Trump: Take Action

You know there is just so much going on in the world that it is difficult to keep pace with the disastrous events which affect the vast majority of us, in particular the poor, the sick and other vulnerable people. There is so much injustice in the world it is staggering . It is not only that we are making little progress in this regard but it is that we are taking steps backwards, particularly in rich countries such as the USA and the UK.

With all the terrible events here in the UK it has been some time since the focus of this blog has turned to the USA where some of the worse social injustice, including constant attacks on healthcare, and environmental damage is gathering considerable and very rapid momentum and there seems less opposition, less protest. Concerning damage to the environment, Trump’s Mexican Boarder wall Will be Exempt From All Environmental Laws

Below are a few simple and quick actions you can take concerning some of the more recent outrages by the Trump administration.

Petitions

Unbelievable! Trump calls for police brutality! As if there is not enough already! Please sign and share petition

“Trump spoke in front of an audience of Suffolk County Police and family and called on them to use violence against anyone in their custody. The crowd cheered as Trump told them not to shield a detainee’s head on their way into a police car. ”

Please continue reading, sign and share:

Disavow Trump’s Call For Police Brutality
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/273/909/257/disavow-trumps-call-for-police-brutality/

For more information please read the following article:

Trump Encourages More Police Brutality:
http://www.care2.com/causes/trump-encourages-more-police-brutality.html

Petition to Tell Congress to Impeach Trump

Tell Congress: Impeach Donald Trump
http://act.democracyforamerica.com/sign/impeach-trump/?t=1&refcode=g-DTJimpeach0711.d-20170711.m-9525.s-33437&akid=9525.2630474.GFVaoT

Visit Action Hub

This website lists ways to help protest and resist Trump, it collects action alerts and calls to action from more than 30 different websites. A wealth of information and ideas, there is something here for everyone, a very useful resource for anyone who wishes to bring about change or protect themselves.

What Do I Do About Trump.com is a resource hub for people who are upset about Trump’s Presidency.

http://whatdoidoabouttrump.com/

What Do I Do About Trump.com/Action Hub on Twitter: https://twitter.com/calltoactionhub

Please share with as many people as Possible.

Daily Action

Join Daily Action where can make a difference by simply making a phone call

RESISTING EXTREMISM IN AMERICA, ONE PHONE CALL AT A TIME.

“Since its launch in mid-December 2016, Daily Action has exploded into a huge phenomenon, with over a quarter of a million subscribers. We make civic engagement easy and painless, with a single action every day—connecting citizens to their legislators with a quick swipe of their phones.”

“To join, text the word DAILY to the number 228466 (A-C-T-I-O-N). Every morning, you’ll receive a text that links you to your Senator, member of Congress, or other appropriate official. You can call when you’re walking to the bus stop or brewing your coffee. With a tap of your finger, you can do your part to resist extremism in America.”

Read more and sign up for daily action alerts:
https://dailyaction.org/

The next link lists change org petitions relating to Trump and the Trump administration

Accountability for the Trump Administration
https://www.change.org/m/demand-action-from-president-elect-donald-trump

There are an incredible 6,431,670 supporters 7,547 petitions. You could start by signing a petition to the US senate to stop Climate Skeptic Scott Pruitt from taking the position of head of EPA. Scott Pruitt, “…represents a serious threat to the future of global climate change and cooperative efforts to prevent catastrophic and irreversible damage to the health of the planet. Regardless of political affiliation, we as Americans have a responsibility to ourselves, to future generations, and to the rest of the world to work towards a clean and sustainable United States.”
https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-don-t-let-scott-pruitt-dismantle-the-epa?source_location=movement

Please take action whether it is signing one petition or making one phone call or a demonstration all actions count.

Whether large or small all actions make a difference

This mother directed thousands of anti-Trump activists with texts sent from her living room

Capitol Hill mom directs thousands of anti-Trump activists with texts sent from her living room
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/a-capitol-hill-mom-directs-thousands-of-anti-trump-activists-by-sending-texts-from-her-living-room/2017/01/27/cf0538f2-e447-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html?utm_term=.2eb38d946c79

Related Links

Trumponomics Is Killing American Prosperity

“So far Trump doesn’t seem like a great deal for people living the United States. Millions of people’s livelihoods are being threatened by his policies”
http://www.care2.com/causes/trumponomics-is-killing-american-prosperity.html

A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/how-trump-is-changing-science-environment/

Trump’s wall will cost US Tax payers $1.6 billion, it will impact the human rights of Native Americans and asylum seekers.
It is money which could be better spent on providing health care, housing and education.

House approves spending bill with $1.6 billion for the border wall.
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/27/politics/spending-bill-vote-border-wall-money/index.html

Here is the latest concerning the controversy over Trump’s Mexico wall

Trump’s Border Wall Will Be Exempt From All Environmental Laws:

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it will waive environmental laws and regulations that would get in the way of the border wall in San Diego getting off the ground.
http://www.iflscience.com/environment/trumps-border-wall-will-be-exempt-from-all-environmental-laws/

Trump to Peña Nieto: border wall not so important – just don’t say you won’t pay

Report reveals leaked transcripts of phone call between US and Mexican presidents, in which Trump begs Peña Nieto not to tell press he won’t pay for wall.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/03/donald-trump-mexico-australia-call-transcripts-border-wall

Whoever pays for the wall it is money that could be spent on improving people’s lives not bigotry and segregation.

 

Donald Trump: Petitions and Comments

Trump’s victory is one of the biggest calamities to befall the west and the effect is that every racist, woman-hater, homophobe and rightwing authoritarian feels vindicated.
Owen Jones

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For various reasons mostly health I have not been able to publish much lately but can’t come back on-line without giving vent to my feelings concerning what could be one of the greatest social upheavals in my lifetime, one that could so easily undo all the social progress of the last fifty years or so.  This is a long post and will no doubt rehash all that has been said upteen times over but who knows there is so much to say and so many of us who wish to say it and I need to say it. Today is Trumps inauguration, so any reminder of this catastrophe is timely, yes it is a catastrophe and all the celebrations, all the celebrities will never make it otherwise .

