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'It feels like a wilfully ignored secret': how commentators painted Stoke-on-Trent all wrong | UK news | The Guardian
(career) politician placards and journalists (headline grabbing) can only tell one-line slogan stories. ... for "ordinary people" there is just no space. and they can't make space for them. [...] Not many of these accounts left any room for complexity, nor any recognition of Stoke’s collective push for regeneration and revival, and plenty of local people greeted them with a mixture of anger and anxiety. [ also sold out to professional class, the ascendent as on the other side of the pond ]
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Universities minister announces sale of student loan book | Education | The Guardian
[ corporatists/banks will neg lower price than actual/current value. Bc (1) inflation (2) no-repayments/delayed repayment/default (3) lower repayment rates in future than expected bc of econ. et al. Tories selling gov assets at firesale prices because of its fetish w the deficit caused by the bank bailout. ] But Hillman raised concerns about whether the sale would result in taxpayers getting value for money, saying: “We saw in Gordon Brown’s sale of the government’s gold and also in Vince Cable’s sale of Royal Mail how hard that is to achieve and how controversial it can be if the price paid comes to seem too low.

“Ministers will say the underlying legislation only allows sales that are good value for money, but it takes time to know if that has happened in practice.”
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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. // http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Pages/authorisations/passporting/default.aspx
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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
Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop's Victorian Benefits
An entertaining, provocative film in which Ian explores the colourful history behind one of the most explosive issues of our times - welfare: who deserves to be helped, and who doesn't. [... ] all hate, no heart. just spreadsheets. at Whitehall, no 11. [...] Benefit Street = victorian freak show/circus of curiosities [...] writing about others, "othering" them. demonising them or putting them on pedestals, making them saints. [...] IDS "a single mother wo aspiration is a product of the system" would correct that, a product of her environment (society) [ie gentrification - poor living w poor door to door. and everyone is looking down on them.].
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016 shows Osborne's failure on debt, surplus, GDP
// higher in-work poverty
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
'Graph of Doom' warning to Highland councillors
deprived areas have low tax base to fund welfare and social care, and w demographic bubble, less income tax receipts. this is a double whammy to fund demand of babyboomers. // In a paper to councillors, officers quote research such as a London borough council's "Graph of Doom" showing the effect of spending cuts on services.
The Highland officials also make reference to political commentators describing a period of "perma-austerity" for local government.
They recommend that the council reviews its priorities.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith: the latest MP to pretend council cuts are not his fault | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ comparing gov budget and council budgets to the liking of a company or household! ] [ Iain Duncan Smith ] My only advice to local council[s] is that if you get the balance right, you should be able to manage this in a way that is not headline news – doing it with better efficiency. It is like any company, [ ... /// ... ] In the case of Enfield, which has had to make savings of £118m since 2010 – 49% in real terms according to a council spokeswoman – Duncan Smith’s proclamations are an affront. [...] Duncan Smith’s ill-informed pontifications, Taylor says, are an exercise in power without responsibility
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Prisons overhaul to be announced by David Cameron - BBC News
He will say the "failure" of the current system, with its high reoffending rates and levels of violence, is "scandalous". He is expected to announce prison governors will be given more say over how jails spend their money. [ BUT NOT MORE MONEY AS A WHOLE TO PREVENT, INTERVENE, REINTEGRATE and this was not in the Manifesto ] [...] "Not everyone shows remorse and not everyone seeks redemption. "But I also strongly believe that we must offer chances to change; that for those trying hard to turn themselves around, we should offer hope; that in a compassionate country, we should help those who've made mistakes to find their way back onto the right path." [...] "Prisons are currently violent and overcrowded. As such, they fail everyone: victims, the public, staff and prisoners themselves. [...] outgoing chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales said prisons were "as bad as you could possibly imagine". [...] conditions in adult prisons had deteriorated over the past five years.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Aberdeen and Edinburgh highlighted in city economies report - BBC News
No Scottish cities were in the top 10 for "low-wage, high-welfare" economies. The 2016 report - described as a "health check" for the 63 largest UK cities - focused on Chancellor George Osborne's vow to build a "higher wage, lower welfare" economy, as set out in the Summer Budget 2015. >> It argued that nearly a million new jobs had been created in cities since 2010 - but that the average salary had also dropped by £1,300 per resident. 'High-wage, low-welfare' << [...] The think tank said the two areas' ability to attract high-skilled jobs - in the oil and professional services industries for example - was the key to their success. It argued that cities with high wages had seen faster jobs growth, with employment rising by 10% since 2010, compared with 3% in low-wage cities. [...] [ Housing Crisis across the country thus ] increased housing benefit payments.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Börsenabsturz in China: Der Kontrollverlust - Kommentar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Börsen-Crash in China ist Symptom eines fundamentalen Wandels: Um den Wohlstand zu erhalten, muss die Regierung immer mehr Kontrolle abgeben. Die Allmacht der kommunistischen Partei gerät ins Wanken.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Why hospitals are under so much pressure - BBC News
3/4 of NHS budget is spend on long-term chronic conditions. ie 10% Diabetes (where Type 2 is lifestyle and can be reversed, and Type 1, its effects, can be reduced w lifestyle changes). // A bottomless pit because the trajectory is up. up. not sideways. not down. up. and up. and up. and up.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
A radical shift in thinking on mental health issues | Letters | Society | The Guardian
We need a radical shift in our understanding, to put bipolar and other chronic mental health conditions on a par with conditions like cancer and heart disease – where science has been put to work to transform care, improve treatments and save lives. [...] An additional key question, though, is what sort of mental health services do we want access to? Rather than more of the same, we seek a wider choice of therapies than the current dominant model of short-term, cognitive behavioural counselling. There is a need for inpatient treatment when in crisis, as well as user-led community services that can keep individuals out of crisis. And we also need to recognise the wider context. Mental distress increases through the increasing despondency and inequalities of austerity-led economic policies. [...] NHS Scotland spends just 8.6% of its total funding treating mental health problems; in England and Wales the figure is 11.9%.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Spending Review: Schools to get 'fair funding' formula - BBC News
Plans to redress differences in school funding across England are expected to be outlined in the Autumn Statement. [ fair funding but not more funding, duh, but will spin/frame it as more funding ] &! bbc.in/1X7t0pz - School budgets face a likely fall of 8% per pupil due to rising costs during the next five years. //&! MPs present fairer school funding petitions to Commons - bbc.in/1YHhJd4
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Mental health equality call gets high profile backing - BBC News
The government increased overall mental health funding to £11.7bn in 2014/15. But Mr Lamb said people with mental ill health "don't get the same right to access treatment on a timely basis that everyone else gets". He called it a "historic injustice." His son was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder at the age of 15 and Mr Campbell has spoken about his battle with depression. Inequality in care The NHS became officially responsible for ensuring the standard of care for the mentally ill was equal to that of physically ill people in 2012. In the spring, the government pledged an extra £1.25bn largely for children's mental health over the next five years. [...] It also introduced the first waiting time targets in mental health, guaranteeing treatment within 18 weeks. But the campaign says not enough has been done to address a continuing inequality in care standards and funding. [...] The life expectancy for people with mental health problems remains 20 years lower ...
