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10-Year-Old Busts Myth About Trans People With Powerful Sign

“A brave transgender 10-year-old girl named Rebekah spoke at a rally last weekend in support of transgender students and their right to be protected from discrimination in the public school system.

The rally stemmed from President Donald Trump’s roll back of an Obama-era guidance that protected the right of trans kids to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

An adorable photo of Rebekah holding the below sign at the rally quickly made its rounds on the internet.

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GO REBEKAH GO!!!

Love, Respect & Protect Trans Youth & All Trans People

Net neutrality day of action: 5 websites explain why they’re waging a “battle for the net”

  • Net neutrality rules could be rolled back in the next few months by the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Trump-appointed FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has begun the process to introduce a new policy that would abandon the 2015 rules.
  • That move would let internet companies charge websites to maintain fast load times. Pai has argued the rules must be reversed to reduce government regulation of the internet.
  • Much of the internet argues the opposite, begging for the regulations to remain in place. With 80,000 websites participating, Wednesday will mark one of the largest online protests in history.
  • Facebook, Google, Twitter, Netflix, Mozilla, Amazon, Airbnb and eighty-thousands additional websites will push U.S. internet users to run up the score against reversing the Barack Obama-era free internet rules. Read more (7/12/17)

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This chrome extension fakes your search history to troll the hell out of your ISP

  • In a blow to consumer privacy, Congress voted to officially repeal Obama-era Federal Communications Commission guidelines that prevented internet service providers — such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast — from collecting and selling your sensitive information to third parties without your consent. 
  • Assuming President Donald Trump will sign the bill, there are a handful of preventative measures you can take to protect your data, such as using a trustworthy virtual private network service (known as a VPN) or a Tor browser. Or you can just try and confuse the hell out of your ISP. Read more. (3/30/2017 2:05 PM)

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In one tweet, actor Kumail Nanjiani nails why the world is marching for science

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House of Reps. rejects attempt to ban gender confirmation surgery for trans troops
The Republican-led House narrowly rejected a measure on Thursday that sought to strike an Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy.

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a measure that would have undone an Obama-era policy requiring coverage of hormone therapy and gender confirmation surgery for transgender members of the military. 

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, the Republican legislator who authored the bill, claimed that covering transition-related healthcare would cost too much money, as well as resources in the form of troops unable to serve while recovering from surgery. 

Her awful quote: “It makes no sense to create soldiers who are unable to fight and win our nation’s wars.”

Since Oct. 1, transgender troops have been able to receive medical care and start formally changing their gender identifications in the Pentagon’s personnel system. A Rand Corp. study found that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members in the active-duty military, and another 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis decided late last month to give the military chiefs another six months to conduct a review to determine if letting transgender people enlist in the armed services will affect the “readiness or lethality” of the force. However, the delay doesn’t affect transgender troops who already are serving openly in the military.

Hartzler, a four-term congresswoman who has been mentioned as a possible 2018 challenger to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has suggested forcing transgender service members out of the military services. But she backed away from her plan last month, saying she would give Mattis and other senior military leaders the room to settle personnel matters internally.

Good. 

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The US opioid crisis is real and deadly. Trumpcare could make it even worse.

Connie Petroski can’t remember the exact moment her daughter, Jessica, went from being a sunny 17-year-old who loved dressing up for school dances and hanging out with her friends to a sullen, quiet 18-year-old alternating between falling asleep upside down on the toilet and getting into hysterical shouting matches with her mother.

“She just got with the wrong person and started with cocaine, and it just goes from there,” Connie said in a phone interview. “It’s just one drug after another and nothing ever gets strong enough, so that’s when they turn to heroin.”

Jessica is just one of the estimated 2.1 million Americans currently struggling with opioid addiction, and the epidemic is only getting worse. In 2015, the most recent year on record, opioids killed more than 33,000 people — a record. From 2014 to 2015, deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl, the painkiller that was found to be responsible for the 2016 death of the singer Prince, rose by 75%.

As the opioid crisis balloons in scale, imminent cuts to Medicaid and the introduction of the American Health Care Act under President Donald Trump threaten to eliminate health coverage for millions of Americans who rely on the Obama-era expansions to access addiction treatments.

Jessica is one of those people. Today she is 35 and, according to Petroski, her recovery is sustained by a bi-weekly supply of Methadone meted out with the help of Medicaid.

“If she didn’t have the Methadone, she could die,” Petroski said bluntly. “You can’t just stop. You can’t just come off the medication. The risks of dying are so high.” Read more (3/10/17 11 AM)

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a news clip featuring obama talking about shinee can be seen above! 

