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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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The Oil Industry Got Together and Agreed Things May Never Get Better

The Oil Industry Got Together and Agreed Things May Never Get Better | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Thousands of industry participants gathered in London for their annual get-together, only to find a world awash in crude and hardly a life jacket in sight.

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How to Power Customer Experiences With Content

How to Power Customer Experiences With Content | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Is your brand passing up opportunities to turn routine content production into memorable customer experiences?

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malek's curator insight, February 11, 10:15 AM

Visuals such as images, videos, GIFs, memes, infographics, Slideshare presentations, and more need to be created with the story and overall customer experience in mind.

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No job is safe from automation and robotization

No job is safe from automation and robotization | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
See how susceptible your industry is torobotic takeover.

Via Farid Mheir, Marc Wachtfogel, PhD, Fred Zimny
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Jean-Simon Venne's curator insight, February 2, 9:39 PM

Thanks Farid for this interesting analysis, to be followed.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, February 5, 1:51 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this warning.  In the months ahead, many formerly "secure" jobs will be staffed with robots, artificial intelligence, and sophisticated data processing equipment. Those of us who have been "downsized" (I'm one) from the communications, entertainment, and broadcast engineering career fields understand how devastating this trend will be.  It's the old argument:  people are too expensive and unreliable.  Machines don't get sick, take vacations, or complain.  Everything is bottom line these days.  No job or position is immune.  Those who still have jobs will be servicing and programming the machines that replaced people.  Be careful what you wish for--you may get it.  Aloha, Russ.

Johan Sundström's curator insight, February 8, 2:22 PM

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Millionaire Tory MP gives the most pathetic excuse for failing to declare £400,000 in extra earnings | The Canary

Millionaire Tory MP gives the most pathetic excuse for failing to declare £400,000 in extra earnings | The Canary | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Despite his oversight, the millionaire backbencher still submitted claims for a 49p bottle of milk and  £2 worth of tea bags. 

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Goldman Sachs Says It May Be Forced to Fundamentally Question How Capitalism Is Working

Goldman Sachs Says It May Be Forced to Fundamentally Question How Capitalism Is Working | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
The profit margins debate could lead to an unsettling conclusion.

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The Third Industrial Revolution in the Nord - Pas de Calais - Picardie region (UK)

"The 3rd Industrial Revolution" is the culmination of a life of analysis, reflection and study by the American Jeremy Rifkin. In 2013, with the 'Nord-Pas de ...


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Nearly 14,000 disabled people have mobility cars taken away - BBC News

Nearly 14,000 disabled people have mobility cars taken away - BBC News | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Nearly 14,000 disabled people who rely on a specialist motoring scheme have had their cars taken away following government welfare changes.

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britishroses's curator insight, February 3, 5:56 PM

I can not for the life of me understand how the british public can stand by and allow this to happen. The Tories have been asked over and over to do an impact assessment of their welfare "Social Security" reforms and the effect on sick and disabled people; they have refused to do so, coming up with every lame excuse in the book because they know how bad the results are it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out, but putting them on paper for the whole world to see is a different story!  In the meantime more and more sick and disabled people are paying the price and more and more with their lives. If you have an ounce of compassion or empathy within you please write a letter to your MP and the PM and spread the word about these horrific changes that do not protect the sick and disabled and the myth of austerity was only used to add to their lies and rhetoric and enable them to take from the most vulnerable in society. Please don't fall for their lies, rhetoric and excuses, there's no excuse - write and complain over and over again don't give up on the one's who need us most. 

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GPs threaten mass resignation in extraordinary challenge to Jeremy Hunt (VIDEO) | The Canary

GPs threaten mass resignation in extraordinary challenge to Jeremy Hunt (VIDEO) | The Canary | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
GPs have chosen the 'nuclear option'.

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Fury Shakes the Iowa Caucuses, Boosting Ted Cruz While Slowing Hillary Clinton :: NY Times :: Michael Barbaro

Fury Shakes the Iowa Caucuses, Boosting Ted Cruz While Slowing Hillary Clinton :: NY Times :: Michael Barbaro | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Fury carried Ted Cruz to victory. And it stopped Hillary Clinton from truly claiming one.

The vote here in Iowa was a portrait of red-hot America, so disaffected that it turned to a pugilistic evangelical Republican who calls for demolition of a system saturated with corruption. And it sent a forceful message to Democratic leaders that it was unwilling to put aside its resentment of Wall Street and corporate America to crown a lifelong party insider who has amassed millions in speaking fees from the big banks.

Monday night’s results confirmed that despite the widening cultural and political fissures that have divided right and left, voters are united in an impatience, even a revulsion, at what they see as a rigged system that no longer works for them.

For Republicans, the enemy is an overreaching government, strangling their freedoms and pocketbooks. For Democrats, it is an unfair economy, shrinking their paychecks and aspirations.

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How Did The US Go From A War On Terror To A War Of Terror?

How Did The US Go From A War On Terror To A War Of Terror? | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it

Perhaps the notion of U.S. exceptionalism shouldn’t be derided as a myth. Indeed, the U.S. is exceptional in the violence it perpetrates upon innocent people around the world.

