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(10204) Are We Destined for a Slow Growth Future? - YouTube
- shortage on the demand side. but demand can't be more leveraged and borrowed. ALL economic indicators point against a thriving of the UK bottom up (from household finances, are stretched thinly) //&! Gross wages lower than 10 years ago! Lost decade of earnings. In real terms people are NOT better off.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0anqgXLvwko
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yesterday by asterisk2a
Racism will not be solved by there being more mixed-race children | Nikesh Shukla | Life and style | The Guardian
“Beige Britain” won’t be the utopia we want. It’ll be the same country it always was, but with a significant demographic change. The whole “mixed-race kids ending racism” feeling is a nice thought that doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t look at divisions in the country right now. It doesn’t interrogate problems we have. It doesn’t end inequality.
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4 days ago by asterisk2a
University entry 'should be background, not just exams' - BBC News
The university access watchdog says students' backgrounds should be taken into account when awarding places, to improve "equality of opportunity". A-level grades are a "robust measure" only if the applicants' "context" is also considered, Chris Millward says.

Many universities give extra help to disadvantaged applicants - but a report warns of a lack of openness about how this operates.

All Russell Group universities use some form of "contextual admissions".

Top universities have faced accusations of being socially exclusive and recruiting too few applicants from ethnic minorities.

But they also face scrutiny for being unfair to individual applicants who might lose out on places to disadvantaged candidates with worse results.
UK  education  policy  University  College  meritocracy  meritocratic  inequality  Equality  poverty  trap  Austerity 
8 days ago by asterisk2a
Bertelsmann-Studie: Kinderarmut hängt stark von Berufstätigkeit der Mütter ab - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Kinder von Alleinerziehenden sind besonders armutsgefährdet // https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jul/03/uk-single-breadwinner-families-need-27-per-cent-boost-in-income-report - rising cost of living - The report said a single person needed to earn £18,400 a year to reach the minimum income standard, which is a measure of income people need in order to reach a minimum socially acceptable standard of living in the UK, from £17,900 when the requirement was last calculated a year ago. [...] Single-breadwinner families – where one parent works full-time and the other does not – have fallen furthest behind
poverty  child  childhood  development  single-parent  trap  working  poor  income  mobility  social  meritocracy  meritocratic  tax  credit 
22 days ago by asterisk2a
(9098) Did the Sokal affair "destroy postmodernism"? - YouTube
"society of the spectacle" - The Society of the Spectacle is a 1967 work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory by Guy Debord, in which the author develops and presents the concept of the Spectacle. The book is considered a seminal text for the Situationist movement. // Mass media and commodity fetishism - Comparison between religion and marketing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Society_of_the_Spectacle --- In his analysis of the spectacular society, Debord notes that the quality of life is impoverished,[6] with such a lack of authenticity that human perceptions are affected, and an attendant degradation of knowledge, which in turn hinders critical thought.[7] Debord analyzes the use of knowledge to assuage reality: the spectacle obfuscates the past, imploding it with the future into an undifferentiated mass, a type of never-ending present; in this way the spectacle prevents individuals from realizing that the society of spectacle is only a moment in history, one that can be overturned through revolution.[8][9] << see by Byung-chul han - Psycho politics and the tired exhausted depressed worker who can't imagine getting up for a revolution. thus votes brexit and trump. where am I getting my pizza if we have a revolution?
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4 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Student loans 'heading for trillion pounds' - BBC News
The conversion of means-tested grants into loans has meant that the poorest students end up graduating with the biggest debts, says Lord Forsyth.

And he warns that the current repayment system was more expensive for people in middle income jobs such as nursing, rather than high-paid lawyers or financiers, who would pay off their debts more quickly.

"The people who get screwed by this are those in the middling jobs," says Lord Forsyth.

"This was all done on the basis that it would create a market in higher education - and that has failed, there isn't a market."

Lord Forsyth says that there is no meaningful consumer choice or competition - and he dismissed the system for rating teaching quality in universities, the teaching excellence framework, as a "bit of a joke".

