Last updated: Friday, May 14, 2021  [Amerika’s political parties, Congress and Supreme Court are dominated by corporate & oligarch "donation-bribes". We must eliminate paid-fake-news and "donation-bribes" of US senators and congressmen. This will allow a better informed public to dominate by electing the best principle-and-policy candidates.]
Aggregated News & Opinion
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Byzantine health plans. Impoverishing deductibles. Exorbitant drug costs. Soul-crushing surprises lurking in the fine print....
The 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. The US wastes $1.8 Trillion per year on health care spending compared to the average 2017 total per capita costs of comparable yet profit-controlled advanced countries.
    Let's end price gouging and adopt fair profit-controls too.
Yohannes Lowe (now); Martin Belam and Helen Sullivan (earlier) | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Pollution!  Study finds alarming levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in US mothers’ breast milk [Look what Trump's eviscerated EPA allowed!]
Toxic chemicals known as PFAS found in all 50 samples tested at levels nearly 2,000 times what is considered safe in drinking water
Tom Perkins | The Guardian | 21.05.13
New wind and solar power projects in China, Europe and the US spurred 45% rise in rate of new capacity
Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent | The Guardian | 21.05.13
The volume of funds being put forward in the federal budget is staggeringly low and can only be seen as window dressing
Bill Hare | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Fed by myths, fairytales and Disney, America’s demonization of wolves has been going on for centuries, and continues full throttle
Kim Heacox | The Guardian | 21.05.12
Independent high-level panel castigates global leaders and calls for major changes to ensure it cannot happen again
Sarah Boseley Health editor | The Guardian | 21.05.12
The real threat to our way of life – and Saturday night steak – is an oligopoly food system that teetered close to collapse last spring when its workers were overcome by Covid
Art Cullen | The Guardian | 21.05.11
California drought:  California declares drought emergency across vast swath of state [Rev-up water-conservation and desalination plant projects!]
Majority of counties now under emergency declaration as California faces extensive dry spell and dwindling water supply
Associated Press | The Guardian | 21.05.11
Environment:  Michigan governor orders Enbridge to shut down controversial Canadian oil pipeline [Polluting the Great Lakes is too great a risk.]
While the governor says the line is a ‘ticking time bomb’, the company says Line 5 has never experienced a leak
Leyland Cecco in Toronto | The Guardian | 21.05.11
Automotive industry:  Electric cars ‘will be cheaper to produce than fossil fuel vehicles by 2027’ [Electric vehicles are already cheaper to maintain and refuel!]
BloombergNEF forecasts result of falling cost of making batteries as well as dedicated production lines
Joanna Partridge | The Guardian | 21.05.10
Mayor overseeing a green regeneration in city where temperatures can already surpass 40C
Helena Smith in Athens | The Guardian | 21.05.10
Many current high-polluters have enormous capacity to increase their energy supply from solar and wind power, instead
Trent Zimmerman and Philip Dunne | The Guardian | 21.05.10
Children and young adults around the world are demanding action from governments on global heating and the ecological crisis
Matthew Taylor, Emily Holden, Dan Collyns, Michael Standaert and Ashifa Kassam | The Guardian | 21.05.07
Environment:  Wyoming stands up for coal with threat to sue states that refuse to buy it [Republicans won't change, even when they're wrong!]
Republican governor says measure sends message that Wyoming is ‘prepared to bring litigation to protect our interests’
Oliver Milman | The Guardian | 21.05.07

Were the media concerned with speaking truth to power, the case of Sheikh Jarrah perfectly exposes the magnitude of Israeli hypocrisy and deceit.
Belén Fernández | Common Dreams | 21.05.11
The I’m-done-with-it energy of Mare of Easttown has resonated because it reflects exactly how so many of us feel
Emma Brockes | The Guardian | 21.05.07
Howling at bad journalism!
BOB SOMERBY in Baltimore | The DailyHowler

Arts & Education Events:

