling on more pressure to achieve [...] “It offers the team opportunities to mix outside the workplace, so the engineering team gets to hang out with the care team, for example, and this contributes significantly to morale. I would definitely recommend other businesses consider a similar initiative.” [ investment in your company and people! ] [...] [its] about balance and tailoring activities to the interests of your staff. Provided you get this right, you can improve productivity levels and staff attitudes towards your business – in a 2013 survey by Mind, 60% of workers said they’d feel more motivated if their employer took action to support their mental wellbeing. [ gov should give tax incentive (partial write off) 4 health & well being programs! as it saves on sick days & NHS! ] &! bit.ly/1fDTyuf
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Twitter works just fine – but for investors, anything except total market domination is a disaster | Comment is free | The Guardian
Nothing better illustrates capitalism’s addiction to illogic than the mismatch between Twitter’s workability and its unpopularity with Wall Street [...] Any company that cannot demonstrate a clear route to monopolising its space, monetising its users’ data on a vast scale, is to be discarded, targeted for acquisition, consigned to perpetual dowdiness. [...] When I’ve pointed to Wikipedia, Apache or Linux as harbingers of a new, non-market, open source economics, one of the stock responses is: “now show us something more spectacular.” The problem is, these modest, functional and free products are already in their own way spectacular. Wikipedia is the biggest information product in the world; Apache runs half the world’s web servers; and Linux is the system of choice for at least a third of all servers (the computers that run businesses) and 97% of the world’s supercomputers.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
International Focus - A History of Austerity - YouTube
fallacy of composition problem // short-term profit seeking and rent-seeking behaviour, underinvestment, no productive investment - especially long-term. // this underinvestment - public and private sector + market forces and technological progess will level the world and the China/Asia/LatAm rises up to the western world level while western world stays stagnant (loss of standard/quality of living competitively) because of being behind - software is eating the world, 3D printing, uncompetitive manufacturing and heavy industry/goods because of higher energy prices because of lack of investment in energy storage systems that are realized right now and backing off in investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes (especially UK budget2015), automation, robotics, lack knowledge workforce to fill future digital/STEM/knowledge jobs, because of low social mobility, student debt, cuts in education - vocational - professional, as well as giving up on child poverty targets.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA15 Interview with Amit Karp, Ciaran O’Leary, Felix Petersen and Robin Wauters - YouTube
Very connected, fluid, enabled by infrastructure & networking. &! youtu.be/JvQaHXGgeYQ // &! youtu.be/7s6C4OJ04Rc - #TOA15 Interview with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer) - Germany good at incrementalism. A to B. Industry not willing to disrupt itself, give away existing shrinking pie - for bigger pie. unwilling to break up and upwards (value add) existing products/processes/value chain (legacy) for better. << Axel Springer digital ventures (VC arm). &! #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis --- its about value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data, ... big corps can't disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely to survive because of pattern to stick to the conventional and fail, than fail with unconventional and look like a fool. (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye) -- book -- "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jamie Oliver's crusade against sugar - YouTube
// profit on cost of people. getting treatment by NHS. what source of tax do you say yes to - sugar tax or NHS health care budget rising continually because rising treatment # and cost for diet related and lifestyle related chronic diseases!!?? // this is not nanny state. this is us saving, nudging, ourselfs away from the cliff to slow fiscal and health ruin - as individual, each and as country, and the earth, because it is not sustainable on an earth w finite resource ... we are consuming currently ~1.4 earth's per year
