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Massive women's march in downtown L.A. said to be largest in over a decade

Source: LATimes.com

Hundreds of thousands of people converged on downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to march for womens rights in one of a series of demonstrations taking place across the country.

Participants began gathering at Pershing Square as early as 8 a.m., and by 9:30 protesters had overwhelmed the square and filled surrounding streets. Metro trains into downtown L.A. were jammed with people headed to the march.

The Los Angeles Police Department said it was still working on a crowd estimate for the march. But officials said it appeared to be the largest since a massive 2006 immigration march downtown. The LAPD estimated that march drew 500,000, but organizers insisted the number was higher.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-womens-march-los-angeles-20170121-story.html



I was there (and still am). The crowd was so huge the entire downtown area was a sea of people. There were so many people we could not move, let alone march, since the entire parade route was filled with people. NBCLA has the crowd estimate at 750,000. I'd say it was at least that. Hundreds of thousands stayed in side streets and alleys, unable to move because the crowds had gridlocked the main streets. I am camped out in an office building now, waiting for the crowds to thin. Looks like I'll be here a while. Here's my view of Spring Street, looking up towards City Hall.

Help Elizabeth Warren get the CG to audit Trump's finances for conflicts

If you want to support Senator Warren's request to audit President-Elect Trump's finances for conflicts of interest, a friend of mine contacted the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office.  She was told over the phone that the most effective way to be sure her support counted was to email two administrators, Katherine Siggerud and Timothy Minnelli. Their email addresses are:
siggerudk@gao.gov,
minellit@gao.gov.
There is a third email, congrel@gao.gov, through which they are tracking the number of people who were urging support for an audit.
You can send one email addressed to:
siggerudk@gao.gov, minnellit@gao.gov, congrel@gao.gov

Subject line:

Re: Audit for President-Elect Trump's financial concerns

Dear Ms. Siggerud and Mr. Minnelli,


I’m writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren's request for an audit of our incoming President-Elect Trump's finances, to prohibit conflicts of interest that would prevent him from carrying out the responsibilities of the office without corrupt influence.

Sincerely,


****


Of course you may reword the letter, but it's easier to start with a template.


Feel free to spread the word!!

Help Elizabeth Warren get the CG to audit Trump's finances for conflicts

If you want to support Senator Warren's request to audit President-Elect Trump's finances for conflicts of interest, a friend of mine contacted the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office.  She was told over the phone that the most effective way to be sure her support counted was to email two administrators, Katherine Siggerud and Timothy Minnelli. Their email addresses are:
siggerudk@gao.gov,
minellit@gao.gov.
There is a third email, congrel@gao.gov, through which they are tracking the number of people who were urging support for an audit.
You can send one email addressed to:
siggerudk@gao.gov, minnellit@gao.gov, congrel@gao.gov

Subject line:

Re: Audit for President-Elect Trump's financial concerns

Dear Ms. Siggerud and Mr. Minnelli,


I’m writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren's request for an audit of our incoming President-Elect Trump's finances, to prohibit conflicts of interest that would prevent him from carrying out the responsibilities of the office without corrupt influence.

Sincerely,


****


Of course you may reword the letter, but it's easier to start with a template.


Feel free to spread the word!!

How to knit a Pussy Hat for the Women's March



This is a step by step guide for folks, even people who don't know how to knit, so you can make your own Pussy Hat for the Women's March on January 21.

It reminds the country of Trump's "grab 'em by the pussy" outrage, while keeping your head warm on a cold day!

How these Los Angeles-born pink hats became a worldwide symbol of the anti-Trump women's march



Krista Suh plans to attend the women’s march in Washington, D.C., this week to protest Donald Trump’s presidency, and she wanted to make a statement. But she also had a more primal goal: staying warm.

“I wanted to do something more than just show up,” said the 29-year-old screenwriter who lives in downtown Los Angeles, recalling how her professors at the all-female Barnard College in New York City urged her to think about problems. “How can I visually show someone what’s going on? And I realized as a California girl, I would be really cold in D.C. — it’s not tank-top weather year-round. So I thought maybe I could knit myself a hat.”

And so the “pussyhat project” was born. Knitters — mostly women — started crafting handmade pink caps with cat ears, a reference to Trump’s vulgar statements about grabbing women’s genitals, which were revealed in a leaked video shortly before the election.

