March 1, 2017

Trump calls for unity in his speech to Congress, as he pokes his opponents in the eye by calling for fewer restrictions on the fossil fuel industry and business community in general, calling on Congress “to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster”, calling criticism of and protests over excessive police force “pure, unadulterated division”,  continuing to put immigrants at risk by highlighting cases such as that of a young man “viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member”, and calling for “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history”. Not to mention spreading more “alternative facts” by claiming that previous administrations have allowed “uncontrolled entry” by foreigners, and that most mass casualty attacks (terrorism and terrorism-related offenses) in the U.S. have been committed by foreigners.  http://www.vox.com/a/trump-speech-transcript-joint-session-of-congress-annotated   If Donald Trump is trying to unite Americans, he clearly has no idea how to do it, as he seems more interested in steamrolling his opponents with extreme policy proposals than in reaching some kind of national consensus or compromise.

Police officer accidentally shoots two at speech by French president. “A French police sniper has accidentally shot and injured two people during a speech by President Francois Hollande in western France.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39121997

Author discusses the cost of the new surveillance state. “Research shows and common sense tells you that when people think they’re being surveilled, they change their behavior and they don’t do things that they ordinarily would do…. Stopping yourself from talking about, writing or thinking about certain things is self-censorship and it extends beyond those kinds of individual acts – who do you become friends with, do you openly go to church, do you participate in public life? ”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/02/27/many-times-government-spied-today/

Jewish groups concerned by Trump’s comments that bomb threats may have been committed in order to “make others look bad”.  “Some in the Jewish community have interpreted the remarks, which Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Josh Shapiro said came during Trump’s meeting Tuesday with attorneys general from around the country, as suggesting that bomb threats leveled at more more than 60 Jewish institutions since last month were made to harm Trump’s image or that of his supporters.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-jewish-groups-criticize-trump-after-he-1488326189-htmlstory.html

Couchgate: Kellyanne Conway accused of disrespect for the Oval Office after photo emerges of her with her feet on the couch. “Some even compared Conway’s pose to a 2013 photo of President Obama with one foot on his desk while making a phone call.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/kellyanne-conway-photographed-kneeling-oval-office-couch-article-1.2984105

Fast food chicken sandwiches reportedly up to about 45% soy, 7 to 10 times the sodium of real chicken.    “…the (Subway) oven roasted chicken scored 53.6 per cent chicken DNA…”   http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/marketplace-chicken-fast-food-1.3993967

Trump proposes government agency to help victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens. “Trump has repeatedly made claims related to crime committed by immigrants and used that rhetoric as a pretext for his restrictive immigration policies.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/28/trump-calls-for-new-government-agency-for-victims-of-crime-by-immigrants.html

Tucson police officer pushes 86 year-old anti-deportation protester to the ground, pepper-sprays 65 year-old woman who tries to help her up. “‘Here’s this woman on the ground, and they’re so busy pepper-spraying those who were helping her, they never help her up. Do we look violent to you?”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4264996/Video-shows-woman-shoved-ground-police.html

No U.S. visas for Tibetan women’s soccer team. “The team, Tibet Women’s Soccer, had planned to take part in this spring’s Dallas Cup tournament for young players, and was invited by organizers to stay with local players in the tradition of several previous diversity programs, including a Catholic-Protestant team from Ireland and a Muslim-Jewish team from Israel.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/28/tibet-womens-soccer-visas-denied   The embassy must have found out they are REFUGEES!

Attorney general says he will “pull back” on use of lawsuits to reduce excessive force by police departments. “We need, so far as we can, to help police departments get better, not diminish their effectiveness.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ag-sessions-says-trump-administration-pull-back-police-department-civil-n726826

University of California reportedly replacing 49 of its IT workers by outsourcing to India. “In addition to the 49 staff layoffs, another 48 positions that were vacant or filled by contractors were eliminated.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/san-francisco-university-lays-off-it-workers-jobs-head-to-india/   So you take out student loans, go to college, study computer programming, get a degree, but in the end you were just being a sucker because now the college has your cash and the jobs are in India.

Trump blames generals for botched Yemen raid. “This was something that was, you know, just — (the generals) wanted to do.”   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-yemen-raid-navy-seal-william-ryan-owens-death-blame-generals-military-a7604821.html

 

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March 1, 2017

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