In one of the first “Presidential” things our President has done since he took office, Trump seems to be on the verge of having a summit with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, and I have to give Trump credit for doing that.
We were seriously concerned with losing Hawaii or Los Angeles with one of his bombs and now Mr. Kim seems to have realized we have a crazy President, like him, and he’d better have talks or we might not have a North Korea anymore.
Meanwhile the Earth is melting, but at least the U.S. is not missing a city.
Sitting at work during “turnout” we were being lectured about whatever they happen to be stressing this month. I whispered to someone at my table “Okay, I’m going to take copious notes on this.” Then I paused and added, “In case you don’t know, copious means ‘a lot’.” Someone said, “Why didn’t you just say that then?”
Another time I used the word “dilemma” and nobody knew what it meant. In fact, people were saying, “Boyd used a big word!”
To talk to the average person, it seems, you have to dumb down English. Is this why Trump is president?
Rationalthinking101.com is my blog and whenever I post to it, like now, it’s setup to share my post both on Twitter and Facebook.
Since I live in Texas, I’m in the Trump Bible Belt. I’ve got friends here and I work for the state, but in a recent survey I discovered most of my Texan friends don’t believe in rational science and definitely support Trump. They believe Earth was created 6,000 years ago (even though many Christians believe otherwise) and that Trump is the best president ever (mind boggling to me – don’t they keep up?).
These views make their way to RationalThinking101.com and as a result trickle to Facebook and Twitter. Once in awhile (not every day, mind you), I get a notification that some person I worked with for years and years has unfriended me.
How can that be? I accepted them as my friend and coworker, can they not do the same?
Of course, I’ve got many Texan friends on Facebook and 99.99% of them remain my friends, the occasional dropout makes me sad.
Here are a few of my views. If you don’t like ’em, get rid of me, but I still like you as a person.
- Earth is over 4 billion years old.
- Trump is a bad president.
- I was born in Boonton, New Jersey. I’m a democrat.
- We went to the moon.
- The Earth is not flat.
- Global warming is real. The main contributor is the State of Texas. Look it up.
- I get along with pretty much everybody even if politically I bite my lip. (I was afraid, during the last election, to put posters in my yard. I feared for my family and my home.)
- I own guns with real bullets. When I was a kid I owned a BB gun.
- I don’t eat meat. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 44 years.
- I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, bi, straight, black, green, yellow, white or from another planet.
There ya go.
Why is SpaceX focusing on rockets and not on the space shuttle? Well, for one, the Space Shuttle was retired, so why would SpaceX focus on a non-existent program?
The Space Shuttle did a lot but was also the most deadly of all of NASA’s manned space flights. More people died on the Shuttles than at any other time before or since. Six people died when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up shortly after launch, killing all aboard. Another six people died when the Space Shuttle Columbia burned up on reentry over Texas.
That is why President Obama wanted to retire the Shuttle program and concentrate on getting a human on Mars. This vision is still supported by the new President until he figures out it was Obama’s vision (because he hates Obama) and cancels the program.
If you are wanting to think outside the box you might want to look at the Chinese space plans to launch a manned mission to Mars by 2020, at least according to CNN. If true, China will be the first ones to put footprints on Mars.