Thursday, June 22, 2017

More Than 16 Million Adults Think Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows

More Than 16 Million Adults Think Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows

More Than 16 Million American Adults Think Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows

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Food illiteracy statistics are hilarious, but also kind of sad.

Quick — where does chocolate milk come from? If you said, “Brown cows,” well… you’re wrong.
But you’re in good company, at least; more than 16 million American adults — yes; real, grown-up adults — believe that their chocolate milk comes straight out of the cow flavored and sweetened — but only out of the brown cows. That’s what a new survey conducted by the National Dairy Council found: that seven percent of American adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Our next question: What do they think comes out of black and white cows?
More Than 16 Million American Adults Think Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows
Also, while only seven percent of respondents said chocolate milk comes from brown cows, 48 percent just said they don’t know where it comes from. They had no idea. And only five percent of the survey participants said they don’t drink milk, so there’s a whole lot of people drinking it on the reg who apparently just don’t know where it comes from.
More Than 16 Million American Adults Think Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows
But wait — there’s more. A Department of Agriculture study showed that almost 20 percent of adults don’t know that hamburgers are made of beef. Another study, published in the Journal of Agricultural Education, showed that more than half of a group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders at an urban California school didn’t know that pickles are cucumbers or that onions and lettuce are plants. Forty percent of them didn’t know burgers come from cows. And 30 percent didn’t know cheese is made from milk.
As a midwestern girl who comes from generations of Nebraskan farmers, these statistics shake me to my core. How do so many people not know the basics of where their food comes from?
According to the Washington Post, it’s because since the industrialization of food production, we don’t need to know. We just go to the store and get the food we need. Then again, maybe our food habits have something to do with this; the number one “fruit” consumed in the U.S. is orange juice, while the top vegetable is potatoes in chip and French fry form.
Welp, definitely having a salad for lunch today. With vegetables. That come from farms. Where they’re grown in the ground.

Large emissions from electric cars' batteries

Large emissions from electric cars' batteries

2017-05-29 10:00 Johan Kristensson 254
Enormous hopes are linked to electric cars as the solution to the automotive industry's climate problems. However, electric cars' batteries are environmentally friendly in manufacturing. Several tonnes of carbon dioxide have been released, even before batteries leave the factory.
IVL The Swedish Environment Institute has, on behalf of the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Energy Agency, investigated the climate impact of lithium-ion batteries from a life-cycle perspective. There are batteries for electric cars that are included in the study. The two authors Lisbeth Dahllöf and Mia Romare have done a metastudy, that is, reviewed and compiled existing studies.
The report shows that battery manufacturing leads to high emissions. For each kilowatt-hour storage capacity in the battery, emissions of 150 to 200 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent are generated, already in the factory. The researchers have not studied the individual car brand batteries, just how they were produced or what electrical mix they used. But if we understand the importance of battery size, one example: Two standard electric cars on the market, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S, have batteries of approximately 30 kWh and 100 kWh respectively.
As soon as you buy the car, emissions have thus come about approximately 5.3 tonnes and 17.5 tonnes, for batteries of these sizes. The numbers can be difficult to relate to. By way of comparison, a trip for a person returning from Stockholm to New York by air causes emissions of more than 600 kilograms of carbon dioxide, according to the UN organization ICAO's calculation model.
Another conclusion in the study is that about half of the emissions occur in the production of raw material and half in the production of the battery itself in the factory. The mining itself accounts for only a small part of between 10-20 percent.
Read more: "The potential of electric cars' main advantage"
The calculation is based on the assumption that the electricity mix used in the battery plant accounts for more than half of fossil power. In Sweden, power generation predominantly consists of fossil-free nuclear and hydropower, as a result of which lower emissions could have been achieved.
The study also results in emissions rising almost linearly with the battery size, even though data in that area is scarcer. This means that a Tesla-size battery contributes more than three times as much as Nissan Leaf's size. It is a result that surprised Mia Romare.
"It should have been less linear because the electronics used do not increase to the same extent. But the battery cells themselves are as influential as the production looks today, she says.
"One conclusion is that you should not drive unnecessarily large batteries," says Mia Romare
The authors emphasize that a large part of the study has been about finding out what data is available and finding out what quality they hold. In many cases they have been forced to find that it is difficult to compare existing studies with each other.
"We have been frustrated, but it is also part of the result," says Lisbeth Dahllöf.
The colleague Mats-Ola Larsson at IVL has calculated how long you need to drive a gasoline or diesel car before it has released as much carbon dioxide as battery manufacturing has caused. The result was 2.7 years for a battery of the same size as Nissan Leaf and 8.2 years for a battery of Tesla size, based on a series of assumptions (see the fact box below).
"It's great for companies and government to embark on ambitious environmental policies and to buy climate-smart cars. But these results show that one should not think of choosing an electric car with a larger battery than necessary, he says, and points out that politicians should also address this in the design of instruments.
An obvious part of life cycle analysis is recycling. The report authors note that what characterizes batteries is the lack of the same as there is no financial incentive to send the batteries for recycling and that the volumes are still small.
Cobalt, nickel and copper are recycled but not the energy required to manufacture the electrodes, says Mia Romare, pointing out that recycling is a resource-saving point rather than a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
Peter Kasche from the report publisher The Energy Agency highlights the close relationship between the battery size and emissions as important.
- In some way, one must really make sure that you optimize the batteries. You should not drive around with a lot of kilowatt hours unnecessarily. In some cases, a plug in-hybrid may be the optimum, in other cases a clean battery device.

