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Robert De Niro travels to Dubai to bash President Trump on climate change

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TDS causes ugliness both inside and out

De Niro’s flight is going to leave a large carbon footprint. DiCaprio would be proud.

From Yahoo: Hollywood star Robert De Niro took aim at the Trump administration’s stance on climate change, telling a packed audience in the Middle East that he was visiting from a “backward” country suffering from “temporary insanity.”

He said that in the country he’s describing, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency suggested last week that global warming may be a good thing for humanity.

“I am talking about my own country, the United States of America. We don’t’ like to say we are a ‘backward’ country so let’s just say we’re suffering from a case of temporary insanity,” he added.

De Niro received applause and laughs when he said the U.S. “will eventually cure itself by voting our dangerous leader” out of office. He spoke Sunday at Dubai’s World Government Summit.

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h/t Twitchy

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Part of the swamp is self-draining: Over 700 employees quit the EPA

From the NY Post: More than 700 workers have left the rapidly shrinking Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office — including more than 200 scientists, according to a report.

The exodus by staffers who have quit, retired or taken buyout packages includes 96 environmental protection specialists and nine department directors, according to the report by The New York Times and ProPublica.

A majority of the employees, who include attorneys and program managers, are not being replaced, according to the report.

The departures reflect poor morale at the EPA, which Trump and top congressional Republicans have criticized as bloated and guilty of regulatory overreach.

That discontent is likely to widen following revelations that GOP campaign officials were using the Freedom of Information Act to request copies of emails from agency personnel suspected of opposing Trump and his agenda, the report said.

The news outlets’ investigation showed that the administration is well on its way to achieving its goal of cutting 3,200 positions from the agency — about 20 percent of its work force — to levels last seen during the Reagan administration.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said the agency was running more efficiently. “With only 10 months on the job, Administrator Pruitt is unequivocally doing more with less to hold polluters accountable and to protect our environment,” he said.

It was reported in October that EPA head Scott Pruitt has been getting far more death threats than anyone else who has ever led the agency, whose budget was slated for a 30 percent cut.

The EPA has experienced a downward trend since the Obama administration after Republican-led budget constraints left it with about 15,000 workers at the end of his term.

The reductions have accelerated under Trump, who campaigned on a promise to drastically scale back the EPA, leaving only what he called “little tidbits” in place.

The reason EPA went down to 15,000 employees under Obama is because of pressure from Republicans. This is the effort of the Republicans under the Obama administration on steroids,” said John J. O’Grady, head of the American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, which represents EPA workers.

Trump has called climate change a hoax and announced his intention to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accords.

Pruitt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke all question the scientific consensus that carbon released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels is the main driver of global warming.

The Times and ProPublica analyzed EPA staffing changes through the end of September obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and interviewed current and former EPA officials.

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Al Gore says Trump has “surrounded himself with polluters”

Al Gore hypocrite

Are ManBearPig’s private jet flights powered by unicorn farts?

From Hollywood Reporter: Al Gore previously expressed cautious optimism that Donald Trump would rethink some of his environmental policies, but the former vice president said he now realizes that he got that wrong.

Speaking at Mexico’s Morelia film fest this week, where he is presenting his Inconvenient Truth sequel, Gore chuckled when a reporter asked him when he would show the film to Donald Trump.

“I had a lot of conversations with Donald Trump after he was elected and after he went into the White House and I actually thought there was a realistic chance that he would come to his senses, but I was wrong,” Gore said.

Gore has not spoken with the president since the announcement that the U.S. was pulling out of the Paris climate accord and he now says he’s “not going to waste any more time” on reaching out to Trump.

The former vice president slammed the decision to withdraw from the agreement, calling it “reckless and indefensible.”

An Inconvenient Sequel opened stateside in August. Just days ahead of the release, a conservative think tank criticized the former vice president, saying his electricity bills showed he consumed at least 21 times more energy than the average American.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly vowed to “drain the swamp” in Washington, but Gore believes that has not happened: “I think he has surrounded himself with polluters and special interests who seem to not care at all about the public interest.”

Trump’s EPA chief Scott Pruitt has questioned the consensus of scientists that the earth is warming and that man-made climate emissions are to blame.

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President Hillary Rodham Clinton’s first 100 days

That President Trump is continuing the neoCon’s foreign policy in Syria is disheartening.

That Trump has elevated his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka and Jared Kushner, to senior White House advisory positions although neither has any qualifications, is disheartening.

But whatever our unhappiness with Trump, just remember a President Hillary Rodham Clinton would be infinitely worse.

