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This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 67

Trump Watch:

(this video from 2009, once again Bernie got it right, and got it right first)

Trumpcare seems to be dead (not for lack of trying),   so dead in fact that states are now going to continue to expand medicaid.  Way to go Trump!  Now lets take this same logic, and expand universal health care to everyone.  Single payer medicare for all!

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For reasons only the oil companies know, Trump continues to try and kill us all with global warming.  Preparing to sign an executive order removing the clean power plan.  If I were you, I would call your senator and tell them to pass a bill making the clean power plan a enforceable law.

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Russian Youth From Moscow to Siberia Slam ‘Putin the Thief’

Hundreds Arrested During Anti-Corruption Protests in Russia

There are massive protests in Russia right now, and Putin is cracking down horribly on them.  Trump has remained silent.  We know he has his twitter ready at all times, but instead many many hours later we get a statement from the state department.  Stay classy Trump, you spineless coward.  A timeline of events that unfolded during the election appears to support the FBI’s investigation into Trump-Russia collusion

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Nearly one out of every three days he has been president, Trump has visited a Trump property.  Why you may ask?  Because it personally enriches him, he is basically spending tax payer money at every business he owns.  Its a giant con game.

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GOP intel member Trey Gowdy threatens to hide future Trump/Russia hearings from the public.  You may remember Trey Gowdy as the guy who did all the Bengazi hearings…he certainly wanted to keep them public.  I wonder what has changed.

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The fight over Keystone XL is just getting started.  Oil companies know that they are almost done, with solar and wind rapidly approaching prices that will destroy their business.  But they still have a lot of money, so they are bribing politicians in a last gasp attempt to keep their business afloat.  Who cares if it kills millions in the process, got to make money right!?

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The Resistance!:

Upcoming Marches Against Trump:

April 15 – Tax Strike

April 22 – March for Science

 April 29th – Peoples Climate March

May 1st, Massive May Day Strike!

June 11 – LGBTQA+ March on DC

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Lets get these people elected!

Seattle has a public election financing system, and some really good candidates are running!

Jon Ossof in Georgia, help out here.

Kathryn Allen is running to kick out Jason Chaffetz. help out here.

Quist in Montana, help here.

Arturo in California district 34, help here.

Mejia for congress in California district 34, help here.

James Thompson Kansas

Cheri Honkala in Philadelphia 197th district help here.

Lets replace a republican with a scientist! 

More!

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Call Grows for ‘Total Shutdown’ Over Alleged Trump-Russia Collusion.  Personally I would have called for a total shut down over his environmental or economic policy, but whatever gets the job done in Washington.

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DOJ investigating Rep. Duncan Hunter, early Trump backer.  Trump is the political touch of death.  Once the republicans see their members dropping like flies, they will turn on him.  But we must keep the pressure up, call your congress person every single day and complain that they are not fighting Trump enough.

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Bernie Sanders, Top Progressives Announce New Medicare-For-All Push

Get out there, make a difference!

Start here, Democrats, Fight for Medicare For All!  Then call your senator, demand medicare for all!

Dear senators, this is how you make the idiots over at CNN work for you.  This is a masterful example of substance over style.  Bernie gets up there lays it out simply, with policy based,  simple language.  HE STANDS FOR SOMETHING!  You can’t fight something with nothing, lets fight it with this!

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The 1% should pay tax at 80%

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Lets kick racist Rep. Steve King out of office!  His challenger is ready!

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Contact your rep, ask if they are on board with H.R. 676

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Tools of change:

Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?

Calling your government representative:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Call your Attorney General
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

Tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.  You can also call other states congress people and threaten to donate to their opponent if they don’t do what you want.

Phone Bank for Progressive Candidates:

https://www.grassrootspb.com/

Call the White House:

202-456-1111

Call the “White House”:

Use this  website to call one of Trump’s many properties he has not put into a blind trust yet, and let them know how you feel (be polite, they are workers just like us, but be firm).

Do a little Slacktivism:

Send Some Text Messages for progressive causes (I know it says textforbernie, but its for a range of progressive candidates)  Or you can have your texts turned into faxes by the ResistBot

Go to a town hall and talk to your congress person in person:

Check when the next town hall is here

Monitor your congressperson:

Keep track of how your senator is voting on cabinet picks here, so you can call them up and give them hell if they vote for any of these worthless fuckers.

See how your elected representatives are voting for or against Trump.

Also be sure to keep track if you live in a district with an upcoming flip-able seat (flip to the left that is)

Upcoming house votes:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/

Upcoming senate bills:

http://www.senateseeker.com/vote.php?upcoming=true

Monitor Trumps Conflict of Interests:

From CNN of all people.

General Guides:

Guidelines by former Congress staffers on how to get Congress to listen. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

Join the fight to clean out the democratic party:  Justice Democrats!

