Last updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2020   (We need geniuses with brilliance to fight fast-growing chronic problems NOW!)
Aggregated News & Opinion
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Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
Obama's ACA didn't fix this:
The U.S. wastes $1.8 Trillion per year on health care spending compared to the average of 2017 per capita costs of comparable yet profit-controlled advanced countries. Let's end price gouging and adopt profit-control practices too. To the point, 2017 US out-of-control per capita health care spending was $5322 more per person than in France, the highest rated system based on patient outcomes.
The leader of the 2015 Paris accord talks about her new book, The Future We Choose, and why it’s crunch time for humanity
Damian Carrington | The Guardian
  • Public fury is growing, with calls for more freedom of speech, but observers don’t expect any dramatic changes
  • Xi Jinping has been mostly absent from view, as heads start to roll in Hubei province
Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record [The good news is that nearly pollution-free farmland will soon be available on this continent]
Scientists describe 20.75C (69.35F) logged at Seymour Island as ‘incredible and abnormal’
Jonathan Watts | The Guardian
EU accused of climate crisis hypocrisy after backing 32 gas projects [Methane leaks are as bad for global warming as CO2]
MEPs support €29bn schemes, ‘locking Europe into burning fossil fuels for generations’
Daniel Boffey in Brussels | The Guardian
Simple, solar-powered water desalination [“There is no accumulation of salt or concentrated brines to be disposed of.”]
System achieves new level of efficiency in harnessing sunlight to make fresh potable water from seawater.
David L. Chandler | MIT News
Climate Change Predictions Have Suddenly Gone Catastrophic. This Is Why [Cloud cover in climate models is just a guess...]
The latest climate models have unexpectedly started to predict nightmarish warming scenarios. Now, scientists are scrambling to understand why, and if they can be trusted.
The research "adds to a growing body of evidence for alarming, widespread losses of biodiversity and for rates of global change that now exceed the critical limits of ecosystem resilience."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
Largest maker of pesticide linked to brain damage in kids to stop producing chemical [Trump fought to expose and insidiously harm "inconvenient people," but in the end he lost...for now.]
Announcement comes after Trump administration reversed plans to ban chlorpyrifos and rejected scientific conclusions of experts
Sam Levin in Los Angeles | The Guardian
A new record set so soon after the previous record of 17.5C in March 2015 is a sign warming in Antarctica is happening much faster than global average
Graham Readfearn | The Guardian
Country routinely praised for its schools system aims to do the same with preventive health
by Peter Walker in Joensuu, Finland | The Guardian
The EU’s green deal is a colossal exercise in greenwashing [Bad Government Ignores Inconvenient Truth]
Ursula von der Leyen’s signature proposal co-opts the slogans of climate activism, but has none of the substance
Yanis Varoufakis and David Adler | The Guardian
Studies have shown that populations living around refineries, often people of color and low-income, have [horrible health problems]
Emily Holden in Washington | The Guardian
British Heart Foundation says 15m Britons are exposed to toxic levels of pollution
Matthew Taylor | The Guardian
Orianna Tannenbaum and Rushad Nanavatty | GreenBiz
Although it is not new, under the current administration, powerful and wealthy corporations are given free rein to despoil and destroy our sacred and treasured lands.
By The Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign | NBC News–THINK
A territory that has 0.5% of the Earth’s population plans to use up nearly a third of the planet’s remaining carbon budget
Bill McKibben | The Guardian
From rising anxiety to suicides to drug abuse, we’re in the middle of a mental health crisis. Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to tackle that crisis head-on.
In 1995, the ACLU sued HUD on behalf of public housing tenants in Baltimore. The question Thompson v. HUD addressed remains urgent: Who gets to live where?
13 million U.S. coastal residents are expected to be displaced by 2100 due to sea level rise. Researchers are starting to predict where they’ll go.
  • Inundation and flooding are steadily becoming more likely
  • Worldwide rise being driven by melting of large glaciers
Oliver Milman | The Guardian

