By the time the mix lands in treatment plants, it can teem with pharmaceuticals, hormones, pathogens, bacteria, viruses, protozoa and parasitic worms, as well as heavy metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic or mercury. It often includes PCBs, PFAS, dioxins, BPAs and dozens of other harmful substances ranging from flame retardants to hospital waste. And then it goes right on to the fields that grow your food.

Many of those supporting the anti-Trump movement were once supporters of the president, but now they say their rights are being infringed upon by the illegal use of federal agents against American citizens. “It’s like the worst movie plot coming true,” one self-described patriot and former Trump supporter said. “Trump was a good guy at first, but now he is acting like a dictator and imprisoning those that oppose him… People don’t like saying it, but it really is like the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany.”

President Trump continues to generally oppose masks amid a raging pandemic that claimed the lives of at least 134,815 Americans.

Trump is also potentially putting millions of American children at risk by insisting that schools reopen. His delusional view of the virus — mainly that it’s “harmless” — serves his political agenda of getting the economy moving and the country back to “normal” ahead of the fall election.

Orange County has emerged as a hotbed of opposition to mandatory mask rules in public places, and its health director recently resigned after facing intense public criticism and a death threat. Health experts widely say masks are critical in slowing the spread of the virus, however many residents of this county are proudly anti-science and now apparently willing to put their children at great risk.

The move by the EPA defies a court order that required the agency to establish a safe drinking-water standard for the chemical by the end of June. Instead of regulating the toxic chemical, the EPA overturned the underlying scientific finding that declared perchlorate a serious health risk for five million to 16 million people in the United States.

As a registered nurse and the founder and CEO of The Nurses Pub – a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to nurses nationwide, Clayton oversees a vast array of projects that support nurses and student nurses, including scholarships, meals for nurses on the front lines, distribution of personal protective gear, online career building seminars, child care recommendations, and even yoga classes specially designed for healthcare professionals. 

But her biggest challenge at the moment is reaching her goal of recruiting 100,000 people to become nursing students and enter the profession. 

Major world disasters produce multiple ripple effects. Like a powerful tsunami, they trigger one shock wave after another, each producing injury and mayhem. In the case of Covid-19, the first wave was the global health crisis, still spreading around the world. Next came the stay-at-home requirements and the resulting shutdown of the world economy, resulting in massive job layoffs everywhere. These, in turn, are producing a third wave, possibly even more catastrophic in its outcome: the collapse of global food-supply systems and widespread human starvation.

The buying and selling of stock by corporate insiders who have access to non-public information that could affect the stock price can be a criminal offense. Congressional lawmakers are not considered exempt from insider trading laws, as they have daily access to non-public information and plenty of opportunities to trade on it.

What is apparent is that the Republican controlled Senate’s handling of the impeachment trial is a hoax. McConnell has gone on record as saying that he is not impartial, will not allow witnesses, and has worked in coordination with Trump’s attorneys.

This travesty of justice would not occur anywhere else in America. The fact that it is happening in the halls of the Senate is very sobering. 

We are witnessing the demise of democracy.

There are only three ways to explain Andrew’s friendship with Epstein: The first is that he knowingly associated with a convicted sex offender, because he did not regard that as a disqualification. The second is that he was too stupid, or too incurious, to comprehend the evil going on around him. The third is that he was a willing participant in the rape and sexual abuse of underage girls.

It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is a polarizing figure. Unlike almost every other US President that tried to unify the nation, Trump sees his future is tied to further dividing the nation, and giving his supporters more reasons to love him and hate the opposition. 

Going through an impeachment hearing, which is bound to fail in the Republican controlled Senate anyway, will give Trump one more big bullhorn to shout his message of hate and division, and may, in fact, help assure his re-election. 

Hope is never a willful ignorance to the hardships and cruelties that so many suffer or the enormous challenges that we face in mounting progress in this imperfect world…. It’s a belief in goodness and human ingenuity and, maybe most of all, our ability to connect with each other and see each other in ourselves, and that if we summon our best selves, then maybe we can inspire others to do the same.