Last updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2020  [Amerika’s major political parties are Mafia-like organizations controlled via corporate & oligarch bribes. We must forbid such bribes and foster principle-based purpose-functionality in government agencies. We must also eliminate bribes of media (for biased coverage) and of congressmen (for their votes), to require all to work be within the framework of public funding of elections]
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.
By CARA ANNA | AP News | 20.09.28
Country will need to kick addiction to coal and build eye-watering amount of wind and solar capacity
Jillian Ambrose | The Guardian | 20.09.28
“This was such a good idea!” the boy said after the critters gathered in broad daylight to stare them down in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
By Ron Dicker | Huffington Post | 20.09.26
More than 40% of Germans are cutting down on meat, and vegan burgers are a shopping mall staple
Philip Oltermann in Berlin | The Guardian | 20.09.28
Kevin Rawlinson (now); Amy Walker and Helen Sullivan (earlier) | The Guardian | 20.09.25
Environment:  Trump administration advances plan to cut protections for largest national forest [All past Presidents tried to protect and enlarge it. But THE MOST DESPICABLE MAN IN THE WORLD keeps trying to improve himself, in that way. What would the kick-back bribe be for something this size?]
Plan to open Alaska’s Tongass national forest to logging faces backlash from environmental advocates, tribal nations and fishermen
Gabrielle Canon | The Guardian | 20.09.25
Environment:  ‘Everything's for sale’: the shocking film on the privatization of American public lands [Trump & Republicans think, "The more we sell off, the more and bigger our bribes donations will be!]
Public Trust highlights the 640m acres owned by the country’s citizenry, lands that some in the Republican party want to sell off
Ryan Krogh / | The Guardian | 20.09.25
For decades David Attenborough delighted millions with tales of life on Earth. But now the broadcaster wants us to face up to the state of the planet
Patrick Greenfield / The WYSS Foundation | The Guardian | 20.09.25
Research says melting will continue even if temperature rises are limited to 2C
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent | The Guardian | 20.09.25
California’s prohibition on the sale of new fossil-fuel cars from 2035 doesn’t seem all that radical.
BY Chris Bryant | Bloomberg | 20.09.24
Dangerous unregulated water:  Why dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ are allowed in US drinking water [Trump's EPA is worse than worthless; they give the illusion good work is being performed when they actually work on behalf of polluters, who are possibly bribing Trump.]
The federal government has still not set limits for PFAS compounds, and some allege that could be because it is a polluter of them itself
  • This story is co-published with Consumer Reports
Ryan Felton of Consumer Reports | The Guardian | 20.09.24
ELucy Campbell (now); Nazia Parveen and Helen Sullivan (earlier) | The Guardian | 20.09.23
Health:  After 200,000 coronavirus deaths, the US faces another rude awakening [US has less than 5% of the world's population but 20% of the deaths]
The US death toll has doubled less than four months after the 100,000 landmark – and with autumn nearing, there is little chance of containing the contagion, experts say
Ed Pilkington in New York | The Guardian | 20.09.23

Bad media frames a story:  Israel Isn’t Signing ‘Peace’ Deals [Semitic Jews and Palestinians are a common people; their differences have been politically manipulated for greed.]
The Rational National Channel | YouTube | 20.09.24
Media:  Facebook suspends environmental groups despite vow to fight misinformation [Another gross mistake damaging to left-wing groups indicates Zuckerberg/Facebook favors ignorant right-wingers. We suggest boycotting FB.]
Facebook blames mistake in system for restrictions on groups including Greenpeace USA
Oliver Milman | The Guardian | 20.09.23
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Andrew Weissmann, a senior member of the special counsel’s team, has written an alarming and necessary book
Lloyd Green | The Guardian | 20.09.28

Arts & Education Events:

Martin Belam | The Guardian | 20.09.28
No morals at all:  THE PRESIDENT’S TAXES: LONG-CONCEALED RECORDS SHOW TRUMP’S CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE [A lifetime of plundering using deduction write-offs of the least-well-regulated businesses.]
The Times obtained Donald Trump’s tax information extending over more than two decades, revealing struggling properties, vast write-offs, an audit battle and hundreds of millions in debt coming due.
By Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig and Mike McIntire | The New York Times | 20.09.28
Recipe for chaos:  Recipe for chaos: 2020 election threatens to snap a US already pushed to the limit [What's it say when Trump appears to be the smartest person at his rallies? “In the land of the blind, the one eyed is King!” —Desiderius Erasmus]
The November election will be plagued by voter suppression, foreign interference, disinformation and a contested supreme court vacancy
David Smith in Washington | The Guardian | 20.09.28
Sarah Al-Arshani | Business Insider | 20.09.28
TRUMP THE ANARCHIST:  Amid talk of civil war, America is already split – Trump Nation has seceded [Since the Trumpers are incorrigible, perhaps prisons, ICE facilities and border walls can be repurposed...]
The president thrives on division, speaks of ‘we’ and ‘them’ and encourages violence. No wonder we fear he won’t accept defeat
Robert Reich | The Guardian | 20.09.28

Among those named in reports is Paul Manafort, an ex- political strategist for Donald Trump
David Pegg | The Guardian | 20.09.20
Deficits and debt: France says U.S. blocking global digital tax talks [Trump might want something special, like a personal kickback bribe. Awkward!]
Staff | REUTERS | 20.09.10

Exclusive: option part of wider emergency package to help firms through second wave of Covid-19
Richard Partington Economics correspondent | The Guardian | 20.09.23

China, please explain!  There is now clear evidence that China is imprisoning more Uighurs than ever [Does “Ethnic Replacement” mean what it actually says?]
Our findings from satellite images reveal 380 detention camps in Xinjiang, pointing to a campaign of ethnic replacement
  • Nathan Ruser is a researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Nathan Ruser | The Guardian | 20.09.24

Unfair!  He fought wildfires while imprisoned. California reported him to Ice for deportation [Governor Newsom needs to rethink his policies!]
Kao Saelee told the Guardian his sister was waiting outside the prison to pick him up on his release date, but guards transferred him to US immigration
Sam Levin in Los Angeles | The Guardian | 20.09.23
Former real estate mogul was investigated after criticising Xi Jinping over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic
Guardian staff and agencies | The Guardian | 20.09.22

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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