Trump’s Undermining of the American Public | Perspective

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It’s the height of summer tourism season.

Millions of Americans travel from coast-to-coast to vacation in many of the world’s most spectacular destinations. And millions of foreigners flood to US cities from around the globe to enjoy our broad and wide and deep variety of regional culture.

But this summer of 2018, after 18 months of Trump annihilating our superior systems and institutions, we are beginning to feel the significant bite of Trump’s agenda on our daily lives.

So many little things that are adding up to a big headache and a frightening future outlook.

FIRST, Washington, DC. The preferred family vacation spot, that of visiting our nation’s Capital. But look:

  • In past administrations, the top 3 Smithsonian Museums (Air & Space, American History, Natural History) all had extended hours from June through August staying open until 7:30p. But now it’s just Air & Space. This may not seem like a big deal, but it really is significant when you spend money to bring your family to the National Mall in the summer, and it stays light until 9:00p, but 90% of the Mall is closed at 5:30. What a shame. Very un-American of our president.

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  • The Pentagon was always such an amazing Tour. But that too as been negatively impacted. Many days are now blocked out, which was very rare in past administrations. And the Tour itself is completely changed… now tours are way off the beaten path, down far flung empty hallways. How unfortunate.
  • The exciting FBI Tour has become a psych challenge. Scheduling a tour feels more like a freaky maze with a twilight zone ending (tricked ya, no tours available after all).
  • Don’t even get me started on the gas price, 33% increase. An unusually high jolt.
  • Have you had your oil changed lately? Huge jump in price, 42% increase. Insane!

And how about other areas of pain that impact our budgets and quality of life. These are all occurring within months of corporations receiving a massive tax cut:

  • The never ending robo-calls are back. With Trump de-regulating every industry, the robo-calls on mobile devices feel like stalking. Back in the day, more than thirteen years ago, these came in on land lines. But now it’s all day every day on your mobile. (My car just passed 36,000 miles. I was drowning in calls trying to get me to extend my warranty.) At least it’s easy to hit “decline.”
  • The environmental de-regulation is gut wrenching to have to tread through. I was at the shore last week and was terrified to go in the water. And sadly, I had to pass on the delicious seafood options on the menu.
  • Banking issues again. Weird changes after the regulations were rolled back, that result in strange, unknown charges appearing on bank accounts.
  • Oh, and check your credit card interest rate. I have one favorite card with a low rate that jumped by 3% this year. No change in my monthly charge habits. No explanation. But from out of nowhere a rate leap within weeks of the Consumer Financial Protection deregulations.
  • Food prices are climbing too, but that’s a whole other story that we’ll hear much more about in the upcoming weeks.

So many small things, every day now. It feels like we’ve been thrown back in time. Thrown into a deep, dark hole… and now have to figure out a way to climb back out.

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PRUITT’s Bad Judgement, Is It Murder? | Perspective

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EPA Director Scott Pruitt was interviewed during an Oversight Hearing held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday January 30, 2018 for 2 hours, 29 minutes and 15 seconds. At its conclusion, there was no doubt in any reasonable person’s mind that Scott Pruitt is the most significant threat to public health since the founding of our nation 242 years ago. Pruitt’s irreparable damage to our well-being, his sabotaging of the U.S. environment, and his undermining of one of our strongest and largest industries, the U.S Tourism Industry ($1.5 Trillion) will leave a massive swath of devastation that will take centuries to recover from, if ever.

During the Oversight Hearing, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) highlighted the 180˙ contrast between Pruitt’s strong “Trump is dangerous,” and “Trump’s abusive to the Constitution” stance in the spring of 2016, to the present “I don’t remember that,” and “I don’t echo that today at all” position on January 30, 2018. Translated, Pruitt is confessing to being “dangerous” just like Trump, and “abusive to the Constitution” just like Trump. They’re now in lockstep.

The cost to clean-up the massive amount of environmental damage is many trillions.

After Trump cut taxes for short-term benefit, shielding the public about the long-term negative consequences by attempting to blind us with neon lights and sparkles, while at the same time denying the mega financial toll climate change will have on our debt by simply denying climate change all together, (but the reality is, climate change will result in one devastating natural disaster after the next, causing financial ruin over and over and over again, turning our debt burden into Mt Everest…I’m growing more terrified with each word I click), we’re now tangled up in a tremendous confluence, and have to somehow simultaneously find a way to pay for the life-threatening Superfund Sites. Which brings us back to Pruitt.

There are apparently over 1,340 Superfund sites. New Jersey has the most with 116. New Jersey is also one of the smallest states per square-miles with a population of roughly 9 million, so the contaminated area overlaps with major population centers. Additionally, as Senator Booker pointed out during the Oversight Hearing,  New Jersey is prone to flooding, especially during hurricanes. A flooded Superfund site, is alarming from a health risk standpoint.

California is 2nd on the Superfund site list with 98 sites. New York is 4th with 93. Together, these three blue states, home to approximately 68 million people, have 307 Superfund sites.

EPA Director Scott Pruitt recently created a “Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action” list. There are 20 of the 1,340  Superfund sites on the list.

  • 3 are in New Jersey
  • 1 is in California
  • 0 in New York
  • 2 in Montana

This is clearly bad decision making. Factor in the glaring fact that three of the densely populated top Superfund site states are blue states, all three of which are densely populated, and one of which didn’t have any sites make the list, leaves the impression that the Pruitt’s selection process was spiteful, which implies that Pruitt created this grouping with malice.

Again, sparsely populated red Montana, with only 16 sites, had two sites make the list.

So, when EPA Director Scott Pruitt, who unwittingly confessed in an Oversight Hearing to be “dangerous” and “abusive to the Constitution,” hones in on a very specific health crisis, one that causes many forms of cancer that result in death (by this point hundreds of thousands of deaths, perhaps even millions), and crafts a list of Superfund sites targeted for Immediate Intense Action, and taints the process by intentionally not selecting sites in specific areas that any reasonable person can deduce are the ideal, and instead chooses at least 2, possibly 5, that are extremely questionable…knowing that because he didn’t choose some of the “ideal” sites when he had the opportunity, people will die that otherwise wouldn’t…one can’t help but ask the question: is this first degree murder? Is it pre-meditated? Pruitt clearly put some thought into this.

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Russian Interference | Perspective

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RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

All the U.S. Intelligence Agencies determined conclusively that Russia interfered with the U.S. 2016 Presidential Election for the purpose of electing Donald Trump and undermining Hillary Clinton.

There have been numerous news stories over the past 12 months identifying the methods the Russians used to “influence” U.S. voters. Fake news. Trolls. Social media ads. Fake social media accounts….all targeting ignorance and our willingness to believe what we hear or read without questioning what’s being said or written.

The Intelligence Community has been sounding the alarm about nothing being done to deter Russia from meddling again. In fact, we’ve been told point blank that Russia will definitely continue trying to influence us, and that we should be on the look out.

Trump refuses to acknowledge Russia’s interference. Congress hasn’t initiated a counter strategy. And Homeland Security isn’t advising on a battle plan for U.S. citizens. So I guess we have to look out for each other and create our own counter-Russian influence plan.

  • Russian trolls are EVERYWHERE. They seem like GOP trolls or Trump trolls and very well may be, but many are Russian.

 

  • Moscow is 8 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, although not all Russian trolls are in Moscow. But bottom-line, any posts you see on a Sunday morning (for example) that’s stamped at 4:00am ET is 99.9% likely to be from a foreign country.

 

  • The new troll isn’t as aggressive and belligerent as they were at the beginning of the year, but they are subtly trying to influence our opinions by weaving half truths through their lies.

 

  • Half truths are the most dangerous kind of subliminal pressure used to try and influence our beliefs. They dramatically increase the likelihood we’ll believe a lie. The fact that the Russian intelligence community, governed by Putin an autocrat, has an army of loyal agents diligently clicking away on their computers, trying to act like Texans (or some other region of the country), lining a news comment or FB post with a half truth is alarming.

 

  • An example: Putin is an autocrat. A tyrant. So Russia is an autocracy. To influence the world into believing this is a great system, Putin/Russia calls it “managed democracy.” Managed democracy doesn’t seem so bad, does it? And yet a an autocracy and a tyrant are the most oppressive form of government, the polar opposite of USA.

Let’s all keep each other informed about what we see and hear so we can stay protected.

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PENCE’S TIE-BREAKING VOTES

Vice President Mike Pence cast 6 tiebreaking votes this first year in office. A record!

In 2018 there’ll be one less red senator and one more blue. This may mean an end to Pence’s roll in swinging votes.

Sadly, enough damage has already been done. The following consumer protection has now been wiped away:

“The Senate voted to nullify a consumer-oriented rule that would let millions of Americans band together to sue their banks or credit card companies….The rule exposed banks to large class-action lawsuits. Supporters say that possibility would help ensure banks, credit card companies and other lenders treat consumers appropriately.”

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STATES

Alabama’s Roy Moore filed an election complaint on Wednesday December 27, 2017 trying to block Jones from taking over Sessions’ senate seat following his victory on December 12. Moore’s rationale? Voter fraud.

When asked about the fraud, Moore explained “more voters voted than in past elections.”

Moore’s complaint was thrown out and Jones’ victory was certified.

What’s so alarming is the election revealed how Moore thinks. An obviously twisted mind. Yet, he was a prosecutor and a judge?! 😳

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ENVIRONMENT

EPA Director Scott Pruitt is determined to dismantle the environmental protections that save lives and preserves our DNA.

He’s now brought in a friend who was banned from banking for life to “streamline the Superfund program.”

“The appointment was notable in that Kelly would become a senior adviser in the federal environmental agency despite having no previous experience with environmental issues.” – Sharon Lerner

Ill-conceived choices like Albert Kelly impact consumer health and cause deaths.

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/28/scott-pruitt-failed-banker-running-epa-superfund-program/

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HEALTH

Raw Unsalted Sunflower Seeds are the best way to start each day. One quarter of a cup, along with a healthy breakfast and vitamins, are sure make you feel much more positive. Sunflower seeds contain tryptophan which boosts serotonin levels. Serotonin is the “happiness” chemical manufactured in the brain that elevates mood.

 

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