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Divided they fall

Divided they fall | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
TIED into a union of which both parties are weary, Britain’s Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are increasingly leading separate lives. Although relations... (British coalition partners are growing apart.
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How Trump helped save the Democrats

How Trump helped save the Democrats | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
For Democrats, President Donald Trump's election was a curse they never saw coming. But his first year in office has delivered them small blessings -- and a newfound unity among progressives dedicated to his defeat.
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Flynn's lawyers no longer sharing information with Trump's legal team

Flynn's lawyers no longer sharing information with Trump's legal team | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Michael Flynn's lawyers have told other defense lawyers in the ongoing Russia probe, including President Donald Trump's legal team, that they're no longer able to share information, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.
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Military overhauls retirement system in biggest shift since World War II

Military overhauls retirement system in biggest shift since World War II | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The military is overhauling its retirement system next year, and members should be prepared for the biggest structural changes since World War II.
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I see no mention of serious wage increases for lost deferred pay in retirement. If employees no longer get as much or any deferred pay in the form of retirement than they need to also receive would have been deferred payment as a upfront pay during active working years in order to set it aside for later years. Otherwise just transferring pay from their present salary means a lower pay check now as well as in the future which is basically a serious pay cut in reality costing what would have been retirement funds later. as well as working with less  today as one sets aside for years later. The term entitlement is an insult suggesting the money was not earned during employment. At the time benefits are offer they are presented to get you aboard as a worker they are presented as a deferred Salary. Not getting the pay later means it must be offered upfront in a large amount to cover the serious retirement funds. It should be real wealth as pay for labor. The advantage is that if the pay is strong enough as it should be when there is no pension offered to cover the retirement as well a living cost today than the full value of your labor is passed down to the worker's family. Retirement benefits often only pass at a lowered amount level in some cases they do not go to families or spouses at all if the person with the retiremnet pension dies early. If they make this change pay should be raised to put the money up front into a person's check. In otherwords if nothing is being defered for the future then salaries need to go up to allow saving for retirement. 

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Emails Dispute White House Claims That Flynn Acted Independently on Russia

Emails Dispute White House Claims That Flynn Acted Independently on Russia | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The president has called claims of unusual contacts with Russia a “hoax.” But emails show top aides closely tracked Michael T. Flynn’s fateful call to the Russian ambassador.
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Will Mike Pence be impeached or resign amid the Russia probe involving Trump?

Will Mike Pence be impeached or resign amid the Russia probe involving Trump? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Pence was in charge of Trump’s transition and knew that Flynn had contacted Russia.
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Pence, Kasish, Cruz and Rubio all poster children for the American Legislative Exchange Council corporate bill mill and the Heritage Foundation and still are.... no love loss for anyone going down that is associated with pushing ALEC and libertarian morality over ordinary Americans. Good ridden!

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Trump finally gets the honor he deserves (opinion) - CNN

Trump finally gets the honor he deserves (opinion) - CNN | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Politifact's "Lie of Year" couldn't have gone to a more deserving person than Trump, who continues to deny Russian meddling in the election, writes Dean Obeidallah.
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Inequality in nature and society / Physics has predicted that already

Inequality in nature and society / Physics has predicted that already | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Inequality is one of the main drivers of social tension. We show striking similarities between patterns of inequality between species abundances in nature and wealth in society. We demonstrate that in the absence of equalizing forces, such large inequality will arise from chance alone. While natural enemies have an equalizing effect in nature, inequality in societies can be suppressed by wealth-equalizing institutions. However, over the past millennium, such institutions have been weakened during periods of societal upscaling. Our analysis suggests that due to the very same mathematical principle that rules natural communities (indeed, a “law of nature”) extreme wealth inequality is inevitable in a globalizing world unless effective wealth-equalizing institutions are installed on a global scale.

 

Inequality in nature and society
Marten Scheffer, Bas van Bavel, Ingrid A. van de Leemput, and Egbert H. van Nes

PNAS


Figure 8 of http://aip.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1063/1.4977962?journalCode=jap


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Marcelo Errera's curator insight, December 17, 2017 9:32 PM
With a somewhat different approach, this article arrives to similar conclusions Prof. Bejan and I reached in our paper published last March.

