Realsociology

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Archive for September, 2011

Goodye Gibson Guitars?

Posted by Realsociology on 29th September 2011

This is a  nice example of how the US Federal government is happy to interpret international law to the letter in the case of a small company, whereas it ignores it for larger companies. As a result Jimmy Page may well have to lend Gibson Guitars a helping hand because it might be facing something [...]

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How BP and other oil companies get away with murder….

Posted by Realsociology on 28th September 2011

Do you know where the USA gets most of its oil from – It’s not Saudi Arabia, it’s not South America, not Nigeria – no, its Alberta, Canada, and Dirty Oil is a thoroughly depressing documentary that looks at the devastating environmental and social impacts of tar sands extraction from a region the size of [...]

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Crude – The real cost of oil

Posted by Realsociology on 25th September 2011

This documentary is the story of a lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.The case, worth $27 billion is one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. The Plaintiffs are suing Chevron for damage cause by 30 years of operation in the Amazon between 1960-1990. [...]

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Introducing Kweku Adoboli – White Collar Criminal

Posted by Realsociology on 22nd September 2011

Nice example of a white collar crime with a huge economic cost – Former public school boy Kweku Adoboli, son of a former Ghanaian official to the United Nations, appeared in court today on two charges of false accounting and two counts of fraud while working for Swiss investment bank UBS.  The total estimated losses [...]

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Keynes vs Hayek Rap and a neoliberal water balloon analogy

Posted by Realsociology on 21st September 2011

Here’s a good couple of video resource for teaching basic economics – The Keyne’s Hayek rap (there’s a part two too) I also like this ‘water ballon’ analogy for teaching neoliberalism Neoliberalism As Water Balloon from Tim McCaskell on Vimeo.  

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Common Criminals?

Posted by Realsociology on 19th September 2011

Can you imagine working for a company that has just 635 employees, but has the following employee statistics? 29 have been accused of spouse abuse, 7 have been arrested for fraud, 9 have been accused of writing bad cheques, 17 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses, 3 have done time for assault, [...]

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Happiness is just around the corner and other ‘anti-Capitalist’ cartoons

Posted by Realsociology on 17th September 2011

- Double header of Marxism* coming up in Sociology next week – The Marxist perspective on crime in A2 and intro to Marxism in AS – and here’s some nice cartoons that illustrate the broad marxist critique of Capitalism - Firstly, an animated cartoon – the rat race –   And the non-animated version And secondly – [...]

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The Message – RIP freedom of speach in the UK

Posted by Realsociology on 12th September 2011

This blog post reports how, on 3rd July 2011, twenty-six year old Manchester rapper Yosh was just starting his set at a community event in Rochdale’s Broadfield Park. He asked the crowd “who wants to hear how the police statistically stop more ethnic minorities than white people?”, and launched into The Message, at which point [...]

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Increasing inequality in the UK

Posted by Realsociology on 10th September 2011

Nice post on trends in increasing inequality from the ripped off Brtains blog – The top 0.1 per cent of earners will take home 10 per cent of national income by 2025 They will take home 14 per cent by 2030 on the present trajectory. FTSE 100 bosses are paid 145 times the average wage [...]

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My top four examples of elites getting away with crime

Posted by Realsociology on 7th September 2011

So in week 2 this term – we look at what the crusty old men at the AQA label the ‘Marxist’ perspective on crime – part of what they say the ‘Marxist’ perspective is involves the Criminal Justice System being unfair – here are four examples that support this view – four examples of elites getting [...]

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