BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 30 June, 2017


30 June, 2017

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[147 days in a row]


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Clio Chang: Trumpcare Will Kill People. Why Is That So Hard to Accept? (New Republic)
Despite what the GOP's allies have suggested, talking about preventable deaths is not a partisan cheap shot.

Josh Marshall: Good Journalism Requires Clarity, Accuracy (TPM)
When you try three times to 'repeal and replace' and each time you come up with something that takes away coverage from almost everyone who got it under Obamacare, that's not an accident or a goof. That is what you're trying to do. 'Repeal and replace' was a slogan that made up for simple 'repeal' not being acceptable to a lot of people. But in reality, it's still repeal. Claw back the taxes, claw back the coverage.

Josh Marshall: The Ratchet of Medicaid Expansion (TPM)
One premise or hope of ACA supporters has been the belief that once new access to health care had been extended it would be politically difficult or even impossible to claw it back. This is the political logic which has guarded Medicare and Social Security for decades.

Tierney Sneed: Let The Caving Begin! Senate GOP Health Care Surrender Watch (TPM)
The dynamics for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to corral 50 out of his 52 Republican senators into supporting his health care bill don't get much easier, now that he's delayed a vote on it for at least a week for another round of tweaks. The only difference in the competing demands McConnell is facing from his conference between the days before he announced he was delaying the vote and the days after is they're going more public with their negotiating requests.

Jason Cherkis: "Life Under Trumpcare 'Would Be Terrifying': Stories From The Front Lines Of Health Care" (Huffington Post)
Five people in rural America, from a midwife to an executive, talk about the damage they fear from the Senate bill.

Madeleine Sheehan Perkins: "A group representing $6.2 trillion of the US economy says they're 'still in' the Paris climate agreement" (Business Insider)
A coalition of US economic, education, and local government leaders announced on Monday they will continue to abide by the Paris agreement regardless of America's withdrawal, forming the We Are Still In movement.

Natalie Vail: 5 Extremely Stupid Things We Believe About Rich People (Cracked)
Myth: Extra money in your bank account means less stress. You don't have to worry about making rent or paying bills. If you're really rich, you never have to worry about working at all. Your leisure time extends 24 hours a day for the next 80 years. While all the rest of us humps are working for the weekend, you're letting your dividends pay for a weekend partying with The Weeknd. Must be nice.

Jamie Grierson, Mark Sweney and Danuta Kean: Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91 (The Guardian)
Creator of marmalade-loving bear from Peru, whose last story was published in April, has died after a short illness.

Tom Waits For No One - Animated 1979 John Lamb (YouTube)
Produced by Lyon Lamb Video Animation Systems and directed by John Lamb, the film bore some cool new technology and talent ..and was created specifically for a burgeoning video music market that didn't yet exist and arguably may be the first music video created for the MTV market. However, a series of unfortunate events prohibited the film from ever being released or sold commercially, consequently catapulting it into obscurity.

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Known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men, this British-American actor was born Archibald Alec Leach. By what name did he attain fame?


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In the TV series Circus Boy, Corky was played by a young actor billed as Mickey Braddock. Years later, Mickey Braddock reverted to his birth name and became very successful with a TV series and several albums. By what name is Mickey Braddock known today?

       Micky Dolenz                                                      Source

Circus Boy is an American action/adventure/drama series that aired in prime time on NBC, and then on ABC, from 1956 to 1958. It was then rerun by NBC on Saturday mornings, from 1958 to 1960.

Set in the late 1890s, the title of the series refers to a boy named Corky. After his parents, "The Flying Falcons," were killed in a trapeze accident, young Corky (Micky Dolenz - billed at the time as Mickey Braddock) was adopted by Joey the Clown (Noah Beery, Jr.), and the whole Burke and Walsh Circus family.        Source

George Michael "Micky" Dolenz, Jr. (born March 8, 1945) is an American actor, musician, television director, radio personality and a theater director, best known as a vocalist and drummer of the 1960s pop/rock band the Monkees.

