asterisk2a + city   101

(2437) Dubai: An Absolute Mess! - YouTube
tl;dw skyscrapers are villages in themselves with everything you need. poor city planning. not helpful for social stuff.
urban  planning  city  urbanisation  Dubai 
april 2019 by asterisk2a
Why exporting isn't just about shipping - BBC News
Barriers to services trade have proved to be harder to deal with.
They come in the form of regulation - not the tariffs or taxes that impinge on commerce in goods. [...] So liberalising services trade is more complicated than it is for goods. [...] The World Trade Organization's rulebook includes something called the General Agreement on Trade in Services, or GATS.
WTO member countries have made commitments during past negotiations about the extent to which they allow foreign suppliers access to their services markets. These vary from country to country and are listed in "schedules" attached to the agreement. [...] EU won't make commitments on allowing foreign suppliers to provide some key publicly funded services, including health and education.
UK  Brexit  Services  City  of  London  trade  deal  Regulation  EU  WTO  TiSA  European  Union 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Bank of England orders financial firms to draft Brexit contingency plans | Business | The Guardian
uk may have to pay for, to keep, passporting rights, while euro clearing has to move to mainland.
Brexit  BOE  Mark  Carney  City  of  London  banking  insurance  finance  service  law  passporting  tax  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  money  laundering 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexit has allowed the banks to get off Britain's naughty step | Business | The Guardian
The even better news for the banks is that they are no longer hated. Far from it. Much of the concern about how the UK will survive outside the EU has centred on the future of the City. For years, the banks have been trying to find a way of getting themselves off the public’s naughty step. Brexit has provided them with an opportunity that has been seized with relish. The City has played the post-referendum game masterfully. [...] The recession that the banks caused and the austerity that resulted created the sense of “them and us” – the notion of an unbalanced and unequal Britain – that led to Brexit. [...] constant demands that the government secures passporting rights to allow UK authorised institutions to operate freely across the EU27.
Brexit  banking  London  The  City  GFC  bank  bailout  corporatism  crony  neoliberalism  profit  maximisation  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  BOE  FSA  trade  deal  UK  USA  Austerity  Finance  Services  economic  history  recovery  HMRC  tax  evasion  avoidance  capitalism  Lobby 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Growing calls for federal UK in wake of Brexit vote
[ out of a constitutional crisis the day after euref w pm quitting - should seek a new UK in a new world, different world ] According to Mr Fraser, the answer is federalism. An entrenched Scottish Parliament, an English Parliament sharing time at Westminster, English city regions with administrative but not legislative power, the replacement of the House of Lords with a senate representing "each federated part of the UK."
I do not intend in these musings to examine this particular set of ideas too closely. My attention is more aimed at the other advocate of federalism this week, Labour's Kezia Dugdale.
federalism  Devolution  devo-max  Holyrood  Mayor  City  of  London  Scotland  Northern  Ireland  Northern  Powerhouse  Manchester  Indyref  2  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  Brexit  House  of  Lords  Whitehall  Westminster  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  politician  democracy 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
The U.K. Can’t Block Immigration If It Wants To Keep Its Finance Industry | FiveThirtyEight
The Brexit vote will force the next U.K. prime minister to make a significant choice: Whether to control immigration into the country, or preserve the pre-eminence of the country’s financial center, known as the City of London. Doing both appears to be infeasible. //&! https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/750424140268666880
Brexit  Freedom  of  Movement  City  of  London  UK  immigration  Single  Market  Article  50  European  Union  WTO  trade  agreement 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Smart Talk: Mark Blyth - Economic Austerity Cures Nothing
Karl Polanyi [...] limits of the market, what applies to family budget does not apply to state as whole or even global economy. [...] min 9 - UK can't go back. UK WILL HAVE HARD TIME TO REBALANCE ECONOMY! AWAY FROM FINANCE. IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE! If half the services and finance leaves london post-brexit. uk will be much much poorer down the line. [...] UNTIL THE 20% are hit, the talk will be that the other 80% (a part of society cut by class, age, ideology & identity = no collective) will have to adjust and is asked to just borrow more to afford your lifestyle (student debt)! FORECAST is for VOLATILITY, FRAGILITY, UNCERTAINTY, ... until the 20% gets hit. [...] min 14 people care about how they feel/emotions. not facts on whitepaper.
