The end of capitalism has begun | The Guardian

Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian

Source: The end of capitalism has begun

A long read, but definitely insightful. Gotta check out The Fragment in the Machine!

I’m sure the timing of this article is jumping the gun a little… but here’s hoping that in 20 years time, students will be looking back at this article and analysing is as a prescient foreshadowing of the New Age.

Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF | Environment | The Guardian

‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments

Source: Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF | Environment | The Guardian

I don’t really know what to say about this – but I can’t say I’m surprised.

It might pose the question – why are certain factions are so hard on denying climate change, despite evidence to the contrary? You might extend this idea to other points, but not in this post. 😀

To hit the point closer to home, isn’t this is all money that we could feasibly use to fund the NHS? Education?  And to what end is all this money being subsidised?

As I’m sure I mentioned in a previous post (not to point the finger directly, but to make a general point), there’s a reason the party is called ‘Conservative’ – why would you want to change a system that keeps you rich and in charge?

The UK is the most unequal country in the EU | i100 (The Independent)

The Tory government has only just assumed power, and already Britain is the most unequal country in the EU.

Source: The UK is the most unequal country in the EU

Yes, a very short article – but a very direct point to make.

I will say – perhaps in a stunning act of hypocrisy – that I’ve always felt that the Middle Class are the most problematic portion of society when it comes to actualising change, as they aspire to be Upper Class whilst unaware that they are just as exploited as the Working Class are.

Despite this, I find it startling how apathetic most people seem to be towards this widening inequality, and what ramifications it has on society as a whole. The rich aren’t suffering austerity.

Here’s a little infographic on why austerity doesn’t work.

Here’s a Guardian article on why trickle-down economics doesn’t work.

Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It | WIRED

Researchers will bring the vaccine stateside and track it for the FDA so it can be manufactured and sold in the US.

Source: Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It | WIRED

This article should be called “Cubans develop vaccine for lung cancer” and should have been published 4 years ago.

It makes me angry that we’re only hearing about this now because suddenly The West wants a piece of it! Makes you wonder what else goes on in Cuba that we don’t know about.

Forget what you have been told about Cuba and the failure of Socialism – one of the world’s best healthcare systems, free arts and zero illiteracy? Poverty is relative to needs and wants, but of course I have no idea what really goes on in Cuba.