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Trump's list of environmental disasters, updated

This is for my friend Todd, who insists there's not a whit of difference between Democrats and Republicans, that a Hillary presidency would essentially be no different than a Twitler shit-show presidency.

Here's a list of headlines from National Geographic that you would NOT have seen under a Clinton presidency and that signal potential disaster for the country, the climate and the world.

1. PIPELINES GREENLIT
January 24, 2017
President Trump issues several memoranda aiming to hasten permitting for the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.

2. FOSSIL FUEL CEO BECOMES CHIEF DIPLOMAT
February 1, 2017
The U.S. Senate confirms ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

3. STREAMS REOPENED TO MINING WASTE
February 16, 2017
President Trump signs a joint resolution passed by Congress revoking the U.S. Department of the Interior’s “Stream Protection Rule.”

4. WATER PROTECTION MAY DRY UP
February 28, 2017
President Trump issues an executive order formally asking the EPA to review the “Waters of the United States” rule, an Obama-era rule meant to clarify which U.S. waters fall under federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

5. FEDERAL LANDS WON’T BE UNLEADED
March 2, 2017
After riding to work on a horse, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spends his first day on the job rescinding an Obama-era prohibition of lead ammunition on federal lands and waters.

6. EMISSIONS INFO REQUEST NIXED
March 2, 2017
The EPA withdraws an Obama EPA request for more detailed information on oil and natural-gas facilities.

7. ‘SCIENCE’ SCRUBBED
March 7, 2017
The New Republic reports that the EPA’s Office of Science and Technology removed the word “science” from its mission statement, based on information provided by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.

8. EPA CHIEF DOWNPLAYS CLIMATE
March 9, 2017
In a sharp break with scientific consensus, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt says in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that carbon dioxide’s role in the Earth’s changing climate remains unclear.

9. SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT BUDGET THREATENED
March 13, 2017
The White House releases its first preliminary budget under President Trump. Confirming weeks of speculation, the budget outlines deep cuts to U.S. science and environmental agencies—notably EPA and NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—and a vast array of social programs, in an effort to increase defense spending by $54 billion.

10. FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS RECONSIDERED
March 15, 2017
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announce that the EPA will reconsider the Obama-era emissions requirements for vehicles with model years between 2022 and 2025.

11. KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE APPROVED
March 24, 2017
The Trump administration’s State Department grants a permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

12. DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE PREPARED FOR USE
March 27, 2017

13. CLIMATE ACTIONS UNDONE
March 28, 2017
President Trump signs an executive order that seeks to dismantle much of the work on climate change enacted by the Obama administration.

14. PESTICIDE AVOIDS TOTAL BAN
March 29, 2017
Against the advice of the EPA’s chemical safety experts, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt rejects a decade-old petition asking that the EPA ban all use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.

15. EPA SCIENTIST RETIRES WITH A BANG
March 31, 2017
Environmental scientist Michael Cox retires from the EPA after more than 25 years with the agency, penning a scorching farewell letter to agency administrator Scott Pruitt. The letter, which garners significant media coverage, lambasts the Trump administration for “working to dismantle EPA and its staff as quickly as possible.”

16. CLIMATE CHANGE STAFFERS REASSIGNED
April 7, 2017
News outlets report that several staff members at EPA’s headquarters who specialized in climate change adaptation have been reassigned.

17. EPA ANNOUNCES “BACK-TO-BASICS” AGENDA
April 13, 2017
With Pennsylvania’s Harvey coal mine as his backdrop, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announces a “back-to-basics” agenda for the environmental agency, which he describes as “protecting the environment by engaging with state, local, and tribal partners to create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth.” The agenda includes reviews of the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the United States rule, two key Obama-era environmental regulations, as well as promises to clear the backlog of new chemicals awaiting EPA approval.

18. PRUITT CALLS FOR EXITING PARIS AGREEMENT
April 14, 2017
In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” EPA administrator Scott Pruitt says that he’s personally opposed to the Paris Agreement, the international pact to fight climate change negotiated in 2015.

