Category Archives: Environment

Stuff about the environment and our relationship with it

Trump Watch September 12 2017

Day 227:

Shit rolls down hill

If we keep ignoring global warming, more forests will burn, more cities will drown, and the earth will eventually get so nasty that the human race will face an uphill battle for survival.  Just remember that when you go to the polls.

Further Reading:

Trump’s Climate Change Denial Could Cost Us $100 Trillion

Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a “sociopath” and “a very sick individual”

Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors

How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner

Trump promised to hire the best people. He keeps hiring the worst. NASA is next

Is Trump Ending the American Era?

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury

Four more Democratic senators will co-sponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill

Senator Ted Cruz faces backlash after his Twitter account ‘likes’ pornography video

Feinstein vows there will be a public Donald Trump Jr. hearing ‘come hell or high water’

Mike Pence convenes all-white, all-male meeting to plot voter suppression

Mueller haunts the West Wing

Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil

Hope Hicks to become Trump’s third White House communications director: report

After an earthquake and a hurricane—and Trump’s failure to send condolences—Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.

Unions Aren’t Obsolete, They’re Being Crushed by Right-Wing Politics

‘My body freezes. My heart stops.’: Journalist Katy Tur describes receiving an unwelcome kiss from Trump while covering 2016 campaign

Russia revelations spark demands for new media regulations

Senators Seek Answers on Equifax Breach, Including Details on Stock Sales

Russian politician says on live TV that Russia stole U.S. presidency

Some Trump Lawyers Wanted Kushner Out

Trump’s voter fraud commission is hearing a proposal to make every voter pass a gun background check

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Tools of change:

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Calling your government representative:

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Or try this website
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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.

Elections!

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

See if you have a special election in your area!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

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.

The Atlantic

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!:

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Trump Watch September 11 2017

Day 226:

I was on vacation

Went and got out into nature, and did some work with my hands. Refreshing to say the least.

Back to the slog of the endless bullshit that is Trump et all.

Further Reading:

Trump promised not to work with foreign entities. His company just did

Climate change is getting worse, & so is media’s coverage of it

Pope Francis says rescinding DACA is not ‘pro-life’

Too Many Americans Think Patriotism Means Racism And Xenophobia

Now Trump is an “independent” president? Give us a break

Pope launches thinly veiled attack on Trump, saying: ‘History will judge climate change deniers’

Bannon calls Comey firing the biggest mistake in ‘modern political history’.

Florida AG who killed Trump University investigation gets cushy Trump admin job

Steve Bannon’s damning admission about Trump firing James Comey

Why Republicans Can’t Govern

Donald Trump’s 3% growth plan is only for the 1%

Offshore wind energy is cheaper than new nuclear power for first time

Take a look at one of the country’s most blatant gerrymanders

President Trump’s War on Science

Builders fought against making cranes safer in hurricane-prone Miami. Now two have fallen.

‘Legitimately Insane’: To Scare Leakers, Sessions Wants White House Staff Polygraphed

Democrats cringing at Hillary Clinton’s long goodbye. “Clinton’s continued effort to be a leading figure in the party could severely hurt chances for Democrats in 2018, as well as 2020.”

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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.

Elections!

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

See if you have a special election in your area!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

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.

The Atlantic

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!

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Trump Watch September 1 2017

Day 216:

Its still early:

Trump seems to like to dump a shit load of bad news Friday afternoon.   As I am writing this in the morning, who knows what will happen later today.  Probably will be shitty though.

Be sure you know the next election in your area.  Because you never want to miss a chance to vote an asshole out of office.

Further Reading:

Giving every adult in the United States a $1,000 cash handout per month would grow the economy by $2.5 trillion by 2025, according to a new study on universal basic income.

‘Send prayers’: Texas Republican turns down donated blankets, beds, manpower from Canada

Mueller Enlists the IRS for His Trump-Russia Investigation

Eric Trump Tried To Call Out CNN. It Didn’t Go Well.

Fox News Poll: Americans Think Donald Trump Is An Unstable, Dishonest, Immoral Bully

Trump Calls Bannon, Other Outside Advisers When Kelly Isn’t Around

Fmr. Kushner aide: Trump told Jared Republicans are dumb

‘We don’t answer to him’: McCain calls Trump ‘poorly informed,’ ‘impulsive’ in blistering op-ed

The 2020 Census may be wildly inaccurate—and it matters more than you think

Treasury inspector general to review Mnuchin flight to Ft. Knox

Trump reportedly calls Steve Bannon on his personal phone when John Kelly isn’t around

Mueller teams up with IRS in Russia probe: report

Pepe the Frog creator forces withdrawal of ‘alt-right’ children’s book, profits sent to Muslim advocacy group

Joel Osteen Is the Quintessential Religious Figure of the Trump Era

Eric Trump predicts CNN won’t cover Trump Harvey donation hours after network report

Trump administration removes sexual violence report from website

Manafort Notes From Russian Meet Contain Cryptic Reference to ‘Donations’

Sanders: It’s ‘pretty dumb’ not to ask about climate change after Harvey

Betsy DeVos’s Newest Hire Was a Dean of DeVry, Everyone’s Favorite Sham University

Trump Attorneys Lay Out Arguments Against Obstruction-of-Justice Probe to Mueller

RNC chief of staff resigns amid rash of departures

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has resigned

Trump Energy official who said controversial comments were result of hacking resigns

When Your First Move Is to Threaten Lynching, Maybe Something’s Wrong

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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.

Elections!

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

See if you have a special election in your area!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

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.

The Atlantic

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!

Trump Watch August 31 2017

Day 215:

Kamala Harris comes out for single payer…:

I say hold back a little, Kamala Harris has been cuddling up to all the big establishment donors, she has been getting a lot of attention from the same folks who backed Clinton, and Obama not so much from the people who backed Sanders.

While I think this is a big deal, it might not be that the establishment forces are moving to the left, it might be that they can read the poll numbers like the rest of us and see that this is a very popular issue.

I will wait and see. I don’t know what Harris is up to, other than obviously setting up a presidential run.

She could have (and should have) put Mnuchen in jail, and that big insurance/pharma money is nothing to sneeze at in the establishment democratic party.

I just find myself very cynical and suspicious these days. Probably because we have a bunch of oligarchs running the show and they are not above a little bread and circus action to keep us plebs in line.

Do your research, and vote carefully.

Further Reading:

Kamala Harris announces she will co-sponsor single-payer health insurance

Trump and Manafort get big reminder that pardon power does not extend to state crimes

Texas Accepts Mexico’s Offer of Harvey Relief

Donald Trump suppressed report into coal mining’s risk to public health, accuses world-leading Nature scientific journal

White House acknowledges Trump lied about ‘witnessing first hand’ the devastation of Harvey

How President Trump turned hurricane relief into product placement for campaign swag

Almost all news coverage of the Barcelona attack mentioned terrorism. Very little coverage of Charlottesville did.

Missouri state rep says person who vandalized Confederate statue should be ‘hung from a tall tree’

Trump Will Fail at Tax Reform, Too

Income Inequality In Wisconsin At Highest Level Since Great Depression

Mueller teams up with New York attorney general in Manafort probe

Donald Trump is one of the biggest threats facing humankind: 50 Nobel laureates on what keeps them up at night

Rather: Trump ‘seized with fear’ over Mueller investigation

Trump claimed he witnessed Harvey’s devastation ‘first hand.’ The White House basically admits he didn’t.

White House Quietly Removes Sexual Assault Report From Website

Trump Touts ‘Middle Class’ Tax Relief But Only Detail He Offers Helps The Rich

Special counsel Robert Mueller just made a move signaling that the FBI is zeroing in on Paul Manafort

Fox News Poll: Voters’ mood sours, 56 percent say Trump tearing country apart

Trump wants Alfa Bank Trump Tower clean-up lawyer in key DoJ role

One of the Russians at the Trump Tower meeting just testified

Robert Mueller Just Took Away President Trump’s Best Leverage

Eric Trump says his father ‘tunes out’ criticism so he doesn’t kill himself

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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.

Elections!

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

See if you have a special election in your area!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

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.

The Atlantic

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!

Trump Watch August 30 2017

Day 214:

The clear path forward:

When you have a fever, you don’t just cool yourself down and call it a day.  You have a fever because of an infection.  Cooling down the fever will do nothing to cure the root problem.  Left untreated that infection will overheat you again.

Similarly Trump is the fever, not the infection.  The infection is money in politics.  The rich have purchased politicians, and the politicians do what the rich people want.  Until we get that money out of politics, its going to be an uphill battle to get anything useful done.

If Hillary had been president we would have gotten the same shit, with a nicer smile.  In a way we should be thankful that we got the stupid incompetent bungling oligarch instead of someone like Hillary who is smart and competent and would (much like Obama did) continue to prop this very broken system up.

If you want to help the people of Huston, donate to the red cross, but that is just putting an ice pack on the forehead of a very sick body politic.  If you want to cure the infection, vote vote vote.  Vote for someone who doesn’t take corporate money, vote for someone interested in overturning citizens united, who cares about raising the minimum wage, who will fight climate change, who wants to make public university free, who will fight for universal health care.

If you keep voting for the same old senators, and the same old representatives, and mayors, and governors, you are going to get the same old shit.

Study, fight, love win!

Further Reading:

Mattis orders Pentagon to allow transgender troops to continue serving, pending study

Judge won’t vacate former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s contempt conviction without oral arguments

We’ve got less than 24 hours left to protect net neutrality

Republicans Will Let America Burn While Holding Out for Tax Cuts – The core principle of the GOP is to make the rich richer, & that’s more important to its congressional leaders than any U.S. institution

Ivanka backs Trump administration’s plan to scrap Obama rules preventing pay discrimination

Joe Arpaio, a Man Who Terrorized Communities of Color, Is Bummed Everyone Is Calling Him a Racist Monster

Bernie Sanders: Still Good | The left-wing senator is touring the country to fire up his base, and he’s just getting started.

Trump signed letter of intent for Russian tower during campaign, lawyer says

19 people, including 15 Turkish security officials, indicted for attacking protesters during Erdogan visit to DC in May

Fox News Pulled Off The Air In UK Because No One Watches It

Body-slammed reporter wants to know why Rep. Gianforte still won’t grant interview

Everyone’s a Socialist After a Natural Disaster

Ethics group: Trump is wrong to wear campaign hat on trip to Texas

Trump praises crowd size while touring Harvey damage

Christie: Cruz is lying about his vote against Sandy relief

Special counsel subpoenas Manafort’s former attorney and spokesman

Donald Trump confused hopes and facts in fighter jet sale announcement, says Finland

President Trump in Corpus Christi: ‘What a crowd. What a turnout.’

House intel Dem: Committee may seek Trump testimony on Russia

Conservative groups shrug off link between tropical storm Harvey and climate change

Rep. Rohrabacher says ‘rendezvous’ being set up with Trump to relay info from WikiLeaks’ Assange on DNC hack

LePage Tries To Block Medicaid Expansion In Maine By Labeling It ‘Welfare’

What more proof of a secret Russian connection do we need?

Donald Trump approval ratings: Only 16% of Americans like how the US President conducts himself

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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.

Elections!

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

See if you have a special election in your area!

Is your mayor up for election?  Find out, get involved!

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.

The Atlantic

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!