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Isn't Your Body More Important Than Your Home? - YouTube
'general welfare', 'collective good' //&! youtu.be/7oXPWWDgaoo - The Myths & Lies Exposed in the GOP Debate - Carly Fiorina: Crony Capitalism = Big Goverment supporting tbtf/tbtj corporations? << POSITIONING. Blaming it on Big Government, that corporations feel they need to get bigger. LOL &! RT is not only one calling out Carly Fiorina - http://crooksandliars.com/2015/10/cnn-confronts-carly-fiorina-her-factless
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 Town Hall Seattle - YouTube
Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. Capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution! // Revolutions are internal affairs w different dynamic. All succesful revolutions are fundamentally non-violent. No revolution is successful until sizable internal protection/security defects (Whistleblower et al) and refuses to fight for the discredited regime/plutocracy/oligarchy/Elite/Super Rich/1%/Corporation/crony capitalism/tax evasion/tax avoidance and joins the revolution. // Living in truth & speaking the truth to power. Pulling people into the streets & discrediting the status quo. Dont pit people against each other. Essay. The power of the powerless // If we do not break it. We & our children have no future!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: September 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
Private Education (Charter Schools) that get public money, without the public being involved in decision-making how to spend that public money ... were outlawed/illegal, by Seattle Judges 6-2. //&! Tax exception of universities. Yale (4th richest uni of USA with 20bn in endowments) is being subsidized by people of the 7th poorest state. no property tax (largest land owner & employer in New Haven (Connecticut)). Public Services (Fire, Police, Hospitals) & Infrastructure. //&! min 41 Greg Mankiw: carbon tax would discriminate (burden too much) the middle class & poor with no wage growth last 30 yrs in disposable income vs corporates, well off, Super Rich, 1%. Rebuttal: tax more progressively those who can afford it. The crux of a carbon tax & tobin tax, setting it nationally, corporate lobby that it "will" be anti-competitive. Destroy Jobs. // 47:35 Science & Money. 1:09:20 Hegemony 1:22:20 public transport, US dogma; THE CAR! Committed 2 Private Free Enterprise. << Ideology. LA traffic
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Food banks have become a lifeline for many, but where is the way out? | Patrick Butler | Society | The Guardian
Back in September 2012, however, when Bestwood and Bulwell food bank opened, Webster did not expect to be hugely busy, confidently believing it could be “run out of a cupboard”. What happened next was terrifying: the initial trickle of referrals turned into a flood, triggered by what Webster calls “downright poverty”. After a year, volunteers were “on their knees” (though they are on their feet again now, he adds), battered not only by the sheer weight of demand, but by the shocking specificity of the deprivation and injustice they encountered: the food bank client who was sanctioned by the jobcentre (had her benefits stopped) for not attending a job search interview even though she told them she was in hospital having chemotherapy; a woman client who asked if the food bank gave out tampons; she had no money and had been forced to use newspaper instead. It troubles him that so much of their work is, on the face of it, due to avoidable failures in state provision, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's most expensive city facing 'catastrophe' - BBC News
shortage of supply = unaffordable = nobody can afford to live there, work there, study there. or have to commute from out of town for 1 hour or more. // this is not only a problem in Oxford. NHS Grampian has problems of recruiting because unaffordable house prices and rents pushed up by Oil Industry and the lack of new housing. Same for teaching jobs. // all the while building companies make pumper profits and even skirt around the edges to lower the ratio of social and affordable housing they have to provide with each new big project. its in their interest, if prices were to fell, they would make less money. so they build not enough to keep up with demand at all. and not enough so each new builds profit rises because of risen demand and people willing to pay more for the same house or flat from previous year or two or three despite no real improvement in the build technically/energy efficiency wise/or architecture wise - modern, wide open, big windows. //
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
SNP conference: John Swinney to give Scottish councils business rate powers - BBC News
[ so who is actually going to pay tax? to repair roads, winder service, replace street lights, clean the city, police, NHS, ... to fund councils budgets that are already deep in the red and are cut further over the next 5 years. Public libraries, pools, social care, etc etc. dismantling britian. framing it as job creator. as if tax cuts create demand! lol. its a race to the bottom. ] Colin Borland, the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) head of external affairs in Scotland, said it was good news that cutting the cost of doing business was "at the heart of the deputy first minister's message". He said: "If used appropriately, these powers could give local economies a welcome boost and it will be interesting to see how many hard-pressed councils will be able to take advantage of them." UK Chancellor George Osborne has promised local authorities in England more flexibility over business rates by 2020.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Lord Ashcroft 'not settling scores' with David Cameron book - BBC News
"If this was just a revenge job, Lord Ashcroft & I could have published it before the election." bbc.in/1V5Rl94 CoAuthor Isabel Oakeshott //&! bbc.in/1FpIfC4 - Ashcroft quits the House of Lords //&! Ashcroft & Cameron - an inevitable end? Two powerful men need each other, and then one of them becomes more powerful, and doesnt need the other anymore. [...] [book] looks a lot like revenge. [...] The Conservatives needed him, as all political parties need money, & between 2002/11 he gave more than £5m. [ those who want leadership position/power, ie Cameron, are & will be never great leaders when history judges them ] - bbc.in/1MEYLko bit.ly/1LrS8QP bit.ly/1MEppd0 bit.ly/1PktP6A bit.ly/1gH7wvI bit.ly/1NHFptp &! So Cameron was young & reckless. Lucky he wasnt young, reckless & poor - bit.ly/1Oqc8Fg bit.ly/1j3nRwJ bit.ly/1LIGEnD bit.ly/1V6xSoy - Cameron is part of a select group of people to whom different rules apply, and he knows it, [like evryone else in Britain [dubbed Hameron scandal].
