New Report Details 10 ‘Critical Transitions’ to Tackle the Climate Crisis and Feed the World: nutritious food, nature-based solutions, wider choice and supply, and opportunity for all

September 16, 2019 by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams “We can either seize the opportunity to transform our food and land use systems or frankly, sleepwalk our way into an ecological and human disaster.” A new report from the Food and Land Use Coalition details 10 global transformations to address the climate emergency and feed the world’s growing population. (Photo: unclelkt/pixabay.com) …

What George Carlin Taught Us About Media Propaganda by Omission: On Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal

September 16, 2019 by Jeff Cohen in Common Dreams It is instructive when you realize what news outlets are doing when they only give you the “partial score.”by Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Spin Room after the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision …

By eliminating medical out-of-pocket expenses, Medicare for All would reduce headcount poverty by 19 percent, reduce the overall poverty gap by 22 percent, and increase poor people’s incomes by 29 percent

By Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project.September 14, 2019 | EDUCATE! The Census released its annual income, poverty, and health insurance statistics earlier this week. The summary report shows that 8 million of the nation’s 42.5 million poor people would not be poor if they did not have to pay medical out-of-pocket (MOOP) expenses like deductibles, copays, coinsurance, and self-payments. Medicare for All (M4A) virtually eliminates these kinds …

Warren Rolls Out Plan She Calls ‘Most Sweeping Set of Anti-Corruption Reforms Since Watergate’, says her proposed reforms would put power “back where it belongs—in the hands of the people

September 16, 2019 by Jessica Corbett in Common Dreams The presidential campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released her End Washington Corruption plan on Sept. 16, 2019, ahead of a major speech in New York City.  (Photo: Elizabeth Warren/Facebook) Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday unveiled a wide-ranging plan to combat corruption in U.S. politics with “big, structural …

If this car is driven four days a week for a maximum of 31 miles a day, there’s no need to plug into an outlet (or ever gas up)

Toyota is trying to build a vehicle powered by the sun. “The solar car’s advantage is that — while it can’t drive for a long range — it’s really independent of charging facilities,” said Koji Makino, a project manager at Toyota. Put together the best solar panels money can buy, super-efficient batteries and decades of car-making know-how and, theoretically, a …

In Coal Country, the Mines Shut Down, the Women Went to Work and the World Quietly Changed: A state program for miners’ families not only paid tuition but critically, covered living expenses

From 2010 to 2017, Letcher County in Kentucky saw a greater shift in the gender balance of its labor force than almost any other county in the United States. By Campbell Robertson, NYTimes.com,m Sept. 14, 2019 FLEMING-NEON, Ky. — In the pre-dawn hours when all is dark and quiet, Amanda Lucas leaves her house and begins the long drive to her …

Wealth That Concentrates Kills

by Sam Pizzigati | Sep 12, 2019 | Economy, Featured, Future of Work, Health, Inequality | 0 comments The weight of the wealth that sits at the top of America’s economic order isn’t just squeezing dollars out of the wallets of average Americans. That concentrated wealth is shearing years off of American lives. The latest evidence for that squeeze on American wallets comes from the Census Bureau. Researchers there have just …

A greater share of households nationwide are renting than at any point in 50 years, and about a quarter of tenants pay more than half their income in rent

Excerpt, NYTimes, Sept 2019 Nationally, about a quarter of tenants pay more than half their income in rent, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. A greater share of households nationwide are renting than at any point in a half-century. But only four states — California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York — have localities with some type of …

Virtual power plant: Sunrun and OATI will provide grid stability, earn compensation from Hawaiian Electric for managing and dispatching networked home solar and battery-stored energy to the grid

Clean Technica, Sept 2019 Sunrun, the United States’ leading home solar, battery storage, and energy services company, announced last week that it intends to participate in Hawaiian Electric Company’s emerging grid services market by delivering electricity from a virtual power plant made up of home solar and batteries. Sunrun Brightbox setupImage Credit: Sunrun The virtual power plant will deliver electricity to …