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EU ignoring climate crisis with livestock farm subsidies, campaigners warn | Environment | The Guardian
The thinktank Rise Foundation has said Europe’s meat and dairy production would need to halve by 2050 to meet global targets for reducing climate emissions.
CAP  EU  agriculture  Klimakatastrophe  European  Union  CO2  methane  meat  dairy  lobby  vested  interest  MEP 
may 2019 by asterisk2a
Inequality driving 'deaths of despair' - BBC News
there is income inequality
there is health inequality (air)
there is political inequality, your voice only heard when you have money to donate and can pay lobbyists.
>> electoral reform (1), limit lobby influence and party donations (2), citizens assembly, devolution might have failed.

Widening inequalities in pay, health and opportunities in the UK are undermining trust in democracy, says an Institute for Fiscal Studies report. [...] The think tank warns of runaway incomes for high earners but rises in "deaths of despair", such as from addiction and suicide, among the poorest.

It warns of risks to "centre-ground" politics from stagnating pay and divides in health and education.

The report says such widening gaps are "making a mockery of democracy".

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), one of the country's leading research institutes, is launching what it says is the UK's biggest analysis of inequality.

That will be chaired by Nobel Prize-winning economist Prof Sir Angus Deaton.

[see second graph, poorest got poorer ]

Angus Deaton - inequality of political voice

inequality  No  Representation  democracy  Brexit  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Europe  AfD  poverty  trap  suicide  self-medication  drug  abuse  addiction  alcoholism  sickcare  Austerity  GFC  NHS  mental  health  Universal  Credit  stigma  prejudice  nasty  party  Conservative  OECD  gini  Coefficient  Angus  Deaton  Westminster  bubble  lobby  exploitation  rentseeking  Economics  Rentier  vested  interest  1%  tax  evasion  avoidance  underinvestment  history  globalisation  revolving  door  subsidies  subsidizing  subsidising  life  expectancy  premature  death  job  security  insecurity  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  Society  Psychology  Sociology 
may 2019 by asterisk2a
The price of plenty: how beef changed America | Environment | The Guardian
It's agribusiness
not agriculture
there is no culture in agribusiness.
and business has no ethics morals or self-regulation
This is an edited extract from Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America by Joshua Specht, published by Princeton University Press
agribusiness  agriculture  CAP  Europe  beef  self-regulation  FDA  food  poisoning  regulation  Brexit  regulators  oversight  Transparency  pollution  Klimakatastrophe  lobby  subsidies  subsidizing  obesity  nutrition  public  health  book 
may 2019 by asterisk2a
(1521) The Myth of American "Capitalism" - YouTube
backhand subsidies
lobby influence
monopolies and oligopolies are price makers and consumers become price takers, there is no equilibrium.
Capitalism  book  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  competition  anttrust  anti-trust  free  market  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  consumer  protection  subsidies  subsidizing  lobby  revolving  door 
april 2019 by asterisk2a
Ilhan Omar is right about the influence of the Israel lobby | Alex Kotch | Opinion | The Guardian
Following the Ilhan Omar controversy, it’s incredibly important to be able to decipher between real antisemitism and basic political facts [...] Omar’s controversial tweets noted two important realities. First, money is a huge problem, and motivator, in Washington. Second, Aipac is a powerful group that uses its money to influence the policy decisions of members of Congress. As both Mehdi Hasan and Ryan Grim detail in the Intercept, Aipac officials have bragged about their power over Washington lawmakers.
Israel  lobby  Politics  antisemitism  Antisemitismus  Labour  vested  interest  UK  USA  history  Palestine  special  interests 
february 2019 by asterisk2a
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Crusher of Sacred Cows – Rolling Stone
With its silly swipes at AOC, the American political establishment is once again revealing its blindness to its own unpopularity [...] The mortification on the Republican side has come more from media figures than actual elected officials. Still, there are plenty of people like Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) doing things like denouncing “this girl, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whatever she is” for preaching “socialism wrapped in ignorance.” A group of GOP House members booed her on the floor, to which she replied, “Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas.” [...] The latter issue, of course, is the real problem most of Washington has with “AOC”: her self-generated popularity and large social media presence means she doesn’t need to ask anyone’s permission to say anything. [...] She doesn’t have to run things by donors and she doesn’t need the assent of thinkfluencers like Cillizza or Max Boot (who similarly compared her to both Trump and Sarah Palin), because she almost certainly gains popularity every time one of those nitwits takes a swipe at her.
