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How Spanish flu helped create Sweden’s modern welfare state

The 1918 pandemic ravaged the remote city of stersund. But its legacy is a city and country well-equipped to deal with 21 st century challenges On 15 September 1918, a 12 -year-old boy named Karl Karlsson who lived just outside Ostersund, Sweden, wrote a short diary entry:” Two who died of Spanish influenza buried today. A few snowflakes in the air .” For all its brevity and matter-of-fact tone, Karlsson’s journal makes grim reading. It is 100 years since a particularly virulent strain of avian flu, known as the Spanish…

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Its not just theyoung whohave a drink problem | Ian Jack

I consume 100 times more booze than my father did. Now Ive became aware that harmful drinking affects older people most, I seem I need to do better, says Guardian columnist Ian Jack Recently I calculated that every year I drink about 100 periods as much alcohol as my father did, and at least 200 times as much as my mother. The annual total in dad’s case came at most to a dozen small bottles of brew plus a whisky at New Year, while over the same 12 months Mum…

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How much is an hour worth? The war over the minimum wage

The long read: Some economists say it should be raised. Others say its already too high. But what if both sides are missing the point? No idea in economics provokes more furious argument than the minimum wage. Every time a government debates whether to raise the lowest amount it is legal to pay for an hour of labour, a bitter and emotional battle is sure to follow rife with charges of ignorance, cruelty and ideological bias. In order to understand this fight, it is necessary to understand that every minimum-wage…

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Into the woods: how online urban legend Slender Man inspired children to kill

The long read: When two 12 -year-old girls in Wisconsin invited their classmate for a game of hide-and-seek in the forest, they planned to assassination her. They later claimed the latter are forced to act by the mythical Slender Man On a Friday night in late springtime of 2014, in the smaller, drab metropoli of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a trio of sixth-grade daughters got together to celebrate Morgan Geyser’s birthday. They skated for hours under the disco lightings at the roller rink: tamed, mousy-haired Payton Leutner, known as Bella; Anissa Weier,…

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What if women ruled the world?

An end to mistreat, a statute against mansplaining, and reparations for two millennia of injustice as a new sci-fi artwork reveal sees a female-led future, we ask comedians, writers, politicians and CEOs for their vision Somethings not working at the moment Marina Abramovi, artist If wives ruled the world, they would stop being fragile, they would stop being dependent, they would never be the main victims, they would never be abused. I want females to be warriors. When ladies are free and happy, they will know how to rule the…

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