Science Denier Uses Science When Convenient

August 21, 2017 By: El Jefe Category: Alternative Facts, Trump

Cheeto Jesus made an appearance with family members today on the Truman balcony at the WH to witness the solar eclipse.  Here is Trump and Melania:

So, here’s my question – Why did Trump come out to the balcony? Why did he (eventually) put on protective glasses to witness the solar eclipse? Why did he do that?  How did he know what time to come out and what the proper glasses were to protect his eyes?  Did he just make it up?  Did an evangelical pastor give him a prophecy?  Of course not; the answer to all these questions is science…astronomy, physics, math, astro-mechanics.  There was no guessing about it.  We knew exactly when the eclipse would happen.  There was even an app that could tell people by zip code when to watch.  It’s easy.

As we all know (except for a few ignorant flat earthers), the solar eclipse that transversed the entire US was predicted by scientists down to the second for each precise location where one might want to watch.  Scientists and engineers also developed the precise eye protection that was manufactured by the millions to protect people’s eyes from damage due to exposure to the sun.  They knew exactly what to do.  In addition to all that whiz-bang, scientists have already set the date and time for the next US solar eclipse in 2024.  The path is calculated, and the times are already known. That’s some bad voodoo if you ask me; or conversely, damn good science.

So, here’s the question – Why, when science and math nails the exact time and place of a solar eclipse that millions believe, that science about climate change is then dismissed out of hand?  What about medical science that develops vaccines?  What about immunology that predicts, calculates and fights pandemics of exotic diseases?

Donald Trump is one of the most cynical science deniers to ever occupy the WH.  While believing the science that predicts solar eclipses, or being completely confident in the astro-physics that calculates targets for our nuclear arsenal, why does he deny other science? Is he stupid?

That’s easy.  He is certainly stupid, but he’s also a narcissist that plays to the adoring hordes of ignorant shitheads who respond only to manure shoveled by the truckload.


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12 Comments to “Science Denier Uses Science When Convenient”

  1. He denies science that might cost him and his cohorts money. Simple.

    I have a t-shirt that lists, in one column, some of the major discoveries of science. It’s a long and impressive list. There’s another column for discoveries of creation science. It’s blank.

    And when we get more information about a scientific mystery, the answer NEVER turns out to be religious.

  2. We know Trump wore eclipse glasses to keep himself from going blind.

    But, are we sure he bothered to get those glasses for his grandchildren? It if he did, was it just so he wouldn’t have to kick any more relatives off of his health insurance policy, which would look bad while he still imagines he’s running for office again in 2020?

  3. Slight correction needed:
    What about immunology that predicts, calculates and fights pandemics of exotic diseases?

    That branch of science is epidemiology. Immunology is the branch that studies the cells and mediators of the body’s defense mechanisms against diseases– mainly cancer and microorganisms. Subranches deal with when the immune system goes awry– autoimmune diseases, allergies.

    NJGal is an immunologist, mother of one of the state epidemiologists

  4. Sandridge says:

    He is backed up by a massive propaganda machine.
    If “everybody” not controlled by it does not make every effort to defeat this highly contagious disease upon our land we are doomed.

    I’ll give you a prime example of what is coming:
    Was watching the 11AM local Fox channel news program (San Antonio, TX, KABB/29) today just before the eclipse began at 1141 AM CDT.
    This channel (and it’s sister, WOAI/4) are being acquired by notably right wing Sinclair Broadcast Group (covered here at TWBBS and elsewhere).
    Before the weather segment, amidst quite a bit of eclipse banter, the station ran a non-local segment which started off sounding fairly scientific and authoritative, with an academic looking guy identified as an “astrophysicist PhD”, who promptly went off the scientific rails.
    Within a few seconds it devolved into interviews with people who were tying the eclipse to all kinds of ‘biblical prophesy’, religious tie-ins, and such. WTF? Later on, another such segment tied the eclipse to astrology and other mindless fluff.

    Were these mind-bending segments part of those “must run” RW propaganda segments that Sinclair is notorious for? Is the sun hot?

    Above is not to detract from the fairly good eclipse coverage by the qualified local on-air people, lead by their meteorologist.

    “Donald Trump is one of the most cynical science deniers to ever occupy the WH.”

  5. Sandridge says:

    “NJGal is an immunologist”.
    Allriiight. Online diagnosis requested.

    Sandridge used to have allergies, hay fever, etc. Hasn’t been bothered by them in years to any degree beyond ‘slightly’.
    Today, eclipse day, all of the sudden, my allergies went stone nutz. Headache, sinus pain, itchy eyes, nose dripping like a leaky faucet.
    WTF? Wham, instant misery. A lightning strike of retribution?
    Could this be eclipse triggered? Persistent agnosticism getting smited? Intense cynicism reaping celestial judgment?

    Or is/was it just some ragweed kicking off a heavy season?

  6. Tilphousia says:

    Ragweed. It will get you every time. That sneaky plant will just sit there, looking innocent. Then BOOM! Bloom time pops up and the sneaky plant spews billions of pollens at humans who show the greatest allergic reaction.

  7. slipstream says:

    He is not looking up at the eclipse.

    He is looking up at President Obama’s poll numbers.

  8. JAKvirginia says:

    And let’s not omit the science that supports the engineering that gets his buildings to stand up. Sigh….

  9. Science gave the orange buffoon his Twitter machine. Haven’t seen him deny that.

    But yes, well said re the eclipse. I was making the same point to hubby today. Very angry that the media inserted the OB into eclipse coverage that was about the Majesty of the universe and the people who viewed it. It wasn’t at all about him.

  10. Sandridge says:

    A little eye dmage on top of heavy brain damage isn’t going to slow SOBOTUS down any.

    The following is a quote of one Tucker Carlson (successful loser), FuxNooz propaganda ‘talent’, who is either a champion buttkisser or one of ‘Murikkka’s dumbest people.
    Money sentence dashed to highlight (some very basic text mods here would be nice, bold/italics/underline/…)

    “Up next, eclipse mania swept the country today as millions of Americans headed outside to take a look at the first total solar eclipse visible in mainland America since 1979. The path of totality — as it’s called — ran from Oregon to South Carolina. But almost the entire country saw at least 60 percent of the sun covered up by the moon.

    — Even the President saw it, but in a move that is not a complete surprise, he looked directly at the sun without any glasses.
    — Perhaps the most impressive thing any President has ever done.—

    If you missed out, don’t despair. The next total eclipse in the U.S. is just seven years from now. Of course, we’ll be covering it right here on Fox.”

    This is where we are at in 2017. Millions of people around you lap this drivel up and beg for more.
    We are a doomed nation. Rome sort of faded away, the USA will likely go out with a bang. Many big bangs, I think.
    “Even the President saw it, but in a move that is not a complete surprise, he looked directly at the sun without any glasses.
    — Perhaps the most impressive thing any President has ever done.—”

    Quite plausible. Perhaps…

  11. @Sandridge, it would take a RWNJ to mistake “stupidest” for “most impressive.” So if he’s Superman, why can’t he bring peace to Afghanistan and the Middle East? And why does he need all those expensive Secret Service agents? And why does he use Air Force One instead of just flying?

  12. I watched HIs Witlessness on the balcony at the White House on one of the educational channels. He started looking up at the thing without the glasses. Then Melania kinda reminded him and out they came. Wonder if it was too late? I was glad that I had no up close and personal chance to see the eclipse. TV was fine for me.