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EU referendum: Hammond defends rules on access to papers - BBC News
Five cabinet ministers and a minister who attends cabinet are campaigning for Brexit Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has defended plans to prevent ministers who oppose EU membership from seeing certain government documents. He said the government, which backs EU membership, was not neutral and those who disagreed could draw on specific policy information from other sources. MPs are to question the UK's top civil servant after he issued guidance to withhold "referendum-related" material. One anti-EU minister said retaining documents "can't possibly happen". The government's official policy is that Britain should remain in the EU - and civil servants are duty-bound to support government policies. [...] And farming minister George Eustice said ministers needed "100% access" to material relating to day-day dealings with the EU.
Tories  nasty  party  FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  Brexit  Conservative  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  Politics  transparency  accountability  governance  secrecy  campaign  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Even Tory MPs are troubled by their party’s power grab
Since their victory, the Conservatives have introduced a battery of measures to weaken the opposition and reduce accountability. [...] It is not only within parliament that the government is seeking to limit accountability. Ministers are expected to weaken the Freedom of Information Act by introducing new exemptions and charging for requests. “I’m unsurprised that both [Tony] Blair and this government viewed it as an inconvenience,” Davis told me. “The trouble is, they’re forgetting who their bosses are.” The Lobbying Act, or “gagging bill”, has reduced the maximum amount that voluntary groups and trade unions can spend on political campaigning in the period before a general election by 60 per cent.
nasty  party  FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  Tories  Conservative  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  democracy  social  democracy  austerity  Labour  Trade  Union  Workers  Union  accountability  transparency  oversight  governance  UK  USA 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
'Dark ages' warning issued over freedom of information changes | Media | The Guardian
Exempting advice given to ministers from freedom of information requests risks returning the UK to the “dark ages” of “private government”, the information commissioner has warned. Christopher Graham told a review into the legislation that changes to FoI being considered by a government commission could lead to a blanket ban on all advice being made available to the public. //&! bit.ly/1N3fuLD //&! Freedom of Information Act misused by media to create stories, says Grayling Leader of the Commons Chris Grayling criticises use of FoI requests as a ‘research tool’ to ‘generate’ stories - bit.ly/1GOG1gj
Freedom  of  Information  Act  FOI  UK  democracy  accountability  transparency  governance  oversight  Separation  of  powers  Unrechtsstaat  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  nasty  party  Conservative  Tories  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  corporate  state  corporate  media  PR  spin  doctor  reframing  framing  Positioning  manufactured  consent  Privatisation  social  democracy  austerity  NHS  abuse  of  power 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Freedom of information commission not very free with its information | Politics | The Guardian
Source reveals cross-party commission is mulling charging for FoI requests after bizarre parliamentary briefing that members insisted must be off the record
FOI  Freedom  of  Information  Act  Career  Politicians  democracy  transparency  oversight  social  contract  political  theory  accountability  governance  UK  political  economy 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Raghuram Rajan - One-on-One: an investigative interview - 44th St. Gallen Symposium - YouTube
Relying too much on the wrong instrument, monetary policy, unconventional QE2 & 3 >> little domestic positive impact but spilled over much across the world! // consequences now seen (1) taper tantrum late 2014 & then summer 2015; china slow-down/equity crash & taper anticipation moves followed up by pulling money out of emerging/developing markets! financial market are divergent from domestic business market. cycles shifted apart slightly. investor, business, financial market & consumer confidence are not linked as tightly before! // financial markets are now global, business markets itself not as much! money can be pulled out digitally in an instance. // no net-positive 4 whole world. selfishness. long-run danger. unintended consequences, unknown unknowns. // global sub-optimal monetary policy // global system (monetary system) broke // uncertainty, unknown of taper. timing debate. game of chicken. volatility bc of lots of froth, distortion! // &! youtu.be/SZe3issLIb8
