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Hospital 'abused' vulnerable adults in Durham - BBC News
The 17-bed hospital is one of scores of such units in England that provide care for just below 2,300 adults with learning disabilities and autism. [...] Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, told Panorama: "On this occasion it is quite clear that we did not pick up the abuse that was happening at Whorlton Hall.

"All I can do is apologise deeply to the people concerned."

The Department for Health and Social Care said it treated allegations of abuse with the "utmost seriousness", but could not comment any further because of the police investigation.

Many are detained under the Mental Health Act.


The Panorama findings come eight years after abuse was uncovered at another hospital for people with learning disabilities, Winterbourne View, near Bristol.

After that programme, the then prime minister, David Cameron, promised the mistreatment of patients would never happen again.
NHS  Austerity  Privatisation  CQC  oversight  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  mental  health  CAMHS  Disabled  Autism  disability  learning  culture  dignity  humanity 
8 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Minister hits out at UK property firms over £200m cladding bailout | UK news | The Guardian
self-serving capitalism

Brokenshire’s plan immediately ran into internal opposition when Melanie Dawes, his most senior civil servant, said it was bad value for money for the taxpayer and regressively diverted money to richer parts of the population. She said: “The public benefits of the scheme do not outweigh the costs of this transfer … the proposal does not meet the normal tests of value for money.”
UK  bailout  capitalism  self-regulation  regulators  regulation  CON-servative  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party 
9 weeks ago 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 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Academisation rebellion: parents resist school takeovers | Education | The Guardian
Campaigners say there has been a shift in parents’ attitudes, with many now better informed about academisation and more willing to challenge decisions to take their community schools out of local authority control and hand them to private trusts.
UK  education  school  Privatisation  Academy  Trust  Austerity  accountability  oversight  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  Ofsted 
10 weeks ago 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
Zahnimplantate: Kleine Schraube, großes Problem - SPIEGEL ONLINE
medical supplies industry
&! - Government accepts 'debilitating' effects of medical implants Recognition that commercial interests had trumped patient safety follows Guardian exposé
&! - The Operation that Ruined My Life - BBC Panorama
medical  implants  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  oversight  transparency  registry  teeth  risk  Zahnimplantate  profit-maximisation  big  pharma  pharmaceutical 
february 2019 by asterisk2a
(185) Deutschland, Deine Döner - Was essen wir da eigentlich? | betrifft - YouTube
Phosphate im Essen = langzeit nierenschaden
Fake Doener
&! Die Fleischlüge: Warum Panscher nicht aufzuhalten sind - Frontal 21 | ZDF -
&! horse meat scandal
&! - Beef scare: Polish bad meat spreads to 11 EU states
&! - Die Tricks der Fleischindustrie
Gammelfleisch  Fleisch  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  public  health  profit-maximisation  phosphate  Food  risk  prevention  Zusatzstoffe  panschen  Lebensmittel  transparency  quality  scandal  meat  horsemeat 
february 2019 by asterisk2a
(2185) Der unsichtbare Feind - YouTube
60.000 newborns die from multi-resistance bacteria in India alone
"Wir haben uns entschieden die dreckingen dinge zu exportieren."
Das kommt wieder zurueck.
antibiotic  antibiotics  post-antibiotic  India  China  public  health  multi-resistance  bacteria  Superbug  evolution  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  profit  maximisation  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  globalisation 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Top US student loans official resigns over 'open hostility' from White House | US news | The Guardian
“You have used the bureau to serve the wishes of the most powerful financial companies in America,” Frotman wrote, addressing his letter to Mulvaney. “The damage you have done to the bureau betrays these families and sacrifices the financial futures of millions of Americans in communities across the country.” [...] The student loan office is not alone. Under Mulvaney, the bureau has scaled back its enforcement work and has proposed revising or rescinding all of the rules and regulations it put into place under the Obama administration.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  swamp  Brexit  self-regulation  regulation  deregulation  regulators  oversight  corruption  revolving  door 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
Recycled packaging 'may end up in landfill', warns watchdog - BBC News
The National Audit Office (NAO) says over half of the packaging reported as recycled is actually being sent abroad to be processed.

