Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mark Shields-David Brooks Damn Trump's Transparently Evil Policy-Making For 2nd Week In Row

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Mark Shields And David Brooks Damn Trump's Transparently Evil Policy-Making For 2nd Week In A Row

Rep. Joe Kennedy III Tells "Christian" Trump-Care Supporters: Your So-Called "Mercy" Is "Malice"

Abomicare: Trump's Titanic Failure

7 Years' Bitching About Obamacare While Continually Touting Their "Terrific, Low-Cost Replacement" And The GOP Produces Nothing But Flatulence, Excrement And Anguish For 25 Million Americans, Simultaneously Tranferring Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars To The 1%

What's Missing From This Photo of Politicians Deciding the Future of Women's Health? Anyone?

The Cruel Old Party: The GOP’s Passage Of Trumpcare Is Unprecedentedly Callous

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"Donald Trump Might Be The Dimmest President Ever," Conservative Columnist Jennifer Rubin

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"Donald Trump Might Be The Dimmest President Ever" 
Conservative Columnist Jennifer Rubin

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This Story Will Surprise You: "Our Political Economy Is Designed To Create Poverty & Inequality"

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Kenny Chapman, 53, receives coins from a man in downtown Cleveland on February 28, 2017. Chapman has been homeless for about 10 years.

Our Political Economy Is Designed To Create Poverty And Inequality
Dennis Kucinich

"Plutocracy Triumphant"
Cartoon Compendium

Compendium Of Best Pax Posts: Plutocracy, Economic Inequality & Collapse Of Conservatism

"Politics And Economics: The 101 Courses You Wish You Had"

Pope Francis: Quotations On Finance, Economics, Capitalism And Inequality

Teddy Roosevelt: "Malefactors Of Great Wealth... Are Curses To The Country"

Why Are Americans So Poorly Paid. This One Chart Will Even Shame The 1%

Inequality: Joseph Stiglitz Brilliant Reflection On Obama's State Of The Union Address

"Of The 1%, By The 1%, For The 1%,"
Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz

It's Not About Income. "It's About Net Worth, Stupid!"

American Plutocracy: Who's Punished And Who's Not

Despicable Donald Is Malicious With America's Friends And Magnanimous With America's Foes

Alan: Civilized people dislike Donald Trump, are physically repulsed by him because, at any given moment, His Despicableness ranges from vulgarian to barbarian.

And so, Dishonorable Donald takes refuge in fondness for people who do like him. 

And these tyrants, dictators, torturers, kleptocrats and all-purpose-sons-o'-bitches like him because he's so much like them.

Birds of a feather flock together.

"The deplorables" love Donald because they see themselves in him - the long-lost brother who "made good" in the big city - never mind the boorishness, the mafia connections, the stiffing of workers and suppliers.

Donald made The Big Time.

Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" at 50: The Doomed Socialite Behind "A Day in the Life"

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Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" at 50: The Doomed Socialite Behind "A Day in the Life"

"Penny Lane" And Preview Of PBS Special On "Sargeant Pepper's Musica Revolution"

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"Penny Lane" And Preview Of PBS Special On "Sargeant Pepper's Musica Revolution"

Like Most Brass, Defense Dep't Sec. Gen. Mattis Sees Climate Change As A National Threat

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Like Most Brass, Defense Dep't Sec. Gen. James Mattis Sees Climate Change As A National Threat

"In Praise Of Trump For Pulling Out Of The Paris Climate Pact," Ken Ward, Greenpeace

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Alan: The guy who wrote the following article is a former deputy director of Greenpeace.

I do not agree with his encouraging Trump to pull out of the Paris Agreement because 'it's incremental and makes people think they're doing something' when "everything" has to be done.

And by God, it better be done NOW! 

Or yesterday!

Increasingly, I see perfectionism (grounded in "absolute" principles) as much more "the problem" than "the solution." 

Compendium Of Best Pax Posts On "Too Pure Principles" And The Collapse Of Conservatism

Everything is a work-in-progress.

And determination to "muddle through" strikes me as more impressive - and more helpful - than the many forms of "perfectionist herocism" that make us think Fidel or Stalin or Lenin or Sandino or Thoreau or Rachel Carson or Jesus is going to save the day - "once and for all."

"Is Perfectionism A Curse? Paul Ryan Tells The Truth"

I am totally in favor of lofty principles... provided we are not blinded by them and are willing to accommodate "the muck-slog" that is often the only way from Point A to Point B. 

"Head in the sky and feet on the ground" impresses me as "the best of both worlds" --- and almost always "the best for this world."


The approach to environmental integrity that seems most beneficial to me can actually be accelerated while the "old school" incremental approach is still in place. 

So why give up on "a half loaf" when there's an entirely other "whole loaf" within our reach.

The Structure Of American Law Necessitates Qualitative Degradation Of The Biosphere

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In praise of Trump pulling out of the Paris climate pact

In praise of Trump pulling out of the Paris climate pact
To the dismay of our allies, the White House could any day announce the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. But as a patriot and climate activist, I’m not dismayed. I actually wanted him to pull out.
The value of the Paris Agreement is in its aspirational goal of limiting temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, not in its implementation mechanisms, which are voluntary, insufficient, and impossible to monitor. But that modest goal will be breached shortly, which makes the agreement a kind of fig leaf, offering political cover to those who would soft-pedal the runaway climate crisis a while longer. 
The U.N. Conference of the Parties is certainly not the organization to constrain powerful, retrenched fossil fuel interests and other bad climate actors and rogue climate states. The Paris agreement affords oil, gas and coal companies a globally visible platform through which to pedal influence and appear engaged on climate change while lobbying for business as usual. That won’t save the climate.

