Last updated: Monday, May 17, 2021  [Amerika’s political parties, Congress and Supreme Court are dominated by corporate & oligarch "donation-bribes". We must eliminate paid-fake-news and "donation-bribes" of US senators and congressmen. This will allow a better informed public to dominate by electing the best principle-and-policy candidates.]
Aggregated News & Opinion
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Byzantine health plans. Impoverishing deductibles. Exorbitant drug costs. Soul-crushing surprises lurking in the fine print....
The 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. The US wastes $1.8 Trillion per year on health care spending compared to the average 2017 total per capita costs of comparable yet profit-controlled advanced countries.
    Let's end price gouging and adopt fair profit-controls too.
Leaders failed to act fast enough when Covid-19 appeared. They must not keep making the same mistakes
Helen Clark and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf | The Guardian | 21.05.14
Yohannes Lowe (now); Martin Belam and Helen Sullivan (earlier) | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Pollution!  Study finds alarming levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in US mothers’ breast milk [Look what Trump's eviscerated EPA allowed!]
Toxic chemicals known as PFAS found in all 50 samples tested at levels nearly 2,000 times what is considered safe in drinking water
Tom Perkins | The Guardian | 21.05.13
New wind and solar power projects in China, Europe and the US spurred 45% rise in rate of new capacity
Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent | The Guardian | 21.05.13
The volume of funds being put forward in the federal budget is staggeringly low and can only be seen as window dressing
Bill Hare | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Fed by myths, fairytales and Disney, America’s demonization of wolves has been going on for centuries, and continues full throttle
Kim Heacox | The Guardian | 21.05.12
Independent high-level panel castigates global leaders and calls for major changes to ensure it cannot happen again
Sarah Boseley Health editor | The Guardian | 21.05.12
The real threat to our way of life – and Saturday night steak – is an oligopoly food system that teetered close to collapse last spring when its workers were overcome by Covid
Art Cullen | The Guardian | 21.05.11
California drought:  California declares drought emergency across vast swath of state [Rev-up water-conservation and desalination plant projects!]
Majority of counties now under emergency declaration as California faces extensive dry spell and dwindling water supply
Associated Press | The Guardian | 21.05.11
Environment:  Michigan governor orders Enbridge to shut down controversial Canadian oil pipeline [Polluting the Great Lakes is too great a risk.]
While the governor says the line is a ‘ticking time bomb’, the company says Line 5 has never experienced a leak
Leyland Cecco in Toronto | The Guardian | 21.05.11
Automotive industry:  Electric cars ‘will be cheaper to produce than fossil fuel vehicles by 2027’ [Electric vehicles are already cheaper to maintain and refuel!]
BloombergNEF forecasts result of falling cost of making batteries as well as dedicated production lines
Joanna Partridge | The Guardian | 21.05.10
Mayor overseeing a green regeneration in city where temperatures can already surpass 40C
Helena Smith in Athens | The Guardian | 21.05.10
Many current high-polluters have enormous capacity to increase their energy supply from solar and wind power, instead
Trent Zimmerman and Philip Dunne | The Guardian | 21.05.10
Children and young adults around the world are demanding action from governments on global heating and the ecological crisis
Matthew Taylor, Emily Holden, Dan Collyns, Michael Standaert and Ashifa Kassam | The Guardian | 21.05.07
Environment:  Wyoming stands up for coal with threat to sue states that refuse to buy it [Republicans won't change, even when they're wrong!]
Republican governor says measure sends message that Wyoming is ‘prepared to bring litigation to protect our interests’
Oliver Milman | The Guardian | 21.05.07

Were the media concerned with speaking truth to power, the case of Sheikh Jarrah perfectly exposes the magnitude of Israeli hypocrisy and deceit.
Belén Fernández | Common Dreams | 21.05.11
The I’m-done-with-it energy of Mare of Easttown has resonated because it reflects exactly how so many of us feel
Emma Brockes | The Guardian | 21.05.07
Howling at bad journalism!
BOB SOMERBY in Baltimore | The DailyHowler

Arts & Education Events:

