Sunday, October 17, 2021  [America’s news media, political parties, Congress and Supreme Court are dominated by corporate & oligarch "donation-bribes" that must be eliminated. This will allow a better informed public to dominate, instead, and elect the best principle-and-policy candidates.]
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Byzantine health plans. Impoverishing deductibles. Exorbitant drug costs. Soul-crushing surprises lurking in the fine print....

The 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. The US wastes $1.8 Trillion+ per year on health care spending compared to the average 2017 total per capita costs of comparable yet profit-controlled advanced countries.

Let's end price gouging and adopt fair profit-controls too.

One is the astonishing fall in the cost of renewable energy. The other is the huge growth in the citizens’ movements demanding action
  • Bill McKibben is the Schumann distinguished scholar at Middlebury College, Vermont, and leader of the climate campaign group
Bill McKibben | The Guardian | 21.10.15
Tom Ambrose (now); Martin Belam and Samantha Lock (earlier) | The Guardian | 21.10.15
The climate disaster is here [Graphics and statistics...]
Earth is already becoming unlivable. Will governments act to stop this disaster from getting worse?
Biden administration Biden officials announce ambitious plan to dot US coastline with wind farms [The goal is to displace fossil energy with the renewable energy as soon as possible!]
  • Farms envisaged on east coast, west coast and Gulf of Mexico
  • Biden aims to generate enough power for 10m homes by 2030
Associated Press | The Guardian | 21.10.14
Insulate Britain Insulate Britain pauses roadblocks to give PM ‘chance to do the right thing’ [The biggest benefit for the buck or pound to reduce pollution and save money!]
Environmental protest group suspends direct action campaign with open letter to Boris Johnson
Damien Gayle | The Guardian | 21.10.14
Exclusive: ‘Red list’ report finds 30% of native species in decline due to loss of habitat, intensive farming and climate crisis
Phoebe Weston | The Guardian | 21.10.14
Bloc says it needs to play greater part in region, citing global heating and possible tensions over resources
Jennifer Rankin in Brussels | The Guardian | 21.10.14
Cop26 Carbon emissions ‘will drop just 40% by 2050 with countries’ current pledges’ [F.Y.I.: Healthcare improvements not withstanding, all increasingly polluted life will be dying sooner until there is no new life at all.]
International Energy Agency says $4tn investment needed over decade to reach net zero target
Rob Davies | The Guardian | 21.10.13
Exclusive: pork industry’s role in pollution of one of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoons may be greater than publicly acknowledged, investigation reveals
Ludo Hekman, Ana Rojas, Dani Dominquez and Ashifa Kassam | The Guardian | 21.10.13
New images show what areas of the world can be saved or lost if carbon emissions aren’t curbed
by Aliya Uteuova | The Guardian | 21.10.12
Cop26 Cop26: world poised for big leap forward on climate change, says John Kerry [Will capitalistic greed be effectively controlled?]
Exclusive: upbeat US climate envoy anticipates big announcements from key players at Glasgow talks
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent | The Guardian | 21.10.11
Ecosystem collapse is as much a threat as the climate crisis, but valuing nature will help us meet both these challenges
Ma Jun | The Guardian | 21.10.11
The government should be supporting green jobs for fossil fuel workers, not deepening our dependency on oil and gas
Peter Capaldi | The Guardian | 21.10.11
Campaigners say combination of waste from local plant as well as private septic tanks to blame
Helena Horton | The Guardian | 21.10.11

Howling at bad journalism!
BOB SOMERBY in Baltimore | The DailyHowler | DAILY

The California Democrat’s new memoir, Midnight in Washington, examines his life before politics as well as his leading roles in impeachment and other dramas on Capitol Hill
Charles Kaiser | The Guardian | 21.10.10

