Posted by hkarner - 9. April 2017
Wealth and health are intrinsically linked in the United States, with rich Americans living between 10 to 15 years longer than their poor counterparts, a study has found.
A series of five papers published in the medical journal The Lancet found that a widening income gap, structural racism and mass incarceration are fueling growing health inequalities.
“The USA is one of the richest countries in the world, but that reality means very little for most people because so much of that wealth is controlled by a tiny sliver of Americans,” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders wrote in an article introducing the research.
Sanders called for reforms to the healthcare system, which he described as “the most expensive, bureaucratic, wasteful, and ineffective” in the world. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 19. März 2017
Populists helped move the nation’s mainstream parties to the right and transformed political norms despite falling short at the polls.
Dutch PM Mark Rutte wins election: Netherlands says no to ‘wrong kind of populism‘
As results flooded in after the Dutch general election, incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte was beaming.
The country, he said, had hit back against far-right, anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders and the hate he espoused. Wilders’s Party for Freedom came a distant second, with 20 seats, to Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, which won 33. “The Netherlands said: ‘Whoa!’ to the wrong kind of populism,” Rutte told supporters at a rally. Headlines proclaimed that, despite the nativist insurgencies of 2016, the Dutch had rallied in support of the liberal center.
But the truth is not that simple. Wilders is out of power, but his influence is everywhere. He has shown how populists can transform political norms, even when they lose. Rutte’s party responded to rising populism in the Netherlands by toughening its stance on immigration. Case in point: During the campaign, Rutte took out an ad in a Dutch paper that urged migrants in the Netherlands to “be normal or go away.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 28. Februar 2017
High-earning traders will quickly become an endangered species as AI takes over the financial sector.
Will The Wolves Of Wall Street Be Out Of A Job Soon?
For the past year, we as a society have been worried sick about artificial intelligence eating the jobs of 3 million truck drivers. Turns out that a more imminently endangered species are the Wall Street traders and hedge fund managers who can afford to buy Lamborghinis and hire Elton John to play their Hamptons house parties.
So maybe “hooray for AI” on this one?
Financial giants such as Goldman Sachs and many of the biggest hedge funds are all switching on AI-driven systems that can foresee market trends and make trades better than humans. It’s been happening, drip by drip, for years, but a torrent of AI is about to wash through the industry, says Mark Minevich, a New York-based investor in AI and senior adviser to the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. High-earning traders are going to get unceremoniously dumped like workers at a closing factory.
“It will really hit at the soul of Wall Street,” Minevich tells me. “It will transform New York.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 20. Februar 2017
The vice president could make a convincing case it is too risky to leave Trump in power.
The news of the forced resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, due to the scandal that he, as a private citizen, spoke to the Russian ambassador in December after President Barack Obama issued sanctions on Russia for their aggressive behavior, has rocked the Donald Trump Presidency.
Trump, already under fire by many conservatives and Republicans for his “bromance” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is suspect as to his loyalty to traditional American foreign policy, as a result of him having hired Flynn in the first place.
Critics had observed that Flynn seemed unreliable and had poor judgment. Former colleagues darkly joked that there were “Flynn facts,” a reference to his penchant for making up stuff. Flynn had also been criticized for being too close to Putin. At the Republican convention he joined in a chorus of “Lock her up!” a reference to Hillary Clinton.
Many foreign policy professionals are shaking their head at Trump’s inappropriate behavior and language every time he speaks in public, or issues a Twitter comment, and his instability and recklessness.
His having a security meeting over the North Korean missile test in public space at dinner in full vision of other guests is a sign of his failure to act responsibly. His abrupt ending of a phone call to the Australian Prime Minister, our loyal ally in four wars in the past hundred years, is alarming. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 8. Februar 2017
What the hell is this nutcase playing? (R.C.)
„All over Europe, it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,“ Trump told a group of about 300 U.S. troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
President Donald Trump on Monday accused the news media of ignoring attacks by Islamist militants in Europe, without giving specific examples.
Trump, who has made defeating Islamic State a core goal of his presidency, did not specify which attacks were going unreported, which news media organizations were ignoring them, or offer details to support his claims.
„All over Europe, it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,“ he told a group of about 300 U.S. troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
„And, in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that,“ he added, without saying what those reasons were.