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Alternatives Management: Vertrauen als Ressource für Unternehmen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Oft werben diejenigen am meisten darum, die unter Vertrauensverlust leiden. Denn tatsachlich sinkt das Vertrauen in die Wirtschaft und das Misstrauen steigt. Das ist das Ergebnis nahezu aller Studien zum Thema Verbrauchervertrauen // &! bit.ly/1Vd5jYF - Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable // Same with the Conservative Party deleting all their speeches and documents after they won majority in election and partnered up with libdems - bit.ly/1c7hHG6 &! bit.ly/1Epl5va // Auch Geld funktioniert nur dank Vertrauen [...] Der Systemtheoretiker Niklas Luhmann beschrieb Vertrauen daher auch als "Mechanismus zur Reduktion sozialer Komplexität". Ständiges Misstrauen dagegen mache unser Zusammenleben deutlich schwieriger, sagt Martin Schweer. [...] Schnell zeigte sich: Hatte der eine das Geschäft fair und zum gegenseitigen Vorteil abgewickelt, erhöhte der andere in der nächsten Runde seinen Einsatz. // &! bit.ly/1ILzkZU - Does honesty matter ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Mason - is capitalism dead? | Guardian Live - YouTube
100 year process, this is the 21st century // when you define the problem you also define the solution, in most cases. from A to B. // capitalism has rent-seeking tendency. DRM and IP/intellectual property is rent-seeking. // --- need book what to do with post-capitalism tools, open source, open data, share economy, shared economic interest, transparency, political reform - voucher system (Larry Lessig). --- // biotech and gene and new age of medicine will replace hardware and proprietary software (already being displaced by open source) //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Delivering Alphabet: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/11) - YouTube
>> Google's business ventures is under attack. :: Search (via vertical search in form of appification), Advertising (Social Media - FB eating pies), Appification, mobile homescreen (appification), // And the future of Google (future Google product, new cash cow) is not related to Search. very probably! thus, Alphabet Inc. to enable them to run Google Inc. (Search and Android) better and find/build/develop the next cash cow (autonomous car, Nest, anti-ageing (Calico), ...) // higher level situational awareness - as is can't be the future. // optimal capital allocation -sensible-common-sense-best bets, complimentary and moonshots (a mix) // "expand opportunity." //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why has Apple broken its vow of silence? - BBC News
re-pricing // would Steve Jobs have done thing?! Not back then. But this time is different. This time, Apples future growth is in China, India, emerging market, emerging middle class of the developing world with western aspirations - consumption (type patter, meat and fancy electronics with a recognisable brand behind it (so ppl can put you into the category of 'made it' - status anxiety)., not in the western world with new products. And I think he took this as an opportunity to transmit that and his confidence into the future for apple - through those lines, 'sent to a worrying investor.' Apple is one of the richest, most valuable things America got. America (Apple) has confidence into the future to sell to the emerging middle class. As much as warren buffet believes in the industrial future strength, re-emergence, to make products affordable/competitively through cheap energy that USA has access now. // &! bit.ly/1JjFsXx talking abt Apples exposure 2 China & Co. Reliant on.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Conservatives offer day of special access to ministers for £2,500 | Politics | The Guardian
[ you can have your voice heard, if you have the cash ] Corporate executives and lobbyists are being offered the chance to pay £2,500 for a day of special access to Conservative ministers at the party’s annual conference, including George Osborne and David Cameron. More than 30 ministers are being made available to paying guests at the Conservative party’s “business day” next month, which promises the opportunity for discussion with senior politicians. They include those responsible for business, tax and procurement. Cameron is due to give a Q&A session over the “business day lunch” to the grouping, while Osborne will host the dinner. The leaflet setting out the agenda says: “Business day offers representatives from the business community the opportunity to engage in discussion with senior Conservative politicians.” [...] Labour and Liberal Democrats all hold similar events – although at less than half the cost – and without the ability to offer government ministers ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
'Patient Confidentiality At Risk' As Millions Of Medical Records Handed To Private Company | Welfare Weekly
[ privateering ] // “And hundreds of dedicated NHS staff – whose work is essential to the efficient running of the health service, will lose their jobs. “Private companies should not be making a mint out of essential services that are the very backbone of the NHS. Local knowledge will be lost as Capita closes all but two of the existing regional offices. “It is hardly in the spirit of patient consultation that this entire process has taken place behind closed doors, with the public none the wiser and employees affected largely kept in the dark. “Private companies have a poor track record when it comes to promising huge benefits and savings from technology driven solutions in the NHS.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
#mediabuzz | Howard Kurtz | Fox News