Assessing President Rodham Clinton’s first 100 days

By Howard Hyde ⋅ May 5, 2017

Having closed out the first one hundred days of the new administration, an assessment of the new president’s accomplishments is in order.

By any objective historical measure, the achievements of President Hillary Rodham Clinton have been extraordinary.  Let’s start with the Budget and Defense One-Two Punch.  The Omnibus Budget Act of 2017, passed by Congress and signed by the president in record time, calls for beefy increases in the budgets of the administration’s surrogate agencies: a 31% increase for the EPA, a 6% increase for the Department of Energy, and a 12% increase for the Department of the Interior, to name just a few.  All of these increases have been offset dollar-for-dollar either by reductions in spending for the Pentagon and Department of Defense or by increases in taxes on the rich.  “The era of the American military being used to intimidate and assault the freedom-loving people of the world is over,” Clinton is alleged to have proclaimed.

Some critics of Clinton’s budget have suggested that she is merely trading the externally facing military for the domestic-facing para-military, noting that many of the increases to the agencies are earmarked for “energetic and proactive enforcement” of regulations and that procurement requests for weapons and ammunition for the EPA’s various SWAT teams have already increased since passage of the budget.

The First Amendment has undergone a refreshing rebranding under the Clinton administration.  “Hate groups, hateful individuals and hate speech will no longer be permitted to hide behind the Bill of Rights, like terrorists using civilian children as human shields” (also alleged but not disputed).  Accordingly, all universities that accept federal funding, or that accept students who have taken federal student loans or grants, have been advised to follow the leadership of the University of California, Berkeley in setting standards for who may be allowed to speak on campus.  Dozens of “Tea Party” groups have lost their tax-exempt status.  “Lois Lerner was too lenient,” one staffer remarked off the record.  “We are cracking down for real this time.”

Gun violence should be seeing a substantial reduction under the Clinton administration now that the national gun registry database is actively integrating records from state-level sales and other sources, and with mandatory universal enrollment required of all firearm owners before year’s end.  At least one source close to the administration has said candidly off the record that “the die is cast.  Before the end of the first HRC term, we’ll have [confiscated] all of their guns.”  When asked what about those gun owners who would not be willing to give up their guns regardless of cost to themselves, the same staffer shrugged.  “Then they will pay that cost.”

“Syrian” “refugees” and sanctuary cities are thriving in America.

Due to the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the precipitous retirement in February of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clinton has been given her golden opportunity to railroad through her picks for the Supreme Court.  As a result, Elizabeth Warren is on track to become the first Native American female justice, with Loretta Lynch not far behind (with the competing double-credential of first black woman – which will triumph?).  Those irritating challenges to the constitutionality of the administration’s agenda from freedom of speech to gun control will all be DOA.

And of course, Obamacare is on the point of being repealed and replaced…with a single-payer system run exclusively by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in close consultation with the Veterans Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs: “America (finally) Cares.”

(End of nightmare fantasy.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled life.)

Regardless of any failing of the Trump administration, “bullet” is far too feeble a word to describe what we as a nation have dodged.

Howard Hyde is editor of www.CitizenEcon.com, fellow of the American Freedom Alliance, and author of the books Pull the Plug on Obamacare (2013) and Escape From Berkeley: An EX liberal progressive socialist embraces America (and doesn’t apologize) (2016).

Howard Hyde is actually too soft on President Hillary Rodham Clinton.

An even better picture of President Hillary’s first 100 days can be gleaned from Hillary Clinton’s 100 most damaging WikiLeaks (go to the link for more information on each “most damaging WikiLeaks”):

