BAH HUMBUG!

I looked in the mirror this morning … I try to avoid doing that, but this morning I had something in my eye, and I had no choice.  I asked the person I saw there to please move out of my way so that I could see myself to check out my eye.  Then I realized the person I saw there, the person with deep gouges around her mouth, sad downturned eyes with dark circles ‘neath them, and a perpetual scowl on her mouth was, in fact, me.  And I got angry … not that I really look much different than I did three years ago, but … I have a perpetual sadness coupled with intense anger that wasn’t there before.  I growl a lot, even when I’m drifting off to sleep, I hear myself growling.  Every day, there is something new to growl about, so … since I don’t like to growl alone, here are my two for today …


Steven Mnuchin – Bastard of the Year

This isn’t the first time, nor will it likely be the last, that Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s Secretary of Treasury, has come onto my radar and caused my blood to boil.  This time, however, he has crossed a line … has unfairly criticized a 15-year-old girl who is trying her best to wake us up, to save the world, to save us from ourselves.  Obviously, I am speaking of the young environmental activist from Sweden, and Time Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year, Greta Thunberg.

One of the things Ms. Thunberg has advocated is for investors to take their money out of fossil fuel stocks, invest instead in companies that are working to make renewable energy sources more efficient, more prominent, and less costly.  Apparently, Mr. Mnuchin owns stock in oil and/or coal companies, for he took umbrage and he did so in his usual snide, nasty manner …

“Is she the chief economist or who is she? I’m confused. After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us.”

Bastard.

Now interestingly, someone with even higher credentials in economics than Mnuchin disagrees with ol’ Stevie.  That someone is Laurence D. Fink, the founder and chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with nearly $7 trillion in investments.  In his annual letter to the chief executives of the world’s largest companies, Mr. Fink outlined some of the ways in which climate change is changing our world and then said …

BlackRock announced a number of initiatives to place sustainability at the center of our investment approach, including: making sustainability integral to portfolio construction and risk management; exiting investments that present a high sustainability-related risk, such as thermal coal producers; launching new investment products that screen fossil fuels; [emphasis added] and strengthening our commitment to sustainability and transparency in our investment stewardship activities.

Ms. Thunberg responded to Mnuchin on Twitter …

Thunberg-Time“My gap year ends in August, but it doesn’t take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don’t add up.  So either you tell us how to achieve this mitigation or explain to future generations and those already affected by the climate emergency why we should abandon our climate commitments.” 

My suggestion to Mnuchin is that perhaps he is the one who needs to go back to college and study a bit of climate science.  Y’know … people who are squawking about how to do what is needed to help stop the destruction of life on earth would cost too much, would interfere with world economies … they really need to sit in a quiet room and think for a few hours.  THINK, people!  What the hell is the economy going to matter if you cannot breathe the air, find potable water to drink, and sufficient food to eat???  In fact, the economy will be completely irrelevant at that point, but will have already crashed by then anyway.  Damn capitalists have a one-track mind and that includes Mnuchin and his effing boss!

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Steve Mnuchin and wife (apparently, like Melania, she doesn’t own a bra)

Oh, and by the way … a bit off-topic, but in case you were wondering, poor Mnuchin is practically on the welfare rolls, having a net worth of over $300 million.  His wife, Louise Linton, recently came under criticism for bemoaning the fact that they now have to pay more in taxes, and then bragging about her name-brand designer clothing on social media.  Nice people, those Mnuchins … I have more respect for Greta than Stevie.  Heck, I have more respect for a cockroach than I do for the Mnuchins.  BAH HUMBUG!


And in other environmental news …

On Thursday, Trump signed his long-promised regulation to remove millions of miles of streams and roughly half the country’s wetlands from federal protection, the largest rollback of the Clean Water Act since the modern law was passed in 1972.  Why?  Because the wealthy dudes who own the agriculture, home-building, mining, and oil and gas industries matter more than We the People, matter more than the wildlife that depend on those wetlands for their very survival.

Heretofore, the law required those industries to obtain permits to discharge pollution into waterways or fill in wetlands, and imposed fines for oil spills into protected waterways.  According to Janette Brimmer, Earthjustice attorney who fought for the Clean Water Act after the Cuyahoga River fire in 1969 …

“President Trump’s administration wants to make our waters burn again. This all-out assault on basic safeguards will send our country back to the days when corporate polluters could dump whatever sludge or slime they wished into the streams and wetlands that often connect to the water we drink.”

