Robert Mugabe: Yes, actually, Doily, my skin is indeed very smooth. They say class struggle can wreak havoc with your skin, but mine has luckily survived unscathed. This may be because we followed a Maoist line rather than the Soviet line, but only History will tell.
A sizable chunk of the nation’s housing wealth is concentrated in a few markets, and that picture is unlikely to change as the housing recovery unfolds, according to a report released Wednesday. The Demand Institute, a nonprofit group run by the Conference Board and Nielsen, analyzed prices of owner-occupied homes in 2,200 of the largest cities and towns. It found that 10 percent of communities held 52 percent of total housing wealth — about $4.4 trillion.
I very rarely eat red meat, for health rather than ethical reasons, but I believe that those who do should be happy to embrace the reality of meat production. In fancy restaurants, they make a song and dance on the menu about the provenance of their meat, but, outside of this privileged environment, no one pays much attention to the bloody process involved in bringing, say, a burger to the plate.... Hats off to JBS Butchers, I say. At least they're being honest about their product, illustrating what a steak looks like before it's been flame-grilled. I wish other retailers would show their products in the raw. Let's see low-price clothes stores have pictures of the conditions in which a pair of £3.50 jeans have been made. We are all too willing to ignore the process, concentrating merely on the output. People should have an opportunity to make an informed decision about what to buy and, in any case, if you can't stand the meat, stay out of the butchers.
ANC Youth League leader Mzwandile Masina is lobbying for a law that would guarantee immunity from prosecution for President Jacob Zuma and future presidents after they leave office. His fear, and that of his allies within the party, is that Zuma may be targeted by local courts and the International Criminal Court (ICC) for incidents such as the Marikana massacre, in which 34 miners were killed by the police in August 2012.
Russia is planning to expand its permanent military presence outside its borders by placing military bases or seeking permission for navy ships to use ports in a number of foreign countries, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. The list includes Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, Singapore and several other countries
The demonization of gays and lesbians in Nigeria is an embedded cultural view. A recent study revealed that 98 per cent of the country believed gay people should not be accepted in society. And even before the latest draconian measures were introduced, homosexuality was still illegal and the LGBT community a marginalized element of society. Mac-Iyalla, founder of Anglican LGBT organization... Changing Attitude Nigeria, was himself forced to flee Nigeria in 2008. Arrested, beaten and tortured by police in the capital Abuja two years earlier, Mac-Iyalla’s campaigning for LGBT rights had made him a target back home.
Discarders of electronic goods expect them to be recycled properly. But almost all such devices contain toxic chemicals which, even if they are recyclable, make it expensive to do so. As a result, illegal dumping has become a lucrative business. Photographer Kevin McElvaney documents Agbogbloshie, a former wetland in Accra, Ghana, which is home to the world’s largest e-waste dumping site. Boys... and young men smash devices to get to the metals, especially copper. Injuries, such as burns, untreated wounds, eye damage, lung and back problems, go hand in hand with chronic nausea, anorexia, debilitating headaches and respiratory problems. Most workers die from cancer in their 20s
The market share of free range eggs has increased significantly over recent years as more consumers become switched on about the ethics of egg production. But how many realise that for each of the millions of hens laying ethically-produced eggs, a male chick is slaughtered on day one? In fact it doesn't matter whether it's a free range, barn or enriched cage system either: the chick is slaughtered... because it's male, doesn't lay eggs, and comes from a hybrid designed for egg production and not gaining weight. All this means male chicks are not economically viable as a source of meat either. Destruction on day one, or near enough. The male chick scenario must be an issue in the commercial sector: according to a recent report there is some significant research being applied to the genetic modification of chickens to identify female embryos within the shell by making them fluoresce under UV light. Then the males can be disposed of prior to hatch: this removes the need to destroy millions of male chicks, and saves both money and the greenhouse gas-emitting resources expended to incubate the eggs.
In our current capitalist-patriarchy, the production of ethical pornography still helps to maintain male control of women’s sexuality and the privileging of the male orgasm. The current movement towards the production of ethical pornography is a positive attempt to deal with the consequences of the ubiquity and mainstreaming of violent ‘gonzo’ porn and the production and distribution of images of... abuse taken without consent, including that of children and the current rise in ‘revenge porn’. In theory, the filming of a sex act is neither inherently ethical nor non-ethical; however, it is not possible to have ethical pornography in our capitalist-patriarchal culture, where women are still constructed as a sex class while the vast majority of the pornography industry, including the supposed free online porn, is owned by a very small group of companies. Ethical porn is not a separate economic entity distinct from the power of mainstream violent, racist, homophobic and misogynist pornography. In a post-patriarchal, post-white supremacist world where poverty does not dictate the ‘choices’ of individuals, it may be possible to make ethical pornography. We simply are not in that position yet.
Well, welcome to South America, governmental hubris, because there are now reports of the government shutting down the internet in Venezuela, where protests against the government and threats of toppling it have been raging.
Dave Boyle, a UK-based cooperatives expert, wrote in Economia last March on “the strange re-birth of co-operatives in Britain.” The article cited research conducted by Co-operatives UK, which documented the superior performance of Britain’s co-ops throughout the recession. Among the organizations’ findings: 98% of UK co-operatives were still trading three years after formation... compared to 65% of traditional companies Since 2008 the UK economy shrank 1.7% while co-ops grew 23% 56% of UK coops are in disadvantaged areas 88% of UK coops seek to minimize their environmental impact compared to 44% of traditional businesses who say they have “taken no action whatsoever” Engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave an organization 85% ‘agree’ or ‘very much agree’ that being a co-operative gives them a business advantage. 85% actively use their co-operative status in marketing Add to this, being a cooperative owner-employee may even help you live a longer life.
