Last updated: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Aggregated News & Opinion
Today’s posts in bigger type.
Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
Obama's ACA didn't fix this:
The U.S. wastes $1.8 Trillion per year on health care spending compared to the average of 2017 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.
Volvo wants to be climate-neutral by 2040 [Masterfully setting engineering policy using William McDonough's excellent Cradle-to-cradle design goals]
The Swedish automaker is taking a multipronged approach to reducing its environmental impact.
I was arrested at London City Airport because only a mass uprising in defence of life can counter mass death
Nathan Williams | Common Dreams

....Poor water quality — exacerbated by the warming climate — is considered a significant cause of the sucker death. One key problem for the Upper Klamath is a low dissolved oxygen issue called hypoxia....

Community tell of devastating environmental impact on land where their animals grazed
Uki Goñi in Neuquén | The Guardian
Cornwall council and EU will fund scheme to tap into ‘hot rocks’ beneath attraction
Steven Morris | The Guardian
US survey found particle pollution downwind of eateries was higher than from major roads
Gary Fuller | The Guardian
As the backbone of the river ecosystem because they control silt levels and filter water, mussels are facing a mysterious affliction
Emily Holden in Washington DC | The Guardian
Will a push for plastics turn Appalachia into next ‘Cancer Alley’? [Plastics are implicated in malnourishment and death of earthworms, fish, birds, animals and plants everywhere—IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO MANUFACTURE!]
Critics say ethane expansion will not only prolong fracking but could also trigger a public health disaster
Emily Holden in Monaca, Pennsylvania | The Guardian
Green growth and ‘hedonistic sustainability’ have helped keep the public on board as the Danish capital seeks to reach its goal by 2025 – and so far it’s all going according to plan
Derek Robertson in Copenhagen | The Guardian
Ursula Perano | AXIOS
New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers:...

The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era....

Matthew Taylor and Jonathan Watts | The Guardian
Extinction Rebellion protesters pour fake blood over New York's capitalist bull [1:57 video; Protesting against increasing climate death and destruction cannot be strong enough!]
Demonstrators were arrested in a wave of US protests that are part of a global week of action by the UK-based group
Oliver Milman in New York | The Guardian
The five: Donald Trump’s attacks on science [These actions justify impeachment best]
The US president is a climate-crisis denier, but it is not the only field in which he is at odds with scientists and their work:...
Emily Taylor | The Guardian
"Rivers are rising and running faster, and entire neighborhoods are falling into them."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams
'It's extremely depressing': tiny turtle dies after eating 104 pieces of plastic [All animals are consuming and dying from plastic...]
Florida clinic says the problem is so common that they have a drop-off point for residents to leave sickly turtles
Poppy Noor in New York | The Guardian
Jeff Spross | The Week

The Guardian US editor explains how one of the big surprises in moving to America has been the media’s approach to the climate crisis. Here’s how the Guardian hopes to ignite the conversation here – with support from you
John Mulholland | The Guardian
Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

Arts & Education Events:
This is a fight for life!
If current and prospective world leaders do not fathom the threat to continuation of all life on Earth, they must be denied authority as soon as possible.
“If this president doesn’t demonstrate the leadership America needs ... it is time for a new person ... the sooner, the better,” writes retired Adm. William McRaven.
Mary Papenfuss | Huffington Post
To reduce his presidency to a frail mind is to ignore the fact he’s an emblem of free-market, white supremacist nationalism
Gary Younge | The Guardian
The party’s program to feed kids, launched in 1969, became a national phenomenon. This weekend, former members joined a celebration in the party’s birthplace
by Ruth Gebreyesus with photos by Sana Javeri Kadri | The Guardian
Debate highlights and lowlights
Residents noted how the late congressman, who returned home to his community every night, had risen to national significance and touched their lives
David Smith in Baltimore | The Guardian

God blesses us with the precious gift of life, and what we do with that gift is the legacy we leave behind. And what a legacy Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has left for us.

Thurgood Marshall once said, “None of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves up from our bootstraps. We got here because somebody bent down and helped us.”...

Michael Steele | The Hill
Florida GOP Regrets ‘Lost’ Decade on Climate Change [Republicans, especially, need better 'radar' to avoid ignorant leaders]
Matt Stieb | Intelligencer
Regular Trump target and key figure in impeachment investigation died on Thursday
Associated Press | The Guardian
Thursday’s top story: Top Democrats exit White House meeting after Trump ‘meltdown’. Plus, why the Squad was always going to back Bernie Sanders
Tim Walker | The Guardian
First amendment advocates see the laws as a major threat to free speech on university campuses
Ed Pilkington | The Guardian

Uighurs living in Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, and France have complained of intimidation by Beijing
Benjamin Haas in Munich | The Guardian
A crackdown could alienate the mainland’s middle class and damage Xi Jinping’s standing
Howard W French | The Guardian
Protesters set cars alight and attack police after sentencing of nine pro-independence leaders
Stephen Burgen in Barcelona and Sam Jones in Madrid | The Guardian
Mike Pence heads to Ankara as US president contradicts official view of Turkish assault
Julian Borger in Washington | The Guardian
Donald Trump asks Turkey for ceasefire and orders sanctions as violence escalates [Related 3:36 video; We hope Erdoğan (or NSA patriotic whistleblower) releases recording of phone conversation that started this horror]
David Smith in Washington and Bethan McKernan in Istanbul | The Guardian
The US president was warned about the consequences of betraying the Kurds. Now he can see them, and he still doesn’t care
Editorial | The Guardian
Kurds Strike Deal With Syrian Government to Battle Turkey's Offensive After Trump Orders Evacuation of Remaining US Troops [The region could stabilize if Kurds become integral part of a new Syrian government]
About 130,000 people have been displaced in Syria... with at least 60 civilian casualties in Syria and 18 dead in Turkey."
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams

Virtual Nations could replace nation-states, allowing everyone to be agents for a better world
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.
Eight green groups send letter to express concern over planned market float
Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent | The Guardian
Top investment banks provide billions to expand fossil fuel industry [Financing earth's extermination gas chamber!]
Exclusive: analysis reveals lenders provided $700bn to expand sector since Paris climate pact
Patrick Greenfield | The Guardian
Yusuf Khan | Markets Insider
Having squandered the last crisis, we cannot make the same mistakes again. A Green New Deal is the only reasonable response
Yanis Varoufakis and David Adler | The Guardian
The IMF’s proposed $75-per-ton tax would exacerbate rampant inequality. There are better ways to fund decarbonization
Kate Aronoff | The Guardian
State Street chief says it could use shareholder powers to force boards to act on climate
Patrick Greenfield | The Guardian
Bank of England governor warns of financial collapse linked to climate emergency
Damian Carrington Environment editor | The Guardian

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