Saturday, June 3, 2017

In the woods today.

At what age can one quit re-inventing one's self?

Most of my life I've felt capable of doing the things I really wanted to do. #HowCouldIBeSoDelusional?

Paris Agreement. Nicaragua, Syria and the U.S. vs. the rest of the world. Trump has called climate change a hoax. Do we really think that 200 countries' leaders are being duped by a hoax?  The only hoax is Trump.

Then again.  Who knows. Maybe clean water, clean air and food are not really that important. When Trump owned casinos that issue rarely came across his desk.

President Transparency may invoke executive privilege.   That didn't take long.

Trump learned that he could personally be enriched while bankrupting his companies.  We elected him, so obviously we should let him continue to do what he has done well all this life. What's wrong with grabbing something along the way?


Lunch with my daughter


Scott Pruitt, the administrator the E.P.A., spoke to members of the news media at the White House on Friday.
Does Donald Trump Still Think Climate Change Is a Hoax? No One Can Say


No one working for President Trump who was sent out to explain his decision on the Paris accords knows or would say if he believes in climate change.


It was a good Friday at Cinco Ranch area restaurant


The Central Intelligence Agency's headquarters in Langley, Va., in January. The Trump administration is returning its copies of a 6,700-page Senate report about the detention and interrogation of prisoners in secret C.I.A. jails.
Trump Administration Returns Copies of Report on C.I.A. Torture to Congress


The move raises the possibility that the few existing copies of the 6,700-page report could be locked in Senate vaults and never made public.  #Transparency



A wind farm near Berlin. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Mr. Trump's actions
Leaders Lament U.S. Withdrawal, but Say It Won't Stop Climate Efforts


On the heels of President Trump's decision to pull out of the 195-nation Paris climate accord, other nations say they'll move on "with or without the United States."


Graham B. Spanier, center, a former Penn State president, arrived for his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., on Friday.
Former Penn State President Gets Jail Time in Child Molestation Scandal


The former president, Graham B. Spanier, must serve at least two months in jail for failing to report Jerry Sandusky's molestation of a boy in a locker room.

U.S. Unemployment at 16-Year Low, but Economy's Weak Spots Remain


Unemployment fell to 4.3 percent, the Labor Department said, but largely because participation in the work force declined. Payrolls grew by 138,000.


Solar panels on the roof of a shop in a settlement in Bangalore, India.
India, Once a Coal Goliath, Is Fast Turning Green


As the United States drops out of the Paris climate pact, New Delhi is canceling coal-fired power plants and investing heavily in renewable energy sources.


Gross receipts and rounds played were down last year at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, in the Bronx. It was the second year of operation for the course, one of the city's 13 municipal golf complexes.
Trump Golf Course Struggles in Bronx, Where Many Can't Afford to Play


Revenue at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point is shrinking after two years, and many nearby residents say the fees are too high for the area.





Griffin: “This Wouldn’t Be Happening To A Guy.”

by jonathanturley
We recently discussed the controversy surrounding Kathy Griffin and her disgusting image of a bloody severed head of President Donald Trump.  Griffin held an equally bizarre press conference on Friday that first took responsibility for the scandal and then insisted that she is being set up by white men and blatant sexism.  If this was an effort by attorney Lisa Bloom to repackage the scandal, it was a miserable failure.  In a rambling press conference, she insisted “Cut the crap, this wouldn’t be happening to a guy."  Indeed, it would.  If Anderson Cooper held up the bloody severed head of Donald Trump on CNN, he would also be looking at the end of his journalistic career as would other comedians like Jerry Seinfeld.

What Happened This Week
President Trump announced he is pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, saying the international climate accord was not a good deal for American workers and the American economy. The reaction was swift.

Here’s what the president said in full, with fact checks and analysis from NPR reporters, including this: Trump promised new negotiations — either to re-enter the Paris accord on better terms or to create a new deal altogether. But the leaders of France, Germany and Italy rejected that idea: “We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible.”

The line most touted by Trump and his campaign was this: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” But as NPR’s Jessica Taylor noted, Trump lost the county that Pittsburgh is in. Scott Detrow adds that Pittsburgh’s coal jobs have flatlined and it has seen a boom in the natural gas industry, so the Paris accord would very likely have helped, not hurt, the city.


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