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Betsy DeVos may roll back protections for students  scammed by for-profit colleges

  • Rules that protect student borrowers victimized by fraudulent for-profit colleges — policies created under President Barack Obama — may be the target of a new regulatory rollback. 
  • In a statement released Wednesday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos described the Obama-era rules as creating a “muddled process that’s unfair to students and schools.”
  • While details are still being hashed out, the news is worrisome for those concerned about getting stuck with crushing student loans after completing all or part of an educational program that may turn out to be less valuable than promised. Read more (6/15/17)
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U.S. FCC votes 2-1 to advance repeal of Obama-era internet rules
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 on Thursday to advance a Republican plan to reverse the Obama administration's 2015 "net neutrality" order.

The FCC just voted in favor of Pai’s plan to dismantle net neutrality, but this isn’t the end. This is just the first step. There will be a few months in which the public may comment on his plan, which is hilariously called “Restoring Internet Freedom”. Please, please, please comment and let the FCC know how much you oppose this plan.

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These Gay Republicans Mocked Transgender Women At A Forum In New York City
Nearly 100 days into Trump’s term, these gay Republican activists had a chance to assess their success. Or they could make fun of people.
By Dominic Holden

A forum at the Metropolitan Republican Club in New York City on Thursday night was billed as an “all-star” collection of activists in the “new gay movement in the Republican Party.” And indeed, panelists inside the tony brownstone on Manhattan’s Upper East Side were among the country’s most notable conservative gay-rights activists.

But rather than detail how they were building a new movement — or discuss their influence in the nascent Trump administration — the gay men on stage spent most of two hours ridiculing the left while peppering their speeches with cheap cracks about transgender people.

They mocked President Obama’s LGBT liaison as “the most unattractive tr*nny,” joked that Caitlyn Jenner hadn’t had “the operation,” and said Obama-era rules to protect transgender students were “horrifying.”

People of color and women fared little better with the all-white, five-member panel. One claimed the gender wage gap was “a total fucking myth,” while another opined that black people don’t face oppression because they aren’t enslaved. Then he laughed about adopted Asian babies.

Above it all, the panelists — who ranged from journalists to political operatives — chastised a culture of political correctness and “fetishizing” identity, arguing that liberals have cried wolf at the Trump administration and lost credibility. They praised a clear cultural shift among conservatives to be more tolerant of LGBT people. And while they shrugged off legal protections for transgender people, they were confident guys like them are at home in the Republican fold.

Of course they did. Of course they fucking did. Slimeballs. 

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Trump expected to drop executive order slashing Obama-era climate regulations

  • He’s already rolled back the Clean Water Act. It was only a matter of time before President Donald Trump came for the Clean Power Plan.
  • Trump is expected to sign a broad executive order Tuesday that will evaluate any rulings or actions on the books that “burden” domestic fuel companies, including coal, gas, oil and nuclear, Bloomberg reports.
  • Those found to be a “burden” will be changed, suspended or eliminated unless mandated by law, deemed pro-business or considered to be in the “public interest” by the administration.
  • The executive order will also do away with two Obama-era rules. The first ensures reviews measuring the environmental impact of an energy project will take climate change into account.
  • The second rule Trump is expected to eliminate is called the “social cost of carbon,” or the SC-CO2, which is a number that estimates the long-term damage that a ton of carbon does to the environment each year. Read more (3/27/17 12:13 PM)

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By a largely party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that repeals Obama-era hunting restrictions on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The House already voted last month to abolish those restrictions — which were instituted by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 to protect predator species from hunters — and so the bill now heads to the desk of President Trump, who is widely expected to sign it.

The FWS rule facing repeal explicitly prohibited many kinds of “predator control” on the 16 federally owned refuges in Alaska. That prohibition included a ban on the aerial hunting, live trapping or baiting of predators such as bears and wolves — as well as on killing those predators while near their dens or their cubs.

Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

Image by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

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On the 5th anniversary of DACA, Trump administration revokes DAPA

  • The Trump administration on Thursday announced it is ending the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, or DAPA.
  • DAPA was an Obama-era policy that would have granted a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants whose children are United States citizens or residents.
  • The announcement came on the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Read more (6/15/17)

Trump will continue DACA, Obama’s program for childhood arrivals

  • On Thursday night, President Donald Trump’s administration decided to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the New York Times reported. 
  • The program allows undocumented immigrant children who were brought to the United States as minors, widely known as “Dreamers,” to stay in the U.S. and obtain working visas.
  • Trump’s decision veers from his strident anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric. Read more (6/16/17)

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The Trump Administration Just Withdrew Guidelines That Protected Transgender Students
Ending guidance from the Obama administration, Trump's new policy aims to allow states to establish their own rules for transgender students in some settings — such as requiring transgender boys to...
By Dominic Holden

The Trump administration on Wednesday issued new guidelines that roll back an Obama administration policy that had been designed to reduce anti-transgender discrimination in public schools.

