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There was never going to be a future for coal…spin

(David Bythewood) #584

In unearthed audio, payday lenders were caught discussing how to raise money for Trump’s reelection in order to thwart new regulations

(David Bythewood) #585

John Oliver’s analysis of the utter debacle in Syria with Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a must-see, even if he could only fit so much into the time he had.

Trump & Syria: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)


This bugs me, a mini rant.

The malinois is a very high energy dog, requiring intermediate to expert level of handling. They want to work with you most of the day. DON’T get one if you aren’t willing to put in the work, they require constant training and exercise.

For example, I have a rottie-mal mix at home and he gets a hour long off-lead run per day, plus mini working sessions, 10-15 minutes long all day. He needs it or he will literally eat my house and all my worldly possessions.

Malinois are incredibly mouthy dogs, so unless you train them up they are very nippy puppies. Not good for young children. This why they’ve earned the nick-name maligator. It’s a cross between an alligator and Malinois.

I accidentally adopted this mix, looking for a good runner/hiker. But I was in 4H in high school, we fostered and trained service pups. So I have high-intermediate level of handling experience and I still enlisted a dog trainer to call as back up.

He’s a great dog, he does tricks, I taught him about a dozen commands, he walks with me off-lead, he can catch anything, jump over anything, he’s super loyal and affectionate but that’s because I put in the WORK.

Don’t believe me ask another mal owner…


Trump declares his primary residence is Florida: He knows he’s not welcome back in New York. :mans_shoe: :door:

I wonder if, in his delusional, self-aggrandizing mind, he’s thinking of running for office there. :roll_eyes:


Paula White, a televangelist based in Florida and personal pastor to President Trump whom he has known since 2002, has joined the Trump administration in an official capacity, according to a White House official.

Ms. White will work in the Office of Public Liaison, the official said, which is the division of the White House overseeing outreach to groups and coalitions organizing key parts of the president’s base. Her role will be to advise the administration’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative, which Mr. Trump established last year by executive order and which aims to give religious groups more of a voice in government programs devoted to issues like defending religious liberty and fighting poverty.

IMO, Trump could care less about religion except as a means of garnering votes. Also, he has zero respect for a pillar of our constitution: the separation of church and state.


Why does Graham really want to give up Judiciary Committee in order to go to Finance Committee?

You think maybe if impeachment hearings get closer to impeachment, Graham does not want to be a defining voice in those efforts, ie CYA.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is planning to take back the gavel of the influential Judiciary Committee if Republicans keep control of the Senate in the 2020 elections.

Grassley chaired the Judiciary Committee from 2015 to 2019 but handed over the top spot to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in January so that he could take over the Senate Finance Committee.

Under Senate GOP rules, Grassley will hit his term limit for the Finance panel at the end of next year. He has informed Graham that he intends to use his seniority to become chairman of the Judiciary Committee starting in January 2021.

“He has, I think, two more years,” Graham told The Hill on Thursday. “I’d honor any request that he wants to make.”

(David Bythewood) #590

(David Bythewood) #591

North Korea fires two rockets after warning it is losing patience with the U.S.

This comes four days after North Korea warned it is losing patience with the US and its “hostile policy”…

…and restated its end-of-year deadline for Washington to change its approach.

North Korea gives Trump administration year-end deadline to change ‘hostile policy’ if it wants nuclear talks to continue

(David Bythewood) #592

Holy moly! You need to see this. A 14 year old defeated the problem of blind spots in cars, and it looks SO cutting edge sci-fi amazing!

14-Year-Old Genius Solves Blind Spots

Dept. of I Really Don't Care, Do U? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sean Doolittle on declining White House invite: ‘I don’t want to hang out with somebody who talks like that’

You can tell that Doolittle did not take this refusal lightly. He thought long and hard about what he should do and it came down to sticking to his principles. He makes some incisive observations during his conversation with Jesse Dougherty of the WaPo. He speaks from his heart and his head:

Ever since Sean Doolittle was traded to the Washington Nationals in the summer of 2017, the reliever was often asked whether he would visit the White House after winning the World Series.

He pondered but never answered. He thought it would be hollow to respond — like discussing a hypothetical lottery win — because the Nationals fell short in his first season and didn’t make the playoffs the next year. But then the Nationals became World Series champions when they beat the Houston Astros on Wednesday. Then Doolittle, long known for his liberal opinions and willingness to share them, had a real decision to make.

