Trump and Mulvaney, Idiocracy LLC

A budget that puts #AmericaFirst must make safety its no. 1 priority—without safety there can be no prosperity: https://t.co/9lxx1iQo7m — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2017 I’ll be very pleased to know our borders are secure as I die of starvation because you cut funding for Meals On Wheels. Or maybe I’ll die of …

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Radical Republican Ecoterrorists

Headline: Climate, Other Programs Get Deep Cuts in EPA Budget Proposal Under the tentative plan from the Office of Management and Budget, the agency’s funding would be reduced by roughly 25 percent and about 3,000 jobs would be cut, about 19 percent of the agency’s staff. [snip] The draft proposal for the EPA would cut …

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Hey, Heartland America

I trust you noticed that the Congress has now agreed to allow coal companies to dump their waste into your streams again. And I trust that you noticed that just today the guy you voted for rescinded part of a law which regulates banks, because, he said, “We expect to be cutting a lot out …

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Pipelines leak and even explode

A pipeline which runs from Texas northeast to NYC sprung a leak in September and disrupted the flow of 1.3 million barrels of gasoline per day to drivers in the Southeast and possibly even further up the seaboard. That wasn’t enough, though. Part of the thing has now exploded in Alabama, several miles from the …

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Ivory ban? Here?

Apparently so. From a report by something called The International Fund for Animal Welfare: investigators compiled advertising and sales data from 47 Hawai‘i-based retailers and individual sellers engaged in the online trade of elephant ivory and related wildlife products, including walrus tusks, whale teeth and bone, mammoth ivory, and hippopotamus teeth. They found a total …

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Sure looks like conflict of interest to me

The Attorney General of the State of Michigan has just appointed a former FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit office to investigate the Flint water fiasco. As far as I know, Andy Arena is a good and honest man with no connections to the Governor, the Emergency Managers who decided to switch Flint’s …

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Flint water and the Governor

I have been reading this story with shock tempered by schadenfreude. If ever a Governor deserved the kicks Rick Snyder of Michigan is getting right now it’s him, unless it’s his neighbor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Look at the circumstances. Flint is a city in distress, with its industry gone and its tax base diminishing …

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