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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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The FCC is voting Thursday on whether to repeal “Net Neutrality”

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Since its creation, the internet has been an open exchange of ideas and information, free from corporate control and influence. But corporations could soon have tremendous power over what we can access and share online, ending the internet as we know it.

In 2015, the FCC passed a landmark rule that prevents internet service providers from favoring some sites over others – slowing down connections or charging customers a fee for streaming or other services. 

It gave Americans equal access to all the content that’s available on the internet – videos, social media, e-commerce sites, etc – at the same speeds. 

Now, though, Donald Trump’s handpicked chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, wants to abolish “Net Neutrality.” He wants to give telecommunications giants like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T the upper hand. 

Tell this to the Trump boys

Trophy hunting may cause extinction in a changing environment
Queen Mary University of London

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Donald Jr. and Eric Trump
Trophy hunting and other activities involving the targeting of high-quality male animals could lead to the extinction of certain species faced with changing environmental conditions, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Male animals with large secondary sexual traits, such as antelope horns, deer antlers and lions' manes are often targeted by hunters for recreational purposes. 

Similarly, some insect collectors will pay high prices for specimens of animals such as stag beetles because of their large secondary sexual traits.

These well-ornamented individuals tend to be the most evolutionarily fit so if they are removed then the best genes are taken out of the population. 

The researchers predict that in some circumstances, when an animal population is faced with a changing environment, harvesting rates of as low as five per cent of these high quality males can cause extinction.

Tax Law for the Forbes 400

Even the Merely Rich Will Be Shafted as Congress Gives Billions to the Wealthiest of the Wealthy
By David Cay Johnston, DCReport Editor-in-Chief

Image may contain: textBuried in the in the two tax bills being rushed through Congress is a fleet of lucrative opportunities to escape taxes, though no one is talking about this costly and unnecessary problem.

By the way, you won’t qualify for these tax favors unless you are mega-rich. The bills create tax avoidance yachts, not small sailboats or dinghies—and certainly not life rafts.

Think of the twin tax bills as the Forbes 400 Tax Forgiveness Act of 2017.

As much as two-thirds of the tax savings will go to the 1%—and of that, the savings will overwhelmingly go to the tenth- and hundredth- of 1%. The savings will help those whose incomes range from a few million dollars a year to more than a billion dollars a year. 

The official analyses by Congressional experts show that over the next decade everyone making less than $75,000 a year will pay more tax so that the super-rich can pay much less.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The destruction of humanity "is only one impulsive tantrum away."

Anti-Nuclear Coalition Accepts Nobel Peace Prize
Atomic fashion from 1957.
Pope Francis made a renewed appeal for nuclear disarmament on Sunday, addressing a crowd at the Vatican's St. Peter's Square as the Nobel Committee was awarding one of the world's foremost anti-nuclear groups with the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

The Pope spoke out about "the strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament," arguing that any group concerned with disadvantaged populations must be "also working with determination to build a world without nuclear arms."

The pontiff has made clear his strong views on eliminating nuclear arsenals from world governments, speaking several times on the issue this year.

Last month, he hosted a symposium at the Vatican entitled "Prospects for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons," which was attended by United Nations representatives, Nobel Peace laureates, and officials from nuclear powers including the United States, Russia, and South Korea.

As he spoke in Vatican City, the Nobel Committee was holding its annual Nobel Prize awards ceremony, at which the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Accepting the award, Beatrice Fihn, the head of the global coalition, made her own urgent call for nuclear disarmament.

"The only rational course of action is to cease living under the conditions where our mutual destruction is only one impulsive tantrum away," Fihn said, appearing to allude to recent heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Men speak out

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Goodbye democracy, hello....

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Save the whales!

Already on Brink, Right Whales Are Pushed Closer to the Edge

North Atlantic right whales are one of the world’s most critically endangered large whales, but if you’re lucky, you can still see them: a mother nursing her newborn in the warm waters off the Georgia or Florida coast, their only known calving grounds; right whales socializing and feeding in the fertile waters of Cape Cod Bay, sometimes within sight of shore; whales — black, 50 feet long, and weighing some 100,000 pounds — rising through the water in the Bay of Fundy or the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the northern end of their thousand-mile-plus migration route.

For a few decades, the math for North Atlantic right whales seemed to be working out, and the whales appeared to be experiencing a tentative recovery. Between 1990 and 2010, their numbers inched up from 270 to 483 whales — a slow growth rate, only 2.8 percent per year, but growth nonetheless.

But beginning in 2010, the tiny gains in their numbers began eroding. And now a new analysis by biologist Richard Pace from NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center and his colleagues provides stark confirmation of what many had already begun to suspect

The numbers are again heading down, threatening the whales’ very existence. The primary driver: whales becoming entangled in fishing gear and being struck by ships. Pace’s analysis found that North Atlantic right whale numbers dropped 5 percent from 2010 to 2015. 

Tick, tick. Shortened deadline is December 15


Westerly Y settles discrimination lawsuit brought against it by the ACLU

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Involving Rhode Island’s Public Breastfeeding Law

Related imageThe ACLU of RI announced a settlement in its case on behalf of Elizabeth Gooding who, in May 2017, sued the Ocean Community YMCA for violating her right to breastfeed in public. 

Parties in the lawsuit have agreed to a resolution of all issues presented in the case, and filed a stipulation of dismissal, Friday, December 8, 2017, after signing a confidential settlement agreement and release.

According to ACLU volunteer attorney H. Jefferson Melish, the settlement was “fair to all parties and recognizes the importance of the Rhode Island Breastfeeding in Public Places statute.”

We’ve been here before

A History Lesson On Tax Cuts
By Ralph Martire 

Image may contain: 3 people, textTo stimulate the U.S. economy to "levels you haven't seen in many years"-- President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families and mega-corporations. 

His proposal is so skewed to the wealthy that over the next 10 years, more than half of his multi-trillion dollar tax cut will go to the wealthiest one percent. 

Big business does well too, gaining an estimated $4.1 trillion tax cut during the next decade. 

And that's not the only justification offered for the president's full-on, supply-side, tax cut. 

According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), this tax cut will "create so much economic growth, it [will] begin to pay down the nation's debt." Which sounds too good to be true -- because it is.

By now, every American who is objective or can do math should know that the proposed supply-side tax cuts won't work as promised. 

Why expect certain failure? First and foremost is something called "history." Supply-side tax cuts have never worked as promised. Never. Second, focusing tax cuts on affluent individuals and corporations is not an effective way to stimulate private sector job growth -- which pretty much explains why history has proven supply-side economic theory is bogus.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Let's help Puerto Rico

Neglected by the Trump government, Puerto Rico needs help from the American public
By Will Collette

Photo of SANILEC 6 Portable Sodium Hypochlorite Generatorsince Donald Trump has decided to forget about the hurricane-wrecked US territory of Puerto Rico, it’s up to the rest of us to step up to help.

A few rolls of paper towels are just not enough to restore electricity, basic infrastructure and especially clean drinking water to all those neglected US citizens.

I have never in my 68 years of life ever seen the United States turn its back on other Americans stricken by disaster as our government has in the case of Puerto Rico.

You could also add the US Virgin Islands, where power is still out for 60% of the residents, 75% of the capital.

Simply put, Donald Trump does not care. So I'm glad so many other people are stepping up.

Americans major labor unions, led by the teachers’ unions, have put together a charity called Operation Agua to provide practical water cleaning systems both for individual homes as well larger water systems.

As you think about what you can do to help (and make end of year Christmas gifts), I think you should click on Operation Agua and give generously.

Here is an overview of the project from the American Federation of Teachers:

The massive damage caused by Hurricane Maria and the lack of electricity and clean water on the island of Puerto Rico continue to threaten the health, safety and lives of millions of American citizens. 

This is a humanitarian crisis the likes of which we have never seen in our country.

Trump Spy-craft

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Priorities, #2,557

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From the Oval Office to where you work

Sexual harassment on the job still carries large impact, study shows
University of Texas at Arlington

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and textTwo University of Texas at Arlington researchers have revisited workplace sexual harassment issues after the initial study was done nearly 20 years ago.

How well is society doing?

The answer is mixed. 