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Soziale Gerechtigkeit und Wachstum: Deutschland mittelmäßig - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wie gut gelingt es Staaten, eine nachhaltige Wirtschaftspolitik mit sozialer Gerechtigkeit zu vereinen? Deutschland landet in einer Studie des Weltwirtschaftsforums nur im Mittelfeld. Vor allem das Steuersystem schneidet schlecht ab. // &! bit.ly/1K7qKCb - Erbschaft!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Vince Cable: ‘Historically, the coalition will be seen as a success’ – interview | Politics | The Guardian
[A] look at the post-crash global economy, is the first fruit of that freedom. After toeing the line for five years, he can go public with his criticisms of chancellor George Osborne’s handling of the economy. He warns that the emphasis on consumption rather than investment, the continuing reliance on house price inflation as the driver of growth, the decline in productivity and innovation mean fundamental problems are not being addressed. He is also the first minister to lift the lid on the coalition: we learn the Tories could be likable colleagues but “collectively appalling, with ugly tribal prejudices”; that Osborne and David Cameron were unable “to move Theresa May an inch”; that Osborne’s Treasury effectively controlled government, with a hands-off Cameron; and that, in Cable’s view, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander were too accepting of the Treasury line. [...] [ Cameron the PR man, being in office for the sake of just being in Office ] &! bit.ly/1KROBLk
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Dan Ariely: Why The Next Market Downturn May Quickly Become A Full-Blown Panic - YouTube
free self-regulated market where winner take all - creates adverse outcomes. //<< Book - The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good by Robert H. Frank - Competition can be devastating if it is about winner take all !!! - youtu.be/hmbfK​DvDrJI - via Dan Ariely // // !!! QE - reflate - hope and pray confidence will come back and economy roars back to health. did not happen. // poverty trap // trend continues w inequality, // post-racial America // inability to get out of bad situation // under banked, payday loan // studies have shown, Americans imagine/think of their countries more equal and just than Sweden // (1) create new financial institution, retail banking serving people (not making 15% profit p/a to give it to share holders even demanding more) like Sparkassen // (2) reform education // (stop damaging) narrative of invisible hand - getting the best out of people // national identity // sense of agency !!!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Is austerity working in Britain and Europe? - YouTube
youtu.be/YIg3Ls8UjMs - youtu.be/EpSmOBIZKus - (2014) The UK is having a moral disaster: Peter Hitchens on Britain's bleak future (talks about Conservative Party, Cameron is a PR man - exemplary Career Politician just wanting to be in office. out brake of riots in Summer 2011 similar to Brixton Riot "not being part of society", "multiculturalism is no culture" (shared identity and interest as nation) // --- // Chancellor defends austerity from Davos (2013) - youtu.be/nQZDDIVjbcM // (2015) Protesters gather after Queen's speech to 'fight austerity' - youtu.be/ERL0tEzVVqE // &! End Austerity March: thousands protest across the UK - youtu.be/-Yg8QaeBdNs
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jobseeking Surrounded By Fictions, Myths And Convenient Narratives | Welfare Weekly
It is worth remembering that the origin of the social welfare payments by the state was to stop these kinds of moral judgements being made about a deserving and an undeserving poor. The state officially supports the stereotype of sympathy for the ‘deserving poor’ and scorn for the near criminality on the part of ‘scroungers’. [...] unemployed people are forced to drink this [Tories] cool-aid or face destitution. [...] Underlying all this is the deeper fiction that individuals are responsible for their own state of unemployment. [...] There is a broader change in the world of work, - neo-liberalism - whereby the rules developed at the height of the industrial revolution are now fully circumvented by employers [...] transfer the risk and responsibility around labour from the organisation (and state - ie keeping national workforce competitive through various means of education) to the individual. [...] leading 2 lowest common denominator regulation. [short-term, price fight, dereg]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Row breaks out over benefit cuts 'suicide watch' claims - BBC News
The SNP and Labour have hit out over claims that frontline benefits staff are getting guidance on how to deal with claimants threatening suicide. The Sunday Herald reported that the advice has been given to Scottish Department for Work and Pensions staff. The SNP said it highlighted the "devastating impact" of benefit cuts and sanctions, while Labour said cuts were hitting the vulnerable. The DWP said staff can refer claimants for support and this was "nothing new". The guidelines for call centre staff are designed to help staff deal with unsuccessful applicants for Universal Credit who are threatening to self-harm or take their own life, the newspaper reported. [...] "That the UK government are issuing suicide guidance to their frontline staff is an acknowledgement by them of the devastating impact of their social security cuts on people's lives - it's not new guidance they need, it's a new approach." [...] [We are all in this together.] [But, sense of everyone for him/herself. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
Who Will Own the Robots? - We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that technology creates? // BY MARTIN FORD - The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them BY JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ &! Inequality: What Can Be Done? BY ANTHONY B. ATKINSON &! The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies BY ERIK BRYNJOLFSSON AND ANDREW MCAFEE // &! Paul Krugman - “A lot of what’s happening [in income inequality] is not just the gods of technology telling us what must happen but is in fact [due to] social constructs that could be different.” - gov policy, corporate policy (ie 4-day work week and 6-hour days because productivity and profit margin do allow for that, and more brings diminished returns etc etc but will that go down well with Wall Street?)
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne will spend more than ever. Don’t be fooled by his ‘40% cuts’ | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
The chancellor is not cutting the cost of the public sector – he just wants a different one. But even then, expect costs to balloon // he wants to outsource services with an aim to save money. but as the welfare reform has showed, this often does not save money, does not increase efficiencies, and actually cost in terms of (quality and speed of) service delivered to tax payer - what they paid for - compared to in-house solutions. Offshore companies do bid low to get contract, save on every corner, on staff pay, and incentivize employees with bonuses targeted towards short-term goals and no shared economic interest. After all its a corporate entity with profit maximization in mind and shareholder value in mind - only!
