Recently, the world-famous blogger Pharyngula (who is actually Professor P.Z. Myers of UMinn/Morris) noted that the president was running an online survey, so he asked his minions to screw it up by choosing their answers to "go against the result the poll is engineered to generate". I generally like Pharyngula, although he is sometimes too willing to conflate "scientifically proven" with "true". (Newton's laws were scientifically proven for over 300 years, but they were false the entire time. F = m⋅a is a statement about the universe that you can only "prove" if your equipment isn't very precise.)
So anyway, I clicked on the link to the poll, even though it seems politically incorrect to visit a page that has "DonaldJTrump" right there in its URL. Oh noes — my address bar is displaying Voldemort's name! But really, the poll isn't so bad, if you are willing to let the president speak his own icky Republican language.
The poll asks 25 questions, for 13 of which I am able to give the answers that The Donald wanted to evoke. That's over half! Maybe this guy isn't so bad. I suppose it's time for me to bore you with my rundown on his poll.( Read more... )
In other news, Craig Deare has lost his job at the National Security Council and returned to his previous job of Dean of Administration at the National Defense University (née the National War College). Deare had to go because he is an expert on Mexico and Trump doesn't want to hear opinions that disagree with his own — and Deare couldn't keep his mouth shut about that, which was fatal. Now *this* is the Trump Administration that I was expecting! It doesn't matter that Trump's initial cabinet is the "worstest ever" because many of these people will not last long on the executive payroll.