Dolenz began his show business career in 1956 when he starred in a children's show called Circus Boy under the name Mickey Braddock. He played Corky, an orphaned water boy for the elephants in a one-ring circus at the start of the 20th century. The program ran for two seasons, after which Dolenz made sporadic appearances on network television shows and pursued his education. Dolenz went to Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen, Los Angeles, California, and graduated in 1962. In 1964, he was cast as Ed in the episode "Born of Kings and Angels" of the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus as an idealistic Los Angeles teacher. Dolenz was attending college in Los Angeles when he was hired for the "drummer" role in NBC's The Monkees.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Micky Dolenz was Circus Boy but may have become even more famous as one of the Monkees.

Randall wrote:
   Why, that would be Monkee, Micky Dolenz

Alan J answered:
   Micky Dolenz.

mj said:
   Not Monkee-ing around
  That would be Micky Dolenz, the semi-normal, non-heartthrob Monkee.

Gene responded:
   Micky Dolenz, Monkee, writer, director and a pretty cool guy.

David of Moon Valley replied:
   looking closely at the picture..gotta be one Micky Dolenz...hey hey he's a Monkee...

Deborah wrote:
   That's Micky Dolenz, of The Monkees. He was a cute kid - I watched "Circus Boy" - and I watched The Monkees' tv show as well. I think he still tours.
  Had our first large tomato from the garden yesterday. Homegrown 'maters are a slice of heaven on the palate. And the basil's grown enough for a couple batches of pesto this weekend. Yum.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   That would be Monkee Micky Dolenz. Surprising, but I'm A Believer.

Adam answered:
   Micky Dolenz

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Micky Dolenz,"

Dale of Diamond Springs, Heating-up Norcali replied:
   That's Micky Dolenz of the Monkees.

Dave in Tucson responded:
   Mickey Braddock was the stage name of The Monkees (or Pre-Fab Four) drummer Micky Dolenz. Truth be told the only real talent in that band was the son of the inventor of Liquid Paper.

Billy in Cypress said:
   Monkee Micky Dolenz

DanD wrote:
   M. Dolenz was also a Monkee.

Daniel in The City answered:
   I recognized him from the picture. Micky Dolenz of Monkees fame.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Micky Dolenz

zorch responded:
   Micky Dolenz. Hey, Hey, He's a Monkee.

Joe S     took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Michelle in AZ

Open thread for night owls: How long before Bible teaching in Kentucky schools becomes preaching?

CNN Kneecaps Trump With Facts While MSNBC Ratings Soar And Fox Is Left In The Dust

The must-see video of 'Trump' having tantrum at children's school goes viral

Low-income workers who live in RVs are being 'chased out' of Silicon Valley streets | US news | The Guardian

Trump's Russia lawyer faces conflict-of-interest questions over $296m Kushner deal | US news | The Guardian

Sony to start making records again 30 years after abandoning vinyl | World news | The Guardian

McConnell expected to 'bribe off the moderates with opioid money' to get Trumpcare votes

Deepening Fears As Evidence Confirms Risk That Middle East And N Africa Will Become Uninhabitable

The NRA declares war on America: 'the only way we save our country ... is with the clenched fist'

BBC - Culture - The 1,000-year-old lost Arab poetry that lives on in Hebrew

BBC - Future - How can we manage Earth's land?

What Nemley Jr's death means for fight to protect chimps - BBC News

Where Are You, Men Of Courage? Responses To Trump's Latest Assault On The Dignity Of His Office

Trump Attacks Mika Brzezinski's Appearance and People Wonder Why He Gets Little Positive Media Coverage

Van Jones: Much ado about nothing (burger) -

SE Cupp: Healthy, happy people do not behave like Trump (Opinion) -

Greta Van Susteren out at MSNBC after six months - Jun. 29, 2017

The part that hits the middle class: Long Term Care.

Beginning the World Over Again: Thomas Paine Returns to Public Television

White House Panel Asks States For Their Voter Rolls : The Two-Way : NPR
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Mapping The Potential Economic Effects Of Climate Change : The Two-Way : NPR

Bong Joon-Ho's 'Okja' Is As Weird A Hybrid As Its Porcine Star : NPR

To Understand How Religion Shapes America, Look To Its Early Days : NPR

Breaking: Fishing and Conservation Groups Sue to Block Salmon-Killing Delta Tunnels Project

OMG!!! Sanity prevails at MSNBC? (with poll!)

Open thread for night owls: Sen. Duckworth puts hold on notorious torture advocate's nomination

States are just saying NO, to Trump's personal "witch hunt"

Business Insider: Trump Asked NSC to Suggest "Deliverables" He Can Gift BFF Putin With...

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Jesus, Donald Trump, What The Fuck Is Wrong With You? | Wonkette

Sherman Alexie on How Trump is Turning the US Into a Reservation -

Sean Spicer reveals how stupid he thinks you are in one tweet - think

All False statements involving Donald Trump | PolitiFact

This chilling NRA ad calls on its members to save America by fighting liberals - Vox

The NRA declares war on America: 'the only way we save our country ... is with the clenched fist' -

'Pro-Life' Republicans Are Pushing Bill That Will Kill Thousands - Rolling Stone

Fox News anchor rips RNC chair for defending Trump attack on Brzezinski | TheHill

Scott Pruitt's Latest Plan Is So Bad Even Republicans Are Lashing Out | HuffPost

Tillerson, Trump's Forgotten Man, Throws an Epic Hissy Fit | Vanity Fair

A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald Trump | Vanity Fair

Very Dangerous Times: The Media Is Under Attack by an Authoritarian White House | Alternet

First Megyn, Now Mika: President Trump's Weird Obsession With Bleeding Women - the daily

'The ultimate fake news': Internet ridicules Trump's narcissistic phony Time magazine cover -

Texas Republican Pete Olson has an X chromosome but can't get pregnant. -

Trump Tweets Disgustingly Sexist Attack Against 'Morning Joe' Host | HuffPost

Utah Lawmaker Blames 'Treehuggers' And 'Rock-Lickers' For Wildfires | HuffPost

Republicans eye billions in side deals to win Obamacare repeal votes - POLITICO

Shep Smith enrages Fox viewers with devastating look at the reaction to Trump's 'bloody facelift' tweet -

NRA recruiting video stops just short of calling for violence against anti-Trump progressives - think

Tillerson blows up at top White House aide - POLITICO

Trump's misogynist tweets about Mika Brzezinski. -

Fox News host turned against Trumpcare as he grilled Paul Ryan -

Donald Trump's myth is coming unglued: How did the supposed master dealmaker become a spectacularly incompetent president? -

Donald Trump Will Go Down in History As the Troll-in-Chief | The New Yorker

CNN's Van Jones: O'Keefe Russia 'nothingburger' video 'a hoax' | TheHill

Trump election panel asks all 50 states for voter roll data | TheHill

The CBO Just Released Even More Scary News About the Republican Health Care Bill - Mother Jones



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Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Five months in and every time I see Lumpy on TV still can't help but mutter 'fuck you'.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'MacGyver', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a sorta FRESH Stephen Colbert it's "Stephen's take on the news of the day".
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 3/16/17) are Vanessa Hudgens, Thomas Sadoski, and Lil Rel Howery.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Alec Baldwin, Julie Andrews, and Dan White.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 6/21/17) are Amy Poehler, Nicolle Wallace, and Daru Jones.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/24/17) are Topher Grace, Galantis, and Tyler Henry.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 6/22/17) are Anthony Hopkins, Chris Hardwick, and Queen with Adam Lambert.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by another FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN 'Riverdale'.

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef', followed by a RERUN 'Beat Shazam'.

MY recycles an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another old 'American Ninja Warrior'.

A&E has 'Live PD', 'Live PD: Rewind', and 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park 3'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Doctor Who: The End of Time-Part 1 & 2.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Doctor Who: The End of Time-Part 1 & 2.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-The Eleventh Hour
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-The Beast Below
 [1:45PM]    FIRST BLOOD (1982)
 [3:45PM]    RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985)
 [5:45PM]    RAMBO III (1988)
 [8:00PM]    FIRST BLOOD (1982)
 [10:00PM]    RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985)
 [12:00AM]    SURROGATES
 [4:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Partners in Crime
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-The Fires of Pompeii    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has the movie 'A Cinderella Story', followed by the movie 'School Of Rock'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Fun With Dick & Jane'.

