Monday, July 26, 2021  [America’s news media, political parties, Congress and Supreme Court are dominated by corporate & oligarch "donation-bribes", which must be eliminated. This will then allow a better informed public to dominate by electing the best principle-and-policy candidates.]
Aggregated News & Opinion
Recent posts in bigger type.
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.
"How can we have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness when we live in constant fear of illness, bankruptcy, or homelessness because of the outrageous for-profit healthcare system?"
JESSICA CORBETT | Common Dreams | 21.07.25
 Coronavirus  Europe clamps down amid fears over rapid spread of Delta variant [Rules make vaccine the obvious path to normalization.]
Governments are launching de facto vaccine passport schemes as they try to head off a summer Covid wave like the UK’s
Emma Graham-Harrison | The Guardian | 21.07.25
A controversial MIT study from 1972 forecast the collapse of civilization – and Gaya Herrington is here to deliver the bad news
Edward Helmore | The Guardian | 21.07.25
Heatwave to next week roast areas already gripped by severe drought, plunging reservoirs and wildfires
Oliver Milman | The Guardian | 21.07.25
 Climate change  Plans of four G20 states are threat to global climate pledge, warn scientists [The priority of life-on-earth must dominate everything else!]
‘Disastrous’ energy policies of China, Russia, Brazil and Australia could stoke 5C rise in temperatures if adopted by the rest of the world
Robin McKie, Toby Helm & Fiona Harvey | The Guardian | 21.07.25
Joanna Walters in New York | The Guardian | 21.07.23
 US news  ‘My savings were gone’: millions who lost work during Covid faced benefit system chaos [US "job-required for highest-profit healthcare system" fails its citizens]
Americans thrown out of work by the pandemic faced months-long backlogs in receiving benefits, if they arrived at all
Michael Sainato | The Guardian | 21.07.23
Director William Burns has initiated a taskforce to investigate the syndrome and tripled the size of the medical team involved
Reuters | The Guardian | 21.07.23
 Opinion | Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021  COP26 will be most important summit ever, but the UK’s leadership is already falling short [We need brilliant planning and leadership QUICKLY to stop the death of life-on-earth! CAPITALISTIC POLITICS AS USUAL IS NOT THE ANSWER!]
From fossil fuels to carbon offsetting, the British government must practise what it preaches if it is to inspire others to step up
Kate Blagojevic | The Guardian | 21.07.23
Water that should be crystal clear has become a green-brown slop of microscopic algae because of industrial farm waste
George Monbiot | The Guardian | 21.07.23

Howling at bad journalism!
BOB SOMERBY in Baltimore | The DailyHowler | DAILY

Mike Judge critiques the nonsense of the modern world in this dystopian 2006 comedy – which, in 2021, feels more like a documentary [Idiocracy is available to stream via Google Play, Amazon and iTunes. For more recommendations of what to stream in Australia, click here]
Luke Buckmaster | The Guardian | 21.07.25

Arts & Education Events:

 Opinion | Joe Biden  Why isn’t Joe Biden doing all he can to protect American democracy? [Corporate & oligarch "donation-bribes" must be eliminated to allow best policies and practice!]
Both parties are beholden to an anti-democratic coalition. This is stopping real change
Robert Reich | The Guardian | 21.07.25
The CDC's moratorium on evictions is set to expire on July 31.
JULIA CONLEY | Common Dreams | 21.07.25
 Florida  Florida urged to ramp up vaccination effort amid ‘alarming’ Covid rise [The willfully stupid unvaccinated (mostly Republicans) prolong the pandemic...]
State accounts for almost a quarter of new US infections as frustration grows at what experts say is governor’s mixed messaging
Richard Luscombe in Miami | The Guardian | 21.07.25
'A Huge Outrage': Senate Panel Approves $25 Billion Pentagon Budget Increase [Get your heads out of your K-street! What good is a "defense budget" if life no longer exists? Use all available capital to save life on the planet!]
"Not so incidentally, the $25 billion spending increase approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee exactly matches the cost to scale up Covid-19 vaccine production to meet global demand."
JAKE JOHNSON | Common Dreams | 21.07.23
Bereaved families’ stories are being used to criticize the movement to defund police: ‘It compounds the trauma’
Abené Clayton in Oakland | The Guardian | 21.07.23

Sanders, Lee, and Murphy Slam Biden Administration's First Drone Strike in Somalia [Desperate nations emotionally act-out, but that's no reason to blow them further back into the stone-age!]
"It's time to do away with questionable legal justifications claimed by one administration after the next for acts of war like this."
JAKE JOHNSON | Common Dreams | 21.07.23
On a visit to the UK from the US, I have seen how incoherent government policy is allowing Delta to run rampant
  • William Hanage is a Harvard epidemiology professor
William Hanage | The Guardian | 21.07.22
The politics of this new, extreme individualism will make collective responses to social crises impossible
Aditya Chakrabortty | The Guardian | 21.07.22

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.
In Gift to Rich Tax Cheats, Republicans Strip IRS Funds From Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill [The pity is Republicans don't know or care their actions are crazy, they just want their donation-bribes to signify that they are a part of the elite!]
"Republicans can always be counted on to help billionaires not pay taxes."
JAKE JOHNSON | Common Dreams | 21.07.19

One attorney described the blockade as "an outrageous abuse of law enforcement authority serving the interests of the Enbridge corporation against its environmental opponents.".
KENNY STANCIL | Common Dreams | 21.07.25
Secretive tribunals allow fossil fuel companies to sue governments for passing laws to protect environment
Josephine Moulds | The Guardian | 21.07.25
Group of US states attorneys general unveil settlement including three largest US drug distributors and Johnson & Johnson
Guardian staff and agencies | The Guardian | 21.07.22

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