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  • Why the Presidency Can’t Just Go Back to ‘Normal’ After Trump

    02/22/2020 8:59:15 AM PST · by ransomnote · 65 replies
    politico.com ^ | 02/15/2020 | JOSHUA ZEITZ
    SNIP Here’s the problem: Many of these “presidential norms and traditions” that Trump has left by the wayside aren’t timeless at all; they’re actually quite new. They grew up alongside and in reaction to the expansion of both the federal state and the presidency—a process that began in the early 20th century but gained steam from the 1930s onward. With the growth of what Arthur Schlesinger Jr. called the “imperial presidency,” each occupant of the Oval Office has left his imprimatur on the development of what we think of as normative presidential conduct. That means that whatever impact Trump has...
  • Climate change may eradicate 1/3 of animal and plant species in 50 years, study suggests (only 10.94 years left)

    02/16/2020 4:15:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 77 replies
    CBS 'News' ^ | 2/15/20 | LI COHEN
    In 50 years, Billie Eilish will be turning 69 years old, technology will likely be unrecognizable, and the world may have lost 1/3 of all its plant and animal species. A new study has found that warming temperatures will likely cause hundreds of species to go extinct. Researchers at the University of Arizona analyzed 538 plant and animal species from around the world, 44% of which already faced local extinctions in at least one area in the world. What they discovered is that the areas that suffered from species extinctions had "larger and faster changes in hottest yearly temperatures than...
  • Biden: Antarctica is facing extreme ice loss. Sea levels and temperatures are rising around the world. Yet Donald Trump continues to deny the evidence

    02/13/2020 9:56:04 PM PST · by conservative98 · 56 replies
    Joe Biden on Twitter ^ | 2/13/14 | Joe Biden
    Antarctica is facing extreme ice loss. Sea levels and temperatures are rising around the world. Yet Donald Trump continues to deny the evidence in front of his own eyes. We need to take action to solve the climate crisis—and that starts with getting Trump out of the White House. https://t.co/axSFYwT8cB— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) February 13, 2020
  • Schiff: If Trump Isn’t Removed He ‘Could Offer Alaska to the Russians in Exchange for Support in the Next Election’

    02/03/2020 4:49:38 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 170 replies
    grabien.com ^ | 2/3/20
    SCHIFF: "But this has become the President's defense. And yet, this defense proved indefensible. If abuse of power is not impeachable, even though it is clear the Founders considered it the highest of all high crimes and misdemeanors, but if it were not impeachable, then a whole range of utterly unacceptable conduct and the president would now be beyond reach. Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to go to war. Because...
  • CLIMATE CHANGE LEADING TO WARMING OF JUST 1.5C COULD KILL 1,600 MORE AMERICANS EVERY YEAR (only 11.08 years left)

    01/13/2020 4:16:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 62 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 1/13/20 | KASHMIRA GANDER
    Hotter weather thanks to climate change could cause a spike in deaths related to injuries—including suicides, assaults, and drownings—according to a study. One expert described the problem to Newsweek as the looming "hidden public health burden" of global warming. Deaths by suicides, assaults, transport accidents, drownings and falls were forecast to be on the up if temperatures rose on average by 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the authors of the paper published in the journal Nature Medicine found. The researchers analyzed data on deaths and temperatures between 1980 to 2017 in mainland United States, excluding Alaska and...
  • George Takei: Trump Voters Don't Realize They Are Helping Destroy America

    12/30/2019 5:15:29 PM PST · by White MAGA Man · 103 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 30, 2019 | David NG
    Star Trek actor George Takei is accusing people who voted for and still support President Donald Trump of helping to destroy America, calling it a “tragedy of enormous scope.” The left-wing Hollywood star tweeted late Sunday that Trump supporters are completely ignorant of their destructive powers.
  • Oceans losing oxygen due to climate emergency

