Tag: Future Shock

The Embarrassment of Riches | The Smirking Chimp

The game is rigged and the room at the top is getting smaller. 90% of that 1% isn’t made up of innovators or genius hard workers it’s made up of inherited wealth handed down through generations. Whose only interest is to maintain it. If for a few years the rest of us believe for a moment we are going up in the world it was to the 1%’s benefit. That however, sure isn’t the case currently and the Global Pandemic is revealing the cracks and inequality once again. While Climate Change is revealing the reality that we are all on this one planet.  Wealth won’t save the hell faced living with a 3 degree plus rise in temperature and the changes that will come with it.

The rich are clearly embarrassed by their riches, so much so that they are going to great lengths to keep their transactions a secret. Now, can we embarrass them even more so that they pay what is necessary to save the planet?

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Right time to be patient: medical futurist’s 50 year vision for health

How much of a role will enviroment play in improved health eg Climate Change and Fossil Fuels? (ODT)

“Healthcare is going to be preventive even on a scale that it will not just be about treating diseases or catching them as early as possible but preventing diseases before they would even take shape. That’s the real essence of healthcare,” he said.

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Jobocalypse now: The impending social catastrophe

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Or should we forget the Three Rs and introduce the Four Cs (Communication, Creativity, Critical Thought and Collaboration)? Teaching children to reproduce what is when in a few years it will no longer be, seems pointless because many of the jobs they are thinking about doing or are already training to do will not exist in ten years’ time. It has been estimated that up to half of our large companies will disappear before 2030, along with up to 40 per cent of the jobs which exist today.

Therefore tailoring the education program to meet the needs of transferable skills in a world in which flexible working conditions and freelancing will be the norm, makes sense. And it makes sense to have started yesterday. As a first step. And as a crucial one because if we do not address these needs, now, then we will lose the next generation to joblessness, homelessness, dispondency, demoralization, marginalization, in some cases criminality and terrorism. In a globalized world, education counts not only at home but in the distant corners of the world.

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The Coming Collapse

As a foreign correspondent I covered collapsed societies, including the former Yugoslavia. It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion. All the harbingers of collapse are visible: crumbling infrastructure; chronic underemployment and unemployment; the indiscriminate use of lethal force by police; political paralysis and stagnation; an economy built on the scaffolding of debt; nihilistic mass shootings in schools, universities, workplaces, malls, concert venues and movie theaters; opioid overdoses that kill some 64,000 people a year; an epidemic of suicides; unsustainable military expansion; gambling as a desperate tool of economic development and government revenue; the capture of power by a tiny, corrupt clique; censorship; the physical diminishing of public institutions ranging from schools and libraries to courts and medical facilities; the incessant bombardment by electronic hallucinations to divert us from the depressing sight that has become America and keep us trapped in illusions. We suffer the usual pathologies of impending death. I would be happy to be wrong. But I have seen this before. I know the warning signs. All I can say is get ready.

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Capitalism is doomed to collapse unless it learns to share – » The Australian Independent Media Network

”Poverty is the fault of the victim but wealth comes from virtue and both are the natural order of things.” John Lord

In preparation for the election, the Coalition have reverted to their safe space of “class warfare” and “the politics of envy” where they try to convince us that making the rich richer is good for us all and any questioning of rising inequality is just jealousy from lazy people.


via Capitalism is doomed to collapse unless it learns to share – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Guardian view on the 1%: democracy or oligarchy? | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

A waiter pours a glass of sparkling wine at a display of luxury yachts, at the London Boat Show

the landmark World Inequality Report, a data-rich project maintained by more than 100 researchers in more than 70 countries, found that the richest 1% reaped 27% of the world’s income between 1980 and 2016. The bottom half of humanity, by contrast, got 12%. While the very poorest people have benefited in the last 40 years, it is the extremely rich who’ve emerged as the big winners. China’s economic rise has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty but the wealth share held by the nation’s top 1% doubled from 15% to 30%. Such has been the concentration of wealth in India and Russia that inequality not seen since the time of the Raj and the tsar has reappeared. By 2030, the report warns, just 250 people could own 1.5% of all the wealth in the world.

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