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Draw up 40% cuts plans, George Osborne tells Whitehall departments - BBC News
The Treasury said "large savings" would be required of unprotected departments, which have been asked to model two scenarios: of 25% and 40% cuts to their budgets by 2020. The BBC's economics editor Robert Peston said what was being proposed would require a reinvention of some services taken for granted by the public. Mr Osborne has already unveiled £12bn of welfare savings plus £5bn of tax avoidance prevention measures - which together with the £20bn of departmental spending cuts make up the £37bn figure earmarked to get government finances back in the black. [...] "It is incredibly bad economics to compare household finances and state finances." "This is the stuff of public-service reinvention, not efficiency." bbc.in/1TOnEdG [...] Spending limits will be set for government departments, which will also be asked to examine the way they manage their assets and consider privatisation and contracting out where necessary. [
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Joseph Stiglitz: It’s Time to Get Radical on Inequality - YouTube
Nobel laureate Stiglitz, author of The Price of Inequality and The Great Divide, studies the forces driving inequality and what is at stake if it continues. In his view, bad economic thinking deserves part of the blame — fanciful ideas like trickle-down and the notion that economists should try to increase the size of the economic pie and let the politicians worry about distribution. On the contrary, Stiglitz sees distribution as a problem economists must confront. He warns that an economic system that doesn’t raise standards of living for most Americans is a failure. [...] monopoly rent = too big to fail/tbtf (bailout) == cost to society/economic damage == where was antitrust!? monopolies are less productive & costly eventually in the long-term. rent exploitation through lobby! [...] this is bad for everyone, rising inequality, lower inequality is an econ multiplier // &! The Great Divide with Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich - youtu.be/e3aJxy9tA-w &! youtu.be/U-oEjFKCp00 NEET
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Inequality and the Challenge of Employment - New Economic Thinking - YouTube
intrinsic motivation, fairness, social animal - social comparison (is encoded into the brain) - status anxiety // self-interest mostly wins over ethics/moral values? // trust between principle & agent // org structure and inventive - ie bonus variable attracts more selfish people and risk takers // justice and fairness is critically important - not only in orgs but also democracies //&! Natural rate theory (equilibrium) - service sector jobs (unskilled manual labour jobs) w minimum wage and not higher. and flexible wages with no minimum wage (USA) create working poor/inequality. institutional change - economists are not just analysts they also affect policy makers (think tanks). // austerity hurts equality/social mobility = economic long-run damage to potential (thus output gap and productivity loss) - lack of supply of able workforce to create added value products & services. trickle-down not helping. //&! tax code unfair, lower capital gains tax than on earned (labour) income
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Who Will Pay? Austerity vs. Bailouts | Greece, Europe and The Euro! - YouTube
have to be held accountable >> bankers! but have not, just transfered private debt/losses onto public balance sheet which no has to paid down by the weakest of society and collectively by less public investment for the future (output gap/lower productivity) ie into infrastructure and education // stealing from the young // policy making by comfort and trinkets - George Osborne // moral hazard - the options they choose - paulson geithner summers and co made the tbtf and jail even worse! instead should have chosen partial privatization // sold off our future for keeping the gangsters "private" - get out of jail free card for what reason? because it would be not American? American means to be WALL STREET crony capitalistic greed with tax evasion and lobbying to the tunes of millions - your judge - that judges on you whether you get a free out of jail card?! // who will suffer in the end? the public and the weakest of society and unborn! period. long-term. // &! youtu.be/EmHYeGI0b_U
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Resistance is not enough – we need a whole new political vision | Zoe Williams | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ trying to pit the weak and squeezed against the weaker, on the the dole, and bread line and disadvantaged (born into extreme poverty) ] // The budget took us further down a vindictive, regressive path. But we don’t have to toe the government’s line – we need to decide how we want society to look // [ Book owen Jones - The Establishment ] // [ cutting away left and right, even those things which help long-term creating opportunity - eduction policy, vocational education, (Student Maintenance Grant) social services, mental health and well being ... ] [...] To attack first entails retaking the language, so that we aren’t constantly battling on the territory of “common sense” that has already been demarcated and controlled by someone else. Professor Danny Dorling, at the British Library’s weekend conference on London, had this suggestion, in the wake of Osborne’s appropriation of the phrase “living wage”. [ Same with re-appropriating child poverty targets ] [ intellectual scum ]
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Cameron’s monkeys are feasting on the BBC’s nuts | Comment is free | The Guardian
‘The culture secretary, a massive fan of torture porn, had strung the director general over a meat hook and spat into his face while dressed as an old woman’ Culture secretary John Whittingdale. [...] In January 2014, when a critically endangered water lily was stolen from Kew Gardens, the former Conservative MP Louise Mensch tweeted on her Twitter, “Got to say what’s the point? Ordinary plant hardly worth saving.” The Conservatives can’t even see the point of flowers. It’s asking a lot to expect them to see the point of the BBC. It doesn’t even attract bees.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Newsnight - 08/07/2015
"Comprehensive analysis of the Budget with Evan Davis and guests." // During the election David Cameron said child tax credit/benefit was off the list of welfare spending cuts. - broken election campaign promise // --- SHOULD BE (Labour Party Policy for next election):: make work pay and eliminate child poverty AND help people (everyone) w education and support to find better and more gainful work that lift them and the economy by producing added value products. // no path to higher wages, no path to higher productivity, no path to added value British Products export increase (manufacturing, research, STEM, ...) // low wage jobs have no to very little economic multiplier ... take into account tax credits etc and it is net-negative for state and the council //
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015: The return of Tina - BBC News
Tina, it would appear, is back. Forgotten Tina? The acronym for There Is No Alternative? Regularly cited by Margaret Thatcher? Thatcher? Oh, come on, it hasn't been that long since the Tories were in sole command of the UK. [ // history rhymes; Angela Merkel and her "Alternativlos." = There is No Alternative. ] George Osborne set out quite deliberately in a range of ways to suggest that there is no effective or realistic alternative to his approach. [...] It is aimed over their heads at the voters. Mr Osborne is seeking to suggest that there is a remorseless logic to his package, that only the ingrate or innumerate would oppose it.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015: SNP says Osborne 'taking from the poor' - BBC News
Budget 2015: SNP says Osborne 'taking from the poor'. George Osborne has been accused of being the "high priest of an austerity cult" after he set out plans to cut the welfare budget by £12bn. [...] The SNP said Mr Osborne was "taking from the poor, giving to the rich". Scottish Labour said it was a "bad budget for working families, our most vulnerable and our young people". [...] But the Chancellor said his Budget was designed to take Britain "from a low wage, high tax, high welfare economy, to the higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country we intend to create". [ only economic industrial policy will help/incentivize to create jobs that add value - vs no multipliers in the service sector jobs (minimum wage jobs, just scrapping by, no sizable disposable income/discretionary spending) ] << "Same old Tory Budget" bbc.in/1dMStiI
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne forces BBC to pay for over-75s' TV licences | Media | The Guardian
+ the short-fall from people not paying TV licence because they don't watch live TV, only catch-up on the iPlayer (loophole) // bit.ly/1KLEiJo - BBC supporters say funding deal will cause cuts to jobs and services [...] “So sad to see the government’s demonising of the BBC. Best in the world at what it does, the BBC is a British success story.” [...] [estimates of cut up to 12%] [...] “awful” and “quick and dirty deal” [...] “It feels as if the BBC had a gun to their head and chose to get shot in the leg instead. It is bound to lead to cuts in jobs, services and quality. It could well mean the end of free TV licences for the elderly.” [...] a bullying backroom deal over a couple of days. //&! bit.ly/1CmmWzM - It’s hard fighting in the digital age, but picking up the tab for free pensioner TV licences is a perilous choice &! bit.ly/1LR9nuv
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Tory budget plan to cut tax credits – is it naive or just plain cynical? | Politics | The Guardian
[// If the Toff thinks firms will pay living wage & will not try to skirt around, he is intellectually a fraud & a cynic. //] [...] [P]roclaiming his renewed determination 2 take 12bn more out of the 220bn benefits bill, Osborne is being dishonest in an Alex Salmond sort of way. He & Dave have again ringfenced the £95bn pensioners share of the bill (state pensions plus perks like free TV licences), which is by far the largest component. Why? Pensioners bother to vote. They also retain the quaint old habit of buying newspapers. The Tory newspapers support pensioner perks. [ No Leadership, opportunistic, ... ] &! bit.ly/1KIQ4Tg Greek turmoil offers Osborne justification for his dictum of austerity [...] UK Manufacturing just 10% of Economy, oil capital shrinking, &! We are all in this together ... he pits each against each other for his agenda, ideology, dogma of the small state &free market while bailing out crony capitalism &zombie banks &treating them all same as if nothing happened
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015: Why are we having another Budget? - BBC News
bbc.in/1HE4ll1 - Budget July 2015: BBC editors on what to expect // Chancellor George Osborne's Budget is to confirm the end of inheritance tax on family homes worth up to £1m. - bbc.in/1C9uzJH &! Further loss of social housing by selling remaining stock at a discount - bbc.in/1GXACNp by
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
"We want the NHS to fight with us, not against us" - Newsnight - YouTube
>> research into medicine combating rare diseases need to be subsidized by conglomerate of countries - ie WHO !!! - and money put transparently in private-public (arms/joint-ventures) partnerships and keeping them lean and accountable. and letting people across the world put their brains to use in the research and process - crowd funding/sourcing style, failing faster (knowing faster what does not work and stop there, thus finding a solution - other possible pathway - faster. << THIS Needs multi-country Leadership that push the vision with a mission!
