Last Saturday in Washington, D.C. (and in more than 600 cities worldwide) Bill. Nye, the Science Guy, was one of the Leaders of the nationally-organized March for Science (technology a strong enabler). He addressed the crowds this way: “Greetings, fellow citizens. We are marching today to remind people everywhere, our lawmakers especially, of the significance of science for our health and prosperity.” Meanwhile in the White House, a few hundred yards away, “so-called President” Trump was putting the finishing touches on a one-page news bulletin detailing the tax benefits and major reductions for the wealthiest Americans in his new plan. I don’t think he was as concerned about insuring continued scientific progress that would advance Americans’ “health and prosperity.” To the contrary, he was still working on how to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Trump would have us all believe that our planet is NOT environmentally endangered. Unfortunately, he is also being supported by a rise of anti-scientific notions – the anti-vaccination movement and climate-change denial in particular. Nye argues that “When you become scientifically literate, I claim, you become an environmentalist. Somewhere along the way, there has developed this idea that if you believe something hard enough, it’s as true as things discovered through the process of science. And I will say that’s objectively wrong.”
Thank you, Bill Nye. May we all “Live long and prosper!” 🖖
I guess job interviews are not what they used to be. In the age of Trump, it seems that potential employers are more preoccupied with checking news, “important messages,” tweeting, etc., than really focusing on job candidates who are interested in making a favorable impression. Or maybe it really works both ways? Do you really want to work for someone who is too preoccupied with their own online messaging than finding out more about candidates who might be selected as Cabinet appointees in his administration. Let’s just say I think that we now have a “so-called President” who is more interested in letting us know all about his opinions on everything than really focusing on the politics of governing.
My humble political advice is that not everyone really cares what “Trump thinks” about everything. Welcome to Washington! Everyone wants to make a name for themselves, or even a bigger name of they are a President. But our current White House occupant obviously feels that what he has to say (or tweet) is the most important of all. And he feels it can all be said in 140 characters or less. What an absurd and simplistic notion – “I tweet, therefore I am.” Can someone please call a halt to this obsessive behavior before we fall into some catastrophic conflict with another world “tweeter.”
Please don’t get me wrong. I am really a fan of social media, but it must be used responsibly, as we all have probably been told many times over our lifetimes about many things. Even if you live in the White House (when you are not in Mar-a-Lago)