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The death of fracking? June 30, 2019

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NASA just made a stunning discovery about how fracking fuels global warming – ThinkProgress


If enough Democratic presidential candidates make this a campaign issue it might just be enough to put an end to America’s growing oil productions from fracking.

Afterall, we are talking about NASA here.

If methane production from fracking isn’t curtailed, summer will get hotter, winter will get colder and human will have no place to hide from the wrath of the mother nature.

Well, with Trump in the WH and with many Republicans and Fox News viewers denying the study results and the connection between methane and the rise of global temperature, America will be responsible for another catastrophy just around the corner.

In 2009, America and American elites took the world for suckers and the world body didn’t do anything to punish the U.S. government.

This time around, shouldn’t something be done to make the guilty party pay and punish the guilty ones?

Democracy in the U.S. is a joke of the world April 24, 2019

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Will Trump and the Supreme Court tear our democracy apart?


Only the naive Americans are still in the dark.

Western decadence puts democracy at risk – MarketWatch February 4, 2019

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I like to see more government shutdowns in the U.S.

I like to see Trump gets impeached.

I like to see Trump watching more Fox News and getting his foreign and domestic policies from talk heads.

I like to see the U.S. spending more on those 700+ military bases in other countries.

I like to see 70% tax bracket and wealth taxes for the super rich.


Government shutdown keeps the Congress and the WH butt heads. In the end, nothing gets done.

Trump impeachment will keep the U.S. further divided along the ideology line.

Watching Fox News will bring out the worst policies from Trump.

Spending on military will only get America further into debt. These investments are useless against Russia and China anyway. Will America fight an all out war against Russia or China? Most likely not. So, what’s the point of making more aircraft carriers anyway when annual deficit is over $1 trillion and the entitlement programs are facing insolvency?

Higher taxes on the rich will eventually keep their capitals away from the U.S.

I can continue.

America the not so beautiful December 28, 2018

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Just when 2018 is about to turn into 2019, here is a list of things that are happening in the most powerful country on earth: the USA:

  • The federal government is closed for business but all federal employees will get paid even though they don’t have to go to work when the federal government is shut down.
  • Trump is incapable of telling the truth and has made at least 7,546 false or misleading claims while in the White House.
  • The White House has an acting chief of staff, an acting secretary of defense, an acting attorney general, an acting EPA administrator, no interior secretary, and no ambassador to the United Nations.
  • Trump’s former campaign chairman, deputy campaign chairman, national security adviser and personal lawyer have all pleaded guilty to crimes.
  • Trump’s campaign, his transition, his foundation, his business and possibly himself and his family are all under investigation.
  • Democrats in the House will likely impeach Trump.
  • The federal government takes in $657 trillion but spent $5.051 trillion.
  • America will spend $874.4 billion on defense in 2018, about 17.3% of total spending.
  • The federal deficit is $1.4 trillion, ~27.8% of what government spent.
  • The national debt stands at $25.6 trillion or about 109% of the
  • Total personal debt is $23.066 trillion or $67,306 per person which does not include total mortgage debt which is another $17.675 trillion. The student loan debt is $1.950 trillion and credit card debt is $1.579 trillion.
  • Major stock indices are in correction territories from recent highs.
  • Short term interest rates are the highest in 10 years.
  • U6 Unemployment Rate as of November 2018 was 7.6%.
  • The war in Afghanistan is going nowhere after spending $1.07 trillion.
  • America waged trade wars with many countries in the world.
  • The US is losing allies all over the world.
  • America is losing influences on world order which America built over the past 70 years.
  • Trump gets his advices on foreign and domestic policies from Fox News and talk-radio hosts.

Financial data source: The national Debt Clock. http://www.usdebtclock.org/current-rates.html


自作自受怪不了別人 November 3, 2018

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The powerful weapon House Republicans handed Democrats


House Republicans changed the rules in 2015.

If the Democrats win back the House, they can use the unilateral subpoena authority to make Republicans days very difficult.

The midterm election is only a few days away.

Democrats aren’t much better October 13, 2018

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Most Americans are screwed no matter which party is in power.

Republican’s tax cuts are extremely good for the top 1%. The other 99% won’t get much. The U.S. is saddled with a bigger deficit and a accelerating national debt it has no way of paying it off.

Democrats like to tax and spend. Higher taxes reduce Americans’ take home pay. It’s bad. Bigger government spending increases deficit and national debt. It’s insane.

Yes, I agree that without doing something on the entitlements, America is screwed. Reducing welfare benefits, seniors and poor Americans are doomed. Letting welfare benefits grow like they have been in the past, the middle class will see a bigger portion of their income goes to others who can’t support themselves. The top 1% won’t feel a thing.

Either way you look, America is doomed.

No matter which party is in charge, poor Americans will be poorer.