FX has the movie 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past', followed by the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens: Declassified'.

IFC  -   
 [8:30AM]    ALIEN 3
 [5:30PM]    ALIEN
 [8:00PM]    ALIENS
 [11:00PM]    ALIEN 3
 [1:30AM]    28 WEEKS LATER
 [5:45AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-I'm a Monkey's Uncle
 [5:55AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Mummy's Dummies    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-His Two Right Arms
 [6:35AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Good-Time News
 [7:10AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-What Is Mary Richards Really Like?
 [7:45AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Who's in Charge Here?
 [8:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Enter Rhoda's Parents
 [8:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-It's Whether You Win or Lose
 [9:30AM]    Thelma & Louise
 [12:30PM]    The Graduate
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Mushrooms
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-The Secret Sharers
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-The Serpent's Tooth
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-The Troubles
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-The Blue Wall
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Humiliation
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Angel
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood Libel
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Remand
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Corpus Delicti
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Trophy
 [2:00AM]    Rectify-Happy Unburdening
 [3:20AM]    Rectify-All I'm Sayin'
 [5:00AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Comedy Actors    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', followed by a FRESH 'Killjoys', then a FRESH 'Dark Matter', followed by a FRESH 'Wynonna Earp'.

 [7:30 AM]      Cabaret (1972)
 [9:45 AM]      The Catalina Caper (1967)
 [11:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #30 (1955)
 [12:00 PM]      Ada (1961)
 [2:00 PM]      I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
 [4:00 PM]      The Lusty Men (1952)
 [6:00 PM]      David and Bathsheba (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)
 [10:00 PM]      A Little Romance (1979)
 [12:00 AM]      Travels With My Aunt (1972)
 [2:00 AM]      Two For the Road (1967)
 [4:00 AM]      In the Valley of the Rhine (1953)
 [4:00 AM]      Romantic Riviera (1951)
 [4:00 AM]      Colorful Holland (1950)
 [4:45 AM]      The Picasso Summer (1970)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  07/01/17

 [6:30 AM]      The Mummy (1932)
 [7:45 AM]      Island of Lost Souls (1933)
 [9:00 AM]      Gold Rush Maisie (1940)
 [10:30 AM]      The Chance of a Lifetime (1943)
 [12:00 PM]      Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
 [1:45 PM]      The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
 [4:15 PM]      Lord of the Flies (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      Badlands (1973)
 [8:00 PM]      The Lady Eve (1941)
 [10:00 PM]      Mr. Lucky (1943)
 [12:00 AM]      Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
 [2:00 AM]      Kiss of the Tarantula (1976)
 [3:45 AM]      The Bad Seed (1956)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Protesters demonstrate the Republican healthcare bill outside Republican Congressman Darrell Issa's office in Vista, Calif., June 27, 2017.
Photo by Mike Blake


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


'This Is Not Okay'


A growing list of congresswomen sharply criticized Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) on Thursday after he attacked "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Twitter.

Trump lashed out about the looks of Brzezinski in particular.

The stunning tweets provoked the ire of several female leaders from both sides of the aisle, who were quick to call Trump out for behavior that was "not presidential."

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., reportedly called Trump's tweets "distasteful."

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called for an end to Trump's rhetoric. Both Collins and Capito are key votes on the controversial Republican health care legislation Trump is hoping to get through the Senate.

"This has to stop - we all have a job - 3 branches of gov't and media. We don't have to get along, but we must show respect and civility," Collins tweeted.



Alessandra Mendolfi protests agains the current GOP health care bill outside of the office of Sen. Marco Rubio, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Miami, Fla.
Photo by Lynne Sladk


Finds A Family

Macrauchenia patachonica

Charles Darwin, Mr. Evolution himself, didn't know what to make of the fossils he saw in Patagonia so he sent them to his friend, the renowned paleontologist Richard Owen.

Owen was stumped too. Little wonder.