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But recent cases show that when media pay attention, investigations step up and more women are found
Hallie Golden | The Guardian | 21.10.15
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said oral argument rules were revamped after a study found women were more prone to being interrupted
Maya Yang in New York | The Guardian | 21.10.15
US news Chemicals used in packaging may play role in 100,000 US deaths a year – study [Make such chemicals illegal to manufacture and use!]
Phthalates, also found in consumer goods, may contribute to loss of life among older Americans costing US $40-47bn a year
Amanda Holpuch | The Guardian | 21.10.15
Los Angeles LA clears another park encampment in battle over worsening housing crisis [To fight poverty and rejuvenate blighted areas, cities can employ professionals to train and manage the-able-unemployed to repair damaged-but-worthy city-owned property!]
Unhoused residents fear they’ll end up back on the street after MacArthur Park closure: ‘This won’t solve the problem’
Sam Levin in Los Angeles | The Guardian | 21.10.15
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has promised an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach to replace the lines within 18 months
Eric Lutz and Erin McCormick | The Guardian | 21.10.15
In recording obtained by NBC News, curriculum director describes ‘political mess’ after passage of state law
Dani Anguiano in Los Angeles | The Guardian | 21.10.15
Rich nations' refusal to take on the pharmaceutical industry could "prolong the pandemic indefinitely," warned one campaigner.
JAKE JOHNSON | Common Dreams | 21.10.15
Enrollment in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral nursing programs increased 5.6% in 2020 while nurses retire or leave over burnout
Associated Press | The Guardian | 21.10.15
Nearly half the homes in the US use natural gas for heat, and they could pay an average $746 this winter, 30% more than a year ago
Associated Press | The Guardian | 21.10.14

After a slow start, vaccine uptake in three Australian states and territories has risen swiftly
Samantha Lock in Sydney | The Guardian | 21.10.15
Opinion | Space Bezos’ Blue Origin is at odds with everything Star Trek represents [If planetary colonization isn’t for spreading ‘best principles’ then we shouldn’t do it! We’ll just stay here on the planet we’re still killing.]
The entire premise of Star Trek was utopian: it pushed the limits of diversity, progressivism and inclusion on television and the science fiction genre
Akin Olla | The Guardian | 21.10.14
The creation of the modern, interconnected world is generally credited to European pioneers. But Africa was the wellspring for almost everything they achieved – and African lives were the terrible cost
Early handling and belief in ‘herd immunity’ led to more deaths, Commons inquiry finds
Ian Sample and Peter Walker | The Guardian | 21.10.12
Beatings at the Border:  Europe's Violent Shadow Army Unmasked [Videos]
Mysterious men wearing balaclavas are beating up refugees at the external EU border or abandoning them at sea. Months of reporting now reveals who is behind the operations.
By Giorgos Christides, Bashar Deeb, Klaas van Dijken, Alexander Epp, Steffen Lüdke, Andrei Popoviciu, Lamia Šabić, Jack Sapoch, Phevos Simeonidis and Nicole Vögele | SPIEGEL International | 21.10.10
China China’s noisy ‘dancing grannies’ silenced by device that disables speakers [They know to live life fully and often, but others want lower volume music...]
Many people are too scared to confront the groups of middle-aged and older women who take over public parks and sports grounds to exercise along to music
Chi Hui Lin and Helen Davidson in Taipei | The Guardian | 21.10.08

Virtual Nations [An editorial promoting an anti-despot/fascist ideal]
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 quarterly).
— State, City and county governments would continue unchanged —
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.
Opinion | US healthcare Merck wants Americans to pay $712 for a Covid drug that taxpayers helped develop [Tax laws must be fairly corrected to punitively fine companies charging above reasonable profit margins! We have to stop Europeans from laughing at how stupid and/or bribed America is.]
The drug in question only costs $17.74 to produce. Unfortunately, this type of behaviour is widespread in US pharma
David Sirota | The Guardian | 21.10.14
Trillions of dollars a year are ‘adding fuel to the fire’ of the climate crisis, experts say
Damian Carrington Environment editor | The Guardian | 21.10.06

Brazil Bolsonaro must be held criminally responsible for assault on the Amazon, say activists [Like Trump, and Abbott in Texas, Bolsonaro’s criminally irrational policies are very apparent.]
In a petition to the international criminal court experts said the ‘mass deforestation’ poses a clear danger
Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro | The Guardian | 21.10.12
France French Catholic church expresses ‘shame’ after report finds 330,000 children were abused [Such horrendous sexual child abuse cannot be justly foregiven.]
Church asks for forgiveness as it accepts findings of ‘appalling’ abuse by clergy and lay members over 70 years
Angelique Chrisafis in Paris | The Guardian | 21.10.06

Opinion | Gabby Petito Gabby Petito died of strangulation. Far too many other women have, too [What Lorena Bobbitt did is a fair punishment of barbaric men committing such a sexist crime, whether the female lives or not.]
This may not have been the first such incident Petito experienced. Half of all domestic violence victims are strangled at some point during the course of their abuse
Moira Donegan | The Guardian | 21.10.14
We cannot support our employer’s decision to supply the Israeli military and government technology that is used to harm Palestinians
Anonymous Google and Amazon workers | The Guardian | 21.10.14

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