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What Is It About Costco? These terrifying photos of Sears clearance sales in Canada show the devastating impact of the retail apocalypse. Sears has struggled to attract shoppers in recent years.Getty Images Sears Canada, which is separate from Sears' business in the US, is liquidating all of its assets.As it closes stores, everything has gone on sale.The resulting photos are apocalyptic. Sears is shuttering its Canadian locations — and the stores are descending into chaos. Earlier in October, Sears Canada announced it would seek court approval to liquidate its remaining stores and assets in the nation. Now, liquidators have taken over the locations. The result is apocalyptic. Here's some of the worst carnage yet of the retail apocalypse. Finland's universal basic income trial for unemployed reduces stress levels, says official. Citizens receiving a basic monthly income as part of a radical Finnish pilot scheme have seen a reduction in their stress levels, an official leading the trial has said.

The first of its kind in Europe, the scheme sees 2,000 people receive 560 euros (£473) every month for two years. Recipients do not have to report whether they are seeking employment or how they are spending the money, which is deducted from any benefits they are already receiving. Marjukka Turunen, head of KELA, the legal unit at Finland's social insurance agency, said as well as cutting bureaucracy, reducing costs and tackling poverty, the scheme was having an indirectly positive effect on people's mental health.

“There was this one woman who said: ‘I was afraid every time the phone would ring, that unemployment services are calling to offer me a job,’” Ms Turunen told US-based broadcaster Kera News. The woman was not able to work because she was caring for elderly parents. Reuse content. A New Oakland Museum Imagines a World Where Capitalism Is Dead. It’s works such as Rimini Protokoll’s that emphasize the Museum of Capitalism’s surreal setting. The museum’s temporary location is tucked away in Oakland’s Jack London Square, a developed waterfront area that was initially envisioned as a tourist destination but has been plagued with storefront vacancies for the past decade—and is eerily deserted on most days of the week. Steves and Furstnau partnered with the Jack London Improvement District to move into a massive empty building that was designed to be a bustling vendor marketplace.

To reach the museum from the street, visitors must cross railroad tracks via an elevated walkway with a sci-fi feel. Once in the second-floor exhibition space, they can peer down into the still-vacant first floor of the building and see scaffolding left behind like a ghost of the intended marketplace—almost a work of art in itself. Without the Museum of Capitalism there, the area would seem ordinary to any Oaklander. —Sarah Burke. Vice. Middle-class rules deaden too many arts venues. Let's fill them with life and noise | Mark Cousins | Opinion. In Edinburgh, where I live, the fringe and other festivals are turning this great city into a dressing-up box. The street life is heightened, as if everyone's waiting for their cue, their choreographed moment, the flash mob music to begin.

The arts are manifold these days, re-enchanting and rejuvenating cityscapes as best they can, which is great. The post-industrial world needed new reasons to get us out of the house and, when we noticed the stasis of online life, we again wanted to get out. So I hate to rain on the parade, but there's a problem with this new cultureverse. Here's what I mean. My parents didn't go to such places, which was fine. But still, some help out in the city would have been handy. Now, most good arts venues have children's programmes and outreach and inclusion policies, and they really want to involve the whole community. I like malbec and chorizo too, but is it OK to mention the mirthless, un-tactile, cold-to-the-eye aspect of "cool" arts venues?

This Is What It Looks Like When Men Are Allowed To Take 480 Days Of Paternity Leave. The Pain Of Gentrification Knows No Borders. When I think about the history of my family, it seems displacement is coded into our DNA. For centuries my people have been moving—the Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition who then ended up colonizing the Dominican Republic, the indigenous Taíno displaced and almost eradicated, the African slaves brought over to work the sugar plantations. I am a genetic cocktail of dispossessed people. Time and time again, we make homes in hostile territories, only to find ourselves pushed out, stolen, or stolen from. It’s a pattern that has continued: Where once we faced religious persecution, colonialism, and the transatlantic slave trade, today my family finds itself facing gentrification.

The dictionary definition of gentrification is neat, clean, striving to be apolitical: “The process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people in deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” Instead, I found that gentrification had followed me there. Why the poor pay more for toilet paper — and just about everything else. (Washington Post illustration; iStock) There are several ways to save money on, say, a roll of toilet paper. You can reach for the cheaper version: the store brand, or the singly-ply TP, or the stuff that feels like packing paper. Or you can buy in bulk, saving on each roll per unit. Or you can stock up when the deal is good, like when the corner store offers two packs for the price of one. The poor, who need all of these strategies, are much less likely to use the last two.

