ORLY-EP0145B - Day 30-36 of Trump Shards of Dan's Soul

ORLY-EP0145B - Day 30-36 of Trump Shards of Dan's Soul

Welcome to ORLYRADIO #145 recorded Friday February 24th, 2017 - where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’! I’m your host Andy Cowen, with my usual suspects, Amber Biesecker, Daniel Atherton, and David O'Connor.

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Day 30 Saturday 2/18/2017 Tony Ledbetter, the coordinator of President Donald Trump's campaign rally Saturday in Melbourne, Fla., said the event would be the president's "first re-election rally."http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/02/18/donald-trump-campaign-rally-coordinator-melbourne-florida

Day 30 Saturday 2/18/2017 A Trump draft budget circulated over the weekend called for the elimination of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which has a $375m annual budget and provides free legal assistance to low-income people and others in need of help, with cases involving disability benefits, disaster relief, elder abuse, fair pay, wheelchair access, low-income tax credits, unlawful eviction, child support, consumer scams, school lunch, predatory lending and much more.

Day 31 Sunday 2/19/2017 Trump gets his news and facts from Fox News. When he made up the terrorist attack in Sweden at his rally, he was referencing something he vaguely heard on the Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News.

Day 31 Sunday 2/19/2017 According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump’s people are looking into changing the way the U.S. trade deficit is calculated,

Day 32 Monday 2/20/2017 Trump has named army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to the post of National Security Adviser to fill the role vacated by the departing Flynn.

Day 33 Tuesday 2/21/2017 The Washington Post has tallied up the Trump lies for the first 33 days of his administration, and they average roughly four per day.

Day 33 Tuesday 2/21/2017 Calexit, the effort being lead to precipitate the secession of California from the United States …is being lead by a man with significant, comprehensive, horrifically worrying ties to and basis in Russia. From all appearances, it would seem that Russia is attempting a multi-pronged approach to crack the United States of America in half.

Day 34 Wednesday 2/22/2017 Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students: Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, the Republicans said, and told Ms. DeVos in a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he wanted her to drop her opposition. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the alternative of resigning or defying the president, agreed to go along.https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/us/politics/devos-sessions-transgender-students-rights.html

Day 35 Thursday 2/23/2017 DeVos responds to revoked transgender protections: Example of Obama admin 'overreach'http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/320882-devos-responds-to-revoked-transgender-protections-example-of-obama

Day 35 Thursday 2/23/2017 The National Rifle Association, which coincidentally has the largest lobby in the world in the same exact same developed nation with the highest homicide rate per capita, declares its support for Trump in a “counter resistance”, citing they will protect Trump against the “forces that conspired against him”.

Day 35 Thursday 2/23/2017 (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private prison companies rose at the news.http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/sessions-us-to-continue-use-of-privately-run-prisons/

Day 36 Friday 2/24/2017 The New York Times, CNN, and other news outlets have been barred from the White House press briefing room.

Day 36 Friday 2/24/2017 Therapists are having a tough time talking about Trump with their patients. According to the article by the Los Angeles Times, therapists report that the last time so many people wanted to discuss the same traumatic issue it was the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Trump is as damaging to the national psyche as 9/11, medically.

Day 36 Friday 2/24/2017 Trump establishes “reform officers” in government agencies, responsible for imposing the administration’s agenda and pursuing his “regulatory priorities going forward”.

Day 36 Friday 2/24/2017  Leaked GOP Obamacare replacement shrinks subsidies, Medicaid expansion
The replacement would be paid for by limiting tax breaks on generous health plans people get at work.http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/house-republicans-obamacare-repeal-package-235343

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ORLY-EP0121 - DNC Platform Wrap and Back to Normal

ORLY-EP0121 -  DNC Platform Recap, And back to a  “normal” show.

Welcome to ORLYRADIO #121 recorded Friday August 5th, 2016 - where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’! I’m your host Andy Cowen, with my usual suspects, Stephen Griffith, and David O’Connor.

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Democratic Wrap up, takeaways...

  • No real gotchas - if you are liberally and socially progressive, in fact there are some great things on that front. Policing the police, Reforming mandatory sentencing, closing private prisons, and generally being science minded about many things. There was copious pandering, or swaying if if comes to pass, to the Berni-crats. Most of his campaign stump speeches was seen throughout the document. Each section reiterated at least something towards that camp.