Then counted IVL

Mats-Ola Larsson has made a number of assumptions when calculating that the emissions from a Nissan Leaf size battery and a Tesla size battery take 2.7 and 8.2 years to "run together" with a regular petrol or diesel car:
The average emission of new Swedish cars in 2016 was 126 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. That value has been corrected to 130 because some of the cars classified as electric cars are charge hybrids, which sometimes run on fossil fuels.
At the same time, gasoline and diesel are assumed to have 18 percent renewable fuels, which affect emissions.
The average mileage per year is 1 224 miles according to Traffic Analysis.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Noncitizen illegal vote number higher than estimated - Washington Times

Noncitizen illegal vote number higher than estimated

Study supports Trump: 5.7 million noncitizens may have cast illegal votes

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- The Washington Times - Monday, June 19, 2017
A research group in New Jersey has taken a fresh look at postelection polling data and concluded that the number of noncitizens voting illegally in U.S. elections is likely far greater than previous estimates.
As many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House.
The research organization Just Facts, a widely cited, independent think tank led by self-described conservatives and libertarians, revealed its number-crunching in a report on national immigration.
Just Facts President James D. Agresti and his team looked at data from an extensive Harvard/YouGov study that every two years questions a sample size of tens of thousands of voters. Some acknowledge they are noncitizens and are thus ineligible to vote.
Just Facts’ conclusions confront both sides in the illegal voting debate: those who say it happens a lot and those who say the problem nonexistent.

In one camp, there are groundbreaking studies by professors at Old Dominion University in Virginia who attempted to compile scientifically derived illegal voting numbers using the Harvard data, called the Cooperative Congressional Election Study.
On the other side are the professors who conducted the study and contended that “zero” noncitizens of about 18 million adults in the U.S. voted. The liberal mainstream media adopted this position and proclaimed the Old Dominion work was “debunked.”
The ODU professors, who stand by their work in the face of attacks from the left, concluded that in 2008 as few as 38,000 and as many as 2.8 million noncitizens voted.
Mr. Agresti’s analysis of the same polling data settled on much higher numbers. He estimated that as many as 7.9 million noncitizens were illegally registered that year and 594,000 to 5.7 million voted.
These numbers are more in line with the unverified estimates given by President Trump, who said the number of ballots cast by noncitizens was the reason he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
Last month, the president signed an executive order setting up a commission to try to find on-the-ground truth in illegal voting. Headed by Vice President Mike Pence, the panel also will look at outdated voter lists across the nation with names of dead people and multiple registrants.
For 2012, Just Facts said, 3.2 million to 5.6 million noncitizens were registered to vote and 1.2 million to 3.6 million of them voted.
Mr. Agresti lays out his reasoning in a series of complicated calculations, which he compares to U.S. Census Bureau figures for noncitizen residents. Polls show noncitizens vote overwhelmingly Democratic.
“The details are technical, but the figure I calculated is based on a more conservative margin of sampling error and a methodology that I consider to be more accurate,” Mr. Agresti told The Washington Times.
He believes the Harvard/YouGov researchers based their “zero” claim on two flawed assumptions. First, they assumed that people who said they voted and identified a candidate did not vote unless their names showed up in a database.
“This is illogical, because such databases are unlikely to verify voters who use fraudulent identities, and millions of noncitizens use them,” Mr. Agresti said.
He cites government audits that show large numbers of noncitizens use false IDs and Social Security numbers in order to function in the U.S., which could include voting.
Second, Harvard assumed that respondent citizens sometimes misidentified themselves as noncitizens but also concluded that noncitizens never misidentified themselves as citizens, Mr. Agresti said.
“This is irrational, because illegal immigrants often claim they are citizens in order to conceal the fact that they are in the U.S. illegally,” he said.
Some of the polled noncitizens denied they were registered to vote when publicly available databases show that they were, he said.
This conclusion, he said, is backed by the Harvard/YouGov study’s findings of consumer and vote data matches for 90 percent of participants but only 41 percent of noncitizen respondents.
As to why his numbers are higher than the besieged ODU professors’ study, Mr. Agresti said: “I calculated the margin of sampling error in a more cautious way to ensure greater confidence in the results, and I used a slightly different methodology that I think is more accurate.”
There is hard evidence outside of polling that noncitizens do vote. Conservative activists have conducted limited investigations in Maryland and Virginia that found thousands of aliens were registered.
These inquiries, such as comparing noncitizen jury pool rejections to voter rolls, captured just a snapshot. But conservatives say they show there is a much broader problem that a comprehensive probe by the Pence commission could uncover.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which fights voter fraud, released one of its most comprehensive reports last month.
Its investigation found that Virginia removed more than 5,500 noncitizens from voter lists, including 1,852 people who had cast more than 7,000 ballots. The people volunteered their status, most likely when acquiring driver’s licenses. The Public Interest Legal Foundation said there are likely many more illegal voters on Virginia’s rolls who have never admitted to being noncitizens.

Monday, June 19, 2017


     "A trail of Death"
The following is a list of a number of persons who have died in suspicious circumstances who
had connection to the Clintons or the Clinton's dealings.  The length and breadth of this list is 
disconcerting.  It is beyond credibility that very many of these cases are coincidences. Forward
any errors or inconsistancies as the list has been compiled from multiple sources:

Name   Date Cause  Explanation
----  ---- -----  -----------
Ron Brown's 04/96 Murdered Drive by shooting, day after Ron Brown's plane crashed.

Ron Brown 04/96 Plane Crash Commerce Sec. near indictment who alledgedly threatend
Secretary of    Clinton with "not going down alone".  U.S. said no black
Commerce    box was on this government plane, though Croatian and 
     French TV showed teams pulling one out.  Air Force, 
     for the first time ever, canceled the safety investigation
     of a U.S. government crash on friendly soil.

34 Passengers 04/96 Plane Crash On plane with Brown. A stewardess was rescued
     several hours after the crash alive.  She died in route to
     hospital from blood loss due to a cut femoral artery 
     sustained in the crash! 

Adm. Borda 1996 Suicide  Alledgedly shot himself in chest with handgun, disraught with
Chief of Naval    questions  regarding his medals that he had anwered a year
Operations    earlier.  He was a combat veteran from Vietnam who  received
     combat ribbons for some activities while there.  Others, were
     reclassified later to combat, afterwhich he began wearing these
     as well.  When questions regarding the latter ribbons arose, he
     simply said he would not wear the ones in question if there was
     going to be a big deal made of it.  This combat veteran, and our
     highest ranking naval officer, responsible for a couple of hundred
     thousand service men, and always a capable officer and soldier;
     now a year after settling the issue, he shoots himself over it?
     Others believe that he was eliminated because he refused to
     transport Chinese, Eurasian and other forces on U.S. Navy
     transports to U.S. and Canadian shores for semi-permanent 
     "ongoing" training.