Facebook and Twitter reject Pelosi's request to remove edited Trump video [Corruption is now everywhere and worsening, and truthful news is being overwhelmed by Trump-like childish distortions]
President posted [altered] video of House speaker tearing State of the Union address interspersed with clips of Trump lauding honorees
Victoria Bekiempis in New York | The Guardian
Mikael Klintman | Mapping Ignorance
EXTRAORDINARY MEDIA BIAS AGAINST Andrew Yang | The #YangMediaBlackout FULL HISTORY [49:06 video; the lede should more accurately identify media bias as against anti-neoliberals, as Sanders was intentionally harmed, too]
'Zuckerberg says Facebook's new approach 'is going to piss off a lot of people' [1:10 video; Purveyors of propaganda convincing citizens of FAKE NEWS are paid a premium, and that's Zuckerberg's "business model"]
Rishi Iyengar | CNN Business
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Arts & Education Events:
If world leaders do not fathom the threat to all life on Earth, they must be removed from office. [REF: World Economic Forum Agenda]
– Today's Posts –
The Hill Channel | YouTube
Common Dreams staff | Common Dreams
Ocasio-Cortez faces 13 challengers – but can anyone unseat her? [A fierce anti-neoliberal, AOC faces many corporate-funded challengers—most notably Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former CNBC anchor, rabid right-winger and fierce critic of Stalinesque socialism that she mischaracterizes to be AOC's advocacy]
Eight Republicans and five Democrats are vying to take on AOC – but many voters in the district are voicing support for the congresswoman
Edward Helmore in New York | The Guardian
This Is Why the GOP Can’t Have Nice Climate Plans [We've come to distrust politicians always with their mouths wide-open, for one-way communication]
Some Republicans want to respond to moderates’ concerns about global warming. Others are appalled by any concessions at all.
By KATE ARONOFF | The New Republic
After Watergate, we worked for impartiality. Trump, Roger Stone and William Barr have dragged us back to the swamp
Robert Reich | The Guardian
Michael Bloomberg rocked by re-emergence of sexist remarks [Another neoliberal Billionaire unfit for high office]
Martin Pengelly in New York | The Guardian
It was “disconcerting” to be asked to remove the chapter “because of how it was going to be perceived by Mayor Bloomberg.”
Common Dreams staff | Common Dreams
Barack Obama’s vice-president is floundering in the Democratic primary, losing key support as vital votes loom
David Smith in Washington | The Guardian
How is Nancy Pelosi's net worth $238 million? [1:52 video; "Peanuts" to Trump, but most of us think it's corrupt neoliberal behavior.]
"The shocking action taken by you or your senior staff to seek special protections for Mr. Stone make a mockery of your responsibilities to seek equal justice under the law."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
Bernie Sanders' success has Democratic centrists sounding the alarm [Rooting-out neoliberalism is worth down-ballot carnage when politicians lose from losing corporate "donations". The public won't miss corporate-fawning neoliberal Democrats.]
The self-described democratic socialist would spell disaster for down-ballot Democrats, party moderates are warning
Adam Gabbatt | The Guardian
Michael Bloomberg said in 2008 that end of 'redlining' was to blame for financial crisis [1:47 video; Bloomberg and Trump are small men in the same way! Pete Buttigieg looks like a small man, too.]
Dan Merica and Caroline Kenny | CNN Politics
"It is unbelievable how much this action will undermine public safety. Unbelievable."
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | Common Dreams

