Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Trump retweets racists, fascists, and the man who held up a 'Rape Melania' sign

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on August 10, 2017, at his Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey before a security briefing. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Who's got two thumbs and loves to retweet violent fascists? This guy!
And he's probably going to pardon Arizona's racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio 
Donald Trump has repeatedly maintained that his Twitter feed is vital for providing him a direct connection to the public, unfiltered by the media. That gives him the opportunity to share pure expressions of his deeply held beliefs.

What were those thoughts in the last twenty-four hours since the words “racism is evil” were finally dragged from Trump’s mouth?
  • That he intends to let a brutal sheriff who repeatedly went beyond the law and conducted racisl profiling go with a nice pat on the head.
  • And that the free press deserves ...

Yes. That’s Trump supporting running down a journalist. This comes just hours after Trump refused to answer questions from a CNN reporter about an act of terrorism in which one of his supporters drove a car into a crowd, injuring 19 and killing paralegal Heather Heyer.

As a retweet, the post also gives a sense of just who Trump is reading on Twitter. The source would be this account from an “independent thinker and truth seeker” who posts plenty of “I love Trump” images, but also contends that Charlottesville was a “false flag” operation, in which KKK members were actors hired off of Craigslist. Oh, and she supports Nazis.
“UniteTheRight gets permit, peaceful but pushed out by violent Left groups (ANTIFA/BLM). Local govt may be complicit.”
Trump has since deleted the train-running-over-reporter tweet, but the morning’s activity shows that Trump’s Twitter habits including reading, as well as writing, fascist posts suggesting violent solutions to the “problem” of a free press.

But if the run-over-reporters post was odd, it wasn’t nearly as deranged as Trump’s choice to retweet this post from Jack Posobiec.

Jack Posobiec is one of the people behind the “Pizzagate” hoax, creating a disgusting and disturbing story of child sexual abuse that led to threats of violence and an armed supporter showing up to threaten innocent people. He’s also the guy who went this far.

Less than a week after the 2016 presidential election, a Trump supporter named Alan Beck tweeted two photographs of an anti-Trump protest in Washington, DC, in which a hooded figure held aloft a sign reading "Rape Melania." …  the "Rape Melania" sign was not the work of an anti-Trump protester at all. Instead, according to sources, it was the brainchild of a group of Trump supporters led by Jack Posobiec, one of the organizers of the controversial DeploraBall inauguration party and a prominent figure in the pro-Trump internet.
So Donald Trump is retweeting posts from a man who went to a rally and held up a sign saying people should rape his wife. There really do seem to be many sides suggesting violence … and they’re all Trump supporters.

Like the kill-the-free-press tweet, Trump has since deleted his retweet of Posobiec’s “ignore the Nazis” post.

But that didn’t finish off the strange retweets from Trump in the last day. On Monday evening he re-tweeted a link to an article suggesting that he was considering a pardon for convicted, racist sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio’s widely publicized tactics included forcing inmates to wear pink underwear and housing them in desert tent camps where temperatures often climbed well past 100 degrees Fahrenheit. He also controversially brought back chain gains, including a voluntary chain gang for women prisoners.
That’s from the article that Trump linked. But since Trump doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with abusing and humiliating people, he’s all for Arpaio. The disgraced sheriff has repeatedly violated court orders, openly carried out racial profiling, and cost his county millions in law suits that he lost through his disregard for the law, racism, and brutality. He’s the perfect person to receive Donald Trump’s first pardon.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Charlottesville: Gun in his face, he gets the photo

Four neo-Nazis beat black school teacher De'Andre 
Harris with iron bars and lumber. (photo: Zach D Roberts)
Four neo-Nazis beat black school teacher De'Andre Harris with iron bars and lumber.  (photo: Zach D Roberts)

By Greg Palast, Greg Palast's Website

15 August 17

on’t look away. Four white neo-Nazis are beating a Black man, crawling on the ground, with their metal poles and a yellow hunk of lumber. The beating continues — there’s blood on the pavement.

Our photographer, Zach D. Roberts, continues to shoot — even as a white militant raises a 9mm pistol to his face.