Amazon a cyber-sweatshop? SARAH LACY praised the New York Times reporting on Amazon: "When you freak out the tech world, you're a powerful news organization." // "brutally efficient" 'white and blue collar jobs being exposed to the same treatment manual work and service sector jobs have been treated by competition and globalisation (flat and borderless world), for the last +30 years. "it's what you don't say and how it gets interpreted down the line." // Investigative Journalism! NYT (paper), a institution, a stalwart of investigative journalism, reporting, holding companies and people accountable, .... same along the line of bit.ly/1NRsG5N - One overlooked theme emerging from the Times’s Amazon story is the power of the paper itself. // this story underlines, is a data point in time, you can look back on. and say the world went this way such and such // competing on price is the easiest thing to do! the first thing in reach! its about the hard things that actually leverage/multiplier
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne is a magician – despite his record he’s seen as a success | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian
The chancellor’s record demonstrates a specialism in policies that are too complicated to successfully rebut – a pernicious but effective approach [...] ‘He turns myths into common sense. He spins policies that benefit the richest into rewards for aspiration. He transforms his disastrous record into success.’ [...] GDP per capita remains lower than before Lehman Brothers imploded. Not since the Victorian era have workers’ pay packets flatlined for as long as they have under Osborne. [...] His government pledged to start paying off the country’s debts, but he added more than every single Labour chancellor in history put together. Under his chancellorship, productivity has stagnated disastrously. In much-derided France, productivity is 27% higher. How can this record be regarded as anything other than dire?
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Crash bei Dax und Dow: Das war's mit Illusion Nummer drei - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Solange die Weltwirtschaft brummt, kann eine einzelne Volkswirtschaft ihre Währung so lange abwerten, bis sie wieder wettbewerbsfähig ist und der Aufschwung fast von alleine kommt. Globale Krisen funktionieren anders. Die Weltwirtschaft insgesamt kann nicht abwerten. Sie kann nur produktiver werden, aber nicht wettbewerbsfähiger. Da alle großen Wirtschaftsregionen der Welt - USA, Euroraum, Russland, China, Japan und Südostasien - ihre Mega-Krisen in den letzten zwei Jahrzehnten hatten, gibt es auch keinen Unversehrten mehr, der die Rolle einer weltwirtschaftlichen Lokomotive übernehmen könnte. Das Wachstum der Weltwirtschaft verlangsamt sich somit stetig. [...] Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei [...] [ Share buyback was hot in 2014/15 till now ] [...] Die Verschiebung der Macht von Arbeit zu Kapital schreitet nicht weiter fort. [ low interest rate environment bc low capital returns, new Millennials have to serve now this debt burden and can't hope to inflate it away. & stagnant wages! ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Row breaks out over benefit cuts 'suicide watch' claims - BBC News
The SNP and Labour have hit out over claims that frontline benefits staff are getting guidance on how to deal with claimants threatening suicide. The Sunday Herald reported that the advice has been given to Scottish Department for Work and Pensions staff. The SNP said it highlighted the "devastating impact" of benefit cuts and sanctions, while Labour said cuts were hitting the vulnerable. The DWP said staff can refer claimants for support and this was "nothing new". The guidelines for call centre staff are designed to help staff deal with unsuccessful applicants for Universal Credit who are threatening to self-harm or take their own life, the newspaper reported. [...] "That the UK government are issuing suicide guidance to their frontline staff is an acknowledgement by them of the devastating impact of their social security cuts on people's lives - it's not new guidance they need, it's a new approach." [...] [We are all in this together.] [But, sense of everyone for him/herself. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Dawn timber-laundering raids cast doubt on 'sustainable' Brazilian wood | Environment | The Guardian
Police investigating suspected environmental scams swoop on state officials and businessmen in Amazon area known for woods used in furniture and decking // Kyoto protocol's carbon credit scheme ‘increased emissions by 600m tonnes’ - Major UNFCCC carbon trading scheme hit by serious corruption allegations involving organised crime in Russia and Ukraine - bit.ly/1ERfAA6 - &! bit.ly/1hDsjlm - Klimaschutz-Zertifikate: Die Gelddruckmaschine - Der Zertifikate-Handel war mal eine gute Idee: Das Klima sollte davon profitieren. Doch tatsächlich bereicherten sich oft nur Geschäftemacher. Eine Studie zeigt, wie dreist bei internationalen Klimaschutzprojekten getrickst wurde.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
US stocks nosedive in early trading amid collapse in global markets | Business | The Guardian
[ great reflation move since 09, finds another opportunity (this time because of China) to reflect. meaning to reassess reality. same with the collapse in emerging market, money going out of high yield & risk back to US/UK in hope of Taper and then came the hammer in form of China scare, people taking even more money out of emerging market/Chinas neighbours into the safe haven (perceived) that is the $/£/EUR market ] Dow dropped more than 1,000 points shortly after the markets opened, but it recovered slightly to be down 620 points, or 6%, shortly before 10am. Dow, which had suffered big falls last week, was trading below 16,000 at 10am – the first time it has been below that level since February 2014. The index is 14% below its record peak in May, putting the Dow firmly into “correction” territory – Wall Street jargon for a drop of 10% or more from a recent peak. &! bit.ly/1EQ31Fn &! bit.ly/1F1zPue - Summers argued for fiscal stimulus, debate about secular stagnation.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
SOCIOLOGY - Alexis De Tocqueville - YouTube
// money is not way to judge a life and value of a life and person. status is no reference point for you in society at large. and no way to submit to any person. // expectations and being let down - election campaign promises. // true freedom of mind, critical thinking, // certain pains need to be expected. stoic way of life. ... democracy can be awful and messy. because you give ultimate authority to everyone. << Open Source too.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Growth vs Retention – AVC
"Retention was clearly bad, and that’s what killed us" [...] [...] This all comes back to stepping on the gas before finding product market fit. You might think you have product market fit and so you scale up your hiring, your marketing, your sales, and your capital raising and spending. But if you can’t retain a healthy percentage of your users past ninety days, you don’t have product market fit yet and all the investment you make in your business is just money down the drain. So focus first on your 90 day retention numbers and make sure to nail them and prove you have product market fit. Then scale. // find natural/organic marketing - advertising - instead of building a non-product related cost center like sales, marketing, and advertising. short-cuts like these don't fix the product per se.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The New Tech CEO Archetype – AVC
I believe that product is the heart and soul of tech companies, it is where it all comes together. You can’t build a great company without great products (or great people). So it’s heartening to me to see that the next generation of technology leaders is coming from product management. I think that bodes well for those companies and the tech industry in general. // learned from past mistakes, putting COO, finance guys, pure MBA managers, or else in the CEO role of Tech Companies *Yahoo! anybody? after all in a new world that is being build, its about the product and thus the user (experience) [UI UX product strategy, and thus companies strategy alignment]. And not about purely sales and marketing (stuffing products down the throat of companies that the end users hate (and the manage hates as well because staff are complaining and lost productivity), but the procurement manager (or CIO) got a great deal on and got a raise). << that was so 90's and the first decade of the 2000's.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What is the 'gig' economy? | FT Comment - YouTube
human capital, HR - as cost center. // trading short-term competitiveness (kick ppl of the book according to demand) but trade it in aggregate with long-term social deprivation and skill gaps and underinvestment. because of dog eat dog mentality than you are incentivised to compete on price, because it is the easiest and you are able to to it with those neoliberal labour reforms in Europe. Don't compete with Amazon on price. Don't compete with China/Asia on price. Stupid.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeff Bezos Revealed: Building Amazon One Box at a Time - YouTube
Not in Silicon Valley. Not inside the bubble. was not inside the bubble when it imploded. // can not rest on your laurels. can not stop for a second innovating. even trying hard to disrupt yourself (Kindle) and capture the market (monopsony - in book and ebook market and w audible the audiobook market). and taking out your partners (delivery firms) with building very close to the city their warehouses. also, locking in customers with Amazon Prime, and convenience one click order. and having the verything store. Amazon A9 - its search engine could be the one of the top 5 search engines in the world. Google, YouTube, ... Amazon? or Bing/Yahoo in between? // Nobody can compete on price with Amazon with popular items! they discount popular items to attract (loss leader items). making it up all the other items of the long tail // run in late with lots of antitrust. // all encompassing (encapsulating every decision) motto: obsessing over customer & inventing in the name of the customer.
