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Obama's ACA didn't fix this:
The U.S. wastes $1.8 Trillion per year on total for-profit health care spending compared with 2017 per capita average of comparable not for-profit advanced countries, which becomes extra cost overhead on U.S. exports—resulting in offshoring manufacturing and jobs. Let's end price gouging and adopt efficient practices instead of cutting Medicare and Medicaid coverage as part of some "Grand Bargain"
2017 US total per capita health care spending was $10,224 – $5322 more per person than in France, which is the highest rated system.
China factories releasing thousands of tonnes of illegal CFC gases, study finds [Instead of depleting the stratospheric ozone layer, which protects us from the sun’s ultra-violet radiation, we should enhance the ozone layer to also reduce infrared radiation CO2 absorbs and heats from—in a reversible way to be safe]
Levels of ozone-depleting gas spiked when air from industrialised areas of China arrived, say researchers
Agence France-Presse | The Guardian
Internal emails reveal how the chemical lobby fights regulation [Political lobbying including unlimited bribes is terribly effective, especially when politicians are immoral]
Messages to the Environmental Protection Agency from lobbyists show tactic of sowing doubt in science, critics say
Emily Holden | The Guardian
We are exposed to synthetic chemicals in plastics, cosmetics and food every day. Could it be making us toxic? Our environment reporter was tested for over 1,530 chemicals to find out
Emily Holden | The Guardian
Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis – study [Less supervised internet-based work from home would be more likely]
UK workers must move to nine-hour week if carbon levels do not change, says thinktank
Matthew Taylor | The Guardian
"Activism works. So act."
Julia Conley, staff writer | Common Dreams
Experts agree that global heating of 4C by 2100 is a real possibility. The effects of such a rise will be extreme and require a drastic shift in the way we live
Gaia Vince | The Guardian
These crucial pollinators keep our world alive. Yes, they are under threat – but all is not lost
Alison Benjamin | The Guardian
Exclusive: Comprehensive analysis finds harm from head to toe, including dementia, heart and lung disease, fertility problems and reduced intelligence
Damian Carrington | The Guardian
New research shows affected areas are losing ice five times faster than in the 1990s, with more than 100m of thickness gone in some places
Damian Carrington | The Guardian
Researchers create altered synthetic genome, in move with potential medical benefits
Ian Sample | The Guardian
Lilium says electric jet-powered five-seater aircraft could be in service by 2025
Gwyn Topham | The Guardian
Plastic pollution harms bacteria that produce 10 per cent of oxygen we breathe, study reveals [We keep learning more about ways we're killing life faster and faster]
‘This study revealed a new and unanticipated danger of plastic pollution’
Phoebe Weston | The Independent

Helsinki, Finland (CNN) – On a recent afternoon in Helsinki, a group of students gathered to hear a lecture on a subject that is far from a staple in most community college curriculums.
Eliza Mackintosh, Video by Edward Kiernan | CNN
Avaaz uncovers 500 accounts using fake news to spread white supremacy message
Emma Graham-Harrison | The Guardian
In the war, the purpose of journalism was to awaken the world to the catastrophe looming ahead of it. We must approach our climate crisis the same way
Bill Moyers | The Guardian
Climate crisis more politically polarizing than abortion for US voters, study finds [Faux News spreads lies and distortion to millions in America, and mainstream news sources avoid annoying corporate advertisers—also programmed by Faux]
Democrats ranked global heating as the third most important issue on their list, while Republican voters ranked it last in a Yale poll
Oliver Milman | The Guardian
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Arts & Education Events:
"New York lawmakers are providing a new avenue for the House Ways and Means Committee to obtain these crucial financial documents."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
"It is long past time for Congress to rein in the recklessness of Wall Street billionaires and build an economy that works for all Americans."
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | Common Dreams
School integration has been outside the main political discussion for a long time, and it's long since time we started talking about it again.
Ryan Cooper / The Week | Common Dreams
The alleged moderate is nothing of the sort. Few candidates have been on the wrong side of history more often.
NATALIE DOWZICKY | American Conservative
Republicans aren’t just climate deniers. They deny the extinction crisis, too [As taught by Fox News and bribed by fossil fuel companies]
Republican officials and their industry benefactors are sowing doubt about the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens as many as one million species
Jimmy Tobias | The Guardian
"The time is now to create a universal, single-payer, Medicare for All healthcare system in the United States," the economists wrote
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
The White House strategy appears to be designed to force the Democrats’ hand, but lawmakers are treading cautiously
Sabrina Siddiqui | The Guardian
And no, the nation will not just "bounce back" once Trump is gone
Thom Hartmann | Common Dreams

Without Congress's approval, he has no legal authority to start a war, no matter what John Bolton seems to think.
GENE HEALY | American Conservative
Caught out in a scandal, the Freedom party is playing the victim and dangerously undermining trust in democracy
Julia Ebner | The Guardian
If America wants to maintain any influence in Asia, it needs to wake up.
ROBERT W. MERRY | American Conservative
Trump's China trade war risks damaging US economy, says OECD [Does Baby Trump know what he's doing?]
Intensification of tariff dispute also likely to knock almost $600bn off world economy
Richard Partington | The Guardian
French parties are increasingly adopting the p-word while Italy is concerned about taxes
Europa correspondents | The Guardian
Government opinions shifted on a certain crucial matter.
Katherine Martinko | TreeHugger
Millions of Britons struggle to put food on the table. Are social supermarkets, where surplus stock from big retailers is discounted, the solution?
Jay Rayner | The Guardian

Virtual Nations could replace nation-states, enabling everyone to be agents for a better world
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.
"Big oil is hijacking our legislative system," said Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
Minority rule has always been a feature of American democracy. These days, however, it is getting worse

....we may see increasingly totalitarian measures, as the gap between the will of the people and the interests of the small minority in charge continues to widen. History’s bloody revolutions show us what happens when this gap becomes too large, and the government entirely ceases to effectively represent the governed. Conservatives will continue to push unpopular policies on an unwilling United States. But it’s unclear how long people will accept having decisions made for them by a few dozen rich white men....

Nathan Robinson | The Guardian

The greatest challenges to capitalism come when that promise begins to be questioned
Richard Reeves | The Guardian

Palestinians need a state, not a 'business plan' [They have slow-motion genocide now...]

President Donald Trump is taking part in an all-out attempt to batter the Palestinians into political surrender, and his weapon of choice is money. In full coordination with the Israeli government, he is overseeing a global campaign to ensure funds supporting Palestinians are drying up. Everything from Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem to health care and education for Palestinian refugees are on the receiving end of the cuts. In the bullseye of this attack is the Palestinian government....

Sam Bahour | +972 Magazine

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