USA Not #1 in Health, Family, Income and More: Ranks #29 Among 30 Countries
When someone tells you the United States is the best country in the world to live, ask them on what grounds or with what data do they make this claim. They would not make such a statement if they had all the facts marshalled in the ebook-report summarized in this article. The author looks at, according to Paul Rosenberg, “eight indicators each in seven categories, ranking counties in order along with precise figures for how they score. The seven categories are: health, family, education, income and leisure, freedom and democracy, public order and safety, and generosity. Indicators include things like life expectancy at birth, infant mortality rate, share of income received by richest 10 per cent, years of life lost in injury, etc.”
America in denial: We’re number 29 (of 30): US embraces policies and practices that place it at the bottom of advanced industrial nations for social outcomes
The problem is not Greece, the problem is in how the EU set up its finance and banking system. And yes, unless we get a serious reform going, the EU is likely to see economic collapse.
The U.S. And EU Will Collapse Regardless Of Economic ‘Contagion’
Never forget this: The EU is in trouble not because of Greece, but because of forced supranational interdependency. The EU by all rights should not exist, nor should any centralized supranational single currency system.
We Are All Greeks Now
The referendum is the opportunity for Greeks to reject EU-IMF-German bullying. Greeks must stand firm against EU-IMF-German bullying, and the rest of Europe must stand with them. . . . . . EU, is a Big Business lobby group, nothing more. Common standards, open borders, free trade, common currency, trans-European highways, are all there to benefit Big Business.
Stephen E. Arnold
Technology Takes It on the Nose
I put this passage in my quote file:
But technology is not neutral – and neither is code nor numbers. There are human, subjective judgments lurking behind the apparent objectivity offered by algorithms and the “user-friendly” operating systems. These technologies perform almost magically, while at the same time enabling all sorts of organizations to easily collect information about us, something that makes it that bit easier to usher in new forms of surveillance and control.
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