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Gregor Gysi, DIE LINKE: »Sie wollen die linke Regierung in Griechenland beseitigen« - YouTube
[ "Alternativlos" & 'Jeder fuer sich selbst.' ] Die Rettungspakete galten nie den Bürgerinnen und Bürgern, sondern immer den Banken. Auch bei uns wurden 480 Milliarden Euro binnen einer Woche für die Rettung der Banken beschlossen. Wenn man mal 1 Million Euro für einen kulturellen oder sozialen Zweck braucht, dann bekommt man ein Nein, aber bei den Banken gibt es immer nur ein Ja. [...] Ich habe Ihnen zugehört, Frau Bundeskanzlerin. Ihre Rede kann ich wie folgt zusammenfassen: Die griechische Regierung hat alles falsch gemacht, und Sie, Herr Schäuble und die europäischen Institutionen, also der Internationale Währungsfonds, die Europäische Kommission und die Europäische Zentralbank, haben alles richtig gemacht. // via bit.ly/1R6V2yA
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Osborne’s first budget without Lib Dems likely to hit welfare state hard | UK news | The Guardian
Cuts to housing benefit, a further lowering of the overall welfare cap as well as reductions in in-work tax credits are all being considered by George Osborne in next week’s budget as he seeks to roll back what he regards as a bloated welfare state expanded by Gordon Brown during his tenure of the Treasury. // bbc.in/1f6af25 - Ministers are considering forcing all housing benefit recipients to contribute towards their rent as part of efforts to save £12bn from the welfare bill, government sources say. [...] ESA a "passive" benefit which does not "incentivise" people to find a job and proposes abolishing the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) category. - bbc.in/1C1jz16 // We are all in this together, he said.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC to cut more than 1,000 jobs - BBC News
bbc.in/1GQXVcJ - leaner simpler, delayering &! TV Licence shortfall - there will be calls to close iPlayer loophole // &! BBC director general Tony Hall has said he believes the licence fee has "got 10 years of life left in it". However the director general dismissed the suggestion of replacing the charge with a subscription model to pay for the BBC's output. - bbc.in/1GBDRNz // &! The Guardian view on the licence fee: a time to rally round the BBC - The way to stop the Conservatives marginalising the corporation is to make them realise that an assault would spell political disaster - bit.ly/1JzeQ6F [...] What is pernicious about these objections, supposedly arising from principle, is that they frequently veil envy of the BBC from its business competitors, whether Rupert Murdoch or the Daily Mail. [ Tory chum in cahoots with crony capitalism again and out destroying public good, heritage, and service ] &! bit.ly/1NzUACO
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Freital: Vom SPD-Modell zur Protest-Hochburg - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ Symptom ] Freital steht heute für braune Hetze gegen Flüchtlinge. Dabei entstand der sächsische Ort einst als linkes Gemeinschaftsmodell in der kapitalistischen Weimarer Republik. Ein Lehrstück über die Tragödien der großen Ideologien. [...] Freital war zu einer nahezu entstrukturierten, enthistorisierten Stadt geworden. Im politisch-kulturellen Vakuum öffnete sich sodann der Raum für Kleinstadtpopulisten, die in Freital nach 1990 periodisch auftraten, kühne Versprechungen machten, dann überwiegend nach allerlei Pannen und Pleiten wieder im Nichts verschwanden, um von neuen Figuren dieser Couleur ersetzt zu werden. Und nun also geht es gegen Flüchtlinge in dieser Stadt, die doch in ihren Ursprüngen ein ganz entgegengesetztes Projekt verfolgt hatte. Was für eine Tragödie. // Book Lars Geiges, Stine Marg, Franz Walter: Pegida. Die schmutzige Seite der Zivilgesellschaft?
