Last updated: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Aggregated News & Opinion
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Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
Obama's ACA didn't fix this:
The U.S. wastes $1.8 Trillion per year on health care spending compared to the average of 2017 per capita costs of comparable yet profit-controlled advanced countries. Let's end price gouging and adopt profit-control practices too. To the point, 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.
German parliament enshrines climate protection in law [Doing the opposite of Trump is always smart!]
Reporting by Markus Wacket; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Thomas Escritt | Reuters
Millions of tonnes belched into atmosphere as policymakers overlook threat, researchers find
Jillian Ambrose | The Guardian
Continent is embarking on a huge expansion of power stations, most of which will burn coal
Gary Fuller | The Guardian
Wherever you live, the climate crisis is having an impact on your health. Here are nine charts that show how it is damaging the collective health of humanity
Analysis shows that while people in wealthier parts of Britain continue to live longer, life expectancy is stalling – or even falling – for those living in most deprived areas
May Bulman, Social Affairs Correspondent | Independent
Michelle Lewis | electrek
These uses of CO2 could cut emissions — and make trillions of dollars [6:08 video; Absent effective coordinating governments, who manages that progress fighting global warming is intelligent and fast enough? Trump?]
By David Roberts | Vox
The warning comes as a new report highlights primary reasons pollinators and other insects are dying off: habitat loss and pesticide use.
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
Bradley Berman | electrek
Baby Fish Nurseries Are Riddled With ‘Prey-Sized’ Plastic, Alarming Study Finds [Could other life survive if all humans died now? Just asking...]
Fish nurseries near Hawaii contain higher concentrations of plastic than the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and baby fish are mistaking this trash for food.
Maddie Stone | VICE Motherboard
Cheap and plentiful, they’ve long been a menu staple in New Orleans and beyond. But recent months have brought a crisis that worries fishermen and chefs.
By Brett Anderson | The New York Times
These maps show how many people will lose their homes to rising seas—and it’s worse than we thought [Listening to Fox News Trump will never hear about this until its too late, and then he'll ignore you like he did to Puerto Ricans]
New elevation data triples the people at risk.
Sara Chodosh | Popular Science
Underground cities have long been sci-fi fodder, but now governments and planners are taking them seriously. One of the biggest challenges to overcome is convincing people to be comfortable underground
Australia's climate response among the worst in the G20, report finds [Is Mr. Morrison pondering citizens welfare or his personal future wealth?]
Brown to Green report highlights Australia's poor response on deforestation, transport, energy supply and carbon pricing
Graham Readfearn | The Guardian
Matt McGrath | BBC News
On the mainstage of VERGE 19, Joel Makower discusses energy efficiency with Amory Lovins, Cofounder and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Energy efficiency, a bigger energy "source" than oil, avoids at least twice as much global greenhouse gas emissions as renewables' remarkable growth. Yet its potential is far larger. Designing buildings, vehicles, and factories as whole systems can save many times more energy than previously thought, and often at lower cost. Systems thinking can also save most of the energy-intensive activities and materials (like steel and cement) often considered hardest to decarbonize.
Their breakthrough could someday lead to entirely renewable energy.
Caroline Delbert | Popular Mechanics
Go with the flow: Scientists design new grid batteries for renewable energy [Breakthrough would allow earlier retirement of leaky natural gas peaker-plants]
How do you store renewable energy so it's there when you need it, even when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing? Giant batteries designed for the electrical grid -- called flow batteries, which store electricity in tanks of liquid electrolyte -- could be the answer, but so far utilities have yet to find a cost-effective battery that can reliably power thousands of homes throughout a lifecycle of 10 to 20 years.
Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Science Daily
Damian Carrington Environment editor | The Guardian
Young climate activists chain selves to Washington pier amid pipeline delivery [MAKE SALE OF WHAT'S KILLING THE PLANET ILLEGAL INSTEAD!]
Protest comes amid effort to disrupt 700-mile Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
Lee van der Voo in Vancouver, Washington | The Guardian
EU's agriculture policy needs urgent reform, organisations tell incoming commission president
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent | The Guardian
Trump begins year-long process to formally exit Paris climate agreement [“Stupid is as stupid does.” –Forrest Gump]
  • Exit will not be final until day after 2020 elections
  • France and China to sign pact on 'irreversibility' of climate accord
Emily Holden in Washington | The Guardian
India's top court orders crackdown on stubble burning to cut Delhi pollution [1:21 video; Californians are suffering similar pollution levels, to which Trump responds with ignorant, sociopathic comments]
Supreme court says residents are 'losing precious years' as judges order immediate halt to practice
Agence France-Presse | The Guardian
Campaigners try again to stop Norway drilling for oil in Arctic [More "Executives" need to be arrested and tried for treason against life on Earth]
Activists take government back to court, saying plans violate people's environmental rights
Jillian Ambrose | The Guardian