  1. Obama lied: he knew about Hillary’s secret server and wrote to her using a pseudonym, cover-up happened (intent to destroy evidence).
  2. Hillary Clinton dreams of completely “open borders”.
  3. Hillary Clinton received money from and supported nations that she KNEW funded ISIS and terrorists.
  4. Hillary has public positions on policy and her private ones.
  5. Paying people to incite violence and unrest at Trump rallies.
  6. Hillary’s campaign wants “unaware” and “compliant” citizens.
  7. Top Hillary aides mock Catholics for their faith.
  8. Hillary deleted her incriminating emails. State covered it up. Asked about using White House executive privilege to hide from Congress.
  9. Bribery: King of Morocco gave Clinton Foundation $12 million for a meeting with Hillary, 6 months later Morocco gets weapons.
  10. “Spirit Cooking” (Warning: satanic/extremely graphic).
  11. State Department tried to bribe FBI to un-classify Clinton emails (FBI docs).
  12. Hillary caught on tape about rigging the Palestine election (audio).
  13. Latinos are “needy”. Latino outreach is “taco bowl engagement”.
  14. Clinton campaign was in direct communication with DOJ regarding Hillary’s investigation.
  15. Bill Clinton receives $1 million “birthday gift” from ISIS-funding Qatar while Hillary was SoS, Qatar receives arms flow increases of 1,482%.
  16. Hillary cheated in debates: DNC head Donna Brazile caught giving MULTIPLE debate questions to Hillary.
  17. Hillary campaign prays for shooters in news stories to be white.
  18. Rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders (DNC favored Hillary).
  19. Rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders (Hillary’s team).
  20. Hillary was hateful, neglectful, above the law, “contemptuous” to her security detail, and “blatantly disregarded” security, (FBI docs)
  21. Clinton Foundation schemed with Big Pharma: keep the price of AIDS drugs high in America and NO to cheaper generic versions.
  22. Democrats created fake Trump “grope under the meeting table” Craigslist employment ad in May 2016.
  23. Hillary’s camp excited about a black teen’s murder (to help her agenda).
  24. Rigging media polls through oversampling.
  25. “Bill Clinton Inc.” How millions of dollars were raised for the Clintons. Blurred lines between personal and Foundation money.
  26. Hillary sold 20% of America’s uranium to Russia as Secretary of State. Clinton camp worried that the deal is being investigated.
  27. Hillary is still privately against gay marriage.
  28. Acknowledging radical Islam is a real threat and a “serious problem for our future”.
  29. Admitting terrorists will infiltrate the Syrian refugee program.
  30. Hillary’s poor health (collapsing, memory loss, drug research).
  31. Hillary took money from foreigners for campaign (illegal).
  32. Hillary says climate change activists should “get a life”.
  33. Hillary is pro-fracking, calls it “a gift”, despite what she publicly says.
  34. Referring to a “Shadow Government” that protects Hillary (FBI docs).
  35. List of reporters that Hillary wined and dined, including biggest journalists and pundits of CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, NY Times. Entire “interview” with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is staged, reading word-for-word.
  36. Democrats using American lobbyists to money launder foreign       donations illegally.
  37. The New York Times colluding with Hillary, allowing quote edits.
  38. Racist remarks about Blacks and Muslims.
  39. Tipped off by the State Department about Benghazi emails.
  40. Hillary’s staff admitting she is “tainted” and “really vulnerable” on corruption and bribery.
  41. Podesta’s very close friend at DOJ in charge of FBI re-opening email investigation, previously gave campaign “heads up”.
  42. Billionaire George Soros has influence over Hillary, ties to election fraud in systems used for U.S. voting.
  43. Clinton campaign refuses to report sexual harassment (then forwards complaint to harasser).
  44. CEO of Google (parent company) working for Hillary Campaign.
  45. Admitting Hillary did not use private server for security reasons (shows intent).
  46. Hillary Clinton “doesn’t seem to know what planet we are all living in at the moment”.
  47. Hillary’s team: She has “the worst judgment” and her “instincts” have led to many problems for campaign.
  48. Are there other emails that Hillary didn’t release to Congress? “Definitely”.
  49. Obama elevated Malaysia on the human rights list JUST to let Malaysia into TPP.
  50. Big media collusion email, working with reporters.
  51. Using female senator to conjure fake sexist claims against Bernie.
  52. Hillary campaign caught partaking in insider trading (illegal).
  53. Hillary Clinton bragged about being invited to Putin’s “Inner Sanctum”.
  54. Hillary needed to be reminded to NOT to discuss foreign policy intel over private email server.
  55. John Podesta’s password was p@sswOrd.
  56. Hillary Clinton had to be told when to smile during speeches.
  57. “Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp” and more.
  58. Disney, ABC head is colluding with Hillary’s campaign.
  59. Coordinating with SuperPACs, which is illegal.
  60. Hillary’s team admitting she lies a lot.
  61. Plotting to attack Obama because “his father was a Muslim”.
  62. Colluding over withholding Benghazi emails.
  63. Hillary plans to support the TPP.
  64. Entire “interview” with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is staged, reading word-for-word.
  65. Hillary Clinton stole furniture from the State Department (FBI docs).
  66. Hillary told Tim Kaine back in July 2015 he would be VP.
  67. Hillary tweaks her policies based on donors’ wants.
  68. “…go through all the emails and pull the official ones”
  69. Hillary sends U.S. intelligence and war plans to Podesta’s hacked email.
  70. Hillary’s team admits to knowing of classified material in emails.
  71. NBC colluded with the Clinton campaign.
  72. Avoiding the press because of tough questions.
  73. Clinton Foundation did not pay for the services they received.
  74. Illegally coordinating with Priorities USA, a SuperPAC funded by George Soros.
  75. Conflict of interest: Bill was personally paid and received gifts from CGI sponsors.
  76. Man who ran ‘Bill Clinton Inc.’: “I’m also starting to worry that if this story gets out, we are screwed”.
  77. Podesta illegally has access to top secret information.
  78. Podesta connects to unsecure network where anyone could access.
  79. Hillary’s speechwriters: “I don’t mind the ‘backs of dead Americans’ because we need a bit of moral outrage.” (Benghazi)
  80. Admitting Hillary failed foreign policy.
  81. The AP colluding with the Hillary campaign.
  82. Hillary camp using “propaganda”.
  83. Hillary’s camp says she has a “character problem” and is “arrogant”.
  84. Staging fake anti-Trump protest, conspiring with Univision CEO.
  85. Meeting to go over Cheryl Mills’ testimony to FBI/Congress.
  86. Journalist talks strategy with Clinton staff and asks for permission to write article.
  87. Violating campaign finance law.
  88. Proof that ‘Correct the Record’ (SuperPAC) is directly coordinating with the Hillary campaign against federal campaign law.
  89. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in direct contact with the Hillary campaign.
  90. Hillary’s team working with hundreds of MSM news pundits.
  91. Admitting Obamacare isn’t working.
  92. Hillary tries to hide her tiny rallies.
  93. Hillary had a mole working on Biden’s team.
  94. John Oliver caught colluding with Hillary’s campaign.
  95. Politico’s Glenn Thrush colluding with Hillary’s campaign, admits to being a “hack”.
  96. “We are finishing up the next round of TV scripts”
  97. ‘The Huffington Post’ colluded with Hillary.
  98. Clinton campaign memorized their email cover-up script.
  99. Heavy press collusion over Cuba and Hillary’s health.
  100. Obama picked people in his administration from the suggestion list of CiTi bank advisor/Wall St shill.

H/t Thought Crime Radio

~Eowyn

Martin Short calls Trump the “dumbest president ever”

AMBI benefit gala in support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Cinema To Help the World

Martin Short believes he has some kind of power…

The Trump Derangement Syndrome is a contagious infection in Hollyweird.

From Yahoo: Martin Short stripped down to a nude bodysuit to perform a musical number and became a human bagpipe in the hands of a large, kilt-wearing man — all for the sake of the environment.

Short was the multitalented master of ceremonies at “Stand Up! For the Planet,” an all-star comedy benefit for the Natural Resources Defense Council. With performances by Larry David, Pete Davidson, Jerrod Carmichael and Tig Notaro, the event raised $1.4 million to support litigation against President Donald Trump’s environmental policies, according to organizers.

“Do you realize if a drone hit this crowd, Trump eliminates all his problems?” Short said. “That’s the kind of power we have.”

Guests at the untelevised fundraiser at Beverly Hills, California’s Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts included Rob Reiner, Albert Brooks, Pierce Brosnan, Jordana Brewster, Amanda Peet, Marcia Cross and Christopher Meloni.

“Look how rich you guys look,” Carmichael said as he took the stage. David, who walked out to the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” theme, joked about the size of his carbon footprint, given his frequent use of air conditioning in his ample home. “People shun the homeless, but you’ve got to admire their footprint,” he said.

He also joked that he had “no divorce perks” with his ex-wife Laurie David, who organized Tuesday’s event and recruited him to perform.

Despite the event’s inherent political nature, Short was the only one who delved directly into that territory. As he introduced Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale, Short described their show, “Veep” as “a political satire and turned into a documentary” and the two stars as “a more dynamic comedy duo” than Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer.

Short also called the current administration “amoral” and said Trump is “the dumbest president we have ever had.”

Trump had no immediate response on Twitter.

The president of the NRDC said the organization has already sued the Trump administration over the Keystone XL Pipeline project and proposed changes to Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

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Trump’s Gettysburg Address: what he will do in first 100 days

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, Donald Trump chose Gettysburg, PA — a site full of historic and political meaning to Americans who actually know about this country’s history — to deliver arguably his most important speech in his quest for the presidency.

In his speech, Trump outlined an 8-point plan for his first 100 days in office should he be elected President 15 days from now, on November 8.

