It would seem that Filosofa never runs out of something to be snarky about these days. Gee, I wonder why that is? Well, tonight is no exception …
Trump’s revenge …
I knew that Trump was likely to escalate his bad behaviour for lack of a better word, once he was acquitted by the Senate. Even I, the ultimate cynic, didn’t realize how quickly he would act. Brosephus told us yesterday evening about the data the republicans in the Senate have gathered from federal agencies in just over a day regarding Hunter Biden and his travel. Then, last night, I learned that Trump is planning to fire Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, for testifying in the House impeachment proceedings. Yep, you heard right. Revenge, pure and simple.
After his testimony in November, Vindman and his family received criticism and threats from Trump’s allies, including allegations of political bias and disloyalty to the US because of their refugee status.
There are laws against terminating an employee for testifying against a corrupt boss, but given that Trump has gotten by with breaking hundreds of laws already … well, what’s one more. Who’s to stop him? Not Congress, for the Senate doesn’t even have the cojones to censure him. Not the courts, when all roads lead to Chief Justice John Roberts who didn’t have the courage or integrity to force a fair impeachment trial.
Apparently, Trump also plans to fire other National Security Council officials who he considers were ‘disloyal’ to him, and the White House is expected to say that it is part of a broader effort to clean house and decrease bureaucracy. If this is the modus operandi of the government of this country, then it’s time we changed the government before we lose the ability to do so.
State of the Environment …
On Tuesday, a coalition of nine conservation groups issued a statement:
“Donald Trump’s administration has unleashed an unprecedented assault on our environment and the health of our communities. His policies threaten our climate, air, water, public lands, wildlife, and oceans; no amount of his greenwashing can change the simple fact: Donald Trump has been the worst president for our environment in history. Unfortunately, our children will pay the costs of this president’s recklessness. Our organizations have repeatedly fought back against these attacks and we will continue to fight to ensure that our kids don’t bear the brunt of the Trump administration’s anti-environmental agenda.”
The statement was offered by Alaska Wilderness League Action, Clean Water Action, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, EDF Action, Friends of the Earth, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, and The Wilderness Society.
Later that evening, Trump gave his circus-like State of the Union address, but the above statement seems to me far more meaningful.
Midnight in Washington
They are called Eleven Films, and according to their Facebook bio, they are …
Portland/Vancouver based media company founded on 11 November 2011, specializing in creative internet content, documentaries, news, music and film. Since 2018, Eleven Films has amassed over 30 million views across all platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube). Aside from their original films, Eleven Films has created ads for Presidential candidates, Senatorial candidates, PACs, Causes, New York Times best-selling authors and general business. Their ads have aired on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News.
Eleven Films’ content has been shared by celebrities, politicians, insiders and influencers including: Alyssa Milano, Rosie O’Donnell, Don Cheadle, Frances Fisher, Debra Messing, Justine Bateman, Martina Navratilova, Jon Favreau, Judd Appetow, Vincent D’Onofrio, Don Winslow, Adrian McKinty, Alice Evans, Adam Parkhomanko, David Yankovich, Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ted Lieu, Eric Swalwell, Carolyn Maloney, Veronica Escobar, Mike Levin, Maya Wiley, Eddie Glaude, Joy Ried, Abby Finkenauer to name a few.
That’s just about all I know of Eleven Films, but tonight one of their ads crossed my radar and … I was stunned. This is possibly the most powerful clip of its sort that I have ever seen. The film, titled Midnight in Washington, is very short, only one minute, 26 seconds, but it packs a punch. Please take 1:26 to watch this. You may also want to check out some of their other works on their website.
Stay tuned this afternoon for the next installment in Jeff’s and my project, Discord & Dissension – Part V!