Zuma must go, according to latest poll | City Press

I missed this when it first appeared, but it is notable on several fronts:
It is not only White/Coloured/Asian voters who strongly disapprove of Zuma, but also Black voters, who have turned against him in a big way.
Disapproval of Jacob Zuma is also hurting his favoured successor, Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma (and conversely, benefiting his arch-rival, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa)
Remarkably, (at least in metropolitan areas) DA leader Musi Maimane has as much support as Dlamini-Zuma.

There are obvious caveats in interpreting this data. Political opinion polls in South Africa do not have a strong record, and this poll was conducted only among metropolitan voters. Rural sentiment will be substantially different. Even so, it does no look good for Zuma and his supporters, come the ANC elective conference in November.

If polls hold water, then President Jacob Zuma’s approval rating has hit rock bottom and seven out of 10 South Africans believe he should step down.

Asked whether Zuma should resign as president, 74% of 1000 South Africans said yes. The poll was conducted after Zuma’s controversial reshuffle of his Cabinet last week.

White, Indian and Coloured respondents held stronger views, with 84% calling for his resignation compared with 69% of black respondents.

Source: City Press

‘The higher the inequality, the more likely we are to move away from democracy’ | Inequality | The Guardian

I am asked this question very often: why should we care about inequality? There are three reasons.

First, every inequality in the treatment or position of individuals – including inequality in income and wealth – requires understanding and justification, because we are all fundamentally the same. That does not mean we should all have the same incomes because our effort and luck may vary, but we need to think about the reasons for any and every inequality.

For example, we can adopt Rawls’ perspective – that inequality can be justified only if it is in the interest of the least well-off (that is, so long as it raises the absolute income of the poorest). Or we can agree with Hayek that inequality is acceptable so long as the rules of the game, such as equal access to the market, are observed. Or we can provide another rationale.

But no matter which philosophical opinion we find the most attractive, we have to address the reasons for the existence of inequality.

Source: The Guardian

Forbes: “The UK Government Is Completely Deluded About Brexit”

The UK’s eventual exit from the EU is looking more and more likely to be a train wreck. The Brexiteers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s administration are living in a fantasy world. And although May herself comes across as sensible and pragmatic, it now appears that she is as deluded as they are.

Last Wednesday, April 25th, May met the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, for dinner in London. Senior members of the British and EU negotiating teams were also present.

The dinner was a total disaster. But just how badly it went, at least from the European Commission’s point of view, has only just been revealed.

Source:  Forbes

The side effect of gay marriage that will improve lives

In 2014, University of Washington researchers surveyed 1800 LGBT people, 50 and older, in US locations where same-sex marriage is legal; roughly a quarter were married, a quarter were in long-term relationships, and the rest were single. The results released this month show that the married LGBT people were in better physical and mental health, had more financial resources and greater levels of social support than both their single counterparts and those couples who hadn’t made it official.

It turns out that – as it is for heterosexuals – marriage is good for the health and wellbeing of lesbians and gay men.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

The Guardian view on generational inequality: a country fit for all agesThe Guardian

Seven years ago, a new set of contour lines emerged in our understanding of inequality in Britain. The publication of The Pinch by David Willetts has shaped the way we map, measure and articulate inequality: not just in terms of the gap between the rich and the poor, but in terms of the divide between the young and the old.

Lord Willetts’ arguments have since become well rehearsed. The baby boomer generation have collectively done much better financially than the generations that came before them. They will have drawn more out of the welfare state than they paid in as a generation; have done exceedingly well out of accelerating house-price growth; and can look forward to a comfortable retirement on generous defined-benefit pensions. But this has come at the expense of the younger generation, which finds itself struggling to even get on the housing ladder, and financially propping up both the welfare state and pensions schemes that the older generation are drawing down on.

If anything, things have got worse since The Pinch was published.

Source: The Guardian

Can a basic income liberate the poor? | USCatholic.org


What if public aid could be truly liberating instead of incapacitating?

In a nation so contorted at times by its Calvinistic impulses, public assistance has come to be seen not as a hand-up to struggling families but as a paternalistic mechanism for “takers” and “abusers” that contributes to so-called cycles of poverty. The basic income guarantee (BIG) challenges that impulse by proposing every citizen receives an income to meet their most basic needs.

Increasingly even modest assistance to the poor has been challenged—healthcare, for example, is seen not as a human right but as a market commodity deliverable not on the primacy of need but the ability to pay. What if the problem of how public assistance is offered is not that it promotes dependency but that it is so parsimonious—and provided with so many confusing strings attached—that it merely maintains the misery? What if public aid could be truly liberating instead of incapacitating?

Source:  USCatholic.org

“Does Tim Farron think gay sex is a sin? Who cares?”| The Guardian

“As a liberal, I’m passionate about equality, and equal marriage, about equal rights for LGBT people, for fighting not just for LGBT rights in this country, but overseas.”

That’s Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats. He’s a man who voted for the same-sex marriage bill on its second reading in 2013 (he was absent for its third reading – something he has said he regrets), and voted to make those rights available to members of the armed forces in 2014.

Source: he Guardian

Gay marriage proposal to be debated by Kirk Assembly – BBC News

Gay marriages may soon be able to take place in the Church of Scotland.
A report to be debated at the Kirk’s General Assembly in May said ministers should be permitted to perform same-sex ceremonies.
It also said the Kirk should apologise for failing to recognise the Christian vocation of gay people.
The report has been welcomed by Scott Rennie, the gay minister whose appointment to an Aberdeen parish in 2008 caused controversy.
It will be presented to the General Assembly by the influential Theological Forum of the Church of Scotland, which challenges and expresses the theology of the life and work of the Kirk.
It said in its report: “We recognise that as a Church we have often failed to recognise and protect the identity and Christian vocation of gay people and believe that the Church as a whole should acknowledge its faults, whose identity and Christian vocation it has failed to recognise and protect.”

Gay marriage boosts happiness, health: study – NY Daily News

Marriage is known to come with goodies besides wedding gifts. Tying the knot has been shown to boost physical and mental well-being for spouses. You know — happy wife, happy life.

A new study shows that gay marriage — or, as many in the LGBT community call it, marriage — boasts the same benefits.

The University of Washington research — part of the national longitudinal investigation: “Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality/Gender Study” — is among the first look at health and social impacts of gay marriage.

So move over, Dick and Jane. It’s time for Janet and Mary. And Andy and Mark — and other same-sexers — to get some study time.

“There were big gaps for health and well-being between married gay couples and gay singles,” lead author Jayn Goldsen, research study supervisor in the UW School of Social Work, told the Daily News.

Source:  – NY Daily News

Five Findings About Masculinity and Anger and Aggression | Psychology Today

The relationship between gender, anger, and violence is more complex than people realize, and common beliefs (e.g., men are angrier than women) often end up being untrue when we look closely at the research. What’s not nearly as complicated, though, is the relationship between masculinity and anger and aggression. (Listen here for more.)

Here are five things we know:

1. Masculinity is associated with anger.

In a 2014 study from the University of South Australia, Michelle Wharton and colleagues looked at the relationship between masculinity and anger arousal. Specifically, they had participants complete a series of questionnaires related to gender roles and anger in which they found that gender role identity, but not biological sex, explains anger differences. In other words, it was masculine participants who reported greater anger than feminine participants did, and not simply that males were angrier than females. In fact, females who had a more masculine gender identity were angrier than females with a more feminine gender identity.

Source: Psychology Today