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'Holy Crap This Is Insane': Citing Coronavirus Pandemic, EPA Indefinitely Suspends Environmental Rules

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/27/holy-crap-insane-citing-coronavirus-pandemic-epa-indefinitely-suspends-environmental


So Trump wants to send the military to the Canadian border (to prevent the throngs of Canadians rushing to get into our neo-feudal health care system?) while he allows Bubba at the local refinery to casually forget to turn on the scrubber on the exhaust stack in the middle of L.A. Well he is transparent as he promised; transparent as Scotch tape–and double sided, too–hard to get rid of. Flush this turd on November third.


Using the pandemic to increase the rape and plunder of America. Two evil predators, Coronavirus and the conservative agenda.


Smash and grab people. Smash and grab.
Who would have ever thought that capitalism would end like this?


such a typical trump move, the idiot is evil to the core, and, criminally insane. put it down like the rabid thing that it is!


Will COVID19 be the excuse used to introduce fascism into America? Trump may actually be setting us up for what is most feared by the left and believed impossible by most loyal Americans - the beginnings of a fascist reorganization of the government. It is now that people should really ask whether Trump will declare Martial Law and then postpone the elections that he believes by now that he would lose if they are held.

Could real fascism come to America?

FASCISM. Trump may figure people will initially be happy that they got $1200 bucks and he will be able to gut the America we know and institute an America that he’s decided that we should have with him in charge of course and ‘by coincidence’ postpone elections indefinitely too.

Our Dear Perfectly Perfect Leader - ‘… protests are not allowed …no protests…disloyal…protests are disloyal… protesting… not loyal…’ - any public disloyalty to our Perfectly Perfect leader will be considered treason and an attack on America.

Temporarily use of the word freedom is also being prohibited to prevent its being abused in unjustified criticisms of the Perfectly Perfect leader.


“EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, but recognizes challenges resulting from efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may directly impact the ability of regulated facilities to meet all federal regulatory requirements,”

And Wheeler offers NO explanations as to why/how COVID-19 somehow affects this industry which needs to rapidly be transformed into non fossil fuel, renewable energy. We already know the links between environmental/habitat destruction has everything to do with the rise of recent zoonotic diseases and this cretin is about to pour gasoline on this fire.

To grasp just what a challenge we have in fighting the global capitalist Empire of the US America (has military bases in at least 132 out of the 190 UN nation members) read or see the documentary, The Untold History of the United States, Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. You will also appreciate the efforts of Bernie Sanders all these many years.


Is it fascism yet?


What is it called when corporations run the government?

Corporatocracy (/ˌkɔːrpərəˈtɒkrəsi/, from corporate and Greek: -κρατία, romanized: -kratía, lit. ‘domination by’; short form corpocracy) is a recent term used to refer to an economic and political system controlled by corporations or corporate interests.


A fascist is a follower of a political philosophy characterized by authoritarian views and a strong central government — and no tolerance for opposing opinions. … The term was used by Italian political leader Benito Mussolini under his totalitarian, anti-communist government.

often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized [autocratic ~https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autocratic government headed by a dictatorial ~https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition


Here’s one everyone should be aware of.

Trump’s death cult finally says it: Time to kill the “useless eaters” for capitalism
Republicans say the quiet part out loud: Americans must die of the coronavirus in order to save capitalism


These calls by Trump and his allies for millions of Americans to sacrifice themselves for such abstractions as “the country,” “the economy” and “the market” should not be a surprise. Such madness and cruelty are the logical and inevitable result of decades of right-wing strategy and policies.

These plans were never hidden. Indeed, they were clumsily obvious. Since the 1970s, predatory gangster capitalism has been accepted as either “normal” or “inevitable” in the United States (as well as the United Kingdom and elsewhere). To that end, the “free market” was presented by the news media, many Democrats and virtually all Republicans, and most of the educational system as somehow synonymous or interchangeable with “freedom” and “democracy.”

