Europe hunkers down for Hurricane Donald – POLITICO


Out of the frying pan and into the fire. After a year scarred by referendums that hurled defiance at Brussels, climaxing in Britain’s June vote to quit the bloc, the European Union is bracing for more storms in 2017, starting with the landfall of “Hurricane Donald” from across the Atlantic.

The U.S. president-elect was the elephant in the room at the EU’s last summit of 2016. EU leaders rushed to extend their sanctions against Russia for six months over its destabilization of Ukraine, mindful that the incoming U.S. president has expressed solidarity with President Vladimir Putin and that his designated secretary of state has voiced opposition to sanctions.

Source: Europe hunkers down for Hurricane Donald – POLITICO

Donald Trump – A major threat to the environment?


Climate Change, while extremely important, is but one reason to fear a Trump administration for there is racial, gender and sexuality abuse which is being encouraged to increase, then there is the nuclear option, for can Trump be trusted with the codes.

Trump is one total disaster for the world, environmental sustainability and the existence of any living entity.

Opher's World

Donald Trump may turn out to be a major threat to the world’s environment, putting hundreds of thousands of species under threat, promoting major climate change and putting many communities at risk of such things as flooding, drought, extreme weather, hurricanes, crop failures and starvation. This could result in mass migrations of people and mass extinctions of plants and animals.

President elect Trump claims that manmade climate change is a hoax. He is threatening to pull out of the Paris agreement and reverse the Green Energy programmes. He says that he will promote economic growth by returning to fossil fuel programmes (coal, oil and gas), reopen plants and to hell with the carbon dioxide output or pollution.

He is solely concerned with the economy and jobs. The environment is not an issue.

This runs contrary to all the evidence accumulated on climate change. In the long term it will not only…

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Afghanistan’s dark secret: The ‘dancing boys’ who are little more than sex slaves for their ‘shameful’ owners – Mirror Online


Despite its strong religious core, Afghanistan’s history of Bacha bazi or ‘boy play’ is, according to some experts, deeply disturbing

Source: Afghanistan’s dark secret: The ‘dancing boys’ who are little more than sex slaves for their ‘shameful’ owners – Mirror Online

The LGBT rights backlash under Trump has already begun: New laws in Texas are a shocking harbinger of things to come – Salon.com


If anti-LGBT bills slated for 2017 session in Texas are any measure, an avalanche of hate looms in state houses

Source: The LGBT rights backlash under Trump has already begun: New laws in Texas are a shocking harbinger of things to come – Salon.com

The Racist Incidents Since Donald Trump’s Election


How will it end, here’s hoping that America sees sense eventually and can come through the Trump era and then bring back normality.

Until then we all need to unify for strength against the Trump excesses.

Stop Making Sense

Rafi Schwartz reports for Fusion:

President-elect Donald Trump still has nearly two months to go before taking power, but America is already feeling one particular effect of his election: A seemingly sharp uptick in incidents of racist harassment and assault across the country. There have been reports of apparently Trump-inspired sexual harassment and anti-LGBTQ attacks as well.

Here is a running—though by no means complete—list of these incidents, as they’ve been reported by various outlets. It will, unfortunately, be updated as new reports are made available.

A swastika, the words “Sieg Heil” and reference to Trump were painted across a Philadelphia storefront.

A swastika and the words “Make America White Again” were painted on a wall in a Wellsville, NY park.

A Muslim woman at the University of California: San Diego was robbed by two men she claimed made references to Donald Trump.

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Baroness Campbell vows to fight on over access to buses | DisabledGo News and Blog


A disabled peer has vowed to fight on after the government rejected her proposal to introduce a new law that would force bus companies to protect the interests of disabled passengers. Baroness Campbell had suggested an amendment to the government’s bus services bill that would have forced operators to publish policies on access for disabled people and “actively help them to use bus services”. She said government plans to just publish new guidance were not good enough and would “never deliver the result that we need – that is, full, guaranteed access for disabled people”. Baroness Campbell – whose amendment was backed by both Labour and the Liberal Democrats– said: “Guidance without statutory backing or any enforcement behind it can be ignored with impunity – and, let us face it, we have plenty of experience of public services doing just that. “Guidance is fine, but we know that it can be left on the shelf and ignored. People may start with good intentions but, in reality, other

Source: Baroness Campbell vows to fight on over access to buses | DisabledGo News and Blog

Disability And Sex: Where Is The Inclusive Sex Education?


Great post and hopefully those that can progress this more will do so.

Same Difference

Asks Emily Yates in today’s Guardian.

I think it is fair to say that the Paralympics have changed perceptions for the better in linking disability and sport. We have become used to watching elite athletes win medals and represent their countries in front of large crowds, and they just happen to use wheelchairs or prosthetic limbs, or be of short stature, or have hearing and visual impairments.

But what happens when we change “sport” to “sex”? Does awareness and education exist in the same way?

Inclusive and accessible sex education certainly did not exist when I was at school – apart from, perhaps, putting a condom on a banana. We are aware that disabled women, in particular, are almost three times as likely to be sexually abused than their non-disabled peers and yet those of us with disabilities are still entering lessons and workshops that are not designed for us…

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Keith Vaz sex scandal: Tory MP was stopped from making allegations about MP a year ago – Mirror Online


Andrew Bridgen was told not to use Parliamentary privilege to raise the matter in a Commons debate

Source: Keith Vaz sex scandal: Tory MP was stopped from making allegations about MP a year ago – Mirror Online

Three’s Company


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Sandy, Jo and Chris had been friends for years.
Having grown up in the same neighbourhood, attended the same schools and college, they were closer than family and inseparable.
It came as no surprise then that as adults, the three rented an apartment together.
Through thick and thin, broken relationships, unemployment and financial challenges, they all pulled together, totally supportive of each other, with very few differences of opinion.
Theirs was the kind of relationship envied by the majority of their friends, perhaps misunderstood by a few, and the topic of teasing conversation often over a pint down the local.

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