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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

VIDEO: As Powerful Men Fall, Renewed Focus on Trump's Many Accusers and His Disgusting Admission

"One man continues to defy America’s new moral norm: its president."
By Jon Queally, staff writer for Common Dreams

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As the floodgates have certainly opened in positive ways over recent weeks in terms of women feeling more empowered and secure in speaking publicly about the men—often those in positions of power—who have sexually assaulted or harassed them over the years, the wave of revelations have also brought re-newed focus on the previous and numerous accusations levied against the nation's most powerful man: President Donald J. Trump.

While an infamous recording released during last year's campaign in which Trump openly talked about how he used his wealth and fame to prey on women, the shifting national conversation about sexual misconduct—and the "hypocritical" way in which Trump injected himself into that conversation this week—has led many to argue that the numerous women who have already publicly accused Trump of sexual assault or harassment should be given further and renewed hearing.

Offering a stitched video montage of multiple women recounting how Trump sexually assaulted them over the years, MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Friday night said, "A reminder that at least 15 women have accused Donald Trump on the record of unwanted physical contact. Listen for the patterns in their stories." 

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe....

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Yet another Republican attack on Affordable Care Act

Pic of the Moment

Saving your energy

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

Yesterday, the crew from Sol Power installed panels we bought through
the Solarize Charlestown program.  (Photo by Will Collette)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Like others in Charlestown, we are having solar panels installed under the town's bulk purchase deal with Sol Power. This article addresses the question of what to do with energy those panels generate. - Will Collette

Many trick-or-treaters ventured through southern New England neighborhoods afflicted by the latest power outage.

Some houses were lit by generators, others arbitrarily spared from the blackout. To grown-ups at least, the Halloween displays were far less scary than the darkened homes with spoiling food and a lack of heat.

After a string of blackouts in recent years, it’s hard to blame homeowners for wanting backup power such as portable generators.

Related imageThe noisy, gas engines are more common since storms like Sandy and Nemo have hit the region during the past five years. Some homeowners have even installed large, permanent standby units fueled by a direct hookup to a natural-gas line.

Property owners have reason to look for backup energy. Extended power outages are more common, in part because of higher winds and more powerful storms fueled by climate change.

Sign up!


Tanzi and Sosnowski helped hospitals cope

Sosnowski, Tanzi honored by Hospital Association for legislative efforts
Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski, left, and Rep. Teresa Tanzi, right,
pose with Teresa Paiva Weed, president of the Hospital Association
of Rhode Island. Senator Sosnowski and Representative Tanzi
received the organization’s Francis R. Dietz Award for Public Service.
The Hospital Association of Rhode Island honored Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) and Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) with the Francis R. Dietz Award for Public Service at the organization’s annual meeting Thursday morning.

Both Senator Sosnowski and Representative Tanzi have been strong advocates for hospitals and health care in the General Assembly.

Most recently they introduced legislation (2017-S 0577Aaa, 2017-H 5840A) that significantly reduces the regulatory burden experienced by physician practices that are acquired by hospitals.

The bill allows physician practices to maintain their current license standards, even if a hospital system owns the practice. The legislation was signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo on July 19.

Follow the….property

Related imageWhen the investigation into the Trump campaign brings up charges of money laundering and shady property deals, it may seem like a sideline. But it shouldn’t. 

No one expects Donald Trump to secretly have a shrine to Lenin in the basement of Trump Tower. 

Michael Flynn didn’t offer to kidnap a cleric because the man offended his religious views. 

Paul Manafort wasn’t sending Putin plans to “greatly benefit his government” because he really, really wants to see democracy crushed—though given Manafort’s track record, he might.

The truth is simple: They’re in it for the money. So when you see a story like thisit’s not a side show. It’s the show.

