former secretary of state

So I’m not OLD old but I do want to point out that Bush was polling real fucking low before we all went to war in Iraq and that Thatcher was on the brink of irrelevance before the Falklands.

The fact that May’s cabinet* is being militaristic and belligerent toward Spain and that POTUS 45 has launched 50 warheads into Syria is a political act to solidify authority.

In the coming months the UK and USA are going to have patriotism and glory-baiting shoved down our throats.

So remember these things:

1) War is hell, don’t let your representatives condone it.

2) You can support the men and women in the armed forces as individuals without supporting the military-imperial business model.

3) Times of war are when leaders must be held the most accountable for their actions, not rallied behind for the greater good.

The UK Government has yet to issue any new statement regarding military action in Syria. This is not a good time to live in.

Peace is an open hand, not a Tomahawk warhead.

*EDIT: William Hague is a Tory Life Peer, former party leader, former First Secretary of State, and Former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, among other titles. While not part of the Cabinet as claimed, he is still politically relevant.

Remember when Hillary said that she was in the situation room tracking Osama Bin Laden while Trump was hosting the Celebrity Apprentice? Yeah, this is what happens when you vote for the reality tv host, and not the former Secretary of State

Everything You Need To Know About ‘Dragon Ball Z’

Garnering huge international audiences of all ages, ‘Dragon Ball Z’ has been a cultural force since it premiered in the late 1980s. But if you’re an anime newbie, not to fear: here is everything you need to know about this hit show.

The Z stands for “Zoinks,” as the show is a reimagining of Scooby Doo built for ’90s audiences: By 1990, the Scooby Doo franchise hadn’t had a successful television series in over a decade. The execs at Hanna-Barbera were at a loss, until one day a writer suggested they bring elements of Akira Toriyama’s seminal Dragon Ball manga into the Scooby Doo universe. Shaggy was renamed Goku, Fred was now called Vegeta, Velma became a talking turtle, and Daphne found herself reincarnated as Goku’s special karate belt. Scooby was no longer a talking dog, but a silent cloud that Goku used to fly around before he learned how to fly by himself midway through the second season when Scooby the Silent Cloud was written out of the show.

On average, more endangered animals were killed during the production of Dragon Ball Z than by poaching each season: Scores of different alien monsters wail, scream, and die in each episode of the show, so the producers needed to figure out a way to create sounds of pain that viewers couldn’t have possibly heard before. After the sound of tortured cats, possums, and other common animals were used up early in season one, the sound effects team had to start killing rarer and rarer animals to generate unique sounds. They accomplished this by torturing pandas, black rhinos, and a number of exotic birds in different ways to produce over 700 shrieks, moans, and whimpers that has had a lasting negative impact on biodiversity across the globe but made for great television.

The series finale was originally going to guest star Bob Newhart, but he had to back out at the last minute: TV legend Bob Newhart was supposed to make an appearance near the end of the series finale to tell the gang how proud he was of them and present them with a letter of commendation from the United Nations, but it wasn’t meant to be. On the day of the taping, Newhart was locked in a staring match with himself from an episode of The Bob Newhart Show on his TV and was not able to make it to the studio.

Goku’s fighting style was based off of Whitney Houston’s choreography in the “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” music video: Animators have said in interviews that they wanted to give Goku the physicality of a pop star because he was the star of their show, and Houston’s athletic steps were the perfect inspiration. The moves were adapted slightly for the show though, because whereas Houston wanted to dance with somebody, Goku wanted to kill anyone who threatened the safety of his family and friends.

Henry Kissinger is arguably the show’s biggest fan: The former Secretary of State famously starred in a series of commercials for the show after writing lengthy fan letters to the Dragon Ball Z producers, begging to share his love of the show with the world. Many still remember Kissinger’s catchphrase from the ads, when he would scream “Now there is the death I crave” after a clip of Goku defeating an adversary. Little did fans know that that wasn’t just commercial talk: Kissinger loved the show because it depicted entire galaxies dying at once.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she’s not standing down after her loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

“I’m back to being an activist citizen ― and part of the resistance,” Clinton said during an interview at a Women for Women event in New York Tuesday.

