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Baldwin as Trump Tells Laid Off Coal Miner: 'As of Today Your Coal Mines Will Have Absolutely No Regulations, None'
By Jenny Pierson
Saturday Night Live returned this week with guest Alec Baldwin reprising his role as an openly insecure President Donald Trump.
In the cold open, Baldwin/Trump returned to his supporters in Kentucky to explain some surprising facts. For instance: "A lot of poverty is white now."
But the more issues his supporters raise, the more he ignores (or as he said, "junked!") the problems of job loss, health care, minimum wage and addiction—and the sadder it gets that his audience still supports him.
SNL cast member Beck Bennett as a Trump supporter replies to these insults: "Well, I trust your judgment, sir. There must be some reason you're a billionaire."
"See, we think exactly alike," said Trump. "I say quietly to myself ... there must be some reason I'm a billionaire."
The sketch ends with Baldwin's needling plea for the approval ratings Trump's missing: "So, we cool, right? We still love Trump?"
Reposted with permission from our media associate AlterNet.
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By Dr. Brian R. Shmaefsky
One year after the Flint Water Crisis I was invited to participate in a water rights session at a conference hosted by the US Human Rights Network in Austin, Texas in 2015. The reason I was at the conference was to promote efforts by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to encourage scientists to shine a light on how science intersects with human rights, in the U.S. as well as in the context of international development. My plan was to sit at an information booth and share my stories about water quality projects I spearheaded in communities in Bangladesh, Colombia, and the Philippines. I did not expect to be thrown into conversations that made me reexamine how scientists use their knowledge as a public good.
The shipping industry is coming to grips with its egregious carbon footprint, as it has an outsized contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and to the dumping of chemicals into open seas. Already, the global shipping industry contributes about 2 percent of global carbon emissions, about the same as Germany, as the BBC reported.
The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC overlooks the Tidal Basin, a man-made body of water surrounded by cherry trees. Visitors can stroll along the water's edge, gazing up at the stately monument.
But at high tide, people are forced off parts of the path. Twice a day, the Tidal Basin floods and water spills onto the walkway.