This Is Not A Game!!!

There are some stories that you can just look at the headline and call “BULL!”  Here are a few such:

Trump dismisses US climate change report

Trump: ‘We’re the cleanest’

Sen. Mike Lee gives a perfectly ridiculous reason to ignore climate change

G20 draft statement on climate change crafted to appease Trump, report says

California wildfires are the fault of ‘radical environmentalists,’ says Zinke

On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when most people were either sleeping off the calories from the day before, else out pushing, shoving and fighting for the best deals on Christmas gifts, the NCA climate report, which had originally been scheduled for release in early December, was quietly released on what is known as “Black Friday”.  There may have been hopes on the part of Trump and his fellow climate change deniers that it would go largely unnoticed, but that wasn’t the case.Climate change Portland paperMajor national and regional newspapers such as the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Mercury News, Miami Herald, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times and Washington Post carried stories about the report on their front pages.

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) assesses the science of climate change and variability and its impacts across the United States, now and throughout this century.  The report is required by Congress every four years and is issued by 13 federal agencies and the U.S. Global Change Research Program.  More than 1,000 people contributed to the report, including 300 leading scientists, roughly half from outside the government.

The report (link below) is 1,656 pages, but is handily broken into groups, with a nice summary.  I highly recommend you take at least a brief look at it, for this is important. Let’s take a look at the twelve key points:

  • Communities – Climate change creates new risks and exacerbates existing vulnerabilities in communities across the United States, presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth.
  • Economy – Without substantial and sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation efforts, climate change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth over this century.
  • Interconnected Impacts – Climate change affects the natural, built, and social systems we rely on individually and through their connections to one another. These interconnected systems are increasingly vulnerable to cascading impacts that are often difficult to predict, threatening essential services within and beyond the Nation’s borders.
  • Actions to Reduce Risks – Communities, governments, and businesses are working to reduce risks from and costs associated with climate change by taking action to lower greenhouse gas emissions and implement adaptation strategies. While mitigation and adaptation efforts have expanded substantially in the last four years, they do not yet approach the scale considered necessary to avoid substantial damages to the economy, environment, and human health over the coming decades.
  • Water – The quality and quantity of water available for use by people and ecosystems across the country are being affected by climate change, increasing risks and costs to agriculture, energy production, industry, recreation, and the environment.
  • Health – Impacts from climate change on extreme weather and climate-related events, air quality, and the transmission of disease through insects and pests, food, and water increasingly threaten the health and well-being of the American people, particularly populations that are already vulnerable.
  • Indigenous Peoples – Climate change increasingly threatens Indigenous communities’ livelihoods, economies, health, and cultural identities by disrupting interconnected social, physical, and ecological systems.
  • Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services – Ecosystems and the benefits they provide to society are being altered by climate change, and these impacts are projected to continue. Without substantial and sustained reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions, transformative impacts on some ecosystems will occur; some coral reef and sea ice ecosystems are already experiencing such transformational changes.
  • Agriculture – Rising temperatures, extreme heat, drought, wildfire on rangelands, and heavy downpours are expected to increasingly disrupt agricultural productivity in the United States. Expected increases in challenges to livestock health, declines in crop yields and quality, and changes in extreme events in the United States and abroad threaten rural livelihoods, sustainable food security, and price stability.
  • Infrastructure – Our Nation’s aging and deteriorating infrastructure is further stressed by increases in heavy precipitation events, coastal flooding, heat, wildfires, and other extreme events, as well as changes to average precipitation and temperature. Without adaptation, climate change will continue to degrade infrastructure performance over the rest of the century, with the potential for cascading impacts that threaten our economy, national security, essential services, and health and well-being.
  • Oceans & Coasts – Coastal communities and the ecosystems that support them are increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change. Without significant reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions and regional adaptation measures, many coastal regions will be transformed by the latter part of this century, with impacts affecting other regions and sectors. Even in a future with lower greenhouse gas emissions, many communities are expected to suffer financial impacts as chronic high-tide flooding leads to higher costs and lower property values.
  • Tourism and Recreation – Outdoor recreation, tourist economies, and quality of life are reliant on benefits provided by our natural environment that will be degraded by the impacts of climate change in many ways.

