Last updated: Tuesday, March 2, 2021  [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 eliminate bribes of media (for biased coverage) and of congressmen (for votes) so all conduct is within the framework of gov't funded elections.]
Aggregated News & Opinion
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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.
Though a hundred thousand people have died, initial predictions were far worse, giving rise to many theories on ‘the African paradox’
Laura Spinney | The Guardian | 21.03.01
Huge Ma built TurboVax , a bot that finds available appointments, after discovering how complicated it was to book one for his mother
Miranda Bryant in New York | The Guardian | 21.03.01
Murdoch’s warp:  Australia accused of 'shamefully' holding back global action on climate change [Some were born like Rupert Murdoch, others were dropped on their heads when babies or bribed.]
United Nations calls on all countries to have ‘concrete plans to phase out fossil fuels as fast as possible’
Adam Morton and Daniel Hurst | The Guardian | 21.02.27
At least one in eight health workers lost in the pandemic died after the vaccine became available, analysis shows
Erin McCormick | The Guardian | 21.02.26
Environment:  Fiercer, more frequent fires may reduce carbon capture by forests [We'll have to become smarter in lots of ways to conserve life on our planet!]
Global study shows blazes diminish forest density and tree size, making woods likely to sequester less carbon
Patrick Barkham | The Guardian | 21.02.26
Health & Environment:  It's not just oceans: scientists find plastic is also polluting the air [What rate of intake makes us die how much faster?]
New research links Delhi’s thick smogs to burning of plastics
Gary Fuller | The Guardian | 21.02.26
Butterflies had bad year after four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging and extreme climate conditions
AP in Mexico City | The Guardian | 21.02.26
Researchers say England and Wales study shows demonstrable benefits for prisoners in all categories
Patrick Barkham | The Guardian | 21.02.26
With Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine close to distribution in the US, the end of the pandemic seems a big step closer. But not everything will return to normal right away
by Jessica Glenza and Alvin Chang | The Guardian | 21.02.26
Environment:  Atlantic Ocean circulation at weakest in a millennium, say scientists [And Polar Vortexes will be going where they shouldn't be...]
Decline in system underpinning Gulf Stream could lead to more extreme weather in Europe and higher sea levels on US east coast
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent | The Guardian | 21.02.26
Advisory panel will meet on Friday to decide whether to recommend the vaccine be authorized
Jessica Glenza and agencies | The Guardian | 21.02.25

Disinformation:  Lead With Facts, Not Punditry: Journalists and the Looming Superstorm of Climate Disinformation [Lazy journalists and politicians frame issues as between black and white, but even the simplest problems are more complicated.]
Journalists must shirk the habit of framing everything as a two-sided debate.
by Andrew McCormick | Common Dreams | 21.02.25
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announces a compromise has been reached at the 11th hour as the legislation is debated in the Senate
Amanda Meade, Josh Taylor and Daniel Hurst | The Guardian | 21.02.24
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Arts & Education Events:

Unconscionable!  'This Will Embolden the Murderous Prince': Biden Rebuked for Letting MBS Off Hook for Butchering of Khashoggi [If Biden's concession was for military weapons sales, it makes his decision even worse!]
"That President Biden has chosen not to pursue that course suggests that the 'fundamental' change he promised in U.S.-Saudi relations will not include holding to account its reckless ruler, who consequently is unlikely to be deterred from further criminal behavior."
by Jon Queally, staff writer | Common Dreams | 21.03.01
"They've got mansions. They have all kinds of art collections. But somehow or another they can't pay their starting wage at more than 11 bucks an hour."
by Jon Queally, staff writer | Common Dreams | 21.03.01
Letitia James backs calls from congressional Democrats as governor apologises if conduct ‘misinterpreted as unwanted flirtation’
Richard Luscombe | The Guardian | 21.03.01
The congresswoman has faced hostile questioning from senators during her confirmation for interior secretary. Some of them are personally invested in fossil fuels
Alex Kotch | The Guardian | 21.03.01
The fossil fuel industry is using the same playbook to fight city climate plans around the country
Emily Holden for Floodlight, Amal Ahmed for the Texas Observer and Brendan Gibbons for San Antonio Report | The Guardian | 21.03.01
"We haven't had this aggressive and positive of a statement from a president of the United States on behalf of workers in decades."
by Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams | 21.03.01
Fake news is a virus, too:  'There's a degree of mistrust': a third of US military personnel refuse Covid vaccine [Without both professional and public discipline, accepted and believed fake news encourages an unhinged mindset allowing a Dark Ages-type mentality.]
Defense secretary Lloyd Austin acknowledges hesitancy and says ‘we have to work to hard to dispel rumors and provide facts’
Oliver Milman | The Guardian | 21.02.28
A Senate official has ruled that the plan for a $15 minimum cannot be passed with only a simple majority but the fight is far from over
Ed Pilkington in New York | The Guardian | 21.02.28
Racist murdering  cops:  Louisiana police trooper kicked and dragged Black man who died in custody, records show [Racism is why millions would never contemplate traveling to the American South!]
Documents obtained by AP reveal bodycam footage shows Kory York dragging Ronald Greene ‘on his stomach by the leg shackles’
Associated Press | The Guardian | 21.02.28
CPAC:  Republicans continue to embrace Trump's election lie at rightwing summit [Unhinged thinking is scary in the American South!]
Conservative gathering in Florida has seven sessions this year focused on voter fraud and election-related issues
Sam Levine in New York | The Guardian | 21.02.28

Xi’s Trump-like behavior:  Hong Kong: 47 key activists charged with subversion and face life if convicted [Sensible accommodation is rejected]
Pro-democracy group accused of organising unofficial election last July in largest crackdown on campaigners
Helen Davidson in Taipei | The Guardian | 21.03.01
Southern Transitional Council president says US leader should support a vote on independence for the South
Patrick Wintour Diplomatic Editor | The Guardian | 21.03.01
Decision not to punish royal over Khashoggi killing ‘leaves room to work on areas of mutual agreement’
Julian Borger in Washington | The Guardian | 21.03.01
Tens of thousands sign petition to investigate mechanism that allows Queen to vet draft laws
Rob Evans and David Pegg | The Guardian | 21.03.01
Commentary:  Russian diplomats leave North Korea on hand-powered rail trolley [0:26 video; The cruel insanity affecting millions of people of North Korea must peacefully end!]
Coronavirus pandemic meant the envoys and their families had to travel home in an unconventional way
Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies | The Guardian | 21.02.26
Ban on violence against children will only apply in Islamabad, but campaigners hope rest of the country will follow suit
Shah Meer Baloch in Islamabad | The Guardian | 21.02.26
The best job in town?  Kidnappers abduct schoolchildren in Nigeria [Make such crimes UNTHINKABLE!]
Surge in armed militancy in north of country has led to widespread breakdown of security
Reuters in Kano | The Guardian | 21.02.26

Family of Angelo Quinto said police officer knelt on his neck for almost five minutes after they called for help
Ed Pilkington in New York and agency | The Guardian | 21.02.25
Reuters reports that intelligence assessment of murder of journalist will find that Mohammed bin Salman was complicit
Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington | The Guardian | 21.02.25

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 —
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.

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