Although there has been a 28 percent decline in complaints, sexual harassment is a continuing, chronic occupational health problem in the workplace.

James Campbell Quick, the John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in UTA's Goolsby Leadership Academy, initially published the report in a 1998 special section on sexual harassment in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Quick and M. Ann McFadyen, a UTA associate professor of strategic management, conducted the review earlier this year. It comes at a time when noteworthy sexual harassment and assault incidents have permeated all aspects of American society.

"Our current examination of the evidence suggests that sexual harassment is a continuing occupational problem," Quick said. 

"Have we made progress? Yes, there has been progress on some fronts but not on others and the problem has morphed, becoming more complicated for a variety of reasons found in the current data."

Trump's Week 46

Spirit of giving

Lions team up with Stop and Shop to help Wood River Health Services

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Chariho Centennial Lions Club recently donated Stop & Shop gift cards to Wood River Health Services to be distributed to families and individuals in need during the holiday season.

The club donation was matched by Richmond Stop & Shop.

Michael Lichtenstein Pres. & CEO and Director of Quality Improvement Lynda Green (r) received the c-cards from Lions members Teresa Ellis and Doreen Chin Pratt.

Wood River Health Services is the Federally Qualified Community Health Center for southwestern Rhode Island, providing medical and dental care and social services to over 9,000 area residents.

Koch Lobbyists and Opus Dei

Who’s Dropping in on Trump Budget Czar Mick Mulvaney?
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That's if you are a super-rich taxpayer!
One of President Donald Trump’s top cabinet officials has met with a long list of lobbyists, corporate executives and wealthy people with business interests before the government, according to calendars the Trump administration fought to keep secret.

The calendars for Mick Mulvaney, the former South Carolina congressman who now runs the White House Office of Management and Budget, offer a glimpse of who has access to the highest levels of the Trump administration.

Among those visiting Mulvaney: Trump friend and casino magnate Steve Wynn; a flurry of officials from the conservative Heritage Foundation; a string of health care and Wall Street CEOs; lobbyists for Koch Industries; a cryptocurrency evangelist; and a prominent member of the Catholic group Opus Dei.

The Trump administration fought in court to block public records requests by Property of the People, a Washington-based nonprofit transparency group, to release the calendars as well as visitor logs from several other White House offices. Lawyers for the group ultimately prevailed and provided the documents to ProPublica, which we are posting in a searchable format.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

“I Cannot Keep Quiet.”

The Pope criticizes Trump Jerusalem decision
zoom in donald trump GIFPope Francis, speaking hours before President Trump announced his order to eventually move the U.S. Embassy from the modern city of Tel Aviv to the ancient city of Jerusalem, which both Jews and Arabs claim as their capital, predicted the move would bring “new elements of tension to a global panorama that is already convulsed and marked by so many and cruel conflicts.”

Trump has had an uneasy relationship with the leader of Catholicism since the campaign when the Pope denounced politicians who sew seeds of fear about immigration and his plan to build a wall on the Mexican border,

“I appeal not to create walls,” Pope Francis said in February, “but to build bridges.”

The Pope and the president seemed to reach an uneasy truce at the Vatican when Trump was in Europe for the G20 meetings earlier this year, but now Francis is again speaking out, clearing intending his remarks to push Trump to reconsider moving the Embassy:
“I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days.” 

Tastes best when cold.

From Fake Science, the only science news site used by Donald Trump

Prosecutorial Dilemma

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Wood River Health Services honors South County Hospital head

Awards Community Partner award to Louis Giancola

Louis Giancola, Pres. & CEO of South County Health, received the Wood River Health Services Community Partner Award at the health center’s Board of Directors meeting recently.

The award presentation had been scheduled to take place at a breakfast in October but was canceled by the storm that knocked out power to the region for nearly a week.

Giancola has been a healthcare executive for more than forty-five years and holds numerous national and regional professional memberships. The award recognized his “passion about pro-actively serving the healthcare needs of the community”. 

Confederate monuments are OK. National Monuments are not.

Trump vs. Bears Ears: Outraged Native Groups Respond
Image may contain: 5 people, text“Offensive.” “Illegal.” “Racist.” 

