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Today's Trumpery


Women bearing 86% of austerity burden, Commons figures reveal

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[Labour urges Conservatives to look at disproportionate impact of tax and spending policies on women. For that matter, see: Six years after Fukushima - women and children still suffer most. *RON*]
Heather Stewart, The Guardian, 10 March 2017
Labour has urged the Conservatives to carry out a gender audit of its tax and spending policies, as the shadow equalities minister, Sarah Champion, published analysis showing that 86% of the burden of austerity since 2010 has fallen on women.

Champion said research carried out by the House of Commons library revealed that women were paying a “disproportionate” price for balancing the government’s books.

This Rolls Royce is painted with real diamond dust

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["Ethically sourced." Guillotine watch. *RON*]

Peter Valdes-Dapena, Money CNN, 8 March 2017

Rolls-Royce's pricey paint job

Keep the shopping carts at a distance, please.

You really don't want to scratch the paint on this particular Rolls-Royce Ghost, which is finished with a paint that contains diamond dust.

The paint contains the dust of 1,000 ground up diamonds -- "ethically sourced" diamonds, the company notes -- which gives the car a unique sparkle.

Rolls-Royce won't say how much the paint job cost, beyond the fact that it's the most expensive they've ever done, because it was commissioned by a private buyer. This isn't an option you'll hear about at your local Rolls dealership.

Rise of the Machines: A Burger Flipping Robot Is About To Start Work at a Fast Food Chain

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[Flippy works for nothing, receives no benefits, and installs in five minutes. Say hello to the robot overlords. See also: Income Inequality, Robots and a Path to a Fairer Society. *RON*]
Mike Pomranz, Food and Wine, 8 March 2017
Flippy is here to help.

The term “burger flipper” is often used as a derogatory way of referring to someone working a low-paying job (sometimes, but not always, literally flipping burgers) that is generally seen as the kind of gig that could be done by anyone. And that’s paraphrasing the politest definition on Urban Dictionary. But if you think burger flipping is more complex than the haters like to let on, science hasn’t done you any favors as of late: CaliBurger, a chain whose last sustained time in the spotlight was occurred because it was too much like In-N-Out Burger is the latest restaurant to announce it’ll be using a burger flipping robot to handle grill duties.

Created by Miso Robotics, “Flippy” is billed as an…

Is It Better to Be Poor in Bangladesh or the Mississippi Delta?

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[As we've seen, Trump’s new chief economist is known for arguing that US inequality isn’t an issue. And yet "life expectancy in much of Appalachia is below life expectancy in Bangladesh." The Nobel laureate Angus Deaton discusses extreme poverty, opioid addiction, Trump voters, robots, and rent-seeking. *RON*]
Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic, 8 March 2017
Angus Deaton studies the grand questions not just of economics but of life. What makes people happy? How should we measure well-being? Should countries give foreign aid? What can and should experiments do? Is inequality increasing or decreasing? Is the world getting better or worse?

Better, he believes, truly better. But not everywhere or for everyone. This week, in a speech at a conference held by the National Association for Business Economics, Deaton, the Nobel laureate and emeritus Princeton economist, pointed out that inequality among countries is decreasing, while inequality within…

Call in the Mounties. There's a new police probe in Christy Clark's B.C.

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[ELECTION BC 2017!!! The investigation that was being conducted by Elections BC has now been handed off for criminal investigation by the RCMP. Therefore, and instantly: Premier hints at plan to 'fix' political party financing. Not does anything, mind you: hints at. *RON*]

Carl Meyer, National Observer, 10 March 2017
The RCMP is being called in to investigate a political cash and lobbying controversy that has struck British Columbia on the eve of a general election.

The probe throws a wild card into a heated campaign as Premier Christy Clark's Liberals seek a fifth consecutive mandate and a third straight decade in power.

Elections BC said on March 6 that it would investigate media reports alleging that some individuals may have broken the provincial election act. The Globe and Mail reported that lobbyists have been violating political contribution rules by donating money in their own name and getting reimbursed by clients or compani…