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Squatch's Open Thread 05 June 2016

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: : Donald Trump, Environment, fraud, GOP Hate, GOP Lies, Jigsaw Puzzle, minimum wage, My Universe, Obama, Ontario, Paris Climate Agreement, Petition, The Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson, Video )

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4 short takes, Jigsaw Puzzle, My Universe, and a note about TC


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Tania N (883)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 3:58 am
Thanks for sharing

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 4:23 am

Pat B (356)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 6:25 am
Quartz: Great article, and video! dt makes me ill.

DK: Sadly, this doesn't surprise me, in that, they are in it for the money, and to spread lies. Yea, right wing nuts!

AN: Such a wonderful thing to do, 'The Katahdin Woods monument is also included in Trump’s executive order to review such designations.' dt & le page w/probably nix this, as it good for the state and visitors.
This is truly sad, mean and spiteful a--Holes!!

CBC: This is a good step towards helping the workers! Wish we would do it here, and help the folks who are working two jobs, with children, out of poverty.

My Universe: Such polite kitties! Adorable.

Hope all goes well for TC. I'm praying for him, for a recovery from his surgery. Thanks, Lynn (and others) for posting.

Lona G (66)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 7:42 am
Thanks for stepping up to the plate, Lynn. I know how busy you are.

Quartz: Renegotiate a better deal? There's no deal to renegotiate, as David Roberts explains in The 5 biggest deceptions in Trump’s Paris climate speech on Vox. Roberts argues that:

The Paris climate agreement, as I have explained at tedious length (see here and here), is voluntary. Participating countries determine their own targets and their own policies. They can, at any time, revise those targets and policies. They can fail to meet the targets, without penalty. When Trump says “nonbinding” … that’s what nonbinding means. There are no legal bonds.

So when Drumpf states: " So we're getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair. If we can, that's great. And if we can't, that's fine.”, he either doesn't understand how the Paris Climate Agreement works or he's deliberately setting things up so that he can come out as a great dealmaker again, but:

[…]each country determines its own contribution. That’s why they’re called “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs). Each country is free to revise its NDC at any time — no negotiations needed. If Trump wants different terms he just has to say so.

As to renegotiating the entire Paris framework, the result of many years of painstaking work by hundreds of diplomats? No, the other 190 nations involved are not down with that. Tearing up thousands of man hours of work on behalf of an erratic man-child who says, “If we can’t, that’s fine” is, you might say, a bad deal.

Of course other countries are not going along with Drumpf's plans and reacted immediately:

BERLIN (AP) _ France, Germany, Italy issue joint statement saying Paris climate accord can't be renegotiated.

— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) June 1, 2017

Having seen the Drumpf administration "at work" these past 4 months, I think Drumpf intends to revise the NDC's Obama has put in place, stripping them down to the bare minimum, without consulting any of the other 190 countries and then give a media show to announce how he personally renegotiated this terrific deal, this yuge deal that is so much better for America and then say he'll not withdraw America after all, while in fact he couldn't withdraw within the year anyway. If this happens, the planet is in even greater danger, because most will think all is well again and America is back on board, while this administration and this Republican Congress have no intention of even trying to meet the skeletal remains of the NDC's Obama had promised and in fact will allow and actively work towards higher Carbon Dioxide emissions than before. Meanwhile the American states, cities, counties, corporations and individuals and the 190 other countries, unaware of what is really happening, may relax striving to make up for America's lost share in reductions.

DK: With Drumpf getting all the media's attention each day by doing something more moronic than the day before, it's a good thing real reporters are also investigating ongoing dastardly deeds by Republicans like Carlson, his TDC and his tax scam. However it needs far more attention than this and some real criminal investigation before it'll lead to anything. And even then…Meanwhile Tucker Carlson will just continue to brainwash what little is left to wash in the skulls of Faux News viewers.

Alternet: Leaders of federal government and of state governments driven by their personal blind hate for the former, black, President, and by their greed and megalomania, and voters who are driven by anger and too blind to see what the consequences of their vote are. A devastating combination for a country.

CBC: Welcome to workers wages of the civilized world, Ontario. Kudos to Ontario Premier Kathryn Wynne and her legislators.

My Universe: This would only work for my cats if I starved them for a week, and even then they wouldn't sit still and wait behind a table for it. They'd be climbing my legs, more likely. But very cute video otherwise, Lynn.

Mitchell D (82)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 9:46 am
I am saddened by the turn of events in TC's health, and wish him the absolute best of luck and medical care. He has been hurting in so many ways, for so long, now.

Chris Mathews: I am sorry that when he said that the only two other countries have not signed the Paris Accord, he did not add that Nicaragua refused to do so beacuse it finds the Accord TOO WEAK! So, really, that leaves us aligned with the world's ethical leader, Syria! I am so looking forward to watching the Comey show, this comiing Thursday, at least some of it.
DK: Pseudo-Christians make careers out of lying! A few days ago I re-read the final book of the New Testament, "Revelations," to check on my recalling that it functions as a "Rorschak Test," being hugely vague and making virtually no predictions. I found that my recollection was correct, except…"liars" will NOT enter the Ciy of God! This claim comes very near the very last words in the entire Bible!! So, if these BS propagandists are right about the Bible being the authentic word of (their) God, Roger Ailes and his ilk are in for some ill times!
CBC: Congratulations Ontario! I can only hope that the rest of Canada follows suit!!