Even the EPA’s own scientists disapprove of this move, saying that in addition to potentially losing fully half of the nation’s wetlands, as much as 94 percent of Arizona’s waterways could lose Clean Water Act protection under the regulation, as well as 89 percent of Nevada’s.

Environmental groups are already planning lawsuits, and rightly so.  But, do you realize that NO administration in the history of this nation has been embroiled in as many lawsuits as Trump???  And guess who pays for all those lawsuits, my friends?  Not Donald Trump or EPA head Andrew Wheeler.  Not the rich bitches who got a huge tax cut in 2017.  Nope … me and you, the very people who are struggling to pay our rent and buy food, despite Trump’s claims that we are so much better off.  BAH HUMBUG!


Stay tuned this afternoon for Part III of mine and Jeff’s project, Discord & Dissension — Where do we go from here?

19 thoughts on “BAH HUMBUG!

  1. What more can be said that has not already been said. Trump wants the world to die so he and his rich friends can do whatever they want–party like the rich folk on the Titanic who knew the ship could never go down–But it did!
    Greta should be elected Secretary-General of the United Nations for Life, no pun intended, and kick out the United States until they start fighting for life rather than for oil and greed.
    Monster Mnuchin should be put naked on a raft in the Florida Everglades and see how long he survives.
    Andrew Wheeler can try to do an Evel Knevil over the Grand Canyon, and if he misses, well, oops…

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  2. Please do not take offense, but Greta turned 17 on January 3, 2020. Greta was only 15 years old in August 2018 when she began her youth activism with weekly sit-ins in front of the Swedish Parliament holding a sign that said ‘Skolstrejk for Klimatet’ (school strike for the climate). As you well know her aim was to call attention to the political inaction in Sweden, which quickly caught the attention throughout the World. There are many many young climate crisis activists all over the World, but none draw the ire of Trump like Greta. He clearly sees her as a threat, as does Mnuchin and others in power as well. If Davos has a hero…it is Greta Thunberg! Just this morning I read that Trump’s own Ivanka had something to say Wednesday at Davos regarding Greta : “I think she’s elevated awareness and that’s a positive thing.”…Wow, you think so Ivanka?! Steven Mnuchin is exactly what you called him and I would remind him of Greta’s words spoken last Fall to Congress : “I don’t want you to listen to me”, she said. “I want you to listen to the science.” If the adults in the room had half the understanding that this young lady does and half of her ambition to actually attack the impending crisis…the planet would stand a chance at recovering! With regard to the other environmental news, I recall some words from Trump just this week at Davos. “I am a big believer in the environment. The environment to me is very important.” I suppose that is a step forward for him, as opposed to when he had previously said stateside : “I am a big believer in that word, environment.” Or, has he gone beyond just a belief that there is indeed a word to the environment is something to be plundered at will? No, he has been decimating our environment since taking office…if anything, he is stepping it up! Thank-you!

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    • No offense taken … I lose track of time! Heck, I still keep thinking it’s the 20th century and that I’m still just middle-aged! 😉 I absolutely loved your comment regarding Ivanka’s statement … I laughed aloud and said, “Aha! Miss Ellen has a snarky side, too!” The thing you must understand when Trump says he is “a big believer in the environment” is that he defines environment differently than you, me, or the scientific community. Otherwise, why would he have signed a death warrant for hundreds of species of wildlife, opened protected areas for drilling, mining, logging and hunting, made it perfectly legal to dump toxic waste into our drinking water, lowered auto emission standards, and … much much much much more. And yet, he says he wants clean air and water? Apparently he thinks his billions will buy him those things … I can’t wait to see him gasping for air, crying for water. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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    • It’s been my experience of late that just when you think we’ve hit rock bottom, the bottom drops again, so yeah, it can and almost certainly will get worse, hopefully not for long, though. Hang in, my friend. ❤

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  3. I thought Greta’s response to Mnuchin What kind of a name is that anyway?) was much more adult than his.I think I’d be happier with this young lady’s sense of right serving in a Government than some other people’s sense of wrong.
    Cwtch

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