Below are my comments , the comments of others and information concerning Donald Trump and the US presidential election. Much of this was written shortly after the election but I have not been able to publish until now. If you oppose Trump I have included a few petitions and other actions you can take to voice your protest. Though Frankly petitions will now have little affect but it is good nonetheless to state your opposition.

The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States.

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed68.asp  Sadly as we all know this has not happened.

“Alexander Hamilton, who was second only to James Madison in crafting the Constitution, voiced his concerns in The Federalist Papers that someone unqualified, but with a talent for “low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity” could attain office.

As a protection against this, he urged the Electors study the requirements of the job, be “favorable to deliberation”, and, ultimately, choose only someone suited to be Commander in Chief.”

Read More:

Unprecedented — Why the Electoral College Should Stop Donald Trump:
https://medium.com/@dbrezenoff/unprecedented-why-the-electoral-college-should-stop-donald-trump-24d5df62f8e2#.acznirc11

Petitions and other actions you can take

Firstly if you oppose Donald Trump please sign the following petitions.

Demand an End to Trumps Presidency Before it Starts

Trump is not a person. He’s a monstrous, old fashioned, opinionated bigot. He treats women as objects, treats every muslim as a terrorist, wants to keep immigrants out, including removing the ones already here, and he has actively treated sexual assault as if it is ok. Don’t get me started on his opinions of the disabled. Is this really who you want as your president?

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/909/030/354/demand-an-end-to-trumps-presidency-before-it-starts/

We will Continue to fight for equality Love and Progress

Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States, and he won on a platform of hate, bigotry, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, Islamophobia, climate change denial and anti-science rhetoric. To say we are disappointed is an understatement.

This harrowing moment is one of introspection, pain and hopefully, inspiration. Because now more than ever, we must commit to stand with the oppressed, both in the U.S. and abroad. The United States of America is not just one man or one party – it is all of us. We must reaffirm our commitment to fighting for the rights of women, LGBTQ folks, immigrants, folks with disabilities, minorities, folks living in poverty and all who Trump spoke and stood against. Today, many in this country feel scared, and we need to tell them and each other: we are not alone. We will protect each other.

Please continue reading and sign – This is more of a pledge than a petition but well worth signing to demonstrate our solidarity against Trump’s policies of hate.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/644/614/530/we-will-continue-to-fight-for-equality-love-and-progress/?taf_id=30688836&cid=fb_na&z00m=28569049#bbfb=895182964

From the Human Rights Campaign

Ten Ways to Stand Together in Solidarity Against Hate

http://www.hrc.org/blog/ten-ways-to-stand-together-in-solidarity-against-hate

I cannot tell you how shocked I am that this man has been elected as president, waking early on the morning of November the 9th to find that this racist, misogynist, sexist, bigoted vile man had been elected was utterly shocking, beyond belief rather like waking from a dream to find you are now in a nightmare.

Trump is not fit to hold office, in addition to his repugnant agenda he has no experience in politics, what other high position of authority could anyone else hold without experience? It is a dark day for America, a dark day for the world. I fear for black people, for indigenous people, for immigrants, for the poor, for Muslims, for the LGBT community, for disabled and sick people and indeed frankly for anyone who is not white and well off white at that.  I fear also for the environment, all the progress made will be destroyed by this man who openly denies climate change. Already he has said he wants to eliminate NASAs climate research in its entirity no doubt because “it is financially inconvenient to his friends who profit off climate change”.  Animal rights and animal welfare will also suffer as a result of this man’s warped polices which contrary to what the millions who voted for him believe favours the elite.  According to an animal protection group Trump as President could be a ‘A Threat To Animals Everywhere’

Trump represents the rich and powerful he has consolidated the grip of  big corporations. His anti environment polices will grant cart blanch to the very rapacious corporations, which are responsible for climate change and much of the ills that befall this world to both humans and non humans alike, to do as they please without restraint.

The electoral system in the USA rather like ours here in the UK is not truly democratic, Trump did not win the popular vote. The majority do not want this, Hillary Clinton had at the last count 2.36 million more votes than Trump and lost the election. The will of the people is for Clinton to be president. It couldn’t be simpler surely? How can this be right when the person without a majority of votes wins, things need to change in the USA as indeed they do here in the UK. I understand that the electoral college system  has been in place since the Founding Fathers in the 18th century in order that  areas of the country with large populations did not get to dictate the outcome of an election. Nonetheless in my opinion this system however well-intentioned is not democratic surely.

The following comments are a good analysis of the situation regarding the undemocratic electoral system in the USA

Clinton won the popular vote…by a margin greater than the margin in past elections that put people into the white house. In other words, in just a few weeks (December 19th) the United States is gearing up to put someone into the office of the presidency in opposition to who the majority of the voters supported.

The “will of the people”, the “decision of the voters” is apparently going to be reversed and the candidate who lost the election is going to be crowned as president. That’s a “democracy”?

What is going on here? How can a “democracy” result in someone becoming the president in clear opposition to the majority of the voters? A system like that is something other than a “democracy” wherein the vote of a citizen counts to show who they want in a particular office. It’s a system…yes…but it’s not a “democracy”.

Please read the entire article:
The “isms” won the election or did they?
http://veganelder.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/the-isms-won-election-or-did-they.html

Though he did not gain the majority vote a staggering 59,791,135I voted for Trump! Incidentally 99,815,122 people who were eligible to vote did not, many of those who did not vote where democrats, this was of course detrimental to the Clinton campaign, perhaps they now regret this.

