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Bob Mueller - Special Counsel in Russia Investigation E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:37

The US Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced on Wednesday that he has appointed Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director, to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in the election.  He will have the power to look into anything he wants including Trump's tax returns.  He will also be able to call the President to testify and persure criminal proceedings.

- sources: - NYT and CNN Wed May 17.2017

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:56
 
Beachfront Nuclear Wasteland in Southern California? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:29

 

San Onofre nuclear plant is adjacent to one of the most visited beaches in Southern California. Plans are afoot to store nuclear waste at this facility.

Don Ramey Logan/Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

San Onofre nuclear plant is adjacent to one of the most visited beaches in Southern California. Plans are afoot to store nuclear waste at this facility.

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/environment/beachfront-nuclear-wastelandsouthern-california/?mqsc=ED3886886

 

Nuclear storage plan at San Onofre beach leaves out tribal voices

A controversial plan to temporarily store more than three million pounds of spent nuclear fuel 100 feet from one of Southern California’s most popular beaches, San Onofre, is meeting with fierce resistance from local communities, including tribal members. The problem for the Native population is that while the formal decision-making process systematically involved a wide variety of stakeholders including local and state governments, community groups, environmentalists, academics, military, and business, education, and labor leaders, tribal governments were excluded.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:32
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Russia One Trump Zero E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Monday, 15 May 2017 23:27

The Washington Post reported that President Trump released classified info to the Russians that could be used to compromise American intelligence resources.

President Trump seems to be on the ropes and it is only round one.   Please, someone throw in the towel.  This guy is getting beaten to a pulp.  He is out of his depth and over his head.   His ego will will push him into truly dangerous waters.   Now he is off to play nuclear war...watch out!

Last Updated on Monday, 15 May 2017 23:43
 
The Great Race E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:13

There is a great race going on in American Politics..    Can President Trump remove all the checks and balances to the point where the President controls everything and the US becomes a Putin like oligarchy?  Can he do this before those checks and balances impeach him?   That is the Great Race.  That is the real game plan.  All the rest is a distraction and a probe by Trump to find out who will back him and who he needs to get rid of to become King.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 May 2017 12:27
 
Impeachable - The Money Laundering Card E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Thursday, 11 May 2017 20:51

The investigation into Trump and Russia took a turn when Trump fired the Director of the FBI for investigating possible collusion to fix the election he won.  They may have him on interfering and coverup.   This is reinforced by Trumps own admission that he thought the investigation was an attempt by the Democrates to change the election results.  So by his own admission his reason for firing Comey had to do at least in part because of the Trump Russia investigation.  That is definately an attempt to derail the FBI investigation into himself.

If Trump was involved in helping the Russians launder money then that is another way he could be impeached.  It seems to me that the FBI, The congressional Committee, the Senate or the CIA could subpoena Donald Trump's tax returns.  This would be a very inexpensive and sure fire way to find out who paid who for what and when.  It will show which foreign governments have him by the blank and reveal whether or not he broke the law in his business dealings.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 May 2017 17:19
 
Impeachable? E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 22:45

Last time I looked interfering with and/or obstructing an FBI investigation was against the law and a President who breaks the law can be impeached.  

One of the the subjects of the Russian investigation is the one doing the obstruction of an investigation into possible treasonous behaviour of himself and the Russians.   Is that not proof that he is aiding the Russian interference in the US elections?  

So why doesnt the FBI arrest the President?....Or is the President above the law?  Obviously he thinks he is above the law.  The LAW needs to step up to the plate here and set him straight..

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 23:01
 
Nuclear power and the collapse of society E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 May 2017 14:10

Greenpeace - Blogpost by Rex Weyler - 5 May, 2017

On March 1 1954, on Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, the US military detonated the world’s first lithium-deuteride hydrogen bomb, a thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. The radiation blew downwind, to the southeast, and irradiated the residents of Rongelap and Utirik atolls, and the crew of tuna boat Fukuryu Maru, “Lucky Dragon.”

Last Updated on Monday, 08 May 2017 14:16
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It’s About Bringing Your Congress Back Home, Citizens! byRalph Nader E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 19:57
 
 
 
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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/03/its-about-bringing-your-congress-back-home-citizens

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In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, file photo, people react as U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks during a town hall meeting at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Some attendees of the contentious town hall hosted by Chaffetz last week, have sent the congressman fake invoices after he claimed some people there were paid protesters. (Photo: AP/Rick Bowmer, File)

 

 large marches, in Washington, DC and around the country, calling attention to importance of science and focusing on the calamitous impacts of climate change  had impressive turnouts. But the protests would have been more productive if they concentrated more – in their slogans and signs – on 535 politicians to whom we have given immense power to influence policies relating to those issues, for ill or for good.

