Thursday, August 17, 2017

WLRN Programming Change Ahead ... by gimleteye

Miami's only public radio station has an opportunity to fix its local programming format, now called Tropical Currents, to provide listeners with quality programming equivalent to that of other major American cities.

Certainly, the money is available in the Friends of WLRN budget to upgrade, all around.

Going forward, our recommendation is to rotate hosts; younger, with fresh voices, insights, and perspectives. Try new formats and partnerships. Don't fear peeling back the layers of the Miami-Dade onion and saying so.

Nationally, public broadcasting is (often) fearless in reporting and commentary. WLRN? No and no.

The punches WLRN has pulled in local programming involve sacred cows that deserve their place on the roasting spit. Perhaps not with the spice of Eye On Miami, but well-seasoned would do.

Miami needs strong, local public broadcasting radio programming.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hudstead (aka Homestead) Update. By Geniusofdespair

A new watchdog Facebook Page exists for Hudstead: True Homestead (not to be confused with True Blessing Car Care on Krome Avenue).

Their mission is: This page is to expose corruption and ethical failings in the City of Homestead and its Police... (Tall Order)

Here is a video starring, I think, the owner of the site Dr. James Eric McDonough:



James have you looked at Wayne Rosen? Wayne, I have decided that you should restore the golf course to a park, like they did in Palm Aire (Pompano Beach) because you owe the people of Homestead so much and you have gotten rich off of them. Not a cut the grass park but a more natural park. I think you should talk to The Trust for Public Land. Maybe you can even get tax write-offs. Don't be so greedy Wayne. Help the people who stupidly bought your homes with the promise of a golf course. And, let them form an independent Homeowner's Association. It is time (over 20 years of buildout--come on!).

I think this is a site worth following. It appears to focus on police...I followed all their links.

RUMOR:

Lynda Bell has her house for sale for $385,000 according to Zillow and has already moved to Tallahassee where she has bought some rental property.

Donald Trump: W.W.E the people ... by gimleteye

In Harper's Magazine, Naomi Klein writes an important analysis of Donald Trump, "W.W.E. the people". It is especially insightful in light of the past days' trauma, first instigated by racist and Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia and compounded by President Trump's statements in response.

Klein has Trump's number; the know-nothing, narcissistic savant of infotainment reality television.

Since the election, we’ve heard a few mea culpas from media executives acknowledging that they abetted Trump’s victory by giving him such an outsized portion of their coverage. Yet the biggest gift to Trump was not just airtime but the entire infotainment model of election coverage, which plays up interpersonal dramas between the candidates while largely abandoning the traditional journalistic task of explaining how different candidates’ positions on issues such as health care and regulatory reform will play out in voters’ lives.

Trump didn’t create the problem — he exploited it. And because he understood the conventions of fake reality better than anyone, he took the game to a new level. He didn’t just bring the conventions of reality TV to electoral politics — he mashed them up with another blockbuster entertainment genre also based on cartoonishly fake performances of reality: professional wrestling.

It’s hard to overstate Trump’s fascination with wrestling. He has performed as himself (the ultrarich boss) in World Wrestling Entertainment appearances at least eight times, enough to earn him a place in the W.W.E. Hall of Fame. In a Battle of the Billionaires, he pretended to pound wrestling kingpin Vince McMahon, and then celebrated his victory by publicly shaving McMahon’s head in front of the cheering throng. He also dropped thousands of dollars in cash into the audience of screaming fans. Now he has appointed the former CEO of W.W.E., Linda McMahon (Vince’s wife), to his Cabinet as the head of the Small Business Administration (a detail that has largely been lost amid the daily scandals).

Like The Apprentice, Trump’s side career in pro wrestling exposed and endeared him to a massive audience — in stadiums, on TV, and online. Pro wrestling might be invisible as a cultural force to most liberal voters, but W.W.E. generated $729 million in revenue last year. And Trump did more than pick up votes from this experience — he also picked up tips.

