President-elect Donald Trump is set to take the official oath of office and be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20th, 2017. That’s a mere five weeks away. He’s not even in office yet and his presidential decisions are already starting to spell disaster for America.

Of course, no one can predict the future, as we found out during the 2016 elections. But, if you’ve been paying attention to his cabinet appointments, you know that they’re anything but rational, smart decisions for the American people.

The man who convinced a good portion of Americans that he would somehow be “anti-establishment” is now showing just how anti-establishment he truly is--by filling his cabinet with people who have a combined wealth of $14.5 billion.

Let’s take a quick look at some of Trump’s decisions leading up to his special day.

Trump’s chief counselor has said that he doesn’t think it would be a terrible thing if fewer African-Americans voted. Court documents also show that he told his wife that he didn’t want his children to be in school alongside Jewish children. This same man also runs a website whose main audience consists of the most racist folks in America.

Trump’s national security adviser recently took to Twitter to subtly imply that conspiracy theories surrounding Hillary Clinton’s ties to human and child sex trafficking are true. Michael Flynn has also referred to Islam as a “malignant cancer” and “political ideology.” General Flynn’s son, who is, unsurprisingly, also his chief of staff, has taken to Twitter to defend his dad’s conspiracy theory tweets as well.

To head the Environmental Protection Agency, Trump has appointed a man who has tried to sue the EPA twice in attempts to keep the organization from protecting the environment, and who has bragged openly that he is a “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”

Trump’s new attorney general was denied a position as a federal judge by the Senate in 1986 for being too racist--a time when apartheid was still up in the air as to whether or not it was really that terrible.

Trump’s new secretary of housing and urban development has absolutely no background or experience in either of those areas. His education secretary has spent her entire life working to pick apart her state’s public school system. And his new Treasury secretary had to foreclose on thousands of homes when the housing crisis hit (which was a major factor in the following economic depression).

Starting to see a trend yet?

Even if we give each of these new appointments the benefit of the doubt (which, admittedly, is incredibly hard to do), that leaves us with Donald Trump himself. It’s been quite obvious for some time that Trump is an inexperienced politician with enough ignorance to legitimately pose a threat to America’s best interests.

Trump’s interests are purely of the nature you would expect: business. And he has his hand in business interests around the globe.

Foreign diplomats have already started planning events at Trump’s new hotel in Washington, D.C., and his daughter, Ivanka, took part in a meeting between Trump and Japan’s prime minister just as she was sealing a deal with a Japanese clothing company that is partially owned by the state itself.

Trump has already begun to use his new status and title to attack citizens of the United States who oppose his views and publicly denounce him, something that sounds oddly similar to things that have happened in Russia.

Trump took to Twitter to harass Alec Baldwin, the actor who portrayed Trump in a comedy skit on Saturday Night Live, after he didn’t like the job Baldwin did. He openly threatened to get rid of a contract with aerospace giant, Boeing, causing their stock to plummet within hours--all because Boeing’s CEO disagreed with Trump’s trade policy and pointed out that Trump’s characterization of the contract was a lie.

He openly disregards even the most basic of our constitutional rights and has even begun to use his new power to openly criticize the press for doing their jobs--that is, to report on everything he says or does. In other words, don’t quote him on anything because he doesn’t like that.

As the saying goes, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. Except in this case, it appears we’re watching a child, not a duck.

A child who cannot stand to be made fun of by anyone, a child who openly says he is going to attack those who oppose him, a child who will take away our basic rights--and we just put him in charge of the most powerful country in the world.

If you’re not familiar with the term “fascism,” now would be a good time to learn something new, because that’s what America is shaping up to be: a fascist state “run by incompetents, racists, bullies and conspiracy-mongers.

The worst part? No one thinks that America is going to change, just like it never has. We can only hope, for the sake of everyone, that America does not change into the America that Donald Trump is slowly starting to piece together.

h/t Rolling Stones

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This Unique Spanish Home Was Built Under a Rolling Hill and Is Completely Eco-Friendly

You wouldn’t know there was a home resting inside of this rolling hillside were it not for the roof sloping downward over a parked car and bicycles. Known as the Live Garden House, this vaulted home was built into a hillside and features traditional construction techniques practiced in Zaragoza, Spain.

