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February was the warmest month in recorded history, climate experts say

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[The full-blown insanity of the corporatocracy is best exemplified by the fact that it will roll over the planet and destroy life on earth to make another buck in the short-run. From Alaska to Australia, an unprecedented heating of planet Earth is underway with rising temperatures across huge swathes of land mass and oceans. See also: Crunch Time for the Climate. *RON*]

Robin Mckie, The Guardian, 20 March 2016
Our planet went through a dramatic change last month. Climate experts revealed that February was the warmest month in recorded history, surpassing the previous global monthly record – set in December. An unprecedented heating of our world is now under way.

With the current El Niño weather event only now beginning to tail off, meteorologists believe that this year is destined to be the hottest on record, warmer even than 2015.

Nor is this jump in global temperature a freak triggered by an unusually severe El Niño, say researchers. “It is th…

DuPont, After Legal Pressure, Has Quietly Replaced One Deadly Toxin With Another

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[The corporatocracy at play in the fields of your dinner. Tena and I have decided that we aren't going to use any kind of coated pans; we're switching to enameled cast iron. *RON*]

By Farron Cousins, DeSmog Blog, 19 March 2016


In early October 2015, a jury awarded $1.6 million to Carla Bartlett after attorneys presented ample evidence to prove that a kidney tumor that Ms. Bartlett had developed was a result of ingesting a chemical known as C8. The chemical was discharged into the Ohio River by DuPont, and it was used for decades as a chemical in the development of Teflon.

Ring of Fire co-host Mike Papantonio served as lead counsel for this case, which was the first of more than 3,500 tried against DuPont’s dumping of the toxic chemical in the coming years. Ring of Fire has more:

The Plaintiff Carla M. Bartlett, 59, of Guysville in Athens County is among 3,500 people who say they became ill because the DuPont dumped C8, the chemical used t…

Criminal Matter for the Attorney General of NY? NYC’s $764M Medical Records System Will Lead to ‘Patient Death’: Insiders

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[To me this is about the failure of technology to replace labour and the failure of the corporatocracy at privatization. In my view, too, it's about time the criminally awful electronic health record systems being peddled out there are taken to court. We'd be better off if we still relied primarily on paper systems and had radically simplified electronic records that just guide you from paper record to paper record. That, plus key warning flags (allergies, current meds, etc.) would be something I think current systems could actually handle. *RON*]
By InformaticsMD, Originally published at Health Care Renewal. Posted by Lambert Strether on Naked Capitalism, 20 March 20, 2016.

Lambert here: I’d be interested to hear if readers have similar experiences with Electronic Health Records — especially readers from the New York area.

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I believe the suffering and death of my mother in 2010-2011 due to EHR flaws – including b…

Brazil Is Engulfed by Ruling Class Corruption — and a Dangerous Subversion of Democracy

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[Anti-democracy = corporatocracy. Because we haven't heard enough in today's news about the corporatocracy, corruption and austerity (see previous story on Quebec protests). This story, and the crucifixion of the Michigan's Governor Snyder, at least give us hope that public awareness and outrage are growing: Brazil poll shows strong support for president’s impeachment. *RON*]

Glenn GreenwaldAndrew FishmanDavid Miranda, The Intercept, 18 March 2016

THE MULTIPLE, REMARKABLE crises consuming Brazil are now garnering substantial Western media attention. That’s understandable given that Brazil is the world’s fifth most populous country and eighth-largest economy; its second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro, is the host of this year’s Summer Olympics. But much of this Western media coverage mimics the propaganda coming from Brazil’s homogenized, oligarch-owned, anti-democracy media outlets and, as such, is misleading, inaccurate, and incomp…

Will Anyone Accept Responsibility for Flint?

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["House legislators grilled Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy over the ongoing water crisis." Ian Betteridge's Law of Headlines: If a headline ends in a question mark, the answer is "No." For a further hint, see: Flint burglary where water files stored 'an inside job,' police chief says. *RON*]

Nora Kelly, The Atlantic, 18 March 2016 
Lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee agree that multiple layers of government failed the people of Flint, Michigan, whose children were tragically poisoned by lead and who, to this day, can’t trust the water coursing through their community. On Thursday, at the third Flint hearing they’ve held this year, legislators excoriated Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Administrator Gina McCarthy on the roles they played in the crisis.

But beyond that consensus, lawmakers’ opinions of who bears primary responsibility largely broke d…

Anti-austerity demonstrators rail against corruption and privatization

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[Classic signs of the corporatocracy: corruption (the politicians are in bed with the corporations), austerity (government funding being diverted away from the public good), and privatization (the myth that the private sector can do it better, even though they have a built-in bias against doing what serves the public good). See also: British minister quits over austerity cuts, says they are divisive. *RON*]
Aaron Derfel, Montreal Gazette, 20 March 2016
Corruption. Austerity. Privatization.

Those are about the three dirtiest words one could utter about the provincial government.

And on Sunday afternoon, more than 75 demonstrators who gathered at Place Jacques Cartier weren’t afraid to hurl those words again and again at Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, assailing the Liberal government for making cuts to everything from hospitals that can no longer afford adult diapers to public daycare centres that have resorted to skimping on meat in their food…