Oops

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This looks very … Oops~!

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RollingStone
Will We Miss Our Last Chance to Save the World From Climate Change?

… of course we will~!

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… and here is a good excuse for it~!

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Determinism

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It is an important mistake to make.

Humans do not eat food, so as to keep themselves alive. Nor do they drink, to keep themselves alive.

They eat because they are hungry … and drink because they are thirsty. Do you see the difference~!?

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Gardian
Moody’s $864m penalty for ratings in run-up to 2008 financial crisis
Payout to US justice department, 21 states and District of Columbia for risky mortgage securities ratings before stock market crash

Seems cheap to me, for years of criminal negligence (criminal criminalness).

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Gardan
Universal basic income is becoming an urgent necessity
by Guy Standing
Finland is trialling an unconditional income scheme, and studies show its benefits. I’d bet my own income that the idea would work here in the UK

I guess that Guy Standing’s idea here, is that when he loses the bet … the UBI would see him alright.

~~~ If the UBI was designed by me … run by me … for people like me … it may work. Otherwise … no way José ~~~

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Making shit~!?
Ba~!

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Garden
The dark side of Britain’s gold rush: how corruption crept into our suburbs
The super rich flooded into London after 2008. Illicit wealth has followed

A Deutsche Bank analysis in 2015 of the UK’s balance of payments data suggested that since the mid-1970s much of this money has come from one country in particular. The bank’s report noted: “There is strong evidence that a good chunk of the UK’s £133bn of hidden capital inflows is related to Russia.”

It appears more than a coincidence that much of the money has washed up following a concerted effort aimed at enticing the super wealthy to live in the UK. Eight years ago, in return for investing £2m, foreign investors were offered a “golden visa” allowing them to live in the UK. After five years they qualified for permanent residency.

Analysis by Transparency International shows that, out of the 3,048 visas granted since the scheme began in 2008, 60% were awarded to Chinese and Russian nationals.

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Gard
What if Uber kills off public transport rather than cars?
Uber’s privatised transportation system may do more harm than good if cities allow public transport to deteriorate

This is wrong. In the last six months, Uber has begun offering shared rides for as little as $1 (81p), introduced optimised pickup points that algorithmically recreate bus stops, and started testing semi-autonomous vehicles it hopes will solve its increasingly contentious labour issues.

Never mind the black cabs; Uber is out to disrupt the bus.

From loss-making to profitable monopoly

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Oh … I don’t know~!

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I’ve been looking at this economic stuff since 2007 (soon it will be 10 years) … and I don’t think I understand a Ronald Macdonald thing about it.

If I had an analogy … it would be being out on a boat at sea, watching the waves rise and fall. Things are happening. There must be reasons why they are happening, but I’m-stuffed if I know what they are.

To make-sense-of-it, the only thing to do is to simplify into a state of unreality.

Imagine a village of people who had very little money, but used the money they had very aggressively (almost like a game of pass-the-hot-potato).
A, gets a hair-cut from B, who then cleans A’s car (all for money exchange). (I should not have to bore you with more details … you get the picture).
This village would have a wildly elevated GDP (GNP whatever). Everyone is busy and … is everyone happy~? … Probably.
If someone passes the message round that bears have been seen on the edge of the village … the `economy` stops.

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What is this world … so full of care~!?

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I mean … what the fuck is one of these~?

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Italians just aren’t cutting enough hair~!

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Wot’s the point~?

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CFR
China’s Exorbitant Detriment, Mirror Image of America’s Exorbitant Privilege, Is Costing It Dearly

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More efficient = Less (fewer) workers.

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It is oil income, not religion, that keeps the womens oppressed.

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This is good economics –

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BBC News
Soaring childlessness among southern European women – report

I’m surprised that 4 out of 5 women still have babies~!?

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Reality~?

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Today my big computer would not start-up (I will have to order a new `power in` part.

This laptop was not-so-keen on working in the winter.

Life is odd.

I don’t have the info from the big one, so will tell you what I was a thinkin’ on …

If you think a Ford Focus is `bad` then … is it `bad`?

There seem to be two things on the go here.
First … a Ford Focus exists. It is real.
Second … there is our feelings about the Focus. The feeling is real.

If you think you are Napoleon … are you Napoleon~?

The white-coats (and everyone else) will say `No` … but, your reality is `yes`.

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If I say that I think Trump is `good` … does that make Trump good.

I think it does.

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There are the two extremes – The Ford Focus (and Trumps) exist on one end of the reality-ruler … and, on the other-end, our feelings about them.

The existing fact end is limited to staying down its end, but the `feelings` can roam all up and down the length of the reality ruler.

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