Wednesday, 20 January 2016

How lawyer has become a dirty word for would-be politicians and other news and views


How the most disliked — and elected — profession is disappearing from politics - Donald Trump brands himself a businessman. Ben Carson evokes his work as a neurosurgeon. John Kasich and Jeb Bush extol their records as governors, and Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio praise their actions in the Senate. But you rarely hear a political candidate refer to himself or herself a “lawyer.” ... Yet American politics is actually full of lawyers.
Revealed The U.K. Foreign Office’s Secret Survey to 'Measure Zionist Influence' - In 1971 seven British embassies and Whitehall diplomats were asked to evaluate Zionist activity in the U.S. and Europe. Their responses echoed anti-Semitic notions of Jewish financial power, dual loyalty and undue political influence.

Scientists have found that smoking weed does not make you stupid after all
Oxfam says wealth of richest 1% equal to other 99%


'In A Different Key' Traces History And Politics Of Autism - In their book published this month, In a Different Key: The Story Of Autism, journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker delve into the history of the good and bad intentions, sometimes wrong-headed science, and shifting definitions that can cloud our understanding of what has come to be called the autism spectrum.

Worried about sub-$20 crude? Some sellers are already there - An end to sanctions on Iran has driven global crude futures to 12-year lows and brought sub-$20-a-barrel oil in sight, although for some producers that is already a painful reality. This unfortunate group sells some physical crude cargoes at prices that are closer to $10 a barrel, thanks to an abundance of the "sour" grades they produce and a consumer base that favors higher-quality "light" oils from other origins. Producers of certain crudes from Mexico, Venezuela, Canada and Iraq are bracing for worse to come as Iran - now free of international sanctions - prepares to offload hefty supplies of heavy sour grades onto export markets.

Hollande says France in state of economic emergency - President Francois Hollande has set out a €2bn (£1.5bn) job creation plan in an attempt to lift France out of what he called a state of "economic emergency".

Who Lost the White Working Class? - Democrats have occupied the White House for sixteen of the last twenty-four years, and in that time scored some important victories for working families – the Affordable Care Act, an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Family and Medical Leave Act, for example. But they’ve done nothing to change the vicious cycle of wealth and power that has rigged the economy for the benefit of those at the top, and undermined the working class. In some respects, Democrats have been complicit in it.

Indebted Chinese Companies Increase Pressures on Government - For years, state-owned companies could regularly mark up their prices to help them pay off their loans. As customers now pull back and deflationary pressures set in, companies are being forced to cut prices, while facing the same debt payments. The corporate crunch is muddling the government’s efforts to manage the economy. To keep growth from falling off a cliff, authorities are pushing a raft of stimulus measures, like building more high-speed raillines and encouraging state-owned banks to keep lending. But ever more borrowing leaves China vulnerable, as company blowups add to the pressures. Last year, total debts of all sorts in China — household, corporate and government — increased by an amount equal to 12 percent of the entire country’s economy. Overall lending expanded in December at the fastest pace since June, figures released by the central bank on Friday show.
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