At what point do we give up wishful, incremental thinking — that reason will prevail, the free market will adjust, the President’s daughter and son-in-law will dissuade him from the worst climaticide, the Democratic Party will do something, or prior policies which tinker on the margins like the Clean Power Plan won’t be totally obliterated?  

I’d argue we’ve reached that point. If Trump withdraws from the Paris Agreement, at least we will have clarity instead of false hope.
Who wanted to keep the U.S. in the Paris agreement anyway? People around the world, a majority of Americans, environmentalists and other coastal elites – constituencies for which Trump has shown indifference and/or contempt. Staying in was also favored by Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP, Peabody coal, eBay, HP, General Mills, Kellogg, Tesla and other multinationals the Trump administration would have preferred to keep happy. But let’s face it, they won’t be all that mad the U.S. is pulling out, and the political impact won’t be all that great.

Neither will the environmental impact. In fact, since the agreement lacks teeth, breaking it won’t have any effect on the climate in the short term. But in the longer term, the shock and rethinking it will cause in some circles just might precipitate political and cultural changes we need to stave off climate cataclysm.
Pulling out of Paris will also give the President a political boost. It gives Breitbart and Fox something to crow about and The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN something that’s not Russia-gate to fret over. 

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to justify or abet Trump and his supporters in climate denial, and I’m not thinking climate activists and the Trump administration will end up in some the kind of strange-bedfellows embrace. Personally I loathe this Administration and find the President’s actions mean, maleficent, and mendacious, though it’s nothing personal. On my very best days I can eke out a couple minutes of meta loving-kindness meditation for the President as a person, but it’s a struggle. 
I welcome pulling out of the Paris agreement because it will disrupt our complacency and strengthen the most vigorous avenues of climate action left to us, which are through the courts and direct citizen action. It lends much more credence to the Children's Atmospheric Trust legal argument  that the federal government has utterly failed in its responsibility to consider the long-term impact of carbon emissions. It advances the arguments of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund in their federal lawsuit for the right to a livable climate. And it strengthens the case for climate activists attempting to raise the “necessity defense” as a justification for citizen climate action, as I and my fellow “valve turners” are doing as we face criminal charges for shutting off emergency valves on oil sands pipelines.
It’s also true that withdrawal from Paris deprives mainstream environmental organizations and the foundations and funders that guide them of a key deliverable, and that could risk eroding support for them. Perhaps that’s not such a bad thing. Many of them have pursued an utterly bankrupt strategy of understating the climate problem, negotiating with the fossil fuel industry, and cherry-picking small victories to showcase organizational accomplishments at the expense of a functional movement strategy. 
Pulling out of Paris takes false hopes off the table, and opens the way for building an effective climate movement. So as committed climate activist who knows we’re running out of time, I say, let’s get on with it.  
Ken Ward is a former deputy director of Greenpeace going on trial next week on felony charges for shutting down an oil sands pipeline to prevent harm to the climate.  

The Right Is Mad Over Kathy Griffin's Gruesome Video. The Left Asks: Remember Ted Nugent?

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Alan: Donald Trump held his last campaign stop, in Michigan, with Ted Nugent as his "Special Guest."

Trump and Nugent are pigs.

Kathy Griffin's video was exceedingly gross but she is not a pig.

The Right Is Mad Over Kathy Griffin's Gruesome Video. 
The Left Asks: Remember Ted Nugent?

Mingya! White House Insists "COVFEFE" Is Real And Trump Insiders Know What It Means

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White House Insists "COVFEFE" Is Real And Trump Insiders Know What It Means.
The Debasement Of Sean Spicer Continues

Compendium Of Pax Posts Concerning Trump's Habitual Lying

28 Enormities That Prevent Conscionable People From Hoping Trump Is A Successful President

Donald's Doozies: A Yuge (And Yugely Incomplete) Compendium Of Trump's "Pants On Fire" Lies

"Is Truth Dead?" Charlie Rose

Updated Compendium Of Pax Posts About Donald Trump

Millions Of Deplorables Voted For Trump Because He Was The Only Candidate Who Was As Crazy As They Are

Donald Trump: A Man So Obnoxious That Karma May See Him Reincarnated As Himself

Shit-Slinger Trump Says Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower During Campaign. Obama Is "Bad, Sick"

The Best Photographic Evidence Of Trump Inaugural Crowd Size: From Stage & From Monument

National Park Service Releases Official Photos Of Trump And Obama's Inaugural Crowds

"There Are Two Ways Of Lying..." Denis De Rougemont And Donald Trump

Behind The Mask, The GOP's True Face: Ayn Rand's Ideological Acolyte Paul Ryan Promotes Her Central Belief That Altruism Is Evil

Pax on both houses: Donald Trump: Truth Doesn't Matter

Pax on both houses: Why The Media HAS To Lie About Trump

Pax on both houses: Aquinas, Trump, Truth... And "Alternative Truth"

Pax on both houses: Donald's Demonic Deviousness: How Trump ...