As a result, it says, the government has little idea of whether the recyclables are getting turned into new products, buried in landfill or burned.

While an illusion of success has been created by the UK’s system for recycling packaging, the NAO says, the reality may be quite different.
plastic  waste  recycling  accountability  oversight  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  China  sustainability  sustainable  pollution  Klimakatastrophe  climatecatastrophe 
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
Durham police chief calls for legalisation of cannabis in UK | Society | The Guardian
“The status quo is not tenable. It’s getting worse. Drugs are getting cheaper, stronger, more readily available and more dangerous. I have come reluctantly over the years to the conclusion that we need to regulate the market. If you can regulate the market you can make sure it’s old-fashioned cannabis – not skunk or spice.”
Marijuana  Cannabis  UK  War  on  Drugs  regulation  self-regulation 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Russian millions laundered via UK firms, leaked report says | World news | The Guardian
... and efforts to dampen business, white-collar crime, are blocked by nasty party Tories> Magnitsky clauses; &! - Govt just took unprecedented move of halting a bill committee- to avoid consideration of new measures to introduce Magnitsky clauses and tighten action vs money laundering. A new constitutional low, even for this govt! #McMafia #ParadisePapers
money  laundering  UK  London  governance  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  banking  tax  evasion  avoidance  capitalism  profit  maximisation 
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
The Carillion pension bungle raises this question: where was the oversight? | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian
There’s something amiss when a firm £5bn in debt, owing almost £1bn to its pensioners, and with just £29m in the bank is given a clean bill of health &! - The Pensions Regulator: a deficit of credibility Nils Pratley Nils Pratley The regulator may need more powers to intervene – but first it must use what capabilities it has
Carillion  pension  scheme  bailout  UK  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  governance  oversight  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  JAM  Theresa  May 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Impoverished healthcare at squalid Liverpool prison, report says - BBC News
Their decision to speak out, they say, was borne of a sense that senior management at the trust were not listening to concerns and hiding failings from regulators.
NHS  Prison  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  CQC  Austerity  rationing  Privatisation  UK  Whistleblower  excess  deaths 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Banker Leonhard Fischer über selbstzerstörerischen Finanzkapitalismus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Fischer: Die Globalisierung der Finanzmärkte besteht im Wesentlichen darin, dass die Amerikaner sich in ihrer eigenen Währung verschulden können und den Dollar so in die ganze Welt exportiert haben, um ihr riesiges Leistungsbilanzdefizit zu finanzieren. Ich habe als junger Banker bei J.P. Morgan selbst erlebt, wie die Investmentbanker in Scharen erst nach London flogen, dann nach Tokio und schließlich nach China, um Dollaranleihen für Schuldner aus den USA zu platzieren. Gleichzeitig investierten wir das Geld amerikanischer Fonds weltweit in Unternehmen und Immobilien. Ganz Amerika hat sich wie ein gigantischer Hedgefonds verhalten. So entstand die globale Finanzmarktmaschinerie, die in Wahrheit vor allem eine amerikanische ist.
Bitcoin  Dollar  fiat  currency  GFC  petro  WallStreet  Chomsky  neoliberal  neoliberalism  globalisation  globalization  China  IMF  USA  Empire  Capitalism  exploitation  economic  history  Blyth  Austerity  Chicago  liberalism  trust  oil  OPEC  petrodollar  Fed  bailout  self-regulation  money 
december 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
(4002) Russell Brand​ in conversation with Dr. Drew​ Pinsky at Live Talks Los Angeles - YouTube
turned from citizen into addicted selfish schnell denkende (Daniel Kahneman) consumers (superficial, enslaved, became addicted, enabling reinforcing class structure, subconscious influenced propaganda style (Adam Curtis) - trapped, fetishised, buying self-worth). -VS- service (and care) to yourself and others (permanent, sustainable, conscious).
