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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The last few days of June 2018 saw most people in the US sweltering in an epic heat wave, with temperatures between 90 and 110 degrees in 17 states and feeling even hotter. Excessive Heat Advisories or Warning were issued by the National Weather Service for all or parts of 21 state. Hazardously poor air quality from the reaction of volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides with sunlight and heat compounding the agony in 9 states. For most people the belief in human contribution to global warming increases with education but the opposite is true of well educated Republicans. Educated mostly-white conservative businessmen and their political servants see a threat to their current strangle-hold on power and wealth arising from calls to fix this grave problem. They see those who promote alternative climate-cooling lifestyles and technologies as enemies to their existing entitlements, certainly profits and power. read more


Monday, July 09, 2018

If you think Trump doesn't like Sessions, you are dead wrong. On July 3, Jeff Sessions quietly rescinded two dozen documents intended to make American institutions less racist. The guidelines the AG scrapped included Obama guidelines that urged colleges to promote diversity. Others reminded employers that asylum seekers have a right to work. Another warns brokers not to give predatory home loans to people without explaining the fine print fully. He also rescinded Bush-era documents that reminded all Americans after 9-11 that discrimination on the basis of national origin is wrong. The AG also nixed a Ford-era guide intended to keep kids out of adult prisons and out of prison entirely for offenses like truancy and drinking. Rescinding these guides didn't make or repeal any laws; they just make existing law harsher. The AG has raised the bar for asylum seekers, mostly women, and took immigration decisions out of the courts, into his cold dark hands. read more


Saturday, July 07, 2018

About half of all Americans are investors, a huge pool for stock fraudsters. Stock fraud is persistent and changing with new technology. The losses are massive and borne mainly by older savers who are more vulnerable to ‘pump and dump' schemes. Sanctions are not a deterrent. Regulatory bodies are ridiculously soft on offenders, even repeated offenses usually result in fines, rebates and brief suspensions. Prison rarely exceeds two years. There is no consequence unless they are caught. There is no shortage of new victims for American stock exchange scammers. No amount of publicity discourages the next person from falling for the same old tricks. Many investors never check the credentials or complaint history of their brokers. Holders and promoters of junk stock can and do pump stock using investor relations professionals. Crooked firms pay writers and broadcasters to promote junk under the guise of impartial analysis. Stock fraud remains profitable for offenders. read more


Friday, July 06, 2018

A giant Trump Baby balloon is set to be flown close to the UK Parliament during US President Donald Trump's visit to London next week after the Mayor of London gave the go-ahead, it was announced Thursday. Protests are expected across London when Trump arrives for his three-day visit to the UK next Friday, with the 6-meter-high (19 feet) orange balloon poised to take center stage. Over 10,000 people have signed a petition in support of the balloon. The balloon was paid for with about $21,000 in crowd funding. The request for the balloon to fly was approved by Mayor Sadiq Khan, after first being denied. The balloon will fly for two hours on the morning of Friday, July 13, at the same time as the "Stop Trump" march in central London. read more


The President of the United States has the power to FORCE Congress into recess. He can dismiss Congress under Article II section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which states: "He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States." Can Obama, a professor of Constitutional law, claim he didn't know that? Obama could have recessed Congress for the 3 days necessary to appoint Garland to the Supreme Court, where he would have remained until at least the next Senate session. read more


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