UN and IMF Reports Support Action on Inequality

The Neoliberal narrative from the US is: We need economic growth to fight poverty and raise living standards. We need investors investing to create that economic growth. Anything that stifles that investing — like seriously higher taxes on wealthy people — limits growth. However, the new World Social Report 2020 from the UN Secretariat Department of Economic and Social Affairs — Inequality in …

Motor vehicles remain the leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 35,000 people every year (along with the eight people hospitalized and 99 people treated and released for every one person who dies).

According to the CDC, motor vehicles remain the leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 35,000 people every year (along with the eight people hospitalized and 99 people treated and released for every one person who dies). We Can’t Stop Global Warming Without Reducing Driving, By Angie Schmitt, Dec 18, 2018, StreetsBlog Electric vehicles aren’t going to cut it, emissions-wise. That’s one …

Financial Times: “most participants in the climate debate ‘pretend to care, pretend to act, or both’ with the result that ‘despite decades of talk, trends in emissions remain in the wrong direction’”

Last chance for the climate transition by Martin Wolf, Financial Times, Feb 19 2020 The FT’s chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, offers his view on what is required to cut emissions from the global economy by 2050. He says most participants in the climate debate “pretend to care, pretend to act, or both” with the result that “despite decades of …

The world is failing to ensure children have a ‘liveable planet’, report finds

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian, 19 Feb 2020. A new report compiled by 40 international child-health experts has warned that every nation on the planet is failing to defend children from “intensifying ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices”, the Guardian reports. The commission, which the paper notes was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef and …

Medicare For All Would Save Billions, Lives

Medicare for All would save $480b, save 68,000 lives, new study shows. Newsweek: “The Medicare For All plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars each year and would prevent tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths, a new study shows. The analysis, conducted by researchers at Yale University, the …

Scientists analyzed 1,700 cities and determined how to design safe streets: When fewer people drive, fewer people are killed by cars

2-11-20, Fast Company. WORLD CHANGING IDEAS, Scientists analyzed 1,700 cities and determined how to design safe streets, by Kristin TOUSSAINT Every day, more than 3,700 people die on the world’s roads. Road traffic crashes result in more than a million deaths and tens of millions of injuries each year, and are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death globally by 2030, according …

In 2017 alone, Americans experienced 158,000 deaths of despair, ‘the equivalent of three fully loaded Boeing 737 MAX jets falling out of the sky every day for a year.’

By Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org February 14, 2020 | EDUCATE! LIVING IN INEQUALITY, DYING IN DESPAIR: US Still Lags Well Behind The Developed World’s Life Expectancy Norm. As The World’s Most Unequal Developed Nation, We Shouldn’t Be Surprised. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some welcome news late last month: Americans are living a tiny bit longer. In 2018, the federal health …

Air Pollution Particles Showing Up in Human Placentas, Next to the Fetus

Black carbon, also known as soot, comes from fossil fuel-powered vehicles and wood stoves. This is another health concern from the short-lived climate pollutant. Sabrina Shankman, Inside Climate News SEP 18, 2019 In recent years, scientists have discovered that exposure to air pollution can have negative impacts on a growing fetus, resulting in a lower birth weight or premature birth. …

‘There’s something terribly wrong’: Americans are dying young at alarming rates

“There’s something more fundamental about how people are feeling at some level — whether it’s economic, whether it’s stress, whether it’s deterioration of family,” she said. “People are feeling worse about themselves and their futures, and that’s leading them to do things that are self-destructive and not promoting health.”  Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, Nov 26 © Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post Brian …

The Supreme Court’s departure from the constitution and democracy

No legislature, governor, or president has ever suggested that corporations should be considered “persons” for the purpose of constitutional protections, particularly under the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection rights. No federal or state legislature, no president, and no state governor has ever, in more than 240 years, suggested that billionaires and corporations have a First Amendment “right” to unlimited political bribery. Congress …