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Black crowned night heron, Lindo Lake

Friday, February 3, 2017

Today's Oddities and Outrages

Mike Reardon
Came hot and heavy yesterday:




The massacre that never happened.

“Two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people didn’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”

— White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, interview with MSNBC’s Chris Mathews, Feb. 2



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abandoned mine runoff, Cabin Creek, W. VA - Mark Schmerling
The House votes to allow mining companies to put their toxic waste in and near rivers and streams.
Daile Rois, 56, lives about 2,000 feet from a shuttered coal mine outside Charleston, W.Va. The mine, Keystone Development No. 2, released debris and chemicals into two creeks that meet at the edge of her property and run past her home.After intense opposition from environmental groups, which documented streams clouded by sediment and monitored rising acidity levels, West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection permanently closed the mine last year and ordered the operator to restore the site — a rare victory for local environmentalists.
“Here in West Virginia, many creeks run orange” from the contamination, said Ms. Rois, who moved to West Virginia in 2012 with her partner to take care of elderly relatives.
She called the Republican vote to repeal the Stream Protection Rule devastating, a move that would allow mines like Keystone to stay open.
“Of course I care about miners’ jobs, and I care about their safety,” Ms. Rois said. “But orange is not the color of water.”
The Senate got into the act too.
The Senate also moved to reverse a separate rule requiring publicly traded oil, gas and mineral companies to disclose payments to foreign governments for licenses or permits. The disclosure rule was aimed at curbing bribery and at helping resource-rich developing countries hold fossil-fuel companies, and their governments, accountable.
After a procedural vote on Thursday, final Senate action to cancel the rule is expected Friday, with Mr. Trump’s signature to follow.
The Trump administration, which has vowed to peel back regulations, is particularly close to the fossil fuel industry. On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil.
Exxon had argued that forcing American oil companies to reveal payments to foreign governments would put them at a competitive disadvantage. Full disclosure could also have made it trickier for Exxon to pursue business deals in countries like Russia, where the state plays a central role.
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The House repealed an Obama era rule that required the Social Security Administration to disclose to the national gun background check system information about people with mental illness. And it makes sense. Why wouldn't you want to make sure that the insane and deranged still had access to semi automatic weapons?


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The Trump gang's push to take white supremacist terror groups off the terrorist watch list is terrifying and flabbergasting. Thanks, Steve Bannon. Dylan Roof will be so happy. This information was published by Reuters here and may not be entirely accurate according to Snopes. Snopes calls the claim unproven, white groups are no longer targeted by the CVE program which will focus solely on Islamic terrorism, there may be another branch that continues to monitor them.

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Another Snopes story making the rounds.

A man tweeted this. It may or may not be true, will be probably true for the entire Trump family and might actually exceed this number.
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According to a recent Pew Poll, 32% of respondents felt that you had to be christian to be an American, 43% of Republicans and 57% of white evangelical protestants. And 70% said you should speak english.

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It's nothing political Ivanka, your clothes just suck: Nordstroms.

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Sean Spicer falsely accuses Iranians of attacking American vessel. With dippin' dots no doubt.

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And our new Labor Secretary? Hardee har har.


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Maybe we won't investigate nonexistent voter fraud after all.

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Is Trump's hair tonic giving him cognitive problems?  Or something else?

 “Users report that its side effects — inability to orgasm, painful erections, chronic depression, insomnia, brain fog, and suicidal thoughts — can last long after patients stop taking the pill.”

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Only matter of time before Trump and his minions start playing the poor victim card, pilloried so unfairly by the nasty media.  Karma is a serious bitch. The knives are just being sharpened. How long before he is completely out of political capital? Payback will be a beautiful thing. Four or five more gaffes and his minions will jump right off his yacht.

The Dude: Sooner or later you're going to have to face the fact that you are a moron.


1 comment:

Sanoguy said...

Well done, BH! All points well taken.... crazy shit!