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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and Follow on Twitter: @MiciakZoom
IT WAS A MISTAKE! We all make mistakes. NO ONE went nuts when he got the Alabama thing wrong. It got corrected. He initially pushed back, wayyy too defensively. Then he took a Sharpie to a map, a map from days earlier than his tweet. He actually committed a felony in doctoring an official forecast but no one even holds felonies against him anymore. (Right, Speaker Pelosi?) He got lambasted for taking the Sharpie to the map. Like a kid who altered his report card. And yet it will NOT stop. Just this morning, THIS MORNING, he has Tweeted: In the early days of the hurricane, when it was predicted that Dorian would go through Miami or West Palm Beach, even before it reached the Bahamas, certain models strongly suggested that Alabama & Georgia would be hit as it made its way through Florida & to the Gulf…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2019 That’s one. ….Instead it turned North and went up the coast, where it continues now. In the one model through Florida, the Great State of Alabama would have been hit or grazed. In the path it took, no. Read my FULL FEMA statement. What I said was accurate! All Fake News in order to demean! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2019 Two Alabama was going to be hit or grazed, and then Hurricane Dorian took a different path (up along the East Coast). The Fake News knows this very well. That’s why they’re the Fake News! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2019 Three. Now, you are probably thinking; “Doesn’t he have anything else to worry about, being president and all? Why yes, glad you asked. He is back to slapping around Debra damn Messing: Bad “actress” Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water. She wants to create a “Blacklist” of Trump supporters, & is being accused of McCarthyism. Is also being accused of being a Racist because of the terrible things she said about blacks and mental illness. If Roseanne Barr…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2019 This is the president of the United States. On a morning in which a Cat 2-3 hurricane looms right off the South Carolina – North Carolina coast, the U.K. is a mess about Brexit, Chinese tariffs are disrupting the world economy, kids are in cages on the border, and both Iran and North Korea are experimenting with weapons that can kill thousands, he is screaming about Dorian and Alabama. He cannot take being caught in a stupid mistake that no one cared about. This is your president. I have an idea. Share this around, see if it gets traction. We need to end this one way or another. And I need a few thousand followers: Oh boy. If we all admit that it was certain to slam into Alabama, indeed it DID slam into Alabama, will he shut up about it? It is a deal we need consider at this point.https://t.co/wTf5xtZHtC — Jason R Miciak (@MiciakZoom) September 5, 2019 **** Peace, y’all Jason email@example.com, and PLEASE follow me on Twitter: @MiciakZoom
If you thought that the hurricane hunter aircraft flew above hurricanes to gauge their position, and drop sensors to check temperatures and windspeed, then you are as wrong as I used to be. I never knew they flew right into the damn eye-wall, the worst of the worst in the storm. I felt it appropriate to spread the word, given that Dorian is about to smash into Florida. The people most impacted will get a warning, because of what these people do. They are heroes. Each storm is unique, except they are all dangerous.. Only the best are selected, which is the only reason we don’t hear of more accidents. I think it is worth sharing, to appreciate people who risk it all, for us. And for a bit of a longer video/explanation: In these days of maximum cynicism, it is definitely proper to remember there a lot of good people, doing great things, that we rarely take time to stop and thank. Thanks, all. **** Peace, y’all. Jason firstname.lastname@example.org
They haven’t seen anything like what’s coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever. It’s tremendously big and tremendously wet.” Donald Trump, President of the United States, September 11, 2018 I swear to you, honest, I promised myself that I wasn’t going to rise another day and write another column on the unrivaled […]
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