NOAA Scientists Were Warned Not to Contradict Trump

The incident is not the most important transgression we’ve faced enduring the Trump administration. The reaction to the “Alabama tweet” doesn’t compare to babies being ripped out of parents’ arms. But, the fact that a massive organization like NOAA, made up of scientists dedicated to providing critical safety information, was silenced so as to not embarrass the man up top certainly reveals a level of danger we might not have appreciated. From a Washington Post story, summarized vie Raw Story, the following terrifies: “In an agency wide directive sent Sept. 1 to National Weather Service personnel, hoursafter Trump asserted, with no evidence, that Alabama ‘would most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated,’ staff was told to ‘only stick with official National Hurricane Center forecasts if questions arise from some national level social media posts which hit the news this afternoon,’” the Post reports. The story goes on to report that NOAA staff were not to “provide any opinion.” Ironic, because we as a nation hire such staff with PhDs and decades of experience in this field precisely because we need “their opinions.” One can feel the pain and depression rightly felt by NOAA scientists in the few direct quotes obtained in the story: “This is the first time I’ve felt pressure from above to not say what truly is the forecast,” the meteorologist explained. “It’s hard for me to wrap my head around. One of the things we train on is to dispel inaccurate rumors and ultimately that is what was occurring — ultimately what the Alabama office did is provide a forecast with their tweet, that is what they get paid to do.” The entire point of science is to dispel “intuitive” thought, “inclinations” unsupported by evidence. It is only through science, and scientists relying upon measurements and evidence, that we no longer believe that catastrophic weather represents God’s punishment. Silencing experts to appease one man conjures up a divinely appointed king, one never to be questioned. It was one stupid tweet. So stupid, that it fooled no one, because no one took Trump seriously. But Trump’s need to be “right” surely will play out in situations where the public doesn’t have access to the real facts, where the stakes are much higher, and where Trump will be every bit as wrong. Iin such a situation, we will not have a Birmingham NWS center to quickly correct a dangerous situation. In other words, we are flying blind. There is a lot that goes on in the world where experts are not allowed to appear on TV and inform citizens as to “reality”. Trump will not allow us to know the truth. That is much scarier than a stupid tweet about Alabama and a sharpie. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com, and Follow on Twitter: @MiciakZoom  

Amidst Chaos and Catastrophe, Trump’s Lazy Labor Day Weekend

This is what incompetent indifference looks like when mixed with narcissistic mania. In spite of a Category 5 hurricane barreling to the barrier islands of Florida, and yet another mass-shooting in Texas leaving seven dead, so far, Donald Trump is tweeting about The Apprentice, ratings, and #Debra Messing? I have not forgotten that when it was announced that I was going to do The Apprentice, and when it then became a big hit, helping NBC’s failed lineup greatly, @DebraMessing came up to me at an Upfront & profusely thanked me, even calling me “Sir.” How times have changed! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2019 That is “the most powerful man in the world,” our “Commander in Chief,” in charge, during a weekend of chaos and tragedy. He skipped out on a trip to Poland to mark the beginning of World War II, a solemn occasion, to “monitor” the hurricane, and yet: Trump was supposed to be in Poland this weekend. He said he canceled the trip to monitor Hurricane Dorian. He just choppered from Camp David to his golf course in VA. — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 31, 2019 This is an affront to everyone who ever dared to hope that a sitting president would – by definition – need be a serious person. What set Trump off about Debra Messing? I looked through her Twitter feed and near as I can tell it was either this: Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know. https://t.co/YV4UoxrPHI — Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 31, 2019 Or it could be related to Messing’s tweet urging Trump to focus on the mass-shooting epidemic in our nation. Two simple tweets urging – rather politely, considering social media – the president to focus upon presidential-level issues. Whatever it might be, the amazing point remains, this is what the president of this nation is doing this morning. Instead of focusing exclusively on an impending disaster, or the aftermath of one in Texas, Trump is golfing, and abusing Americans, publicly, for doing nothing more than issuing a challenge to act presidential. How odd that one wonders if we aren’t better off when “the president” is occupied by golf and troll-tweeting? I suppose that is the optimist’s view. The only thing that could be worse would be if Trump took his job seriously and set about to enact more “serious” policy in line with what furthers Trump personally. I hope that y’all are utilizing your weekend to a better end. Love your family, and keep some thoughts with our friends in Florida, and the suffering about to be bestowed on the people of the Bahamas. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com, and now follow me again on Twitter: @MiciakZoom  

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