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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.
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
Jessica Glenza | The Guardian
What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white governments could change to produce better students, better jobs, and new revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]
Politicians have chosen process over lives and the result has been rampant cancer in the region
Reverend William Barber | The Guardian
Within 60 years, hot days in the U.S. could be so intense that the current heat index can’t measure them.
STEPHEN LEAHY | National Geographic
Exclusive: Study shows associated damage to critical pumping muscles, even in children
Damian Carrington | The Guardian
Nicole Gaouette | CNN

Go deeper: Where abortion restrictions stand: The states that have passed laws

Rebecca Falconer | AXIOS
Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]
Group brings boats with slogan ‘Act Now!’ to London, Cardiff, Leeds, Bristol and Glasgow
Molly Blackall | The Guardian
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....

David Miliband | The Guardian
EPA said studies it considered, most of which were sponsored by industry, found sulfoxaflor isn’t dangerous for the pollinators
Emily Holden | The Guardian
'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]
"It's super painful to be a human being right now at this point in history."
Mike Pearl; illustrated by Annie Zhao | Vice
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
Peter Walker; Video Source: Parliament TV | The Guardian
Off-the-grid living never looked so good.
MARK WILSON | Fast Company
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.]
The Green party MEP for the south-west on why social justice is key to making the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050
Anna Bawden | The Guardian
New rightwing council fails to reverse policy of former mayor Manuela Carmena
Stephen Burgen | The Guardian
How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]
A look at how one of the most important inventions in human history actually works.
David Grossman | Popular Mechanics
"This is unprecedented. I tease people that Anchorage is the coolest city in the country—and climatically that is true—but right now we are seeing record heat," said Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries [As expected—and made worse by Trump—the U.S. is best at being the worst]
US represents 4% of the world’s population but produces 12% of municipal solid waste, a stark contrast with China and India
Emily Holden / [The fight against] "United States of Plastic is supported by Ford Foundation | The Guardian
This environmental phenomenon is a vicious feedback loop – but would painting our roofs white help?
Steven Poole | The Guardian
Research shows a trillion trees could be planted to capture huge amount of carbon dioxide
Damian Carrington | The Guardian
Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin [3:36 video; Not MAGA; Like Central Americans flee for their lives from criminal drug gangs, Americans flee for their lives for affordable pharmaceutical drugs]
Staff | CBS News
Greenpeace report reveals 29 floor-exploration licences have been granted worldwide
Matthew Taylor | The Guardian
Liquefied natural gas developments on a collision course with Paris agreement, Global Energy Monitor says
Adam Morton | The Guardian

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

7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]
"We all need to work together to nurture a habitable planet for future generations and to play our part in building a greener and cleaner future for all."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams

Arts & Education Events:
The four congresswomen who came under attack by Trump are popular – as are their policies. That’s why he is terrified of them
Joshua Leifer | The Guardian
Lawmakers say they are building a record of White House resistance to testimony from Mueller witnesses — but angst on the left is growing.
Jon Queally, staff writer | Common Dreams
Eric Levitz | NY Mag. Intelligencer
We should all be grateful to the four women of color who are offering moral and political guidance to a nation goaded by its commander-in-chief
Moustafa Bayoumi | The Guardian
Four Democratic women targeted by Trump accuse him of following an ‘agenda of white nationalists’ at a press conference
Lauren Gambino and Ed Pilkington | The Guardian
"The last two years," says new agenda, "have seen increasingly hostile attacks on reproductive autonomy and rights"
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | Common Dreams
Alex Lubbenño | VICE

...."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."...

Chris Cillizza | CNN
"Cabinet members are pressed weekly on what regulations they can strip from the books and have been told their performance will be judged on how many they remove."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
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.
Jessica Calefati, Dylan Purcell and Kristen A. Graham | The Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump Murdered the Iran Deal—And Europe Isn’t Too Happy About It [Only psychopathic Saudi Arabia and Russia are U.S. ’allies’ now...]
The U.S. behavior regarding such international agreements, Macron said, was "insane."
Vijay Prashad | Common Dreams
Jonah Shepp | NY Mag. Intelligencer
‘Go home’ he says to Democrat congresswomen. Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, he tries to stoke fears about Muslims
Zoe Williams | The Guardian
Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]
To survive the climate emergency, India needs the collective power of small-scale, nature-based efforts.
Meera Subramanianño | The New York Times
Ambitious export plan could generate billions and make Australia the centre of low-cost energy in a future zero-carbon world
Adam Morton | The Guardian
At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever [Protests of all kinds will continue until systemic inequality loses political dominance]
Violent clashes across France
Saskya Vandoorne | CNN
John Kasich | CNN
Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty [Our president is immoral to his core and reacts to things like a child, not understanding that his actions are often crueler than they should be. And that cruelty will never completely be excused or forgotten—the people's hatred of Trump is growing, like the Texan's hatred when President General Santa Anna laid seige to the Alamo, which was Mexico's territory at the time...]
There’s a right way and a wrong way to deal with the immigration crisis. Guess which the American president is choosing.
Ricardo B. Salinas | The New York Times
Charlotte Graham-McLay | The New York Times
After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning [Since so-called modern humans evolved there have been 10,000 generations of people. It is extremely far-fetched to think anyone, now, is racially pure. SO ALL THIS HATE IS INCREDIBLY STUPID.]
David M. Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner | The New York Times
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?]
Ernesto Londoño | The New York Times

Keith Bradsherño | The New York Times

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.”...

Lizzie Presser | ProPublica co-published with The New Yorker
Australia 'deeply concerned' about China's treatment of Uighur people [What are the reasons, exactly, that justify harsh imprisonment of a million people?]
Foreign affairs minister says use of detention camps a concern, and China had blocked attempts to offer consular assistance to dual citizens
Paul Karp | The Guardian
Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]
Former president is appearing before committee investigating allegations that he presided over vast corruption network
Jason Burke | The Guardian
Warren vows to probe U.S. crimes on immigrants if elected [Can you imagine living in a nation with a working Justice System? How far we've fallen!]
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.
Rebecca Falconer | AXIOS

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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