"Because no-one ever turns up to look at the teaching," says Lord Forsyth.
UK  education  policy  David  Cameron  Nick  Clegg  George  Osborne  Tories  University  College  poverty  trap  student  debt  loan  vocational  skills  Mittelstand  apprenticeship  accounting  Austerity  gap  productivity 
5 weeks ago by asterisk2a
New funding system leaves schools worse off, say headteachers | Education | The Guardian
Poll finds 90% of heads had to use cash for disadvantaged pupils to prop up budgets &! https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2018/may/01/vulnerable-children-need-stable-support-education-policy-institute?CMP=share_btn_tw - We can't keep papering over the cracks. Vulnerable children need stable support The army of professionals we rely on to educate children, support them and keep them safe is increasingly precarious
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10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
National minimum wage rise still fails to cover living costs, study shows | Society | The Guardian
Workers on the national minimum wage would still need to work for an extra six weeks just to cover their everyday living costs, despite an inflation-beating pay rise from this weekend, according to analysis.

More than 2 million workers are to receive a pay rise of at least 4.4% from Sunday, as the government’s national living wage increases to £7.83 per hour from £7.50 for over-25s. The increase amounts to more than £600 per year for full-time workers on basic pay.
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march 2018 by asterisk2a
(112) Peter Thiel EDUCATES College Professor who asks: "What's your problem with higher education?" - YouTube
education bubble // what good is higher education? investment? consumption? an insurance not to be left behind? then why is insurance so expensive *if it were insurance, then meritocracy claim is invalid bc you take out future earning to get a step higher on the ladder? competitive tournament to pay an entry fee (excluding people)?
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february 2018 by asterisk2a
(112) Renegade Inc. & What to expect in 2018 - YouTube
UK BOE QE trap - the road to normalisation - without counter engagement (productive investment), and further Austerity, tax evasion, inequality, income gap, secular stagnarion, less money to spend for the average joe === very bumpy uncertain ride. ... and add Brexit even more uncertainty. OUCH. real growth for real people not gonna happen. // see also RAWerden Richard Andreas Werner for bank reform (local non-profit et al) // also consumers will hold back. especially w trickle down of bad news. job losses here and there retail inflation wage growth etc. creating a impression of a malaise especially for the 50% who voted remain. and 30% who didnt go vote. // see also news 8or7 out of 10 workers broke/permanently skinned - and consumer debt at 2008 high //
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february 2018 by asterisk2a
UK state should pay for housing, food, transport and internet, says report | Business | The Guardian
UK state should pay for housing, food, transport and internet, says report
‘Universal basic services’ costing about £42bn could be funded through higher taxes, say Jonathan Portes and academics //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43078920 - Report proposes £10,000 for everyone under 55 - Most state benefits would be cut under the scheme. The RSA said the dividends would help steer people through the challenges of the 2020s. [...] "Without a real change in our thinking, neither tweaks to the welfare state nor getting people into work alone, when the link between hard work and fair pay has broken, will help working people meet the challenges ahead." [[...] space for skill acquisition, what UK system currently rules out completely ]]!!
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february 2018 by asterisk2a
In search of surrogates, foreign couples descend on Ukraine - BBC News
Foreign couples have been coming to this corner of Europe in droves since 2015, when surrogacy hotspots in Asia began closing their industries one-by-one, amid reports of exploitation. Barred from India, Nepal and Thailand, they turned to Ukraine, one of the few places left where surrogacy can still be arranged at a fraction of what it costs in the US.

"We have so many childless couples coming to our country - it's like a conveyor belt," says Ana, who asked for her identity to be protected.

When she was 21, and after some years of hotel work, Ana finally decided to become a surrogate. By then she had a daughter and realised she was eligible. Under Ukrainian law, a surrogate must have a child of their own before carrying someone else's. If you have your own child, you are less likely to become attached to the one you must give away, those who recruit the women say. [...] Europe's capital of surrogacy
Demand for surrogacy in Ukraine "has increased probably 1000% in the last two years alone," says Sam Everingham of Families Through Surrogacy, a Sydney-based charity that advises would-be parents.

The country, he adds, "has found itself almost accidentally as one of the handful of nation states" which allow surrogacy tourism.
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february 2018 by asterisk2a
Why Antonio Gramsci is the Marxist thinker for our times : CriticalTheory
Communism will arrive through democracy and culture, not through a violent Revolution. Most people must be convinced to give socialism a shot in the government. He rejected the idea of "Dictatorship of the proletariat" as dangerous.
Marx  Socialism  Proletariat  Precariat  working  poor  poverty  trap 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Homebase owners may close up to 40 stores - BBC News
[first the supermarkets, then everyone else, also UK restaurant trade struggling, especially mid-market! anything above your payday takeout, also housing growth is slowing down thus DIY ] UK retailers are struggling in the face of rising inflation and fragile consumer confidence.

