BIGGEST PROBLEM: IT’S TIME TO SEE CLEARLY AND ACT, SO OUR CHILDREN WON'T SEE ALL BEAUTIFUL LIFE DIE. SOLUTION: Make greedy sociopaths HELP life on earth. Allow tax-free income (supplemented as morally necessary) and wealth up to reasonable levels, then tax excess @ up to a 90% tax-rate to fund life remediation.
Aggregated News & Analyses
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Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
Health Care & Environment
PROBLEMS: Corporate influence enables life-threatening pollution & highest-profit health care.
Obama's ACA didn't fix this:
The U.S. wastes $1.8 Trillion per year on totalfor-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"
Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board[Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]
Wen tweeted that the board ‘ended my employment at a secret meeting’, after she had been in the job for only eight months
Turnstile teaching – At 26 Philly schools, teachers churn through jobs at an alarming rate, hindering some of the city’s most vulnerable children. [The problem is NOT students skin color, as our fake President reflexively thinks. The problem is the lax attitude and deficient funding by government. We must always do a better job to make a better future. Backsliding MUST NOT be allowed.]
A year into the outbreak, 1,500 have died – and war in the country is making things worse. But we can take positive action
David Miliband is president and CEO of International Rescue Committee
....Today in Geneva there is a vital opportunity for such a reset as the UN’s leadership meets to evaluate the response strategy. Turning the tide on the outbreak and preventing it from spreading to other conflict zones such as South Sudan requires five steps....
The naturalist David Attenborough appears before a parliament select committee to discuss environmental policy with MPs. He says the government's commitment to net zero carbon emissions for the UK by 2050 is not necessarily the best approach. 'The question is: what is practically possible? How can we take the electorate with us in dealing with these things?' he says
Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story[Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]
"If we are going to break the stranglehold of corporate interests over the healthcare needs of the American people," Sanders plans to say in Medicare for All speech, "we have got to confront a Washington culture that has let this go on for far too long."
Arguing that fundamental changes to America's profit-driven and deadly healthcare system will be impossible to enact as long as political leaders continue to accept industry cash, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday will deliver a Medicare for All speech calling on 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to join him in rejecting campaign donations from insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists, executives, and PACs.
"What the real debate is about is: do we have the courage to take on these incredibly powerful special interests, who make huge profits?" —Sen. Bernie Sanders
"You can't change a corrupt system by taking its money," Sanders will say in the address, according to an excerpt released by his campaign. "If we are going to break the stranglehold of corporate interests over the healthcare needs of the American people, we have got to confront a Washington culture that has let this go on for far too long."
In his speech, Sanders will introduce and take the "No Health Insurance and Pharma Money Pledge," which states: "I pledge to not take contributions from the health insurance or pharmaceutical industry and instead prioritize the health of the American people over health industry profits."
"Taking the pledge means that a politician or candidate's campaign will adopt a policy to not knowingly accept any contributions over $200 from the PACs, lobbyists, or executives of health insurance or pharmaceutical companies," according to Sanders's website. "The pledge does not apply to rank-and-file workers employed by pharmaceutical giants and health insurance companies."
Sanders's speech will be available beginning Wednesday, July 17th at 4pm ET:
Sen. Bernie Sanders delivers a major address on Wednesday at George Washington University on Medicare for All.
In the address, Sanders confronts the Democratic opponents of Medicare for All and directly challenges the insurance and drug industry, that relies on people being sick in order to profit. Sanders also outlines how Medicare for All is the only way to fix our broken health care system and calls on the Democratic party to unite around it in order to guarantee health care as a human right....
Illustration by Golden Cosmos; Source Photograph from Getty
Shortly after her trip to the border, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined David Remnick to talk about what she saw in the migrant-detention facilities she visited and why she thinks the Department of Homeland Security needs to be broken up. And Ocasio-Cortez weighs in on whether Joe Biden is qualified to be President, given his favorable comments about colleagues who supported forms of segregation. “Issues of race and gender are not extra-credit points,” she says. “They are a core part of the competencies that a President needs. . . . Where are you on understanding the people that live in this country?” Plus, the critic Amanda Petrusich talks with the singer Carly Rae Jepsen, who performs an acoustic version of her hit “I Really Like You.”
California's housing crisis is due in large part to a lack of supply, particularly when it comes to affordable housing, and it is hitting low-income individuals the hardest.
Affordable housing advocates warned that the corporate tax cuts passed by Republicans in 2017 could have disastrous effects on the development of more affordable housing. More than two years later, independent data show it has meant at least 15,000 delayed or killed affordable housing units in California alone.
The low-income housing tax credit is the primary federal program for funding affordable housing projects. It promises a tax credit to private companies — usually banks — that fund housing accessible to low-income families. It’s a program that has received broad bipartisan support over the years.
But when the Republican tax cuts lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, it had the unintended effect [What was Kushner doing at the time?] of lowering the potential benefits of the tax credits. Scott Hoekman, president and CEO of Enterprise Housing Credit Investments, LLC, a company that manages funds for the tax credits nationwide, estimated that meant companies were willing to invest about 10 to 15 percent less than they had before the 2016 election, cutting off a major source of funding and derailing thousands of projects....