Bill Shelton 06/94 Suicide  Alledgedly shot himself at gravesite of fiancee, Kathy 
     Ferguson,who died the month before, also from suicide.  
     Shelton was an Ark. state trooper who had vocally been 
     proclaiming that his fiancee had not committed suicide. 
     Alledgedly shot himself behind the left ear.

Kathy Ferguson 05/94 Suicide  Ex of Ark. trooper Danny Ferguson, engaged to trooper 
     Bill Shelton.  Danny Ferguson alledgedly escorted Paula 
     Jones to Clinton's hotel room and Kathy was vocal about 
     her knowledge in the case and was to be a corroborating 
     witness for Paula Jones in her sexual harrassment case 
     against Clinton. Alledgedly shot herself behind left ear.

Attorney for 05/94 Suicide  Alledgedly jumped out of a building to kill himself.  He
Dan Lassater    represented Dan Lassiter, a close friend of  Bill Clinton, 
     who was indicted on drug charges and sent to prison.
Ronald Rogers 03/94 Plane Crash Ark. dentist for Clintons, killed on way to interview with
     a "London Sunday Telegraph" reporter to reveal info.

Hershell Friday 03/94 Plane Crash Clinton attorney and fund raiser. Plane blew up.

Ed Wiley 11/93 Suicide  Alledgedly shot himself in head in Virginia. Real Estate 
     attorney and manager of Clinton presidential campaign 
     finance committee.

Luther Parks 09/93 Murdered Head of Clinton's security team in Little Rock, gunned
     down in his car outside of Little Rock.  Home broken 
     into before his death, dossier on Clinton taken.

Stanley Heard 09/93 Plane Crash Chair of Chiropatric Health Care Advisory Comm. for 
     Clinton who had treated Clinton's mother, stepfather & 
     brother.  Killed when airplane crashed after reporting 
     fire on board.

Steve Dickson 09/93 Plane Crash Counsel to Mr. Heard, killed in same crash. 

John Walker ????? Accident RTC investigator who fell from balcony of apartment 
     that was also a getaway for Vince Foster.

Vincent Foster 07/93 Suicide  Alledgedly shot in Ft. Marcy Park.  Bullet not found,
White House    gun used stayed in hand. Initial witness said there was
Counsel     no gun.  Close friend of Clintons.  Alleged possible 
     affair with Hillary, involved in Inslaw CIA computer
     cover-up, tracked Clinton finances.  Many irregularities
     in death and its investigation.

Paul Wilcher 06/93 Murdered Wahington attorney, investigating federal corruption, 
     including Mena and BATF assault on Branch Davidians.
     Shortly before death, gave Janet Reno with a 99 page 
     affadavit.  Planned TV documentary.  Found dead on 
     toilet before mtg with Danny Casolaro's attorney.

John Wilson 05/93 Suicide  Alledgedly hung himself.  Reportedly part of 
     Whitewater and was ready to talk.

Sgt. B. Haney 05/93 Helo Crash All four died in crash in the woods near Quantico, VA.
Sgt. Tim Sabel    All had escorted Clinton on flight to the Roosevelt.
Maj. William Barkley   Vidoetape made by firemen at crash site siezed by feds.
Capt. Scott Reynolds

5 Aviators 03/93 Plane Crash All five died in a crash when "waved off" from landing
     on the carrier Roosevelt.  All five had escorted Clinton
     during his visit to the Roosevelt several weeks earlier.

Gen. Robertson  02/93 Helo Crash Deputy Commander, Chief of Ops, Chief of Intel. & 
Col. Densberger    crew Chief for V Corps which was prominent in Bosnia-
Col. Kelly    Serb operations, along with the carrier Roosevelt.  They
Spec. Rhodes    were associated with Clinton's visit to the Roosevelt.
     Helo crashed near Weisbaden Germany.

