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There’s a line in a song that states: “know when to hold, ’em, know when to fold ’em”. Apparently, the Political community only knows “show and tell”. Each day there is a new opinion on the Mueller report and what the other side is going to do with it or not. Each speculative opinion is geared towards the 2020 election and not towards an informative line. Politically, each side has pros and cons but usually with some informative basis, yet we still are getting selected bits and pieces that serve to tell us nothing and allude to everything. It is really confounding that we have elected such an array of people to “serve and protect” but are unreliable in both instances. What if we knew they would turn to be this way, would we have voted for them? Perhaps we should learn when to hold ’em!

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The amount of plastic in the air and in the oceans has been an issue for years and now has become worse since the detection of airborne microparticles, the massing of plastic waste on beaches and its effect on wildlife. The recycling of plastics has been touted for a while but no big progress has been seen. One possible reason is the different melting temperatures of various plastics and the assorted chemical treatments needed to get a useable product. There is an extensive list that covers the many types and their use and recyclability and it is dull reading. What would be required to do an effective job of recycling is the separation of the different types and the proper processing of those assortments. Why are we not doing that? There seems to be a number of opinions but no collective ideas nor the will to do so due to cost and return on investment. So the bottom line is there is not enough money in it to do it but it is ok that cleanup costs millions (or perhaps billions) without counting the loss of wildlife which also affects the environment in general. The link from National Geographic below gives an extensive look at plastic’s effects on our environment

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/05/microplastics-impact-on-fish-shown-in-pictures/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=sunstills_20190428::rid=35125298195

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Mr. Graham’s statement below  Waffling between Politics and truth, perhaps he has been stung by a Trump Bee. MA

 

Rachael Bade 14 hrs ago , Washington Post

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham on Sunday pushed back against White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s recent downplaying of Russian interference in the 2016 election, calling Moscow’s actions a “big deal” deserving of new sanctions immediately.

Still, the South Carolina Republican insisted President Trump had done nothing wrong, citing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s refusal to charge Trump with either conspiracy or obstruction of justice in the Russia probe.

“I think the idea that this president obstructed justice is absurd,” Graham, a fierce Trump ally, said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” “I can’t think of one thing that President Trump did to stop Mueller from doing his job. . . . I’ve heard all I need to really know.”
During the interview, however, Graham challenged the assertion by Trump’s son-in-law in a Time magazine interview on Tuesday that Russia’s bid to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor amounted to a “couple of Facebook ads” — and that Mueller’s investigation was more damaging to the country than the Russian effort.
“You look at what Russia did, you know, buying some Facebook ads to try to sow dissent . . . and it’s a terrible thing,” Kushner said last week. “But I think the investigations, and all of the speculation that’s happened for the last two years, has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple of Facebook ads.”
Graham said Sunday that although “I like Jared a lot,” he’s “leaving out a big detail” — namely that the Russians hacked the emails of the Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign manager and the Democratic National Committee.
“Can you imagine what we would be saying if the Russians or the Iranians hacked into the presidential team of the Republican Party?” Graham asked. “So, no — this is a big deal. It’s not just a few Facebook ads. They were very successful in pitting one American against the other during the 2016 campaign.”
Graham also argued that “an attack on one party should be an attack on all” and said he has spoken to Trump about imposing more sanctions on Moscow.
“They’re coming at us again, and I’d like to stop them, and one way to stop them is to make them pay a price,” Graham said, later adding: “The Russians are up to it again. . . . Everything we’ve done with the Russians is not working. We need more sanctions, not less.”
Trump, however, demonstrates a continued unwillingness to accept that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, even questioning his own intelligence community’s findings about Russian hacking. Multiple news outlets have reported that Trump believes such an assertion undercuts his victory.
Graham’s words, however, are unlikely to satisfy Democrats, given his insistence that there is nothing to litigate following Mueller’s report at a time when House Democrats say they will use the document as a road map for their own investigations.
One of 10 instances of possible obstruction cited in the Mueller report, which is more than 400 pages long, involved Trump allegedly calling then-White House counsel Donald McGahn and telling him to fire Mueller. House Democrats have subpoenaed McGahn, but Graham said he has no plans to do the same in the Senate.
“I don’t care what he said to Don McGahn; it’s what he did. And the president never obstructed,” Graham said. “If you’re going to look at every president who pops off at a staffer and, you know, asks them to do something that’s maybe crazy, you wouldn’t have any presidents.”
Notably, however, Mueller argued in his report that he did not feel he had the authority to determine whether Trump had obstructed justice. The special counsel seemed to defer to Congress on the matter, citing Justice Department guidelines barring a president from being charged with a crime.
rachael.bade@washpost.com