What started as a project among Suh, Jayna Zweiman and other friends at the Little Knittery in Atwater Village has turned into a global movement. Knitting groups at yarn stores, cafes and coffee shops from Seattle to Martha’s Vineyard have been churning out hats, and craft stores have reported a run on pink yarn. As word spread on social media, thousands of hats — knit with skeins of thick magenta or fuchsia yarn — have been made around the world, including in Australia and Austria. They’re all being sent to collections spots around the country and a basement in Virginia ahead of the Saturday march.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-pink-hats-womens-march-20170115-story.html

Here's step by step instructions on how to knit one yourself:

Trump Meets With Physicist Who Says Benefits Of Climate Change Outweigh Any Harm

Continuing to surround himself with like-minded climate deniers and skeptics, President-elect Donald Trump met Friday with none other than William Happer, the Princeton physics professor who believes global warming is “good for mankind.”

Happer, who served as director of energy research at the Department of Energy in the early 1990s under President George H.W. Bush, has championed the notion that we humans should increase rather than curb carbon dioxide emissions.Happer has also argued that today’s warming “seems to be due mostly to natural causes, not to increasing levels of carbon dioxide,” that children are being “force-fed propaganda masquerading as science” and has compared the “demonization of carbon dioxide” to the suffering Jewish people endured during the Holocaust.

“Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews,” he told Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in 2014.


E&E News was among the first to report on Friday’s meeting at Trump Tower. Although it remains unclear whether Trump is considering Happer for an administration position, the climate skeptic would be a fitting pick given the Republican’s previous choices.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_587957e7e4b09281d0eafc70

Comparing carbon dioxide to Jews really shows what a nut this guy is.

Happer has a scientific background but is not a climate scientist. He just wrote an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal. If he wants to dispute mainstream science, he should do so in a peer-reviewed science journal, not The Wall Street Journal. He has never published any peer-reviewed articles on climate science. He disputes that global warming is a problem by mentioning that CO2 levels were much higher in the distant past... when alligators roamed the Arctic, and most of Florida was underwater.

How Putin Played the Far Left

The Kremlin didn’t just rely on the alt-right to help Trump win. Bernie Bros, Greens, and ‘anti-imperialists’ got had, too.
...
Perhaps the starkest case in point is Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her constituency. In December 2015, the Kremlin feted Stein by inviting her to the gala celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Kremlin-funded propaganda network RT. Over a year later, it remains unclear who paid for Stein’s trip to Moscow and her accommodations there. Her campaign ignored multiple questions on this score. We do know, however, that Stein sat at the same table as both Putin and Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, Trump’s soon-to-be national security adviser. She further spoke at an RT-sponsored panel, using her presence to criticize the U.S.’s “disastrous militarism.” Afterward, straddling Moscow’s Red Square, Stein described the panel as “inspiring,” going on to claim that Putin, whom she painted as a political novice, told her he “agree[d]” with her “on many issues.”

Stein presents herself as a champion of the underclass and the environment, and an opponent of the surveillance state and corporate media, and yet she seemed to take pleasure in her marriage of true minds with a kleptocratic intelligence officer who levels forests and arrests or kills critical journalists and invades foreign countries. Their true commonality, of course, is that both Putin and Stein are dogged opponents of U.S. foreign policy.

Indeed, her pro-Kremlin stance wasn’t limited to merely praising Putin’s amicability. Stein joined the Russian president and Kazakhstani dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev in describing Ukraine’s 2014 EuroMaidan revolution as a “coup,” and claimed, bizarrely, that NATO is currently “fighting… enemies we invent to give the weapons industry a reason to sell more stuff.”

For good measure, she also asserted in September that “Russia used to own Ukraine,” by way of defending its colonization. She even selected a vice-presidential candidate who, when asked whether the downing of Flight MH17—a massacre almost certainly caused by Russian-supplied separatists in eastern Ukraine—was a false flag, responded, “[T]hat’s exactly what has happened.”

Green Party officials across Europe slammed a “delusional” Stein for her views, with leading Russian environmental activists saying they were “deeply shocked” by her comments during her Moscow trip.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/13/how-putin-played-the-far-left.html
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