“Tremendous” Sigh

This week, news broke that someone in the United States revealed highly classified intel to the Russians, putting an Israeli spy’s life in danger (among other implications). That same guy who maybe outed an Israeli spy is also the same guy who fired FBI Director James Comey after Comey wouldn’t vow his loyalty to him and wouldn’t drop investigations into Michael Flynn. This same guy called the reporting of these incidents (and the reporting of every wrong thing he has ever done) a witch hunt. Same dude continued calling media outlets who reported his wrongdoings “fake news” (fake news is any truth that makes him look bad), despite going on Twitter and on TV and admitting to doing the exact same things these news outlets were reporting he did. This guy I’m talking about? President Donald Trump of The United States of America.

The worst part is that some of his supporters continue to believe these outlets are fake (some of them know he’s lying but it behooves them to pretend they don’t). Some bias is inevitable in the 24 hour news cycle, but bias and lies are two completely different things; these Breitbart loyalists have a hard time distinguishing that. At this point, Trump’s nose could grow every time he lied and his fanatics would still believe he was telling the truth.

The president of the United States is Donald Trump. To me, that’s like saying we elected Ronald McDonald or Pauly D from the Jersey Shore or Nick Viall from the Bachelor for President– and Trump’s behavior continues to prove they might as well be.

Trump’s Playground – March 20-April 20

Executive Orders:

  • Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders X
    • This order rescinds the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that requires companies that seek to work with the federal government to demonstrate that they comply with federal laws and executive orders. Source
  • Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth X
    • This order rescinds many strides made by the Obama Administration in combating climate change. This orders government agencies to identify plans that would help decelerate climate change so that these plans could be abandoned. Source ASource B
  • Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis X
    • This order establishes a commission that will be led by Governor Chris Christie to discuss how to deal with the current drug problem in the U.S. Source A, Source B
  • Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits X
    • This orders a review on the largest trade deficits in 2016 in order to combat and take action against rule-breakers. Source
  • Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice X
    • This order lays out the succession of attorney general in the event of Jeff Sessions’ death.
  • Buy American and Hire American X
    • Orders a review of the H1-B visa program and a plan to propose reforms. This order is intended to make it more favorable to hire Americans than skilled workers from abroad. Source A, Source B

In the news:

6 Reasons You Should Go To The March For Science This Saturday

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  1. If you care about the truth.
  2. If you think facts shouldn’t be a partisan issue. 
  3. If you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent who understands the facts of climate change and consider it an obligation to protect the current and future generations from a flooded, polluted, unbreathable planet.
  4. If you are concerned with the regressive policies of the current administration concerning climate change.
  5. If you care about the United States keeping its commitment in the Paris Agreement.
  6. If you care about America progressing into a sustainable future rather than clinging onto a past that does us all more harm than good.

This march is happening on Earth Day, April 22nd, in Washington D.C. and satellite events around the world. If you’ve never been to a protest, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and take plenty of pictures (share them with me!). The marches/protests I’ve been to (a grand total of 2 haha) have been peaceful and well-organized. I encourage you to attend if this is an issue you care about.

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As a side note: your faith does not have to hinder your acceptance of science. This is one of my favorite quotes on science and faith:

“My love for science doesn’t preclude my faith. For me, science is another language we use to talk about the same miracles faith talks about.” — Kala Dandekar 

Thanks for reading 🙂

Trump’s Playground: Jan 20-Feb 20

If you follow the news you know it’s been a hectic month in the United States. Trump’s presidency has been riddled with protests, controversies, and a cascade of executive orders. I’ll be writing one of these posts every month with links to the “news highlights” of that month that relate to the President, his cabinet, and his orders.

Executive Orders

Total of 11 executive orders (if you don’t count the Muslim ban since federal courts ruled against it).

Big Stories

Silencing the EPA

Sean Spicer scolds the media during his first press conference

Kellyanne Conway coins the term “alternative facts”

Federal appeals court rules against the Muslim Ban 

Kellyanne Conway cites Bowling Green Massacre that never happened

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns over conversations with Russian ambassador 

Trump advisor Stephen Miller turns hype-man

Trump tells Netanyahu to “hold off on settlements for a bit”  Trump says he can live with a one-state or two-state solution in Israeli-Palestinian deal

Trump scolds reporter for asking about claims that his campaign spurred anti-Semitism

Trump makes Sweden terror comment

On The Muslim Ban

“I am in love with every church
And mosque
And temple
And any kind of shrine
Because I know it is there
That people say the different names
Of the One God.”
— Hafiz
We are a nation founded on religious freedom. We are a nation of immigrants. The Muslim ban is not only morally wrong, it is unconstitutional, illegal, and un-American.

The Greatest Lie Ever Told

If you were to be diagnosed with cancer with 97% of doctors saying that you have cancer and 3% of doctors saying that you don’t have cancer, would you seek treatment or would you risk dying from it? Or worse yet, would you tell them, “that’s ridiculous because cancer does not exist?”

Something I hear a lot about climate change is that yes, 97% of climate scientists have confirmed the human impact of climate change BUT there’s still 3% of climate scientists that claim climate change is either not happening or that it is happening but is not expedited by human activity (animal agriculture, burning coal, oil, etc.). The growing trend now is to believe that 97% of scientists have a reason to lie, which is to say that if 97% of scientists tell us how to cure cancer, HIV, Zika Virus, or any other sort of virus or ailment, we are to believe they don’t have these cures, that these are lies.

The myth about climate change is the idea that climate change can be a matter of belief when it is in reality based entirely on research, on facts. Religion is a matter of belief, science is not.

There are people who take articles from the 3% of climate change scientists who deny the impact of human activity on climate change (or deny climate change altogether) and use them to feed into the agendas of those who stand to gain the most from climate change denial (big oil billionaires, CEOs, lobbyists for animal agriculture, etc.) rather than listening to the 97% of scientists who stand to gain/lose nothing by telling the truth, whose only pursuit is knowledge. To these people I have two questions: why are you letting them lie to you? They know the truth, they know the human impact on climate change but it behooves them to lie about, it is entirely to their benefit. And hey, maybe you know they’re lying. Maybe you think that lying will get you your job back. Maybe that’s all you care about. Maybe you’ll lie until better jobs exist for you. And honestly, if you have mouths to feed I can’t completely villainize you for that, especially if these coal, oil, and animal agriculture jobs are all you’ve ever known. But I’m calling climate change denial for what it is, a lie.