“I take absolute responsibility. I was the candidate,” Clinton said. “I was the person that was on the ballot.”

A man with a nasty habit of suing the EPA now leads it, because why not?

Congrats, America: We now have a Senate-confirmed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again. 

Oh, except that administrator is Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who sued the EPA multiple times over what he sees as its overly aggressive environmental regulations. Plus, he denies the mainstream scientific conclusion that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause of global warming. 

So, there are those little caveats.

SEE ALSO: Exxon’s former CEO is now our secretary of state. So, there’s that.

Pruitt has also questioned the dangers of mercury contamination and other hazardous substances the EPA is in charge of regulating. His record is so one-sided that the Sierra Club calls him simply, “… The most dangerous EPA Administrator in the history of our country.”

Pruitt’s reputation as an agency foe eager to give states more autonomy in regulating air and water pollution, combined with the EPA transition team’s gag order of the agency, has instilled so much fear among the EPA rank-and-file that agency scientists were among the thousands of people calling their senators on Thursday urging them to vote no on the nomination, a rare step for federal employees to take. 

Pruitt, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry, all have expressed views doubting climate science findings, and each of them are in charge of agencies deeply involved with the U.S. response to the global issue.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

During his confirmation hearing, Pruitt said he does not quite agree with the vast majority of climate scientists whose work has shown that greenhouse gases are causing global warming. 

“I believe the ability to measure with precision the degree of human activity’s impact on the climate is subject to more debate on whether the climate is changing or whether human activity contributes to it,” he said.

“If you don’t believe in climate science, you don’t belong at the EPA,“ said May Boeve, executive director of the climate advocacy group 350.org, in a statement on Friday. 

What happens now?

Pruitt is expected to try to dismantle large parts of the EPA’s portfolio of regulations and science research put in place under prior presidents, particularly the Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. Without that plan, the U.S. cannot live up to its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. 

However, Trump may be poised to pull the U.S. out of that pact entirely, which would make dismantling the Clean Power Plan easier. Trump is also expected to sign executive orders as early as Friday that would begin rolling back the EPA’s climate change work, though it’s easier to order that than it is to actually accomplish it.

Remarkably, Pruitt was confirmed only hours after a judge in Oklahoma ordered the release of nearly 3,000 emails between Pruitt and fossil fuel companies from his time as attorney general. 

We’d like to congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation! We look forward to welcoming him to EPA.

— U.S. EPA (@EPA) February 17, 2017

Senators never got a chance to factor those into their decision-making. 

Senate Democrats tried in vain to delay the vote to allow senators to see the emails, which stemmed from a state lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. Those organizations were concerned about Pruitt’s cozy relationship with the oil and gas industry there. 

Pruitt’s backers, including mainstream Republican groups like FreedomWorks, see him as an administrator to will try to get red tape off the backs of business owners, despite studies showing that the EPA’s regulations don’t stifle job growth.

A 2014 New York Times investigation already established that Pruitt often did favors for the oil and gas industry, particularly for major donors to the Republican Attorneys General Association. These included writing letters to lawmakers and the EPA seeking regulatory changes.

In the end, Pruitt won confirmation narrowly, on a 52 to 46 vote, garnering the most "no” votes of any EPA nominee since the agency was founded in 1970. 

BONUS: NASA timelapse shows just how quickly our Arctic sea ice is disappearing

Hillary Clinton borrows “Handmaid’s Tale” resistance slogan in Planned Parenthood speech.

The former Secretary of State recalled a phrase from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian feminist classic. A politely sanitized version, that is.

