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Obama's ACA didn't fix this:
The U.S. wastes $1.8 Trillion per year on total for-profit health care spending compared with 2017 per capita average of comparable not for-profit advanced countries, which becomes extra cost overhead on U.S. exports—resulting in offshoring manufacturing and jobs. Let's end price gouging and adopt efficient practices instead of cutting Medicare and Medicaid coverage as part of some "Grand Bargain"
2017 US total per capita health care spending was $10,224 – $5322 more per person than in France, which is the highest rated system.
Overall, in accordance with evidence from experimental animal and mechanistic studies, our current meta-analysis of human epidemiological studies suggests a compelling link between exposures to GBHs and increased risk for NHL.
Study authors | Science Direct
To avoid environmental catastrophe, everything must change [Consider why this headline is laughable or confusing to many, if not most, Americans...]
Readers respond to an article and editorial on the use of agricultural pesticides and the alarming decline in insect numbers
Letters | The Guardian
Study Shows Toxic Pesticide Levels in Families Dropped by 60% After One-Week Organic Diet [2:10 video; Produce and canned vegetables laced with toxic chemicals—from fertilizers and herbicides, too—must be quickly phased out to use safe organic alternatives]
"This important study shows how quickly we can rid our bodies of toxic pesticides by choosing organic," says researcher
Jon Queally, staff writer | Common Dreams
High hopes for Hornsea One as developer says its output could fill the gap left by nuclear
Jonathan Watts | The Guardian
Insects are essential for the proper functioning of all ecosystems. If policymakers don’t act now, we’re all in trouble

....Since I was a teenager, the Earth has lost half of all its wildlife. To avoid today’s teenagers being left with no wildlife at all by the time they are my age, we need to act fast. Changing the ways in which we produce our food is a key plank to preserving biodiversity and rebelling against mass extinction. We need to reduce pesticide use in farming, banning the most toxic ones immediately. We must use integrated pest management and dedicate more of our farmland to organic production. We also need independent scrutiny around the authorisation procedure for chemicals and so end the grip that corporate lobbying currently holds over our politicians, policymakers and farmers.

Insects are essential for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients. Unless we take drastic action, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction within a few decades. And we can be quite sure that we would follow on closely behind.

Molly Scott Cato | The Guardian
For many scientists, the resonant mystery is no longer which animals are conscious, but which are not.
ROSS ANDERSEN | The Atlantic
'People Shouldn't Be Going Bankrupt and Dying': Nationwide Week of Action Aims to Build Mass Movement Behind Medicare for All [Corporate control of government and media must be limited to allow efficient programs for the public good]
"As nurses, we understand the need for guaranteed healthcare for everyone. That's why we are fighting to win Medicare for All and joining thousands at barnstorms across the country."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review

....The analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, says intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines, particularly the heavy use of pesticides. Urbanisation and climate change are also significant factors.

Damian Carrington | The Guardian
"Global warming is an existential threat to the planet, so if we don't command this country to think big about saving our nation and our world from destruction, then I don't think we're gonna get close to meeting the mark."
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
Even as concerns about global warming grow, energy firms are planning to increase fossil-fuel production. None more than ExxonMobil
Leaders | The Economist
In January, the Guardian became the first national newspaper to use recyclable packaging. Here, the team behind the change explain how it came about – and how readers have responded
Mylene Sylvestre, Richard Furness, and Dave Kirwan, as told to Sophie Zeldin-O'Neill | The Guardian
Breaching the Paris accord's designated limit temporarily doesn't mean all hope is lost for the long-term target, experts explain, "but it does ring an alarm bell."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
OP-ED by Stephen T. Young & Brian Pitman | TRUTHOUT
ANU research suggests net cost of achieving Paris targets is zero because renewables are now cheaper than fossil fuels
Katharine Murphy | The Guardian
Late-night hosts are worn out from another round of Fox News panic and Trump’s reaction to the budget bill
Adrian Horton | The Guardian
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY
Arts & Education Events:
Social Security is critical for massive numbers of Americans, yet many Republicans and Democrats have wanted to destroy it. Today, Bernie Sanders introduced new legislation to strengthen the program by taxing the rich
The Expand Social Security Act
Heather Gautney | Common Dreams
The new Democrats realize they were sent here to signal that they get the urgency of the moment and that they aspire to rebuild the institutions necessary to meet the challenges we face
Jared Bernstein | Common Dreams
Jayapal Says Medicare for All Bill Coming in Two Weeks as Expert Calls Plan 'Astonishingly Strong' [CORPORATE DOMINANCE OF GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA MUST BE LIMITED TO ALLOW EFFICIENT PROGRAMS FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD]
The Medicare for All Act will come as some Democrats push ahead with half-measures that critics say would "not address the unsustainable cost increases" and cruelty of the for-profit status quo
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
There is no version of 'Medicare for Some' that would guarantee affordable care for all Americans
Diane Archer | Common Dreams
Even Planned Parenthood is mistreating its mothers in a country where they face discrimination and farcical expectations
Katherine Goldstein | The Guardian
Shaming Ralph Northam and making him resign won’t change the structures that produce racial inequality. That requires more work
Zaid Jilani | The Guardian
Eugene V. Debs and the Endurance of Socialism [28:59 audio to listen via another window as you browse]
Half man, half myth, Debs turned a radical creed into a deeply American one.
Jill Lepore | The New Yorker
Pentagon Fears Climate Crisis, w/ Billions in Damage to US Bases & Societal Upheaval [In maniacally twisted capitalist countries inconvenient truths are ignored or harshly ridiculed, and Trump's stupid Wall obsession dominates the news instead.]
Source: AFP | Informed Comment
Who Is Really A Socialist? Who is really a Republican, etc.?]
Barkley Rosser | Econospeak
Don’t use one of the world’s most competitive economies as an argument against it.
Leonid Bershidsky | Bloomberg Opinion
Millions Flowed From Venezuelan Oil Firm to Small Bulgarian Bank [Transactions like Manafort performed for Trump. Which Venezuelan political leader is likely behind this—Maduro or Trump-supported Guaidó?]
Bulgarian officials, tipped off by the United States, froze accounts and are investigating possible laudnering of money from the battered state oil company.
Richard Pérez-Peña and Boryana Dzhambazova | New York Times
From Brazil under Jair Bolsonaro to Hungary led by Viktor Orbán, women’s reproductive rights are being targeted
Afua Hirsch | The Guardian
Actor attacked Trump and other leaders at World Government Summit for denying science to justify not facing the ‘moral crisis’
Ed Pilkington | The Guardian

Virtual Nations could replace nation-states, enabling everyone to be agents for a better world
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.
The Green New Deal offers radical environmental and economic change [For the survival of life on earth, capitalism must be effectively regulated or banned]
The proposal is incredibly ambitious, both on climate change and with its reimagining of society

....The Green New Deal demands major structural (governmental and inter-governmental) changes (not just behavioural change) in our approach to the ecosystem. In addition, and as in the 1930s, such change to be driven by radical structural transformation of the finance sector, and the economy. It was developed on the understanding that finance, the economy and the ecosystem are all tightly bound together. Protecting and restoring the ecosystem to balance cannot be tackled effectively without transformation of the other sectors. Financing the transformation of the economy away from its dependence on fossil fuels cannot be achieved without a transformation of the finance sector....

Ann Pettifor | The Guardian
Climate and economic risks 'threaten 2008-style systemic collapse' [Willfull ignorance of Trump, Republicans, corporate-media and corporate-Democrats is steadfast, if not worsening]
Environmental and social problems could interact in global breakdown, report says

....“Of all risks, it is in relation to the environment that the world is most clearly sleepwalking into catastrophe,” its annual risk report warns. “The results of climate inaction are becoming increasingly clear. The accelerating pace of biodiversity loss is a particular concern.”

Jonathan Watts | The Guardian
Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else [and the poor will die out like the insects]
Trump is promoting socialism for the rich and harsh capitalism for everyone else in other ways
Robert Reich | The Guardian
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution spotlights stealth connections between free trade deals, offshoring and carbon emissions.

Congressional Democrats on Thursday unveiled landmark Green New Deal legislation outlining proposals to combat climate change — and the measure does not stop at the American border. The resolution calls for new trade laws to halt America’s continued export of carbon pollution to countries across the globe.....

David Sirota | CAPITAL & MAIN

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