This form of predatory gangster capitalism, now often called “neoliberalism,” rests upon several basic tenets:

Lets not forget that the ‘Neo-Liberals’ include:
Bill Clinton
Hillary CLinton
Joe Biden
Nancy Pelosi
Steny Hoyer
Tom Perez
and more… both past and present


This Culture of Death finds more ways than one to kill others, does it not? It does so through war, inequality, bigotry too. So now SARS 2 becomes another excuse to murder. They are anti-Life, imperial capitalists.

The neoliberals are those who dumped humanistic values to embrace the “free market” and are, therefore, complicit in all these crimes and leaves them open to justified criticism that they are not much different than the GOP crass capitalist wing of the business party.


He’s giving Biden an election to lose. I am afraid if Joe can’t avoid the word salads that he may be up to that task. This is depressing.


Since the current administration now refuses to prevent industry from poisoning us through our air and water, it’s time the citizens in all corners of the country form groups of “regulators” to make citizen’s arrests when it’s clear that companies are intentionally poisoning the environment.


Interesting that as they set up to kill off the useless eaters they are also stopping Abortions.
Weird ‘logic’


Joe would never manage to maintian in a debate with Caligula.

CNN is giving Slo Joe a freebee tonight…so he an ‘appear’ presidential
We are not going to get out of this by voting
We are so screwed


I hope you are right, BigB. Is capitalism really ending? Or will it just be ‘modified’ to total Fascism?

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This willfull environmental destruction is simply another of the many examples of the deviant behavior addressed in Naomi Klein’s SHOCK DOCTRINE.

The 1% NEVER let a crisis go to waste. They milk them for all they are worth at the expense of the 99%…further advancing their goal of achieving a neofeudal paradise for the 1% and a neofeudal hell for the 99%.


Trump and his entire band of appointees are criminals. And Trump himself is a mass murderer. As you all already know Trump is a psychopath, a sociopath, a pathological liar and all around monstrous son of a bitch. Someone has to step up and stop him before millions of Americans die. He needs to be locked up. Now!


First, let me say that I have full faith in the powers that be to take maximum advantage of the cv19 chaos. It is therefore essential that we, the people, acknowledge such attempts and fight against them.

Having said this, I read through the EPA document numerous times. It is premised on the fact that not only will businesses be adversely impacted by the cv19 pandemic; government agencies will also be adversely impacted. This premise is well-founded. Many government agencies will need to make significant adjustments to ‘business-as-usual’ protocols. As is pointed out in the EPA document, there will simply not be sufficient manpower to carry out its mandate during this period. The same applies to every agency at every level of government.

The major concern here seems to be the use of a Trojan horse to eliminate yet another federal agency. As I said above, this is almost surely one motive for the temporary relaxation of EPA rules. The title of this article states “EPA Indefinitely Suspends Rules.” This is true. However, many operations- from businesses to professional sports- have been indefinitely suspended. I would be more concerned if they did, than if they didn’t.

Finally, the EPA document states:

“For noncompliance that occurs during the period of time that this temporary policy is in effect, and that results from the COVID-19 pandemic, this policy will apply to such noncompliance in lieu of an otherwise applicable EPA enforcement response policy.”

The key word in this statement is the word AND: Noncompliance that occurs during the period of time the policy is in force AND that results from cv19.

The document also states that the EPA will periodically re-evaluate the policy as the cv19 situation evolves.

So my question to commenters here is: What additional statement(s) would you want to be included in the document that would guarantee that the rules will not be indefinitely suspended. Even a statement such as: “These temporary rules will be in effect only until such time as the manpower and operations of the EPA have ceased to be compromised by cv19.”

Would that make it any better? Personally, I think not. There is a ton of work-arounds to that language to keep the destruction of the EPA on track.

If Trump is allowed to get away with it, no doubt the Amerikan, Fuehrer will use COVID 19 for exactly that!