Last updated: Tuesday, October 27, 2020  [Amerika’s major political parties, Congress and Supreme Court are Mafia-like organizations controlled via corporate & oligarch bribes. We must forbid such bribes and foster principle-based purpose-functionality in government agencies. We must also eliminate bribes of media (for biased coverage) and of congressmen (for their votes), to require all to work within the framework of public funding of elections]
Aggregated News & Opinion
Today’s posts in bigger type.
Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
Obama's ACA didn't fix this:
The US wastes $1.8 Trillion per year on health care spending compared to the average of 2017 total 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.
Yoshihide Suga says dealing with climate change is no longer a constraint on growth as he sets out a bolder approach to the emergency
Justin McCurry in Tokyo | The Guardian | 20.10.26
Natural forest regrowth has a remarkable ability to absorb carbon and fight climate change.
FRED PEARCE | Mother Jones | 20.10.26
Damien Gayle (now), and Sarah Marsh and Helen Sullivan (earlier) | The Guardian | 20.10.26
Brian Murray Contributor | Forbes | 20.10.26
Environment!  Republicans want to open pristine Alaska wilderness to logging. It's a tragedy [Has inbreeding made Republicans stupid?]
The Tongass forest sequesters 3m tons of C02 annually, the equivalent of removing 650,000 gas-burning cars off the roads every year
Kim Heacox | The Guardian | 20.10.26
Environment  Fish farming is no environmental nightmare [Minimizing variables for dependable production!]
With a far lower environmental impact than any terrestrial means of meat production, aquaculture is one of the most efficient methods of producing animal protein.
By Letters to the Editor | Chicago Sun Times | 20.10.26
Environment:  Fukushima reactor water could damage human DNA if released, says Greenpeace [Sea life DNA too! How could anyone assume non-catastrophic effects? Could deep underground salt caverns be used instead?]
Environmental organisation says ‘dangerous’ levels of carbon-14 exist in water that could soon be released into Pacific ocean
Justin McCurry in Tokyo | The Guardian | 20.10.23
Environment:  A stranded oil tanker at risk of spilling in the Caribbean looks to be safe — for now [AGAIN? IN THESE INSTANCES, WHY AREN'T OIL AND SHIPS BEING SALVAGED TO AVOID EVENTUAL POLLUTION?]
The FSO Nabarima’s precarious situation has worried activists and governments for months.
Jariel Arvin | Vox | 20.10.23
Exclusive: Cutting pollution levels may help to reduce rates of mental health problems, say scientists
Damian Carrington Environment editor | The Guardian | 20.10.23
Donald Trump presented a fantasy world in which fossil fuels are ‘very clean’ but realpolitik tempers Biden’s climate crisis stance
Emily Holden in Washington | The Guardian | 20.10.23
Bonface Landi | Inhabitat | 20.10.23
Sarah Marsh (now); Alexandra Topping and Helen Sullivan (earlier) | The Guardian | 20.10.23

Media:  ‘All 50 States Bar Private, Unauthorized Paramilitary Activity’ [Right-wing militias (there aren't any left-wing militias) are threatening the public, and they have to be civilly stopped.]
CounterSpin interview with Mary McCord on unlawful militias
Media:  Media Owned by Wealthy Are Quick to Tell You Wealth Taxes Are a Bad Idea [Government subsidized and fairness-regulated media—common throughout Europe—would be an improvement over private unregulated media in America.]
ALAN MACLEOD | FAIR | 20.10.22
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Arts & Education Events:

Swedish university finds ‘dramatic shift’ in GOP under Trump, shunning democratic norms and encouraging violence
Julian Borger in Washington | The Guardian | 20.10.26
Health!  'The system is broken': Americans cast their vote for better healthcare [America's highest-profit healthcare is capitalistically corrupt and unaffordable to most citizens.]
Coronavirus has made healthcare a top issue of the election and one in which Democrats have an advantage
Jessica Glenza in New York | The Guardian | 20.10.26
Health!  Why Donald Trump's Climate Change Policy Is a Disaster [“Stupid is as stupid does.” –Forrest Gump]
By abandoning global institutions like the Paris Climate Accord, the United States only makes room for China to further increase its influence which it can use to set global regulations to America’s disadvantage.
Jake Steiner | The National Interest | 20.10.26
“Judge Coney Barrett has displayed a profound inability to understand the ecological crisis of our times, and in so doing she enables it.”
By JUSTIN NOBEL & ANTONIA JUHASZ | RollingStone | 20.10.26
The authors of recent exposés, including Mary Trump and Anthony Scaramucci, on the president, his time in office – and what they expect to happen at the polls
Interviews by Jude Rogers and Andrew Anthony | The Guardian | 20.10.26
Source: Resistance Revival Chorus | The Guardian | 20.10.26
As Election Day looms, Eugene Scalia, a cunning lawyer committed to dismantling regulation, is weakening one employee protection after another.
By Eyal Press | The NEW YORKER | 20.10.24

Source: Reuters | The Guardian | 20.10.26
Special Boat Service storms vessel after suspected attempt to hijack it
Dan Sabbagh and Owen Bowcott | The Guardian | 20.10.26
United Nations Channel | YouTube | 20.10.23
Ignorance:  US signs anti-abortion declaration with group of largely authoritarian governments [A mean person might hope such authoritarians be reborn as females and repeatedly raped and impregnated.]
Move is part of a campaign by Trump administration to reorient US foreign policy in a more socially conservative direction
Julian Borger in Washington | The Guardian | 20.10.23

Virtual Nations [An editorial promoting an anti-despot/fascist ideal]
Instead of NATION-STATE-POLITICIANS essentially owning and controlling people (and their descendants ad infinitum) in "their" Nation State, wouldn't it be better if adults world-wide could contract with UN-certified professional agencies to perform nation-level fiduciary functions (certifications being updated at least annually).
— State, City and county governments would continue unchanged —

Virtual Nation agencies would manage escrows for selected Social Security, Medicare and charities.

If this is possible and replaced Nations States, then wars and immigration crises could disappear since virtual nations' citizens are scattered world-wide, therefore military invasion or bombing won't work.

The annual (re)choosing of virtual nation agency would desirably not be political, but be based upon prior service experience (if continuing with same provider) or by using UN assessed ratings of professional service performance. When you change agency the escrows for social security, medicare and charities are transferred to your new agency. Changing priorities for charities or "optional governance?" could be more frequent.

Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.

Dose of Dissonance Channel | YouTube | 20.10.25
  • The bank will cut the compensation for chief executive David Solomon and his team of senior executives
  • Financial awards allocated to former chief executive Lloyd Blankfein and others will also be slashed, the bank say
Enoch Yiu | South China Morning Post | 20.10.23
Immoral capitalism:  The government's secretive Covid contracts are heaping misery on Britain [Balkanized markets for Covid testing, vaccines and meds allows many private companies and insider investors to profit enormously, at the health and financial expense to the public.... That's capitalism in a nut-shell.]
Bypassing the NHS and handing crucial services to corporate executives has led to the catastrophic failure of test and trace
George Monbiot | The Guardian | 20.10.21

By Reuters Staff | REUTERS | 20.10.23

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