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A one-word explanation on why the eurozone cannot inflate its way out of trouble: Spain!

A one-word explanation on why the eurozone cannot inflate its way out of trouble: Spain! | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it

So, Germany seems to have pushed the inflation-phobia monkey off its back. Its finance minister has condoned real wage rises for German industrial workers and the head of the Bundesbank has acknowledged a readiness to allow German inflation to outpace that of the rest of the eurozone. After fifteen years of violating the Maastricht agreement on the need to target the same rate of inflation (at around 2% – see here), Germany is now prepared to compensate the rest of the eurozone for the damage its deflationary strategy has caused.

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We wanted the web for free – but the price is deep surveillance

We wanted the web for free – but the price is deep surveillance | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Advertising has become the online business model but by its very nature it involves corporations spying on users to produce more targeted results, writes John Naughton
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The median household is 20% poorer today than in 1984

The median household is 20% poorer today than in 1984 | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
A bad couple of decades for the typical American
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A new study from the Russell Sage Foundation reveals that while wealth levels for all classes of Americans declined between 2007 and 2013, Americans in the bottom half of the distribution are poorer than they were way back in 1984. Meanwhile, elites have amassed considerable wealth since then

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Until: Who wants to live for ever?

Until: Who wants to live for ever? | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Do you want to live to 100? 1,000? What about for ever?
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Terry Hill's curator insight, August 6, 9:04 AM
You may want to ponder this for a while before forming an opinion.
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Breathless and Burdened from The Center for Public Integrity

Breathless and Burdened from The Center for Public Integrity | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
This yearlong investigation examines how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, have helped defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung, even as disease rates are on the rise and an increasing number of miners are turning to a system that was supposed to help alleviate their suffering.
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Human is the most cruel of all animals. I am always surprised by stories like this, when one (or more) person profits and makes money at the expense of public health.

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Results of the 2014 European elections - European Parliament

Results of the 2014 European elections - European Parliament | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Official results of the elections to the European Parliament held between 22 and 25 May 2014 - European Parliament
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How Americans Die

How Americans Die | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Americans die in smaller portions each year, but what kills us is changing.
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Edward Snowden: ‘Mass surveillance is ineffective at preventing terrorism’

Edward Snowden: ‘Mass surveillance is ineffective at preventing terrorism’ | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
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Tracking for Health

Tracking for Health | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
69% of U.S. adults track a health indicator like weight, diet, exercise routine, or symptom. Of those, half track in their heads, one-third keep notes on paper, and one in five use technology to keep tabs on their health status.
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Technology is providing the tools to track activity and health indicators. Big data will enable future health specialists to analyse and predict life style effects on health.

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Jeffrey Sommers/Michael Hudson: Russia, Crimea and the Consequences of NATO Policy - naked capitalism

Jeffrey Sommers/Michael Hudson: Russia, Crimea and the Consequences of NATO Policy - naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Russia’s incursion (invasion if you prefer) into Crimea, with prospects for movement into Eastern Ukraine, is the culmination of US/NATO policy since 1991.
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Ukraine Crisis: Keep Your Eyes on Angela Merkel

Ukraine Crisis: Keep Your Eyes on Angela Merkel | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
If there is a solution to the conflict in Crimea, it may lay in Berlin, in the personage of Germany’s Chancellor.
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IMF study finds inequality is damaging to economic growth

IMF study finds inequality is damaging to economic growth | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
International Monetary Fund paper dismisses rightwing argument that redistributing incomes is self-defeating
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The International Monetary Fund has backed economists who argue that inequality is a drag on growth in a discussion paper that has also dismissed rightwing theories that efforts to redistribute incomes are self-defeating.

The Washington-based organisation, which advises governments on sustainable growth, said countries with high levels of inequality suffered lower growth than nations that distributed incomes more evenly.

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The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.