Do you want to help me continue to bring you these daily roundups of the Trump news, while also getting great rewards?  Consider supporting me on Patreon!

Become a Patron!

Thank you!

This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 57

Trump Watch:

When Trump was told that the people hurt most under Trumpcare were his own voters he say “Oh, I know”.  This man is a demon, and if you voted for him he would literally let you die from lack of health care so long as it enriches his rich friends and donors….you must rally your peers to remove him from office, call your rep and senator and tell them that not only should they not vote for Trumpcare, they should also begin the impeachment process.   Some republican Senators are already coming out against the plan, we only need 2 or 3 more to stop this horrible bill.

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We had better kick him out soon, he is starting to sound like a dictator, saying our constitution “makes us look weak.”  That is some chilling shit coming out of this idiots mouth.  He is just stupid enough to think that.

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The new Trump Budget would gut NASA, cut aid to poor Appalachia, climate programs (which they called a “waste of money”) and a bunch of other programs….so we can pay for a fucking wall, and an increased military budget.  This has to be stopped.

Trump could pay for meals on wheels, and the arts, if he would just stop going on fucking vacation every god damn weekend.

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Foreign student enrollment is down 40% because they are afraid of Trump.  Scientists are worried we might lose an entire generation of researchers.

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Rex Tillerson is talking about starting a nuclear war with North Korea, but he had to stop his diplomatic visit to South Korea early because he was tired…I can only hope that someone with a brain made him come home before he actually did start a nuclear war with North Korea.  If he really did come home because he was tired after saying that crazy shit…well we need to have a new secretary of state then.

 

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I still don’t understand why the media is treating this Russian thing like its some sort of red scare, this has nothing to do with Russia in particular, its just about very rich people corrupting the political system so they can make more money.  It is petty corruption on a massive scale, the country is not in danger from Russia, its in danger from corrupt Trump!

The Resistance!:

Upcoming Marches Against Trump:

April 15 – Tax Strike

April 22 – March for Science

 April 29th – Peoples Climate March

June 11 – LGBTQA+ March on DC

————————

Lets get these people elected!

Seattle has a public election financing system, and some really good candidates are running!

Jon Ossof in Georgia, help out here.

Kathryn Allen is running to kick out Jason Chaffetz. help out here.

Quist in Montana, help here.

Arturo in California district 34, help here.

Mejia for congress in California district 34, help here.

James Thompson Kansas

Cheri Honkala in Philadelphia 197th district help here.

Lets replace a republican with a scientist! 

More!

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Can we please run someone against Steve King.  I have been to Iowa a million times, and there are a lot of very good people there, surely we can find a candidate that will primary this profoundly ugly racist individual!

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It’s kind of fun to watch Spicer try to defend his insane boss.  Keep up the pressure on these fools, under even the smallest pressure they crack.

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This is how you do it, Bernie 2020!

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kick out the corporate dems!

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If you live in Kansas check out James Thompson!

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Pull your money from large corporate banks, put it into local credit unions, watch them crumble.

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It’s time to get rid of Joe Manchin.

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If you live in New Mexico, call your representatives NOW!

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Tools of change:

Feel like this is all a bunch of bullshit?  Want to do something about it?

Calling your government representative:

Call your Senator
Call your House Rep (Or use this spreadsheet)
Call your Governor
Call your Attorney General
Or try this website
Fax Congress here (free!)

You can also use 5Calls.org if you are having a hard time figuring out what to say.

Tell them in no uncertain terms that you want them to fight to stop Trump from doing these things. Tell them you will be watching them closely on how they vote, and will hold them accountable during the next election if they cave to Trump.  You can also call other states congress people and threaten to donate to their opponent if they don’t do what you want.

Phone Bank for Progressive Candidates:

https://www.grassrootspb.com/

Call the White House:

202-456-1111

Call the “White House”:

Use this  website to call one of Trump’s many properties he has not put into a blind trust yet, and let them know how you feel (be polite, they are workers just like us, but be firm).

Do a little Slacktivism:

Send Some Text Messages for progressive causes (I know it says textforbernie, but its for a range of progressive candidates)

Go to a town hall and talk to your congress person in person:

Check when the next town hall is here

Monitor your congressperson:

Keep track of how your senator is voting on cabinet picks here, so you can call them up and give them hell if they vote for any of these worthless fuckers.

See how your elected representatives are voting for or against Trump.

Also be sure to keep track if you live in a district with an upcoming flip-able seat (flip to the left that is)

Monitor Trumps Conflict of Interests:

From CNN of all people.

General Guides:

Guidelines by former Congress staffers on how to get Congress to listen. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Run For Office!:

Want to run for office in your area to fight back, check this out for positions that are open in your area, how to register, and what you need to do to win office!

Remove the Corporate Democrats!:

Join the fight to clean out the democratic party:  Justice Democrats!

Do you want to help me continue to bring you these daily roundups of the Trump news, while also getting great rewards?  Consider supporting me on Patreon!

