A week ago, Trump signed an executive order to forge ahead with the Keystone XL oil pipeline that had been scotched by Obama in 2015. This is the deal to send tons of dirty tar sands Koched-up oil from Canada across 1,200 miles of the U.S. to Gulf Coast refineries. Well, it ain’t going to […]
A crackdown on our First Amendment right to protest: message from Greenpeace
Your constitutional right to peaceful assembly is under attack. Stand up for free speech and the right to protest! Every Greenpeace supporter should be alarmed. Huge and growing marches and demonstrations have shown lawmakers that our resistance to Trump’s anti-climate, anti-justice agenda is gaining momentum. And behind the scenes, they are taking action to […]
A REMARKABLE STAND BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD
I’ve never seen a major newspaper do something like this. In today’s Sunday front section, the first of a series – Our Dishonest President APRIL 2, 2017 It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American […]
NOT SO FAST ON TORNADOING OUR CLIMATE RULES, MR. PRESIDENT
So it happened. No big surprise. There stood “45,” as many people are now referring to him rather than utter his name, surrounded by fossil fuel execs and coal miners. This latest executive order directed the EPA to start withdrawing and rewriting the Clean Power Plan put in place by President Obama. “C’mon fellas,” […]
THE KOCH-HOLD ON KEYSTONE: GET READY TO RUMBLE!
On a day when the effort by Trump & Company to overturn the Affordable Care Act in Congress fell apart, I suppose they had to have something to cheer about and shove in the faces of those who care about the environment: the Keystone-XL pipeline has been approved by the State Department. And in case […]
POSTINGS FROM THE EDGE: LETTERS FROM THREE ELOQUENT FRIENDS
I welcome responses to what I’m writing in this column, and over the past couple of days have received what I feel are three letters powerful enough to share with my readers. What strikes me is that they are all basically saying the same thing. Thoughts for the day: RICHIE: I see a new ice […]
SECRETS AND LIES: WHERE’S TRUMP-O?
You are probably familiar with the children’s book series Where’s Waldo? It actually dates back to the late 1980s in England, where the original title was Where’s Wally? Anyway, the key to the books – and later the movies and games – is that despite his relatively easy-to-recognize red-and-white striped shirt and hat and glasses, […]
MERCY! WHO IS ROBERT MERCER?
Okay Donald, the cat’s out of the bag. It wasn’t so bad when, toward the end of last month, the Guardian printed quite a lengthy take on the billionaire behind Breitbart and Bannon, not to mention Brexit and (just to keep the alliteration going) Big Boy Bouffant as well. Now, however, Jane Mayer – author of […]
A NEW FOOL-EFFICIENCY STANDARD FOR CONSUMERS AND THE CLIMATE
So there he was this week in Detroit, addressing about 1,000 people inside the American Center for Mobility. A banner behind him read, “Buy American – Hire American.” Trump announced that “the assault on the American auto industry is over!” He was going to set up “a task force in every federal agency to identify […]
“Urban Romulus” by Romeo Keyes
The following article, “Urban Romulus: How the Myths Have Shaped My Life,” appears in a new online mythological journal called Immanence. It’s written by a young African-American from south-central LA, Romeo Keyes, who I’ve been mentoring for the past year-and-a-half. He is a remarkable writer and knows more about myth than anyone I’ve ever met. […]