It’s incredible, I still can’t believe it even now ! Though not the majority I still have to ask how could so many people vote for such a man? Rather like the Brexit vote here in the UK, many people likely voted on the issue of immigration and racism. It is a sad day when people hate those of another race so much that they are willing to elect a man such as trump in order to give vent to their hatred. I lose heart in the overall goodness and decency of mankind when leaders such as Trump are popular and their policies of hate are readily embraced. Those of us who wish a world of equality for all people where delighted when America elected Obama, it seemed a huge step forward towards an end to racism, prejudice and discrimination, it was than unthinkable that in just eight years time many of the citizens of America would than vote for an openly racist misogynistic homophobic bigot who will have no qualms in triggering a nuclear war. I understand that the vote for Trump may have been a vote against the establishment, though the comprehension of how a billionaire fulfils this criterion is beyond me.Though he has never been part of the political establishment nor held public office, he nonetheless is of the same ilk here he says “I want the establishment — look, I was part of the establishment.  Let me explain. I was the establishment two months ago. I was like the fair-haired boy. I was a giver, a big giver. Once I decided to run, all of a sudden I’m sort of semi-anti-establishment.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nomi-prins/donald-trumps-anti-establishment-scam_b_10927244.html

Even if he was genuinely anti establishment electing him while overlooking his racism, sexism and other isms can never be justified.

It is truly terrifying that this man now has one of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals at his disposal and that at the end of the day has almost cart blance authority to use them.

Indeed a tragic day in the history of humanity, a huge step backwards in our social progress towards a world of equality for all regardless of colour, creed, gender, sexual orientation or indeed any other difference upon which we base a person’s worth.

Some will continue to argue that Trump was democratically elected, even though in real terms he was not and we must continue to emphasize this, people tend to accept such outrages as the electoral college, composed of just 558 people, having the final say when it is blatant opposition of the will of the people in a country that prides itself as a democracy.

Even if Trump did get the popular vote we cannot use democracy as an excuse to turn a blind eye to such a pernicious political agenda and catalogue of wrong doings. It is shocking that so few have actually spoken out and instead congratulated Trump on his victory, a triumph of evil over good, of hate over love, of tolerance over intolerance, of social regression over social progression. Racism and over prejudices cannot be sanctioned under the guise of democracy. It is not democratic to allow rampant racists like the KKK to spew their vile rhetoric of hated and bigotry any more than it is democratic to allow the president or any other world leader to promote polices of racial prejudice. If this was the case almost anything could be condoned under the banner of democracy whether it be morally right or wong. It is, as most people would surely agree, wrong, unethical, grossly immoral to promote racist or other prejudicial ideology, yet trump has been allowed to do precisely that unhindered and unimpeded. This is not democracy. This is not freedom, freedom of speech does not allow for the incitement of hatred, of racism or other prejudice. No nation or any other social set up can allow its citizens or their leader to promote unethical and deeply unjust policies simply because it is the will of the people, which in this case it is not. The will of the people cannot supersede what is right and replace it with what is wrong, it is as simple as that. There is no justification for the incitement of hatred in any code of ethics be it religious or otherwise. If we took democracy to its literal limit I am sure everyone would vote to abolish taxation, such a notion is ludicrous as should be the idea that the incitement and practice of racism and other discrimination is a right of free speech or democracy. Most people recognise that racism and sexism is wrong as is any prejudice which denies others their freedom and basic rights and equality.

Why Trump was allowed to run for president is beyond my comprehension. In addition to his obvious bigotry and prejudices there are the many allegations of sexual abuse, sexual assault and even rape that have been ignored and not even investigated. Why is that? Any other citizen of the USA and indeed in most other western countries would have been immediately investigated.

World leaders,  for the sake of peace equality and freedom for goodness sake speak out!

Stop compromising with racists and misogynists.

I am shocked that few world leaders have spoken out in any real sense of the word. Yes there is insinuation and innuendo but nothing much outspoken conveying the disastrous consequences of this heinous person becoming the leader of not only the USA but of the free world. Obama’s speech was pathetic, the hypocrisy was astounding as were the congratulatory speeches of almost all world leaders. I would not co-operate with any person with the odious opinions of Trump. I would not associate with a racist of his calibre and would not wish to shake his hand or congratulate him. Do not presidents and congress men and women have their right of free speech? Stop pussyfooting about and speak out! Call a spade a spade, a racist a racist, a sexist a sexist. He is a dangerous man who endangers all our lives, in fact he is a threat to every being that lives and as a denier of climate change the very earth itself. For Gods sake say what we all know to be true, that trump is unfit for office, a vile man, a sexual abuser a racist and so on and on the list of this man’s offences, behaviours and ideology – though the word ideology implies something more noble than the hate he spews towards so many sections of our society – is long and disturbing. This man will set the clock back decades to a time that most of us thought would be consigned to history.

Beginning with our unelected Prime minister Teresa May here is a short list of some of those who did not speak out

Concerning the UK it appears that we are willing to sell social justice down the river and accept prejudice and hatred for the sake of a trade deal as Teresa May kowtows to Donald Trump.

“Divisive, unhelpful and wrong,” were Theresa May’s words in December 2015, when she criticised Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Here are May’s words of congratulation after the election

“I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign,” she said.

“Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise.

“We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence. I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”
“I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign,”

“Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise.

“We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence. I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged a continuing close relationship between the US and Japan in his congratulatory message.

“I express my heartfelt congratulations on your election as the next president of the United States,” his statement said. “Japan and the United States are unshakeable allies connected by common values such as freedom, democracy, basic human rights and rule of law.”

