Home delivery: sign of our divided times

“The tyranny of home delivery is creating a new class division. There are those who deliver the boxes and those who get the boxes.  There are now millions employed delivering more stuff to more people more quickly than ever before.  Wages and work conditions are rock bottom .  Insecurity, stress exploitation and alienation are sky …

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An ethical dilemma: taking advantage of generous guarantees

“I do a lot of online shopping. I try to stick with the merchants that offer free two-way shipping and unlimited return policies (e.g., any time, any condition, no questions asked). I often order items in three sizes and four colors and return most of them. I keep something for a year or more and …

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Thanks, but no thanks for Menorah: Another intrusion of religion

“My mother-in-law is a right-wing evangelical Christian who voted for Donald Trump and thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old. She is also, frankly, not very insightful. “She just gave my family a menorah. We belong to a Jewish Humanist congregation, which pretty much sums up my beliefs—proud of my Jewish heritage but agnostic. My …

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Glasses are forbidden

Thousands of Japanese women have taken to social media to share their experiences of being discouraged from wearing spectacles at work, since the practice was exposed in two recent reports. It turns out that a range of firms tell their female employees not to wear glasses, including a domestic airline that cites “safety” issues, retailers …

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Inequality in the UK

The five richest families in the United Kingdom own more wealth than the bottom 13 million people.  The extreme inequality these numbers illustrate will likely be a motivating factor for UK voters in the imminent general election. These voters have a clear choice: accept the years of austerity that have deepened UK inequality or set …

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Optimism boosts longevity

People with optimistic outlooks tend to live longer than their more negative peers, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have found. The study drew on data from two long-running studies of Americans aged over 60: one of 1,500 male war veterans, and one of 70,000 female nurses. At the start of both, the participants …

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More on self-perception

9% of British men consider themselves handsome; a further 7% regard themselves as good-looking. By contrast, just 1% of British women describe themselves as beautiful and 2% as good-looking. (YouGov/The Times,  21 September 2019). Epicurus would no doubt have commented that it is what is in the hearts and minds of men and women that matters, …

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When God lost our planet – a poem

Each day unfurled, Another world! God sits up there and gently nurses Spanking, brand new universes.   Purblinding flash! Oh, boom, oh, crash! A zillion atoms spun in space. Where did they fly? Some place, some place.   For thirteen billion years, we’re told, Did God his galaxies unfold With neutron stars and cosmic rays. Thus …

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A brilliant Epicurean put-down

Multimillionaire Donny Deutsch on Medicare For All: “[My parents] worked really hard to put me in a position where I can buy the kind of insurance I want… If I can’t buy it for my children, we are going backwards. We’re fucking Denmark.” …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. To: Donny Deutsch From: Djaffar Shalchi, Danish millionaire and founder, Human …

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Time to say farewell to steak and chips (fries)

Soon, most of us will stop eating beef,  and it won’t be because we’ll all agree with vegans that meat is murder. It’ll be due to the logic of advanced capitalism. The alternatives to meat now being developed – plant-based substitutes and vat-grown meat produced from cultured animal cells – will taste the same as …

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