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particledots
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Re:Brace for Impact
Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 09:11 AM CDT

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Nothing unusual happened. Maybe you could relax a little? In deference to your stern, heart felt warning, please keep all informed if ya feel something hit.

Daug



https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/26/trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-people-in-u-s-military/
particledots
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Re:Brace for Impact
Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 09:34 AM CDT

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Nothing unusual happened. Maybe you could relax a little? In deference to your stern, heart felt warning, please keep all informed if ya feel something hit.

Daug



https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/25/john-mccain-healthcare-senate-vote-republicans
MikeRobinson
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Re:Brace for Impact
Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 09:57 AM CDT

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/25/john-mccain-healthcare-senate-vote-republicans


Isn’t it time that Americans had access to the same thing that Englishmen and Canadians have been able to take for granted?   The “for-profit” people have had a quarter-century to tell us how good it was going to be ... and they had the brother of their CEO (Sen. Frist) in the Senate the entire time, in what never seemed to be considered a conflict of interest.

The House and Senate bills do not contain verbiage to “repeal Obamacare.”   (Read them for yourself at The Library of Congress research web-site.)   But they do contain a give-away of billions of dollars, no strings attached, under the euphemism of “Premium Support,” to these industries which still cannot make the numbers work.

They don’t work ... not for shareholders, nor for providers, nor especially for patients ... and they never will.   You cannot provide health care for profit.   You cannot “pay for health care” for profit.   The ACA was everything that the industry lobbyists bought-and-paid for, and their concept is still failing miserably.   The time has come to replace it with Single-Payer.

If we can spend billions of dollars a month killing people in far-away places, we can damned sure spend much less than that, taking care of people at home.   Medical bills are the number-one cause of bankruptcy in the United States.   The right to have access to health care is an inalienable human right guaranteed by the Constitution:   the right to Life.   If you need health care, “just walk in and take it.”
chikoppi
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Re:Brace for Impact
Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 11:38 AM CDT

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“The Developed World” was to provide $100 Billion a Year to “Developing Countries,” in order to help them clean up their act, and this number was a floor.   I’m sorry, but that’s an extremely large amount of money in play, not accountable to the Government therefore to the People of any participating nation, and without clear specification of how and on what the money is actually to be spent.


That is a wildly inaccurate reading. Every single project financed by the fund is laid out in great specificity and transparency is a requirement of the agreement.

http://www.greenclimate.fund/what-we-do/projects-programmes#portlet_101_INSTANCE_Hreg2cAkDEHL

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Whereas, we could make very good use of that money within the United States, within the context of the US EPA that we already own. (1) Implicit, also, in this money-giveaway rhetoric is that “developing countries” are actually the root cause of the problem (2) and that vast sums of money would not simply be frittered away in graft and corruption.(3)


1) The monetary goal is a measure of total private and public funds made available for financing. The US government has made a $1B contribution to the funds, out of a total $3B voluntary commitment. We still bear the costs of mitigating our own emissions, with or without the agreement.

http://www.wri.org/blog/2015/10/insider-getting-100-billion-climate-finance-how-close-are-we
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/private-finance/press-release-lpaa-focus-private-finance-cop21/

2) Developing countries outstrip developed nations in total emissions and are less capable of addressing those causes.

3) Without the agreement there will be less global mitigation and less transparency and accountability from developing nations.

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chikoppi
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Re:Brace for Impact
Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 11:40 AM CDT

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The time has come to replace it with Single-Payer.


Hey, we agree again!

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MikeRobinson
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Re:Brace for Impact
Wednesday, July 26 2017 @ 04:43 PM CDT

Chikoppi, I think that we can let the discussion wind down at this point.   (As they say, “on your final.” )   I recall that President Trump, while announcing his intention to withdraw from Paris, in the next sentence also announced that the US would seek to negotiate a replacement – or a modification – that is fair to the US.   Climate issues are important, but Paris is IMHO simply a bad deal.   Few problems are really solved by throwing money at them.   A much more skeptically-considered scientific premise, and much better financial accountability, and probably a much-reduced scope-of-work, would IMHO produce a much more satisfactory and durable change.
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Re:Brace for Impact
Thursday, July 27 2017 @ 06:14 PM CDT

Quote by: Daugrin


Nothing unusual happened. Maybe you could relax a little? In deference to your stern, heart felt warning, please keep all informed if ya feel something hit.

