Daily Archives: June 23, 2022

WATCH: Former Justice Department official said Trump asked him to call 2020 election ‘corrupt ’

Jun 23, 2022

Former acting deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue spoke on June 23 as the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack presented its findings in their fifth public hearing. Donaghue went through the steps the Department of Justice took to investigate claims of fraud that former President Donald Trump had repetitively raised. They said they found none of the claims to be factual.

“We went through a series of other [claims that the president raised]. The truck driver who claim to have moved an entire tractor trailer of ballots from New York to Pennsylvania. That was also incorrect. We did an investigation with the FBI, interviewed witnesses at the front end and the back end of that trailer’s transit from New York to Pennsylvania. We looked at loading manifests. We interviewed witnesses, including, of course, the driver, and we knew it wasn’t true. Whether the driver believed or not was never clear to me, but it was just not true,” he said.

Donaghue began taking handwritten notes on a call with the president when he made an allegation that was new to him– that more than 200,000 votes were certified in Pennsylvania that were not actually cast. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. showed Donoghue’s notes at the hearing which quoted the president directly from the call the two had.

“The president said, ‘just say the election was corrupt. And leave the rest of me and the Republican congressman,’” Kinzinger said. “That’s a direct quote from President Trump?” “Correct, “ Donaghue said. “That’s an exact quote from President. Yes.”

Kinzinger also played video testimony from former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani where Giuliani was asked about whether obscure DOJ official Jeffrey Clark was recommended to be put in a leadership position of the department after Clark had pushed proposals to further the president’s effort to overturn the 2020 election.

“I do recall saying to people that somebody should be put in charge of the Justice Department who isn’t frightened of what’s going to be done to their reputation. Because the Justice Department was filled with people like that,” Giuliani said in a video testimony.

The hearing, the fifth of several planned by the Jan. 6 committee, focused on Trump’s pressure on the Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. In the year since its creation, the committee has conducted more than 1,000 interviews, seeking critical information and documents from people witness to, or involved in, the violence that day.

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Every Step Trump Took to Oversee the ‘Big Lie,’ Told by Liz Cheney

The Betrayal of American Democracy: America’s Political Parties, Unions & the Media No Longer Work

Jun 23, 2022

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The 1992 United States presidential election was the 52nd quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 3, 1992. Democratic Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas defeated incumbent Republican President George H. W. Bush, independent businessman Ross Perot of Texas, and a number of minor candidates. This election marked the end of a period of Republican dominance in American politics that began in 1968, it also marked the end of 12 years of the Republican rule of the White House. This was the last election until 2020 in which the incumbent president failed to win a second term.

Bush had alienated many of the conservatives in his party by breaking his 1988 campaign pledge against raising taxes, but he fended off a primary challenge from paleoconservative commentator Pat Buchanan. Bush’s popularity following his success in the Gulf War dissuaded high-profile Democratic candidates like Mario Cuomo from entering the 1992 Democratic primaries. Clinton, a leader of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, established himself as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination by sweeping the Super Tuesday primaries. He defeated former Governor of California Jerry Brown, former Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas, and other candidates to win his party’s nomination, and chose Tennessee Senator Al Gore as his running mate. Billionaire Ross Perot launched an independent campaign, emphasizing his opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement and his plan to reduce the national debt.

The economy had recovered from a recession in the spring of 1991, followed by 19 consecutive months of economic growth, but perceptions of the economy’s slow growth harmed Bush, for he had inherited a substantial economic boom from his predecessor Ronald Reagan. Bush’s greatest strength, foreign policy, was regarded as much less important following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, as well as the relatively peaceful climate in the Middle East after the Gulf War. Perot led in several polls taken in June 1992, but severely damaged his candidacy by temporarily dropping out of the race in July. The Bush campaign criticized Clinton’s character and emphasized Bush’s foreign policy successes, while Clinton focused on the economy.

Clinton won a plurality in the popular vote and a majority of the electoral vote, breaking a streak of three consecutive Republican victories. He won states in every region of the country; he swept the Northeast and the West Coast, marking the start of Democratic dominance in both regions in both presidential and statewide elections. Clinton also performed well in the eastern Midwest, the Mountain West, Appalachia, and parts of the South. This election was the first time a Democrat had won the presidency without Texas since its statehood and North Carolina since 1844. This was the last time any candidate won an election without winning the battleground state of Florida until 2020, for Clinton went on to carry Florida when he won reelection in 1996. This was also the last time to date that the state of Montana voted Democratic in a presidential election, and the last time until 2020 that Georgia did so. Clinton flipped a total of 22 states that had voted Republican in the election of 1988.

Along with Gerald Ford (1976), Jimmy Carter (1980), and Donald Trump (2020), Bush is one of four incumbent presidents since World War II to lose a bid for a second term.