Several store chains have announced job cuts recently, including supermarket giants Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda.

Homebase's rival, B&Q, last week said it was cutting 200 jobs at its head office in Hampshire as part of a cost-cutting drive. &! https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/feb/05/uk-services-sector-growth-falls-hotels-restaurants-brexit - Demand weakens for services such as restaurants and hotels amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty
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february 2018 by asterisk2a
Many graduates earn 'paltry returns' for their degree - BBC News
#shambles // between a fifth and a third of graduates take non-graduate jobs, and that any extra returns for having a degree "vary wildly". // got to uni or get fucked by life - aka Precariat poverty trap tl;dr // nothing in between not step ladder! nothing technical. also no assistance, was cut by Tories //
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february 2018 by asterisk2a
Former social mobility chief condemns government record | Society | The Guardian
Former social mobility chief condemns government record
Alan Milburn says ministers lack ability and willingness to deliver on ‘crunch issue for our country’
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
(5499) Kein Stress mit dem Gewicht - Faszination Wissen - ganze Sendung vom 11.5.2015 - YouTube
20:00 "stress esser" //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42788280 - Chronic stress disrupts our sleep and our blood sugar levels. This leads to increased hunger and comfort eating. &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxb1A3Q1vC8 - Escaping The Dietary Pleasure Trap - Alan Goldhamer DC - FULL TALK eg ice cream cold is too sweet. // Book Salt Sugar Fat.
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
Donald Trump's success reveals a frightening weakness in American democracy - YouTube
liquid times by Zygmunt, globalization - accelerated times, inequality, 1%, poverty trap, weak institutions being fleeced (latest and biggest - GFC, one rule for the one TBTF and other for the many, many have to suffer what they must (varoufakis)), same w broken promise of globalisation benefits everyone, same w failed military interventions ... STRUCTURAL REASONS - DEMOCRACY ELECTED REPRESENTATION does no more exist! its lobbied $$$ vested interest pork barrels corruption abuse get rich quick schemes. Longing for past greatness eg case Brexit. //&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YU9djt_CQM - Authoritarianism: The political science that explains Trump &! https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-Skala_(Autorit%C3%A4re_Pers%C3%B6nlichkeit) &! Democratic Backsliding (salami tactic) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF-Tdsvk0tI - The decline of American democracy won't be televised
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
(5400) Aufstieg oder Abstieg? | Exakt | MDR - YouTube
https://youtu.be/Zwht_rM_zqU // Herkunfts bestimmt, weil Herkunft laesst sich nicht abschuetteln. "Habitus" in Soziologie genannt. ... Socialism - Ganztagsgesamtschulen ... // Granulare Gesellschaft Granularer Lebenslauf
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
‘I regularly see rickets’: diseases of Victorian-era poverty return to UK | Society | The Guardian
Doctors on NHS frontline say there must be a debate about public health responsibilities [....] For condition after condition, the poorest fifth of young people are admitted in greater numbers than the richest fifth. In cases of tonsillitis, viral infections, abdominal pain, respiratory infections, convulsions, gastroenteritis, poisoning, chest pain – even head injuries – the poorest young people were admitted for emergency treatment at rates 40% or more higher than the richest. &! https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/23/health-gap-between-uk-rich-and-poor
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december 2017 by asterisk2a
Sports Direct and its staffing agencies paid workers £1m too little | Business | The Guardian
HM Revenue & Customs said this policy amounted to a uniform and a deduction from pay to cover the clothing took pay below the legal minimum. Primark has since introduced a more flexible policy and provides some clothing free.

