Battling Trump Lies: Denial Isn’t a River in Egypt

In attacking and blacklisting CNN, Donald Trump launched an assault on free press

I recently read a sobering report on climate change; apparently, the pace of the predicted rise in sea levels is accelerating. The effects will not be uniform–some areas will see a more rapid rise than others. As the introductory paragraphs noted, polar ice is melting and the seas are rising faster than at any time in at least 2,800 years. The sea […]

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Carrots and Sticks: the Republican Climate Change Proposal

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On Friday, a climate-change denier was confirmed to head the EPA. This comes as Trump and the Republicans gut environmental regulations, including those preventing coal companies from dumping toxic waste into our rivers and streams. Nevertheless, hope springs eternal. In the midst of the crazy that is the Trump Administration–in the face of Congressional Republicans’ stubborn denial of science and […]

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Your Congress at Work: Gutting Financial Reform & Environmental Protections

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The Congressional GOP is running the show in Washington, and clearly feeling its oats.  They aren’t even embarrassed about moving quickly to pollute the environment and remove rules intended to protect Americans from a variety of threats, physical and financial. As Vox reports, With everything that Republicans want to do — repeal Obamacare, overhaul the tax code — it might […]

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Indiana: GOP Targets Consumer Solar & Wind Energy Market

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I know it’s hard to take our eyes off the mounting disasters in D.C., but let’s take a moment to talk about Indiana. Specifically, let’s talk about Senate Bill 309, sponsored by Senator Brandt Hershman. (It’s always wise to look carefully–and skeptically– at anything Hershman sponsors.) Senate Bill 309 is about “distributed energy generation.” (If your eyes already glazed over, […]

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GOP v. EPA: The Inmates Running Indiana’s Asylum

Indiana HB1127 targets the EPA for illegal legal rebellion

As I was busy avoiding last Friday’s Inauguration, a reader sent me the digest of an bill introduced in the Indiana legislature, demonstrating that insanity isn’t confined to Washington, D.C. The official synopsis of House Bill 1127 reads as follows: Nullification of EPA regulations in Indiana. Nullifies all regulations imposed in Indiana by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). […]

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So You Want Your Country Back?

Trump rallies - Take Our Country Back

On Saturday I attended Indianapolis’ March on Washington–one of the “sister” marches held all over the world. As anyone who listens to the news or has seen the photographs already knows, turnout was massive everywhere. At the Statehouse in deep-red Indiana, the crowd was huge; I’m told it was easily the largest demonstration in Indiana in the past twenty years. There […]

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Trump’s Digital Transition Should Concern Everyone

During the inauguration the digital transition also occurred

As mainstream media kissed Donald Trump’s ring during the transition of power at the Inauguration today, something curious happened: the digital transition from Obama to Trump’s White House occurred and offered everyone a glimpse of what the next four years will look like. And that glimpse should concern everyone. The most notable change is the Twitter transition as that’s what Trump is known for. […]

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Wisconsin’s Climate Change Denial Problem

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It’s bad enough that every day brings a new outrage from those a reader of this blog aptly dubbed “the four horsemen of the apocalypse” –Trump, Pence, McConnell and Ryan. What is even more depressing at a time when our hopes for sanity lie with local resistance to the anti-intellectualism, self-dealing and demagoguery in Washington is news of similarly destructive […]

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To Russia, With (Trump’s) Love

Trump and Putin / Russia Russian

MarketWatch is a subsidiary of Dow Jones, and a property of News Corp. It operates a financial information website that provides business news, analysis, and stock market data. It is neither a fake news site nor a particularly ideological one (certainly not left-wing–News Corp also owns Fox News), so I was surprised to read a column headlined “Top 10 Signs that […]

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Ideological Purity: When Evidence Doesn’t Matter

Public versus private - Despite mounting evidence, conservatives continue pushing for the privatization of America

A friend who lives in Wisconsin recently shared an article from the Madison newspaper, detailing the declining rank of the University of Wisconsin in the wake of Scott Walker’s savage cuts to that institution. Now-retired UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley would often say that it took well over 100 years for the people of Wisconsin to build a world-class university, but it […]

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