The New York Democrat criticized Biden for failing to acknowledge "what precipitated this cycle of violence—namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa."
by Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams | 21.05.13
Wyoming congresswoman says ‘I plan to lead the fight’ after Republican caucus strips her of conference chair position
Daniel Strauss in Washington | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Undocumented immigrants are doing the backbreaking farm work that keeps the US food system running but struggle to feed their families
Nina Lakhani in the Rio Grande Valley | The Guardian | 21.05.13
America's race to zero emissions:  Solar surcharge: how US power firms try to make people pay for going green [A classic Trump-Republican regressive policy!]
In states like Kansas, energy companies want to impose charges on people who produce their own power with rooftop arrays
Haines Eason for the New Territory and Emily Holden for Floodlight | The Guardian | 21.05.13
The 84-turbine site off Massachusetts will be capable of generating power for 400,000 homes and businesses
Haines Eason for the New Territory and Emily Holden for Floodlight | The Guardian | 21.05.13
California:  California’s recall election: how does it work – and will Gavin Newsom survive? [Depleted water, global heating and forest fires have wrecked the state.]
The state is poised to hold a gubernatorial recall vote for only the second time in history
Maanvi Singh | The Guardian | 21.05.12
California:  California governor unveils $12bn plan to tackle ‘unacceptable’ homelessness crisis [The Haves and Have-Nots live in radically different worlds.]
Newsom proposes creating 46,000 housing units and effort to end family homelessness within five years
Guardian staff and agencies | The Guardian | 21.05.12
The rich are now nearly 40% richer than before the coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, food prices rise, and more and more people go hungry
Arwa Mahdawi | The Guardian | 21.05.12
"The violence in Israel and Gaza must end," said U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman. "Congress and President Biden must act immediately. No one wins with war."
by Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams | 21.05.12

Far-right crowd in Tel Aviv pull man they thought to be an Arab from his car and beat him in the street
Staff and agencies | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Far-right crowd in Tel Aviv pull man they thought to be an Arab from his car and beat him in the street
Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem and agencies | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Indonesia’s capital Jakarta – plagued by pollution, flooding and heatwaves – tops risk assessment ranking
Agence France-Presse | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Further airstrikes and rocket fire reported in worst violence since 2014 war between Israel and Hamas
Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem, Harriet Sherwood and agencies | The Guardian | 21.05.12
Israel:  Twenty-four dead in Gaza after Jerusalem violence spreads [Israel's advanced military—generously subsidized by the U.S.—excessively punishes a largely unarmed and innocent Palestinian population, again.]
Seven of the deaths were members of a single family, including three children, health officials say
Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem | The Guardian | 21.05.11
Like the insanity of selling premium military weapons to the Saudis:  State Dept Spokesperson Under Fire for 'Spineless' Refusal to Condemn Israel's Killing of Children in Gaza
"This unsurprising response is devoid of empathy and concern for human suffering," said Rep. Ilhan Omar. "He can't even condemn the killing of children."
by Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams | 21.05.11
Brazil:  ‘They came to kill’: Rio’s deadliest favela police raid sparks calls for change [Right-wingers believe that desperate victims trying to stay alive cause the problems!]
Rio’s favelas have suffered countless horrors since the drug conflict began to intensify in the 1980s and the carnage in Jacarezinho has caused a wave of protest
by Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro | The Guardian | 21.05.11

US tax dollars helped create the Moderna vaccine – and 59% of Americans say Moderna share its vaccine technology with manufacturers worldwide
David Adler and Mamka Anyona | The Guardian | 21.05.07

Federal court says claim was not filed in good faith, paving the way for legal bid by New York state to close the group down
Associated Press | The Guardian | 21.05.12
Opioids crisis:  US states oppose ‘unjust’ plan to shield Sackler wealth in opioid settlement [First-graders with fresh memories from the playground would instantly see what's fair, but in a capitalistic country such justice is...difficult.]
Twenty-four states object to bankruptcy proposal for Sacklers to settle lawsuits by paying $4.3bn but family would keep about $7bn
Chris McGreal | The Guardian | 21.05.11
Congressional Insider Trading:  The New Senate Report is here.
After the national media from the House Report, 2020-2021 year for our Senators has been analyzed.
Staff | Unusual Whales | 21.05.10

Resistance fighters retaliated with a barrage of rockets as the death toll during the current conflagration rose to over 30 people—almost all of them Palestinians.
by Brett Wilkins, staff writer | Common Dreams | 21.05.12

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 —
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.

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