As Matt Taibbi pointed out in Rolling Stone, Trump’s entire campaign had a distinctly W.W.E. quality. He carefully nurtured feuds with other candidates, and handed out insulting nicknames (Little Marco, Lyin’ Ted). He played ringmaster at his own rallies, complete with over-the-top insult-chants (“Killary,” “Lock her up!”), and directed the crowd’s rage at the designated villains: journalists and demonstrators. Outsiders would emerge from these events shaken, not sure what had just happened. What had happened was a cross between a pro-wrestling match and a white-supremacist rally.

Bear in mind Klein writes these words long before the Charlottesville tragedy.

Many observers have noted Trump's deterioration and mental confusion. One sign of dementia is receding into the character traits that represent one's anchors to reality. In Trump's case, the noted "doubling down" on support for Alt Right, Nazis, and racists is simply a factor of no belief held more deeply than the use of the pro wrestling format to separate and to objectify villains and heroes. To Trump, he is the hero he talks about in the third person. Nero said this, Nero did that. In itself, that is unhinged and far below the dignity of a national elected official much less a president.

The villains, though, are just like the tag teams in a pro wrestling contest. They are either good or macabre and frequent shifts of roles is expected by the paying audience who are, when all is said and done, vastly entertained. This is Trump's default view of reality; without any values except what happens inside the ring.

The ring, in this case, is the United States and international relations with sovereign states. They should think more of him, he believes, and come to him on bent knee and in praise like his cabinet officials. After pleasantries, all can retreat to the high dollar seats ringside and watch Donald Trump double down on the nation and the world's problems with views that are bizarre, strange, dangerous and archaic but above all, ready to be slammed down and bounce up just like the good old days, before he was president, and had the world of pro wrestling on a string.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Local Politics: Miami-Dade. By Geniusofdespair

A reader asked: Why don't you write about local politics. One: None of you read the crap. Two: It is a losing battle. You keep electing shit politicians and thus, we are always writing about bad news because we can never get anywhere.

Here is a wrap up of local, lets see how many of you read it:

Francis Suarez - He will be Mayor of the City of Miami. There is no doubt about that. He is a very nice guy. I just hope he can be a leader for the people of the City. I like his mailers so far. I do not support his idea to have a strong mayor as Gimenez has made it obvious how toxic it can be. His friends continue to suck off the tit of County funds. I will vote for Francis.

Daniella Levine Cava - You might think the County Commissioner from District 8 is up for reelection this year by her aggressive campaigning. It won't be till next August. Daniella has already raised $301,309.54. All the even numbered County Commissioners will be up for reelection in August. These are non-partisan so November voting means little in these races.

In the 2018 race to replace Congresswoman Illenan Ros-Lehtinen, only Kristen Rosen Gonzalez is registered. I never heard of the other 3 candidates. I thought I would see Javier Jose Rodriguez and others but none have come out of the woodwork. In Congressman Carlos Curbelo's district 26, there are two democrats running against him: Steven Machat and Steve Smith. Never heard of either of them.

These are all the candidates registered for Governor in 2018 (you can't raise money till you register) but your PAC/ECO can be raising money hand over fist, so it is still early:


Josue Larose is a phantom candidate that registers for a lot of stuff. Out of this group I would vote for Gwen Graham.

In the last election the Republicans put a ringer Democrat into Florida Congressional District 38 to siphon off votes from Jason Pizzo in the primary. Don't be fooled again. Do not, under any circumstances, vote for the DINO Daphne Campbell in the primary. She is the worst Democrat I ever encountered. A totally awful woman, sleazy too. Tell all your friend in the North Beach Cities to vote for Pizzo.

Congressional District 115 has no incumbent. Jeffrey Solomon is there, again.

My Congressional District is 112. I will have to write myself in. I would not vote for the Democrat Nicholas Duran. I hope another Democrat enters the race. I would vote for the Republican Rosa Palomino if we had more Democrats in the House but because we are so over-loaded with Republicans in the State, I have to write myself in here. I would be a good candidate, better than Duran. But, I will not run.

Okay you wanted local - so read it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

This is America until voters prove otherwise ... by gimleteye

"A man of no convictions, no habits, no traditions, no name…by the strangest freaks of chance, as it seems, rises above the seething parties…and without attaching himself to any one of them, advances to a prominent position. The incompetence of his colleagues, the weakness and insignificance of his opponents, the frankness of the deception, and the dazzling and self-confident limitation of the man raise him…. His childish insolence and conceit gain him…glory. Innumerable so-called chance circumstances attend him everywhere. The disfavour into which he falls…turns to his advantage…. He was several times on the verge of destruction, and was every time saved in an unexpected fashion…. A whole series of outrages is perpetrated on the almost unarmed inhabitants. And the men perpetrating these atrocities, and their leader most of all, persuade themselves that it is noble, it is glory, that it is like Cæsar and Alexander of Macedon, and that it is fine. That ideal of glory and of greatness, consisting in esteeming nothing one does wrong, and glorying in every crime, and ascribing to it an incomprehensible, supernatural value—that ideal, destined to guide this man and those connected with him, is elaborated on a grand scale…. His ignoble [acts], abandoning his comrades in misfortune, does him good service…. At the moment when, completely intoxicated by the success of his crimes and ready for the part he has to play, he arrives...entirely without any plan…. He has no sort of plan; he is afraid of everything; but all parties clutch at him and insist on his support. He alone—with the ideal of glory and greatness he has acquired…, with his frenzy of self-adoration, with his insolence in crime, and his frankness in mendacity—he alone can justify what has to be accomplished.”

—Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (1869, Constance Garnett Translation)

Maureen Dowd asks: Will the Blowhards Blow Us Up? By Geniusofdespair



Dowd says we have a couple of " chubby brats with big missiles and short fuses". And, she said, that "Pyongyang goaded Trump with this nutty line":

"We consider the U.S. no more than a lump which we can beat to jelly any time."

Well said!

On to Marco Rubio....

Venezuela is very angry at him. Instead of taking care of his constituents voting right on healthcare to preserve affordable pre-existing coverage, he is meddling in no win politics in Venezuela. Well the Miami Herald now said  "Powerful Venezuelan lawmaker may have issued death order against Rubio" Diosdado Cabello to name names. I don't wish Rubio dead but what the hell is he doing entangled in Venezuela? LISTEN TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS MARCO!

On Alt Right (euphemism for White Supremacist/Neo Nazi's) Violence and Hate Speak in Virginia....

Donald Trump talks of violence on all sides instead on denouncing the hate speech that occurred.  Even David Duke, the former grand wizard of the KKK acknowledged that the Alt Right supported Trump and he wanted to be sure to remind him of that:
“We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump. Because he said he’s going to take our country back. That’s what we gotta do.”
Exactly from whom are we taking our country back? As far as I can tell the United State is run by Republicans so maybe that is what David Duke means. I would like to take back our country from the selfish party.

The Daily Stormer (Neo-Nazi website) had this to say about the dead woman, killed by the Neo Nazi man driving the car:
The woman killed in yesterday’s road rage incident has been identified as Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old overweight slob with no children.
Here’s five fat facts you need to know.
1) She was Fat and a Drain on Society
Despite feigned outrage by the media, most people are glad she is dead, as she is the definition of uselessness. A 32-year-old woman without children is a burden on society and has no value. - cut -
Dear White Supremacists: Move to Canada's West Coast and you will avoid African Americans. I only counted 10 in Vancouver (I counted because this one minority was noticeably missing, although there were many Asians) and they might have been tourists. I passed thousands of people on the streets. However, it will be hard to find a place without women who are a "drain on society."

You Crazy MF's just might start hating the Asians and leave Women, Blacks and Jews alone. Don't go to the East Coast of Canada, I hear they might be letting in the Haitians Trump has blocked from entering the "lump that can be beat to jelly".
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Anyway, love you all (not really) but I just returned and need to do stuff. After walking on a melting slushy glacier, fed by a receding ice field, and experiencing 90 degree temperatures in the high altitudes of the Canadian Rockies, and swimming in a glacial lake,  I have to rethink things.

The Athabasca Glacier of the Columbia Icefield (background) - Canada
Another view: The Athabasca Glacier of the Columbia Icefield (background) - Canada
 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Por Que Orlando, Pero No Miami? ... by gimleteye

Congratulations to the Sierra Club Central Florida Group, Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign, and the First 50 Coalition, a broad-based alliance led by the League of Women Voters of Orange County, and many thanks to Orlando's Mayor Buddy Dyer, Sustainability Director Chris Castro, and the Orlando City Council on making this important commitment!

Orlando is the third city in Florida to commit to 100% clean, renewable energy, following St. Petersburg and Sarasota.  

If you would like to participate in this campaign and target your city for a 100 % renewable energy commitment, please contact Phil Compton, Sierra Club Florida's lead state organizer on the Ready for 100 Campaign, at phil.compton@sierraclub.org.

Regards,

Frank


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Frank Jackalone
Senior Organizing Manager/ Florida Chapter Director
1990 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Office: 727-824-8813, x302;  Cell: 727-804-1317



Orlando Becomes Largest Florida City To Commit To 100% Clean and Renewable Energy

ORLANDO - The Orlando City Commission today unanimously approved a resolution establishing a goal to move Orlando to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050. Orlando is now the largest city in Florida to make such a commitment and joins a growing movement of more than three dozen cities nationwide that have committed to a 100 percent clean energy future.

Council chambers were filled with elated members of the First 50 Coalition, a broad-based alliance led by the League of Women Voters of Orange County that is pushing for sustainability in Central Florida.
“Today, Orlando takes its place on the regional, state and national stage as a forward-thinking city committed to a healthier, sustainable future,” said LWVOC Co-President Carol Davis. “This is a first, important step, and we plan to continue to support and encourage the City to follow with concrete measures that solidify this commitment.”
Orlando represents the 40th city in the United States to commit to move to 100 percent clean and renewable energy. Mayor Buddy Dyer has already championed multiple green energy initiatives, including signing the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda in the past few months. In June, Mayor Dyer signed onto the Sierra Club’s Mayors for 100% Clean Energy campaign and endorsed a vision of powering all of Orlando with 100 percent clean energy. Other Florida cities that have committed to transition to 100 percent clean and renewable energy include St. Petersburg and Sarasota.

The local NAACP branch, a key member of the First 50 Coalition, praised the City Commission’s vote. “We stand in support with the Orlando City Commission, in realizing the importance of renewable energy to it residents, by taking the necessary actions to begin the transformation,” said Beverlye Colson Neal, president of the NAACP’s local branch. “We look forward to working with the City to educate the residents of the importance and advantages of renewable energy as we move into the future.”

Sara Isaac, LWVOC’s Director of Partnerships, agreed. “We applaud the City of Orlando for looking ahead to the future and seeing that a better tomorrow is possible if we take bold action today,” Isaac said. “Orlando is a young city that is just now beginning to fully realize its possibilities. This action showcases Orlando as a potential powerhouse player on the national stage.”

Commissioners Regina Hill and Samuel Ings 
listen as Sierra Club Central Florida Group leader 
Marj Holt explains how 100% Clean Energy 
for All will benefit the entire Orlando community. 
In a letter sent to commissioners urging their support, First 50 acknowledged that Orlando has already taken significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, praising in particular Green Works Orlando and Smart ORL, which boosted Orlando down a path of clean-energy and sustainability.

Orlando’s vote was applauded by Phil Compton, senior organizing representative with the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign in Florida, and a member of the First 50 Coalition.



“All across our state and our nation, cities are committing to a future powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy for all,” Compton said. “Today, Orlando joins this growing movement of cities that are ready for 100 percent clean, renewable energy."
First 50, which includes civic, environmental, industry and faith-based organizations, believes Orlando’s progress toward sustainability will encourage other communities to follow suit. The Coalition includes the League of Women Voters of Orange County, IDEAS For Us, Organize Florida, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, FL SUN, Sierra Club’s Ready for 100, Central Florida Sierra Club, ESA Renewables, Orange Audubon Society, Climate Reality Orlando Chapter, Florida Citizens for Science, Tarflower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Florida Renewable Energy Association, Citizens' Climate Lobby - Orlando, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

Media Coverage of Tuesday's historic action by Orlando City Council has been extensive and is expected to continue in this weekend'sOrlando Sentinel


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Eh! In Canada during a heatwave. By Geniusofdespair

well it is very hot here in the Canadian Rockies. It was 89 degrees yesterday in Jasper. I went swimming in 2 glacial lakes. Lake Louise I did the swim on a $10 bet. The lake here I did it on my own. It was great. Well, my $600 plus hotel room is like an oven. No AC here. I came to Canada to cool off. Hah! That didn't happen! It was cold on the glacier but no where else. All the grass is brown. Not enough rain. The tour guide said the pine trees are dying off because of a beetle infestation. She said they once died off in winter's cold but, alas, it is never cold enough for them to die off so thousands of acres of red pines exist. That is dead pines in case you are bad at making the translation -- red means dead.