book  Mark  Blyth  austerity  City  of  London  financial  industry  Brexit 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
'Northern powerhouse' depends on productivity not rail links: thinktank | Business | The Guardian
In this post-referendum vacuum, Carney alone can't save the UK economy - Getting productivity going again will require more investment in innovation and our universities. It means more help for businesses that want to update their production lines, overhaul their IT systems or retrain their staff. Productivity will only improve if the UK addresses its skills shortages with sensible immigration policies and with better training. In an age of economic insecurity, training is key if the march of the robots is not to further exacerbate inequality. Similarly, the UK must get serious about moving to an apprenticeship system that has parity of esteem. - http://bit.ly/29cCmtq
Northern  Powerhouse  Brexit  apprenticeship  apprenticeships  UK  recovery  productivity  productivity  gap  output  gap  economic  history  Manufacturing  household  debt  consumer  debt  student  debt  City  of  London  George  Osborne  Policy  underinvestment  STEM  skills  gap  skills  economy  skills  shortage  structural  unemployment  long-term  unemployment  working  poor  Service  Sector  Jobs  Precariat  Gini  coefficient  inequality  poverty  child  poverty  austerity  infrastructure  investment  London  economies  of  agglomeration  competitiveness  comparative  advantage  competition  competitive  competitive  advantage  global  economy  globalisation  globalization  DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith  GFC  Steel  Crisis  Steel  Industry  energy  price  University  Germany  education  education  bubble  AI  automation  Robotics  Robots  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  autonomous  cars  augmented  intelligence 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Your Special Brexit Coctail (E932) - YouTube
// housebuilding shares hammered. property funds close redemption possibility bc of too much redemption - bank run - funds have to sell some investments at a loss to repay investors. // what is weighting UK economy is too much debt to gdp (bank bailout), consumer credit (boe sounded alarm bells before brexit vote) and too much leverage. //&! Planet Ponzi Paperback (2012) by Mitch Feierstein //&! UK better out w problems of PIGS, Italy, and banking problem.
Brexit  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  asset  allocation  property  bubble  speculative  bubble  speculative  bubbles  mortgage  market  City  of  London  RBS  BOE  Mark  Carney  Help  to  Save  Help  to  Buy  Scheme  Funding  for  Lending  Scheme  Right  to  Buy  distortion  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Centrist  austerity  Housing  Crisis  Conservative  Party  book 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Firms plan to quit UK as City braces for more post-Brexit losses | Business | The Guardian
The IoD said a quarter of the members polled in a survey were putting hiring plans on hold, while 5% said they were set to make workers redundant. Nearly two-thirds of those polled said the outcome of the referendum was negative for their business. One in five respondents, out of a poll of more than 1,000 business leaders, were considering moving some of their operations outside of the UK. //&! The chief executive of Deutsche Bank – which employs 11,000 in the City – has played down the long-term impact. John Cryan, who is British, told Handelsblatt: “The financial centre won’t die but it will get weaker.” - bit.ly/28WkoMZ
Brexit  recession  City  of  London  European  Union  FDI  foreign  direct  investment  GBP  current  account  deficit  budget  deficit  fiscal  deficit  austerity  monetary  policy  fiscal  policy  BOE  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  distortion  inflation  targeting  inflation  expectation  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  British  Pound  uncertainty 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
‘The City’, by Tony Norfield - Banking as seen from the belly of the beast
[ current account deficit only affordable (thus also living standards) bc of City of London ] This is a man who writes without irony about “financial parasitism”. In The City: London and the Global Power of Finance, he seeks to document just how the UK and the US extract their pound of flesh from the rest of the world by dominating the financial flows that make international trade possible.

He argues that London’s leading role in foreign exchange trading, derivatives and overseas lending is an extension of its imperialist past. Creating complex financial products and charging for them has enabled the sector to requisition for the UK and London — and, of course, bankers themselves — a disproportionate share of the benefits of global trade. [...] [ extracting value from around the world channelling it back ] &! Novara Media interview - bit.ly/297c6D3
Brexit  City  of  London  banking  business  investment  banking  current  account  deficit  GBP  derivatives  financial  product  financial  services  Global  Finance  British  Empire  Imperialism 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT ON THE BALANCE OF PAYMENTS: THE MOST DAMNING STATISTIC!
If you want to understand how an economy is performing and how sustainable its economic growth then look at the current account balance. Officially it is often ignored and there are attempts to play down its significance. After all it is always only just a few years away from an election so the very short term is considered much more important than the long term strength and economic health of the economy. Dire straits is not an underestimate of the current damaged state of the UK economy and indeed many other western economies. [ affordable only bc of City of London (Banking and Co.)! - bit.ly/297c6D3 - Novara Media - The City: In Conversation with Tony Norfield ]
UK  current  account  deficit  trade  deficit  fiscal  deficit  Brexit  western  world  secular  stagnation  inflation  targeting  nominal  GDP  targeting  austerity  aggregate  demand  USA  Manufacturing  industrial  policy  energy  policy  GBP  City  of  London  book  British  Empire  unitedkingdom  standard  of  living  living  standard  economic  history 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
This Sceptic Isle Peter Hitchens Explains why Britain should leave the EU
"UK is finished" - Owen Jones meets Peter Hitchens - full length - https://youtu.be/wrwuk6NoMv8 //&! The EU is the Continuation of Germany By Other Means (Peter Hitchens) - youtu.be/LyaD_e72FRw //&! Peter Hitchens: Why I Changed My Mind (Radio 4, 25/5/16) - youtu.be/RAHxlwr3Fzo //&! Immigration and Multiculturalism. (Peter Hitchens) - youtu.be/VoH6dKX3bNM //&! "European elites drew wrong conclusion after WWII". (Mark Steyn) - youtu.be/Uk5I9DNnPhk - is also a climate sceptic. //&! Peter Hitchens - Panel on Conservatism (Start the Week, BBC Radio 4). Peter Hitchens with Margo James, Thomas Frank and Douglas Murray. - youtu.be/375WSnWEn-I
Brexit  multiculturalism  immigration  European  Union  sovereignty  sovereign  Brussels  democracy  demos  European  History  UK  economic  City  of  London  Peter  Hitchens  conservatism  Conservative  Party  Islam  Muslim  Islamic  Law  Sharia  Law  neoconservatism  neoconservatives 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
The economics of Brexit – Politics Weekly podcast
Leave Campaign, so far, has failed to assure voters that we get through the quiet possible tubulences and uncertainty unharmed severely after 1-2 years. [ economic forecasts/predictions are Wall Streets cottage industry ] Brexit for sure would throw Osbornes plan for a surplus in 2020. ... brexit is about less regulation free trade low tariffs, 'get off the back of our City [London bank regulation]' [low tax, higher pay] George Osborne ... // banks have not voiced their voice loudly because that would be seen by people who bailed them out to tune of doubling the deficit, and still own bank shares ie loyds. it could be seen disingenuous, outrageous, as we are still in doldrums, paying off their debt, and suffering through austerity where the most vulnerable are cut away from society.