Here is a list of all the world leaders who congratulated Trump

Quite a surprise as this list includes Enrique Peña-Nieto, the President of Mexico and Raul Castro, President of Cuba

Continue reading for the complete list
http://ijr.com/2016/11/732443-here-are-all-the-world-leaders-who-have-congratulated-president-elect-donald-trump-so-far/

People who did speak out

Not all British politicians congratulated Trump. Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the result was one of “great sadness”.

“While we must all respect the result of this democratic contest, today is a dark day for those of us who believe in compassion, tolerance and equality,”

“Donald Trump was responsible for a hate-filled campaign that was dominated by lies, misogyny and racism. As president-elect, he now has a responsibility to America and the world to heal the deep divisions he has caused.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/us-election-results-theresa-may-congratulates-donald-trump-on-election-as-president_uk_5822ed0de4b0c2e24ab16f5c

Here is what Jeremy Corbyn said:

“Many in Britain and elsewhere will be understandably shocked by Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, the rhetoric around it and what the election result means for the rest of the world, as well as America.

‘Trump’s election is an unmistakable rejection of a political establishment and an economic system that simply isn’t working for most people. It is one that has delivered escalating inequality and stagnating or falling living standards for the majority, both in the US and Britain.

‘This is a rejection of a failed economic consensus and a governing elite that has been seen not to have listened. And the public anger that has propelled Donald Trump to office has been reflected in political upheavals across the world.

“But some of Trump’s answers to the big questions facing America, and the divisive rhetoric around them, are clearly wrong.

“I have no doubt, however, that the decency and common sense of the American people will prevail, and we send our solidarity to a nation of migrants, innovators and democrats. After this latest global wake up call, the need for a real alternative to a failed economic and political system could not be clearer.

“That alternative must be based on working together, social justice and economic renewal, rather than sowing fear and division. And the solutions we offer have to improve the lives of everyone, not pit one group of people against another.

“Americans have made their choice. The urgent necessity is now for us all to work across continents to tackle our common global challenges: to secure peace, take action on climate change and deliver economic prosperity and justice.”

While the above does not contain any sycophantic kowtowing congratulatory comments I honestly cannot see how we can secure peace and tackle global warming with a world leader who is causing division and hatred in his own country and who denies climate change.

Elizabeth Warren:USA senator

‘We will not give an inch’: Elizabeth Warren throws down gauntlet to President-elect Trump

“We will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans – on anyone,” said Warren, who sparred frequently over Twitter with Trump and criticized him on the campaign trail in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s election. “Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.”

She said Trump had “encouraged a toxic stew of hatred and fear” and during the campaign “regularly made statements that undermined core values of our democracy.”

Read More
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/we-will-not-give-an-inch-elizabeth-warren-throws-down-gauntlet-to-president-elect-trump/

The archbishop of Canterbury at least did not congratulate Trump

The Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘There are huge amounts of fear’ in the world as a result of Trump’s election

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2016-11-09/the-archbishop-of-canterbury-there-are-huge-amounts-of-fear-in-the-world-as-a-result-of-trumps-election/

Many republicans do not support Trump

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/where-republicans-stand-on-donald-trump-a-cheat-sheet/481449/

It was frankly a choice of the lesser of two evils and I admit I do not know all the ins and outs. While Clinton’s campaign was dogged with the e-mail sandal, about which I again admit some ignorance, does it really supersede the long list of Trumps less than ethical behaviours, in some cases maybe down right criminal activities.

Below is a comment which is well worth repeating here. Unfortunately I cannot find the original source of the comment though it has been repeated throughout the internet,  here you can read it with some additions.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/2/1590374/-Best-Comment-ever-TRUMP-Fails-vs-CLINTON-Emails

I have included it again below

Consider the following list of Trumps behaviours and proposed policies compared to Clintons e-mail scandel, surely Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, are the lesser of two evils or rather many evils.

Trump vs Clinton e-mails

“Trump admitting sexual assault.
Clinton emails.
Trump charity fraud.
Clinton emails.
Trump calls for nuclear proliferation.
Clinton emails.
Trump calls for national stop and frisk.
Clinton emails.
Trump breaks the law and violates trade embargo with Cuba.
Clinton emails.
Trump sued over Trump University fraud.
Clinton emails.
Trump accused of bribing DA in IRS case.
Clinton emails.
Trump doesn’t pay taxes for 20 years.
Clinton emails.
Trump employs campaign manager accused of being involved in illegal corruption with Russia.
Clinton emails.
Trump calls for ban of an entire religion from entering US.
Clinton emails.
Trump lied about support for Iraq War over and over in debate.
Clinton emails.
Trump cased dismissed by accuser to re-file b/c of new witness in child rape case.
Clinton emails.
Trump unaware of Russia’s Crimea occupation.
Clinton emails.
Trump unaware of situation in Syria.
Clinton emails.
Trump penalized for racist housing discrimination.
Clinton emails.
Trump files for bankrupcy 6 times.
Clinton emails.
Trump goes 0-3 in debates by showing scant knowledge of world politics.
Clinton emails.
Trump slams people for being POWs. (prisoners of war)
Clinton emails.
Trump calls Mexicans rapists.
Clinton emails.
Trump questions judge’s integrity because of parent’s heritage.
Clinton emails.
Trump deletes emails involved in casino scandal.
Clinton emails.
Trump has over 10 assault victims and witnesses come forward with allegations of abuse.
Clinton emails.
Trump attacks former Miss Universe for being overweight.
Clinton emails.
Trump tweets about sex tapes at 3am.
Clinton emails.
Trump says he will try US citizens accused of terrorism at Gitmo.
Clinton emails.
Trump calls for more extreme forms of torture to be used.
Clinton emails.
Trump asks why we can’t use our nukes if we have them.
Clinton emails.
Trump calls for offensive bombing attack on sovereign nations because someone gives the middle finger.
Clinton emails.
Trump calls to kill women and children of suspected terrorists.
Clinton emails.
Trump says women should be punished for having abortions.
Clinton emails.
Trump makes fun of disabled people.
Clinton emails.
Trump calls for end of freedom of the press.
Clinton emails.
Trump calls global warming a chinese hoax.
Clinton emails.
Trump praises Putin and Kim Jong Un’s strong leadership.
Clinton emails.
Trump openly admits to not paying his contractors during debate.
Clinton emails.
Trump openly admits not apologizing to wife in debate about Access Hollywood tape.
Clinton emails.
Trump calls Obama an illegitimate noncitizen hundreds of times over 7 years.
Clinton emails.
Trump uses campaign donations to enrich his own businesses.
Clinton emails.
Trump says Ted Cruz father involved in JFK assassination.
Clinton emails.
Trump says laziness is an inherent trait in black people.
Clinton emails.
Did we miss anything?
Gee who should I vote for? Trump seems to have negatives, but Clinton gets incessant negative press (which all stems from one thing, that not illegal when she had it, no charges were filed, and it wouldnt even be a blip on the radar for Trump if it was him that did it when you compare it to his other scandals).”

