Showing posts from March 3, 2017

Today's Trumpery

[A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

Trump’s Android Device Believed To Be Source Of Recent White House Leaks, Seattle Tribune [Too hiliarious. He hired private security firms to investigate because he didn't trust his intelligence services.]
The True Cost of Mass Deportations, Pacific Standard
In Move Recalling Nazi-Era Policies, Trump to Create Office to Track Crimes Committed by Immigrants, Truthout
For a guy who hates regulation, Trump sure is proposing a huge one, Business Insider
The Knives Are Out for Steve Bannon: Wall Street Journal Slams Trump Adviser in Scalding Editorial, AlterNet
5 Reasons Trump Needs to Think Twice Before Messing With Marijuana, AlterNet [Legal pot is WAY more popular than Trump ever will be.]

Liberals To Help Fill Funding Gap Created By Trump's Abortion Order

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[It's peanuts, but it will help to fill "the Trump Gap." *RON*]
Mike Blanchfield, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 2 March 2017
OTTAWA — The federal government is pledging up to $20 million to fund sexual health and abortion-related projects as part of an international campaign to fill a gap created by President Donald Trump's decision to ban U.S. funding for abortion-related programs.

The money will go to five organizations, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and be spent in the coming 12 months on contraceptives, family planning and comprehensive sexuality education, abortion services where they are legal and access to post-abortion care.

Trapped: Inside Libya’s detention centres

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[You might have seen mention of the information coming out about these detention centres in the last few days. This piece has many photos and videos to give you the feel of life there. *RON*] and UNICEF, 28 February 2017

Every day, thousands of people travel from Africa and the Middle East, across the Sahara to the Mediterranean Sea in Libya. They flee war, violence and poverty. Thousands die along the way or endure exploitation, abuse, violence and detention in the hope of reaching Europe and a better life.

Italian journalist Francesca Mannocchi and photographer Alessio Romenzi joined UNICEF to document the plight of migrant children in Libya’s detention centres. Here is their account.

“Why am I here? When can I get out?”

Rebates to help Albertans tap solar resources

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[The Alberta government is creating a $36-million rebate program for solar installation on residential and commercial buildings. Hard to know what to think of this. It's such a pittance; is it merely green-washing? It is a somewhat meaningful step for such a backward province. *RON*]
Alberta Government Web Site, 27 February 2017

Homeowners, businesses and non-profit organizations will receive rebates for rooftop solar panels that meet the Residential and Commercial Solar Program requirements as early as this summer.

“There’s a lot of buzz in Alberta around small-scale solar. This program will make solar power affordable for more Albertans, leading to new panels on 10,000 Alberta rooftops by 2020. Along the way, we will create jobs and local expertise in an emerging industry.”Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office

Trump, Trudeau in same boat as sea ice melts around them

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[I'm going to hear McKibben speak at a fund-raiser tomorrow - I'll try to get photos. *RON*]

Bill McKibben, The Globe and Mail, 2 March 2017
Bill McKibben is an award-winning author, environmentalist and founder of He is a former staff writer for the New Yorker and also writes for National Geographic and Rolling Stone.
The day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down to his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, satellite imagery confirmed that Antarctic sea ice had just hit a record low.

Polish politician says women should earn less because ‘they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent’

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[One of a collection of similarly lovely views by Mr. Korwin-Mikke. I suppose one must admit that this sort of thing is the down-side of proportional representation voting systems. *RON*]

Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 3 March 2017
A Polish lawmaker is facing punishment from the European Parliament after telling a colleague that it was right that women earn less than men — “because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent.”

The comments were made by Janusz Korwin-Mikke on Wednesday evening, but came to widespread attention Thursday after the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament released footage of the comments.