Last updated: Monday, December 9, 2019
Aggregated News & Opinion
Today’s posts in bigger type.
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.
Big Energy Front Group Launches Push for Troubled Atlantic Coast Pipeline [This or similar major increase of pollution-likelihood is certain to soon spark major riots and violent conflict. Fossil fuel extraction, processing and sale must be made illegal as soon as practicable]
The group argued that building the pipeline would save North Carolinians money by bringing more natural gas into the non-drilling state, characterizing that as an "energy justice" issue.
Sue Sturgis | Common Dreams
"Decisions taken at the ongoing climate conference will determine whether our ocean continues to sustain a rich variety of life, or whether habitable, oxygen-rich marine areas are increasingly, progressively, and irrevocably lost."
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | Video source: IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature YouTube channel | Common Dreams
The Union Carbide factory explosion remains the world’s worst industrial accident – but as its dreadful legacy becomes increasingly apparent, victims are still waiting for justice
Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Bhopal | The Guardian
Aerial footage captured a 'firenado' forming on Saturday in the Bundamba suburb of Ipswich, Queensland, as a huge fire rapidly advanced across dry grassland, threatening homes. Queensland state authorities have issued an emergency warning as the east coast of Australia works to tackle more than 100 bushfires
This Ingenious System Brings Water to the Chinese Desert [3:25 video; China gets things done while America twitters...]
Seeker Channel | YouTube
Sharks, tuna, marlin and other large fish at risk from spread of ‘dead zones’, say scientists
Fiona Harvey in Madrid | The Guardian
One of southern Africa’s biggest tourist attractions has seen an unprecedented decline this dry season, fuelling climate change fears
Reuters at Victoria Falls | The Guardian
Africa emits less than 4% of global CO2 but struggles to provide electricity to half its population. Energy infrastructure built today could have massive impacts on future emissions and living standards.
Ajit Niranjan | Deutsche Welle
Asthma and heart attacks fall rapidly and babies born healthier, review finds
Damian Carrington Environment editor | The Guardian
Campaigners say regulations are overlooking the health impacts of these tiny toxic materials
Gary Fuller | The Guardian
Students don’t want to live in a world of climate catastrophe, social inequality and funding crises. We want to change it
Zamzam Ibrahim | The Guardian
Michigan’s second-highest court rules in favor of township in case that could damage company’s effort to privatize water
Tom Perkins in Detroit | The Guardian
Climate models have accurately predicted global heating, study finds [But "conservatives" everywhere disagree for baseless reasons]
Findings confirm reliability of projections of temperature changes over last 50 years
Dana Nuccitelli | The Guardian
Systems make use of local heating and cooling sources, from wood waste to geothermal to garbage
Emily Chung | CBC News
Tim Radford / Climate News Network | truthdig
Climate-fueled disasters have forced about 20 million people a year to leave their homes in the past decade — equivalent to one every two seconds — according to a new report from Oxfam.
Jack Guy | CNN
Sir David Attenborough has told this programme he believes that climate change will mean that the latest generation of young children are likely to see civil unrest, mass migration and a lack of choice in the food they eat.
Johnson blustered his way to the top with lies and bravado, but the decline of expertise and knowledge stretches much further
Julian Cribb | The Guardian
Helen Regan | CNN
Jay Connor | The Root