Opinion: Munich Security Conference reveals frayed trans-Atlantic ties [What happens when Amerika's President is a wacko who fires professionals that embarrass him for being ignorant]
Friend or foe? Ties between the two sides of the Atlantic are already complicated. At the Munich Security Conference, the differences were more apparent than ever, says Matthias von Hein.
Matthias von Hein | Deutsche Welle
In an interview with DW, John Kerry has criticized Donald Trump for his inaction on climate change. He also accused the US president of "breaking apart NATO" and "insulting Angela Merkel" and other European leaders.
Afghan peace deal, but at what cost? [Have concessions for a Trumpian 'deal' made military casualties meaningless?]
The West appears to be making many concessions to the Taliban to forge a peace deal. Do they also involve a compromise on fundamental human rights? DW talks to the head of Friedrich-Ebert Foundation in Afghanistan.
Masood Saifullah, Shamil Shams | Deutsche Welle
How China-US mistrust pushed the WHO into a coronavirus corner [In matters like Health, Mr. Trump, it is ignorant and life-threatening to hinder the best people from doing their jobs]
Becky Anderson and Sophie Tremblay | CNN Politics
Climate Crisis Could Cause a Third of Plant and Animal Species to Disappear Within 50 Years: Study [Trump and neoliberals don't care about the biggest problems in the world. Why is that?]
"Successful implementation of the Paris agreement targets could help reduce extinctions considerably, possibly to 16% or less by 2070," according to lead author Cristian Román-Palacios.
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
How poor people survive in the USA | DW Documentary [42:26 video; American neoliberals in both political parties are blind to what they've done, but the world is watching with alarm. Deutsche Welle (DW) is a German state-owned public international broadcaster.]
Today’s thumbs-up, thumbs-down approach to feminism is boring and reductive. It is time to embrace complexity
Helen Lewis | The Guardian
The era of open markets and open borders is over, its demise hastened by the climate crisis, populism and now coronavirus
Larry Elliott | The Guardian
More than two-thirds of migrants fleeing Central American region had family taken or killed [Good job, ‘Turd Man’ for turning away those who mistakenly came north to Amerika]
Study finds 42.5% interviewees leaving Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador reported the violent death of a relative
David Agren in Mexico City | The Guardian
Rohingya refugees die after boat capsizes off Bangladesh [Good job, from some other ‘Turd Man’]
At least 15 dead and many missing after overloaded vessel allegedly trafficking refugees to Malaysia sank
Associated Press | The Guardian
Trump’s “peace plan” would confront Amman with an influx of Palestinian refugees, who would follow refugee influxes from post-2003 Iraq and post-2011 Syria, writes Giorgio Cafiero.
Giorgio Cafiero | Consortium News
UN's Moratinos: 'Inclusive identity' can build a better world [Excellent 24:25 video extols major benefits if all of us will see ourselves as world citizens above national allegiance]
UN High representative for the Alliance of Civilizations on whether relations between societies can be improved.
Source: Al Jazeera | Al Jazeera

Revealed: big oil's profits since 1990 total nearly $2tn [Worse than the worst Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, living fossil fuel executives deserve to be hung by the neck till dead publicly for knowingly killing life and livability on our planet]
BP, Shell, Chevron and Exxon accused of making huge profits while ‘passing the buck’ on climate change
Matthew Taylor and Jillian Ambrose | The Guardian

Guan Video Channel | YouTube
Warren and Sanders: Amazon must end culture that puts profit over people [Bezos follows the immorality of neoliberalism by minimizing wealth, income and health of the poor to maximize profit for the rich]
More than a dozen senators tell Amazon chief Jeff Bezos of their ‘serious concern’ about worker safety at the tech giant
Kenya Evelyn from Washington | The Guardian

Roger Stone furore shows 'crisis of credibility' in US justice system, experts warn [‘Turd Man’ and his cult followers are at it again.]
Senior figures sound the alarm and say rule of law – and democracy itself – under threat from Trump and DoJ allies
Ed Pilkington in New York | The Guardian
How to Make Climate Refugee Protections a Reality [Given Trump's apparent brain damage, how will America help with this HUGE and rapidly growing humanitarian problem?]
Climate, Conflict and the Universal Right to Life
Steve Trent | EcoWatch

IDEA updated 11/18/2019: Those who think nation-states are not increasingly corrupt will not understand why change (below) is needed. [Ref.: The world is waking up to this!]

Virtual Nations [A never-ending editorial]
Instead of Plutocratic-Controlled Politicians owning and controlling 'their' people in "their" Nation-State, why can't people everywhere contract with UN-certified virtual nation agencies to perform fiduciary nation-level functions instead—including managing escrow for Social Security and Medicare, and smart funding of your priority governance and charities. If this were possible and replaced nations states then it would end international wars and immigration crises, as citizens of every virtual nation would be scattered worldwide—as before nation-states. Local city, county and state governments can continue largely unchanged. But at the national virtual nation level, Democracy would be professional-only and not be political. Your only vote would be to renew with same nation agency or change to another nation agency (which transfers escrows), and/or change priorities for governance and charities.
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.

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