The Liar-in-Chief, Donald Trump, continues his heartless lies. Please carry on while he carries on…
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The Liar-in-Chief, Donald Trump, continues his heartless lies. Please carry on while he carries on…
Please enjoy this free poster, and feel free to share or print out for your friends and enemies.
They effaced a moral dilemma
Support human rights
Or economic favor
A dubiously fresh pickle
In a blue moon
That hoary question
Of prophets verses
And what they seed
Their lukewarm revelation
What we may no
Knot about moral clarity
Only sow sow doubt
I wrote this poem today in response to the huge Saudi Arabia arms deal the the U.S. and Canada are promoting despite massive human rights violations and allegedly inconvenient profiting off these arms deals. I am sick and tired of the endemic moral confusion between choosing human rights and profit. The surreal moral equivalence and equivocation of human rights and profits betrays, at best, a pathetic understanding and/or commitment to moral living, and, perhaps more likely, illustrates a habitual tolerance for evil in service of personal gain or national profit. Subjecting human rights to a sketchy marketplace for an assignment of value is an abdication of both personal and social responsibility, and a life-threatening confusion between good and goods.
The war ceased
Telling their tales
Red the same
With blood mingling
As parents and children
At won’s mercy
The fodder of another
Bequeathing its soul prize
And ultimate price
With monstrous mettle
So easily mistaken for living
And littering history
A pieced together humanity
Only Abel too
As accompany buy
That haunting refrain
Hell to the victor
That vanquishing breed
And human raze
Anew create or
Winning at any cost is the expedient reality of war. That cost is our humanity. As I AM known to say, “Truth is the first casualty of war; most of the rest are civilians.” The monstrous hell that is war cannot be won any more than an earthquake can be won. Disaster capitalism can profit from warmongering, but such a victory can only be earned with a shit lode of lowest common denominations.
This poem uses the classic image and story of Frankenstein, a tale of confusion over what is life and what is death, an iconic creature that traffics in grunts, a monstrous alien-nation whose soul solace is murderous conspiracy wrapped up in the death of innocents. The will to create is corrupted by the ambition to control life, ultimately killing what it seeks to master. Never the less, in the dance of life and death, giving life is the expansive truth more sow than taking life. When we give, it is ours to give; when we take it is an other’s.
At that bottleneck
Passibly a birth canal
Or river Styx
Or mirror probabilities
Humanity, with its profound possibilities and asinine algorithms, perpetually wrests at the juncture of tantalizing yet precarious hope and uninspiring yet reliably predictable means. Hope springing may necessitate saying no to safe predictability to make space for actions that clearly resonate with our hopes and dreams. Nevertheless, whatever we no, I suspect that a big “YES!” may be the most infallible sign in steering a true course.
Below is the script for my public health radio show on immunizations. You can listen to the half-hour immunization show here. You can listen to the most current and all previous shows at the archive for Just for the Health of It public health radio show.
Today, I want to talk about vaccine-preventable infectious diseases, and I want to make it exceedingly clear that immunization with vaccines is of profound benefit to the 300+ million people in the United States and to billions of people around the world. In fact, it is difficult to even imagine our world without vaccines. I dare say that a world without vaccinations would be a scary place, far scarier than any picture painted by so-called “Anti-vaxxers.”
What would our world look like without vaccines? Well, it wasn’t that long ago that we lived in a world without vaccines. Smallpox killed over 300 million people in the 20th century. Smallpox was eradicated by 1979. I graduated from high school in 1979 and I have never known anyone with smallpox. Smallpox was eradicated. ERADICATED! That means that we don’t even have to immunize against it anymore! I don’t have any tattoos, but I do have a cool scar on my left shoulder from my smallpox immunization as a kid in the 1960s. This scar seems to me to be a small price to pay for a world without smallpox. I’ll gladly wear this scar as a reminder of the power of public health and vaccines. For those of you who have never had to live in a world with smallpox, I’ll explain the reason for the scar. The smallpox vaccine was not given with a hypodermic needle. It was not a shot, like many vaccinations. The vaccine was given using a two-pronged needle that was dipped into the vaccine solution. When removed, the needle retained a droplet of the vaccine. The needle is then used to prick the skin 15 times in a few seconds. As the body develops a response to the vaccine, a scar is eventually formed.