addiction  self-medication  book  Consumer  Consumerism  Capitalism  corporatism  Exploitation  Happiness  coping  mechanism  Facebook  Newsfeed  Instagram  Selbstdarstellung  Alain  De  Botton  dopamine  sustainability  sustainable  Psychology  Sociology  Society  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Zivilcourage  Zivilgesellschaft  Austerity  poverty  trap  neuroscience  Amazon  Netflix  Apple  Google  gratification  Religion  Culture  mental  health  Depression  abuse  selfish  self-awareness  self-regulation  Superficial  waste  neoliberalism  well-being  self-worth  selfworth  self  worth 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Feinstaub: 400.000 vorzeitige Todesfälle jährlich in der EU - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wegen Feinstaub in der Luft sterben nach Darstellung der Europäischen Umweltagentur EEA jährlich rund 400.000 Menschen vorzeitig, davon 66.000 in Deutschland.
air  pollution  ecology  environment  public  health  crisis  chronic  inflammation  premature  ageing  death  sick  population  EU  Germany  European  Union  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  Diesel 
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
Cancer patients need more than survival | Fay Schopen | Opinion | The Guardian
A century after the rise of the Bolsheviks, the young are reading Karl Marx again // 60% of new cancer drugs no benefit to survival or QoL! yet developed, applied for trial, and by regulator prermitted
Cancer  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  NHS  NICE 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Brazil's worst month ever for forest fires blamed on human activity | World news | The Guardian
September saw more fires than any month on record, as experts say uptick is due to expansion of agriculture and reduction of oversight and surveillance //&! Researchers found that forest areas in South America, Africa and Asia – which have until recently played a key role in absorbing greenhouse gases – are now releasing 425 teragrams of carbon annually, which is more than all the traffic in the United States. -
Brazil  Amazonas  deforestation  wildfire  drought  Klimakatastrophe  Climatecatastrophe  global  warming  globalwarming  climatechange  climate  change  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  food–industrial  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  Soya  sustainability  sustainable  Cowspiracy  Palm  Oil 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Should the Government Bring Back Trust-Busting? - Room for Debate -
A de-concentration of economic power would lift up the middle class. Antitrust law was formerly used to reduce inequality, fight corruption and create a politically stable social contract all at once. [...] “Monopoly constitutes the death of capitalism and the genesis of authoritarian government.”
anti-trust  trust-busting  monopoly  oligarchy  oligopol  oligopoly  Super  Rich  bank  bailout  TBTF  lobby  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  revolving  door  vested  interest  groups  Workers  Rights  Union  Trade  globalisation  globalization  Exploitation  accountability  tax  evasion  avoidance  middle  class  Amazon  Google  Microsoft  Capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Facebook 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Assumed safety of widespread pesticide use is false, says top government scientist | Environment | The Guardian
“The effects of dosing whole landscapes with chemicals have been largely ignored by regulatory systems,” the scientists said. “This can and should be changed.” They contrast this situation with pharmaceuticals, for which there is a system of rigorous global monitoring after a drug is approved in case adverse effects emerge.

“Vigilance on the scale that is required for medicines does not exist to assess the effects of pesticides in the environment,” they said. They cite the UK as an example of one of the most developed regulatory systems: “Yet it has no systematic monitoring of pesticide residues in the environment. There is no consideration of safe pesticide limits at landscape scales.”
ecological  ecology  environment  Environmental  impact  public  health  water  air  pollution  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  WHO  glyphosate  Monsanto  vested  interest  organic  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic
Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones. [...] You might expect that teens spend so much time in these new spaces because it makes them happy, but most data suggest that it does not. [...] Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on nonscreen activities are more likely to be happy. There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness. // &! - Children consuming online time 'like junk food'
mental  health  addiction  self-medication  mobile  homescreen  Facebook  Twitter  coping  mechanism  chronic  stress  Depression  Millennials  instant  gratification  smartphone  attention  span  socioeconomic  Sociology  Soziologie  anxiety  escapism  Psychology  Gesellschaft  Generation  Generationy  Apple  Instagram  Snapchat  Kardashian  Celebrity  YouTube  childhood  parenting  screentime  screen-time  Happiness  self-help  self-awareness  self-regulation  Dopamine  Serotonin 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Is Britain's housing bubble turning Japanese? - Renegade Inc
Britain is in the grip of a housing crisis. But contrary to some Daily Mail speculators, the bricks and mortar economy is not going the way of Japan, circa 1990. Economist Neil Wilson explains why the same economic and political forces suppressing Japanese property prices will keep British prices artificially inflated for the foreseeable future. [...] The British building industry has heavily consolidated over the past twenty years, creating an Oligopoly [...] Britain is in the grip of a housing crisis. Yet successive governments have allowed this land speculation to flourish. Industry press releases deflect the blame to local council “red tape”, while sitting on thousands of hectares lying undeveloped “until market conditions improve”.
UK  free  market  Brexit  Housing  Crisis  Oligopol  affordable  social  Council  Austerity  Lobby  Competition  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Employment tribunal fees unlawful, Supreme Court rules - BBC News
Fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims have been ruled unlawful, and the government will now have to repay up to £32m to claimants.
The government introduced fees of up to £1,200 in 2013 to reduce the number of malicious and weak cases, but that led to a 79% reduction over three years.
Trade union Unison argued the fees prevented workers accessing justice.
The Ministry of Justice said the government would take immediate steps to stop charging and refund payments.
The Supreme Court ruled the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees.
UK  self-regulation  workers  trade  Union  rights  deregulation  regulation  capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  justice  No  Representation  Super  Rich  1%  10%  Oligarchy  Plutocracy 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Plans to ban leaseholds on new-build homes in England - BBC News
Traditionally houses have nearly always been sold as freehold properties, meaning the buyer owns the building and land it is built on outright. [leasholde enables to 1 artificially lower price w the intention to jack up later bc leasehold enables you to do that. ludicrous to think to actually buy house but not own the land it sits on. this leasehold practice is not even the tip of the iceberg of the housing crisis and bubble territory. the tip of the iceberg has to be regulation and consumer rights/protections. shoddy builds for outrageous amounts of money. anybody remember Grenfell tower? ] MPs have described the situation as a "national scandal" and the "PPI of the housebuilding industry".
UK  Housing  Crisis  PPI  profit  maximisation  malicious  loophole  exploitation  affordable  Generation  Rent  leasehold  freehold  self-regulation  regulation  tax  evasion  avoidance  land  price  Bubble  speculative  speculation  regulators 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW unter Kartellverdacht: Einmal Schrottpresse - SPIEGEL ONLINE
das Wort der Industrie kein Verlass ist. [...] Problem für die Branche, von der in Deutschland fast jeder siebte Arbeitsplatz abhängt. //&! - Die deutsche Autoindustrie hat sich seit den Neunzigerjahren in geheimen Arbeitskreisen über die Technik, Kosten, Zulieferer und sogar über die Abgasreinigung ihrer Dieselfahrzeuge abgesprochen. Das belegt eine Art Selbstanzeige, die der VW-Konzern nach Informationen des SPIEGEL bei den Wettbewerbsbehörden eingereicht hat. Es könnte einer der größten Kartellfälle der deutschen Wirtschaftsgeschichte werden. &!
Abgasskandal  VW  BMW  Audi  Mercedes  Diesel  CO2  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  European  Union  cartel  collusion  bribery  lobby  revolving  door  neoliberal  neoliberalism  capitalism  profit  maximisation  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  public  health  air  noise  pollution  Trust  governance  corporate  welfare  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  science  big  pharma  tobacco  pharmaceutical  vested  interest  Military–industrial  food–industrial  conglomerate  tax  evasion  avoidance  Glaubwürdigkeit  Journalism  journalismus  Absprache  Bundeskartellamt  Diesel-Gate  Abgas-Affäre  Porsche  Daimler  Dieselskandal 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Homebuyers desperate to know who really owns their freehold | Money | The Guardian
[ wild wild west ] A pass-the-parcel nightmare sees freeholds sold by major housebuilders to obscure companies which demand huge sums [... eg ] a fee charged without any material services provided [...] All the leaseholders who contacted Guardian Money are united in their frustration at finding out who is really behind the money extracted from them once their freehold is sold on.
Leasehold  freehold  land  value  tax  Housing  Crisis  Generation  Rent  Generationengerechtigkeit  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  exploitation  self-regulation  profit  maximisation  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Capitalism  evasion  avoidance  UK  regulation  regulators  Legal  Aid  LegalAid  underinvestment  Austerity  Eigentum  ownership  offshore  HMRC  corruption 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
(1928) Keiser Report: Financialized Economy (E1088) - YouTube
All the Plenary’s Men // tbtf is a protection racket!!! (FSB, SFO, systemic relevant banks) & laws - immunity from protection - protects people from prosecution. ... tbtf "global banking cartel" - they can to no wrong. more powerful than the gov. sovereign power.
HSBC  money  laundering  London  GFC  compliance  oversight  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  George  Osborne  benbernanke  FSB  BIS  BOE  centralbanks  SFO  fraud  UK  USA  ECB  systemic  White-collar  crime  banking  TBTF  toobigtofail  bank  bailout  Transparency  accountability  Russia  War  on  Drugs  corruption  lobby  tax  evasion  avoidance  terrorism  terror  ethics  governance  abuse  Military–industrial  complex 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Scottish food watchdog wants 'revolution' on food sales - BBC News
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) said Scottish obesity levels, currently 30%, were projected to rise to 40% by 2030. [...] "It is clear that a combination of measures will be needed overall to enable healthier eating. Regulation of promotions of high fat, salt and/or sugar food and drink within retail stores and out of home premises should be taken forward as a priority." [...] Previous research by FSS indicated about 50% of less healthy food choices are purchased on promotions. For healthier foods, the figure is about 30%.
UK  Scotland  overweight  obesity  chronic  sick  population  CVD  diabetes  inflammation  Cancer  NHS  health  care  demand  food–industrial  complex  Sugar  Tax  lobby  self-regulation  regulation  regulators 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
93% Of All Jobs "Created" Since 2008 Were Added Through The Birth/Death Model | Zero Hedge
Here are the details of how over 90% of the jobs created in the past decade were nothing more than a "statistical" adjustment in some BLS model. [...] Furthermore, self-employed persons as a percentage of the working age population and the number of jobs created by establishments less than one year old are also declining. [...] the multi-decade slowdown in new business formation. Further supporting the Harvard study findings, a Brookings Institution paper called “Declining business dynamism in the United States: a look at states and metros” shows that business formations slowed down and business deaths accelerated after the crisis of 2008 (below to the right). (( THE LOW HANGING FRUITS OF INNOVATION HAVE BEEN PLUCKED! + ECON WINNER TAKES ALL = COMPETITION ON PRICE )) [...] The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) seems to be alone in its belief that the entrepreneurial environment in the US is improving. We believe that the BLS has been artificially inflating the monthly payroll numbers via the birth and death adjustment. This overstatement is not trivial in nature – the adjustment added 30% of all jobs reported since 2010.
secular  stagnation  structural  underemployed  unemployment  UK  USA  immigration  working  poor  part-time  zero  hour  contract  economic  history  Precariat  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  GFC  recovery  innovation  winner  takes  all  oligopol  oligopoly  monopoly  self-regulation  statistics  accounting  fake  news  bank  bailout 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Diesel-Affäre: 38.000 Todesfälle durch erhöhten Stickoxid-Ausstoß - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Rund 38.000 Menschen sind einer Hochrechnung zufolge wegen nicht eingehaltener Abgasgrenzwerte bei Dieselfahrzeugen allein im Jahr 2015 vorzeitig gestorben. 11.400 dieser Todesfälle entfallen auf die EU, berichtet ein Forscherteam um Susan Anenberg von der Organisation Environmental Health Analytics (LLC) in Washington. Die Gesamtzahl vorzeitiger Todesfälle durch Stickoxide aus Dieselabgasen lag demnach für die weltgrößten Automärkte bei 107.600.
