Last updated: Monday, November 23, 2020 [Amerika’s major political parties, Congress and Supreme Court are controlled via corporate & oligarch money. We must forbid such bribes and foster principle-based purpose-functionality in government agencies. We must also eliminate bribes of media (for biased coverage) and of congressmen (for votes), to require all to work within the framework of public funding of elections]
BIGGEST PROBLEM: It’s time to think clearly and act so our children won't see all beautiful life dying. SOLUTION: Tax above-average income and wealth progressively @ up to a 90% tax-rate to fund life remediation.
Aggregated News & Opinion Today’s posts in bigger type. Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
Health Care & Environment
PROBLEMS: Corporate influence enables life-threatening pollution & highest-profit health care.
Organizers are calling for "a corporate-free Cabinet and administration staffed with personnel committed to addressing the climate threat, as well as following through on promises made during the campaign."
Powell has made a raft of incorrect claims, including that Georgia’s voting software was created at the behest of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez
Attorney Sidney Powell (C), speaks alongside Trump lawyer and former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA
‘Trump will lose because there’s no evidence of fraud. But the integrity of thousands of people responsible for maintaining American democracy is being tested as never before.’ Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
State has alarming Covid positivity rate of almost 60% and governor’s hands-off policy, including being the only state without a mask mandate, is having dire consequences
Johne Riley shows off his chest painted with a portrait of Donald Trump during the 80th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally on 7 August 2020 in Sturgis, South Dakota, which usually attracts around 500,000 people. Photograph: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images
Talli Nauman in Rapid City, South Dakota | The Guardian | 20.11.23
The Guardian talked to experts in psychology, public health and communications to get advice on how to convince their weary or misinformed loved ones to stay safe as we head into a deadly holiday season. The interviews have been edited and condensed for clarity....
Raymond Deskins charged after breathing forcefully over two women during altercation outside Trump golf club in Virginia
Raymond Deskins wears an inflatable toy supporting Donald Trump at a protest outside Trump National Golf Club, in Sterling, Virginia, on Saturday. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA
A man seen forcefully exhaling on two women outside Donald Trump’s Virginia golf course has been charged with assault.
Raymond Deskins, 61, was charged with misdemeanor assault after a private citizen obtained a warrant through a county magistrate, the Loudoun county sheriff’s office said on Sunday. Deskins did not immediately return a request for comment.
Video widely shared on social media shows Deskins blowing air on two unidentified women after one of them asks him to get away and points out that he’s not wearing a mask amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
“That’s assault” one of the women said afterwards.
Administration finishing off regulatory moves to lock in drilling, loosen wildlife protections and roll back pollution standards
Any successful remediation of the rollbacks will also have to survive as flurry of lawsuits, with the US supreme court now titled decisively in a conservative direction. All of this will soak up time during a period where scientists say planet-heating emissions must be cut rapidly to avoid the worst ravages of the climate crisis. “Trump’s legacy on environmental issues will be less about lasting policy changes,” said Revesz, “and more about lost time and missed opportunities.”...
The Biden transition team is facing pressure not to hire people with fossil fuel ties, like Obama’s energy secretary Ernest Moniz
....According to his firm’s 362-page analysis, the fastest path to California’s climate goals included continuing to rely on fossil fuels. The analysis was funded by gas companies and groups related to them, but he wasn’t a lobbyist or industry consultant. Quite the opposite, he was the Obama administration’s well-respected energy secretary, Ernest Moniz.
“We certainly have to get beyond … the climate deniers,” he said in the April 2019 interview with C-SPAN. “But we also have to get beyond what we think are often completely unrealistic proposals for the pace at which we can decarbonize.” Fighting climate change at the pace needed would require a “broad coalition,” he said – one that included the oil and gas industry....
A leaked White House report warns the government is not doing enough to tackle the pandemic, as the US death toll passes 250,000. Plus, Ivanka Trump has ‘her dad’s instinct to throw others under the bus’
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
Economics & Corrupting-Capitalism PROBLEMS: Tariff & tax policies, banking/financial deregulation, monopoly/racketeering & antitrust dis-enforcement all help the Very Rich while harming The Public. [26:55 video ‘This Is Neoliberalism’]
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.
Nation States PROBLEMS: Nation-states, especially the biggest ones, have high risk of inept leadership change making them a danger to the world. Many are increasingly corrupt, so change (as profiled below) is needed. [Ref.: The world is waking up to this!]
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.