The report supports the data from the IPCC report, issued last month by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. The IPCC was established by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to review and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change.  Currently 195 countries are Members of the IPCC, and thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC.

So, we have two independent reports with data from a wide variety of the scientific community, both saying essentially the same thing.  Both should be a wake-up call to everyone.  But is the so-called leader of the United States, Donald Trump, awake?  No.  He told reporters on Monday that he had “read some of” Friday’s report, but the ‘man’ who still doesn’t understand the difference between ‘climate’ and ‘weather’ takes no responsibility and largely says he doesn’t believe either of these reports.

“You’re going to have to have China and Japan and all of Asia and all these other countries, you know, it  addresses our country. Right now we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been and that’s very important to me. But if we’re clean, but every other place on Earth is dirty, that’s not so good. So I want clean air, I want clean water, very important.”global warmingThink of the wildfires in California.  Take a look at this graph showing the increase in expenditures to fight wildfires since 1985:

wildfire graph

Consider the severe hurricanes we have experienced over the past two years.  There can be no doubt in any thinker’s mind that we are destroying our environment.  Trump and the other climate change deniers claim that increased fossil fuel use creates jobs and boosts the economy.  They claim that removing constraints and regulations from industries enhances corporate profits, thereby adding to the economy.  All of which is, first off, lies, and secondly, irrelevant if we bring about the extinction of not only the human race, but every other living creature on this planet.  And that, folks, is exactly what we are doing.  You don’t have to understand the science to know that it is credible. All you have to do is look around, read the newspaper, think!

Other nations would be well within their rights to be furious with the U.S. for pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord and reversing course on environmental protection.  I would hazard a guess that ultimately, the United Nations will issue an edict that, if ignored, will lead to a war.  This is too important to ignore.  Trump thinks this is a game, thinks it is all about money.  It isn’t a game, and frankly, all the money in the world won’t matter if we don’t wake up and smell the coffee … SOON!

Links to reports (all links open in separate tabs):

NCA Report

IPCC Report

60 thoughts on “This Is Not A Game!!!

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  2. Your news piece and the comments here, all reflect the frustration that ordinary people feel when a government (governments) ignore future predictions of any type. Billions of dollars are spent in collecting data, looking at trends and to getting the science, math and physics right to postulate future (probable) climatic conditions.
    Yet, those same governments play ‘Russian Roullette’ with the information that lands on their desk.

    Typical government conversation…
    Q
    “I don’t have time to read this!” What does the report say? ”

    A
    ” Well it says that if we were to stop using fossil fuels, stop eating animals, reduce our waste and curb economic development that uses dirty, polluting, resources, that we might have a chance to stop the increase in global average temperatures! ”

    Q
    “So, the report is saying that if we continue as usual… It might get a few degrees hotter in 40 years?”

    A.
    ” YES. ”

    Q.

    “Well, I like warm weather. And you know, building some walls, keeping voters and business happy with the administration is far more important, don’t you think?”

    A.
    “Yes sir. Shall I put the report away in the vault sir?” (You know, that one marked, not to be viewed again for 50 years).

    You know the answer to that.

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    • Sadly yes, your imagined conversation is not at all a stretch of the imagination. And what’s worse is that about half the people in this country also ignore or discredit the scientific findings. As one reader mentioned, part of the problem is they don’t think they have been directly affected by climate change/global warming. In truth, we all have, in more ways than one. Indirectly, climate change is at least partly responsible for the current ‘populist’ movement that is sweeping both North America and Europe. It is certainly responsible for higher prices of both food and durable goods. But until they have to wear a mask because they cannot breathe the air, or have to hoist 10-gallon bottles of water because their water is not potable, they will continue to wear their blinders, for it is more convenient to believe what they wish to believe.

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      • Jill, I worry for the younger generation. The reality of their future is starting to Dawn because adults are unwilling to change their minds, unwilling to learn and most of all, unwilling to even listen in many cases.
        I sent some evidence yesterday, trying to explain to a long time friend that my Vegan lifestyle choice (for the last three years) is not just a faddish whim that will make me sick. I sent the evidence for my decision after listening for half an hour to his old and oft repeated Rhetoric about why I need animal protein for health. His response (without even looking at my evidence) was…

        “… As long as one makes informed decisions. I in fact don’t care what you do or anyone else for that matter. ”

        It was a hurtful statement and I never once, criticised his diatribe on the subject.