Video: SpaceX successfully launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit as part of Elon Musk's high-speed internet plan [Wonderful! The right-wing media dominance like Sinclair Broadcast Group serving less populated areas will soon have competition]
Starlink is SpaceX's ambitious project to station a network of almost 12,000 satellites above the Earth to provide remote parts of the world with fast internet.
Isobel Asher Hamilton | Business Insider
by Julie Hollar | FAIR
"All of these examples are no accident," said campaign speechwriter David Sirota. "But here's some news: We're not being erased. We're going to win."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
Warren attacked Twitter for blocking organizations that are fighting climate change from running ads on the site while allowing ads from companies like Exxon on the same topic.
Salvador Rodriguez | CNBC
"This legislation is a game-changer," says Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff, whose latest book warns of "surveillance capitalism."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Arts & Education Events:
If current and prospective world leaders do not fathom the threat to continuation of all life on Earth then they must be denied authority as soon as possible.
— Today's Posts —
Consider the physical, financial, mental, even spiritual deaths inflicted on black Americans
Ben Crump | The Guardian
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch "is expected to describe the personal trauma she endured as the administration's traditional diplomatic establishment in Ukraine collided with a rogue foreign policy operation" run by the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Common Dreams staff | Common Dreams
'I live on the street now': how the insured fall into medical bankruptcy [US healthcare are mafia-like businesses who bribe 'establishment politicians' (both parties) for their status quo]
[Therefore] having U.S. health insurance is often not enough to save Americans from massive debts when serious illness strikes
Michael Sainato | The Guardian
Joel Mathis | The Week
As first public hearing begins, president’s favorite network seeks to exonerate him with onscreen banners and Muppet ads
Adam Gabbatt in New York | The Guardian
Exclusive: Miller’s messages with then Breitbart writer Katie McHugh attempted to steer the website’s coverage
Jason Wilson | The Guardian
  • The inquiry to determine whether President Trump abused his office in his dealings with Ukraine begins its next phase at 10 a.m. Eastern.
  • Follow our updates as we stream the testimony live, with our reporters in Washington providing real-time context and analysis.
By The New York Times | The New York Times
Trump’s Contempt for True Professionals [He's felt this way since he was a little boy, always in the back of the class.]
It’s driving the impeachment inquiry. It’s dooming his presidency.
By Frank Bruni, Opinion Comlumist | The New York Times
The president’s efforts to prevent the House from doing its job are just as worrisome as the Ukraine scandal.
By Neal K. Katyal | The New York Times
Draft published by New York Times expands on version started under Scott Pruitt.
By Lisa Friedman | The New York Times
The progressive group said Buttigieg has "no credibility" to attack Warren and Sanders on Medicare for All given "how much money he's been taking from Big Pharma and insurance executives."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
"We need a president who will unite all workers to fight for social, economic, racial and gender justice, and who will champion bold ideas on workplace democracy, Medicare for All, and climate change."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
'It makes it real': hundreds march to re-enact 1811 Louisiana slave rebellion [After the Louisiana Purchase from France, many blacks lacked documentation they were a 'free' people as documentation hadn't been needed before 1803, but now many were forced into slavery by nearby American plantation owners, igniting the rebellion. Yes, it's more complicated.]
In this remembrance, over two days, men and women marched 26 miles to New Orleans to mark an overlooked uprising against slavery's brutality – and pay tribute to those who fought for freedom
Oliver Laughland in LaPlace, Louisiana | The Guardian
  • Sea levels are rising at accelerating rates.
  • Research group Climate Central created illustrations to show what could become of major US cities, should the worst climate-change predictions come true.
Melia Robinson | Business Insider

