Nasas Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century.
This would mean the elimination of Nasas world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate phenomena. Nasas network of satellites provide a wealth of information on climate change, with the Earth science divisions budget set to grow to $2bn next year. By comparison, space exploration has been scaled back somewhat, with a proposed budget of $2.8bn in 2017.
Bob Walker, a senior Trump campaign adviser, said there was no need for Nasa to do what he has previously described as politically correct environmental monitoring.
What a weird phrase, but you know what I think? I think it's like a Pavlovian response, a "good American" according to Fox News, Franklin Graham, the Republican Party, etc. is supposed to hate the two words "politically correct" and whatever they might be associated with.
Ring a bell, the dog salivates.
Say "politically correct", the "good American" boos and hisses.
Because there's nothing "politically correct" about caring about the environment, that's just goofy. It's a stupid thing to say. There's nothing else about that. Such a stupid thing to say.
Nationalism is normally about expanding one's borders and we have some opportunities to do just that...
Make Puerto Rico or Guam states?
NO! CAN'T HAVE THAT!
They might vote Democratic.
Nationalism is normally about creating a common identity on one's national identity and yet to the Trumpian nationalist, it's sort of solipsist...
I am the American, the 'other' isn't.
Instead of seeing the immigrant American or the Muslim American embrace American customs, engage in American ideas and systems as something good, it's terrifying.
Case in point: Ilhan Omar. She should be an inspiration to all Americans and I am sure to the vast majority of Americans, she is just that. Once a refugee who is a Muslim American and ran on the support of groups like GLBTQ Americans to become a United States Representative... to me, that is pure 100% American spirit right there, but to Trumpian nationalists like John Guandolo and E.W. Jackson, it's something to fear, it's the conspiracy, the secret jihad.
Nationalism, even with it's worst varieties and it's something I don't endorse generally seems to promote some sort of shared political good for everyone of that nation... with Trumpian/Republican Nationalism, the only shared political good we get are the ideas that if you have enough money, you can be above the law... that if you don't like something, just call it fake news... greed is good... sell out the government to the highest bidder. We don't all get the goods if we don't have the money, but we do get the illusion of the goods.
It's Impotent Nationalism. We've got nationalists who instead of expanding our borders are obsessed with keeping them the way they are. These same nationalists see Americans who don't look, worship, love, or vote the same as them not as kin, but as the enemy. These same nationalists have created a system where all people of the nation are supposed to get the political goods, but some will get it first and a lot more than others.
I don't think it's a sustainable nationalism, but there's one more thing about these impotent nationalists and we all know what it is... they will go down with their Impotent Nationalism a thousand times before they agree with some liberal, some 'globalist' like me.
Next time you see a Republican spout "crisis actor" conspiracy theories on social media, report them
Between "crisis actors" and this QAnon tweet that says Trump is arresting his deep state enemies, but Hollywood is replacing them with clever imposters, it's too much, and it's dangerous.
It's the Capgras delusion, where the person suffering from this believes people around them have been replaced by imposters... You see it with brain lesions (Charles Whitman, a spree shooter, had one), see it with dementia, with schizophrenia... things that aren't good. Not only is it a sign of both declining physical and mental health, it's hard to treat, mainly because the person with these sees everyone else as imposters with dark motives.
This isn't simple enabling, like calling the workplace for a person who has a drinking problem and telling them they can't come into work because they feel sick.
This is next-level enabling, it's actively enabling the problem:
It's like telling a teenage girl with anorexia that she is fat and ugly or it's like telling a person who suffers from auditory hallucinations the voices he hears telling him to hurt himself are onto something.
But yet we see it on social media, it being broadcast that people aren't real, they are actors and imposters.
I think that maybe tweets that push "crisis actors" and "Deep State imposter" conspiracy theories should be reported by anyone who sees it, this isn't politics, this is mental health.
I don't know, maybe we should work to make it a policy that this kind of dangerous enabling shouldn't even be allowed on social media, it's no different than hate speech IMHO.
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