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Fri, 23/02/2024 - 04:00
by Dave Rollo

”Economic growth” is commonplace in the daily news. We assume it’s a good thing, that a 2–4 percent increase in GDP is beneficial to all. Likewise, we hear that our communities are growing, and we see a 2–4 percent increase in population as reasonable and benign. Meanwhile, visionary community leaders are busy planning for a steady feed of single-digit annual growth. So we’re in good hands, right?

But what the news reports miss is that any steady rate of growth is an exponential function that contains within it a knowable doubling time.

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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 21:46

Gaza’s health system was on the brink of collapse long before October 2023. The densely populated coastal enclave, home to more than two million Palestinians, had been under siege by Israel for 16 years, a policy which tightly limited the movement of people, food, fuel, building materials and more in and out. A 2022 briefing […]

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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 20:00
Dario Bonciani and Johannes Fischer The UK economy has been hit by significant terms-of-trade shocks, most notably the rise in energy prices following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These shocks have created substantial and persistent inflationary pressure in many countries. Such upheavals bring increased uncertainty about the future, making macroeconomic forecasting more challenging. In this … Continue reading Forecasting UK inflation in the presence of large global shocks
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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 19:45
A new report by digital campaigners, Open Rights Group, has found that the data of people who are referred to the Prevent programme is being widely shared, and that data is being retained for years even when referrals are marked ‘no further action’. Thousands of Prevent referrals are made each year ostensibly to “support people […]
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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 19:11
Thousands of Prevent referrals are made each year ostensibly to “support people susceptible to radicalisation”. The overwhelmingly majority do not meet the threshold for a Channel intervention (a multi-agency deradicalisation programme). Despite this, the data of Prevent referees is retained and shared across multiple databases, with potentially harmful outcomes. Through analysing responses to freedom of […]
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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 16:03
When I was in London recently, I noticed an increase in people in the street who were clearly not working and looked to be in severe hardship from my last visit in 2020. Of course, in the intervening period the world has endured (is enduring) a major pandemic that has permanently compromised the health status…
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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 11:30
He’ll come for “the good ones” next At last night’s S. Carolina town hall, Trump was asked what the actual plan was for the rounding up of immigrants: Here’s one of his lackeys today: The Washington Post reports today: Faced with a surge of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018 and 2019, Donald Trump’s White House discussed ways to more aggressively deploy the resources and the might of the U.S. military. Aides and officials spoke privately about detaining migrants on military bases and flying them out of the country on military planes — ideas that the Pentagon headed off. Throughout his presidency, Trump himself would frequently demand to send troops to the border and catch people crossing. “He was obsessed with having the military involved,” said a former senior administration official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private discussions. That approach and unfinished business have taken on renewed significance and urgency as the country confronts another migrant crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, and as Trump closes in on the Republican presidential nomination.
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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 10:41

Ash speaks to Yanis Varoufakis and film director Raoul Martinez about their new film Eye Of The Storm: The Political Odyssey of Yanis Varoufakis, what the left got wrong after 2008 and the West’s complicity in the genocide happening in Gaza. You can buy ‘In The Eye of the Storm: The Political Odyssey of Yanis […]

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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 10:33

Sat down to discuss the downfall of capitalism and Western hegemony, the Labour Party’s shunt to the right, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Also, we discussed Raoul Martinez’s documentary In The Eye of the Storm: The Political Odyssey of Yanis Varoufakis 

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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 10:26

Interviewed by by Deborah Frances-White in Brian Eno’s Studio, on the occasion of the launch of  Raoul Martinez’s IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: Yanis Varoufakis’ Political Odyssey Recorded 15 February in London. Released 21 February 2024. For THE GUILTY FEMINIST side, click here.

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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 10:10

Manos, a sixth-generation farmer from Thessaly, put it to me bluntly when I asked him to explain why he was prepared to drive his tractor 400km to Athens to camp outside Parliament: “If I don’t, my farm will soon follow our village school, co-op, post office and bank branch into oblivion.” His story is neither […]

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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 10:04

BUNNINGS Warehouses around the country are hosting Lions Awareness Day events on Saturday 2 March 2024. Outside the Coffs Harbour store, members of local Lions Clubs will sizzle the BBQ, serve snags and share about their organisation. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us –...

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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 10:00

What isn’t ending?  What isn’t on the verge of extinction?  It’s a short list of exemptions these days, and we, us human beings, aren’t on it. Neither are bees, bipartisanship, butterflies, coastlines, childhood, civility, coral reefs, democracy, elephants, empire, facts, families, frogs, gender, glaciers, God, higher education, humanities, love, male supremacy, manatees, manhood, men, morality, […]

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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 10:00
What it means to be an American has always had many definitions and not all of them good. But selling out to an autocratic foreign power in order to keep power at home is a new one. We haven’t actually done that one before. But it’s the natural consequence of the radicalization of the GOP over many years which has culminated in the elevation of a psychopathic conman to lead the party. And here we are.
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Thu, 22/02/2024 - 09:55

AT City of Coffs Harbour’s 8 February meeting, Councillors endorsed a draft Laneways Policy and an associated amendment to the Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan. Both are now on public exhibition for feedback. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us – (02) 4981 8882. Email...

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