The middle class will continue to pay.

But, the top 1% are untouchable. They’ve been laughing to the banks. They will keep donating to the Democrats and Republicans and claim tax deductions to lower their income taxes. Life is peachy for them thanks to the Democrats and Republicans.

美國政治的神聖大戰 September 23, 2018

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不錯,參議院有 100 個參議員,每隔兩年有三十幾個參議員必須參加選舉。每六年,100 個參議員就要全部參選一次。每隔兩年,眾議院所有的眾議員,435 個,全都要重選。還有,參眾兩院的議員連選得連任,可以一直做到被對手打敗,自願下台,或老死為止,沒有任位期限的限制。美國總統,則是每四年選一次,連選得連任一次。在美國的歷史上,只有在非常時期,美國總統曾經在連任後再繼續做下去的。但是,這不是慣例。



參議院就不同了。第一,也是最主要的一個關卡,就是許多提案需要 60 個參議員同意,才有可能被黨領袖提出來討論。第二,任何一個參議員都可以對委員會提出的任何一個提案提出修正,可以用不同的議院會議規則來阻止一個法案的通過。其實,許多法案在提出來辯論以前,私底下不知道已經經過了多少折衝,多少取捨,多少談判,多少籠絡和多少變像的賄賂了。這是美國大衆都知道和不爭的事實。參議員雖然很有權力,不過黨的首領和總統在私底下給他一點好處,多播一些錢給他的州,參議員再公開的做做樣子,大部分都會跟隨黨的領導,乖乖的投下他那一張不太聖神的一票。



可是,當你看到歐巴馬和民主黨專政,獨裁,佔領了白宮,參議院和眾議院,通過了不可能成功的 ObamaCare,還拼命的把美國往極端左傾自由派的火坑裏推。當你看到民主黨壓制共和黨,你免不了要摸摸頭,眨眨眼,吞一口口水,想一想,然後問一問自己:“難道這就是美國的民主嗎?”如果這種近乎獨裁的政府是民主的代表,那美國標榜的權力平衡和互相牽制的民主政治在那裏呢?

歐巴馬專政八年下來,美國在世界上的地位一落千丈,美國極端右傾的白人保守派被打到體無完膚,潰不成軍。當然,他們對 Obama 和民主黨也已經到了忍無可忍的地步了。這就是為什麼 Trump 能夠在 2016 大選中當上總統,共和黨也拿下參衆兩院多數黨地位的原因。這就是我說的美國白人保守派最後的掙扎。

2017年1月Trump 上臺後,共和黨佔領了總統府和參眾兩院。不過共和黨在參議院只有52票,許多 Trump 想要通過的法案根本無法通過。一直到現在,真正通過重要的法律沒有一個:個人和公司減稅法案。



美國的州立法院是美國各州的法院。它們依照美國各州訂下來的法律審理各州的訴訟事宜。與 52 個州的州立法院平行的是美國聯邦法院。聯邦法院管理的是跟聯邦有關的訴訟案件。雖然州立法院跟聯邦法院是分開的系統,但是當州的訴訟事宜跟聯邦法律有關係的時候,這這些訴訟事宜就可以繼續上訴到聯邦法院。


  1.   聯邦地區法院 – 一共有 94 個,分佈在美國各州。管理州立法院判決後上訴的訴訟事宜。
  2.   聯邦上訴法院 – 一共有 13 個,每個法院有十二個法官。11 個上訴法院分佈在美國各區。華盛頓特區也有一個上訴法院和一個特殊的上訴法院。聯邦上訴法院又叫巡迴上訴法院。聯邦地區法院判決後的訴訟案件,不服的可以上訴到聯邦上訴法院。
  3.   聯邦最高法院 – 位於華盛頓哥倫比亞特區,有九位大法官。巡迴上訴法院判決後不服的訴訟案件可以上訴到最高法院。













這個原因很簡單:這些最高法院大法官個人的宗教信仰,對社會和人身議題的看法和他們的政治傾向都會影響他們對案件的判斷和判決。而聯邦最高法院大法官對上訴法案的判決有決定性,是美國定讞的法律,是很難改變的。這九個聯邦最高法院大法官的判案結果影響深遠,效果長久,牽涉廣泛。這些重要的話題包括:種族,宗教,人權,歧視,墮胎,言論自由,信仰自由,計劃生育,同性戀,同性戀者的權力,死刑,槍支控制,環境保護,人身保護,州 vs 聯邦的權力,平等機會法案,總統的特權,等等。最近的幾個聯邦最高法院決定性的判決有:2000 年 Bush 贏得總統大選,2004 年恐怖分子可以被政府合法拘留,2012 年 Obamacare 的合法化和 2018 年維持 Trump 拒絕數個由穆斯林國家旅客進入美國的決定,等等。