Using panel data on more than 100,000 American households over seven years, they tracked purchases of toilet paper, which has the great benefit of being non-perishable and steadily consumed (it's hard to go without, but we also don't use more just because we happen to have more in the house). Perhaps this sounds like a subtle discovery about minor household goods. "You can create a poverty trap even around the toilet paper that we study," Orhun says. Emily Badger is a reporter for Wonkblog covering urban policy. The Economist can’t figure out why millennials aren’t buying diamonds. Ana Kasparian is best known as a host and producer of the largest online news show "The Young Turks," (TYT) a show covering politics, pop culture and lifestyle.

She is also the main host of the rapidly growing panel show "The Point" on the TYT Network. When Ana's not hosting and producing news content, she teaches upper division journalism at her alma mater California State University Northridge. A Sotheby's employee poses for pictures with the 'Graff Vivid Yellow,' at 100.09 carats, one of the rarest yellow diamonds of its size, in London, on April 11, 2014 [AFP] If a magazine proudly lables itself “The Economist,” you would expect that publication to understand the economic burdens of today’s youth.

The questionable tweet included a link to an article about how millennials just aren’t purchasing the overpriced and overrated stones like the generations before them: Would you look at that! But don’t take my word for it. Tuition has outpaced inflation by stunning numbers. Caring too much. That's the curse of the working classes | David Graeber. "What I can't understand is, why aren't people rioting in the streets? " I hear this, now and then, from people of wealthy and powerful backgrounds.

There is a kind of incredulity. "After all," the subtext seems to read, "we scream bloody murder when anyone so much as threatens our tax shelters; if someone were to go after my access to food or shelter, I'd sure as hell be burning banks and storming parliament. What's wrong with these people? " It's a good question. I think the very incredulity with which I began provides a partial answer. To some degree this seems to reflect a universal sociological law. And humans being the empathetic creatures that they are, knowledge leads to compassion. And who do they employ? Even in the days of Karl Marx or Charles Dickens, working-class neighbourhoods housed far more maids, bootblacks, dustmen, cooks, nurses, cabbies, schoolteachers, prostitutes and costermongers than employees in coal mines, textile mills or iron foundries.

5 Common Assumptions You Never Realized Were Classist. The 4 Types of People on Welfare Nobody Talks About. What do you imagine when you hear the word "welfare"? Most of us think of a minority living in a filthy house with five kids running around while an alcoholic dad sleeps it off face down on the couch ... if there's even a dad at all. I talked in another article about the things politicians will never understand about poor people, but it's not just Washington elites who treat the poor like an alien species.

Hell, I find myself thinking in "welfare queen" stereotypes, and I grew up among them. The problem is that everyone -- from the news media to well-meaning activists -- refer to "the poor" as one group having the same problem, when in reality no two people are in the category for the same reason, and almost none fall neatly into the stereotype. Right now there are millions of people out there who are using government assistance because they are ... #4. John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images I've decided to start saying "butt-fart. " #3. Erik Snyder/Lifesize/Getty Images Free hookers. 30 Shocking Photos Of Child Labor Between 1908 And 1916. 3 Ways to Responsibly and Compassionately Respond to Panhandling. I’ve moved to the other side of the street to avoid it.

I’ve lowered my eyes so that I didn’t have to acknowledge it. I’ve brushed it off with excuses to make me feel a little less guilty. When I’m being honest, panhandling makes me uncomfortable. As a woman, I’m generally uncomfortable around anyone demanding my attention on the street. But besides those who are catcalling, there’s a certain population I’ve ignored because I’ve often felt helpless or unsure of what to do — until now. Panhandling is when people ask for money in public spaces. We know they deserve compassion, but we may not know how best to give it. Here is an easy step-by-step guide to responding responsibly and compassionately to those who are panhandling. 1. Most people don’t even recognize that the person panhandling is a human. These are people trying to survive. Consider that other people passing by on the street are mostly ignoring these people panhandling.