19. INTERIOR DEPARTMENT SCRUBS CLIMATE CHANGE WEBSITE
April 19, 2017
An Interior Department official updates the department’s climate change website, deleting much of its content in the process, Motherboard reports.

20. TRUMP ORDERS REVIEW OF NATIONAL MONUMENTS
April 26, 2017
In a sweeping executive order with few precedents, Trump instructs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review as many as 40 national monuments created since 1996 to determine if any of Trump’s three predecessors exceeded their authority when protecting large tracts of already-public land under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

21. ORDER AIMS TO EXPAND OFFSHORE DRILLING
April 28, 2017
President Trump signs an executive order that orders a review of Obama-era bans on offshore oil and gas drilling in parts of the Arctic, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans.

22. EPA SCRUBS CLIMATE CHANGE WEBSITE
April 28, 2017
The EPA announces that it is reviewing its web content related to climate change. An immediate casualty of the review: the agency’s longtime website devoted to explaining climate change.

23. EPA DISMISSES SCIENCE ADVISORS
May 5, 2017
The EPA dismisses several members of the Board of Scientific Counselors, an 18-member advisory board that reviews the research of EPA scientists.

24. TRUMP BUDGET PROPOSES STEEP CUTS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
May 23, 2017
President Trump’s 2018 budget, sent to Congress Tuesday, calls for massive cuts in scientific research and in a slew of environmental programs that protect air and water.

25. U.S. PULLS OUT OF PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
June 1, 2017
President Trump said that he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, steering away from a group of 194 other countries that have promised to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

26. INTERIOR TO REVIEW GREATER SAGE GROUSE PROTECTION
June 8, 2017
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday ordered a review of an Obama administration conservation plan to protect the greater sage grouse to determine if that plan interferes with Trump administration efforts to increase energy production on federal lands.

27. INTERIOR SUGGESTS SHRINKING BEARS EARS
June 12, 2017
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended that Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah’s red rock country be shrunk by President Trump.

28. NOAA CANCELS RULE TO PROTECT WHALES FROM FISHING NETS
June 13, 2017
The Trump Administration this week cancelled a rule that would have helped prevent endangered whales and sea turtles from becoming entangled in fishing nets off the U.S. West Coast.

29. INTERIOR DEPARTMENT RELAXES ASPECTS OF SAGE GROUSE PROTECTION
August 7, 2017
The Department of the Interior has released the results of a 60-day review of the Obama administration’s conservation plan to protect the greater sage grouse.

30. REPORT: EPA ENFORCEMENT LAGS UNDER TRUMP
August 10, 2017
A newly published report asserts that in its first six months, the EPA under the Trump administration is off to a slow start enforcing environmental laws.

31. TRUMP REVOKES FLOOD STANDARDS ACCOUNTING FOR SEA-LEVEL RISE
August 15, 2017
President Trump has signed an executive order revoking federal flood-risk standards that incorporated rising sea levels predicted by climate science.

32. MINING HEALTH STUDY HALTED; CLIMATE ADVISORY PANEL DISBANDED
August 22, 2017
The Trump administration has suspended a study of health risks to residents who live near mountaintop removal coal mine sites in the Appalachian Mountains.

33. TRUMP EPA POISED TO SCRAP CLEAN POWER PLAN
October 9, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is poised to withdraw the Clean Power Plan, the lynchpin of the Obama Administration's effort to combat climate change, the New York Times reported Monday.

34. INTERIOR DEPARTMENT PROPOSES LARGEST-EVER OIL AND GAS LEASE AUCTION
October 23, 2017
The U.S. Department of Interior has proposed auctioning off oil and gas leases for 77 million acres of federal waters within the Gulf of Mexico—the largest lease auction of its kind ever announced.

35. TRUMP UNVEILS PLAN TO DRAMATICALLY DOWNSIZE TWO NATIONAL MONUMENTS
December 4, 2017
In a speech delivered in Salt Lake City, President Trump announced his intention to sharply reduce two Utah national monuments established by his predecessors.

36. TRUMP DROPS CLIMATE CHANGE FROM LIST OF NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS
December 18, 2017
President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will no longer regard climate change by name as a national security threat.

37. TRUMP INTERIOR DEPARTMENT DECLARES THAT ACCIDENTAL BIRD DEATHS ARE LEGAL
December 22, 2017
Reversing Obama-era policy, the Trump administration has decreed that it will no longer consider the accidental killing of birds—from eagles colliding with wind turbines to ducks zapped on power lines—a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).

38. REPORT: CLIMATE CHANGE WEB SITES 'CENSORED' UNDER TRUMP
January 10, 2018
A new report finds that in the first year of the Trump administration, U.S. government websites have been systematically altered to cut mentions of climate change.

39. MOST OF NATIONAL PARKS ADVISORY BOARD RESIGNS IN PROTEST
January 15, 2018
Nine of the 12 members of the National Park System Advisory Board resigned on January 15, the Washington Post reported on January 16, in protest of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's refusal to meet with them.

40. EPA LOOSENS REGULATIONS ON TOXIC AIR POLLUTION
January 25, 2018
In a brief legal memo, the Trump EPA has dropped “once in, always in” (OIAI), a Clinton-era EPA policy that aimed to lock in reductions of hazardous air pollution from industrial sources.

41. REPORT: TRUMP MULLING MAJOR CUTS TO CLEAN ENERGY RESEARCH
January 31, 2018
The Washington Post reports that in its 2019 budget, the Trump administration is seeking to slash Department of Energy funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives by 72 percent.

42. TRUMP PROPOSES CUTS TO CLIMATE AND CLEAN-ENERGY PROGRAMS
February 12, 2018
In its FY2019 budget and addendum, the Trump administration has proposed sweeping rollbacks to U.S. programs designed to study and mitigate the effects of climate change, as well as cuts to research on renewable energy.

43. EPA MULLS SHAKE-UP TO ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH PROGRAM
February 26, 2018
The Trump administration is thinking about reorganizing an EPA group that funds research on children’s health and environmental health disparities affecting minorities and the poor.

44. FEMA EXPELS "CLIMATE CHANGE" FROM STRATEGIC PLAN
March 16, 2018
NPR reports that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has stricken “climate change” and associated verbiage from its strategic plan, on the heels of one of the most expensive years of natural disasters in modern U.S. history.

45. EPA STARTS ROLLBACK OF CAR EMISSIONS STANDARDS
April 2, 2018
In a press release, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the U.S. government would revisit the Obama administration's fuel efficiency standards for cars and light-duty trucks—the first step in a rollback of one of the U.S.'s biggest efforts to curb carbon emissions.

46. THREATENED SPECIES PROTECTION RULE UNDER REVIEW
April 2, 2018
The White House is currently reviewing a regulation that some environmental groups fear could nix protections granted to nearly 300 threatened species.

47. EPA ISSUES CONTROVERSIAL RULE ON SCIENCE 'TRANSPARENCY'
April 24, 2018
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed a rule Tuesday that would only allow the agency to consider in its rule making scientific studies for which the underlying data are made available publicly. “The science that we use is going to be transparent. It’s going to be reproducible,” Pruitt told reporters.

48. WHITE HOUSE CUTS NASA CLIMATE MONITORING PROGRAM
May 9, 2018
Science magazine reports that the Trump administration has ended NASA's Carbon Monitoring System, a $10-million-per-year effort to fund pilot programs intended to improve the monitoring of global carbon emissions.
Posted by jayschool2013 | Mon Jun 18, 2018, 05:43 PM (1 replies)

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made at least $82 million in outside income last year while serving i

Source: Washington Post

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s daughter and son-in-law, brought in at least $82 million in outside income while they served as senior White House advisers last year, according to new financial disclosure forms released Monday afternoon.