What more is there to say! I doubt anyone has read all this but I had to have my two penneth as we say here in the UK.

Related Links

Trump’s presidency is doomed

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-presidency-is-doomed/2017/01/16/961763fc-dc1e-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html?utm_term=.d159dee4d99b

Donald Trump will violate the US constitution on inauguration day

Because of the emoluments clause, the electoral college would be fully justified in concluding that he is unsuited to the presidency

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/19/donald-trump-violate-us-constitution-inauguration-day

The USA today In the wake of trumps victory
Police are investigating a wave of alleged hate crimes against Muslims, Hispanic Americans, black people, ethnic minorities and the LGBT community in the wake of the US election.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-president-supporters-attack-muslims-hijab-hispanics-lgbt-hate-crime-wave-us-election-a7410166.html

You will find this shocking
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-president-supporters-attack-muslims-hijab-hispanics-lgbt-hate-crime-wave-us-election-a7410166.html

In the wake of Trump’s election win Tuesday night though, the reality is settling in that a man who has called Mexicans rapists and suggested a ban on Muslims is now going to run the country. But something else is settling in as well: that Americans largely decided that the fact that Trump has been accused of sexual assault wasn’t a good enough reason to not vote for him

https://www.romper.com/p/how-to-help-sexual-assault-victims-following-trumps-win-because-his-victory-is-a-trigger-22347

http://michaelmoore.com/trumpwillwin/

Michael Moore: 7 Things We Must Do as Trump Prepares for the White House

We have no interest in compromising with racists and misogynists.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/michael-moore-anti-trump-do-list

Credit Photograph
By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
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Please Sign Petition: Cleveland: Stop Punishing Tamir Rice’s Family

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On November 22, 2014, a 12 year-old child by the name of Tamir Rice played with a toy gun outside of Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland Ohio. A concerned person nearby saw Tamir pointing the toy and called 911, informing the dispatcher that the potential weapon might be a fake gun and that the person with the toy appeared to be a juvenile. This bit of crucial information never made it to the responding officers and two seconds after arriving on the scene, Tamir was shot in the torso.

This week — as though the pain of losing a child were not enough — the City of Cleveland billed Tamir’s family for the boy’s ambulance ride to the hospital where he died.

The city has since said the bill was automatically generated and a mistake, but the billing follows a long string of insulting moves by the city against this grieving family. Cleveland has:

  • Billed the family for the storage of Tamir’s body; and
  • Insinuated that the family’s civil suit against the city was little more than a cash grab; and
  • Blamed the child for his own murder, saying that that Tamir had not shown sufficient caution in the two-seconds before he was shot by a police officer who had previously been fired by another department for failing to meet that community’s standards for law enforcement skills.

The Rice family’s nightmare must end. Demand that Cleveland’s mayor immediately settle with Tamir’s family and acknowledge its wrongdoing so that this boy’s family can finally find justice and peace.

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/334/898/295/cleveland-waive-the-ambulance-fee-tamir-rices-family/

More information

Cleveland Nearly Charged Tamir Rice’s Family $500 for His Ambulance Ride
http://www.care2.com/causes/cleveland-nearly-charged-tamir-rices-family-500-for-his-ambulance-ride.html?z00m=27425996

This family has suffered enough, a grave social injustice took the life of this young boy and unless wrong doing is recognised and addressed more and more innocent people will die. Last year in the USA 1,136 people were killed by police, that’s about an average of three people each day. One in ten people killed had a mental health problem.  Black people are twice as likely to be killed than white people. Last year saw the highest rate of young black men killed in the USA by police: Final total of people killed by US police officers in 2015 shows rate of death for young black men was five times higher than white men of the same age  About 25% of the African Americans killed were unarmed, compared with 17% of white people.

US police killed 1,136 people in 2015. Will 2016 be any different? – video

Click the link to read more and watch the video:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2015/dec/30/us-police-killed-1103-people-this-year-will-2016-be-any-different-video

“Killing of man who allegedly pointed a replica firearm at officers in California is 1,000th entry in Guardian database tracking police killings this year”

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/16/the-counted-killed-by-police-1000

More people are killed in the USA by police than almost any other country.

In 2013, only six bullets were fired in total by police in Finland – while Iceland has one recorded fatal police shooting in the 71 years of the country’s existence.

Here in the UK last year the first person to be killed by police was not killed until September.

To get this into perspective concerning population comparisons:

The current population of the US is about 319 million, whereas the UK population is roughly 64 million.

This means there are nearly five time as many people in the US as in the UK, yet the police have managed to killed 776 times more people than officers in Britain.

