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'Precipitous' fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed | World news | The Guardian
The loss of sea ice in the Arctic clearly tracks the rise in global air temperatures resulting from human-caused global heating, but the two poles are very different. The Arctic is an ocean surrounded by continents and is exposed to warming air, while Antarctica is a freezing continent surrounded by oceans and is protected from warming air by a circle of strong winds.
global_warming  climate_change  antarctic  sea_level  sea_ice  July  2019  TheGuardian  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
6 weeks ago by Marcellus
Family swamped by avalanche of bills after son’s death: 'It’s continuous' | US news | The Guardian
After their seven-month-old son James died in hospice nearly three years ago, the Cavatores face hundreds of thousands in medical bills – despite having insurance

“I got one bill, and it was $1.1m,” said Federico Cavatore, the boys’ father. “I joked to myself, I said, I’m going to frame this and put it in Thomas’ room and say, ‘This is why you’re getting a scholarship to college.’”

Even now, nearly three years after James’ death, it is unclear whether the family still owes money to doctors and the hospital where James was treated, Memorial Hermann. Their story is emblematic of America’s deeply flawed healthcare system, similar versions of which play out every day, in every corner of the country.
MedicareForAll  TheGuardian  grade_A  grade_AA  healthcare  health_insurance  99%  1%  election2020 
10 weeks ago by Marcellus
ExxonMobil gave millions to climate-denying lawmakers despite pledge | Environment | The Guardian
ExxonMobil gave more than $2.3m to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group that deny climate change and block efforts to fight climate change – eight years after pledging to stop its funding of climate denial, the Guardian has learned.
climate_change  global_warming  corruption  GOP  Republicans  TheGuardian  grade_A  grade_AA 
june 2017 by Marcellus
Oil and gas industry has pumped millions into Republican campaigns | US news | The Guardian
About one in three dollars donated to Republican hopefuls from mega-rich individuals came from people who owe their fortunes to fossil fuels – and who stand to lose the most in the fight against climate change.
TheGuardian  grade_A  fossil_fuels  lobbying  corruption  Republicans  grade_AA 
june 2017 by Marcellus
The Republicans who urged Trump to pull out of Paris deal are big oil darlings | US news | The Guardian
Unmissable behind the elected Republicans stand other interests: the oil, gas and coal industries, which together are some of the most influential donors to Republican candidates.

The big-money supporters got a return on their investment last week, when 22 Republican senators whose campaigns have collected more than $10m in oil, gas and coal money since 2012 sent a letter to the president urging him to withdraw from the Paris deal.

James Inhofe, Oklahoma
Oil & gas: $465,950

Coal: $63,600

Total: $529,550

John Barrasso, Wyoming
Oil & gas: $458,466

Coal: $127,356

Total: $585,822

Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
Oil & gas: $1,180,384

Coal: $361,700

Total: $1,542,084

John Cornyn, Texas
Oil & gas: $1,101,456

Coal: $33,050

Total: $1,134,506

Roy Blunt, Missouri
Oil & gas: $353,864

Coal: $96,000

Total: $449,864

Roger Wicker, Mississippi
Oil & gas: $198,816

Coal: $25,376

Total: $224,192

Michael Enzi, Wyoming
Oil & gas: $211,083

Coal: $63,300

Total: $274,383

Mike Crapo, Idaho
Oil & gas: $110,250

Coal: $26,756

Total: $137,006

Jim Risch, Idaho
Oil & gas: $123,850

Coal: $25,680

Total: $149,530

Thad Cochran, Mississippi
Oil & gas: $276,905

Coal: $15,000

Total: $291,905

Mike Rounds, South Dakota
Oil & gas: $201,900

Coal: none

Total: $201,900

Rand Paul, Kentucky
Oil & gas: $170,215

Coal: $82,571

Total: $252,786

John Boozman, Arkansas
Oil & gas: $147,930

Coal: $2,000

Total: $149,930

Richard Shelby, Alabama
Oil & gas: $60,150

Coal: $2,500

Total: $62,650

Luther Strange, Alabama
(Appointed in 2017, running in 2017 special election)

