Tag: Comparisons

‘Gamble responsibly’ message is a cop-out. Regulators must step up

Australians experience the biggest gambling losses per capita in the world.

With a suicide rate of 10.4 per 100,000 people, according to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, we rank about 18 out of 36 among OECD countries. And in terms of gambling, we are among the worst, experiencing the biggest losses per capita. The two can be linked: studies show gambling is the cause of an estimated 400 suicides annually.

Source: ‘Gamble responsibly’ message is a cop-out. Regulators must step up

Why U.S. Republicans are now adopting Putin-style “managed” democracy | Salon.com

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Utilizing Putin’s playbook, Republicans make a mockery of free and fair elections. Putin, for his part, falsified election results and “managed” the electoral process by limiting who – and which parties – could actually stand for elections.

In contrast, U.S. Republicans do their “managing” a bit more obscurely, but even more harmfully for the whole idea of democracy. They are actively engaged in a campaign to disenfranchise voters from ethnicities and geographies that are not promising “hunting grounds” for the Republicans.

Source: Why U.S. Republicans are now adopting Putin-style “managed” democracy | Salon.com

United States Doesn’t Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index

Statue of Liberty through the morning fog from the Staten Island Ferry. (Photo: Brian Angell/flickr/cc)

LNP Australia admires FLAWED DEMOCRACY and is determined to follow it down the the gurgler (ODT)

A new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States.

According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn’t even make the list of top 20—its demonstrably “flawed democracy” notching it the 25th spot.

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