In a follow-up email this morning, Trump summarized his speech as follows:

As soon as I enter the White House on January 20, 2017, I will begin implementing my 8-Point Plan for the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration, and here’s what we’ll do:

  1. On Day One, we will roll out our plan to BUILD THE WALL, send criminal illegal immigrants home, and finally end the open borders nightmare.
  2. Begin renegotiating ALL unfair trade deals like NAFTA which have undercut American employment and exported our prosperity.
  3. CANCEL all executive orders, bureaucratic rules, and crippling regulations that send American jobs overseas.
  4. Work with Congress to REPEAL and replace the disastrous ObamaCare legislation that is ruining American healthcare.
  5. Lift the radical Obama regulations on America’s energy industry to END our dependence on foreign sources and create new jobs here at home.
  6. Propose, pass, and sign into law a massive TAX CUT for all working Americans and unleash the jobs-creating power of our small businesses.
  7. NOMINATE Supreme Court Justices who will uphold the Founders’ Constitution and not legislate the liberal agenda from the bench, and…
  8. IMPOSE strict new ethics rules to restore the integrity of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Accurately accusing the corporate media of “trying desperately to suppress my vote and the voice of the American people,” Trump also promised he will stop the MSM from abusing their power, beginning with thwarting the merger of AT&T and Time Warner — a media empire that already owns CNN and HBO. On Saturday, AT&T Inc. officially announced its purchase of Time Warner Inc.

Trump also said that if he were President, he would not have approved the acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast Corp in 2013 because by concentrating even more power in media giants who control news and information, such mergers “destroy democracy” and “poison the mind of the American voter.”

Hillary Clinton will do none of that because, like Wall Street, the news media are big donors to Hillary’s corrupt Clinton Foundation.

Here’s Trump’s Gettysburg speech:

Don’t believe that the corporate media are biased toward Trump? See:

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H/t Will Shanley

 

Warnings of rate hikes as Oregon becomes 1st state to kill coal

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From Fox News: The massive coal-fired plant in Boardman, Ore., is just four years away from being shut down for good – at that point, Oregon coal production will be no more, after the state became the first in the nation to completely ban coal power.

The mandate, signed into law earlier this year, was the result of an environmentalist-fueled push by the Democrat-controlled legislature. Under the plan, coal production will end once the Boardman plant shutters in 2020 – utilities would still be able to buy coal power from out of state for another 10 years, until a 2030 deadline to end coal use entirely.

But the phase-out already has groups warning that residents are headed for big rate increases and brownouts. “This is basically a wind mandate,” said the Cascade Policy Institute’s John Charles, while suggesting alternative energy sources won’t be able to meet the state’s needs. “There’s no way wind can physically power the grid because days, weeks on end, wind produces zero.”

Coal has been in decline for years. In 2005, coal made up 51 percent of the electricity used in the U.S. Last year, it met 40 percent of the need.

In Oregon, coal power still fills one-third of the electricity demand. Despite a building boom, renewables such as wind and solar power make up just 8 percent of the electricity portfolio.

The major utilities supported the coal ban even though officials can’t say for sure how they’ll keep the lights on. They feared a ballot initiative that would have been even less flexible.

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“If the cost of meeting this renewable standard is too high for customers, we don’t have to meet it,” said Ryerson Schwark, a spokesman for PacifiCorp. “If meeting it will impact the reliability of the grid, we don’t have to meet it.”

A major problem could be getting any new power to the grid. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce report, titled “Project No Project,” found 351 recent ventures that never got built — 140 of the projects were for renewable power. Many were killed due to legal challenges from environmental groups.

Bill Kovacs, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said there are 42,000 pages of federal environmental regulations‎. Virtually anything you can find that’s in federal law that isn’t being complied with can be used as the basis of a lawsuit to stop the project,” Kovacs said.

bang head here

One example of this is playing out in Oregon, where renewable power has become more critical due to the coal ban. The 133-turbine, 399 MW Saddle Butte Wind Park proposed for a large piece of land in Eastern Oregon near Boardman has been under challenge for several years. The developer, fed up with the lengthy process, has stopped paying $30,000 in fees he owes the state. 

Irene Gilbert of Friends of Grand Rhonde Valley, which is fighting the project, sums up the growing wind farm fatigue. “When they’re done, there will be nowhere for animals or people to be in eastern Oregon without living under a wind turbine,” she said.

But some still defend the push to end coal power. “The people of Oregon were very interested in saying, ‘hey, let’s find a way to get rid of coal,'” said Cliff Gilmore of Renewables Northwest.

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