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Trump administration to review dozens of U.S. national monuments

Source: Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them - part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining and other development.

The move comes as Trump seeks to reverse a slew of environmental protections ushered in by former President Barack Obama that he said were hobbling economic growth - an agenda that is cheering industry but enraging conservationists.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Tuesday Trump's executive order would require him to conduct the review of around 30 national monuments and recommend which designations should be lifted or resized over the coming months. He said he would seek feedback from Congressional delegations, governors and local stakeholders before making his recommendations.

"I am not going to predispose what the outcome is going to be," Zinke said. Rescinding or altering a national monument designation would be new ground for the government, he said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-interior-monuments-idUSKBN17S03N

Trump will upset anything and everything he encounters.
This is about control and dominance.
Politically dictatorship is at the roots.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Apr 26, 2017, 05:32 AM (20 replies)

Wikipedia founder aims to 'fix the news' with collaborative website

Source: Reuters

The new platform, called Wikitribune, will be free to access and carry no advertising, instead relying on its readers to fund it, while the accuracy of news reports will be easily verifiable as source material will be published, Wales said.

"The news is broken, but we've figured out how to fix it," he said in a promotional video posted on the website's homepage.

The online proliferation of fake news, some of it generated for profit and some for political ends, became a major topic of angst and debate in many developed countries during last year's U.S. presidential election.

Wales argued in his video that because people expected to get news for free on the Internet, news sites were reliant on advertising money, which created strong incentives to generate so-called "clickbait", catchy headlines to attract viewers.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-media-wikitribune-idUSKBN17R11K

The political middle, common sense, Americans, are asserting themselves in
many ways. There is no downside to reality, logic, science, middle-of-the-road
thinking. In fact it's what civilizations rely on.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Apr 25, 2017, 07:07 AM (29 replies)

Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing

Source: Reuters

Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea, senior Senate aides said on Monday.

All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said.

While top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved.

U.S. officials have expressed mounting concern over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-usa-senate-idUSKBN17Q1LR

This development sounds ominous. When was the last time all 100 Senators were summoned
to the White House? Did they do it for the financial crisis in September 2008? I don't recall it.

This sounds to me as much like sharing the blame as informing in a timely manner.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon Apr 24, 2017, 01:11 PM (42 replies)

North Korea: Experts Warn Only Way Forward May Be Diplomacy

Source: NBC News

For all the talk of naval strike groups and pre-emptive military action, Donald Trump's only option to solve the North Korean crisis could be compromise.

His presidency has seen tensions ratcheting up over the Korean peninsula, with dictator Kim Jong Un's missile testing met with a swift rebuke from Washington.

That uncompromising approach was underscored Wednesday when Vice President Mike Pence told 2,500 sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan that any use of conventional or nuclear weapons would be met with an "overwhelming and effective American response."

In return, North Korea has accused the U.S. of creating "a situation where nuclear war could break out an any time."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-experts-warn-only-way-forward-may-be-diplomacy-n748186

Seriously. 'If you guys glow, we'll make them glow too.'
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sat Apr 22, 2017, 12:16 PM (8 replies)

I'm seeing growing uneasiness in the markets

We're getting days that just drift slightly, and far too many where the action
is over in 50 minutes

Seesaw volatility

Where do you go for market recaps at the end of the day? I ditched Yahoo! Finance
due to all the ads. Bloomberg is more libertarian than it once was, and Marketwatch
has good articles. I find MSNMoney lightweight.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Apr 12, 2017, 05:03 PM (4 replies)

Unexpected deaths of six Russian diplomats in four months triggers conspiracy theories

When Russiaís ambassador to the United Nations died suddenly in New York last week, he became the sixth Russian diplomat to die unexpectedly since November, leaving internet conspiracy theorists trying to spot a pattern.

Vitaly Churkin, 64, was rushed to hospital from his office at Russiaís UN mission on 20 February, after becoming ill without warning on his way in to work.

It was initially reported that Mr Churkin may have suffered a heart attack, but following an autopsy medical examiners said the death required further study.

Media company Axios note that not only is Mr Churkinís death unexplained, but it is also remarkably similar to the deaths of Russiaís Ambassador to India on 27 January, the countryís consul in Athens on 9 January, and a Russian diplomat in New York on US election day, 8 November.

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Mar 2, 2017, 11:39 PM (12 replies)

Trump: Oscar Mix-Up Happened Because The Focus Was On Attacking Me

Source: Huffington Post

Donald Trump has an explanation for Sunday nightís Oscar flub that is straight out of la la land.

The president claims the organizers spent too much time focusing on attacking him rather than working on getting the details of the show right.