    12/07/2019 9:00:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.07.2019 | John Silk
    The oceans are losing oxygen due to climate change, with dire consequences for marine life and vulnerable communities and fisheries, a nature conservation report revealed Saturday. This is the “ultimate wake-up call” for humanity on ever increasing carbon emissions, according to the report, published at the UN Climate Change conference in Madrid. The authors say the report, “Ocean deoxygenation: Everyone’s problem,” is the largest ever peer-reviewed study into the causes, impacts and possible solutions to the ocean’s oxygen loss. […] According to the report, areas of water with low oxygen concentrations are expanding, with roughly 700 ocean areas across the...
  • UN chief warns of ‘point of no return’ on climate change

    12/01/2019 6:51:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    News 4 Jax ^ | 12/01/19 | Mark Carney, Antonio Guterres
    – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday that the world’s efforts to stop climate change have been “utterly inadequate" so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the “point of no return.” Speaking before the start Monday of a two-week in Madrid, the U.N. chief said the impact of rising temperatures — including more extreme weather — is already being felt around the world, with dramatic consequences for humans and other species. **SNIP** “The point of no return is no longer over the horizon,” Guterres told reporters in the Spanish capital. “It is in sight and hurtling...
  • We're About to Cross 9 Critical Climate Tipping Points, Scientists Say (only 11.19 years left)

    11/28/2019 3:25:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Vice ^ | 11/28/19 | Becky Ferreira
    Nine crucial tipping points in Earth’s climate are now “active” and in danger of being crossed thanks to warming global temperatures caused by human activity, warn scientists in a commentary published on Wednesday in Nature. These climate thresholds, such as the decline of ice sheets and loss of biodiverse habitats, could cumulatively trigger a global tipping point that would be “an existential threat to civilization,” cautioned the authors of the article. “Evidence is mounting that these events could be more likely than was thought, have high impacts, and are interconnected across different biophysical systems, potentially committing the world to longterm...
  • Nerf gun, yeti teddy bear make most dangerous toys list

    11/19/2019 9:30:43 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 19, 2019 | AP
    BOSTON — A Nerf dart gun, ice cream-scented Nickelodeon slime and a plastic Power Rangers claw are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s list of worst toys for the holidays. World Against Toys Causing Harm unveiled its annual list Tuesday at a Boston children’s hospital. A realistic toy machine gun, a “pogo trick board,” a yeti teddy bear and a pull-along caterpillar toy for infants also made the list. The Massachusetts nonprofit has been releasing the list for more than 40 years. It says many of the products present choking, eye and other safety hazards frequently found in...
  • Trump Just Formally Pulled the U.S. Out of the Paris Agreement. This Is a Dark Day for America.

    11/05/2019 6:20:18 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 103 replies
    Carnegie Endowment ^ | November 04, 2019 | John Kerry, Chuck Hagel
    On Monday, President Trump took the step he promised in 2017 to officially withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change, which every other country on Earth has signed. This is not America first; once again, it’s America isolated.
  • It’s Worse Than Lies: There’s No Word in the English Language for What Trump & Co. Are Doing

    10/30/2019 8:58:36 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 78 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 10.24.19 | Michael Tomasky
    In 2010, researchers from Harvard and Google put their heads together to determine that there are roughly 1,022,000 words in the English language. The Oxford English Dictionary lists around 600,000. Either way, that’s a lot of words. But there isn’t a word in the English language for what Donald Trump and the Republicans are doing. They are no longer merely lying. Lying is covering up the truth. Lying is, No, Mom, honest, I didn’t break Aunt Donna’s Hummel. Or: No, Your Honor, I did not bilk my investors out of $4 million and abscond to Grand Cayman. What these people...
  • Explosion in Antarctic sea ice levels may cause another ice age

    10/30/2019 3:15:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct.30, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia
    Upside-down "rivers" of warm ocean water may be one of the causes of Antarctica's ice shelves breaking up, leading to a rise in sea levels. But a new study suggests an increase in sea ice in a colder climate may lead to a much more devastating change in the Earth's climate — another ice age. Using computer simulations, the research suggests that an increase in sea ice could significantly alter the circulation of the ocean, ultimately leading to a reverse greenhouse effect as carbon dioxide levels in the ocean increase and levels in the air decrease. “One key question in...
  • Family of 7 discovered living in Dutch farm cellar for years waiting for world to end