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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
Call to set aside apprenticeships for care leavers - BBC News
[ opening the door for people, they have to walk through. these are people often with complex needs thus need a holistic solution and support that in austere times local and public services can't provide ] Thousands of apprenticeships in England should be reserved for young people coming out of care, a charity says. Barnardo's is calling on ministers to reserve 20,000 apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds from the care system. Care leavers' potential and not only their entry qualifications should be taken into account, Barnardo's says. [...] The strategy says there is a significant gap between the educational achievements of care leavers and their peers. In June, the Prison Reform Trust launched an independent review to examine why so many children in care in England and Wales end up in the criminal justice system. [...] Instead of apprenticeships depending on entry qualifications only, care leavers' potential should also be taken into account, the charity says. [...] intensive support
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Europe's economic challenge not just about Greece - BBC News
IMF, Christine Lagarde, said: "I remain firmly of the view that Greece's debt has become unsustainable." [...] Greek debt will reach 201% of GDP some time next year. [...] It is unlikely a portion of the debt will be written off but there may well be an agreement to extend current loans and to lower the rates of interest. [...] [ the overall health of Europe as a whole and its individual parts in question] [...] the eurozone economy splutters. There is a recovery - the eurozone is growing at an annual rate of 1.3% - but it is patchy. In the [Q2'15] France and Italy, which account for 40% of the eurozone economy, flat-lined. Italy which had only recently emerged from recession fell back, managing growth of just 0.2%. [...] [ ECB: on balance, outlook remains on the downside ] The eurozone economy is still smaller than it was in 2008. [...] The fundamental challenges to the European economy remain - how to innovate [...] modernise [...] [ EU project living up to its potential ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Unions protest as rail fares rise three times faster than wages over five years | Money | The Guardian
The FT takes the same grim line, pointing out that season tickets and other regulated fares have risen by 25% in real terms since 2010 while average pay rose 8.7%. The Daily Express grumbles: "In return travellers continue to battle with trains that are frequently delayed and hugely overcrowded. All the while rail bosses pick up huge pay packets and some petulant unions misuse their ability to cause chaos." /// &! bbc.in/1E1VSqd &! Rail fares: Minister Patrick McLoughlin defends rises - bbc.in/1BbUkWs // &! bbc.in/1CpMwym - Election 2015: Conservatives in rail fare inflation pledge // &! To Rise 1% in Jan 2016 - bbc.in/1E1VSqd
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why we Polish are downing tools to get the recognition we deserve | John Zylinski | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ Tories and Co pit them, us all, against each other ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Better to inherit a home than start a business in Osborne.uk | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
Our government is locked into a mindset in which economic problems are rooted in regulation, taxation and the public sector, so its reform efforts are focused there rather than addressing the palpable dysfunctions of the private sector. [...] It is Orwellian. There is a productivity review that will not raise productivity and a budget that will do little to deliver what the chancellor says he wants. This should offer rich pickings for any opposition – but to exploit the possibilities it first has to understand them and then challenge Osborne’s narrative. It is a sign of our shrunken times that instead the chancellor bestrides our economics and politics like a colossus.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Tesco’s fall tells a wider story about our failing capitalism | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
The supermarket giant has not been alone is being organised as a profit machine dedicated to shareholders, not customers. [...] Run a country in the interests of the top 0.1% and sooner or later something gives. For the past decade, Tesco, like almost every other British plc, has been organised as a profit machine, a company whose focus transmuted from serving customers and building a company to serving shareholders and driving up directors’ pay. [...] [ Aldi & Lidl ] are privately owned businesses that think long term and whose business purpose, enshrined by the owners, is to focus on a very narrow range of goods they can sell at high volumes and thus price incredibly keenly. [...] [ no emphasis on ] social, human mission[.] [...] The less capitalism works for ordinary people, the less the chances of either party winning a majority. [...] But the bigger lesson is surely that democracy’s job is to ensure capitalism delivers its promise. // &! bit.ly/1Ixjfde - sucking companies dry
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
▶ BBC Radio 4 - Today, 15/08/2015, David Cameron: 'Without the restrictions of the Liberal Democrats we were able to do something radical'
On nurses/doc/gp training, they did cut the budget 4 that, when they came to office together with the lib dems! // "You can only control immigration if you control welfare," >> he is accepting collateral damage ... // Tories are taking UKIPs stance on this issue here. a calculated career politicians move. // and spin notable, using "living wage" declaring it a living wage. instead of the minimum wage. // securing the future of our country ... tax evasion, lower taxes for corp, low taxes for well off/rich (see OECDs recent warning), no STEM, bigger inequality, lower gini coefficient - social mobility, poverty trap (Student Maintenance Grant, study showed more students work part-time than ever to support themselves through uni because of living cost), gender inequality - tax credit cuts hit single working mothers, redefining disability and vulnerable, cutting training budget for nurses and doctors in previous budget - NHS has to costly hire overseas and demanding 7-day service!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
How Millennials Are Paying a High Price As a Result of the 2008 Financial Crash | Better Markets
[ post-GFC ] 56% of 22-year-olds who just graduated ended up in jobs that did not require a degree, categorizing them as “underemployed.” [...] Today’s younger Americans are taking on more student loan debt than any generation before them, delaying major life milestones such as buying a home and starting a family. This debt is also threatening older generations, who need a large and growing workforce paying into social safety net programs such as Medicare and Social Security. [...] Mr. Rattner gets it right in his column when he writes that “starting behind often means never catching up,” since it’s been proven that graduating in a poor economy can have a long-lasting effect on a person’s career. [...] This lost generation faces an uncertain future and the resulting fallout will negatively impact them, their families and the entire U.S. economy for decades to come. // all the while, banker bashing has become a no-go topic in UK. // &! bit.ly/14R1pzk &! bit.ly/1PsHx7C
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Deutschland: Lage in klammen Gemeinden und Städten verschärft sich - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Viele Kommunen in Deutschland haben sich in letzter Zeit finanziell erholt. Das zeigt eine neue Studie. Städten und Gemeinden, die ohnehin in einer Notlage waren, geht es noch schlechter. Ein Hauptgrund: Wohnkosten für Hartz-IV-Bezieher.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Steuern: OECD fordert strengere Besteuerung von Reichen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Weltweit gibt es immer mehr Reiche, sie werden immer wohlhabender. Aber die meisten Länder besteuern sie nicht streng genug, rügt die OECD. Auch in Deutschland fehlen demnach spezialisierte Abteilungen in den Finanzämtern. [...] Integrität des gesamten Systems gefährdet
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Alphabet Is More Than Just a New Name | Re/code
Shareholders Don’t Like Moonshots. [...] Organizing as a Conglomerate Makes a Lot of Sense While Google’s CEOs say the new entity will never be a “consumer-driven business,” it’s quite likely that subsidiaries like Android or YouTube could turn out that way. By changing not only it name, but also by reorganizing in a substantial way, Google will change the way the market perceives it. Because they have their hands in many different pots, conglomerates are traditionally seen as more stable investments than technology or advertising companies. Being a conglomerate also makes it much easier for Google to continue growing its business through acquisitions and spinoffs.
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