A Primark spokesperson said: “The average amount paid back per employee was £23.75 and relates to a workwear policy that was changed in 2016.”
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december 2017 by asterisk2a
Children's commissioner may consider legal action over Universal Credit - BBC News
Asked if there was any prospect of legal redress in Scotland, Mr Adamson said: "While we don't have the Convention on the Rights of the Child within our domestic law yet, we do have the Humans Rights Act which brings in the European Convention on Human Rights and the courts look very closely if a state falls below that minimum standard required, where the state fails to provide those basics of life.
"So certainly if children in Scotland aren't getting those basic things then legal action may be the way to take this forward. But it's not the best way."
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december 2017 by asterisk2a
More than 24,000 Scots hospitalised because of drinking
50p minimum price per one unit of alcohol, to come into effect March 2018, after years of legal fight against the alc lobby vested interest. (Sugar Tax, ) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42066394 - Minimum pricing has been broadly welcomed by health bodies and alcohol awareness groups, who say it will target the kind of drinking that leads to the greatest harm. //
People from the most deprived areas are nearly eight times more likely to need help, according to the NHS. There were 36,235 alcohol-related hospital admissions last year - the equivalent of more than 100 a day. They involved 24,060 individual patients - up from the 35,376 admissions involving 23,656 patients the previous year. Alcohol-related admissions had been falling for almost a decade but the latest figures show there were 685.2 hospital admissions per 100,000 people last year - an annual increase of almost 2%. //&! http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/drink-related-hospital-stays-on-the-rise-1-4619230
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Roger Cohen on Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"To refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
(4387) How the opioid crisis decimated the American workforce - YouTube
direct link between out of work (injury) and opioid addiction and dropping out of workforce. // &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKXWelf-ZvA - 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) //&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNj89ohoYQ0 - American Epidemic: The Nation's Struggle With Opioid Addiction WSJ &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfe8pol6OG4 - The Opioid Effect: An Ohio Family Rebuilds After Addiction VICE //&! AMERICA ADDICTED - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w67IDMY2tn8 - A community overwhelmed by opioids &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGITecuBEHQ - Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin - watering down regulation and oversight. &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPk6VinYG-k - How Big Pharma & Cartels Got America Addicted to Heroin with Jason Smith &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnviuDOvhlg - US Addiction Epidemic Fuelled By Pharma Corporations (2015) "pill mill" &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmJEY1CTgKg - Why Portsmouth, Ohio Became The Epicentre of America's Opioid Crisis &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lof9_iPAWAY - Opioid Crisis in Maine &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQtCTxO2hTM - Narcan On The Rise &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNWU6XSjb-c - Heroin's Children: Inside the US opioid crisis - Fault Lines
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Families thousands of pounds worse off after years of cuts, study finds | Society | The Guardian
universal credit intro is hidden cut to tax credits for the poorest to make ends meet. // so much for "burning injustice" of effective tax rate of 65% // “The losses are alarming, and will damage the life chances of hundreds of thousands of children growing up under austerity.” // single mothers and bame single mothers hit hardest by Austerity. // Overall, the study said, cuts to the existing benefit system since 2010 will push 700,000 children into poverty, after accounting for housing costs. The two-child limit for benefit payments alone will put 200,000 children in poverty once the system has been fully extended nationwide, the calculations suggested.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Who's Destroying The American Dream by RSA Events
Richard Reeves - PBS did a segment w him, middle class keeps its chips to itself. also if you want more upward mobility, you need also downward mobility. possible w better welfare state net - ie UBI universal basic income. the worse inequality gets the worse reference points get.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Universal credit’s hidden cut pushes disabled people into poverty | Frances Ryan | Society | The Guardian
Up to half a million disabled people like Philip and their families will be financially worse off under universal credit, according to disability charities, through the removal of the disability premiums, as well as cuts to child disability payments, which could affect 100,000 children at an annual loss of £1,000. Ask the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and it states that the support given by SDP is now provided through personal independence payments, (Pip) and social care from local councils, and that “transitional protection” will be available when disabled people are moved from ESA on to universal credit in 2019. But press further, and it turns out that cash-strapped local authorities have no obligation to provide support. And there is no help for disabled people like Philip who are transferred early.
Universal  Credit  DWP  ESA  Disabled  welfare  state  Austerity  social  isolation  deprivation  poverty  trap  UK  inequality 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Almost all the 10 million jobs created since 2005 are temporary — Quartz
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment. - https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/79jmuh/almost_all_the_10_million_jobs_created_since_2005/
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
(4207) Inside the mind of white America - BBC News - YouTube
3:30 "most of it I hear is from the news and it is mostly negative." // white privilege also means not knowing about your advantage as white white neighbourhood white name white parents and grand parents and grand grand parents // Institutional racism
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
“I think it’s to do with fear”: Russell Brand on America’s love of guns - Vox
usa got much more intensive media - driven by profit motive. the click. the outragous. the absurd. the funny. to keep you watching. confirmation bias. division. divisor. fear mongers hate mongers demagogue. protect what you've got bc gov is out to take it from you. - guns false security, consumption false identity, trump false Heilsbringer. and your neighbour is an illegal alien ...
Russell  Brand  Anarchism  mental  health  well-being  wellbeing  trust  fear  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  Society  book  Alain  de  Botton  Facebook  bubble  filter  Newsfeed  Media  Social  Dopamine  trustagent  USA  post-racial  bias  prejudice  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  inequality  poverty  trap  Precariat  insecurity  America  American  Dream  economic  history  Chomsky 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
I sold sex to fund my unpaid internships. Poor kids are still battling the class gap | Paris Lees | Opinion | The Guardian
Granularitaet von Lebenslaeufen. Ossi diskrimination (monitor) in den CEO etagen sind ossis und auch politik nicht angekommen auf bundesebene. privileg always having a leg-up from parents or grandparents. // I remember going on Radio 4 a few years ago, and thinking that all the people I met inside Broadcasting House sounded strange. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first. And then the penny dropped. They sounded like the people on television. The people on the radio. The people you see on the news. The way prime ministers sound. I remember sitting in the car on the way home and realising: “Oh, you’re the people who run everything.”
class  UK  Brexit  No  Representation  Klassenkampf  discrimination  Precariat  working  poor  poverty  trap  prejudice  bigotry  BAME  Society  Gesellschaft  Zusammenhalt  cohesion  privilege  Privileged  meritocracy  meritocratic  East  Germany  Ossi  Saxony  Reunification  social  income  mobility  inequality  career  ladder  equality  gender-based  pay  gap  Marx  Anarchism  Trump  democracy  tyranny  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Capitalism 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Russell Brand: Society is collapsing - BBC News
"Society is collapsing," the comedian tells the BBC, "and people are starting to recognise that the reason they feel like they're mentally ill is that they're living in a system that's not designed to suit the human spirit.
Anarchism  Russell  Brand  mental  health  self-medication  coping  mechanism  maladaptive  chronic  stress  loneliness  social  isolation  Facebook  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstwertgefühl  addiction  book  neoliberal  capitalism  Exploitation  Consumer  Consumerism  consumption  Precariat  Generation  Rent  working  poor  poverty  trap  Materialism  inequality  mobility  income  meritocracy  meritocratic  Competition 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Oxford accused of 'social apartheid' as colleges admit no black students | Education | The Guardian
Lammy said the figures showed that many colleges at both Oxford and Cambridge failed to reflect the UK’s population, and called into question the universities’ claims to national standing.

“This is social apartheid and it is utterly unrepresentative of life in modern Britain,” Lammy said. // FIrst this week the BAME report new data new numbers to existing known feelings, then the hate crime report +30%, and followed by crime report +30% (Austerity cuts partly to blame needs more to be looked into), and fact that Austerity hits disproportionately single mothers and BAME single mothers. //&! FA select committee hearing Aluko Sampson FA scandal - https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/18/fa-apologises-eni-aluko-drew-spence-mark-sampson-racial-remarks
post-racial  UK  discrimination  social  income  mobility  inequality  Racism  BAME  prejudice  bigotry  Gesellschaft  Society  cohesion  diversity  poverty  trap  Precariat  USA  education  policy  Elite  No  Representation  Oligarchy  hate  crime  speech  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  Austerity  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  1%  10%  Institution  institutional 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
UK's low pay culture traps people in poorly paid jobs, study finds | Society | The Guardian
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41669991 - high tech, low life. // in-work poverty, gini coefficient takes into account pensioners. // “Britain has one of the highest proportions of low-paid work in the developed world. And while three-quarters of low-paid workers did manage to move into higher-paying roles at some point over the past decade, the vast majority couldn’t sustain that progress. This lack of pay progress can have a huge scarring effect on people’s lifetime living standards. [...] “Britain’s flexible workforce gives us global economic advantage but a two-tier labour market is now exacting too high a social price.
OECD  poverty  trap  social  income  mobility  Precariat  class  UK  zero  hour  contracts  part-time  Exploitation  neoliberalism  workers  trade  union  rights  skills  skill  gap  Productivity  output  London  economic  history  recovery  GFC  underinvestment  stagflation  secular  stagnation  Austerity  education  inequality  tax  credit  taxcredit  gini  Coefficient  standard  of  living  Brexit  inflation  disposable  discretionary  spending  debt  household  child  profit  maximisation  competitiveness  IMF 
october 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
(3952) The American dream is turned into poverty. Documentary 2017 - YouTube
usa section 8 housing voucher scandals. white middle class trying to protect their turf, neighbourhood. block nearby developments (affordable n social housing). blocking mixed neighbourhoods. see also uk. and then there is also corruption.
USA  post-racial  America  American  Dream  segregation  public  housing  social  inequality  poverty  trap  Precariat  blacklivesmatter  suburban  urban  Development  discrimination  ethnic  cleansing  health 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Senior judge warns over 'shaming' impact of legal aid cuts | Law | The Guardian
Last year, Amnesty International said the cuts were far worse than anticipated and had created a “two-tier” system that denied the poorest people access to justice.
UK  Austerity  injustice  Justice  LegalAid  poverty  trap  Precariat  No  Representation  nasty  party  democracy  Brexit  totalitarianism  Corporate  GFC  bank  bailout  recovery  secular  stagnation 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Wellbeing enhanced more by places than objects, study finds | Life and style | The Guardian
The poet WHAuden is credited with first coining the word “topophilia” to describe a strong emotional pull to a special place.

