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18 February 2018

DEMAND A CONSUMER ADVOCATE WHO PROTECTS CONSUMERS 18FEB18

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THE drumpf/trump-pence administration is full of male and female political whores who are selling off the resources of the American people as fast as they can for as much money they can get for the drump/trump-pence and republican party political committee's.  dana baiocco is one of the best known of these political whores and if approved by the US Senate as head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission / CPSC will be a serious threat to the health and safety of ALL Americans. Here is your chance to tell your Senators to reject ms baiocco, from EarthJustice, click the title. My letter to Sens Warner D VA and Kaine D VA is at the end of this post......



DEMAND A CONSUMER ADVOCATE WHO PROTECTS CONSUMERS

If Big Tobacco, crooked chemical corporations and President Trump get their way, another industry shill will sit on a commission charged with protecting consumers against unscrupulous corporations and their harmful products.
With her record, it’s unlikely that Trump’s nominee, Dana Baiocco, would protect anything but corporate interests. Baiocco is dangerous and unfit to serve on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) but her nomination could see a Senate floor vote as early as next week.
Tell your Senator that Baiocco should not be confirmed for this crucial public safety role.
The CPSC sets federal regulations, develops uniform safety standards and conducts research into product-related illnesses and injury. The jobs of the CPSC commissioners exist so that you don’t have to worry about whether that new sofa or cell phone you’re buying will harm you or your family.
Baiocco has devoted her career as a lawyer to defending defective and dangerous products.
She represented clients such as Yamaha, which manufactured ATVs linked to multiple deadly roll-over accidents; Volkswagen, which cheated on emission standards; Mattel, which manufactured toys containing high levels of lead paint; and RJ Reynolds, a tobacco company that hid the known hazards of smoking for decades, and waged a deceitful campaign to encourage people to feel “safe” smoking at home by promoting the extensive use of toxic flame retardant chemicals in mattresses and furniture.
Your senators will be voting on this dangerous nominee soon, and they need to hear from you. Urge them to block Dana Baiocco and demand a commissioner who will protect everyone living in the United States.
MY LETTER TO SENS WARNER AND KAINE
I am writing to express my concern about the nomination of Dana Baiocco to serve as a commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 

As a consumer I rely on the CPSC to protect the health and safety of my family. You must ensure that CPSC's decision-making process will not be tainted by conflicts of interest. 

No one is above the law, and CPSC commissioners must comply with the same fundamental rules of ethics that are required of all government employees. This means that CPSC commissioners should recuse themselves from matters in which a reasonable person would question their impartiality. There is little doubt that reasonable people would question Ms. Baiocco's impartiality when it comes to deciding the safety of products manufactured by companies she has vigorously defended in legal proceedings in order to deny compensation to their victims. 
Ms Baiocco sells her services to the highest bidder, and Baiocco's history shows she provides the services paid for by corporate America. There isn't anything she won't do for the right amount of money. This is meant to sound disgusting because it is, it is the way the men and women of the trump-pence administration operate.
As your constituent, I urge you to demand that Ms. Baiocco commits to recusing herself from matters in which her impartiality can reasonably be questioned. 

The public deserves a CPSC commissioner who will put consumer protection first. 

As your constituent, I urge you to:

*Demand that Ms. Baiocco commits to recusing herself from matters in which her impartiality can reasonably be questioned including work involving flame retardant chemicals in consumer products, given her history representing Big Tobacco, and

*Oppose her nomination if she refuses to do so.

EARTHJUSTICE FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER: The FDA's fishy secret and more 18FEB18


EARTHJUSTICE  continues fighting the good fight for all of us, because the Earth needs a good lawyer......
Government must pull aside curtain on genetically engineered salmon.
 