Read more and view graph:
http://metro.co.uk/2015/09/01/graphic-shows-how-many-people-have-been-killed-by-police-in-usa-compared-to-uk-5371271/

In 95 years in the UK, police have fatally shot 51 people in single shooting incidents, whereas in US police have fatally shot 78 people in November 2015 alone.In the same month in the UK, there were no gun-related fatalities as a result of police shootings.
Read more:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/us-police-shot-more-people-dead-last-month-than-british-officers-did-in-95-years-a6769316.html

Related Links

The Counted:People killed by the police in the USA, recorded by the Guardian – with your help
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/counted-us-police-killings

The Guardian view on killings by US police: why we must keep counting
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/31/the-counted-killings-by-police-editorial

As of December 23, a total of 12,942 people had been killed in the United States in 2015 in a gun homicide, unintentional shooting, or murder/suicide.
http://www.thetrace.org/2015/12/gun-violence-stats-2015/

Petition: Ban Steel-Jaw Leghold Traps in the U.S.

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“We naturally feel more compassion for a timid and harmless animal, such as a rabbit, than for vermin, but the actual agony must be the same in all cases. It is scarcely possible to exaggerate the suffering thus endured from fear, from acute pain, maddened by thirst, and by vain attempts to escape.

Some who reflect upon this subject for the first time will wonder how such cruelty can have been permitted to continue in these days of civilisation; and no doubt if men of education saw with their own eyes what takes place under their sanction, the system would have been put an end to long ago.”

Charles Darwin speaking out against steel traps – you can read more of Darwin’s appeal further down.

Please click the link below and sign the petition and share widely

Ban Steel-Jaw Leghold Traps in the U.S.

Steel-jaw leghold traps are nasty, cruel mechanical devices designed to grasp an animal by the leg using spring-operated metal jaws. In their desperation to escape the pain and terror of being trapped, the captured animal will sometimes bite off the limb that has been caught. The traps often catch unintended animals, including birds, pets, and animals of rare species. Trappers kill millions of animals every year, but many of those animals were unintentionally trapped. They’re often refered to as “trash” animals because their fur isn’t worth any money

Please read more and sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/606/715/001/ Please share widely

I have to state that I am not keen on the phrasing further on in the petition, the use of the words “innocent animals” such as in ” Innocent animals caught by mistake often have to be euthanized as a result.”This implies that there are some animal who do not matter. I am sure this is merely an unfortunate choice of words intended to show that steel traps not only harm the intended animals but any animal unfortunate enough to get caught in the trap. All animals are innocent, all animals matter whether the animal is someones pet, an endangered species or any animal including rodents and other less favoured creatures. All animals lives are important to them and no animal should be subjected to such cruelty which involves a long and protracted death , any kind of death. Animals just like you and I do not wish to die, animals value their lives as we value ours. Steel jaw traps are cruel to any animal. Such outdated and inhumane treatment of any animal regardless of species has no place in any modern society.

The ideal of course would be to see an end to all forms of trapping, shooting, hunting and killing of animals in any way. But each petition signed and each bill passed that outlaws one kind of cruelty is a step in the right direction.

It may be of interest to note that way back in the 19th century Charles Darwin spoke out against steel traps:

An Appeal

“It is a common observation that cases of brutality to horses, asses, and other large quadrupeds, are much less frequently witnessed now than they were some time ago. This is no doubt owing to the general increase of humanity, and to these animals being now under the protection of the law.

An English gentleman would not himself give a moment’s unnecessary pain to any living creature, and would instinctively exert himself to put an end to any suffering before his eyes: yet it is a fact that every game preserver in this country sanctions a system which consigns thousands of animals to acute agony, probably of eight or ten hours duration, before it is ended by death. I allude to the setting of steel traps for catching vermin.

Some women may never have seen a trap, and therefore I give a wood-cut of one.

The iron teeth shut together with so strong a spring, that a pencil which I inserted was cracked and deeply-indented by the violence of the blow. The grip must be close enough not to allow of the escape of a small animal, such as a stoat or a magpie; and therefore when a cat or a rabbit is caught, the limb is cut to the bone and crushed. A humane game-keeper said to me, “I know what they must feel, as I have had my finger caught.” The smaller animals are often so fortunate as to be killed at once. If we attempt to realise the sufferings of a cat, or other animal when caught, we must fancy what it would be to have a limb crushed during a whole long night, between the iron teeth of a trap, and with the agony increased by constant attempts to escape. Few men could endure to watch for five minutes, an animal struggling in a trap with a crushed and torn limb; yet on all the well-preserved estates throughout the kingdom, animals thus linger every night; and where game-keepers are not humane, or have grown callous to the suffering constantly passing under their eyes, they have been known by an eye-witness to leave the traps unvisited for twenty-four or even thirty-six hours. Such neglect as this is no doubt rare; but traps are often forgotten; and there are few game-keepers who will leave their beds on a cold winter’s morning, one hour earlier, to put an end to the pain of an animal which is safely in their power.

I subjoin the account of the appearance of a rabbit caught in a trap, given by a gentleman, who, last summer witnessed the painful sight many times.

“I know of no sight more sorrowful than that of these unoffending animals as they are seen in the torture grip of these traps. They sit drawn up into a little heap, as if collecting all their force of endurance to support the agony; some sit in a half torpid state induced by intense suffering. Most young ones are found dead after some hours of it, but others as you approach, start up, struggle violently to escape, and shriek pitiably, from terror and the pangs occasioned by their struggles.”

We naturally feel more compassion for a timid and harmless animal, such as a rabbit, that for vermin, but the actual agony must be the same in all cases. It is scarcely possible to exaggerate the suffering thus endured from fear, from acute pain, maddened by thirst, and by vain attempts to escape.

Bull-baiting and cock-fighting have rightly been put down by law; I hope it may never be said that the members of the British Parliament will not make laws to protect animals if such laws should in any way interfere with their own sports.