air  pollution  Diesel  NOx  public  health  economics  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  Germany  UK  European  Union  VW 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
BBC One - Rip Off Britain, Episode 9: Julia investigates the snags which can come with buying a new build
UK housing crisis. yet another report. due to the unmet demand and buyers willing to compromise. builders are not building properly, high-quality houses and flats. up and down the country! this is no one single incident. first-hand evidence. this is chronic across the industry! using carrier plastic bags for insulation is no mistake by the contractor nor builder. // lesson learned, get an independent surveyor before paying any money! // there are more consumer protection laws and right regarding a tin of beans than a build house. //
UK  industry  housing  crisis  capitalism  crony  profit  maximisation  consumer  protection  self-regulation 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Uniklinik Frankfurt: Gefährliche Keime auf Intensivstation gefunden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In der Uniklinik Frankfurt sind multiresistente Bakterien bei fünf Patienten nachgewiesen worden. Drei von ihnen sind mittlerweile tot - laut Klinik aber wegen anderer Grunderkrankungen. [...] Krankenhauskeime verursachen in Deutschland und vielen anderen Ländern große Probleme. In Europa sterben einer Studie zufolge mehr als 90.000 Patienten pro Jahr an Krankenhausinfektionen. Die Forscher gehen von jährlich rund als 2,6 Millionen Infektionen aus, die sich Menschen erst in einer Klinik zuziehen.
hospital  acquired  infection  antibiotics  NHS  public  health  economics  food–industrial  complex  McDonalds  lobby  Regulation  regulators  self-regulation  big  pharma 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
(187) It's Not You, Airlines Have Been Treating Everyone Poorly - YouTube
as competition goes away, quality declines. (Competition is for Losers by Peter Thiel ... still Peter Thiel thinks running an airline is not a great business to be in).
oligopol  oligopoly  neoliberalism  monopoly  neoliberal  lobby  profit  maximisation  dividends  competition  Peter  Thiel  Silicon  Valley  competitive  competitiveness  Innovation  conglomerate  Gewinnspanne  airline  industry  transportation  self-restraint  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  consumer 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
The Dark Side of Fast Food: Why Does It Make You Sick / Fat / Tired / Taste So Good (2001) - YouTube
manufactured industrial commodity / Eric Schlosser // food-industrial complex is focused on profit and margin. not sustainability. public health. individual health. climate change // fast food is americas highest spending item! // start w 1970's ... 80s in UK!