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Posted by hkarner - 3. Februar 2017
„So utterly sick!“ (RC)
The White House wants to build dozens of new jails for up to 2 million people along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Who is Steve Bannon? ‘The Most Dangerous Political Operative In America’
Imagine: Miles upon miles of new concrete jails stretching across the scrub-brush horizons of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, with millions of people incarcerated in orange jumpsuits and awaiting deportation.
Such is the fevered vision of a little-noticed segment of President Donald Trump’s sulfurous executive order on border security and immigration enforcement security. Section 5 of the January 25 order calls for the “immediate” construction of detention facilities and allocation of personnel and legal resources “to detain aliens at or near the land border with Mexico” and process them for deportation. But another, much overlooked, order signed the same day spells out, in ominous terms, who will go.
Related: Twitter users plead: ‚Stop President Bannon‘
Trump promised a week after the November elections that he would —a number that exists maiexpel or imprison some 2 million or 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal convictionsnly in his imagination. (Only about 820,000 undocumented immigrants currently have a criminal record, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. Many of those have traffic infractions and other misdemeanors.) Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 2. Februar 2017
Pressed to comment about Trump’s attacks on Germany’s migrant and trade policies, and the euro, Seibert told a regular government news conference: „We are at the very beginning of the cooperation with a new American government.“
Merkel defends open-door refugee policy, says Islamist terrorism is Germany’s greatest threat
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday announced plans to visit Washington and shore up ties with Germany’s closest ally outside Europe, days after a key aide to U.S. President Donald Trump launched fresh attacks on Berlin’s policies.
Gabriel said he looked forward to a „good, open and friendly“ dialogue with Rex Tillerson, confirmed as Trump’s secretary of State on Wednesday by the U.S. Senate, and said Germany was seeking answers about the new U.S. administration’s foreign policies, its relationship to the NATO alliance and other key issues. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 2. Dezember 2016
Next time you stop for gas at a self-serve pump, say hello to the robot in front of you. Its life story can tell you a lot about the robot economy roaring toward us like an EF5 tornado on the prairie.
Yeah, your automated gas pump killed a lot of jobs over the years, but its biography might give you hope that the coming wave of automation driven by artificial intelligence (AI) will turn out better for almost all of us than a lot of people seem to think.
The first crude version of an automated gas-delivering robot appeared in 1964 at a station in Westminster, Colorado. Short Stop convenience store owner John Roscoe bought an electric box that let a clerk inside activate any of the pumps outside. Self-serve pumps didn’t catch on until the 1970s, when pump-makers added automation that let customers pay at the pump, and over the next 30 years, stations across the nation installed these task-specific robots and fired attendants. By the 2000s, the gas attendant job had all but disappeared. (Two states, New Jersey and Oregon, protect full-service gas by law.)
That’s hundreds of thousands of jobs vaporized—there are now 168,000 gas stations in the U.S. The loss of those jobs was undoubtedly devastating for the individuals who had them, but the broader impact has been pretty positive for the rest of us. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 27. November 2016
Less educated voters are more likely to back populist parties in Europe, too.
Tweeters worried Donald Trump may divide families at Thanksgiving
Donald Trump spent much of his election campaign raging against groups he doesn’t like; Muslims, the media, Mexicans and the rest. But there’s at least one group he’s a fan of. “I love the poorly educated!” the president-elect to be declared after pulling off a victory in the Nevada caucus of the Republican primary.
Now, an analysis of his shock election victory shows the feeling was mutual.
It was “education, not income,” that was the strongest predictor of a vote for Trump, according to the polling analyst Nate Silver. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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Posted by hkarner - 24. November 2016
Is there really an international wave of a hard-right populism?
Are the masses rising up around the world to topple corrupt elites? Or is talk of this colossal political shift just jargon, guff and cocktail chatter concocted by analysts searching for patterns when the victories of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election and Britain’s decision to leave the EU—to name the two most significant results in the West—could just be unconnected blips?
A year ago, the evidence for a global phenomenon was weak. Some midsize European countries, Hungary and Poland, had elected rightist, anti-globalization governments, and France, the Netherlands, Sweden and a few other European nations had parties that were beginning, maybe, to look like electoral contenders. The U.K. was heading for a vote on its EU membership, but few people thought the majority would vote for Brexit. At that point, Trump seemed to be just a whacky sideshow in a Republican primary. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »
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