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Prior 2-3 days in smaller type.
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.
The pipeline poses grave risk to animals and Indigenous communities. As leaders of four sovereign tribes, we are calling on the government to say no
Brian Cladoosby, Leonard Forsman, Teri Gobin and Jay Julius  | The Guardian
The state has just had its warmest spring on record, causing permafrost to thaw and dramatically reshaping some areas
Oliver Milman | The Guardian
Reuters | The Guardian
Oliver Laughland and Jamiles Lartey  | The Guardian
Consultants say 60% will be grown in vats or plant-based products that taste like meat
Damian Carrington  | The Guardian
Researchers call the results “frightening” because it’s likely “gross underestimate” and the problem is probably much worse
Maddie Burakoff  | Smithsonian Mag.
Each year of high emissions adds to the stock of carbon in the air, bringing us closer to catastrophe
Fiona Harvey  | The Guardian
Fire and flood: What it means to be "great" on a planet going down
David Bromwich | Common Dreams
They call it X Day – a major earthquake striking the heart of the world’s most populous city in the most calamitous event since the second world war. Can hi-tech solutions save Tokyo?
Daniel Hurst  | The Guardian
High spring rainfall and river discharge into Gulf are major contributors to size
Erik Stokstad  | Science Magazine News
Greenpeace estimates 50m hectares cleared by 2020, warning companies must evolve to prevent ‘climate breakdown’
Karen McVeigh  | The Guardian
Conservatives should change how they think about global warming. I did [Another crisis issue conservatives won't acknowledge...]
The uncertainty of climate change is an argument for – not against – decarbonizing the economy as quickly as possible
Jerry Taylor  | The Guardian
Energy firm says project will be big step towards continuous renewable power for UK
Jillian Ambrose  | The Guardian
Greenpeace activists board BP oil rig as it is towed out to sea [Fossil fuel company conduct should be illegal...]
Campaigners call on firm to abandon plans for new oil wells in face of climate emergency
Severin Carrell  | The Guardian
Milwaukee's novel approach to combating racial inequity should inspire other cities
Jessicah Pierre | Common Dreams
Zachary Shahan   | CleanTechnica

....Halfway measures are politically attractive but economically unworkable. The $11,559 per capita that the United States spends on health care could provide high-quality care for all or it can continue to fund a vast health-managerial apparatus—it cannot do both.

Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH and David U. Himmelstein, MD (article references)  | JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)
Having a purposeful life protects against cognitive decline in older adults, and the associations varied by age and race/ethnicity, but not by sex. Potential ways to increase purpose in life are discussed in a clinical context.
GiyeonKimPh.D., HyunShin Ph.D., Monica A.Scicolone M.A. and PatriciaParmelee Ph.D  | Science Direct
JILL RICHARDSON  | Informed Comment
"This is not my award, this is everyone's award. It is amazing to see the recognition we are getting and know that we are fighting for something that is having an impact," said Thunberg
Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams
Kyle Field  | CleanTechnica
Charles W. Thurston   | CleanTechnica
In this legislation, a CEV is a motor vehicle that:
  • never emits tailpipe emissions (i.e. battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HCFVs)); and
  • does not emit tailpipe emissions at least some of the time while being operated (i.e. plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and extended range electric vehicles (EREV)).
Jake Richardson   | CleanTechnica
Toyota Motor Corp aims to get half of its global sales from electrified vehicles by 2025, five years ahead of schedule, and will tap Chinese battery makers to meet the accelerated global shift to electricity-powered cars.
Kevin Buckland, Naomi Tajitsu  | REUTERS

Bad journalists are howled at
BOB SOMERBY in The DailyHowler | EVERY DAY

The Trump/DeVos vision of American education? Unshackle the rich and let them turn a profit at the expense of working-class students

....When the rules go through, they will deliver on DeVos’ dream of deregulating higher education, increasingly leaving the system to private operators with little oversight. A billionaire who has championed publicly-funded, privately-run charter schools and vouchers that would starve public schools of funds so students can attend private or religious schools, DeVos is a natural fit for a president who disdains the public sector (unless it’s underwriting his family’s real estate empire). ...

