on this day 5/31 1955 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered that all states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed.”


1433 – Sigismund was crowned emperor of Rome.

1854 – The Kansas-Nebraska Act passed by the U.S. Congress.

1859 – The Philadelphia Athletics were formally organized to play the game of Town Ball.

1859 – In London, Big Ben went into operation.

1870 – E.J. DeSemdt patented asphalt.

1879 – New York’s Madison Square Garden opened.

1880 – The first U.S. national bicycle society was formed in Newport, RI. It was known as the League of American Wheelman.

1884 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented “flaked cereal.”

1889 – In Johnstown, PA, more than 2,200 people died after the South Fork Dam collapsed.

1900 – U.S. troops arrived in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.

1902 – The Boer War ended between the Boers of South Africa and Great Britain with the Treaty of Vereeniging.

1907 – The first taxis arrived in New York City. They were the first in the United States.

1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference.

1910 – The Union of South Africa was founded.

1913 – The 17th Amendment went into effect. It provided for popular election of U.S. senators.

1915 – A German zeppelin made an air raid on London.

1927 – Ford Motor Company produced the last “Tin Lizzie” in order to begin production of the Model A.

1929 – In Beverly, MA, the first U.S. born reindeer were born.

1941 – The first issue of “Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper” went on sale.

1943 – “Archie” was aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System for the first time.

1947 – Communists seized control of Hungary.

1955 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered that all states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed.”

1961 – South Africa became an independent republic.

1962 – Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel. Eichmann was a Gestapo official and was executed for his actions in the Nazi Holocaust.

1970 – An earthquake in Peru killed tens of thousands of people.

1974 – Israel and Syria signed an agreement on the Golan Heights.

1977 – The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was finished after 3 years of construction.

1979 – Zimbabwe proclaimed its independence.

1994 – The U.S. announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.

1995 – Bob Dole singled out Time Warner for “the marketing of evil” in movies and music. Dole later admitted that he had not seen or heard much of what he had been criticizing.

2003 – In North Carolina, Eric Robert Rudolph was captured. He had been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for five years for several bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing.

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Hannity is lashing out at his advertisers and Fox


 Media Matters for America - Take Action

It seems like Sean Hannity is trying to get fired while injuring Fox News in the process. Since last week, he’s organized his most ardent supporters to attack his own advertisers, threatened Fox News with a “We Go If He Goes” campaign, and is now aggressively promoting a cable-news-wide advertiser boycott. [1]

Hannity’s fans are harassing his own network, his own advertisers, and his potential advertisers – and ad buyers are surely taking notice. Media Matterswarned that Hannity was volatile and bad business. Now they don’t have to take our word for it: Many companies are currently experiencing first-hand that doing business with Hannity means subjecting your brand to one potential public relations crisis after another.

Spread the word: Read and share my interview with Fast Company about how Sean Hannity’s volatility is scaring off advertisers.

Ultimately, Hannity’s efforts to intimidate everyone he does business with will only further marginalize him at Fox and make advertisers flee faster. Despite his attacks and threats, companies are still pulling their ads from Hannity’s show – including three more companies in the past 24 hours. And it’s not clear what relationships he’ll have left when it’s all over.

Onward!

Angelo Carusone
@GoAngelo
President
Media Matters for America

Annie Leonard, Greenpeace and bits of plastic in our oceans


Bits of plastic called microbeads are polluting our oceans.

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Take action today to ban the use of microbeads in the US.

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greenpeaceEvery time you brush your teeth, you might be unknowingly adding tiny bits of plastic to our oceans.

These bits of plastic are called microbeads and you can find them in everything from face soaps to body washes to toothpastes. And while they’re almost invisible to the naked eye, they’re causing serious problems for our waterways and oceans (and us!).

Most wastewater treatment can’t filter out the tiny microbeads — meaning they journey from your bathroom drains into waterways. Once there, they end up in the bellies of fish or other marine life and are passed along the food chain.

National legislation has been introduced in Congress to ban the sale of personal care products that contain plastic microbeads. It’s part of an ever-growing movement that needs your voice.

Tell your federal Representative and Senators today to support the Microbead Free Waters Act and to solve the problem of these polluting plastics.

This doesn’t end in the water. Today’s plastic face wash is in tomorrow’s sushi.

Many fish species that humans eat are known to consume these microbeads at an alarming rate, and the toxins absorbed in those plastics transfer to the fish tissue.

The toxins absorbed by plastic microbeads include pesticides, flame retardants, motor oil and more. And all that ends up in the oceans — and on our plates. We have to act.

A single microbead can be up to a million times more toxic than the water around it! Take action today to ban plastic microbeads from everyday personal care products.

The Story of Stuff Project, an organization I founded, is leading a coalition of over 100 groups to get these tiny plastic beads out of everyday products. Greenpeace is proud to be a part of this coalition.

This is a perfect example of the underlying problem with our current economic system and the culture it helps create. Natural alternatives to microbeads exist. But plastic microbeads are smoother than natural alternatives like apricot shells, jojoba beans and pumice.

Smoother is better for the companies making these products because smoother means these cleansers will be less effective at exfoliating… which means you can use them everyday… which means you buy more of the product! 

Sadly, it also means poisoned oceans and a poisoned food supply. Plastic pollution in our waterways has become one of the great perils facing our environment. We can do something about it.

