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  • Blue whales evolved into giants when ‘climate change turned them into binge eaters’

    05/24/2017 11:12:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The Sun ^ | May 24, 2017 | By Jasper Hamill
    BLUE whales and other underwater leviathans became giants when climate change introduced them to binge-eating, research has shown. At more than 100ft long, the blue whale is the largest vertebrate animal that has ever lived. The reason for the size expansion of the blue whale and other baleen whales was food, the researchers believe. Dr Graham Slater, a member of the US team from the University of Chicago, said: “We might imagine that whales just gradually got bigger over time, as if by chance, and perhaps that could explain how these whales became so massive. “But our analyses show that...
  • The price tag on universal health care is in, and it’s bigger than California’s budget

    05/23/2017 9:06:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 22, 2017 | BY ANGELA HART
    The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday. California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag. Employers currently spend between $100 billion to $150 billion per year, which could be available to help...
  • Father Corapi On socialism

    05/23/2017 8:28:26 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 4 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Fr John Corapi
    An EWTN video on Socialism in America & the Western World
  • Occupy Silicon Valley: The next populist movement may be aimed at tech wealth, report says

    05/23/2017 3:43:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 22, 2017 | Evelyn Cheng
    Standout gains in large technology stocks like Amazon.com and Apple show just how much the sector is disconnected from the sluggish growth on the rest of Main Street, one notable strategist said in a report titled "Occupy Silicon Valley." The tech stock rally "could ultimately lead to populist calls for redistribution of the increasingly concentrated wealth of Silicon Valley," Bank of America Merrill Lynch's chief investment strategist, Michael Hartnett, said in a report released Monday.
  • Tom Perez Bombs Speech, California Dem Chair Tells Protesters ‘Shut the [bleep] Up’

    05/20/2017 6:21:25 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 45 replies
    observer.com ^ | 05/20/17 | Michael Sainato
    <p>The rift within the Democratic Party was on full display at the California Democratic Party Convention on May 19 in Sacramento, California. Progressives joined members of National Nurses United, protesting the Democratic Party establishment’s refusal to support single payer healthcare system. Rather than follow through with Democratic rhetoric that healthcare is a human right, establishment Democrats have responded to voters by scolding and attacking them.</p>
  • Venezuelan president to Trump: "Get your pig hands out of here"

    05/20/2017 1:01:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 19, 2017 | The Associated Press
    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's president delivered his most scathing critique of President Trump on Friday, telling him to stop intervening and "get your pig hands out of here." Speaking before a crowd of supporters, President Nicolas Maduro accused Mr. Trump of promoting an interventionist policy that infringes on his socialist government's sovereignty. "Go home, Donald Trump!" he said in heavily accented English....
  • Bovo: Governor should sign bill reducing tolls and raise our quality of life in Miami-Dade

    05/12/2017 9:46:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | May 12, 2017 | Esteban Bovo, Jr.
    In 1994, the Florida Legislature and the Miami-Dade County Commission adopted legislation creating the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, also known as MDX, in an effort to maintain toll dollars in Miami-Dade to improve the quality of life of county residents. Fast forward 23 years — Miami-Dade’s population has grown to more than 2.6 million residents and out-of-town visitation has nearly doubled; thus, increasing the use of our roadways by both residents and visitors. This combination equals only one thing — ever growing traffic. The Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike, MDX, and Miami-Dade County have spent billions on expanding the Palmetto...
  • Fitch cuts Connecticut ratings on dim economy, fiscal constraints

    05/12/2017 1:40:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 12, 2017 | By Hilary Russ
    Fitch Ratings downgraded the state of Connecticut on Friday one notch to A-plus because of a dimming economic outlook and a lack of fiscal flexibility, making it the third-lowest-rated U.S. state on Fitch's roster. The wealthiest U.S. state on a per capita personal income basis, Connecticut's economic growth has been "unusually slow and uncertain" during the current national economic expansion, and the state is expecting weak job growth in coming years, Fitch said. Those chronic economic challenges and Connecticut's high budgetary liabilities have constrained the state's ability to maneuver financially, Fitch analysts said of reasons for the downgrade. Revenue collections...
  • Challenges of Latin America's Left Debated in Cuba

