Science and music

I was at today’s march for science, and as I got near the main stage, this guy was singing:

That’s Thomas Dolby. He blinded me.

And amid the mass of speakers, this science guy got a big ovation:

Yes, Bill Nye.

The rally near the Washington Monument was a combination of the 47th observance of Earth Day and a March for Science. The march probably wouldn’t have happened if a bunch of mouth breathing pump truppets hadn’t put the orange troll in the White House, which the main stage was facing as speakers repeatedly noted that people who don’t believe in science have taken over the country. Here’s what the dwarf appendaged crimson menace looked like during the speech:

Thanks, pump truppets.

Ben Carson am being educated by Betsy DeVos

Transportation for immigrants, according to Ben Carson

After the education secretary’s stupid remarks about how black colleges were excellent examples of school choice during the Jim Crow era, you’d have thought that the orange menace’s administration would have sent a memo to it’s cabinet chiefs saying “Ix-nay on the ack-blay.”

Ben Carson didn’t get the memo:

Ben Carson compared slaves to immigrants seeking a better life in his first official address Monday as Housing and Urban Development Secretary, setting off an uproar on social media.

In what appears to be an embarrassing pattern of mis-steps on race for the Trump administration, Carson told a room packed with hundreds of federal workers that the Africans captured, sold and transported to America against their will had the same hopes and dreams as early immigrants.

“That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less,” said Carson, speaking extemporaneously as he paced the room with a microphone. “But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

OK, let’s deal with a certain flaw in this logic:

The early slaves weren’t thinking about prosperity and happiness. They were facing abuse, torture and murder. And that’s what they expected for their children, because before the civil war, there was no hope for freedom.

Reality TV has gone too far

This weekend, this was on television:

In 1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in the sci-fi thriller, “The Running Man.” The plot involved a reality television show in which innocent people were hunted.

It was set in 2017.

We’re now in 2017. Arnold is starring in a reality television show:

And there just happens to be another reality show in 2017 that has a familiar plot:

Welcome to the era of Vlad’s little pony.

It doesn’t seem odd to me that tracking and hunting people would be an acceptable form of entertainment, given that the sentiment was pretty much the basis for the election of the Lügenorange, a lyingracistanti-Semiticxenophobichomophobicmisogynisticpedophile thief, who happened to star in a reality television show. Remember, he plans to round up Muslims and Hispanics and throw them out of the country.

Hide your children. The Hunger Games aren’t too far behind.

Vlad’s little pony

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From the Washington Post:

Russia carried out a comprehensive cyber campaign to sabotage the U.S. presidential election, an operation that was ordered by Russian President Vladi­mir Putin and ultimately sought to help elect Donald Trump, U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a remarkably blunt assessment released Friday.

The report depicts Russian interference as unprecedented in scale, saying that Moscow’s role represented “a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort” beyond previous election-related espionage.

The campaign initially sought to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, “denigrate” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and damage her expected presidency. But in time, Russia “developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump” and repeatedly sought to artificially boost his election chances.

Here’s the link to the full government report. It’s for everyone who cares about this country (which means it isn’t for pump truppets who only want a government modeled after 1930s Berlin.)