Canadians believe in climate change. They see it.

Tampa Bay Times: The unvarnished truth about climate change ... by gimleteye



Tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson‏ @neiltyson 2h2 hours ago

Odd. No one is in denial of America’s Aug 21 total solar eclipse. Like Climate Change, methods & tools of science predict it.

Another in a string of excellent OPED's pointing out that Republicans and President Trump are on the far, dark side of history when it comes to climate change denialism. Clearly, GOP campaign contributors know that climate change is real. Oh, there are some who are so convinced -- by virtue of ideology or wealth -- that "the weather is always changing". They refuse to read or to understand the science.

So be it. The rest of America must begin to understand that the refusal to ACT NOW on climate change is a dismal expression of mankind's worst instincts: to selfishness, greed, and the accumulation of unlimited power.

Voters need to elevate the response to climate change to the first order of priority in selecting candidates for public office. There is no time to wait.


Editorial: The unvarnished truth about climate change
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 4:43pm


The latest federal report on the Earth's warming climate doesn't mince words about the disturbing trends, man's contributions or the dangers that millions across the globe already face, especially in low-lying coastal areas in Florida and elsewhere. It is yet another call to action for federal, state and local officials — and they all have a role to play in curbing emissions of heat-trapping gases, shoring up infrastructure, improving flood control and finding more efficient ways for societies to grow and manage their populations.

Drafted by scientists at 13 federal agencies, the report cited the warming trend as "global, long term and unambiguous." Global temperatures have increased by about 1.6 degrees over the past 150 years, the study found, and thousands of studies have created "many lines of evidence" to conclude that human activity is primarily behind the changing climate. The authors found it "extremely likely" that most of the warming since 1951 was caused by humans, and that even if emissions were to cease, existing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would cause temperatures to increase at least a half-degree Fahrenheit over this century.

The report, by 30 lead authors representing agencies such as NASA, federal laboratories, the private sector and universities, is part of the National Climate Assessment. That is a congressionally mandated analysis that seeks to build on the existing science and provide a snapshot of the current state of climate change. It found an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather, and warming in the Arctic at twice the rate of the global average — a phenomenon that could impact sea levels, the weather and other patterns in the lower 48 states. One-third of the sea level rise since 1880 has occurred since 1990, and coastal communities from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic are at increasing risk of routine flooding, saltwater intrusion into the drinking water supply and the collapse of roads, utilities and other vital infrastructure. That puts Florida's east and west coastlines at risk, yet Gov. Rick Scott's administration has been less aggressive than local governments in South Florida and Tampa Bay in addressing the challenges.

The findings contradict the talking points of the Trump administration, which has openly questioned the science behind climate change and the degree that humans contribute to it, and which has moved to reverse the clean-air initiatives of the Obama White House. The unpublished analysis was made available to the New York Times days before Sunday's deadline for the 13 federal agencies to approve the report. Making the report public at least forces the Trump administration to explain why it does or does not stand behind the science.

This national assessment lays a foundation for securing federal funding and regulatory direction on climate policy, and it offers state and local governments the technical assistance they need to incorporate the impact of climate change into their planning for infrastructure, land use and other long-term issues. States and cities, though, cannot cede all responsibility to the federal government. Studies show Florida, for example, has invested trillions of dollars in infrastructure with virtually no consideration given to rising sea levels. Rising seas could swell Tampa Bay up to 19 inches over the next quarter-century, putting tens of thousands of residents at risk. The federal study is another wake-up call about a threat that is real, here and more pressing by the day.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Republican Party In Palm Beach Lauds GOP Anti-Environmental Crusader ... by gimleteye


Alfie Fanjul (l) and Pepe Fanjul (r), top Palm Beach County Republican donor. The brothers head a billionaire dollar empire carved out of federal subsidies and corporate welfare programs protecting Big Sugar, the primary polluter of Everglades wetlands

The Republican Party of Palm Beach County has invited James O'Keefe to be its keynote speaker at its mid-summer event.

