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U.S. Deficit Shrinking At Fastest Pace Since WWII, Before Fiscal Cliff

U.S. Deficit Shrinking At Fastest Pace Since WWII, Before Fiscal Cliff | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
If U.S. history is a guide, piling on more tax hikes and budget curbs now could backfire. The best fix for the fiscal cliff is to postpone it.
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Welcome to my Politics and Economy Scoop.

 

It is a fairly generic mix of articles, gathered through twitter, the blogs I follow and suggestions from the Scoop.it curation tool, that catch my attention as interesting to me and possibly other people.

 

You can use the filter option just above this introduction to search for a particular topic within the numerous articles collated here.

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Trade wars: memo shows EU is costing UK billions

Trade wars: memo shows EU is costing UK billions | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it

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Blacklisted workers win £10m payout from construction firms

Blacklisted workers win £10m payout from construction firms | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Balfour Beatty and Sir Robert McAlpine among the building giants that have agreed to compensate trade union members for denying them work
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Oil firms have 10 years to change strategy or face 'short, brutish end'

Oil firms have 10 years to change strategy or face 'short, brutish end' | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Business models employed by multinationals such as Shell and BP are no longer fit for purpose, warns energy expert
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Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal

Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Greenpeace says internal documents show US attempts to lower or circumvent EU protection for environment and public health
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Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours
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Secret ‘internal reviews’ show clear link between Tory welfare ‘reforms’ and suicides

Secret ‘internal reviews’ show clear link between Tory welfare ‘reforms’ and suicides | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
I’ve written more than one lengthy critique of Tory notions of what passes for “research” methods, and often criticised Conservative refusals to accept the research findings of academics regarding, for example, established links between the Work Capability Assessment, increased suicide and mortality, the link between sanctions and increased mortality. The Tory plea for the universal…

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Jeremy Hunt tweets support for nurses, and gets absolutely destroyed (TWEETS) | The Canary

Jeremy Hunt tweets support for nurses, and gets absolutely destroyed (TWEETS) | The Canary | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
What did he think was going to happen?

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[PDF]  The Future of Jobs

[PDF]  The Future of Jobs | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Disruptive changes to business models will have a profound impact on the employment landscape over the coming years. Many of the major drivers of transformation currently affecting global industries are expected to have a significant impact on jobs, ranging from significant job creation to job displacement, and from heightened labour productivity to widening skills gaps. In many industries and countries, the most  in-demand occupations or specialties did not exist 10 or even five years ago, and the pace of change is set to accelerate. By one popular estimate, 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist.
 
In such a rapidly evolving employment landscape, the ability to anticipate and prepare for future skills requirements, job content and the aggregate effect on employment is increasingly critical for businesses, governments and individuals in order to fully seize the opportunities presented by these trends—and to mitigate undesirable outcomes.
 
Past waves of technological advancement and demographic change have led to increased prosperity, productivity and job creation. This does not mean, however, that these transitions were free of risk or difficulty. Anticipating and preparing for the current transition is therefore critical. As a core component of the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge Initiative on Employment, Skills and Human Capital, the Future of Jobs project aims to bring specificity to the upcoming disruptions to the employment and skills landscape in industries and regions—and to stimulate deeper thinking about how business and governments can manage this change. The industry analysis presented in this Report will form the basis of dialogue with industry leaders to address industry-specific talent challenges, while the country and regional analysis presented in this Report will be integrated into national and regional public-private collaborations to promote employment and skills.

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Chomsky – How the Elites’ ‘War on Terror’ Multiplies Terror

Chomsky – How the Elites’ ‘War on Terror’ Multiplies Terror | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
By Noam Chomsky | ( Tomdispatch.com ) | – – [This piece, the second of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books). Part 1…
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David Cameron thinks he is tackling tax avoidance, these 300 top economists disagree | The Canary

David Cameron thinks he is tackling tax avoidance, these 300 top economists disagree | The Canary | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
They are particularly concerned with the UK.

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Vinay Gupta: The Man Who is Constantly Trying to Solve Humanity's Largest Problems and Save All of Our Lives

Vinay Gupta: The Man Who is Constantly Trying to Solve Humanity's Largest Problems and Save All of Our Lives | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Vinay Gupta is the smartest human you've never heard of. He's a technologist, inventor, futurist, systems theorist, and global resilience guru whose life's work focuses on how to ensure the long-term survival and flourishing of the human race.