讓我們簡單的看看最近這幾年民主黨和共和黨對美國聯邦最高法院大法官提名的鬥爭所使出的伎倆,也就是所謂的 Nuclear Option 吧:

Nuclear Option ,又稱 Constitution Option – 核子選擇或憲法選擇

長期以來,美國參議院對有爭議的議題有一個很重要的條例:需要 60 位參議員同意才能停止該議題的辯論。這個規定是爲了給所有參議員足夠的時間來討論這個重要的議題或對該議題提出修改方案。如果參議院想要修改這個條例,需要超級多數,也就是 67 位參議員同意,才能修改。

Nuclear option 是參議院的一個國會議會程序。用 Nuclear 這個字就是表示這是一個非到不得以才使用的議會程序。如果輕易使用,後果可能會不堪設想。當一個黨使用 Nuclear Option 時,那這個黨只要 51 位參議員同意,不是 67 位,就可以修改這個 ”需要 60 位參議員同意才能停止該議題辯論“的條例了。

這個議會程序一但被某一個黨使用以後,另外一個黨也可以在對該黨有利的情況下使用這個議會程序來停止一個議題的討論。簡單的說, Nuclear Option 一經使用就代表任何一個議題只要超過半數的參議員同意就可以通過了。(這是我爲這個 Nuclear Option 所做的簡單解釋。欲知詳情請自己 Google Nuclear Option。)

  • 2013 年 11 月,民主黨是參議院的多數黨。白宮也是民主黨的。Obama 上臺後依照慣例,提名白宮官員和聯邦法官人選讓參議院的司法委員會討論。司法委員會同意後,就由所有參議員投票表決。身爲反對黨,共和黨不斷的運用司法程序來延緩這些人的聽證。民主黨雖然是多數黨,可是它沒有 60 票來停止這些官員和法官在司法委員會裏面的討論,也就沒有辦法讓全部參議員來投票表決這些人的任命與否。民主黨領袖一不做二不休用了 Nuclear Option 來停止這些人員在司法委員會的討論。接下來由民主黨控制的司法委員會投票,移送參議院投票表決。因爲民主黨是多數黨,這些人的任命就輕而易舉的通過了。請注意,Nuclear Option 只能用於白宮人員和聯邦大法官任命的討論。一般的法律是不能用 Nuclear Option 的。
  • 2016 年,保守派大法官 Antonin Scalia 去逝。Obama 身爲自由派的總統,依法可以提名一位偏向自由派的法官來補 Scalia 的缺。可是當時共和黨當道,擁有參議院多數的席位。共和黨的領袖完全拒絕考慮 Obama 的提名,因爲如果 Obama 提名的自由派法官被任命爲最高法院的大法官,那保守派就幾乎沒有可能推翻他們最在意的法律了:墮胎合法化,也就是著名的 Roe vs. Wade。身爲少數黨的民主黨除了乾瞪眼之外,根本沒有辦法可施。結果,美國最高法院有好幾個月只有8個大法官。
  • 2016 年 11 月,Trump 用保守派的身份被美國的選民選爲美國第 45 任總統。他上臺沒多久就提名保守派法官 Neil Gorsuch 爲最高法官候選人。
  • 2017 年 4 月,共和黨在參衆兩院都是多數黨。共和黨控制的參議院仿照民主黨的伎倆用 Nuclear Option 來輕鬆的通過 Neil Gorsuch 爲聯邦最高法院大法官的任命。
  • Neil Gorsuch 代替突然去逝的 Antonin Saclia 並沒有引起民主黨太多的反對。他們兩人都是保守派,Gorsuch 的任命並沒有改變聯邦最高法院自由派和保守派長久以來的平衡。民主黨也就沒有太在意共和黨使用的 Nuclear Option 了。當然,民主黨可以說是自作自受,也怪不了別人。再說,他們是少數黨,也只有看着了。
  • 2018 年 7 月 31 日,聯邦最高法院大法官 Anthony Kennedy 正式退休。Kennedy 大法官在位差幾個月就 30 年。他是一個中間偏右,比較溫和的保守派大法官。他在任內,數次爲 4:4 的重要案件投下決定性的一票。對自由派來說,他最重要的決定就是維持墮胎的 (Roe vs. wade) 合法化。如今 Kennedy 退休,Trump 可以任命一個非常保守的大法官,而這個大法官的任命極有可能會推翻 Roe vs.Wade ,而讓墮胎非法化。這是民主黨和自由派絕對不能忍受的。可是,民主黨在 2013 年,因一時之快用了 Nuclear Option ,現在民主黨眼看就要爲這個決定付出幾乎無法忍受的代價了。
  • 當 Kennedy 大法官一宣佈退休,保守派的智庫就給 Trump 幾個人的名字。這些人之中,任何一個人被任命爲聯邦最高法院的大法官都有可能會推翻 Roe vs. Wade。Trump 最後選了 Kavanaugh,因爲,除了不贊成墮胎合法化以外,Kavanaugh 還認爲總統有至高無上的權力,一般的法律不能碰他。Kavanaugh 被提名以後,民主黨想盡了辦法,用年輕時性侵,酗酒,說謊來阻止 Kavanaugh 的聽證,可是有多數席位的共和黨運用 Nuclear Option 又在美國聯邦最高法院增加了一位非常保守的聯邦最高法院大法官。墮胎合法化,Roe vs. Wade,在美國的日子苦了指日可待了。

