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Special Report | New Economic Perspectives: Universal Basic Income Needed, Not Our Charity

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  • Part 1: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'
    • Anthropologist Jason Hickel presents basic income as part of strategy of "planned de-growth," which will "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint."
  • Part 2: The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Our Charity
    • Community gardens, cooking classes, and food banks may make us feel good, but they don’t solve the problem of food insecurity.
  • Related: Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I

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Part 1: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'

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Anthropologist Jason Hickel presents basic income as part of strategy of "planned de-growth," which will "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint."

Andrea Germano, Common Dreams
 
Friday, August 11, 2017 | As some tech giants throw their weight behind the idea of a universal basic income, one anthropologist says it's a key component of a strategy to break the "addiction to economic growth [that] is killing us" and the planet.

Offering his views this week on BBC's "Viewsnight," Jason Hickel, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and author of books including The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, says "we can't have infinite growth on a finite planet."

That argument—which others have made as well—should be clear by evidence of the "climate change, deforestation, and rapid rates of extinction" taking hold, he says.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Our Charity

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Community gardens, cooking classes, and food banks may make us feel good, but they don’t solve the problem of food insecurity.

Colleen Kimmett, The Walrus

Jul. 6, 2017 | utritionist and food-security expert Valerie Tarasuk recalls the meeting, early on in a five-year-long research project, when she and her fellow researchers reached the point of mind-numbing exhaustion that made civil discourse nearly impossible. It had become clear to them that the way Canadians talked about the prevalence of hunger—mostly framed in terms of food bank use—was missing the point. They needed some way to communicate the severity of the problem as they saw it. But would the public pay any attention to a purely descriptive report based on data gleaned from the “bowels of Stats Canada”?

The answer, it turned out, was yes.

Colleen Kimmett is a writer based in Montreal. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Al Jazeera America, and The Development Set.

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Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I, Maya Lehmann, Daily Work 

  • Like me, I hope this poem will make you think more deeply about the strengths of, and challenges faced by, people experiencing poverty.
  • Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017

There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

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  • A fully privatized system can never adequately provision the nation.
  • Related: Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family."

Geoff Coventry, Other Words 

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July 19, 2017 | The Republicans have big plans for health care in this country: to eliminate coverage for millions of Americans while delivering a big tax cut to the rich.

As someone who stands to benefit from that tax cut, let me just say: I don’t need it, and I don’t want it. No tax cut is worth excluding millions of Americans from the health services they need.

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Epic Plea to GOP: "You are the single greatest threat to my family." Trump Resistance Movement (TRM), act.tv

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Ralph Nader | Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide?

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How Big Pharma Created the Heroin Epidemic

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July 27, 2017 | Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or for that rising fatality toll? Turning away from such warnings may reduce immediate tension or anxiety, but only weakens the public awareness and distracts us from addressing the great challenges of our time, such as calamitous climate change, pandemics, and the rise of a host of other self-inflicted disasters.

Here are some warnings about rising and looming risks.

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1. The opioid epidemic is here now, and poised to become further exacerbated. It is the US’s deadliest drug overdose crisis ever, taking over 1000 lives a week. Even that figure is underestimated, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These fatalities, many of them affecting people in the prime of their life, stem from legally prescribed drugs taken to relieve chronic pain. Tragically ironic!

Congress is figuring out how to budget for many billions of dollars to combat this toll – much greater than the deaths by traffic crashes or AIDS. Republican and Democratic state officials are suing the drug companies for excessive, misleading promotion for profit. Still, the awful toll keeps rising.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest book is The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Other recent books include, The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood, Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win, and "Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us" (a novel). 

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Mining Truth launches campaign to highlight financial risk from PolyMet

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  • Mining Truth launches campaign to highlight financial risk from PolyMet
  • $934 million damage deposit is needed to protect taxpayers
  • Sulfide mining pollution would forever change Minnesota, including the Boundary Waters, Lake Superior, and our economy. 

The Mining Truth coalition, Mining Truth

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http://www.miningtruth.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Screen-Shot-2015-06-16-at-10.10.13-AM.png07/20/2017 | The Mining Truth coalition launched a public information campaign this week with a goal of ensuring Minnesota taxpayers are protected as permit applications are considered for PolyMet’s proposed sulfide mine in northern Minnesota. Billboards near the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources headquarters in St. Paul and along I-35 highlight the $934 million damage deposit experts say is needed to cover cleanup costs.

“PolyMet’s own permit application says polluted water from the site will require expensive treatment for decades, if not centuries, after this proposed mine closes” said Kathryn Hoffman, Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. “Unless Minnesota insists on a bankruptcy-proof, upfront damage deposit, taxpayers could be left with a huge cleanup bill.”

Mining Truth is a coalition of Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy formed in 2012 to provide a resource for Minnesotans to get facts about how sulfide mining and its potential impacts differ from iron mining.

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Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans

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  • President Trump promised to “promote clean air and clean water” during his recent speech before Congress, but he reportedly plans to dramatically cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.
  • Related: The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists / Huffington Post 

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Is that right, Mr. President? Then why is your administration proposing to slash as much as 25 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s current budget and cut its staff by 20 percent? That would cripple environmental safeguards, jeopardize public health, and put future generations at risk.

Elliott Negin, Contributor, Huffington Post; Senior Writer, Union of Concerned Scientists

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The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement, Susan Matthews, Slate <>

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  • Will America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?
  • Donald Trump is the only world leader who isn’t sure if climate change is real. 
  • Related: 4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose?

 

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Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

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We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan, Indivisible

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  • After weeks of total secrecy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a draft of the Senate TrumpCare bill. Senate Republicans don’t have the votes...not yet. We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.
  • Stop TrumpCare in the Senate Call Script

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  • Yes, we’ve cut health care before. But the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and cuts to Medicaid would make history.
  • The current changes proposed by congressional Republicans are tremendously more consequential than anything we have previously experienced.

 

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Here’s what cutting Medicaid could mean for people with disabilities.

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The face of Republican evil: It’s not Donald Trump, Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Mitch McConnell's gruesome health care scam reveals the corrupt, antidemocratic character of the entire GOP.

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Money in Politics: Here’s how much health insurance companies paid Republicans to flip their vote on Trumpcare, Tom Cahill, Resistance Report

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GOP senators have concerns with Senate-drafted Health Care Bill, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?
  • We broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).
  • Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill
  • Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.
  • Related: No country for people with disabilities

 

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GOP senators have concerns with Senate-drafted Health Care Bill

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  • Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?
  • We broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).
  • Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill
  • Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.
  • Related: No country for people with disabilities
  • Related: Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?

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Senate Republicans released a draft of their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, Thursday (6/22/17) morning. While the 142 page text is subject to change before the Senate votes on it — given that it’s only a draft at this point — we broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).

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Eric Revell, Countable

June 22, 2017 |

What’s different

• States couldn’t allow insurers to increase a person’s health insurance premiums because of pre-existing conditions if they had a lapse in their coverage, as was permitted under the House bill.

• Etc.

What’s the same

• The individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance are repealed.

• Etc.

Eric Revell is a staff member of Countable

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Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill

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As of Thursday afternoon, 11 GOP senators have indicated they oppose or have concerns with the bill. If three vote against it, the bill would fail.

Amber Phillips, Reuben Fischer-Baum, Kevin Schaul, and Kevin Uhrmacher, Washington (DC) Post 

June 22, 2017 | Senate Republicans have pretty much no room for error as they try to rush through a health-care bill in the next week. Assuming no Democrats vote for this bill (a safe assumption because it attempts to unravel Obamacare), Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.

That’s one of the reasons this bill was kept secret until the very last minute. The less time the legislation is out there in the open, the less time there is for opposition groups to coalesce and pressure senators not to vote for it.

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No country for people with disabilities, Karen Dolan, the Hill <http://thehill.com>

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The depth and breadth of the harm that would come to the most vulnerable in our society, to those least able to take the hits — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles — would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome. The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities.

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Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.

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