The formerly homeless are increasingly trapped in homes riddled with damp and infested with rodents after ministers gave councils powers to force those without a roof over their heads into rented accommodation rather than wait for a council house, a report by Britain's biggest housing charities has found. In the largest investigation of its kind, Shelter and Crisis followed 128 households in... three regions of England – east and south-east London, Greater Manchester, and East Sussex – over 19 months. The charities found that the homeless had been housed in "shocking" conditions often at the mercy of "unresponsive" and at times aggressive landlords who threatened eviction if tenants complained. Damp and mould were the most frequently mentioned problems by those put into rented accommodation. Rodent and insect infestations were regularly reported – most commonly cockroaches and mice, with some examples of rats. These, the charities said, ranged from seeing a mouse once a day to infestations that made the property uninhabitable. There were complaints of water running down the walls with surfaces being wet to the touch. In one case water was running into electrical sockets, and another reported their ceiling caving in from a leak that was never fixed.
When Ukraine's fugitive president fled for an unknown destination, he left behind his sprawling luxury estate in Mezhyhirya, an hours drive from Kiev. The people of the country, who earn on average earn between £2,400 and £4,200 a year, flocked to see Viktor Yanukovich's hastily vacated property. What they found stunned them. The property in Mezhyhirya, is packed with riches well beyond the... reach of a man with an official salary of less than £15,000. Sculptures worth millions, statues, a white Steinway piano, gold-plated taps, towel rails and other fixtures, chandeliers everywhere, valuable paintings and elegant glass and tableware. He even had personalised bottles of fine brandy featuring a photo of his smiling face.
President Yoweri Museveni, who made anti-homosexuality laws in Uganda much tougher Monday, told CNN in an exclusive interview that sexual behavior is a matter of choice and gay people are "disgusting." After signing the bill that made some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison, Museveni told CNN's Zain Verjee that, in his view, being homosexual is "unnatural" and not a human right.... "They're disgusting. What sort of people are they?" he said. "I never knew what they were doing. I've been told recently that what they do is terrible. Disgusting. But I was ready to ignore that if there was proof that that's how he is born, abnormal. But now the proof is not there." Museveni had commissioned a group of Ugandan government scientists to study whether homosexuality is "learned," concluding that it is a matter of choice.
Chinese president Xi Jinping has reiterated "core socialist values," urging deep understanding and comprehensive implementation of the moral doctrine nationwide. While presiding over a high-level meeting on this issue on Monday, Xi asked for widespread publicity of the values, which he called the "moral and ideological foundation" for socialist China, through all society to guide morality.... Xi said authorities should make use of various opportunities and occasions to create circumstances for the value's cultivation, and "make them all-pervasive, just like the air." Core socialist values comprise a set of moral principles summarized by central authorities as prosperity, democracy, civility, harmony, freedom, equality, justice, the rule of law, patriotism, dedication, integrity and friendship.
No one knows ITER’s true cost, which may be incalculable, but estimates have been rising steadily, and a conservative figure rests at twenty billion dollars—a sum that makes ITER the most expensive scientific instrument on Earth. But if it is truly possible to bottle up a star, and to do so economically, the technology could solve the world’s energy problems for the next thirty million years, and... help save the planet from environmental catastrophe. Hydrogen, a primordial element, is the most abundant atom in the universe, a potential fuel that poses little risk of scarcity. Eventually, physicists hope, commercial reactors modelled on ITER will be built, too—generating terawatts of power with no carbon, virtually no pollution, and scant radioactive waste. The reactor would run on no more than seawater and lithium. It would never melt down. It would realize a yearning, as old as the story of Prometheus, to bring the light of the heavens to Earth, and bend it to humanity’s will. ITER, in Latin, means “the way.”
The point is to “get them away from things that matter. And for that it’s important to reduce their capacity to think.” “Take, say, sports — that’s another crucial example of the indoctrination system, in my view. For one thing because it — you know, it offers people something to pay attention to that’s of no importance. That keeps them from worrying about — keeps them from worrying about... things that matter to their lives that they might have some idea of doing something about.” “I remember in high school,” Chomsky continues, “and already I was pretty old. I suddenly asked myself at one point, why do I care if my high school team wins the football game? I mean, I don’t know anybody on the team, you know? I mean, they have nothing to do with me, I mean, why I am cheering for my team?” “It doesn’t make sense. But the point is, it does make sense: it’s a way of building up irrational attitudes of submission to authority, and group cohesion behind leadership elements — in fact, it’s training in irrational jingoism. That’s also a feature of competitive sports. I think if you look closely at these things, I think, typically, they do have functions, and that’s why energy is devoted to supporting them and creating a basis for them and advertisers are willing to pay for them and so on.”
A United Nations report on UK housing conditions calling for the suspension of the bedroom tax has been dismissed by the government as partisan, discredited and a "misleading Marxist diatribe".
Almost half of carers in Northern Ireland are indebted and struggle to pay household bills, new research has claimed.