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Medical tourism generates millions for NHS and wider economy, finds study Medical tourism is a lucrative source of income for the NHS, according to a major new study that contradicts many of the assumptions behind the government's announcement that it will clamp down on foreigners abusing the health service. Eighteen hospitals – those deemed most likely to be making money from overseas patients – earned £42m in 2010, according to researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and York University. Medical tourists spent an estimated £219m on hotels, restaurants, shopping and transport in the UK. The researchers also found that more people leave the UK seeking medical treatment abroad than arrive in this country for care: about 63,000 people from the country travelled to hospitals and clinics abroad in 2010, while considerably fewer, about 52,000 people, came here.

Permanent Revolution Mon 01, October 2012 @ 08:54 Permanent Revolution issue 24 In the years before the First World War syndicalism developed rapidly as an international force. In the US, the Wobblies represented mainstream syndicalism. In Britain, industrial unionism was born in a period of political crisis and mass industrial action.

BBC News BBC News Home Top Stories Trump to drop Iran deal, Macron says Austrian School of Economics: The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics The Austrian school of economics was founded in 1871 with the publication of Carl Menger’s Principles of Economics. menger, along with william stanley jevons and leon walras, developed the marginalist revolution in economic analysis. Menger dedicated Principles of Economics to his German colleague William Roscher, the leading figure in the German historical school, which dominated economic thinking in German-language countries. In his book, Menger argued that economic analysis is universally applicable and that the appropriate unit of analysis is man and his choices. These choices, he wrote, are determined by individual subjective preferences and the margin on which decisions are made (see marginalism). The logic of choice, he believed, is the essential building block to the development of a universally valid economic theory.

Conservative party deletes archive of speeches from internet The Conservatives have removed a decade of speeches from their website and from the main internet library – including one in which David Cameron claimed that being able to search the web would democratise politics by making "more information available to more people". The party has removed the archive from its public website, erasing records of speeches and press releases from 2000 until May 2010. The effect will be to remove any speeches and articles during the Tories' modernisation period, including its commitment to spend the same as a Labour government. The Labour MP Sheila Gilmore accused the party of a cynical stunt, adding: "It will take more than David Cameron pressing delete to make people forget about his broken promises and failure to stand up for anyone beyond a privileged few."

Yeah, Sure, China Is An Economic Superpower. On Paper That Is Anton Goryunov writes from Beijing: For those of you easily excitable people, who love to talk about the great Chinese economic miracle, quoting official statistics coming in abundance from Beijing and using them to prove your silly point: most of these stats are incorrect or simply false. I bet all of the academics and economists out there, who have made a comfortable living out of writing about China’s economic boom, would be pissed off by what I’m saying here. They don’t like it when someone tells it like it is about communist China. It sort of casts a shadow on their research and numerous books that they have written. For several decades now China has been feeding the world with optimistic economic data. And the world was buying all that crap, pretending that in a communist dictatorship official statistics are cast in stone of reliability.

Unreliable statistics of 2013 The fudge "Only crisis-hit Spain has higher numbers of young unemployed people than the UK." Ed Miliband The truth This is sleight of hand. The Great FireWall - Reports "Mao Zedong said that to have power you need two things: the gun and the pen ... The Communist Party has the gun, but the Internet is now the pen. If they lose control of it, something will happen to challenge their authority." --Guo Liang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, in an interview with CPJ. On June 3, 2000, police in Chengdu arrested the founder of China's first human-rights Web site,

Is failure to promote the wearing of cycle helmets irresponsible? Cycling is dangerous, and should be banned unless participants wear helmets. That at least is the message an independent observer would take from reading that – a few weeks ago – the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned an advert from Cycling Scotland. This seems to make sense, doesn’t it? People who ride bicycles without wearing a helmet get brain damage. It stands to reason that banning cycling without protective clothing is a good thing, doesn’t it?

Nudity, Niqab and the illusion of ‘free choice’ A young woman blogger in Egypt (shown above) posted a photograph of herself, naked, as a symbol of resistance against the patriarchal conservative forces that are threatening to overwhelm Egypt. Today, I read what are possibly the most beautiful opening words of any essay or opinion piece ever. It went like this: “When a woman is the sum total of her headscarf and hymen – that is, what’s on her head and what is between her legs – then nakedness and sex become weapons of political resistance.” 'If I move he'll attack': mastering rage in prisoners "You fucking pussy!" Errol yells at me in his first group. He's been putting pressure on Dwayne, who I can feel is about to kick off, so I've intervened to bring Errol's focus on to me. "You fucking motherfucking prick!" Errol's pacing veers closer and closer to me with each pass. He points at me.

Nick Bostrom Nick Bostrom (born Niklas Boström, 10 March 1973)[1] is a Swedish philosopher at St. Cross College, University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk, the anthropic principle, human enhancement ethics, superintelligence risks, the reversal test, and consequentialism. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (2000). Orbit Tower Will Go Gold If England Win The World Cup In much the same way that post boxes were painted gold to commemorate Olympic medal winners, the Orbit Tower has pledged an aurous overhaul if England win the football World Cup. The sinuous structure on the Olympic Park, normally burgundy in colour, has been tenuously compared to many things, from a mangled roller-coaster to a giant robot. Yet give it a golden coat of paint, as in this mockup, and it actually does resemble the World Cup. Sort of. In addition, the EastTwenty Bar & Kitchen at the base of the tower will screen all England games during the tournament. See also: Where to watch the World Cup in London.