 
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A judge has ordered the FDA to release withheld information related to its approval of GE salmon. (Bill Perry/Shutterstock)
The FDA’s fishy secret
When regulators approved a lab-engineered salmon built from the DNA of three different animals, they hid thousands of pages explaining why. Now a court is shining a light on their ill-informed decision.
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WE’RE FIGHTING FOR A HEALTHIER FOOD SYSTEM
From genetically engineered salmon to pesticides on our fields to toxic chemicals in our food, Earthjustice attorneys are working in court to make our food system cleaner and healthier for everyone. Help us take on these critical battles today with a tax deductible gift!
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Roadblocks to justiceIf passed into law, these bills would create permanent obstacles that will prevent people and communities from going to court to defend their rights.
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A mining corporation wants to dig 750 feet into a hallowed Menominee burial groundEarthjustice is partnering with a tribe in Wisconsin to defend their ancestral lands, ancient garden beds, burial mounds and sacred sites.
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A phone call between Earthjustice attorney Eve Gartner (left) and scientist Arlene Blum in 2011 led to breakthroughs in the effort to remove flame retardant chemicals from household items. (Matt Roth for Earthjustice; Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice)
How two women teamed up to take on the chemical industry—and wonThe groundbreaking decision that was the result of their hard work could signal a major shift in how regulators decide whether certain chemicals are safe.
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Black Lives Matter activists at the 2017 Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C. Trump's Environmental Protection Agency has turned its back on policies that protect communities of color. (Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice)
For people of color, Trump’s EPA is a health hazardEPA Administrator Pruitt won’t enforce protections for anyone’s health. But under his leadership, the agency is scaling back protections for our nation’s most afflicted communities.
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“Environmentalism starts with love. When we begin to love ourselves and love each other, our earth will reap the benefits of that love, leading to a healthier, more sustainable quality of life.”
— Earthjustice Clean Energy Attorney Chinyere Osuala shares her story about how she became a black-female-vegan-environmentalist.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
Protect our oceans and coasts from offshore drilling
The Trump administration’s drilling plan would offer up to 90 percent of our ocean waters to energy companies to drill for oil and gas over a five-year period. Speak out against the largest single expansion of offshore drilling activity ever proposed.
TAKE ACTION
Demand a consumer advocate who protects consumers
If Big Tobacco, crooked chemical corporations and President Trump get their way, another industry shill will sit on a commission charged with protecting consumers against unscrupulous corporations and their harmful products.
TAKE ACTION
 
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Photo Credits (top to bottom): Bill Perry/Shutterstock, Earthjustice, Bob Wick/BLM, Matt Roth for Earthjustice; Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice, Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice
 

13 February 2018

VIDEO Men On Football - Original, Unedited Version from IN LIVING COLOR SUPER BOWL XXVI (26) HALF TIME SHOW 26JAN1992

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TODAY the second hour of A1 on NPR was all about the humor of 'In Living Color' and if it could be done today. They mentioned  the 1992 'In Living Color Super Bowl Halftime Show' and just the mention made me laugh out loud. I remember watching it with my sister Jennie and her husband Ted and we were rolling the whole time, but especially during the Men On Football skit. So here's Men On Football uncensored, unedited, and the whole show can be seen here (there are a few technical glitches at the start and end of this video). And no, a show like In Living Color could never happen today.....

JOHN KELLY MUST RESIGN 12FEB18

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john kelly fits in well in the White House, his misogny, racism, bigoty, as well as approval and protection of perpetrators of sexual assault, domestic violence and pedophilia reflect the beliefs and practices of NOT MY pres drumpf/trump, NOT MY vp pence and the rest of their administration. john kelly is a disgrace to the USMC and to the American Republic and he should resign, and if you click the link you can sign the petition from UltraViolet telling john kelly to resign.....

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly needs to resign immediately--can you sign the petition?
News broke on February 7th that not only has Kelly known that a senior White House aide beat two of his ex-wives--and was denied a security clearance because of it--Kelly also tried to talk him out of resigning, calling him "a man of true integrity and honor."2
It's not the first time Kelly has defended men who abuse women. Two years ago, he appeared as a character witness during the court-martial of a Marine colonel accused of sexually harassing two women subordinates--a man who was also later charged with sexually assaulting three children. Kelly called him "a superb Marine officer."3 Kelly's disregard for this kind of behavior disqualifies him to be in government at all, much less the second most powerful person in the Trump administration.
Enough. Kelly needs to go. Sources inside the White House say this latest incident has dealt Kelly's White House standing "a serious blow" that could lead to his end as Chief of Staff.4 If we pile on right now, we can force his resignation.
Tell White House Chief of Staff John Kelly: "Resign."
Sign the petition
Kelly is a domestic abuse apologist and a racist. He does not deserve and cannot be allowed to serve the American people.
Rob Porter, the White House aide whose reputation Kelly tried to save, has a restraining order from his second ex-wife, whom he punched in the face. According to his first ex-wife, he would throw her down to, as she described, "grind a knee or elbow into my body."5 Yet Kelly urged Porter to "stay and fight" and pushed for him to get a top security clearanceeven after he knew the FBI denied it due to Porter's restraining order and lengthy record of abuse.6What's more, Kelly knew about the abuse since the fall, and shockingly not only decided to keep Porter but increased his responsibilities, including access to classified information and being the point person for determining what reached Trump's desk.7
Kelly not only defends abusive men, but also maligns Black and Brown people. Kelly said on Capitol Hill that some Dreamers--undocumented immigrants who were brought to America at a very young age--were "too lazy to get off their asses" to sign up for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which defers deportation.8 In reality, fear of deportation, along with significant financial and personal cost, drives many undocumented immigrants to avoid applying for DACA. Kelly has also falsely accused a Black congresswoman of corruptionclaimed all that was needed to avoid the Civil War was a "compromise" on slavery, and called Confederate General Robert E. Lee an "honorable man."9
Thanks for speaking out.
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, Lindsay, and Ryan, the UltraViolet team

Sources:
1. Abuse Case Exposes Fissures in a White House in Turmoil, The New York Times, February 11, 2018
4. The Memo: Knives come out for Kelly, The Hill, February 9, 2018


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12 February 2018

BOHICA!!!!! Trump Administration Plans To Defang Consumer Protection Watchdog & Why Mick Mulvaney is the perfect scoundrel for Trump 12FEB18


BOHICA!!!!! I have to be honest, I really do not have any sympathy for julie bonenfant and others like her who voted for drumpf/trump-pence and now are being paid back by being screwed by the drumpf/trump-pence and their administration. The restrictions placed on the CFPB by mick mulvaney will harm everyone while enriching the oligarchs of the bank-financial cabal who bought mulvaney when he was a member of congress and who have paid off drumpf/trump-pence to get mulvaney appointed director of OMB and the CFPB. From NPR and the Washington Post......

