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11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.18 Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes [An affirmation of Pelosi's unsuitability]
11.18 Khanna to Pelosi: Don't Just Create Green New Deal Select Committee, Make Ocasio-Cortez Its Chair [Will Pelosi earnestly change, or end her career in disgrace?]
11.18 Chuck Schumer, Feckless Hack [Neoliberal Democrats must go!]
11.18 What the State of the VA Tells Us About Trump’s War on Welfare [Privatizing often results in outright fraud and higher costs by private prisons, privatized health insurance and health care, privatized public schools and online "colleges" like Trump University]
11.17 As Energy for Medicare for All Explodes, Steny Hoyer's Plan Includes Waiting for Trump to Help Make Obamacare Better [Another who is unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.17 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda' [Unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]
11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]
International & Futurism
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
ON THE SOAPBOX:
Republicans & the Health Insurance Debate
20 August 2009
Why are Republicans afraid of facts? Facts are not one-sided. Facts are just—well....facts.
I have been watching the current Republican shenanigans with fascination. Okay: Yes. I’m also appalled. But, still, it is fascinating.
For instance, Republicans accuse Democrats of being both Marxist socialists and Fascists, while those who support Republican “ideals” paint swastikas on the sign of an African-American Democratic Congressman from Georgia and walk in a mindless two-step with each other.
Republicans mendaciously claim that having a public health option will allow the government to decide who lives and who dies—Palin’s “death panel”—not recognizing that now that decision is in the hands of for-profit insurance companies. And, really, in the hands of some young claims adjuster who doesn’t really know anything except the parameters of the policy that sits in front of her.
They rail about the National Health Service in Britain, recounting the people who die from not receiving health care, while completely dismissing the thousands that die in the U.S. every year, not only from not getting the healthcare they need, but also from medical mistakes. This last, according to Medical News Today topped 195,000 people per year for 2000, 2001 and 2002 in the U.S.
Nor do those against the public option seem to recognize that, under our current system, the U.S. has the highest infant death rate of any Western country; and we are far enough down on the list that even some developing countries do better than we on that score.
As readers of my comments in previous columns know, I have a few bones to pick with the current health bill that we are considering. I am, for instance, against perpetuating the whole notion of insurance, and would simply rather go for the care. But, rather than addressing issues such as these, Republicans take their ususal tack of attacking character and ideology. They repeat some idiocy, again and again, until people begin to believe that there’s some truth to it.
Republicans pander to the intellectually vulnerable and treat their own supporters as if they are down-right stupid, instead of treating them as if they are capable of intellectual exercise by presenting them with the facts. And this has often bothered me. Why are Republicans afraid of facts?
Facts are not one-sided. Facts are just—well....facts. Why try to twist the facts, instead of simply interpreting the facts? The only people that I can see who would want to do that is people who feel guilty; people who feel that revealing or accepting the facts would somehow cast a glaring light on negative deeds. I wonder what Republicans have left to hide?
All these crazy people that they’ve gotten all het up–screaming and yelling and acting as if the sky is falling–would be almost comical if they weren’t so...
That aside, however, all these crazy people that they’ve gotten all het up–screaming and yelling and acting as if the sky is falling–would be almost comical if they weren’t so...so....unproductive? useless? moronic? disingenuous? self-aggrandizing? childish? dangerous?
I don’t know; you pick a word.
Lynda Lambert, a college English instructor, writes from Baltimore.
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This story was published on August 20, 2009.