Become a Patron!

Thank you!

China Is Killing Itself With Pollution

AFP Reporters

Judging by the numbers, the scope of China’s environmental degradation is beyond shocking.  Consider:

  • The World Bank estimated, in a 2007 report, that pollution caused 5.8% of China’s GDP in premature deaths, healthcare costs, and material damages. Air pollution alone is estimated to kill 700,000 people a year.
  • A 2012 MIT study estimated that air pollution in 2005 cost the Chinese economy $112 billion in lost labor and healthcare costs, roughly five times higher than it was in 1975.
  • In 2010, airborne microscopic pollutants caused an estimated 8,600 premature deaths in four major Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xian.
  • According to a Chinese vice minister of environmental protection, the water quality in five of the nine bays along China’s coast was “extremely poor.” Results from monitoring stations along 10 major river basins show that 40% of the water is polluted. And 55% of the underground water in 200 cities is polluted. On top of that, about 300 million rural residents do not have access to safe drinking water.
  • Soil pollution is endangering China’s food chain. Roughly 10% of the country’s arable land has been contaminated by heavy metal, based on scientific studies conducted in the late 1990s. In 2006, the Chinese government began a nationwide survey of soil pollution. However, it has not released the results, most probably because the findings are too alarming for the government to release.

Given decades of environmental neglect and China’s heavy reliance on coal — which produces 70% of the country’s energy — it would be difficult to produce a dramatic improvement quickly. Nevertheless, the Chinese government can take a comprehensive approach to environmental protection by adopting tougher environmental standards, changing their economic policy, increasing investment in the environment, and mobilizing the press and civil society to take part in these efforts.Via

A couple things immediately stand out.

  • This pollution is caused because they are making the worlds cheap crap. This is as much our pollution problem as theirs.
  • They are burning coal, one of the filthiest, mercury filled fuels around. They are literally killing themselves with their energy source choices.
  • They are creating enough green house gasses to alter the planet in such a way that billions more lives are in danger.
  • This thirst for coal, and other natural resources is bound to cause political instability in places like Africa and other regions where China is pushing its weight around (for an example look what happened when America put its fingers into middle east politics for oil over the last 50 years).
  • This pollution doesn’t stay in China, elevated mercury levels, and other toxins have been detected in California, putting human lives, and farm/fishing industry in danger.
  • Unless we stop ordering cheap crap from china, and help China build a sustainable energy system, billions of human lives including our own could be at risk.

We must ask ourselves, why is the stuff we buy from China so cheap? Is it because the people and environment of China is absorbing extra costs? The cost of the products from China doesn’t include things like “pollution controls” or “clean waste disposal” or “air quality controls” instead those costs are passed on to the people of china, the environment of china, and ultimately to all of us.

So sure, we might pay less for our cheap plastic crap from china, but that doesn’t mean those items are actually cheaper, it just means someone else is picking up part of the tab for us. Increasingly it looks like they are paying that bill with their lives.

Walmart Takes Your Tax Dollars So It Can Pay Its Workers Low Low Wages

Ever wonder how Walmart makes so much money? They pay their workers so little that they are forced to get on food stamps (which your tax dollars pay for), so next time you think you are getting a deal by shopping at Walmart remember that what you are really doing is paying for those savings in some other way.

 

The combined worth of the 6 Walmart heirs and heiresses is greater than that of the bottom 41% of American families (48.8 million households). How do the grinning kids of Sam Walton stay so rich? By paying their employees slave wages and not providing benefits, forcing them to use food stamps and medicaid. Above, a poster by Miel Macassey that shows how Walmart siphons money from taxpayers so it can pay its workers (which represent 1% of the American workforce) an average of $8.81 an hour without having them and their kids drop dead of starvation.(via)

350.org Does The Math

I attended the Do The Math tour last night put on by Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben describes the simple math of global warming:

If we want to avoid a climate catastrophe we need to keep our warming below a 2 degree Celsius rise.

To avoid that we will need to keep the amount of carbon below 565 gigatons of CO2

Current proven reserves of oil/gas/coal are 2795 gigatons of CO2. Five times more than we will need to doom us to runaway global warming.

These companies will dig up and burn that carbon, its how they make money. They should no longer be considered companies, and be reclassified as radical enemies of humanity.

So what do we do with these companies? We go after the only thing they care about.

We need to make schools, colleges, pensions, unions, etc to divest from these companies. We can no longer offer these companies a profit for destroying our earth.

If you are a college who invests in Exxon, what is the point of educating your students if there will not be a viable climate for them to use that education in. If you are a pension fund manager what is the point of investing in Shell if there is no future for your pensioners to use their retirement in.

And if all that wasn’t enough Bill explained it all in a metaphor we can all understand Beer.

Learn how you can get your institutions to divest from these big carbon companies at GoFossilFree.org