The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World. | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
The post-recession reality is that the customer base for businesses that appeal to the middle class is shrinking as the top tier pulls even further away.
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What Jobs Will Robots Take? - naked capitalism

What Jobs Will Robots Take? - naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Yves here. One of the things that is bothersome about the ongoing discussion of robots (or more generally automation) taking jobs is the lack of precision as to how that takes place. And that lack may lead to overestimation.
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New Left Review - Wolfgang Streeck: How Will Capitalism End?

New Left Review - Wolfgang Streeck: How Will Capitalism End? | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
New Left Review analyses world politics, the global economy, state powers and protest movements; contemporary social theory, history, philosophy and culture.
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The Social Laboratory

The Social Laboratory | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society.
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Europa zahlt die Zeche: Wie Griechenlands Oligarchen ihren Staat ausplündern - Wie Griechenlands Oligarchen ihren Staat ausplündern

Europa zahlt die Zeche: Wie Griechenlands Oligarchen ihren Staat ausplündern - Wie Griechenlands Oligarchen ihren Staat ausplündern | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Im griechischen Bankensystem tickt die nächste Zeitbombe für den Euro. Der Grund: Mächtige Großunternehmer erpressen den Staat – und bürden ihm immer neue Schuldenlasten auf.
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Inclusive Capitalism Initiative is Trojan Horse to quell coming global revolt

Inclusive Capitalism Initiative is Trojan Horse to quell coming global revolt | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Henry Jackson Society's pre-emptive PR offensive seeks to popularise parasitic economic growth for the few
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FED UP - Official Trailer - YouTube

In theaters May 9. This is the movie the food industry doesn't want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight ...
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Future of Work: Four trends tipped to change the workplace

Future of Work: Four trends tipped to change the workplace | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Businesses need to learn to adapt to a changing workforce that involves more generations of workers, greater collaboration and more stakeholders, or risk becoming unattractive to employees and investors.
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Is a Second Euro Crisis Possible? - naked capitalism

Is a Second Euro Crisis Possible? - naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
The notion of Eurozone fragility is no longer an active worry among investors and pundits. Is this increased optimism warranted?
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Mathew D. Rose: Hello European Deflation! Good-bye Periphery! - naked capitalism

Mathew D. Rose: Hello European Deflation! Good-bye Periphery! - naked capitalism | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
What do the Catholic Church and the Eurozone have in common? More than one thinks
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Assange Says NSA Holds The Power In The Obama Administration | TechCrunch

Assange Says NSA Holds The Power In The Obama Administration | TechCrunch | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gave a rare talk via video at annual tech mega-conference SXSW, where he came out swinging not only at President Obama but..
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Ivan Krastev | Russian President Vladimir Putin's Plan For Overturning the European Order | Foreign Affairs

Ivan Krastev | Russian President Vladimir Putin's Plan For Overturning the European Order | Foreign Affairs | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Russia’s willingness to violate Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty is the gravest challenge to the European order in over half a century. The conflict pits a vast nuclear power against a state equal in size to France, an autocratic regime against a revolutionary government.
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Is Climate Change to Blame for UK's Floods?

Is Climate Change to Blame for UK's Floods? | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Scientists say climate change may be to blame for the current heavy downpours that have led to widespread flooding in the United Kingdom.
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Climate change is going to affect societies and economies in the future.

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The fat cost of fast food: Each fast food meal bumps up BMI by .03, study says - NBC News.com

The fat cost of fast food: Each fast food meal bumps up BMI by .03, study says - NBC News.com | Evolution of societies and politics | Scoop.it
Everyone knows fast food isn’t healthy, and it’s been linked to weight gain and the obesity epidemic. After all, most fast food is laden...
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The sharpest increases in both fast-food intake and BMI were in Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. “The more aggressive market-liberalized countries have a higher consumption of fast food,” De Vogli said.

The lowest increases were in countries with more stringent market regulation, such as Italy, the Netherlands, Greece and Belgium. “Trade protection might not always be a good thing, but our study found consumption of fast food was much lower in countries that have higher regulation.”

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