ďI think they were focused so hard on politics that they didnít get the act together at the end,Ē Trump told Breitbart News. ďIt was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didnít feel like a very glamorous evening. Iíve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.Ē

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-oscar-mistake_us_58b498e9e4b060480e0b0fe8?ri27kcre0swa8m2t9&

Honestly. You can't make this stuff up. It is ALWAYS about him.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon Feb 27, 2017, 07:08 PM (36 replies)

We have at most a year to defend American democracy, perhaps less

SZ: Donald Trump has been president for three weeks. How would you describe his start?

Timothy Snyder: The first thing that we have to notice is that the institutions have not thus far restrained him. He never took them seriously, acts as if they donít exist, and clearly wishes they didnít. The story that Americans have told themselves from the moment he declared his candidacy for president, was that one institution or another would defeat him or at least change his behavior Ė he wonít get the nomination; if he gets the nomination, he will be a normal Republican; he will get defeated in the general election; if he wins the presidency will mature him (that was what Obama said). I never thought any of that was true. He doesnít seem to care about the institutions and the laws except insofar as they appear as barriers to the goal of permanent kleptocratic authoritarianism and immediate personal gratification. It is all about him all of time, it is not about the citizens and our political traditions.

You wrote an article for Slate in November, comparing the rise of Donald Trump with the rise of Adolf Hitler. Why did you feel the need to publish such a piece?

Itís very important that we use history to our advantage now, rather than finding in history taboos and ways to silence one another. The history of the 1930s is terribly important to Americans (and Europeans) right now, just as it is slipping from our memories. I was not trying to provoke one more fruitless series of conversations about comparability. I was trying to help Americans who were generally either shocked (people who voted against Trump) or surprised (people who voted for him, who generally thought he would lose) find their bearings in a new situation. The temptation in a new situation is to imagine that nothing has changed. That is a choice that has political consequences: self-delusion leads to half-conscious anticipatory obedience and then to regime change. Anyway, I didnít actually compare Trump to Hitler, I didnít use these two names. What I did was to write a very short history of the rise of Adolf Hitler to power without using his name, which might allow Americans to recognize certain similarities to the moment they themselves were living through. I know that these comparisons are a national taboo in Germany, but at the moment its rather important that Germans be generous with their history and help others to learn how republics collapse. Most Americans are exceptionalists, we think we live outside of history. Americans tend to think: ďWe have freedom because we love freedom, we love freedom because we are free.Ē It is a bit circular and doesnít acknowledge the historical structures that can favor or weaken democratic republics. We donít realize how similar our predicaments are to those of other people.

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon Feb 27, 2017, 09:30 AM (3 replies)

California city's council votes to impeach Donald Trump

Source: 6ABC Philadelphia

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 04:53PM
RICHMOND, Calif. --
The first 100 days of the Trump administration aren't even over yet, but he president is already facing calls for impeachment... not from Congres, but a city council in California.

Richmond City Council says it has become the first city in the country to go on record in support of impeachment hearings for President Trump.

The council acknowledged how unusual it was to call for the president's impeachment. He's been in office for only a month, but the vote was unanimous.

"Unfortunately with this president it's oddly appropriate," said Richmond City Councilmember Jael Myrick

Read more: http://6abc.com/politics/california-citys-council-votes-to-impeach-donald-trump/1767691/

More at link

A gesture with no power but it does grab headlines. We are a sharply divided nation,
Trump's government moving one way, a slight majority going the opposite way.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Feb 22, 2017, 08:06 PM (5 replies)

Trump's constant tweeting is actually a negative for Twitter, top analyst says

Source: CNBC

Twitter is not seeing a boost in business from the "Trump effect" despite the president's active tweeting, as advertisers steer clear of the platform so their brands don't get targeted, analyst Richard Kramer said on Thursday.

Shares of Twitter were tanking in premarket trading on Thursday after forward guidance missed expectations by a landslide and quarterly revenue was far below estimates. Earnings, however, did beat forecasts.

"I think whatever your political views, it's clear that Trump is extremely divisive, and this isn't really a positive for advertisers," Kramer told CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange," speaking ahead of Twitter's earnings report.

The Arete Research co-founder and senior analyst said his firm still has a negative view on Twitter because although monthly average users are growing, the platform is becoming riskier for advertising, which is a main profit driver for competitors like Facebook and Alphabet's Google.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/09/trumps-constant-tweeting-is-actually-a-negative-for-twitter-top-analyst-says.html?

GOP fomenting anger gives opportunity to those who RESIST
and build bridges in their local community

Take note.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Feb 9, 2017, 08:47 AM (27 replies)
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