The most relevant cartoon of the year
From The Nib
Our society is ill
“The idea that a developed wealthy nation like ours has declining life expectancy just doesn’t seem right,” said Robert Anderson, the chief of mortality statistics at the C.D.C., who helped prepare the reports. “If you look at the other wealthy countries of the world, they’re not seeing the same thing.”
The opioid epidemic has contributed to reductions in American life expectancy over the last three years, a pattern not seen since World War II, new data show.
How much did you wages rise last year?
China’s ultra-wealthy are driving the trend, adding two new billionaires per week last year, and growing at a rate almost double that of the Americas and Europe.
-34 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000 last year.
-48 percent of all American workers made less than $30,000 last year.
-59 percent of all American workers made less than $40,000 last year.
-68 percent of all American workers made less than $50,000 last year.
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Atlanta has received an Air Quality Score of F for three years in a row for ground-level ozone. Small engines are unregulated super-polluters. If we modernized the landscaping industry with trade-in programs for clean electric equipment, we could clean up our air.
Don’t doubt the toxic exhaust from these machines, just read more here: https://www.kcet.org/shows/socal-connected/california-throttles-down-pollution-from-small-engines
And here: https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/offroad/sm_en_fs.pdf
And here: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5400950
If you bought shoes or clothes because of the Kapernick ad, you got played.
“In all, Nike has given $424,000 to the GOP compared to $122,000 to Democrats. The findings follow a recent trend showing Nike has donated more to Republicans than Democrats in every election cycle since 2010 with the exception of 2016.”
Nike is well ahead of its competitors when it comes to political contributions on both sides of the aisle.
Some good work by ProPublica.
But the story doesn’t end there: https://to.pbs.org/2AVXt5Q
$5 trillion per year over a decade could totally transform our energy gird to be independent of carbon, saving the plant and millions of lives in the process.
John Abraham: A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels