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This Is Not Normal,This Is Not OK! :Day 32

Things Trump Messed Up Today:

In case you are wondering what Trump is trying to do, just look to Putin.  Putin has accumulated MASSIVE wealth through his corruption.(200!!! Billion)  Trump wants to be just like Putin.  This is all about the money.  

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Trump wants to kill sesame street.  And the rest of PBS.  Including funding for arts…because why not.  It’s almost 0% of the federal budget, does a lot of good, and for some reason Trump wants to kill it…

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Now that Trump is president all the super creeps feel they can publicly say whatever horrible thing is on their mind.  This Utah politician thinks women shouldn’t be paid the same as men…because he thinks its bad for families.  We have to vote these people out of office, as its the only want to let them know that we wont normalize these kinds of things.

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Trump gets all his news from TV.  Specifically Fox news.  This basically means that Trump’s reality is based on whatever Fox puts on the news.  Just think about that for a while.

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Flynn might only be the start, this administration could be rotten to the core.

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Trump is firing anyone who disagrees with him, meaning that the echo chamber of his madness will only grow.  There are no brakes on this crazy train.

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Trump is destroying the local business around the “winter white house.”  The locals are none too happy about it.

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The state of the world is getting more precarious, Trump’s failure to lead is going to cause many deaths.

The Resistance!

 

Saturday feb 25th!  Start your own rally to save The Affordable Care Act!

Science March! April 22nd!

Women’s General Strike March 8th! (international Women’s day)

Trump Impeachment Rally In Atlanta On Today!

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Here is a good basic overview on how the impeachment process works.  Good to know because I am pretty sure we will need this soon.

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Even Fox news is getting a little uncomfortable with Trump’s anti-media screeds.   They are not alone, weak willed corporate news outlets are starting to realize its time to put principle over profit and stand up and fight.  I still don’t recommend you watch these piece of shit news outlets, but its good to see them stand up a little.

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Boston had a rally for science this weekend!  Just look at all those nerds out there fighting for freedom.  More pictures here.

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A group of Anti-Trump people in the UK are aiming to have the largest Protest the UK has ever seen when Trump visits.  The entire world is rising up against Trump.

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Rep. Tom Reed Town Hall

We're at a town hall discussion led by Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican congressman in New York. Leave your questions in the comments, and NYT reporter Nilo Tabrizy will ask some.

Posted by NYT Politics on Saturday, February 18, 2017

More, more of this.

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Kicking out the corporate democrats is a top priority.  We need strong democratic leaders that will revitalize support for the party.

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We don’t need to just resist, we can attack!  Make these assholes have to go on TV and tell the American people why they are not going to do things that are good for the average people in this country.

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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
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.

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).

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.

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

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!

Obama Administration Plans To Tackle Climate Change (Even If Congress Wont)

Obama is finally stepping up. Congress wont do anything, so he is doing something. Its too little, and maybe too late, but I am happy he is doing it.

President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming.

In a major speech at Georgetown University, Obama warned Americans of the deep and disastrous effects of climate change, urging them to take action before it’s too late.

‘‘As a president, as a father and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act,’’ Obama said.

Obama announced he was directing his administration to launch the first-ever federal regulations on heat-trapping gases emitted by new and existing power plants — ‘‘to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution.’’

Other aspects of the plan will boost renewable energy production on federal lands, increase efficiency standards and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures.

Even before Obama unveiled his plan Tuesday, Republican critics in Congress were lambasting it as a job-killer that would threaten the economic recovery. Obama dismissed those critics, noting the same arguments have been used in the past when the U.S. has taken other steps to protect the environment.

‘‘That’s what they said every time,’’ Obama said. ‘‘And every time, they’ve been wrong.’’

Obama touted America’s strengths — research, technology and innovation — as factors that make the U.S. uniquely poised to take on the challenges of global warming. He mocked those who deny that humans are contributing to the warming of the planet, adding that he ‘‘doesn’t have much patience’’ for anybody who refuses to acknowledge the problem.

‘‘We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat-earth society,’’ Obama said.(via)

He has also released his plan on Whitehouse.gov (read it here)

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Climate-Related Migration Often Short Distance And Cyclical, Not International

Recent reports, as well as extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy, suggest that climate change, and particularly sea-level rise, may be occurring faster than earlier anticipated. This has increased public and policy discussions about climate change’s likely impacts on the movement of populations, both internally and worldwide. Research suggests that when climate-related migration does occur, much of it is short distance and within national borders, as opposed to international, according to new analysis conducted by Lori Hunter, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online service (www.worldwatch.org).

Recent research has added nuance to the scientific understanding of the potential connections between climate change and human migration. Previous studies over the past two decades relied largely on descriptive data and simplistic assumptions to put forward at-times alarmist estimates of future numbers of “environmental refugees,” ranging from 150 million to 1 billion people. But such broad-sweeping generalizations mask several central issues that are important in the development of appropriate policy responses. These include:

  • Environmental drivers, such as changing climatic patterns, are rarely the only factor leading to migration. Rainfall shortages and heat waves interact, for example, with persistent impoverishment and land degradation, as well as political and economic pressures. In addition, in many regions women’s inability to limit their family size, combined with the unmet demand for family planning, results in unsustainable population pressures on local and natural resources.
  • Environmentally related migration is not new: migration has represented a livelihood strategy for millennia. In low-lying Bangladesh, for example, migration has long served as an adaptive strategy. Over two-thirds of Bangladeshis work in agriculture, forests, or fisheries—- all livelihoods that depend on environmental conditions. Natural disasters plague rural Bangladesh with regular exposure to flooding as well as crop failure due to rainfall deficits, and food insecurity abounds.
  • Migration comes with costs—- social, financial, and otherwise. People tend to be attached to their homelands, their cultures, and their ways of life, so it is likely that they will seek to remain close to home, and to maintain their accustomed patterns, to the extent possible.

“In all, climate pressures on human migration cannot be denied,” said Hunter. “Yet new data and research are shedding light on the complexities underlying migration decision making, as well as providing more precise estimates of vulnerable populations. Future estimates of potential climate-related migration must take these insights into account.”

 

Around the world, environmental change interacts with existing challenges, including persistent impoverishment, unsustainable livelihoods, and population pressures. Such challenges can encourage relocation in some cases, but constrain it in others. Research suggests that when climate-related movement does occur, much of it will be short distance and within national borders, as opposed to international. And, like much environmentally influenced migration, people’s movements may be cyclical as opposed to permanent. More-rapid climate change, however, could increase both the overall number of individuals who are affected and the desperation brought on by a lack of viable livelihood alternatives.

Further highlights from the report:

  • Over half of Africa’s urban residents are in cities located in arid zones vulnerable to water scarcity and lacking the infrastructure and resources needed to improve resilience and lessen potential outmigration.
  • Researchers estimate that some 20 million people in the United States will be affected by sea-level rise by 2030.
  • Research focused on urban vulnerability in Africa, Asia, and South America estimates the population at risk of climate change in two zones expected to experience serious impacts: low-level coastal zones, which are vulnerable to flooding and related health risks (such as cholera and diarrheal diseases), and arid drylands, where urban residents are often not adequately served by distribution systems even if water is plentiful.