Take a minute right now and tell your elected federal representatives to support the Microbead Free Waters Act.

Thanks for all you do.

Annie Leonard
Executive Director, Greenpeace USA
P.S. Tiny pieces of plastic called microbeads are polluting our waterways and oceans. Tell your elected federal representatives to ban microbeads by supporting the Microbead Free Waters Act today!

100 thoughts on 100 days …remember this and vote for murphyforflorida.com


 

In honor of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, here are 100 things to remember about his presidency so far:

100.  Lying about the smaller size of his inauguration crowd
99.  Making white nationalist Steve Bannon a key part of his leadership team
98.  Threatening to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change
97.  Sean Spicer making errant and offensive comments about the Holocaust
96.  Going back on his word to name China a currency manipulator
95.  Announcing the bombing of Syria over chocolate cake with the Chinese president
94.  Threatening to break up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after it ruled against him
93.  Hiring Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor amid possibly illegal entanglements with foreign governments
92.  Handling classified documents over open-air dinners at Mar-a-Lago
91.  Golfing, golfing, golfing after consistently criticizing President Obama for doing so
90.  Outsourcing key policy initiatives to his inexperienced son-in-law
89.  Directing administration officials away from using the term “climate change”
88.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions lying to the Senate about pre-election communications with Russia
87.  Likely racking up more in travel and security costs in one year than President Obama needed in 8 full years
86.  Getting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court after the Senate GOP blocked Obama’s rightful nominee Merrick Garland in 2016
85.  Installing Wall Street executives and lobbyists to key posts after promising to “drain the swamp”
84.  Via Kellyanne Conway, allowing the phrase “alternative facts” to enter our discourse
83.  Declaring the free press the enemy of the American people
82.  Threatening the well-being of millions of Americans by holding healthcare subsidies hostage
81.  Introducing a budget that guts funding for PBS, scientific research, the EPA, education programs, and Planned Parenthood
80.  Still refusing to release his taxes
79.  In a Fox interview, apparently not knowing the difference between Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un
78.  Claiming that he only lost the popular vote because of millions of fraudulent votes cast by illegal immigrants
77.  Tweeting complaints about his daughter’s clothing line being pulled from stores
76.  Inventing fake terrorist attacks in Bowling Green, Atlanta, and “last night in Sweden”
75.  White House advisor Stephen Miller declaring that President Trump’s decisions “will not be questioned”
74.  Continually claiming that Mexico will pay for a border wall while the Mexican government continually asserts it will not
73.  Weakening President Obama’s federal lobbying ban
72.  Having one of the least diverse cabinets in recent memory
71.  Backtracking and flip-flopping on his opposition to NAFTA
70.  Backtracking and flip-flopping on his opposition to NATO (because he didn’t know “much” about it)
69.  Reversing President Obama’s practice of making the White House visitor’s log public
68.  Firing U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara after promising to keep him on
67.  Failing to divest himself of business interests that present clear conflicts of interest
66.  Introducing a tax plan that creates huge loopholes for pass-though companies, hedge funds…and likely Trump himself
65.  “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.”
64.  Picking fights with longtime allies like GermanyCanada, and England
63.  Supporting tainted election results in Turkey that give more power to its autocratic leader
62.  Ordering a Navy SEAL raid that gathered no actionable intelligence
61.  Being unaware if we were sending an “armada” to North Korea
60 through 7:  Blank in recognition of Trump’s 54 of 60 unfulfilled, stalled, or broken campaign promises, per the Washington Post, many of which are on this list
6.  Leaving dozens of vital national security positions empty at the State Department
5.  Instituting an unconstitutional immigrant ban that makes our nation less safe
4.  House leaders standing by Intel Committee Chair Devin Nunes after he interfered with Congress’s investigation into Russian election meddling
3.  Trying (and failing) to fully repeal Obamacare
2.  Fabricating claims out of thin air that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower
1.  After one of the most divisive elections in history – in which Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million – failing to govern as if he represents the entire country, not just those who voted for him.

Onward and upward,

Patrick

A Seat at the Table: NMAAHC:On June 11, 2017


A SPECIAL EVENT ON JUNE 11TH: A SEAT AT THE TABLE
On Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 7 PM, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will host A Seat at the Table with LGBTQ Friends in Faith. This event provides a platform for audiences to consider challenging questions about race, identity, faith, and sexual orientation. We will review clips from the 2013 documentary film The New Black that describes how the African American community comes to terms with gay marriage and civil rights. Join an insightful dialogue with filmmaker Yoruba Richen and Bishop Yvette Flunder, with moderator Earl Fowlkes, and a special performance by Lee Mokobe.

 

About “A Seat at the Table”

“A Seat at the Table” is a participatory program that promotes conversations about social justice and explores issues of contemporary importance linked to systemic racism, and social, political, and economic inequity. This program augments the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s mission to explore the American experience through the African American lens, and what it means to be an American. “A Seat at the Table” sparks critical thinking and creative conversations about fairness and an exchange of ideas for making our world more equitable.

 

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10 AM Eastern time.

Tickets are $35.00 per person. Active Charter Members will receive a discounted ticket price of $25.00 per person.

To become a Charter Member, and receive a discount to this and future events, please click here.

To renew your membership, and receive a discount to this and future events, please click here.

If you wish to request your membership number or confirm your Charter Member status, please call us at 1-800-209-9178.