AOC  Alexandria  Ocasio-Cortez  Washington  bubble  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  USA  1% 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
(2179) Volksdroge Alkohol – warum dürfen wir uns zu Tode trinken? | DokThema | Doku - YouTube
die Kosten des Alkohols:
health economics 10x mehr kosten als steuern und arbeitsplaetze
alkohol steuer + werbeverbot (1mrd eur pro jahr deutschland) + verfuegbarkeitseinschaenkungen
Alcohol  public  health  prevention  Cancer  self-medication  abuse  NAFLD  obesity  economics  nudge  lobby  vested  interest 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Bacon-cancer link: head of UN agency at heart of furore defends its work | Society | The Guardian
Bacon-cancer link: head of UN agency at heart of furore defends its work
IARC’s outgoing director attacks vested interests of critics but admits it could have communicated better [...] Its outgoing director, Christopher Wild, fiercely defended the decisions and transparency of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), attacking the vested interests of its critics, many of whom are from multinational corporations.
meat  cancer  public  health  prevention  lobby  vested  interest  glyphosate 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
US agribusiness lobbyists paid for trip by David Davis | Politics | The Guardian
US agribusiness lobbyists paid for trip by David Davis
The E Foundation worked with UK thinktank on Brexit and is alleged to favour weakening EU food regulations
Brexit  lobby  Lobbying  lobbyist  vested  interest 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
(13856) Admit it. Republicans have broken politics. - YouTube
Admit it. Republicans have broken politics.
/ my way or the highways is not democracy
Brexit same picture, journalists did not call out some both.
book  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Bush  Nixon  Ronald  Reagan  extremism  EPA  ideology  Identity  fascism  far-right  right-wing  Republicans  neoliberal  neoliberalism  compromise  BarackObama  obstruction  USA  Brexit  Washington  1%  Lobby  Representation  democracy  trust  Redaktionsschluss 
october 2018 by asterisk2a
(10581) Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich - Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture - YouTube
Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich - Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture - nelson mandela lecutre
/ this is just a speech, obama speech.
/ is like Robert Reich - saving capitalism from itself, reforming capitalism
/ part of the system - supposedly meritocracy - embrace it - if I can do it you can do it - clintons and obama.
/ obama suckerpunched everyone after being elected
/ the problem is system it is not just banks - system chaotic and irrational working against its sustainability bc of greed profit maximization and duopoly competition
PART 2 - Obama Says Inequality Led to Rise of the Right, but Takes No Responsibility for It (2/2)
BarackObama  meritocracy  meritocratic  1%  thirdway  third-way  TonyBlair  Blair  globalisation  globalization  inequality  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD  lobby  tax  evasion  avoidance  social  income  mobility  Capitalism  neoliberalism  No  Representation  welfare  tradeunion  union  workersunion  exploitation  gig  economy  10%  growth  secular  stagnation  GFC  bailout  Austerity  philanthropy  Democrats  self-employment  consumerism  materialism  poverty  trap  working  poor  economic  history  critique 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Revealed: Tory donors who paid £7m to socialise with May | Politics | The Guardian
The party of for by big (financial) business. // The party spent £18.5m on last year’s snap election, when the Conservatives lost their working majority. Labour spent £11m. Sources told the Guardian the Tories were aiming for a 40% annual increase in the party’s budget – money that would be spent on up to 100 local campaign coordinators.
Lobby  revolving  door  UK  Brexit  election  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  donations  donors  Theresa  May  hypocrisy  JAM  Lobbying  lobbyist 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
'Toxic garbage will be sold here': Outcry as Brazil moves to loosen pesticide laws | World news | The Guardian
“The economic interest will prevail over human and environmental health.”

Of 121 pesticides permitted in Brazil for coffee production, 30 are already banned in the European Union, including the toxic herbicide paraquat, Bombardi reported in an extensive 2017 study. [...] The country already lets foreign companies exploit its lower standards of protection, they said, “exporting hazardous pesticides prohibited from use in their domestic markets to be used in Brazil.”

