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'Stunning reversal' in Mexican attitudes toward US
By Philip Athey | Cronkite News
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

 

WASHINGTON – ... One study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs said Mexican opinions of the U.S. had completely flipped, from 66 percent who felt favorably of the U.S. in 2015 to 65 percent who have an unfavorable view today.

A Wilson Institute study from November echoed those findings, showing a marked spike in Mexican contempt and distrust for the U.S. in 2017 – a sharp reversal after several years of improvement in those categories.

Experts who released the studies laid blame for the shift squarely on Trump’s campaign and subsequent administration, with their frequent criticisms of Mexico ...

 

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Some 82% of money generated last year went to the richest 1% of the global population while the poorest half saw no increase at all, the charity said.
 
Oxfam said its figures - which critics have queried - showed a failing system.
 
It blamed tax evasion, firms' influence on policy, erosion of workers' rights, and cost cutting for the widening gap.
 
Oxfam has produced similar reports for the past five years. In 2017 it calculated that the world's eight richest individuals had as much wealth as the poorest half of the world.
 

 

This year, it said 42 people now had as much wealth as the poorest half, but it revised last year's figure to 61. Oxfam said the revision was due to improved data and said the trend of "widening inequality" remained.


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Some 82% of money generated last year went to the richest 1% of the global population while the poorest half saw no increase at all, the charity said.
 
Oxfam said its figures - which critics have queried - showed a failing system.
 
It blamed tax evasion, firms' influence on policy, erosion of workers' rights, and cost cutting for the widening gap.
 
Oxfam has produced similar reports for the past five years. In 2017 it calculated that the world's eight richest individuals had as much wealth as the poorest half of the world.
 

 

This year, it said 42 people now had as much wealth as the poorest half, but it revised last year's figure to 61. Oxfam said the revision was due to improved data and said the trend of "widening inequality" remained.

 

 

And yet people disagree with me that something needs to be done? I don't understand? Seriously, the biggest and most powerful are taking it all, destroying the abilty to move upwards and slowly destroying our middle class, but yet people think sanders is bad? wtf?

 

Time to enforce anti-trust laws and stop the transfer of wealth to the super wealthy.



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Some 82% of money generated last year went to the richest 1% of the global population while the poorest half saw no increase at all, the charity said.
 
Oxfam said its figures - which critics have queried - showed a failing system.
 
It blamed tax evasion, firms' influence on policy, erosion of workers' rights, and cost cutting for the widening gap.
 
Oxfam has produced similar reports for the past five years. In 2017 it calculated that the world's eight richest individuals had as much wealth as the poorest half of the world.
 

 

This year, it said 42 people now had as much wealth as the poorest half, but it revised last year's figure to 61. Oxfam said the revision was due to improved data and said the trend of "widening inequality" remained.

 

 

And yet people disagree with me that something needs to be done? I don't understand? Seriously, the biggest and most powerful are taking it all, destroying the abilty to move upwards and slowly destroying our middle class, but yet people think sanders is bad? wtf?

 

Time to enforce anti-trust laws and stop the transfer of wealth to the super wealthy.

 

 

It may seem unfair, but if you consider Pareto's principle, it actually is not:

https://en.wikipedia...areto_principle

 

I actually think it may even have more explanatory power than the IQ bell curve distribution.

 

According to Pareto's principle, 80 % of the effects come from 20 % of the causes. Applied to organizations and society in general, 80 % of the productivity comes from 20 % of the workers. You could then apply the 80/20 rule to those top 20 %, do it over and over, and you can see how the progress and direction of society is being increasingly concentrated into the hands of only a very small number of people. 



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It may seem unfair, but if you consider Pareto's principle, it actually is not:

https://en.wikipedia...areto_principle

 

I actually think it may even have more explanatory power than the IQ bell curve distribution.

 

According to Pareto's principle, 80 % of the effects come from 20 % of the causes. Applied to organizations and society in general, 80 % of the productivity comes from 20 % of the workers. You could then apply the 80/20 rule to those top 20 %, do it over and over, and you can see how the progress and direction of society is being increasingly concentrated into the hands of only a very small number of people. 

 

yes, but the title doesn't say the top 20%.  It says the top 1%


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Just one in four Britons trust news on social media, finds survey

Reputation damaged by fake news scandals, the spread of extremist propaganda and child safety issues

 

It has been credited with everything from democratising news to helping to overthrow dictators but it appears that the love affair with social media may be over.

 
Only 24% of the UK population trust the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram when looking for news and information, a survey has found.
 
