BANGKOK — Anti-government protesters crossed heavily fortified barriers to reach the gates of the Thai prime minister’s office and the city police headquarters without resistance from police Tuesday.
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The apparent explosion in Social Security disability claimants in recent years has provided endless fodder for critics of the program.
Their favored explanation is that the growth in the ranks of the disabled, from 250,000 new claimants a year in 1970 to nearly 900,000 in 2008, comes from fraud or laziness.
A new study by two economists at the Social Security Administration should put that to rest. After examining 36 years of demographic data, David Pattison and Hilary Waldron found that population growth, the aging of the baby boom generation, and the increase in the proportion of women in the workforce accounted for 90% of the increase in the disabled population — and 94% of the increase in the more recent 1990-2008 period.
The rest is accounted for by an increase in the "disability incidence rate," defined simply as the factor that’s left after the others are accounted for. But as they point out, the incidence rate actually has been falling over the last 18 years.
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David Cameron has been accused of “chickening out” of reforming Britain’s drug laws by a former government adviser. The Prime Minister once called for “alternative ways” to tackle drugs, and criticised politicians for “posturing with tough policies”.
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Slavery has a ‘shocking presence in modern Britain’, says Theresa May. But the hundreds of slave children locked inside Britain’s prohibition ‘skunk farms’ still go unseen and unheard. “It is all a…
"Trang – not his real name – is just one of many hundreds of Asian children to have been enslaved inside Britain’s cannabis factories. They are still there today. Disorientated and utterly alone, some as young as thirteen, they are ideal labour for the black market that has been created by prohibiting cannabis production. “Vietnamese children now make up the largest group of children being trafficked into the UK, primarily for exploitation in the cultivation of cannabis. According to the UK government’s CEOP organisation (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), nearly 300 children per year are trafficked into the country – and nearly a quarter can end up on cannabis farms.” The story of another boy, fifteen year old Hai can be readhere."