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Sunday, February 26, 2017

How is that swamp-draining going?

The For-Profit Presidency, Month One

One month into the Trump administration, and it’s clear that there has been a wholesale corporate takeover of the government

A day-by-day review of the administration’s first month shows that virtually every day there has been a new, extraordinary grant of power to corporate interests and/or another development in Donald Trump’s get-rich-quick-scheme known as the American presidency.

America has never seen anything like this, and it’s only the first month.

Poorly attended though it might have been, the inauguration itself was a paean not just to the new president but to his corporate backers. 

Corporations that have pending business before the president -- AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Chevron, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase and United Parcel Service – were among the top funders of the inauguration and surrounding festivities. 

We still do not know the full list of donors to the inauguration.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Human Cost of Trump’s Muslim Ban

Trump's cruel ban impacts moms and kids here in the US

In the Trump regime's eyes, this is one less threat.
Legal challenges to Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” are mounting.

Federal judges have suspended the order, which blocks immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspends refugee settlement from everywhere, while federal cases wind their way through the courts.

Meanwhile, confusion and uncertainty continue. I’ve seen it firsthand.

I’m a legal director for the American Friends Service Committee, which means I regularly work with Muslim families on their immigration cases. 

My heart is breaking from the stories I’ve heard from children worried that their families will be split up, and from parents in the U.S. who are trying to bring their children here.

To be clear, this ban applies to kids, too.

After a five-year old was detained at Washington’s Dulles airport, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had the audacity to defend the practice of targeting children. 

“To assume that just because of someone’s age or gender or whatever that they don’t pose a threat would be misguided and wrong,” he claimed.


Pic of the Moment


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Do turbines threaten coastal RI’s cash cow?

By ecoRI News staff
The view of Block Island's turbines from Charlestown's Blue Shutters
Beach. Oh yeah, tourists will take one look at that and will go back to
New Jersey. (Photo by Will Collette)
In Rhode Island state ocean waters, the nation’s first wind farm, southeast of Block Island, is operational and generating power. 

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has contracted the University of Rhode Island to document the effects of the Block Island Wind Farm on recreation and tourism.

This information will be used to then create socioeconomic indicators to help regulators, industry, communities and researchers measure the impacts of offshore renewable-energy facilities on recreation and tourism activities in Rhode Island and potentially other places in the country. 

Celebrate Stuffies, clam cakes, chowdah

2nd Annual Quahog Week Kicks Off March 20

QUAHOG WEEK returns for its second year in March, as the state supports a celebration of the wild-harvest shellfish during an off-season month.Quahog Week, which made its debut last year, returns March 20 - March 25, 2017. 

The week-long celebration highlights the importance of Rhode Island's wild harvest shellfish to the state's history, traditions, and economy. 

As part of the week, participating restaurants and markets will feature quahog-inspired menu items and deals, and Quahog Week partners will hold special events.

"Whenever I go out to eat, I look for Rhode Island shellfish," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "I know I'm not alone. Our flavorful clams and oysters are enjoyed all over the world. And going out on the water with our local fishermen has made me appreciate all the more the hard work and dedication at the heart of our fishing industry. 

Deconstruction = destruction

Bannon Heralds "Deconstruction of Administrative State" and Trump's "New Political Order"

Giving rare public remarks on Thursday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said the Trump cabinet was working towards the "deconstruction of the administrative state" and repeatedly referred to the media as "the opposition party."

Bannon's speech at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland evoked the same shades of authoritarianism that have permeated President Donald Trump's time in office, from his outraged tweets to his picks to lead federal agencies.

He outlined what he described as "three verticals" of Trump's agenda that would focus on "national security and sovereignty," "economic nationalism," and "deconstruction of the administrative state"—meaning a rollback of taxes, regulations, and trade agreements that the administration has claimed are hampering economic growth and individualism.

"If you look at these cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction," he said.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Talking Pot

By Bob Plain in Rhode Island’s Future

marijuanaThe Adult Use of Cannabis Act, or the bill that would legalize marijuana in Rhode Island, was introduced in the state legislature Thursday by Senator Josh Miller and Rep. Scott Slater. Read the bill here.

It would allow adults over 21 years old to possess up to five ounces at home and to buy and/or transport up to one ounce at a time. 

People could grow up to two plants, and no more than three plants per household. 

It would allow retail stores, a minimum of 40, and only licensed growers could sell to those stores.

It’s the seventh year such a bill has been introduced, and with Massachusetts, Maine and six other states having ended pot prohibition, it’s got a better chance to pass than ever. 

A majority of Rhode Islanders, according to polls, and a majority of the House and Senate, according to activists, support legalization

But House Speaker Nick Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed in previous years have prevented the bill from coming up for a vote.

Jared Moffat, director of Regulate Rhode Island, was kind enough to walk me through the finer points of the bill.

Protect children from perverts

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Impulse lying

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At the Mystic Aquarium

Thank you for the nominations - now it's time to vote!
Let your voice be heard! Voting for The Day's 2017 Best Of Readers' Choice Awards is open and Mystic Aquarium is nominated for best area attraction, family outing, and place to take a visitor.

Voting ends March 12thClick here to cast your vote today.

Toddler Tuesdays

Toddler Tuesday's Returns!

Take a time out you and your toddler will adore! Every Tuesday in March, enjoy a different toddler activity from the ever popular Cuddle Clinic to a special Pi Day.
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Tropical Sunsation
Pancakes with Penguins
Tropical Sunsation
Take a vacation from winter now through Feb. 26! Paradise awaits with live music, hula lessons, a beach party, colorful crafts and more.
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Pancakes with Penguins
Join us for breakfast with an African penguin on Mar. 12. Ticket sales end 48 hours in advance, so get yours today before they sell out!
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Animal Spotlight: A peak behind the scenes at red-eyed tree frog eggs
 Frog Eggs
They may be small, but these red-eyed tree frog eggs are playing a major role in the Aquarium's mission. These eggs will provide other zoos and aquariums the opportunity to exhibit the species without disrupting the natural populations. Once fully-developed, these red-eyed tree frogs will go on exhibit at other institutions and will serve as ambassadors. While this species is not endangered, other frog species struggle to survive for many reasons, some of which due to human influences.

Want to see more? Check out this video on our Facebook page! 

You Can Help

Do your part in protecting frogs and leap into action! Attend our FREE family-friendly amphibian monitoring training taking place at the Aquarium on Mar. 14. You'll learn how to identify local amphibians by sight and sound and will understand how scientists collect valuable information on local amphibian populations. Click here to learn more.

Special invites from our friends at 
Ocean Blue Catering

Winter Beer Dinner
Spriti of Ireland
Winter Beer Dinner
On Feb. 25, join us at the Mystic Yachting Center for a five-course meal featuring unique beer parings from Two Roads Brewing Co. Registration closes at 10am day of event, so get your tickets today!
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Spirit of Ireland Dinner
Enjoy live music, traditional Irish fare and a flight of Irish whiskey at the Mystic Yachting Center on Mar. 18. A portion of the proceeds benefit Mystic Aquarium's mission programs. Advanced registration required.
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Membership: Sea Change
Unlimited visits are great. Free 4-D is quite a perk. Clean oceans are life-giving. The benefits of a Mystic Aquarium membership are far-reaching.  We seek change through conservation, education and research. You sea change with your membership. Click here to join now! 

Mystic Aquarium's Corporate Sponsors 
Corporate Sponsors

The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.

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