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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Of Human Bondage

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At the Mystic Aquarium

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Upcoming Events

cocktails with whales
Bring your besties & grab your co-workers for an evening of beluga whales, live music and a cash bar.  
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Horshoe Crab Watch
Witness these "living fossils" gather during our new moon, night-time family Horseshoe Crab Watch.  
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Enjoy family fun hands-on activities, create a craft and learn about our precious Long Island Sound.   
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Memorial Day
Thank you for your service!  Present your active duty or veteran US Military ID to get in FREE.   
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Carnaval del sol
Fiesta y fabulosa! Summer begins with the color and pageantry of Hispanic cultures and traditions.
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Nature Play Mud Day
Join us for fun activities, crafts, or simply run around! Paint with it, make mud pies or just get muddy!
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Mystic Aquarium | 55 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT | 860.572.5955

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Wow, no protests against Trump in Saudi Arabia. I wonder why?

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Tangible proof that Obamacare saves lives

More cancers diagnosed at early stage following increase in health insurance coverage
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Cancer is most curable when it’s detected at its earliest stages. An analysis of nearly 273,000 patients showed that between 2013 and 2014 there was a 1% increase in the percentage of breast, lung, and colorectal cancers diagnosed at the earliest, most treatable stage. 

Following full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this study is the first to explore changes in the proportion of cancers – those that can be detected through screening – diagnosed at stage I.

"Cancer is most curable when it's detected at its earliest stages. While it is much too soon to identify the specific cause of this positive trend, or determine whether it is sustainable and will improve outcomes, it is indeed a step in the right direction," said ASCO President-Elect Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO.

Tennessee business owner doesn’t want Trumpcare tax break

Don't Give Me A Tax Cut That Cuts Health Care for Others
By Stephen Prince 

Image result for trumpcareAbolishing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the taxes that pay for it would save rich taxpayers like me a lot of money. But it would also endanger the health care of more than 30 million Americans. That's not a tradeoff I want to make -- and no one else should, either.

Long before the ACA required larger employers to offer our workers coverage or pay a penalty, I was already covering my employees. I could have saved millions of dollars over the years if I had left them uninsured.

But I believe health care is a basic human right.

That's the underlying philosophy of the ACA, too. Thanks to it, the number of uninsured in this country has fallen by more than a third, from almost 50 million seven years ago to around 30 million today. A quarter million Tennesseans have obtained coverage as a result of the ACA.

The ACA is paid for in large part through taxes targeted at wealthy households and on highly-profitable health care industries that benefit from more people having access to health coverage, like insurance and pharmaceuticals.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Then the dam broke

Top Watergate reporter remarks on the speed of RussiaGate events

Image result for russiagateAnd then the dam broke.

A flood is coming that will shape the future of our Republic in ways no one can predict.

Except that the speed with which this has all happened, just over a hundred days into President Donald Trump's dumpster fire of an administration, means it was all very predictable.

And no one who played a role in normalizing this President should be allowed to forget it.

We have news that the Department of Justice, under Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, will appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the Russia interference scandal.

Apparently the President was only given a 30 minute heads up, and it came while he was interviewing new heads for the FBI. The Special Counsel will be former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

These types of investigations tend to stir up more dirt than anyone thought was there. We will see if that happens now.

What the hell is this about?

THIS IS REAL: Just when you thought Trump could not get weirder, there's this from his current overseas trip.

RI Jobs with Justice Annual Awards Dinner at the Biltmore, June 1

Dog of the Week

Meet Fezzik
Animal Rescue Rhode Island

Whether you are looking for serious or fun loving, you will definitely find the best of both worlds with this guy!

Fezzik is super personable, walks well on leash and will do anything for a belly rub.

We believe he would make a perfect family addition to any home.

Report: The Donald's first overseas trip so far.

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Climate change and fish stocks

Ocean warming to cancel increased carbon dioxide-driven productivity
University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide researchers have constructed a marine food web to show how climate change could affect our future fish supplies and marine biodiversity.

Published in Global Change Biology, the researchers found that high CO2 expected by the end of the century which causes ocean acidification will boost production at different levels of the food web, but ocean warming cancelled this benefit by causing stress to marine animals, preventing them using the increased resources efficiently for their own growth and development. The result was a collapsing food web.

Of course.

Trump's new bank regulator is the lawyer who helped banks charge more fees
By Cezary Podkul for ProPublica

Image result for bank feesIn the early 2000s, banks successfully sued to stop Iowa from limiting their ability to charge ATM fees to non-customers. 

They also fought off states' attempts to stop them from charging non-customers to cash checks drawn on the banks' accounts. In another case, they stopped California from forcing two banks to conduct audits of their own residential mortgages.

What do all these cases have in common? The winning argument in each was that states had no right to impose their laws on federally regulated national banks. 

And the man who helped make that powerful argument was Keith Noreika — President Trump's pick to head the federal agency that oversees national banks.

Noreika, a prominent Washington attorney who specializes in financial regulatory law, has made a career out of representing banks as they sought to fight back consumer-friendly state regulations and class-action lawsuits accusing banks of deceptive practices.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The roots of corporate welfare

The Book That Uncovered ‘Wealthfare’
By Gerald E. Scorse, Progressive Charlestown contributor

Image result for wealthfareOver 20 years ago, long before the experts caught on, the writers Mark Zepezauer and Arthur Naiman zeroed in on the upward redistribution of income in the United States. They called it “wealthfare,” and used the term to open their 1996 book Take the Rich Off Welfare

Here’s the first sentence: Wealthfare—the money we hand out to corporations and wealthy individuals—costs us at least $448 billion a year.”

It’s no exaggeration to say that the book predicted America’s fortune (or, more accurately, misfortune). Government actions to make the rich richer have become standard fare. There’s more allegiance to corporate profits than there is to the common good. “Wealthfare” is the ruling national ethos—economically, politically, even in the courts; at bottom, Citizens United is a Supreme surrender to the supremacy of people with money.    

Let’s explore the first “wealthfare” total of $448 billion in “subsidies, handouts, tax breaks, loopholes, rip-offs and scams.” 

To begin with, the number looks almost puny today. Total tax expenditures (a.k.a. tax breaks) in fiscal 2018 are expected to cost the federal government more than $1.5 trillion; most Americans will get at least a dollop, but the lion’s share by far will line the pockets of people whose pockets are already bulging.

What does it take?

What would it take for the GOP to dump Trump?
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