The Edelman trust barometer, published on Monday, suggests the days when social media was championed as an enabler of citizen journalists and for its role in the Arab Spring have passed.
 
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Instead, its copybook has been blotted by fake news and it has provoked concerns about cyberbullying, dissemination of extremist propaganda and how Snapchat, WhatsApp and other apps are affecting children.
 
At the same time, the survey found there had been a striking 13-point increase in support for traditional media, to 61% – the highest level since 2012.
Excellent news, maybe the death of social media is near. If you're not sure social media should go just yet, just take a look at any comment section on Facebook. It'll be interesting to see if this trend of returning to traditional media for information continues.
 
And right on cue...

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) warned on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else.

 
The sharing of false or misleading headlines on social media has become a global issue, after accusations that Russia tried to influence votes in the United States, Britain and France. Moscow denies the allegations.
 
Facebook, the largest social network with more than 2 billion users, addressed social media’s role in democracy in blog posts from a Harvard University professor, Cass Sunstein, and from an employee working on the subject.
 
“I wish I could guarantee that the positives are destined to outweigh the negatives, but I can‘t,” Samidh Chakrabarti, a Facebook product manager, wrote in his post.


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Social media is being used by Russia and the alt-right to spread fake news. So hell yes I don't trust it.



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I think if idiots stop taking everything they read on the internet as true, this will not result in the death of social media. 

 

I don't think I know anyone who uses social media as their primary source of news and information, mostly they use it for looking at videos of kittens etc. 

 

The internet will continue to be a source of "fake news" and propaganda, allowing countries to have their elections influenced by other countries. The only way to stop this is either:

 

A) Ruthless suppression of online freedoms etc.

 

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B) Ensuring your nation's education standards are high enough that your population ends up with an insignificant % of people who just blindly believe everything they read, as long as it confirms their own biases. 


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B) Ensuring your nation's education standards are high enough that your population ends up with an insignificant % of people who just blindly believe everything they read, as long as it confirms their own biases. 

I agree. I really think that the West (actually, all countries, really) urgently need to restructure their education systems to reflect the way society consumes information in the 21st century.

 

I've really had a problem with this paradigm of individuals taking over from traditional media. No doubt, traditional media was biased: although it didn't usually fabricate complete lies, it could easily influence your views via "selective reporting"; only reporting one side of the story, or one aspect of an issue. When social media came around, and random people started filming events at the ground level and passing it on as unbiased news, people just completely lapped that stuff up. Just because someone isn't a news corporation doesn't mean they don't have their own biases and hidden goals. I mean, you never know what happened before the camera started rolling. I'm not saying all citizen level news is fake, but people seem to be willing to blindly trust this type of media much more than traditional media. That's how we got into this dilemma of fake news on social media; any random Joe can pass on the most ridiculous and biased ideas as unbiased citizen level news. As I said, the frightening part is just how willing people are to believe these stories. So yeah, educating the next generations to deal with this environment is absolutely essential.


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Japan: robots will care for 80% of elderly by 2020

Japan’s elderly are being told to get used to being looked after by robots.
 
With Japan’s ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants to increase community acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce.
 
Developers have focused their efforts on producing simple robotic devices that help frail residents get out of their bed and into a wheelchair, or that can ease senior citizens into bathtubs.


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Alarming drop in US life expectancy

 

8th February 2018

 

Drugs, alcohol and suicides are contributing to an alarming drop in US life expectancy, particularly among middle-aged white Americans and those living in rural communities, warn experts this week in peer-reviewed medical journal, The BMJ.

 

Steven Woolf at Virginia Commonwealth University and Laudan Aron at the Urban Institute in Washington DC, argue that the ideal of the "American Dream" is increasingly out of reach as social mobility declines, and fewer children face a better future than their parents.

 

US life expectancy has decreased for the second year in a row, they explain. This is alarming, because life expectancy has consistently increased for much of the past century in advanced countries, including the US.

 

Read more: https://www.futureti...g/2018/02/8.htm

 

 

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Willfox,

 

The reason is

1. The middle class is collapsing

2. Chances of doing well in life is dropping

3. Food, medical and housing cost is way to much for most people

4. 90% of all wealth is going upwards towards the wealthy.

 

America is dying and so is its people.


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Same with the UK bud, same problems exactly, the only difference is our politicians are less bothered about hiding it these days, I think they've finally realised they can treat the populace as badly as they want and we just come back for more.

Out of ten of my friends like one of them is doing well and that's it. Everybody else is just scraping by.


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