Last updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2020   [Trump or Biden? Neither. Sociopaths and dementia sufferers are unacceptable.]
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 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.
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  • WHO suspends trials of hydroxychloroquine as virus treatment; Trump defends decision to play golf as US death toll nears 100,000
  • UK PM’s top aide Dominic Cummings defies calls to quit; Spain revises death toll down by nearly 2,000
Compiled by SCMP’s Asia desk and Agencies | South China Morning Post | 20.05.26
ANTI-PANDEMIC INFRASTRUCTURE Top-grade biosafety lab building spree planned in southern China [ANOTHER FORM OF GOVERNMENT WOULD BE BETTER: Unlike China, for example, mafia-style capitalist nations don't proactively build or maintain anything, excepting for war. Bridges, Dams, Interstate highways and rail networks are left to degrade and collapse. Instead, new (mafia-style) infrastructure is encouraged to be private monopolies, like Amazon—with little government scrutiny or regulation. These profit-making monopolies pay minimal income tax, if any. And as government services are privatized the public then pays higher taxes for fewer and fewer services.]
  • Guangdong province science chief says at least one facility will be able to handle the most infectious fatal diseases such as Ebola
  • The centres are needed ‘to cut the risks of transporting specimens and to strengthen diagnosis’
Phoebe Zhang | South China Morning Post | 20.05.25
HEALTH CAUTION: AS ONE OF THE EXPERTS URGING GOVERNORS TO REQUIRE MASKS, HERE'S MY PITCH. [After repeatedly being counseled that it could cause tens-of-thousands more deaths, would sociopathic Trump lie to open the economy too soon to get re-election 'donations' from Wall Street? Funds which Trump might greedily keep if unspent...]

....Currently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone wears a mask – as do the governments covering 90% of the world’s population – but, so far, only 12 states in the U.S. require it. In the majority of the remaining states, the CDC recommendation has not been enough: Most people do not currently wear masks. However, things are changing fast. Every week more and more jurisdictions require a mask to use in public. As I write this, there are now 94 countries that have made this move....

We should still strive to stay socially connected, albeit in a different, more virtual way.
GOVERNMENT GOING GREENER Australian researchers claim world first in global race to develop better solar panels [Australia still suffers from fossil-power oriented stupidity, engendered and sustained by Rupert Murdoch]
Experimental cell using the potentially game-changing material perovskite passes a series of heat and humidity tests
Graham Readfearn | The Guardian | 20.05.23
HEALTH MS risk 29% higher for people living in urban areas, new research reveals [FOSSIL FUELED POLLUTION IS KILLING US IN MORE WAYS THAN WE KNEW.]
Air pollution could be a risk factor for the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study conducted in Italy has found
Source: SPINK HEALTH | EurekAlert | 20.05.23
GOVERNMENT GOING GREEN Could a green new deal turn South Korea from climate villain to model? [MODEL: Totally switch to green energy: 1) switch to renewables for all energy production, 2) switch to EVs for ALL transport using batteries or hydrogen, 3) switch all heavy industry manufacturing to hydrogen power. Results can rapidly happen with minimized inconvenience.]
Country’s youngest MP is on a mission, inspired by Greta Thunberg, as climate moves up political agenda
Jonathan Watts | The Guardian | 20.05.23
After the financial crisis, green investment paid dividends. Coronavirus presents an even greater opportunity
Fiona Harvey | The Guardian | 20.05.23
Criticism of government reaction has given way to plaudits for public’s virus-challenging habits
Justin McCurry in Tokyo | The Guardian | 20.05.23
The Trump administration announced a grant to AstraZeneca, which has licensed a potential vaccine that is in trials by Oxford University.
By David D. Kirkpatrick | The New York Times | 20.05.22
ENVIRONMENT World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project to Launch in California [A network of companies worldwide are perfecting the model for future clean cities...]
Global energy company SGH2 has announced that it is bringing the world’s biggest green hydrogen production facility to the City of Lancaster in California.
By Saur News Bureau | SAUR ENERGY | 20.05.21
Damien Gayle (now); Amy Walker and Alison Rourke (earlier) | The Guardian | 20.05.22
GLOBAL WARMING Leaked Covid-19 commission report calls for Australian taxpayers to underwrite gas industry expansion [Do Australia's "conservatives" make decisions based on bribes, like Trump?]
Exclusive: The report does not consider alternatives to gas, or mention climate change and the financial risk of investing in fossil fuel as emissions are [demanded to be] cut
Adam Morton Environment editor | The Guardian | 20.05.22

Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Arts & Education Events:

AMERIKA V. AMERICA Democrats are fueling a corporate counter-revolution against progressives [Already controlling the Republican Party and corporate media, mafia-style capitalists have now bought the Democratic Party!]
Democrats in Washington are not just passively failing to mount an opposition to Trump. They are actively helping Republicans
David Sirota | The Guardian | 20.05.26
AMERIKA V. AMERICA Extra $600 in jobless pay offers many a lifeline – but will it be renewed? [2:24 video; $Billions for Billionaires like Kushner, yet pennies are too much for the desperate poor]
Republicans, including the president, have opposed the additional funds. But their expiration could bring ‘incredible suffering’
Amanda Holpuch in New York | The Guardian | 20.05.25
By Andy Borowitz | The New Yorker | 20.05.25
Al Franken Channel | YouTube | 20.05.25
AMERIKA: GOP 'Plot to Gut Social Security Behind Closed Doors' Gains Steam in Senate Covid-19 Talks [TAX BILLIONAIRES FAIRLY INSTEAD! Only the more heinous wealthy would conceive of harming distressed retirees more. It might be good for gun sales though. Remember the crime wave during the Great Depression with 'heros' like John Dillinger using Thompson machine guns? We could have that again. Want it?]
"With seniors most at risk from Covid-19, we need to be increasing Social Security's modest benefits, not creating secret commissions to cut them."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams | 20.05.23
MSNBC Channel | YouTube | 20.05.22
AMERIKA: ‘How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?’ [Did Trump demand distorted statistics to re-open the country sooner than safely?]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests, distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic. We’ve learned that the CDC is making, at best, a debilitating mistake: combining test results that diagnose current coronavirus infections with test results that measure whether someone has ever had the virus. The upshot is that the government’s disease-fighting agency is overstating the country’s ability to test people who are sick with COVID-19. The agency confirmed to The Atlantic on Wednesday that it is mixing the results of viral and antibody tests, even though the two tests reveal different information and are used for different reasons.
ALEXIS C. MADRIGAL and ROBINSON MEYER | The Atlantic | 20.05.22

GOVERNANCE BREAKDOWN Brazil: blow to Bolsonaro as judge orders release of expletive-ridden video [Do leaders become extreme and bizarre from a growing inability to function? Could we coax them back-to(?) sanity by somehow surrounding them with brilliant-and-good people?]
Two-hour video of cabinet meeting released as part of inquiry into claims Bolsonaro tried to meddle in investigation into his son
Jonathan Watts | The Guardian | 20.05.23
Mark Magnier in United States, Jodi Xu Klein in New York and Robert Delaney | South China Morning Post | 20.05.22
AMERIKA: Mike Pompeo attacks China and says 'we stand with Australia' – video [1:17 video is red-baiting with gossip against China to distract Trump's voter-base from righteous anger that his gross incompetence made America the sickest country from Covid-19—with the world's highest death rate. Rather than attacking the largest country modernizing at the fastest rate from its behavior 50+ years ago, we should focus on making strong friends for a better future!]
Guardian News Channel | YouTube | 20.05.21
The US should recognise that its designation of China as a strategic competitor creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. Would Beijing be more or less willing to listen to a partner or strategic competitor on issues such as Hong Kong?
Stephen Orlins | South China Morning Post | 20.05.21
GOVERNMENT HELPS HEALTH Why are Africa's coronavirus successes being overlooked? [AFRICAN NATIONS GREATLY OUTPERFORM TRUMP'S AMERICA!]
Examples of innovation aren’t getting the fanfare they would do if they emerged from Europe or the US
Afua Hirsch | The Guardian | 20.05.21
Medics increasingly at odds with government that is urging citizens to ‘coexist’ with Covid-19
Ruth Michaelson | The Guardian | 20.05.21

INHUMANITY: America’s corporate elite must place the health of their workers before profit [Do CEOs own actions define them as a sociopaths, or do their actions merely follow business media and/or business school guidance? Does Amerika have more sociopaths than Europe?]
It’s up to CEOs to rise above their arrogance and stop treating coronavirus as an obstacle to revenues
Robert Reich | The Guardian | 20.05.19

AMERIKA: Jared Kushner & Co. Just Got a $160 Billion Tax Windfall | Robert Reich [27:47 video; Looks like the butcher's thumb was on the scale here....CORRUPTION!]
Robert Reich Channel | YouTube | 20.05.22
AMERIKA: Supreme court temporarily blocks release of testimony from Mueller investigation [Action indicates very strong Trump impeachment evidence was wrongfully suppressed by his personal lawyer, Attorney General William Barr...]
Solicitor general’s request blocks an appeals court order, arguing it would cause ‘irreparable harm’ to the federal government
Joan E Greve in Washington and agencies | The Guardian | 20.05.21

Idea updated 03/10/20: 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 [An editorial promoting an anti-despot/fascist ideal]
Instead of Plutocratic/Corporate-Politicians owning and controlling people (and their children ad infinitum) in "their" Nation State, wouldn't it be better if adults world-wide could selectively contract with UN-certified—and annually rated for performance— professional agencies to perform nation-level fiduciary functions

Such nationalesque fiduciary agencies could manage escrow for Social Security and Medicare, plus smart funding for your priority governance and your priority charities.

If this were possible and replaced Nations States, then it would end wars and immigration crises because citizens of every Virtual Nation would be scattered worldwide, as before Nation States. And a world-wide common language might naturally coalesce.

Local city, county and state governments can continue unchanged. But at the Virtual Nation level, governance would be by professional-only and not political. Your only annual(?) vote for Virtual Nation agency would be to renew with the same Virtual-Nation agency or change to a better agency based on UN scoring (which transfers escrows) and/or change priorities for governance and charities.

Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.

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