Every dollar of profit given to the shareholders of corporations is
a dollar that could have been spent paying producers or workers more, paying more tax, or
investing in infrastructure or innovation.
The people who receive it do what with it? Err, spend it or invest it, meaning that it goes to workers, producers, tax, investment or infrastructure.
There is no getting away from the fact that the biggest winners in our global economy are
those at the top. Oxfam‟s research has revealed that over the last 25 years, the top 1% have
gained more income than the bottom 50% put together.
Checking their own report as their source:
Since the turn of the century, the poorest half of the world’s population has
received just 1% of the total increase in global wealth, while half of that
increase has gone to the top 1%.
Twats writing about global income and wealth who are not able to distinguish correctly between income and wealth are twats, aren’t they?
In 1990, 35% of the global population lived below the extreme poverty line. After three
decades of poverty reduction, it is estimated that in 2015 less than 10% of the world
lived below this line, calibrated at $1.90 a day.
5 While it is important to celebrate this
progress, we can‟t be complacent. For the world to reach the Sustainable
Development Goal target to have eradicated extreme poverty by 2030, the World
Bank has made it clear that we must see a more equal distribution of growth, with an
associated reduction in inequality.
In order to see a reduction in inequality you need more unequal growth, not more equal growth, you ignorant, ignorant, tosspots.
The incomes of the poor must grow more quickly than those of the rich in order to reduce inequality…..
To end the injustice of extreme poverty, it is clear
that economic inequality must be addressed.
Nope, not at all. to end extreme poverty we need to be creating more wealth, more value add. Because people can only consume value that is created.
Tampon sales have fallen by a quarter over the past four years, data has revealed, as more women are using contraception methods which stop their monthly cycles.
Contraceptives are free and tampons cost money – plus VAT – meaning that poverty drives women into cont. pg 94.
You have seen that there really is a campaign about tampon poverty, yes?
For Simon & Schuster, it can also be immensely profitable. During Yiannopoulos’s tenure at Breitbart – where he’s told gay people to “get back in the closet” and women to “log off” the internet – he has amassed more than 1 million followers on Facebook. Threshold Editions, the Simon & Schuster imprint dedicated to “innovative ideas of contemporary conservatism”, has a hit on its hands.
Can you have followers on Facebook? I thought you were limited to 5,000 friends?
1 million followers on Twitter, possibly, before they cancel your account.
The administration of late President Hugo Chávez awarded Odebrecht $11 billion in contracts to build communes like Diluvio in remote parts of the country and connect them to the heartland with grand bridges and railways, according to company employees and state documents.
But while the company completed roads, pipelines and railways elsewhere in Latin America and Africa, few of the dozens of projects contracted under Mr. Chávez came to fruition.
“They were throwing money by the billions into projects that were never going anywhere,” said a civil engineer who worked for Odebrecht at Diluvio.
What remains includes an unfinished, abandoned 8-mile bridge structure over the Orinoco River, four hours’ drive from the closest city in the southern Bolivar state. Further north, the skeleton of a soya processing plant put up by the company stands in the arid savanna of Anzoategui state; the fields there haven’t yielded one grain of soya.
Jesus, even with the damn oil money and contracting it out they still couldn’t even build the damn communes.
Have to go all the way back to the groundnut scheme to beat that.
Office “cake culture” in which staff bring in treats for birthdays and celebrations is becoming a daily health hazard and should be stopped, experts have advised.
Horrors, eh? Someone might enjoy themselves with a sweetie and a bit of human contact through gift giving. Haven’t they ever read Polanyi?
Can’t have that, ban it!
There’s a certain hankering for the old days really. Even for the times that some chinless wonder on a horse rode up to take all the young men away to kill the Frenchies. Even that was better than this, wasn’t it?
The Zionists are firmly in control of American policies towards Palestine and Israel, and that the recent UN condemnation of the Tel Aviv regime will not be repeated during the Donald Trump presidency, according to American writer and political analyst James Petras.
Petras, a professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in New York, and adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.
Fortunately there is no anti-semitism at all in American academia.
Amazon has sparked outrage by continuing to sell ‘racist’ and religiously offensive fancy dress costumes despite criticism from customers.
The online retail giant is offering a ‘traditional black burqa hood’, ‘Arab costume’ and Jesus garment as part of its selection of party outfits.
The ‘Arab’ tunic and headdress, with a ‘Palestine’ scarf, is modelled by a white man covered in what looks like face paint.
Meanwhile, Amazon is also selling a ‘naughty nun’ costume, ‘Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Fedora hat’, and ‘native Indian’ outfit.
There are also ‘French man’ and ‘Mexican bandit’ costumes, the latter of which has been criticised by customers on the retailer’s website.
One wrote: ‘Have you ever thought that wearing this kind of “costumes” might be -actually- racist?
‘Have you ever thought that making fun of people’s heritage and traditions might not be that funny? I have not seen kilts sold as “costumes”… How weird!’
Another left a one star review branding the outfit ‘racist’.
Amazingly, Amazon sells kilt costumes.
The Department for Education has revealed that the number of primary school children being suspended for racist behaviour has risen by a third in the past few years, from 430 incidents in 2014-15 compared with 320 in 2009-10.
