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About The Steel In Those Pipelines....

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 02/28/17 14:57

by Dave Mindeman

This really needs to be said.

Trump has been telling his pipeline story about how he "made" them change his executive order so that they are required to use only American steel on the project.

Which is ironic coming from a business tycoon that has 80% of his products made in other countries.

But here is the really annoying part.

A very limited amount of American steel will be used in the DAPL or the Keystone XL projects. And the reason? Because the pipeline materials have already been bought and paid for.... most of it some time ago.

Since the materials were already purchased for Keystone, Trump's move to revive the project should not result in new large steel orders.

They have been stored away, waiting to see if the projects would still be green lighted. Now that Trump has done that, they can break out the materials and start laying the pipe.

And, in addition...

Steel manufacturers and analysts said that TransCanada's stringent requirements for the pipeline, including thickness and pressure requirements, already keeps most U.S.-based steelmakers out, given current forging and manufacturing processes.

Apparently Canada still believes in meeting regulatory requirements. Trump hasn't worked on Trudeau enough I guess.

Trump is always more than willing to take credit. He is willing to concoct a good story. He is always ready to brag and exaggerate and, well, let's just say it...to lie.

So before you tell anyone that Trump is helping the steel industry or that he even cares about the steel industry.

Remember that what he says seems to always have a more accurate back story.

Always wait for the truth.
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Questioning Facts For Profit

Category: Education
Posted: 02/28/17 14:25

by Dave Mindeman

Here's another rational Republican bill from South Dakota.

SB55 would have allowed teachers to essentially teach anything they want as science as long as they used certain language.

Fortunately, this didn't make it out of the education committee. But the idea that it was even proposed leads me to wonder what is wrong with our legislative system. And this is really not new....

Since 2014, at least 60 "academic freedom" bills -- which permit teachers to paint established science as controversial -- have been filed in legislatures all over the country. Louisiana passed one in 2008, and Tennessee did, too, in 2012.

Academic freedom? From what, established scientific fact? This doesn't happen in other countries because they do not let corporations challenge things like this.

From the cigarette companies multi million dollar campaign to pretend cigarettes don't cause cancer...to the oil and gas corporations remake of their pollution driven profit machine....it is an assault on factual information.

And it is fueled by the Republican Party. In a Congress bought and paid for by corporate lobbyists, legislation is not driven by factual information - it is operated on the assumption of profit first.

And President Trump is one of the many results of this insistence on questioning science and facts. He has taken advantage of the question marks that corporations have managed to buy in regards to established science.

Advertising "alternative facts" is the new way to avoid making business clean up or make the workplace safer or prop up a dying market. Buy your way in...destroy the regulatory agencies...it is disgusting how much greed operates in this country.

We are choosing to destroy this planet for a few extra bucks.

Are we really going to allow our education system to be "rigged" into one huge corporate ad buy?

I didn't think it could be possible - now, I'm not so sure.
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Transgender Rights Are Not Up For Public Debate

Category: Gay Rights
Posted: 02/23/17 15:54, Edited: 02/23/17 17:01

by Dave Mindeman

This idea of local control in regards to the transgender issue is not sound policy in any way, shape or form. It is laughable.

When Trump or any GOPer says that the issue of transgender bathrooms, or any other issue involving transgenders, is up to the local jurisdiction, what they are really saying is that transgender discrimination is entirely determined by the number of biased individuals in any given place. And can be changed from one place to another.

What if black civil rights (voting rights) had remained "locally controlled"? What we had was states or Congressional districts denying the rights of black citizens because they had the majority of white people wanting it that way. It sounds incredulous when you think about it, but that is what we had.

And we are going that same route with transgender ideas. A person may face completely different rules when moving from one place to another. The fact that this could happen should be, by definition, a civil rights violation.

I do not understand why this is not obvious. We talk of local control in education, but when it is local property taxes that pay for that education, the argument has more validity. But the simple idea of going to the bathroom for any individual person should not, and cannot, be up for public debate.

Reversing the Obama guidelines is a targeted act. It is meant to hurt an individual group of Americans. It is pursuing a policy that violates basic human decency and privacy.

If that is where we are headed in our future, then we have gone down the wrong road altogether.
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