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Cold as Trump's heart? Not THAT cold.

What did the media miss in the CBO report?

Round 2: "Not today, motherfuckers"

Woman who fought off bathroom attacker has strong message for anti-trans group trying to use her story

Source: Mashable


"I’m more upset now than I have been all week after seeing that a political group is using my face, my name and my story to fundraise for I-1552, a ballot initiative that deliberately targets and harms transgender people—including friends whom I respect," Herron wrote. "I refuse to allow anyone to use me and my horrific sexual assault to cause harm and discrimination to others."


Herron wasn't convinced. She also felt it was essential to publicly reject the group's proposal, which needs 330,000 signatures by July to make it onto the ballot. Just Want Privacy says that men are currently allowed to enter locker rooms and bathrooms, and may assault girls and women, who aren't permitted to question their presence. The law, however, focuses on ensuring access to public facilities and preventing harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

"My transgender friends, just like me, want to use the bathroom and get out safely. It's that simple," Herron said in an email. "epealing non-discrimination protections for transgender people won't make any of us safer, and it may make things worse by encouraging more harassment."

Herron's harrowing story is a also good reminder to never use a woman's story of sexual assault for your own political gain.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/03/17/sexual-assault-survivor-refuses-to-let-anti-trans-group-use-her-story/?utm_cid=hp-h-3#N2cveAOEPaqW

I admire this woman's strength and compassion. Another fierce woman!

Song for Ireland


Woman interrupted during BBC interview

The Washington Post has a comprehensive breakdown of Trump's proposed budget (with graphics):


What Trump cut in his budget

On Thursday, the Trump administration released a preliminary 2018 budget proposal, which details many of the changes the president wants to make to the federal government’s spending. The proposal covers only discretionary, not mandatory, spending.

To pay for an increase in defense spending, a down payment on the border wall and school voucher programs, among other things, funding was cut from the discretionary budgets of other executive departments and agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department took the hardest hits. The proposal also eliminates funding for these 19 agencies.

Discretionary spending limits, addressed by this proposal, are set by congressional budget resolutions. Congress typically makes changes to the president’s proposal — last year, lawmakers disregarded Obama’s budget altogether. Mandatory spending, by contrast, is set by other laws and is often determined by the size of the benefit and the eligible population.

See how each agency’s discretionary funding would be affected by Trump’s proposal, in detail, below:

This really gives the complete picture of the budget, with accompanying links to articles which further breakdown and analyze the proposed cuts in each department (Education, Commerce, Defense, Energy, etc.).

Trump proposes deep cuts to EPA, federal climate funding

Source: The Hill

President Trump’s first budget proposal includes a 31-percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of an administration effort to slash federal climate change funding.

The budget blueprint, released on Thursday, provides $5.7 billion for the EPA, down from $8.3 billion. The budget “discontinues” $100 million in funding for several climate change programs within the agency, including enforcement for a major Obama-era climate regulation, climate change research and international climate change support.

Trump’s budget slashes funding for industrial waste clean-up through the Superfund program. It also passes along deep cuts to research and development work, the EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Office and state grant programs, and it eliminates funding for region-specific environmental work for areas like the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay.

In all, the budget “eliminates more than 50 EPA programs, saving an additional $347 million” over current levels, and would end 3,200 of the agency’s 15,000 jobs.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/324242-trump-proposes-deep-cuts-to-epa-federal-climate-funding

Trump plan slashes funding for Detroit, Great Lakes and much more

Source: Freep


If he succeeds, it will likely have a lasting impact in metro Detroit and across Michigan, as programs — many relied upon by communities for decades — disappear or see funding eviscerated. Among them:

•The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has received $300 million a year in recent years to pay for improving wetlands, reducing pollution and increasing water quality across the Upper Midwest, would be eliminated, according to the plan, a cut even greater than the 97% reduction previously reported on, as the administration “returns the responsibility for funding local environmental efforts … to state and local entities.”

•The Community Development Block Grant program, which since the 1970s has devoted billions to helping improve housing and living conditions in cities, would be eliminated, which could result in Michigan communities losing some $111 million compared to the current year — including $31 million for Detroit. The rest would be spread around the state, including $5 million for Wayne County, $4 million for Oakland County and nearly $2 million for Macomb County. In Detroit, CDBG funds have helped pay for homeless shelters and transportation for seniors as well as defraying costs for rehabilitation projects for housing and some acquisition and demolition costs in the city's fight against blight. The loss of another HUD program would cost state communities $29 million total as the administration “devolves … activities to the state and local level.”

•The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps provide home heating assistance to households, especially those of the disabled, elderly and families with preschool-age children, would be eliminated as would the Community Services Block Grant, through which agencies work to fight poverty. The state said it was on pace to spend nearly $170 million on LIHEAP this year.

•Coastal and marine management grants at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including Sea Grant, would be eliminated. As the Free Press reported last week, Sea Grant includes funding for a joint program between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University that has provided Great Lakes research and advocacy for nearly 50 years.

That’s just skims the surface of what Mulvaney said Wednesday is a budget built around Trump’s campaign promises with reductions “exactly where you would expect it.”

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/03/16/trump-plan-slashes-funding-detroit-great-lakes-and-much-more/99220434/

How I loathe this creature... he is going to destroy our country.

Hulu is filling SXSW with silent Handmaids (includes video tweets)

Source: A.V. Club

With its glimpse into an America where women have been legally designated as the property and chattel of the men around them, Hulu’s upcoming Margaret Atwood adaptation The Handmaid’s Tale is set to be one of the most unpleasantly relevant TV shows of 2017. The series—created by The 100 and ER producer Bruce Miller—made a silent splash at today’s SXSW, with Adweek reporting that Hulu has hired a bunch of unspeaking, red-clad Handmaids to walk together through the festival.


Per Atwood’s book, the Handmaids are apparently sticking together in pairs, the better to police each other’s behavior and reporting deviations. The show’s official Twitter account suggests that something might happen if people ask the performers “Should we walk by the river?”; meanwhile, most of the people at SXSW just seem freaked out to see Atwood’s tale of institutional misogyny bleeding out into the real world.




Pretty ingenious marketing!

Teacher finds her fourth grade students passing secret, feminist notes

Source: Mashable

The fight for women's rights is getting younger and younger— It's trickle down feminism, baby!

Just in time for International Women's Day, a fourth grade teacher found a delightful feminist note under a desk in her classroom.

Be prepared to feel so, so proud.


Boys have been telling girls they can't do the same things since literally the dawn of time, and it's something that's probably still frequent in elementary schools (and beyond) to this day. What's different is now these girls are rejecting that notion, and there's members of the school staff willing to back them up.

This feels particularly important because, as Elly points out on her Twitter, scientific studies have shown that girls stop believing in themselves at a startlingly young age— think fifth grade or younger.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/03/08/female-empowerment-club-note/?utm_cid=hp-r-8

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