        It is the closed-mindedness on issues that will be our undoing.
        Because, in the end, People just throw up their hands and say that they don’t care. 😔

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        • That was indeed a hurtful way for him to respond … almost as if hurting you was his intention. While I don’t live a vegan lifestyle, I would agree that it is a healthier way to live, and your words about the effect on the environment haven’t been forgotten, either. I respect and admire you for it, though the odds of me following suit are probably slim. But why anybody thinks they have a right to criticize another for their life’s choices is beyond my comprehension. It’s really no different than being critical of one’s religion or choice of anything else, is it? It’s nobody’s business but yours. Hang in there, Colette … you have to live with yourself 24/7, but everyone else has only a small role to play. That’s my mantra every night when I go to bed … I do so with a clear conscience, for I have done what I believed was the right thing (mostly 😉 ). Hugs!

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  3. IMO, the primary reason many people discount climate change is because they haven’t personally felt the effects. This is not an uncommon trait among humans. Until OUR drinking water becomes contaminated … until OUR home is threatened by fire … until OUR beach is washed away by rising oceans … until OUR crop is wiped out from lack of rain … until, well, you get the picture.

    So long as there are no major disruptions in an individual’s personal and comfy way of living … pshaw! It’s all propaganda.

    Unfortunately, the fairy tales spun by tRumpsky and his ilk will soon … very soon … be washed away by a sea of worldwide pollution.

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    • You are so very right, Nan. Once you acknowledge that the phenomena known as climate change is very real and that we are the guilty parties, then you have very little choice but to make some lifestyle changes, perhaps some that are inconvenient, like carpooling, recycling, combining trips, foregoing vacations, turning the thermostat down, considering a more fuel-efficient car, etc. People are complacent … they like their lifestyle, so as long as Trump tells them the whole thing is a hoax, they are more than willing to believe him.

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  4. Jill, well done. There are so many good books to read, but two that stand out are “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman” by Miriam Horn which speaks of the impact of climate change on various professions and what they are doing about it and “Climate of Hope” by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope which defines what a group of cities and others are doing to combat it.

    Quite simply, this has been my greatest worry with a Trump Presidency dating back to 2016 before he won. We could ill-afford someone with his mindset. He has gotten in the way of investing in change and has derailed much of our public intellectual capital. To be brutally frank, if he is not going to help, he needs to get the hell out of the way. We need adults at the table to address these issues.

    Fortunately, other leaders are picking up the slack, but it would be a lot of easier with federal help and not hindrance. The remainder of the GOP is still five years behind, but are slowly coming round. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! I have read, I believe it was on your recommendation last year, the book by Ms. Horn, but have not yet read Bloomberg’s … I will check that one out.

      You are right … my most serious concern about Trump had been that I believe he is hellbent on turning this nation into a dictatorship. But your concern has more merit, for if we don’t take some serious steps to fix this planet, it won’t matter if we are a dictatorship or not when we all stop breathing. Adults at the table is exactly what we need, but I fear we have only a handful.

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  5. So many thoughts here…
    I believe, as do reasonable people, that climate change is real and that we contribute to it and have been warned about it for many years now and it’s coming close to being too late.
    The problem is reasonableness….most people are apathetic to it and care only for their own selfish lives and not beyond that. Others think it’s all a hoax and buy into trump’s idiocy and republican greed for profit at any cost.
    Then there are the fewer reasonable ones….but what can we do? I’m afraid the answer is nothing.

    When I look around and see the support trump still has after 2 years, I believe it is hopeless..truly. I do hope I’m wrong, but I have a feeling. Education is not getting better, politics are even more corrupt, greed is rampant, our government supports killers over their own intelligence agencies, selfishness is rampant, far right religion is out of control with their end times desires and pushing their own special brand of bigotry, fires being blamed on not raking leaves, wars without end, the real fake news (Fox and their ilk) are taking over the simple minded and on and on…

    When you see lines blocks long for a lotto ticket, crowds pushing and shoving on Black Friday in a Walmart, a racist winning a political race, hatred for immigrants, hatred for the “other” and on and on ….., do you really think things can get better? That people will change even after trump is gone? And this stuff is spreading to other countries.