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Alternatives Management: Vertrauen als Ressource für Unternehmen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Oft werben diejenigen am meisten darum, die unter Vertrauensverlust leiden. Denn tatsachlich sinkt das Vertrauen in die Wirtschaft und das Misstrauen steigt. Das ist das Ergebnis nahezu aller Studien zum Thema Verbrauchervertrauen // &! bit.ly/1Vd5jYF - Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable // Same with the Conservative Party deleting all their speeches and documents after they won majority in election and partnered up with libdems - bit.ly/1c7hHG6 &! bit.ly/1Epl5va // Auch Geld funktioniert nur dank Vertrauen [...] Der Systemtheoretiker Niklas Luhmann beschrieb Vertrauen daher auch als "Mechanismus zur Reduktion sozialer Komplexität". Ständiges Misstrauen dagegen mache unser Zusammenleben deutlich schwieriger, sagt Martin Schweer. [...] Schnell zeigte sich: Hatte der eine das Geschäft fair und zum gegenseitigen Vorteil abgewickelt, erhöhte der andere in der nächsten Runde seinen Einsatz. // &! bit.ly/1ILzkZU - Does honesty matter ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Credit Booms & Credit Busts - YouTube
// financial cycle twice as long as business cycles (which is on top, like an inverted pyramid). // financial markets are not self-stabilising // better make policy on caution, that if you don't act you will cause more long-lasting economic damage by curbing one obvious bubble not in (ie uk property bubble - people who have difficulty serving their interest payment) // QE does not facilitate loan growth in times of balance sheet recession - Richard Koo // QE is reflationary and currency war, downside size unknown - look Richard Koo, state has to pick-up shortfall of demand // // There is now a growing consensus among policymakers and academics that a key element to improve safeguards against financial instability is to strengthen the “macroprudential” orientation of regulatory and supervisory frameworks. [Dr. Claudio Borio @ BIS], one could even say that “we are all macroprudentialists now”. And yet, a decade ago, the term was hardly used. What does it mean?
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july 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,
Anti-Hacking  Legislation  presidency  barackobama  cyber  war  Whistleblower  investigative  journalism  journalism  journalismus  Barrett  Brown  Aaron  Swartz  STEM  Career  Politicians  policy  error  policy  folly  NSA  CIA  surveillance  state  Orwellian  free  speech  freedom  of  press  Information  wants  to  be  free  Pressefreiheit  Meinungsfreiheit  white  hat  hacker  free  press  Checks  and  Balances  Separation  of  powers  democracy  accountability  Political  Governance  corporate  oversight  abuse  of  power  Foreign  Intelligence  Five  Eyes  GCHQ 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
The Cloud Conspiracy 2008-2014 [31c3] - YouTube
Deep packet inspection box at every data center/communication knot (USA)!? You can not trust American companies ... ... if it is in the interest of foreign affairs/policy/politics/economy of the USA, it is deemed important to gather, the information. Definition for surveillance, espionage, data collection, systems intrusion/hijacking to obtain foreign intelligence is very very broad. [...] If you have control over your date, and the encryption of it (sw, key, method, no backdoors possible) then you are on the save side. But computation is different, bc computing data needs to happen in plain text. There lies the vector of attack.
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event
In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data published in Science, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. [...] And while previous extinctions have been driven by natural planetary transformations or catastrophic asteroid strikes, the current die-off can be associated to human activity, a situation that the lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford, designates an era of "Anthropocene defaunation." // Book http://bit.ly/M47bEd "our own downfall at our own hands. Domino's are falling." - Guardian Series: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/series/sixth-extinction || http://bit.ly/1jzy1Ol Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Die Propagandaschlacht um die Gentechnik | EXCLUSIV IM ERSTEN | ARD - YouTube
- evolution ... unbeatable, weed killers become ineffective. and propaganda to make hunger and food poverty disappear is a PR/marketing crutch. >> no evidence that GMO crop is long-term more sustainable (using expensive GMO crop and expensive GMO related crop herbicides and pesticides) than EU conventional non-GMO crop agricultural policy (still monocrop agri culture). // +++ industrial agriculture policy has to GO AWAY FROM MONOCROP!!!
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Come my revolution, the apathetic will get their say | Marina Hyde | Comment is free | The Guardian
I can think of no single more achievable boost to our democracy than having a none-of-the-above box added to every 2015 ballot paper, and an amendment to media regulations insisting that the disaffected be formally represented in all TV studios and other forums in the runup to polling day. They may well be the biggest political demographic. At the time of writing, it was unclear how many people voted in the local and European elections, but one thing was crystal: the vast majority didn't. It doesn't look to have been a historically low showing, estimated at about 36%. But with predictions that next year's big one could rival the philosophically illegitimising depth of Labour taking 35% of a 61% turnout in 2005, how long should politicians be ethically permitted to ignore such a vast constituency? + http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26385554
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may 2014 by asterisk2a

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