❝ Nearly a year into the Trump administration, mentions of climate change have been systematically removed, altered or played down on websites across the federal government, according to a report made public Wednesday.
The findings of the report, by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, an international coalition of researchers and activist groups, are in keeping with the policies of a president who has proudly pursued an agenda of repealing environmental regulations, opening protected lands and waters to oil and gas drilling, withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, shrinking the boundaries of federal monuments, and appointing top officials who have questioned or denied the established science of human-caused climate change.
❝ The authors of the study said that the removal of the words “climate change” from government websites, and a widespread effort to delete or bury information on climate change programs, would quite likely have a detrimental impact…
❝ “Why are these federal agencies putting so much effort into ‘science cleansing’ instead of using time and resources to fulfill agency responsibilities, such as protecting the environment and advancing energy security?” they wrote.
Trump works very hard at fulfilling George Orwell’s predictions of sophistry and bald-faced lies. Without, of course, ever having read any of that author’s work. He simple-mindedly obeys the worst advocates of conservative censorship.
❝ This is the document released publicly by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony to committee staff taken behind closed doors on August 22, 2017.
Click here to get to the CNN Post of the testimony. That creepy feeling is just the NSA watching you through the camera on your computing device.
…In the Trump era, the longest war in American history, the one in Afghanistan, is only getting longer. U.S. troop levels are on the rise. Air strikes are ramping up. The Taliban controls significant sections of the country. An Islamic State-branded terror group spreads ever more successfully in its eastern regions. There are, according to the latest report from the Pentagon, “more than 20 terrorist or insurgent groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
…So many years later, the war on terror should be seen as an endless exercise in the use of multiplication tables — and not just in Afghanistan either.
More than a decade and a half after an American president spoke of 60 or more countries as potential targets, thanks to the invaluable work of a single dedicated group, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, we finally have a visual representation of the true extent of the war on terror.
Fifteen years of dedicated military intervention – and billion$ of wasted dollars and lives – American military policy, American foreign policy, mostly led by conservatives and hawks, has accomplished diddly-squat.
Liars in Trump Swamp can’t even convince rank-and-file Republicans
❝ On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality regulations put in place under the Obama administration. These regulations categorized broadband as a utility and forced internet service providers to treat all data on the internet equally.
❝ The day before the vote, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released details of an analysis of the FCC’s public comment process that concluded that more than two million comments were made using stolen identities. The FCC refused Schneiderman’s request that the vote be delayed to allow for further investigation, and now, he’s suing to prevent what he calls the “illegal rollback of net neutrality.”
❝ Futurism got an exclusive interview with the attorney general in which he details why net neutrality matters, why the FCC’s repeal was illegal, and what he plans to do to stop the repeal from moving forward.
There are many reasons why netizens are confident of defeating the corporate attack on an open democratic internet. They start with users getting off their collective rusty dusties and fighting to defeat the forces who believe they can buy and sell anything and everything.