Brexit  George  Osborne  economic  damage  economic  growth  economic  security  economic  slack  economic  slowdown  economic  harm  macroeconomic  policy  microeconomic  policy  trade  agreement  free  trade  regulation  David  Cameron  Whitehall  Westminster  economic  forecast  Wall  Street  European  Union  Career  Politicians  EEA  free  movement  of  people  immigration  migration  austerity  general  election  2020  general  election  2015  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  neoclassical  economics  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Chicago  School  trickle-down  economics  self-regulation  deregulation  regulators  MervynKing  Mark  Carney  BOE  IMF  retail  banking  investment  banking  City  of  London  bank  bailout  GFC 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Leaving EU could lead to 'less growth', says Carney – live
Mark Carney [Brexit] could lead to lower growth. In evidence to the Lords economic affairs committee, he also defended the Treasury’s report about the long-term implications of Brexit, saying it made “broad sense”, and said the City could lose its status as a a pre-eminent financial centre if the UK left the EU. Carney is still giving evidence, but is now discussing other issues. My colleague Nick Fletcher will be keeping an eye on it in the business live blog. [...] "There is a range of plausible scenarios including ones where the combined effects of the exchange rate move and its drivers on aggregate demand, aggregate supply and exchange rate pass through lead to a lower path for growth and a higher path for inflation." [...] Carney says City 'less likely' to maintain its pre-eminent position if UK leaves the EU [...] Carney says uncertainty created by referendum seems to have had negative effect already &! bit.ly/22Mlfmy
Brexit  Mark  Carney  BOE  City  of  London 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
What do people in Cornwall think about Brexit? - BBC Newsnight
farmers would go bankrupt if they would not have agricultural subsidies from Brussels. and since 2000, (2000-2014) 888m has been put into Cornwall (regeneration). and a further 400m is planned to be put in more till 2020 (2014-2020).
Brexit  UK  deprivation  tourism  poverty  poverty  trap  globalisation  globalization  Deindustrialization  deindustrialisation  redistribution  City  of  London  economies  of  agglomeration  economies  of  scale 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Konzept gegen Wohnungsnot: Höher, enger, dichter
In deutschen Großstädten fehlen Wohnungen und freie Flächen. Die sogenannte "Nachverdichtung" könnte die Wohnungsnot mindern. Das Potenzial ist groß - doch Anwohner sind oft alles andere als begeistert. [ ... In ballungsgebieten ...] 2030 würden dann bereits eine Million Wohnungen fehlen. [...] Das gelingt nicht immer. Wird zu stark verdichtet, geht das zulasten der Wohnqualität - die Menschen leiden unter mehr Lärm und Verkehr, haben weniger Freizeitflächen in ihrer Umgebung. Entstehen mehrheitlich Eigentums- oder teure Mietwohnungen, ist der neue Wohnraum für viele nicht bezahlbar - das beschleunigt die Gentrifizierung. [... Active change in Planning Laws to allow new types of developments ... ] Die Bundesregierung unterstützt Nachverdichtung, indem sie Kommunen zum Beispiel mehr Spielräume für die Bebauung von Innenstadtflächen einräumt.
