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You tell me. No jokes or puns, this is serious. 

President Donald Trump, after ‘consulting his generals,’ has decided to ban Transgender people from serving in ANY military position, because of the cost “burden.” 

Friendly reminder that Donald Trump dodged the draft 5 times during the Vietnam War, 4 times due to school, the 5th time due to “bone spurs in his heels.” 

In a 1997 interview with Howard Stern, Trump called avoiding STDs his “personal Vietnam,” calling himself a “brave soldier,” for navigating the ‘dangerous world’ of having sex. 

Let’s also not forget his smearing of Sen. John McCain, who was captured and held a Prisoner of War while fighting in Vietnam, but according to Trump, “[McCain] is not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.” 

And of course, there is the time that Trump told Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos “Congratulations” while presenting him with a Purple Heart for being wounded while fighting in Afghanistan. 

But that is okay, because Donald Trump has a Purple Heart himself - remember when Lieutenant Colonel Louis Dorfman gifted his own Purple Heart to Trump during a campaign rally in Virginia? Trump responded by saying “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart, this was much easier.” 

This fucking scumbag lunatic has no idea what it means to serve this country, to sacrifice anything, and he now “leads” our military by calling 15,000 current Transgender service members a “burden?” Get the fuck out of here. 

It is time for Trump and every member of his administration to be removed from office.

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Snowy spring coastline, Maine’s Acadia National Park.

Oceans are vital to wildlife and our planet. Containing 99 percent of the living space on earth, oceans are vast habitats for an impressive array of life. To celebrate World Ocean Day, we’re sharing this remarkable picture of bioluminescent plankton near Haystack Rock at Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge. From moments like this to surfing, sailing, fishing and diving, oceans are essential to our lives, economy and natural understanding. Photo courtesy of Jeff Berkes.

Remotely operated vehicles help scientists get a close-up view of rarely seen deep-sea animals. 

In August 2011, researchers spotted this spiny dogfish patrolling the seafloor in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary! Spiny dogfish can live up to 70 years, and tend not to mature until they around about 25 years old. 

(Photo: NOAA)

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