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Nov 22, 2015

The Guardian | Home - November 23, 2015 - 00.00 GMT: More Spending Cuts Will Damage Economy, TUC Report Warns.

More spending cuts will damage economy, TUC report warns

Julia Kollewe
The government’s “fixation” on the size of the state is straining vital public services and undermining social stability, according to a report from the TUC, which argues that further cuts could damage the economy.
The study commissioned from the Fabian Society suggests that spending cuts under the coalition have undermined essential services in health and education, lengthened NHS waiting times, deprived half a million adults of social care and brought the closure of hundreds of Sure Start centres for children.
Released before the autumn statement and spending review on Wednesday, the report also argues that the effects of George Osborne’s austerity drive, by suppressing demand in the economy, have led to the UK having its slowest economic recovery on record. Additional spending cuts would risk reducing economic output again.

The Guardian | Tech | Amazon .Com: Goodbye Privacy, Hello Alexa: Here's to Amazon Echo, The Home Robot Who Hears It All.

Goodbye privacy, hello Alexa: here's to Amazon echo, the home robot who hears it all

Rory Carroll
The experiment with having a robot in my home was going well – useful exchanges, mutual learning, some bonding – right up until the robot thought I told it to “fuck off”. I hadn’t. But the robot was convinced. It flashed its blue light and scolded me in a tone mixing hurt, disappointment and reprimand: “That’s not very nice to say.”
I could have laughed. Or shrugged. Or bristled, saying it had erred and should pay more attention before leaping to conclusions. I could have unplugged the thing.
Instead, worried at hurt feelings and a vague possibility of retribution, I apologised. I asked the machine for forgiveness.
Not my proudest moment, but I can still listen to it – my pathetic wheedling – because the robot recorded, saved and uploaded it to the cloud.
Welcome to the future.

The Guardian | World | Australia | Australia Immigration and Asylum - November 23, 2015-00.30 GMT: Ban Ki-moon Personally Asks Malcolm Turnbull to Review Boat Turnback Policy

Ban Ki-moon personally asks Malcolm Turnbull to review boat turnback policy

Ben Doherty
The United Nations chief, Ban Ki-moon, has personally called on Malcolm Turnbull to reconsider Australia’s policy on turning back asylum seeker boats during a meeting in Malaysia.
The UN secretary general also took the opportunity to raise concerns about conditions in Australia’s offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
The meeting with the prime minister took place on the margins of the Asean summit in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
Ban raised the issue of refugees and migrants in the Asia Pacific region.
“The secretary general expressed concern over the detention conditions in Australia’s offshore processing centres and encouraged the prime minister to reconsider Operation Sovereign Borders,” a summary of the meeting issued by the UN said.

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - November 22, 2015: Sprott, Neumeyer Interviewed About Undervaluation In Monetary Metals Sector.

Sprott, Neumeyer interviewed about undervaluation in monetary metals sector

Submitted by cpowell on  November 22, 2015 November 22, 2015

Sprott Asset Management's Eric Sprott and First Mining Finance's Keith Neumeyer, interviewed today by Dan Ameduri of Future Money Trends, discuss how undervalued the monetary metals sector is, how manipulated the monetary metals markets are, and the need for investors to have persistence in pursuit of value. The interview is 42 minutes long but there's also a transcript and both are posted at the Future Money Trends Internet site here:

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.