Bill McKibben: Green New Deal Is a Chance to “Remake Not Just a Broken Planet, But a Broken Society”

APRIL 15, 2019

President Trump signed two executive orders last week to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states’ ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. We speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and the author of the new book “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?”

How Maine Senators have voted on this issue so far:

Maine Senator Susan Collins:

March 26, 2019 S J Res 8 A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal Cloture Invoked – Senate Nay

Maine Senator Angus King:

March 26, 2019 S J Res 8 A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal Cloture Invoked – Senate Nay

Keep an eye on how your elected officials are voting at: https://votesmart.org

Maine woman charged in mail threat sent to Sen. Collins

If convicted, Suzanne Muscara of Burlington, Maine, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

BANGOR, Maine — A woman from Burlington, Maine, was arrested Friday in connection to a mail threat addressed to Sen. Susan Collins’ Bangor home, stemming from a previous investigation into a letter received by her husband claiming to contain ricin.

Two days after Sen. Collins’ husband Thomas Daffron opened the ricin threat letter at home by himself in October 2018, prompting a multi-level police response, a U.S. Postal Service mail sorting facility in Hampden intercepted another suspicious envelope that would later test consistent with starch.

A fingerprint on that envelope led them to a suspect.

Suzanne Muscara, 37, is charged with mailing a threatening communication to a U.S. government official protected under federal law.

RELATED: Letter delivered to Collins’ Bangor home claimed to contain ricin

According to the complaint affidavit, Daffron opened and handled a letter purportedly contaminated by ricin on Oct. 15, 2018.

Daffron told investigators he was opening mail while at the house alone and came across an envelope addressed to him bearing a Bangor return address and a name – postmarked in both Tacoma and Olympia, Washington, on Oct. 12, 2018 – with a typed, unsigned letter inside.

The letter claimed it had been “coated in Ricin residue,” and said, “Good Luck to you and Susan in the next life” and “your wife has betrayed the people of Maine along with the American people and this will be her downfall.”

Hazmat teams responded and determined no ricin was present.

A USPS inspector was subsequently assigned to the case to hand-screen all mail addressed to the Bangor residence.

Two days later, on Oct. 17, a hand-printed envelope addressed to “Susan Collins or current resident” was intercepted at the Hampden USPS sorting facility.

According to the affidavit, the envelope bore Collins’ street address and a return street address to a separate residence in Bangor. The letter was leaking a fine white powder, which was tested and found not to contain toxic substances.

Testing at the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory also revealed its contents: inside, according to the affidavit, was a double-sided, Aetna Medicare Solutions colored flyer, reading “AnthRAX!!! HA HA HA!!!” in blue handwriting on one side, along with a drawn stick-figure with the letter “X” for eyes, tongue sticking out and the word “You” with an arrow pointing at the figure.

The FBI later found the substance to be consistent with starch.

A fingerprint on the outside of the envelope was traced by investigators through the FBI’s friction ridge print database and, according to the affidavit, was a match for Muscara’s right thumb, recorded during a 2013 arrest in Pennsylvania.

Muscara was visited by FBI agents on April 5 in Burlington, Maine. The affidavit states she admitted to sending an envelope by mail to Collins containing a white powder and said it was not poison. She also reportedly confessed to enclosing a note within the envelope, and recalled using the word “anthrax.”

According to the affidavit, she told the agents she thought the letter would be intercepted by law enforcement before it reached Collins and did not believe the note would be taken seriously.

RELATED: Sen. Collins’ husband says he’s concerned for wife after suspicious letter claims to contain ricin

If convicted, Muscara faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

She was expected to make an initial court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Bangor.

Muscara’s next court date is Tuesday, April 16 at 3 p.m. Her preliminary and detention hearings will both be held then.

Muscara will continue to be held temporarily until the detention hearing.

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Let’s make a coin for Roslyn Corrigan, groped by President Bush when she was 16, (sixth victim) what do you say, Senator King?

By ARIC JENKINS 

November 13, 2017

Roslyn Corrigan was sixteen years old when she got a chance to meet George H.W. Bush, excited to be introduced to a former president having grown up dreaming of going into politics.