Monday, November 20, 2017

‘Modern air is a little too clean’: the rise of air pollution denial

It's a thing. And it's coming from people in power

pollution GIFDespite report after report linking air pollution to deterioration of the lungs, heart and brain, Professor Robert Phalen believes the air is “too clean” for children.

After all, everybody needs a bit of immune-system-boosting dirt in their lungs.

“Modern air is a little too clean for optimum health,” he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the world’s largest scientific societies, in 2012.

“My most important role in science is causing trouble and controversy,” he added.

Now the director of the air pollution health effects laboratory at the University of California, Irvine, is set to be appointed as a scientific advisor by Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

But Phalen isn’t alone. Pollution denial is starting to appear outside the US, in countries where the air is much more toxic.

Get up!

Real terrorists

‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’on Nov. 30 at URI

Production of Oscar Wilde play explores Victorian upper crust society

Lady Windermere's FanAs the University of Rhode Island celebrates its 125th anniversary, the Theatre Department will perform a play that was written the same year as the University was founded, 1892, when its production of “Lady Windermere’s Fan” by Oscar Wilde opens Nov. 30.

Set in 1893, the production portrays a Wildean world of London’s upper crust Victorian society, focusing on Lord and Lady Windermere — Arthur and Margaret — lovingly married for two years. 

Lady Windermere sees the world in black and white, never gray; good or evil, never in between. 

Just 21, she is about to celebrate her coming of age at a soiree to which her husband requests she invite the center of gossip, Mrs. Erlynne. Margaret refuses. 

Arthur insists on helping Mrs. Erlynne gain access to society. 

Events escalate in the next 24 hours, during which time Lady Windermere learns what truly makes a good woman. 

The questions of who is Mrs. Erlynne and what of Lady Windermere’s fan are central to the story. In this world of manners and morals — how things seem and how they are — it is the birthday gift and how it is handled that tells the tale.

Performances of “Lady Windermere’s Fan” will run Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 and Dec. 7 through Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theatre of the URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road on the Kingston Campus, with additional showings Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

There will be a free panel discussion, titled “The Making of a Good Woman,” following the performance Sunday, Dec. 3.  

The panelists are Jeannette Riley, dean of the URI College of Arts and Sciences; David T. Howard, professor in the URI Theatre Department; Michael Honhart, professor of history; and Bryna Wortman, a professor in the URI Theatre Department who will serve as moderator.

General admission is $20, and $15 for students, URI faculty and staff, and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit, or call (401) 874-5843.

Bryna Wortman (“Good People,” “Seminar,” “The Great Gatsby”) will direct; costume design is by professor David T. Howard; set design is by URI Theatre alumna, Cheryl deWardener; lighting design is by associate professor Christian Wittwer; and sound design is by guest artist Michael Hyde.


Actor, Character, Hometown
Emily Turtle, Lady Windermere, Barrington
Jake Clarke, Lord Windermere, Narragansett
Daniel F. Greene, Lord Darlington, North Easton, Mass.
Catia Ramos, Mrs. Erlynne, Providence
Matthew Oxley, Sir James Royston, Narragansett
John T. Cunha, Lord Augustus, Middletown
Jessilyn Ring, Lady Stutfield, Coventry
Valerie Ferris, Duchess of Berwick, Staten Island, NY
Brooks A. Shatraw, Mr. Cecil Graham, North Smithfield
Katharine Templeton, Miss Graham, Providence
Erin McGowan, Lady Paisley, Zionsville, Penn.
Emma Becker, Rosalie, Tiverton
Olivia Paluzzi, Lady Agatha Carlisle, Braintree, Mass.
Madison Cook-Hines, Mrs. Cowper-Cowper, Coventry
Dean Hernandez, Arthur Bowden, East Providence
Erik Schlicht, Parker, Cumberland
Emily Maclean, Lady Jedburgh, Hopkinton
Josh Raymo, Mr. Dumby, Portsmouth
Arturo Puentes, Mr. Hopper, Pawtucket
Colin Cleary, Lord Paisley, Harvard, Mass.
Emily Carter, Lady Plymdale, Hope
David Richards, Footman, Newport
Maggie Papa, Assistant Director, Wakefield
Emily Carter, Assistant to Assistant Director, Hope