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 11:27 am
Thanks Lynn--TC is indeed in my prayers.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 12:43 pm
Noted, Thanks

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 1:21 pm
News TC might include I just got via this email:

What leadership looks like - Who's next?

Portland and Multnomah County commit to 100%


On the same day of President Trump's announcement to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Portland and Multnomah County became the first city and county in the Northwest to commit to 100% renewable energy.

photo: Colin McLean
That's right! Oregon’s largest city and county passed the most ambitious clean energy resolutions in the country yesterday, with commitments to 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy community-wide by 2050. They also reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement.

The resolutions include strong language on accelerating the shift to electric cars, buses, and freight; prioritizing equity and community-based renewable development; and taking a strong stance against new gas-fired power plants and other fossil fuel development. This is what climate leadership looks like.

So which Northwest city, county, port district, public utility district or school district is next?

These actions underscore the value of local climate leadership – already needed before last week’s federal action, and now all the more necessary.

The Northwest is in a position to transition to clean energy faster than anywhere else in the country. We’re proud to see Portland and Multnomah County leading the charge.

Please share this news on social media to spread the word to friends, family and in our communities. Tag elected leaders to make sure they know you are ready for your community to commit to CLEAN ENERGY NOW!

Live in Multnomah County? Make sure to thank your elected officials for leading on climate!

Thank you for protecting our communities and our climate.

Joelle Robinson, Field Director

Rein Attemann, Field Manager

Stand Up To Oil ; Power Past Coal - 1402 3rd Avenue - Seattle, WA 98101"

Ted W (127)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 1:34 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!! Thanks for sharing Lynn!! Will send out special prayer requests for TomCat and have added to regular porayer list-again thank you, Lynn!!

Joanne Dixon (37)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 1:35 pm
from Monday 5 Jun 7:13 (10:02) I thought that took forever - until I finished and saw the average.
From Tuesday 6/6 4:44 (5:52) Drip, drip, drip

Quartz - I have signed this petition and several others regarding the Paris agreement. My hope, however, is centered in states and cities voluntarily targeting the goals in the agreement, and interestingly, Daily Kos has a petition for that too:

DKos - The Center for Media and Democracy knows whereof they speak. Their research is meticulous and comprehensive.

AlterNet - A commenter on a story on Raw Story today pointed out that, when any other demographic group holds a pride festival, it features food, music, dance, art, clothing, positive things (and many colorful examples were provided). But when you see the words "White Pride," you know it's racist as hell. Yes. And with Trump, it's personal. It started in - I believe it was 2011 - when Obama roasted him at - I believe it was a White House Correspondents' Dinner. He's still smarting from that.

CBC - Best of luck to Ontario in getting this passed, and to BC for, hopefully, following.

Universe - Pavlov's cats. Adorable. There is a shy cat in the neighborhood who occasionally comes up onto my front porsch. I keep treats handy for him (or her - we're not on those terms yet). Lately he has been putting a paw on my knee to ask for treats. I still can't touch him, though. Maybe some day.


Glennis W (393)
Tuesday June 6, 2017, 9:30 pm
Thank you Lynn for stepping up for TomCat Great article. All my Thoughts and Prayers for TomCat and wish him well through all this time and always Thank you for caring and sharing Lynn

Joette B (0)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 1:44 am
gall bladder eek get well and glad you are grumpy enough to fight back !

Nita L (127)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 4:29 am
TC is in my prayers and I am sending Reiki energy to him. Thank you Lynn.

Gloria p (304)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 1:42 pm
I am sorry I don't come around to this site much any longer. My computer was in the shop for ten days and I become myself again who used to read a lot of books. I hope Tom Cat gets well soon!

Janet B (0)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 2:08 pm

Mandi T (366)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 2:46 pm
Noted. Sending Prayers and good energy for you TC.. Hugs

David C (81)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 5:13 pm
thanks, good thoughts heading towards TC I hope

David C (81)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 5:13 pm
resist, stand strong, stand together, for the future, for life

pam w (139)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 5:49 pm

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 8:26 pm
Prayers being sent to TomCat. I hope that the surgery goes well. We must fight together and resist. Thanks Lynn

Les L (12)
Wednesday June 7, 2017, 9:50 pm
I am saddened by the news of the change in TC"s health status. Sending him lots of healing thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Hope he gets great care in hospital! Pancreatitis is no fun!

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 12:27 am
Thank you

Dot A (182)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 9:39 am
Dear Tom Cat, - I send you wishes for a speedy recovery. Your contribution to those who Care so much, are now directed to Caring about your best of health, as soon as possible! With every good thought, Dot

Winn A (179)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 11:40 am
Feel Better Soon TC

Janet B (0)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 2:47 pm

Sheila D (28)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 9:51 pm
Thank you so much for the news regarding TC. Good to know Wendy was There for him.
The rabid right and their lunatic leader are quickly destroying our country. They're all liars and sociopaths.
Loved the kitties; too cute. Thank you. Lynn.

Laura H (964)
Thursday June 8, 2017, 10:02 pm
Thanks very much Lynn...
Much love and light to my dear friend TC; he is always in my thoughts and prayers...So many care and love you TomCat! And NO worries; the fight against the orange menace continues more and more and MORE!

Love and peace to ALL.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday June 9, 2017, 12:33 am
Thanks again

Janet B (0)
Friday June 9, 2017, 6:10 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday June 10, 2017, 1:58 am
Thanks again

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday June 11, 2017, 7:26 pm
Thanks all!
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