A press release describes O'Keefe as "an award winning journalist". In fact, he is better known as a right-wing activist who infiltrated ACORN and an office of Planned Parenthood and also invites legal action against himself.

In 2010, O'Keefe was convicted of breaking into the offices of Sen. Marie Landrieu:

Conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe was sentenced to three years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine after he pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor charges stemming from his involvement in a break-in at Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) office. In January, O’Keefe and three others were arrested by federal authorities at Landrieu’s office on allegations of phone-tampering. Prosecutors initially said they caught four individuals in the process of committing a felony, but the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors."

O'Keefe and the Florida GOP meant to time his visit to Palm Beach County -- where virulent anti-environmentalism is coordinated through the Fanjul & US Sugar Corporation cartel -- with revelations of his incursion into the League Of Conservation Voters; an attack rebuffed yesterday by LCV with the California Attorney General.

The local GOP press release crows, "O’Keefe was ultimately credited with having a significant impact on the 2016 presidential elections for his October Surprise video series."

In "Has James O’Keefe Accidentally Stung Himself Again?", New Yorker writer Jane Mayer -- who chronicled influence peddling of the nation's largest polluters in "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right" -- writes:
In the latest chapter of his strange career, the League of Conservation Voters, a national environmental-advocacy group, has filed a complaint against three individuals who infiltrated its operations, at least two of whom, the group alleges, “could be associated with” O’Keefe and have past ties to him. The group’s leaders recently began to suspect that they were being scammed, and decided to go to the authorities before O’Keefe or his alleged associates released any material on their own.
The timing of the Florida GOP conspiracy with O'Keefe occurs within context of a massive erosion of environmental rules and regulations by the Trump White House.

It is the identical strategy Florida polluters are planning to blend into the important 2018 political races where Big Sugar's main apologist, Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam, is poised to be the GOP candidate to replace Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott, who counts on campaign financial support from Big Sugar, will likely aim for the senate seat held by incumbent Democratic Bill Nelson.

Overshadowing Florida's nasty, anti-people and anti-environmental politics is a recent report by federal scientists to the Trump administration calling climate change a greater, current threat to economic and national security than earlier estimates. According to the New York Times:
The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.
The Trump White House has not released or commented on the report and was hoping, perhaps, that a titillating "explosive" revelation against LCV would help its cause in climate change denial.

Governor Rick Scott has prohibited state agencies and staff from using the words, "climate change", although Florida's economy, real estate and tax base is most vulnerable to its impacts in the nation. Recently, the US Department of Agriculture ordered "climate change" to be similarly deleted from its communications.

In the New Yorker report, Mayer contacted O'Keefe for comment. He responded:
“I don’t comment on investigations real or imagined, or work with mainstream reporters who operate in bad faith,” he told me. In 2016, I wrote an article for this magazine about O’Keefe’s bungled attempt to sting George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, a liberal nonprofit group that O’Keefe had targeted.

O'Keefe, in his role feeding the beast of disinformation through channels like Fox News, Breitbart, Infowars and Rush Limbauch, will dine on lobster tails at the Palm Beach GOP anti-environmental love-fest at the Polo Club of Boca Raton, 5400 Champion Boulevard, Boca Raton at 6:30PM on August 17.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Climate Change: New York Times. By Geniusofdespair

The average temperature in the U.S. has risen drastically since 1980, according to a draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies.

The report, obtained by The Times, concludes that Americans are already feeling the effects of climate change. That contradicts claims by President Trump’s administration, whose approval is required for the document to be released officially.

“It’s a fraught situation,” a professor who was not involved in the study told us. “This is the first case in which an analysis of climate change of this scope has come up in the Trump administration, and scientists will be watching very carefully to see how they handle it.”

Read a draft of report.