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The “Leader” of the Free world shows his lack of knowledge as to how media works when told that Media companies routinely check and remove malicious bots and tweets. After having it explained to him, he still didn’t get it. Is this who we want for another 4 years? MA.

By William.Sommer@thedailybeast.com (Will Sommer) asawin.suebsaeng@thedailybeast.com (Asawin Suebsaeng)
, The Daily Beast•April 23, 2019
On Tuesday, President Trump hosted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in the Oval Office for a closed-door meeting, during which the leader of the free world spent an inordinate amount of time complaining about lost Twitter followers, according to a source familiar with the conversation.
The Twitter chief, for his part, tried to reassure the president that the company’s staff merely wants his follower count to be as bot-free as possible.
This is what the most powerful person in the world was preoccupied with Tuesday.
A large percentage of the meeting, which included senior White House officials such as Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino, was spent addressing the subject of @realDonaldTrump’s follower count. The president stated his belief that he had lost some of his roughly 59 million followers in anti-Trump, anti-conservative Twitter purges, according to a source familiar with the meeting.
Dorsey, according to this knowledgeable source, had to explain to the president that like other Twitter users, @realDonaldTrump periodically loses followers when the site deletes fake or bot accounts. Dorsey even said he himself had lost followers as a result of Twitter’s efforts to delete fake accounts.
During this private gathering in the West Wing, Dorsey assured Trump that the company wants him, and everyone else on Twitter, to have only real followers, according to the source.
Trump also said he’s heard from other prominent conservatives about problems with Twitter, though he declined to name names.
The summit with Twitter’s CEO is unlikely to assuage the president’s concerns about tech giants and social media, of which he has many. Two people close to Trump previously told The Daily Beast that Trump has repeatedly griped to associates about how his predecessor, President Obama, has had more Twitter followers than he has, even though—by Trump’s own assessment—he is so much better at Twitter than Obama is.
The Washington Post first reported that the president devoted much of the White House meeting to grumbling about his Twitter followers. Earlier in the day, Motherboard broke the news that Trump and Dorsey were meeting on Tuesday.
Dorsey also used the meeting to promote Twitter’s efforts to fight opioid addiction, which include using a special emoji to promote National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It is unclear how interested Trump was in discussing those efforts, at least compared to his time spent inquiring about the alleged purging of his followers.
Beyond confirming that the meeting had indeed occurred, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not respond to The Daily Beast’s follow-up questions as of press time.
The discussion came a few hours after early morning tweets from the president accusing Twitter of playing “political games” with his follower count and calling for congressional intervention against the company.
“Constantly taking people off list,” Trump tweeted. “Big complaints from many people.”
Read more at The Daily Beast.

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The Scamocrats are divided about their agenda except that they want control of the White House. Unfortunately, they have not learned that a united front works better than what they are doing now. The Dupublicans generally have a united front even if is against the interests of most of us. The smart move as I see it is to take the “Mueller” approach which is to gather as much or all available information and then devise a strategy. This divide will only split their current base into small factions with little or no voice at all. Perhaps they should take a page out of the “TOTUS” book and maintain a campaign-style contact with their constituents. The old adage ” the truth will set you free” is appropriate for these times as the preponderance of lies that we are assailed with daily cover the facts and can be (or will be) detrimental to us all. The agreement required is first an acknowledgment that we have a criminal enterprise in the White House under the auspices of a miscreant of the highest order aided by a lackluster Congress. Once this issue is recognized then the correct path can be chosen. It took years to get Capone, it took years to get Sadaam and it will take a minute to get Trump.