I’m speaking of Congress.

"For a national, comprehensive change movement, it is the Congress which must be effectively and forcefully instructed to act in the public interest."

Congress cannot be ignored or neglected simply because we know it to be a corporate Congress, or a gridlocked Congress, or a Congress that is so collectively delinquent, or perk and PAC addicted, or  beholden to commercial interests, or self-serving through gerrymandered electoral districts where they, through their party’s controlled state government, pick the voters to elect them.

Sure, there are probably 100 good legislators on Capitol Hill. But many of these progressive elected officials fail to effectively network with citizen groups, or organize left-right coalitions back home into an unstoppable political force. Issues that invite such left/right consensus are numerous, including  raising the federal minimum wage, protecting civil liberties, tackling government waste and corruption, advancing solar energy, reforming the corporate tax system, full Medicare for All (with free choice of doctor and hospital) and a crackdown on corporate crime and abuses against consumers, workers and communities. Polls show big majorities behind these and other much needed redirections and reforms.

All these improvements in the lives of all Americans have to go through Congress. Sure, some efforts can be partially achieved by self-help and state/local governments. But for a national, comprehensive change movement, it is the Congress which must be effectively and forcefully instructed to act in the public interest.

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A Dam Big Problem: Fracking Companies Build Dozens of Unauthorized Dams in B.C.'s Northeast E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:04

A Dam Big Problem: Fracking Companies Build Dozens of Unauthorized Dams in B.C.'s Northeast

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A subsidiary of Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned petro giant courted by the B.C. government, has built at least 16 unauthorized dams in northern B.C. to trap hundreds of millions of gallons of water used in its controversial fracking operations.

The 16 dams are among “dozens” that have been built by Petronas and other companies without proper authorizations, a senior dam safety official with the provincial government told the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which began investigating the problem in late March after receiving a tip from someone with knowledge of how widespread the problem is.

Two of the dams built by Progress Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Petronas, are towering earthen structures that exceed the height of five-storey apartment buildings. Petronas has proposed building a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Prince Rupert, which if built would result in dramatic increases in fracking and industrial water use throughout northeast B.C.

The two dams are so large that they should have been subject to review by B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). Only if a review concluded that the projects could proceed would the EAO have issued a certificate, and only then could the company have moved on to get the necessary authorizations from other provincial agencies.

But nothing close to that happened because the company never submitted its plans to the EAO before the dams were built.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:19
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The Empire Expands Not the American One, But Trump’s E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 06:31

By nomi  Prins

President Trump, his children and their spouses, aren’t just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches. Okay, they certainly are doing that, but that’s not the most useful way to think about what’s happening at the moment. Everything will make more sense if you reimagine the White House as simply the newest branch of the Trump family business empire, its latest outpost.

It turns out that the voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump, the patriarch, got a package deal for his whole clan.  That would include, of course, first daughter Ivanka who, along with her husband, Jared Kushner, is now a key political adviser to the president of the United States.  Both now have offices in the White House close to him.  They have multiple security clearances, access to high-level leaders whenever they visit the Oval Office or Mar-a-Lago, and the perfect formula for the sort of brand-enhancement that now seems to come with such eminence. President Trump may have an exceedingly “flexible” attitude toward policymaking generally, but in one area count on him to be stalwart and immobile: his urge to run the White House like a business, a family business.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 May 2017 16:31
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Indigenous Women: The Frontline Protectors of the Environment E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:33

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage The Bhumia tribal community practices sustainable forestry: these women returning from the forest carry baskets of painstakingly gathered tree bark and dried cow dung for manure. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS

The Bhumia tribal community practices sustainable forestry: these women returning from the forest carry baskets of painstakingly gathered tree bark and dried cow dung for manure. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 2017 (IPS) - Indigenous women, while experiencing the first and worst effects of climate change globally, are often in the frontline in struggles to protect the environment.

A forum organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) brought together indigenous women from around the world to discuss the effects of climate change in their communities and their work towards sustainable solutions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 May 2017 16:45
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