A FEW FOREPLAY QUIPS
“The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press detailed the specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency’s social media accounts. The Trump administration has also ordered a “temporary suspension” of all new business activities at the department, including issuing task orders or work assignments to EPA contractors. The orders are expected to have a significant and immediate impact on EPA activities nationwide.”
UNC has received notice that all grants and contracts are frozen. Work on all studies funded by EPA are officially stopped. This means our academic medical centers and research workforce, including graduate students, are now without funds. This came through a blanket executive order to EPA that occurred with no input or oversight. EPA is much more than climate science. It funds the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program that works in partnership with communities to foster better understanding of how ecosystems support human health and well-being. Ecosystem goods and services are the many life-sustaining benefits we receive from nature—clean air and water, fertile soil for crop production, pollination, and flood control. (U.S. EPA, 2014a). The attack on EPA is an attack on human health. It’s time to wake up, folks, and call upon your congressmen to ensure this administration acts with informed focus rather than mass destruction.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
“The Party told you to reject all evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
George Orwell, 1984
Jesus Christ didn’t say follow me only if you’re one way or another, he said, “Follow me”. The Dali Lama accepts everyone. Gandhi accepts everyone. Mother Teresa accepts everyone. Regardless if you are religious or not, these individuals set a great example of who to accept and who to not accept. They accepted everyone. Everyone.
“We are living in’The Twilight Zone.’ Our rights as citizens are being snuffed out.
Attempting dividing marginalized people unite rising embracing one another in all -struggling for human rights as citizens moving toward justice for all.
If you’re living under a rock or in such a remote spot that you cannot tell the difference between yesterday and now then you have nothing to be afraid for but if you live as I live in a world of tumult and on the edge of night permanently you understand that we are facing squarely the most brutal and insidious time of our lives. Deo Velenti I will soon be 66.
Here’s the latest Republican gambit to make abortion inaccessible in this country. It’s called H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who represents New York’s 10th Congressional District, spoke against it today on the floor of the House, as follows:
“Madam speaker, there is obviously a difference of opinion in this country on the morality of abortion. I am appalled by the moral arrogance of the Republicans who would use political power to impose their views on the millions of women who disagree with them and want to make their own decisions.
“Though the Supreme Court has determined that neither Congress nor a state may place an undue burden on a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy, the Hyde Amendment makes abortion access virtually impossible for low-income women.
“As unjust and despicable as the Hyde Amendment is, this bill goes beyond it. For the first time, Republicans are attempting to restrict the right of women to use their own money to pay for abortions by denying normal tax deductions from medical expenses if those medical expenses include an abortion, by denying normal tax credits for health insurance if that insurance covers abortion, and by denying use of tax-free money from an FSA or HSA for an abortion.
“The intent of this bill is obvious: to end insurance coverage for all abortions, thereby making it nearly impossible for women to exercise their constitutional rights. Republicans should pay heed to the millions of women who marched to protect their rights this weekend, and are watching how we vote today.”