Look them in the eye. 2. 3. Get involved. Volunteer Advocate. Here are 7 things people who say they’re ‘fiscally conservative but socially liberal’ don’t understand. A handsome big moustached hipster man smoking cigarette in the city (Shutterstock) “Well, I’m conservative, but I’m not one of those racist, homophobic, dripping-with-hate Tea Party bigots! I’m pro-choice! I’m pro-same-sex-marriage! I’m not a racist! I just want lower taxes, and smaller government, and less government regulation of business. I’m fiscally conservative, and socially liberal.” How many liberals and progressives have heard this? And it’s wrong. You can’t separate fiscal issues from social issues. 1: Poverty, and the cycle of poverty. If you’re poor, there’s about a two in three chance that you’re going to stay poor for at least a year, about a two in three chance that if you do pull out of poverty you’ll be poor again within five years — and about a two in three chance that your children are going to be poor.

Also, ironically, being poor is expensive. Second chances, once considered a hallmark of American culture and identity, have become a luxury. 3: Disenfranchisement. The Charts TED Doesn't Want to Share. If you want to learn about topics like climate change, sex slavery, global poverty, or solving the world's problems with video games, there's a TED talk for you. But income inequality in the United States? Keep looking. National Journal's Jim Tankersley reported today that the wonkfest's organizers decided not to post the video of a TED presentation by a venture capitalist named Nick Hanauer, who'd spoken about how the American middle class has been left behind: "We've had it backward for the last 30 years," [Hanauer] said. "Rich businesspeople like me don't create jobs. TED curator Chris Anderson* emailed Hanauer that while "I personally share your disgust at the growth in inequality in the US," he felt that posting the talk would lead to "a tedious partisan rehash of all the arguments we hear every day in the mainstream media.

" Tankersley has posted the text and slides from Hanauer's talk. Want to borrow our charts for your own alternative TED talk? Hundreds of mental health experts issue rallying call against austerity | Society. Austerity cuts are having a “profoundly disturbing” impact on people’s psychological wellbeing and the emotional state of the nation, hundreds of counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health experts have said in a letter to the Guardian.

They said an “intimidatory disciplinary regime” facing benefits claimants would be made worse by further “unacceptable” proposals outlined in the budget. These amounted to state “get to work” therapy and were both damaging and professionally unethical, they said. Increasing inequality and poverty, families being moved out of their homes and new systems determining benefit levels were part of “a wider reality of a society thrown completely off balance by the emotional toxicity of neoliberal thinking”, according to more than 400 signatories to the letter. The consequences were “most visible in the therapist’s consulting room”. Labour first introduced work capability assessments but the coalition introduced a much more stringent regime. Poor moms stressed, not mentally ill, study finds. Your income barely covers your bills (to say nothing of hockey lessons or dance class), and your work hours are erratic.

The neighbourhood’s not the best, daycare is iffy and you barely have time to check the homework, let alone help with the science project. Is it any wonder that poverty might be causing anxiety among low-income mothers? A new U.S. study has found that poor mothers are more likely to be diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder – not because they suffer from a mental illness – but because they are struggling with the stress of being poor.

In a paper published online in the journal of Child and Adolescent Social Work, researchers at Rutgers University found that the inaccurate diagnosis of a psychological disorder was actually capturing "a physical need in the real world that is unmet and produced anxiety. " It’s an important distinction, says lead author Judith C. Labelling moms with a mental disorder when circumstances are to blame is to no one’s benefit. These Portraits Show Homeless Youth As They Wish To Be Seen. The double-standard of making the poor prove they’re worthy of government benefits. The actual contents of a Rhode Island woman's cupboard after two shopping trips paid for with food stamps. (Michael S.

Williamson/The Washington Post) Poverty looks pretty great if you're not living in it. The government gives you free money to spend on steak and lobster, on tattoos and spa days, on — why not? — cruise vacations and psychic visits. Enough serious-minded people seem to think this is what the poor actually buy with their meager aid that we've now seen a raft of bills and proposed state laws to nudge them away from so much excess. [Missouri Republicans are trying to ban food stamp recipients from buying steak and seafood] Then there are the states that want to drug-test welfare recipients — the implication being that we worry the poor will convert their benefits directly into drugs. No steak, no seafood, no strip clubs: There's a logical gap in the recent laws that bash the poor who receive government welfare and food stamps.

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