除此之外,現任自由派大法官 Ruth Bader Ginsburg 今年 85 歲。她說她不會在 Trump 任內退休。可是,如果她健康情況不允許,如果 Trump 連任,如果民主黨不能拿下參議院的多數,那自由派在意識形態的這一場聖戰就沒有翻身的機會了。還有,自由派大法官 Stephen Breyer 已經 80 歲了。你說他還能熬多久?他如果也在 Trump 任內退休,而民主黨無法拿下參議院的多數,那自由派就徹底的輸了。Roe vs. Wade 就一定會被推翻了。










話說到這裏,我對此話題膚淺的分析只不過是一個開始,對 Kavanaugh 這個最高法院大法官的判斷恐怕也只是隨便說說而已,也不能當真。不過,這個戰場的戰事還沒有結束。接下來,美國這個最神聖的戰場還有許多仗要打呢。
Kavanaugh 雖然已經被任命爲最高法院的大法官,這恐怕不是這件事的完結篇。如果期中選舉以後,民主黨拿下衆議院的多數,那他們一定會把 Kavanaugh 聽證的諸多疑點和 FBI 對 Kavanaugh 的調查拿出來做文章。如果民主黨又拿下了參議院的多數,那 Kavanaugh 的最高法院大法官的身份恐怕也有會有一點問題。Trump 會不會被彈劾,Trump 會不會連任,Ginsburg 和 Breyer 這兩個大法官能不能支持到下一個自由派的總統進入白宮,都是無法判斷的變數。









America just had a bloodless mini coup September 6, 2018

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Trump’s incompetency is being pushed out into the open for everyone to see.

America’s White House is in shambles and Americans is paying for the mistake they made on the election day in 2016.

24 are all Democrats need August 22, 2018

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That’s how many seats Democrats need to win back the House this mid-term election in November.

Mid-term elections can be very brutal for the sitting president and the party in power. American voters tend to use these elections to take revenge on the sitting president and the party in power. Republican’s sweeping election victory in 1994, known as the Republican Revolution, was a good example which turned the control of the House and Senate from the Democrats to the Republicans. It gave Clinton a huge black eye and stunt the Democrats because their 40 years of uninterrupted control of the House ended.



What will the Democrats do if they win back the House this November 6th? The very first thing Democrats will look into on November 7 is to decide who will be on the committee to impeach Trump in 2019 for colluding with Russia in 2016 presidential election, abuse of power, conflict of interests, misconduct and obstruction of justice.

Maxine Waters will have a shot to chair the committee and several other Democrats such as Al Green and Brad Sherman will join her in this political high drama. Staff members will comb through Republican’s records on Clinton impeachment and devise a plan of attack to attract maximum political gains for the Democratic party and its members. It will also be designed to prevent Trump to run for re-election in 2020.

The impeachment process will drag Trump, the White House, the presidency, America political system, Americans and the image of America through the mud for a year or more including live interviews, under oath depositions and prime time shouting matches on TV for the entire world to see. It will be their revenge for Republicans’ impeachment on Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice.

I believe that Democrats will proceed with the impeachment process even though they don’t have the majority in the Senate because the Democrats want to embarrass Trump more than removing him from the WH.

The impeachment will also put an immediate stop on all Trump policies domestic and foreign. The U.S. federal government will cease to operate for all practical purposes and no new laws will be passed because Trump will not sign and law sent to him from the Democrats.

What will Trump do if he is called to testify before the House? Will we see shouting matches between Trump and Waters in the chamber of the Congress?

No matter what take place between Trump and the Democrats, America’s Democracy system will be tested, Americ’s image will be soiled, America’s standing in the world will be damaged and America will be the laughing stock in the world for years to come.

Are you on the “Quiet Skies” black list? July 29, 2018

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If you are, you will be monitored by a federal marshall on an airplane while you travel in the United States.

Source: Flipboard

My question is, other than the obvious ones such as “why me?”, “is the federal marshall sitting next to me on my flight to the JFK?”

America used to be the land of the free. It isn’t now. It is the land of the siege by NSA.

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