  • Race relations, gender disparity, civil rights, voters protections, Native/Indigenous Americans and Tribal law, LGBT (sorry no QIA), fixing the broken immigration system, climate change - all had their paragraphs and positive notes of encouragement.

  • There was a little bit of privatization pandering to religious institutions rather than corporate america, calling on support for AmeriCorps. But on the bright side, strengthening our education systems, including student debt.

  • And while on Education, the platform adds the A to STEM, So Democrats believe in Science,. Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

  • The Agriculture industry was mentioned in continuing financial aid, while also backhanding them with increased EPA worker protections. Unions and collective bargaining are heavily supported and eluded to by the platform

  • Families who depend on programs like SNAP and WIC would not have to worry about those social programs being pulled.

  • Generally towing the Obama line and continuing his legacy in every avenue and likely advancing it where he was unable to, like the ACA, the party states on page 34, that they are in favor of universal healthcare, not the stop gap that the Obamacare was. IN this section, both mental health and autism care received recognition as a commitment bullet point. Even planned parenthood was supported. This is a pro-choice platform.

  • The national motto actually made an appearance, E Pluribus Unum, rather than just the Christian Nation crowd that we saw on the GOP side.

  • Gun violence is also a platform line items.

  • They want to audit the Pentagon in an effort to reduce defense spending in a smart manner rather than an arbitrary figure.

  • Though as to the middle east, we will continue to pour dollars and blood into the region to combat isis and reign in Iran’s attempts to eliminate Israel.

  • One thing to really note, in rough numbers, about a third of the document pandered or said very little or repeated itself. Another third was comparisons and what they believe in. The last third, plans on how to accomplish goals. Not set in stone and codified into law, but just like Bernie's platform, there was a way to do it all listed in the platform.


Science Bitches!  

  1. http://www.thedrive.com/news/3208/uc-irvine-accidentally-invents-a-battery-that-lasts-forever

  2. http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-develop-a-new-vaccine-that-could-reverse-dementia-and-alzheimer-s

  3. http://nber.org/papers/w22170 The Effect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions on Financial Well-Being
    We find that the Medicaid expansions significantly reduced the number of unpaid bills and the amount of debt sent to third-party collection agencies among those residing in zip codes with the highest share of low income, uninsured individuals. Our estimates imply a reduction in collection balances of around $600 to $1,000 among those who gain Medicaid coverage due to the ACA. Our findings suggest that the ACA Medicaid expansions had important financial impacts beyond health care use.

  4. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36855705 - Adamantium is now a thing.

Law & Order:

  1. http://www.scotusblog.com/2016/08/court-enters-at-least-temporarily-the-fray-over-transgender-rights/ The U.S. Supreme Court stepped into the dispute between a Virginia school board and a transgender student who identifies as a boy.  In June, a federal district court in Virginia ordered the Gloucester County School Board to allow “G.G.” to use the boys’ bathroom at Gloucester High School until the case can be fully litigated.  A federal appeals court turned down the school board’s request to halt the district court’s order, so the school board went to the Supreme Court, where it found more success:  today the Court blocked the district court’s order while the school board seeks Supreme Court review of the dispute.  Today’s action means that “G.G.” will not be able to use the boys’ bathroom when school resumes on September 6; it also suggests that four Justices – the number needed to review a case on the merits – could be willing to take the case on, possibly as soon as this fall.

  2. Transgender woman robs bank, hands out cash, so she can return to jail http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/08/transgender-woman-robs-bank-hands-cash-can-return-jail/

Good Ideas:

  1. A Unitarian Universalist church is suing the town of Bedford, Massachusetts for denying a request to install solar panels on its property, arguing that authorities are infringing on the congregation’s right to express their religious belief in clean energy solutions. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/08/03/3804896/unitarian-universalist-solar-panels-religious-liberty/

  2. A Tesla Semi. Here's Musk at the Tesla Blog, "In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate."

Bad Ideas:

  1. Giving Trump the football. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O13kaQAg5KE http://www.vox.com/2016/8/3/12367996/donald-trump-nuclear-codes

  2. Nuke Map!  http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/

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