Those are just a few of the words used by Native American leaders and groups this week in response to President Trump’s plan to remove protections from 85 percent of the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. Tribes have spent decades trying to protect the culturally and historically significant Utah landmark.

The long-rumored details of President Trump’s action — fulfilling vague promises he made back in May — were officially announced today at a heavily protested public event in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

“We got it done,” said the president during the event.

At the close of his speech, Trump signed two presidential proclamations to shrink both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by a total of more than 2 million acres and in the process carve up what remains into several smaller monuments.

Native leaders wasted no time condemning Trump’s plan in the days leading up to its formal announcement.

During one of many public protests held in Salt Lake City this past weekend, Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch said Trump does not have the authority to remove or shrink national monuments, a position on which Constitutional scholars agree.

Natalie Landreth, senior staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, also took that position in a prepared statement last week, calling Trump’s action “completely illegal.” 

She added: “This is an issue of tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination. The five tribes that advocated tirelessly to create this monument did so to protect their ancient and modern cultural and spiritual importance. The fact that it is being revoked without any consultation, or even concern, for the tribes is offensive.”

Landreth also spoke to the cultural threats that led to the establishment of Bears Ears. “The monument was created in large part to help stem the tide of widespread looting and grave robbing, which was the original purpose of the Antiquities Act, and removal of that protection leaves more than 60,000 known sites in danger. It’s disgraceful.”

And it’s not just about history; it’s also about the cultural and political reality of today. “Bears Ears isn’t just about a few artifacts in isolated locations,” Shaun Chapoose, a member of the Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee, said in an earlier statement issued by the Rights Fund. 

“Our cultures are still here and still thriving. The Bears Ears region is a cultural landscape — a place to nurture our families in our traditions. The monument came about through government-to-government negotiations with the previous administration, state and local officials. The president’s proposed unilateral action pleases a few powerful Utah politicians. It’s a sad state of affairs, but we are prepared to fight for our rights, and to protect Bears Ears.”

Many critics spoke to how Trump’s plan attempts to erase the years of effort put into seeking protection for Bears Ears

“The establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument was a historic advancement for all five Native Nations (Navajo, Hopi, Ute, Ute Mountain, Zuni) who advocated for the monument,” Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, said in the Rights Fund prepared statement. 

“At the very least, President Trump should have consulted with the original local governments of the Bears Ears region: our five Indian nations. Instead, our many requests for consultation were ignored. An action to diminish the Bears Ears National Monument in any way will be an action against the Navajo Nation and the Navajo people who have worked so tirelessly to protect these lands.”

American Indian groups have been gearing up for a fight ever since the president first promised to remove protections for the monument, which was established by President Obama. 

“What the politicians are doing is violating what’s sacred to us,” Alfred Lomahquahu Jr., vice chairman of the Hopi Tribal Council, told The Nation last week, comparing it to removing protections for Arlington National Cemetery. “Our holy, sacred ground happens to be the big landscape out here. But people don’t understand that. Not honoring Bears Ears is against our religion. And it’s racist.”

Ironically, Trump said during his speech that removing protections from Bears Ears protects religion. “We will ensure the right of the people to live according to the faith in their hearts, which is why we will always protect your religious liberty,” he said.

Immediately following the end of Trump’s speech, the Navajo Nation announced plans to sue to protect Bears Ears National Monument.

 “This is a sad day for indigenous people and for America,” Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez said in a press release. “However, we are resilient and refuse to allow President Trump’s unlawful decision to discourage us. We will continue to fight in honor of our ancestral warriors who fought for our way of life, for our culture and for our land too.”

John R. Platt  is the editor of The Revelator. An award-winning environmental journalist, his work has appeared in Scientific American, Audubon, Motherboard, and numerous other magazines and publications. His “Extinction Countdown” column has run continuously since 2004 and has covered news and science related to more than 1,000 endangered species. John lives on the outskirts of Portland, Ore., where he finds himself surrounded by animals and cartoonists.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Progressive dilemma

Is it a good thing or bad thing that Trump broke his promise about golfing?
Trump on track to obliterate Obama And Bush’s records for time spent on the golf course.