But Corrigan was crushed by her encounter: Bush, then 79 years old, groped her buttocks at a November 2003 event in The Woodlands, Texas, office of the Central Intelligence Agency where Corrigan’s father gathered with fellow intelligence officers and family members to meet Bush, Corrigan said. Corrigan is the sixth woman since Oct. 24 to accuse Bush publicly of grabbing her buttocks without consent.

“My initial reaction was absolute horror. I was really, really confused,” Corrigan told TIME, speaking publicly for the first time about the encounter. “The first thing I did was look at my mom and, while he was still standing there, I didn’t say anything. What does a teenager say to the ex-president of the United States? Like, ‘Hey dude, you shouldn’t have touched me like that?’”

Roslyn Corrigan (L), former president George H.W. Bush (C) and Sari Young (R) at the November 2003 event where Corrigan says Bush groped her.
Roslyn Corrigan (L), former president George H.W. Bush (C) and Sari Young (R) at the November 2003 event where Corrigan says Bush groped her.
Courtesy Corrigan Family

Corrigan said the incident happened while she was being photographed standing next to Bush. Five other women have made similar claims against Bush in recent weeks. Seven people, including family members and friends, confirmed to TIME that they had been told about alleged groping by Bush of Corrigan prior to the other recent allegations.

“George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone harm or distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he may have offended during a photo op,” Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath said in a statement to TIME. Previously, McGrath said Bush “has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner,” additionally attributing the act to his diminished height after being confined to a wheelchair since 2012. Bush was standing upright in 2003 when he met Corrigan.

Corrigan said that to this day, some of the responses she gets to her story are dismissive but she said she feels emboldened to speak out after seeing other women come forward, and hopes more will do so after hearing her account.

“I don’t know, maybe it never really hit people that I was a child at the time and that goes beyond a guy being inappropriate in the workplace to a peer or somebody in his age range,” she said. “I was a child.”

Corrigan, who had heard Bush give a speech at a conference held at the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University earlier in November 2003, asked her father, Steve A. Young, if she could leave early from her classes at The Woodlands High School and join him at the planned visit by Bush. After Bush addressed the CIA gathering, which included agency personnel and their family members, Corrigan had the opportunity to take a photograph with Bush, alongside her mother, Sari Young.

Ryan Trapani, a spokesperson for the CIA, declined multiple requests for comment regarding Young’s employment and Corrigan’s allegation against Bush.

“As soon as the picture was being snapped on the one-two-three he dropped his hands from my waist down to my buttocks and gave it a nice, ripe squeeze, which would account for the fact that in the photograph my mouth is hanging wide open,” Corrigan said. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, what just happened?’”

Courtesy of the Corrigan Family

Her mother, Sari, said Corrigan told her about the encounter as soon as Bush stepped away.

“When he left, my daughter Rozi said, ‘He grabbed me on the rear end.’ And I said, ‘What, what?’” Sari said. “And she said, ‘Yes, he grabbed me when they were taking the picture. He grabbed me on my butt.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my god, are you kidding me?’

“I was really, really upset — she was very upset, she was really, really mad,” she added. Sari said she would have tried to take action “had it been just some Joe Blow or something. I’d probably chase him down and yell at him.”

“But, you know, it’s the president. What are you supposed to do?” she said in a Oct. 28 interview. “And you’ve got your husband’s job that could be in jeopardy. I mean, you just didn’t then. You should—you should have always spoken up, always—but we didn’t.”

Within the next few days, Corrigan told her childhood friend Chelsea Wellman about the alleged groping as well, Wellman told TIME on Oct. 27.

Christopher Yarbrough, who was married to Corrigan from 2010 until their divorce the following year, said on Oct. 27 he learned about the incident about a month after they started dating in 2005. One day, the two were going through scrapbooks at Sari’s house, he said, when they flipped to a page revealing the photo with Bush. He said that Corrigan then told him about the encounter with the former president.

Tristan Voskuhl, who went to Sam Houston State University with Corrigan, said Corrigan first told her about the incident in 2006 when they were 19 years old. Bob Unseld, a family friend, said Sari first told him of the incident in 2013. “She didn’t say it just once. She told me this several times that he had done this to Rozi. It made her very mad.” Paul Weins, Unseld’s husband, also said he heard Sari’s account of the incident in 2013.

Bush, who from January 1976 to January 1977 served as the CIA’s director of Central Intelligence—the former title of the agency’s highest-ranking position—is one of a number of prominent figures to be accused of sexual assault since news of alleged past assaults committed by Harvey Weinstein broke early last month.

Actress Heather Lind was the first to openly accuse Bush of groping her while they posed for a photo during a promotional tour for her AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies in 2013.

“He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side,” Lind wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post on Oct. 24.

On Oct. 25, New York-based actress Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin Bush groped her in August 2016 at a Maine theater where she was performing. She said that Bush came backstage with Barbara during the intermission of the play, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and gathered with the cast for a photo.

On Oct. 26, best-selling author Christina Baker Kline wrote in Slate that Bush groped her during an April 2014 photo op at a Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy fundraiser in Houston.

Amanda Staples, a former Maine Senate candidate said in a private Instagram post on Oct. 26 that Bush groped her in 2006, the Portland Press Heraldreported.

Liz Allen, a retired Erie Times-News journalist, said in an Oct. 26 Facebook post that Bush touched her from behind at a local business association event while taking a photograph with the former president in Erie, Pa. in 2004.

Bush’s spokesperson, McGrath, declined a separate request from TIME to comment on Staples and Allen’s allegations, which they said occurred when the former president was standing up.

Corrigan said that Bush’s response to Lind and Grolnick’s allegations, which cited his use of a wheelchair, bothers her because the “excuse for his senile, old man antics… is not true.”

She said that recently, she was listening to an episode of a podcast hosted by Ben Shapiro called “Is Everything Sexual Assault Now?” Allegations against Bush were discussed on the show.

“When I heard that was the reason, like, ‘Oh, he’s just an old man and he doesn’t know any better and he’s just being harmless and playful and it’s just where his arm falls… I just burst into uncontrollable sobbing,” Corrigan said. “I just couldn’t sit with that. I can’t. I cannot sit with that. I can’t sleep anymore, because that’s not true, and it’s not an excuse.”

On Nov. 1, former first lady Laura Bush, wife of George W. Bush, told CNN that the alleged incidents against her father-in-law were “very innocent.”

“I’m just sad that we’ve come to this,” Laura Bush told the network. “That was something that was very, very innocent that he’s been accused of. But I know he would feel terrible.”

Corrigan said she doesn’t see it that way.

“It completely floored me. I was actually there to be taken seriously, and I wasn’t,” she said. “I thought, he’s a career politician, almost 80 years old or something like that, if anybody’s going to take me a little bit seriously or at least try to pretend he’s interested in what I have to say, it would be this guy. And he didn’t. All he did was grab my butt.”

Rape Apologist Maine Senator Collins calls shutdown ‘ultimate failure to govern’

Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins said there was ‘absolutely no excuse’ for the government shutdown, but she’ll say anything.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this partial government shutdown. Even this partial shutdown represents the ultimate failure to govern— and it’s why I have always opposed shutdowns, regardless of which party controls Congress or the White House,” Senator Collins wrote.

“While Congress has fully funded the majority of the government, including the Department of Defense and the VA, I’m very concerned about the remaining 25 percent of the government that is now shutdown.”

“Negotiations between congressional leaders from both parties and the White House are ongoing. I remain in close touch with my colleagues, exploring ways to end this impasse. I hope that all sides will come together to reach a compromise as quickly as possible.”

Senator Angus King also opposed the shutdown, releasing a statement on Friday night.

“We shouldn’t be in this situation. For months, Congress has worked on a bipartisan basis to craft spendingbills that would attract support from both parties – including substantial funds for border security. Instead, the President has forced a partial government shutdown unless his demands for a wall on the southern border are met,” King wrote, in part.

“Everyone in the Congress is in favor of enhanced border security; the issue is whether a wall is the best and most cost-effective method of achieving this.”

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Oh no! They fired that sweet, wealthy, racist pig-fucker, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III ( you know, Jeff!)

It’s another Sunday morning, true believers, and we’re still here, you and I.

I wanted to scribble something down about the public outcry over the firing of  poor Jeff Sessions, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (that noble soul who recused himself from the Mueller investigation into Comrade Trump’s ties to Russia.  The public wailed, as though this was some noble statesman, one of the last in DC willing to follow his conscience over the whims of his authoritarian, immoral boss.  Then, Maine’s own (how embarrassing) rape-apologist, Susan Collins comes out with this statement about how the Senate must do something to protect the investigation into Trumps ties to Russia!  You know, an attempt to win back the support of the moderates and the progressives, the young; let’s not forget, before we go further, that it was Collins (who, let’s face it was “Marcy” to Olympia Snow’s “Peppermint Patty” for years) who introduced Jeff Sessions, the good-ol’ boy from ‘Bama to Congress for approval as Secretary of State.

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What a pair!

Let’s take a quick look back at an oft-told Jeff story.  As the US attorney in Mobile, Alabama, Jeff Sessions was talking over a case one day in the 1980s with two fellow prosecutors.  It involved the kidnap and brutal murder of a young black man  by two members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The sociopathic Klansman, Henry Hayes and Tiger Knowles, slit the guy’s throat and thenhung him from a tree.  The murder was apparently in retribution for a jury acquitting a black man in the slaying  of a white police officer.  As Sessions learned that some members of the Klan had (supposedly) smoked marijuana on the evening of the slaying, he said aloud that he thought the KKK was: “OK until I found out they smoked pot.”  Sessions insists he was joking.

Hah, hah!

Jeff says he’s not a racist, but the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Heidi Beirich, who tracks hate speech, has said that Sessions is a racist, and that his presence in Trump’s inner circle was “a tragedy for American politics.”

Know what his last act as Secretary was?  To limit Federal oversight of State and local law enforcement!  Of course, Betsy Devos, your Secretary of Education is pushing back Obama-era legislation which was passed because of the tendency of Universities in the US to keep reports and punishment of campus rape in-house, instead of reporting it to the Cops.

No, we don’t have time for that today, but, hell, think of your daughters, people!

Back to Jeff, I’m glad that the evil son of a bitch was canned, and I don’t care why.  I lived down south, in places as regressive as Wild New England is progressive; I’ve know plenty of Jeffs, and a slew of Beauregards.

I mean, the guy is against legal immigration!  Google that shit.

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Oh, but Rage, we know that he was bad, but we’re just worried that this new guy will stop the Mueller investigation!

Ninja, please.  I read where some scatterbrained fem-bot compared Sessions dismissal to that of Archibald Cox, special prosecutor in the Watergate investigation, finally fired by one (after several refusals and resignations) of NIxon’s Secretaries of State.

Hardly.

Trump will go only as far as he knows he can; he might be a bad businessman who enjoys watching Russian women urinate on one another, but he’s hardly an idiot when it comes to perceptual manipulation.  I could see him staging a distraction, another “Al Qaeda-Taliban-Isis wants to kill us” Orwellian sort of thing, or another terrorist attack, like the one which was so beneficial for the Bush regime.

Of course, Mueller does have a secret weapon available to him, even if he is dismissed:  the Secret Indictment.

If Mueller decides that he has a strong enough case against Trump, a secret  (or “Sealed”) indictment returned by a grand jury will automatically protect the integrity of his investigation even if he gets fired, while (since it’s secret) it wouldn’t provoke Mr. Trump (the “not-so-slenderman”) into retaliation.

To make this happen, all that Mueller has to do (if he hasn’t already) is to formally request that the already-seated grand jury (the one looking into Russian interference in the last POTUS election) issue criminal charges against Trump.  If they were to find probable cause for the charges to proceed, then a judge would decide whether the indictment could remain secret or not. If the judge were to determine that it could, then the charges would remain hidden from public view.  Well, until the arrest or once his peeps bailed him out.

