60. Cassandra Quave Thinks the Way Antibiotics Are Developed Might Kill Us | People I (Mostly) Admire

By mid-century, 10 million people a year are projected to die from untreatable infections. Can Cassandra, an ethnobotanist at Emory University convince Steve that herbs and ancient healing are key to our medical future?

— Read on people-i-mostly-admire.simplecast.com/episodes/60-cassandra-quave-thinks-the-way-antibiotics-are-developed-might-kill-us-g1HMIenR

U.S. Health Care Spending Highest Among Developed Countries | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The United States, on a per capita basis, spends much more on health care than other developed countries; the chief reason is not greater health care utilization, but higher prices, according to a study from a team led by a JHSPH researcher.
— Read on publichealth.jhu.edu/2019/us-health-care-spending-highest-among-developed-countries

Hiltzik: The downside of copyrights – Los Angeles Times

‘Winnie-the-Pooh,’ ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and many other works entered the public domain on Saturday. They show what’s wrong with the system.
— Read on www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-01-03/winnie-the-pooh-public-domain

Private equity long-term care homes have the highest mortality rate during COVID-19 | Waterloo News | University of Waterloo

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed that for-profit long-term care homes had worse patient outcomes than not-for-profit homes. A new study found that of those for-profit homes, long-term care homes (LTCs) owned by private equity firms and large chains have the highest mortality rates.

The study, conducted by University of Waterloo professor Martine August, traced the growing dominance of financial firms in seniors housing, including LTCs and retirement living.

The study reported that nursing homes with the highest profit margins have the lowest quality as financialized ownership and are even more aggressive in seeking to extract value from care homes and the people who live and work in them.
— Read on uwaterloo.ca/news/media/private-equity-long-term-care-homes-have-highest-mortality

Her Instagram Handle Was ‘Metaverse.’ Last Month, It Vanished. – The New York Times

Five days after Facebook changed its name to Meta, an Australian artist found herself blocked, with seemingly no recourse, from an account documenting nearly a decade of her life and work.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/12/13/technology/instagram-handle-metaverse.html

Mark Meadows Discussed PowerPoint About Options to Overturn Election – Rolling Stone

The House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol on Thursday released slides from a PowerPoint calling for former President Trump to declare a national security emergency in order to delay the certification of the results of the 2020 election.

The presentation was referred to in an email provided to the committee by Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff who’s had a rough couple of weeks, to say the least.
The revelation is the latest piece of evidence that Trump and his inner circle, including his allies in Congress, were very actively and very aggressively trying to overturn the results of the election, which Trump lost handily.
— Read on www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/mark-meadows-overturn-election-results-jan-6-committee-1269532/

How Donald Trump Could Subvert the 2024 Election – The Atlantic

January 6 was practice. Donald Trump’s GOP is much better positioned to subvert the next election.
— Read on www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/01/january-6-insurrection-trump-coup-2024-election/620843/

The Possible End Of American Democracy As We Know It : Fresh Air : NPR

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman says the Republican party is increasingly unwilling to accept defeat and, in fact, is “prepared to win by sacrificing the essential elements of democracy.” His new Atlantic article is ‘Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun.’
— Read on www.npr.org/2021/12/09/1062742421/the-possible-end-of-american-democracy-as-we-know-it

The Amazon is turning into savannah – we have 5 years to save it | New Scientist

We have been hearing warnings about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest for decades, but experts say a catastrophic tipping point is now just over the horizon. Are they right? And if so, what can we do to pull things back?
— Read on www.newscientist.com/article/mg25233640-800-the-amazon-is-turning-into-savannah-we-have-5-years-to-save-it/

Amy Coney Barrett’s Adoption Myths

In oral arguments for the abortion case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, Justice Amy Coney Barrett asked pro-choice advocates: Would banning abortion be so bad if women could just drop their newborns at the fire station for someone else to adopt?
— Read on nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/12/amy-coney-barrett-adoption-myths.html