    05/12/2017 11:04:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    teleSUR English ^ | May 11, 2017
    Despite the success of socialist governments over the past two decades, conference attendees agreed that grave inequality continues to plague the region. Today's roundtable discussions focused on how to counter the oligarchs and imperialism who accompany the rise of far-right wing politicians. Cuban researchers emphasized how the academy can be used in a regional context to resist these anti-democratic forces. Despite the success of revolutionary and anti-neoliberal governments in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past two decades, conference attendees agreed that the region continues to be plagued by grave inequality. More than 175 million people remain in abject...
  • Why Some Can’t Wait for a Repeal of Obamacare

    05/12/2017 10:35:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2017 | By ABBY GOODNOUGH
    For Linda Dearman, the House vote last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act was a welcome relief. Ms. Dearman, of Bartlett, Ill., voted for President Trump largely because of his contempt for the federal health law. She and her husband, a partner in an engineering firm, buy their own insurance, but late last year they dropped their $1,100-a-month policy and switched to a bare-bones plan that does not meet the law’s requirements. They are counting that the law will be repealed before they owe a penalty. “Now it looks like it will be, and we’re thrilled about that,” Ms....
  • Brexit will harm EU cohesion policy, regions warn

    05/12/2017 8:19:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 05/12/2017 6:28 (updated: 8:13) | Aria Koutra
    EU cohesion policy will “suffer heavily” during Brexit given the anticipated halting of payments for certain projects until 2020, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) warned. EurActiv Greece reports.Speaking with journalists in Brussels, CPMR’s secretary general, Eleni Marianou, focused on the impact of Brexit, stressing that there are two bills to be paid, one now and one post-2020. “The first bill is the one the UK needs to pay before leaving the EU, which is €60 billion, and I don’t know if Theresa May is going to pay that,” she argued. She added that the “cohesion policy will suffer...
  • Climate Change Is Already Killing Farm Workers Around The World

    05/12/2017 6:29:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    KCET - PBS ^ | May 11, 2017 | by Clarissa Wei
    Two years ago when I was living in Nicaragua, my friends and I were at a house party drinking Flor de Caña rum. Hearing that I was a journalist, an acquaintance leaned in and said that there was something I needed to hear. She began to tell me a story about that very rum we were drinking, and how people were dying because of it. Many of the workers who harvested sugarcane for the rum were suffering from chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu), she said, a kidney failure disease correlated with heavy workload, heat, dehydration, and possibly pesticides....
  • US signs international declaration on climate change despite Trump's past statements

    05/12/2017 6:19:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 12, 2017 | by CONOR FINNEGAN
    While President Trump has talked tough in the past about his skeptical views on climate change, his administration appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue on the world stage in the early days of his presidency. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed a document today calling climate change a “serious threat” to the Arctic and noting the need for action to reduce its potentially harmful effects. The document, known as the Fairbanks Declaration, concluded Tillerson's chairing of a meeting of the Arctic Council, a board made up of indigenous groups and the eight countries bordering...
  • Study: Some Alabamians pay more for health insurance than New Yorkers

    05/11/2017 12:22:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | May 11, 2017 | BY AMY YURKANIN
    Last year, two national insurance companies dropped out of the marketplace in Alabama, leaving just one option for individuals who purchase insurance through the federal exchange set up under Obamacare. Lack of competition in areas with just one or two insurance providers has been linked to higher premiums in a recent study by the Urban Institute. Median benchmark monthly premiums in areas with just one insurance company averaged $451, compared to $270 for areas with six companies or more. Rural areas and Southern states tend to have less competition, according to the study. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is...
  • Experts see climate change peril for South Florida's black and Hispanic communities

