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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.

 

December 30, 2019

Eight Species at Risk of Extinction in Arizona Due to Trump’s Border Wall Construction

Filed under: Animals, Bigotry, Earth News, Fascism, Nature, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 08:48

All this environmental destruction and loss of life for a wall system we already know doesn’t work.   Hugs

https://www.newsweek.com/eight-species-risk-extinction-arizona-due-trumps-border-wall-construction-1479518

The Guardian reported that reduced groundwater levels threaten four species of fish in the region: the Yaqui topminnow; chub; beautiful shiner; and Yaqui catfish. The federally protected Chiricahua leopard frogs, Huachuca water umbel, Mexican garter snakes and Aplomado falcon are also under threat.

“There’s good reason to believe that the Yaqui fish’s only U.S. habitat is drying up as a result of tens or hundreds of thousands of gallons of groundwater being pumped to build the border wall,” Laiken Jordahl, a borderlands campaigner with the Center for Biological Diversity, told the newspaper.

The Center for Biological Diversity said Trump has waived dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed up the construction of his border wall through wildlife refuges, national monuments and other protected landscapes.

The Trump administration suspended 28 federal laws that protect clean air, clean water, public lands and endangered wildlife in October, including the 1969 National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, National Fish and Wildlife Act and Migratory Bird Conservation Act.

A 2017 study by the Center for Biological Diversity found the construction of the wall along the entirety of the nearly 2,000-mile long border between the U.S. and Mexico would have a “disastrous” impact on 93 endangered or threatened species, including jaguars, Mexican gray wolves and Quino checkerspot butterflies.

The study said a wall would block the movement of many species and could lead to the extinction of the jaguar, ocelot, cactus ferruginous pygmy owl and other species.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: The strongman tRump & the Republican cult really admires

 

Feb. 20, 2017

Dec. 16, 2016

May 21, 2017

Jan. 23, 2018

Feb. 7, 2018

May 5, 2019

May 25, 2019

 

Nov. 18, 2018

Ed Wexler/PoliticalCartoons.com

Oct. 27, 2019

Aug. 27, 2017

Dec. 19, 2016

Dec. 2, 2016

July 15, 2019

Aug. 25, 2017

July 1, 2018

April 7, 2019

July 5, 2017

 

 

Nov. 22, 2016

Aug. 16, 2017

July 21, 2017

March 2, 2016

July 7, 2016

March 3, 2018

Feb. 28, 2018

March 13, 2018

Nov. 10, 2016

Nov. 30, 2016

Dec. 13, 2016

Oct. 31, 2018

Aug. 31, 2019

July 3, 2018

July 21, 2017

Nov. 24, 2009

 

 

December 26, 2019

Is anyone surprised by this?

Filed under: Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Greed, News, Political, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 06:28

Some observers believe the disappearance of TOXMAP is connected with President Donald Trump’s rollbacks of environmental policies set forth by the Obama administration.

“TOXMAP’s end accords with a larger pattern spanning federal environmental agencies whose intentions have been far from quiet, even loudly trumpeted,” read a December article from the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI). “The dismantling of such a usable public platform connecting health and environmental data certainly accords with the EPA’s own declared strategies, of seeking to exclude so many environmental health studies from policy-making and to neglect or defund on-going environmental health investigations.”

“Whether these parallels are intentional or not, our National Library of Medicine has now joined this administration’s ideologically-driven anti-science crusade,” the article continued, “effectively shrinking the public’s access to environmental as well as disease and mortality data.”

“As with so many other fronts in the Trump Administration’s interlocking wars against science and environmental regulation,” EDGI added, “the prevailing hope seems to be that pushing the facts out of sight will diminish Americans’ concerns about the environment.”

December 25, 2019

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: They have no shame

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 03:39

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(cartoon by Mike Peters)

(cartoon by David Horsey)

Jan. 27, 2016

July 21, 2016

July 5, 2017

Jan. 29, 2018

May 3, 2018

 

December 23, 2019

Trump Tells Student Group: “I Never Understood Wind”

Filed under: Cartoons, Earth News, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 08:02

Can someone read what tRump mumbled and tell me what the hell he is trying to say?    The verbal diarrhea is getting worse and this word salad makes no sense at all.     Hugs

Trump Tells Student Group: “I Never Understood Wind”

Plus on the same page I found this, Hugs

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December 20, 2019

She is doing something most people can not

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Earth News, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:04

December 12, 2019

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: GOP = groupies of Putin and all need to go

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Earth News, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 04:52

(cartoon by Adam Zyglis)

April 23, 2019

(cartoon by Pat Bagley)

(story here) .. (cartoon by Dave Whamond)

The /cartoonist's homepage, https://www.courier-journal.com

December 3, 2019

What Trump has actually done in his first 3 years

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/12/2/20970521/trump-administration-achievements

The scandals, the leaks, the outrages, and the bizarre tweets of the last three years can distract from an important fact about President Donald Trump: He has changed policy in ways that affect the lives of millions of Americans.

Some of the Trump agenda is standard for a Republican president. White-collar criminal prosecutions have hit a 33-year low. The Justice Department defends state laws that could kick thousands off the voting rolls. The National Labor Relations Board is now more sympathetic to employers than unions. And military spending is on track to reach the same levels as during the height of the Iraq War.

But he’s gone further. While the media, understandably, focuses on Trump’s many scandals, his administration has quietly enacted a far more aggressive agenda than his Republican predecessors. Big boosts to fossil fuel production have come at the expense of an unprecedented deterioration in air quality. Tens of thousands of people have lost health insurance by administrative fiat, and millions are in the process of losing their nutritional assistance through the same mechanism. He’s remade the judiciary, installing conservative judges at twice Obama’s pace, and he’s consolidated a conservative majority on the Supreme Court that may endure for decades.

Much more at the link above.  Hugs

 

 

November 26, 2019

Brazil’s indigenous land is being invaded

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Earth News, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Nature, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 16:21

Fascism is on the rise worldwide and this could happen in the US very easily.   Hugs

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