Wednesday, November 23, 2016

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Eli sometimes gets ahead of himself, this time by a decade when before the 2006 US Election the bunny wrote (more or less with some updating):

After the US election the dour bunny is of the opinion that at a minimum Columbia University is about to receive a gift of GISS. Whether it would be silly enough to accept the donation is another story. Goddard, Langley, JPL,Ames and Glenn are in deep trouble too, as is the entire agency. In one scenario aeronautics would go to the FAA leaving a rump Confederate Space Agency centered around Johnson, Kennedy, Marshall and Stennis. Kennedy would be renamed Strom Thurmond Space Center.

Eli is not a happy camper.


Arthur said...

Actually I think GISS is safe - it's the institute for space studies, not earth studies. Just a little redirecting of research priorities...

david lewis said...

Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

david lewis said...

Trump adviser proposes dismantling NASA climate research

Susan Anderson said...

I agree with the WaPo final paragraphs, that it might not be a bad idea to wait and see for a bit.

Meanwhile, there is heavy pressure to push about the legitimacy of the election that is, I believe, gaining some ground. I have no doubt it was stolen via a variety of means, but proving it may not be easy, and the reaction would be fierce.

Now, along other lines, and off topic, I just need somewhere to put one of my finds of the day, from the Boston Globe (link not provided)

The wolf at the door — the one inside all of us - November 23, 2016

For the last eight years I have carried the following clipping in my wallet from the January 2009 New York Times describing Barack Obama’s first church service as president:

“For the first time, the main sermon was delivered by a woman, the Rev. Sharon E. Watkins, general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She related an oft-told Cherokee tale about a grandfather who explains to his grandson that within every person are two wolves fighting — one the wolf of anger, resentment, and fear, the other of compassion, hope, and love. The grandson asks which wolf wins, and the grandfather answers, ‘The one you feed.’ ”

I think this story is quite appropriate for our United States of America today.

John A. Fiske

The Old Man is back said...

something springs to mind: From HGTTG:
The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is a vicious wild animal from the planet of Traal, known for its never-ending hunger and its mind-boggling stupidity. The Guide calls the bugblatter the stupidest creature in the entire universe - so profoundly unintelligent that, if you can't see it, it assumes it can't see you.

Kevin O'Neill said...

FB writes: "so profoundly unintelligent that, if you can't see it, it assumes it can't see you."

As I wrote over at Stoat's, the Trump plan is simply denialista driven, anti-science, pro-business, anti-regulation, standard GOP pablum. We seen it happen in Canada. We see it happening in Australia. Get rid of the science and (in their minds) you get rid of the justification for action.

Same sentiment, but Fergus' Bugblatter Beast analogy is more colorful :)

Hank Roberts said...

The 'comment' link for the latest (Easterbrook) thread is giving an error - you were looking for blasting powder. This might work:

EliRabett said...

Seems ok now. Eli was doing some work cause the blasting powder worked and had to clear away the paywall rubble.