We showed (and predicted) that the Lorenz distribution of income is a natural outcome of a flow system that evolves in time towards greater and greater access in the planet landscape: the movement of goods.

Inequality does not happen by evil, but for self-organization of flow systems (energy, mass flow, movement of goods) and the association with energy expenditure and the production of wealth.

Economies are highly complex (in the sense it is hard to describe), however it can be seen flow organization  plays the role of forcing factor.

Innovation and diversification of flow processes in the economies might provide better chances for less disparity.

The links below will direct to out paper In case the authors or PNAS want to cite it.


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Schumer slams Cotton in face-to-face with Trump

Schumer slams Cotton in face-to-face with Trump | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Cotton said Schumer did not want him the room for the Dreamers’ talks ‘probably because I would get a good deal, and he wants a bad deal.’
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Want to tackle loneliness? Stop closing libraries

Want to tackle loneliness? Stop closing libraries | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Libraries have taken up the slack of countless parental and elderly services - closing them closes communities.
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I think the article is about UK libraries but the same things it mentions are happening here as well. These are wonderful ideas. My dad is recently going through extreme loneliness after losing his wife of 70 years.
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Fearing Trump blowback, Republicans duck 2018

Fearing Trump blowback, Republicans duck 2018 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Politicians -- good ones, at least -- make their bones by knowing which way the wind is blowing. And right now, it's a gale force gust right in the faces of Republicans.
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'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members

'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon on Tuesday rocketed to the center of the public controversy surrounding the Trump campaign and Russia.
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A Michigan father, too old for DACA, is deported after three decades in the U.S.

A Michigan father, too old for DACA, is deported after three decades in the U.S. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Jorge Garcia was brought to the country by an undocumented relative when he was 10.
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If we wanted to Deport Trump to his mother’s country of origin many would refuse him as Scotland was the Country that had 100,000 signatures asking the British Isles not to allow him there should he become president... I watched the parliament debate the issue for several hours one afternoon last year....pitiful portrayal of the man that would become our now famous Sh... Hole labeling, belittling, family ripping President.... irony is that online the nick SH seems to be taking hold... that is some-places it is being increasingly attached to nearly anyone supporting Trump. I saw Tim SH Cotton ... SH Trump and so forth... could be Trump just created his own most sticking nickname and image.... by extension the GOP may need to worry this becomes a party title... Party of the Good Old SHs.... “GOSH”... Instead or GOP..this article speaks as to why the title is being earned!
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Why Bernie Sanders Democrats Are Raining on the Oprah Parade

Why Bernie Sanders Democrats Are Raining on the Oprah Parade | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
And why other prospective candidates, who don’t want to peak too early, may want her to linger.
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World’s largest money manager to CEOs: You must do good for society

World’s largest money manager to CEOs: You must do good for society | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
More than 1,000 global CEOs received a letter Tuesday from one of the world's most influential money managers with a pointed message: Simply posting good financial returns is no longer enough. You must have a positive impact on society, too.

In his annual letter to CEOs sent Tuesday, Laurence Fink, the chairman and CEO of BlackRock, which manages nearly $6.3 trillion in investments, put CEOs on high alert that they would be expected to answer questions about their long-term strategy, how they plan to use savings from the tax reform law, what role they play in their communities and whether they are creating a diverse workforce that is being retrained for opportunities in a more automated future.

"Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose," Fink wrote in his letter, which was first reported by the New York Times. "To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society."

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Trump Family Business Worth A Fraction Of What President Has Touted

Trump Family Business Worth A Fraction Of What President Has Touted | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Inflated numbers "flagrantly untrue," says Crain's reporter.
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Senate Republican tax plan clears hurdle with help from two key GOP holdouts

Senate Republican tax plan clears hurdle with help from two key GOP holdouts | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Trump addressed senators in a closed-door lunch meeting, hours before the Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to take a critical vote on the $1.4 trillion tax bill.
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GOP voter support drops for House tax plan, poll says

GOP voter support drops for House tax plan, poll says | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
While Republicans still mostly back the plan, their support dropped to 59 percent from 66 percent, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
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Children Faced 'Shocking' Scale of Violence in 2017: UNICEF

Children Faced 'Shocking' Scale of Violence in 2017: UNICEF | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Children have been subject to a widespread and "shocking" scale of violence in conflicts this year, UNICEF said in a new report.
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The Trump resistance now includes nearly half of all Americans, poll shows

The Trump resistance now includes nearly half of all Americans, poll shows | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A new CBS News poll has 41% of Americans now strongly against President Donald Trump.
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Freedom Is Good for Design: An Interview with Adrian Bejan | The Freeman - since freedom is always interesting

Freedom Is Good for Design: An Interview with Adrian Bejan | The Freeman - since freedom is always interesting | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Adrian Bejan is a professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University. So why on earth are we talking to him? Bejan is the first person to articulate what could be one of the most important ideas since Darwin’s theory of evolution. He calls it the Constructal Law.