Under Brazil’s current legislation, pesticides with elements considered teratogenic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, endocrine disruptive, or posing risks to the reproductive system can’t be registered, they said. But under the bill, hazardous pesticides will only be prohibited when there is a “scientifically established unacceptable risk” – a definition too vague to be effective.
Brazil  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  lobby  Bayer  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  Monsanto  pollution  public  health  Soy  Soya  industrial  agriculture  deforestation  profit-maximisation  carcinogenic  toxic  ecological  disaster  environmental 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
The UK Refused To Raid A Company Suspected Of Money Laundering, Citing Its Tory Donations
A national scandal: The government refused to help a French investigation into money laundering and tax fraud - citing the fact the company is "the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party"
Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  fraud  money  laundering  London  UK  vested  interest  lobby  HMRC  tax  evasion  avoidance  Theresa  May  JAM 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
Tool 'names and shames' hidden drug trials - BBC News
Some pharmaceutical organisations have been accused of burying unfavourable drug and medical test results.

Dr Ben Goldacre, who devised the website, told the BBC he hoped it would "nudge" institutions into properly disclosing data.
big  pharmaceutical  medical–industrial  complex  lobby  vested  interest  pharma  Transparency  Cancer  CVD  patient  safety  shareholder  dividend  CEO  pay  profit  maximisation 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
(5924) Teacher Who Died From Flu Delayed Medication Over Co-Pay - YouTube
even two-tier systems have profiteering in it see germany, where both patient groups have come to harm, still come to harm and still fleeced.
NHS  Crisis  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  oligopol  oligopoly  lobby  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Privatisation  dividend 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Is Marijuana Addictive? |
Speaking of parallels with the tobacco industry, check out:

Animal Protein Compared to Cigarette Smoking
American Medical Association Complicity with Big Tobacco
Big Food Using the Tobacco Industry Playbook
Collaboration with the New Vectors of Disease
How Smoking in 1956 is Like Eating in 2016
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Tobacco  food–industrial  complex  lobby  public  health  crisis  chronic  sick  population  Alcohol  self-medication  abuse  obesity  Cancer  overweight  sickcare  demand  NHS  CVD  diabetes  GP  A&E  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestye 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Blood-thinning drugs designed to cut stroke risk may actually increase it | Science | The Guardian
[big pharma is known to cherry pick patients itself (perfect, just that condition) and cherry pick what to publish ... thus it is no wonder that there might be complications unintended unkowns when you add sicker and more medicated patients - long-term - w new new meds - only tested in single use before by big pharma] Research led by scientists at University College London highlights the problems with polypharmacy – the use of multiple drugs for people with more than one health issue. Older people are especially likely to be on medication for more than one complaint.
Pharma  lobby  self-regulation  CVD  big  medical–industrial  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  complexity 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer' - BBC News
What counts as ultra-processed
Mass-produced packaged breads and buns
Sweet or savoury packaged snacks including crisps
Chocolate bars and sweets
Sodas and sweetened drinks
Meatballs, poultry and fish nuggets
Instant noodles and soups
Frozen or shelf-life ready meals
Foods made mostly or entirely from sugar, oils and fats &!
cancer  public  health  CVD  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  NHS  crisis  food–industrial  lobby  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  obesity  overweight  healthcare  diabetes  immune  system  Autoimmune  disease  Diseases  packaging  plastic  pollution  chemical  complexity 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Offshore tax abuse crackdown brings in only a third of expected £1bn | Politics | The Guardian
A crackdown on offshore tax cheats has only recovered about a third of the £1bn that the government had predicted, according to estimates.

Figures from HM Revenue & Customs suggest that a series of measures to tackle offshore tax evasion will only bring in £349m a year – £650m a year less than had been hoped for.