This is not a case of “political correctness gone mad”; children as young as six are not being routinely suspended for just poor choice of language. The issue is more widespread than individual schools and speaks volumes about a society where young children mimic racial abuse. Such an increase should come as no surprise, given the nature of the Tory-led government’s increasingly racist social policy.
Because before 2010 Britain wasn’t a racist society at all was it? It may well be one of the least racist places on earth but that’s not the same as not at all.
Nor, of course, does a rising number of people being punished for something indicate a rise in the incidence. Could be that we’ve changed our definition, that we’re taking it more seriously.
And have we done so?
Appearing on the Kremlin-funded channel last month, Mr Hedley said: “It’s very clear in our rule book, we’re in an antagonistic relationship with the managers and with the bosses. We want to overthrow capitalism and create a socialist form of society.”
The lack of historical awareness is just astonishing.
And consider the different reaction to someone saying that that Benito had the right idea….hmm, actually, that’s Spud isn’t it?
Letting Fox own Sky will start the campaign to undermine the very notion of impartiality and accuracy. We should never let our impartiality rules go: they make BBC news the most trusted around the world.
Thus, whatever the rules that would govern Sky News, the BBC would continue on with that impartiality, wouldn’t it?
Spain’s government will consider reversing a decision by dictator Francisco Franco and move the country’s clocks back one hour, the labour minister said on Monday.
Spain was originally in the Greenwich Mean Time zone – along with Britain and Portugal, with which it is geographically in line – but Franco shifted Spain’s clocks one hour ahead to be in line with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
Sensible idea. The move back that is, geography is real after all. But this?
Supporters of moving the clock back one hour say it would improve Spain’s weak productivity and allow for a better work/life balance. Due to its time zone, Spaniards have worked longer hours and finished later than in other European countries.
Ignorant ficking puffle. Which hours are worked does not change the number worked.
Children as young as seven are to be taught in schools to stop using the terms ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ – in case they discriminate against transgender pupils.
A guidebook for teachers, parents and pupils to be sent to schools around Britain advises against using language that suggests there are only two genders. It also condemns saying ‘ladies’ and ‘gents’.
Rather the point of this transgender stuff is to insist that said gender really is an important thing. It’s just that they belong to that one over there, not the one that the vagaries of genetic and hormonal expression have left them looking like.
That is, that man who transitions really does become a woman. They aren’t just a man in drag, one with the knackers cut off, they really, really, are a woman. And equally with movement in the other direction. To insist, as this seems to be doing, that there’re some other categories, trans-man, trans-woman, whatever, would seem to fall under the rubric of trans-phobia, wouldn’t it?
And although Wilders denies being a racist, his rise has coincided with a disturbing increase in hate crimes, data from the Anne Frank museum’s annual report shows.
Inequality increased while Ed Miliband was Leader of the Opposition. But Ed denies supporting an increase in inequality.
As a writer and producer on Seinfeld, Peter Mehlman enshrined “shrinkage”, “yada yada” and the ethics of double-dipping into comedy lore.
He savored the sitcom’s success all the more because it was, famously, “about nothing” and broke network rules about likeable characters and punchlines.
But now the joke is on Mehlman and other liberals who worked on Seinfeld.
The show’s billion-dollar revenues enriched and empowered Steve Bannon, an investor-turned political guru who ran the campaign for Donald Trump, another rule-breaker who according to critics knows nothing, and will be his chief White House strategist.
Mehlman is aghast that Bannon continues to mint a fortune from Seinfeld royalties.
The writer told the Guardian that he felt Bannon had proven himself to be a “raging antisemite”, and the fact that he’d made “all this money off a show that’s associated with Jewish humor – that’s pretty galling”.
Agreed, no one, as yet, is saying that Bannon should not collect because he’s, according to them, an anti-semite. But you can see the pondering of that claim going on in the background there.
And the problem with that is that it’s only a short step from “someone shouldn’t gain money because they’re an anti-semite” to “someone shouldn’t gain money because they are a semite.”
And we do actually have reasonably recent evidence as to how that works out.
Which is why we’ve got to keep shouting that private property is simply private property. Whatever the views, race, background of whose private property it is.
Rehana Azam, the national secretary for public services at the GMB union, said: “Public services are predominantly delivered by people so it’s hard to see how they’re going to provide a cost-efficient service from call centres in another country.
“We’d want to sit down with Capita and make sure people are treated fairly in any process that ends with them losing jobs.”
Azam cast doubt on whether using robots to automate some of its systems would work. “We’ve never had a good track record with private providers delivering computerised systems. I’d like to see where there have been good examples of that kind of automation.”
The public sector’s always been so good at computerisation, hasn’t it?
Amazon announced this week that it’s opening a new food store, called Amazon Go, which automatically charges customers without having to wait in a checkout line. In a video posted to the company’s website, which went viral, busy Americans pluck sandwiches and drinks from high-tech stores shelves while Amazon automatically tracks their selections through a downloadable app, bills their accounts and sends a receipt to their smartphones. It ends with a cheeky message: “No lines. No Checkout. (No, seriously.).”
For Richard McCarthy, the executive director Slow Food USA, the store depicted in the video is “horrifying.”
“Amazon is an enabler in our rush toward processed, pre-packaged convenience foods for a generation and a subset of consumers,” he told Salon. “It’s like ‘I want the ease of clicking, but now I don’t even have to click. I can just grab it and go.’”
The Puritans are still with us, eh? We must suffer in order to have anything nice.