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As Fires Rage Across the West, Trump Bails Out Big Oil & Picks Climate Denier for Top Role at NOAA

New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States

According to new data from the Rhodium Group analyzed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, warming temperatures and changing rainfall will drive agriculture and temperate climates northward, while sea level rise will consume coastlines and dangerous levels of humidity will swamp the Mississippi River valley.

Taken with other recent research showing that the most habitable climate in North America will shift northward and the incidence of large fires will increase across the country, this suggests that the climate crisis will profoundly interrupt the way we live and farm in the United States. See how the North American places where humans have lived for thousands of years will shift and what changes are in store for your county.


Ok…showtime. Mary Trump will be suing the Trump family.


Trump renews, or rather continues, his antisemitic “dual loyalty” and “loyal only to themselves” attacks against Jews:

Trump said Jews are ‘only in it for themselves’ and ‘stick together,’ according to a new report

  • President Donald Trump reportedly said Jews “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together” after a call with Jewish lawmakers.
  • The president privately made the comments to senior officials in his administration, according to a report from The Washington Post.

President Donald Trump reportedly suggested that Jews have a loyalty to their religion above other interests, repeating an accusation that has long been used to stoke anti-Semitism.

Jews “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together,” Trump said in front of officials in his administration, according to a new report from The Washington Post on Wednesday.

More than two dozen current and former Trump administration officials spoke with The Post about the president’s views on race and described racist remarks they said he has made while in office.

The president’s characterizations of Jews occurred after he got off the phone with Jewish lawmakers, the officials said.

Trump has made similar statements about Jewish people, including during a conference call last week with American Jews when he said “we love your country,” referring to Israel.

He also told an audience of Jewish Americans that Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu is “your prime minister” and called Jews who are Democrats “disloyal.”

The idea that Jews hold a greater allegiance to their religion than their own country, otherwise known as “dual loyalty,” is widely believed to be anti-Semitic.

Many American Jews have condemned Trump’s insinuations and pointed to the history of violence and persecution that Jews have faced as evidence of what such rhetoric can lead to.

The Washington Post also reported clashes between Trump and some of his senior officials over his comments following the infamous Unite the Right rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Hundreds of neo-Nazis and white supremacists stormed the college town and were soon met by counterprotesters, leading to violence that left many injured and one person dead.

Trump later said that there were “fine people on both sides.” Gary Cohn, the White House economic adviser at the time, had an intense exchange with Trump following the statement, The Post reported.

“Not only did you say it, you continued to double down on it,” Cohn said, according to The Post. “And if you want, I’ll get the transcripts.”

John Kelly, then the White House chief of staff, also criticized Trump at the time, according to The Post.

“You have to fix this,” he said. “You were supporting white supremacists. You have to go back out and correct this.”

Trump has long used this sort of attack on Jews and other groups. I have three threads about that:


Mary going after T and her Aunt MaryAnne for fraud with a civil lawsuit submitted today. What a dig into the family…and lays bare their finances and actions. And how would Trump like to handle it, more than likely, pay her to make it go away.

But Mary has a much greater purpose. Expose him for who he is…a fraud.

On Thursday, more than two months after the book was published and a little more than one month before the election, Ms. Trump told her story again — this time in a lawsuit.

The suit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, accused Mr. Trump, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and their brother Robert Trump, who died in August, of fraud and civil conspiracy. It seeks to recover the millions of dollars Ms. Trump claims to have lost.

In its first sentence, the lawsuit says that, for the Trumps, “fraud was not just the family business — it was a way of life.” Beginning in the 1980s, the suit contends, the president and his siblings took control of the New York City real estate empire their father, Fred Trump Sr., had built and “exploited it to enrich themselves” to the detriment of everyone around them.



California Moves To Ban Sales Of Gas-Powered Cars By 2035


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Trump’s racism is poisoning America in more ways than we thought.

So much tear gas has been sprayed on Portland protesters that officials fear it’s polluted the water

Tear gas from the near-nightly sieges in Portland may be trickling into the Willamette River, officials fear




One of my favourite singers has just died :cry:

Her signature hit


music is sorcery, nothing can convince me otherwise. there is such a huge hole whenever a beloved musician leaves us. i’m raising a glass to her return to the stars, and sending love your way.