Trump Administration Plans To Defang Consumer Protection Watchdog

Updated at 5:53 p.m. ET
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created after the financial crisis to protect Americans from being ripped off by financial firms.
Now, President Trump's interim appointee to run the bureau, Mick Mulvaney, is making radical changes to deter the agency from aggressively pursuing its mission.
The CFPB on Monday unveiled a new strategic plan to that end. In a message accompanying the plan for the years 2018 through 2022, Mulvaney wrote, "we have committed to fulfill the Bureau's statutory responsibilities, but go no further." The plan says the bureau should be "acting with humility and moderation."
This new direction is consistent with Mulvaney's other memos and statements and formalizes his plans for defanging the watchdog bureau and reshaping its mission, according to insiders and experts that NPR has talked to.
The CFPB is considered a powerful and independent watchdog. But many Republicans have wanted to shut it down since Day 1 because they think it's too powerful. Mulvaney is one of them. As a congressman, Mulvaney called the agency a "sick sad joke." He drafted legislation to abolish it. So people at the bureau were shocked when the president appointed him to run this consumer protection agency.
Within weeks of coming on board, Mulvaney has worked to make the watchdog agency less aggressive. Under his leadership, the CFPB delayed a new payday lending regulation from going into effect and dropped an investigation into one payday lender that contributed to Mulvaney's campaign. In another move that particularly upset some staffers, the new boss also dropped a lawsuit against an alleged online loan shark called Golden Valley Lending. The suit says the lender illegally charges people up to 950 percent interest rates. It took CFPB staffers years to build the case.
"People are devastated and angry — just imagine how you would feel if years of your life had been dedicated to pursuing justice and you lose everything," says Christopher Peterson, a former Office of Enforcement attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who worked on this particular case early on.
Peterson believes that had the lawsuit been pursued and the CFPB won, it could have clawed back money to help thousands of people who have allegedly been hurt by the lender.
People like Julie Bonenfant, 27, who does administrative work for the city of Detroit. Last year was a tough one for her — she broke up with her boyfriend, her car was stolen and she got behind on her rent. She found Golden Valley Lending online and and took out a loan, but she says she had no idea what she was getting herself into.
"I was literally facing eviction because I was so behind on my rent and I had no idea where I was going to come up with the money and it was just really rough," Bonenfant says. "It was just misleading. ... The way it was presented was ... I was going to make four large payments and then be done."
But after those four payments, the lender continued to take money directly out of her checking account. When she asked why, the lender told her she had agreed online to a lot more payments.
Bonenfant sent NPR a screenshot from the Golden Valley website. It says on her $900 loan, her scheduled payments in less than 12 months will total $3,735, or more than four times what she borrowed.
Bonenfant has so far paid more than $3,000 to Golden Valley and rung up more than $1,000 in overdraft fees at her bank.
When she showed it to her boss, he called the loan's terms "illegal."
Lawyers at the CFPB came to a similar conclusion. That's why back in April, the bureau sued Golden Valley Lending for unfair, deceptive and abusive business practices.
The lawsuit was moving forward until Mulvaney came on board, when it was suddenly dropped.
"Dismissal of this lawsuit shows an outrageous disregard for the rule of law," says Peterson, who calls the lender "one of the worst of the worst" for swindling many people around the nation out of tens of millions of dollars.
A key backer of Golden Valley was recently convicted of racketeering charges in a case involving another online lender, according to court documents. Given this history, Peterson wonders why Mulvaney dropped the lawsuit against Golden Valley.
"The Trump administration is just going to turn them loose and let them off the hook despite the fact they were making 950 percent interest rate loans to struggling families in ways that were illegal and unauthorized under both state and federal law," Peterson says.
Mulvaney declined requests for an interview. In an email, his press representative first said the decision to drop the Golden Valley lawsuit was made by "professional career staff" and not Mulvaney.
But several CFPB staffers that NPR spoke to say that's not true. The staffers, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of losing their jobs, say Mulvaney decided to drop the lawsuit even though the entire career enforcement staff wanted to press ahead with it.
After repeated questioning from NPR, Mulvaney's press person acknowledged that Mulvaney was indeed involved in the decision to drop the lawsuit.
In his new strategic plan and in memos to staff, Mulvaney has made it clear that he wants to rein in the bureau.
He says the previous director "pushed the envelope" and has said he wants the agency to have more "humility." He has also suggested that going after payday lenders that charge extremely high interest rates won't be a priority.
