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Today's Trumpery

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


Argentina Backs Out of Honoring Jimmy Carter with Highest Award at Trump Administration's Urging, AlterNet [Amazingly petty.]
Trump's USDA Rolls Back School Lunch Guidelines Championed by Michelle Obama, Common Dreams [Doubling down on petty, while rewarding corporate lobbyists.]
Here’s the anti-LGBTQ record this Trump appointee is trying to scrub from the internet, Think Progress [No escaping from your Internet past.]
The Military Now Runs US Foreign Policy, The Nation [This, and deep state commentaries, are growing tropes.]
Donald Trump tells Duterte: 'You're doing a great job', Philippines claims, The Guardian
The Danger of Trump’s Civil War Ignorance, Slate

'Extraordinary' levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench

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[Presence of manmade chemicals in most remote place on planet shows nowhere is safe from human impact, say scientists. See also: UK killer whale died with extreme levels of toxic pollutants. *RON*]

Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 13 February 2017

Scientists have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet – the 10km deep Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean.

Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic submarine, were contaminated with 50 times more toxic chemicals than crabs that survive in heavily polluted rivers in China.

“We still think of the deep ocean as being this remote and pristine realm, safe from human impact, but our research shows that, sadly, this could not be further from the truth,” said Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University in the UK, who led the research.

“The fact that we found such extraordinary levels of these pollutan…

'Secret' TPP Trade Meetings Being Held In Toronto This Week

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[Trudeau remains firmly committed to selling Canadian autonomy to the highest corporate bidder, with as much secrecy as is needed to get the underhanded job done. *RON*]
Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post, 2 May 2017


When U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership, it was thought to be the death knell for the long-negotiated and controversial trade deal between 12 Pacific Rim countries.

Chrystia Freeland, at the time Canada’s trade minister, warned last fall that the deal couldn’t go on without the U.S.

But as it turns out, maybe it can. Canada is quietly — opponents are saying secretly — hosting talks this week meant to explore “potential next steps” for the TPP agreement.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Japan — the largest economy negotiating the deal, now that the U.S. has withdrawn — is working to ensure the rules proposed on trade and tariffs remain in place in a post-U.S. agreement.

Canada off…

Aung San Suu Kyi rejects UN inquiry into crimes against Rohingya

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[Myanmar leader says resolution for the investigation is ‘not in keeping with what is happening on the ground.’ Now see: Over 168,000 Rohingya likely fled Myanmar since 2012 - UNHCR report. Some Buddhist; what a failed hope. I say revoke her Peace Prize! *RON*]
Agence France-Presse, The Guardian, 3 May 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a decision by the UN’s rights council to investigate allegations of crimes by Myanmar’s security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims.

The UN body agreed in March to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the south Asian Asian country over claims of murder, rape and torture in Rakhine state.

“We do not agree with it,” Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, told a press conference on Tuesday with EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini during a visit to Brussels, when asked about the probe.
“We have disassociated ourselves from the resolution because we do not think that the resolution is in keeping with what is a…

Bosses believe your work skills will soon be useless

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[I think this is why all countries will soon need universal basic income programs. *RON*
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Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, 3 May 2017 Nearly a third of business leaders and technology analysts express “no confidence” that education and job training in the United States will evolve rapidly enough to match the next decade’s labor market demands, a new report from the Pew Research Center finds.

About 30 percent of the executives, hiring managers, college professors and automation researchers who responded to the Pew survey felt future prospects looked bleak, anticipating that firms would encounter more trouble finding workers with their desired skill sets over the next decade.

“Barring a neuroscience advance that enables us to embed knowledge and skills directly into brain tissue and muscle formation, there will be no quantum leap in our ability to ‘up-skill’ people,” wrote Andrew Walls, managing vice president at Gartner, an IT consulting firm.

“Se…

No apology from Clark as BC Liberals throw in the #IamLinda towel

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[BC ELECTION 2017!!! Libs "finally admit that their attempts to discredit and malign Linda Higgins as an NDP operative out to disrupt and embarrass Ms. Clark were baseless," with with nothing said and no apology from Clark herself. *RON*]

Gary Mason, Globe & Mail, 2 May 2017

For a fifth day in a row, Christy Clark’s election campaign was dogged with questions about the BC Liberal Leader’s handling of a brief but testy exchange she had with a voter that sparked a social media firestorm.
Apparently, that was enough for the Liberals to finally admit that their attempts to discredit and malign Linda Higgins as an NDP operative out to disrupt and embarrass Ms. Clark were baseless. In an e-mail to The Globe and Mail, the party said: “As the Premier said, we are fortunate to live in a democracy where we are able to respectfully disagree with each other. We are happy to stand corrected.”

But there was no apology to Ms. Higgins. The Sunshine C…