Steve Willis 02/93 Waco Assault Killed in assault on Davidian compound. All transferred
Robert William    from the Secret Service, where they were Clinton guards, 
Conway LeBleu      to BATF prior to the assault.  Killed by friendly fire.
Todd McKeehan
Jim Wilhite 12/92 Skiing Accident Vice Chair. of Arkla, Inc. with ties to Clinton & Mack
     Mclarty, whom he called just hours before his death.

Paula Grober 12/92 Car Accident Speech interpreter for deaf for Bill Clinton.  Killed in 
     car accident with no witnesses.  Traveled extensively
     with Clinton from 1978 `til death.

Paul Tully 09/92 Murdered Democratic Nat'l Committee Dir. found dead in hotel.
     "Dear friend" of Clinton and a trusted advisor. Authored 
     key strategies for Clinton and the Democratic party.

Victor Raiser 07/92 Plane Crash Chair. of Mobile Telecomm whose subsidiary is SkyTel.
     A finance co-chair in Clinton organization who soured.
     His plane went down in Alaska on a fishing expedition.

Monty Raiser 07/92 Plane Crash Victor Raiser's son, killed in the same plane crash.

5 Passengers 07/92 Plane Crash Killed while flying with Raiser's on fishing expedition.

James Bunch ????? Suicide  Suicide similar to Vince Foster.  Texan w/"black book"
     of influential Texans & Arkansans who visited prostitutes.  
     A rumor persists of potential notes on Bill Clinton.

Stanley Huggins ????? Murdered Partner in Memphis law firm investigatin Madison 
     Guarantee.  His 300 page report has never been released.

Florence Martin ????? Murdered Accountant subcontracted to CIA in the Barry Seal case.  
     Dead of three gunshot wounds to the head.
Sue Coleman ????? Suicide  Had affair with Clinton while attorney general. "Suicide" 
     with gunshot wound to the back of her head.  No autopsy, 
     was pregnant.
Danny Casolaro 08/91 Suicide  Reporter investigating Whitewater, Mena, BCCI, & ADFA. 
     About to receive info linking Iran-Contra to the Inslaw
     scandal when found in bathtub with wrists slit.

Kevin Coney 1988-89 Murdered Six Ark. people who came forward with info about the
Gregory Collins    death of 2 teens near the Mena operations.  All killed 
Kieth McKaskle    before testifying.  Stabbed, shotgunned or burned.
Jeff Rhodes    Local detective, John Brown, reportedly solved the 
Richard Winters    case and gave findings to FBI which sat on them. 
Jordan Ketelson    According to Brown, "We now who killed these kids. 
     The  reason this case has been stopped ... is because it 
     tracks to Bill Clinton being involved in the cover-up".

Kevin Ives 08/87 Murdered Two Bryant, Ark teens who saw too much of the Mena
Don Henry    air drops.  Found on train tracks.  Initial report said
      they fell asleep and was made by a state coroner
     appointed by Bill Clinton.  Parents protested and after
     months, had the boys exumed and re-examined.  Cause
     of death then changed to murder, the boys having been 
     stabbed and skulls crushed before the train arrived.
Officials in the Administration who have died in the first four years :

 Secretary of Commerce
 Deputy White House Counsel
 Chief of Naval Operations

Of these 89 deaths the causes break out as follows :

 Deaths Cause  Incidents
 59 Plane Crashes    12
 13 Murders     13
 10 Suicides    10
 04  Waco Assault    01
 03 Accidents    03

If you work with Clinton and deal with any of his scandals, or if you attempt to investigate them 
or accidently come across them, you will likely die in a plane crash, a murder or suicide.

   80+ Near Waco in the Assault on the Branch Davidian Compound.
  170+ In Oklahoma City where tech. and eye witness do not match government story of bomb.
 1100+ In Chicago and surrounding area from a supposed 2 day "heat" wave.
  120+ In Value Jet crash where Chuck Hays, a CIA operative w/info on Foster was supposed to fly.
  270+ In TWA crash. Eye witness accounts (incl. Air Nat'l Guard Pilot) do'nt match fed's story.

With the 90 above, this totals over 1830 individuals !!!

(The Value jet and TWA disasters are ominous when you consider the other plane crashes that 
have killed Clinton associates, potential threats or enemies.  Who was on that TWA aircraft?)

