Monday, 9 January 2017

The Senate just named a supporter of the Dakota pipeline to head its Indian Affairs committee

quote [ Hoeven — a former North Dakota governor and vocal supporter of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines — was elected to lead the committee on Tuesday.

Sen. Hoeven's new job is ironic because he has repeatedly opposed causes that Native Americans support. The Dakota Access Pipeline is the most recent example. As thousands of protesters from across Indian Country converged on Cannon Ball, North Dakota, over the latter half of 2016 to block the pipeline's completion, Hoeven called the protests "violent" and asked President Barack Obama to deploy federal law enforcement to quell them. ]

tl/dr: US Senate says "Fuck you, Indians."

#Native American
#Are we great again yet?
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[by HoZay@3:19amGMT]


midden said @ 4:45am GMT on 9th Jan [Score:1 Insightful]
No one ever said the Indian Affairs Committee was supposed to be in any way favorable to the Indians, although it may have appeared so from time to time.
papango said @ 4:49am GMT on 9th Jan [Score:1 Insightful]
Sen. Hoeven's new job is ironic because he has repeatedly opposed causes that Native Americans support.

That's not ironic. Those are his qualifications.
sanepride said @ 4:27am GMT on 9th Jan
Of course they did.
hellboy said @ 5:49am GMT on 9th Jan
Everyone stand by for Full Troll Mode.
Mikhail_16 said @ 7:16am GMT on 9th Jan
What is this? What's going on?

The more time passes worse it gets. It was all nice and quiet for a few years but last two months politicians are acting like total lunatics. Its not just Trump cabinet lineup, senate is going completely bonkers all of a sudden, trying to remove its own ethics breaks and seeming running mad with power, promising nearly back-to-the-stone-age reversal of direction on just about everything except military spending.

What the fuck politicians!
mechavolt said[1] @ 7:55am GMT on 9th Jan
Republicans know they can't govern effectively. They know that after 2-4 years, most of America is going to be pissed off at them. So they're rushing to make life easier for themselves as quickly as possible while they still can, and maybe thinking about how they can get away with blaming it on the Democrats while they're at it.
HP Lovekraftwerk said @ 7:59am GMT on 9th Jan
It's easy: They do all this stupid shit which gets some (not all, thanks to gerrymandering) kicked out of office. If the incoming majority is Dem, they reverse the stupid shit, but they also have to try and reverse the fiscal shit. The GOP then portrays this as "typical tax-and-spend liberal" activity, which far too many people believe. I mean, the GOP has ballooned the deficit each time they've run things, but somehow they keep this narrative that they're the party of fiscal responsibility rolling. It's like hearing Keith Richards claim that rock stars are the only group you can trust to effectively evaluate the safety of and regulate pharmaceuticals.
cb361 said @ 3:47pm GMT on 9th Jan
At least rock stars would have an incentive to do the job right.
mechavolt said @ 7:56am GMT on 9th Jan
I can't find the energy to be outraged anymore. I'm just depressed.
cb361 said @ 3:44pm GMT on 9th Jan
I think you're going to need to pace yourself over the next few years.
mechavolt said[1] @ 4:16pm GMT on 9th Jan
It's just kind of overwhelming. This isn't incremental change, this is a large scale reversal of longstanding institutions. As a civil servant, I strongly believe that regulated government can do real good for our society. While I wasn't happy about it, I've lived with locked wages, lack of support from the Democratic administration, and budget cuts. Congress and the president were largely dismissive of government employees, and even used us as a punching bag from time to time, but they felt like isolated incidents for cheap political points. This is something else entirely, this is the wholesale attempt at destroying everything I believe our government can do for our country. Trump has almost universally picked people to lead agencies that actively want to dismantle the agencies they've been given care of. It's more than finding out all your new boss wants to do is run your company into the ground. It's finding out that your boss was chosen for that specific reason. And it's not just a Democrat vs Republican thing. Republican presidents have generally been interested in keeping the government functioning during their term. I may not agree with their choices, but the agency leaders they've chosen in the past sought to use their agencies to fulfill their goals in the context of the existing agency. Trump just wants to burn it all to the ground.
cb361 said @ 5:12pm GMT on 9th Jan
And now I'm depressed...

Just joking! I was depressed already.
cb361 said @ 5:18pm GMT on 9th Jan
One of the topics in my GCSE history qualification (I got a "B") was "The history of the American West". Weirdly it's one of the few things I remember from school. Anyway, government screwing over the injuns is a long and respected tradition in the USA.
mechanical contrivance said @ 6:34pm GMT on 9th Jan
Other than the American Revolution, why would you study American history in England?
cb361 said @ 7:02pm GMT on 9th Jan
It was just the history of the American "Wild" West . The dusty bit in the middle with settlers and natives. We also did the history of medicine and the history of China. They were all case studies, to teach the historian techniques rather than because the information itself was important. The exams would give us a different case study and ask us to apply the techniques to the "evidence" presented. I got through the whole of my education without ever learning British history or even a single Shakespeare play.

But the history of China was very interesting, and actually quite useful, when I met a charming lady from Taiwan, just over twenty-one years ago...

I'm afraid I don't actually know anything about American Independence. Or Australian or Zimbabawean independence.
mechanical contrivance said @ 7:10pm GMT on 9th Jan
Interesting. I never learned any historian techniques. I was only taught a bunch of names and dates.
cb361 said @ 8:55pm GMT on 9th Jan
I think I must have fallen through a liberal relativist educational window. Like I said, I don't remember studying a single "classic" text or historical battle at school. I wonder if it was all very touchy-feely compared to before, and after. I've peeked at the text books my girlfriend's granddaughters, and what they're studyed seems so so much more high-level than what I remember being taught.

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