If one devastating disease eliminated isn’t enough, how about a second – Polio. Polio paralyzed or killed more than 500 million people in the 20th century. Polio was eradicated from the Western hemisphere by 1988. Just 30 years ago, the poliovirus was widespread across 125 countries, causing millions to endure lifelong paralysis. Last year there were poliovirus infections in just two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan – with only 33 confirmed cases reported worldwide.
Today, our reawakening awareness of vaccine-preventable diseases not being prevented is due to the current measles outbreaks affecting 22 states. Measles was declared eradicated from the United States in 2000. Unfortunately, occasional measles cases acquired during international travel have found a foothold in locales with lower immunization rates. Borders don’t stop measles, vaccination does. Back in 1963, at the time the measles vaccine was introduced, measles killed approximately 2.6 million deaths every year. Today it has been reduced to 110,000 – that’s a 95% reduction. I’ll talk a little more about the current measles outbreaks a little later in the show.
The bottom line: Overall, worldwide, vaccines continue to prevent an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year.
More recently, maternal and neonatal tetanus, an often fatal disease, has been eliminated in all but 13 countries because of vaccination of women before or during pregnancy. And promising results from nations that have introduced the human papillomavirus vaccine early, suggests that cervical cancer is set to decline.
Further, new vaccines are on the horizon to protect against some of our most dangerous known pathogens. The Ebola vaccine has already played a critical role in controlling the spread of the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Plus, the world’s first ever malaria vaccine is being piloted in routine immunization programs starting this month in three African countries.
I’d like to back up just a bit and review some of the currently available vaccines, which include:
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Influenza, or the flu
Several forms of encephalitis
Pertussis, or whooping cough
Pneumococcal disease, or pneumonia
Varicella, or “chickenpox”
A couple of dozen other vaccines are in the pipeline.
For those of you unfamiliar with some of these diseases, you may want to thank the wonders of vaccines and the anonymity of prevention. One of the inherent problems of public health is the anonymity of prevention. When you prevent something from happening, people tend not to notice. We focus a lot more on things that do happen. This leads to an inevitable bias toward disease rather than disease prevention, sickness rather than health, and health care rather than public health.
So, I’ll highlight a few vaccine-preventable illnesses that may not capture much of our attention and often fly under the radar:
Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the Cholera bacterium. The annual burden of cholera has been estimated at 1.3 to 4.0 million cases and 21,000 to 143,000 deaths worldwide.
Dengue fever is from a mosquito-borne virus, with 40% of the world’s population at-risk.
Diphtheria is fatal in 5 – 10% of cases, with a higher mortality rate in young children.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer, which is the fourth most common cancer in women, with an estimated 266,000 deaths and 528,000 new cases worldwide in 2012.
Rotaviruses are the most common cause of severe diarrheal disease in young children throughout the world. About 215,000 children aged under 5 years die each year from vaccine-preventable rotavirus infections.
The reawakened interest in immunizations and infectious disease epidemics has been spurred on by the measles outbreaks occurring in the U.S. this year and continuing today. For those of you who may not have followed this story, here is a quick review:
[CDC measles story]
[Unvaccinated adult story]
Most of the people who avoid or delay vaccinations are best described as suffering from “Vaccine hesitancy.” A much smaller group of people would describe themselves as “Anti-vaxxers.” Vaccine hesitancy emerges from fear and doubt about vaccine safety or vaccine effectiveness, often from the prodding of “Anti-vaxxers.” The relatively small but growing number of Americans who are infected by “Vaccine hesitancy” are driving vaccination levels down enough to allow vaccine-preventable diseases to re-emerge in the United States. Ironically, the effectiveness of vaccines have been part of the downfall of immunization rates, as protection from a host of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases seems insignificant compared to worries about prevention somehow being worse than the disease. To me, this seems like an odd use of a privileged condition of living in a society largely free of diseases which were a scourge in the past.
So…I’m going to tell a story about polio, a scourge of the past, almost eradicated. I believe that this history will better inform our understanding of where we are today.
To tell this story, I am using material from Sciencehistory.org and Technologyreview.com
In the early 1950s, 25,000 to 50,000 new cases of polio occurred each year. Jonas Salk became a national hero when he allayed the fear of the dreaded disease with his polio vaccine, approved in 1955. Although it was the first polio vaccine, it was not to be the last; Albert Sabin introduced an oral vaccine in the United States in the early 1960s that replaced Salk’s. The disease was finally brought under control because of these vaccines,
In the first half of the 20th century, summer was a dreaded time for children. Although they could enjoy the long days of unfettered play, summer was also known as “polio season.” Children were among the most susceptible to paralytic poliomyelitis (also known as infantile paralysis), a disease that affects the central nervous system and can result in paralysis. When exposed to a poliovirus in the first months of life, infants usually manifested only mild symptoms because they were protected from paralysis by maternal antibodies still present in their bodies. However, as hygienic conditions improved and fewer newborns were exposed to the virus (which is present in human sewage), paralytic poliomyelitis began to appear in older children and adults who did not have an infant’s benefit of immunity. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is perhaps the most famous victim of the poliovirus. In 1921, at the age of 39, he contracted the disease, one of the thousands that were afflicted that year.
Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine in 1953 but never patented it. He believed that, like the sun, a vaccine for polio belonged to the people.
Salk tested the vaccine on himself and his own family first and later went on to work on a cure for AIDS. Salk is impressive, but he must be talked about along with Albert Sabin, who discovered a vaccine around the same time (and also didn’t patent it). Salk and Sabin’s vaccines are still used to prevent polio today.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) played a big role in funding and awareness. FDR had contracted polio in 1921. In 1938 as President he helped to found the (now titled) March of Dimes Foundation. By the late 40’s the foundation was raising tens of millions a year with the help of celebrities like Mickey Mouse. The March of Dimes Foundation funded Salk, and helped him to become the first one to find a vaccine for Polio.
Still, having a vaccine is not enough by itself to deal with the scourge of infectious disease. A vaccine needs to reach enough people across a broad swath of society to root our patterns of endemic infections and waves of epidemics.
In 1959, epidemiologists reported findings on the pattern of the disease. These suggested a shift in incidence according to age, geography, and race. By 1960, less than one-third of the population under 40 years of age had received the full course of three doses of the Salk vaccine plus a booster. Most of those who had were white and from the middle and upper economic classes. The disease raged on in urban areas among African Americans and Puerto Ricans and in certain rural locales among Native Americans and members of isolated religious groups.
The gap had to do with access to vaccination. Pediatricians were not well compensated. “This was the one thing they could do which was a guaranteed reasonable flow of cash.” The physicians resisted losing that cash; they argued for a vaccine that required their professional training.
The practice of medicine perverted by the profit motive is an age-old story. However, other pediatricians were more public health minded…
Beginning in January 1962, pediatricians in two Arizona counties, Maricopa and Pima, containing the state’s largest cities, Phoenix and Tucson, conducted separate but similar voluntary mass immunizations using Sabin’s vaccine. “Previous programs in the county, using the Salk vaccine, had failed to bring polio immunization to a satisfactory level,” they reported a year later in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The program was called SOS (Sabin Oral Sundays). More than 700,000 people were immunized – 75 percent of the total population in both counties. The vaccine was given at the cost of 25 cents, for those who could pay. It was given to population groups that were socially, racially, and culturally diverse, on Indian reservations and military posts and in urban and rural areas. The program became a model for subsequent U.S. mass-immunization programs. By the mid-1960s, Sabin’s vaccine was the only one in use in the United States. It was the Sabin vaccine that closed the immunity gap and effectively put an end to polio in the United States.
If the story of public health efforts to end polio does not give you some reasonable level of confidence in the profound value of vaccinations, perhaps I’ll share the story of smallpox eradication in another episode. Public health efforts are often far from perfect, yet the profound contribution that public health affords us, generation after generation, to this very day, is undeniable.
The bottom line: get vaccinated; get your children and grandchildren vaccinated; support your neighbors getting vaccinated. Together, we can defend ourselves and each other from a host of infectious diseases that still inhabit the planet.
Now, I’m going to switch gears a bit, and talk a bit about the many forms of conspiracy beliefs and scientific illiteracy that drives anti-vaccination efforts. First up, a more global perspective:
[Vaccinator shot in Pakistan story]
Next up, a little closer to home, the small, exploratory study that pointed to a potential link between the MMR vaccination and autism. You might call this the little study that wouldn’t die.
[Lancet retract Wakefield article]
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Has it ever occurred to you
That your life’s work is but
Only then realizing
That it is covering God’s refrigerator
And how great that is
This poem touches upon a number of themes: humility, self-confidence, perfectionism and grace. Every parent of a kid who is at least in elementary school has been given artworks that are of modest skill and humble materials, the proverbial macaroni art. Nonetheless, just as common, a parent receives such gifts with delight and affection. I find it encouraging to envision God receiving my less-than-skillful contributions to life with delight and affection. Of course, that which is most human and divine is so much more than “stuff.” May our relationships be overflowing with delight and affection.
A sweet life
But he woke
Too fine himself
In a jam
That weigh of life
Bearing deferred dreams
His soul apprehension
A future in trapped
A good deal bettor
Then merely make it
In that saddest factory job
Weather to feel red or blue
Eclipsing his passed
This poem is about the alienation present in much of modern work life. Between meaninglessness jobs and crappy jobs that run you into the ground, work can be a dangerous place for building a healthy life satisfaction. Gallup polls reports that 87% of workers worldwide “are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” In the U.S., it’s 70%. This is particularly dangerous since work takes up so much of our conscious and semi-conscious life. For most people, their work life is pretty much a wasteland for their human potential and offers far too sparse opportunity for passionate vocations and creative skills. Even though “productivity” has steadily grown for generations, this has not translated well to increased human potential. Also, contemporary work realities offer even less leisure time than in recent generations. So, there is less room for pursuing other meaningful endeavors. How much work would it take to ameliorate this situation?
What can you say
There is know such thing as hate speech
Weather talking trash
A bout blacks, Jews, the disabled, immigrants, queers, or women pissed
You no who
The most base ever!
That killer speech
Some secret service
Possessing zero tolerance
Mirrorly farcing US
To pick our regicide
Their good people on both sides
Ahead of state lying
That words madder
This poem is in response to the cumulative hate speech delivered by President Donald Trump, the deafening silence by his partisan Republican caucus, and the accelerating number and severity of hate crimes in America.
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They rise from along history
Yet much more so from her story
As tectonic plates ready to serve up
From a thousand generations reserved in silence
Now a brand knew
Whirled of daughters
A raze of sisters
A planet of mothers
Assault of the earth
A little cue and
All up in her grill
Ever have a preyer
And sow unwilling to take it like a man
As scorn his money shot
That unequivocal denial
In gendering truth
Giving phallus testimony
As lord of the manner
What gender buy ass?