... and these are only the ones we know about !!!

Trump's Financial Disclosure Report Shows He Left 500 Positions To Become President

Trump's Financial Disclosure Report Shows He Left 500 Positions To Become President

Trump’s Financial Disclosure Report Shows He Left 500 Positions To Become President

$1.4 billion
President Donald Trump‘s fiscal disclosure form shows that before taking office in January, the billionaire dropped about 500 business positions, illustrating the vast network of business holdings operated by the Trump Organization.
Trump listed about $315 million in liabilities, including mortgages and loans from Deutsche Bank in a range between $80 million and $175 million.
The report was posted by the Office of Government Ethics.
“President Trump welcomed the opportunity to voluntarily file his personal financial disclosure form; while this filing is voluntary (as no report was due until May 2018), it has been certified by the Office of Government Ethics pursuant to its normal procedures,” said a statement from White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
The report confirmed Trump’s comments that he had sold his stocks last summer.
The report showed that in the period from January 2016 through April 15 of this year, business was booming at some of Trump’s properties.
Trump National Doral in Miami raked in $115,865,590, while his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida brought in $37,251,635. The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. scored $19,752,500 in “golf-related revenue.”
Trump’s Washington-area properties also brought in some major revenue — $19,666,129 from the Washington, D.C. Trump International Hotel and $17,508,270 from the Trump National Golf Club in nearby Virginia.
Trump also made a major profit from his books.
Trump’s classic, The Art of the Deal, brought in about $1 million, 10 times what Trump reported in a May 2016 filing. Trump’s book Crippled America raised $5 million in revenue.
The report also showed Trump collects a pension. The Screen Actors Guild paid Trump $84,000, which was linked to his former role as host of The Apprentice.
Overall, Trump reported holding assets valued at $1.4 billion and income of at least $596.3 million in the time covered by the report.

Trump disclosure form: Hundreds of millions in income - Jun. 16, 2017

Trump disclosure form: Hundreds of millions in income - Jun. 16, 2017

Trump reports hundreds of millions in income

Democrats in Congress are suing President Trump
Democrats in Congress are suing President Trump

President Trump reported hundreds of millions of dollars in income Friday in financial disclosure forms that shed more light on his vast business holdings.

At his golf courses alone, Trump reported $288 million in income in the past year. That includes $19.8 million from his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he has spent some weekends as president.
The numbers were reported in a 98-page disclosure form signed by Trump this week and made public by the Office of Government Ethics. The report covers January 2016 through April 15, 2017.
Trump reported $37.2 million in income in the past year from Mar-a-Lago, the private Florida resort where Trump hosted the president of China and ordered missile strikes against Syria. The club has doubled its membership fee in the past year.
The Mar-a-Lago income figure was $7.4 million higher than on his previous financial disclosure filing, in May 2016.
Trump reported $19.7 million in income through mid-April at his luxury Washington hotel, which has been a center of concerns about conflict of interest because of the possibility that foreign governments can curry favor with the president by booking rooms there. The hotel opened in September.
The president reported up to $7 million in book royalties, including $1 million to $5 million from his book "Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America." He reported nearly $11 million from the Miss Universe pageant and an $84,000 pension from the Screen Actors Guild.
All told, Trump brought in approximately $600 million to $650 million in employment assets and income -- or maybe more. The documents make it impossible to calculate precise totals. Officeholders are allowed to disclose figures in ranges, some of which are open ended. For example, his golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland is listed as having a value of "over $50 million."
Related: Read the full disclosure report
Trump has said that he sold all his stock holdings in June 2016 to avoid conflicts of interest. He later said he did so because it was improper to own stocks "when I'm making deals for this country that maybe will affect one company positively and one company negatively."
The form released Friday appeared to confirm that he had sold those stock holdings. It did include income from capital gains and dividends, presumably before the stock sales.
The document makes reference to a sizable loan, between $5 million and $25 million, from UBS Real Estate Investments. The loan had an interest rate of 6.18%. Trump refinanced it with Ladder Capital at a much lower rate of 4.05%.
Overall, Trump reported liabilities of at least $311 million -- mortgages and loans. But the number could be much higher because he was required only to report a range in value for each loan.
Of the 16 loans he reported, five were worth more than $50 million each; one is worth between $25 million and $50 million; and seven were worth between $5 million and $25 million apiece. Another three loans combined were worth less than $1 million.
The form reflects the president's investments, other assets, income, retirement accounts and other holdings.
It is different from a federal tax return, which Trump has refused to make public and which would reveal much more about his business and financial dealings, including foreign business ties, both direct and indirect.
Federal law did not require Trump to file a new financial disclosure until next year, said Ken Gross, a Washington lawyer who has advised business executives and political appointees on finances and ethics.
"It's particularly important that he made the voluntary filing in view of the fact we don't have tax returns," Gross said.
The White House said in a statement that Trump "welcomed the opportunity" to file the form "voluntarily."
Norman Eisen, a Brookings Institution visiting fellow and former ethics lawyer for President Barack Obama, said the document is missing a great deal of valuable information.
"We still don't know the extent or sources of foreign emoluments, the identity of all his investors, partners and financial actors involved in his businesses, the purchasers, including possibly foreign ones of his condos and other properties," Eisen said.
Eisen is chairman of an organization involved in two lawsuits against Trump over foreign payments to his businesses, which the plaintiffs say violate a constitutional clause prohibiting the president from accepting foreign gifts, or emoluments.
Trump last released information about his finances in May 2016, as a candidate. It showed Trump was worth at least $1 billion.
Trump refused to sell his business holdings as president, as experts in government ethics urged him to do. Instead, he transferred them into a trust in his name. Any business profits will ultimately accrue to him when he leaves office.

Study Reveals Solar Panels Contribute to Global Warming

Study Reveals Solar Panels Contribute to Global Warming

Study Reveals Solar Panels Contribute to Global Warming

The extreme environmentalists on the left — you know, the ones who block the construction of pipelines and demand that we completely abandon all fossil fuels and focus solely on renewable energy — purportedly want to save the earth by significantly reducing greenhouse gases and carbon emissions in the United States, usually through increased use of taxpayer-subsidized solar panel and windmill farms.
Imagine their surprise, then, at the results of 2016 study from Utrecht University, published in the science journal Nature, that showed that long-term, solar panels have a bigger net impact on increasing “global warming” than emissions-releasing, fossil fuel-utilizing energy production sources.
According to The Daily Caller, the study looked at 40 years’ worth of data and concluded that while more modern versions of solar panels may ultimately result in a net reduction of carbon emissions over the span of decades, most solar panels actually don’t last long enough to attain such a result.
In fact, when considering the amount of carbon emissions released in the production of the solar panels, such as from the mining of the materials used or from the factories that assemble them, solar panels are actually causing damage to the environment instead of reducing it.
An even more stunning revelation that should throw environmentalists for a loop is that even though carbon emissions have been steadily on the decline in the U.S. since 2007, it isn’t because of renewable energy sources like solar panels or windmill farms.
Instead, a 2015 study by the Manhattan Institute revealed that the increased use of the horizontal fracturing technique to obtain natural gas, better known as fracking, is actually responsible for the reduction in carbon emissions.
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That study found that solar energy was accountable for a roughly 1 percent reduction overall in carbon emissions, while the increased use of fracking accounted for a nearly 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions as more and more factories and power plants switched from coal to the much cleaner natural gas.
You likely won’t hear the media or many environmentalists admitting this, though, just as they ignore the fact that solar panel and windmill farms routinely kill birds by the hundreds or thousands in some areas or ruin the natural habitat for countless other animals both small and large, endangered or not.
Keep this information in mind for the next time some wacky enviro-statist demands that we give up all our oil and gas to focus exclusively on renewable energy sources, which simply aren’t yet ready for prime time as they are still too expensive and don’t yet do what they are purported to do.
Perhaps in time, with some private investment and technological advancements, renewable energy sources will become capable of handling the load required to keep this country running smoothly and efficiently without contributing further damage to the environment. That day is simply not yet here.