"The bones looked different from anything he knew," said Michael Hofreiter, senior author of a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications that finally situates in the tree of life what Darwin called the "strangest animal ever discovered".

Macrauchenia patachonica -- literally, "long-necked llama" -- also had a long rubbery snout and with its nostrils high on the skull just above its eyes.

For nearly two centuries, biologists and taxonomists argued over the pedigree of this bizarre beast, which weighed 400 to 500 kilos (850 to 1100 pounds), lived in open landscapes, and snacked on grass and leaves.

Macrauchenia patachonica


Newhead News


Rare Siamese Crocodile Eggs Found


Conservationists in Cambodia have found a nest with 19 eggs from one of the world's most endangered crocodiles, boosting hopes for a rare species threatened by poachers and habitat loss.

The clutch of fist-sized eggs was discovered this week by environmental officers and local villagers near a pond in southwestern Koh Kong province, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which assisted with the discovery.

The group had been searching for tracks, dung and other signs of wild Siamese Crocodiles, a species whose population has plummeted at an alarming rate in recent years.

Researchers believe only 400 adults still exist in the wild, mostly in Cambodia.

Their survival is threatened by poachers who supply eggs and adult reptiles to crocodile farms around the region, where their skins are turned into luxury belts, shoes and handbags.



People march during a protest against the Republican bill in the U.S. Senate to replace President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Demonstrators with Utah's Disabled Rights Action Committee chanted and carried signs while blocking State Street Tuesday afternoon. Utah protesters criticized Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch for supporting the bill and say it will cut life-saving Medicaid services and other health protections.
Photo by Rick Bowmer


Exiting MSNBC

Greta Van Susteren

A shocker: Greta Van Susteren is leaving MSNBC.

The former Fox News host, who was hired in January, said in a post on Twitter Thursday afternoon that she's "out at MSNBC." The anchor had hosted For the Record With Greta during the 6 p.m. time slot, which will now be filled by MSNBC chief legal correspondent and weekend host Ari Melber. Melber will debut in his new time slot starting in July, and for the time being rotating NBC News talent will pinch hit.

Though 2017 is pacing to be another record-breaker for the cable news networks, with MSNBC seeing its ratings climb the most, Van Susteren's hour has been one of the few MSNBC shows to get little attention.

During the second quarter, her 6 p.m. show averaged a ho-hum 980,000 viewers, including a mediocre 207,000 adults in the 25-54 demo. Those kind of numbers would have been great for MSNBC a couple years ago, but now they're pacing well below originals of most of the MSNBC weekday lineup - even trailing repeats of Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell.

She does not leave the network without a conservative voice. In addition to less-than-leftist Morning Joe, MSNBC recently hired conservative columnist Bret Stephens and, last week, gave a show to fellow right-winger Hugh Hewitt.

Greta Van Susteren


Digby's Hullabaloo


Pope's Aide Charged

Cardinal George Pell

Pope Francis suffered a major blow when his top financial adviser, Cardinal George Pell, was charged in his native Australia with multiple counts of sexual assault from years ago, bringing a criminal case in the long-running abuse scandal inside the frescoed walls of the Vatican for the first time.

The 76-year-old Pell - the highest-ranking Vatican official ever implicated in the scandal - forcefully denied the accusations and took an immediate leave of absence as Vatican finance czar to return to Australia to defend himself.

The pope thanked him for his "honest" work and collaboration, and set about trying to ensure that the financial reforms he had entrusted to Pell would continue in his absence.

But the case creates a thorny image problem for the pope, who has already suffered several credibility setbacks in his promised "zero tolerance" policy about sex abuse in the worldwide scandal.

Cardinal George Pell


Gary Stephenson looks on during a protest against the Republican bill in the U.S. Senate to replace President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Salt Lake City.
Photo by Rick Bowmer


2020 Deadline

Climate Catastrophe

Humanity must put carbon dioxide emissions on a downward slope by 2020 to have a realistic shot at capping global warming at well under two degrees Celsius, the bedrock goal of the Paris climate accord, experts said Wednesday.

