Last updated: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 [Trump or Biden? Biden, but a brilliantly capable VP is essential. Top of the agenda is to recover from severe damage to all government agencies. Equally important, we must create brilliant plans with our injured allies to defeating Covid-19 and Global Warming, both of which are killing faster and faster. And Global Warming is killing ALL life, not just humans. No more dallying!]
BIGGEST PROBLEM: It’s time to think clearly and act so our children won't see all beautiful life dying. SOLUTION: Allow tax-free income and wealth up to reasonable levels, but tax excess @ up to a 90% tax-rate for life remediation.
Aggregated News & Opinion
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Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
Health Care & Environment
PROBLEMS: Corporate influence enables life-threatening pollution & highest-profit health care.
Fake/Gossip News:Biden's path to the White House could hit a dead end on Facebook[As Private Equity companies profitably buy and bankrupt reputable newspapers, the public must then rely evermore on fake-news sources. But Facebook is more than just fake news: by knowing collected details about each user it can alter every query's response uniquely to manipulate his/her perceptions and beliefs.]
Mark Zuckerberg’s autocratic nature and fear of anti-trust legislation might see him plump for Trump in the race for president
"This is just about him trying to set up a situation to sow seeds of confusion and fear so that if he loses in November, he can try to delegitimize a completely valid election."
The President has no power—none—to change individual *state* rules regarding mail-in voting by Executive Order.
As usual, this is just bluster—designed not to lead to any actual action, but only to further create a cloud around an election potentially decided by mail-in ballots. —Steve Vladeck, a professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin
President Donald Trump ramped up his baseless attacks on mail-in voting late Monday by threatening to issue an executive order curbing the practice ahead of the November elections, a move rights groups and experts said would be a flagrant violation of the U.S. Constitution.
"I have the right to do it," Trump said during a Covid-19 press briefing Monday evening. "We haven't gotten there yet, but we'll see what happens."
"No, he doesn't," responded attorney Daniel Jacobson. "As the Supreme Court has explained: 'the Framers of the Constitution intended the States to keep for themselves, as provided in the Tenth Amendment, the power to regulate elections.'"...
"Anyone who believes in the right to vote should enthusiastically embrace voting by mail. Without it, tens of millions of voters will be denied the opportunity to safely exercise their cherished right to vote."
The leader of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union warned Monday that President Donald Trump's evidence-free attacks on mail-in voting, threat to delay the November election, and ongoing efforts to undermine the U.S. Postal Service are putting the nation on "a dangerous path toward dictatorship" and must be opposed.
"President Donald Trump's raising postponement of the upcoming November presidential election has been rightly and quickly rejected by political leaders in both major parties," APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement Monday. "On behalf of the 200,000 APWU postal workers and retirees, proud public servants of many political persuasions, I join in adding our voice in that chorus."
"During this pandemic, anyone who believes in the right to vote should enthusiastically embrace voting by mail. Without it, tens of millions of voters will be denied the opportunity to safely exercise their cherished right to vote," Dimondstein continued. "When postal workers go to work every day, our commitment is not to politicians or political parties, it's to the people in every community across this country who we are proud to serve in this election season and for years to come."
Dimonstein's statement came amid growing alarm among postal workers, lawmakers, and voting rights advocates over Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's recent policy changes that have resulted in significant mail backlogs and delays across the country—including in key battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. If the backlogs continue, postal workers warn the USPS may struggle to deliver mail-in ballots on time....
New York’s Cyrus Vance is seeking eight years of tax returns
Reports of ‘extensive and protracted criminal conduct’ cited
....The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, is seeking eight years of the Republican president’s personal and corporate tax records, but has disclosed little about what prompted him to request the records, other than part of the investigation relates to payoffs to women to silence them about alleged affairs with Trump in the past....
In an extraordinary clip from Axios’ Jonathan Swan's interview with Donald Trump, the president rifled through a sheaf of graphs to claim that the US has lower numbers of coronavirus than other nations. The pair debated Trump's point that America has a lower number of deaths as a percentage of coronavirus cases, but when Swain pointed instead to the number of US Covid-19 deaths as a population percentage, Trump said: 'You can't do that'
Beijing is offering loans and priority access to developing countries for vaccinations as they move to large-scale trials
As richer nations scramble for early doses manufacturing constraints likely to cause shortages for years
China’s so-called Wolf Warrior diplomats have been in the spotlight this year as Beijing barked back at critics who blamed it for the Covid-19 outbreak. But that narrative may be about to shift as China positions itself as a global leader to fight the disease, saying it will offer loans and priority access for vaccines it is developing.
Vaccines being developed in China are among front-runners in the hunt for safe and effective immunisations to counter the pandemic. China’s diplomats are saying, if successful, the vaccines will be a “global public good”, a pledge made by President Xi Jinping at a meeting of the World Health Organisation’s governing body in May.
The assurances come as multiple vaccines worldwide move into large-scale late-phase trials, a step away from potential approval. However, supply shortages for any approved products are likely to persist for months or even years due to manufacturing constraints....
‘Robust immune responses’ found in Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials point to 2021 release
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro answers media questions on July 29. Navarro is among those in Trump’s inner circle touting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus, even though the Food and Drug Administration has determined that it is unlikely to be effective. Photo EPA-EFE
His retweeting of dubious claims about an unproven Covid-19 treatment was no miscalculation. It fits his pattern of undermining US institutions for personal gain, and his priority now is to win re-election at all costs
“This president led on the development of remdesivir,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on July 31. And nary a mention of hydroxychloroquine.
In the months of distraction and misinformation from the White House about all aspects of the pandemic since Donald Trump banished respected health authorities like Dr Anthony Fauci, this one was a shocker.
To Trump and his supporters, hydroxychloroquine was our way out of a pandemic that has now killed more than 150,000 Americans, to the stubborn exclusion of everything else that health authorities have been pleading for, including face masks and social distancing.
Trump, his son Donald Jnr, and many others within the president’s hardcore base, apparently preferred the solutions on offer by Stella Immanuel, a registered doctor in Texas who insists, among other dubious claims, that hydroxychloroquine is a Covid-19 cure.
Earlier in the week, Trump retweeted a video of Immanuel – who is stridently anti-LGBTQ and occasionally spouts odd ideas such as the negative health implications of having dream sex with demons – speaking to the media as part of a group called America’s Frontline Doctors, all sporting lab coats, on the steps of the US Supreme Court....
President says US has done ‘as well as any nation’ as country passes 4.7m cases, more than a quarter of global total
The US president has defended his public health expert Deborah Birx after she drew criticism from House speaker Nancy Pelosi and from his own earlier tweet, labelling her assessment of Covid-19's spread as 'pathetic'. Pelosi targeted Birx, saying Trump spread coronavirus misinformation and Birx was his appointee.
"Inflicting suffering on tens of millions of Americans by cutting unemployment benefits because of an anecdotal 'some cases' argument that has been refuted again and again is a stupid way to make policy."
Economics & Corrupting-Capitalism PROBLEMS: Tariff & tax policies, banking/financial deregulation, monopoly/racketeering & antitrust dis-enforcement all help the Very Rich while harming The Public. [26:55 video ‘This Is Neoliberalism’]
International & Futurism PROBLEMS: Capitalists, Islamists, Fascists and Mafias cause immorality, barbarity & war. SOLUTIONS: UN, InterPol and International Criminal Court must be fully enabled. FYI: All people are mixed-race
Justice Matters PROBLEMS: Political Judges and States Attorneys, too little enforcement of anti-trust laws and white-collar crimes, over-prosecution of the poor. OPED: Commute death sentences and allow assisted suicide.
Nation States PROBLEMS: Nation-states, especially the biggest ones, have high risk of inept leadership change making them a danger to the world. Many are increasingly corrupt, so change (as profiled below) is needed. [Ref.: The world is waking up to this!]
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 annually).
— State, City and county governments would continue unchanged —
Virtual Nation agencies would manage escrows for selected Social Security, Medicare and charities.
If this is possible and replaced Nations States, then wars and immigration crises could disappear since virtual nations' citizens are scattered world-wide, therefore military invasion or bombing won't work.
The annual (re)choosing of virtual nation agency would desirably not be political, but be based upon prior service experience (if continuing with same provider) or by using UN assessed ratings of professional service performance. When you change agency the escrows for social security, medicare and charities are transferred to your new agency. Changing priorities for charities or "optional governance?" could be more frequent.