Perot won 18.9% of the popular vote, the highest share of the vote won by a candidate outside of the two major parties since 1912. Although he failed to win any electoral votes, he beat either main candidate in some states and found significant support in every state, resulting in no state giving an absolute majority to any candidate except Clinton’s home state of Arkansas. As such, this is the final election to date in which the Democratic nominee won less than 50% of the vote in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont; and in which the Republican nominee won less than 50% in Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, and Nebraska. It is also the third and final election since the Civil War in which a Republican or Democratic nominee failed to break 50% in a single state, the first two being 1912 for William Howard Taft and 1984 for Walter Mondale.


SDG Roundtable: Fireside chat with Prime Minister Mia Mottley | United Nations

Jun 25, 2022

As Co-Chair of the UN Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates group, Prime Minister Mia Mottley sits down with the UN to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals, climate action, and financing for sustainable development.Food-matters,

Permaculture Botanical Garden Makes Sustainable Food Systems Profitable

Jun 23, 2022

John from visits the Queens Creek 10 Acre Botanical Garden near Phoenix, Arizona that grows an Edible Permaculture Botanical garden that is generating multple streams of income from the land by farming, education, and revenue streams.

In this episode, you will get a short tour of the start of the Queens Creek Botanical Garden and then a longer interview with Justin Rohner who is the founder of the Botanical Garden and visionary with the insight and experience to make it all happen.

You will learn some very innovative ways to grow food crops in a variety of microclimates and landscapes. You will learn how vegetables can be grown on a slope using rails and ladders to harvest and plant the crops easily. You will learn how food can be grown verticall on walls using planter boxes, and much, much more.

Finally, John will interview Justin Rohner and learn more about: Queens Creek Botanical Garden, why he started. How Microclimates can be used to grow more food How Gardeners can use Microclimate Data near them with an app How to make the food system more sustainable How to create your own job in agriculture without any training How to learn how to grow food and teach others How to have a successful farm by generating multiple streams of income How you can help Queen’s Creek Botanical Garden and much, much more.

After watching this episode, you will learn about an edible botanical garden you can visit near Phoenix, Arizona that is feeding the community, but also teaching people how to grow food, and help people create jobs so they can have their own sucessful business growing food

Please note: This was lost footage that was filmed in March 2021, but is only now being posted.

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In the Shadow of Green Man: Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Per Andreassen

“My parents couldn’t read or write, we barely had clothes to wear. All we had were stories. We listened and absorbed them, and found our own place in the narrative.”

And what a narrative it is. Join the wonderfully colorful and poetic Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, or Regi, as he weaves together stories from his upbringing in revolution-torn Guatemala, the vision of a regenerative form of farming which uplifts people, and the wandering fable of the Green Man. The result is an immensely readable, enjoyable journey that informs as it entertains and enlightens.

Witnessing firsthand the human suffering caused by unjust and environmentally destructive farming practices set Regi on a path of helping people lift themselves through, of all things, tapping the natural behaviors of the lowly chicken. With the mind of an engineer, the passion of minister, and the depth of a philosopher the author has created not only a wonderful yarn, but a book for our generation asking the questions and providing many of the answers needed by millions.

The author is the principal architect of the innovative poultry-centered regenerative agriculture model that is at the heart of Main Street Project s work. His focus is on the development of multi-level strategies for building regenerative food and agriculture systems that deliver social, economic and ecological benefits.

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin is the principal architect of the innovative poultry-centered regenerative agriculture model that is at the heart of Main Street Project s work. His focus is on the development of multilevel strategies for building regenerative food and agriculture systems that deliver social, economic and ecological benefits. He leads Main Street Project s engineering and design work and currently oversees the implementation of restorative blueprints for communities in the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala. He is also leading explorations in Haiti, Colombia, and Africa.

A native Guatemalan, he received his agronomy degree from the Central National School of Agriculture, studied at the Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala and graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He has been involved in numerous fair trade and development projects. He lives in Minnesota with his wife Amy and their children William, Ana Nicktae, and Lars Decarlo.

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ Acres U.S.A. (December 10, 2016)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Perfect Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 1601731388
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-1601731388
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.5 ounces
  • Dimensions‏ : ‎ 6 x 1 x 9 inches

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James Stock looks ahead – Harvard Gazette

James Stock, Harvard’s new vice provost for climate and sustainability, identifies two areas where the University can make an immediate difference. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

Harvard Staff Writer

DateOctober 18, 2021

International climate-change experts have issued increasingly dire warnings about the need for deep emissions cuts in the years to come. The nations of the world will consider their individual commitments and plan the path ahead when they gather for the latest global climate summit in November in Scotland. Harvard, meanwhile, has signaled its intent to further boost its diverse and long-running climate-change efforts, creating a new position of vice provost for climate and sustainability and naming energy and environmental policy expert James Stock to the post in September. Stock, the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, spoke to the Gazette about the challenge ahead, for both the globe and Harvard, and his vision for how his new office can help.

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$200M gift to fund Harvard climate crisis institute – Harvard Gazette

Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability made possible by $200M gift from Melanie and Jean Salata

Date June 21, 2022, The Garvard Gazette

Harvard University on Tuesday announced the creation of the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability, a groundbreaking new entity that will advance and catalyze research programs across all of Harvard’s Schools and enable comprehensive cross-University education in climate and the environment.

Building on work developed over decades at Harvard, the Salata Institute will launch in fall 2022 and be led by Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability Jim Stock with a mission to develop and promote durable, effective, and equitable solutions to the climate-change challenges confronting humanity. The Institute is made possible by a $200 million gift to Harvard from Melanie and Jean Eric Salata. Jean Salata is the chief executive and founding partner of Baring Private Equity Asia, which recently announced that it was merging with the global private equity firm EQT.

“The Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability at Harvard represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle the climate crisis by leveraging and unifying Harvard’s strengths. It will draw together expertise from across the University in ways we’ve only just begun to imagine,” said President Larry Bacow. “Melanie and Jean’s extraordinary generosity is matched only by their passionate belief that the time is now for bold action that engages the public. We are grateful beyond measure for their vision and for their support as we undertake critical work on behalf of humanity — and for the sake of our planet.”

The Institute will pursue a pathbreaking approach to the climate challenge — one that aims to grow and galvanize the network of climate-focused scholars across Harvard, create new pathways for student education and participation in the development of climate and sustainability solutions, and add critical focus on significant, real-world progress with near- and long-term impact. It will also act as a hub and connection point for the many existing climate-related programs and initiatives across the University.

“Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. It is a crisis whose impact will affect our children and many generations to come, and we have a responsibility to them to do everything we can to address it,” the Salatas said. “Through initiatives like the one we are announcing today, and many others like it globally, we can harness the power of the world’s best researchers and most talented policy and business leaders to create a more sustainable future for all of us.”

The Salata Institute will spur and support influential research on climate, sustainability, and the transition to low- and zero-carbon energy; equip Harvard students to become the next generation of leaders and change agents in the field; and recruit and support faculty who will bring their expertise to bear on the complex and daunting challenges brought about by climate change.

“This is a momentous step for Harvard’s efforts in climate and sustainability,” said Stock. “The Salata Institute will be the key institutional structure driving the University’s goals in climate: to increase research, education, and public engagement that make a real difference in tackling the climate crisis. Climate change has so many facets, from ever-worsening physical consequences, to harms to human health and ecosystems, to the economics, law, politics, and engineering of the enormous but necessary transition to a net-zero-emissions economy, to the changes to society wrought by climate change and the energy transition. With its current strengths, international convening power, and great potential, Harvard has a unique responsibility to lead in addressing these challenges. The Salata Institute will empower Harvard to get on with this difficult but essential work.”

One of the Institute’s key research initiatives will be the new faculty-led Climate Research Clusters Program, which will develop multidisciplinary collaborations with real-world potential for change. The first round is currently underway, with 41 concept proposals received from researchers across the University. Final selection is slated for this fall, with projects launching in January 2023.

In addition to the new Clusters program, the Institute will provide small grants for researchers not yet working on climate who want to expand their focus to this area, as well as those currently working on climate who want to explore new ideas. Larger project grants will continue to be available (now, through the Institute) from the Climate Change Solutions Fund, established in 2014, which has been successful in supporting big ideas now coming to fruition. The research efforts of the Salata Institute will be coupled with external engagement of climate leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to ensure Harvard’s cutting-edge climate research is translated into actionable solutions.

“The Salata Institute will bring together the diverse intellectual strengths of all parts of the University with the deep and widely shared passion to address the crisis in climate and sustainability,” said Alan Garber, Harvard University’s Provost. “We cannot solve the climate crisis on our own, but we expect our educational and research efforts to produce deep and lasting contributions to the broader effort, in which universities will play leading roles. Harvard can do nothing less than set the example for effective leadership in addressing all aspects of climate change. This gift will enable us to do so.”

A key component of the Salata Institute is supporting the expansion of climate education opportunities both on the Harvard campus and beyond. Those efforts include assisting the Schools by supporting course development and by providing new opportunities for students interested in exploring careers in climate and sustainability, for example by expanding student internship and research possibilities, augmenting opportunities currently available through the Harvard University Center for the Environment. In addition, the Salata Institute will serve as a hub connecting Harvard students with alumni working in climate and sustainability.

“The challenges of the climate crisis are immense and urgent,” said Stock. “I am thrilled, and deeply grateful, that Jean and Melanie have turned to Harvard to help make this lasting commitment at a time when the world needs it most.”

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