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June 28, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump presidency, discord, hate, and fear

Tom Toles Comic Strip for June 28, 2020

Clay Bennett Comic Strip for June 27, 2020

Steve Benson Comic Strip for June 27, 2020

Matt Wuerker Comic Strip for June 26, 2020

Steve Breen Comic Strip for June 28, 2020

John Deering Comic Strip for June 28, 2020

Tom the Dancing Bug Comic Strip for June 26, 2020

Working It Out Comic Strip for June 28, 2020

Strange Brew Comic Strip for June 28, 2020

June 26, 2020

Trump bragging about lobstering?

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Trump bragging about lobstering?

Climate change is making the water of Maine warmer. Trump is a climate denier. Fuck this dude.

May 17, 2020

It’s amazing how much this young person infuriates grown men.

May 14, 2020

We interrupt the pandemic for something else we in Florida need to deal with. They say this season will be hyperactive and bad.

Filed under: Cartoons, Earth News, Health, History, Memes, Nature, News, Science — Scottie @ 05:47

April 14, 2020

They’re pretty good.

April 3, 2020

Destroying the planet on the sly

Filed under: Animals, Cartoons, Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Greed, Memes, Nature, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:41

March 27, 2020

EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws amid coronavirus

Filed under: Earth News, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Nature, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 13:39

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/489753-epa-suspends-enforcement-of-environmental-laws-amid-coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.

The temporary policy, for which the EPA has set no end date, would allow any number of industries to skirt environmental laws, with the agency saying it will not “seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations.”

“EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, but recognizes challenges resulting from efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may directly impact the ability of regulated facilities to meet all federal regulatory requirements,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

“Incredibly, the EPA statement does not even reserve EPA’s right to act in the event of an imminent threat to public health,” Giles said.

“Instead, EPA says it will defer to states, and ‘work with the facility’ to minimize or prevent the threat. EPA should never relinquish its right and its obligation to act immediately and decisively when there is threat to public health, no matter what the reason is. I am not aware of any instance when EPA ever relinquished this fundamental authority as it does in this memo.

The diminished compliance requirements for industry comes at a time when the EPA has refused to budge on deadlines for comments as they proceed with a number of deregulatory actions.

Environmental and public health groups had argued that those with science and health backgrounds who would normally weigh in on such regulations have been pulled into the coronavirus fight, leaving them unable to divert their attention.

“The Environmental Protection Agency has not shown the same concern for the impact the coronavirus has had on the ability of community and public interest groups to respond to various proposals to weaken environmental standards,” Schaeffer wrote in the letter.

But the EPA has argued exceptions were not needed.

More at the link above.   Hugs

March 18, 2020

Don’t worry, make profit

Filed under: Cartoons, Earth News, Economics, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:01

March 10, 2020

The Trump Administration Is Stalling an Intel Report That Warns the U.S. Isn’t Ready for a Global Pandemic

Filed under: Earth News, Fascism, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:35

The gaslighting from the administrations alternate reality machine is not just a political tool that makes tRump supporters love him more as they think he is owning the libs, it is a dangerous situation that leaves the country open to multiple threats.   These threats can kill the people in our country.   We need the media to push back hard on the lies and misinformation put out by the Republicans and the White House.   We need to force the true reality on to people who only watch right wing propaganda.   This is not a game anymore, this is a serious health crisis the US is facing with 40% of the population thinking it is less than a common cold due to the lies and misinformation put out just to make tRump look better.   Damn this is North Korea type stuff.   How far the US has fallen.    Hugs 

https://time.com/5799765/intelligence-report-pandemic-dangers/

An annual intelligence report that has been postponed without explanation by President Donald Trump’s administration warns that the U.S. remains unprepared for a global pandemic, two senior government officials who have reviewed a draft of the report tell TIME.

The office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was scheduled to deliver the Worldwide Threat Assessment to the House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 12 and the hearing has not been rescheduled, according to staffers and members of the House and Senate intelligence committees. The DNI’s office declined requests for a comment on the status of the report. Democratic staffers say they do not expect the report to be released any time soon.

The final draft of the report remains classified but the two officials who have read it say it contains warnings similar to those in the last installment, which was published on January 29, 2019. The 2019 report warns on page 29 that, “The United States will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support.”

Rather than acting on these recurrent warnings and bolstering America’s ability to respond to an outbreak, the Trump administration has instead cut back money and personnel from pandemic preparedness. In May 2018, Trump’s aides dismissed the National Security Council’s global health security staff and moved to cut its budget. The White House also cut the budgets of the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health and Human Services, and closed the federal government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund.

Beyond pandemic preparedness, there are several foreign and national security threats over which the consensus position of the intelligence community and the President conflict.

Trump continues to deny or downplay Russia’s efforts to interfere in U.S. elections through propaganda and disinformation promulgated on bogus social media accounts. The threat assessment has warned for years that “Russia poses a cyber espionage, influence and attack threat to the United States and our allies.”

