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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #270 on: February 01, 2017, 11:39:17 pm »
February 1, 2017
Trump Faces New Wave of Resistance to Cabinet Picks  ;D
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #271 on: February 09, 2017, 11:18:32 pm »
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« Reply #272 on: February 09, 2017, 11:30:10 pm »

Is Trump A Fascist Or...Something Even Worse?


Published on Feb 8, 2017

Big Picture Interview: Ron Rosenbaum, Slate/L.A. Review of Books/Explaining Hitler. It turns out Progressives and neo-Nazis agree on something: they both think Donald Trump is the new Hitler. But is all this "Trump is a Nazi" talk just hyperbole?
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« Reply #273 on: February 12, 2017, 02:13:44 pm »


How Trump Filled The Swamp
 
 
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Published on Feb 3, 2017

SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=21637

With promises to "drain the swamp!" still ringing in our ears, we have watched Trump appoint nothing but Goldman banksters, Soros stooges, neocon war hawks and police state zealots to head his cabinet. Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we examine the swamp-dwellers with which Trump has filled his swamp.

Agelbert NOTE: The only thing missing from this mostly accurate report is its rather blatant failure to list the MASSIVE influence of the Profit over Planet Swamp Creatures from the Fossil Fuel Industry in the Trump SWAMP. That is the one blind spot Corbett has. He simply cannot handle the reality of CO2 caused catastrophic climate change, even though he connects the corruption dots in most Business As Usual poisonous practices. The "subsidies" that the fossil fuel industry milks out of we-the-people worldwide amount to BILLIONS of dollars annually. Yet somehow this THEFT never makes it to Corbett's radar. Why is that? ???

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Exxon-Mobil and Lee Raymond who was at the Company from 1963-2005 was the person who started the cover-up of climate change. Lee Raymond has also been on the Board of Directors when JPMorgan/Chase committed all their criminal acts leaving that company with a Rap Sheet a mile long. $20 BILLION in fines, but NO-ONE went to jail for all the financial burdens and losses JPM/CHase caused millions of people. Chase is still illegally foreclosing on homes.

Another person on the Board of Directors for Exxon is William Weldon who is also on the Board for JPMorgan/Chase. Weldon was the CEO at Johnson & Johnson during the production and sales of the TOXIC TALC that is causing cancer in so many women.

Jamie Dimon head of JPM/Chase walks around scot-free from the long Rap Sheet of Criminal Acts that were instigated by him. Now Jamie Dimon is out promoting the "Millions in Grants" that JPM/Chase is giving to communities and for scholarships for education ~~~ BUT ~~~ Dimon does NOT explain that this is STOLEN money from illegal home foreclosures, from illegal criminal acts, benefitting the bank.

These men have NO consciences, they are a narcissistic group of men with no morals, who only think of MONEY and GREED and Trump is at the top of the list with his egomaniac personality who will give these men a clearance to destroy for their own personal benefit.  Gerry Lednicky Seger

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"The fossil fuel industry swallows up $5.3 trillion a year worldwide in hidden costs to keep burning fossil fuels, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
 
This money, the IMF noted, is in addition to the $492 billion in direct subsidies offered by governments around the world through write-offs and write-downs and land-use loopholes.

In a sane world these subsidies would be invested to free us from the deadly effects of carbon emissions caused by fossil fuels, but we do not live in a sane world. "  -- Chris Hedges
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #274 on: February 14, 2017, 02:53:08 pm »
"Many Republican members of Congress have made a Faustian bargain with Donald Trump. " -- Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

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One nice thing about history, you always know how the story ends. Flynn's career in the Trump administration drew itself to a swift and sudden resolution. That chapter is over.  Meanwhile, another amusing chapter was being written in the Senate, during the confirmation process of Jeff Sessions. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) took a few moments of his confirmation time to make the following observation about the opening days of the Trump administration. Senator Whitehouse spoke very well. Check this out:


“President Trump and his family have brought more conflicts of interest to the White House than all other modern presidents and families combined. The proposed Trump domestic cabinet is an unprecedented swamp of conflicts of interest, failures of disclosure and divestment and dark money secrets. The Trump presidency is a haven for special interest influence and they’re just getting started.”

“Many Republican members of Congress have made a Faustian bargain with Donald Trump. They don’t admire him as a man, don’t trust him as an administrator, but they respect the grip he has on their voters,” Whitehouse observed. “The Republican Fausts are in an untenable position. The deal they’ve struck with the devil comes at too high a price. It really will cost them their soul.”

“Even if Trump’s ideology were not noxious, his incompetence is a threat to all around him. To say that it is amateur hour at the White House is to slander amateurs.”


"The opening days of this administration have been a gong show, but a gong show with a nuclear button."

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/14/1633512/--It-s-Like-Game-Of-Thrones-In-There-Flynn-s-Over-Will-Priebus-Or-Conway-Be-The-Next-To-Topple
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #275 on: February 14, 2017, 09:11:55 pm »

Rolling Down the Road to Fascism in Trumpland (and Hitler's Big Lie)


Thom talks about the insidious republican force currently suppressing democracy in our voting system, Trump's communications on it, and parallels to Hitler's strategy to accumulate power in the 1930's.
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #276 on: February 16, 2017, 12:31:42 pm »
  February 16, 2017
Did the Deep State Facilitate Flynn's Resignation?
 
Former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley says there's a difference between leaking and whistleblowing, and it's likely that the former took place in the ongoing power struggle between the deep state and the executive branch of government - Two - Part Interview

Coleen Rowley  is a former FBI agent and whistleblower. Rowley jointly held the TIME "Person of the Year" award in 2002 with two other women credited as whistleblowers.



http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18412


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« Reply #277 on: February 16, 2017, 02:38:49 pm »
The Washington Post

February 16, 2017

Donald Trump’s    combative, grievance-filled press conference, annotated

A solemn President Trump turned his Thursday afternoon announcement of a new labor secretary nominee into a screed against the media and large-scale defense of his first four weeks as president.

It was remarkable. Trump hit all the usual points: The polls, the electoral college, the media, etc. He even said that he inherited a "mess" four separate times. There were grievances galore. 

Below is the transcript, which we'll update as it comes in, along with our analysis and annotations.

Agelbert NOTE: The annotations involve fact checking and are reliable. The transcript is a journey into Trump's alternative facts zone.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/16/donald-trumps-grievance-filled-press-conference-annotated/

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John Dean, from the good ol' Nixon days, just said on MSNBC that this was the most "classless" performance he's ever seen by a U.S. President in a news conference....adding that he's followed Presidential news conferences since 1957 
 
Yet again, Don the Con has shown himself to be a delusional, disrespectful, condescending, complete liar who's wholly incapable of grasping reality. The longer this man remains as President, the bigger trouble our country is in. He's destroying our domestic stability and the reputation of our nation throughout the world. This man is not qualified to be President at ALL. It would be more appropriate for him to be committed to a mental institution.

Yep. The entire Trump team is a fascist wrecking crew.  :(  :P They will destroy the biosphere along with what's left of our democracy if we do not stop them soon.
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #278 on: February 16, 2017, 05:14:20 pm »
 

DENIER ROUNDUP

GOP Begins “Modernizing” Anti-Environment Propaganda
 
Continuing to demonstrate that while his skin looks thick and leathery, it’s actually as paper-thin as the resumes of many of his cabinet appointees and advisors, President Trump continues to pretend that negative press or outlets that expose Russian connections to his administration are fake, while giving actual fake news outlets like Breitbart prime real estate. The administration is making a habit of only calling on conservative outlets as a way to avoid critical questions, having done so exclusively for the past three press conferences. It’s gotten so bad that reporters have started trying to shouting real questions afterwards, only to be ignored. (But at least Acosta tried…)
 
Trump’s continued attempts at co-opting of the term “fake news” as a tool to delegitimize the press is a textbook use of propaganda. From Hitler to Stalin, some of history’s most infamous dictators routinely turned words upside down to strip them of their meaning and confuse the public. 

The latest example of this tactic will be on full view in the House today, when the Energy and Commerce committee holds a 10am hearing on “Modernizing Environmental Laws.” With speakers from the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, and Chairman Shimkus quoted in the press release as looking forward to “practical reforms to promote the expansion of domestic infrastructure and manufacturing”, it’s unlikely the witnesses there who actually care about environmental protection will drive the conversation.
 
But despite what Steve Bannon thinks, the press is smart, and it’s unlikely that this “modernizing” language will to pass unchallenged by the media. Ari Phillips has taken the charge with a great piece that pulls back the propaganda to explain “What GOP lawmakers mean when they talk about modernizing the Endangered Species Act.”
 
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For those wondering, it appears “modernizing” something means destroying it to benefit industry
 
While it may seem silly and obvious to smart folks like Phillips that “modernization” is just an empty euphemism meant to conceal unpopular policy positions, this election proved the power of propaganda. We should all do everything we can to hold those in power accountable and keep the public apprised of the truth.

 Otherwise, Trump might succeed in “modernizing” America.
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« Reply #279 on: February 16, 2017, 06:36:04 pm »
Trump Filibusters When Asked About Rising Anti-Semitism  ;)

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« Reply #280 on: February 17, 2017, 01:59:01 pm »

Trump Denigrating Office of the Presidency & Flat Out Lying (w/Guest John W. Dean)
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« Reply #281 on: February 17, 2017, 06:02:17 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: The Fossil Fuel Crooks and Liars Front Man (Pruitt for the castration of the EPA) has now been rushed through the Senate to ensure that the he is IN before the e-mails from his Fossil Fuel partners in crime are made public next Tuesday (Court Order of an Oklahoma Judge). This Senate move is the latest bit of in-your-face corruption on behalf of the polluters.

 

DENIER ROUNDUP
Senate Debates and Likely Confirms Pruitt for EPA Admin. Next Up, Red Queen for Head of Neurology;)

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealingwax, of cabbages and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings.”


...

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter, “You’ve had a pleasant run! Shall we be trotting home again?” But answer came there none-- and this was scarcely odd, because they’d eaten every one.” 

A little over two months after the Walrus nominated the Carpenter to disassemble the EPA, it looks like finally, the time has come. Barring something truly frabjous, the Senate will confirm Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the agency he has sued 14 times. His nom comes despite the fact that he appears to have lied under oathabout his (lack of) action as Oklahoma Attorney General to fight pollution.

 Suffice to say that the oysters of the EPA, generally happy as clams to fight pollution, are none too pleased about new leadership. Nearly 800 former EPA employees signed a letter to the Senate in opposition to Pruitt and are otherwise protesting and calling their senators.

 In addition to rolling back regulations to safeguard the sea becoming boiling hot (okay maybe not literally boiling, but perhaps oxygen-less…), what else are they worried about?

 For one, there’s the return of David Schnare, former lawyer and analyst at the EPA. Marianne Lavelle at InsideClimate News’s feature on Schnare provides a window into the staffing decisions being made by whatever Cheshire cat is calling Trump’s shots at this point. Once an EPA oyster but now quite rotten, Schnare’s more recent work has been misleading courts to get climate scientists’ emails on behalf of coal-funded EELI.

 Speaking of emails, as the Senate was “debating” Pruitt’s nomination yesterday, a judge ruled that Pruitt’s correspondence with industry and lobby groups have to be turned over either to the Center on Media and Democracy or the court by Tuesday. As of the time of writing, the Senate vote is still today.

 Meanwhile, at the mad tea party of a Heritage Foundation Event on climate models, we saw the same performance we’ve seen for years: models are unreliable, social cost of carbon is bad, we won’t see much warming in the future anyway, we should use a 7% discount rate instead of the 3% many experts already consider too high, etc.

 Ironically, during one speaker’s presentation of how they know better than real scientists, the laptop shut off. Over the next seven minutes, panelists had to walk away from their chairs so the laptop could be plugged in, computer restarted, password entered, and presentation reloaded. They filled the down time with questions from the audience.

 No one asked the obvious question of Heritage’s Tweedle Dees and Dums: “Why should we trust you to run complex computer models to help us plan for the future, when you didn’t even plan far enough ahead to plug in your laptop?”

But you know who is thinking ahead? The EPA. Yesterday, in response to the many FOIAs for its online content, they uploaded a mirror of their pre-Trump website, as it was before we went through the looking glass.

This just in.
It appears that God has responded to the Senate's confirmation of Fossil Fuel Friend Pruitt.   

Pruitt, you see, was the Attorney General of Oklahoma that fought tooth hand nail to allow the frackers to run wild, which caused the increase in earthquakes there. But ALSO, he sued the EPA several times to allow he frackers to "regulate themselves". He didn't want the EPA "interfering"" with frackers by making them undertake "costly and unnecessary" safety measures according to EPA REGULATIONS.   

Well, Oklahoma just reaped some more of what Pruitt and his fossil fuel pals sowed:

Oklahoma rocked by natural gas well explosion
By John Siciliano • 2/16/17 4:36 PM

SNIPPET:

A natural gas well exploded in Oklahoma Thursday afternoon, with reports of multiple injuries in Pittsburg County.
 
A number of state and local emergency agencies responded to the well explosion, which occurred near the town of Quinton, about 150 miles east of Oklahoma City.
 
The Quinton Police Department said the explosion in the major fossil fuel-producing state happened when the top of a natural gas well blew off, according to local channel News 9.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/oklahoma-rocked-by-natural-gas-well-explosion/article/2615085




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« Reply #282 on: February 17, 2017, 07:36:57 pm »

February 17, 2017

Trump's Tax Returns Key to Clarifying Russian Connections

Economist James Henry explains why we should take Deutschebank's findings about Trump's assets with a grain of salt


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« Reply #283 on: February 17, 2017, 07:47:12 pm »
Trump's Cabinet Does Not Represent You - On Purpose   

(w/Guest Mark Pocan)


Thom and Congressman Mark Pocan hear concerns and suggestions from callers on a range of topics including taxing churches, gerrymandering, budget reconciliation, and ecological concerns.

http://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/trumps-cabinet-does-not-represent-you-purpose-wguest-mark-pocan

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« Reply #284 on: February 21, 2017, 07:40:07 pm »
At What Point Do Trump Supporters Feel Betrayed? ???


Les Leopold, The Labor Institute/Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice. According to economist Thomas Piketty, The poorest 50 percent of Americans have seen their incomes decline by a full 1 percent since 1978 - even as incomes for the top 10 percent of Americans have jumped by whopping 115 percent and incomes for the top one thousandth of a percent have skyrocketed an astronomic 685 percent.

There is no other way to put it - we are now living in a new Gilded Age  , and our democracy is in serious danger.

So as Americans take to the streets again today to fight back against the Trump agenda - the question needs to be asked: can we defeat Trump without first tackling income inequality?

http://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/what-point-do-trump-supporters-feel-betrayed
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