Other measures aimed at closing tax avoidance loopholes have also failed to generate the revenues that had been expected, undermining assurances from ministers that were made following the Paradise Papers exposé.
UK  tax  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  Austerity  lobby 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds | Environment | The Guardian
India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds
Warning over wider global health impacts after findings reveal thousands of tonnes of colostin - the ‘antibiotic of last resort’ - are being shipped to India’s farms
India  China  USA  Colistin  post-antibiotics  antibiotic  antibiotics  MCR-1  food–industrial  complex  lobby  profit  maximisation  Asia  abuse 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
(5499) Kein Stress mit dem Gewicht - Faszination Wissen - ganze Sendung vom 11.5.2015 - YouTube
20:00 "stress esser" //&! - Chronic stress disrupts our sleep and our blood sugar levels. This leads to increased hunger and comfort eating. &! - Escaping The Dietary Pleasure Trap - Alan Goldhamer DC - FULL TALK eg ice cream cold is too sweet. // Book Salt Sugar Fat.
fast  food  self-medication  abuse  junk  western  diet  S.A.D.  public  health  chronic  stress  poverty  trap  hormones  signals  reward  salt  sugar  fat  evolution  CVD  obesity  overweight  Cancer  dopamine  cortisol  metabolism  emotions  sickcare  mental  NHS  prevention  healthcare  exploitation  food–industrial  lobby  complex  vested  interest  weightloss  bariatric  surgery  diabetes  shiftwork  circadian  rhythm  sleep  Hygiene  alcohol  alcoholism  superficial  artificial  pleasure  processed 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Donald Trump's success reveals a frightening weakness in American democracy - YouTube
liquid times by Zygmunt, globalization - accelerated times, inequality, 1%, poverty trap, weak institutions being fleeced (latest and biggest - GFC, one rule for the one TBTF and other for the many, many have to suffer what they must (varoufakis)), same w broken promise of globalisation benefits everyone, same w failed military interventions ... STRUCTURAL REASONS - DEMOCRACY ELECTED REPRESENTATION does no more exist! its lobbied $$$ vested interest pork barrels corruption abuse get rich quick schemes. Longing for past greatness eg case Brexit. //&! - Authoritarianism: The political science that explains Trump &! &! Democratic Backsliding (salami tactic) - - The decline of American democracy won't be televised
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  UKIP  Authoritarianism  GOP  LGBT  Transgender  gay  marriage  immigration  Culture  Identity  politics  inequality  unknown  foreign  different  AfD  uncertainty  No  Representation  book  globalisation  Super  Rich  1%  tax  evasion  avoidance  globalization  Institutions  revolving  door  lobby  vested  interest  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  Technocracy  Monopoly  poverty  trap  working  poor  post-racial  America  UK  Germany  American  Dream  democracy  history  neoliberal  neoliberalism  economic  Austerity  GFC  trust  trustagent  Sociology  Psychology  Philosophy  gini  Coefficient  corruption  White-collar  crime  war  on  drugs  Military–industrial  Privatisation  profit  maximisation  food–industrial  big  Pharma  TBTF  bailout  recovery  China  Russia 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
(5400) Aufstieg oder Abstieg? | Exakt | MDR - YouTube // Herkunfts bestimmt, weil Herkunft laesst sich nicht abschuetteln. "Habitus" in Soziologie genannt. ... Socialism - Ganztagsgesamtschulen ... // Granulare Gesellschaft Granularer Lebenslauf
Sociology  social  mobility  income  diversity  BAME  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  education  policy  Kindergarten  poverty  trap  Psychology  working  poor  Precariat  structural  unemployment  long-term  child  mental  health  environment  meritocracy  meritocratic  Austerity  Council  influence  Socialism  PISA  OECD  inequality  gini  Coefficient  UK  Germany  Abstieg  segregation  Elite  1%  middle  class  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  Lobby  Soziologie  post  code  lottery  discrimination  equality 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Coca-Cola to sell smaller bottles at higher prices in response to sugar tax | Society | The Guardian
Coca-Cola is to use smaller bottles and sell at higher prices rather than alter its famous sugar-laden secret recipe, while Irn-Bru faces a growing consumer backlash over fears a new lower sugar version will ruin Scotland’s national soft drink.
sugar  tax  nanny  state  lobby  nudge  taxation  food  obesity  public  health  CVD  overweight  UK  NHS  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  self-medication  abuse  food–industrial  complex  vested  interest 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Tory members 'a breed apart' from other main parties, study finds | Politics | The Guardian
