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.]
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.
Covid-19 India had one of the world's strictest lockdowns. Why are cases still rising? [Covid-19 has mutated and is more quickly spread]
Unable to expand testing or hospital capacity, Narendra Modi’s administration has turned to bluster and brute force
Rukmini S | The Guardian | 20.07.04
Reap what you sow Exclusive: water firms discharged raw sewage into England's rivers 200,000 times in 2019 [It's like Brits would rather have another plaque than clean-up their act.]
[Like the Chesapeake Bay gets from watershed tributaries,] Brits' untreated effluent flowed into waterways for more than 1.5m hours, data shows
Sandra Laville and Niamh McIntyre | The Guardian | 20.07.04
Warming water temperatures lower water oxygen levels, putting embryos and pregnant fish at risk, researchers say
Valerie Yurk in Washington | The Guardian | 20.07.03
Cultivating algae empowers coastal communities while storing CO2 deep underwater.
BY EMMA BRYCE / Ensia | YES! Magazine | 20.07.03
Adam Gabbatt in New York | The Guardian | 20.07.01
Alex Azar points to recent spike in infections, particularly in the south and says people have to ‘act responsibly’ in hot zones
Bryan Armen Graham and agencies | The Guardian | 20.06.29
Governments and carmakers press on with hydrogen fuel cells to power cars, buses, trains and even aircraft
Jasper Jolly | The Guardian | 20.06.29
Environmentalists have welcomed news that the 43-year-old Fessenheim reactor will close, nine years after it was first planned
Agence France-Presse | The Guardian | 20.06.29
Jessica Murray (now), Simon Burnton and Helen Sullivan (earlier) | The Guardian | 20.06.29
Just Have a Think Channel | YouTube | 20.06.29
Forgoing our links with European suppliers makes no sense economically or health-wise
Will Hutton | The Guardian | 20.06.29
Sam Levin, Joan E Greve and Martin Belam | The Guardian | 20.06.27
David Smith’s sketch: Trump has been called the worst person to lead a country through a crisis. Friday’s briefing was a reminder Pence may be the second worst
David Smith in Washington | The Guardian | 20.06.27
Environment 'Either we change or we die': the radical farming project in the Amazon [Healing damage wrought by Bolsonaro’s ill-considered policies...]
A growing movement for sustainable agriculture in Brazil has taken on new urgency with the coronavirus pandemic
Dom Phillips in Carão | The Guardian | 20.06.27

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

"With our country dealing with a pandemic, an economic recession, and structural racism, she's spied an opening to exploit this crisis to resuscitate her failed agenda."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams | 20.07.03 channel | YouTube | 20.07.01&02
One Icon Media channel | YouTube | 20.07.01&02

Arts & Education Events:

Down in the polls and failing to control a raging pandemic, the president cast himself as waging battle against a “new far-left fascism” that imperils American values and seeks to erase history.
By Annie Karni | The New York Times | 20.07.04
Beauty and rational politics are more than skin-deep Why 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
Zerlina Maxwell | The Guardian | 20.07.04
Childish Fascism Trump Is Turning America Into the ‘Shithole Country’ He Fears [Trump and his base seemingly want a shittier Amerika, but most citizens want “America The Beautiful”]
The president’s mindless nationalism has come to this: Americans are not welcome in Europe or Mexico.
Anne Applebaum Staff writer | The Atlantic | 20.07.04
Childish Fascism 'We don't live in a communist country!': battle over masks rages in Texas [The ignorant plurality of Trump's base are energized by hate media: Far-right fascists are taught to feel entitled to spread disease and carry guns, and to act-out like above-the-law sheriffs of the old west.]
Coronavirus cases are rising, but despite the exhortations of health experts, many Texans just don’t want to wear a mask
Larry Madowo in Dallas | The Guardian | 20.07.04
Childish Fascism The data is in: men are too fragile to wear Covid-19 masks. Grow up, guys [Cowboys wear colorful kerchiefs to keep from breathing so much dust—aren't they your heros?]
New studies show that men are worried masks are not masculine. Are masks becoming the ‘condoms of the face’?
Priya Elan | The Guardian | 20.07.04
Childish Fascism Troops sent to DC during George Floyd protests had bayonets, top general says [Trump is mentally sick to have made these decisions.]
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

China's young coal-fired plants are more efficient but the fleet is large
Ben Geman | AXIOS | 20.07.02
Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans will compound the suffering of Palestinians. International condemnation should be accompanied by consequences
Editorial | The Guardian | 20.07.02
It may not be fascism, but in the US and UK rightwing nationalists are reviving classic myths and resentment
George Monbiot | The Guardian | 20.07.02
Masks no longer required indoors and 2,000 people dine on Charles Bridge to bid Covid-19 ‘farewell’
Robert Tait in Prague | The Guardian | 20.07.02
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.
Michelle Lewis | Electrek | 20.07.02

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.
Economics China's stock market closes at highest level in five years [Will demand drive automation surprisingly more than jobs? Will China need UBI, too?]
Caixin/Markit PMI continues to recover from February trough when coronavirus lockdown was most severe
Larry Elliott | The Guardian | 20.07.04
We must target public spending on green, labour intensive projects which have far more bang for their bucks than tax cuts
Joseph Stiglitz | The Guardian | 20.07.02

The Supreme Court has "drained the life" from a law meant to ensure people can seek redress when their constitutional rights are violated by the police, the professors said.
Julia Conley, staff writer | Common Dreams | 20.07.03

Print of the Beeckestijn, now identified as a slave ship, forms part of Amsterdammers and Slavery exhibition
Daniel Boffey in Brussels | The Guardian | 20.06.30
Activists claim young people are deliberately targeted and call for UN to investigate human rights record of Duterte regime
Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok | The Guardian | 20.06.30
New charges brought to circumvent Covid-19 prison release scheme, say human rights groups
Kate Hodal | The Guardian | 20.06.30

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