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Google's Data Saver extension helps Chrome load pages faster and lighter

Google's Data Saver extension helps Chrome load pages faster and lighter | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it

Chrome's Data Saver mode has been around on Android for some time now, helping users load pages faster and eat up less of their data plan in the process.


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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, January 27, 6:47 PM

Another improvement to the desktop Google Chrome experience.

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10 greenest countries on the planet

10 greenest countries on the planet | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Results are in from the Yale-based 2016 Environmental Performance Index, which ranks 180 countries on how they protect ecosystems and human health.

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Rising Seas - Interactive: If All The Ice Melted

Rising Seas - Interactive: If All The Ice Melted | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it

"Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet.

The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on land has melted and drained into the sea, raising it 216 feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas.

There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt it all. If we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere, we’ll very likely create an ice-free planet, with an average temperature of perhaps 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current 58."


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We will fight contract imposition, says BMA - BBC News

We will fight contract imposition, says BMA - BBC News | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Junior doctor leaders have promised to fight on after the government in England announced it will impose a new contract on the profession.
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What Would Happen if Bernie Sanders's New Deal is Enacted?

What Would Happen if Bernie Sanders's New Deal is Enacted? | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it

It would stimulate a broadly shared, prosperous economy, concludes an economic analysis.


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Under #Sanders, income and jobs would soar, economist says

Under #Sanders, income and jobs would soar, economist says | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it

NEW YORK -- Median income would soar by more than $22,000. Nearly 26 million jobs would be created. The unemployment rate would fall to 3.8%.


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If having more no longer satisfies us, perhaps we’ve reached ‘peak stuff’ | Will Hutton

If having more no longer satisfies us, perhaps we’ve reached ‘peak stuff’ | Will Hutton | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Societies must learn to use economics to help provide purpose and fulfilment

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Dismissed NHS whistleblower who exposed safety concerns handed £1.22m

Dismissed NHS whistleblower who exposed safety concerns handed £1.22m | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
An employment tribunal has found cardiologist Raj Mattu was unfairly dismissed in 2010 after raising concerns about patient safety

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A new era of global protest begins | P2P Foundation

A new era of global protest begins | P2P Foundation | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
We have entered a prolonged period of dissent characterised by an escalation in the magnitude and diversity of public protest

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10 Types Of Awesome Visual Content Your Brand Should Be Creating Right Now | Design School

10 Types Of Awesome Visual Content Your Brand Should Be Creating Right Now |  Design School | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it

Basically, you could have the best, most interesting and engaging written content, and it could still get lost and ignored because it looks the exact same as every other piece of content. Visual content prevents this, though. Visual content gives you free reign to customise your message, use different techniques and mediums to get your message across, it’s really an infinitely useful tool.

So, as a part of our endeavour to make the whole design process smoother, simpler and easier for you, let’s discuss 10 types of visual content you can create right now to get that attention you and your brand deserve....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 28, 7:32 PM

Start with photos, inspiring quotes and move to branded images, infographics and more visuals that have big impact.

Tom George's curator insight, January 28, 7:33 PM

Some useful information.

Wendy V. Ampudia's curator insight, January 28, 9:42 PM

"One picture is worth a thousand words"...indeed, that could be applied to every single context. For instance, I work in a condominium management office, and we usually have to post memos on the elevators. Residents' attention has been brought when those memos have pictures instead of a lot of words.

 

If you would like to effectively convey a message, you have to be very careful when picking the words and combing these with a compelling picture. That will help the receiver to understand better your message and also, will be more interesting for him/her.

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LA Hub: A Blueprint for Smart Communities

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Esri President Jack Dangermond will unveil L.A.’s exciting new GeoHub, a citywide application and data information portal. The GeoHub is a first-of-its-kind technology infrastructure that provides location as a service (LaaS) including real-time data and mapping tools.

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UK branded the 'laughing stock' of Europe after Italy claims more tax from Google

UK branded the 'laughing stock' of Europe after Italy claims more tax from Google | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Italy has claimed €227 million in unpaid tax from Google from between 2009 and 2013. Google paid €2.2 million of tax in Italy in 2014 on revenues of €54.4 million generated in the country, Reuters reported.

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Extreme Global Inequality Is Out of Control - Something Must Be Done

I agree with Mark Goldring of Oxfam GB that a crackdown on global tax havens is a necessary step towards ending this rampant global inequality. Indeed, it is also a necessary step towards international development more broadly... A Labour Government will genuinely tackle tax avoidance and work for ambitious global agreements on international development that seek to tackle inequality and its drivers.

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Iain Duncan Smith's Disability Benefit Cuts Defeated In The House of Lords

Iain Duncan Smith's Disability Benefit Cuts Defeated In The House of Lords | SteveB's Politics & Economy Scoops | Scoop.it
Government plans to cut disability benefits for those deemed unfit for work have been defeated in the House of Lords this evening.

The proposed cut of £30 a week for people classed as unable

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Google tax deal: MPs launch inquiry after criticism of £130m settlement

The possibility of corporations being taxed on turnover – all the money they take – rather than just profits is …Continue reading →

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