Skyscraper  urban  planning  urbanisation  public  transport  public  transportation  pollution  affordability  affordable  housing  standard  of  living  living  standard  city  living  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  Micro  Apartment  minimalism  minimalismus  Gentrified  Gentrifzierung  gentrification  Generation  Rent  mega  city  urban  living  urban  transportation  commute  commuter  commuting 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Sovietization of capitalism (E723) - YouTube
BIS 100% of private debt and finance sector larger than 3.9% of economy bad ... and siphoning off talent from more productive fields of work. And finance favours lending to property and land (low productivity). [...] financial products (derivatives) do not help economy. is just a financial product, fee collection. rentier! rent-seeking behaviour! fees fees fees. (JP Morgan, 89% of profits, see interview) [...] QE reflated asset prices/share prices! // In the second half, Max interviews David Graeber about his new book, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Central bankers on the defensive as weird policy becomes even weirder | Business | The Guardian
Growth is tepid, productivity is poor, and inflation is too low: all is not going according to policymakers’ masterplans [...] As far as the OECD is concerned, monetary policy is being forced to take too much of the strain. Its chief economist Catherine Mann made the point that lasting recovery required three things: stimulative monetary policy; activist fiscal policy; and structural reform. The OECD wants the second of these ingredients to be added to the recipe in the form of increased spending on public infrastructure, something it says would more than pay for itself at a time when governments can borrow so cheaply.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Boris Johnson calls Cameron's Project Fact 'baloney' | Politics | The Guardian
"stay campaign is project fear" leave campaigners go without facts. [...] Chris Grayling, one of the six cabinet members who favour Brexit, had earlier dismissed a 28-page Cabinet Office report warning of what Cameron called a “decade of uncertainty” if Britain votes to leave, as “completely ludicrous”. Grayling accused his boss of running a “relentless campaign of fear”. Separately, employment minister Priti Patel, another prominent advocate for Brexit, ramped up the criticism of cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood’s decision to limit the support civil servants can provide to pro-Brexit ministers, describing it as “unconstitutional”. [...] Iain Duncan Smith “I have the highest opinion of the British people; [ //&! If it were a pure economic argument, where are the economists?! but it's about ideology, dogma and demagogy ... populism, propaganda, polarisation, manufactured consent, supported by right-wing media's manufactured consent ] &! bit.ly/1oKclJ1 &! Sturgeon - bbc.in/1TM6YGm
Brexit  campaign  Career  Politicians  David  Cameron  Boris  Johnson  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  democracy  UKIP  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  neoliberalism  neoliberal  trickle-down  economics  free  market  self-regulation  City  of  London  George  Osborne  Iain  Duncan  Smith  DWP  Westminster  Whitehall  No  Representation  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  dogma  ideology  demagogy  demagogue  manufactured  consent  far-right  Rechtsextremismus  Rechtsruck  right-wing  Polarisation  populism  propaganda  fearmongering  Fear  Nicola  Sturgeon  SNP  Labour  Party 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Mervyn King: new financial crisis is 'certain' without reform of banks | Business | The Guardian
The former Bank of England governor says in his new book that imbalances in the global economy makes a crash inevitable [...] GFC was the fault of the financial system, not individual greedy bankers, in his new book, The End Of Alchemy: Money, Banking And The Future Of The Global Economy [...] “Without reform of the financial system, another crisis is certain, and the failure ... to tackle the disequilibrium in the world economy makes it likely that it will come sooner rather than later,” Lord King wrote. [...] global central banks were caught in a “prisoner’s dilemma” - unable to raise interest rates for fear of stifling the economic recovery, the newspaper reported. [... blame] broken financial system. [...] failure of a system, and the ideas that underpinned it, [...] “Only a fundamental rethink of how we, as a society, organise our system of money and banking will prevent a repetition //&! dailym.ai/21tPG5y
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cameron will be ousted regardless of EU referendum vote | Daily Mail Online
Just 50 Tory MPs needed to trigger vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Cameron dismissed as a 'lame duck' and could face coup after June's vote Cabinet rebel Iain Duncan Smith rubbishes PM's warning that Brexit would be 'gamble of the century' Work and Pensions Secretary says UK's future is more in danger inside EU //&! Iain Duncan Smith declares war on David Cameron: Leading Eurosceptic minister accuses the Prime Minister of having a 'low opinion' of Britons and mocks his 'pessimistic' campaign to stay in the EU - dailym.ai/1KVS11H
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne warns of further spending cuts in Budget - BBC News
[ LOL! ] But recent figures showing the UK economy was smaller than expected meant savings must be found in his Budget statement on 17 March, he said. [...] Mr Osborne said he would rather look for extra cuts now than risk breaking his own manifesto commitment to achieve a surplus in the budget by the end of this Parliament. The chancellor did not completely rule out raising taxes in the event of a further slowdown in growth, but said that now was not the time for "significant" tax hikes. [...] I'm absolutely clear we've got to root our country in the principle that we live within our means and that we have economic security." [...] "whole purpose of our economic plan was to have a budget surplus. [...] we got big challenges at home to make the economy more productive even as more people get work. [ because having part of your budget in the property bubble is so productive ] [...] I will do what is required to keep our country safe and secure." [ NOT CHANGING PLANS ie U-TURN ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Thousands told their pension savings could be at risk - BBC News
[ fees ] It follows fears that dozens of companies providing auto enrolment pensions are too small to survive. The BBC has also uncovered evidence that employers and workers are being deliberately misled by some providers. The government said it was aware of the issue, and was planning to take action. Independent experts claim the problem could affect up to a quarter of a million people a year who are putting their savings into so-called master trust pensions. Such schemes are popular with the 1.8 million small employers with fewer than 30 staff who are currently signing up under the auto enrolment programme. "There is a risk of these schemes falling over; there is a risk that members might lose their money," said Andrew Warwick Thompson, executive director for regulatory policy at the Pensions Regulator. However, he said scheme assets invested through asset managers regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) would be safe. This will be "the vast majority of cases", he said.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit-Befürworter träumen vom Singapur auf Steroiden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Ohne EU geht es der britischen Wirtschaft besser: Das versprechen Brexit-Befürworter, die mehr Handel und weniger Bürokratie erwarten. Doch ihre Hoffnungen sind mit hohen Risiken behaftet. [...] Am Dienstag warnten die Chefs von rund 200 britischen Unternehmen wie Vodafone Chart zeigen, Jaguar Land Rover und Shell Chart zeigen mit einem offenen Brief in der "Times" vor dem sogenannten Brexit. Bei einer Umfrage der Bertelsmann-Stiftung sprachen sich vier von fünf Unternehmenschefs für einen Verbleib in der EU aus. Andernfalls, so die Brexit-Gegner, drohten Jobverluste und Unternehmensverlagerungen. [...] Handel: Schwellenländer statt EU
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scientists: air pollution led to more than 5.5 million premature deaths in 2013 | Environment | The Guardian
“Air pollution is the fourth-highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease,” said Michael Brauer, a researcher from the University of British Columbia. Brauer said air pollution contributed to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, bronchitis, emphysema and acute infections. He and his colleagues compared the problem in Asia to the conditions under centuries of industrial revolution in the US and Europe: massive economic growth smothered by clouds of toxic matter in the air. [... COAL ...] “Even in the most clean scenario in 2030,” Ma said, China’s growing and ageing population will still suffer 990,000 to 1.3 million deaths a year.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Britain's Trillion Pound Island - Inside Cayman
20bn£/year go through tax avoidance (legal through loopholes). = 20bn austerity for next 4-5 years this parliament from 2015. and was around the same from 2010 as Tories came to power forming coalition with lib dems. // who can pay for the lawyer and lobbyist - to implement loopholes. // its the gov that lets make the rules, by lobbyists. // (New Labour) Gordon Brown cut corp tax in his time by 5% and Osborne will have it cut by further 10% points in his two parliament sittings as chancellor. "You can't compete with Zero." << Cayman Islands (no infrastructure and no educated people) - vs. - UK (with infrastructure and educated people, social safety net, pensions). // ultimately, tax laws have to be changed in the local country, not cayman islands.
UK  offshore  banking  tax  avoidance  austerity  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  budget  deficit  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  HMRC  revolving  door  No  Representation  democracy  social  democracy  bank  bailout  GFC  crony  capitalism  capitalism  Greed  budget2015  budget2010  non-dom  Super  Rich  1%  oligarchy  plutocracy  City  of  London  poverty  income  distribution  income  redistribution  inequality  Gini  coefficient  social  mobility  income  mobility  Policy  Makers  Career  Politicians  Westminster  Council  Public  Services  Services  constituency  babyboomers  globalization  globalisation  neoliberalism  neoliberal  tax  evasion  loopholes  welfare  state  social  safety  net  corporate  tax  rate  trickle-down  economics  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  GordonBrown  Labour  Party  borderless  accounting  scandal  white-collar  crime  corporate  scandal  corporate  crime  IMF  OECD 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Google agrees £130m UK tax deal with HMRC - BBC News
Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes after an "open audit" of its accounts by the UK tax authorities. The company had been accused of "not paying its fair share" of tax, and criticised for complex tax structures. Senior figures at the technology company have said that they want to draw a line under the issue. [...] Tax inquiry Google's move comes after a six year inquiry by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) [ which is underfunded ] . It acted after controversy over the low level of taxes paid by multinational companies that operate in the UK but are headquartered abroad. Despite the UK being one of Google's biggest markets, it paid £20.4m in taxes in 2013. The value of its sales in Britain that year was £3.8bn. The company has been criticised for its complex international tax structures. //&! sweetheart deal, HMRC and the government has shown to be weak! - bbc.in/1Nre9v5 - but be hard on families with children and vulnerable. //&! bit.ly/20kNZmU &! bit.ly/1PNNhHq
HMRC  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Google  Inc.  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  austerity  budget  deficit  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  corporate  tax  rate  George  Osborne  constituency  City  of  London  London  budget2015  No  Representation  social  democracy  democracy  UK  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  Super  Rich  1%  oligarchy  plutocracy  exploitation  revolving  door  Party  Funding  Career  Politicians  Tories  nasty  Conservative  Party  GFC  bank  bailout  economic  history  David  Cameron  vulnerable  Disabled  Iain  Duncan  Smith  DWP  double  standard  structural  unemployment  tax  credit 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Are cities the new countries? - BBC News
Do big cities have more in common with each other than with the rest of their own countries? Are there meaningful comparisons between cities such as New York, London and Shanghai, rather than between nation states? That is the suggestion of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Such mega-conurbations have bigger populations and economies than many individual countries - and the think tank argues that they face many similar challenges, whether it is in transport, housing, security, jobs, migration or education.
urbanisation  mega  city  London  NYC  public  transportation  transportation  Westminster 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC One - Panorama, The VW Emissions Scandal
London's Oxford Street most polluted street in Europe. // natal and childhood exposure >> damage (lung function) >> last a lifetime. // ultrafine particles have an unknown effect to health/lungs. get trapped in 'crater' of streets in the city and you the pedestrian on ground level is exposed most. // my impression, testing of emissions in lab with given scenario does not reflect everyday car use of public.
air  pollution  public  health  VW  Volkswagen  Abgas-Affäre  NO2  NOx  quality  of  life  city  living  living  environment  health  inequality  carcinogen  carcinogenic  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Cycling: three-quarters of Britons support more spending on bike use | Environment | The Guardian
[ where is the bike lobby here? its a bn dollar business. ] Biggest ever survey on subject says people would like government to spend almost seven times more on bike infrastructure than it does now. [...] Currently, about 1% to 2% of all trips in the UK are made by bike, as against figures of 25% or more in some nations, such as the Netherlands. Activists argue that more bike use would greatly help combat the ongoing health crisis caused by physical inactivity, as well as reducing vehicle pollution, among other benefits. “The message from the public couldn’t be clearer: there’s a desire to cycle more, but that a lack of safe places to ride bikes is off ­putting,” said Jason Torrance, policy director at Sustrans. [...] “Physical inactivity, congestion and declining air quality cost our economy billions. Governments must act to secure a greater share of current transport investment for cycling and walking.”
underinvestment  air  pollution  noise  pollution  public  transportation  transportation  urban  planning  urbanisation  commuting  quality  of  life  standard  of  living  living  standard  public  health  policy  public  health  health  crisis  sick  population  sedentary  lifestyle  lifestyle  medicine  active  lifestyle  lifestyle  western  lifestyle  Nudge  theory  NHS  Cycling  British  Cycling  incentive  infrastructure  investment  city  living  carbon  tax  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  emissions  CO2  NXo 
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 way to kill a complex city is to chase out all the poor people – and their food | Samantha Gillison | Comment is free | The Guardian
When greed makes a place like New York, London or San Francisco unaffordable, the non-wealthy leave, and the city loses the smells and tastes that made it great
urban  planning  gentrification  Gentrified  urbanisation  city  living 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Concern over hidden diesel pollutant - BBC News
Atmospheric levels of a little known by-product from diesel engines are up 70 times higher than expected according to a study. Researchers found that long-chain hydrocarbons are significantly under-reported in car manufacturers' data. These hydrocarbons are a key component of two of the worst air pollutants, ozone and particulate matter. The authors believe these "hidden" emissions are having a large impact on air quality in cities like London. The exhaust pipes of diesel-fuelled trucks and cars produce an array of emissions that have different impacts on the air that people breathe. Complicated mixture The nitrogen dioxide and particles that are emitted from burning diesel have a direct impact on human health in cities. But diesel also contains more complex, long-chain hydrocarbons, whose role in air pollution has been little understood until now. [ science ] There have been several air pollution alerts in London over the past two years
air  pollution  city  living  public  transportation  transportation  living  standard  standard  of  living  quality  of  life  urbanisation  urban  planning  public  health  policy  public  health  pollution  emissions  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  science 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Revealed: British ministers tried to block EU moves to clean up air quality | Environment | The Guardian
A document obtained by the Observer reveals that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been advising British MEPs to vote against legislation that would oblige countries to carry out “routine and non-routine” inspections on vehicles’ “real-world” emissions. [...] The revelation will add to the growing concerns over the government’s commitment to tackling air pollution. It follows the admission last week that the Department for Transport had ignored significant evidence of the fraudulent practices being employed by the car industry when this was sent to it a year ago. About 29,000 deaths in the UK are hastened by inhalation of minute particles of oily, unburnt soot emitted by all petrol engines and an estimated 23,500 by the invisible but toxic gas nitrogen dioxide (NO2) discharged by diesel engines.
UK  Westminster  neoliberalism  neoliberal  carbon  dioxide  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  emissions  air  pollution  urbanisation  urban  planning  premature  ageing  premature  death  cancer  quality  of  life  life  expectancy  standard  of  living  living  standard  cost  of  living  commuting  infrastructure  investment  city  living  Cycling  bicycling  public  transportation  transportation  well  being  chronic  stress  Tories  climate  change  global  warming  public  health  public  health  policy  NHS  Conservative  Party  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  David  Cameron  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  shared  economic  interest  economic  damage  productivity 
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
Zumper: One-Third Of San Francisco’s Rent Is Attributable To VC Funding | TechCrunch
[capital efficiency?] // the other 1/4th is bidding up via credit bubble riches, diversification. other 2/4ths from planning restriction and natural biz cycle of sv //&! http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7266-an-open-letter-to-anyone-moving-to-san-francisco-for-a-tech-job - For context, people are right to be angry; shit is certainly fucked up. Since 2010, rents have risen by 40%, and eviction rates have risen by 38%—two rapid changes that have had very visual consequences all across the city. Much of SoMa, for instance, looks like an elephant graveyard. Sidewalks look like the surface of the moon; alleys are littered with broken glass; and streets are strewn with sleeping persons and human shit. All of this can be observed from in the shade of the brand-new office buildings and luxury condos that now line the streets everywhere east of 4th Street. [...] those who move to San Francisco and don’t engage with the community dilute and adulterate San Francisco’s sense of character.
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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
We’re gonna need a bigger round...
After 15 years of staggering declines, the cost of building a company in San Francisco is rising sharply // prohibitive! diluting too much too early. // China and other BRIC paper millionaers divesting into property speculators, around the world. every city that has seen substantial price appreciation +10-20% over last +5 years // hot money from monetary policy, excess reserves, flushing around the globe //
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Tech Stocks Rebound: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/25) - YouTube
15:53 - you can build sw companies everywhere else. cost of living out of control as well dampens quality of life and standard of living. // lower burn rate, more time, more runway to find traction (product market fit) beyond MVP,
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Introducing 'treeconomics': how street trees can save our cities | Cities | The Guardian
As a fight over 11 lime trees in Sheffield escalates, activists in cities all over the world are making the case for urban trees – to cut pollution, increase land value and even make you feel younger
urban  planning  well  being  pollution  noise  pollution  air  pollution  urbanisation  quality  of  life  city  living  living  standard  living  spaces  happiness  index 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Creative young Brits are quitting London for affordable Berlin | World news | The Guardian
More and more burnt-out Londoners are embracing the laid-back cool – and much lower cost of living – of the German capital [...] Her decision to leave London was mainly a financial one. “I was working seven days a week and paying £800 for a shared flat in Lewisham. We kept moving further and further into south-east London, until I felt I needed to leave entirely. I’m part of a big exodus; I know many people who have moved from east London to south-east London and then to Berlin. [...] Agora is one of many “co-working hubs” that have sprung up in the city, created for the ever-growing startup community (by 2020 an estimated 100,000 jobs are set to be generated by Berlin startups). Agora is one of many expat bubbles, catering to the ever-growing number of digital nomads. [...] I was just exhausted all the time. You go home to your expensive flat, but end up just sleeping in it, and then go back to work. There’s just more time here.” [...] In London, its office work, bars, sleep, repeat.
Manchester  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  affordable  housing  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  well  being  happiness  index  chronic  stress  housing  market  social  housing  UK  living-standard  living  environment  standard  of  living  city  living  urbanisation  work  environment  4-day  work  week  6-hour  work  day  Start-Up  advice  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  Start-Up  lesson  San  Francisco  bootstraped  bootstrapping  bootstrapped  Silicon  Valley  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  Los  Angeles  Start-Up  Scene  Palo  Alto  Mountain  View 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Please, no more white people writing smug articles about leaving London | Aisha Mirza | Comment is free | The Guardian
I understand there is a psychic toll of living in a place where you have to fight, for space, time, money. But what these Why I am Leaving London articles are missing is that, while the psychic burden of living in the city with the highest living costs in the developed world is very real, for a brown person, the cost of living surrounded only by white people is worse. // bit.ly/1NyCy3Q - No wonder so many people are quitting the capital. Overpriced, overcrowded, no good olive shops – and it’s not even original
London  city  living  racism  minority  black  minority  ethnic  minority  London  Start-up  Scene  cost  of  living  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  chronic  stress  urbanisation  urban  planning  living  standard  standard  of  living  living  environment  minimum  wage  commuting 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Young people are driving the 'urban renaissance' of city centres – report | Cities | The Guardian
... (1) where the jobs are. and when you have a family, you take on the commute (2) - suburbs
urbanisation  urban  planning  suburbs  city  living  city 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
How to Make an Attractive City - YouTube
seeking a balance between variety (chaos) and simplicity (order)
urban  planning  architecture  human  nature  city  living  city  mega  city 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
New York City's LinkNYC WiFi Plan - Business Insider
New York City announces LinkNYC, a project replacing up to 10k pay phones with digital hubs that offer mobile device recharging, 150'-radius gigabit Wi-Fi, free US calling & touch screens for city info & services; it's funded by ads expected to generate $500M in rev over the 1st 12 yrs; some Links will be operational by the end of '15 [... no more sitting in cafes for 1hr to upload a big video on youtube ...]
urban  planning  infrastructure  investment  quality  of  life  city  living  public  utility  utility  access  tourism 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Was Mega-Shoppingcenter mit unseren Städten machen | SWR Kunscht! - YouTube
dying of high street. regeneration has to be done by them living there. re- purposing. gluecksgefuehle beim shoppen. &PRIMARK
High  Street  Mall  Shopping  Centre  Online  Shopping  Konsum  Consumerism  consumerist  zombie  consumer  consumer  choice  disposable  income  urban  planning  urbanisation  city  living  capitalism  Dopamine 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Life expectancy in Scotland increases
"Men in the least deprived areas of Scotland may live 12.5 years longer than those in the most deprived areas while women in the least deprived areas could expect to live 8.5 years longer than those in the most deprived."
