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"Supergirl" star Melissa Benoist's protest sign from Womens March & a nod to Elizabeth Warren:

Melissa Benoist, star of Supergirl, marched in the Women's March. This was her sign:

"Hey, Donald, Don't try to grab my pussy- it's made of STEEL"

Couldn't copy photo but it's at the link:

Edited to add the photo, thanks to TexasProgressive in post #5:

Also here:

Our favorite TV superhero isn’t pulling punches in her final fight.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the season finale of the hit series “Supergirl” will be titled, “Nevertheless, She Persisted.”

The “Supergirl” finale title makes reference to a comment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after Sen. Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a letter by Corretta Scott King into the record during the confirmation hearings of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.




'I thought being president would be easier': Trump's Reuters interview highlights

Guardian staff and agencies

Friday 28 April 2017
Last modified on Friday 28 April 2017 12.57 EDT

On the presidency

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier. You’re really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can’t go anywhere. I like to drive. I can’t drive any more.”

On Kim Jong-un

“He’s 27 years old, his father dies, took over a regime, so say what you want but that’s not easy, especially at that age. You know you have plenty of generals in there and plenty of other people that would like to do what he’s doing. So I’ve said this before and I’ve, I’m just telling you, and I’m not giving him credit or not giving him credit. I’m just saying that’s a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he’s rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he’s rational.”

On Chinese president Xi and North Korea

“He certainly doesn’t want to see turmoil and death. He doesn’t want to see it. He’s a good man. He’s a very good man and I got to know him very well ... We’ll see how it all works out. I know he would like to be able to do something. Perhaps it’s possible that he can’t. But I think he’d like to be able to do something.”

On North Korea

“There’s a chance that we could end up having a major, major, conflict with North Korea, absolutely.”

Q: Is that your biggest global worry at this point?

“Yes, I would say that’s true, yes ... North Korea would be certainly that.”


On the end of Islamist terrorism

“We can’t let them come over here. I have to say, there is an end. And it has to be humiliation. There is an end. Otherwise it’s really tough. But there is an end. We are really eradicating some very bad people. When you take a look at what’s going on with the cutting off of the heads. We haven’t seen that since medieval times. Right?”


Schiff: House investigation slowed by so few staffers. Who decides how many & can we influence it?

Schiff on Morning Joe today said House investigation going well; proceeding, chair & Schiff working very well together but having so few staffers is really slowing it down.

This is not news to any of us, but does anyone know who decides how many staffers they get (we know they got a ton more with Benghazi and HRC email "scandal" and if we could influence that with calls, and to whom?


Betsy DeVos Says Media Shouldn't Emphasize First Hundred Days Because It's So Hard to Count to 100

Betsy DeVos Says Media Shouldn’t Emphasize First Hundred Days Because “It’s So Hard to Count to a Hundred”
By Andy Borowitz 11:20 A.M.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticized the media on Friday for placing so much emphasis on Donald Trump’s first hundred days, because “it’s so darn hard to count to a hundred.”

“I’m watching the news and they’re going on about a hundred days this and a hundred days that, and all I want to say is, ‘Who the heck can count all the way to a hundred?’ ” she said. “They’re acting like we’re a bunch of math geniuses.”

DeVos added that, if the media wanted to establish a benchmark for Trump’s achievement, “they should have picked a number of days that people can actually count to, like five or ten.”

The Education Secretary then demonstrated how it was possible to count to ten using one’s hands.

Despite the media’s obsession with “ridiculously big numbers,” DeVos said she has no intention of trying to count to a hundred.

“I have an important job and the last thing I need is to do something that makes my head hurt,” she said.

Andy Borowitz is the New York Times best-selling author of “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes the Borowitz Report, a satirical column on the news, for newyorker.com.


Rachel talking about Chaffetz and just said...

"Any time any high ranking repub gets close to the Mike Flynn part of the story, they freeze like a deer in headlights, and this is not a good sign. "

She strongly implied, but didn't outright say, that Chaffetz is leaving because of the latest Flynn stuff, but we already knew that.

After getting vulgar comment online, PA's first openly gay state Congressman called troll's grandma.

Meet Brian Sims, Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

He's also the state's first openly gay lawmaker.

His pride and bravery have won him plenty of fans, but have also opened him up to a slew of hate speech and criticism.
So much so that Sims has gotten, well, pretty dang good at handling the trolls.
One man recently came to Sims' Facebook page to attack him, but got a little more than he bargained for.

After spewing some horrific insults at Sims via his Facebook page, the commenter (known only as David) got a response that had to have taken him off guard:
Sims called David's grandma and told on him.

"David..." Sims wrote in response. "... you shouldn't have posted your grandmother's telephone number on your Facebook page so many times. She and I just had a very disappointing chat about you."

And he was 100% serious.
Sims told Occupy Democrats he was hoping to get David himself on the phone when Grandma picked up. But she promised Sims that David would call him back.

He did, but not before David's grandmother, presumably, gave him an earful.

“She wasn’t kidding," Sims said. "I heard from him within 2 hours and while I can’t say we resolved anything, I can pretty much guarantee that Christmas at my home is going to be better than his this year.”

It just goes to show: Just because you can say anything you want online doesn't mean you should.

Unfortunately though, this kind of hate speech isn't limited to anonymous internet trolls these days.

The world might be a better place if everyone stopped before they judged, harassed, attacked, or smeared another human being and thought:

'What would my grandma think?'


Republicans who care about climate change: "They are done with the denial; Fresh shoots of hope"


But amid climate activists’ despair, there are fresh shoots of hope that, as a party, Republicans’ climate intransigence is shifting. A growing group of Republicans in Congress are newly emboldened and are speaking out in favor of finally addressing a crisis that is starting to bite their constituents.

