Last updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (We need geniuses like Yang to fight fast-growing, very complex problems NOW!)
BIGGEST PROBLEM: IT’S TIME TO SEE CLEARLY AND ACT, SO OUR CHILDREN WON'T SEE ALL BEAUTIFUL LIFE DIE. SOLUTION: Make greedy sociopaths HELP life on earth. Allow tax-free income (supplemented as morally necessary) and wealth up to reasonable levels, then tax excess @ up to a 90% tax-rate to fund life remediation.
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Health Care & Environment
PROBLEMS: Corporate influence enables life-threatening pollution & highest-profit health care.
If they are serious about tackling climate change, governments must quickly establish the expectation that the price of carbon will follow a generally rising path in the future. Lofty statements from public officials and optimal calculations from climate modelers will not do the job.
Louisiana issues permits for proposed complex that would double area's toxic emissions[RIVALING NAZI FINAL-SOLUTION PLANNING AND EXECUTION: How did Republican-controlled local, state and federal governments and 'environmental protection agencies' approve plans to kill predominantly black and poor families in this region of Louisiana—in insidiously slow and cruel ways—to make plastic? Plastic that is itself polluting the planet (killing sea-life in particular), which should be totally illegal to manufacture and use.]
The $9.4bn facility, owned by Formosa Plastics, would consist of 14 separate plastic plants in St James parish, known as Cancer Alley
Appearing for the first time at the military war court, James Mitchell was defiant, saying he was there for the benefit of the victims of the 9/11 attacks and their families.
James E. Mitchell helped develop what the government euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Credit...Angel Valentin for The New York Times
GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — On the witness stand was James E. Mitchell, a psychologist and architect of the Bush-era interrogation program that had inflicted torture on prisoners held in secret C.I.A. prisons after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Defiantly, he described how the program came about and why in his view it was necessary, growing emotional only when recounting how he came to the conclusion that it was his patriotic duty to personally implement the techniques he had devised.
Sitting yards from him in the military courtroom built specifically for their death-penalty trial were the five men accused of helping plot the attacks. All of them had been subject to the methods developed by Dr. Mitchell. Their alleged leader, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 by a team including Dr. Mitchell. They sat impassively as he testified at a pretrial hearing in their case.
It was an extraordinary moment in the slow-moving justice system set up to try foreign prisoners of the war on terror, with American lawyers for defendants who were tortured more than a decade and a half ago flipping the script to question an interrogator from the so-called black sites....
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during the Democratic candidates’ debate in New York in the run-up to the 2016 primary election. (Seth Wenig / Associated Press)
....This morning, former candidate Hillary Clinton popped up to zing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — even demurring on whether she’d support him were he to win the nomination. In an upcoming Hulu series, Clinton says Sanders “was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done.” When asked if that assessment still holds, Clinton told the Hollywood Reporter, in an interview published this morning, “Yes, it does.”
It’s mind-boggling to see a woman against whom “likability” was so ably weaponized argue that Sanders is unlikable. It’s particularly absurd for Clinton, who was so frustrated by Sanders’ late support of her as the Democratic presidential nominee, to say that she’s unsure if she would support him should he get the nomination. (I’d vote for a sentient sock should it win the Democratic nomination, or even former Vice President Joe Biden, should it come to that, which is to repeat myself.) It’s wild to accuse a competitor’s campaign of relentless negativity while being relentlessly negative three years later about that same campaign....
Understanding risk can make renewable energy installations more attractive to investors. Image: Eric Herchaft/Pool via REUTERS
The localized approach to climate change has been largely ineffective.
We must take a methodical approach to every aspect of this challenge.
Knowledge of the risks involved will be key to the success of this approach.
Recent developments on the climate front have been more cause for concern than celebration. The failure of COP25 delegates to put forward comprehensive rules for implementing the Paris Agreement for carbon reduction all but ensures more paralysis and represents a lost opportunity.
In addition, virtually all simulations which chart the path to keeping the temperature rise below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels assume not just a sharp reduction in actual emissions, but also the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. On emissions reductions, little progress has been made on a viable action plan - and, worryingly, there is still no scalable solution for carbon extraction....
Group Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re Group, Switzerland | World Economic Forum
We can build carbon-neutral cities using technologies that already exist. Image: Zac Ong on Unsplash.com
Decarbonizing our cities and buildings is both necessary and very complex.
Digitalization will be a key enabler of this transformation.
It can be - and is being - achieved with existing technologies.
We cannot solve climate change without transforming our cities and buildings. This requires massive efforts from the private and public sectors, but it is possible with today’s technologies.
Cities are the bedrock of global decarbonization for two main reasons. First, they account for 70% of worldwide emissions. Buildings alone account for around 40%, or 50% if the construction industry and its upstream value chain are included. Second, urbanization is increasing at lightning speed, up to 68% by 2050 versus 55% today, which represents nearly a doubling of existing building stock....
CEO and General Manager, Enel Group & Jean-Pascal Tricoire Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric | World Economic Forum
"I've been warned that telling people to panic about the climate crisis is a very dangerous thing to do, but don't worry—it's fine—I've done this before and I can assure you: it doesn't lead to anything."
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a session at the Congres center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 21, 2020. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images)
China is leading the world in electric vehicle adoption, with almost all city buses run on electric batteries. The U.S. has been slow to catch on, with only 300 electric buses delivered last year compared to China’s 78,000....
"Biden not only pushed to cut Social Security—he is on tape proudly bragging about it on multiple occasions," said Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir in response to accusations by the former vice president.
The Chief Justice serves for life shielded from partisan pressures. As a way to dispel combustible suspicions of bias, life tenure makes him the optimal choice for presiding over—and setting the rules for—the trial.
International & Futurism PROBLEMS: Capitalists, Islamists, Fascists and Mafias cause immorality, barbarity & war. SOLUTIONS: UN, InterPol and International Criminal Court must be fully enabled. FYI: All people are mixed-race
Instead of Plutocratic-Controlled Politicians owning and controlling 'their' people in "their" Nation-State, why can't people everywhere contract with UN-certified virtual nation agencies to perform fiduciary nation-level functions instead—including managing escrow for Social Security and Medicare, and smart funding of your priority governance and charities. If this were possible and replaced nations states then it would end international wars and immigration crises, as citizens of every virtual nation would be scattered worldwide—as before nation-states. Local city, county and state governments can continue largely unchanged. But at the national virtual nation level, Democracy would be professional-only and not be political. Your only vote would be to renew with same nation agency or change to another nation agency (which transfers escrows), and/or change priorities for governance and charities.
Economics & Corrupting-Capitalism PROBLEMS: Tariff & tax policies, banking/financial deregulation, monopoly/racketeering & antitrust dis-enforcement all help the Very Rich while harming The Public. [26:55 video ‘This Is Neoliberalism’]
High Crimes vs. Human Rights Offenses worthy of impeachment or International Criminal Court prosecution
Justice Matters PROBLEMS: Political Judges and States Attorneys, too little enforcement of anti-trust laws and white-collar crimes, over-prosecution of the poor. OPED: Commute death sentences and allow assisted suicide.