The nation looks over an authoritarian cliff into fascism and ignorance:
The Trump administration has banned the use of seven words by scientists:
Several advisory board scientists have resigned to protest the Trump administration’s disregard for science, climate change and environmental protections:
A reckless tweet from Trump, misunderstood by North Korea’s dictator, would lead to the use of nuclear weapons by North Korea. Millions of people, including Americans, would die:
A false alarm generated panic in Hawaii that a nuclear attack was imminent and added to concerns about Trump’s feud with North Korea’s dictator:
Then there is also the very real possibility that an irrational, unstable Trump could launch a nuclear attack out of anger or to distract from his failures as a leader.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to an anti-nukes group:
What kind of sick monster makes an insensitive comment to the gold star widow of a soldier who died serving his country? The answer, of course, is “President” Trump:
Trump’s tweet tally: 24 about the NFL. Four about Puerto Rico:
Trump said if North Korea attacks the U.S. or an ally, he would “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people.
A preemptive attack by the U.S. would likely result in North Korea attacking and killing millions of South Koreans and possibly additional attacks.
Trump does not seem to understand the difference between crude talk by professional wrestlers and intelligent discourse by heads of state:
“For a man who could decide to use nuclear weapons to speak about them in a cavalier and bullying tone is obscene. For professional wrestling, fine; for matters of worldwide life and death, no.”:
There is no end to Trump’s reckless madness:
Trump also said he may pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio, a blatant bigot who brutally housed inmates in tents during the summer in Arizona in 120 degree temperatures and illegally imprisoned people for no reason other than that they were suspected of being undocumented.
Update: Trump followed through with his plan to pardon the blatant racist Joe Arpaio:
Trump tweeted that he wants the nation to “heel.” That is exactly what he wants. Merriam-Webster, the dictionary, tweeted that its most searched word is “fascism.” Indeed:
Section 4, Amendment 25 to the Constitution:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
What do scientists know, anyway:
First Trump lost his mind. Now his eyes are shot. What’s next?
Trump actually claimed that people who express their opposition to Nazis are just as bad as Nazis:
One of these Nazis killed an activist in Charlottesville. And the president of the United States then said one group is no worse than the other.
The most defining and consistent characteristic of Trump as president has been his lust for violence fueled by hate. It was clear during his campaign when he encouraged his supporters to attack protestors at his rallies. It was clear last week when he threatened to launch nuclear weapons. It was clear this week when he said Nazis are no worse than people who express their opposition to Nazis. And it will continue to be clear throughout his presidency.
Today’s editorial from The Washington Post: “The nation can only weep”:
Corporate executives are fleeing Trump:
Former CIA director John Brennan described Trump’s bizarre and bigoted comments as “despicable”:
World leaders react to Trump’s bigotry:
NBA players and coaches react to Trump’s bigoted comments:
Prominent Republicans hammer Trump for claiming Nazis are no worse than people who oppose Nazis:
A Move On petition to demand Congress censure Trump for failing to condemn white supremacy and Nazis:
Enough is enough:
Seth Meyers criticizes Trump for his failure to lead the nation after the violence in Charlottesville:
The mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed by a Nazi in Charlottesville, urges everyone to confront bigotry:
There comes a point when some older adults lose their minds and behave as children. Trump has reached that stage, apparently, and would seem better situated in a nursing home than in the White House:
This is not someone who can be trusted with the nuclear codes.
Trump’s proposed higher education budget:
- Cuts Federal Work-Study Programs by $488 million (49 percent).
- Elimination of Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, a cut of $733 million (100 percent).
- Eliminates subsidized student loans and public service loan forgiveness for new student loan borrowers.
- Adult Education Grant cut by $326 million (40 percent).
- Dislocated Worker Grants cut by $385 million (39 percent).
- Youth Grants cut by $457 million (52 percent).
- Perkins Act cut by $166 million (15 percent).
- GEAR UP cut by $104 million (32 percent).
- Adult Basic Education cut by $96 million (16 percent).
- TRIO cut by $92 million (10 percent).
- Pell Grants: Maximum award stays flat at $5,920.
Trump’s proposed cuts to higher education funding would have severe impacts on tens of thousands of Community College students in California. Many will drop out or never enroll if Congress approves the cuts.
Meanwhile, 20 percent of Community College students in Los Angeles are homeless and most struggle to pay for food:
Republicans say that Trump’s disclosure to Russian officials jeopardizes national security:
Trump even told the Russians about highly sensitive and classified plans by the U.S. military in Syria and Iraq.
Analysis of Trump’s latest bizarre behavior:
It boggles the mind why anyone would support Trump, who is obviously grossly incompetent and stupidly reckless.
Trump’s support is dropping:
Update: As tempers flare among White House aides, Trump lashes back against his own administration and trusts almost no one — not even his own family:
Update: Trump is lashing out against everyone it seems, even the U.S. intelligence agencies. But he is buddies with the Russians and the world’s worst dictators:
The planet is doomed:
The Sierra Club said Trump’s reckless, irresponsible decision to select climate science denier Pruitt to head the EPA is like picking an arsonist to fight fires:
An overwhelming majority of climate scientists — 97 percent — say that climate change is real and largely human caused, but Pruitt either stupidly or dishonestly claims otherwise.
