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

A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BLACK MEN OF DIFFERENT GENERATIONS ABOUT DATING WHITE WOMEN

No matter how much America may prefer to ignore its history, sometimes it’s naked and in bed next to you — and you simply can’t by Zaron Burnett III Most of the time it seems we prefer to ignore American history, but if you’re a black man, occasionally it will show-up in your bedroom and surprise you. Imagine being haunted by a poltergeist Wario: Boo! It’s-a me, American History! I’m-a here to ruin-a your sex tonight. It sounds ridiculous to imagine our country’s legacy as a mustachioed poltergeist with a comical Italian accent, but really that’s not much stranger than being suddenly … Continue reading A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BLACK MEN OF DIFFERENT GENERATIONS ABOUT DATING WHITE WOMEN

Walt Whitman’s Guide to a Thriving Democracy

Filip Peraić America had a mind shaped by its Founders, but the country needed the poet to discover its spirit. by MARK EDMUNDSON Walt whitman, who was born 200 years ago this year, is almost certainly the greatest American poet. In many ways, he is also the most enigmatic. Before 1855, the year that Whitman published Leaves of Grass, he had achieved no distinction whatsoever. He had no formal education—no Oxford, no Cambridge, no Harvard or Yale. His life up to his 35th year had been anything but a success. He’d been a teacher, but he was loose and a bit indolent, … Continue reading Walt Whitman’s Guide to a Thriving Democracy

Take Photos of Your Airbnb Before Leaving

Photo: Pixabay by Josh Ocampo More and more, it seems like booking a rental through Airbnb is a risky proposition. There was the story of the “superhost” crashing through the bedroom window in the middle of the night, or the less dramatic (but also alarming) stories of rentals found to contain hidden cameras in everything from clocks to fake motion sensors (and one family who discovered a live-streaming camera filming their every move). Now, thanks to one traveler’s story, we know to look out for rental owners who claim that you’ve caused damage to their property—damage that could result in thousands of dollars of fees. After leaving an … Continue reading Take Photos of Your Airbnb Before Leaving

The Karmic Impact of Mass Incarceration

Morgan Leyenberger Morgan Leyenberger, director of Compassion Works for All, on why she fighting for criminal justice reform in Arkansas. By Wendy Joan Biddlecombe Agsar Morgan Leyenberger had been meditating for a decade and leading a nonprofit organization, Compassion Works for All, that brings meditation and other resources to prison inmates in Arkansas. But it wasn’t until she was watching the execution of a man with whom she had spent the past two days that she truly understood the “karmic impact” of mass incarceration. In the summer of 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson had scheduled eight executions over eleven days (four were ultimately … Continue reading The Karmic Impact of Mass Incarceration

‘A Convenient Life and a Good Life May Not Be the Same Thing’

FRANCOIS LENOIR / REUTERS Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top antitrust regulator, hasn’t been able to take down Big Tech—but she has a theory of how to tame it. by Franklin Foer The election of Donald Trump, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal that followed, set in motion what some have called the tech-lash—a bout of intense skepticism directed toward Silicon Valley. But long before it became fashionable to jeer Mark Zuckerberg, there was the Danish regulator, Margrethe Vestager. As the European commissioner of competition, a post she has held since 2014, she has fined Google billions for its bullying behavior toward rivals. … Continue reading ‘A Convenient Life and a Good Life May Not Be the Same Thing’

How the poor became blessed

Carvings thought to depict Terra Mater (Mother Earth) decorate the Ara Pacis Augustae, built in honour of the military successes and political reforms of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus. Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Greco-Roman gods had no interest in the poor nor was organised charity a religious duty. How was Christianity different? Pieter van der Horst is a scholar specialising in New Testament studies, Early Christian literature and the Jewish and Hellenistic context of Early Christianity. He is professor emeritus in the faculty of theology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and is the author of many books, including Studies in Ancient Judaism … Continue reading How the poor became blessed