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Arbeitsmarkt: Prekäre Beschäftigung belastet Privatleben - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Leiharbeiter, Minijobber und Teilzeitbeschäftigte müssen nicht nur mit geringem Einkommen vorlieb nehmen. Die Berufssituation wirkt sich einer Studie zufolge auch negativ auf ihr Privatleben aus. Besonders bei Frauen. [...] Dabei betrachten die Forscher atypische Beschäftigung nicht pauschal als Teufelswerk, betonen aber den zwiespältigen Charakter: Während Arbeitnehmer befristete Stellen und Leiharbeit ganz überwiegend unfreiwillig und mangels alternativer Angebote übernähmen, sehe das bei Teilzeit- oder Minijobs auf den ersten Blick teilweise anders aus. Insbesondere Frauen entschieden sich häufig bewusst für einen solchen Job, um mehr Zeit für die Familie zu haben. Doch selbst wenn es sich "oberflächlich betrachtet" um eine freiwillige Wahl handele, steckten dahinter oftmals "strukturelle Zwänge", wie etwa fehlende Möglichkeiten der Kinderbetreuung oder die geringe Bereitschaft der Arbeitgeber, den Bedürfnissen von Familien Rechnung zu tragen.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Child poverty measurement set to change - BBC News
"We are all in this together." // "In short - can a [Tory gov] that says it is governing for "One Nation" unpick the rules around measuring & cutting the # of poor children in Britain without being accused of cynicism? // &! bit.ly/1GySqhN "The plan sounds reasonable, but the purpose is to whip up confusion at a time when the poor are about to get poorer. [...] “blue-collar Conservatism”, appealing to working-class Tories who are not much interested in such abstractions as relative poverty, but can certainly be rallied against those who are felt to be living at the expense of hard-pressed taxpayers." [pitting them against each other]. &! bit.ly/1TNlpbz &! bit.ly/1x0Ghmu existential threat &! bit.ly/1BMOJtg &! bit.ly/1K9G3OE bit.ly/1QQvINd &! Scrapping £320m independent living fund - bit.ly/1SJO4wT &! bit.ly/1TFWHdg 'trickle-down doesnt work, says IMF [...] 1% & well off only buy 1 pair of jeans. power 2 implement reform? [= rebellion, not able with status quo ppl << Chris Hedges]'
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Child poverty rise across Britain ‘halts progress made since 1990s’ | Society | The Guardian
bit.ly/1CkBivl &! bit.ly/1FslKpW - Our fears about child poverty in the UK are coming true: that austerity is entrenching hunger, stigma and educational exclusion. And this sort of damage lasts. &! bit.ly/1HSacAM - Welfare cuts have pushed hundreds of thousands, including more than 300,000 children, below the poverty line since 2012, despite Tory claims to the contrary. &! bit.ly/1waiv5C &! bit.ly/1yHxm6T - A Children's Commission on Poverty inquiry report reveals vividly what it looks and feels like for young people to stand out from their classroom peers because they are poor.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Jobs cull and services hit predicted as Scotland's councils face £1billion black hole | Herald Scotland
"At over -5 per cent in each of the next two years, the cuts in spending could be over double the average size seen in the past four years. "As the NHS budget will continue to be protected the position for all other public service budgets will involve even bigger cuts." Since 2010 councils have received £800million less in real terms in their grants, with over 40,000 posts removed through voluntary redundancies, natural wastage and internal changes to how they do business . The imminent cuts to schools' and social work budgets, home helps, parks, libraries, refuse collection and even environmental health services also come amid record levels of demand, an increasing elderly population, high energy prices, debt repayments and wage rises.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
UK firms used 1.8m zero-hours contracts, says ONS
bit.ly/1JwCXEk &! bit.ly/1vyV6wH - Almost 700,000 people in UK have zero-hours contract as main job Figures show staff deals with no guaranteed hours have risen 26% since last year with number of such contracts jumping from 1.4m in 2013 to 1.8m &! bit.ly/1OuHw6o &! on.ft.com/1JwD5no - The use of zero-hours contracts varies dramatically by sector for the economy, with 53 per cent of accommodation and food services companies using them, compared with just 3 per cent of information and finance companies. Part of the difference between the two official estimates is due to people who had more than one zero-hours contract with different employers or those who had a zero hours contract to supplement their main employment, but it highlights the difficulty in producing a reliable estimate of how many people are working under such terms and conditions.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Naomi Klein on Global Neoliberalism - YouTube
history doesn't repeat, but it rhymes // use of crisis for political ends // crisis is required to push through those policies // effect - rise if inequality - gini coefficient // history shows - capital flight // net capital flight out of UK from 2008-2015 !? // mixed economy ! // Naomi Klein and Joseph Stiglitz on Economic Power - youtu.be/qkErO-TwOeo &! Naomi Klein, Raj Patel, Amy Goodman: Crisis Capitalism - youtu.be/8Ji_8tI0sbY youtu.be/wmHOj0FT5l0 &! Joseph Stiglitz (2014) - Why Capitalism is Failing - youtu.be/b7wIw1VNjSk &! [Chrystia Freeland] Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (Full Session) - youtu.be/S9LIVa3WVPo --- GFC did not end plutocracy (Fortune/Forbes list) it propelled them - QE, bailouts, NIRP etc - it was a recovery for the 1% - Carlos Slim is richest person ever lived (based on labour cost/hr of home country). &! Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland on the One Percent's Power and Privileges - youtu.be/rvIM6-BGx8I
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Rt Hon David Blunkett MP | Where Next for Welfare? - YouTube
helping people to cope w change in the labour market, enabling to succeed in a changing labour market. // instead one is exposed to the downward spiral of long-term unemployment, instead of enabling social mobility and income (and personal) growth // throwing away human capital // we inherit what we seed - you reap what you sow // min 24 - getting corporate entities to pay their fair share of tax // min 30 - honest system // psychology of welfare, the right way // min 55 investing in people, personal advisor // tax credit for on the job training/on-boarding of long-term unemployed, dual system (education & job), apprenticeships paying living wage // corporates get subsidies, why does an employee can't get that - helping to compete in this labour market // &! Welfare: When does the State say no? | 18.06.2013 - youtu.be/aBo-1WVu2YE // // &! [Labour] Alan Milburn: Education’s role in promoting social mobility - youtu.be/-sTuE2X99G4 - https://www.gov.uk/government/people/alan-milburn
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England says UK economy to grow by 2.5% in 2015 - BBC News
Mr Carney warned of "underlying weakness" as the Bank gave a gloomier picture for productivity growth. The Bank revised down its productivity forecast because it sees a disproportionate number of new jobs as low-skilled and low-output. Productivity growth is now expected to improve only modestly in the coming year before remaining below past average rates. 'Underinvestment' "Today's report should leave nobody in any doubt about the fundamental role of productivity growth in the UK economy's performance," said Aberdeen Asset Management chief economist Lucy O'Carroll. "The Bank of England has downgraded its growth outlook, and Mark Carney has put poor productivity right at the centre of the story. "He may have put part of the productivity disappointment of recent years down to a disproportionate pick-up in low-productivity jobs, but he has also admitted that underinvestment has played a role." [...] [+ EU&Global (China) headwinds] = in no rush to raise interest rates. &! bbc.in/1RIb9Ah