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Forgive and forget Zac Goldsmith’s racist campaign? No chance | Owen Jones

Forgive and forget Zac Goldsmith’s racist campaign? No chance | Owen Jones | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
‘Doing a Zac’ should become an insult that future politicians want to avoid. His attempt to divide London’s voters should shame not just him but No 10

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After Robots Take Our Jobs, This Is What the Economy Will Look Like

Imagine a world where robots perform the vast majority of our jobs. Food is factory-farmed by automated machines and delivered to us by fleets of drones and self-driving trucks. Our houses are built by giant, roving 3-D printers. We're free to simply pursue our passions and explore. Now ask yourself: How is anyone going to make any money?

For many futurists and economic theorists, the answer is a "basic income," a wage you receive from the government just for being human.

The idea isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. 

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Turn2us - A third of MPs have claimed unemployment benefits

Turn2us - A third of MPs have claimed unemployment benefits | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Turn2us research reveals extent to which MPs have experienced financial hardship

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Free universal healthcare questioned after record overspend by hospitals

Free universal healthcare questioned after record overspend by hospitals | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
RT @yates_rob: Of course Britain can sustain a FREE NHS it will just take a caring govt to tax fund it properly https://t.co/Z13icvGZNF
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Police investigating Tory Gavin Barwell's election expenses given more time

Police investigating Tory Gavin Barwell's election expenses given more time | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it

The Conservative MP is under investigation over claims he didn't fully declare his election expenses following a Mirror investigation
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Welcome to the age of Trump | Jonathan Freedland

Welcome to the age of Trump | Jonathan Freedland | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The Long Read: Whether he wins the US presidency or not, his rise reveals a growing attraction to political demagogues – and points to a wider crisis of democracy
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Noam Chomsky on Donald Trump: 'Almost a death knell for the human species'

Noam Chomsky on Donald Trump: 'Almost a death knell for the human species' | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
As he appears in new documentary The Divide, the great intellectual explains why Brexit is unimportant, why Trump’s climate change denial is catastrophic – and why revolution is easier than you think
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Dear Nicky Morgan, I'm quitting as a teacher. Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation

Dear Nicky Morgan, I'm quitting as a teacher. Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it

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Report shows significant challenges facing the Universal Credit system

Report shows significant challenges facing the Universal Credit system | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
It's disappointing and very worrying that a published report from the Work and Pensions Committee says: "The employment support service for in-work claimants of Universal Credit (UC) holds the potential to be the most significant welfare reform since 1948, but realising this potential means a steep on-the-job learning curve, as the policy appears to be…

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Germany just generated so much wind and solar energy it had to pay back customers

Germany just generated so much wind and solar energy it had to pay back customers | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
With the country making gains towards its goal, experts think Germany is a good role model for other developed nations.

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On Sunday, 95% of Germany's power demands were met by renewable energy sources.

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Basic Income Guarantee gains popularity across the political spectrum

Basic Income Guarantee gains popularity across the political spectrum | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Basic income (which is sometimes called “citizen’s income” or “universal income”) is the idea that absolute poverty can be alleviated by providing every member of a society with an unconditional subsistence income. Supporters of basic income argue that it would alleviate absolute poverty and would also motivate people to work because they would always better…

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The Panama Papers are back, but this time we can ALL see who is dodging tax | The Canary

The Panama Papers are back, but this time we can ALL see who is dodging tax | The Canary | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
We can all be investigators now.

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The sorry facts which show the BBC has moved beyond bias, into pure propaganda | The Canary

The sorry facts which show the BBC has moved beyond bias, into pure propaganda | The Canary | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The sorry facts which show the BBC has moved beyond bias, into pure propaganda from The Canary on 6th May 2016

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What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?

What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money? | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it

"Daniel Straub remembers the night he got hooked on basic income. He had invited Götz Werner, a billionaire owner of a German drugstore chain, to give an independent talk in Zurich, where Straub was working as a project manager for a think tank. He had read an article about the radical proposal to unconditionally guarantee citizens an income and spent a few years casually researching the idea. Straub had heard Werner was a good speaker on the topic, and that night in 2009 he was indeed excellent at connecting with the audience, a sold-out house of 200. “It was a very intense evening; people were paying attention,” Straub recalled.

"Werner posed a pair of simple questions to the crowd: What do you really want to do with your life? Are you doing what you really want to do? Whatever the answers, he suggested basic income was the means to achieve those goals. The idea is as simple as it is radical: Rather than concern itself with managing myriad social welfare and unemployment insurance programs, the government would instead regularly cut a no-strings-attached check to each citizen. No conditions. No questions. Everyone, rich or poor, employed or out of work would get the same amount of money. This arrangement would provide a path toward a new way of living: If people no longer had to worry about making ends meet, they could pursue the lives they want to live."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 3, 1:49 PM

I have encountered this proposal on numerous occasions lately. It seems to be growing considerably, and it intrigues me. -JL