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Warning issued for 'hazardous' tsunami waves after 7.7 earthquake off the Solomon Islands

Source: 9news

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 hit off the Solomon Islands at 4.38am, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was initially reported to be of magnitude 8.0.

"Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within the next three hours along some coasts of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tuvalu and Kosrae," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Read more: http://www.9news.com.au/world/2016/12/09/05/06/warning-issued-for-hazardous-tsunami-waves-after-7-7-earthquake-off-the-solomon-islands

Trumps EPA Pick Is Skeptical of More Than Just Climate Change

Throughout the long campaign, and in the long month that has followed, President-elect Donald Trump sounded some odd notes about the environment.

He rejected the scientific fact of climate change, calling it a hoax or a fraud. He repeatedly announced his intent to repeal all of the Obama administration’s environmental regulations. He lamented, wrongly, that you couldn’t use hairspray anymore because it damaged the ozone layer.

And then, out of nowhere, he met with Al Gore, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for educating the public about the dangers of climate change.

While the broad strokes of Trump’s policies were never in doubt, there was often enough bizarreness to wonder what he would do with the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency.

On Wednesday, those questions were all but settled. Trump has chosen E. Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma, to lead the EPA, according to early reports.


"Landing Team" for Trump's EPA: Climate Deniers and a Lawyer Known For Harassing Climate Scientists

President-elect Donald Trump’s future Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is really taking shape with his newly announced EPA chief (and friend of the fossil fuel industry), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and the addition of lawyer David W. Schnare to the so-called EPA “landing team.”

Schnare is a lawyer known for filing several onerous legal requests to see the email inboxes of climate scientists and EPA administrators. He is now one of seven people chosen to coordinate information gathering for Trump's future administration with current staff at the EPA.

This group of seven picked by Trump’s transition team constitutes individuals almost universally dismissive of climate science, and many have strongly attacked the EPA’s climate plans.

Most individuals on this EPA landing team are drawn from conservative think tanks already working to underplay the risks of human-caused climate change while attacking the Obama administration’s EPA rulings on clean energy and climate change.


Thursday TOON Roundup 3: The Rest


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Police and race



Thursday TOON Roundup 2: If It's Fake, It Must Be Trump

Thursday Toon Roundup 1: If It's Fake, It Must Be News

Toon: Abomination of the Year

Toon: Red Menace

Mr. Fish Toon: Get to Know Trump's New Cabinet

Ohios Insane Guns Everywhere Bill Covers Airports, Childcare Centers, and Even Police Stations

Cliff Schecter

12.07.16 1:00 AM ET
If there’s one piece of legislation that captures the agonizing state of our fact-free and far-from-brave-new Trump world, it’s the Guns Everywhere bill being “debated” by the Tea Party-heavy lawmakers in my home state of Ohio. Its very existence is a reminder that indisputable facts are not kryptonite to the bullshit peddled by bought-off pols, but they’re what we have, so let’s shine whatever light we can on the many ways the bill’s both dippy and dangerous.

Currently only trained law-enforcement officers can bring guns into day-care centers. Yet this law would let anyone carry concealed, loaded guns into your toddlers’ safe spaces.

Speaking of law enforcement, do you think it would be easier for them to protect themselves if any churlish citizen could pack hidden heat in police stations? The mummified Ohio Legislature and their benefactors at the swinish, Putinized National Rifle Association do.

How about porting guns into airports? Sure!

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