Trump wants taxpayers to payoff corporate farmers screwed by his Trade War

❝ President Donald Trump set off a wave of outrage…among Republican lawmakers, who accused the president of authorizing a “bailout” and “welfare” for Americans caught in the crosshairs of his own tariffs.

“It’s awful. American farmers want markets, not handouts. This is what we feared all along—that this would just turn into more aid programs,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told The Daily Beast.

❝ Reactions—nearly all of them negative—poured in from Capitol Hill after the Department of Agriculture announced that it would authorize $12 billion in “emergency” subsidies to farmers whose businesses have been hurt by the president’s trade policies, which have sparked retaliatory tariffs from China, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union…

❝ “Our farmers have been in non-stop saying they want trade not aid. And now they’re being put on welfare. So the tariff policies that have been put in place by the administration are now causing them to invoke a welfare policy for our farmers, which I’m sure is not what they wish,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who has proposed legislation requiring congressional approval of some tariffs, told reporters…

“The administration creates a problem for farmers, and now they need to put them on welfare. I think that’s kind of a misplaced policy,” Corker added.

RTFA for even more. When I first heard this silly-ass proposal my hope was that a few Congressional Republicans remained who weren’t full-time Trump pimps – and would raise a fuss. Here we go!

US Allies may retaliate against Trump – not the American people!

❝ President Donald Trump’s headlong push toward a trade war is prompting unprecedented responses from countries around the world and blowback from top US allies…

Op-eds in The Houston Chronicle and the Canadian news magazine Maclean’s suggested the only way to quell the rising trade tensions is to strike at Trump’s businesses. While some countries, such as China, have appeared to try and sway the president through treating his family’s businesses more favorably, countries have not made moves to curtail the businesses’ activity within their borders.

❝ Debbie Shon…trade lawyer…former official in the US Trade Representative’s office…said that effectively hitting Trump’s businesses using trade actions — while legal — would be difficult…

That would force any country trying to go after Trump to get creative with their response. Scott Gilmore, a social entrepreneur and former Canadian diplomat, suggested in Maclean’s that Canada should use anti-corruption laws to pressure Trump on trade.

❝ Specifically, Gillmore suggested the use of Canada’s Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, also known as the Magnitsky Act. The law was designed to punish foreign officials engaged in corruption by allowing the Canadian government to crack down on their businesses.

❝ Amanda DeBusk said such a move would not be “totally unprecedented.” She pointed to the Treasury Department’s recent sanctions of powerful Russian oligarchs as evidence it could be legally justified.

Trump cares for nothing more on Earth than his dollar$. Might be interesting to see what happens when our Fake President gets hit where it hurts him most.

Nuclear cleanup project is a world-class failure

The largest and most costly U.S. environmental cleanup project has been dogged for years by worries about an accidental nuclear reaction or a spill of toxic materials that could endanger residents nearby, as well as a history of contractor retaliation against workers who voice worries about persistent safety risks.

But it hasn’t fully turned the corner yet, according to recent comments by the federal officials now overseeing its operation.

“Changing the culture takes time,” said Mark Whitney, the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for environmental management, at a special hearing last week before members of an independent federal watchdog group that monitors safety problems at federal nuclear facilities. “I’m not going to sit here today and tell you we have everything solved.”

Whitney spoke inside a ballroom at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Washington, 17 miles from the Hanford Site where generators churned out plutonium, the lifeblood of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, for a half-century during the Cold War. More than 55 million gallons of pasty waste now lie in decomposing barrels beneath the ground at Hanford, posing a potential safety hazard to thousands of people who rely on the nearby Columbia River for drinking water.

The Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant project there, known as WTP, is meant to exhume the waste, freeze it in glass, and give it a proper burial. But it’s been plagued by delays. It was expected to cost $4.3 billion and be built by 2011. Instead, the cost has swelled past $12 billion to date, with an estimated $7 billion in work left to be done. So far, not a drop of waste has been processed.

Read on. The worst-case result seems to be the easiest for any of these clowns to achieve.

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Measuring radioactive tumbleweed

30 years of US military attacks on other nations

A look at major U.S. military strikes as ordered by the last five U.S. presidents and the degree of international support behind the actions.

There are pages of our peace-loving nation, politicians and pundits rubber-stamping more imperial wars per year than Caesar ever dreamt of. I’ll limit this post to the list. Click through at the link for more detail.

RONALD REAGAN

—Beirut (1982-83): U.S. troops deployed to Lebanon as part of a three-nation peacekeeping force. Reagan ordered limited airstrikes, with France…

—Grenada (1983): Invasion by an estimated 7,000 U.S. troops and 300 OAS troops…

—Libya (1986): Airstrikes to punish leader Moammar Gadhafi’s regime for a Berlin disco explosion…

GEORGE H.W. BUSH

—Panama (1989): Invasion by more than 26,000 troops…

—Iraq (1991): Invasion of Iraq with troops from 33 other countries…

—Somalia (1992): Deployed troops for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid…

BILL CLINTON

—Iraq (1993): Launched cruise missiles into Baghdad…

—Somalia (1993): Increased troop deployment…

—Haiti (1994) Deployed troops for peacekeeping and nation-building…

—Bosnia (1994-96): Launched airstrikes with NATO allies over 18 months…

—Iraq (1996): Launched cruise missiles at targets in southern Iraq…

—Sudan, Afghanistan (1998): Launched cruise missiles at terrorist training camps in Sudan and Afghanistan…