In a new Sinclair segment, Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump adviser, tries to defend President Donald Trump's racist tweets targeting progressive lawmakers. (Photo: screenshot)
Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation's largest television station owner, is facing fresh scrutiny for its latest "must-run" segment, which features the right-wing broadcaster's chief political commentator Boris Epshteyn trying to defend President Donald Trump's recent racist attacks on a group of freshman Democratic congresswomen.
On Sunday, Trump targeted four progressive women of color collectively known as "the Squad"—Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.)—tweeting that they should "go back" to the countries "from which they came." That led the hashtag #RacistPresident to trend on Twitter and provoked widespread criticism, including a House resolution condemning Trump's comments that passed mostly along party lines.
Sinclair has often come under fire for forcing the local television news stations it owns nationwide to air "must-run" segments—including short clips of Epshteyn, a former Trump adviser, delivering right-wing commentaries....
The dollar volume of homes purchased by foreigners from April 2018 through March 2019 dropped 36% from the previous year, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Foreigners bought 183,100 properties with a total value of about $77.9 billion, down from 266,800 properties valued at $121 billion a year earlier.
“The magnitude of the decline is quite striking, implying less confidence in owning a property in the U.S.,” the Realtors’ chief economist says.
“We call it the Trump effect. It’s a combination of anti-Chinese political rhetoric, a clampdown on visa processing, and of course tariffs,” Carrie Law, CEO and director of Juwai.com, said in a recent interview. “The Trump effect is undercutting some of the primary drivers of Chinese demand for U.S. property, including buying homes for students who are studying in the U.S. and the country’s reputation as a safe investment.”
Slavery has been illegal worldwide for just about four decades, since Mauritania finally abolished it in 1981.
But slavery didn’t end there. According to the latest report by the Walk Free Initiative, presented today (July 17) at the UN Headquarters in New York, there were 40.3 million people living in conditions of slavery in 2018, most of them women.
There isn’t an official legal definition of modern slavery, but the UN describes it as the condition of people whose work “is performed involuntarily and under the menace of any penalty.” Modern slaves can be coerced to work through explicit measures like violence, but also through subtler means like financial pressure, or by limiting someone’s movement by retaining their identification....
Sixty-five jail construction projects, totaling $2.1 billion, were awarded funds since realignment. Only 11 have opened. Meanwhile, dangerous jails have become more deadly.
Jason Pohl, The Sacramento Bee, and Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica | ProPublica
United States PROBLEMS: Corporate and billionaire money—especially after the Citizens United ruling—corrupts political parties and governments to the public's detriment. [12:36 ‘Unbreaking America’ video]
...."I believe that what this president has done to our culture, to our civic discourse ... you cannot unring these bells and you cannot unsay what he has said, and you cannot change that he has now in a very short time made it seem normal for schoolboy taunts and obvious lies to be spun out in a constant stream. I think this will do more lasting damage than Richard Nixon's surreptitious burglaries did."...
Turnstile teaching[The problem is NOT students skin color, as our fake President reflexively thinks. The problem is the lax attitude and deficient funding by government. We must always do a better job to make a better future. Backsliding MUST NOT be allowed.]
At 26 Philly schools, teachers churn through jobs at an alarming rate, hindering some of the city’s most vulnerable children.
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
Brazil’s President May Appoint Son, Friend to the Trumps, as Ambassador to U.S.[Friend of the Trumps, so we know they're all brain-dead except about near-term profits. They are clear-cutting the Amazon Rain Forest to feed-then-butcher millions of methane farting cows, over and over. Yep, that's there business plan. So therefore the rest of the world will hopefully plant billions of trees elsewhere to sequester CO2 to offset what the Bolsonaro family and investors are destroying. What's wrong with this picture?]
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.
Contempt[Variations of frequent loss & theft of property title by organized legal efforts against black owners]
Their family bought land one generation after slavery. The Reels brothers spent eight years in jail for refusing to leave it.
....Between 1910 and 1997, African Americans lost about 90% of their farmland. This problem is a major contributor to America’s racial wealth gap; the median wealth among black families is about a tenth that of white families. Now, as reparations have become a subject of national debate, the issue of black land loss is receiving renewed attention. A group of economists and statisticians recently calculated that, since 1910, black families have been stripped of hundreds of billions of dollars because of lost land. Nathan Rosenberg, a lawyer and a researcher in the group, told me, “If you want to understand wealth and inequality in this country, you have to understand black land loss.”...
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told the Netroots Nation conference Saturday she would create a commission to investigate "crimes committed by the United States against immigrants" if she's elected in 2020.
What she's saying: Warren said during her speech that President Trump "may be willing to look the other way," but she would not. "Anyone out there who’s working in this system ... [when] you physically abuse immigrants, you sexually abuse immigrants, you fail to get them medical care that they need, [then] you break the law of the United States of America," she said.