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Larry Summers: I'm Concerned U.S. Growth Won't Pick Up - YouTube
Not enough investment in productive entities that create living wage & middle class jobs. // credit induced growth & exhaustion of easy growth (China) // Debt Fueled Growth ends rarely gently. (GFC) // western world >> too little internal demand, its deflation and inflation
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Baltimore | Alternet
http://www.alternet.org/racism-real-real-reason-behind-baltimore-uprising // &! http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/david-simon-my-country-horror-show "I don't think it's unique to America. [...] And that notion that capital is the metric, that profit is the metric by which we're going to measure the health of our society is one of the fundamental mistakes of the last 30 years. I would date it in my country to about 1980 exactly, and it has triumphed. [...] But the idea that it's [capitalism] not going to be married to a social compact, that how you distribute the benefits of capitalism isn't going to include everyone in the society to a reasonable extent, that's astonishing to me." nicht teil haben an der Gesellschaft. // &! alternet.org/economy/5-ways-its-become-crime-be-poor-america-punishable-further-impoverishment &! &! bit.ly/1EVuyKz &! bit.ly/1bFWwfU "Perspektivlosigkeit, Wut und Paranoia"
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Mark Hatch & Thomas Kalil | Studio SX | SXSW ON - YouTube
min 8:30 // by 2030, 50% of the employment will be self-employed, contractors, freelancers, consultants ... including on the manufacturing side. not just knowledge workers and the services industry. // western world's middle class and affluence gets hollowed out by the rise of the rest, loss of competitive advantage, and the 2nd industrial revolution. taking greater share of the growth of the global economy, compared to western world.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Bayern: McKinsey sieht bis zu 40 Prozent der Jobs bedroht - SPIEGEL ONLINE
40 Prozent der Jobs im Freistaat befinden sich demnach in einer "Gefährdungszone". Der Grund: Sie seien von den Folgen der Digitalisierung und weiteren Strukturbrüchen betroffen. Eine der Kernthesen der Untersuchung lautet, dass die klassischen volkswirtschaftlichen Parameter, in denen Bayern gut abschneidet (etwa Bruttoinlandsprodukt, Produktivität, Arbeitslosenquote), nur bedingt als Zukunftsindikatoren geeignet seien. Sie würden "lediglich den Erfolg der Vergangenheit bewerten", so McKinsey. In dem Bericht werden deshalb andere Kennzahlen herangezogen: Stabilität (u.a. Einkommensverteilung), Innovation (u.a. Bildungsqualität und Start-up-Quote), Diversität (Integrationsindex, Bildungsmobiliät), Internetzugang, Nachhaltigkeit (Gesundheits- und Vorsorgequalität, Ressourcenproduktivität). // Economic Indicators are about the past! Period. Wall Street cottage industry of economic forecasters.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Solving the productivity puzzle - BBC News
UK productivity growth (as measured by output per hour worked) has been exceptionally weak since 2008. Productivity growth has actually been weak across the developed economies since the Great Recession but especially so in the UK. Beyond those facts though, there is little agreement. The talk is instead of a "productivity puzzle": solving that puzzle is the key to both a lower government deficit and to higher living standards. [...] [I]t could be that the nature of Britain's recovery explains the low productivity growth. Rather than lower productivity leading to lower real wages (as companies cannot afford to increase pay), it may be that lower real wages have encouraged firms to hire workers rather than investing in new equipment. This could have lowered productivity. [...] Much of it feels more traditionally "sociological" than "economic". // 2nd Industrial Revolution - Software is Eating the World, Self-Employment, contractors, Zero Hour Contracts, etc. &! bit.ly/1aRi7Bw
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: Money for Nothing - Gillmor Gang | TechCrunch TV
min 42 // A Round is now a "post-traction" investment aka proven product & business model. A Round is an investment to scale it up, put it up a bunch of gears. // Keith Teare from chat.center (tcrn.ch/1IWFQ1X) people now doing pre-seed, seed, seed prime & bridge funding via existing investors; figuring out Product/Market fit, traction, funnel, etc. Now more than ever a hits driven business. // see also tcrn.ch/1c54UpN // Complexity of phenomenon - symptoms, causes and tangents; biases, selection bias, pattern matching, bidding up hot deals in the private market where the highest bidder will get the deal - irrationality of accepting those valuations and the founders Unicorn-status need, hunt for yield, trendy - the future, when doing 'hard things' becomes fashionable (ie Reality TV, TV Series & a shallow Channel 4's How To Be A Young Billionaire) then beware, negative yields for secure investments (bonds and corp debt), perceived 'conservative' value vs private bid up bubble potential.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
NEA Raises North Of $3B For Its New Fund | TechCrunch
I consistently hear that venture groups raising capital are oversubscribed. That directly implies that the firehose of cash fueling the venture capital and technology markets has yet to abate in any meaningful sense, if at all. The music is still playing, and at a furious pace. But with interest rates at zero and NASDAQ 5,000 back in our norm, who can be surprised? Regardless of how the technology industry apportions the risk created by that level of spend, we can feel secure in the fact that the same risk is concentrated in the private sector. This helps to protect the average person from investing in something more ephemeral than a Snapchat ad. So if it all goes to hell, it’s mostly the rich kids who will take it in the gut. Viva la tech.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Deutschlands Handelsbilanz: Die Probleme einer Exportnation - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In Deutschland wird zu wenig investiert, zugleich spielen wir bei den Exporten bald in unserer eigenen Liga. Die Unternehmenslobby fordert eine Senkung der Lohnkosten. Doch genau das Gegenteil wäre die richtige Lösung. // &! Müllers Memo: Der Kapitalismus funktioniert nicht mehr - Die Weltwirtschaft leidet immer noch stark unter den Folgen der Krise von 2008. Der Hauptgrund: Die Unternehmen investieren viel weniger als früher.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Does money affect children's outcomes? - YouTube
causal vs correlation // reduce stress and anxiety, mental health, // fairness of austerity on welfare and public social services - vs - going after (10x higher amount of savings compared to welfare cuts) tax avoidance and evasion by corporates and individuals // why isn't the IMF & OECD warning UK not to cut crucial welfare (that would widen inequality, social mobility, fairness etc) further if it already admitted that austerity for PIGS nations is not the right medicine!!??