App equips players with skills to identify misinformation in real world and online
Jessica Murray | The Guardian
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Arts & Education Events:
If world leaders do not fathom the threat to all life on Earth, they must be removed from office ASAP—dead or alive.
— Today's Posts —
While “traditional” Democrats scramble to find the right message, Andrew Yang is scoring with the blunt truth
Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper on the ‘Useful Idiots’ show on Rolling Stone Channel | YouTube
The president’s behavior at the Nato summit in London was as appalling as it was typical. Our next commander-in-chief will have important work to do
Elizabeth Warren op-ed | The Guardian
The president knows how the system works: the rich give money and get what they want in return. His defeat is imperative
Robert Reich op-ed | The Guardian
John Haltiwanger | Business Insider
MSNBC Channel | YouTube
Why Texas’s fossil fuel support will ‘spell disaster’ for climate crisis [If you ignore or deny incontrovertible facts because of paid-more-to-lie-more-media, you can rationalize killing millions of jews and/or killing life on earth for higher profits next quarter]
The state – which leads the way as US output of oil and gas is forecast to rise 25% in the next decade – is intensifying its production pipeline by pipeline
Tom Dart in Houston | The Guardian
Donald Trump said on Friday that he had directed the Environmental Protection Agency to look at opening up water standards. During a small business roundtable at the White House, Trump said water pressure was an issue, citing faucets and sinks, showers, and even toilets. ‘People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that very strongly, at my suggestion,’ Trump said
Guardian News Channel Source: Reuters | YouTube

Paul McCartney on the ongoing climate crisis: “the only people who aren’t responding are the government” [A new version of "Maybe I'm Amazed" is needed, to express how the public—the world over—is amazed with the blithely inept response from government and corporate elites to the rapid ruination of life on Earth]
"All you can do is what the kids are doing, and protest and do everything you can."
Elizabeth Aubrey | NME
Australia Climate Roundtable says climate goals require ‘deep global emissions reductions’
Adam Morton and Katharine Murphy | The Guardian
Firm ‘squeezing maximum potential’ from clean energy sources to help UK hit net zero
Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent | The Guardian
When we lost our baby boy, I saw the NHS at its best. The Conservatives can’t be trusted with it
Rob Delaney | The Guardian
Rail and air transport as well as schools and policing hit by walkouts over pension changes
Angelique Chrisafis in Paris | The Guardian
Dozens killed as migrant boat sinks off Mauritania coast [One of the many ways economic inequality kills. Germany alone needs 400,000 immigrants per year to compensate for the negative birthrate throughout Europe, so why can't systems be setup for jobs insitu and/or setup for travel and training?]
Vessel left the Gambia last week and had been carrying at least 150 people
Associated Press in Nouakchott | The Guardian
Killers lurk in the shadows as Haiti chaos takes a sinister turn [Democratic government has not worked and damage has metastasized horribly. It is time for the UN to facilitate a period of professional government services to enact OECD best-practice systems. (A similar effort is needed in many American cities too long ignored.)]
Mired in poverty, corruption and violent unrest, Haiti faces a fresh problem in the form of paid gunmen out to settle scores
Peter Beaumont in Port-au-Prince | The Guardian

The IRS Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers [Tax cheats raise honest people's tax rates, eventually]
Gerald Scorse | Dissident Voice
The Data Show That Socialism Works [Lots of statistics: Learn or watch Fox News, take your choice]
People are better off to the extent that they live under democratic socialism.
....Conclusion: Bread and Roses
Nick Warino | Current Affairs
Nik Steinberg | GreenBiz

The current hearing will examine allegations that US troops and intelligence operatives tortured, raped and abused Afghan prisoners between 2003 and 2004.
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams

IDEA updated 11/18/2019: Those who think nation-states are not increasingly corrupt will not understand why change (below) is needed. [Ref.: The world is waking up to this!]

Instead of Plutocratic-Controlled Politicians owning and controlling 'their' people in "their" Nation-State, why can't people everywhere contract with UN-certified virtual nation agencies to perform fiduciary nation-level functions instead—including managing escrow for Social Security and Medicare, and smart funding of your priority governance and charities. If this were possible and replaced nations states, then it would end international wars and immigration problems, as citizens of every virtual nation would likely be scattered worldwide. Local city, county and state governments can continue largely unchanged. But at the national virtual nation level, Democracy would be professional-only and not be political. Your only vote, per se, would be to renew or change which virtual nation agency you contract with and changing priorities for governance and charities. And if changing agency your escrow accounts would be transferred.
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.

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