Friday, June 22, 2018

Welcome to Right to Try | In the Pipeline

Welcome to Right to Try | In the Pipeline

Here come the right-to-try profiteers. The FDA is powerless to stop them

Here come the right-to-try profiteers. The FDA is powerless to stop them:



Right-to-try should not be right-to-die-poorer, but that’s what the law will end up being for patients if profit motive takes hold.

'Right-to-try' as a business model, Wave's DMD crash, & nonplussed health care investors

'Right-to-try' as a business model, Wave's DMD crash, & nonplussed health care investors

Census Overseers Seeded DOJ's Request To Add Citizenship Question, Memo Shows : NPR

Census Overseers Seeded DOJ's Request To Add Citizenship Question, Memo Shows : NPR:



The memo contradicts Ross' testimony during the House Ways and Means Committee's March 22 hearing, when the Commerce secretary told Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California that the Justice Department "initiated the request" for a citizenship question.


No surprise here, just another Trump appointee caught lying.  Maybe we should just start tracking the times they tell the truth instead.  Seems like it would be a much shorter list. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wilbur Ross to Republicans: I'm sorry you're bothered by our trade war - The Washington Post

Wilbur Ross to Republicans: I'm sorry you're bothered by our trade war - The Washington Post



When told that drop in soybean prices was costing SD farmers hundreds of millions, Ross said he'd heard the price drop was an exaggeration.  And then continued to diss one after another of Republican reps questions and concerns.  Republican representatives.

As the costs pile up, as more and more American businesses, farmers, ranchers, are shafted by this ill-planned and chaotic game the POTUS is playing,  will people eventually realize there is no real plan, just the whims of someone who's never had to pay any real consequences for mistakes during his entire career.  Aided by a coterie of rich swamp bastards who don't give a flying fig for the general American public.

Eight things we learned from Trump's Minnesota speech | US news | The Guardian

Eight things we learned from Trump's Minnesota speech | US news | The Guardian



What did we learn? That Trump lies, throws blame on everyone but him, and still thinks he's the smartest man in the room.  [Well, if it's at a Trump rally, maybe we'll have to give him that one].

Juanita Jean's | Left Hanging

Juanita Jean's | Left Hanging:



 Just hours after Trump caved to overwhelming pressure on his idiotic separation scheme, word started leaking out of the White House that, characteristically, after causing chaos with some cruel, pointless tactic, the Trump White House has no clue how to reunite over 2,400 kids with their over almost 5,000 parents.

Immigrant children forcibly injected with drugs at Texas shelter, lawsuit claims | The Texas Tribune

Immigrant children forcibly injected with drugs at Texas shelter, lawsuit claims | The Texas Tribune



Take them from their parents, then give them drugs when they quite understandably act out their fear and anger.

And yes, it is not a new issue, it's been going on. But these places have just been given the great gift of thousands more children to 'take care of', and be paid for.

No sign of North Korea dismantling nuclear weapons programme, Mattis admits | World news | The Guardian

No sign of North Korea dismantling nuclear weapons programme, Mattis admits | World news | The Guardian:



Immediately after the meeting Trump claimed that North Korea had begun the destruction of a missile engine testing site or would begin as soon as Kim returned from the summit. In return Trump ordered the suspension of military exercises with South Korea, a longstanding demand of the Pyongyang regime. This week the Pentagon confirmed that planning for the next scheduled exercises in August had halted.

However, asked on Wednesday if he could “put his finger on” any steps North Korea had taken to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme, Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon: “No, I’m not aware of that.”


Isn't there a saying about the conman sometimes being the easiest person to con?  If not, should be.  Because our Con-man in charge got played hook, line, and sinker, by North Korea's Kim.
He gave them the farm, they gave us [so far] nothing.



He said US officials had tried and failed to persuade the North Koreans to include language in the joint statement in Singapore committing to “complete, verifiable and irreversible” disarmament with a timetable for carrying it out by 2020.
“They did not get those but Trump went along with the meeting anyway, which means he cared more about the meeting than about the substance,” Cha said.


Yup, sounds like Trump alright.  All bun, no meat.  All glitter & gold plate, and no real substance. 

When The White House Can't Be Believed : NPR

When The White House Can't Be Believed : NPR:



 More important is that the media and the public register a fundamental fact: Top people speaking for the United States aren't telling us the truth — starting with the president.

Without Trump administration plan to reunite families, burden falls to NGOs | US news | The Guardian

Without Trump administration plan to reunite families, burden falls to NGOs | US news | The Guardian:



Donald Trump may have signed an executive order to end the separation of families at the southern border, but his administration is not making any special efforts to immediately reunite the 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents under his “zero tolerance” policy.

The lack of action has created an additional burden for groups that provide legal and social services to immigrants, flooding non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with cases.

'I trust him': Minnesota crowd split on immigration but refuse to blame Trump | US news | The Guardian

'I trust him': Minnesota crowd split on immigration but refuse to blame Trump | US news | The Guardian:



Donald Trump drew thousands from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin to a rally in Duluth on Wednesday. They had disparate views of the family separation crisis on the southern border with Mexico but they all agreed on one thing; it wasn’t Trump’s fault


They trust him.  He could give them a shit sandwich,  and they would say it's the best sandwich they've ever had.  Oh, and that's not really a metaphor.  Because he is giving us all one shit sandwich after another, and his fans are eating it up.  Kids in cages? Great! A tariff war that's going to drive up prices for everyone? Great! A deal with North Korea that gives lots to them with no guarantees from North Korea? Great! What a Deal Maker!  Diss democratic leaders and praise the dictators? Great!  No more of that Politically Correct speech from our leader!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Steve Bell on Donald Trump's migrant family separation policy – cartoon | Opinion | The Guardian

Steve Bell on Donald Trump's migrant family separation policy – cartoon | Opinion | The Guardian

APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in 'tender age' shelters

APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in 'tender age' shelters

xkcd: Irony Definition

xkcd: Irony Definition

All those guns were never about defending “freedom”

All those guns were never about defending “freedom”

Pruitt moves to rescind regulations inspired by West, Tex., chemical explosion that killed 15 - The Washington Post

Pruitt moves to rescind regulations inspired by West, Tex., chemical explosion that killed 15 - The Washington Post



Scott Pruitt wants to stop implementation of regulations meant to try and prevent a repeat of the West, Texas disaster.  15 people killed, including 12 first responders.  260 people injured, 150 buildings damaged, including two schools.

Pruitt doesn't like those rules.  Says they impose unnecessary regulatory burdens on the chemical industry.  REgulations that would require owners of a chemical plant to evaluate options for safer technology and procedures that would reduce hazards.  Oh, and he really doesn't see the need for companies to have to look for causes after a catastrophic chemical release.  Yea, it might help discover a flaw in the handling process, something that might help other companies refine their handling procedures, but hey, that might take cash away from the bottom line.

Oh, and he doesn't see why chemical plants should have to tell the public what types of chemicals are stored, how the plant is safeguarding those materials, and what the public should do in the case of an emergency.   What they don't know won't harm them, right? Except when it blows up in their face.

Devastated by ALS, trying to save others - The Washington Post

Devastated by ALS, trying to save others - The Washington Post:



 Rahul Desikan sits at his dining room table, a large computer screen before him, and works on his latest scientific paper. He types a single letter, then another, then another. For a man in a hurry, desperately trying to rid the world of terrible diseases, it’s an excruciatingly slow process.

Big Banks Are Once Again Taking Risks With Complex Financial Trades, Report Says : NPR

Big Banks Are Once Again Taking Risks With Complex Financial Trades, Report Says : NPR:



Big banks are skirting the rules on the sale of the complex financial instruments that helped bring about the 2008 financial crisis, by exploiting a loophole in federal banking regulations, a new report says.

The loophole could leave Wall Street exposed to big losses, potentially requiring taxpayers to once again bail out the biggest banks, warns the report's author, Michael Greenberger, former director of trading and markets at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Nursery For Giant Manta Rays Discovered In Gulf Of Mexico : NPR

Nursery For Giant Manta Rays Discovered In Gulf Of Mexico : NPR

It's Easier To Call A Fact A Fact When It's One You Like, Study Finds : NPR

It's Easier To Call A Fact A Fact When It's One You Like, Study Finds : NPR:



The results suggest that confirmation bias is not just a question of people rejecting facts as false — it can involve people rejecting facts as something that could be proven or disproven at all.

Family Separation Is Trump's Immigration Policy. So Why Won't He Own It? : NPR

Family Separation Is Trump's Immigration Policy. So Why Won't He Own It? : NPR

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Little is known about immigrant girls held at detention centers | Miami Herald

Little is known about immigrant girls held at detention centers | Miami Herald

Family separation at the border: the past 72 hours in outrage, explained - Vox

Family separation at the border: the past 72 hours in outrage, explained - Vox

New family separation stats: 65 children separated from parents a day at border - Vox

New family separation stats: 65 children separated from parents a day at border - Vox

Supreme Court Leaves 'Wild West' Of Partisan Gerrymandering In Place — For Now : NPR

Supreme Court Leaves 'Wild West' Of Partisan Gerrymandering In Place — For Now : NPR

Is Congress Creating a Military Space Corps? | Center for Strategic and International Studies

Is Congress Creating a Military Space Corps? | Center for Strategic and International Studies

After Crackdown, Egypt's LGBT Community Contemplates 'Dark Future' : NPR

After Crackdown, Egypt's LGBT Community Contemplates 'Dark Future' : NPR



Jailed for the possibility they might be queer.  And there are many in the USA who think that would be a good thing here.  Lock 'em up, if you can't convert them. 
We are headed back down that dark road, unless enough people stand up, speak up, vote, and say "No".  We are moving towards inclusion instead of exclusion.  Towards tolerance instead of intolerance.  Towards humanity & kindness & compassion.

As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients : The Salt : NPR

As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients : The Salt : NPR



Some people* have been saying that rising CO2 is a good thing, because it makes plants grow faster, bigger.  But faster and bigger aren't necessarily better, if we have to eat more of that food to get necessary nutrients.We could end up starving to death while gorging ourselves.

*https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-skeptics-want-more-co2/

Sunday, June 17, 2018

'It's on us all': Democrats press on border separations as White House digs in | US news | The Guardian

'It's on us all': Democrats press on border separations as White House digs in | US news | The Guardian:



Earlier this week O’Rourke’s opponent, Cruz, defended the Trump policy, saying: “When you see reporters, when you see Democrats saying, ‘Don’t separate kids from their parents,’ what they’re really saying is don’t arrest illegal aliens.”

On Father’s Day, Cruz tweeted: “My dad has been my hero my whole life. Here’s to wishing a very happy #FathersDay to all the dads out there!”


They know no shame.  And don't know the meaning of 'hypocrisy'.

Faith Leaders Oppose Trump's Immigration Policy Of Separating Children From Parents : NPR

Faith Leaders Oppose Trump's Immigration Policy Of Separating Children From Parents : NPR



Looks like Trump and friends have found a line some of  his religious supporters won't cross with him.  I wonder if this will give them cause to reflect on the rest of his actions and view them in a different light?

President Trump To Tap Mulvaney Associate To Lead Consumer Bureau : NPR

President Trump To Tap Mulvaney Associate To Lead Consumer Bureau : NPR



"Kraninger's qualifications for the post have been challenged because she lacks experience in financial services and consumer issues. Prior to her post at the OMB, Kraninger worked for the Department of Homeland Security and the Senate Appropriations Committee."
No surprise here.  Trump has repeatedly chosen the least qualified persons to lead agencies.  That, or has chosen persons who had made it their prior mission to destroy that very agency. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

President Trump Opposes, Then Supports GOP Immigration Bill — All In 1 Day : NPR

President Trump Opposes, Then Supports GOP Immigration Bill — All In 1 Day : NPR:



There is no federal law that requires family separation. As part of a Justice Department crackdown on immigration, the Trump administration has imposed tougher border enforcement that now includes separating parents and their children into different detention facilities.




There is no law: but it's all the Dems fault.  The GOP controls both House & Senate, along with the POTUS: but it's all the Dems fault.   And his followers still believe him!