Half Of England Is Owned By 1% Of The Population

image edited by F. Kaskais  by Tyler Durden Half of England is owned by less than 1% of its population, according to new data shared with the Guardian that seeks to penetrate the secrecy that has traditionally surrounded land ownership. The findings, described as “astonishingly unequal”, suggest that about 25,000 landowners – typically members of the aristocracy and corporations – have control of half of the country. The figures show that if the land were distributed evenly across the entire population, each person would have almost an acre – an area roughly the size of Parliament Square in central London. Major owners include the … Continue reading Half Of England Is Owned By 1% Of The Population

Scandinavia May Not Be the Happiest Place on Earth After All

Scandinavia is supposed to be home to some of the happiest people in the world, but new research suggests that may not be true, even with beautiful places like the fishing village of Hamnoy in Norway. (Kym Ellis/Unsplash) Narrow measure of well-being may not measure happiness as well as once thought BY SARAH STEWART-BROWN, VIBEKE JENNY KOUSHEDE AND ZIGGI IVAN SANTINI The Nordic countries are consistently ranked as the happiest countries in the world according to World Happiness Reports published since 2012. Because of this, other countries often look to them for guidance when it comes to nurturing the well-being of their people. However, in our … Continue reading Scandinavia May Not Be the Happiest Place on Earth After All

Why Britain’s rain can’t sustain its thirst

By Tim Smedley Despite its rainy reputation, the UK’s water reserves are seriously strained – and its insatiable demands are putting pressure on other countries too When it comes to water scarcity, the last place on Earth you’d think of is rain-soaked England. Winter here is cold and wet. It rains for what feels like weeks on end. Lawns squelch with saturated soil and garden water butts overflow, likely to be unused until April. The UK’s average annual rainfall is a sopping 1200mm, compared to the 300s in Afghanistan, or just double-figures in Egypt. In the South-East of England, the average annual … Continue reading Why Britain’s rain can’t sustain its thirst

Philosophy must be useful

Frank Ramsey, pictured in 1925 above Buttermere Lake in England’s Lake District. Photograph by Lettice Ramsey. With thanks to Stephen Burch For Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle, much of philosophy was mere nonsense. Then came Frank Ramsey’s pragmatic alternative by Cheryl Misak is professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Cambridge Pragmatism: From Peirce and James to Ramsey and Wittgenstein (2016). Her biography of Frank Ramsey (Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers) will be published by Oxford University Press in 2019. Edited by Sam Dresser Vienna in the 1920s was an exciting place. Politically, it was the time of … Continue reading Philosophy must be useful

The Ku Klux Klan Is Growing—in Germany

Everett Historical via Shutterstock Nazi membership is outlawed, but not its racist American cousin. by Kelly Weill, Josephine Huetlin They have white hoods, Ku Klux Klan badges, and stockpiles of weapons. But these Klansmen aren’t in America—they’re in Germany, where a new wave of far-right extremism is taking cues from the U.S. Police in eight German states led raids last week on suspected members of a group called the National Socialist Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Deutschland, a name that glorifies both the American Klan and the Nazi party of Germany’s past. The raid, which reportedly turned up more … Continue reading The Ku Klux Klan Is Growing—in Germany

Harsh Nazi Parenting Guidelines May Still Affect German Children of Today

A German family poses for a portrait, 1937. Credit: Getty Images The Nazi regime urged German mothers to ignore their toddlers’ emotional needs—the better to raise hardened soldiers and followers. Attachment researchers say that the harmful effects of that teaching may be affecting later generations By Anne Kratzer on January 4, 2019 IN BRIEF In 1934 physician Johanna Haarer published The German Mother and Her First Child. Her advice guided child-rearing in the Third Reich. It ultimately sold some 1.2 million copies, almost half of them after the end of the war. In that book, Haarer recommended that children be raised with as few … Continue reading Harsh Nazi Parenting Guidelines May Still Affect German Children of Today

Britain’s so soppy we can’t even fight off a toy helicopter

image edited by Fernando Kaskais By PETER HITCHENS FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY One of the things I most enjoyed about living in Russia was the absence of prissy health and safety. The doors on the Moscow metro slammed shut with a vicious crash, after a single warning, and if you were caught in them, too bad. No pathetic reopening of the doors. So nobody ever was caught in them, and trains ran fast and frequently. On ferociously freezing days when any Western airline would have given up, Russian internal flights took off without hesitation, and arrived on time. This is nothing to … Continue reading Britain’s so soppy we can’t even fight off a toy helicopter