First, the definitional problem. Socialism, in the CEA’s view, invariably favors top-down, totalitarian government. But the CEA’s definition doesn’t bear much resemblance to Marxist thought, at least as it influences the democratic socialism of politicians like Bernie Sanders, Rashida Tlaib, or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Socialism doesn’t just demand the redistribution of resources, but of power, so socialist goals aren’t limited to the expansion of welfare. But power is a topic the CEA’s report diligently avoids. Socialism offers a political solution to economic inequality, but America, as the CEA constructs it, doesn’t have a problem with inequality at all. Many Americans would disagree. According to one Gallup poll released in March, only 32 percent of Americans say they’re satisfied with the nation’s distribution of income and wealth. … [Read more...] about White House Report Paints Scary Portrait of Socialism by Pretending Inequality Doesn’t Exist
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It said the Health and Safety at Work Act was likely being breached via an exposed anchor and chain posing a trip hazard, which had previously injured a passenger, along with guard rails of insufficient height to prevent falls over the bow. … [Read more...] about Whakaari/White Island: Tour company broke safety rules before deadly eruption
The White House approach appears to be handling the crisis in a similar fashion to its many political calamities, including a mix of xenophobic policy and improvisatory tactics. And long before the case Covid-19 was discovered in mainland China, the administration had been putting in years of back-end work which undermined the government’s ability to prepare for and handle a breakout of the scale that coronavirus may reach. (According to estimates from Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch, it’s possible that 40 to 70 percent of the world’s population could be infected, though not all those infected would get sick. Still, if the current 1 to 3 percent death rate for the symptomatic does not drop, Lipsitch’s estimate breaks down to 10 million to 100 million deaths worldwide, with 400,000 to 5 million dead in the United States.) … [Read more...] about What We Know About the Trump Administration’s Mishandling of the Coronavirus
With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Internet of Things, the world of work is in a state of flux, changing as never before, driven by inexorable forces that have an impact, not only on professional services but on manufacturing and trade, global supply chains and the digitalization of the global economy to name just a few. So, for example, the supervision work that managers do is changing rapidly and there may be no more need for it. A young lady who owns a clothing store in Abuja and Lagos, who lives in Abuja was showing me how she can remotely see all that is going on in her shop in Lagos on her laptop in real-time. And she can speak to all her employees from her laptop in real-time. In other words, she can supervise her store herself from anywhere in the world. So, the type of manager you will need going forward will be a different type. … [Read more...] about Facing The New Decade: Letter to young Nigerians by Prof Yemi Osinbajo
Twinkle Dedhia | Feb 24, 2020, 11:30 IST You like it when you are strapped for time; plus it's cheap, filling and delicious. Now, the nation's favourite convenience food—instant noodles—seems to have landed in a soup. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and agencies like the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) have given it the thumbs down. Here's why you don't need that 2-minute fix! 1. It’s JUNK! Instant noodles is loaded with empty calories from refined flour that has a high Glycaemic Index (GI) and quickly releases sugar into the bloodstream, evoking a sharp insulin response. Excess salt is bad news, too. “The quantity of sodium may lead to an increased risk of hypertension,” says nutritionist Dharini Krishnan, Chennai. 2. MSG is addictive Most instant noodles contain an ingredient known as Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a common food additive used to enhance flavor in processed foods. MSG in instant noodles is known to … [Read more...] about How Safe Is Consuming Your Favourite Pack Of Instant Noodles?