Trump’s EPA flunkies scrap limits on mercury from coal plants

The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule that concludes it is not ‘appropriate and necessary’ to regulate mercury pollution from coal fired power plants. The agency will no longer consider public health benefits associated with reducing mercury emissions.

The 16 April decision repeals the legal basis underlying the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) that former president Barack Obama enacted in 2011. This legislation required coal and oil-fired power plants across the country to cut emissions of mercury and other heavy metal air pollutants. The Obama administration calculated that MATS would prevent roughly 11,000 premature deaths, 4700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks in the US each year.

The Environmental Working Group’s president, Ken Cook, called the rule ‘beyond stupid’, and former EPA director Gina McCarthy, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, dubbed the rule ‘an absolute abomination’. In contrast, groups such as the National Mining Association applauded the agency’s move, arguing that MATS represents a ‘destructive and illegal assault on the coal industry’…

Are there any conservatives remaining in the Republican Party who consider the well-being of the working people of America – much less our whole species – more important than the almighty dollar?

Texas’ official says grandparents are ready to die for US economy — and they must!

The lieutenant governor of Texas argued in an interview on Fox News Monday night that the United States should go back to work, saying grandparents like him don’t want to sacrifice the country’s economy during the coronavirus crisis.

Patrick claimed after speaking to over a hundred people over the phone that there’s a consensus that they don’t want to “lose our whole country” over the current public health crisis and face an economic collapse

Health experts have made clear the coronavirus poses a particular danger for older patients – 60 years old and older – who face the highest risk of serious illness or death from the rapid spread of COVID-19.

This rightwing asshat calls 100 “experts” who agree that sending folks back to work rather than sheltering in place – halting quarantine from a highly-infectious disease – makes economic sense in his distorted understanding of what the result could be.

Aside from his obvious failing at essential humanity, Patrick’s ignorance of cause-and-effect in the firestorm of a plague is downright criminal. First, he thinks the death of thousands [or millions] is OK if it returns our economy to profitability. Second, the man is a fool if he thinks this coronavirus plague will not infect a critical mass of people of all ages if turning your back on public health standards of conduct and sanity is allowed to prevail. Crushing the US economy.

No doubt his “experts” qualify as such because they donate to political campaigns for cretins – candidate and voters alike.

Trump Threatens Rival World Cup Bidders


 

❝ Critics have slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s comment as a complete violation of FIFA rules regarding political interference in the bidding process.

❝ “The US has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup,” Trump posted on Twitter on Thursday.

“It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”

The senseless inadequate guttersnipe currently occupying a seat in the Oval Office treats sport with the ignorance, greed, and sophistry you would expect from a bully.

God settles with credit rating bureau

A New York City man whose first name is God has settled a lawsuit with a credit reporting agency that had refused to recognize his name as legitimate.

Under the agreement reached in Brooklyn federal court this week, Equifax will enter God Gazarov’s name into its database. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Gazarov now has a robust 820 credit score.

He says he was shocked by Equifax’s refusal to acknowledge his moniker.

The Russian native is a Brooklyn jewelry store owner who is named after his grandfather. He says it’s a relatively common name in his native country.

He’s relieved the matter has been settled – and plans to buy a new BMW.

Lawyers for Equifax declined to comment.

I realize it takes a lot to get lawyers on retainer to blush. They should have simply directed Equifax to act like they’re part of a modern civilization – including folks with names from all round the world.

No doubt some devoutly ignorant honcho at the firm was afraid he would’t get past the Pearly Gates if he OK’d the database addition. Which probably offended his IT Department staff as much as the client. Editing your database to satisfy superstition ain’t helpful. Or productive.

UK Prime Minister says Fox News expert is an idiot

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Twitter depiction of Fox News lies

Steven Emerson, who claims to be a terrorism expert, told Fox News Birmingham was a ‘totally Muslim city’ and London patrolled by violent religious police

The Fox News commentator who said the British city of Birmingham was a no-go zone for non-Muslims is a “complete idiot”, the prime minister, David Cameron, has said.

“When I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fools’ day,” Cameron said. “This guy’s clearly a complete idiot.”

Terrorism expert Steven Emerson claimed on US news channel Fox News that non-Muslims do not go to Birmingham, which he said had become a “totally Muslim” city. Emerson added:

In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.

And, parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to religious Muslim attire.

Emerson later apologised “for having made this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham”.

Cameron said: “He’s started with an apology. That’s not a bad start. But what he should actually do is actually look at Birmingham and see what a fantastic example it is of bringing people together of different faiths, different backgrounds and actually building a world-class, brilliant city with a great and strong economy.”

Emerson’s website describes him as “one of the leading authorities” on Islamic extremist networks, and states: Emerson and his staff frequently provide briefings to US government and law enforcement agencies, members of Congress and congressional committees.

Well, the Republican portion of Congress.

RTFA and chuckle over some of the more colorful descriptions of Fox News.

There are times when I almost feel sorry for the idjits who think they encounter real, verifiable facts on Fox News. Almost. Too many of today’s conservatives consciously decide to ignore reality.