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Friday TOON Roundup 1 - Godspeed, John Glenn

Trump Considers FDA Chief Who Says People Should Use Medicines At Their Own Risk"

By Sheila Kaplan, Ike Swetlitz

WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump is weighing naming as Food and Drug Administration commissioner a staunch libertarian who has called for eliminating the agency’s mandate to determine whether new medicines are effective before approving them for sale.

“Let people start using them, at their own risk,” the candidate, Jim O’Neill, said in a 2014 speech to a biotech group.

O’Neill, has also called for paying organ donors and setting up libertarian societies at sea—and has said he was surprised to discover that FDA regulators actually enjoy science and like working to fight disease.



Bet that doesn't include MJ.

Sen. Warren is not a fan of the fast-food CEO that Donald Trump just picked for labor secretary

By Nik DeCosta-Klipa December 8, 2016

Elizabeth Warren did not have any kind words for Andrew Puzder, the CEO of the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardees, who was appointed Thursday by Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor.

Warren, who since the election has repeatedly questioned Trump’s commitment to the economic populism on which he built his campaign, called the president-elect’s pick for labor secretary “a slap in the face” to the working class.

“Throughout his entire career, Andrew Puzder has looked down on working people,” the Massachusetts senator said Thursday evening in a statement.

“At Hardees and Carl’s Jr., he got rich squeezing front-line workers on wages, overtime, and benefits, all while plotting to replace them with machines that are so much better than workers because they are ‘always polite’ and ‘never take a vacation,'” she said, referring to comments Puzder made espousing the benefits of fully automated restaurants.


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


Military Spending


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

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