Among their income: Ivanka Trump earned $3.9 million from the Trump International Hotel in Washington and more than $2 million from severance from the Trump Organization in 2017, while Kushner reported over $5 million in income from Quail Ridge, a Kushner Cos. apartment complex acquired last year in Plainsboro, N.J.

The filings show how the couple is collecting immense sums from other enterprises while serving in the White House, an extraordinary income flow that ethics experts have warned could create potential conflicts of interests.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/06/11/jared-kushner-and-ivanka-trump-made-at-least-82-million-in-outside-income-last-year-while-serving-in-the-white-house-filings-show/?utm_term=.3ca5a57c728d



Oy
Posted by jayschool2013 | Mon Jun 11, 2018, 07:44 PM (10 replies)

Pain and Profit: A Dallas Morning News Investigation

From the reporter, David McSwane on his Facebook page:

"We spent a year investigating Texas’ privatized system for delivering healthcare to vulnerable Texas. We found insurance companies are boosting their profits by denying heath care to our most vulnerable — foster children, the elderly and the severely disabled — and the state government knows it."

Read the first two parts of his five-part series here.
Posted by jayschool2013 | Sun Jun 3, 2018, 02:47 PM (9 replies)

#ambienmademedoit

Share your story here. I'll give you one:

"That whole 'sic semper tyrannis' thing? That was the ambien talking." — John Wilkes Booth #ambienmademedoit

Posted by jayschool2013 | Wed May 30, 2018, 01:20 PM (3 replies)

This is . . .

I mean ... what the ... come on ... I can't ... Are you ... He did what ... Can you ... this is ... oh my ......
Posted by jayschool2013 | Fri Mar 16, 2018, 04:49 PM (5 replies)

Joe Arpaio Announces Bid for Senate

Source: NY Times

ALBUQUERQUE — Joe Arpaio, the polarizing 85-year-old immigration hard-liner pardoned by President Trump after a conviction of criminal contempt, announced on Tuesday that he is running in Arizona for the United States Senate.

The move by Mr. Arpaio, who just six months ago faced the prospect of a jail sentence prior to the pardon, upends the race to replace Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who abandoned his 2018 re-election campaign after coming under criticism from Mr. Trump.

The contenders for the seat include Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist Democrat, and Kelli Ward, a conservative Republican and former state senator who aligns herself with Mr. Trump. Mr. Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, which include Phoenix, lost his own re-election bid for that post in 2016 to Paul Penzone, a Democrat and Phoenix police officer.

“Being a U.S. senator is a little different than being the sheriff, because you can do a lot of things in the U.S. Senate, and I have many plans, believe me,” Mr. Arpaio told the Washington Examiner in announcing his bid. “I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/us/joe-arpaio-senate-arizona.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=66338258&pgtype=Homepage



Oy.
Posted by jayschool2013 | Tue Jan 9, 2018, 01:52 PM (9 replies)

Remember that time?

Do you remember that time when a snake-oil salesman and a Slovenian hooker moved into the White House?

I do too.

Damn.
Posted by jayschool2013 | Fri Jan 5, 2018, 10:38 AM (3 replies)

ETS "offers" 27 percent pay cut to GRE raters (mostly adjuncts and grad students)

The Educational Testing Service — which administers the SAT, the GRE, Advanced Placement tests of various types and several state assessments — greeted some of its raters yesterday with an offer: take a 27 percent pay cut or quit your job effective Jan. 31, 2018.

Raters of the Graduate Record Exam were given a week to complete a "survey" that had only those two choices. The roster of GRE raters is made up primarily of the legion of already underpaid adjunct faculty (who often make less than $5,000 per class) and Ph.D. students (who scrape by on stipends of less than $20,000 per year).

The pay rate had been $20.60 per hour and had been that rate since 2008, when it was raised from $20 per hour. Of course, these are contract jobs with no benefits, and it is seasonal work, generally, as the heaviest GRE loads are in the autumn months as students around the world take the test in preparation for spring admissions decisions made by graduate faculty. Raters work shifts of either four or eight hours. In an eight-hour shift, a rater scores approximately 100 written responses.

