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Lindsey Graham: There’s a 30 Percent Chance Trump Attacks North Korea

“I would say there’s a three in 10 chance we use the military option,” Graham predicted in an interview. If the North Koreans conduct an additional test of a nuclear bomb—their seventh—“I would say 70 percent.”

Graham said that the issue of North Korea came up during a round of golf he played with the president on Sunday. “It comes up all the time,” he said.

via Lindsey Graham: There’s a 30 Percent Chance Trump Attacks North Korea – The Atlantic

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RECENT ARCTIC WARMING AND ICE MELT ARE ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ IN HUMAN HISTORY

Many scientists think the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free during the summer months within the next few decades, likely before 2050. One sign of this is that one-year-old ice, which melts easily, made up 79 percent of the Arctic sea ice in 2017, the report found. Older, thicker, multiyear ice comprised just 21 percent of the 2017 sea ice cover, compared to more than twice that in 1985.

Osborne cited data from 45 different indicators of sea ice extent dating back 1,500 years, such as tree rings and other so-called “proxy data,” showing that the recent plunge in sea ice extent is “unprecedented in the last 1500 years and likely longer.”

The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the globe, largely because of a process known as Arctic amplification. Through this process, warming air and sea temperatures melt sea ice, which exposes darker ocean waters to incoming sunlight. Since the ocean waters are less reflective than the ice, they absorb more heat, thereby warming the sea and air, and then, well, melting more ice.

via Recent Arctic warming and ice melt are ‘unprecedented’ in human history. #StopAdani | jpratt27

Trump’s Labor Department Says Employees Don’t Own Their Tips

The National Restaurant Association’s efforts paid off as Congress ultimately voted to change the ACA’s definition of full-time work from 30 hours to 40 hours. The change allowed companies with 50 or more employees to withhold health insurance for employees working under 40 hours, without facing any penalty. The Trump administration has dealt the ACA blow after blow since taking control, most recently ditching subsidies for health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs for low-income individuals. The move was lauded by the National Restaurant Association.

More Power for Owners

Trump’s tip-pooling move would give more power to businesses in an industry where wage theft is already rampant. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) recently released a report that assessed minimum wage violations in the 10 most populous US states. The EPI found that 2.4 million workers are reportedly paid less than the minimum wage in their state. This amounts to about $8 billion in stolen wages every year and, if these states’ numbers are in line with the rest of the country, the national number is probably around $15 billion. According to some studies, one in five workers is already having their tips stolen. This reality is set to get worse with Trump’s Labor Department making decisions and a powerful industry group guiding policy.

via Truth Out Trump’s Labor Department Says Employees Don’t Own Their Tips

Trump Jr. Doesn’t Seem To Know His Dad Designated The FCC Chairman

Donald Trump Jr. managed to spread some fake news Thursday on Twitter.

The president’s son used the platform to criticize supporters of net neutrality after the Federal Communications Commission repealed the Title II protections that kept the internet a public utility. Unfortunately, Trump Jr. doesn’t seem to have all the facts in order.

“I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama’s FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutality actually explain it in detail,” Trump Jr. wrote. “I’d also bet most hadn’t heard of it before this week. #outrage.”

In fact, President Donald Trump designated Ajit Pai the FCC chairman in January. Former President Barack Obama appointed Pai to a five-year term on the commission in 2012, but Democrats fought against his term’s renewal last year. The commission voted to repeal the net neutrality protections in a 3-2 vote, with Pai voting in the majority.

via Trump Jr. Doesn’t Seem To Know His Dad Designated The FCC Chairman | HuffPost

Be Careful Where You Shop Holiday Buyers Beware: 9 Retailers Who Got an ‘F’ Rating for Failing to Take Action on Dangerous Chemicals in Consumer Products

“Children in America today are at an unacceptably high risk of developing neurodevelopmental disorders that affect the brain and nervous system, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disabilities, and other learning and behavioral disabilities,” read the statement, which was endorsed by over a dozen national and international health organizations, including the American Nurses Association, the Child Neurology Society and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

The health professionals made a firm recommendation: “To help reduce the unacceptably high prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders in our children, we must eliminate or significantly reduce exposures to chemicals that contribute to these conditions. … We call on businesses to eliminate neuro­developmental toxicants from their supply chains and products.”

via Be Careful Where You Shop – Wolfessblog — Guillotine mediocrity in all its forms!