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
A Farewell To Jobs | TechCrunch
[the downside of making yourself hard to replace is, that its equally hard to move upwards the career ladder] the gig economy tends to reduce workers to fungible, replaceable cogs. Workers devalued in that way inevitably make less money and receive fewer benefits. When you can be more easily replaced, you become, pretty much by definition, less valuable; and technology is making the process of replacing one laborer with another increasingly frictionless. [...] in principle, both nurses and engineers are reasonably fungible. Short-term nursing contracts are plentiful, as are short-term engineering projects. One good iOS developer can easily replace another; good developers write code that’s easy for others to understand, maintain and expand. [...] an excess of supply relative to demand. [... thus the need for universal basic income / welfare state.] [...] spreading work more evenly among those who want it. [Borderless Flat World] - http://techcrunch.com/tag/peak-jobs/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - IFS says worst of UK spending cuts yet to come
The IFS said that over the next four years the UK is planning the largest fiscal consolidation out of 32 advanced economies. It would mean public spending falling to its lowest share of national income since at least 1948, and fewer people working in the public sector than at any time since at least 1971. [...] The IFS said 98% of the remaining consolidation is currently planned to come from spending cuts rather than higher taxes.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
OECD moniert wachsende Ungleichheit zwischen Arm und Reich - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ The Economic case for better equality ] - Die Ungleichheit in Deutschland hat sich laut OECD deutlich verschlimmert - und den Aufschwung gebremst. Eine gerechtere Sozialpolitik hätte demnach bis zu sechs Prozentpunkte mehr Wachstum möglich gemacht. [... ] Die OECD fordert die Politik zum Gegensteuern auf. "Unsere Analyse zeigt, dass wir nur auf starkes und dauerhaftes Wachstum zählen können, wenn wir der hohen und weiter steigenden Ungleichheit etwas entgegensetzen", sagte Generalsekretär Angel Gurria. "Der Kampf gegen Ungleichheit muss in das Zentrum der politischen Debatte rücken." [...] Eine Umverteilung von oben nach unten mittels Steuern und Transfers sei nicht zwangsläufig wachstumsschädlich, solange entsprechende Maßnahmen zielgenau angewandt werden, schreibt die Industrieorganisation. Eine solche Verteilungspolitik müsse sich vor allem auf Familien mit Kindern sowie auf junge Menschen konzentrieren und deren Lernchancen verbessern.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Autumn Statement 2014: Osborne's Cuts 'Will See Public Spending Fall To Lowest Level In 80 Years'
Tony Dolphin, senior economist at the Institute for Public Policy and Research, warned that Osborne's planned cuts were "implausible". "Given the scale of cuts in the public sector, [the OBR] can only make its growth forecast add up by assuming that consumer demand is boosted by households taking on more debt - and at an unprecedented pace. "Extraordinarily, the OBR thinks that by 2019 the household sector will have a financial deficit twice as big as in 2007 and 2008 when the financial crisis hit. As result, the household debt-to-income ratio is forecast 2 rise beyond its pre-crisis peak 2 over 180%. "This is pretty implausible. If the next government tries 2 follow the deficit reduction path set out in the Autumn Statement, it can only succeed in the short-term because the household sector takes on debt @ a faster pace than it did before the financial crisis. [this warning was heeded some years ago alrdy that consumer&corp would have to take on debt to spend to keep GDP # up!!!]
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Long, long slog to mend public finances
So the job of mending the public finances is a long way from over. The best performing, big developed economy in the world - that's us by the way, as assessed by speed of GDP growth - is generating far less tax than expected. So this year, the Office for Budget Responsibility expects the harvest for the Exchequer from taxation to be £7.8bn less than it predicted in March. And by 2017-18, it says the shortfall will be an eye-watering £21bn. & the biggest shortfall, roughly half of it, is in income tax, which reflects the creation of lots of new low wage jobs & the absence of meaningful pay rises for millions. [...] reflecting a change in the structure of the economy, rather than a passing phenomenon. [AUSTERITY] The OBR calculates that spending per head in real terms in 2019/20 on the public sector minus health and schools would be £1,290, or 57% less than in 2009/10. [... edu & industrial policy not straight ahead towards econ of the future ...] [in this together?] &! bbc.in/1tqUjGz
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Müllers Memo: Frau Merkels Verständnis von Wirtschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Angela Merkel lächelte leicht spöttisch. Bei der Vorstellung des Gutachtens der fünf Wirtschaftsweisen äußerte die Kanzlerin Zweifel daran, wie "ein Beschluss, der noch nicht in Kraft ist, jetzt schon eine konjunkturelle Dämpfung hervorrufen kann". Gemeint war der Mindestlohn, dessen anstehende Einführung der Sachverständigenrat als Wachstumskiller gebrandmarkt hatte. [...] Niemand, auch nicht die fünf Wirtschaftsweisen, erwartete damals einen durchschlagenden Erfolg der Agenda-2010-Reformen von Gerhard Schröder. Doch dann entwickelten die Hartz-Gesetze im Zusammenspiel mit dem Globalisierungsboom ab 2006 eine überraschende Sogwirkung. Insbesondere weil viele Menschen bereit waren, für ziemlich wenig Geld eine Beschäftigung anzunehmen. Heute bekommt fast ein Viertel der Beschäftigten in Deutschland eine Bezahlung, die Arbeitsmarktforscher als Niedriglöhne klassifizieren. &! http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/rente-immer-mehr-aeltere-menschen-arbeiten-a-1003237.html
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Bank of England warns inflation could drop below 1%
The Bank of England has warned that inflation could fall below 1% in the next six months, owing to lower food, energy and import prices, as well as feeble growth in Europe and elsewhere. [...] Earlier, official figures showed average wages excluding bonuses grew by 1.3%, which was just above the latest rate of Consumer Prices Index inflation and the first time it has risen above that measure in five years. // insight? job creation mostly in services industry. low qualification. plenty of applicants. thus low level drivers of pay increase. services industry = Niedriglohnsektor. If it were the other way around - job creation mostly in industry, manufacturing, knowledge work, white & blue collar work ... employees would have better chances to ask/demand for pay rise - because of no abundance of applicants with proper qualifications. But Britain lost its industrial base long-ago. UK and USA GDP consists of +60% of service economy/industry.
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
Empire - The Promise and Peril of Democracy - Web Extra - Empire asks why democracy is in retreat - YouTube
symptoms now more evident than ever!
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
News Roundtable: [...] deconstructing employment - YouTube
min 34 + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8406358 "The article doesn't really examine productivity, it is examining wages." - Digital revolution has yet to fulfil its promise of productivity and better jobs (economist.com) +!+ http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/2i5nse/the_economist_labour_is_steadily_losing_out_to/ - http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21621160-labour-steadily-losing-out-capital-those-have-shall-be-given 'It's The Economist making a case for wealth redistribution!' +!+ How computers threaten the jobs of mid-skilled workers (economist.com) - youtu.be/PR8OkkfvnT8 'few benefiters + we need substantial skill upgrading and change in education policy' +!+ Is A.I. the problem or the solution? youtu.be/lge-dl2JUAM - Automation, Robotics, mid-skilled jobs, routine jobs, lessons from Industrial Revolution, need investment in practical skills for the future, infrastructure investment, education policy, Universal Basic Income - so that no one is left behind
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Not that negative after all - YouTube
- nbdy is taking up the money to invest in his business (increase capacity, R&D, etc etc), becs there is no demand ... what is holding up the western world is the service economy - especially in UK and USA! - and then there is one particular structural impediment in Germany et al, demographic bubble.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - American Dream breeds shame and blame for job seekers
"Unemployed auto workers, factory workers, they have a lot of regrets about the past," he said. "A lot of workers are internalising, 'You succeed on your own merits and your own abilities, and if you fail, you're to blame'," Chen says. He isn't alone in seeing this pattern. Experts tell the BBC that job seekers in the US are now, more than ever, blaming themselves for being out of work, due in part to misconceptions about what it takes to succeed in America. [...] Meritocracy became the prevailing ideology, encouraging workers to aim high and reap the resultant rewards. Anyone could achieve greatness. Paupers could become princes. The more people made, the more likely they were to believe they were worthy of it. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology last year found that the higher people perceived their social class to be, the more likely they were to believe that success comes to those who most deserve it. [class warfare, meritocracy is ideology]
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
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