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TOTUS will issue an executive order to stop the climate from changing? MA.

Jason Silverstein 10 hrs ago

President Trump’s hometown could make his famous real estate properties go green. A new bill approved by the New York City Council last week will make thousands of large buildings in the city — including those bearing the president’s name — comply with strict environmental regulations.
“President Trump might scrutinize or even outright deny the existence of climate change, but New York City is committed to fighting its drastic effects, which pose a serious threat to our future,” Council Member Costa Constantinides, a Queens Democrat who led the effort, told CBS News.
“Reports show Trump Tower and other properties are among the dirtiest emitters in the Big Apple. These are the bad actors we need to hold accountable, because their emissions make everyone’s air dirtier, fuel more violent weather and put the future of New York City in jeopardy.”
The council on Thursday passed the Climate Mobilization Act, a package of environmental bills that has been called the city’s version of the Green New Deal. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the legislation, marking one of the largest climate initiatives passed by any city in the world.
The legislation includes no explicit mention of Mr. Trump nor his buildings. The Trump Organization did not return requests for comment from CBS News.
The core of the legislation is a requirement for buildings of more than 25,000 square feet to follow new rules for cutting carbon emissions. That includes skyscrapers around Manhattan bearing the president’s name, including Trump Tower, which has his penthouse and the headquarters of the Trump Organization.
The legislation also applies to many of New York’s most iconic buildings, such as the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and World Trade Center.
Trump Tower has been singled out by the city officials and advocates as one of New York’s least energy-efficient buildings. A 2015 report by the non-profit Alliance for a Greater New York said the 58-story glass tower uses more energy per square foot than 93 percent of New York’s large residential buildings.
Energy Star, a certification program managed by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy, gave Trump Tower an energy efficiency score of 44 out of 100, which is 30 percent below the median, according to Crain’s New York.
Other buildings that Mr. Trump developed — including the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the former Trump SoHo hotel (now the Dominick hotel) and the Trump World Tower near the United Nations — had below-median scores from Energy Star. Only one Trump property, at 40 Wall St., earned a good score for energy use. (Mr. Trump proposed eliminating the Energy Star program in his federal budget proposals, but Congress refused.) No buildings with Mr. Trump’s name in the U.S. are LEED certified, according to the U.S. Green Building Council database.
These new regulations also apply to the buildings partially owned by Kushner Companies, the company run by the family of Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. They go, too, for other pricey residential buildings that burn up energy. An Alliance for a Greater New York study in 2015 found that 10 of Manhattan’s “elite” residential addresses are some of the least energy-efficient buildings in the city. Those buildings included two Trump properties, as well as buildings on 5th Avenue and Park Avenue with some of New York’s most expensive units. The study noted that nearly all of these buildings, including those under the Trump brand, are mostly privately-owned condos.
Under the city’s Climate Mobilization Act, these buildings have to install new windows and insulation to increase energy efficiency. They also have to cut carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. Violators of the new rules could be fined.
The Trump administration has aggressively scaled back emissions regulations as part of its broader drawbacks of environmental policies. The EPA said in 2018 that its own plan for easing emissions guidelines could cause up to 1,400 premature deaths a year. An analysis by the economic firm Rhodium Group estimated U.S. carbon emissions jumped 3.4 percent last year — the biggest increase since 2010.
The Climate Mobilization Act includes other provisions that clash with Mr. Trump’s skepticism of climate initiatives. One bill changes building codes to support new wind turbines, and another requires some buildings to put plants, solar panels or wind turbines on their roofs. Mr. Trump has ridiculed wind turbines for years and recently made the false claim that the noise from windmills causes cancer.
Mr. Trump has taken some steps to protect his properties from the effects of climate change. His golf course in Ireland will build a wall along the sea as a barrier against erosion and rising sea levels. The application for the permit explicitly mentioned “global warming and its effects.”