Erin McGowan, Mrs. Erlynne, Zionsville, Penn.
Dean Hernandez, Parker, East Providence
Josh Raymo Mr., Ceil Graham, Portsmouth
Arturo Puentes, Lord Darlington, Pawtucket
Colin Cleary, Mr. Hopper, Harvard, Mass.
David Richards, Mr. Dumby, Newport
Ariana Pacheco, Duchess of Berwick, North Kingstown

TOMORROW: Learn the Facts about the Invenergy project

Fellow opponents will host session in Charlestown to help prepare for upcoming hearing
By Will Collette

On December 5, the state Energy Facility Siting Board will hold an important public hearing at the Charlestown Elementary School related to the Invenergy fossil fuel plant proposed for Burrillville.

Charlestown has a direct self-interest in this project even though it is at the opposite end of the state because a Narragansett medicine man John Brown made a deal with Invenergy to sell water pumped from tribal land, but from the common aquifer we all share.

The actual amount of water needed has never been clear. It would be used as coolant at the Burrillville plant.

This water deal has exposed deep divisions within the Narragansett Tribe. A large and vocal faction, including several elected members of the Tribal Council denounce the deal as illegal because the question of who actually is in charge has not been resolved.

Other than Mr. Brown’s defense of his decision, there has been no public support for the project coming from inside the Tribe. In fact, the Tribal Council hired outside counsel to file for intervenor status in the case in opposition to the deal.

The facts are complicated and the politics are Byzantine. So this workshop comes at just the right time to help Charlestown residents figure out the best way to present the town’s opposition to the project.

In my opinion, it would be a very bad idea to make this another one of Charlestown’s infamous “us against them” issues with the Tribe. In fact, some of the strongest opposition to this water deal comes from prominent members of the Tribe.

Here is the advisory I received from Nature’s Trust Rhode Island which is presenting this program tomorrow (edited for clarity).


By Tim Abel 

Image result for russiagate money launderingConvincing President Trump to release his tax returns is proving slightly more difficult than we initially anticipated, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any signs of success from taking the longer route.

Take, for example, a 98-page document recently released by the United States Office of Government Ethics.

The document, available in its entirety here, clearly shows that not only is Donald Trump outright profiting from the presidency, a direct violation of the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution but also that he is in debt to several banks, both domestic and foreign.

Although shocking news, none of this particularly comes as a surprise, more or less just confirms what most of us already suspected. However, it’s when you delve into the details that you discover the true significance of the President’s possible under-the-table actions.

German-based Deutsche Bank was served with $630 million in penalties back in January for a $10 billion Russian money laundering scheme involving it’s Moscow and New York branches among others.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Tax plan for idiots

Mortgages the future to pay off wealthy GOP donors
By David Cay Johnston, DCReport Editor-in-Chief 

Why This House Tax Scheme Is for IDIOTS

The House tax bill is an all-out attack on the future prosperity of America, not that any of the major news organizations are telling you that in plain English. 

Lost in the dense bureaucratic language of modern news reports is the simple fact that the House bill takes from striving students so that the already rich and major corporations can have more.

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Billionaire Steven Mnuchin, Trump's Treasury Secretary and his wife
Louise Linton pose with their favorite work of art.
This bill is a long-term disaster in terms of what economists call opportunity costs. That term refers to a benefit that a person could have received, but gave up, to take another course of action. 

This tax bill gives up the future wealth from investing in brainpower in favor of permanent tax cuts for the already rich and corporations.

This tax bill should be called the Intellectual Destruction Initiative Outrageous Tax Savings Act, a.k.a. the IDIOTS Tax Act.

Are we idiots?

Time Machine

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