By Nicole Gaouette | CNN
Ian Sample Science editor | The Guardian
Adherents view life not as a gift and a miracle, but a harm and an imposition. And their notion that having children may be a bad idea seems to be gaining mainstream popularity
Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow | The Guardian
The fossil-fuel industry has been revealed to have invested vast resources in lobbying EU institutions.
Colin Roche | Social Europe
"This intimidation shows how the U.S. security forces work hand-in-glove with the right-wing forces in Latin America who are trying to stop progressive movements that empower the poor."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
"The numbers continue to accelerate, not only because many wars continue to be waged, but also because wars don't end when soldiers come home."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
Bolivian coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho is a far-right multi-millionaire who arose from fascist movements in the Santa Cruz region, where the US has encouraged separatism. He has courted support from Colombia, Brazil, and the Venezuelan opposition.
  • Deutsche Welle: Bolivia scraps joint lithium project with German company - The Bolivian government has issued a decree overturning a massive joint lithium project with southern German firm ACISA. The project is considered vital for the German auto industry's plans to develop electric batteries.
By Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton | The Gray Zone
"She's declared herself president without having a quorum in the parliament," said Morales supporter Julio Chipana. "She doesn't represent us."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
By NIGEL GREEN | Asia Times
The Bolivian Coup Is Not a Coup—Because US Wanted It to Happen [A mafia-style act? Dominance of world's Lithium mining was at issue]
The media message from the Bolivia case is clear: A coup is not a coup if we like the outcome.
Behind Trump's Dealings With Turkey: Sons-in-Law Married to Power [Official governments are sidelined while mafia-style families behave badly, off-the-record without accountability]
Informal relationships between family members help explain the course of diplomacy between the White House and Turkey's leader.
David D. Kirkpatrick and Eric Lipton | The New York Times
NSW and Queensland fires: more than 60 fires in NSW and 45 in Queensland – as it happened [Silly people! As Trump explained to help California, all you need to do is rake the forest floor and you'll avoid this problem.]
Naaman Zhou and Helen Davidson | The Guardian

Higher nominal wages for low-paid workers can boost real earnings, increase consumer spending, and help make housing more affordable. And insofar as raising the minimum would increase companies’ wage bill, it would create a stronger incentive to replace labor with capital, which could lay the foundation for renewed productivity growth.
JIM O'NEILL | Project Syndicate
Climate events have cost the US economy more than $500 billion over the last 5 years, Fed official says [But since the figure is provided by the Trump administration, we don't know what to believe.]
  • Climate- and weather-related events have directly cost the US more than $500 billion over the past five years, according to a Federal Reserve official. 
  • In addition to causing damage to natural resource and infrastructure, global warming is expected to disrupt business operations and economic activity in the coming years. 
  • In January, top economists from both sides of the aisle signed a letter that said climate change was "a serious problem calling for immediate national action."
Gina Heeb | Business Insider
It looks to be just another case of Wall Street fattening itself at the public trough, using the funds of mom and pop depositors to maximize bank profits and line the pockets of bank executives while depriving small businesses of affordable loans.
Ellen Brown | Common Dreams

"It's absolutely shocking the lengths Donald Trump will go to to shield himself from accountability."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
White South Carolina restaurant manager who enslaved, tortured black worker gets sentenced [Like Trump's brain the South's immoral culture and history is more pervasive and accepted than it should be, which is scary and why fewer and fewer people consider going to the South for vacation]
For five years, Bobby Edwards coerced John Christopher Smith, who has intellectual disabilities, into working at his restaurant for over 100 hours a week without pay.
Minyvonne Burke | NBC News

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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