    And none of this mentions the third world countries and the horrible living conditions and poverty and starvation that are in their daily lives. And we think this will change?

    Some may say I’m pessimistic, but I feel I’m realistic. Maybe it’s just the way of Mother Nature. We are the destroyers and the only ones who can bring about a possible eventual return of a healed planet, when we are gone and nature can flourish once again in peace.

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    • Ahhhh, my friend … you pose so many questions that I don’t know where to start, but I think I will respond simply tonight and put together a post using your comment as a foundation, if you don’t mind?

      Every single point you make is valid. Until very recently, say the last year or so, I truly believed that any damage done by Trump could be righted once we got rid of him. I no longer believe that, for like you, I am a pragmatist, a realist, and the problem now is two-fold: Trump has done some damage that is irreparable in any foreseeable time frame, and he isn’t the only problem — the problem is the mentality that put him in office, and that hasn’t gone away and isn’t likely to any time soon. If we don’t very quickly address the problems of our environment, start fixing our planet, make some sacrifices to take care of our only home, then none of the rest will matter.

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      • And although the environment is of the upmost peril to fix if at all possible, something must be done to change people’s minds about the validity of science and the scourge of racism.

        Education, to me is key. The two things that work against it are far right religion and racism pure and simple.

        Future generations could maybe slowly reverse this environmental damage through scientific research and new technologies, but not if science is not taught and respected.

        Wars will continue as long as politicians and big business makes money off of them.

        Racism and bigotry in the US will continue as long as religion castigates other non Christian beliefs and lifestyle choices.

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        • You are so right … excellent follow-up. The decline of our education system over the past decade or two, the fact that it is becoming harder for the non-wealthy to afford college, can only lead to disaster, for the upper-crust will be the only ones to become scientists, inventors, and worse yet, politicians. Under Betsy DeVos, the undermining of American education is worsening and there is no end in sight, as she siphons money out of the public schools that serve the majority into the ‘charter’ and religious schools that serve the few. And racism is certainly alive and well … just look at Tuesday’s Mississippi run-off election. Sigh.

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  6. Jill, your excellent and timely post of today follows another outstanding post in the On The Fence Voters of last evening, titled Climate Change & The Point Of No Return. OhioRealist has clearly stated the evolving nature of climate change in terminology that even a school age child can understand. Perhaps even Trump would benefit from reading this, as it appears that he could not complete reading and/or understanding the NCA report. That is, of course, doubtful at best…it is much lengthier than the McDonald’s menu that he, obviously, much prefers to read. These days I often find myself thinking of Gaylord Nelson, the Wisconsin Democratic Senator from 1963 to 1981 and the founder of Earth Day in 1970. Nelson’s call for environmental activism was proclaimed more than 48 years ago : “The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind.” and remains largely unheeded today! I can only add these words, also from Gaylord Nelson : “The ultimate test of a man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations of tomorrow, whose words of thanks will not be heard.” Thank-you!

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    • Thanks Ellen! I will check out the post by OhioRealist as soon as I can. The last quote from Nelson is spot on! That one word — sacrifice — is the root of the problem. People aren’t willing to sacrifice their love relationship with their big cars, trucks & vans, aren’t willing to dress a bit warmer and turn the thermostat down, they aren’t willing to walk sometimes rather than drive, or to spend a few extra minutes recycling each week. People are far too spoiled by their lifestyles and it takes a catastrophe to wake them up … and even then I’m not so sure about some of them.

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  7. So there I was last night (UK time) listening to a podcast from BBC Radio 4′ ‘In Our Time’ from 2014 on the subject of the Carbon atom and it’s various manifestations, towards the end of the programme the three guests, people of academic standing in the UK were each giving explanations as to why the unchecked consumption of fossil fuels was dangerous. Their words were clear, lucid and very troubling.
    At the time I thought ‘If the fool in the Whitehouse heard that he’d be blustering all over the place’
    Annnnnnd the next day what do I find (apart from the fact he’s sticking his snotty nose into Brexit)…..he’s going on about climate change.
    Well, flabmiester, to re phrase one of your more odious statements……’I prefer my commentators to be educated’