AMA is teeing up another case which would test the courts on their views from barring clinics to give abortions. This is another measure at preserving the right to get an abortion.

The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest doctors’ group, filed a petition to the Supreme Court Thursday asking it to strike down a rule from the Trump administration barring clinics funded by taxpayers from referring women for abortions.

The petition, which was also filed in conjunction with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, comes after two seemingly contradictory rulings from two federal appeals courts on the administration’s restriction.

The petition also tees up an abortion battle that could be heard by the Supreme Court, which is expected to have a more conservative 6-3 majority if the Senate, as expected, confirms Amy Coney Barrett to be a justice for the court. President Trump nominated Barrett to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September.

The AMA in a statement called Title X, as the federal family planning program is commonly referred to, “a vital public health program.

“The AMA strongly believes that our nation’s highest court must step in to remove government overreach and interference in the patient-physician relationship. Restricting the information that physicians can provide to their Title X patients blocks honest, informed conversations about all health care options — an unconscionable violation that is essentially a gag rule,” said AMA President Susan R. Bailey.

As physicians and leaders in medicine, we are fighting against the government’s intrusion in the exam room while protecting open communication between patients and physicians, which is the foundation of high-quality medical care.”

The Trump administration in 2019 finalized a policy that mandates that taxpayer-funded clinics not refer pregnant women for abortions, leading thousands of clinics to leave the Title X program. The development impacted women, mostly women of color, who get birth control and receive routine health care from the clinics, and the AMA said the number of annual patients at the sites affected fell by 21 percent in 2019.

While the Department of Health and Human Services has said it would work to prevent any lapses in coverage, the AMA wrote in its petition that the policy “warps and decimates” Title X.


British investigative reporter Carole Cadwalladr for The Guardian commenting on the net effect of Boris Johnson’s Covid diagnosis was viewed by citizens (more Patriotism) and the press and Parliament (less snarky.) Could be a similar outcome here. Hmmm


Our stupidity is infecting the rest of the world.

Asylum seekers: UK considered floating barriers in Channel

The Home Office looked at the idea to deter asylum seekers crossing, according to latest leaks.


Big review on all the rollbacks on environmental protection.

NYTimes: What Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Mean for Global Warming

What Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Mean for Global Warming

President Trump has made dismantling federal climate policies a centerpiece of his administration. A new analysis from the Rhodium Group finds those rollbacks add up to a lot more planet-warming emissions.


Van Halen has died


A St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters and appeared at the Republican convention are indicted by a grand jury.


WTAF. This is obscene!

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Most Americans have no idea how deeply embedded white-supremacist groups are in the military

Links between white-nationalist groups and the military date to the 1990s, but most Americans remain unaware of those connections.

  • White nationalist groups, who are some of the country’s most serious terror threats, are finding new members and support in the US military.
  • Those links date to the 1990s, but most Americans remain unaware of the connections these groups have to the military.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

White nationalist groups, who make up some of the most serious terror threats in the country, find new members and support in the US military. These groups believe that white people are under attack in America.

In their effort to create an all-white country where nonwhites do not have civil rights protections, these groups often instigate violent confrontations that target racial and religious minorities. Since 2018, white supremacists have conducted more lethal attacks in the United States than any other domestic extremist movement.

The Proud Boys group, for example, whom President Donald Trump addressed in the first presidential debate of 2020, includes veterans and active duty service members. The group’s members, who are required to engage in physical violence before joining, celebrated Trump’s statement to “stand back and stand by,” considering his call an endorsement of their extremist ideology.

While many Americans were appalled at the president’s statement, our research shows that most Americans remain unaware of the connections these groups have to the military.

The links between the US military and white nationalists date back to the 1990s, with many believers seeing military service as an opportunity to hone their fighting skills and recruit others.

Our research has found that most Americans don’t know much about the level of white nationalism in the military — though when they find out, they’re worried about it.

White nationalists active in the military

White supremacists pass a militia member as they arrive for a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017.

Researchers do not have reliable data on how many active duty or veteran service members belong to white nationalist groups. But current military members are increasingly aware of the influence of far-right groups in the ranks.

In the most recent poll by Military Times, an independent media organization covering the military, about one-fifth of service members have reported seeing signs of white nationalism or racist ideology in the military community. Those include the casual use of racial slurs and anti-Semitic language, and even explosives deliberately arranged in the shape of a swastika.