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
A Conversation on Future Urbanism, Tech Hubs | TechCrunch
I think in summary, neither system is able to stop gentrification or displacement. But New York’s regional integration and better transit make for a more dynamically adjusting system where residents have to continuously (or constantly) re-evaluate their cost of living. In contrast, San Francisco’s orientation of growth control might help it a smaller-town feel. But market-rate rents can climb dramatically with even a modest amount of population growth, while elderly and longstanding tenants can end up in a pretty jarring and tragic situation if they face an owner move-in or Ellis Act eviction. If they are displaced, the San Francisco Bay Area has a weaker and less integrated transit system. That means displaced tenants can end up with a multi-hour commute, which is deeply disruptive to family and community life and on access to jobs.
urbanisation  urban  planning  city  living  transportation  public  transportation  quality  of  life  living  standard  living  spaces  cost  of  living  NYC  Berlin  San  Francisco  Gentrified  gentrification  long-term  thinking  long-term  view  infrastructure  investment  affordable  housing 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
The Downtown Project Suicides: Can the Pursuit of Happiness Kill You? | Re/code
http://www.feld.com/archives/2014/10/founder-suicides.html "I’m saddened by the struggles around The Downtown Vegas Project. I’ve long thought, and continue to think, it’s a really interesting experiment." + http://chrisyeh.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-manic-side-of-entrepreneurship.html !+!+! http://pando.com/2014/10/01/sarah-lacy-talks-vegas-downtown-project-on-npr/ + http://knprnews.org/post/tony-hsieh-i-was-never-downtown-projects-leader "no hard decisions were made, no confidence inspired / transpired, etc etc ... media was overwhelmingly/breathless positive and cheerful with very little doubt and questioning. ... if you start a company, you are responsible, can't expect landholding and infinite pay checks etc etc ... it is your responsibility to get to cash flow positive (see their 5 year plan)" + https://gigaom.com/2014/10/02/5-questions-for-tony-hsieh-and-the-downtown-project/
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Why San Francisco may not be the most useful reference point for the Uber-ification of local transport | PandoDaily
But San Francisco may not be a great prototype for other markets. For one, the state of the local transportation in the city has been abysmal for years. SF taxis are regarded by residents and visitors as some of the worst among major US cities in terms of cleanliness, reliability, and service. The city’s BART and Muni rail systems aren’t much better across any of those measures. That is to say, San Francisco residents have had more reason than most to look for local transportation alternatives.
San  Francisco  infrastructure  transportation  public  transportation  quality  of  life  city  living  urban  planning  cost  of  living  living  environment  living  spaces  living  standard  standard  of  living 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future : NPR
The neighborhood we're in was transformed from swamp to subdivision in the 1950s and 1960s, Fergus says, by dredging canals and then using the spoil to build up adjacent land. As a result, he says, many homes sit just a few feet above the water, along a coastline that is entirely man-made. And most other parts of the city also have been shaped by people. Almost every buildable lot is occupied. The beaches are covered with sand brought in from other areas. Even the city's nature park is on a man-made island. This sort of artificial landscape is common in this part of Florida, says Randy Parkinson, a coastal geologist who has spent years studying the challenges facing coastal cities. "When I first came up to this area from Miami, I tried to find a wetland that had not been altered by human activity," he says. "But there are no natural habitats left." That's a big problem in an era when the sea is rising and storms may be getting more powerful, Parkinson says: "I see a train wreck."
coastal  erosion  rising  sea  levels  Florida  coastal  city 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Uber continues to screw its “partners,” now by forcing Uber Black drivers to accept UberX fares | PandoDaily
Another issue arises when drivers contemplate simply rejecting these economy tier ride requests. Uber drivers are, after, all independent contractors – a point the company has gone to great lengths to make clear. On the surface, it seems they should be free to accept or reject any ride they choose. According to forum comments, however, Uber drivers are required to maintain a minimum 80 percent ride acceptance rate to remain in the company’s good graces – the best performers exceed 97 percent, the company tells its drivers. Ignore too many inbound ride requests when you are the closest vehicle and the result could be some combination of reprimand/probation, lost bonus income, or, in extreme cases, deactivation of the driver’s account. [...] Uber has stated that its mission is to undercut the cost of car ownership. In pursuit of this goal, it seems like the company is increasingly emphasizing its economy tier services at the expense of its one-time baller image.
Uber  self-employment  contractor  business  model  cost  of  ownership  transportation  urban  transportation  urban  planning  public  transportation  public  transport  urbanisation  city  living  PR  public  relations  branding  Brand  Travis  Kalanick  zero  sum  game  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiation  differentiate 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Is there a London property bubble? - YouTube
--- outside money driving up prices in the city and outer suburbia // first time buyers locked out !!! - inequality because buying is unaffordable and locked into renting
economies  of  agglomeration  London  property  bubble  Supply  and  Demand  Demand  and  Supply  hunt  for  yield  macroprudential  policy  urban  planning  urbanisation  city  living  quality  of  life  pollution  faultlines  infrastructure  investment  infrastructure  standard  of  living  well  being 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
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