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    • Good one, Roger! Tonight he took it a step further and I was so mad when I read it that I was literally trembling. He said that he is of a much higher intelligence, but even so, he just doesn’t see the truth to climate change. HIGHER INTELLIGENCE??? Seriously??? Aaarrrggghhh!!!! Y’know … ‘twould be bad enough if he were only setting the U.S. on a collision course with extinction … perhaps we deserve it for letting a fool like him into the White House. But the thing is that he is dooming the entire planet! And doesn’t care! I hate him enough at this moment to wish him dead, and in a moment of rage, I tweeted as much to him … said I hoped he didn’t see his next birthday! I’m prepared for the men in dark glasses to show up at my door any minute now!

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        • I went off on Facebook too, when I heard that the racist won the Mississippi Senate seat … I posted that if anybody had a chain saw long enough, perhaps we could cut Mississippi off of the U.S. and let it float into the Gulf of Mexico! I’ve been on a tear lately, haven’t I?

          You’re right, though … if Congress had found their cojones, they could have put a stop to much of this madness. Instead, they pandered to him and when he said, “JUMP”, they asked “how high?” What bothers me most, I think, is that there is no end in sight. When Trump is gone, the underlying problem will remain, and … who will fix it? Will the young people who seem to have their heads on straight be able to maintain the momentum? Or, will the succumb to the allure of wealth and power?

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          • The problem will still remain Jill. The secret deep within a lot of Trump supporters is not that they care for him, but that his very presence annoys the hell out of the opposition. Of course the fool doesn’t realise he is just a symbol and no more.
            There are few completely altruistic folk who get to be leaders. In practical terms the question is can the ones who get there balance the wealth gained and the ability to wield their temporary hold on influence (‘Power’ is an ephemeral word to me. Power suggests total and absolute control…never happened) with the responsibility.
            Now there is the tricky part.

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            • So, those strange people in the red maga hats with flags sticking out their patooties and huge bellies under their Trump shirts, yelling “Lock her up” or “Build the wall” are doing all this just to annoy us? Interesting concept, but you may be right. They do seem to delight in our angst. You’re right, of course, that it will still be there, for it always has been, although to a lesser extent before, say, the last decade. I still think that much of this is a pushback against having had a black president for 8 years. I think I’ll go off in search of that deserted island now … I’ll write when I find it, but I’ll have to send it by carrier pigeon, for there will be no postal service and no internet, I fear. 😉

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  8. The bottom line is to deal with change one has to change… because of capitalism there are those who resist change, caring only for themselves, because change may cost them money… there are two things a Republican ( and others) cherish more than anything else is their image and their money… 🙂

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    • Agreed, and in the long run it does all boil down to greed, to money. But there is also convenience. I think the average person, the working class who still deny climate change, do so because it’s too much trouble to make the changes in their lifestyles that would be necessitated by an admission that the scientists are right. They would have to consider a more fuel-efficient car than their big monster gas-guzzler, turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater, stop being so wasteful, try walking instead of driving sometimes, recycle their trash. Too much trouble, much easier to just say, “Aw, it’s all a hoax … Trump said so”, and go on about their merry little lives. Sigh.

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      • I agree, there are many in this world who refuse to leave their “comfort zone”, prefer to remain ignorant of anything that happens around them, most, if not all, support or voted for Trump and he is going to do whatever makes them happy, ignoring any consequences.. 🙂

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  9. Basically Trump gets fuel at a lower price from his Saudi friends and thinks himself clever that people can afford to buy gas guzzlers again.The knock on effect is that sales of smaller cars goes down and the car manufacturers have to lay people off making them. Simple maths really that he doesn’t wan to start a stampede for cleaner air.He’s no friend to the environment.
    Cwtch

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    • No, he is no friend to the environment, the planet, or the citizens of this globe. I read something tonight that the reason he surrounds himself with shysters and crooks is that decent people want nothing to do with him. Quite so. But the worst part of the whole thing is that he is not only slowing the progress of cleaning up the planet, but is actually going the extra mile to make it all worse, removing regulations from industries, giving benefits to coal and oil companies. And to add insult to injury, it isn’t just those of us in the U.S. he’s hurting, but every single person on the planet. It would perhaps be good if a way could be found to construct a plastic bubble over the U.S. to keep the contamination in this nation rather than let it ruin the lives of everyone.
      Cwtch

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    • Thank you, Suzanne!!! No, he doesn’t understand, and refuses to listen to those who try to explain, for he doesn’t WANT to understand. How did we get such an idiot in the highest position of our government? I keep waiting to awaken from this nightmare.

