Last updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2020  [Amerika’s major political parties, Congress and Supreme Court are controlled via corporate & oligarch money. 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 votes), to require all to work 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.
Polls suggest Americans are exhausted after months of restrictions, so we asked experts for advice on how to convince loved ones to stay safe ahead of the holidays
Sam Levin in Los Angeles | The Guardian | 20.11.23
Drop in emissions this year is a ‘tiny blip’ in buildup of greenhouse gases, UN agency says
Damian Carrington Environment editor | The Guardian | 20.11.23
It’s the 1 percent.
  • Research shows the airline industry is responsible for about 5 percent of man-made global warming.
  • A new study found that just 1 percent of the world’s population contribute to 50 percent of airline emissions.
  • The findings come as air travel has slowed due to the coronavirus pandemic and is poised to pick back up.
By Anagha Srikanth | The Hill | 20.11.20
Financing, policy, and private sector tools can fund vehicle costs and new charging infrastructure.
By David Roberts | Vox | 20.11.20
  • By 2040, Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) wants to lock away 1 billion tonnes of CO2 in building materials.
  • Sophia Hamblin Wang is one of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers and COO of Mineral Carbonation International.
  • Here she explains the process and how business leaders can join the growing ranks of those pledging to decarbonize....
Kate Whiting | World Economic Forum | 20.11.20
Kevin Rawlinson (now); Martin Farrer and Helen Sullivan (earlier) | The Guardian | 20.11.20
Environment:  China’s vow to cut carbon emissions clashes with plans to expand coal power plants, report says [It's as if one hand didn't know what the other was doing...]
  • Xi Jinping’s UN pledge to make China carbon neutral by 2060 conflicts with plans to expand the country’s coal-power capacity, two research groups say
  • Next five-year plan for energy should phase out coal-fired power plants and double expansion of wind and solar power, they urge
Jane Cai in Beijing | South China Morning Post | 20.11.20
Climate experts say UK should aim to cut emissions by more than 70% as crucial summit looms
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent | The Guardian | 20.11.20
Environment:  Cancel the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for Good [Cancel the unnecessary killing of trees everywhere. Reusable fake trees will be just fine.]
Brian Kahn | GIZMODO | 20.11.20
Organizers are calling for "a corporate-free Cabinet and administration staffed with personnel committed to addressing the climate threat, as well as following through on promises made during the campaign."
Brett Wilkins, staff writer | Common Dreams | 20.11.19
The president-elect has tapped a former DuPont consultant to join his Environmental Protection Agency transition board
Erin Brockovich | The Guardian | 20.11.19
Expecting the free market to fix global warming is like trying to pound nails with a saw
Robert S Devine | The Guardian | 20.11.19
Health:  Kristi Noem rigidly follows Trump strategy of denial as Covid ravages South Dakota [Ignoring doctors and scientists, like Trump...]
Republican governor clings to the president despite his defeat and claims ‘we’re doing really good’ with state’s positivity rate at 60%
Ed Pilkington | The Guardian | 20.11.19
Blackburn official attacks government’s ‘pointlessly punishing’ approach to Covid
Josh Halliday North of England correspondent | The Guardian | 20.11.19
McDonald’s sells 75 burgers every second. Its embrace of plant-based meat alternatives could make a real difference
Adrienne Matei | The Guardian | 20.11.19
US dropped the environmental ball under Trump, but Biden victory means the two countries can work together for a green recovery, says campaigner
Patrick Greenfield | The Guardian | 20.11.17

Twitter's fact-check lit a match; now, more techies are taking responsibility for enabling Trump's violent rhetoric
NICOLE KARLIS | Salon | 20.11.20
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Arts & Education Events:

A born internationalist, Blinken will seek to soothe the frayed nerves of western allies
Julian Borger in Washington | The Guardian | 20.11.23
Powell has made a raft of incorrect claims, including that Georgia’s voting software was created at the behest of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez
Associated Press | The Guardian | 20.11.23
Most elected Republicans are refusing to stand up to Trump. Their cowardice is one of the worst betrayals of public trust in the history of our republic
Robert Reich | The Guardian | 20.11.23
Commentary:  South Dakota gripped by pandemic amid Kristi Noem's no-mask approach [What is it about Trump Republicans that makes them so gullible to believing obviously stupid policy?]
State has alarming Covid positivity rate of almost 60% and governor’s hands-off policy, including being the only state without a mask mandate, is having dire consequences
Talli Nauman in Rapid City, South Dakota | The Guardian | 20.11.23
Commentary:  Trump supporter who exhaled over women during protests is charged with assault [Why is it that Trump and his supporters go to such extremes to offend and endanger others?]
Raymond Deskins charged after breathing forcefully over two women during altercation outside Trump golf club in Virginia
Guardian staff and agency | The Guardian | 20.11.23
Commentary:  A destructive legacy: Trump bids for final hack at environmental protections [Does a grifter want more and bigger bribes?]
Administration finishing off regulatory moves to lock in drilling, loosen wildlife protections and roll back pollution standards
Oliver Milman | The Guardian | 20.11.23
Commentary:  Why is Joe Biden considering this man to help fight the climate crisis? [After Trump, only TOTAL WAR against climate change will be acceptable!]
The Biden transition team is facing pressure not to hire people with fossil fuel ties, like Obama’s energy secretary Ernest Moniz
Emily Holden in Washington | The Guardian | 20.11.23
Climate advocates urge Louisiana congressman Cedric Richmond to leverage his new position to help bring attention to their plight
Oliver Laughland in New Orleans and Emily Holden | The Guardian | 20.11.23

Opinion:  Alienating China is not in Australia’s interest [Could Rupert Murdoch’s media commentary exacerbating this?]
Canberra needs to work harder to resolve and reconcile its internal conflicts over relations with China, and to improve understanding with Beijing
SCMP Editorial | South China Morning Post | 20.11.23
The outgoing president reportedly asked for options on bombing Iran as administration eyes last chance to achieve objectives
Julian Borger in Washington | The Guardian | 20.11.18
Outgoing president reported to have looked at military options against Tehran and its allies
Patrick Wintour, Diplomatic editor | The Guardian | 20.11.17
The president-elect will on the whole seek a return to the status quo ante – a relief to US allies
Editorial | The Guardian | 20.11.17
After Labor effectively managed the pandemic in Queensland, One Nation registered barely a blip in the recent state election
Peter Lewis | The Guardian | 20.11.17
Commentary:  Citizen journalist facing jail in China for Wuhan Covid reporting [China commits crimes for emotional reasons, like Trump.]
Zhang Zhan was arrested more than six months ago after reporting on the outbreak
Helen Davidson in Taipei | The Guardian | 20.11.16
Commentary:  Guerrero at war: chronicling southern Mexico's forgotten conflict – photo essay [Many thousands of civilians have been brutally murdered over several decades.]
Alfredo Bosco came to Guerrero on assignment to document southern Mexican villages emptied out by conflict. Over repeated visits he documents the region’s story
by Elisabeth Malkin in Mexico City, photographs; Alfredo Bosco | The Guardian | 20.11.16

"This is a grave humanitarian issue that demands your immediate attention and our collective condemnation," the lawmakers told the outgoing secretary of state, who is visiting the region this week.
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams | 20.11.18

A powerful trick is forcing governments to keep quiet about a toxic threat that's killing more than Coronavirus.
Pindex Channel | YouTube | 20.11.23
The Grayzone Channel | YouTube | 20.11.20

Criminal behavior:  How China’s vast and aggressive fishing fleet is kept afloat by Beijing [The fleet steals virtually all fish in territorial waters of dozens of countries around the world.]
The country’s fishing fleet would not be able to sustain itself – or its geopolitical and surveillance role – without the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies it receives
Ian Urbina | South China Morning Post | 20.11.23
Supreme court justices ruled observers were not blocked from the counting and also reversed a decision allowing observers within 6ft
Sam Levine | The Guardian | 20.11.18
PBS NewsHour Channel | YouTube | 20.11.18

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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