Daug



https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/27/anthony-scaramucci-white-house-reince-priebus-steve-bannon
particledots
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Re:Brace for Impact
Monday, July 31 2017 @ 08:38 AM CDT

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/30/observer-view-of-donald-trump-unifit-for-office

"The common factor in all these situations is Trump’s self-induced powerlessness and ignorance, his chronic lack of credibility and presidential authority and consequent perceptions of US and western weakness. And in the case of all three actual or potential adversaries – North Korea, Iran and Russia – these perceptions are highly dangerous. Precisely because US responses, actions and reactions can no longer be relied upon or predicted, by friends and enemies alike, the potential for calamitous miscalculation is growing. This uncertainty, like the chaos in the White House and the extraordinary disarray of the American body politic, stems from Trump’s glaring unfitness for the highest office. As is now becoming ever plainer, this threatens us all."
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Re:Brace for Impact
Monday, July 31 2017 @ 02:51 PM CDT

Farewell Mooch ..... at least there's no chaos over there

my most recent song: "First Light (solo piano)"
 
MikeRobinson
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Re:Brace for Impact
Wednesday, August 02 2017 @ 10:32 AM CDT

Quote by: particledots
"The common factor in all these situations is Trump’s self-induced powerlessness and ignorance, his chronic lack of credibility and presidential authority and consequent perceptions of US and western weakness. And in the case of all three actual or potential adversaries – North Korea, Iran and Russia – these perceptions are highly dangerous. Precisely because US responses, actions and reactions can no longer be relied upon or predicted, by friends and enemies alike, the potential for calamitous miscalculation is growing. This uncertainty, like the chaos in the White House and the extraordinary disarray of the American body politic, stems from Trump’s glaring unfitness for the highest office. As is now becoming ever plainer, this threatens us all."



Is anybody ever really “fit” to hold this damnable Office?   The President is in a nearly-impossible position, as has been observed by Presidents including George Washington.   He is the commander-in-chief of the military, but he has almost no civil power whatsoever.

As long as a nut-bag in North Korea is playing with missiles, Iran and Russia are the least of our concerns.   But, the CinC is not going to start barking out orders on his own.   The entire world is threatened by this loose cannon, and, in time, the entire world is going to have to deal with him ... hopefully without giving him the War that he and/or his handlers so-earnestly (and, so-perversely) desire(s).   We should not expect to know about the top-secret discussions that must be going on around the world right now.   The response, when it comes, cannot come from any one country and might not be (entirely) military.   (After all, he wants to be invaded ... he, or his handlers, think that War would make him more significant and powerful.)

I consider the “chaos in the White House” to, in fact, be purposeful.   We know from his business record that Mr. Trump likes to be disruptive, likes to keep people off their guard.   He turned that reputation into money by starring in The Apprentice, basically a TV show of his own devising.

We have never had a President like this one – never.   He is neither a career politician nor a retired military officer.   He brings an entirely new viewpoint as to how the Office is to be conducted ... and that, I think, is precisely why the public selected him over the person that Washington, DC confidently expected “to win, of course.”   Don’t expect him to approach any situation in the “politically correct” way that we have come to expect from politicians.   This man possesses a very keen grasp of human nature, and he is shrewd.   The old-guard in DC has no idea how to deal with the challenge that he represents.   (They are not accustomed to being challenged by anyone about anything.)

Why, he doesn’t appear to be doing anything “that he is supposed to” . . .

But, I also think that he is deadly serious about what he is doing.   In fact, I judge him to be passionate about what he is doing.