The EPA also restricts emissions of mercury, arsenic and lead in the air and water. But now without these restrictions the planet will turn into a dystopian hellhole:
And the public will know little about what is happening to the environment during the Trump presidency now that he has banned the National Park Service and the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing press releases, posting their research findings, or commenting without senior officials’ prior approval:
Trump has removed ready access to climate change research from the Environmental Protection Agency website:
Don’t worry about getting news about science, though. You can always rely on Trump’s tweets about “science”:
Scientists plan to march on Washington to protest against Trump’s censorship of their research and attack against the environment:
Trump’s pick to staff the top positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has served as a policy expert at the conservative Heartland Institute, which has crazily equated the belief in climate change with terrorism and murder:
Trump has selected the worst possible people for each federal agency and department.
Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, retweeted a fake news story claiming Clinton’s emails involved child sex:
And we are to believe that Flynn is part of the Trump team who will “make America great again.”
Flynn’s son repeatedly promoted a fake news story falsely claiming the Clintons were involved in a child sex ring at a pizza restaurant, which then led to a deranged man shooting an assault rifle in the business:
Trump has fired Flynn’s son from his transition team because of his wacky Twitter posts, but Flynn is still Trump’s pick as security adviser. Flynn’s own inaccurate claims are known by his colleagues as “Flynn facts”:
Here is one reason Trump’s people spread lies on the internet: There are millions of Americans who believe any wacky garbage they read online:
Some people were so convinced that the lies were true that they claimed, as did Flynn’s son, that the gunman was used as a diversion to trick people. When the claims were proven false by Snopes and others, Trump supporters became furious that anyone would dare to insist that the Clintons were not involved with child sex trafficking.
The restaurant even had to close for a few days because of the fake news stories. I hope that the restaurant’s owner sues Flynn’s son and all of the fake news websites that spread the lies.
Heaven help us:
The unfortunate rebranding isn’t the only wacky idea. The majority shareholder and corporate chairman also wants tronc (yes, that’s tronc, not Tronc) journalists to produce 2,000 videos a day using artificial intelligence:
Cable TV news is almost always a waste of time. Or worse: It is often a conduit for lies and propaganda.
Trump is leading in the Republican polls, but Europeans are horrified:
It is not surprising why many Europeans would oppose Donald Trump:
Trump said he would eliminate the U.S. Education Department and Environmental Protection Agency, bring back torture and kill the families of suspected terrorists.
Trump has said he would make it easier to sue the news media for libel:
And he has said he would deport children born to undocumented immigrants, even though the children are U.S. citizens.
Former CIA director Michael Hayden said that the U.S. military would refuse to follow certain orders from Trump if he were to be elected president:
Polls show that either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would defeat Trump, with Sanders garnering better than double the margin of victory that Clinton would get:
Update: Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Trump is not fit to serve as president because of his extremist views:
And the Los Angeles Times agrees that Trump is not fit to serve as president:
Trump is encouraging his supporters and the police to increase the frequency and intensity of attacks on protestors:
Trump’s goading his supporters and the police to attack protestors harkens back to when Ronald Reagan gave the green light as California’s governor for the police to attack peaceful college students protesting against the Vietnam war. “If there is to be a bloodbath, let it begin now,” Reagan said at the time. And that is exactly what happened next.
The U.S. military knew the precise location of the hospital. It then killed and maimed doctors and patients in the hospital and as they tried to flee the air attack:
The government isn’t testing the water. It took an independent scientist to find the toxic, cancer-causing chemicals in the water:
Here we go again. When will we ever learn?
Feeding the military industrial complex, we go to war again. And after a steady drumbeat goading the president into another unnecessary war, the news media finally begin to ask hard questions:
This challenging of authority lasted a few days. Now much of the news media is back to cheerleading for war:
By approving the collection of webcam images of millions of innocent people who were not suspected of committing any crimes or wrongdoing, the NSA and its UK counterpart have crossed a line, if the allegations are true, into rogue, government-within-a-government abuse of power on an almost unimaginable Orwellian scale:
Reaction, as one might imagine, has been sharply critical.
“Secretly intercepting and taking photographs from millions of people’s webcam chats is as creepy as it gets…Orwell’s 1984 was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual,” said Big Brother Watch.
Yahoo said in a statement that it “strongly call(s) on the world’s governments to reform surveillance law.” That is not enough, this time. All of the officials who approved this monstrous mass spying on millions of innocent people should be immediately fired, prosecuted and imprisoned, and Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against President Obama if he approved it (again, if the allegations are accurate):
An interview with the reporter who first reported the news:
The documents, leaked to the news media by Edward Snowden, reveal that the spying began during President Bush’s administration in 2008 and continued into Obama’s presidency until at least 2010 (some activity continued until at least 2012). It will be interesting to find out who approved the spying and whether anyone from the Bush or Obama administrations will serve time in prison.
The documents reveal that the vast majority of the images are of people — many of them children — who were not suspected of any wrongdoing. The government’s stated purpose of spying on millions of innocent people, according to the documents, was to gather millions of webcam images — including many thousands of explicit photos — in case some of them might be useful later.
Although highly unlikely, if justice is carried out, innocent people who were not suspected of any criminal activity should be entitled to full disclosure of the images that were collected of them, and they should be provided with opportunities to sue the government for both compensatory and punitive damages.
Update: The U.S. Senate is planning to launch an investigation into the NSA’s role in the mass collection of webcam images:
“We are extremely troubled by today’s press report that a very large number of individuals – including law-abiding Americans – may have had private videos of themselves and their families intercepted and stored without any suspicion of wrongdoing. If this report is accurate it would show a breathtaking lack of respect for the privacy and civil liberties of law-abiding citizens,” U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Martin Heinrich said in a joint statement.
I am wondering what parents think about the NSA and GCHQ collecting millions of webcam photos of their children.
Is there any point to watching local TV news in SoCal?
I would not be surprised after what has already been revealed about the NSA’s spying. Orwellian, indeed:
Apparently, it does: