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Aliso Canyon: The Death Throes of the Carbon Economy

From the boreal forests in Alberta – now a tar sands desert the size of the UK – to the next pipeline failure spilling heavy, uncleanable tar on the bottom of a pristine water source, to the upcoming financial disaster that will not only finally kill off coal’s non-existant chances but expose the unclean lies of unclean natural fracked gas…to the actual poisoning of a swath of upper-middle class natives in Aliso Canyon…

Sacrifice Zone has never been so blatant – Continue reading Aliso Canyon: The Death Throes of the Carbon Economy

Tesoro Means Treasure for the .1% – Health Problems for the Rest of Us

Protest the Approval of the Tesoro Refinery Merger/Expansion – SIGN THE LETTER!

Tesoro Refinery Los Angeles, People's Climate MarchHundreds of Thousands across the world marched in support of People’s Climate Movement on April 29th. In Los Angeles, demonstrators converged in the LA Harbor Area facing five major petroleum refineries and two ports. 5,000 people marched to the Tesoro LA refinery, now undergoing a merger/expansion to make it the West Coast’s largest. Unfortunately, not two weeks later, behind closed doors, the regional Air Quality District gave the Tesoro merger the environmental go-ahead, ignoring the call for health and safety protections, and a more comprehensive environmental review.



There’s been Native resistance since Columbus got lost and showed up

Who ya gonna believe, the jack booted thugs the were shooting rubber bullets, tear gas, and a long-range acoustic device, or LRAD or a defender of the earth who those selfsame thugs determined was an instigator?

There are lies even among the sheriffs statements.



Trump to Comey – “Lift the cloud”

From a definitive piece in truth-out

Comey Bolsters Case for Obstruction of Justice by Trump

“Comey testified that he was puzzled by the fact that the president had, on “multiple” occasions, told him he was doing a great job and hoped he would remain at the post. Comey, who had repeatedly told Trump he intended to stay, said he thought the president was trying to create a “patronage” relationship by hinting that Comey’s job depended on pledging loyalty to Trump. “I got the sense my job would be contingent upon how he felt I conducted myself and whether I demonstrated loyalty,” Comey testified.

On two subsequent occasions, Trump called Comey and told him the Russia investigation was “‘a cloud’ impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country.” Trump asked Comey to “lift the cloud.”

Trump repeatedly urged Comey to “get that fact out” that Trump wasn’t personally being investigated. Comey testified, “The FBI and the Justice Department had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open case on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change.”

When Comey didn’t halt the investigation of Flynn, Trump fired him. The next day, Trump boasted to Russian officials in the Oval Office, “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” adding, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

The day after talking to the Russian officials, Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt, “When I decided to just do it [fire Comey], I said to myself … this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.””

4th Circuit Court of Appeals Bodyslams Trump

Fourth Circuit website – Opinion written by the Chief Judge – 3 dissenters. It begins:

The question for this Court, distilled to its essential form, is whether the Constitution, as the Supreme Court declared in Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. (4 Wall.) 2, 120 (1866), remains “a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace.” And if so, whether it protects Plaintiffs’ right to challenge an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination. Surely the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment yet stands as an untiring sentinel for the protection of one of our most cherished founding principles—that government shall not establish any religious orthodoxy, or favor or disfavor one religion over another. Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation. Therefore, for the reasons that follow, we affirm in substantial part the district court’s issuance of a nationwide preliminary injunction as to Section 2(c) of the challenged Executive Order.

Venn Diagram – Investigating / Fired

Confused about the late-breaking news yesterday that President Donald J. Trump fired the F.B.I. director James B. Comey? You’re not alone.

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Is it because of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and Comey’s surprise announcement in October that the F.B.I. had uncovered thousands of emails (that number was this week revealed to be greatly exaggerated) that many speculate lost Clinton the election? Or is it because the F.B.I. has been investigating ties between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government?

One Twitter user, the political scientist Emily Farris, summed up a troubling trend in one perfect, single-circle Venn diagram: See original at: