Cancer research money abused for jailing immigrant children


This 21 September 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Cuts Cancer Research To Pay For THIS…

The Department of Health and Human Services is going to take money from cancer research and use it for detaining immigrant children. Cenk Uygur, Brett Erlich, Michaela Watkins, and Aida Rodriguez, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning to divert millions of dollars in funding originally allocated for programs like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to pay for the growing number of detained immigrant children, according to an HHS letter obtained by Yahoo! News.

The letter was addressed to Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and outlined HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s plan to reallocate up to $266 million in funding for the current fiscal year, which ends in less than two weeks. The funding would go to the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program housed inside the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).”

Read more here.

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Trump’s nominee Kavanaugh sexual assault trouble, musical parody


This 21 September 2018 satirical music video from Britain says about itself:

Pussy Grabilow – Groper Kavanaugh (Copacabana parody)

Donald Trump‘s Barry Manilow tribute act leaps to the defence of Brett Kavanaugh.

LYRICS:

Her name was Christine, she was a lying bitch
If it was as bad as she says, why weren’t there any charges?
Oh yeah, that’s right, ‘cause she’s just Fake News
Just a dirty, stinking liar
Let’s get Brett Kavanaugh hired
He won’t be a hard-on
He’ll let me self-pardon
And I’ll fire everyone else
Like that show I starred on

Let’s get Groper, Groper Kavanaugh
We’ll celebrate smoking Havanas
Let’s get Groper, Groper Kavanaugh
It’s probably the left that’s sending her death threats
Let’s get Groper, he’ll get me off

Much wildlife in United States Marine National Monument


This video from the USA says about itself:

An (Animated) Tour of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts

25 October 2017

Join NRDC senior oceans scientist Lisa Suatoni on an animated submersible tour of the weird, wonderful, and imperiled underwater world of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument. The ocean floor off the east coast of the United States is carved with canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon, and, beyond those, extinct volcanoes. President Obama made almost 5,000 miles of this unique area a national monument, but the Trump administration is interested in revoking its monument status to open this pristine area with 4,000-year-old corals to industrial fishing, mining, and drilling. Not many people get to explore these incredible depths—but once you see what’s down there, you’ll never be the same!

Take Action: here.

From the New England Aquarium in the USA:

Aerial survey reveals great diversity and abundance in NE Canyons Marine National Monument

Protected resource status of monument is under review by Trump administration

September 14, 2018

Airborne marine biologists were amazed by the sheer abundance and diversity of large marine wildlife in their recent aerial survey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the only marine national monument on the East Coast, about 150 southeast of Cape Cod. Scientists with the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium documented more than 600 animal sightings in just four hours, including a “superpod” of about 250 common dolphins and a rare sighting of a giant manta ray.

The researchers, aboard a small, four-seat airplane, saw the equivalent of three animal sightings every minute. They also spotted hundreds of Risso’s dolphins, some rarely-seen beaked whales, pods of bottlenose dolphins, and the bizarre-looking giant ocean sunfish, also known as the Mola mola. The 605-total seen during the September survey nearly doubles the survey team’s previous sighting record of 339 animals in April 2018.

“This was an amazing number of animals to see in such a short period of time and the highest count we’ve seen so far in our surveys”, said Dr. Ester Quintana, head of the survey team. “The marine monument is known as the ‘Serengeti of the sea’ for a reason.”

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is a critical hotspot of biodiversity on the edge of the continental shelf where the shallow seas off of New England drop sharply into the deep waters of the northwestern Atlantic. On September 16, the monument will celebrate its two year anniversary. In 2016, President Obama designated three underwater canyons that are deeper than the Grand Canyon, and four seamounts as tall as the Rockies, as the first American marine national monument in Atlantic waters. At the moment, is still the most strongly protected area in U.S. Atlantic waters. However, in 2017, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recommended to President Trump has recommended weakening the area’s protections.

“It’s simply impossible to overstate the uniqueness of this habitat and its value as the most protected region in the U.S. Atlantic”, said Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of the New England Aquarium. “And let’s be clear about what it protects: Us. Our way of life. Our values. Our future. The monument should be here to stay.”

Given the great distance offshore, documenting the marine life in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts is a challenge. During the 4-hour aerial survey, the team spotted 335 common dolphins, 30 bottlenose dolphins, 2 beaked whales, 3 ocean sunfish (Mola mola), and a giant manta ray. The manta was an especially unexpected sight because the species is very rarely seen this far north. All of the dolphin groups included many calves and juveniles, reinforcing observations that the monument is a nursery area for several species.

This was the fourth in a series of aerial surveys of the monument that began in summer 2017, and the number of sightings by the scientists during this survey was higher than any other, nearly double the number of animals observed last fall.

Hurricane Florence threatens USA, Trump reacts


Hurricane Florence and Trump, cartoon

This cartoon, by Argus in Dutch daily Metro today, is about Hurricane Florence now threatening the USA, and President Donald Trump’s reaction to it.

CNN HOST SLAMS TRUMP JR. ON FLOODING Anderson Cooper tore into Donald Trump Jr. after the president’s son claimed the CNN anchor was faking the depths of North Carolina floodwaters to make his father look bad. “I didn’t see him down in North Carolina in the last few days helping out, lending a hand, but I’m sure he was busy doing something important besides just tweeting lies,” Cooper said. [HuffPost]

Here’s how climate change is fueling Hurricane Florence: here.

Hurricane Florence kills five in North Carolina, leaves nearly one million without power: here.

15 DEAD FROM FLORENCE Volunteer rescuers are going door to door in search of residents who refused to flee the rapidly rising waters in Lumberton, North Carolina. The death toll rose to at least 15 from Florence, which crashed into the state as a hurricane Friday, bringing record rainfall. The heavy rains caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the coast. [HuffPost]

Thirty-one dead as Hurricane Florence continues to ravage the Carolinas: here.

FLORENCE IS THE TRAIN WRECK FORECASTER WARNED ABOUT Days after landfall, the remnant of Florence continues to pummel flood-scarred communities in North Carolina. This is the slow-motion train wreck forecasters warned about. [HuffPost]

Tropical Storm Florence inundates toxic manure ponds, coal ash dumps in the Carolinas: here.

TYPHOON BATTERS HONG KONG The world’s most powerful storm this year battered Hong Kong, collapsing bamboo scaffolding, tearing the corner off a building and slamming the waterfront with nearly 13-foot surges. Typhoon Mangkhut’s winds reached roughly 106 mph as the storm barreled westward into China’s Guangdong Province. [HuffPost]

Typhoon Mangkhut kills dozens in the Philippines, leaves trail of destruction in China and Hong Kong: here.