All the wile
Repeating his know bull
He said, she said
Firmly regarding women
No one can ever no
As patently reckon sow
Never the less
The young cry out
Listen, those who have years
And the owed cry out
Of chorus we believe
Agin and agin
Suspect to boot
Those inconceivable wholly catholic believers
Accused of mass hallucination
Wile evangelicals ax for forgiveness
Can we hear an “awe men”
Convicted of repentance
Or might knot
Prone to think not
Scores are cutely a ware
Of the deference between men and women
And their coming forwardness
Women taken longer for what sow ever reason
And presumptuous minute men
Pressing for Deliverance™
The move he perfected in reel life
Yet she persists
In efface of such a lie
As a nation crime seen
Takes it tolled
In that kill her attraction
Boys will be boys
As if only, desperately only
Girls will be boy’s
At his will
And over her dead body
Yet ever rising agin
Women take the stand
With a flood of testimony
Wee will sea
Who rights history
As righteous her story
You can bet your posterity
This is the time
Where few will scarcely believe
A nation myth taken
Bye men of owed
Having all ready pain
Billed a thousand stories tall
More than merely high
Will occupy that feted place
Having long a go
And now we are where
Everyone is free
To converse with angels
Holy on the level
This poem is my latest ode to the Me Too movement and a living prayer in contrast to awe of the phallus preyers offered up these daze. I find inspiration in the Me Too movement to combat the pitiful and hurtful lack of trust and faith in women testifying to their own experiences, particularly about sexual assault. While the very process of the Supreme Court nomination of Bart O’Kavanaugh, aka Brett Kavanaugh, is a profound driver and marker of the progress of the Me Too movement, if Bart O. is confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, he will be a clear and present danger to all women facing sexual harassment and sexual assault. As documented by the National Women’s Law Center:
Kavanaugh’s Record Signals Danger for Survivors of Sexual Harassment
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Ostensible Merit, Garland
Senate Republicans bemoan
We can’t Ford
Long to confirm
As weave past attest
This poem is my owed to Senate Republicans’ stellar hypocrisy, in this case regarding confirming Supreme Court nominees. They entirely delayed and fully denied the Merrick Garland nomination of the previous administration. Yet, they are hellbent on ramrodding their Brett Kavanaugh nomination through, all while a credible allegation of sexual assault goes without nonpartisan investigation. Mean wile, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser, is vilified and must cope with multiple death threats. Less that sympathetic, more like pathetic, Senate Republicans claim ostensible merit and they are craven that garland across that abridge too far.
For the record, I took poetic license with the slant rhyme and pun of Merrick/merit. Also, I will from now on refer to Brett Kavanaugh as Bart O’Kavanaugh, the character that portrayed him in his character witness’ memoir: Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk, by Mark Judge. Judge Kavanaugh’s profoundly poor judgment of his fellow Judge and alleged fellow sexual assaulter as a character witness may very well be disqualifying in itself. Brett’s prep school buddy unabashedly portrayed his view of women by this quote on his high school yearbook page: “Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.” The past matters. The present madders too.
Their lives depend on it
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The latest shenanigans of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is to suggest spending precious federal education funds on buying guns for schools. Parently, she doesn’t understand that using violence to solve problems is anathema to basic principles of teaching children. In tribute to her violent disconnect with children’s education, I give you this Free ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE POSTER: School Secretary Betsy DeVos Ponders Buying Gun Magazines to Support Her School.
PLEASE NOTE: Ms. DeVos’ head on a table does not endorse violence; though, it may very well represent her having lost her head on this one!
On this theme, this is a protest sign that I have made to signal my priorities in humanity.
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As is often repeated in history, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” And we are neck deep in shampoo, as we rinse history and repeat it. The iconic image of a black man holding a protest sign, “I AM A MAN,” has come full circle in the illegal and inhumane Trump regime policy of wholesale separating immigrant and refugee children from their families. Trump toadies have kept to the mean-spiritedness of this policy by not even tracking hundreds of parents and children, making reunification extremely difficult, if not impossible. Of course, violating human rights to protect nationalistic interests is part and parcel to U.S. foreign policy. Literally holding human rights and humans hostage is an inextricable part of the national security state. Think Guantanamo Bay. The widely-accepted practice of profoundly devaluing “others” — in this case, non-citizens — is a sad testament to America’s xenophobic and racist foundations. This IS who we are. Still, we can do better. Now is the time to work for human rights for all, not just a few. As a reminder of our slow learning curve, and a call to remember history, I give you this Free Political Poster: HISTORY – Rinse Repeat – Negro Man, I AM A MAN, Immigrant Children, I AM A CHILD.
