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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.
US threatens to veto UN resolution on rape as weapon of war, officials say [“Stupid is as stupid does.” –Forrest Gump]
Exclusive: US warns it will reject measure over language on sexual health in latest example of hardline abortion stance
Julian Borger | The Guardian
Study shows how destabilised natural systems will worsen man-made problem
Jonathan Watts | The Guardian
We have the technology to prevent climate crisis. But now we need to unleash mass resistance too – because collective action does work
Bill McKibben | The Guardian
Elizabeth Warren and Rashida Tlaib have called for action, but many lawmakers say more information is needed first
Amanda Holpuch | The Guardian
  • Geoengineering is a term that refers to technology that can alter Earth's natural cycles to cool down the planet. It's being increasingly discussed as a potential way to address climate change.
  • Putting mirrors in space, capturing carbon dioxide, and seeding clouds with particles are all ways of manipulating weather or the atmosphere.
  • But some scientists and politicians think geoengineering could damage the planet or lead to war.
  • Here are 11 strategies researchers have put forth to hack the planet and combat climate change.
Aylin Woodward | Business Insider
The 15 floating solar islands will possess sunflower-like ability to turn to face the sun
Daniel Boffey | The Guardian
"This beautiful film helps us imagine a different version of ourselves, and a future in which we decided to come together in the face of crisis, rather than surrender and fall apart."
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | Common Dreams
Nation known for its natural beauty is under pressure with extinctions, polluted rivers and blighted lakes
Eleanor Ainge Roy | The Guardian
Nitrous oxide is nearly 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
The Fox town hall audience cheered when moderator Bret Baier polled support for transitioning to a single-payer system
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams

....The human genetic code is written in molecules known as nucleotides, represented by the letters A, C, G and T. The new technique works by studying ‘spelling mistakes’ or mutations in DNA which occur because factors such as ultraviolet light, alcohol of tobacco smoke, such an A becomes a G. ...

Sarah Knapton | The Telegraph
The 3D-printing technology is already being used to construct entire houses in just 24 hours, but using the tech to create a human heart was proving difficult. Well, not anymore, say the scientists who have fabricated the world's first human heart with blood vessels.
I'm an American but had my baby in Sweden. Let me tell you, universal healthcare — and a parent forward culture — is all it's cracked up to be.
Anonymous | Fatherly
With dozens of events next week, many hope arrival of climate punks who’ve swept the UK will be a watershed moment
Oliver Milman | The Guardian
"We can change it all if we want it all, and we do."
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | Common Dreams
Extinction Rebellion claims that when just 3.5 % of the population demands change, governments will cave to the pressure
Diana Stuart | Common Dreams
"America's farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who feed the nation must be at the center of this policy agenda, not on the sidelines."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
Desalination is often dismissed as being expensive and polluting. But advances in tech are putting it back on the agenda
Fiona Harvey | The Guardian

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

Arts & Education Events:
"For far too long Congress, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, has abdicated its constitutional role with regard to the authorization of war."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
"I'm calling for something truly transformational?," said the Massachusetts senator.

Elizabeth Warren wants to cancel part or all student loan debt for 95 percent of Americans and make public college free for everyone—the latest, and perhaps most ambitious, policy proposal for the 2020 Democratic contender.

Warren announced the policy in a Medium post Monday morning.

The Massachusetts Democrat told readers that her own past as a waitress who was able to attend public college due to the school's low cost is now unattainable for most Americans.

But Warren aims to change that.

"The first step in addressing this crisis is to deal head-on with the outstanding debt that is weighing down millions of families and should never have been required in the first place," wrote Warren. "That's why I'm calling for something truly transformational?—?the cancellation of up to $50,000 in student loan debt for 42 million Americans."

Eoin Higgins, staff writer | Common Dreams
Congress cannot not rid us of this appalling man. Democrats must focus on voters who hold the keys to the White House

....But let’s be real. Trump will not be removed by impeachment. No president has been. With a Republican Senate controlled by the most irresponsible political hack ever to be majority leader, the chances are nil.

Which means Trump will have to be removed the old-fashioned way – by voters in an election 19 months away.

Robert Reich | The Guardian
"Very few in Congress are questioning how the U.S. can afford to spend $7.5 trillion on the military."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams

The president has been shown to be the biggest threat to US governance since Watergate. Britain must not honour this dishonourable man with a state visit
Observer editorial | The Guardian
"Victor Hugo thanks all the generous donors ready to save Notre Dame and proposes that they do the same thing with Les Miserables."
Julia Conley, staff writer | Common Dreams
"Instead of regulating the activities of these polluting multinationals, Emmanuel Macron is rolling out the red carpet!"
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
It's set to miss it's 2030 climate targets.

....The UK has to date reduced emissions by 40 per cent since 1990. In 2018, as overall UK emissions dropped 3 per cent, it was revealed that carbon dioxide levels were at the lowest levels since the Victorian era. This drop-off has been driven in large part by the decline of the coal sector and the dramatic growth of renewables, particularly offshore wind.

Nevertheless the government remains reliant on eye-wateringly expensive and unworkable new nuclear facilities and is reluctant to pursue cheaper onshore wind projects due to the extremely “yer da”-take that they are an eyesore in the countryside....

Joe Sandler Clarke; illustrated by Marta Parszeniew | VICE
Frustration, hunger grows among migrants in Mexico as support fades

....The latest caravan is heading north during Holy Week in Latin America, when many activists organize processions to dramatize the hardships and needs of migrants....

SONIA PEREZ D. / Associated Press | ABC News

Virtual Nations could replace nation-states, enabling everyone to be agents for a better world
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.
The financial sector must be at the heart of tackling climate change [A reversal of their history of bad behavior]
A new report from the Network for Greening the Financial System shows the industry is key to achieving a low-carbon economy
Mark Carney, François Villeroy de Galhau and Frank Elderson | The Guardian
Seeing the systemic roots of this risk can help us avert catastrophe and build resilience
Nafeez Ahmed / INSURGE INTELLIGENCE | Medium
Progressive Capitalism Is Not an Oxymoron [For the good of the public and healthier economic growth, can we make government and financial markets behave morally?]
We can save our broken economic system from itself.

....Progressive capitalism is based on a new social contract between voters and elected officials, between workers and corporations, between rich and poor, and between those with jobs and those who are un- or underemployed.

Part of this new social contract is an expanded public option for many programs now provided by private entities or not at all....

Joseph E. Stiglitz | The New York Times

In a case of mistaken identity, Baltimore police fired 44 shots at Keith Davis Jr., hitting him three times. He now faces his fourth trial for murder.
Alice Speri | The Intercept
About 40 federal rulings have now blocked the president from rolling back environmental and public health regulations
Julia Conley, staff writer | Common Dreams

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