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One of the most infuriating things, he makes no effort to hide his arrogance and ignorance

And it's an insult to this country to dismiss the history of Camp David.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 6, 2017, 06:08 AM (0 replies)

Frustration is soaring at Palm Beach County airport as Trump hogs everybody's airspace

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump is wreaking havoc on local businesses and wealthy aircraft owners who rely on the regional airports surrounding Mar-a-Lago, or what the president calls the "Southern White House."

Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping here beginning Thursday, creating what could be the longest air traffic shutdown around his resort ever. It's hoped that the two world leaders will use the opportunity to hash out their differences on several global topics, but the business owners and executives who use this air hub, known locally as Lantana Airport, are losing patience and money because of Trump's frequent visits.

They want to hash out their differences with the Secret Service.

When Trump visits, the Secret Service issues a Temporary Flight Restriction before his arrival. That essentially shuts down the airport for the duration of his stay.

This will be the seventh weekend Trump has stayed at Mar-a-Lago since his January inauguration. Aviation businesses run out of Lantana must come to a complete halt, planes are grounded and operations cease. The regional airport is 5 nautical miles south of Mar-a-Lago — which puts it right in the middle of the 10-mile no-fly ring.

Much more (including video): http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/05/lantana-palm-beach-county-airport-trump-hogs-airspace.html
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 6, 2017, 03:06 AM (22 replies)

Maryland governor signs fracking ban into law

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Tuesday to ban the hydraulic fracturing drilling process known as fracking in Maryland, the first state where a legislature has voted to bar the practice that actually has natural gas reserves.

The Republican governor signed the measure into law about a week after the bill was passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature. Fracking for oil and gas isn’t being conducted in Maryland now, but a moratorium was set to end in October, which is when the ban technically takes effect.

Supporters of the ban said it was the first in the nation approved by a legislature in a state that has natural gas underground. Neighboring West Virginia and Pennsylvania allow fracking.

New York has banned fracking by executive order, and Vermont’s legislature has passed a ban in a symbolic gesture, because the state doesn’t have any oil or natural gas reserves to drill for.

More: http://wtop.com/maryland/2017/04/maryland-governor-signs-fracking-ban-into-law/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Apr 5, 2017, 04:49 AM (2 replies)

U.S. would slash EPA vehicle testing budget under Trump plan

The Trump administration would virtually eliminate federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's budget for vehicle emissions and fuel economy testing but will seek to raise fees on industry to pay for some testing, a government document shows.

The cuts would slash by more than half the staff of the EPA department that conducts vehicle, engine, and fuel testing to verify emissions standards are met and mileage stickers are accurate. Its work helped lead to Volkswagen AG's (VOWG_p.DE) 2015 admission that it violated vehicle emissions rules for years.

In a March 21 budget document posted online by the Washington Post, the Trump administration proposed eliminating $48 million in federal funding for EPA vehicle and fuel testing and certification.

It represents a 99 percent federal cut to the vehicle testing budget and would require "pretty much shutting down the testing lab," said Margo Oge, who headed the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality under President Barack Obama.

The proposal, which would also cut 168 out of 304 full-time jobs, seeks to partially fund current operations by boosting fees automakers and engine manufacturers pay for testing. An EPA official confirmed the document's authenticity.

More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-autos-environment-idUSKBN1762R4?il=0
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Apr 5, 2017, 04:46 AM (2 replies)

Carbon Levels Could Hit Pre-Human, 'Palms in the Arctic' State by Mid-Century

If fossil fuel use continues unabated, atmosphere could revert "to values of CO2 not seen since the early Eocene (50 million years ago)," new report finds

Current carbon dioxide levels are unprecedented in human history and could reach a level unseen in millennia if their rates continue at this pace, a new report out Tuesday warns.

Research published in Nature Communications finds that if fossil fuel use continues unabated, the atmosphere could revert "to values of CO2 not seen since the early Eocene (50 million years ago)," a time when humans did not exist, by the middle of the 21st century.

Dana L. Royer, a paleoclimate researcher at Wesleyan University and co-author of the study, told Climate Central, "The early Eocene was much warmer than today: global mean surface temperature was at least 10°C (18°F) warmer than today. There was little-to-no permanent ice. Palms and crocodiles inhabited the Canadian Arctic."

Because carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for centuries, climate change would continue to impact the planet even if humans miraculously dropped emissions to zero after hitting that mid-century peak, Royer said.

Indeed, global warming may have already locked in the Antarctic ice sheet for unstoppable melting—driving sea level rise and threatening coastal communities worldwide.

More: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/04/carbon-levels-could-hit-pre-human-palms-arctic-state-mid-century

Because carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for centuries, climate change would continue to impact the planet even if humans miraculously dropped emissions to zero after hitting that mid-century peak. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Apr 5, 2017, 04:32 AM (3 replies)

A tampon tax is bad enough. Using it to fund anti-abortionists is a disgrace (The Guardian)

Women have no choice about having periods. To give tax raised on sanitary products to a group that seeks to limit their choice further is unconscionable

Only women bleed, sang Alice Cooper. And only women pay taxes on the products they use to deal with the fact that this happens. Sanitary products such as tampons are taxed as non-essential, luxury items at 5%. So are maternity pads. Some products remain exempt from this tax – such as edible sugar flowers and alcoholic jellies – but tampons are our little treat, aren’t they? We spoil ourselves silly with such luxury.

Actually lately there have been horrendous reports of girls not going to school because they cannot afford sanitary protection. It is shocking that period poverty should be happening in 2017 – but it is. Recently I watched products being distributed in a homeless shelter – tampons were the first thing women asked for. This is an expense that women have little choice about. If the average woman menstruates 450 times over a lifetime, it is estimated that will have cost her £18,450 (taking into account sanitary protection, pain relief and new underwear).

The reason we are talking about tampon tax again is that though the Tories pledged to scrap this 5% VAT, they didn’t. Instead George Osborne said that £15m a year would go from the tax to women’s charities. There was always something odd about this. You ladies pay for your periods and now pay towards domestic violence refuges and rape crisis centres because these are simply “women’s things”. Shouldn’t a share of all taxes go to these organisations anyway? Where does the VAT men pay on razors go? To special manly things?

Still, to quibble about funding essential services for women in the current climate only gets you so far. Services have been so decimated that when last week the government announced that 70 organisations would share £12m from the “tampon tax”, it was able to claim to be helping disadvantaged women and girls throughout the country.

More: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/03/tampon-tax-life-anti-abortion-funds?CMP=share_btn_tw
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Apr 4, 2017, 02:28 AM (2 replies)

50 Years After Torrey Canyon Oil Spill, a Unique Record of Nature's Fightback

Along an ancient, storied English coastline 50 years ago, residents woke to an "evil-smelling" dark slick that smothered seabirds and coated the shore in thick tar from a wrecked U.S.-owned tanker.

A major clean-up was launched to tackle what was then the world's worst oil spill, and thousands of volunteers rushed to help.

Biology teacher Richard Pearce went one step further, taking measurements on his local beach to record the environmental impact. He has repeated the exercise three times a year ever since, documenting nature's remarkable comeback.

The result is a unique five-decade record of resilience against a man-made disaster that scarred England's rugged southwest and also changed the way authorities respond to hazardous spills.

Much more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/50-years-after-torrey-canyon-oil-spill-unique-record-nature-n737126

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 3, 2017, 04:04 AM (4 replies)

When Jimmy Carter became president, he placed his family business into a blind trust

He followed the rules. And during his years as president, he saw his only job as working for the American people. I recently revisited his 2014 autobiography "A Full Life: Reflections at 90," which I enthusiastically recommend. He shares details and opinions and it's a fascinating read - or listen, since I have it on audio, read by the author himself.

When his father died, Jimmy Carter gave up a brilliant career in the Navy to return to Plains to take over the family farm. Rosalynn was not happy about it and it was a struggle. In the beginning, they lived in subsidized housing and Jimmy made much of their furniture himself - they still use a lot of it today.

