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DEEP report: Connecticut’s forest coverage remains ‘remarkable’, but insects, weather and development are continued threats – Hartford Courant

Connecticut’s new forest action report details current conditions, including threats from insects, development and climate change, but also touts news that forests cover about 60 percent of the nation’s fourth most densely populated state.

Source: DEEP report: Connecticut’s forest coverage remains ‘remarkable’, but insects, weather and development are continued threats – Hartford Courant

A Plan to Reinvent American Democracy for the 21st Century: Responding to a Nation in Crisis | American Academy of Arts and Sciences

A bipartisan commission issues 31 recommendations to strengthen America’s institutions and civic culture to help a nation in crisis emerge with a stronger democracy.

Among the 31 recommendations in the bipartisan report:

  • Expand the House of Representatives (and therefore the Electoral College) by at least fifty members.
  • Institute universal voting and instant voter registration for all eligible Americans.
  • Establish an expectation of national service by all Americans.
  • Limit Supreme Court justices to 18-year terms.
  • Reduce the influence of big money in politics.
  • Promote electoral reforms to increase representation and decrease hyper-partisanship.
  • Increase resources and resolve for community leadership, civic education and an American culture of shared commitment to constitutional democracy and one another.

Source: A Plan to Reinvent American Democracy for the 21st Century: Responding to a Nation in Crisis | American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Warren Health Plan Tightens Democrats’ Embrace of Tax Increases – The New York Times

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“Ms. Warren’s plan would move the costs of the entire American health care system, which she pegs at just under $52 trillion over the next decade, onto the books of the federal government. She says that would reduce overall health spending and spare Americans the financial burden of paying directly for care.

To cover those costs, Ms. Warren would impose a new tax on financial transactions, like buying and selling stocks and bonds. She would also tax profits from investments that increase in value on an annual basis — like shares in Google or Apple — not just when the assets are sold. She would raise taxes on American companies that book profits overseas.

Ms. Warren would also increase her wealth tax on billionaires to 6 percent of the value of all their assets above $1 billion, up from her previous proposal of 3 percent. And she would assess a tax on corporations that roughly equates to what they currently pay for employees’ health care, with a slight savings.” – Jim Tankersley, The New York Times

Windswept rain storm sets up nice weekend

A windswept rain storm, expected to impact Connecticut on Oct. 16 and 17, will set up a nice weekend, according to award-winning meteorologist Brad Field in his weekly podcast with Dan Lovallo.

Source: Windswept rain storm sets up nice weekend

The Challenges Ahead for Warren | The Cook Political Report

Image: Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rally at Washington Square Park in New York, New York on September 16, 2019 | Credit: Rainmaker Photo/MediaPunch /IPX

In June, I wrote a column asking if Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was starting to pick up steam after a disappointing debut in early 2019, could continue her rise up the ranks of the 2020 Democratic contenders. The answer to that, clearly, is yes. The next question is what it will take for her to win the nomination?

Source: The Challenges Ahead for Warren | The Cook Political Report

Zeitgeist Spam: “Dire projections by global biodiversity report lead to calls for transformative change” —UNESCO (in other words, we’re the most murderous species ever, and we ain’t gonna stop now)

Selous Game Reserve (United Republic of Tanzania). Large infrastructure works are increasingly impacting the last remaining untouched areas of the planet. The Selous Game Reserve and World Heritage site is under threat from a large-scale hydropower development in the middle of the site. © Getty Images

Source: Zeitgeist Spam: “Dire projections by global biodiversity report lead to calls for transformative change”–UNESCO (in other words, we’re the most murderous species ever, and we ain’t gonna stop now)

Turning Points | FOP

 

FOP/smudge sakura wave crest design (inspired by Japanese mon/

)Turning Points | FOP.

What You Should and Shouldn’t Worry about after the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdowns: Scientific American

What You Should and Shouldn’t Worry about after the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdowns: Scientific American.

Looting the Pension Funds | Portside

Illustration by Victor Juhasz

Looting the Pension Funds | Portside.

Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 313 Black People | Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 313 Black People | Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

The following excerpts appear at John Bloomberg-Rissman’s project “Zeitgeist Spamfrom Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of 313 Black People by Police, Security Guards, and Vigilantes. “When we started this investigation in early 2012, we knew a serious human rights crisis was confronting the Black community”, says Kali Akuno, an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM). “However, we did not have a clear sense of its true depth until we compiled and examined the annual figures. We have uncovered outrageous rates of extrajudicial killings–rates, that when they are found in countries like Mexico or Brazil, are universally condemned. The same outrage inside the U.S. also demands immediate action.”

also — “Operation Ghetto Storm follows the trail of extrajudicial killings to the rise of militarized police forces and their occupation of Black communities. And explores how systemic racism has led to increased militarization and repression, which in turn has exacerbated the human rights crises devastating Black communities.” He added, “This Report breaks new ground by going beyond reliance on police department press releases and investigating as fully as possible the context and consequences of each killing. This investigative journalism serves as an example of respect for Black life so often neglected in public conversations.” —  Malcolm X Grassroots Movement