Unfriended

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.

  1. Earth is over 4 billion years old.
  2. Trump is a bad president.
  3. I was born in Boonton, New Jersey. I’m a democrat.
  4. We went to the moon.
  5. The Earth is not flat.
  6. Global warming is real. The main contributor is the State of Texas. Look it up.
  7. 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.)
  8. I own guns with real bullets. When I was a kid I owned a BB gun.
  9. I don’t eat meat. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 44 years.
  10. I don’t care if you’re gay, lesbian, bi, straight, black, green, yellow, white or from another planet.

There ya go.

JoeDropsBall5

Relics of the Past Destroyed? Is it Islamic Extremists Again?

Back when the Taliban Government under Sudam Hussein was destroying relics and statues of Buddha in Afghanistan that were thousands of years old, historians were horrified. Could you imagine, for example, blowing up the pyramids of Egypt? The Taliban’s actions were reminiscent of the Nazi’s burning books, or of the Spanish burning all of the Mayan civilization books and with it their history.

Although the war between the North and the South was largely about slavery – owning people – it is still part of our history. It may not be the brightest point of our history, much, I suppose, like the Taliban saw their country’s roots in Buddhism and Hinduism (Afghanistan is a word coming from India’s Sanskrit language). They destroyed statues, figures, relics, historical monuments and every remnant of the past that they could get their hands on. Should we do the same, or should we see the bigger historical perspective?

Is it okay to have statues of important figures in the Confederate States of America? They went to war against the United States much like the thirteen colonies declared independence against the King of Britain and wrote the Declaration of Independence. The outcome of the two wars was different, but both were states fighting for independence.

Had the colonies lost their war and America stayed part of the British Empire, would we now be destroying the Declaration of Independence and all evidence of the revolutionary war? Probably not. It would be history nonetheless. Similarly, should we now destroy all evidence there was a war – our deadliest war – now that there is no more a Confederate States of America?

These symbols – the Confederate heroes statues and flag – are seen not just as reminders of our unfortunate past of slavery but in today’s climate as a line drawn by white racists against the rest of us.

Admittedly, the issues are boiling over.

Once again racism rears its ugly head. We see the revival of the KKK and an alt-right president who comes just after the first African American president. The country could not be more divided – except perhaps in civil war.

Historically, we’re in a time of extreme pendulum swinging from left (Clinton) to right (George W.)  to left (Obama) to alt-right (Trump). The swinging is getting wider and wider and different views seem irreconcilable.

Despite the troubled times of the present, would the destruction or removal of these statues be met with blessings from historians four hundred years in the future, or will they see it in the same light as destruction of the Mayans, blowing up of Buddha statues or burning of books?

People will do what people do and this article will not change history in any significant way, however it’s one liberal’s opinion.

What would happen to the rest of the planets if Uranus changed places with Mars and Pluto swapped with Jupiter?

On this planet there would be total chaos in the classroom. Books would have to be rewritten.

Scientists would be busy figuring out how this happened when it should not be able to happen. It would be on the nightly news with Lester Holt.

Donald Trump would blame it on Democrats.

Immediately on Earth we would see no change except in conspiracy theories.

Good News Bad News

All news is bad news. Bad news sells.

Increasingly, however, there are human interest stories dubbed “happy news” at the end of news broadcasts, but it seems to diminish in the light of the chaos that I see going on the world.

Cyber attacks, White House in turmoil, Trump increasingly isolated, Russia buzzing our planes within 20 feet, North Korea, the terrorists in Syria and Afghanistan, firing the one guy in charge of investigating the President.

Even if you get all your news from Fox and Rush Limbaugh, surely you must sense there is chaos. Every other major news organization in the world is reporting on it.

It’s depressing. I’m really trying to understand.

I’d like this blog to steer towards science, but sometimes, I just have to say something.

So here it is: something.

The New York Times is Biased

From the New York Times, quoted without their permission: WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday proposed sharp reductions in individual and business income tax rates and a radical reordering of the tax code that would significantly benefit the wealthy, but he offered no explanation of how the plan would be financed as he rushed to show progress before the 100-day mark of his presidency.

I’m a Democrat. Let’s get that out of the way. I hate Trump. This is BS. Not Trump. The NY Times.

Am I the only one that sees it? Read it carefully.

If you can’t see it, then tell me. You hate him too much to see it. One hundred days had nothing to do with it. They threw that in to make it an issue. Don’t you see?

While you were Away

As stated in a previous post, President Trump does not lose when he says outrageous things that are clearly untrue. He wins because it distracts people from his actual agenda.

Furthermore, because he doesn’t say these things under oath, there is nothing anyone can do except complain.

The following video demonstrates my point.

Why Trump’s False Wire Tapping Claim Works in His Favor

This is a very clever political move that only a businessman, not a politician, could pull off.

President Trump’s many false statements, including that former President Barak Obama wiretapped his phones in the Trump tower, work in the President’s favor, not against him. It’s why Trump says these things.

This President is like none other in history. He can say anything he wants, including deliberately false accusations.

Why? Because Trump is distracting the media and public eye from what he’s really doing, like overturning Obamacare with something worse, removing EPA protections against the environment, firing or force resigning judges across the country and making another travel ban against visitors from certain countries.

Take the wiretapping claim. Nobody believes it, but while the media and Democrats are trying to point the finger at him for this false accusation, Trump has moved on to dozens of new things.

President Trump has already “discredited” mainstream media in the eyes of his followers, so whatever they say about fact-checking is only further proof it is the media, not the President, that needs to be checked.

When it’s ultimately proven the wiretapping never took place, so what? He didn’t say it under oath, he said it on Twitter. He can’t be impeached for that. His followers will still believe it happened and the media is covering it up.

Trump wins. While even former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and some Republican leaders are lambasting Trump for his outrageous statements, the President marches on quickly with support of Republicans, laughing all the way. Wiretapping is old news. It’s old as soon as the New York Times or NBC focus on it, because while the focus is on that, the President who doesn’t care about the media continues with his extreme right-wing agenda with support from Republicans on the Hill.

This is a very clever political move that only a businessman, not a politician, could pull off. Since Trump enjoys the support of his many enthusiastic followers to whom he continues to speak with directly through Twitter as well as the Republican held Congress, distractions benefit his cause.

As he stated during the election campaign, “No publicity is bad publicity.” The media is playing right into his hand. This is all good for Trump. The false wiretapping claim works in his favor, not against him.