If Trump were to fire Mueller, an already-filed sealed indictment would remain in force, since a  sealed indictment, you see,  can only be dismissed by a judge.  Trump can’t get rid of the whole mess simply by firing Mueller.  And, with a sealed indictment the statute of limitations for crimes Trump might be charged with wouldn’t expire.  This leaves open the possibility of Trump being tried in the future.

To the Ninth Circle of Hell with Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III; but first, he needs to go back to 1952 where he belongs.  As far as the Klan smoking weed?  I don’t know any stoner (even ignorant racist stoners) who could do anything as horridly, ignorantly, misanthropically and anti-Christian as the Klan did in the above case.  They were drunk, brother-man; you know it.

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AS for Susan Collins, you know –  she knows it, unless her meds are disabling; she knows that if she had turned right instead of left at that moment when the World watched, if she could have sacrificed her favor with Mr. Trump and his rich plutocratic cohorts…

Think about it.

She’d have become this shero of the ages, an Oprah favorite, a savior of the GOP.  Hell, you know that Ryan quit his day job and came out against Trump so that he could put himself in position of candidate viability against him in 2020, and you know that Collins, instead of voting for Trump, wrote in Ryan’s name.  If she had stood up for what her own constituents demanded, what the victims of past abuse had demanded, what the young and the moderates had demanded, she could have been Ryan’s running mate.

But that’s not gonna happen, is it, Susan?

No, in 2020, you’ll be running an ill-fated election campaign, and before you know it, even Bruce Poliquin won’t be returning your calls.

She knows this too, everything that I’ve just scribbled, goes over that moment over and over again in her mind.  She could have become a postage stamp, a folk song, a coffee-table book of quotes.  Instead, because in that one instant, she turned left instead of right, she’ll become one more paragraph in history books-to-come about left-over relics from the old-way of doing things who, instead of becoming a timeless hero, became one of history’s fools (at best,) one of her villains, at worst.

So, in closing,  Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (and I imagine, the second and the first as well) is a racist (we smoked a big ol’ fatty when we heard he was canned.)  George H. W. Bush’s favorite book is “David Cop-a-feel.”  And, I finally quit Facebook last night and hooked back up on Ello.

The lesson.. or, a lesson, but a really important one:

Always try to do the right thing.  You won’t always, but at least try.

And don’t worry about good ol’ Jeff Sessions;

Are you, really?

Forget it, man.  Let’s go bowling.

Love and riots,

Rage

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Political Puppet Sen. Collins ‘very concerned’ about Whitaker’s appointment, in an attempt to win back credentials with Maine Voters

Rape apologist Susan Collins said she has a group of senators who are going to pressure Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a bill to protect Mueller’s investigation to be debated.

Speaking in Brunswick, Collins said she’s “very concerned” about the appointment of Matt Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general because of his comments about setting parameters for the probe into whether Trump’s presidential campaign coordinated with Russia in 2016.

Collins believes such a bill could pressure Trump to let Mueller’s investigation run its course.

“I recognize that the president is never going to sign such a bill, but I think Senate debate and passage of the bill would send a very strong message to the president,” she said.

She said ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions proved himself to be “an individual of great integrity” by recusing himself and allowing sufficient resources for Mueller to complete the probe. Under Sessions, the investigation was overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Trump forced out Sessions and on Wednesday installed Whitaker, a Republican Party loyalist, to oversee the special counsel investigation. Democrats quickly called for Whitaker to recuse himself, as well, because of past comments in which he was critical of the investigation.

Whitaker’s past comments include a radio interview in which he maintained there was no evidence of collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. He also wrote in an op-ed that Mueller would be straying outside his mandate if he investigated Trump family finances.

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Sen SUSAN COLLINS: “I believe that we should bring to the Senate floor legislation that would put restrictions on the ability of President Donald Trump to fire the Special Counsel.”

Collins said she has a group of senators who are going to pressure Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow the bill to be debated.

“It is time to bring the bill to the Senate floor,” she said, adding that she’d vote in favor of it.

The former centrist told a group of reporters that she’s keeping a positive outlook about the coming year. She said Democrats seizing control of the House on Election Day means both parties will have to work together.

I, personally a former supporter of Collins,  now cannot wait until she’s voted out and her legacy is sealed.

Traitor.