Trump touts his diplomatic efforts with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, but past intelligence assessments have been skeptical about their effectiveness. This year’s still-unpublished report echoes the 2019 assessments that North Korea “is unlikely to give up all its WMD stockpiles, delivery systems, and production capabilities” and that “North Korean leaders view nuclear arms as critical to regime survival,” according to a former official who was involved in preparing this year’s report.

U.S. intelligence officials say North Korea has not shut down all its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile test facilities, and that on Mar. 2, two days after the first anniversary of Trump’s failed summit meeting with Kim in Hanoi, North Korea fired what intelligence analysts think were two short-range ballistic missiles in the latest in a series of missile tests. On Mar. 8, Pyongyang fired three more.

More at the link above.  Hugs

 

 

January 27, 2020

Republicans are anti-science and anti-democracy. Never forget.

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“Political appointees at the Interior Department have sought to play up climate pollution from California wildfires while downplaying emissions from fossil fuels as a way of promoting more logging in the nation’s forests, internal emails obtained by the Guardian reveal.”
Politicizing the climate has been a long term conservative goal. The problem is conservatives have to live on the same planet, breath the same air, drink the same water, and eat the same food. There is no alternative universe for conservatives to live in. Conservative greed will kill all of us irrespective of political beliefs, as science has no political beliefs.

Science has no political beliefs. Republicans are anti-science and anti-democracy. Never forget.

We need a post-capitalism solution.

Filed under: Cartoons, Earth News, Economics, Food, Memes, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:13
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We need a post-capitalism solution.

January 25, 2020

Another way trump profits off the presidency

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Memes, Nature, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:10

January 14, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: The coverup is not working

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Memes, Nature, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:33

The cartoonist's homepage, www.usatoday.com/opinion/

Tweet, tweet

Rogert Stone

pre-approved

Check up

ready to testify

Trump

Political cartoon

January 13, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Catastrophic damage

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Memes, Nature, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:28

Sorry had a real hard time finding any editorial cartoons / memes this morning.  Hugs

 

January 9, 2020

I’m just asking for democracy

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Monitoring ???

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Memes, Nature, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 04:12

(cartoon by Steve Nease)

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

(cartoon by Rob Rogers)

Slide 25 of 50: Bill Bramhall/New York Daily News

January 8, 2020

Not sustainable

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Earth News, Memes, Nature, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:30

January 4, 2020

Backlog of toxic Superfund clean-ups grows under Trump

Filed under: Criminal, Earth News, Economics, Greed, Nature, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:23

https://apnews.com/a7b70f21b6c75f95210112390cc813ad

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has built up the biggest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund clean-up projects in at least 15 years, nearly triple the number that were stalled for lack of money in the Obama era, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental Protection Agency over the winter holidays.

The accumulation of Superfund projects that are ready to go except for money comes as the Trump administration routinely proposes funding cuts for Superfund and for the EPA in general. The four-decade-old Superfund program is meant to tackle some of the most heavily contaminated sites in the U.S. and Trump has declared it a priority even while seeking to shrink its budget.

The unfunded projects are in 17 states and Puerto Rico. They range from abandoned mines that discharged heavy metals and arsenic in the West to an old wood pulp site in Mississippi and a defunct dry cleaner that released toxic solvents in North Carolina.

But two former EPA officials whose work dealt with Superfund oversight said the growing backlog of stalled Superfund projects under the Trump administration, and steady or ebbing numbers of clean-up construction projects completed, point to a different picture.

“They’re misleading Congress and the public about the funds that are needed to really protect the public from exposure to the toxic chemicals,” said Elizabeth Southerland, who worked for 30 years at EPA, including as director of science and technology in the water office, before retiring in 2017. ’’It’s detrimental.”

But overall, the backlog of 34 unfunded projects is up from only 12 in 2016, Obama’s last year.

At the site of another of 2019′s unfunded Superfund projects, Montana’s Upper Tenmile mining region, which includes the community of Rimini and a subdivision downstream, the EPA has been providing bottled water to residents for the past decade in response to water supplies polluted by about 150 abandoned gold, lead and copper mines.

Pollution still flows from the mines and into Upper Tenmile Creek more than 20 years after the area was added to the Superfund list.

More at the link above.   Hugs

 

 

January 1, 2020

EPA blows off objections from Trump-appointed scientists to make polluting groundwater easier

Filed under: Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 06:35

EPA blows off objections from Trump-appointed scientists to make polluting groundwater easier

An advisory board filled with scientists who were mostly appointed by President Donald Trump is objecting to new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that will lower fuel efficiency standards and make it easier to pollute groundwater.

The Washington Post reports that the EPA is set to blow off objections from its own Scientific Advisory Board, which released analyses on Tuesday claiming that the new regulatory decisions were not based on sound science.

For example, the board argues that a rollback of a rule that limits what kind of dredging or pesticide applications can be used near streams and wetlands “neglects established science” showing that these kinds of activities can end up polluting drinking water supplies.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Trump’s achevements

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

(cartoon by Rob Rogers)

(cartoon by Steve Sack)

Dec. 30, 2019

The cartoonist's homepage, www.usatoday.com/opinion/

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

A look back at the big issues and events of the past decade through the eyes of America's top cartoonists.

 

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