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The big red button

N Korea Nuclear MapsWhat on earth is going on in North Korea?

The small rouge nuclear state ordered its missile units to the “highest alert” on Friday and state media issued two photographs showing the North Korean leader sitting at a table surrounded by generals and maps (left).

One of the maps apparently says “Strategic Forces’ US Mainland Striking Plan” on it, although I can’t read Korean to confirm that. They even went so far as to draw lines showing where the missiles will travel to get there. Very strategic, huh?

So how scared should you be?

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Live long and prosper

Good news! If you were born in the UK since 2007 (unlikely, if you’re reading this) then you can expect to live for over 100 years. But there’s a catch. I’ll get to that.

This blog is called jinxedgeneration for a reason – it’s main focus will be on young people, particularly in Britain – those who aspire to live well but are set to inherit an unsustainable world on a collision course with catastrophe. No, I’m not banging on about global warming, although that’s part of the problem. I’m talking about housing, healthcare, income, jobs and quality of life: the transfer of wealth from the young to the old.

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So are you in…or are you out?

Union flag and the SaltireYou’ve got to have balls of steel (figuratively) to be one of the three Falkland Islanders who voted against remaining a part of the United Kingdom in a referendum earlier this month. How they could look the 1,517 yes-voters in the eye I do not know… Maybe they can’t, which would explain why they ticked the wrong box.

The Falkland’s referendum was a blatant political statement, but it’s not the only one catching headlines at the moment. It was announced today that Thursday 18 December next year is the moment of truth for Scotland: to stay in the UK, or to leave it.

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The “aspiration nation”

A mere six hours from his Twitter debut, Britain’s chancellor, George Osborne, had 27,800 followers. Before he could so much as tweet twice, he was greeted with more than a few angry obscenities including delights such as “@George_Osborne go stick your cock in a tiger.” And that’s before he even started speaking. Needless to say, Britain’s 2013 Budget is a tender issue.

Here’s a run down of the most important points for young people in Britain. (I have ignored stuff which doesn’t really affect our jinxed generation. The full summary of Budget changes is here).

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The right to tell lies

News Corp Board Said To Approve Company SplitRelying on the press to tell you honestly about press regulation is like expecting sunshine for a wedding in December. With that in mind, I thought perhaps I’d clarify a couple of points, given that our esteemed politicians have just agreed upon a new way to spank the press when they offend (read: lie) about people.

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Triple dip? You aint seen nothin’ yet

In economics, everybody is in the same boat. Everybody has an oar, rowing in a different direction. Everybody’s oar is a different size. Oh, and there’s a wind. And strong currents. And the odd waterfall.

So it is in Cyprus this morning, as people rise to the knowledge that some of their savings are about to be taken to bail out their sinking banks. I feel sorry for the people of Cyprus, which include a large number of British service personnel. But the big danger is that this bailout (or rather, “bail-in”) will do just the opposite of what it intends: plunge Europe back into financial crisis. This is how…

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Sex and old men

The election of a new pope is weird. It involves millions of people looking at an old man and thinking about sex….at least, same sex marriage, abortion and child sexual abuse.

The new pope, who has taken the name Francis, was elected yesterday evening in Rome. He has his work cut out for him. The Vatican has been accused of being out of touch with its 1.2bn followers – particularly young people – and is reeling from repeated cases of child sexual abuse by its priests.

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Where’s my cardboard box?

Home is where the heart is, right? If that’s true, my heart lives at HSBC along with my mortgage. If you’re aged between 18 and 30, yours probably does (or will) too.

This morning, Britain’s leading business group said that the country should build another 50,000 cheap homes. Don’t be fooled – they care more about businesses making money than they do about finding you a place to live. But that doesn’t mean they’re wrong.

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