    05/11/2017 7:07:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | May 10, 2017 | by Anthony Man
    African-American, Caribbean-American and Hispanic communities are typically located miles from South Florida beaches where climate change is most visible — but people who live in those areas are profoundly vulnerable to the effects, political leaders and climate science experts said Wednesday. And, panelists at a Fort Lauderdale conference said, there’s a growing awareness in minority communities of the implications of climate change. The environmental movement was long seen as the province of “white tree huggers,” said Caroline Lewis, director of the CLEO Institute. But that is changing, said Lewis, who is Caribbean-American. “Here in southeast Florida, it is almost flipping,”...
  • Aetna exits Obamacare exchanges in remaining two states

    05/10/2017 3:17:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 10, 2017 | by Deena Beasley
    Health insurer Aetna Inc said on Wednesday it will exit the 2018 Obamacare individual insurance market in Delaware and Nebraska - the two remaining states where it had offered the plans. Aetna had previously announced plans to exit the individual commercial market in Virginia and Iowa. It has now "completely exited the exchanges," the company said in an emailed statement. The insurer attributed the losses to "marketplace structural issues, that have led to co-op failures and carrier exits, and subsequent risk pool deterioration." Aetna said it had 964,000 individual commercial plan members as of the end of 2016, but that...
  • California Climate Change Debate Heats Up

    05/10/2017 6:55:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | May 10, 2017 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER
    A proposal to restructure one of California's landmark climate change initiatives goes before a state Senate committee on Wednesday, stepping up a legislative debate about the future of the state's cap-and-trade program. The measure would end the current program and impose a perpetually escalating tax on carbon emissions, with much of the revenue it generates going back to taxpayers to offset the higher bills they'd face for gas and energy. The bill, written by Democratic Sen. Bob Wieckowski of Fremont, would allow the state to charge a fee for carbon emissions that would apply to all industries, with a price...
  • Health insurance companies ask for big rate increases

    05/09/2017 2:50:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 9, 2017
    RICHMOND, Va. - Health insurance companies say they need large rate increases to cover their costs for individual health plans sold in Virginia next year. Preliminary rate requests for 2018 recently filed with the State Corporation Commission average a 28 percent increase among the seven companies offering individual plans. Some major insurance companies, like UnitedHealth Group and Aetna, are pulling out of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange in Virginia next year.
  • Know Your enemies: Socialists

    05/09/2017 1:14:25 PM PDT · by Noumenon · 1 replies
    Men of the West ^ | May 9, 2017 | Flannel Avenger
    THE BORG: CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD. YOU LEAD THE STRONGEST SHIP OF THE FEDERATION FLEET. YOU SPEAK FOR YOUR PEOPLE. PICARD: I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY TO YOU. AND I WILL RESIST YOU WITH MY LAST OUNCE OF STRENGTH! THE BORG: STRENGTH IS IRRELEVANT. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. WE WISH TO IMPROVE OURSELVES. WE WILL ADD YOUR BIOLOGICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVENESS TO OUR OWN. YOUR CULTURE WILL ADAPT TO SERVICE OURS. PICARD: IMPOSSIBLE! MY CULTURE IS BASED ON FREEDOM AND SELF-DETERMINATION! THE BORG: FREEDOM IS IRRELEVANT. SELF-DETERMINATION IS IRRELEVANT. YOU MUST COMPLY. Picard vs the Borg, from Star Trek: The Next Generation...
  • Global warming could surpass 1.5 degree target from Paris talks by 2026

    05/09/2017 12:49:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    UPI.com ^ | May 9, 2017 | By Brooks Hays
    Global temperatures could rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2026 if the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation shifts into a positive phase. The Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation, or IPO, is an ocean-atmosphere climate phenomenon that drives weather patterns and global temperatures. It's similar to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, but covers a large portion of the Pacific. According to a new study by climate scientists at the University of Melbourne, a positive phase IPO would dramatically accelerate global warming. The IPO has remained in a negative phase since 1999, but significant oceanic and atmospheric warming over the last three years suggests the phenomenon...