Omarosa: I saw things in Trump White House ‘I was very uncomfortable with’

“I’m not going to expand on it because I still have to go back and work with these individuals, but when I have a chance to tell my story, Michael, quite a story to tell as the only African-American woman in this White House as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people. And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear,” she said.

via Omarosa: I saw things in Trump White House ‘I was very uncomfortable with’ | TheHill

Here’s How Much TeleCom Industry Gave Each Republican Who Urged FCC To End Net Neutrality

While Democrats have been united in their opposition to Pai’s plan, net neutrality hasn’t been among the top issues Republicans have been talking about for the past year.  Few have offered much more than tacit support for Trump’s plan to hand the keys to the internet over to broadband owners.  On the eve of the FCC’s vote, however, 107 GOP members of congress came out of the shadows and sent a letter to Ajit Pai offering their full support for the controversial move.

TeleCom providers like Comcast and AT&T have lobbied hard against net neutrality for months, and Republicans in congress have been particularly receptive to their overtures.  Kaleigh Rogers and Jason Koebler at Vice News just revealed how receptive they have been.

They’ve documented how much in “donations” 84 of those members have received from TeleCom industry giants.  Here’s their entire list:

Mo Brooks, Alabama, $26,000
Ron Estes, Kansas, $13,807
Thomas Massie, Kentucky, $25,000
Ralph Norman, South Carolina, $15,050
John Moolenaar, Michigan, $25,000
Neal Dunn, Florida, $18,500

via Verified Politics Here’s How Much TeleCom Industry Gave Each Republican Who Urged FCC To End Net Neutrality

19th Nervous Breakdown

In Saner Thought

As much as I would like to put the Stones on for this post it is actually about Fearless Fosdick, the president.

We all know about his Tweeting propensity, right?  Hopefully I do not have to go back the last 10 months for that would be too much to ask of an aging old professor with health issues…tee hee….wink.

We know whether you are a supporter or like me a detractor that when something that is aimed at him and he takes offense he does what any 7 year old do….he lashes out….only he uses Twitter to bully the people and events that pisses him off.

Luckily for my reader I am not going to subject you to ever mindless rambling brain fart Fearless Fosdick has put on Twitter….(you are welcome)…..no the nervous breakdown I am writing about is the one to come.

By now even if the reader has…

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Studies Show WTC Building 1,2 & 7 Could Not Have Fallen – Why Does The US Still Lie About 9/11?

“The easiest way to carry out a false flag attack is by setting up a military exercise that simulates the very attack you want to carry out. As I’ll detail below, this is exactly how government perpetrators in the US and UK handled the 9/11 and 7/7 ‘terror’ attacks, which were in reality government attacks blamed on ‘terrorists.’ ”

– Eric H. May, a former U.S. Army intelligence and public affairs officer (source)

The latest piece of evidence comes from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, by Dr. J Leory Husley and his team of researchers, who have confirmed that the official explanation surrounding World Trade Centre Building 7 and why it fell is completely false. He is the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair at the University, and he made a presentation of the findings of the study live on September 6, 2017, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It included the detailed findings and conclusions he and his team found as well as the next steps for the study, which included peer review as well as an open period for feedback and criticism.

It was claimed in the official explanation that the building fell due to fire, and this new study  remodelled and recreated the entire day’s events around building 7 and proved very eloquently that the explanation is impossible and that the only logical and physical explanation is controlled demolition.

This was the expected outcome, given the fact that the building was only experiencing fires on a couple of floors — it was not hit by a plane. It’s the same building that multiple mainstream media outlets reported as having collapsed before it actually did. See one example from the BBC here.

You can access the full study here.

via Studies Show WTC Building 1,2 & 7 Could Not Have Fallen – Why Does The US Still Lie About 9/11? | peoples trust toronto