Doolittle chose to not attend a White House ceremony slated for Monday. He is the first Nationals player to publicly confirm that, although multiple people close to the team said a handful of players are wrestling with the decision. He explained his reasons in a lengthy interview with The Washington Post on Friday night. It starts with not compromising his beliefs and an aversion to President Donald Trump’s actions, despite wanting to celebrate with teammates as much as possible.

“There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country. My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘shithole countries,’ ” Doolittle said, mimicking when Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” in a January 2018 meeting.

“At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it,” Doolittle continued. “I just can’t do it.”

“I feel very strongly about his issues on race relations,” Doolittle said, and he listed the Fair Housing Act, the Central Park Five and Trump’s comments following a white supremacist rally in 2017. He also mentioned that his wife, Eireann Dolan, has two mothers who are very involved in the LGBTQ community.

“I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and [Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter. How would I explain that to him that I hung out with somebody who mocked the way that he talked, or the way that he moves his hands? I can’t get past that stuff.”

“People say you should go because it’s about respecting the office of the president,” Doolittle said. “And I think over the course of his time in office he’s done a lot of things that maybe don’t respect the office.”

“The rhetoric, time and time again, has enabled those kind of behaviors,” Doolittle continued, referring to racism and white supremacy. “That never really went away, but it feels like now people with those beliefs, they maybe feel a little bit more empowered. They feel like they have a path, maybe. I don’t want to hang out with somebody who talks like that.

Good on him! :trophy:


Borrow and spend…tax relief for the wealthy. A brand new low for the fiscal responsibility that the R’s like to tout.

Still, the $23 trillion figure marks a milestone.

Reaching $23 trillion in debt on Halloween is a scary milestone for our economy and the next generation, but Washington shows no fear," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the fiscally conservative Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

“Piling on debt like this is especially unwise and unnecessary in a strong economy,” he added.

High levels of debt can push up borrowing costs and interest rates, “crowd out” private borrowing and weigh down budgets. In the 2019 fiscal year, for example, the government had to devote $376 billion just to pay the interest on the debt, equivalent to nearly half the defense budget, and more than the amount spent on the combined costs of education, agriculture, transportation and housing.

The deficit for 2019 came in just under $1 trillion, at $984 billion, and is only expected to grow in coming years.


The Firtash connection…to Dominic Cummings…to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of England who’s tenative support from Parliament and his desire to leave the EU/Brexit. Oh, and more Russian money and influence…


T is positively Neanderthal when it comes to adjusting to Climate Changes…and the ignorance of our part in it and the huge impact the US has on the World’s large scale
is staggering.

“It’s a sad reminder of where the world’s former leader on climate change now stands," said one critic.

The Trump administration notified the international community Monday that it plans to officially withdraw from the Paris climate accord next fall, a move that will leave the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases as the only nation to abandon the global effort to combat climate change.

President Trump has long criticized the 2015 accord and insisted that the United States would exit it as soon as possible. As recently as last month, Trump called the agreement “a total disaster” and argued that the Obama administration’s pledges to cut carbon emissions under the deal would have “hurt the competitiveness” of the United States.

(David Bythewood) #597

Trump rolled back protections against pesticides.

Now Taiwan has issued a recall on Quaker Oats.

How does having our exports turned down because they’re contaminated help the economy exactly?

(David Bythewood) #598


Leaving the Paris Climate Accord is a year long process that won’t complete until… the day after the 2020 election.

That is NOT coincidental timing!


YES…weirdly true. And we can be hopeful that the agreement will not be nullified from the US…b/c we will hope there is a better President in store for us/USA.


Ok…well, that’s a breath of fresh air. Oklahoma has one of the largest prison populations…

Releasing the inmates will save Oklahoma an estimated $11.9 million over the cost of continuing to keep them behind bars, according to the governor’s office.

The board last week considered 814 cases and recommended 527 inmates for commutation. However, 65 are being held on detainers, leaving about 462 inmates to be released on Monday.

“It feels amazing to be on the other side of the fence,” said Tess Harjo, a 28-year-old who was released Monday from the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft, Oklahoma.

Harjo was sentenced to 15 years in prison after her Okmulgee County conviction last year for possession of methamphetamines. She said she was surprised at the number of women she met in prison serving long sentences for drug crimes.

“I have met many women in here who came from a medium- or maximum-security prison who have already served 18 or more years,” Harjo said. “It’s ridiculous.”

(David Bythewood) #601

This might be the single biggest breakthrough… well, ever.

Scientists say they’ve figured out how to store solar power for decades, a major energy breakthrough
Basically, this is a revolutionary way to trap and store heat, which would potentially eliminate the need for gas or electric heating in homes and vehicles and possibly have further applications for any processes that require heat, like cooking and manufacturing.


Well done