All this may sound highfalutin. But the idea is this: Systems survive when things flow better over time—all kinds of systems. In fact, this is what “life” is: flowing and changing (morphing) freely to flow/move more easily. From natural systems to human systems, when things flow better, we start to notice patterns in nature that are products of good flow. And if Adrian Bejan is right, this is one of the most important—and underappreciated—aspects of our world. Combine the insights of Hayek, the mathematics of Mandelbrot, and the biology of Darwin and you get something that might transform the way you see the world.


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I found this old interview and enjoyed how fresh and timely it still sounds. Some highlights:
(...)
-The Freeman: Some people see comparisons between constructal phenomena and fractals. But fractals are mathematical descriptions, or perhaps abstractions. What’s different about your work, and what makes it the stuff of science?  

-Adrian Bejan: Fractal algorithms are descriptive. One picks the algorithm that leads to a “drawing” that resembles a natural image. (People rarely show you the multitude of algorithms that lead to drawings that look like nothing.) The Constructal Law is predictive: It teaches us how to discover the drawing and how to predict the evolution—the morphing—of the natural design over time. 
Description is empiricism and it is common, that is, diverse and abundant. But prediction involves theory, as well, and it is more rare because it unifies these abundant phenomena. Science needs both: the many small and the few large, the diversity and the unifying pattern. Both are delivered by the Constructal Law.
(...)
-The Freeman: You have said, “Freedom is good for design.” At first blush, this would seem contradictory. Our readers are interested in emergent order. What do you mean by "design," and what are the implications for society? 

- Adrian Bejan: It is not contradictory at all—the opposite (design without freedom) is nonsense, because one cannot have design in nature (live, morphing to flow more easily over time) without freedom to change.
(...)
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Thank you Foundation for Economic Education.
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Trump Upsets Republican Strategy to Avoid Shutdown

Trump Upsets Republican Strategy to Avoid Shutdown | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
With a government shutdown looming, the House planned to vote Thursday on a spending bill that would avert a crisis. But President Trump upended the G.O.P. strategy.
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Pro-Turkish hackers hijacked ex-Fox News hosts’ Twitter accounts and sent Trump private messages: report

Pro-Turkish hackers hijacked ex-Fox News hosts’ Twitter accounts and sent Trump private messages: report | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
FACEBOOK, TRUMP NEWS, U.S. NEWS Pro-Turkish hackers hijacked ex-Fox News hosts’ Twitter accounts and sent Trump private messages: report NOOR AL-SIBAI 16 JAN 2018 AT 19:48 ET On Tuesday evening, reporter Yashar Ali pointed out that the Twitter accounts of former Fox News hosts Greta Van Susteren...
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What is the House Freedom Caucus, and who’s in it?

What is the House Freedom Caucus, and who’s in it? | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
We've confirmed the identities of 36 members of the caucus, and they are among the most conservative and recently elected of Republican representatives.
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In unusual move, White House to ask Supreme Court to rule on DACA before appeals court

In unusual move, White House to ask Supreme Court to rule on DACA before appeals court | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will rush to the U.S. Supreme Court within a few days by skipping over a federal appeals court, hoping for quick action in the legal battle over shutting down the DACA program.
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Sessions is a name associated with cold hearted punishment and condemnation more than justice.... It is a good thing he is a cowardly man or he might have been a mass murder or rapist with his cold hearted disregard for the struggles of others and inability to feel remorse or empathy for others. Surely a man deserving of Trump’s latest “SH” nickname as title earned.
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The Democrat Trumpworld fears most

The Democrat Trumpworld fears most | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
In recent weeks, the president has been handicapping the prospective 2020 field and finding potential challengers wanting.
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