More than one-third of service members surveyed in 2018 said white nationalism is a significant threat to the country — which is more than were seriously concerned about threats from Syria, Afghanistan or immigration.

White nationalists with military experience have committed acts of violence, usually after leaving the service — like the 1994 Oklahoma City bombing and the 2012 mass shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple.

But active duty personnel have also been involved in white nationalist activity. In July 2018, a white nationalist was dismissed from the Marine Corps for his involvement in hate groups, including attending the 2017 “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In February 2019, a Coast Guard officer stationed at the agency’s headquarters was arrested and accused of stockpiling weapons as part of a plan to start a race war.

In April 2019, a Huffington Post investigation revealed that at least 11 members of various military branches were under investigation for involvement in a white nationalist group.

In September 2019, an Army soldier who had expressed support for right-wing extremism was arrested after sharing bomb-making instructions with undercover agents. That same month, an Air Force master sergeant who had been involved with a white supremacist group was demoted but allowed to continue serving.

In June 2020, an Army private was charged with terrorism offenses after he leaked sensitive information about his unit to two white supremacist groups, including one that promotes rape and murder as part of its quest for a race war.

Congressional concern

A white supremacist stands behind militia members in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lawmakers have been paying attention to the problem. In 2019, the House of Representatives approved a requirement to screen potential military enlistees for signs of white nationalism, as part of the Pentagon’s annual budget allocation. But the Senate removed that provision before sending the bill to the White House for the president’s signature.

Military and academic experts agree that violent ideologies in the ranks make it harder for soldiers to form the bonds of trust with one another that they rely on in combat.

If Congress did ban white nationalists from serving in the military, members of white nationalist groups would have a harder time receiving military training. They would also be cut off from an important recruitment network.

When Americans learn about white nationalism in the military, they get more concerned about it

Before learning about a Military Times poll finding that “22% of service members … have seen evidence of white nationalism or racist ideology within the armed forces,” fewer than one-third of Americans polled thought of it as “a serious problem.” When they did find out the poll results, many more thought of it that way – and far fewer considered it “not a problem.”

American views of white nationalism

President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Army Gen. Mark Milley at the White House, October 7, 2019.

We wanted to find out how much the public knew about white nationalism in the military, and what they think about it. So in early May 2019, we conducted a demographically representative survey of 1,702 American adults.

First, we asked respondents how prevalent they thought white nationalism was in the military. Most — 70% — said there were “some” white nationalists on active duty. Another 20% said there were “many.” Just 10% thought there were none.

Then we sought to find out whether people thought it was a problem. To answer that question, we split our respondents into two groups. We asked one half of them whether “white nationalism in the military” is “not a problem,” a “somewhat serious problem” or a “serious problem.” Only 30% of them thought it was a “serious” problem; 47% thought it was “somewhat serious” and 23% thought it was “not a problem.”

The other half of the respondents got the same question — but before we asked, we gave them the results of a 2018 Military Times poll finding that “22% of service members … have seen evidence of white nationalism or racist ideology within the armed forces.” Having learned that information, 35% of this group said the problem is “serious” — a statistically significant increase of five percentage points.

After that, we returned to the first group, and gave them the information from the Military Times poll — and found that 39% of them considered the problem “serious.” This nine-point increase was also statistically significant.

We did see an initial political divide among our respondents. People who identified as strong conservatives were less concerned about white nationalism in the military than were strong liberals. But respondents across the political spectrum were willing to update their views, and considered white nationalism a serious problem, once we gave them additional, factual information.

The military is a trusted institution

Soldiers from the US Army’s 1st Cavalry Division prepare to head to Europe for the Defender-Europe 20 exercise.

The American public is deferential to the military, and trusts it as an institution. White nationalist groups and ideologies get a boost of credibility and legitimacy through their links to the US military. Civilians often take cues from the statements and actions of those who served.

Our work suggests that informing the public about service members’ worries about white nationalism in the military could increase concern among both liberals and conservatives about the growing power of these groups.

Increased public concern could create an incentive for policymakers to try to combat white nationalist groups, in the military and in society at large.


Respect. Nicely done Jacinda Ardern.

@macro You must be very proud.