Last updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 8:52 AM
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Obama's ACA didn't fix this:
The U.S. 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.
"We can either seize the opportunity to transform our food and land use systems or frankly, sleepwalk our way into an ecological and human disaster."

The ways humanity produces and consumes food cause up to 30 percent of planet-warming emissions, generate widespread malnutrition, and perpetuate poverty and inequality—but a new report released Monday claims that 10 global transformations over the next decade could help the international community tackle the climate crisis and feed over nine billion people.

"This is the closest to a win-win we will get, reaping huge social, economic, and environmental benefits."
—Jeremy Oppenheim, FOLU principal

The report, Growing Better: 10 Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use (pdf), comes from the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU), which launched in 2017 to bring together organizations representing key actors—from business and civil society leaders to scientists and policymakers—to transform global food and land use systems.

"The term 'food and land use systems' covers every factor in the ways land is used and food is produced, stored, packed, processed, traded, distributed, marketed, consumed, and disposed of," the report explains. "It embraces the social, political, economic, and environmental systems that influence and are influenced by those activities."...

Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
Children, pregnant people and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and heat – but the impact is already felt across every specialty of medicine
Emily Holden in Washington | The Guardian
‘Perverse’ payments must be redirected to measures such as capturing carbon, report says
Damian Carrington Environment editor | The Guardian
Elizabeth Pennisi | Science
Territory government says it will phase out natural gas and pursue electrification of buses and private cars
Lisa Cox | The Guardian
Children from poorer families had more plastic residue in their bodies than those from higher-income homes.
Common Dreams staff | Common Dreams
An IPCC report says two-thirds of glaciers on the largest ice sheet after the Arctic and Antarctic are set to disappear in 80 years
Gaia Vince | The Guardian
Run-off from vast ice sheet is increasing due to manmade global warming, says study
Jonathan Watts Global environment editor | The Guardian
Not Just the Bees, First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows Neonics May Be Killing Birds Too [A GESTALT: Like happened at Boeing, deregulation has displaced scientific and engineering professionalism in many companies and governments to focus on profits/economics almost exclusively. But after similar failure of scientific rigor, die-off reports of bees, worms and sea-life, generally, there must be a moritorium on production, sale and use of all potentially dangerous chemicals!]
"It's clear evidence these chemicals can affect populations."
Julia Conley, staff writer | Common Dreams
"This is shameful and dangerous."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
Finding could have implications for farming - as worms are vital part of farmland ecosystem
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent | The Guardian
Climate of the Nation survey shows growing support for net zero emissions by 2050 and rapid phase-out of coal power
Associated Press | The Guardian
Activists say stinking sludge is linked to nitrates in fertilisers from intensive farming
Angelique Chrisafis in Hillion | The Guardian

....If every acre of farmland were returned to a soil carbon level of just 3%, one trillion tons of carbon dioxide would be removed from the atmosphere and stored in the soil, making the size of the potential solution agriculture presents equivalent to the size of the problem we face....Regenerative farming practices include cover cropping, rotational cropping, reduced or no tillage, reduced chemical and fertilizer application, and livestock integration.

Source: Quora | Forbes
The energy it takes to make the new cells could be made back in just a week, compared to about a year for current solar panels.
Catrin Rutland, news reporter at the British Science Festival | Sky News
A lot of the conversation around mental health focuses on mental illness, but mental wellbeing doesn’t just mean the absence of symptoms. Here are some practical, evidence-based ways to foster mental wellbeing.
Charli Shield | Deutsche Welle
Who’s Ready for the Electric Moped Moment? [Uses car lanes instead of sidewalks!]
Revel’s rentable motor scooters offer a faster brand of of zero-emission shared urban mobility. But to ride safely, cyclists need to learn some new skills.

....Since at least 2005, experts have known that every $1 spent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on mitigation saves U.S. taxpayers $4....

Jeff McMahon | Forbes
"While our findings are disheartening, we're hopeful that they will help guide efforts to support Americans who are struggling."
Alexandru Micu | ZME Science
The historic South Carolina city escaped the worst of the latest storm, but rising seas and an aging drainage system may soon bring chronic inundation.
Solar panels and plants can work well together, the research shows.
Mihai Andrei | ZME Science