In issuing new school guidance, the Department of Justice and Department of Education sent a letter to public schools that said the departments “have decided to withdraw and rescind the above-referenced guidance documents in order to further and more completely consider the legal issues involved. The Departments thus will not rely on the views expressed within them.”

“Please note that this withdrawal of these guidance documents does not leave students without protections from discrimination, bullying, or harassment,” it stated.

Originally issued last May, the Obama-era guidance told schools they “must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.” Among the directives, it said transgender students must be allowed access to gender-appropriate restrooms and locker rooms.

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In the middle of a phone call with Putin, Trump had to take a break for a lesson in nuclear arms

  • On Jan. 28, Trump got on his first phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They reportedly had a positive hour-long discussion about improving relations between their two countries.
  • New details about the call, however, reveal a disturbing move by Trump to rebuff Putin’s attempts to extend the latest nuclear arms treaty between the world’s two nuclear weapons superpowers. 
  • According to Reuters, Putin raised with Trump the possibility of extending New START, a treaty signed by the U.S. and Russia and ratified by the Senate in 2010.
  • Then Trump, who had apparently never heard of the Obama-era treaty before, had to pause the call, sources told Reuters:
    • “When Putin raised the possibility of extending the 2010 treaty, known as New START, Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was, these sources said.”
  • The treaty pledges both countries to reducing the number of both of the nations’ deployed nuclear warheads, and will remain in effect until 2021 — but can be extended by five years with mutual agreement.
  • After conferring with his aides, according to Reuters, Trump “denounced” the treaty — and threw in some self-congratulations: 
    • “Trump then told Putin the treaty was one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration, saying that New START favored Russia. Trump also talked about his own popularity, the sources said.” Read more (2/9/17 5:01 PM)
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Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice
Documents obtained by The Post show how the president wants to reshape K-12 education and college financial aid.
By https://www.facebook.com/danielle.douglas.5245

The cuts would come from eliminating at least 22 programs, some of which Trump outlined in March. Gone, for example, would be $1.2 billion for after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, most of whom are poor, and $2.1 billion for teacher training and class-size reduction.

The documents obtained by The Post — dated May 23, the day the president’s budget is expected to be released — outline the rest of the cuts, including a $15 million program that provides child care for low-income parents in college; a $27 million arts education program; two programs targeting Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students, totaling $65 million; two international education and foreign language programs, $72 million; a $12 million program for gifted students; and $12 million for Special Olympics education programs.

Other programs would not be eliminated entirely, but would be cut significantly. Those include grants to states for career and technical education, which would lose $168 million, down 15 percent compared to current funding; adult basic literacy instruction, which would lose $96 million (down 16 percent); and Promise Neighborhoods, an Obama-era initiative meant to build networks of support for children in needy communities, which would lose $13 million (down 18 percent).

The Trump administration would dedicate no money to a fund for student support and academic enrichment that is meant to help schools pay for, among other things, mental-health services, anti-bullying initiatives, physical education, Advanced Placement courses and science and engineering instruction.

These are the cuts proposed in order to spend more on public funding for private schools (which is what “school choice” is a bullshit euphemism for) and bureaucracy. 

Trump is reducing environmental regulation to help energy companies. It hasn’t worked yet.

  • In less than five months, Trump has reversed dozens of Barack Obama-era rules designed to preserve the environment and fight causes of climate change.
  • Trump has said those regulations hurt coal, oil and gas companies, limiting both their production and ability to put Americans to work.
  • But to date, rolling back environmental regulations for fossil fuel companies has not improved company revenues or stock prices.
  • There has been a turnaround in hiring in the extraction industries, but it is still nearly 24% below its industry high of 850,000 jobs in September 2014.
  • That’s not surprising, as it will take years for some of these regulatory rollbacks to take full effect, if they ever do, and, meanwhile, low prices for oil, gas and coal have cut into fossil fuel company revenues. Read more (6/1/17)

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Trump Will Continue LGBTQ Worker Protection Order Signed by Obama
The White House announced Tuesday that President Trump will continue a 2014 Obama-era order protecting LGBTQ employees who work for federal contractors from workplace discrimination. The announcement came after reports that an executive order affecting the LGBTQ community was coming. "President...
By ABC News

So this was the big news that they were talking about for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Do you see the smokescreen?

We were riled up and ready for it to be something bad like taking away our marriage rights or enacting RFRA-type discriminatory laws and what’s the big news? Federal employees will continued not to be fired over their sexuality. 

And they phrase it like he’s a champion of our rights, but during his election he promised to take away our right to marry. He said he’d protect us but ‘from a hateful foreign ideology’ as if we don’t know he means Muslims. 

And this order comes after complaints that there is nothing on the white house website about LGBTQ+. 

You know what this looks like to me?

‘See? I’m the good guy here!’

This is the barest of minimums, framed like a gracious effort.  

I’m not falling for it.