The US government deadline to reunite immigrant families separated at the border has arrived, and thousands of children appear to still be separated from their parents…
Zero tolerance policies resulted in families being separated at the border even in instances where the government recognised that individuals had credible fears of returning to their home countries…
After the widespread family separations became well known – and dominated American news coverage – Mr Trump signed an executive order in June declaring that US policy is to keep families together.
But, the executive order did not change the underlying intent of the zero tolerance directive. Immigrants coming into the US illegally are still subject to criminal prosecutions – even those who are seeking asylum – and Mr Trump’s executive order explicitly said that.
What that order did envision, however, is a system that allows families to be detained together.
That includes the idea to create detention centres on military bases in the US in ad hoc facilities. There has been talk of facilities like that on military bases in Texas, Alabama, and Arizona, for instance…
For now, it remains unclear what legal ramifications the administration could face for failing to meet Thursday’s deadline, if any…
Still, the political impact could prove damaging for Republicans and Mr Trump leading into the 2018 midterm elections.
Along the border, migrant and civil rights groups alike are mobilising voters to reject the hard-line immigration policies Republicans have adopted under the current administration.
“Chaos and cruelty govern the US government’s treatment of families on the border,” Efren Olivares, a programme director at the Texas Civil Rights Project, told The Independent in a statement.
”The Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy is at the heart of this manufactured crisis.
“As long as it is in place, the health and wellbeing of children will continue to be at risk, and asylum seekers will continue to be traumatized to frighten away others who have the legal right to seek safety.”
Mr Trump’s approval ratings significantly dropped as the crisis along the border became a national story, falling four points to 41 per cent in a matter of days, according to Gallup’s weekly presidential job approval poll. Meanwhile, his disapproval ratings continued to climb to 55 per cent.
If those trends continue, the president’s approval ratings among Republicans will likely suffer before November. What impact that has in elected officials continuing to support his administration’s hard-line immigration policies remains to be seen.
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The New York Times cataloged a list of items that Prez Donald Trump has done to lower the bar of presidential behavior. Such a trove of uncouth, demeaning, and dangerous behavior fuels anti-Trump sentiment and action. This list is only from the first eight months of his presidency; the list is much longer now, and growing every day. Here is the starter list:
- Mock a foreign leader with a demeaning nickname and threaten his country with nuclear annihilation over Twitter
- Call for the firing of “son of a bitch” athletes who choose to exercise their right to free speech
- Refer to the White House as “a real dump”
- Spend the weekend golfing at your private club while the mayor of an American city wades through sewage-filled water to help citizens after a catastrophic hurricane, then accuse that mayor of “poor leadership” when she criticizes your administration’s slow response to the storm
- Criticize victims of that hurricane still living without drinking water or electricity by saying they “want everything to be done for them”
- During a visit to some of those victims, throw rolls of paper towels at them and tell them they should be “very proud” that only 16 people have died so far, unlike in a “real catastrophe”
- Attack a senator battling terminal cancer
- Pick nominees to the federal bench who call a sitting Supreme Court justice a “judicial prostitute” and refer to transgender children as part of “Satan’s plan”
- Campaign hard for a Senate candidate; then when he appears likely to lose, say “I might have made a mistake” and later delete your tweets supporting him
- Behave so erratically and irresponsibly that senators of your own party resort to saying you’re treated like someone at “an adult day-care center” to keep you from starting World War III
- Spend one of every three days as president visiting at least one of your own properties
- Publicly and privately humiliate your own attorney general for recusing himself from an investigation into your campaign
- Say nothing when a foreign leader’s bodyguards brutally attack peaceful protesters in the streets of Washington, D.C.
