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!]
Aggregated News & Opinion
Today’s posts in bigger type.
Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
Obama's ACA didn't fix this:
The US wastes $1.8 Trillion per year on health care spending compared to the average of 2017 total 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.
Jessica Glenza and Joanna Walters in New York | The Guardian | 20.07.30
Environment: How Trump is emboldening other countries' 'bad behavior' on the climate crisis [5:30 video; The U.S. is rapidly becoming a 3rd World Country. A smarter President with morals and good judgement is needed]
Global voices in the crisis say a US exit from the Paris agreement is damaging, but the fact no other country is leaving shows it can survive this ‘ultimate stress test’
Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent | The Guardian | 20.07.30
Environment: The four types of climate denier, and why you should ignore them all [A less ignorant President is needed]
The shill, the grifter, the egomaniac and the ideological fool: each distorts the urgent global debate in their own way
Damian Carrington | The Guardian | 20.07.30
Environment: The Guardian view on the green recovery: Britain is being left behind [A less ignorant President is needed]
The government talks a good game when it comes to radical policymaking. But its failure to invest in a zero-carbon future tells a different story
Editorial | The Guardian | 20.07.30
While England did not have highest peak mortality, it had longest continuous period of excess mortality, figures show
Pamela Duncan, Niamh McIntyre and Antonio Voce | The Guardian | 20.07.30
  • 191 people died in Florida in 24 hours and Texas cases rise
  • Pressure on Congress to pass another huge stimulus package
Guardian staff and agencies | The Guardian | 20.07.29
  • Apple and cherry production hampered by lack of wild bees
  • Bees affected by loss of habitat, pesticides and climate crisis
Oliver Milman | The Guardian | 20.07.29
It will be much more expensive for the U.S. to separate its responses to coronavirus recovery and climate change, Jenkins said, than to align them.
Jeff McMahon Senior Contributor | Forbes | 20.07.28
Health: AI model developed to identify individual birds without tagging ["One great tit can look much like another"]
Distinguishing individual birds using AI could aid avian behaviour research
Patrick Barkham | The Guardian | 20.07.28
Health: Vietnam detects first locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since April [Vietnam is better at fighting Covid-19 than Trump's Amerika]
Nation brings in strict new measures and evacuates 80,000 people from city of Danang
Rebecca Ratcliffe South-east Asia correspondent | The Guardian | 20.07.28
Environment: World’s largest nuclear fusion project begins assembly in France [Catastrophe a scary possibility]
Project aims to show clean fusion power can be generated at commercial scale
Damian Carrington Environment editor | The Guardian | 20.07.28
Belgium raises prospect of ‘complete lockdown’ as Spain and France report spikes in infection rate
Sam Jones in Madrid, Kim Willsher in Paris, Daniel Boffey in Brussels and Kate Connolly in Berlin | The Guardian | 20.07.28
Environment: We are entering an era of pandemics – it will only end when we protect the rainforest [If Bolsonaro won't change, then the people must replace him!]
Reducing deforestation and the exploitation of wildlife are the first steps in breaking the chain of disease emergence
Peter Daszak | The Guardian | 20.07.28

Facebook and America are now indivisible, says the Observer journalist who broke the Cambridge Analytica scandal – and the world is a sicker place for it
Carole Cadwalladr | The Guardian | 20.07.26
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
John Naughton | The Guardian | 20.07.26
The ex-CIA officer on why she lasted only six months at the tech giant and her fears about its role in the forthcoming US election
Ian Tucker | The Guardian | 20.07.26
Backlash against Facebook's policies continues.
BETH MOLE | arsTECHNICA | 20.07.26
Md's Racist Gov. Hogan The View Vs. MSNBC: GOP Gov. Larry Hogan [9:55 Video; Why hasn't the media clearly reported this before?]
The Rational National Channel | YouTube | 20.07.23
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

"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."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams | 20.08.03
"As always when humanitarian aid in the borderlands is targeted, those who seek care are the ones that face the brunt of these violent escalations."
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | Common Dreams | 20.08.03
Lies about the economy are as dangerous as lies about the virus. Thanks to the Republicans, millions are about to be hurt
Robert Reich | The Guardian | 20.08.03
Amerika: Anti-abortion centers receive at least $4m from US coronavirus bailout [Republicans would rather have pregnant girls and women use wire coat-hangers instead, as who would want to bring a baby into this Republican world.]
Payouts of forgivable federal loans to crisis pregnancy centers may total up to $10m while Planned Parenthood had to return $60m
Jessica Glenza | The Guardian | 20.08.03

Arts & Education Events:

Dominic Rushe and Kari Paul | The Guardian | 20.07.30
Immoral Corporate Greed: Seniors and staff caught in the middle of nursing homes' quest for profit [Private Equity firms like Baine Capital and Carlyle Group who bought and dismantled dying factories and newspapers like the Baltimore Sun (selling off all the best assets and raiding pension funds before declaring bankruptcy) are now coming after new prey]
The cycle of buying and selling care homes has led to shortcuts, closures, even fraud – and imperiled vulnerable residents’ health
Ann Neumann | The Guardian | 20.07.30

 Europe’s dreamers:  'We want to build a life': Europe's paperless young people speak out [If nation states don't work and cannot fix themselves, let's get rid of them!]
A generation of undocumented Europeans – inspired by the ‘Dreamers’ in the US – are fighting for residency rights. A new Guardian series hears some of their stories
by Charlotte Alfred | The Guardian | 20.08.03
Virus proves a reminder to wealthy of their reliance on impoverished workers, reviving calls for a slum revolution that will benefit all
Amrit Dhillon in Delhi / Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. | The Guardian | 20.08.03
Billionaires get huge tax breaks to park money in private family foundations operated by wealthy heirs. Little goes to actual charity work
Chuck Collins | The Guardian | 20.08.03
The president must answer as millions face unemployment and 150,000 are dead from Covid-19
Observer editorial | The Guardian | 20.08.03

The attorney general’s many critics saw his combative display on Capitol Hill as proof of his willingness to enable Trump’s darkest impulses
David Smith in Washington | The Guardian | 20.08.03
Perks of the super rich: Ghislaine Maxwell trained underage girls as sex slaves, documents allege [As in the prosecution of Jeffery Epstein, can justice prevail when reputations of the very rich are endangered?]
Unsealed testimony from 2015 case reveals series of claims about British socialite’s role in Epstein sex-trafficking ring
Victoria Bekiempis | The Guardian | 20.07.31
Amerika: 'Shame on you': Democrats attack Barr for carrying out Trump's agenda [Years from now we'll be able to laugh about this. Maybe.]
Democrats clashed with attorney general over deployment of federal agents to US cities ahead of presidential election
David Smith in Washington | The Guardian | 20.07.29

Inhumanity: John Oliver explains China's 'appalling' treatment of Uighurs [20:51 video; A concerted campaign centered on cultural erasure. China is doing what the Nazis did, but in a kinder, gentler way.]
The Last Week Tonight host called for action in response to Beijing’s human rights abuses against its Muslim Uighur minority
Adrian Horton | The Guardian | 20.07.28

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 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.

Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.

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