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Is it getting hot in here?

NASA with all things climate change

Ever since I was very young the environment has been something I have been passionate about protecting. I remember the first time in elementary school that we were all given a Bill Nye the Science Guy tour of how the climate was changing and that there was things we could do to collectively stop it. Well I am sad to say we have collectively let Bill Nye down. Okay we were not the only ones responsible for what is taking place with the earth’s climate but we are definitely contributing to the overall condition of the earth’s ozone.

It is a scary time to be pro-environment in this country as the rhetoric has definitely fallen on the side of apathy and denial throughout the current majority legislature on this topic. Here is the thing, I am all for having an opposing opinion then myself. The argument in this case that is being opposed however is against facts. Climate change is something that can be proven it is happening all around us. When the president of the United States denies climate change it makes me question his logic (I questioned it long before that but  that is a discussion for another time.)

Trump has proven by his recent EPA appointment that environment is about the last thing he is thinking about currently on his presidential totem pole of responsibility as he appointed Scott Pruitt a man who has his hands in the fossil fuel business to spearhead the job. Let me write that again just so everybody doesn’t miss it, a man who’s primary stake of business involves fossil fuel is taking a job to at a government agency that hinges on limiting fossil fuel emission.

Seriously read this Washington Post article on Scott Pruitt and if you have any care for our environment you will have a very similar reaction to Ron Swanson down below..

Scott Pruitt-Washington Post Article

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I guess my end all in this is we have to be combative about this. There had been significant strides made in legislature especially through Obama’s tenure that many of us felt was a good foundation to build on. Trump is attempting to come in and bulldoze that foundation right out from underneath us. Talk to your legislators if this is something you are passionate about through social media avenues, or email. Sign petitions when they are available, just use your voice and try and help maintain the progress that has been achieved in the field of environmental protection. Visit the link at the top of the page Nasa for some substantial evidence on what is happening with our planet according to NASA. Too really keep yourself up at night I recommend checking out the effects tab once you have clicked on the link.

The government and its discontents

We can’t handle the truth, but how much have we really got?

I would like to share with you an unfolding of events that begins awfully, gets kinda gross in the middle, and ends up sorta good but not great. Confused? Good, let’s begin!

 

 

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The Awfulness

In 2013, Gurbaksh Chahal, CEO and Chairman of RadiumOne, was charged with 45 felonies for beating his girlfriend 117 times during an altercation. According to law enforcement the girlfriend stated that, after finding out she cheated on him, Chahal attacked her, stated several times he was going to kill her, and she feared for her life. Law enforcement also claims to have recovered a surveillance video that showed 30 minutes of the assault.

In a perfect world, this would make for a slam-dunk case that puts a mega-jerk-lady-hitting-pig behind bars. Victim testimony and video of the crime seems like plenty of evidence to ease the mind of the prosecutor.

Sadly, we do not live in a perfect world. No, no we don’t.

 

 

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Ew, Gross!

First, the video was thrown out as evidence.

Then, the girlfriend decided to go ahead and not cooperate with the police anymore nor testify against Chahal. This happened after both parties lawyered-up (I smell a pay-off, anyone else?).

So, most of the charges were dropped and Chahal ended up pleading guilty to two misdemeanors: one count of domestic violent battery and one count of battery. His punishment? Three years probation, 25 hours of community service, a $500 fine and he must attend a 52-week domestic violence training program (doesn’t that sound like he’s going to be taught how to get better at beating women? ValleyWag should reword that sentence).

Chahal avoided jail, and I think he’s damn lucky. And when this came out, it seemed like his previously charmed life would stay relatively charming.

Gurbaksch Chahal says, "Yay, I win!!"
Gurbaksch Chahal says, “Yay, I win!!”

 

 

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The good, I guess.

Well, things started to get worse for Chahal. People were pretty ticked off about this whole thing and social media sites were blowing up with comments about how unjust it was that he didn’t get jail time.

Chahal’s company, RadiumOne, started losing business.

And then he lost his job. There is some speculation as to whether Chahal knew about his pink slip when he published this blog post in which still refers to himself as the CEO. In the post, he also denies he hit his (hopefully now ex?!) girlfriend 117 times. Which seems reasonable – it’s not that he didn’t hit her, he just wants to point out it’s not that bad since it wasn’t that many times. Oh, ok! I’m sure we can all sympathize and forgive you for only mildly abusing her, no big deal.

Chahal also denies in his post that the video proves he committed such a heinous, drawn-out attack on the girlfriend. He claims that the video will only prove that the police abused him when they stormed his place, even though he was being cooperative. Not everyone is convinced. But Chahal isn’t faded, he knows we just “can’t handle the truth.”

It seems like if Chahal is telling the truth and the video’s content has been exaggerated, he should just release the video. Then we can all agree he’s not such a bad guy! For some reason, though, Chahal hasn’t done that yet. I have a feeling this isn’t the only offer being made to see that video.

 

 

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So…is this a happy ending, or…? 

I doubt the public will get the chance to see the video, as I’m sure it’s been destroyed. Yes, I’m just a cynical old crank like that. Without proof, it’s going to be tough to determine if Chahal really lucked out on this one (or just how much freedom money can buy), or if the contents of the video were in fact blown out of proportion.

I do know one thing about Chahal: his post reveals that he believes there are justifications for domestic abuse e.g.,  your girlfriend having sex for money in Las Vegas. However rude of her that might have been, I’m sorry dude, but nope. Wrong. Does not computer. We may never know exactly what happened that night with his girlfriend, but it’s pretty obvious this guy is a clueless a-hole when it comes to violence against women.

A footnote: full disclosure, I’m going to think this guy put the beat down on his girlfriend until he releases that video and shows us otherwise. He brought it up, basically said it proves his innocence, but it hasn’t been released. So yes, I’m coming from a very biased viewpoint.)