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Can capitalism be saved from itself?

Can capitalism be saved from itself? | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
Homi Kharas explains how 2018 offers an opportunity to address some of the built-in flaws of capitalism if, policymakers are willing to take on the challenge.
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Excellent article and what appears to be the first of four. An excellent overview of some salient problems with capitalism.
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Excellent article and what appears to be the first of four. An excellent overview of some salient problems with capitalism. 
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Andrew Coyne: Ontario’s marijuana mess ensures black market will survive

Andrew Coyne: Ontario’s marijuana mess ensures black market will survive | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
Ontarians will be ushered into an age in which it is no longer illegal to purchase marijuana, merely unpleasant
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How should the distribution of marijuana occur as it begins to be legalized in Canada? The Government of Ontario has a proposed solution. The author of this article thinks that they can do better.
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The Madness of King Donald

The Madness of King Donald | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it

"Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, has not been in office for very long, but already the contours and characteristics of his rule have become clear. Rather than govern conventionally, through officers of state appointed for their competence and experience and with the agreement, however reluctant, of Congress, he has chosen to gather round him an informal coterie of friends, advisors, and relatives — many of them, like himself, without any experience of government at all..."

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I personally thought that he resembled a Hohenzollern (like Kaiser Wilhelm) or Romanov (Czar Nicholas II) in his approach, but this is an excellent read on madness in another monarchy.
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Kansas Republicans end the state’s failed tax reform experiment

Kansas Republicans end the state’s failed tax reform experiment | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it

"Republican lawmakers in Kansas put an end to the state’s failed tax reform experiment on Tuesday, overriding the governor’s veto after three attempts to pass a tax-hiking bill this year."

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Economics often seems to be a case of 'too hot', 'too cold' or somewhere in between. It seems that Kansas Republicans tried an extreme version of trickle-down economics, it doesn't seem to have worked so well. Strict ideological approached to fiscal policy might not be the best approach.
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It's time we stopped paying for your river view - Macleans.ca

It's time we stopped paying for your river view - Macleans.ca | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
Flooding is predictable and increasingly common, and the government needs to halt its huge bailouts of oblivious homeowners
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The same could be said for people living where there are fire hazards and maybe earthquakes. An interesting argument, is it a policy that the government should follow?
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Facebook is blocking Thai users from seeing video of their king in a crop top

Facebook is blocking Thai users from seeing video of their king in a crop top | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
Facebook has blocked users in Thailand from accessing a video that shows the country’s king strolling through a German shopping mall wearing a crop-top revealing his distinctive tattoos, accompanied by one of his mistresses. The social media titan blocked the video, not because it’s obscene or infringes on its own…
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Thailand has some interesting laws with respect to their royal family. This is an interesting story about their now King and how they work in connection with large international corporations. While this seems innocuous what impact might Facebook's poliies have on getting other information into different countries?
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America Can’t Afford Another War – Defiant – Medium

America Can’t Afford Another War – Defiant – Medium | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
On April 26, 2017, possibly as you read this, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will explain to the U.S. Senate Pres. Donald Trump’s plan to address the North…
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I highly recommend reading this. There is some profanity in it, but it is still a very good read.
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The Corporation Does Not Always Have To Win

The Corporation Does Not Always Have To Win | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
As you’ve surely* seen by now, the big story of the day has to do with viral videos of some confusing group of United Airlines security and/or cops—it doesn’t matter, they’re all The Man—violently dragging a ticketed passenger out of his seat and off an overbooked Sunday flight. A computer had randomly selected the passenger for removal, to make his seat available for United personnel who had been ordered to travel from Chicago to Louisville, and he refused. If you have not watched any of the videos yet, exercise caution: They are upsetting.
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I find this an interesting story. I find this to be an interesting take. I think it is worth the read. Caution: some offensive language is used in this post - I still think it is worth a read.
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Meanwhile in another universe: The allure of dystopian alternative histories | The Economist

Meanwhile in another universe: The allure of dystopian alternative histories | The Economist | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
ALTERNATIVE histories are like “alternative facts” at the moment: seemingly everyone is peddling them. First, Amazon gave us “The Man in the High Castle”, a loose take on Philip K. Dick’s novel envisioning America under Nazi and Japanese imperialist rule.
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This is really a good read and reflects on some of the popular culture that is associated with recent events. I happen to have really enjoyed 'The Man in the High Castle' and I think it well worth watching. However, that doesn't mean it's all good.
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Mass Spying Isn’t Just Intrusive—It’s Ineffective

Mass Spying Isn’t Just Intrusive—It’s Ineffective | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
Mass surveillance seems like it would be a valuable national security tool. In reality, it's doesn't help much at all.
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This is a topic that we will be discussing later in the class. It is extremely important for our look at and understanding of what liberalism means. That doesn't mean that you can't consider this article today. It's a look at what the effects of mass surveillance appear to have been. Considering the amount of surveillance being conducted in even 'liberal' societies, this is worth thinking about.
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It’s not just Donald Trump who shifts the truth, Canada’s politicians have been using alternative facts for years: Hébert | Toronto Star

It’s not just Donald Trump who shifts the truth, Canada’s politicians have been using alternative facts for years: Hébert | Toronto Star | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Kellie Leitch, Jean Chrétien are just some of the elected officials who have played fast and loose with reality.
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There has been a lot of talk about 'fake news' or #alternativefacts recently. This article looks at some situations in Canada when these techniques have been used by politicians to make their points. Consider this article carefully, while these techniques  are as old as time, that means that we have to be critical of those who make them and critical in our understanding, not double down and make the use of these facts bigger and more mendacious.
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At Issue | Electoral Reform

The Liberals promised to change the way your vote is counted. As the process begins we ask At Issue, just whose electoral reform is it, anyway? »»
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This is several months old, but an interesting look at the government's recent failed attempt at electoral  reform. What constitutes the will of the people in the case of choosing an electoral system. This presents a much deeper look at much of what we talked about with respect to electoral reform.
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Tristin Hopper: Don’t want to raise the retirement age? Raise the smoking and drinking rates

Tristin Hopper: Don’t want to raise the retirement age? Raise the smoking and drinking rates | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
If we want our social safety net to survive, Canadians basically have two choices — retire later or take up smoking and asbestos mining so more of us die young.
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Should the retirement age be raised? This is an important question in a country with a rapidly aging population. This is a tongue in cheek look at the problem.
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Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all plan should leave Canadians drooling with envy

Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all plan should leave Canadians drooling with envy | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all pitch is much more appealing and comprehensive than Canada’s current system
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A really interesting look at medicare in Canada and the United States.
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The US coal industry is going out, not with a whimper, but with a burst of rent-seeking

The US coal industry is going out, not with a whimper, but with a burst of rent-seeking | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
"Picking winners" doesn’t look so bad when you’re losing.
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A fascinating article about government choices and how industries try and work the system.
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Theresa May: Human rights laws could change for terror fight - BBC News

Theresa May: Human rights laws could change for terror fight - BBC News | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
Laws could be changed to tackle terror suspects but Labour says basic rights must not be "ripped up".
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Do laws get in the way of providing security for society? Part of the ongoing and never ending debate, and what gets promised in an election.
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Paul Nuttall: internment might be necessary to counter 'Islamist cancer'

Paul Nuttall: internment might be necessary to counter 'Islamist cancer' | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
Ukip leader denies his party has become ‘extreme’ in focusing election campaign on terrorism in the wake of Manchester attack
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So this was proposed by the leader of one of the political parties competing in Britain's election. 
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Five Reasons Why the Comey Affair Is Worse Than Watergate

Five Reasons Why the Comey Affair Is Worse Than Watergate | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
A journalist who covered Nixon’s fall 45 years ago explains why the current challenge to America may be more severe—and the democratic system less capable of handling it.
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There is so much to talk about when talking about the latest events in Washington. This article explains some of the issues surrounding those events. It is good read and explains some of the contrasts between today and another infamous event in American Presidential history, the Watergate affair.
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Andrew Coyne: Assuming a plan behind Comey firing would be giving Trump too much credit

Andrew Coyne: Assuming a plan behind Comey firing would be giving Trump too much credit | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
The temptation, even now, is to rationalize: to assume, at the very least, there must be some method
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B.C. plays the legal long game in private health-care fight

B.C. plays the legal long game in private health-care fight | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
It is absolutely absurd that we allow the state to determine how we can take care of our bodies
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What role should government play in determining how we care for ourselves? This story is about a case that gets at the heart of what some people consider to be one of the most important parts of our identity, healthcare.
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Farmers Look For Ways To Circumvent Tractor Software Locks

Farmers Look For Ways To Circumvent Tractor Software Locks | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
Fixing a modern tractor takes more than the right parts, but also the right software. Farmers are lobbying for the ability to buy that software, and some are hacking their way around the problem.
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This is an interesting story about who owns what in the modern (technological and software driven) world. These farmers have paid as much as many people would for a house, but now cannot (according to the law) repair their equipment. What to do, and what is legal? What should be considered private property?
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Throughout history, the best ways to reduce inequality have been disease and destruction

Throughout history, the best ways to reduce inequality have been disease and destruction | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
How do you solve a problem like inequality? Economic policymakers have been grappling with this for a long time, with varying degrees of urgency. The search for solutions has become increasingly serious since the 1980s, when inequality began rising again, recently reaching historic highs. But the problem has been solved before. After studying thousands of years of human history, Stanfor
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A really interesting look at the world that we are in, and what historically that has meant.
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Manjoo: We Need More Surveillance in Our Major Cities, and We Need It Now

Manjoo: We Need More Surveillance in Our Major Cities, and We Need It Now | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
On Thursday afternoon, the FBI released photos and video of two persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing. According to FBI special agent Ric
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If you read the previous article, this is one of the articles referred to in it. A demand for more cameras and more surveillance to be able to deal with those who commit the most heinous of crimes. It is an interesting counterpoint to what was in the previous article and worth considering as well.
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Police actions questioned in B.C. civil forfeiture case

Police actions questioned in B.C. civil forfeiture case | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
Jennifer and David Johnson’s home was raided by Surrey RCMP in June, 2009. Approximately $130,000 in cash was seized from the residence
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Here is an example of the use of civil forfeiture in British Columbia.
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I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you. | Social Studies 30 | Scoop.it
A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop…
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An interesting perspective about something that we don't think a whole lot about when we cross a border.
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