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I don't like posting about politics.  I prefer math.  Math is the beautiful game of truth.  Politics is the ugly game of lies. 

But I woke up in the middle of the night and realized that if I didn't say the obvious, I might regret it:

We've got to fight Trump with everything we've got.

The US is dangerously close to electing a buffoon and would-be dictator: our very own Berlusconi, our very own Putin.  Elizabeth Warren put it clearly, so please reshare this video:

Unfortunately, if you’ve been watching the presidential race, you know that we need to stand up now more than ever. Just yesterday, it came out that Donald Trump had said back in 2007 that he was “excited” for the real estate market to crash because, quote, “I’ve always made more money in bad markets than in good markets.” That’s right. The rest of us were horrified by the 2008 financial crisis, by what happened to the millions of families like Mr. Estrada’s that were forced out of their homes. But Donald Trump was drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown – because it meant he could buy up a bunch more property on the cheap.

What kind of a man does that? Root for people to get thrown out on the street? Root for people to lose their jobs? Root for people to lose their pensions? Root for two little girls in Clark County, Nevada, to end up living in a van? What kind of a man does that? I’ll tell you exactly what kind—a man who cares about no one but himself. A small, insecure moneygrubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt, so long as he makes some money off it. What kind of man does that? A man who will NEVER be President of the United States.

Sometimes Trump claims he is tough on Wall Street – tough on the guys who cheated people like Mr. Estrada. I’m sure you’ve heard him say that. But now he’s singing a very different song. Last week, he said that the new Dodd-Frank financial regulations have, and I’m quoting here, “made it impossible for bankers to function” and he will put out a new plan soon that “will be close to dismantling Dodd-Frank.” Donald Trump is worried about helping poor little Wall Street? Let me find the world’s smallest violin to play a sad, sad song.

Can Donald Trump even name three things that Dodd-Frank does? Seriously, someone ask him. But this much he should know: If he’s so tough on Wall Street, he should be cheering on Dodd-Frank’s capital and leverage requirements that have made big banks less likely to fail. If he’s so tough on Wall Street, he should be cheering on Dodd-Frank’s living wills process, which is helping push big banks to become safer. If he’s so tough on Wall Street, he should be cheering on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has already returned over $11 billion to families who were cheated.

He SHOULD be, but he’s not. Now that he’s sewn up the Republican nomination, Donald Trump is dropping the pretense. Now he’s kissing the fannies of poor, misunderstood Wall Street bankers. But the American people are a whole lot smarter than Donald Trump thinks they are. The American people are NOT looking for a bait and switch. They are NOT looking for a man so desperate for power he will say and do anything to get elected. Take the hint, Donald: the time for letting big banks call all the shots in Washington is coming to an end.

And I want to make just one last point about Donald Trump that won’t fit into a Twitter war. One last point that sums up what Donald Trump is all about – his taxes.

We don’t know what Trump pays in taxes because he is the first Presidential nominee in 40 years to refuse to disclose his tax returns. Maybe he’s just a lousy businessman who doesn’t want you to find out that he’s worth a lot less money than he claims.

But we know one thing: the last time his taxes were made public, Donald Trump paid nothing—zero. Zero taxes before, and for all we know he’s paying zero taxes today. And he’s proud of it. Two weeks ago he said he’s more than happy to dodge taxes because he doesn’t want to throw his money “down the drain.”

Trump likes being a billionaire, and doesn’t think the rules that apply to everyone else should apply to him. But let’s be clear: Donald Trump didn’t get rich on his own. His businesses rely on the roads and bridges the rest of us paid for. His businesses rely on workers the rest of us paid to educate and on police-forces and fire fighters who protect all of us and the rest of us pay to support. Donald Trump and his businesses are protected by a world-class military that defends us abroad and keeps us safe at home and that the rest of us pay to support. When anyone builds something terrific, they should get to keep a big hunk of it. But they should also pay a fair share forward so the next kid and the next kid and the next kid who come along gets their chance to build something too. That’s how we build a future that works for everyone.

And that goes double for Donald Trump, because he didn’t even get rich by building something terrific. He inherited a fortune from his father, and kept it going by scamming people, declaring bankruptcy, and skipping out on what he owed.

Nurses, teachers, and dockworkers pay their fair share for all the services that keep Trump’s businesses going. Programmers and engineers and small business owners pay their fair share to support our military who show courage and sacrifice every single day. Donald Trump thinks supporting them is throwing money “down the drain.”

I say we just throw Donald Trump down the drain.

Let’s face it: Donald Trump cares about exactly one thing – Donald Trump. It’s time for some accountability because these statements disqualify Donald Trump from ever becoming President. The free ride is over.

I am going to disable comments because I don't see a need for discussion.  +Elizabeth Hahn gets the last word.
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When Elizabeth Warren says, "What kind of [person] does that?" I want to answer, "The same kind that takes $250,000 speaking fees from those who facilitated the crash." In my book, there's really no difference. They're two faces of the same coin.
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A Nobel Prize winner in economics just backed basic income http://www.techinsider.io/basic-income-gets-nobel-prize-winners-approval-2016-5 -via Flynx
Basic income is having a whirlwind year, and it...
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I wouldn't say no to it. It would allow me to get out of the line of work that I'm in now, and pursue interests that I enjoy, and which have greater potential to be useful to me (and possibly others), as well.
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Must have been one hell of a big Ark ;)
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The entire globe is watching this election. What happens here could very well spell doom & gloom elsewhere...witness the little mess that Bush laid in the Middle East.
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10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF “An Inconvenient Truth” - VIEW THE FILM FOR FREE!

“An Inconvenient Truth” was a turning point for me. Even though I had done some images about protecting the environment before that, that film woke me up to the urgency of addressing climate change. I bought my Prius right away and started making more images about environmental threats. -Shepard

TODAY marks the ten year anniversary of "An Inconvenient Truth," a film defining the science behind, and resulting devastating effects of man-made climate change.

To coincide with the anniversary, Paramount is offering free downloads of the film on Amazon, XFINITY on demand, iTunes, and other digital retailers: http://www.takepart.com/ait10?cmpid=ait-twtr#watch
We are facing an earth crisis which, if left to play out on current terms, will devastatingly impact future generations to come. Take a moment to watch this film. If you happen to have kids, watch this film with them too. Watching and listening to the facts laid out in "An Inconvenient Truth" is a great first step towards taking further action which may just save the quality of life for future generations.

In addition to watching the film, click here to view Shepard’s Earth Day presentation, “Art: The Links Between Hearts & Minds," first featured on ObeyGiant.com for Earth Day 2015: https://obeygiant.com/a-special-presentation-from-shepard-…/ The presentation covers many ecological themes.

‪#‎act10‬ ‪#‎actonclimate‬

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It's long, and I watched in in chunks over a two day stretch, but it's worth it. A lot of insightful observations crammed in here
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A new group, Take on Wall Street, has emerged to leverage populist fury into real Financial Reform
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The paradise of the wealthy is built on the hell of the poor
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Good heavens, riding in the Rocky Mountains this time of year is 'mazin
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yessir.  i do believe you're "ra-at."
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"Ecovative has been recognized globally including: as a Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum; for its potential impact on climate change by the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge; by the EPA with its Environmental Quality Award; by the US Small Business Administration with its Tibbetts Award for excellence in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR); as a recipient of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for socially responsible design; by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation; and by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute."

Read this synopsis of Eben Bayer's keynote address at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 6th annual Sustainability Forum last week. Congratulations to our 2013 ‪#‎FullerChallenge‬ winners for their ongoing achievements!

http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/events-contests/event-coverage/bio-based-adhesives-inventor-calls-natures-tool-kit-developing
Eben Bayer, co-founder and CEO of biomaterials company Ecovative Design, outlined a vision for a sustainable economy powered by 'nature’s toolkit,' in keynoting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Forum in Washington D.C.
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