(photo: Zach D Roberts)

Zach got a shot of the gun and gunman, too. Luckily, the gunman didn’t shoot back.

One photo has gone viral internationally. These others we bring you here because they must be seen. Including, for the first time, the gunman.

Welcome to Charlottesville, USA. Trump’s America, month eight.

The young victim is De’Andre Harris, a special education teacher in Charlottesville.

According to the President, the violence was perpetrated on “many sides.”  The only sides I see are the beaters and the beaten; De’Andre on the ground with the alt-Right storm troopers with weapons.

Zach D. Roberts is an investigative photojournalist who has been with the Palast Investigations team for eleven years.

Here is Zach’s report:

De’Andre Harris, the school teacher, was walking down the street with friends, trading taunts with the white supremacist demonstrators.
Harris’ jibes were hardly fighting words. “Go home!  Leave town!” Locals like Harris resented the jack-ass invasion.
That’s when fists flew and Harris was slammed by one of the white guys straight into a parking lot barrier so hard the yellow wooden arm broke.
De’Andre fell to the ground, alone, surrounded by all these white guys — and they started beating him with the poles that almost all the white supremacists were carrying.

In the photos, you can see one white guy picking up the yellow barrier arm and raising the three foot hunk of lumber high over his head before he brings it down on De’Andre — who is being kicked by another white man’s boots while two others bring down metal rods on the prone man.

And no, that’s not a cop on the left in the photo — that’s a neo-Nazi in full riot gear.  (Where were the cops? Good question:  this parking garage is next to the Charlottesville Police Station.)

De’Andre was saved when some gutsy young Black men — with no weapons — ran into the underground garage, which promted the white posse to scatter.

Except for one. The gunman.

He pulled out what looks to be a 9mm pistol, maybe a Glock semi-automatic, and positioned himself to fire on the rescue squad. But then he heard the click of Zach’s camera, just three feet away, and realized he was getting photographed.

Simultaneously, Zach realized he’d left his bullet-proof vest in his car. (I’ll have that discussion with him later.)

In this strange stand-off, the camera proved mightier than the bullet. In his tiny little brain, the would-be shooter figured it would be wiser to quickly conceal the weapon and flee.

De’Andre “ran into the garage’s staircase and collapsed bleeding profusely from the face.” Zach waited with him and his protectors for half an hour but no ambulance arrived for him or the other people who were injured.

So, that’s the news from Trump’s USA. Nazis marching in the street, nuclear war with Korea, the “military option” for Venezuela. And it’s only Monday.

I was going to write about Korea, then Venezuela, but then the Armed Alt-Righteous exposed themselves to Zach’s lens.

White militant with 9mm, then aimed at rescuers. (photo: Zach D Roberts)
The Virginia story is not over. We will be going back to Virginia on September 9, to the capital, Richmond, to fight for the right for Black folk to arm themselves with the one weapon these white punks fear most: the vote. 
Between snapping photos of America gone mad, Zach has been working these past four years with me on a story of how Trump’s henchman, one Kris Kobach, now head of Trump’s so-called, “Election Integrity Commission,” conceived of a secretive program to remove hundreds of thousands of Black Americans from the voter rolls. 
Virginia removed an astonishing 41,637 voters based on Kobach’s accusation they could have voted twice. Not one of the accused was arrested — but, you won’t be surprised to hear, the list of the “scrubbed” was filled with African-American names.
And Virginia is removing tens of thousands more with this Jim Crow tactic — despite a nominally Democratic Governor, Terry McAuliffe. 

Virginia refused us their “scrub” lists. But Zach Roberts, by stellar investigative work, obtained a copy — half a million names in all — much to the state’s dismay. And those lists are every bit as obscenely racist and, in the long run, far more wounding, than the iron rods of the neo-Nazis.

So, thank you, Zach, for the photos that bear witness and inside documents that reveal their secret schemes.

For the rest of us, our job is simpler: not to look away.

Monday, August 14, 2017

NY Times editorial board lambasts Trump

It is a signed editorial.   Signed by the editorial board.  Meaning all of the board.