Spanish designers sought to create a fully sustainable home that used locally-sourced materials for its construction. They achieve their vision with this zero-energy structure that lets in natural sunlight, has a natural ventilation system and features a rainwater collection system.

All of its sustainable features are made even better by placing them underneath an undulating green roof (which has plants and vegetation growing on top of it). Not only does the home look beautiful inside, it fits in perfectly with the surrounding landscape.

And the inside is just as welcoming and serene as the outside. Take a look for yourself!

h/t Inhabitat

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The REAL Reason Barns Are Usually Red

Almost every barn I’ve ever seen has been red, and I never knew why. I mean, I love red as a color, but it never really made any sense why every single barn I’ve ever come across had to be red. There are so many other colors to choose from!

The real reason barns are painted red actually has nothing to do with color preference, and everything to do with practicality.

When the very first New England settlers were building farms, many of them lacked the necessary funds to paint their buildings. However, they still needed a way to protect their barns’ wood from the elements, so they came up with their own solution to the problem: by mixing skim milk, lime, and red iron oxide, they successfully created a plastic-like substance that they could coat their farm buildings with to protect them.

Eventually, paint manufacturers would mix in chemical pigment and red was the favorite due to how cheap it was. And, as with many things in this world, people never sought to change it. So, red was how it began and red is how it has stayed.

h/t Business Insider

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Professor Who Predicted Donald Trump Becoming President Has a New Prediction: Impeachment

Image via: Max Goldberg from USA - Trump CAUCUS

Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University, has gained quite a bit of notoriety over the years as he’s successfully predicted the outcome of every presidential election to date, starting in 1984. He correctly predicted the Donald Trump would win the 2016 election and is now making another prediction: Donald Trump will be impeached.

"Now, he focuses on the 45th President of the United States and his next forecast, that it is not a question of if President Trump will be impeached, but a question of when," said Shelby Meizlik, spokesperson for HarperCollins.

In fact, Lichtman has written a book stating his argument for why Trump should be impeached. The Case for Impeachment is being published by Dey Street Books and will release to the public on April 18th.

Lichtman made the prediction that Trump would be impeached alongside his prediction that he would be elected and his book will go into detail as to why.

Lichtman told the Washington Post this past September:

"I'm going to make another prediction. This one is not based on a system; it's just my gut. They don't want Trump as president, because they can't control him. He's unpredictable. They'd love to have Pence — an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican. And I'm quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook."

It certainly seems as though there is a strong case for impeachment, especially when considering Trump's Russian connections and the multitude of conflicts of interests surrounding his businesses, as Lichtman argues.

Do you think Lichtman’s fortune-telling capabilities will ring true once again?

h/t Time

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6 Bizarrely Beautiful Houseplants You've Probably Never Heard Of

Houseplants are a great addition to any home as not only do they bring a clean, fresh aesthetic to the space, they also help improve air quality. If you’ve ever wanted to bring plants into your home, but think that they’re kind of boring or not worth the effort, try out one of these bizarre houseplants that are anything but boring.

Mix it up a little with these six houseplants that are beautiful, but also a little strange.

Euphorbia Caput-Medusae
Succulents a great option for everyone who’s looking for a low-maintenance plant. They only need watering about once a week and even just once a month during the winter months. The type of succulent shown here is referred to as “Medusa’s Head,” a moniker taken on because of its likeness to the Greek monster with snakes for hair. It is native to South Africa.

The Trachyandra also looks as if it’s some type of snake plant, or maybe silly-string growing out of the ground. This plant is real and you can find it in Eastern and Southern Africa.

If you’ve ever wanted a plant that looks somewhat like it has antlers, grab a Platycerium. This plant, which is often called the “Staghorn Fern”, can even grow on the side of things, such as trees or walls.

Gentiana Urnula
These beautifully-patterned succulents are known as “Starfish Succulents” and are at home in the rocks. These are also a perfect option for those seeking low-maintenance plants.

Sedum Morganianum
These crazy looking plant is often called “Donkey Tail” and its stems regularly grow up to two feet in length. Its leaves are normally a bluish-green and it is native to Mexico and Honduras.

Haworthia Cooperi
This plant looks like some type of glass flower or maybe even some type of gelatin, but these clumps you see here are actually green leaves that simply look as though they’re something else.

h/t Woman's Day

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