There Goes The Sun, Here Comes Trump’s Latest Freakout

On August 21, 2017 the United States will be plunged into the darkness of a solar eclipse. How will this affect the science denialist-in-chief?

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8 thoughts on “There Goes The Sun, Here Comes Trump’s Latest Freakout

    • Why would anyone believe anything scientists say?

      Any fool can see that the sun revolves around the earth, and that the earth is flat.

      “The Indiana Pi Bill is the popular name for bill #246 of the 1897 sitting of the Indiana General Assembly, one of the most notorious attempts to establish mathematical truth by legislative fiat.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill

      • One of the ‘Democracy Now” movements suggests there should be a third legislative branch, made up of scientists and being equal in power to the other two.

        Given the amount of superstition, denialism and outright stupidity that drive our congresscritters today, it sounds like a damn fine idea to me. (not that scientists can’t be bought, but at least they start out with a better grasp of reality)

      • @ CrazyH –

        Of course scientists can be bought. Monsanto bought a pocketful of them!

        🙁

      • Note to Reality-based community:

        “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”

        The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) was abolished (technically “de-funded”) in the “Contract with America” period of Newt Gingrich’s Republican ascendancy in Congress.

        During its twenty-four-year life it produced about 750 studies on a wide range of topics, including acid rain, health care, global climate change, and polygraphs.

        Critics of the closure saw it as an example of politics overriding science…

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Technology_Assessment

      • The USDA has been instructed to avoid the term “climate change”

        https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/08/trump-administration-climate-change-ban-usda

        We’re fucked.

        > Why would anyone believe anything scientists say?

        Aye, therein lies the rub. Scientists talk about esoteric & incomprehensible subjects like “math” and “physics.” Shamans and radio talk show hosts are much more approachable: repeating vague and unprovable assertions that I like more betterer than those silly scientists’ predictions of doom.

        The punchline is that math and physics are totally comprehensible to anyone who can count to twenty with their shoes on.

  1. Not to worry, Ted – that threat will not deter Mr Trump, who would no doubt see it as a BIG opportunity to build more coal-fired power plants to produce more electricity to light up the place. Extra lighting for the golf course at Mar a Lago would, of course (no pun intended), be put on the Secret Service’s budget – after all, they have to keep track of where on the course Mr Trump finds himself (to the degree that Mr Trump ever does find himself, but that’s perhaps the subject for another cartoon)….

    Henri

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