Some see this as Mulvaney's way of paying back supporters of his campaign.
"As a congressman he took $62,000 plus from the payday lenders. And now at the CFPB he's doing their bidding," says Karl Frisch, executive director of the consumer group Allied Progress.
Of course, Mulvaney's moves could be just conservative ideology for less regulation. But in either case, there appear to be plenty of unhappy customers who have gotten loans from Golden Valley.
Robert Rogers, who builds customized motorcycles and guns, says he was trying to help his retired mother in California after she got into one of these Golden Valley loans. The cost of the loan seemed really high, so he called the company.
Rogers says the person who answered the call from Golden Valley wouldn't answer his questions about what the interest rate on the loan was and just kept telling him he had to pay and even threatened him — saying he'd come to his house and get the money "by any means necessary."
"Pretty much every other word out of his mouth was F'in this or F'in that. ... It became like some kind of just really bad gangster movie," Rogers says.
Golden Valley declined an interview. The company is officially headquartered on an Indian reservation. In a court document, the company argues its loans are governed by tribal law.
The CFPB lawsuit disagreed, saying Golden Valley makes illegal loans across the country.
For her part, Bonenfant still hasn't paid off her debt to Golden Valley. And she feels betrayed by the president, whose appointee dropped the lawsuit.
"To be honest I'm really mad, really pissed, because I actually voted for Trump," Bonenfant says. "So knowing that his guy threw out this case that affects people like me, I feel kind of like stupid — just kind of like betrayed."
Mulvaney hasn't officially offered details about why the case was dropped. Meanwhile, staffers at the bureau say they are worried Mulvaney will block more of their efforts to go after shady financial firms. He is reviewing numerous ongoing lawsuits and investigations.
It’s no wonder that, when rumors began to swirl that White House chief of staff John F. Kelly might be on his way out, speculation about possible replacements quickly turned to Mick Mulvaney, currently the director of both the Office of Management and Budget and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Whether or not Mulvaney ascends to Kelly’s position, he showed Sunday how adept he has become at selling President Trump’s big con.
Mulvaney’s appearances on “Fox News Sunday” and “Face the Nation” were a tour de force of confidently delivering outlandish statements. First, Mulvaney dealt with the resignations of two White House staffers over domestic abuse allegations, and the president’s complaints that now-departed staff secretary Rob Porter’s life was being ruined by “a mere allegation.” (In truth, besides multiple allegations from his ex-wives, Porter was denied a full security clearance because of a protective order against him in 2010.) Asked by CBS News’s Major Garrett whether the White House had “a lax attitude when it comes to the question of domestic abuse,” Mulvaney replied, “I think what you saw happened this week, Major, was completely reasonable and normal.”
Yes, “reasonable and normal.” Even the buttoned-up Garrett interrupted to double-check that he’d heard Mulvaney correctly. Mulvaney repeated the sentiment on Fox News, saying the president had “a very normal reaction” to Porter’s resignation, totally in keeping with a “zero tolerance” policy. When Chris Wallace pointed out that the president hadn’t shown any concern for the victims, Mulvaney innocently suggested that the president may have been tweeting not about Porter but about mogul Steve Wynn.
Policy was not spared from Mulvaney’s speciousness. The OMB director told Wallace that the president’s new budget “does move us back towards balance. It does get us away from trillion-dollar deficits.” The latter is technically true, but Mulvaney said those words knowing what The Post reported Sunday night: The budget “falls far short of eliminating the government’s deficit over 10 years,” with yearly deficits still in the hundreds of billions. So much for “balance.”
What makes Mulvaney such a perfect fit for Trump is not the ridiculous claims themselves, but the confidence with which he delivers them. Other Trump lackeys were less “sure” in their defenses. Legislative director Marc Short admitted that he literally did not know what Kelly knew and when he knew it, which led NBC News’s Chuck Todd to reply, “Why come on here and not know?” Kellyanne Conway opted for ridiculous defenses, including the idea that women should just be happy that he created jobs for them. But where Mulvaney was earnest, Conway was resigned, like a beleaguered mother who just wants you to lay off her ill-behaved child.
Trump has made a career out of making false statements with absolute conviction: The GOP tax cut is the “biggest” ever (it’s not); the Nunes memo totally “vindicates Trump” (it doesn’t); “our economy is perhaps the best it’s ever been” (not even close). More broadly, he’s still pledging to “drain the swamp” while Cabinet members fleece taxpayers and corporations and donors receive big giveaways. This two-facedness is best enacted by those who remain committed to the con — which makes Mulvaney the perfect scoundrel for Trump.