The Climate Solutions Caucus, set up just last year, now has 38 members, half of them Republicans. The congressional group, which is crafting bipartisan action on climate change, is bolstered by a new chorus of big business, faith groups and young college-based Republicans that are demanding the GOP drops the climate skepticism that has become a key part of its identity over the past decade.

“The vast majority of Republicans in private buy the science – the likes of Inhofe are in the minority,” said Danny Richter, legislative director of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit group that painstakingly helped put together the caucus.

“What Republicans needed was safe passage to talk about climate action in public, to not be the the first one to walk down that rickety bridge. There’s now a group who can see their constituents are genuinely concerned about climate change.

“They are done with the denial. That should really shift something fundamental in American politics.”

The standard bearer in Congress is Carlos Curbelo, whose district includes the Florida Keys, an area in serious peril from the advancing seas. Curbelo, the son of Cuban migrants, said his generally moderate views and age – he’s 37 – make him “both an old-school Republican and also a new young Republican.”

Curbelo was the first Republican to join the Climate Solutions Caucus and co-chairs it alongside Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat. In a bid to get beyond partisanship, members of the group are evenly split. “If you want to join as a Democrat, you have to bring along a Republican,” said Deutch. “It’s a Noah’s Ark sort of approach, which is appropriate given the subject matter. We don’t argue about the science. It’s all very respectful.”



Feds Say Too Dangerous To Share Dakota Access Oil Spill Report; "could endanger lives"

Feds Say It’s Too Dangerous To Share Dakota Access Oil Spill Report
The Army Corps claims the information “could endanger people’s lives” if misused.

A federal agency won’t release a study about the potential effects of a Dakota Access Pipeline oil spill because it claims information in the report could put lives at risk.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the claim while rejecting a Freedom of Information Act request from MuckRock, a journalism website that collects and publishes government documents.

MuckRock’s co-founder Michael Morisy had requested in March a copy of an Army Corps environmental assessment that looked at the possible impact of a pipeline leak on Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

“The referenced document contains information related to sensitive infrastructure that if misused could endanger people’s lives and property,” said Army Corps lawyer Damon Roberts in a denial letter that MuckRock published Tuesday.

Rather than editing out sensitive details, Roberts withheld all materials related to the request.

“I understand exempting some details, but knowing the impact of a natural disaster should be public,” Morisy told HuffPost. “I was very disappointed.”

MuckRock plans to appeal the Army Corps’ decision, Morisy said.

More, with video:

Rachel : Cory Booker fresh out of WH Senators' meeting is on tonight.

RE Trump admin, she's said before to watch what they do and don't bother with what they say. Said it again tonight and then said, "What they say is "not worth the paper it's printed on."

Edited to add: Booker also said he was underwhelmed RE WH senators' mtg. talking about how dysfunctional state dept is. More about all the unfilled positions and how badly they are needed. Not anything to make you feel reassured but...they need to keep calling attention to it.

These images carry dire warning about climate change, but still hope; millenials are getting it

These Images Carry a Dire Warning About Climate Change

Polar photographer Paul Nicklen is capturing some of Earth's most remote places before they disappear.

By John Light | April 21, 2017

(Link has video)


They couldn’t linger. “All of a sudden a blizzard came up, a massive storm — 80 knots of wind — so we had to go and hide,” Nicklen recalls. For protection, the best choice was to sail behind Nordaustlandet, a large, ice-covered island in the Svalbard archipelago. “And the temperature, even though we’re 600 miles from the North Pole, was 62 degrees Fahrenheit. And you’ve got all the waterfalls pouring off the Nordaustlandet ice cap.”

Nicklen snapped a photo — and, on this balmy day in the Arctic, captured a potent picture of climate change: A wall of ice in a steel-colored sea, with water pouring from the top of it.

“You go from the dead bears to this, and then look at the science — you come to understand that if we wait for the streets of New York or Miami to be flooded from rising sea levels, then we’ll be 200 years too late,” he says.


They’ll be the first place where species — and entire ecosystems — disappear, and Nicklen may be one of the last humans to witness them before they go. He is known for braving extremes to document inaccessible and inhospitable environments, and disseminating his photos far and wide. His two most common venues are the pages — digital and print — of National Geographic, and an Instagram account with 3.1 million followers. A TED talk he gave in 2011 showcasing his work has been viewed nearly 2 million times. His gallery will add one more venue.

Link to Ted talk:


Nicklen grew up in an Inuit community on Canada’s Baffin Island. He loved the Arctic environment, and initially decided to become a wildlife biologist for the Canadian government. Repeatedly, however, Nicklen saw the data he collected have little impact on policy makers who controlled the future of the ecosystems he worked in. “To come out with data sets, and to be completely ineffective, was such a slap in the face,” he remembers. He turned instead to photography. “That took another seven years, of being a starving photographer, just out there trying,” he says. His hard work paid off: For more than a decade and a half now, Nicklen’s pictures of our changing Arctic ecosystems have reached a global audience.


But it’s not yet time to despair. Nicklen is starting to see signs of a shift. “Ten years ago I’d say the word ‘climate change’ in a lecture and people would kind of roll their eyes,” Nicklen says. People are starting to listen — but not fast enough. “The problem with humans is we sort of deny, deny, deny, panic,” he continues. “And right now we’re in the denial phase.”

Millennials are the exception. They’re already panicking — and that gives Nicklen hope. “Now, if I get any opposition, I’ll have 200 millennials rise to the occasion and take on the opposer. They get it, they’re smart, they’re not in denial. They’re willing to be inconvenienced. To see true change, we have to be uncomfortable.“


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