Last updated: Monday, July 6, 2020 [Trump or Biden? Neither. Presidents should have brilliant executive abilities to recruit and utilize the best administrative team to restore the country. All federal agencies must be dramatically improved to recover from Trump’s destruction.]
BIGGEST PROBLEM: It’s time to think clearly and act so our children won't see all beautiful life dying. SOLUTION: Allow tax-free income and wealth up to reasonable levels, but tax excess @ up to a 90% tax-rate for life remediation.
Aggregated News & Opinion
Today’s posts in bigger type.
Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
Health Care & Environment
PROBLEMS: Corporate influence enables life-threatening pollution & highest-profit health care.
The US president has used an Independence Day address to repeat his vow to defeat the 'radical left' as protests continue to sweep the country. He said: 'We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing.'
....The Guardian invited six of America’s top public health experts to address the crisis. How bad is the current threat? And were the White House committed to science and data, as opposed to disappearing tricks, what would it do right now to fend off the disaster?...
Ed Pilkington and Oliver Milman in New York | The Guardian | 20.07.06
By keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard, the EPA is enabling pollution that causes premature death..
Fine particle air pollution is deadly — Fine particles, known as PM2.5 because they measure 2.5 microns or less in diameter, can penetrate deeply into the lungs and bloodstream. EPA staff scientists have reaffirmed that daily and annual exposure to PM2.5 causes premature death and a variety of illnesses.
EPA’s scientific staff estimates, based on multiple epidemiologic studies, that currently, an average of 13,500 to 51,300 people die prematurely each year from breathing fine particles. Although these numbers are uncertain, the likelihood of thousands of deaths per year would typically spur regulators to tighten existing standards. However, EPA’s current political leadership disagrees.
....Racial disparities in who contracts the virus have played out in big cities like Milwaukee and New York, but also in smaller metropolitan areas like Grand Rapids, Mich., where the Bradleys live. Those inequities became painfully apparent when Ms. Bradley, who is Black, was wheeled through the emergency room.
“Everybody in there was African-American,” she said. “Everybody was.”
Early numbers had shown that Black and Latino people were being harmed by the virus at higher rates. But the new federal data — made available after The New York Times sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — reveals a clearer and more complete picture: Black and Latino people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus in a widespread manner that spans the country, throughout hundreds of counties in urban, suburban and rural areas, and across all age groups....
By Richard A. Oppel Jr., Robert Gebeloff, K.K. Rebecca Lai, Will Wright and Mitch Smith | The New York Times | 20.07.06
Indian health workers wearing personal protective equipment arrive in coronavirus ‘containment zones’ during heavy rains in Mumbai, India, 5 July 2020. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA
Beauty and rational politics are more than skin-deepWhy Republicans are desperate to keep the white status quo as it disintegrates[Trump and the Republican Party should stop doing things that will stoke fear of retaliation when whites become the minority. That’s simple logic. It's also simple logic to make reparations in the form of better curriculum public schools in all colored neigborhoods, including both preschool and college.]
By 2045, a majority of the population will be people of color, which will enable them to have a transformative political impact
Some troops sent to Washington did not have riot response training, Associated Press finds
Victoria Bekiempis in New York and agency | The Guardian | 20.07.04
International & Futurism PROBLEMS: Capitalists, Islamists, Fascists and Mafias cause immorality, barbarity & war. SOLUTIONS: UN, InterPol and International Criminal Court must be fully enabled. FYI: All people are mixed-race
Out of Spain’s 15 coal-fired plants, seven ceased operations on June 30. Four more will soon follow, putting Spain on track to ultimately become coal-free. The country closed all its coal mines two and a half years ago as a result of the European Union banning their state aid.
Nation States PROBLEMS: Nation-states, especially the biggest ones, have high risk of inept leadership change making them a danger to the world. Many are increasingly corrupt, so change (as profiled below) is needed. [Ref.: The world is waking up to this!]
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.
Economics & Corrupting-Capitalism PROBLEMS: Tariff & tax policies, banking/financial deregulation, monopoly/racketeering & antitrust dis-enforcement all help the Very Rich while harming The Public. [26:55 video ‘This Is Neoliberalism’]
Justice Matters PROBLEMS: Political Judges and States Attorneys, too little enforcement of anti-trust laws and white-collar crimes, over-prosecution of the poor. OPED: Commute death sentences and allow assisted suicide.