—Iraq (1998): Launched cruise missiles and airstrikes on a number of Baghdad targets…

—Kosovo: (1999): Launched airstrikes and cruise missiles over more than three months…

GEORGE W. BUSH

—Afghanistan (2001): Invaded as part of NATO mission…

—Iraq (2003): Invaded with ‘‘coalition of the willing’’…

BARACK OBAMA

—Libya (2011): Launched cruise missiles and commanded initial international military operation…

—Osama bin Laden (2011): While not an attack on a foreign nation, the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader is considered one of the Obama administration’s top military and intelligence successes…

ALSO NOTED:

Hundreds of deadly drone strikes have been carried out on al-Qaida targets during the Obama and the George W. Bush presidencies. The vast majority of them have been in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen…

Imagine how many people we might kill if we weren’t a peace-loving nation.

Ombudsman to defend Justice Department whistle-blowers

Whistle-blowers inside the U.S. Justice Department have a new ally…Michael Horowitz, the department’s inspector general, announced the creation of a “Whistle-blower Ombudsperson,” a role designed to increase the attention paid to whistle-blowers, as well as providing a new level of protection from retaliation.

Whistle-blowers play a critical role in uncovering waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement and this new position will enable the OIG to continue its leadership as a strong and independent voice within the Department of Justice on whistle- blower issues,” Horowitz said in a statement.

Robert Storch, who recently joined the inspector general’s office as a counselor, will serve in the new position…

The new position will have oversight over all of the Justice Department whistle-blower complaints and will be responsible for ensuring that the inspector general reviews and responds to each one. The official also will monitor investigations into retaliation claims and serve as the office’s liaison to other agencies and outside advocacy groups.

Overdue.

She just wanted to purify husband’s penis – WTF?

An Adelaide woman charged with murdering her husband by setting him alight says she just wanted to “purify his penis”, to end an affair and have him stay with her.

Rajini Narayan, 46, has pleaded not guilty to killing 47-year-old Satish Narayan by pouring petrol on him and setting him on fire as he lay in bed at their Adelaide home…

Giving evidence in the South Australian Supreme Court on Thursday, she said that even though she suspected him of having an affair she still wanted him.

“He was my hero, the man of my life, the love of my life,” she told the court.

I was going to purify his penis, leave a mark there and he would remain with me. He would be mine.”

But Mr Narayan died in hospital several weeks later with burns to 75 per cent of his body.

The accused said she had snapped, dousing her man’s back with petrol when he called her a fat, dumb bitch.

By all accounts, she was a battered wife. Worse, she and her husband were still immersed in a culture that claimed her beatings were given “to make her a better person”.

Obama/U.S. strategy to narrow use of nuclear weapons

President Barack Obama has said a retooled nuclear strategy would narrow when the United States would use nuclear weapons, including for self-defense, the New York Times reported.

Obama, in an interview with the newspaper before the White House unveils the new strategy on Tuesday, said an exception would be carved out for “outliers like Iran and North Korea.”

The much-anticipated announcement on the size and role of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile could build momentum before Obama signs a landmark arms control treaty with Russia in Prague on Thursday and hosts a nuclear security summit in Washington next week.

The Nuclear Posture Review is required by Congress from every U.S. administration but Obama set expectations high after he vowed to end “Cold War thinking” and won the Nobel Peace Prize in part for his vision of a nuclear-free world.

To set an example for moving the world toward making nuclear weapons obsolete, Obama’s strategy renounces any new atomic arms development…

The United States for the first time would explicitly commit to not using nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states that adhered to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty even if they attacked with biological or chemical weapons, the Times said.

We can look forward to every chickenhawk in Congress, every teabagger and, of course, every leftover from the VietNam War who still tries to justify that misbegotten adventure – to trumpet the elephant call to glorious death that so afflicts right-wing losers.

Perish the thought that a grown-up in charge might diminish their chance to threaten all of humanity with destruction.

Girl who set mom on fire gets probation


Samantha Broadhead released into her aunt’s custody

Although prosecutors once pleaded with a judge to keep her locked up, the 11-year-old Clearwater girl accused of setting her mother on fire has been sentenced to probation.

That’s a big contrast compared to early stages of the case, when the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office said “she’s a danger to herself, and she’s a danger to the community,” and seriously considered whether to try to indict the girl in the adult court system for attempted murder.

It’s also a contrast to her 15-year-old accomplice, who was sentenced to a juvenile program that could keep him locked up for two years.

The girl, with her blond hair tied back, wearing black slacks and a green top, pleaded guilty on Monday to juvenile charges of attempted murder, arson and grand theft. It all stemmed from a December night in which she and Jack Ault, her boyfriend, were accused of dousing her mother’s bed with gasoline and setting it ablaze. Nancy Broadhead, then 47, suffered serious burns and smoke inhalation.

On Monday, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Jack Day sentenced her to “indefinite probation,” and to comply with doctors’ recommendations that she stay in a mental health facility for as long as needed. The sentence prohibits her from contacting her accomplice, Ault, and says she can only talk to her mother/victim under the terms of a separate child welfare court case. Also, a formal finding of guilt was withheld.

RTFA. Bad Seed or Best-Interest Plea in response to an abusive parent?