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The current administration is busily appearing on Faux news shows to push the narrative that TOTUS is Honest and above board as proven by the “Mueller Report” as explained by A.G. Barr. This could not be further from the truth but using the Goebbels/ Miller/Bannon method of information dissemination they hope to convince enough people that they are honest and truthful. This appears to be a high hill with steep sides to climb and step by step another soft spot appears. The administration has been in campaign mode from the first day of its installation while making changes in laws without Congressional input (save a few die-hards who put party above duty to the voters). Step one in this is to vote against all long-serving members of Congress no matter which party they are in and be prepared to do it over and over until we get better people in place. Our Government may not be perfect but it is better than most and we have more freedom than most but we have put too much trust in long-serving representatives who have lost sight of who they work for. Forget party politics and examine the person you support, remember what works for you doesn’t work for all and that has to be a consideration as all legislation affects us all to some degree. The list below is who I think could be prosecuted after this administration is out of office. They have essentially committed crimes against us with lies and laws that have and will continue to have an effect for years to come.

Betsy De Voss              Stephen Miller                     Kellyanne Conwoman

Donald Trump Jr.       Steven Mnuchin                  A.G. William Barr

Jared Kusner              Wilbur Ross                            Ben Carson

Ivanka Trump             Sarah Huckster Sanders     Mick Mulvaney

Mike Pompeo              John Bolton                             Rudy Guiliani

To name a few.

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“Beware the advice of successful people; they don’t seek company.” – Scott Adams

The above quote from Writer and Cartoonist Scott Adams reminds me of a time when I was seeking my own success. Each time the progress was stymied by “advice” from as “successful” person who sometimes on the back end was ousted, removed or sometimes promoted to a higher position in which they failed. These “hesitations” created for me an ability to see beyond what was apparently obvious but transparently suspect. The resulting “Me” has allowed for mistakes yet some of them instructional and welcome. I suggest to anyone to take all advice with a grain to a shaker full of salt. The key to using advice is to listen for the undertones and nuances in what is being said. All wisdom comes with baggage that often needs to to be unpacked. Never be afraid to question, never accept everything at face value as that value can sometimes be zero. You can usually discuss advice from friends and family for understanding but it is sometimes difficult with others. Success is living the best life you can within your circumstances.

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TOTUS’s signature slogan “Make America Great Again” seems to have become “Make America Racist Again” or at the least provided a pathway for heretofore subdued Racism to rise and become a prominent issue. We must remember that actions tell the truth where words do not. TOTUS has been on the campaign trail from his first day in office. He fully understands that public presence is valuable no matter what he says. If you compare this to a reality show, the content is not as important as the presence and the associated titillation and excitement. Unfortunately, the selections made for his cabinet are an assortment of miscreants who are working their own wills with no oversight. TOTUS is living in the glow of the office but doing none of the real work aside from taking the weekends off to play golf and meet business associates. It seems that he is still running his business on the weekends and making feeble attempts at running the country during the week. His White House staff and cabinet seem to be running the country and telling him what they are doing after the fact. For all of the tweets that fly daily, they contain just nominal substance but create enough of a stir to get attention. What if there were no mass media coverage? Would this Residency survive?

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No collusion-collusion delusion along with all of the other Trumped up Trumpisms will hopefully be cleared up with redacted or unredacted “Mueller Report”. All of the hype associated with this investigation has been discussed and speculated with few facts. As probably suspected by many A.G. Barr has downplayed the report with slightly misworded explanations as to the contents of this report. The problem is that most of us will never see this report in its entirety and probably would not completely understand it. There will be speculation over it until fully explained. TOTUS will now use this as “exoneration” ( not used anywhere in the 400 plus pages) which does not dismiss the apparent contacts and urgings from his administration. With the tacit and implicit aid of “Botch” McConnell, the GOP is now on a downward slide and is owned by TOTUS. The Congress as a body is elected to represent their constituents, not the party or the President (whoever that may be). The seat fillers we have in place now have squandered their time and our money preventing any perhaps helpful legislation for the sake of the party and their big dollar backers. It is clear that aside from the “con man at 1600” our “representatives have failed us. Voting is the tool we have and the tool we need to use for better government along with being informed. it would be well to remember that among voters there should be no divide beyond informed opinions as the Major parties are out for themselves-not us!

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