Today's Trumpery

[Welcome to the monkey house. A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

House Republican blasts McCabe firing, says Trump’s conduct doesn’t ‘bode well’ for GOP, Think Progress ["The man said he’s resigning, and on a Friday night before his 50th birthday, he’s fired to take away his pension? I don’t like the optics of this. I really don’t.” See also: The Only Relevant Known Fact About McCabe’s Firing Is That He Is a Key Witness Against Trump.]

Federal court tosses out the Obama-era rule requiring financial advisers to act in customers' best interests, The Hill

New Reports Reveal How Pro-Trump Firm Cambridge Analytica 'Exploited' Facebook to Harvest Data of 50 Million Users, Common Dreams ["This story is a devastating tale of how personal data and massive, unaccountable technology platforms combined with malevolent political interests to subvert the public sphere. Facebook owes us the truth."]

Trump Officially Gets Involved in Stormy Daniels Saga…

2 Women Who Took Children To Vandalize An Arizona Mosque Are Arrested

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[Click on the link above to view the video (it could not be embedded in Blogger). Racism is learned. Trump-loving Christian moms take kids along to vandalize a Mosque in Tempe, Arizona, and broadcast it live on Facebook. Ignorant, mean-spirited, deplorable mothers. See also: Controversial video filmed at Tempe mosque sparking outrage. *RON*]

Rowaida Abdelaziz, Huffington Post, 15 March 2018

Two Arizona women, Tahnee Gonzales and Elizabeth Dauenhauer, were arrested on suspicion of felony third-degree burglary after an investigation into theft and vandalism at a Tempe mosque revealed that the two women, along with three unidentified children, trespassed on the property of the Islamic Community Center earlier this month, an act that they recorded on Facebook live.

The two women were booked into the Tempe City Jail on Thursday afternoon, Det. Liliana Duran told HuffPost. Based on details of the incident shown in the videos, an enhanced charge involvin…

An oil spill bill in Washington, a pipeline protest in B.C.

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[Corporatocracy vs democracy: Trudeau and Notley are on the wrong side of history. Calls to action aimed at keeping oil out of the Salish Sea are being heard on both sides of the border. See also: Washington Governor Jay Inslee backs B.C. in Trans Mountain expansion fight. *RON*]

Joel Connelly, SeattlePI, 8 March 2018

Washington has a new layer of protection for the Salish Sea, with the Legislature on Wednesday completing passage of the Oil Spill Prevention Act and sending it to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

The legislation comes on the eve of a mass protest, scheduled Saturday in Burnaby and Vancouver, B.C., against a massive planned pipeline that would send 34 laden oil tankers each month through the Salish Sea and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The Washington bill is a signal of wariness toward potential oil spills on this side of the border. The British Columbia government, meanwhile, is trying to stop the planned 890,000 barrel-a-day pipe…

Opioid refugees

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[The subtitle says it: How the fentanyl crisis led to a backlash against doctors that's leaving people in pain. “In the midst of an overdose crisis, to cut off people who are receiving prescription opioids could put them at great risk, because they could turn to the illegal market. If you have patients right now that are dependent on prescription opioids, reducing their dose or cutting them off may put them at risk of overdose death. I am concerned about the unintended consequences,” Pat Daly, Vancouver Coastal Health Chief Medical Health Officer. See also: Latest coroner's report warns drugs killing more people in B.C. than homicides, suicides, and car accidents combined. *RON*]

Travis Lupick, Georgia Strait, 17 March 2018

David Reid’s body has taken a few blows over its 68 years. In 1992, he was in a bad car accident that left him with a severe concussion. This affected his balance and led to a couple falls down stairs. Last July, Reid …

Out of the LOOP: The Fatal Flaw of Alberta's Oil Export Expansion

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[Potentially game-changing news for TransMountain and Keystone XL. "About 20 months ago, many of the Big Oil players began to cut their losses and quietly stampede away from the Alberta tar sands/oil sands. Many bought into shale oil plays in the Dakotas and Texas." Via my friend Richard. *RON*]

Pual McKay, The Energy Mix, 4 March 2018

Two weeks ago, the first supertanker capable of holding two million barrels of oil departed for the first time from America’s newly upgraded—and only—terminal able to dock and load crude-carrying behemoths of this size. Bound for China, the inaugural run signals a major shift in global oil shipping patterns, economics, and the highly competitive oil refinery business.

It is no accident that the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) terminal was built deep in the Mississippi Delta. To the south, a 29-kilometre pipeline stretches across the shallow Gulf of Mexico coastal shelf, to a point deep enough to allo…

Russia: police say Nikolai Glushkov, enemy of Putin, was murdered

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[Putin, Russia's gangster-in-chief, ups the ante. Glushkov is a former Aeroflot director, found guilty of fraud and money laundering. "Friends of Mr. Glushkov say that he was at the top of a list of 22 so-called fugitives that was published by the Russian embassy in London a year ago." And, buried deep in the article: "Mr. Glushkov was also known to Andrei Lugovoy, a former secret service bodyguard and the prime suspect in the murder of Litvinenko in London in 2006." *RON*]

Sean O’Neill, The Times, 17 March 2018

A murder inquiry was opened last night after a second attack on one of President Putin’s enemies in Britain.

Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was found strangled at his home in London hours after Theresa May issued an ultimatum in the House of Commons to the Russian leader over the Salisbury poisonings.

Counterterrorism detectives are treating his death on Monday as murder after a post-mortem examination found that he had died o…