- Tweet GIFs of yourself violently attacking the media and your former political opponent
- Encourage police officers not to be “too nice” when apprehending criminal suspects
- Help draft a misleading statement about the purpose of a meeting between your son, other top campaign aides and representatives of a rival foreign power intent on interfering in the election
- Deliver a speech to the Boy Scouts of America that includes mockery of a former president and winking references to sexual orgies, and then lie by claiming that the head of that organization called and told you it was the best speech ever delivered in Boy Scout history
- Hang a framed copy of a fake Time magazine cover celebrating your business acumen in your golf clubs around the world
- Mock a female television anchor’s appearance, saying the anchor was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” at a holiday gathering at your private resort
- Force your cabinet members to take turns extolling your virtues in front of television cameras
- Welcome into the Oval Office a man who threatened to assassinate your predecessor, whom he called a “subhuman mongrel,” and who referred to your political opponent as a “worthless bitch”
- Continue to deny that Russia attempted to influence the presidential election, despite the consensus of the American intelligence community — and yet also blame your predecessor for not doing anything to stop that interference
- Grant temporary White House press credentials to a website that, among other things, claims that Sept. 11 was an “inside job” and that the massacre of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax
- Block people who criticize you on Twitter
- Claim that an investigation into your campaign’s possible collusion with a foreign power is “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”
- Pressure multiple intelligence chiefs to state publicly that there was no collusion between your presidential campaign and the Russian government
- Without consulting anyone at the Pentagon, announce a new policy barring transgender soldiers from serving in the military
- Pardon a former sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to obey the law
- Continue to repeat, with admiration, a false story about an American military general committing war crimes
- Mock the mayor of a world city for his careful, sober response to a terrorist attack
- Tell Americans that a march of torch-carrying white supremacists and neo-Nazis includes “some very fine people” — and when one of those marchers murders a peaceful counterprotester, condemn violence on “both sides”
- Run an administration whose ethical standards have, in the words of the federal government’s top ethics enforcer, made the United States “close to a laughingstock”
- Hide data that don’t support your pre-existing policy preferences
- Admit to trying to intimidate a key witness in a federal investigation
- Continue to leave hundreds of executive branch positions unfilled
- Profit off the presidency, accepting millions of dollars from foreign government officials, businesses, politicians and other supporters who pay a premium to patronize your properties and get access to you — while also attempting to hide the visitor lists at some of those properties from the public
- Promise to drain the swamp, then quietly grant ethics waivers to multiple former industry lobbyists who want to work in your administration
- Tell a lie, on average, more than five times a day
- Call for criminal investigations of your former political opponent, seven months after winning the election
- Appoint your family wedding planner to head a federal housing office
- Shove aside a fellow head of state at a photo-op
- Attack private citizens on Twitter
- Delegitimize federal judges who rule against you
- Refuse to take responsibility for military actions gone awry
- Fire the F.B.I. chief in the middle of his expanding investigation into your campaign and your associates
- Accuse a former president, without evidence, of an impeachable offense
- Employ top aides with financial and other connections to a hostile foreign power
- Blame the judiciary, in advance, for any terror attacks
- Call the media “the enemy of the American people”
- Demand personal loyalty from the F.B.I. director
- Threaten the former F.B.I. director
- Accept foreign payments to your businesses, in possible violation of the Constitution
- Occupy the White House with the help of a hostile foreign power
- Intimidate congressional witnesses
- Allow White House staff members to use their personal email for government business
- Claim, without evidence, that millions of people voted illegally
- Fail to fire high-ranking members of your national security team for weeks, even after knowing they lied to your vice president and exposed themselves to blackmail
- Refuse to release tax returns
- Hide the White House visitors’ list from the public
- Vacation at one of your private residences nearly every weekend
- Use an unsecured personal cellphone
- Criticize specific businesses for dropping your family members’ products
- Review and discuss highly sensitive intelligence in a restaurant, and allow the Army officer carrying the “nuclear football” to be photographed and identified by name
- Obstruct justice
- Hire relatives for key White House posts, and let them meet with foreign officials and engage in business at the same time
- Promote family businesses on federal government websites
- Tweet, tweet, tweet
- Collude with members of Congress to try to shut down investigations of you and your associates
- Threaten military conflict with other nations in the middle of news interviews
- Compare the U.S. intelligence community to Nazis
- Display complete ignorance about international relations, your own administration’s policies, American history and the basic structure of our system of government
- Skip daily intelligence briefings
- Repeat untruths
- Share highly classified information with a hostile foreign power without the source’s permission
As EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, resigns under a snowballing avalanche of ethics violations, the Trump regime doesn’t have to reach far into its deep bench of political hacks to find another swamp monster to clog up democracy, evidence-based policies respecting science, let alone clean water, clean air, or clean soil. Andrew Wheeler, former coal lobbyist, will carry on the polluted policies of Scott Pruitt, his boss, Donald Trump, and co-conspirators, congressional Republicans.