Its title is blunt  The Hate He Dares Not Speak Of.

It begins as bluntly as any Times editorial I can remember:
Let’s discard the fiction that President Trump wasn’t placating white supremacists by responding so weakly to the neo-Nazi violence that killed Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counterdemonstrator in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. The neo-Nazis heard his message loud and clear.
They they quote the response in The Daily Stormer  to  Trump’s weak response to what happened. They quote it.  I will not.

The make sure we know that Trup’s advisers wanted him to make a more forceful statement, and that he did.

They set the stage for their final pronouncements with this paragraph:
Mr. Trump is alone in modern presidential history in his willingness to summon demons of bigotry and intolerance in service to himself. He began his political career on a lie about President Barack Obama’s citizenship and has failed to firmly condemn the words and deeds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan leaders and other bigots who rallied behind him. A number of these people, including David Duke, the former Klan imperial wizard, and Richard Spencer, self-styled theorist of the alt-right, were part of the amen chorus of bigots in Charlottesville.
There is more to the editorial, including the multiple weak statements emanating from the White House.  The editorial then provides a contrast from another Republican voice, and then concludes.

Here are the final two paragraphs:
Meanwhile a handful of congressional Republicans have condemned the hate on display in Charlottesville, and in our politics. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado said of white supremacists, “We don’t want them in our base, they shouldn’t be in a base, we shouldn’t call them part of a base.”
But Mr. Trump does, and in his desperation to rescue his failing presidency, he again clung to them.
Yeah, I know that Trump probably does not care what the “failing New York Times has to say about him, but a lot of people will.

That this is a statement by the entire editorial board will also carry a lot of weight.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Meet Donald Trump's base

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1KU7N
In North Dakota, a white supremacist looking for a town he can take over and turn into his dreamed-of white supremacist enclave says he'd name the town after his new hero, Donald Trump.
Craig Cobb, 62, a hate crimes fugitive from Canada who is currently on probation for brandishing a gun at Leith, North Dakota residents in 2013, joins a number of other individuals with known white supremacist leanings who've expressed their adoration for Trump.
At Donald Trump's Alabama rally, a neo-Confederate handed out flyers, news crews were unnerved by open bigotry and at least one fellow occupied himself by shouting "white power!" throughout the speech.
"I don't know about the individual you're talking about in Alabama," Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager, said on "State of the Union." "I know there were 30-plus thousand people in that stadium. They were very receptive to the message of 'making America great again' because they want to be proud to be Americans again."
Others in the Alabama stadium had more concrete hopes for a Trump presidency.
“Hopefully, he’s going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill,’ ” said Jim Sherota, 53, who works for a landscaping company. “That’d be one nice thing.”
You can say one thing about Donald Trump: He's definitely found his audience.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Trump's tweets mean nothing at all



The Conscience of Reason
By George Templeton
Gazette Columnist
“What’s it all about, Alfie?  Is it just for the moment we live?  What’s it all about – when you sort it out, Alfie?  Are we meant to take more than we give?  Or are we meant to be kind?  And if only fools are kind, Alfie, Then I guess it is wise to be cruel.  And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie, What will you lend on an old golden rule?”  From the 1966 movie “Alfie”.
Jan Markell, of Olive Tree Ministries, argues that Trump is “trying to stop the runaway freight train of evil that has existed emanating out of Washington and the Democratic Party.”  She maintains “The left is mesmerized by issues that tear down and grieve the heart of God.”  But evil can come from unsuspecting people who believe they are fulfilling a sacred duty.  Albert Speer, Hitler’s principal architect, said, “It is hard to know the devil when his hand is on your shoulder.”
Is there any such thing as evil?  It could be just the privation of the good that would otherwise fill our lives.  Are all actions moral unless they are done with hateful intent?  Is our malice toward our fellow man something that evolved from our primitive ancestors, or is it an essential part of what it means to be civilized?  Does it come from the fall in the Garden of Eden, something planned in advance by God, or something that is crafted by a demoniac outside of us?  Is it a rebellion that is a necessary part of growing up?  Is it mundane, good guys and bad guys, or more than “law and order”?  Given that evil exists, how should we live? 
Evil has abstract dimensions in our minds, and concrete dimensions in the world.  Jan does not capture the depth, breadth, and history of evil’s cunning deception.  Perhaps evil is not realized until we personally experience its pain and surprise.
Irrational Religion
The camera panned across the mega-prosperity pastor, Joel Osteen’s entranced 52,000 person audience.  So many people listen to him.  His message must be right.   But Jesus said, “For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Joel has not made Jimmy Carter’s mistake.  Carter cautioned, “… too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption.  Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns.  But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning.  We’ve learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.”  The rejection of President Carter foretold the role of television, big money, influence, and materialism in American politics and life.
The reverend Hagee preaches to his 20,000 member congregation and to millions more on television.  God directly controls everything, even breaking his own laws.  Stopping the sun’s motion around the earth as a one-time publicity stunt for Joshua at the battle of Jericho violates the most central idea in physics, that energy is conserved.  It would drastically change everything that we know to be real.
Fragile Knowledge
Everyone has the capacity to be rational.  Democracy depends on the well-informed.  Belief absent of skepticism demonstrates how little reason means.  It is possible to have the right reasons, but the wrong conclusion.  Logic won’t change our life experiences, values, and biases.  It helps us identify improper forms of reasoning and make better decisions. 
There are two kinds of reasoning, inductive and deductive.  The former goes from the specific to the general, for example:  The economy will improve because of me.  There is a difference between taking credit and being responsible.  The future is uncertain and the economy might not continue to grow.  There could be reasons other than “me” for economic growth.  Deductive reasoning goes from the general to the specific, for example:  The law and its particular violation.  We can confidently determine what is true or false only in deductive reasoning.
We have a feeling of awe when we stand at the base of the pyramids because we easily identify with the toil and ingenuity of the ancient civilizations that built them.  In contrast, there is very little that can be intuitively grasped about the contributions of people like Fermi, Dirac, Shockley, and Noyce, yet they were the creators of the electronic age.  Before them, we went to the grocery store to test and purchase replacement vacuum tubes for the ones that frequently failed in our TV sets.  Their replacement with solid state devices would eventually create millions of jobs, revolutionize the lives of everyone, and raise the world-wide standard of living.
What is most important, religion, science, or rationality?  Religions recognize that there are things that matter more than the self, but their absolutism leads to intolerance.  Science can solve many of humankind’s problems, but shortcomings in our understanding of how to use it can destroy us.  Logic concerns how we evaluate arguments, but it seems that fantasy, and feelings have become the smarter, better message.  There is a difference between thinking and reasoning.
Logical Fallacies
Beliefs are rational when there are good reasons that support an argument’s conclusion.  Fallacies are the tools that give propaganda its persuasive force.  We believe that we are rational.  Voting in elections, serving on a jury, and making deals in the marketplace are examples.  But people knowingly make the wrong decision in order to agree with their group, avoid embarrassment, and not draw unwanted attention.  Sometimes it is to get along, and sometimes it is because they lack confidence in themselves.  The power of the group lies in the fact that that it requires consensus for its existence.  Once we become a member we are identified as a “subscriber” and we often go to ridiculous extremes rather than admit an error.
Can self-driving cars distinguish between right and wrong?
Tests of intelligence include:  Can the machine fool a person into thinking it is a human?  Can the machine identify incongruence, such as a man floating in the air in a pastoral country scene?  Can it pass the exams given to school children?  Does the machine have an “attitude”?  Can the machine appreciate art and music?  How will the computer make moral decisions?  Can it decipher inexact language, for example when “they” or “it” possibly refers to more than one thing?
Philosophers have struggled with argumentation and the determination of the truth for thousands of years.  The truth is often incomplete, not necessarily so, or only what could be.
The unity of knowledge brought philosophy and applied science together.  Electronics has combinatorial and sequential true-false logic, but it does not treat the vagueness of words and confusing relationships in and between sentences.  Now we have “fuzzy logic” with potentially infinite shades of truth, but that does not excuse us from trying to reduce ambiguity and complexity into discrete true-false parts.
Human intelligence has feelings, wants, and needs.  It was forged in the fires of evolution.   It has great difficulty with uncertainty, responsibility, and rationality.  Our brains are wired for survival.  When our ancestors on the Serengeti Plain saw movement in the grass they ran.  Their judgment, that it was a tiger, was wrong more often than right.  Will our car’s computers make better decisions than us?
Rescued by Authority
Strong leaders liberate us from the burden of responsibility and the choir of critical thinking.  Adolf Eichmann claimed that it was his duty to order the deaths of millions of Jews.  The 1978 Jonestown massacre was made possible by a charismatic religious leader.  
We think that conspicuous success in any arena identifies a person as competent, even in things they know nothing about.  Candidates for political office tell us that they should be chosen because of their complete lack of experience.  The more ignorant they are, the more likely we believe that they can do the things they know nothing about.  Hoping to find a savior, we demand amateurishness and demote those who have learned through their mistakes.   The unwitting manager acts quickly without the constraints of doubt, rewarding himself as a strong leader and a man of action.  He makes the same or even worse mistakes than the misunderstood statesman who sacrifices himself for the public good.  When strength is confused with personal power instead of public service America loses.
Political candidates like to claim that their business experience qualifies them for office, but the goal of business is to make money.  Success in public office needs more than that.  Public servants need a sophisticated moral philosophy and empathy.  The leader who joins the fray, who engages in personal attacks, cannot lead all the people.  The man at the top sets the quality of his organization.  Consensus building is his most important duty.  You can’t force everyone to agree with you.  A complicated project will not be successful with only majority support.
Functions of a Variable
Functions of a variable are the scientific version of philosophies’ “If A therefore B”.   Logicians call it modus ponens.  A mathematical function acts on an input to result in an output.  When there are few variables, understanding comes most easily.  But when variables interact and proliferate, complexity explodes.  It is important to study the variables that matter most and ignore the others that obscure the underlying reality.  But this is not the dumbing down of America that comes from tweeting.  Far from being the center of attention, its fans never find the solitude needed to get in touch with themselves.
Modus ponens is hard to find in the tweet-o-sphere, but not false witness and extortion coming from the highest levels of our government.  Our President’s tweets are showing up in our language.  Many find them sufficient.  But subjects cannot be learned and novels cannot be enjoyed by only reading the last chapter.
Fahrenheit 451 was a 1953 novel concerning a future where books were outlawed.  It was about mankind’s urge to suppress what it does not understand.  The fire department’s role was not to extinguish fires.   It was to burn every book found!  The smart phone is the friend of that fire department.   
To be logical, you have to think and write in complete sentences.  Tweets have no need for that.  As a result, they mean whatever you want them to.  Consequently, they mean nothing at all.   The news unwittingly confirmed this when they explained that nothing sticks because this is the new Teflon normal.  Rudeness is O.K. as long as you attack your enemy.
It’s Not Even Wrong
The function of social conflict has been debated for many decades.  Alfred North Whitehead wrote, “The clash of doctrines is not a disaster, it is an opportunity.” Sixty years would elapse before the electronics that put the encyclopedia and world at our fingertips would split us apart and dehumanize us.  Perhaps Karl Marx was right when he wrote “It is the bad side that produces the movement that makes history by providing a struggle.”

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Trump Administration's Solution to Climate Change: Ban the Term

President Donald Trump. (photo: Getty)
President Donald Trump. (photo: Getty)
By Bill McKibben, Guardian UK
10 August 17

The US Department of Agriculture has forbidden the use of the words ‘climate change’. This say-no-evil policy is doomed to fail

n a bold new strategy unveiled on Monday in the Guardian, the US Department of Agriculture – guardians of the planet’s richest farmlands – has decided to combat the threat of global warming by forbidding the use of the words.

Under guidance from the agency’s director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, a list of phrases to be avoided includes “climate change” and “climate change adaptation”, to be replaced by “weather extremes” and “resilience to weather extremes”.

Also blacklisted is the scary locution “reduce greenhouse gases” – and here, the agency’s linguists have done an even better job of camouflage: the new and approved term is “increase nutrient use efficiency”.

The effectiveness of this approach – based on the well-known principle that what you can’t say won’t hurt you – has previously been tested at the state level, making use of the “policy laboratories” provided by America’s federalist system.

In 2012, for instance, the North Carolina general assembly voted to prevent communities from planning for sea level rise. Early analysis suggests this legislation has been ineffective: Hurricane Matthew, in 2016, for instance drove storm surge from the Atlantic ocean to historic levels along the Cape Fear river. Total damage from the storm was estimated at $4.8bn.

Further south, the Florida government forbade its employees to use the term climate change in 2014 – one government official, answering questions before the legislature, repeatedly used the phrase “the issue you mentioned earlier” in a successful effort to avoid using the taboo words.

It is true that the next year “unprecedented” coral bleaching blamed on rising temperatures destroyed vast swaths of the state’s reefs: from Key Biscayne to Fort Lauderdale, a survey found that “about two-thirds were dead or reduced to less than half of their live tissue”. Still, it’s possible that they simply need to increase their nutrient use efficiency.

At the federal level, the new policy has yet to show clear-cut success either. As the say-no-evil policy has rolled out in the early months of the Trump presidency, it coincided with the onset of a truly dramatic “flash drought” across much of the nation’s wheat belt.

As the Farm Journal website pointed out earlier last week: “Crops in the Dakotas and Montana are baking on an anvil of severe drought and extreme heat, as bone-dry conditions force growers and ranchers to make difficult decisions regarding cattle, corn and wheat.”

In typically negative journalistic fashion, the Farm Journal reported that “abandoned acres, fields with zero emergence, stunted crops, anemic yields, wheat rolled into hay, and early herd culls comprise a tapestry of disaster for many producers”.

Which is why it’s good news for the new strategy that the USDA has filled its vacant position of chief scientist with someone who knows the power of words.

In fact, Sam Clovis, the new chief scientist, is not actually a scientist of the kind that does science, or has degrees in science, but instead formerly served in the demanding task of rightwing radio host (where he pointed out that followers of former president Obama were “Maoists”). He has actually used the words “climate change” in the past, but only to dismiss it as “junk science”.

Under his guidance the new policy should soon yield results, which is timely since recent research (carried out, it must be said, by scientist scientists at MIT) showed that “climate change could deplete some US water basins and dramatically reduce crop yields in some areas by 2050”.

But probably not if we don’t talk about it.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gov't Scientists Find Climate Change Hitting USA NOW - Fear Trump Will Suppress Report

The map shows median estimates of economic damage per year in 2080 to 2099 under a high-emissions scenario (RCP8.5). Damage is calculated as a percentage of county G.D.P., factoring in agriculture, mortality, crime, labor productivity, coastal impacts and energy demand. Counties with negative damage (green) are projected to see economic benefits. In the chart, the ranges labeled “likely” refer to outcomes with a two-thirds chance of occurring.
The map above is of future projections - but measurable effects are already being seen now, according to a draft report. (NOTE: Graphic not from report; also note positive numbers indicate more damage to GDP - positive is not good.)
The New York Times has a breaking story: Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.
WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.
The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and the ability to predict the effects are limited.
“How much more the climate will change depends on future emissions and the sensitivity of the climate system to those emissions,” a draft of the report states. A copy of it was obtained by The New York Times.
The draft report lists some of the effects that have been linked to climate change: fewer cool nights, more and hotter days, and other effects.
The study examines every corner of the United States and finds that all of it was touched by climate change. It said the average annual rainfall across the country has increased by about 4 percent since the beginning of the 20th century. Parts of the West, Southwest and Southeast are drying up, while the Southern Plains and Midwest are getting wetter.
It’s happening now, it’s real, and it’s not getting better. Scientists are concerned the report will be suppressed or heavily edited by the Trump administration, which is determinedly in denial.