The steps are small, but Keats thinks that this type of small action can help propel people out of paralysis on environmental issues. “In order to make [larger political] changes, what we need to do is to have a population that is proactive already,” he says. “It’s a matter of that initial threshold. . . . It may only be a gesture initially, but that gets people out into their own midst in terms of grappling with the Anthropocene rather than simply resigning themselves to the fact that we’ve entered into an epoch where all is lost and we’re so incredibly depressed at this point. The anxiety level is basically paralyzing for people by and large. And that’s understandable, but it isn’t going to help.” … [Read more...] about Are you ready to join the fight against the coming of the Anthropocene?
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Other workers are fighting the creep of data gathering into their personal lives. The 2018 West Virginia teachers strike was in part a fight against surveillance through a new health-monitoring requirement. The schools’ health insurer, Humana, was offering a program called Go365 that uses a Fitbit or similar tracker to record activity such as steps and heart rate. Employees who “volunteered” for this and other health monitoring could earn points to reduce their health premiums. Those who didn’t submit to monitoring, or didn’t earn enough points, faced a $500 penalty fee. The state ultimately dropped the program in the face of worker resistance. … [Read more...] about In 20 years, your boss may track your every glance, keystroke, and heartbeat
In 2014 interim Budget, the then government announced a scheme under which some 900,000 students were promised a moratorium period for education loans taken up to March 31, 2009, but which remain unpaid by December 31, 2013. This was announced when students found it difficult to get jobs on account of the economic crisis in 2008-09. Right now, there is no global financial crisis but India's economy is in a deep mess resulting in high unemployment. Should the government offer a similar relief to students to help them pay back their debt?Get access to India's fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code "GETPRO". Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app. … [Read more...] about Why have Indian banks stopped lending to students?