Why we can't have nice things
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Why we can't have nice things
The ruination of the world for everyone else by those who have the ability to do so.
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The era of cheap labour is over | Paul Mason

The era of cheap labour is over | Paul Mason | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it

An influential new paper predicts that workers are about to become much more powerful. How will capitalism adapt to this newly empowered workforce?

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A rather positive post for a change.

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DWP staff given suicide guidance ahead of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms

DWP staff given suicide guidance ahead of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Frontline staff at the Department for Work and Pensions have been given guidance on how to deal with suicidal benefit claimants, it has been reported.
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If medical trials were carried out with such reckless abandon we would have cured so many diseases by now.  As it is ethics are strong in medicine so instead we have to make do with gaining no benefit whatsoever from forcing people to kill themselves.

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Black, Foul-Smelling Sludge Pours From Taps In California As Fracking Takes Its Toll (VIDEO)

Black, Foul-Smelling Sludge Pours From Taps In California As Fracking Takes Its Toll (VIDEO) | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it

This is what's coming out of people's taps in California right now.

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What Criminals May Gain from the Next Evolution of Bitcoin | MIT Technology Review

What Criminals May Gain from the Next Evolution of Bitcoin | MIT Technology Review | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Investors see riches in a cryptography-enabled technology called smart contracts–but it could also offer much to criminals.
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this is very interesting. a technology against which it will be impossible to legislate.
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German TV presenter sparks debate and hatred with her support for refugees

German TV presenter sparks debate and hatred with her support for refugees | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Anja Reschke uses regular slot on evening news to lambast hate-filled commentators whose language she says incites arson attacks on refugee homes
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Torture Is Bad. So Psychologists Helped the US Redefine It

Torture Is Bad. So Psychologists Helped the US Redefine It | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
The US doesn’t torture—so the government rewrote its definitions of torture.
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Ethical systems have loopholes like contracts nowadays.  Surely not ethical to have loopholes in either.

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'If they don’t give me money, I’ll be fired': the life of the charity cold-caller

'If they don’t give me money, I’ll be fired': the life of the charity cold-caller | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Charities desperately need telephone donations. But is the way they secure them justified? As fundraising comes under scrutiny again, the people on the other end of the line tell their stories
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George Orwell, human resources and the English language

George Orwell, human resources and the English language | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
The HR industry misuses language as a sort of low-tech mind control to avert our eyes from office atrocities and keep us fixed on our inboxes
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Aspirational parents condemn their children to a desperate, joyless life | George Monbiot

Aspirational parents condemn their children to a desperate, joyless life | George Monbiot | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Surrender your freedom, avoid daylight, live to work, and you too could join a toxic, paranoid elite
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Global economic crisis: has Labour dodged a bullet? | Left Futures

Global economic crisis: has Labour dodged a bullet? | Left Futures | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
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I have not yet fact checked this but it makes interesting reading.

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Inside the Kremlin’s hall of mirrors | Peter Pomerantsev

Inside the Kremlin’s hall of mirrors | Peter Pomerantsev | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
The long read: Fake news stories. Doctored photographs. Staged TV clips. Armies of paid trolls. Has Putin’s Russia developed a new kind of information warfare – fought in the ‘psychosphere’ rather than on the battlefield? Or is it all just a giant bluff?
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Techniques used in far more than just Russia.

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Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take | George Monbiot

Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take | George Monbiot | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: I have three challenges for the architects of a proposed transatlantic trade deal. If they reject them, they reject democracy
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Sometimes my analogy of corporations as demons seems more fitting than at other times.

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Twitter says politicians have the right to permanently delete their tweets

Twitter says politicians have the right to permanently delete their tweets | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
This week Twitter killed two third-party tools that revealed when politicians secretly deleted their tweets.
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This should really be under one of my more techy scoops except it shows Twitter ignoring the principles of free and open democracy in order to try and avoid upsetting potential political customers.

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Restaurants’ tipping policy ‘forces waiters to pay to work’

Restaurants’ tipping policy ‘forces waiters to pay to work’ | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Major chains’ rules require staff to hand over cash after the end of a shift, union claims
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Doctors write 10m needless antibiotics prescriptions a year, says Nice

Doctors write 10m needless antibiotics prescriptions a year, says Nice | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Guidance warns that patients’ demand for antibiotics is fuelling crisis of antimicrobial resistance that threatens ‘whole basis of medicine’
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This is largely because Doctors are just like the rest of us and a certain proportion are idiots.

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Major Lawsuit Against Monsanto Completely Blacked out by Media

Major Lawsuit Against Monsanto Completely Blacked out by Media | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
What happens when one courageous attorney and a few citizens try to take down Monsanto? The MSM doesn’t cover it, for starters.
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I said so.

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The Danger Of Denying Health Care To Undocumented Immigrants

The Danger Of Denying Health Care To Undocumented Immigrants | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
"This is not an issue about immigration, rather it is about the problems associated with adults with mental illness," an Ohio-based immigrant advocacy group stated.
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Poverty Disturbs Children's Brain Development and Academic Performance

Poverty Disturbs Children's Brain Development and Academic Performance | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Delayed brain development predicts lower tests scores in low-income children
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Inequality

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London is now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

London is now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
The City of London is the money-laundering centre of the world’s drug trade, according to an internationally acclaimed crime expert.
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There's a crisis in our democracy. Why isn't anyone talking about it?

There's a crisis in our democracy. Why isn't anyone talking about it? | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
Just 24 per cent of people voted Tory. Just 21 per cent backed Labour. Why aren't we more worried, asks James Elder.
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A worse example than most but enabled by flaws in the system rather than lack of provision. Often it is poor design that ruins the way things work coupled with lack of oversight.

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Honeybees devastated by second highest bee die-off on record in 2014

Honeybees devastated by second highest bee die-off on record in 2014 | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
A Bee Informed report finds the 2014 bee die-offs to be the second highest ever recorded.
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If you want to know why TTIP would be a nightmare, look what just happened in Canada

If you want to know why TTIP would be a nightmare, look what just happened in Canada | Why we can't have nice things | Scoop.it
If anyone tries to convince you that TTIP is no threat to a government’s ability to protect its people, just point them to Canada.
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