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]
BIGGEST PROBLEM: It’s time to think clearly and act so our children won't see all beautiful life dying. SOLUTION: Tax above-average income and wealth progressively @ up to a 90% tax-rate to fund life remediation.
Aggregated News & Opinion Today’s posts in bigger type. Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
Health Care & Environment
PROBLEMS: Corporate influence enables life-threatening pollution & highest-profit health care.
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."
Francis mentions plight of Muslim minority in China, alongside Rohingya and Yazidi, in new book
....In the wide-ranging book Let Us Dream: the Path to a Better Future, he said: “I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi” in a section where he also talks about persecuted Christians in Islamic countries....
‘Many poorer countries already face dangerous amounts of indebtedness, with 64 countries currently paying more on debt servicing than on healthcare.’ A student has her shoes disinfected at a school in Lahore, Pakistan. Photograph: KM Chaudary/AP
Shutting down tax havens and cancelling debts could pay for the pandemic and more – if countries work together
Covid-19 has hit the global economy hard. Governments around the world have already injected $11tn in fiscal measures to keep the economy afloat, and the United Nations’ conference on trade and development (Unctad) calculates that low-income countries will require an extra $2.5tn immediately to prevent economic collapse. Failure to address the economic fallout will have devastating consequences.
In answer to the big question, how are we going to pay for this, I say: we need a global response and it needs to be progressive. I recently outlined 10 possible ways to raise $9.457tn a year over the next decade, enough to not only cover the costs of the pandemic but also to meet the investments required to address the other social and environmental crises we face....
Public anger targets President Alejandro Giammattei over cuts to education and health
Hundreds of protesters broke into Guatemala’s congress and set fire to part of the building amid growing protests against education and health budget cuts. They are calling on the president, Alejandro Giammattei, to step down and were angered after legislators approved almost £50,000 to pay for meals for themselves, but reduced spending on coronavirus patients and human rights agencies
Barack Obama said the Trump administration's foreign relations had inflicted 'damage' upon America, and that it would take time for the country's reputation to be restored. Obama expressed confidence in a new Biden administration, but cautioned change would not happen immediately
A farmer spreads manure over a field in the Scottish Borders. Cutting emissions from agriculture – including ammonia from manure and fertilisers, has proved a challenge. Photograph: Chris Strickland/Alamy Stock Photo
Pollutants from farming, heating and vehicles beyond levels needed to ensure breathable air
....Only Ireland, Iceland, Finland and Estonia showed levels of fine particulate matter – one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution – that were below the WHO guidelines in 2018, according to data released on Monday by the European Environment Agency.
Exposure to such pollution caused about 417,000 premature deaths across Europe – including non-EU member states – in 2018....
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent | The Guardian | 20.11.24
The decline in smallholdings worldwide is causing a rise in destructive monocultures. Photograph: Taina Sohlman/Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy
It's been happening for several years now, especially in the autumn, but it never ceases to unsettle meteorologists like myself: Temperatures in the Arctic are astonishingly warmer than they should be.
According to the University of Maine's Climate Reanlayzer, this weekend the Arctic Circle was an average 12 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. This is not just one location, but the average of all 7.7 million square miles. That is a huge area, nearly double the size of the entire United States, being on average 12 degrees above normal.
Now, it's far from toasty warm in the Arctic; temperatures are near zero in many places. But as you can see in the image below, which illustrates departures from normal, the bright red shaded patches indicate that temperatures are greater than 20 degrees Celsius (30-40 degrees F) above where they should be at this time of year....
Arizona’s Oak Flat, where in 1995 what is estimated to be one of the largest copper deposits in the world was discovered. Photograph: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce.
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
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
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’]
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.
Nation States PROBLEMS: Nation-states, especially the biggest ones, have high risk of inept leadership change making them a danger to the world. Many are increasingly corrupt, so change (as profiled below) is needed. [Ref.: The world is waking up to this!]
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.