Some who reflect upon this subject for the first time will wonder how such cruelty can have been permitted to continue in these days of civilisation; and no doubt if men of education saw with their own eyes what takes place under their sanction, the system would have been put an end to long ago.

We shall be told that setting steel traps is the only way to preserve game, but we cannot believe that Englishmen when their attention is once drawn to the case, will let even this motive weigh against so fearful an amount of cruelty.

The writer of these remarks will be grateful for any suggestions, addressed to A. B., Mr. Strong,1 Printer, Bromley, Kent.”

Source: darwin-online.org.uk/

It was however not until the 1950s that the UK finally outlawed steel traps.

Help Keep The Water on For Baltimore’s Low-income Residents!

“Water is fundamental for life and health. The human right to water is indispensable for leading a healthy life in human dignity. It is a pre-requisite to the realization of all other human rights. ”
The United Nations Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights

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Please sign the following petition

Keep the water on for Baltimore’s low-income residents!

“Standing for the rights of one is standing for the rights of all.Etaoqua

Water is a human right – especially in the richest country on earth!

Yet in the coming days, Baltimore will start cruelly shutting off water to 25,000 households who owe more than $250 in unpaid bills. This is despite the facts that public assistance is minimal, there have been no public hearings, and in many cases, it’s the landlord’s fault – not the tenant’s – that the bills weren’t paid.

Even worse, more than one-third of the unpaid water bills in Baltimore belong to just 369 businesses – including $7 million from RG Steel alone – but the city is starting the shutoffs with low-income residents who need water to survive!

Please Read More and Sign the Petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/898/455/503/

It seems as though it is the same worldwide,  the poorest suffer as a result of the social injustice of a low income while the better off get away with not paying their bills which as the petition says amounts to one-third of all unpaid water bills.

Brewing Human Rights Crisis In Baltimore As City Threatens Mass Water Shutoffs

“In what residents warn is a mounting human rights crisis, the city of Baltimore has commenced sending 25,000 notices, the vast majority to city and county residents, threatening to shut off water if delinquent bills are not paid within ten days.

The organization Food & Water Watch estimates that 75,000 residents are under immediate threat of having their taps turned off, in a city beset with rising water rates and housing costs, where nearly one out of four people live below the federal poverty line.”

“Only 369 of the 25,000 accounts receiving shut off notices are businesses, but they comprise $15 million of the $40 million the city says is owed in unpaid bills.”

Read More:
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/04/07/brewing-human-rights-crisis-baltimore-city-threatens-mass-water-shutoffs

Such denial of water a basic human right and vital for survival is becoming more frequent, remember Detroit.

Where  it looks as though the struggle for this basic life sustaining resource continues.

Water shutoff warnings on way for delinquent Detroiters

“The Detroit water department is prepared to hang about 800 shutoff notices a day on doors across the city, “

“…water bills are the rise this year. Detroiters can expect to pay 3.4% more for water under the proposed new rates that would take effect July 1. But their biggest increase will come on the sewer portion of their bill, where the new rates rise 16.7% under the proposal.”
Read More:
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/03/20/residential-water-shutoffs/25048153/

First Detroit, Now Baltimore Is Shutting Off Water To The Poor

“I’m having a rather hard time understanding why it is that the City of Baltimore has apparently made the decision to follow in the footsteps of my adopted hometown Detroit and is shutting off the water in poor peoples’ homes for falling behind on their bills while allowing the larger – and significantly wealthier – corporations and businesses to slide on by. Even though they are the ones most responsible for the related deficit that the city currently finds itself in.”

Read More:
http://www.politicususa.com/2015/04/04/detroit-baltimore-shutting-water-poor.html

It’s hard to imagine the suffering and misery being without water causes, we take water so for granted don’t we until it is not there anymore. It is more than just having enough to drink. How can you prepare food, bathe, launder your clothes, flush your toilet, clean your home without water. How the hell can you function at all in a modern society to go to work,  attend school?

It an outrage of injustice when people throughout the world most notably developing countries do not have access to clean water. However to deliberately cut off water supplies were it is readily available is just appalling. To use the word  crime to describe such an action would not be inappropriate.

I don’t give a damn who supplies the water or how much it cost to do so, water is a vital resource and should not be dependent on whether or not you have the necessary finances. Whether it is Africa, the USA or anywhere else clean water should be provided freely to every man, woman and child, not made into a commodity only available to those who can afford it. Forcing poor people to go without water simply because they do not have the means to pay for it while allowing business who owe one-third of unpaid bills to get away with doing so is not the hall-mark of a just society.

As a matter of interest here in the UK if you are a domestic (non-business) customer, water companies can’t, by law, disconnect or restrict your water supply if you owe them money.
http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/wales/consumer_w/consumer_water_supply_e/consumer_problems_with_paying_your_water_bill_e/if_you_dont_pay_your_water_bill.htm  – but who knows things can change.

 

 

Please Sign A Petition to Bring About a Crack Down On The Illegal Hunting Of Birds Throughout Europe!

“When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning. ”
Marv Levy

Did you know that the animals most harmed in the name of so called sport are birds. Find out more further down.

If you have time to read nothing else please at least sign the petition to protect some birds from the barbarity of hunting.

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“Please sign and share this petition worldwide in an effort to speak out in Europe against the illegal hunting of birds. Because of various looplaws and inconsistencies in the laws, it appears that too many birds are losing their lives, leading to a clear extinction of various breeds. We are concerned about specific species of birds such as the Amur Falcon and Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia Curruca) along with the possibility of endangerment and extinction of these birds, among others.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/206/194/838/crack-down-on-the-illegal-hunting-of-birds-throughout-europe/?z00m=22834828

More information about the hunting of birds worldwide

It is sickening that some people in our modern society feel the need to hunt any animal and that those in authority such as the EU which implement laws prohibiting such action ignore the blatant breaking of the law in this regard or have failed to close loopholes that allow the mass slaughter of these defenceless animals.

