Students Force Republican-owned Legislature to Admit Climate Change Realities

❝ It sounds completely improbable: The Utah Legislature recently adopted a resolution that moves the state from denial of global climate change to the recognition that finding a solution is crucial.

An obvious question is how this flip-flop occurred in a legislature with a Republican super-majority of 83 percent, in a state that produces more than 90 percent of its electricity from fossil fuels. Students at Logan High School can tell you the answer: For nearly two years, they have been working to make the Legislature budge. They educated themselves about the science of climate change and formed alliances with other students and business leaders throughout the state.

❝ Most of all, the teenagers never stopped. They simply refused to give up.

Kudos to the students who embraced science, their constitutional right to speak out, their courage in the face of vested interests rooted in 19th Century profiteering.

Trump’s “science cleansing” turns Fed websites into garbage farms

❝ 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.

Testimony from Fusion GPS on Trump and the Russians. Republicans don’t want you to see this!

❝ 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.

American War on Terror Sees “The Enemy” in 39% of the Countries on Earth


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…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.