Diversity Is Not America’s Strength, Republican Congressman Steve King Says

Republican Congressman Steve King said that America’s strength has nothing to do with diversity in a series of tweets Friday night.

King, a representative of Iowa, linked to an article from the Voice of Europe that quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban saying that all cultures should not be mixed because it’s “against common sense.”

via Diversity Is Not America’s Strength, Republican Congressman Steve King Says


Hate Groups Are Growing Under Trump

According to research by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups has been increasing rapidly since 2000. Heidi Beirich, director of the Center’s Intelligence Project, links the rise in recruitment to the 2000 census that predicted whites would be a minority by 2042. Beirich says there’s been another spike following the election of Donald Trump, particularly among alt-right organizations who have attached themselves directly to the current president. In an interview filmed at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival, Beirich says that Trump’s limited commentary on hate crimes shows his lack of concern.

via Hate Groups Have Risen Under Trump Says the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Heidi Beirich – The Atlantic

Update on the Waikato family poisoned by wild boar meat, and the anomalies surrounding the official diagnosis

Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

by Michelle Read
(Posted on Facebook today)

The International Society for Infectious Diseases asked on the 18th November for clarification because this is unlikely to be botulism. A number of medical professionals have contacted us within NZ and stated that this family cannot have contracted botulism because of the timing of the onset of symptoms, the symptom of loss of consciousness, and the fact that botulism is not contracted from fresh meat.

The family is facing a massive medical bill after they were made ill following a meal of wild boar.

Officials are still to confirm botulism, but it is the ‘only thing’ they are testing for. And now the report says ‘confirmation will take months’.

ACC has told them they don’t ‘qualify’ for compensation and botulism is not covered by ACC.

We are not making the statement that this is poisoning from pest control operations, but at the same…

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Orange guy draws hundreds to his cult rally in Pensacola

o, I was quite shocked to read the lede sentence in an online story by WEAR-TV that said…

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR)  — President Donald Trump told hundreds gathered at the Pensacola Bay Center – and more than 33,000 people on Channel 3’s Facebook Live broadcast – to “go out and vote for Roy Moore” one hour into his Make America Great Again-style visit to Northwest Florida.
That’s hundreds with an “H”. The Pensacola Bay Center holds 12,000 people, people. And, BTW, WEAR-TV is a Sinclair Broadcasting station, which is owned by Russia (not really, but close).

Anyway, if Hair Furher can’t fill a venue in the Buckle of the Bible Belt, he is in deep Trump.

via Daily Kos Orange guy draws hundreds to his cult rally in Pensacola

Roy Moore’s small hometown knew something the rest of us didn’t, in 2012

There’s an anti-hometown effect at play for Roy Moore. Alabamians like him less than an average run-of-the-mill, establishment, East-Coast, fat-cat Republican like Romney. The people he grew up with, people who knew him best, they disliked him even more. That’s almost certainly because they went shopping at the mall he was banned from, knew the football games he tried to pick-up high-schoolers at, and saw him creeping at high-school dances as a 32 year old.

30+ years later, in 2012, 6,000 of those people decided they knew enough about Roy Moore to cross party lines and vote for a Democrat. At the time, Vance was perplexed at why he did so well in Moore’s hometown:

via Daily Kos Roy Moore’s small hometown knew something the rest of us didn’t, in 2012.

Let All the Sunshine In

Cheer yourself on. Pick yourself up off the floor. No matter what, you have a choice to feel better. Take a chance on feeling better now.

Retrain your mind. There are certain signals now that trigger your mind. Reform your signals. Start all over. Do this any hour of the day or night.

You have been letting something trigger you. You call some days good days. You have the wherewithal to call any day a good day. You can choose the kind of day you will have. You are not helpless.

Now choose choicer choices. You can do it. Anyone can do it.

Now I steer you in worthwhile directions. This isn’t escapism. If to you a little happiness is escapism, go ahead and be an escapist from worry. Happiness does exist. It exists for you. Allow yourself happiness. You are meant for happiness right now.

via Let All the Sunshine In | Heavenletters

Betting Wrong: GE Takes Big Loss as Fossils Lose to Renewables

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Snooze you lose.

Renewables are the future. GE the latest to miss the trend.

Don’t be too hard on them – they’re not alone.  We are seeing a “disruption of unprecedented scope and speed,”


ZURICH/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N) said Thursday it is axing 12,000 jobs at its global power business, the struggling industrial conglomerate’s latest effort to shrink itself into a more focused company.

The U.S. company launched the cuts to save $1 billion in 2018 at its Power business, saying it expects dwindling demand for fossil fuel power plants to continue. GE’s cuts follow a decision by rival Siemens AG to slash 6,900 jobs in the face of a global shift by electric utilities away from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar.

GE did not give a breakdown of the job cuts, which represent about…

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Federally recognized tribes should brace for possible termination policy under Trump

Alaska Indigenous

Whether we like it or not, Saglutupiaġataq (“the compulsive liar” in Iñupiatun) is now president of the United States and Republicans control Congress. Federally recognized Alaska Native and American Indian tribes should brace for the worst, including the possibility that Congress may move to terminate federally recognized tribes.

The termination era of 1953 to 1968 involved Congress stripping tribes of their lands and criminal jurisdiction. The policy was thinly disguised as an attempt to lift American Indians and Alaska Natives out of poverty by assimilating them into mainstream society. However the real goal was to privatize and ransack American Indian and Alaska Native lands.

From the American Indian Relief Council:

From 1953-1964 109 tribes were terminated and federal responsibility and jurisdiction was turned over to state governments. Approximately 2,500,000 acres of trust land was removed from protected status and 12,000 Native Americans lost tribal affiliation. The lands were sold to non-Indians the tribes lost…

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Florida rally cheers when Republican predicts Trump’s Jerusalem embassy decision may usher in Armageddon

conservative politician at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida suggested that the president’s controversial decision to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may usher in the biblical end times.

via Raw Story Florida rally cheers when Republican predicts Trump’s Jerusalem embassy decision may usher in Armageddon


The United Nations General Assembly in New York passed six resolutions on Thursday affirming Palestinian rights and condemning Israeli violations of international law, Middle East Monitor reported.

According to one resolution (‘Jerusalem’), “the Assembly reiterated that any actions by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem were illegal and therefore null and void.”

This resolution was adopted by 151 votes in favor to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, United States), with 9 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Honduras, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo), the Monitor said.

via Middle East Rising UN votes 151-6 against Israel, an ‘occupying power’ with no rights to Jerusalem

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