Processed  Food  Food–industrial  complex  Lobby  public  health  Standard  American  Diet  western  Urbanisation  USA  chronic  sick  population  Cowspiracy  climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  Fast  McDonalds  sustainability  pollution  obesity  overweight  CVD  Diabetes  care  demands  Consumerism  Consumer  Pop  Culture  Kultur  Advertising  PR  NHS  taxation  premature  death  Cancer  antibiotic  antibiotics  antitrust  Katel  poisoning  Cartel  GOP  Republicans  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  E.coli  revolving  door  Oligopoly  Oligopol  Duopoly 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Sell high calorie foods in plain packaging to beat obesity, says Brain Prize winner | Science | The Guardian Peter Dayan, Ray Dolan and Wolfram Schultz share €1m neuroscience prize for work unravelling the brain’s reward system Selling high calorie foods in plain packaging could help in the battle against obesity according to a leading researcher who has won a share of the most lucrative prize in neuroscience for his work on the brain’s reward system. The colourful wrapping and attractive advertising of calorie-rich foods encourage people to buy items that put them at risk of overeating and becoming obese in the future, said Wolfram Schultz, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. “We should not advertise, propagate or encourage the unnecessary ingestion of calories,” [ ... dopamine is released in anticipation of a reward, not just consumption of reward, thus seeing comfort food packaging and buying it, releases dopamine = walking into today's supermarket is dopamine rush for some, a high, irresistible, can not stop themselves from buying them 50/50 sugar/fat combos! ]
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Bill McKibben: Fighting Back on Climate Change | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - YouTube
Oklahoma became more seismic active than California. // Republicans created more than echo chamber. Own facts and truths. // Smashing heat records for 3 years in a row.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Republicans  EPA  pollution  environment  public  health  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  lobby  USA  fracking  Climate  Change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  coastal  erosion  soil  water  methane  Oil  rising  sea  levels  Florida  economic  damage  science 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Mario Draghi in der Kritik: "Die Geldpolitik macht den Kapitalismus kaputt" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Danach kamen die Übertreibungen am US-Immobilienmarkt, im Süden der Eurozone und auf den Rohstoffmärkten. Wir haben es mit einer Kette wandernder Blasen zu tun, die von der Geldpolitik getrieben werden. Die neue Blase bildet sich nie dort, wo zuvor die alte geplatzt ist. Die Regierungen reagieren auf einen Crash mit schärferen Regeln, aber die Spekulation ist ihnen immer einen Schritt voraus.
GFC  recovery  economic  history  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  ECB  BOE  Fed  USA  UK  Europe  European  Union  PIGS  secular  stagnation  household  debt  consumer  car  loan  student  credit  card  private  Austerity  IMF  OECD  Dodd-Frank  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  FSA  BaFin  speculation  speculative  ROI  productivity  output  gap  inflation  targeting  monetary  policy  fiscal  Schuldenbremse  Pact  inequality  capital  assets  gini  Coefficient  Super  Rich  1%  10%  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  bank  bailout  zombie  NPL 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt to consider merging health regulation bodies | Politics | The Guardian
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, is preparing to publish a consultation paper that could lead to the medical and nursing professions no longer having their own dedicated disciplinary bodies. [...] [ LIMITING LIABILITIES from suits/claims neglect malpractice discrimination ! instead claim of inefficiencies and less money. ] Department of Health sources say Hunt wants to improve public protection against the possibility of being harmed by poor professional practice and ensure that concerns about the poor performance of health professionals is dealt with quickly and proportionately. Ministers are determined to reform what they see as the unwieldy and confusing set-up under which different types of health staff each have their own regulator. For example, the General Medical Council regulates Britain’s 281,000 doctors and the Nursing and Midwifery Council performs the same role for about 600,000 nurses and midwives.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Brex and the City – Brexit podcast | Politics | The Guardian
BREXIT SENDS SIGNAL YOU ARE NOT WELCOME. // Financial Services 70bn for Treasury (Philip Hammond), not including the english law services, (international) consulting, and all the contractors, shops, consumption coming from good salaries. London is biggest exporter, if ther would be no London, trade deficit £ would be twice as big. //
Brexit  London  Philip  Hammond  current  account  deficit  trade  banking  financial  services  passporting  rights  BOE  FSA  regulation  self-regulation  GFC  economic  history  FDI  underinvestment  regulators  bank  bailout 
february 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.
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Inquiry launched into UK gender laws amid fears over Brexit effect | World news | The Guardian
[ one particular NHS already breaking EU overtime work directive ] Areas of equality law to be examined include measures to guarantee equal pay, protection for part-time workers and during pregnancy, and combating so-called intersectional discrimination, where someone faces potential disadvantage for not just their gender but another area, for example race or religion. [...] While the government had promised to protect equality and the rights of workers following departure from the EU, Smethers said, the concern was that some protections could be lost almost inadvertently amid wider changes. [...] “The real worry we’ve got is that those kind of assurances are actually quite superficial, and they are probably a second order commitment compared to the need to secure a competitive economy, and how we compete if we’re outside the trading bloc,” Smethers said. &! Sports Direct, JD Sports -
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Is chlorinated chicken about to hit our shelves after new US trade deal? | Environment | The Guardian
[ corn syrup as sweetener everywhere, GMO, growth hormones, chlorinated chicken, industrial mass farming, environmental protections, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, Monsanto, CHLORINE CHICKEN AND ACID-WASHED MEAT, HORMONE AND ANTIBIOTIC GROWTH PROMOTERS, ANIMAL BYPRODUCTS FED BACK TO LIVESTOCK ] And as their multi-ingredient products don’t have to list the country of origin of individual ingredients, there would be no sure way of avoiding eating milk or meat produced to less exacting US standards, unless you never ate processed food.
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Naomi Klein on Trump Election: "This is a Corporate Coup d’État" - YouTube
Hillary's low voter turn-out. compared to Obama enthusiasm, gave it Trump. // Trump not republican, not ideolog, trump testing what will keep him in office (things might escalate). But Cabinet is Trump and Republican conspiracy. // "This is a Corporate Coup d’État" Cabinet picks are panic picks in part, to hold back progressive policy in west (regulating banks, pollution etc etc) ... next 100 days in favour of the SWAMP //&! ie shredding Net Neutrality - Meet The Man Who Might Kill The Internet - - FCC appointment Ajit Pai. - if you are a corporatists, you want to limit competition, the small players coming up from down there ...
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism
bush on steroids // Shock Doctrine // [taking advantage/exploit self-created crisis and shocks] To get a sense of how the Trump administration will respond to their first crises, it’s worth reading the list in full (and noting Pence’s name right at the bottom).

What stands out in the package of pseudo “relief” policies is the commitment to wage all-out war on labor standards and on the public sphere — which is ironic because the failure of public infrastructure is what turned Katrina into a human catastrophe. Also notable is the determination to use any opportunity to strengthen the hand of the oil and gas industry.

The first three items on the RSC list are “automatically suspend Davis-Bacon prevailing wage laws in disaster areas,” a reference to the law that required federal contractors to pay a living wage; “make the entire affected area a flat-tax free-enterprise zone”; and “make the entire region an economic competitiveness zone (comprehensive tax incentives and waiving of regulations).”
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexit: Boris Johnson warns against 'punishment beatings' - BBC News
And HSBC announced it was preparing to move 1,000 staff from London to Paris when the UK leaves the EU. [...] Guy Verhofstadt said there was 'no way' the UK could pick and choose aspects of the EU [...] German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "The be-all and end-all is that Europe does not let itself be divided, and we will ensure that with very intensive contacts.'' EU governments would consult their business sectors, she added, and she was "not worried that we will not stick together". [...] The Financial Times praises the prime minister's "bold vision" but warns that the road ahead will be perilous. [...] At Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Corbyn urged Mrs May to "stop her threat of a bargain basement Brexit, a low-paid tax haven on the shores of Europe".
He added: "It won't necessarily damage the EU but it would certainly damage this country." [...] Mrs May told MPs: "What I set out yesterday was a plan for a global Britain, bringing prosperity to this country and jobs to people and spreading economic growth across this country." [...] "not just nasty but also blind to reality".
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
A UK trade deal with Trump? Be careful what you wish for | Politics | The Guardian
A big fear during the TTIP negotiations was that US insurers and health providers would undermine the NHS by pressing for open access to the UK “market” in medical care. “A rushed trade deal with Trump may give ministers cover for their dangerous Brexit strategy but it will not hide the risk that this could be a Trojan horse for NHS privatisation,” warned the shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth on Monday.
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Bird flu alert as duck in Llanelli found to be infected - BBC News
so, the feces theory could be true. >> " Restrictions were imposed across Britain to keep birds indoors after the disease came to light across Europe, the Middle East and north Africa. " but waste and feces is strewn across outside on dumps and fields. then picked over by birds of all kinds. industry does not check all birds being imported from across the world and the cages for transport. thus! lack of self-regulation and regulators.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
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