PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “The U.S. Health Care System is Predatory” / TYT Politics / Dylan Ratigan ☮

TYT Contributor Dylan Ratigan (http://www.twitter.com/dylanratigan) discusses the systemic problems with the American healthcare system, and recommends TYT Investigates’ recent report on the newly appointed secretary of Health and Human services, Alex Azar.

ECOSYSTEM: “Harvey, Houston, and the Science of Wetlands” / Watching the Hawks RT / Tabetha Wallace, and Tyrel Ventura ☮

Why has Hurricane Harvey exacted such devastating flooding on the city of Houston? The city’s mistreatment of its wetlands may be part of the reason, as Watching the Hawks’ Tabetha Wallace explains.

CRITICAL THINKING: “Seven Times Carl Sagan Went Intellectual Beast Mode” / ScienceNET ☮

Carl Sagan was ahead of his time – many of the statements in this video are still extremely relevant today. Please enjoy these seven intellectual “beast mode” worthy moments with Carl Sagan.

SCIENTIFIC LITERACY: “Bill Nye to CNN: ‘Knock Yourselves Out’ Over ‘Climate Change Denier’ Meteorologist Live on Air” ☮

The Science Guy himself Bill Nye was brought in to CNN’s New Day this morning to examine some of the devastating effects of the flooding in Louisiana that has left over 60,000 homes badly damaged.

“I don’t ave the answer to this,” he said of the crisis, “but it’s going to get worse. It’s certainly going to get worse,” Nye told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Al Gore Warns of 3rd Party “Dangers”, Ignores Democrats’ Lack of Climate Action” / Ring of Fire / Farron Cousins ☮

Al Gore understands just how dangerous 3rd party candidates can be in a tight election, but you can’t justify that by claiming the Democrats are any better on issues like climate change. There’s little indication that the Democrats currently in power – and the ones who could be in power in just a few months – have any real intentions of acting on climate change. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

PALEONTOLOGY: “Hunting for Dinosaurs Showed Me Our Place in the Universe” / Ted Talks / Kenneth Lacovara” ☮

What happens when you discover a dinosaur? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara details his unearthing of Dreadnoughtus — a 77-million-year-old sauropod that was as tall as a house and as heavy as a jumbo jet — and considers how amazingly improbable it is that a tiny mammal living in the cracks of the dinosaur world could evolve into a sentient being capable of understanding these magnificent creatures. Join him in a celebration of the Earth’s geological history and contemplate our place in deep time.