The protagonist Offred, whose name comes from “of Fred” to indicate her subservience to the commander of her household, is comforted in the novel by a phrase she finds secretly carved in her room: “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.” The book documents life in a new militant theocracy on the grounds of what used to be the United States, where Offred is routinely raped in her role as a surrogate for an elite couple. From the Latin, she finds an English translation: “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

“To paraphrase Margaret Atwood, ‘We can never let them grind us down,’” Clinton said, after recalling her own relationship with the 1985 novel.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the annual LGBT Center dinner, April 20, 2017 in New York City. Clinton was awarded the Trailblazer Award from the LGBT Center.

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Lambasting the United States’ aggression against Syria, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Llorenti compared the basis for the unilateral move to former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s infamous 2003 presentation to the body, when fraudulent evidence of an alleged Iraqi weapons program was presented to justify the U.S. war on Iraq. Holding up an enlarged photo of Colin Powell’s “weapons of mass destruction” speech, Llorenti made an impassioned plea to hold the U.S. to account for Thursday’s unprovoked attack on Syria, noting the U.S. history of imperialist interventions in other nations, including Latin America. “Now the United States believe that they are investigators, they are attorneys, judges and they are the executioners. That’s not what international law is about.”

“I believe it’s vital for us to remember what history teaches us and on this occasion (in 2003), the United States did affirm, they affirmed that they had all the proof necessary to show that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction but they were never found … never were they found,” the Bolivian envoy told the emergency Security Council meeting on Friday.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton picks up a Kennedy family baby as her husband former President Bill Clinton (L), Barack Obama and Michelle Obama talk with other family members after laying a wreath at the gravesite for President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, November 20, 2013.

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Former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks onstage during The Child Mind Institute Summit: The State of Child & Adolescent Mental Health at The Paley Center for Media on November 13, 2017 in New York City.

I fell in love with the last picture! 😍
Her reactions and her facial expressions
are always fascinating and stunning! 😵

anonymous asked:

i work at balvin blein. tonight, i had a very rude woman, who i kept the store open an extra 30 minutes for so she could shop around, ask for my name and the number to corporate because "i was sassy" after she called me dumb and told me i shouldn't have my job. so i told her my name was Maddie Albright (yes, like the former US secretary of state) and i gave her the number to the visa line we have to call when we get a stolen credit card. i can't wait for the shitstorm when my manager gets back.

Former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warns against feeling reassured by the expected defeat of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election Sunday.

“I really do believe that these populists are changing the character of the politics just by being there, so even mainstream candidates are having to respond to their agenda. You see fewer people talking about free trade. You see countries talking about industrial policy and protectionism. It’s hard to defend immigrants almost any place in the world today. The rise of nativism is having an impact on the politics, even if the candidates aren’t winning.”

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Madeleine Albright didn’t mince words while speaking at a Hillary Clinton rally

While stumping for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright seemed to send a message straight toward millennial women voters.

Watch the whole video here: http://on.msnbc.com/1UTMskw

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Former US Secretary of State and WOV Honoree Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at the Ms. Foundation for Women 2017 Gloria Awards Gala & After Party at Capitale on May 3, 2017 in New York City.

Last October, I was at a forum in Seoul with Strobe Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state for Bill Clinton. Like everyone else, Talbott averred that North Korea might well be the top security problem for the next president. In my remarks, I mentioned Robert McNamara’s explanation, in Errol Morris’s excellent documentary The Fog of War, for our defeat in Vietnam: We never put ourselves in the shoes of the enemy and attempted to see the world as they did. Talbott then blurted, “It’s a grotesque regime!” There you have it: It’s our number-one problem, but so grotesque that there’s no point trying to understand Pyongyang’s point of view (or even that it might have some valid concerns). North Korea is the only country in the world to have been systematically blackmailed by US nuclear weapons going back to the 1950s, when hundreds of nukes were installed in South Korea. I have written much about this in these pages and in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Why on earth would Pyongyang not seek a nuclear deterrent? But this crucial background doesn’t enter mainstream American discourse. History doesn’t matter, until it does—when it rears up and smacks you in the face.
—  Bruce Cumings,  What’s Really Behind North Korea’s Nuclear “Provocations”?