Total: NA

Orrin Hatch, Utah
Oil & gas: $446,250

Coal: $25,000

Total: $471,250

Mike Lee, Utah
Oil & gas: $231,520

Coal: $21,895

Total: $253,415

Ted Cruz, Texas
Oil & gas: $2,465,910

Coal: $103,900

Total: $2,569,810

David Perdue, Georgia
Oil & gas: $184,250

Coal: $0

Total: $184,250

Thom Tillis, North Carolina
Oil & gas: $263,400

Coal: $0

Total: $263,400

Tim Scott, South Carolina
Oil & gas: $490,076

Coal: $58,200

Total: $548,276

Pat Roberts, Kansas
Oil & gas: $388,950

Coal: $28,825

Total: $417,775

Sum total for all 22 Republican signatories: $10,694,284
corruption  RNC  Republicans  fossil_fuels  lobbying  global_warming  grade_A  TheGuardian 
june 2017 by Marcellus
Today Show host takes aim at Daily Mail after colleague leaves in tears – video | Media | The Guardian
Karl Stefanovic accuses the Daily Mail of running sexist and degrading stories intended to humiliate women after the website published photos of him checking into a caravan park for work with a young female colleague and a dozen cans of rum and cola
tabloids  journalism  TheGuardian 
june 2017 by Marcellus
Eric Holder didn't send a single banker to jail for the mortgage crisis. Is that justice? | Money | The Guardian
"And banks and lenders carried through that fraud to every level of the mortgage process. They committed origination fraud through faulty appraisals and undisclosed trickery.

They committed servicing fraud through illegal fees and unnecessary foreclosures.

They committed securities fraud by failing to inform investors of the poor underwriting on loans they packaged into securities.

They committed mass document fraud when they failed to follow the steps to create mortgage-backed securities, covering up with fabrications and forgeries to prove the standing to foreclose.

[…] The department has put real housewives in jail for mortgage fraud, but not real bankers, saving their firepower for people who manage to defraud banks, not for banks who manage to defraud people.


[…] The headline prices of these settlements usually bore no resemblance to the reality of what they cost the banks.

[...] In reality, banks were able to pay one-quarter of that penalty with other people's money, lowering principal balances on loans they didn't even own.

Other penalties featured similarly inflated numbers that didn't reflect the true cost. Banks could satisfy their obligations under the settlements through routine business practices (including some, like making loans to low-income homeowners, that make them money).

A recent series of securities fraud settlements with JP Morgan, Bank of America and Citigroup, which DoJ said cost the banks $36.65bn, actually cost them about $11.5bn. And shareholders, not executives, truly bear that cost.

Incidentally, the Wall Street Journal found last week that the Justice Department only collects around 25% of the fines they impose. So the banks may have gotten off even easier.

[…] And Holder's Justice Department has been guilty of cooking the books: they admitted last August to overstating the number of criminal financial fraud charges by over 80%.

The DoJ's Inspector General criticized this in a March report, and also found that DoJ de-prioritized mortgage fraud, making it the "lowest-ranked criminal threat" from 2009-2011.

As for homeowners, the biggest victims of Wall Street misconduct, they received little relief. Victims who already lost their homes got checks in the National Mortgage Settlement for between $1,500-$2,000, compensating people wrongly foreclosed upon with barely enough money for two month's rent.

Despite claims that 1m borrowers still in their homes would get principal reductions under the settlement, when the final numbers came in this March, just 83,000 families received such a benefit, an under-delivery of over 90%.

[…] More important, the settlements didn't end the misconduct.

Homeowners today continue to lose their homes based on false documents. Because the Justice Department just put a band-aid over the fraud, and didn't convict any of the ringleaders, the problems went unaddressed, and the root causes never got fixed.

In fact, the entire banking sector's get-out-of-jail free card gives them confidence that they could commit the same crimes again, with little if any legal implications.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/us-money-blog/2014/sep/25/eric-holder-resign-mortgage-abuses-americans
Eric_Holder  Obama_administration  Obama  Justice_Department  financial  financialcrisis  Banks  WallStreet  corruption  grade_A  grade_AA  TheGuardian 
april 2017 by Marcellus
Just who are these 300 'scientists' telling Trump to burn the climate? | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian
300 scientists sounds like a lot, but the list is very difficult to find, and is packed with names of people who have little or no published works. Those who can be found online often have questionable credentials -- or none at all. Some have written books denying climate change (so they have a financial bias), and/or have worked for the fossil fuel industry.
global  warming  climate_change  Science  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  TheGuardian 
february 2017 by Marcellus
Elizabeth Warren won't be silenced – and neither will American women | Jessica Valenti | Opinion | The Guardian
In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss and the massive Women’s Marches across the country, American women simply won’t stand for Republicans trying to shut us up.
Elizabeth_Warren  TheGuardian  ShePersisted  MLK  racism  Mitch_McConnell  GOP  corruption  fascism 
february 2017 by Marcellus
Why the poorest county in West Virginia has faith in Trump – video | US news | The Guardian
Humanizing interviews with people in McDowell county, once the capital of America. Now life expectancy in on par with Ethiopia.

Donald Trump was more popular in McDowell County than anywhere else in America during the Republican primaries. Paul Lewis explores the power of the Republican presidential nominee’s message in the poorest county of West Virginia
TheGuardian  WestVirginia  coal  environment  election2016  economic_inequality  economy  inequality  poverty  videos 
october 2016 by Marcellus

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