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To know what’s going on in a timely manner apparently one must look at Donald Trump’s personal tweets. Is this legal? It was then retweeted almost one hour later, though when we first looked for this at the White House tweet screen it was blank. [The Whitehouse has at least two official President Trump twitter accounts, it appears. The one called Whitehouse live has not yet been used.]
Bernie Sanders’ and team were quick to respond (click to enlarge). http://www.sanders.senate.gov
Sadly, this is in keeping with the roots of Trump family fortune which was created by building a hotel for western gold miners. Grandfather Trump went home to Germany with his wealth to marry. The German government stripped him of his citizenship because he was considered a draft-dodger. Thus, the family unwillingly returned to NYC. The Trump’s have never taken American born wives either, with the one exception of when Donald apparently had a mid-life-affair with an American, around the time of the 1988 Real Estate crash, and who he subsequently married. He quickly replaced her with another Eastern European. How America First is that? First to be exploited!
Info on today’s NYC Trump tower protest (and maybe other actions)
From Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Archambault:
“Trump Executive Order on DAPL violates law and tribal treaties
Posted on January 24, 2017. Filed to: Press Releases
The decision puts water for 17 million people at risk
Cannon Ball, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said today that President Donald Trump’s executive action towards an approval of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline risks contaminating tribal and American water supplies while disregarding treaty rights. The Trump administration’s politically motivated decision violates the law and the Tribe will take legal action to fight it.
“President Trump is legally required to honor our treaty rights and provide a fair and reasonable pipeline process,” said Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “Americans know this pipeline was unfairly rerouted towards our nation and without our consent. The existing pipeline route risks infringing on our treaty rights, contaminating our water and the water of 17 million Americans downstream.”
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers rejected DAPL’s request for an easement late last year, finding that the agency had failed to fully consider the impacts of the pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Department of the Army pledged to conduct a full environmental review of the Missouri River crossing and evaluate alternative sites, which would not put the Tribe at risk of an oil spill. However, that environmental review would be circumvented under today’s Executive Order, allowing the project to immediately resume construction.
Trump’s press secretary said on Monday that Trump intended to approve the easement with an aim towards job creation. But tribal leaders note the bulk of pipeline jobs are in pipeline construction. The pipeline only creates a total of 15 permanent jobs in North Dakota. A reroute would protect the Tribe’s water and create hundreds of jobs, Archambault said.
Standing Rock said it’s not a matter of if, but when DAPL will leak. Sunoco, one of the American companies operating DAPL, has a poor record on pipeline safety and spill prevention. Data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, show operators have reported about 200 crude oil spills per year, on average. More than 176,000 gallons of oil spilled in western North Dakota last month alone.
Archambault said Trump’s decision appears to be a political payback. “By granting the
easement, Trump is risking our treaty rights and water supply to benefit his wealthy contributors and friends at DAPL,” he said. “We are not opposed to energy independence. We are opposed to reckless and politically motivated development projects, like DAPL, that ignore our treaty rights and risk our water. Creating a second Flint does not make America great again.”
# # # http://standwithstandingrock.net/trump-executive-order-dapl-violates-law-tribal-treaties/
“UPDATE 3-Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 liters on aboriginal land
Posted:Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:24:24 -0500
CALGARY, Alberta/TORONTO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked 200,000 liters (52,834 gallons) of oil in an aboriginal community, the provincial government said on Monday.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/s3XMsYKRTaU/canada-pipeline-leak-idUSL1N1FD267
Trump Tower Protest:
“Trump signs orders advancing Keystone, Dakota pipelines
Posted:Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:48:00 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed executive actions to accelerate the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects and to decree that American steel should be used for pipelines built in the United States.”
To find out what’s going on in a timely manner, one now must look first at Reuters Live, and then Reuters news feed. Or, apparently Donald Trump’s personal tweets. Is that legal? Isn’t he supposed to now be tweeting from the White House account?
The Real Estate-casino magnate Scion Trump assistant, Reed Cordish, who was supposed to be ahead of transitions (beach-head), according to what we’ve read, didn’t work the web site, social media, etc. thing out? Or are they intentionally being slow on certain topics? Or was that the point of having so many advisors who seem unqualified for the matters at hand? How many real estate scions does it take to change a Whitehouse light bulb? Bernie Sanders got his web site updated well before the Whitehouse did.
In the above Reuters article, probably since updated, Reuters noted that shares of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) who has been constructing the 450,000 barrel per day Dakota Access (Bakken Crude) pipeline rose 3.5 percent in US trading (presumably because of this announcement). They further note that until mid-2016, possibly later, Trump still owned ETP stock. And, that Kelcy Warren, ETP CEO, gave $100,000 to his campaign. Furthermore, Trump’s pick for US Sec. of Energy, Rick Perry, serviced on the ETP board until recently. Even if DAPL is ultimately cancelled they still win financially!
What Reuters doesn’t note is that $100,000 is pocket-change compared to the millions poured in by Sheldon and Miriam Adelson (over $20 million, mostly anti-Hillary ads, after Trump was the nominee) and the millions by the Robert and Rebekah Mercer, mostly Anti-Hillary and reportedly Breitbart, both before and after Trump got the nomination. $100,000 is even pocket change compared to the approximately $300,000 given by radioactive waste king Doug Kimmelman, who is founder-senior partner of the company owning EnergySolutions, which is being sued by the US government because its proposed take-over of Waste Control Specialists is in violation of US Anti-Trust law.
From Reuters live ca noon Eastern Time:
“JUST IN: Trump action on #DAPL is being done ‘hastily and irresponsibly’ – lawyer for Standing Rock Sioux tribe. by elizabeth.culliford
MORE: Standing Rock Sioux tribe says will take legal action to fight Trump’s #DAPL order. by elizabeth.culliford”“. http://live.reuters.com/Event/Election_2016
NOTE THAT WE HAVE KEPT QUIET ABOUT DONALD’S FAMILY HISTORY OF EXPLOITATION AND HIS FAMILY’S DISLIKE OF AMERICAN WOMEN TO GIVE HIM A CHANCE. HIS MOTHER IS SCOTTISH BORN AND HIS TRUMP UNCLE APPEARED A DECENT MAN. HOWEVER, HE SEEMS TO BE FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF HIS FATHER AND GRANDFATHER – EXPLOITER IN CHIEF?
ONE CAN’T BE DAMNED FOR ONE’S ANCESTORS BUT CAN BE DAMNED IF ONE ACTS LIKE THEM. JOHN MCCAIN AND ANCESTORS ARE PROBABLY EVEN WORSE EXPLOITERS. NO WONDER THEY LOVE EXPLOITER IN CHIEF PUTIN.
In his last public interview, before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King complained that mostly new immigrants benefitted from the western land grabs after the Civil War, rather than African Americans who had been in the country for 400 years: http://youtu.be/RMLyhshxQc8 Even King failed to mention the repercussions upon the American Indian. Southern whites who were either small slave owners or had no slaves but who, willingly or not, fought for the Confederacy were also not given the right to engage in these western land grabs. The huge planters (such as John McCain’s Mississippi ancestor) with large numbers of slaves were allowed to draft dodge and so were free to land grab after the Civil War. Religious charities apparently helped poorer European immigrants to settle. Probably their families in Europe helped, as well, so that other family members could piggy-back into the US, as is still the case today. (Note that McCain’s family appears to have been later western land-grabbers, but his Mississippi planter ancestor had a huge plantation and huge number of slaves for that time and place and thus could have draft-dodged and land-grabbed immediately after the war.) Settlers had to almost always purchase land east of the Mississippi but most western land was a free-for-all – both for mining and homesteading.
Clearly the US has not properly vetted immigrants for well over 100 years.
DailyKos seems to have good and prompt coverage: