National Geographic launches long-term campaign on plastics

There can be little doubt that Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II had a transformative impact on the debate around plastics in the UK. But, while popular, I’m not sure this ‘national treasure’ has the same clout abroad.

We’re going to need other icons to step up and speak out.

Luckily, National Geographic is doing just that with the launch of its Plastic or Planet initiative. Featuring a long-term, multi-year commitment from the media group, and comprising of educational campaigns, a consumer pledge, research initiatives, as well as a corporate commitment to audit and then reduce single-use plastic dependency within the organization, it really does look like more than your average corporate responsibility initiative.

An early sign of change will be subscribers in U.S., U.K. and India will begin receiving their magazines wrapped in paper, not plastic, immediately. And all global subscribers will see the same by the end of 2019. I’m very excited to see this initiative roll out.

This isn’t Nat Geo’s first rodeo when it comes to plastics either:

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Why isn’t Rosie O’Donnell being indicted and prosecuted for criminal campaign donations?


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There really are two systems of “justice” in America today, and the Left is making it clear which side of that system they are on.

Hint: It’s not the correct side. But what’s maddening and frustrating to tens of millions of Americans is that they keep getting away with it.

And of course, when you’re a celebrity on and of the Left like Rosie O’Donnell, there’s definitely a second set of rules — and when those rules are broken, the punishment isn’t too severe if you didn’t mean to break them.

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Hillary Clinton, flat out, should be wearing prison stripes for her serial violations of The Espionage Act via her trafficking in classified material while conducting official business as Secretary of State on an unsecured email server.

Obama national security advisor Susan Rice and State Dept. official Susan Powell absolutely should have been indicted for improperly unmasking hundreds of American citizens for purely political reasons — just to undermine President Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry should have already been arrested by federal agents for violations of the Logan Act after reports noted he has been consulting with an American enemy — Iran — as a private citizen, in a bid to salvage the so-called “nuclear deal.”

And Left-wing actress/comedian Rosie O’Donnell ought to be sitting in a booking room at a local FBI office on orders from the Federal Election Commission following serial violations of campaign finance laws.

You may recall that in December, as the vote neared in the Senate for the Trump-backed GOP tax reform bill, O’Donnell took to Twitter to bribe a pair of Republican senators — Jeff Flake and Susan Collins — to vote “no.” 

“So how about this…i promise to give 2 million dollars to senator susan collins and 2 million to senator jeff flake…if they vote NO…” she tweeted. “DM me susan…DM me jeff…no s**t…2 million…cash…each.”

They never took her up on the offer and the tax reform measure, as we know now, passed by the narrowest of margins (51 votes). 

But the offer alone was a felony based on a little statute called “18 U.S. Code § 201 – Bribery of public officials and witnesses” which states:

  1. (1) the term “public official” means Member of Congress, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, either before or after such official has qualified, or an officer or employee or person acting for or on behalf of the United States, or any department, agency or branch of Government thereof, including the District of Columbia, in any official function, under or by authority of any such department, agency, or branch of Government, or a juror

There’s more:

(b)Whoever—

  1. directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or any person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent—
  2. to influence any official act

Notice the statute says persons need only make the offer to be in violation. 

But as is so often the case in the Jeff Sessions-run Justice Department, nothing happened to O’Donnell.

Now, however, it’s been revealed that her campaign contributions to Democrats have gone far over the legal limits. 

She’s done it before

As reported by the New York Post, O’Donnell substantially surpassed the legal donation limit of $2,700 to at least five Democratic candidates over the past year. In all, filings show she gave a combined $5,400 in over-the-limit contributions. She claimed to the Post in an email that there was “nothing nefarious” about the excessive donations, adding she just ‘assumed’ that campaigns would return excessive funds.

But then why would she use five different New York addresses and four variations of her name to make these excessive contributions?

The thing is, it doesn’t matter if O’Donnell uses the excuse James Comey/Hillary Clinton criminal mishandling of classified emails excuse — that she ‘didn’t intend’ to violate campaign finance laws.

She apparently did violate them, and being ignorant of the violations is no defense.

So why isn’t she being charged? We know the answer.

Read more about the corrupt system of justice in America at Corruption.news.

J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.

Sources include:

JudicialWatch.org

TheNationalSentinel.com

NYPost.com

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High-Level Judge & Fmr Trump Campaign Chair Sentenced to Prison for Sex Trafficking Children

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Newport, KY — Former District Court Judge and school board member Tim Nolan plead guilty to 21 counts of human trafficking in February and this week, he was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

In court it was revealed that the judge threatened young women and girls under the age of 18 with arrest to force them into sex. On one occasion a victim was living on his property and he forced to evict her if she did not have sex with him. He also gave numerous victims heroin.

During the sentencing, Prosecutor Barbara Whaley read statements from some of the women in court. Whaley noted that seven of the 19 victims were under 16 years old.

“Tim Nolan, I want to say, you ruined my life,” one teenage victim wrote in her letter. “You ruined my childhood teenage years and made me lose hope. I hate you.”

“I was forced to stay in his apartment in Alexandria and was told if I ever left, he would call the police and I would go back to jail because I was on the run,” wrote one victim. “I ended up turning myself in because jail was better than one more second spent with Tim Nolan.”

As TFTP reported at the time of his arrest, Judge Tim Nolan of California, Kentucky represented District 5 on the Campbell County School Board. He served at the chair of the 2016 Donald Trump campaign in Campbell County.

During Trump’s presidential run in 2016, Judge Nolan was serving as the chair of his campaign. The alleged sex trafficking occurred in August of 2016 — while Nolan was working on the Trump campaign.

As RCN reports, Nolan is an outspoken and controversial figure in local politics. In 2016, he sued the creator of GOPfacts.org, which took aim at Nolan and others, and specifically referred to Nolan as a vehement racist and posted a photo that purported to be of Nolan in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

Nolan was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission but was removed only days later when the Klu Klux Klan scandal erupted.

Unlike Governor Bevin, however, Trump did not remove the Judge from his campaign.

Among the charges that Nolan pleaded guilty to were human trafficking, attempted human trafficking and giving drugs and alcohol to minors. According to charges read in court, Nolan told one of his victims that he would “call his friends in the FBI and other law enforcement to arrest her.”

After the original guilty plea, Nolan claimed he was innocent and attempted to delay sentencing multiple ways, including firing his attorney in March and trying to withdraw his guilty plea, according to WSMV. 

However, on Friday, he apologized and promised to seek treatment.

“I’m so sorry for my crimes, even though I’m a first-time offender with a low-risk to re-offend,” Nolan said, as if to imply the decades of preying on children somehow made him a “first-time offender.”

“I resolve to fight my demons and addictions and not repeat my immoral behavior,” Nolan said. “Obviously the lack of sound judgment and yielding to physical impulse must never be repeated.”

“The punishment in this case does not undo the trauma inflicted on the victims, but it brings closure and some justice. I want to thank the Campbell County Police Department and our special prosecutions team for working this case,” Attorney General Andy Beshear in a statement.

As TFTP reported, before he fired her in March, Nolan’s attorney, Margo Grubbs, actually tried to downplay the charges that her client pleaded guilty to.

“He took full personal responsibility for these acts that in his potential day and generation would not necessarily be considered to rise to the level of human trafficking,” Grubbs said.

She also accused the victims of lying, despite Nolan’s guilty plea.

“I’m saying the underlying facts as alleged by victims do not necessarily equate to what really happened, because we all know in life there are two sides to every story. The sad part of it is, often times the criminal defendant finds themselves at an insurmountable obstacle in order to prove complete innocence,” Grubbs said.

Her comments are insanely ironic considering the fact that Nolan spent his career presiding over the cases of nonviolent offenders, where they were sent to jail in situations where it was impossible to prove they’re innocent. It is likely that Nolan did not give this a second thought when the shoe was on the other foot.

In February, Grubbs suggested that his position as a government figure should should somehow absolve him of his crimes, despite the fact that he used his position to get away with them.

“Mr. Nolan has been a public servant to the people of Campbell County for a majority of his life, and at some point there has to be a redemption for those who committed offenses but has to be balanced by what they have given,” she said.

Luckily, the prosecution did not see it that way and this predator will be removed from society. Unfortunately, however, he will be eligible for parole in just four years.

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Don Blankenship's New Xenophobic Campaign Ad Sparks Twitter Fury

West Virginia GOP Senate candidate Don Blankenship has amped up the xenophobic rhetoric with his latest campaign ad.

In a spot posted online Thursday, the former coal CEO repeated the derogatory term “China people” in a swipe against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people,” Blankenship said in the ad, reportedly set to air on TV in West Virginia starting Friday.

“While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich,” continued Blankenship, who served time in prison for safety violations that contributed to the fatal 2010 Upper Big Branch mining disaster. “In fact, his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars,” he added.

Check out the ad here:

Blankenship, whose own fiancée reportedly was born in China, caught heat earlier this week after suggesting in a radio interview that McConnell may have a conflict of interest when it comes to foreign relations because his father-in-law — shipping company chairman James Chao — “is a wealthy Chinaperson.”

Blankenship on Tuesday defended his use of the term, which was used to dehumanize Chinese immigrants arriving in the U.S. in the 19th century.

I don’t see this insinuation by the press that there’s something racist about saying a ‘Chinaperson,’” he said during a primary debate. “Some people are Korean persons, and some of them are African persons. That’s not any slander there.”

Stephen Colbert ridiculed Blankenship’s earlier campaign ad, in which he called McConnell “Cocaine Mitch,” on Thursday’s “Late Show.”:

People on Twitter ripped Blankenship’s inclusion of the “China people” term in his latest ad:

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Campaign to Save Net Neutrality

Campaign to Save Net Neutrality



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Digital democracy is up for grabs in the wake of corporatist FCC chairman Ajit Pai and two Republican commissioners voting to end a free and open Internet in America.



They want its control handed to predatory cable and telecommunications companies – defying overwhelming public sentiment.



These companies want the Internet resembling cable TV – controlling content, creating fast and slow lanes, premium prices charged for high-speed access.



The scheme represents a step  toward totalitarian control, America run powerful interests controlling the narrative, shutting off alternative views – where things are heading without digital democracy, the last frontier of free and open expression.



Battle for the Net.com explained the following:



A May 9 Congressional Review Act (CRA) Senate vote approaches – a “resolution to block the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality.”



A red alert for Net Neutrality awareness campaign is underway to push enough senators to support restoring Net Neutrality.



Thousands of prominent and small websites are involved. Etsy, Tumblr, Postmates, Foursquare, Twilio, Private Internet Access, Reddit, Mozilla, Vimeo, Gandi.net, FreePress.net, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and countless other popular sites are onboard. 



Weeks earlier, the Electronic Frontier Foundation participated in a national Day of Action to push Congress to preserve Net Neutrality rules repealed by the FCC last December.



CRA enactment can override its ruling, no simple task, requiring majority support in both houses, a two-thirds congressional majority if Trump vetoes CRA – meaning many Republicans are needed to support Net Neutrality, a daunting challenge to get them onboard.



Organizations and activists for a free and open Internet launched the largest ever online campaign to save it – including millions of phone calls, emails, letters and tweets to lawmakers.



On May 9, the Senate will vote up or down on restoring Net Neutrality.



Deputy Director of Fight for the Future Evan Greer called the upcoming vote “the most important moment for net neutrality since the FCC repeal,” adding:



“Every Internet user, every startup, every small business – the Internet must come together to sound the alarm and save net neutrality.”



“We will finally force lawmakers to let us know if they stand with the 85% of Americans who support net neutrality – or with the cable companies that want to manipulate the internet in service of greater profits.”



Free Press Action Fund president and CEO Craig Aaron issued a statement, saying:



“Net Neutrality (has) overwhelming” public support “across the political spectrum…There’s only one” responsible course of action – enacting CRA into law, restoring Net Neutrality.



“The public will be closely watching who’s looking out for them and who’s only serving phone and cable lobbyists.”



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Some Democrats want Killary to give back money DNC paid for mailing list – should ‘donate campaign material’

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Hillary Clinton agreed to give the Democratic National Committee her campaign email list, analytics, donor data and other items for $1.65 million. The DNC has paid about $700,000 of that so far but now some party leaders are asking her to donate the campaign material instead and return the money.

Several Democratic officials are asking Hillary Clinton to return the money that the Democratic National Committee paid her political group for her campaign email list and other resources.

In February 2017, the DNC agreed to pay Clinton’s group Onward Together $1.65 million for her campaign email list, analytics, donor data and related items, The Intercept reported on Wednesday. The cache of material was worth more than $5 million; Clinton’s campaign made an in-kind donation of resources worth $3.5 million, and the DNC paid for the rest.

Now a number of Democratic Party officials, including some state party chairs and DNC members, want Clinton to retroactively donate the campaign materials to the DNC and return the money that the party organ gave Onward Together.

“She should return the money for the ‘love of the Democratic Party’ to the DNC for its use,” said Alabama Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Worley, who supported Clinton during the 2016 primary.

Wisconsin Democratic Party chairwoman Martha Laning and Missouri Democratic National Committeeman Curtis Wylde likewise called on her to retroactively donate it and return the payment.

And Nebraska Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 primary, argued that Clinton could also contribute the equivalent money to state Democratic parties.

Other DNC officials, including at-large member Brian Wahby and Kansas Democratic National Committeeman Chris Reeves, welcomed an in-kind donation but stopped short of asking for it.

“It would be a Christian thing to do,” Wahby said.

Sanders’ office did not return a request for comment on whether the senator agrees.

Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman, defended the price tag on Thursday on the grounds that the DNC has already reaped far more than it paid for the email list in fundraising so far.

“Paying a rental fee for use of an email list is common practice, and in this case the DNC has raised over $30 million with it, an 1,800 [percent] return on their investment,” Merrill wrote in an email to Fox News. (The DNC purchased the email list to own, rather than renting its information.)

Merrill did not respond to a HuffPost request for comment on calls to retroactively make the resources an in-kind contribution and return the money already received.

Xochitl Hinojosa, a DNC spokeswoman, agreed that the DNC had gotten “a return on our investment and more since obtaining all of the lists and data.”

Donna Brazile forged the agreement between the Clinton campaign and the DNC in February 2017, while she was serving as interim DNC chairwoman. Brazile, who has been critical of how the Clinton campaign treated the DNC, said she believed the deal would help her successor as DNC chair “inherit a party in good shape.”

“I felt that it was a fair bargain at the time,” she said.

The current DNC chairman, Tom Perez, has amended the payment schedule, but the core of the accord ― how much the DNC would pay and what it would get in return ― remains in place, according to Hinojosa.

The DNC paid Onward Together $300,000 in January and $135,000 in every subsequent month, according to Federal Election Commission filings and information provided by the DNC. Thus far, it has transferred $705,000 to Clinton’s group; as of the end of this month, that sum will have increased to $840,000.

The revelation of the sale of Clinton campaign resources to the DNC has struck a nerve with some Democratic officials because it exemplifies practices that they have criticized for years.

These Democrats lament the transactional relationship of Democratic standard-bearers with the DNC and state parties, which often have a harder time fundraising. Former President Barack Obama withheld his campaign email list entirely from the DNC during his first term, using it instead to build his political group, Organizing for America (later renamed Organizing for Action). After Obama’s re-election in 2012, he initially allowed the DNC to use the list free of charge before formally donating it to the party body in 2015.

Officials from state parties who joined the Clinton campaign’s joint fundraising agreement during the 2016 election also complained that the campaign left state parties little funding to maintain their operations.

Onward Together, which as a 501(c)(4) political nonprofit is not required to disclose its financial data, says it has distributed grants to 11 progressive groups, including Indivisible, Swing Left, Run for Something and Color of Change.

However, there are many forms of political organizing that state parties, unlike those groups, are uniquely equipped to do. For example, state parties have historically played important roles in recruiting candidates for state and local office; advising and funding those candidates; and registering and turning out voters in down-ballot races.

Another source of tension is what Sanders allies see as a double standard being applied to the Vermont senator’s famously successful campaign email list. Although Sanders was not the Democratic presidential nominee, after the campaign, many Democrats called on Sanders to turn over his list to the DNC. (Sanders has declined to do so.)

“They weren’t saying Bernie, ‘Rent your list.’ They wanted the list,” said Jim Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and a Sanders appointee to the DNC’s Unity and Reform Commission. “They said, ‘All candidates do this ― they turn it over to the party.’ Well, now I find out that they don’t.”

Zogby, who refused to comment on the conduct of the Clinton campaign, was one of several reformers who pressed the Unity Commission to recommend the creation of a financial oversight committee at the DNC with full access to the party’s budget data.

He hopes that the latest revelation will increase support among the DNC’s membership to approve the oversight committee and other financial transparency measures. The entire DNC membership is due to vote on the proposals in August.

“It is critical to the ultimate survival of the party as a viable institution,” Zogby said.

Daniel Marans reports on the politics of the Democratic Party and progressive movements.

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