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February 3, 2018

DDT: Week Fifty-four – Moon Precedes Failures

Filed under: Donald Trump — trp2011 @ 10:57 PM
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For anti-science far-right evangelicals, the week had evil omens. On Wednesday, a super blue blood moon—blue because it’s the second full moon within one month—appeared on Wednesday. [Photo by Justin Lane]  Joel 2:31:

“The sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”

On Friday, the Dow Jones dropped 666 points, the name of the coming Antichrist. In between those two days, the Republicans gathered in Virginia after their train crashed to talk about the upcoming midterm elections. Meanwhile, the administration of Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) continues with the State of the Union speech, the release of the Nunes dud memo, and other DDT failures.

Another test to shoot down missiles failed this week, the second failure in seven months. Only nine of 19 attempts since 1999 have been successful in the $40 billion plus system. Last May’s attempt was initially touted as successful, but the missile blew itself up after it was marked as friendly.

The Senate failed to pass the House’s unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban: two women GOP Senators voting no and three male Democrats voting in favor of the false “fetal pain” ban. The bill had also required that the person who performed the abortion must try to save the fetus’s life.

Following protests, a plan to open mining in the Bristol Bay watershed 200 miles southwest of Anchorage (AK) is on hold. The proposed Pebble Mine is 100 miles upstream from the fishery that supplies almost half of the world’s wild sockeye salmon.

Protesters are mobilizing in the UK after British Prime Minister Theresa May invited DDT to London in October 2018. He said, “I think I’m very popular in your country,” but 1.8 billion people in the country with a population of 65 million signed a protest petition.

Nathan Ruser, a 20-year-old Australian college student, figured out that the advertising gimmick “global heat map” searching for areas of exercising reveals sensitive military bases, especially in the Middle East. (Left: The Strava map for Helmand Province, Afghanistan.)  Other security “glitches” from the past include U.S. intelligence contractors putting codenames of classified surveillance programs on LinkedIn in 2014 that allowed people to determine the people and companies worked on specific programs through Transparency Toolkit and ICWATCH. [Note: Strava’s world map is pretty cool!]

Slower internet access unless people pay more still has not been settled so activist Rob Bliss decided to show its problems by claiming to “liberate” drivers in charging them $5 for a newly created “fast lane” in front of the FCC building. The involvement of the police continued to prove his point, as this video shows. Last week, Burger King told its customers that paying $26 extra for a Whopper would get it delivered faster. Both of these examples explain what happens when large corporations control the speed of content based on consumer payments.

Appointments/Resignations:

Brian A. Benczkowski, nominee to lead DOJ’s criminal division, has represented Alfa Bank, a large Russian financial institution with owner ties to Vladimir Putin. The bank was investigated for its connections between DDT’s campaign and Russia. Benczkowski was not confirmed last year but has been reappointed.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, DDT’s pick for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resigned after complaints that she bought tobacco company stock immediately after she got the position which involved overseeing programs for quitting smoking. Fitzgerald’s past included reversing natural aging, trying to fight childhood obesity in Georgia by partnering with Coca-Cola, and owning more tobacco stock.

K.T. McFarland, fired from the national Security Council and nominated for ambassador of Singapore, has withdrawn after a reappointment. She was found lying about not knowing about communications between Michael Flynn and Sergei Kislyak when he was Russian ambassador.

Kathleen Hartnett White, climate denier picked to head the Council on Environmental Quality, is also withdrawn. She maintained that people do not die of pollution and that coal ended slavery.

Ben Carson has been warned of conflict of interest because his son furthered his business interests in organizing the Baltimore “listening tour” last summer for the HUD director. Ben Carson, Jr. is a real estate developer, and Jr.’s wife, Merlynn, received a $485,000 contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for her company, Myriddan.

Victor D. Cha was dropped as a possible nomination for ambassador to South Korea after he expressed concern that the “bloody nose” strategy of a limited strike against North Korea would create a much bigger war. He also disagreed with threats to destroy a bilateral trade deal with South Korea after DDT put tariffs on washing machines and solar energy panels. South Korea has no U.S. ambassador and had already signed off on Cha. His op-ed about DDT and North Korea in the WaPost.

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., the State Department’s top career diplomat, undersecretary of state for political affairs, and third highest ranking official, has resigned after 35 years, leaving the last of five “career ambassadors,” Stephen D. Mull, who is current on sabbatical. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who called Shannon a “walking encyclopedia,” has ignored his experts, and morale is plummeting.

Lawsuits/Decisions:

U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest compared DDT’s immigration acts to those in an authoritarian country and ordered ICE to immediately release immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir. She called the detention unconstitutional and “unnecessarily cruel,” ruling that officials violated his due process rights. Ragbir became a lawful resident in 1994 but was convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy for accepting fraudulent loan applications while working at a mortgage lender. After his prison release from prison, he received four stays of removal and regularly checked in with ICE without breaking any laws. The judge wrote, “The Constitution commands better.”

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 7-3 that DDT cannot remove the director from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because it is financed by the Federal Reserve. Mick Mulvaney has been playing DDT’s acting director of the agency, the court’s next issue, instead of current Acting Director Leandra English. Mulvaney requested no additional funds from the Fed for the upcoming quarter and may turn the predatory payday lending industry loose on its clients.

A federal district court blocked the Texas law mandating the burial or cremation of embryonic of fetal tissue abortions, miscarriage, or treatment for ectopic pregnancy. Last November a federal court overturned the law banning dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions is unconstitutional.

In a ruling by a federal judge that Florida’s lifetime ban on voting for anyone convicted of a felony is unconstitutional, the state gained another 1.2 million voters. Eight other states have the same law, all of them GOP states.

After the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled against gerrymandering in the state, it decided against a recently passed GOP law that kept new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper from regulating the state’s elections, necessary to reinstate voting rights.

For the last three decisions, Chief Justice John Roberts has voted against the right-wing bloc. He probably isn’t going moderate, but he might be slightly embarrassed by accusations that the Supreme Court has become a partisan wing of the executive branch.

DDT is considering the mass arrests of U.S. mayors and governors: Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she ordered federal prosecutors to review “what avenues might be available” to arrest and prosecute mayors of so-called sanctuary cities. The term “sanctuary” status means that police enforce local and state law, leaving federal immigration law to federal officers without violating federal law. These actions would pattern those in Putin’s Russia and Erdoğan’s Turkey.

DDT has stolen billions of dollars in tips from waitpeople, and the Labor Department leadership concealed its internal analysis showing how much the employees will lose by changing the data methodology to hide its impact. The executive order forces people who receive tips to share them with others, including their employers. The public comment period ends February 5, but DDT’s administration ignores all these comments for any changes by calling them bogus. Labor Secretary Frances Perkins would be enraged by these acts.

Sexual Misconduct:

Shares on Steve Wynn’s casino resorts dropped 19 percent, a $462.55 million loss for him. He also won’t be getting his money back from Republicans, despite the demand that the RNC made that Democrats return their donations from Harvey Weinstein. RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said that she’ll give Wynn the benefit of the doubt because he denied his sexual assaults.

People who donate to DDT’s campaign might want to know that 25 percent of their money goes to legal fees connected with Russian meddling in the U.S. elections.

Seventy percent of Republicans want their children to be like DDT because he’s a “good role model” for them. A picture of future Republicans: talk openly about the size of their penises at any time and place, treat women like “shit” (a DDT quote), lie, bully, cheat, hate people of color, put money above all else—the list of the GOP in the future as well as the present.

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