Now scientific research, using cutting-edge brain imaging, suggests Auden was on to something. According to a study commissioned by the National Trust, people experience intense feelings of wellbeing, contentment and belonging from places that evoke positive memories far more than treasured objects such as photographs or wedding rings. // siehe menschen die umgeben sind vom baeume sind gluecklicher und gesuender
Consumer  Consumerism  Happiness  Capitalism  Vacation  experience  health  wellbeing  Depression  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media  Facebook  Instagram  poverty  trap  travel  Generationy  Millennials  lifehacker  lifehacks  Minimalismus  minimalism  Frugal 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Catalonia: Spain issues deadline to separatists - BBC News
who blinks first. high noon pistol fight. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41582469 - Catalonia: Spain takes step towards direct rule //&! alt view to 'counter revolution' movement left populist outward looking welcoming immigrants welcome nationalism: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/katalonien-brexit-trump-geistige-kleinstaaterei-a-1171814.html https://twitter.com/henrikmllr/status/917289882061598726 - neonationalism (global village no accountability) neoliberal kapitalism teilte die leute auf gegen sich auf. nicht vereint. siehe fb there is no global village connection to all (fb zuck dream PR talk), alles kleine identitaeten und grueppchen. isoliert. eigener blase. schaun nicht ausm fenster, wie mittlerweile in der realitaet. wer kennt schon alles seine nachbarn im etagen house wie sein bruder oder schwester? Scotland and Catalonia indy are majority led by left socialist populous. Brexit is led by far-right conservative neoliberalism on steroids populous.
Catalonia  Spain  Gesellschaft  Society  neoliberalism  Capitalism  Individualism  Consumerism  Consumer  Selbstdarstellung  Facebook  Twitter  mental  health  globalisation  bank  bailout  double  standard  indyref  indyref2  Scotland  Brexit  immigration  Identity  Culture  Politics  LGBT  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  left-wing  Jeremy  Corbyn  SPD  btw17  GE2017  workers  union  rights  trade  Community  segregation  GFC  Austerity  vulnerable  working  poor  Precariat  No  Representation  poverty  trap  Deprivation  income  inequality  Super  Rich  1%  Oligarchy  revolving  door  Corruption  social  mobility  redistribution  welfare  state  Privatisation  profit  maximisation  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  IMF  democracy 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
How your blood may predict your future health | Inequality | The Guardian
New research into bloodstream ‘biomarkers’ aims to unlock the full impact of social status on people’s lifetime health outcomes. The key is exposure to stress - quantitated self. making decisions on your own when presented w data? in case of the weight scale, never worked. why will it now? its just more medicalisation - door open for big pharma so people pop pills. vs inconvenience of changing diet lifestyle and learning something new like cooking and meditation. // &! Deprivation and Poverty Stress: The analysis suggested people in lower socioeconomic groups have a demonstrably longer exposure to chronic inflammation – with all its knock-on impacts on long-term health – even once the team corrected for the “usual suspects” of health inequality, including diet and smoking. There’s clearly something else at work. (inequality = health inequality)
public  health  diet  lifestyle  premature  ageing  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  immune  system  Autoimmune  complex  chronic  diseases  sick  population  inflammation  biomarker  mental  microbiome  S.A.D.  western  junk  fast  food  food–industrial  lobby  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  prevention  crisis  sickcare  demand  healthcare  deprivation  inequality  poverty  trap  working  poor  Precariat  Austerity  stress  Burnout  underemployed  unemployment  DWP  sickleave  Productivity  UBI  Universal  Basic  Income  Grundeinkommen  social  isolation  coping  mechanism  addiction  Alcohol  self-medication 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
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