Laura Flanders | Common Dreams
"We are fighting to guarantee healthcare in America. To make education and housing dignified and accessible. To save our planet. To set living wages. To establish justice at home and peace abroad."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
Sanders Campaign Hits Back Against 'Dishonest' Biden Attack on Medicare for All [The facts don't lie, but America's media totally does lie when paid by advertisers to distort single-payer as more expensive: 1:35 video]
"It's disappointing Joe Biden is echoing the deceptions and falsehoods of the healthcare industry which is spending millions to protect the $100 billion in profits they made."
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | Common Dreams
Media bias is OK – if it's honest [‘It should be obvious that there can’t be such a thing as a neutral journalist.’]
Conservatives are more open to leftwing arguments when they come from people who don’t pretend to be perfectly objective
Nathan Robinson | The Guardian
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Arts & Education Events:
This is a fight for life!
If current and prospective world leaders do not fathom the threat to continuation of all life on Earth, they must be denied authority as soon as possible.
Six whistleblowers and ex-government scientists describe how the Trump administration made them bury climate science – and why they won’t stay quiet
Oliver Milman | The Guardian
Both Democrats and Republicans attack black culture, but refuse to enact the redistribution of wealth and power that could end racial inequity
Bhaskar Sunkara | The Guardian
A Californian court has ruled that gig economy workers should be treated as employees
Editorial | The Guardian
"America needs a president who isn't going to appease and compliment drug companies—we need a president who will take on the pharmaceutical industry, whether they like it or not."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
Joel Mathis | The Week
The list of problems getting buried by money is nearly endless. Gun control; health care; a living wage; the high cost of education; endless war; each is rooted in the power of the oligarch’s coup, and each is a function of money in politics. But only two candidates – Sanders and Warren -- address this issue head on in the debates, and to hear the media, the pundits’ and the Party’s post mortem, both are “extreme” and the guy who’s debating whether the lifeboat needs a patch is “reasonable” and the best bet for winning the election.
John Atcheson | Common Dreams
Major CBS News poll released as part of Covering Climate Now, a collaboration of more than 250 news outlets around the world to strengthen coverage of the climate story
Oliver Milman in New York | The Guardian
A new, billion-dollar pharmaceutical to treat peanut allergies is up for approval. It’s simply peanut flour.
JAMES HAMBLIN | The Atlantic
To protect their networks and bottom lines, health insurers don’t aggressively pursue widespread fraud, making it easy for scammers. Then they pass the costs off to you.
Marshall Allen | ProPublica
Medicare for All doesn’t just provide everyone with the care they need, free of charge. It’s also a potent anti-poverty program, reducing poverty by over 20 percent and increasing poor people’s incomes by 29 percent.
Everyone is clear on exactly where Bernie Sanders stands on Medicare for All. But despite the release of her health care plan this week and embrace of the phrase “Medicare for All,” Elizabeth Warren’s precise health care proposal remains murky.
Alexandra Deabler | Fox News
Unattributed | BBC News

The climate crisis is so severe the actions of the denialists are now an immediate threat to our children
Tim Flannery for the Conversation | The Guardian
The prime minister’s pre-election tactics underline why he must be ousted from office
Observer editorial | The Guardian
The goal of this fortification around Europe and the Anglosphere is all too clear: Convince people to stay where they are, no matter how miserable it is, no matter how deadly.

....The climate science will no longer be denied; what will be denied is the idea that the nations that are the largest historical emitters of carbon owe anything to the black and brown people impacted by that pollution. This will be denied based on the only rationale possible: that those non-white and non-Christian people are lesser than, are the other, are dangerous invaders.

In much of Europe and the Anglosphere, this hardening is already well under way. The European Union, Australia, and the United States have all embraced immigration policies that are variations on “prevention through deterrence.” The brutal logic is to treat migrants with so much callousness and cruelty that desperate people will be deterred from seeking safety by crossing borders....

Naomi Klein | The Intercept
Donald Trump’s hostility towards Iran and support for Saudi Arabia has made a delicate situation explosive
Simon Tisdall | The Guardian
After 50 years of occupation, our freedom is shrinking every day. But even if Netanyahu loses, little will change
Raja Shehadeh | The Guardian
The Indian prime minister is being feted in the west. But he is arbitrarily curbing the human rights and civil liberties of minorities on a vast scale
Editorial | The Guardian
Iraqi intelligence official tells MEE the strikes were in retaliation for earlier Riyadh funded Israeli drone attacks on Iraqi militia
David Hearst | Middle East Eye
A minuscule number of wealthy people would benefit from such a move. Everyone else would be hit by higher taxes
Torsten Bell | The Guardian
There’s no shortage of work for Australia’s Indigenous rangers – and no shortage of women who’d like to do it – but funding security is needed
Lorena Allam | The Guardian
Kaïs Saïed and media mogul Nabil Karoui appear to have taken the top two spots and will progress to a runoff
Peter Beaumont in Tunis and Sousse | The Guardian

For neoliberal zealots, no deal represents a great opportunity to dramatically reshape Britain
George Monbiot | The Guardian
Deregulation means a company once run by engineers is now in the thrall of financiers and its stock remains high even as its planes fall from the sky
Matt Stoller | The Guardian

The New York Attorney General's Office has allegedly uncovered $1 billion in wire transfers by the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, which could suggest attempts to hide its wealth as it faces litigation over its role in the opioid crisis.

The transfers include some done through Swiss bank accounts, The New York Times reported.

"Every network should be covering this. Trump's dangerous takeover of our courts will last a generation."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
The great break-up of Big Tech is finally beginning [Facebook and Google effectuate the evil of data analytics]
Google and Facebook are the subject of big antitrust investigations. This is good news for our democracy and the free press
Matt Stoller | The Guardian

Virtual Nations could replace nation-states, allowing everyone to be agents for a better world
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.

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