    10/15/2019 1:07:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 15, 2019 | Travis Fedschun
    Authorities in the Netherlands have launched a major investigation after an apparent family of 7 was discovered living in the basement of an isolated farm, allegedly "waiting for the end of time." Police in Drenthe said on Twitter that someone reported they were worried about the living conditions of people who were living in "an enclosed space" on a farm located just outside the town of Ruinerwold. When police went to the home on the farm on Monday, they discovered six adults aged 18-25 inside and a 58-year-old man who "did not want to cooperate with the investigation" and was subsequently arrested. It's unclear what relationship exactly the 58-year-old held with...
  • Trump Is Panicking

    09/27/2019 3:25:34 PM PDT · by upchuck · 96 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Sept 26, 2019 | David A. Graham
    When Donald Trump stepped to the dais at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, he had a speech full of sharp lines: swipes at socialism, assertions of nationalism versus globalism, harsh words for Iran. Though Trump doesn’t enjoy delivering scripted remarks, he sounded listless, tired, and bored even by his own standards, struggling through the speech. The president had a good reason to be distracted. The same morning, he had spoken on the phone with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to stem a growing tide of Democratic demands for his impeachment. According to NBC’s Heidi Przybyla, Trump asked Pelosi whether there...
  • Top GOP Rep. Liz Cheney Calls on Steve King to Resign Over Rape, Incest Comments ...

    08/16/2019 5:04:32 PM PDT · by rintintin · 104 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Aug 14 2019 | Connor Mannion
    House GOP leader Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) repeated her call for Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to resign from Congress following his newly-publicized comments on rape and incest. “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest?” King said earlier this week at Iowa’s Westside Conservative Club. “Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” King was apparently attempting to defend legislation to restrict abortion even in cases of rape and incest when he went on the bizarre tangent.
  • Genius Trump: Master of the Game. (Laff Riot)

    08/06/2019 2:40:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | August 5, 2019 | Trevo Craw
    You may not like Trump and I don’t either. But you need to recognize the genius of his game. Yes he is a narcissistic, immature serial liar, racist, sexist molester of women and opportunist. But guess what? He is still president. Yes he stands with America’s adversaries against American intelligence agencies, insults war heroes, tells people to go back to where they came from and uses his position to make American government his personal piggy bank. But it’s working. You have to understand Trump is not using a standard of right and wrong. That is what most people miss. He...
  • Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders call for Congress to declare climate change an emergency

    07/09/2019 3:35:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/09/19 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez teamed up with Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday to demand that Congress declare climate change a national emergency. “This is a political crisis of inaction,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a press call announcing her new House resolution. “It’s going to take political will (and) political courage in order for us to treat this issue with the urgency that the next generation needs in order for us to preserve our way of life and in order for us to preserve our planet as much as we possibly can.” The freshman rep said the House resolution - and...
  • The Greatest Scientific Fraud Of All Time - Part XXIII

    07/08/2019 7:47:49 PM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 34 replies
    Manhattan Contrarian ^ | 7/3/2019 | Francis Menton
    The scandal that I call “The Greatest Scientific Fraud Of All Time” is the alteration of official world temperature data by a small number of government employees in the US and the UK. Uniformly, the alterations have the effect of lowering temperatures early in the record, and raising recent temperatures, in order to create and enhance a warming trend that does not exist in the data as originally reported. The purpose of the fraudulent data alteration is to support the continuation of the “global warming” climate scare. To read the prior 22 posts in this series, go to this link.
  • Gillibrand Urges 'Action' Against Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh If They Don't Uphold Roe v. Wade

    05/16/2019 8:45:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 16, 2019 | Susan Jones
    Video at link. (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), one of 22 Democrats seeking her party's presidential nomination, told MSNBC on Wednesday that Alabama's new abortion ban is "draconian and inhumane," and she called for "action" against Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch if they do not uphold Roe v. Wade. Both men are Trump appointees. Gillibrand said President Trump has deliberately selected "radical justices" to "undermine basic reproductive freedoms and civil rights" of women. "And I'm going to lift this up, and as President of the United States, I will not appoint any justice that does not...