When he became president, his business was placed in a blind trust. During his presidency, he didn't even receive reports. There could be no conflict of interest. And when he returned to private life in 1981, he learned that things had not gone well. He says there had been "mismanagement," and coupled with three years of drought, he not only came close to losing the business, but also their home, which he had also helped to build. He was able to sell the Carter warehouse to pay off much of the debt, but he was forced to start over again.

I can't help comparing this to Trump who apparently sees the presidency as a money making opportunity - not only for himself, but also for his adult children - who are also costing the taxpayers millions. Rachel Maddow had a recent report on a business Trump acquired in SC - that requires toxic waste cleanup. He expected the taxpayers of SC to pay for that since the waste was there when he acquired it. But who was the previous owner who left it that way? His eldest son...

Jimmy Carter viewed the presidency as an opportunity to do some good in the world and he has continued to give back, through the Carter Center, the diplomatic missions he has undertaken for subsequent presidents and his ongoing work for Habitat for Humanity. In 1984, former VP Mondale summed up their years in Washington, "'We told the truth, obeyed the law and kept the peace." I can't help comparing that to Trump - who appears to be in this only for what he can take.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Mar 27, 2017, 05:02 PM (0 replies)

Health-care amendment would reduce funding to nursing homes

An amendment to the Republican health-care plan, the latest stab at making the alternative to Obamacare more palatable to lawmakers, will decimate health-care coverage for the state’s oldest and most frail residents, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a press briefing on Thursday afternoon.

Introduced late Wednesday by U.S. Reps. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, and John Faso, R-Kinderhook, the amendment to the American Health Care Act prohibits federal reimbursement of the local share of Medicaid funds paid by counties.


Stefanik also listed on her website 11 local officials who support the amendment because the say it offers property tax relief to residents.

Nonetheless, the governor said on Thursday that this belief is false, pointing to an analysis by the state Department of Health that shows 26 nursing homes in the 21st Congressional District would lose $29.8 million in funding if the Ryan/Collins/Faso health-care repeal is passed.

"It would cripple their ability to provide critical services for seniors, hurting New York’s most vulnerable citizens and jeopardizing hundreds of jobs across the district," he said. "The massive cuts in funding to nursing homes in Congresswoman Stefanik's district underscore the devastating impact the combination of the Collins/Faso amendment and Paul Ryan health care replacement plan will have on New Yorkers across the state."

Cuomo continued: "The Faso/Collins amendment is really a despicable attempt to buy votes at the cost of their constituents," Cuomo said. "These devastating cuts will cripple health-care services in communities across New York, with $29.8 million in cuts to nursing homes in the 21st District alone.”

More: http://poststar.com/news/local/health-care-amendment-would-reduce-funding-to-nursing-homes/article_7296a214-ae61-5cf2-981e-9b4055907134.html

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Mar 24, 2017, 02:24 AM (10 replies)

OK pro-lifers, since ACA repeal will kill tens of thousands can we count on you?

They call people like many of us pro-choice. But we are also pro-life. But I mean real pro-life. We want policies that maximize life. Those who wrap themselves in the pro-life mantra but sneer at our pro-choice stance should be joining those of us who want to preserve the ACA.

I find it very inconsistent that the mal-defined pro-lifers want to give an unlimited choice for individuals and families to choose any health insurance or none at all. Implicitly that means the choice to purchase junk insurance. It is clear that not buying insurance or those with lousy cheap insurance are signing a death sentence.

While mal-defined pro-lifers want to control individual women's birth control options under the pretext that a zygote, embryo, morula, or blastocyst is preeminent to the born itself, they give little consideration to their otherwise less than life supporting policy support. If the following is not the case for the mal-defined pro-lifer to remove their hypocritical aura, then that time will never come.

The numbers are out. Trumpcare will cause the deaths of tens of thousands of our fellow citizens:
"Repealing the Affordable Care Act without replacing it, as some conservative hardliners are demanding, would cost a minimum of 37,127 lives over the next two years (14,528 in 2018 and 22,599 in 2019), and perhaps as many as four times that number, according to scientific studies summarized in an editorial in this week’s American Journal of Public Health."

More: https://egbertowillies.com/2017/03/23/pro-lifers-since-aca-repeal-will-kills/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Mar 23, 2017, 11:45 PM (3 replies)
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