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PFI schools built in Scotland 'owned by offshore firms' - BBC News
[...] [ PFI seems like a payday loan over 10-20 years, just for governments ] [public buildings as investment scheme] Stakes in PFI building projects can be sold. They can then be traded on the secondary market to become parts of larger investment funds and pensions, as the monthly fees paid by councils provide a steady income.
PFI  NHS  Education  Policy  Privatisation  Austerity  neoliberal  neoliberalism  UK  George  Osborne  Centrist  Tony  Blair  Gordon  Brown  David  Cameron  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  tax  avoidance  evasion 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Geographies of Austerity: Mark Blyth
EU bank bailout (incl Britain) = 40% of EU GDP (incl Britain) = 5 trillion Euros. AUSTERITY FOR WHOM?! // secular stagnation - ZIRP, NIRP, QE, austerity, liquidity trap, aggregate demand short-fall = creditors paradise. their debt will not be inflated away. deflation - deflationary environment. for the next 2-3 decades. = NO DRIVE TO INVEST IN PRODUCTIVE ASSETS! = productivity gap. [...] rentier paradise. [...] = interest formation (those who have, call the shots, status quo). [...] deflationary spiral (PIGS & Germany) exporting deflation ... getting more competitive [EU has 2015 a current account surplus, bought my USA] = Dr Wolfgang Schaeuble. [...] Fall of Centrists, rise of the SNP & UKIP (reactionary) ... Trump. [...] as investment rate (ie SME/SMB lending) stays same, does not grow = DEAD. Eurobonds/Investment Fund(UK, 5bn 5 years). [...] min 55 - deflationary politics (policy for 1-10-20% of society) is one way train. DEATH. especially w austerity and low wages/secular stagnation.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Mark Blyth explains the U.K.'s decision to leave the E.U. - YouTube
Yanis Varoufakis & Mark Blyth - https://youtu.be/iMk6aVsl8Rs - Scotland (joining the EU) will not have a welfare state as long as Wolfgang Schaeuble is at the helm), Secular Stagnation = feels like permanent recession. especially w austerity. squeezed middle class, working poor, Precariat. [...] the only thing that is keeping things alive and somewhat steady is monetary policy (ZIRP, NIRP, QE) & triple-lock pensions (ie in UK). [...] Status Quo is extend and pretend (ie in EU) [...] Centrists lost the plot, all under 50% of vote share. some places just 25% (ie Tories 2015). [...] [min 20 #Brexit] [...] EU and ASIA running trade surplus against the world. "be more competitive" = exporting deflation. is not same as productivity. [...] Q&A session: you can not reform a country (structural reforms) under dark cloud of debt deflation. no shared dream of prosperity. //&! youtu.be/md6_WfF9Ky0?t=22m
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
The Weight | The Players' Tribune
via - bit.ly/1IRTX3b --- ie Storytelling, like what Fish has done here, is certainly changing the world and it is this incremental progress which we should all celebrate. His beautiful story, among others like his, will inspire people to be more open about their mental health and hopefully in the process inspire a better future.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame - YouTube
In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands a different way.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
President Obama Is Waging a War on Hackers | WIRED
war on whistleblower and investigative journalism. // "In next week’s State of the Union address, President Obama will propose new laws against hacking that could make either retweeting or clicking on the above (fictional) link illegal. The new laws make it a felony to intentionally access unauthorized information even if it’s been posted to a public website. The new laws make it a felony to traffic in information like passwords, where “trafficking” includes posting a link. [...] But they are blunt political solutions which reflect no technical understanding of the problem." // &! huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/obama-hackers_n_6511700.html &! entrepreneur.com/article/242099 &! america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/1/in-obamas-war-on-hackers-everyone-loses.html "Both steps would not only be ineffective at improving cybersecurity in any practical sense but also further empower the government to go after activists and journalists such as Barrett Brown,
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Barrett Brown: Fünf Jahre Haft für Anonymous-Unterstützer - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[Bullying move and Example Case. A warning shot.] Mit dem Urteil gegen Brown, der zuvor für Titel wie "Vanity Fair" oder "The Guardian" geschrieben hatte, setzen die US-Behörden ein deutliches Signal an die Medien, so die Einschätzung von "Heise Online". Der Schuldspruch solle die Gefährlichkeit von Kontakten zu Anonymous verdeutlichen. In der Urteilsbegründung werde darauf verwiesen, dass sich der erste Verfassungszusatz zum Thema Meinungsfreiheit nicht auf die kriminelle Veröffentlichung von Links erstreckt. Brown selbst kommentierte das Urteil mit Galgenhumor. "Die US-Regierung hat heute entschieden, dass ich bei der Untersuchung des Cyber-Industriekomplexes so gute Arbeit geleistet habe, dass sie mich nun den Industriekomplex Gefängnis untersuchen lässt." &! https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/british-spy-agency-considers-journalists-threat-vacuums-their-emails << governance, oversight, accountability and investigative journalism at danger. &! bit.ly/1Bm0Qqf &! bit.ly/1CjfFzj
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
Book Excerpt: Understanding the New Jim Crow | BillMoyers.com
The following is an excerpt from Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. - "Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African-Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination— employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits and exclusion from jury service — are suddenly legal. ...We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." - Michelle Alexander
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Alex Salmond accuses UK party leaders of tricking Scotland into No vote | Politics | theguardian.com
"They're at loggerheads," Salmond told BBC1's Sunday Politics programme. "I think that their vow was cooked up in desperation from the last days of the campaign. I think everyone in Scotland now realises that. "Incidentally, [the] Yes campaign isn't surprised by this development. It's the people who were persuaded to vote no who were misled, who were gulled, who were tricked, effectively. They are the ones who are really angry." [...] Downing Street has dismissed Salmond's accusations, insisting the Scottish devolution timetable would be honoured. "Lord Smith of Kelvin has agreed to oversee the process to take forward the devolution commitments with powers over tax, spending and welfare all agreed by November and draft legislation published by January," a No 10 spokesman said. "This government has delivered on devolution and we will do so again." +!+!+!+ Salmond - bbc.in/1sU03so +!+!+!+ Ed Miliband - bbc.in/1AYZqCb +!+!+!+ Salmon on unelected House of Lords - bit.ly/1p9g8t3
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization (HBO) - YouTube
'The Spark of simmering tensions for decades.' || Jesse Jackson and Bernard Kerik on Ferguson - Newsnight ( http://youtu.be/11dZjZom-Ew ) + Cornel West on Missouri: "Obama reeks of political calculation not moral conviction" - Newsnight http://youtu.be/USc_LZeRYug + NEWSNIGHT: Why is race such a problem in Ferguson? http://youtu.be/RS2JrLD86EQ "St. Louis is a powder keg" & NO REPRESENTATION PROOF, marginalized population. No Short Cut possible as solution. + Rassismus-Debatte nach Ferguson: "Ich kämpfe bis zum Ende" http://youtu.be/vLkHc5qyk34 || http://bit.ly/1rlH0fI & http://bit.ly/1BJBuWQ "Nun müssten die politischen Entscheidungsträger aktiv werden, um das Rassismusproblem Amerikas ernsthaft anzugehen." + http://bit.ly/1to5PFF + Ferguson Justice System Is Discriminatory: Report http://youtu.be/lKxjCnCaZpo || http://youtu.be/xoJV4phN5V0 "moths" = defamation +++ http://youtu.be/yYabonfKDAw
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race | TIME
via reddit - http://bit.ly/1oLANYC || Ferguson is not just about systemic racism — it's about class warfare and how America's poor are held back, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [...] According to a 2012 Pew Research Center report, just half of U.S. households are middle-income, a drop of 11 percent since the 1970s; median middle-class income has dropped by 5 percent in the last ten years, total wealth is down 28 percent. Fewer people (just 23 percent) think they will have enough money to retire. Most damning of all: fewer Americans than ever believe in the American Dream mantra that hard work will get them ahead. || + Krawalle nach Tod von Michael Brown: Obama schickt obersten US-Ermittler nach Ferguson - http://bit.ly/1mjvmKV http://bit.ly/1veMG9c || http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28861149 - << no trust into investigation, into officials, ...
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Ferguson Protests: Where Do We Stand? Russell Brand The Trews (E123). - YouTube
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august 2014 by asterisk2a

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