Fuck you, trump, and fuck you, Yiannopoulos. Hate speech and free speech cannot be considered synonymous when the balance of power is so misaligned.
As a Berkeley alumni, I am very proud of my fellow Golden Bears for standing up to this racist, sexist troll. His disgusting views have no place in the hallowed halls of Berkeley and the days of white supremacy hiding behind the banner of free speech are over.
A speech by right wing, all around bigot Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California, Berkeley Wednesday was cancelled after a large protest broke out on campus. Some protesters broke windows, appeared to throw rocks at police, and lit firecrackers that resulted in a fire in Sproul Plaza near the student union.
The university cancelled the talk by the Breitbart professional provocateur who has carved out a niche among the racist, misogynist right. Yiannopoulos’ general world view and noxious behavior was enough to get him banned from Twitter, buuuuut since there’s a market for mind-bending racism in America these days, he also managed to net a $250,000 book deal from Simon & Schuster. Yiannopoulos’ college talks are usually the subject of outrage and protests. At a recent, similar talk at the Univ. of Washington a man was shot in the melee surround Yiannopoulos’ appearance.
On the Berkeley campus, police appeared to engage with some of the hundreds of protesters armed with homemade shields and ordered the protesters to disperse.
Athlete: Allison Stokke School: University of California, Berkeley Team: CAL Bears Sport: Track & Field - Pole Vault Competition: 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Opponent: Various Result: 6. Place Location: Mike A. Myers Stadium - Austin, Texas, USA Date: 04-Apr-2008
Former Clinton Official Gives 4 Grounds For Trump's Impeachment
President Donald Trump has been at the receiving end of criticism for many of the steps he has taken less than two months after entering office and, according to former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, these may be enough to bolster efforts to impeach the president.
Reich, who served under Bill Clinton’s administration, posted the reasons on Twitter, adding, “By my count, there are now four grounds to impeach Trump. The fifth seems to be on its way.”
A professor of public policy at University of California, Berkeley’s Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, Reich has been critical of Trump before and after the election, listing out grounds on which the president could face impeachment.
Reich’s first attack was on Trump’s accusatory remarks against former President Barack Obama, who he accused of wiretapping him — “an illegal (and impeachable) act” — before the presidential elections. The second ground listed by the former official was the possibility that Trump may be making money for his private ventures using his position as president.
Reich also mentioned Trump’s travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority nations, “which he initiated, advocated for, and oversees,” and his repeated attacks on the freedom of press as grounds for impeachment.
The fifth reason listed by Reich is the Trump administration’s alleged links to Russia, the country that — according to U.S. intelligence agencies — attempted to influence the result of the 2016 elections that got Trump elected as president.
Reich, however, does mention that impeachment is only possible if the “political will” exists, adding that it is currently absent because of the Republican control over the House of Representatives, where a motion for impeachment originates.
1. In taking the oath of office, a president promises to “faithfully” execute the laws and the Constitution. But Trump is “unfaithfully” executing his duties as president by accusing his predecessor, President Obama, of undertaking an illegal (and impeachable) act.
2. Article I Section 9 of the Constitution forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments. But Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel by steering foreign diplomatic delegations to it, and will make a bundle off China’s recent decision to grant his trademark applications for the Trump brand — decisions Chinese authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as president.
3. The 1st Amendment to the Constitution bar and law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But Trump’s ban on travel into the U.S. from six Muslim countries — which he initiated, advocated for, and oversees — violates that provision.
4. The 1st Amendment also bars “abridging the freedom…of the press.” But Trump’s labeling the press the “enemy of the people” and choosing whom he invites to news conferences based on whether they’ve given him favorable coverage, violates this provision.
5. Article III Section 3 of the Constitution defines “treason against the United States” as “adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Evidence is mounting that Trump colluded with Russian operatives to win the 2016 presidential election.
The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Trump. The practical question is whether there is the political will. As long as Republicans remain in the majority in the House (where a bill of impeachment originates), it’s unlikely.
Another reason why it’s critically important to flip the House in 2018.
“Our best estimate is that the global economy as a whole will be 23 percent smaller in 2100 than if we would avoid climate change entirely,” said co-author of the study Solomon Hsiang, an associate professor of public policy at the University of California Berkeley.
The study looked at the relationship between temperature and economic activity in 166 countries over a 50 year period. The findings indicate climate change will widen global inequality, perhaps dramatically, because warming is good for cold countries, which tend to be richer, and more harmful for hot countries, which tend to be poorer. In the researchers’ benchmark estimate, climate change will reduce average income in the poorest 40 percent of countries by 75 percent in 2100.