Last updated: Monday, July 13, 2020   [Trump or Biden? Neither. Presidents should have executive brilliance to recruit and utilize the best administrative team to restore the country. All federal agencies must be restored to fitness for purpose.]
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 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.
As one critic of the White House pointed out this week, keeping the top public health expert off the air makes sense if the goal is "not public safety but to avoid making the president look bad—no matter the cost."
Jon Queally, staff writer | Common Dreams | 20.07.12
Lauren Aratani in New York and agencies | The Guardian | 20.07.12
Water scarcity a growing problem due to global warming Parts of England could run out of water within 20 years, warn MPs [Need infrastructure to store excess rain-flood water for dry periods]
Water firms not addressing problem of leaks, causing loss of 3bn litres a day, report finds
Sandra Laville | The Guardian | 20.07.10
Health Scientists join forces to investigate airborne risk of coronavirus [1:10 video; The Most Important story to pay attention to—is particulate pollution the carrier?]
WHO adviser says results from well-designed studies are needed before it changes its advice
Members of the World Health Organization's technical committee have said they are working on publishing a scientific brief about how and if the coronavirus can spread in the air, following a letter signed by more than 200 scientists who have called for the WHO and others to acknowledge that the disease can spread in the air.
Ian Sample Science editor | The Guardian | 20.07.09
It may be best near-term way to remove CO2, say scientists, but cutting fossil fuel use remains critical
Damian Carrington Environment editor | The Guardian | 20.07.09
"Protecting nature halts biodiversity loss, helps fight climate change, and lessens the chance of future pandemics. This is sound public policy, economically, ecologically, and morally."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams | 20.07.09
Environment CO2 in Earth's atmosphere nearing levels of 15m years ago [Literal Hell is on its way]
Last time CO2 was at similar level temperatures were 3C to 4C hotter and sea levels were 20 metres higher
Jonathan Watts Global environment editor | The Guardian | 20.07.09
  • US district judge sides with Standing Rock Sioux tribe
  • More extensive environmental review is required – judge
Source: Associated Press in Fargo, North Dakota | The Guardian | 20.07.09
In Paris, urban farmers are trying a soil-free approach to agriculture that uses less space and fewer resources. Could it help cities face the threats to our food supplies?
Jon Henley | The Guardian | 20.07.09

Wary of distortions and hate mongering China's Great Firewall descends on Hong Kong internet users [In U.S., non-Trumpers—including many large corporations now—also seek better control to block lies and hate-speech on Twitter and Facebook]
Residents rush to erase digital footprints as law gives police powers over online activity
Lily Kuo in Beijing | The Guardian | 20.07.09
Media 'Disappointing' Zuckerberg meeting fails to yield results, say Facebook boycott organizers [Zuck sucks. Platform enabling Elmer Gantry-type lies and distortion to destroy the country is okay with him.]
Civil rights groups say company did not commit to concrete plan to address hate speech and misinformation
Kari Paul in San Francisco | The Guardian | 20.07.08
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Who'll pay same for less? US universities are charging full fees for 'virtual' class this fall. This is absurd [Hard not to keep fees high with exorbitant loan commitments for sports facilities and coaching contracts]
Schools with huge endowments are pretending remote learning is the same experience. Give students a break
Ross Barkan | The Guardian | 20.07.10
Martin Pengelly in New York | The Guardian | 20.07.08

Arts & Education Events:

Nuclei of dysfunction: Trump and McConnell are the twin tribunes of America's ruin – vote them out [The nation needs an electoral labotomy]
Under leaders as callous as these, the ravages of Covid-19, economic disaster and systemic racism can only get worse
Robert Reich | The Guardian | 20.07.12
Sociopathic vampires: Too Much and Never Enough review: Mary Trump thumps Donald [Let's hope the last chapter is truly done.]
The president’s niece follows John Bolton’s right hook with a sharp left to the ribs. Revenge Trump-style is grimly engrossing
Lloyd Green | The Guardian | 20.07.12
Election: Will Republicans ditch Trump to save the Senate as support nosedives? [Nothing is going right for the president.]
The human and economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has transformed the political landscape and increased talk of a sinking ship
David Smith in Washington | The Guardian | 20.07.12
The successes of women like Nikki Haley are held up as ‘proof’ misogyny and racism don’t exist
Nikki Haley’s insidious identity politics
Arwa Mahdawi | The Guardian | 20.07.12
The World Bank’s flawed and misunderstood poverty benchmark has led to a deceptively positive picture and dangerous complacency
  • Philip Alston is the outgoing UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Philip Alston | The Guardian | 20.07.12
Change the odds to favor success: The simplest way to close the racial wealth gap? Direct cash payments [Avoid social disollution and/or apocalypse]
Here’s my proposal: give $20,000 to every American with an enslaved ancestor, every year, for 20 years. We can afford it
Dedrick Asante-Muhammad | The Guardian | 20.07.12

Wild humans: French bus driver dies following attack by passengers who refused to wear masks [0:35 video; Marine Le Pen-type fascists acting-out like Trump’s idolaters]
Philippe Monguillot, 59, died in hospital on Friday after doctors previously declared him brain dead
Agence France-Presse in Bayonne | The Guardian | 20.07.12
Rubik's Cube: EU leaders are split over coronavirus recovery [Governments may need AI to help Human-Intelligence]
This week’s emergency summit will expose national divisions over budgets and the €750bn pandemic fund
Daniel Boffey | The Guardian | 20.07.12

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 —

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.
Economics China's stock market closes at highest level in five years [Will demand drive automation surprisingly more than jobs? Will China need UBI, too?]
Caixin/Markit PMI continues to recover from February trough when coronavirus lockdown was most severe
Larry Elliott | The Guardian | 20.07.04
We must target public spending on green, labour intensive projects which have far more bang for their bucks than tax cuts
Joseph Stiglitz | The Guardian | 20.07.02

US special counsel defends his investigation into allegations of corruption during 2016 election
Joanna Walters in New York | The Guardian | 20.07.12
It's okay to rape and impregnate drunk & unconscious girls, but... The supreme court endangered access to contraception. There's a way to fight back [Vote against Republicans until this cruel unfairness ends]
Brett Kavanaugh is exactly the foe to reproductive rights we said he’d be. This election will be a crucible
Ilyse Hogue | The Guardian | 20.07.10
There is no logical rationale for unsecured government loans for failing fossil fuel companies! Over 5,600 fossil fuel companies have taken at least $3bn in US Covid-19 aid [Who profits by delaying bankruptcy of fossil fuel companies? The CEOs? Did they bribe Trump?]
Businesses include oil and gas drillers and coal mine operators, an analysis by Documented and the Guardian finds
Emily Holden in Washington | The Guardian | 20.07.08

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