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polarbear4

NASA Has Just Released 2,540 Stunning New Photos of Mars..

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please excuse my forgetting where I found this.

humphrey

I could give you a hint. But I won’t. (just kidding)

polarbear4

Thanks for the link to Mars Humphrey!

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Trump’s Budget Director Reveals Plans to Attack Social Security and Medicare

Speaking at a conference of state legislators hosted by the anti-government American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”), Mulvaney just revealed that he plans first to go after what he sees as more politically achievable cuts. He explained that the next step, presumably after Trump is in his second term, will be for the administration not just to cut these programs but to end them as we know them.

Mulvaney is apparently so eager to go after our earned benefits that he threw the point into a speech to state legislators, even though both Social Security and Medicare are federal programs.

Mulvaney’s apparent uncontained enthusiasm to take away people’s earned benefits is similar to that of Mitch McConnell, who just weeks before the midterm, called for Social Security and Medicare to be “adjusted” (code for destroying them). McConnell couldn’t resist broadcasting his intentions, even though these programs are extremely popular even with Republican voter

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orlbucfan

I’m shocked, I tell you, just shocked! (snark)

magsview

This kind of talk gives me so much stress.

humphrey

It is becoming more difficult to determine what is real or what is fake.

It is kind of mind blowing!

humphrey

It appears likely that it will not be business as usual from some of the new congress members.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/01/pramila-jayapal-joins-migrant-caravan-1037134

House Progressive leader Pramila Jayapal will join a “caravan” of migrants seeking asylum as they try to enter the United States from Tijuana on Saturday afternoon — an attempt to spotlight what Democrats view as the inhumane effects of President Donald Trump’s border crackdown.

The Washington Democrat, a rising star in the House Democratic Caucus, flew to the border Friday and is gathering information on the treatment of migrants from Central America by both Mexican and U.S. authorities. In the afternoon she will follow a group of migrants trying to claim asylum to ensure they’re getting a fair shake, she said.

“The president is lying about this caravan, he’s fear mongering,” Jayapal said in a Friday interview before her trip. “He’s trying to use people who are seeking asylum and literally running from death just for his own political benefit and that’s a disgrace.”

The newly elected House Progressive Caucus co-chair added: “He created a crisis at the border.”

Although Pramila Jayapal is not quite new she is now joined by some like minded progressives like AOC.

humphrey

Is anyone else having problems with the ratings widget? It doesn’t appear to be functioning very well. At least for me.

polarbear4

Off and on, yes.

humphrey

Well that makes me feel a little bit better knowing that is not only me. But it is frustrating. I attempt to rec all comments but lately it has become a drudgery. I am also mainly using chrome and it seems as if only this site is giving me problems.😢

orlbucfan

I’m having intermittent problems with it, too. I use Firefox.

wi60

Same here no matter the browser, doing a lot of refreshing to up vote or post

polarbear4

Exclusive: The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed

“On November 15, Ernst & Young and other private firms that were hired to audit the Pentagon announced that they could not complete the job. Congress had ordered an independent audit of the Department of Defense, the government’s largest discretionary cost center—the Pentagon receives 54 cents out of every dollar in federal appropriations—after the Pentagon failed for decades to audit itself. The firms concluded, however, that the DoD’s financial records were riddled with so many bookkeeping deficiencies, irregularities, and errors that a reliable audit was simply impossible.”

https://www.thenation.com/article/pentagon-audit-budget-fraud/

humphrey

For some it is easy to be the oddball in a group setting.
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https://thehill.com/homenews/news/419273-g-20-leaders-agree-on-trade-disagree-on-climate

Leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20) nations on Saturday signed off on a final statement pledging to fix the world trading system, with all but President Trump also expressing support for the Paris climate agreement.

The statement finalized after the two-day summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, calls for reforming the World Trade Organization but does not mention protectionism because the U.S. resisted those discussions, according to The Associated Press.

The statement also says that 19 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to fighting climate change through the Paris agreement, with Trump being the sole holdout.

The agreement is nonbinding.

Trump has long bashed the 2015 Paris accord, which was negotiated under the Obama administration, and announced the United States’s exit from the agreement last year.

humphrey

humphrey

Here is the article Bernie by David Sirota that was referring to.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/15/climate-change-democrats-oil-gas

The industry has political supremacy even in left-leaning states, but immediate action can hold off an environmental state of emergency.

The world’s leading scientists issued a report warning of total planetary dystopia unless we take immediate steps to seriously reduce carbon emissions. Then, oil and gas corporations dumped millions of dollars into the 2018 elections to defeat the major initiatives that could have slightly reduced fossil fuel use.

Though you may not know it from the cable TV coverage, this was one of the most significant – and the most terrifying – stories of the midterms. For those who actually care about the survival of the human race, the key questions now should be obvious: is there any reason to hope that we will retreat from “drill baby drill” and enact a sane set of climate policies? Or is our country – and, by extension, our species – just going to give up?

Before answering, it is worth reviewing exactly what happened over these last few months, because the election illustrates how little the fossil fuel industry is willing to concede in the face of a genuine crisis. While the dominant media narrative has been about Democratic voters euphorically electing a House majority and yelling a primal scream at Donald Trump, the loudest shriek of defiance was the one bellowed by oil and gas CEOs. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that we have only 12 years to ward off an ecological disaster, those oil and gas executives’ message to Planet Earth was unequivocal: drop dead.

In sun-baked Arizona, you may have thought solar energy would be a fairly easy pitch. However, after the owner of the state’s major energy provider poured nearly $30m into the election, Arizonans soundly rejected a ballot initiative to force the utility to get more of its power from renewable sources.

Meanwhile, in a single California county, the fossil fuel industry spent a whopping $8m to defeat a citizens’ initiative to ban new drilling and fracking.

humphrey

Nice try Neera. But it is a fail!

humphrey

This has been posted previously but it is worth repeating.

humphrey

Another good picture from the Gathering.

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magsview

My thoughts with wi60!

magsview

I like Alexandria’s manner, she accomplishes a lot with that wonderful smile of hers!

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