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Want to Boycott Trump? There's an App For That


As Democratic lawmakers debate how much to fight President-elect Donald Trump's agenda in Congress, some voters want to go even further by organizing protests and boycotts.

While it would be easy enough to avoid Trump's hotels or golf resorts, Trump has less-obvious ties to many other businesses. So a Democratic super PAC created an app to help would-be boycotters identify hundreds of Trump-related companies.

The simple app from the Democratic Coalition Against Trump lets users search a database of company names. It includes both obscure businesses, like generically named property management companies on whose board Trump sits, and well-known brands like Home Depot, whose co-founders are vocal Trump supporters.

The super PAC, which formed to stop Trump, intends to keep operating to resist the Trump White House.

"The election may be over, but the fight against Trump has just begun," said Nate Lerner, the group's executive director. "Our Boycott Trump app enables people to take action against Trump by turning their purchasing power into a tool for protest. This hits Trump and his allies where it hurts them most - their wallets."


Dear HAB911

In recent years it's become clear that planets are common around stars in our Galaxy and the number of possible abodes of life number in the billions. The number of civilizations that inhabit our Galaxy is still unknown, but thanks to SETI@home anyone can help search for those civilizations using their home computer or mobile phone. But SETI@home still needs your help.

It's been an exciting year for SETI@home. In addition to our ongoing search for extraterrestrial radio emissions at with the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, we've started analyzing data collected by the Breakthrough Listen project at the Green Bank Telescope, the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world. Breakthrough Listen will soon start collecting data at the Parkes radio telescope, the largest steerable radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, and SETI@home could analyze these data.

I'm hoping that you will give generously. Together we can reach the stars.

Happy Holidays!
Eric Korpela
Director of SETI@home

P.S. Donors contributing $250 or more will receive invitations for themselves and a guest to the Berkeley SETI Research Center (BSRC) Holiday Party to be held December 16 in Berkeley. The event will feature behind the scenes tours of our labs, talks on the latest developments in the search for advanced life from BSRC Researchers and special guests. There will also be giveaways of one-of-a-kind souvenirs of Berkeley SETI history! Those unable to attend in person will be given access to an exclusive online question and answer session with BSRC Researchers.


Wall St. Journal: Trump Must Liquidate His Assets


The Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal, a stalwart of the conservative media, has published an editorial calling on Donald Trump to sell off all of his assets and put the money into a true blind trust to avoid serious conflicts of interest.

One reason 60 million voters elected Donald Trump is because he promised to change Washington’s culture of self-dealing, and if he wants to succeed he’s going to have to make a sacrifice and lead by example. Mr. Trump has so far indicated that he will keep his business empire but turn over management to his children, and therein lies political danger…

Some of Mr. Trump’s lawyers have called the plan a “blind trust,” which past Presidents have used to protect their assets from the appearance of conflicts-of-interest. But that set-up typically involves liquid assets like bonds and stocks, not buildings or a branding empire. Mr. Trump will know how any given decision will affect, say, the old post office property in Washington, D.C. that he’s leasing from the federal government (another conflict). By law blind trusts are overseen by an independent manager, not family members…

Mr. Trump’s best option is to liquidate his stake in the company. Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, ethics lawyers for George W. Bush and President Obama, respectively, have laid out a plan, which involves a leveraged buyout or an initial public offering.

Mr. Trump could put the cash proceeds in a true blind trust. The Trump children can keep the assets in their name, and he can transfer more to them as long as he pays a hefty gift tax. Finally, Mr. Trump should stipulate that he and his children will have no communication about family business matters.

The alternatives are fraught, perhaps even for the Trump Organization’s bottom line: Thanks to a Clinton Administration precedent, Presidents can face litigation in private matters—so the company will become a supermagnet for lawsuits.

The political damage to a new Administration could be extensive. If Mr. Trump doesn’t liquidate, he will be accused of a pecuniary motive any time he takes a policy position. For example, the House and Senate are eager to consider tax reform—and one sticking point will be the treatment of real estate, which will be of great interest to the Trump family business. Ditto for repealing the Dodd-Frank financial law, interest rates and so much more.

The conflicts span the globe, including a loan from the Bank of China and likely dealings with sovereign-wealth funds.

It won’t happen, of course, but nice to see the Wall Street Journal stating the obvious.

Jerry Falwell, Jr. Met with Trump About a Possible Dept. of Education Position

Oh Jesus


I thought it was bad enough when Dr. Ben Carson, an evolution and climate change denier, was being considered as the next Secretary of Education. (His business manager Armstrong Williams later said Carson didn’t want the position because he “has no government experience” and would not want to “take a position that could cripple the presidency”… even though that didn’t stop him from campaigning to be the President.)

Trump’s alternatives, however, are no better. The Associated Press reports that another possibility for Secretary of Education is Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., who recently met with Trump to discuss the role:

Falwell tells local media that he and Trump met Thursday at Trump Tower to discuss the U.S. Department of Education and Falwell’s potential role. He wouldn’t confirm or deny whether he was being vetted as secretary of education, but says he will “definitely play a role” in the administration.

How bad must Trump’s vetting process be if Falwell in still in the mix? He, too, is a climate change and evolution denier whose idea of education is keeping students in a bubble where critical ideas must be suppressed. Liberty has also been embroiled in a sexual assault scandal.

It’s not clear whether Trump is seriously considering Falwell for the position, if Falwell would accept it if offered, or if this was just a courtesy to someone who supported him throughout the campaign.

But the idea that we’re even having a conversation about a potential Secretary of Education who runs a private university that puts indoctrination over actual learning is horrifying. There’s no telling what Falwell would do with the power of that office.

Is EmDrive Real? NASA Paper On Impossible Propulsion System Passes Peer Review

Can you drive a car by getting on the front seat and pushing the windshield? The answer, as anyone familiar with high-school level physics would tell you, is no. Newton’s third law of motion — for every action has an equal and opposite reaction — explicitly prohibits this.

However, after months of rumors, speculation and criticism, a peer-reviewed study published last week in the Journal of Propulsion and Power claims to have shown a propulsion system that, to all appearances violates this cardinal law, actually seems to work.

Electromagnetic drive, or EmDrive, is a proposed fuel-free propulsion system that putatively works by bouncing microwaves around a closed chamber. The problem with this kind of propulsion system is that it’s impossible. A system cannot produce thrust without pushing something in the opposite direction.


Trump's America: Gold Star family booed by airplane passengers

The father of a soldier who was killed in a deadly attack in Afghanistan told Army Times that he and his family were booed by their fellow passengers as they flew to meet his son's remains at Dover Air Force Base.

Stewart Perry and his wife and daughter on Monday flew from Sacramento to Philadelphia, with a layover in Phoenix. From Philadelphia, they took ground transportation to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.


Spice company owner flames Trump voters: You committed an act of racism

MILWAUKEE — Penzeys Spices, a Wauwatosa-based company famous for its spices, is in the middle of a political firestorm after its owner slammed President-elect Donald Trump and the voters who supported him.

"The open embrace of racism by the Republican Party in this election is now unleashing a wave of ugliness unseen in this country for decades," Bill Penzey Jr. wrote in a Tuesday night email to the company's mailing list. "The American people are taking notice."

Penzey followed up with a Facebook post titled "Cooking trumps Racism."

On Facebook, he praised Republicans who refused to back Trump but slammed those who voted for him.

"You just voted for an openly racist candidate for the presidency of the United States of America," Penzey wrote.

And he urged Trump voters to make amends by donating to civil liberties or anti-hate groups.

"You really are a good bunch, but you just committed the biggest act of racism in American history since Wallace stood in the schoolhouse doorway 53 years ago," he wrote. "Make this right. Take ownership for what you have done and begin the pathway forward."


Trump Refiles Suit Against D.C. Over Hotel Taxes

Source: Bloomberg BNA

Nov. 15 — President-elect Donald Trump refiled his lawsuit seeking a refund of taxes paid for his new luxury hotel project in Washington, D.C. ( Trump Old Post Office LLC v. District of Columbia , D.C. Super. Ct., No. 2016-CVT-000010, second amended petition filed 11/14/16 ).

Trump, through a company he owns called Trump Old Post Office LLC, first filed suit against the city in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in June, contesting the assessment against several downtown lots along Pennsylvania Avenue. That lawsuit was dismissed Oct. 27, but the court allowed Trump to refile separate petitions for each of the lots involved in the Trump International Hotel.

The first of those petitions was filed Nov. 14. More petitions will be filed, according to court papers.

Trump’s 263-room hotel is housed in the castle-like Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Ave., completed in 1899, five blocks from the White House. Its official grand opening was Oct. 26.

Read more: http://www.bna.com/trump-refiles-suit-n57982082831/

The President-Elect Is Suing Washington, D.C.,

The hits just keep on coming

Republicans Are Ready To Unleash The Most Unconstitutional Law Ever Conceived

November 16, 2016 by Mark

While everyone is talking about Trump’s transition and how badly it is going, something is falling under the radar. This is a piece of legislation that the Republican House, Republican Senate and President-Elect all support.

I don’t know how else to say this. I know it will piss off a lot of people, but I really don’t care right now. This piece of legislation is the first step towards America’s version of the Nuremberg Laws. I say that because it is so despicable that absolutely no one will be protected once it is passed and signed into law.

This bill is called the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). As you can guess from the name of the bill it is as civil rights suppression law just like their Freedom Of Religion Defense Acts that have passed in several states including Pence’s Indiana.

The initial targets of this shameful law will be LGBT and women. This bill will allow legal discrimination based on “religious beliefs”. If a baker decides that they won’t bake a cake for a gay couple, the government cannot do anything about it.


If you think you are immune from this law, better think again. I know it talks about “marriage” but the “religious belief” and “moral conviction” opens the door to several unwanted things. Like what if a state elects an anti-gun Governor and legislature. They decide to pass a law that says you cannot own a gun because it is against their “religious belief” or “moral conviction”. According to this law the federal government can do nothing to stop them from taking your guns.

What if a state employee decides that you cannot get a marriage license if you were divorced because of their “religious beliefs” or “moral convictions”? The federal government cannot force that person to issue that marriage license.

This bill is so broad and so vicious anyone can be affected because someone in a position of authority can force their “religious beliefs” or “moral convictions” on you. How would you feel if your boss was very much against divorce and fired you when you get a divorce just because you got a divorce. He claims “religious belief” or “moral conviction” and you have no recourse.

MUST READ: https://leanleft.com/2016/11/16/republicans-are-ready-to-unleash-the-most-unconstitutional-law-ever-conceived/

Mail order 1st Lady elect now says she paused her studies at college


The official bio of Melania Trump now suggests that she did not complete a college degree in Slovenia, as she previously claimed on her own website.

The future first lady's bio on President-elect Donald Trump's government website says that she "paused her studies to advance her modeling career in Milan and Paris." It does not say whether she resumed or completed the degree.

As recently as July, Melania Trump's personal site said she obtained a degree in design and architecture at an unspecified university in Slovenia, her country of birth.

It did not say when or where she completed the degree but said she was working as a model at the time and "jetting between photo shoots in Paris and Milan."

Questions began to surface earlier this year about whether this resume was entirely accurate.

Blaz Matija Vogelnik, a professor who said he briefly taught her at Slovenia's University of Ljubljana, told NBC News in August that she did not complete his course.

"She hasn't finished university, at least not in Ljubljana," he said. "My personal opinion is that, because she was very beautiful girl ... I believe that she realized that she could gain more with that, than to have long studies."

Vogelnik noted that his former student had passed a rigorous test to gain entry to the college, and based on that he believed "her IQ was very high."

Had she completed the course, Melania Trump's research would ordinarily be in the university's library, but it could not been found there when NBC News visited the college this summer.
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