"The Saddest Thing Is This Won't Be Breaking News"

Thom plus logo As the world burns, and more and more fossil fuels are being used every day planet-wide, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels passed 416 ppm this week at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. In the 300,000 years since the emergence of modern humans, carbon dioxide levels have never been this high.

The fossil fuel industry has literally created an atmosphere to which the human species is not adapted, and which our civilization may not survive. as teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said, "The saddest thing is that this won't be breaking news." In well, Donald Trump and the entire Republican Party continue to deny that this is even an issue, so their billionaires fossil fuel donors can continue to rake in the cash. If this doesn't qualify as a crime against humanity, nothing does.



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CA Gino 24 weeks 1 hour ago


Thoughts for Bernie.

First, in each of the debates Biden confronts Bernie on the cost of MFA. I think the number he uses is $40 trillion (maybe that’s over a period of years, doesn’t matter). This represents the total cost of providing universal health care for all Americans. That is the cost of health care in America.

This begs the question is that before or after the insurance companies add their 25%?

If it’s before than the real cost of not doing MFA is $50 trillion. If it’s after than the real cost of MFA is closer to $30 trillion.

So if the cost of health care in America in XX years is going to be $40 trillion, we can reduce that cost by trillions! Or add trillions to it! Using their numbers it’s 30 or 50 which would you pay? Which would the insurance companies have you pay?

Bernie doesn’t have to accept their cost estimates but the bigger the number, the greater need for MFA.

NEED SOME RESEARCH FOR DOLLAR AMOUNTS BUT INS CEOs/BofDs can be hit harder for compensation

Staff probably already has much of the info on compensation. Add in Board do Directors's comp. it will be an impressive figure (for all the wrong reasons).

Insurance industry CEOs and Boards of Directors...salary and compensation ...$?

They earned their money! Americans still pay more for health care and get less. Pay more get less. Not the insurance companies. They’re doing great!

(ADD $$$ )amount of industry profit. Don’t worry about them. They’re not worrying about you!

How’d they earn that money? Did they work to lower premiums for cancer victims, deliver service better more effectively and efficiently? Or was more time spent on how to deny claims, maximize profits, and lobbying! They spent( ADD $$$)on lobbying and still made (ADD $$$)profits. They made it because of lobbying!

Did the insurance companies get their lobbying money’s worth? Yes! We pay more and get less! You tell me. (ADD $$$) profits. You tell me?

Comparison: Director of Medicare and social security administration compensation (ADD $$$)

Comparison to Insurance companies exes.


Profits .....dollar amount Aetna profits

Aetna ceo 2018 $19m salary/$48m total compensation

Aetna Board of directors compensation...500k ????

Average employee salary...$29,000

Elimination of college tuition/student debt can be universal benefit to the economy.

Address the Multiplier Effect of student debt relief/ tuition.

That money would go to the banks. The banks don’t need more money to loan. They have plenty of money to loan if they want to loan it.

That money will go directly into the community and spent again, and again, maybe again. It’s a offers tremendous boost to local economies.

The multiplier effect makes student debt relief great for the US economy!

Puts that money at local businesses.

It’s an economy builder! Immediately available! and spent!

Get on board! Its good for America!

It’s good for small businesses and the mom and pop businesses that depend on their neighbors. Put that loan payment and tuition payments directly into the local economies.

(One of the biggest problems with the college issues is that does not offer a universal benefit.)

Make it clear everyone benefits from this!

It’s an economy changer!

Legend 23 weeks 6 days ago

Tin hip needs to visit Real Socialist countries like Denmark, Sweden, Finland (best education in the world), Norway etc to see that life is exceptionally good in those countries. Of course they spend a lot less % on their socialistic military than we do on our socialistic military. And you do not have to be poor to be Socialistic as Bloomberg implied. The Swedish Founder of IKEA Ingmar Kamprad is the 8th wealthiest person in the world. We have Socialistic public schools, roads, many utilities, airports, police, fire departments, military, VA, libraries etc. We have government socialistically subsidized fossil industry and farmers. We have a socialistic tax system where the wealthy pay less in percentage than the middle class with the deductions that they get. At one time America had the best infrastructure in the world. It is way down the list now. We are way down the list in education, medical care (highest in cost). But we are number 1 in population incarcerated in prison.

Americans Must Focus on 2024 & The Rise of Authoritarianism

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The billionaires with strong fascistic tendencies are carefully watching Trump and his administration to see what works and what doesn't as he pushes to tear apart our institutions of governance and divide America as a political strategy.
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