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Further to Strato's post, there is indeed a lot of damage being done at numerous levels to and throughout the US government.

This example from the Washington Post caught my eye:

I’m a scientist. I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration

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I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as of today, I am also a whistleblower on an administration that chooses silence over science.

Nearly seven years ago, I came to work for the Interior Department, where, among other things, I’ve helped endangered communities in Alaska prepare for and adapt to a changing climate. But on June 15, I was one of about 50 senior department employees who received letters informing us of involuntary reassignments. Citing a need to “improve talent development, mission delivery and collaboration,” the letter informed me that I was reassigned to an unrelated job in the accounting office that collects royalty checks from fossil fuel companies.

I am not an accountant — but you don’t have to be one to see that the administration’s excuse for a reassignment such as mine doesn’t add up. A few days after my reassignment, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testified before Congress that the department would use reassignments as part of its effort to eliminate employees; the only reasonable inference from that testimony is that he expects people to quit in response to undesirable transfers. Some of my colleagues are being relocated across the country, at taxpayer expense, to serve in equally ill-fitting jobs.

I believe I was retaliated against for speaking out publicly about the dangers that climate change poses to Alaska Native communities. During the months preceding my reassignment, I raised the issue with White House officials, senior Interior officials and the international community, most recently at a U.N. conference in June. It is clear to me that the administration was so uncomfortable with this work, and my disclosures, that I was reassigned with the intent to coerce me into leaving the federal government.



Removing a civil servant from his area of expertise and putting him in a job where he’s not needed and his experience is not relevant is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars. Much more distressing, though, is what this charade means for American livelihoods. The Alaska Native villages of Kivalina, Shishmaref and Shaktoolik are perilously close to melting into the Arctic Ocean. In a region that is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, the land upon which citizens’ homes and schools stand is newly vulnerable to storms, floods and waves. As permafrost melts and protective sea ice recedes, these Alaska Native villages are one superstorm from being washed away, displacing hundreds of Americans and potentially costing lives. The members of these communities could soon become refugees in their own country.



Let’s be honest: The Trump administration didn’t think my years of science and policy experience were better suited to accounts receivable. It sidelined me in the hope that I would be quiet or quit. Born and raised in Maine, I was taught to work hard and speak truth to power. Trump and Zinke might kick me out of my office, but they can’t keep me from speaking out. They might refuse to respond to the reality of climate change, but their abuse of power cannot go unanswered.
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On the same note:

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In an extraordinary statement trump practically admits to a attempting to pervert the course of justice;


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President Donald Trump said in an interview with The New York Times Wednesday that he would not have appointed Jeff Sessions attorney general had he known the former senator would recuse himself from the Justice Department investigation into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/ent...b0110cb3cb8a9a


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He added: “Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president.”

It also adds huge weight to Comey claiming that the President demanded his loyalty, the President thinks the justice system in the US should be on the presidents side, not the side of justice and law, fortunately others think differently, even his personal pick Jeff Sessions. Really does this apparent madman have no advisors, or is it that he simply ignores anything he doesn't want to hear?


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How the fuck was he going to do that, you can't recuse yourself unless you are actually in a position to affect a case, and also that says a lot, apparently Trump picked him in particular to deflect the Russian investigation. And if people refuse to do favours for the President they don't get the job he is offering? Not because they aren't capable, or aren't the best man for the job but simply because they won't do the job the way the president wants the job done!
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US Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer
http://www.news.com.au/world/north-a...db80f4904fbd0d

Terrible news for the man and his family obviously but also and terrible news for everyone else given he has been one of the few GOP people to consistently question Trump. I hope he can be successfully treated.
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It's worth reading the New York Times piece that Steve has referred to in full. Trump comes across as gobsmackingly naïve and completely hypocritical. It just shows how deeply ignorant and unethical he is, and just how far the GOP has fallen in suffering this vain boy-child as its standard bearer.

It should be completely stunning, except that we've all become so used to him.

Among many "pearls", how about the mind-numbing hypocrisy of this?!:

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Mr. Trump said Mr. Mueller was running an office rife with conflicts of interest
In relation to the passages highlighted by Steve, I generally agree with Steve's comments.

Also, I strongly get the impression that Trump genuinely believes, to use Trump's own words, that it's all

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"extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president"
He thinks that Sessions recusal is unfair to him! That's almost unbelievable. It's one of the most damning things I've ever read about him. He lacks the intellectual and emotional capacity to understand even the most basic probity.

Operating from that low a base, it's no wonder that he thinks the whole "Russia thing" is unfair.

How low the US has sunk.

Still, I agree with Steve that the Special Prosecutor will look at the transcript of that interview carefully.

There is a lot more turbulent water to flow under the bridge before this story goes away ...
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It's worth reading the New York Times piece that Steve has referred to in full. Trump comes across as gobsmackingly naïve and completely hypocritical. It just shows how deeply ignorant and unethical he is, and just how far the GOP has fallen in suffering this vain boy-child as its standard bearer.

It should be completely stunning, except that we've all become so used to him.

Among many "pearls", how about the mind-numbing hypocrisy of this?!:



In relation to the passages highlighted by Steve, I generally agree with Steve's comments.

Also, I strongly get the impression that Trump genuinely believes, to use Trump's own words, that it's all


and


He thinks that Sessions recusal is unfair to him! That's almost unbelievable. It's one of the most damning things I've ever read about him. He lacks the intellectual and emotional capacity to understand even the most basic probity.

Operating from that low a base, it's no wonder that he thinks the whole "Russia thing" is unfair.

How low the US has sunk.

Still, I agree with Steve that the Special Prosecutor will look at the transcript of that interview carefully.

There is a lot more turbulent water to flow under the bridge before this story goes away ...

Having been close to the epicentre of a similar event here in Exmouth I can draw strong similarities between the current running of the WH under Trump and the running of the local shire council. Family members in important positions, friends getting preferential treatment for tenders and quotes etc. The exact same support from part of the community who even now still blame the people who put in the complaint for the council getting sacked even though it was done strictly following legal channels via the CCC.


The corruption, wasting of public money, nepotism was all driven simply by people's desire to make money from their official position. They are ignorant of the correct ethical behaviour on going for public office, don't bother to learn oncethey are there and hence ended up an one of the most corrupt shires in the state, maybe even Australia. The similarities between this and the current presidency of the US is astounding!


This is it in a nutshell, it's a family corruptly taking monetary advantage of a public position, everything bends to that aim, diplomacy, safety, public good, everything!
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... one of the most corrupt shires in the state, maybe even Australia ...
Sadly, there are many, many, many, *pause, deep breath*, many contenders for that crown.

EDIT - and that last link shows why we need a Federal ICAC.

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Every conscious person is surely pondering as to whether there will be a post-Trump reversal, a dialectical swing away from the rapacious acquisitiveness, vandalism of the State, international relations and the planet. I certainly do hope so. Take back the ground gained under Obama and keep the ball rolling, pick up momentum.

There are many concerned and pessimistic people in America and Europe. I tend to think this Trump/Republican scourge will establish a trend within the collective mentality of the American masses. To hell with everything.

Murdoch wants it this way. A pox on him and all his house.
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