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      • We know he doesn’t want to understand as it would foul up his plans to please his little group of fanatical fans. They believe he’s actually going to get the steel mills and coal companies back in full swing. When, if ever, they wake up from their dreams of going back to the old days, their health insurance may be long gone while they’re too old to retrain for another job. Then we have the evangelicals who vote on one subject. I’m Catholic and I was taught in Catholic school to never vote on one subject alone. No way do I think God put Trump in that office. Many of the Republicans in Congress are old and padding their retirement accounts with graft. They and Trump will retire one day soon (hopefully) and leave all their poor and fanatical followers in the lurch, dazed and asking: “What happened?”

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        • You are right in all you say. Although I suspect Trump, having tasted power, will never voluntarily retire, he cannot live forever. The oldsters like Mitch McConnell and Trump and Chuck Grassley will be gone soon, and replaced by a younger generation who, from what I’ve seen, have some good ideas: gun control, protect the environment, equality for all, taking care of others. They, then, are our hope for the future.

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  10. Digestible Junk Terminus will be dead in 10 or 15 years, he has no need to care about anything after he is gone. And he still has those years to try to win “the most money in the world” game. The fool is nothing more than a circus barker, doing his best to fool all of the people all of the time. He is such a fool he believes himself capable of doing it. Climate change is just a part of his game, he does not know how to care about anyone but himself.
    The sooner the world puts a trade embargo on him–sorry, the United States of America–the sooner he might have to commit ritual suicide. And the sooner the world can get back to fighting climate change. What scares me, Conservative politicians in Canada are following in his footsteps, trying to convince Canadians climate change is a hoax. If they succeed, bye bye world.

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    • I was actually hoping he would be dead much, much sooner than 10-15 years … like perhaps next week? I believe you hit the nail on the head when you said, “He does not know how to care about anyone but himself.” I have never seen him look adoringly at his wife, or his children or even grandchildren. To him, they are just more pawns he can use in his long game. I think, I genuinely think, that he was born without the normal emotions that most humans have. No compassion, no empathy … just cold, empty space in both his heart and his head. It is, indeed, discouraging to see Canadians beginning to buy into his b.s. … I’ve always counted on you guys to be the voice of reason in this hemisphere!

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      • We try, and PM Trudeau does his best, but our throwback Tories don’t want to see a great society, they want to see a white one. It was underground for years, but now the Demigod Trickster from down south os encouraging them to surface. It makes me sick, even as it does you. Centuries of slow advancement torn apart in just a few years. We should have known the pushback from your greatest-ever president would wind up in your worst-ever anti-leader.

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        • It does sound as if our “fear of other” syndrome has crept up over our northern border. But … you guys have a major advantage in PM Trudeau … I give him thumbs-up all around, and I think that if anybody can maintain good sense in a society, it is him. I would apologize for Trump, but … he isn’t mine to apologize for. If it were up to me, he would self-immolate in his sleep tonight and then we could start working on how to get rid of Pence!

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          • Pence might be the bigger asshole, but he doesn’t have Trump’s mis-attraction. People worship Trump, Pence is barely an afterthought (right now). But self-immolation isn’t a big thing right now, do people even still do that? (Did they ever really do that?)

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            • If Pence has any qualities, like charisma, intellect, kindness, or even just humour, he is hiding them well, likely to keep from having Trump feel threatened by him. Okay, perhaps no self-immolation (yes, some have), but how about hoping for spontaneous combustion? Is that too much to ask? I mean … gotta be a lot of gas in that big gut with all the Big Macs and other crud he ingests … 😈

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              • Damn my age, when you said self-immolation I was thinking spontaneous combustion. There is no heat source in the body capable of setting flesh to burn. But I remember the stories of that happening, though I haven’t heard of one in years. Big Macs might go a long way to explaining them…

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