In my busiest year, while I was adjunct teaching at Colorado State University, I logged close to 100 days of GRE scoring, which grossed about $16,000. Add that to teaching three courses per semester at $4,000 per course ($24,000), that's $40,000 working the equivalent of 1.5 jobs.

I'm lucky now that I have retired from the state of Colorado and collect my pension, and that I live in Iowa, where the cost of living is much less. But I imagine this came as quite a shock to those of us who need this money to get by. Given that we all have advanced degrees and untold experience in educational assessment, it could be demoralizing to see $15 per hour as the industry standard.

One last note: the ETS is a "nonprofit" corporation.

We found this email yesterday, sent at 11:49 a.m. CST, or 12:49 p.m. in Princeton, N.J., where ETS is located:

Dear GRE Rater,

We want to thank you for your commitment to the GRE program. It is through you that GREhas been able to achieve outstanding results and successfully support the academic advancement of so many students. Because you are a current Rater, we would like to make you aware of a change to Rater pay that will be implemented within our ETS Rater workforce.

Effective February 1, 2018 a new standardized pay rate of $15.00 an hour will be established for the GRE and TOEFL programs. This change is being made as part of an effort to bring Rater pay rates for ETS testing programs into closer alignment and to bring us into line with current industry standards.

GRE Raters have two options: you can elect to accept the new standard pay rate of $15.00 per hour and remain a GRE Rater, or you can elect to decline the pay reduction and resign your position as a GRE Rater.

We realize this adjustment will require some consideration on your part. However, we want you to know that we truly value the expertise you bring to scoring GRE responses and look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.

Please let us know which option you select by January 10, 2018 via the link below.


Posted by jayschool2013 | Thu Jan 4, 2018, 10:29 AM (8 replies)

Masturbation, sharing beds lead to homosexuality, according to leaked Mormon teachings

Source: Kansas City Star

A newly leaked Mormon church document from 1981 warns church leaders that masturbation can turn a person gay.

The document also reveals that Mormon missionaries were banned from sharing beds and dressing and bathing in front of each other to discourage homosexual behavior.

The handbook was leaked this week by MormonLeaks, a Las Vegas-based transparency group. The document, called “Homosexuality,” was created to guide church leaders working with homosexual church members.

“As we have previously stated, homosexuality is a sin in the same degree as adultery and fornication,” the guidebook states. “Powerful forces are seeking to establish this sinful practice as an acceptable way of life.”

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article190137759.html



Churches. Am I right?
Posted by jayschool2013 | Sat Dec 16, 2017, 10:03 AM (22 replies)

The GOP doesnt care if you like their tax plan. Heres why

Source: The Conversation

Congressional Republicans’ collective sigh of relief after passing tax legislation may seem confusing. Won’t voters hold them accountable in 2018 for passing such an historically unpopular bill? The answer is “no,” for several reasons.

First, the bill’s unpopularity may be somewhat overstated. A lot of the disapproval expressed in surveys is more about the bill’s sponsors than about the bill itself. In these polarized times, almost anything carrying the president’s endorsement is going to be a non-starter for more than half the population. If Trump were to designate ice cream the official White House dessert tonight, at least a third of us would stop “screaming for it” tomorrow.

This is not to say that this legislation should be more popular. But let’s face it, efforts to win over Blue America with fewer corporate tax cuts, fewer cuts for wealthy individuals, or fewer changes to popular tax breaks would have probably fallen on deaf ears in this environment.

PLACATING THE BASE

More importantly, as University of Glasgow political scientist Christopher Jan Carman and I have found, Republicans in Congress simply don’t care as much about public opinion as Democrats do. The ideological convergence between voters and legislators is more than three times greater among Democratic legislators than among Republicans.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/the-gop-doesnt-care-if-you-like-their-tax-plan-heres-why-88467



Oy.
Posted by jayschool2013 | Sat Dec 2, 2017, 11:03 AM (13 replies)
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