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Sunday Reading

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 24th, 2013 - 5 comments
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My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere (no linkwhoring).  This week: Feminism, tax and juries.

Mother Jones has an excellent look back at the last 50 years of feminism, and why the next 50 years are needed – saying while married women can get loans, newspapers don’t have segregated job sections and women are allowed on the Supreme Court, the 3 stated aims of the first big feminist march (and a 4th unstated one on violence) have not been met.  The Atlantic looks at the importance of men seeing women as human beings.

The Atlantic also contemplates China’s new Carbon Tax – while done for internal reasons, it still please Beijing to put the US to shame.  Also on tax, the Lithuanian economist and European Commissioner for tax writes about his introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax for 11 EU countries.

In Time, we look at the most important graph in US politics – showing productivity and GDP/capita continuing to increase when household incomes have long stalled.  It’s the graph Romney failed to understand and got Obama elected again.

Mother Jones also looks at Monsanto: All Your Seeds Are Belong To Us.  And Simon Jenkins at The Guardian thinks that it’s time juries went the way of the ducking stool.

5 comments on “Sunday Reading”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    Leaking away: The financial costs of water privatisation

    As water bills rise again, an investigation by Corporate Watch into the finances of the 19 water and sewerage companies in England and Wales has found:
    Almost one third of the money spent on water bills goes to banks and investors as interest and dividends.

    People are paying £2 billion more a year – or around £80 per household – than they would be if the water and sewerage supply was publicly financed.

    Six companies are avoiding millions in tax by routing profits through tax havens, using a regulatory loophole the government has chosen to keep open

    The CEOs of the 19 water companies were paid almost £10m in salaries and other bonuses in 2012.

    Yep, privatisation is just sooo good – for the few people who get to own the once public wealth.

  2. joe90 2

    Placebos, the science of junk food, Benedict’s legacy, Lee Atwater on the southern strategy and the persistence racial resentment.

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