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As the Washington Post succinctly stated, the new EPA boss is the same as the old boss:
The change at the top of the Environmental Protection Agency won’t mean a dramatic shift in policy. If anything, President Donald Trump’s EPA could become even more effective at undoing Obama-era environmental policies under its new boss.
That’s because the incoming acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, who’s set take over Monday following the resignation of Scott Pruitt, is a politically savvy former Senate staffer, wise in the ways of Washington — and getting things done. Wheeler, 53, has crusaded behind the scenes for decades to quash climate change legislation and promote coal.
Wheeler, who was confirmed to be the EPA’s No. 2 official in April, could bring a quiet effectiveness to the top job that some environmentalists say will make him a more formidable opponent than Pruitt.
“There is no time for celebration,” said Tom Pelton, with the Environmental Integrity Project. Wheeler, he said, “has a background just as biased toward industry as Scott Pruitt, so we and other environmental advocates are going to have to watch Wheeler just as closely as we did his former boss.”
Wheeler shares Trump and Pruitt’s environmental agenda, including proposals to roll back regulations addressing climate change and pollution. And in a June 27 interview, Wheeler said he’s proud of his lobbying past. Although he said being called a “coal lobbyist” wasn’t derogatory, it irritates him because his advocacy on energy and environmental issues was broader than any single issue.
The replacement of Pruitt may mean a change in style at the EPA, but it won’t mean a change in substance, said Jeff Holmstead, a former deputy EPA administrator.
“Pruitt had never worked in a regulatory agency and didn’t fully understand the rulemaking process. He was certainly engaged in the politics of environmental issues, but he wasn’t always engaged in the substance,” Holmstead added. “In many ways, Wheeler is the polar opposite.”
Holed for service
A fool 40 minutes
Before it curse to me
Awe this while
Writing a verse
Awe is write with the whirled
Feeling somewhat loopy
As the soundtrack of my life
A borrowed cell
To get my net back
I have no phone
Beating this conundrum again
Buy perpetually wading
A least weigh
Passed an hour
As much after
Out to lunch
Liable too due the same
In need of stomaching something else
…and halve an our later
With out to lunch
Buckeye CableSystem you suck
The poetry write out of me
I wrote this poem while on hold with Buckeye CableSystem after my internet went out. Unfortunately, my phone runs off of the internet, so I can’t use my phone to call service. I have a landline, no cell phone. I borrowed my neighbor’s cell phone. After 90+ minutes on hold, I decided to hang up and dial again. Fortunately, they answered this time, after about 15 minutes. They had the internet up and running after a few hours. Unfortunately, my phone still doesn’t work, 13 days later, as my telephone provider, Pioneer Telephone, concluded after a week that whatever change Buckeye CableSystem made to the network was blocking the phone service. Perhaps typically, the phone technical service folks didn’t bother to tell me what they had concluded; I just got an e-mail that the ticket was closed. I sent an e-mail copied to both service providers asking them to get together and work this out. I haven’t heard anything yet. Perhaps they tried to call me!! I have been pondering stepping up my media sabbaticals. As I will soon enter week three without phone service, I suppose that I should be careful what I pray for.