By April 2017, with less than 100 days in office, the cost of Trump’s trips to his Mar-a-Lago golf resort had already cost taxpayers more than $21 million.

The Independent reported that by August 4, 2017, Trump had already “enjoyed more than three times as many holiday days as his predecessor had enjoyed at the same stage in his tenure,” adding that “Trump’s trips have already cost the taxpayer $30m on private travel to his estates, according to an estimate from the liberal think tank, Center for American Progress.

As The Guardian reported on Friday, 24 November 2017, “Trump’s regular trips to his own golf courses in Florida, Virginia and New Jersey have become a lightning rod for criticism, particularly in light of his own attacks on Barack Obama for time spent on the fairways when he was president.”

In August 2016, Trump told supporters in Virginia: “If I win I may never see my property — I may never see these places again. But because I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go golfing, believe me. Believe me. Believe me, folks.

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Learn more about the fight to save New England’s Marine National Monument

December 13 program features Dr. Peter Auster

Image result for Northeast Canyons and SeamountsAt a time when monuments across the nation are threatened, Mystic Aquarium and La Grua Center are teaming up to showcase the science and scenery of New England’s own marine national monument.

Our Blue Park: A Scientist’s Stroll through the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm at La Grua Center in Stonington.

Designated by President Barack Obama in September 2016, the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts is the first marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. 

URI will study dangers posed by commonly used chemicals

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

Related imagePerfluorinated compounds have long been used in the production of Teflon, in non-stick coatings applied to pizza boxes and popcorn bags, and to waterproof outdoor clothing. 

These widely used industrial chemicals have been found in the ocean, in the food chain, and in drinking-water supplies. They also have been linked to cancer.

PFCs started accumulating in the environment and people’s bodies more than 50 years ago, according to Philippe Grandjean, professor of environmental health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

He said they were first used because it was assumed these highly stable and nonreactive compounds were innocuous.

“We now know they are not,” Grandjean said. “These compounds are in our bodies. They’re all over the world. We’re decades late addressing this issue.”

A new Superfund Research Program Center at the University of Rhode Island has been created to play catch-up. 

'That's Not How It Works'

Experts Call Out Don Jr's Bogus Claim of Attorney-Client Privilege
Related imageDonald Trump Jr. was interviewed by the members of the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on December 6 as part of their Russia probe. 

They couldn't get much out of him, due in part to what critics slammed as his "bogus" assertion of attorney-client privilege.
"I don't believe you can shield communications between individuals merely by having an attorney present That's not the purpose of attorney-client privilege." —Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
The "privilege" was invoked when lawmakers probed a meeting Trump Jr. held at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer in June of 2016 after being promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

When asked about a conversation he had with President Donald Trump about the meeting this past summer, Trump Jr. claimed that, because a lawyer was present during their phone call, he did not have to divulge the details.

As legal experts, journalists, and House Democrats were quick to point out, "That's not how it works."

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Rotten to the core

It’s Time to Change More Than Trump
Robert Borosage

Image may contain: textEvery day, the media feasts on Trump’s lurid antics. Don’t fall for it. 

He’s a distraction, the clown show. And while he’s barking outside the big top, the GOP is inside, cutting away at our economy and the very essentials of our public life.

The tax bill Republicans are trying to ramrod through the Congress provides a clear reminder that the real threat we face is a rabidly ideological GOP, now in full control of all branches of government, in Washington and in 26 states.

Now, virtually unified Republican caucuses in both Houses are on the verge of passing truly grotesque tax legislation that will give more than 60 percent of its benefits to the richest 1 percent in the nation, while raising taxes on nearly all working families.

Rule By Tweet

Trump tweets out anti-Muslim videos from a far-right British hate group, earning condemnation from our closest ally. He turns a ceremony to honor Navaho code talkers into a disgrace, with his racist slur of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”

He reprises his infantile insults of North Korea’s nuclear-armed leader, lies about not benefiting from the tax plan that will undeniably line his pockets, revives his bizarre birther claims about Obama, and risibly denies the authenticity of his now-infamous Access Hollywood bus tapes. And that’s all before General Flynn’s plea deal made Russian meddling round-the-clock news once again.

