I find it quite scary what these rich people get away with. They pay less tax than me and I’m a pensioner!
To deny what is happening to the environment is not just madness it is unforgiveable. That, if nothing else, makes Trump unelectable.
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Chris Hedges writes for Truthdig:
There is no shortage of signs of impending environmental catastrophe, including the melting of the polar ice caps and the rise of atmospheric carbon to above 400 parts per million. The earth’s sixth mass extinction is underway. It is not taking place because of planetary forces. Homo sapiens is orchestrating it. Americans are at the same time bankrupting themselves by waging endless and unwinnable wars. We have allowed our elites to push more than half the U.S. population into poverty through deindustrialization. We do nothing to halt the waves of nihilistic violence by enraged citizens who carry out periodic mass shootings in schools, malls, movie theaters and other public places. The political and financial elites flaunt their greed and corruption. Donald Trump appears to pay no federal income taxes. Hillary and Bill Clinton use their foundation as a tool for legalized bribery. Our largest…
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Well one can certainly ask questions regarding conflicts of interest and nepotism as tax returns show that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka earned a cool $82 million last year.
So how does the President get away with handing out high-profile jobs to family members?
So how do these people make that much money?
Is Trump and his family using his office to generate income for themselves?
What do you reckon?
Lies Lies Lies
Fake News Fake News
We are being taken for a ride.
The environmental vandal and scourge of wildlife Trump has announced plans to slash the size of two of Utah’s most beautiful National Parks provoking fury from environmentalists, Native American tribes, conservationists and all decent people who care for natural beauty and wildlife.
The uncaring Trump called for the 1.3 million acre Bears Ears National Monument to be cut back to 228,784 acres split into two separate areas.
He also called for Grand Staircase Escalante Monument to be slashed by 50% to just under one million acres and split into three areas.
Both parks are in the dramatic Southern Utah red rock country and are places of outstanding beauty and ecological significance.
The changes will make way for oil and gas drilling, mining and other resource extraction activities in the beauty spot.
In Trump’s psychotic world the only thing that matters is profit and short-term gain. The long-term damage to nature, people or wildlife is of no consequence. He is happy to destroy swathes of the most wondrous wilderness if it puts money into his pocket. The oil and mining companies are having a field-day. They’ve been after getting their hands on America’s most wondrous National Parks for decades.
All those who support Trump and love nature must surely now see what a callous monster he is.
Destroying nature for profit is just the start of it. He is also relaxing environmental legislation so industry can pour out more pollution into the air and water; he is relaxing employment legislation so that workers lose rights and employers can make more profit; likewise with health and safety.
Great for the businessmen like him. They’ll stack away the Billions into their offshore tax havens. Terrible news for the wildlife, workers and all of us who appreciate nature.
This is what happens when you put an uncaring louse in charge!
Supporters of Trump should feel ashamed. You’ve given licence to a criminal; a man lacking in empathy who doesn’t give a hoot for ordinary people or the planet.
The polarisation continues. Instead of common sense we see partisan stances no matter what the cost.
There is madness at work. No matter what the logic people believe whatever they want to believe. Instead of building on the good things in previous administrations it is a rip it up and tear it down policy no matter what. If the other side did it then it has to go.
It is mean spirited, expensive, daft, dangerous and infantile. But it comes straight out of the demonization of the other side. Obama and Clinton are painted as evil incarnate – Lock Her Up! Trump is a madman – impeach him!
The truth is not as clear as that.
The policies of Trump – tax, environmental relaxation of laws – will benefit the rich and the big oil corporations but his supporters are so exercised about Obama and Clinton that they aren’t thinking. They fall for the rhetoric and suck it up.
The oil, fracking and coal will be extremely bad for the environment but Trump does not care. Cash is all that matters. The poor and desperate will not benefit. It will be the rich and oil companies that make a killing. The environment will suffer.
It’s become a game. Both sides cheer each other on. Logic and reason are the losers. Passions run high. Fury drives it……. And Trump is orchestrating the hatred and riding the wave, lining his pockets in the process, dealing out the fake news and inflammatory tweets and treating everyone with disdain.
I am not sure what sparked this wave of nationalism, isolationism, populism and fascism. I think it is probably a combination of factors that has unsettled the collective psyche of the West.
The loss of faith in politicians who are seen as selfish, corrupt and serving the establishment and not the people.
The fear of terrorism which destabilised and created hysteria.
The fear of mass immigration which conjured up images of being ‘swamped’ with foreigners.
The fear of Islam with its medieval burqas and fanaticism.
The economic crash created by the selfish greed of the establishment.
Globalisation and automation creating instability in the job market
The dying of old polluting industry.
It all came together in a great wave of panic. When threatened people draw together, circle the wagons and seek black and white solutions. They look for John Wayne to get them out of trouble.
What we got instead was Trump, Brexit, populism, nationalism and fascism. And none of that is going to solve anything.
The orange ape has dealt yet another blow to the environment and mankind. He really is an imbecile who does not care about nature, poverty, the third world or human misery. He seems intent on his narrow arrogant path.
Pulling out of the Paris agreement was the act of a lunatic. It means that the USA, instead of setting an example, is leading the world in polluting and irresponsible destruction of nature. He doesn’t give a hoot about climate warming or the effects of his pollution on nature. Like all climate warming deniers and deniers of the damage we are doing to nature, he simply ascribes it to ‘fake news’.
In the Third World women are suffering the life drudgery of multiple births. Not only is this bad for their health and economic situation, it is terrible for the environment. The world population is soaring, the environment is being trashed, poverty is destroying lives. Millions of babies live in filth and neglect. The situation is dire and is fuelling war and mass migration. Women have no control over their fertility.
Instead of dealing with poverty, migration and war at its source, by enabling these women to seize control of their fertility and reduce the size of their families, Trump is gleefully walking away from the problem and consigning millions to lives of misery and more pollution and environmental destruction.
The man makes me want to puke.
Click on the headline to open the link. I would advise everyone to read the article. It sums up the dire situation we are in and the stupidity that has led us here. Sometimes it takes an outsider to see it clearly.
My new book of poems – Poems For Hard Times – is now available on Amazon. It will shortly be available in a digital Kindle version.
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This is the painting I used for the cover
I painted this in 1973. It is Liz with our first son Dylan.