Legal or illegal it is time time to bring an end to the barbarity of hunting any creature, such as here in the UK where it is legal to shoot so called game birds such as grouse, peasants and other birds – there are even proposals to cull/kill robins.  Other than some perverted pleasure there is no reason to hunt and kill any creature. No we are not the earth’s stewards, we have no right to kill any other living being simply for pleasure or under the guise of conservation and excuses commonly made such as thinning down over population and labeling certain creatures as pests and vermin. Nature usually if left alone controls any population explosion as such is always self-limiting.

Here is an example of the barbarity of shooting migrating birds in Malta where there is at present no laws to protect these birds from those who take perverted pleasure in shooting them out of the sky and when they land to rest during their long migration:

“Every spring thousands of exhausted migratory birds land in Malta to rest and feed during their long journey. What they don’t know is that 10,000 hunters are waiting for them with the chilling motto ‘if it flies it dies’.”

Read More:
http://www.league.org.uk/malta

Please watch the video if you have not already done so

This weekend “a referendum, the first of its kind on Malta, will ask whether hunters should continue to be allowed to shoot quail and turtle doves in the spring, when birds stop for a rest in the country on their journey from Africa to northern Europe.”

Read More
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/10/malta-bird-hunting-spring-referendum-animal-welfare

Please watch the video blogs

“Ten thousand hunters on the islands can shoot unlimited numbers of birds, including turtle dove, quail, skylark and song thrush for a five month period between September and January. Hunters can also hunt over 80% of the Maltese countryside”

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting/the-shooting-of-migratory-birds-in-malta/autumn-hunting-in-malta

Europe of course is not alone in its negligence concerning protection of wild birds from hunting, in many other parts of the world there are no laws at all or the laws are ignored and not enforced.

Here are some disturbing examples

Birds massacred in Lebanon – Unfettered hunting a disgrace

“November 2012. We have been contacted by someone from Lebanon who wants to highlight the terrible situation there, where birds are shot indiscriminately in there thousands. As Lebanon is at the cross roads between Europe, Asia and Africa, many of the birds are killed while migrating to and from their breeding grounds.”

Read More
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/lebanon-bird-hunt.html#cr

For the latest information about the killing of birds in the Lebanon

Stop Hunting in the Lebanon
https://www.facebook.com/stophuntinglebanon

Last Song for Migrating Birds

From glue-covered sticks in Egypt hang two lives, and a question: How can we stop the slaughter of songbirds migrating across the Mediterranean?

Read More:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/songbird-migration/franzen-text

Doves are shot for pleasure in Argentina

In Google enter “stop dove shooting in Argentina” and you will see at least two pages of websites promoting the hunting of these defenceless birds.  Sickening the number of links to websites extolling this cruelty as a pleasure. One website advertises non stop shooting.

Unfortunately there appears to be no campaigns to stop this , at least none that I can find.

Morning Doves are shot for pleasure in the USA

Dove Shooting: A Grisly Hunt

“Mourning doves are the traditional bird of peace and a beloved backyard songbird. But some people use mourning doves as live targets, sometimes calling them “cheap skeet.” Hunters kill more doves each year—more than 20 million—than any other animal in the country.”
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/dove_shoot/

Albania’s Coastal Wetlands: Killing Field for Migrating Birds

“Millions of birds migrating between Africa and Europe are being illegally hunted on the Balkan Peninsula, with the most egregious poaching occurring in Albania. Conservationists and the European Commission are calling for an end to the carnage.”

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“Environmental groups have estimated that more than two million ducks, geese, songbirds, and raptors are shot along the Adriatic’s eastern shores every year — part of what’s known as the Adriatic Flyway, a key migratory route for birds making their seasonal journeys between the European and African continents. A recent analysis by Wetlands International, a conservation group based in the Netherlands, concluded that as many as one-third of all birds using the Black Sea-Mediterranean Flyway — an area that includes the Adriatic Flyway — are now in decline, in large part due to illegal hunting.”

Read More:
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/poachers_in_albanias_wetlands_decimate_migrating_waterbirds/2819/

Well I could go on adding link after link, there are few places safe for birds in this world of ours. I am shocked in the extreme, saddened and sickened by mans barbarity. It is disturbing to know we share this world with people of this ilk. Sometimes I am ashamed to be human.

From beasts we scorn as soulless,
In forest, field and den,
The cry goes up to witness
The soullessness of men.
M. Frida Hartley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Sign Petition to Save US National Forests

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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The effects of Climate Change are of course not the only threat to forests in the USA  or worldwide.

Further threats to these wild places come in the form of their exploitation for oil, gas, timber and mining.

Please sign the petition below to protect National Forests in the USA from exploitation that would lead to further environmental damage. This petition may be signed by anyone worldwide. We all have a responsibility to try to persuade governments of all nations to act responsibly to protect the environment from further damage and to preserve it not only for those who are alive today but for future generations and the other animals with whom we share this world.

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Tell Congress – Don’t Give Away Our National Forests

“We all own America’s National Forests and federal public lands. We watch wildlife in these great places. We hike and camp. And we connect with the natural beauty that helps make this land great. But that could soon change.

The chairman of the powerful House Natural Resources Committee, Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT), is urging Congress to hand over National Forests and other lands to states.

It’s a move that would almost certainly result in reduced public access and the sale of our shared wild spaces to oil, gas, timber, and mining interests as cash-strapped states struggle to manage National Forests and other public lands now overseen and protected by the federal government.”

Read more and please sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/254/655/884/

Credits

The above quote came from Grinning Planet where you will find similar thought provoking quotations, such as:

“In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change.”
Daniel Howden, writing in The Independent
http://www.grinningplanet.com/environmental-quotes/trees-forests-quotes.htm