But this isn’t just about Trump. He’s the mountebank, a false populist betraying his base. He is an infantile narcissist, playing to the crowds – or at least to talk media.

It's a start

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DEM finds virus in bass in Charlestown’s Watchaug Pond

DEM Advises Anglers On Ways To Minimize The Spread Of Largemouth Bass Virus

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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising anglers of steps they can take to minimize the spread of Largemouth Bass Virus (LMBV).

The advisory comes in the wake of confirmation that largemouth bass sampled from Watchaug Pond in Charlestown have tested positive for LMBV.

DEM, in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), first began testing bass from Rhode Island lakes and ponds in 2006 for LMBV.

The fish have been tested at the USFWS Lamar Fish Health Center in Pennsylvania. The disease has previously been found in Echo Lake in Burrillville and Olney Pond in Lincoln.

LMBV was first isolated in Florida in 1991, and the first large-scale fish kill occurred in 1995 in South Carolina. Since 1995, LMBV has been found in 17 southeastern states and has spread along the Mississippi River and into Lake Champlain.

LMBV is a naturally-occurring fish virus that does not pose a human health risk for people who eat or handle infected fish.

However, all freshwater fish should be thoroughly cooked before being consumed.

Infected fish may not show any effects of the virus until it is activated by stressful environmental conditions such as high water temperatures, low oxygen levels, droughts, secondary injuries, or bacterial infections.

These are conditions which could trigger the virus and potentially cause fish kills. The virus is specific to bass and does not impact any other species of fish.

If we can’t be first, we won’t play

Education Department Considers Taking US Schools Out of International Rankings
By Jillian S. Ambroz

duck cover GIFDonald Trump’s campaign slogan of “America First” has led us down a path of isolationism in the global economy on many fronts, from trade to environmental policies. Now we may be adding educational development to the list.

New filings by the Department of Education suggest that Secretary Betsy DeVos and team may want to pull out of international studies that rank teachers and students on everything from class size and teacher preparation to computer literacy.

One of the studies, the Teaching and Learning International Survey, is a large-scale international study that focuses on working conditions and learning environments in schools. 

Trump aide implicated in Flynn guilty plea is a Putin groupie

Trump Adviser Awaiting Senate Confirmation As Ambassador Once Said Putin Deserves Nobel Prize
By Samuel Warde N
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Related imageThe White House finds itself in turmoil in the wake of Friday’s bombshell news that Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI and was cooperating with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Speculation regarding the identity of unnamed Trump campaign officials abounds, with The Washington Post reporting on Friday that: “Former Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland is an unnamed senior official referred to in the court papers filed in the Michael Flynn case,” according to “two former officials” who served on Trump’s transition team.

Elaborating, The Washington Post reported that McFarland “was involved in a discussion with Flynn about what he would say to Russian government officials in response to U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia last year.”

McFarland is identified in court papers filed Friday as a “senior transition” official. Papers filed by special counsel Robert Mueller show Flynn contacted McFarland on Dec. 29, 2016, to discuss what, if anything, he would communicate to the Russians about the sanctions. Flynn admitted Friday to lying to the FBI about the contents of that conversation.

Amid these mounting concerns regarding McFarland, a Fox News op-ed penned by her on 10 September 2013 takes on new relevance.

That op-ed, titled: “Putin is the one who really deserves that Nobel Peace Prize,” claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin deserved a Nobel Peace prize and not President Barack Obama.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trump liberates poor, oppressed predatory lenders

Portraying Corporate Villains as Victims
By Phil Mattera for the Dirt Diggers Digest

top secret anger GIF by South Park The world according to Trump is one of grievances and victimhood.

During the presidential campaign he got a lot of mileage by appearing to empathize with the travails of the white working class and promising to be their champion in fighting against the impact of globalization and economic restructuring.

At times he even seemed to be adopting traditional left-wing positions by criticizing big banks and big pharma.

Over the past ten months that stance has been steadily changing, and now the transformation is starkly evident.

Trump is still obsessed with victimhood, but the focus on the legitimate economic grievances of white workers has been replaced by a preoccupation with the bogus grievances of large corporations. 

He would have us believe that today’s most oppressed group is Corporate America.