A world that heats up beyond that threshold will face a crescendo of devastating impacts ranging from deadly heatwaves to mass migration caused by rising seas, the experts warned in a commentary published in the science journal Nature.

With 1.0 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming so far, ice sheets that could lift oceans by a dozen metres are melting more quickly, coral reefs are dying from heat stress, and ever more damaging storm surges are hammering coastal communities.

The transition to cleaner energy sources is well underway and is backed by broad consensus on the need to beat back the threat of climate change -- with the notable exception of the United States under Donald Trump (R-Crooked).

Climate Catastrophe


Administration Moves To Withdraw Clean-Water Rule


The Trump administration moved Tuesday to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation's streams from pollution but drew attacks from farmers, fossil fuel companies and property-rights groups as federal overreach.

The 2015 regulation sought to settle a debate over which waterways are covered under the Clean Water Act, which has dragged on for years and remained murky despite two Supreme Court rulings. President Donald Trump issued an executive order in February instructing the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rescind or revise the Obama rule, which environmentalists say is essential to protecting water for human consumption and wildlife.

In a statement, the agencies announced plans to begin the withdrawal process, describing it as an interim step. When it is completed, the agencies said, they will undergo a broader review of which waters should fall under federal jurisdiction.

Environmental groups denounced the move, saying it would remove drinking water safeguards for one in three Americans while jeopardizing thousands of streams that flow into larger rivers and lakes, plus wetlands that filter pollutants and soak up floodwaters.



The Brian Head Fire continues to grow and has burned more than 27,700 acres, June 23, 2017 in Brian Head, Utah. A wildfire menacing a southern Utah ski town for nearly a week flared again, doubling in size for the second night in a row and torching more homes after residents fled the flames, officials said Friday.
Photo by Stuart Johnson


Sues New York Times

Mrs. Palin

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R-Has Been) has sued the New York Times for defamation because of an editorial that linked her rhetoric to a 2011 shooting that killed six people and seriously wounded a U.S. congresswoman.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday said the Times deliberately "acted with actual malice" toward Palin and that the editorial was "false and defamatory." It claims the Times violated its policies and procedures.

Palin, the former half-term Alaska governor was Republican presidential candidate John McCain's (R-Get Off My Lawn) running mate in an unsuccessful 2008 campaign, is seeking in excess of $75,000 for compensatory, special and punitive damages.

On June 14 the Times published an editorial commenting on the mass shooting at a Virginia baseball field that injured four people, including Republican Representative Steve Scalise (R-100% NRA), saying the attack was probably evidence of how vicious American politics has become too goddam many guns.

The editorial board then recalled a shooting in Arizona in 2011 that targeted U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people.

Mrs. Palin


Mull Cutting Tax Break For Wealthy

GOP Senators

Republican senators seeking to retool their troubled health care bill are considering dropping a tax break on investments for higher-income families in order to expand access to subsidies for health care coverage.

Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., told the Washington Examiner that Republican leadership will explore his idea of cutting the 3.8 percent tax break on investment income for families making more than $250,000 per year. The extra money could be used to expand access to subsidies for the health insurance exchanges to spouses of people who receive health insurance through their job but are ineligible for coverage.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the tax break would cost about $172 billion over 10 years. Eliminating it would give Senate Majority Leader Bitch McConnell breathing room to appeal to the moderates in his caucus by ensuring more people will receive coverage under the plan. The CBO estimated 22 million fewer Americans would be insured under McConnell's bill than under current law, which helped torpedo his plan for a vote on the legislation ahead of the July 4 recess.

The move would also help fend off Democratic criticisms that the Republican alternative to Obamacare amounts to a Robin Hood effort in reverse. "The details have changed a bit around the edges, but the core has remained the same in each and every version [of the bill]: slash Medicaid to the bone in order to give a massive tax break to a very small number of wealthy Americans," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said of the Republicans' plan on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Two other GOP senators, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., have also sounded open to the idea. "I do not see a justification for doing away with the 3.8 percent tax on investment income, because that is not something that increases the cost of health care," Collins told Bloomberg News. "So I distinguish between those tax increases that were part of Obamacare that increase premiums and the cost of health care versus those that do not."

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