Ross Barkan  | The Guardian
Underpaid Adjunct Professors Sleep in Cars and Rely on Public Aid [The disease of rapacious-capitalism infects the education system]
Oliver Milman  | The Guardian

Liz Bowie  | The Baltimore Sun

Arts & Education Events:
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— TODAY —
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
TA-NEHISI COATES  | The Atlantic
In a speech yesterday, the 2020 contender’s message was crystal clear: ‘Political freedom in the absence of economic freedom is not real freedom’
Bhaskar Sunkara  | The Guardian
Abby Zimet, Further columnist | Common Dreams
"Our grassroots progressive movement has an opportunity to build a more accountable Democratic Party by unseating one of the worst amid our ranks and ushering in a new generation of leaders."
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | Common Dreams
What we need to do to avoid climate disaster — and how we should do it.
Vox Staff, especially Alvin Chang and Dion Lee  | Vox
Sam Morris, Enjoli Liston and Hubert Adjei-Kontoh  | The Guardian
Elizabeth Warren has come out strong for a slew of progressive policy proposals. So why hasn’t she come out strong for Medicare for All?
TIM HIGGINBOTHAM  | JACOBIN
"A majority of Americans, even the 1% of us, know that our inequality is out of control and we need to make some big changes if we want to fix things."
Jon Queally, staff writer | Common Dreams
Why are we still pretending 'trickle-down' economics work? [We aren't ‘laffing’ now! In Trump-world all the worst people are celebrated. Ref.: 3:07 Idiocracy Courtroom Scene]
Art Laffer, ‘godfather’ of supply-side economic theory, is going to be awarded a presidential medal. He doesn’t deserve it
Morris Pearl  | The Guardian
Headquarters street renamed for pioneering African American mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson
David Smith  | The Guardian

Australia could be a post-carbon superpower – but the energy minister must seize the day
Simon Holmes à Court  | The Guardian
Philip Hammond said it would cost £1tn to meet the green target by 2050. If he won’t support it, how can we rely on this government?
Miatta Fahnbulleh  | The Guardian
Sailors evacuated from two tankers in distress near the strategic Strait of Hormuz
Patrick Wintour  | The Guardian
What does it mean to be genetically Jewish? [Doing a mental dance with archanery: could a significant number of Russians and Palestinians be intentionally included or excluded as genetically Jewish? And why would Israel do this?]
DNA tests have been used in Israel to verify a person’s Jewishness. This brings a bigger question: what does it mean to be genetically Jewish? And can you prove religious identity scientifically?
Oscar Schwartz  | The Guardian
Major roads blocked and city centre shuts down after tens of thousands of protesters swamp legislative council
Verna Yu and Lily Kuo  | The Guardian
Exclusive: Kremlin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin leading push to turn continent into strategic hub, documents show
Luke Harding and Jason Burke  | The Guardian
Doctors and nurses protest outside the French health ministry amid strikes at dozens of hospitals
Angelique Chrisafis  | The Guardian
Marjorie Cohn calls out the hypocrisy of the U.S. hitting Cuba with new travel restrictions in reprisal for “destabilizing the region.”
Marjorie Cohn / TruthOut | Consortium News
The only way to avoid bringing the barbarism of apartheid into the 21st century is by firmly shifting away from the two-state solution and instead linking Israel’s inevitable annexation of the Occupied West Bank to Israeli citizenship for occupied Palestinians
Sheena Anne Arackal | Common Dreams

Exploitation is a feature of capitalism, not a bug. Our economic system is beyond salvage
Maria Svart  | The Guardian
Why do Americans think the sole choice is hardline economic nationalism or unfettered free trade?
Robert Reich  | The Guardian

"We have only followed international law, especially the law of the sea, where the highest priority is to save people from distress."
Eoin Higgins, staff writer  | Common Dreams
It’s great that philanthropists are pouring money into environmental causes. But it would be better for the planet if billionaires didn’t exist at all
Kate Aronoff  | The Guardian
South-Korea-based group says it has found more than 300 such sites after interviewing more than 600 defectors
Justin McCurry and agencies  | The Guardian

Justice Denied, Delayed, or Done Right? Serious Concerns as Prosecutors Throw Out Charges in Flint Water Crisis Cases [A very flawed prosecution using suspiciously limited evidence has been thrown out, a stronger case will be brought using newly found, voluminous evidence.]
Citing the "flawed foundation" of the initial probe, state prosecutors announced they are launching a new "uncompromising" investigation
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | Common Dreams


IDEA:
Virtual Nations could replace nation-states, allowing everyone to be agents for a better world
Marc Cherbonnier | The Baltimore Chronicle | Ref.


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