Poll shows Conservative grassroots more supportive of the death penalty, obedience to authority and a hard Brexit &! - Authoritarianism: The political science that explains Trump & Trump Brexit Putin AfD = Tyrant - //// 30 years thrid way technocracy produced autocracy plutocracy pure unashamedly in your face.
DonaldTrump  Brexit  Donald  Trump  authoritarianism  Psychology  Sociology  Political  Science  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  alt-right  right-wing  far-right  neoNazi  Nazi  neo-Nazi  Germany  AfD  immigration  tyrant  history  autocracy  technocracy  technocrat  neoliberal  neoliberalism  globalisation  globalization  Austerity  economic  GFC  recovery  working  poor  Precariat  demagogue  No  Representation  plutocracy  oligarchy  Super  Rich  1%  democracy  lobby  revolving  door 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity - The Washington Post
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  public  health  Religion  abortion  birthcontrol  contraception  HIV  AIDS  war  on  drugs  CDC  USA  GOP  Republicans  Republican  BAME  post-racial  inequality  discrimination  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  post-antibiotic  antibiotic  antibiotics  lobby  revolving  door  No  Representation  LGBT  Transgender  minority  Opioid  abuse  addiction 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Sugar industry withheld research effects of sucrose 50 years ago, study claims | Science | The Guardian // See the Vegan Cardiologist Kim Williams arguing that it is fats meat beef and processed starches food sugar - // and the problem w evidence-based medicine and statistics and research manipulation // and see the new guidelines when to prescribe statins (now earlier) re chronic sick population v side effects v benefits // The problem could be much bigger than the two ISRF studies the researchers have scrutinised. The researchers conclude that the debates we now have on sugar’s effects on our health are potentially rooted in six decades of the sugar industry’s manipulation of scientific evidence.
CVD  Cancer  obesity  diabetes  overweight  Sugar  Tax  taxation  meat  public  health  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  conflict  microbiome  Stroke  Statins  Statin  S.A.D.  processed  food  food–industrial  diet  lifestyle  sedentary  inactive  WHO  prevention  whole-food  plant-based  Fat  Salt  book  NHS  sickcare  healthcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  GP 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Cancer tests in supermarket car parks to be launched by NHS | The Independent
- see the caveat of boosing your survival, measured by 5 years only from diagnoses, to diagnose earlier ... patient will still die from mostly majority of lung cancers anyway after the 5 year mark. but statistically counted as survivor. it is farcical. unethical moral especially considering anyways deadly diseases. does not help mental and well being. especially normal folk don't understand medical statistics cancer and evidence-based medicine. and ct scan(s) are NOT harmless, duh. Sure you identified a risk group smokers and ex smokers. but you don't do active screening for tgct for undescended testicle patients. see also the debate and conclusive evidence about breast cancer self-examination and mammography (nil benefit for the patient, over treatment over mis diagnoses, unneccesary interventions). &!
NHS  prevention  public  health  screening  evidence-based  medicine  Cancer  crisis  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  conflict  medical  research  profit  maximisation 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Finance trumps patients at every level – UK healthcare needs an inquiry | Aseem Malhotra | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian
tl;dr Diet & Lifestyle changes of the nation in the short-, medium- and long-term term can help (substantially) save the NHS. // A full public inquiry on the scale of Chilcot into the Iraq war may ultimately be required to overhaul a system where at every level financial interest continues to trump what’s best for patients – not only to improve the quality of care, but to restore trust in medical research. Until then, NHS England, the BMA and the Department of Health must make it a national priority to emphasise to patients that less medicine and healthier lifestyles are the most important solutions to sustaining the NHS. // statistics use in medical research and patient selection and reporting issue. absolute risk v % of all patients. // Such statistical and health illiteracy, far from being the exception, is actually the norm. The majority of healthcare professionals seem unable to understand medical literature. One study revealed 70% of those on a training programme failed a simple test on their understanding of evidence-based medicine.
NHS  crisis  big  pharma  BMA  pharmaceutical  lobby  vested  interest  profit  maximisation  rationing  treatment  delay  waiting  times  GP  A&E  prevention  public  health  sickcare  healthcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  obesity  diabetes  economic  damage  OECD  S.A.D.  diet  western  lifestyle  sedentary  inactive  revolving  door  conflict  research  Statins  Statin  CVD  Cancer  overweight  disabled  medical  statistics  risk  patient  safety  literacy 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
More than 24,000 Scots hospitalised because of drinking
50p minimum price per one unit of alcohol, to come into effect March 2018, after years of legal fight against the alc lobby vested interest. (Sugar Tax, ) - - Minimum pricing has been broadly welcomed by health bodies and alcohol awareness groups, who say it will target the kind of drinking that leads to the greatest harm. //
People from the most deprived areas are nearly eight times more likely to need help, according to the NHS. There were 36,235 alcohol-related hospital admissions last year - the equivalent of more than 100 a day. They involved 24,060 individual patients - up from the 35,376 admissions involving 23,656 patients the previous year. Alcohol-related admissions had been falling for almost a decade but the latest figures show there were 685.2 hospital admissions per 100,000 people last year - an annual increase of almost 2%. //&!
NHS  Scotland  Alcohol  minimum  pricing  alcoholism  deprivation  addiction  coping  mechanism  maladaptive  Austerity  poverty  trap  Precariat  binge  drinking  Society  class  Gesellschaft  Sociology  working  poor  Council  childhood  care  Policy  public  health  prevention  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  mental  psychology  psychiatry  depression  aus­sichts­los  hoffnungslos  hopelessness  hopeless  Aussichtslosigkeit  human  condition  humanity  homeless  homelessness  abuse  substance  Opioid  war  on  drugs  tobacco  food–industrial  complex  Sugar  processed  food  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  profit  maximisation  obesity  liver  overweight 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
(4387) How the opioid crisis decimated the American workforce - YouTube
direct link between out of work (injury) and opioid addiction and dropping out of workforce. // &! - Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart: People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians’ Ignorance - needle exchange and free drug purity checks is a step to reducing overdose deaths and first foot in door for rehab (liberal) //&! - American Epidemic: The Nation's Struggle With Opioid Addiction WSJ &! - The Opioid Effect: An Ohio Family Rebuilds After Addiction VICE //&! AMERICA ADDICTED - - A community overwhelmed by opioids &! - Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin - watering down regulation and oversight. &! - How Big Pharma & Cartels Got America Addicted to Heroin with Jason Smith &! - US Addiction Epidemic Fuelled By Pharma Corporations (2015) "pill mill" &! - Why Portsmouth, Ohio Became The Epicentre of America's Opioid Crisis &! - Opioid Crisis in Maine &! - Narcan On The Rise &! - Heroin's Children: Inside the US opioid crisis - Fault Lines
addiction  coping  chronic  stress  abuse  opioid  dopamine  crisis  epidemic  narcotics  war  on  drugs  USA  painkillers  economic  damage  workforce  Precariat  working  poor  structural  unemployment  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  insecurity  trap  poverty  inequality  American  Dream  secular  stagnation  wage  income  growth  Productivity  output  gap  GFC  history  Super  Rich  1%  trickle-down  Sociology  socioeconomic  Society  Gesellschaft  Xanax  fentanyl  alcohol  heroin  overdose  Consumerism  mental  health  well-being  wellbeing  Capitalism  Consumer  Selbstdarstellung  consumption  Austerity  welfare  state  neoliberalism  OxyContin  lobby  pharma  pharmaceutical  BigPharma  revolving  door  vested  interest  Regulation  regulators  self-regulation  substance 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Almost all the 10 million jobs created since 2005 are temporary — Quartz
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment. -
USA  economic  history  workers  trade  union  recovery  GFC  secular  stagnation  social  income  mobility  inequality  job  creation  Precariat  working  poor  security  insecurity  1099  gig  economy  Self-Employment  part-time  Uber  on-demand  profit  maximisation  capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  benefits  welfare  state  tax  credits  evasion  avoidance  Austerity  BarackObama  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  AfD  poverty  trap  post-racial  American  Dream  UK  Germany  btw17  lobby  vested  interest  No  Representation  employment  Zeitarbeit  Leiharbeit  Werkvertrag  Agenda  2010  Agenda2010 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe | Environment | The Guardian
Today we know beyond doubt, and with scientific statistics rather than just anecdote, that this is true, and the question immediately arises: what caused it?


It seems indisputable: it is us. It is human activity – more specifically, three generations of industrialised farming with a vast tide of poisons pouring over the land year after year after year, since the end of the second world war. This is the true price of pesticide-based agriculture, which society has for so long blithely accepted.
food–industrial  complex  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  Glyphosate  agriculture  Monsanto  lobby  food  security  national  insects  bee  colony  collapse  disorder  ecology  ecological  crisis  environment  environmental  pollution 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain's seas | Environment | The Guardian
Sewage plants are contributing to plastic pollution in the oceans with millions of tiny beads spilling into the seas around the UK, according to a new report.

Dozens of UK wastewater treatment plants use tiny plastic pellets, known as Bio-Beads, to filter chemical and organic contaminants from sewage, according to a study from the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition (CPPC).

The report found that many millions of these pellets, which are only about 3.5mm wide, have been spilled and ended up in the environment.

The author of the report, Claire Wallerstein, said once the Bio-Beads had been released they are hard to spot and almost impossible to remove – yet can cause significant harm to marine wildlife. // Great Pacific Garbage Patch
microplastic  plastic  pollution  environment  wildlife  foodchain  food  chain  fish  contamination  contaminated  pesticide  fungicide  herbicide  waste  recycling  Glyphosate  Monsanto  lobby  accountability  profit  maximisation  flameretardant  ecology 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Monarch: MP urges change in law to protect pension schemes | Business | The Guardian
yet another case of not paying into the pension pot! its systemic! reports every now and then come up that billions underfunded pension schemes
pension  retirement  bailout  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  fiduciary  responsibility  accountability  Capitalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  neoliberalism  Regulation  self-regulation  regulators  oversight  lobby  revolving  door  babyboomers 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
What to do if your child is overweight - BBC News
One in ten young people in the UK, aged between five and 19, is obese, according to new research that looks at obesity trends in over 200 countries. Consultant paediatrician Prof Mary Rudolf, who advises the government on obesity, says many parents would not know that "a healthy 10-year-old's ribs should be clearly visible - many parents would consider that such a child was quite underweight". //&! &! &! - Childhood obesity: Plan attacked as 'weak' and 'watered down' &! - Public health cuts 'could hamper anti-obesity effort' &! WHO World Obesity Day // In the UK, one in every 10 young people aged five to 19, is obese. Obese children are likely to become obese adults, putting them at risk of serious health problems, say experts.
These include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer, such as breast and colon. [...] "Even skinny people are heavier than they would have been ten years ago.
"We have not become more weak-willed, lazy or greedy. The reality is the world around us is changing." - &! bariatric surgery - &! hidden sick environment to navigate:
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
How your blood may predict your future health | Inequality | The Guardian
New research into bloodstream ‘biomarkers’ aims to unlock the full impact of social status on people’s lifetime health outcomes. The key is exposure to stress - quantitated self. making decisions on your own when presented w data? in case of the weight scale, never worked. why will it now? its just more medicalisation - door open for big pharma so people pop pills. vs inconvenience of changing diet lifestyle and learning something new like cooking and meditation. // &! Deprivation and Poverty Stress: The analysis suggested people in lower socioeconomic groups have a demonstrably longer exposure to chronic inflammation – with all its knock-on impacts on long-term health – even once the team corrected for the “usual suspects” of health inequality, including diet and smoking. There’s clearly something else at work. (inequality = health inequality)
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS future precarious, says regulator - BBC News
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the health system is "straining at the seams" and faces a "precarious" future.
The England's regulator's annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, rising demand and the number of patients with preventable illnesses. It said so far the quality of NHS and council care has been maintained but warned standards were likely to drop. //>> GPs not focused to reverse diet lifestyle diesease. // "We are going to see a fall in the quality of services that are offered to people and that may mean that the safety of some people is compromised,"
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
‘Antibiotic apocalypse’: doctors sound alarm over drug resistance | Society | The Guardian
“In the Ganges during pilgrimage season, there are levels of antibiotics in the river that we try to achieve in the bloodstream of patients,” says Davies. “That is very, very disturbing.” The creation of these soups of antibiotic-laden waters and banks of drug-soaked soils is ideal for the development of “superbugs”. Rare strains that are resistant to antibiotics start to thrive in farm animals that are raised in these artificial environments and emerge as highly potent infectious agents that then spread across the planet with startling speed. Examples of these include tuberculosis, which was once easily treated but which, in its modern multi-drug-resistant form, known as MDR-TB, now claims the lives of 190,000 people a year. &!
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
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