“We did it quickly and we did it quietly,” said the executive director of Heritage Action.
ARI BERMAN and NICK SURGEY | Mother Jones | 21.05.14
Climate change:  Climate crisis is not a ‘partisan issue’, young Republican tells his own party [Republicans’ authoritarian control assures ignorance remains dominant in the party.]
Peter Meijer, 33-year-old Michigan congressman, says Republicans are in midst of ‘generational shift’ – but progress is slow
Oliver Milman | The Guardian | 21.05.14
Support for organized labor has even gone up among Republican voters - perhaps Trump’s faux-populism had an unintended effect
Emily DiVito and Aaron Sojourner | The Guardian | 21.05.14
Opinion re. US gun control:  The American gun crisis? It’s largely a domestic violence crisis [Do men acquire guns to dominate THEIR women?]
In spite of the increasing crisis of gun violence in intimate partner abuse situations, gun control is still not generally thought of as a gender justice issue
Moira Donegan | The Guardian | 21.05.14
"With its unconditional financial, military, and diplomatic support of the Israeli apartheid regime, the U.S. bears responsibility for the everyday violence of Israeli oppression."
by Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams | 21.05.14
The New York Democrat criticized Biden for failing to acknowledge "what precipitated this cycle of violence—namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al-Aqsa."
by Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams | 21.05.13
Wyoming congresswoman says ‘I plan to lead the fight’ after Republican caucus strips her of conference chair position
Daniel Strauss in Washington | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Undocumented immigrants are doing the backbreaking farm work that keeps the US food system running but struggle to feed their families
Nina Lakhani in the Rio Grande Valley | The Guardian | 21.05.13
America's race to zero emissions:  Solar surcharge: how US power firms try to make people pay for going green [A classic Trump-Republican regressive policy!]
In states like Kansas, energy companies want to impose charges on people who produce their own power with rooftop arrays
Haines Eason for the New Territory and Emily Holden for Floodlight | The Guardian | 21.05.13
The 84-turbine site off Massachusetts will be capable of generating power for 400,000 homes and businesses
Haines Eason for the New Territory and Emily Holden for Floodlight | The Guardian | 21.05.13

Opinion re. Israel:  The violence that began at Jerusalem’s ancient holy sites is driven by a distinctly modern zeal [Why are Palestinians—who are genetically the same as semitic Jews—being treated like the Jews in Nazi Germany?]
The Israeli right’s urge to take the Temple Mount threatens to turn 2,000 years of Judaism on its head
Yair Wallach | The Guardian | 21.05.14
Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem, Harriet Sherwood and agencies | The Guardian | 21.05.14
US public opinion seems to be swinging in support of Palestinian rights, but it must go further to begin real change
Joshua Leifer | The Guardian | 21.05.14
Far-right crowd in Tel Aviv pull man they thought to be an Arab from his car and beat him in the street
Staff and agencies | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Far-right crowd in Tel Aviv pull man they thought to be an Arab from his car and beat him in the street
Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem and agencies | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Indonesia’s capital Jakarta – plagued by pollution, flooding and heatwaves – tops risk assessment ranking
Agence France-Presse | The Guardian | 21.05.13
Further airstrikes and rocket fire reported in worst violence since 2014 war between Israel and Hamas
Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem, Harriet Sherwood and agencies | The Guardian | 21.05.12

US tax dollars helped create the Moderna vaccine – and 59% of Americans say Moderna share its vaccine technology with manufacturers worldwide
David Adler and Mamka Anyona | The Guardian | 21.05.07

Federal court says claim was not filed in good faith, paving the way for legal bid by New York state to close the group down
Associated Press | The Guardian | 21.05.12
Opioids crisis:  US states oppose ‘unjust’ plan to shield Sackler wealth in opioid settlement [First-graders with fresh memories from the playground would instantly see what's fair, but in a capitalistic country such justice is...difficult.]
Twenty-four states object to bankruptcy proposal for Sacklers to settle lawsuits by paying $4.3bn but family would keep about $7bn
Chris McGreal | The Guardian | 21.05.11
Congressional Insider Trading:  The New Senate Report is here.
After the national media from the House Report, 2020-2021 year for our Senators has been analyzed.
Staff | Unusual Whales | 21.05.10

Resistance fighters retaliated with a barrage of rockets as the death toll during the current conflagration rose to over 30 people—almost all of them Palestinians.
by Brett Wilkins, staff writer | Common Dreams | 21.05.12

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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