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The Plastic Bag: An American History

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The story of the plastic bag—the kind that is so ubiquitous in grocery stores, in gutters, in the branches of trees—is a story of persuasion, one that began with a battle between paper and plastic in the hearts of the American people.

Nechama Brodie, piqd

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 | Plastic represents both the function and the folly of modern human technology. It is clever, versatile, and virtually ubiquitous. We need plastic, but only once. Most of it is disposed of after a single use, virtually never recycled. We now have a mid-ocean plastic garbage patch that is larger than most countries. In an attempt to mitigate the problem, many restaurants have recently begun to ban single-use plastic straws — only to replace them with ... plastic sippy cups.

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In between the science, the rhetoric, and the economic pros and cons, plastic's history and evolution in human society highlights the tangible connections between all its parts and explains, in part, the deliberate effort to make us into a plastic planet.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Nechama%20Brodie.jpgNechama Brodie works as a freelance reporter, based in Johannesburg, and has contributed to local and international titles including the Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, City Press, the Hindustan Times, Wanted (the Business Day magazine), Marie Claire, ELLE, Women’s Health and Men’s Health, VISI, TASTE, Smith Journal and the UK Guardian. 

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Priced Out of Health Insurance, Americans Rig Their Own Safety Nets

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  • Consumers frustrated by high costs are bypassing the bureaucracy with patchwork plans.
  • “It’s not like I’m trying to say, just go without insurance… . “You have to find something that’s going to work for you.”
  • Related: The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud.

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August 22, 2018 | When their son Sky was born four years ago, Lindsie and Chris Bergevin were hit with a big surprise: $7,000 in bills for the birth that their health plan didn’t cover. Sky was two when the couple jettisoned their medical insurance, which helped them eventually pay off the debt.

Now that they’re ready to have a second child, they’re not going back to their old coverage, with its premiums of more than $350 a month. Instead, they’ve patched together an alternative through a religious group and a primary-care doctor whom they can visit anytime for a monthly fee.

John Tozzi: news, political analysis, commentary, long-form features, polling, original video, interactive graphics, and more.

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The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud. Jeffrey Young, HuffPost

Senate Republicans claim their bill will protect people with pre-existing conditions. It won’t — unlike Obamacare, which does.
 

 


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The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud


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Senate Republicans claim their bill will protect people with pre-existing conditions. It won’t — unlike Obamacare, which does.

Jeffrey Young, HuffPost

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http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/obamacare-healthcare-profits.jpg08/24/2018 | Making sure people who have pre-existing health conditions don’t get screwed by health insurance companies is very popular. So popular that a bunch of Republican senators who are freaked out about the party’s electoral prospects have introduced legislation to guarantee that no Americans may be denied coverage because of their medical history.

At least that’s what the senators say it will do. Here’s the thing, though: That’s bogus.
The debut of this phony bill Friday is the latest installment in Republicans’ long-running campaign to make the health care system worse for anyone who has ever been sick while loudly proclaiming they are doing the opposite.

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/59820d7815000027008b4c13.jpg?ops=100_100Jeffrey Young is a senior reporter at HuffPost based in New York. He has covered health care, business, and politics for more than 15 years at organizations including Bloomberg News and the Hill.

 

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Priced Out of Health Insurance, Americans Rig Their Own Safety Nets. John Tozzi, Bloomberg

  • https://assets.bwbx.io/images/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/iZOqRa.aKFw8/v0/1400x-1.jpgConsumers frustrated by high costs are bypassing the bureaucracy with patchwork plans.
  • “It’s not like I’m trying to say, just go without insurance… . “You have to find something that’s going to work for you.”
  • Related: The GOP’s New Pre-Existing Conditions Promise Is A Fraud.

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Football Won’t Turn Boys Into Men

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In truth, the same sport that’s supposed to help our boys grow up into “real men” is killing them.

Jessica Luther, HuffPost

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08/21/2018 | A few years ago, the head coach at Michigan, Jim Harbaugh, characterized football as the “last bastion of hope for toughness in America in men, in males.” (Rush Limbaugh heartily agreed.) This is an old, gendered idea and one often repeated about football in particular ― that boys need to be tough and football will make them so.

In truth, the same sport that’s supposed to help our boys grow up into “real men” is killing them.

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