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Welcome to The United Banana Republic of America. So far, Hair Twitler hasn’t had much luck in controlling wnat the media says about him and the kleptocratic shit show administration he’s running, so he’s falling back on an old business acronym, GIGO, or Garbage In, Garbage Out. Maybe that will get the press more in line with his moronic dogma. There’s an old phrase for this, it’s “government propaganda.” Controlling information to suit the governments purposes.

Fortunately for all of us, US Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) noticed it, and she’s having none of it. She caught it, and Tweeted angrily about it this morning, and I hope like hell it goes viral, because it’s just that important.

Here’s the newest scam Trump is trying to visit upon us. Since he can’t control what the press can report on, what he’s trying to do is to make what they report on almost incomprehensible gibberish. And this time he’s doing it with the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC. A directive just came down the pipe witl a list of “banned” words and phrases that can no longer be used in official CDC communications. And boy, what a list it is! To quote from reporting in The Hill on the lists contents;

That list reportedly included words such as “fetus,” “transgender” and “evidence-based.” According to the Post, the move prohibits policy analysts from using the terms in official documents they prepare for the 2019 budget.

OK look, we’re talking about scientists here. People who, unlike Trump, actually paid attention in college, and want to do, like good work and stuff. And we’re talking about medical personnel here. Let’s take these one at a time. “Fetus.” So, now I guess we’re supposed to shorten fetus to, “fully formed mini me citizens with full rights” instead? “Transgender”. That one is easy, cuz if you refuse to give them the dignity of a name, they cease to exist. Problem solved, right? So, what exactly are medical researchers supposed to call them now, “Gender wishy-washy?” “Evidence-based.” Another no brainer, because now out scientists are reduced to Sunday school, proposing shit on a-wing-and-a-prayer.

But there is a motivation here that goes beyond confounding the media, and therefore the rest of the general population. You’ll note that these exclusions are in full effect for “official documents they prepare for the 2019 budget.” Think about the stunning cynicism of this for a moment. Departments and studies at the CDC require federal funding, which comes from the budget. And if they can’t use the words “fetus” and “transgender” to directly describe what they’re studying, how do they propose to get funding? And if something is not “evidence-based,” then it’s just a fucking shot-in-the-dark guess, isn’t it? Nothing worth wasting money on.

But it gets even worse. The Hill went on to report that in briefings, specific guidelines were to be used in determining the using of words in these reports and requests;

One analyst who attended the meeting where the lists were distributed told the Post that analysts are directed to use the phrase, “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” instead of “evidence-based” or “science-based.”

You gotta be freakin’ kidding me, right?!? When these moral troglodytes say “community standards and wishes.” They’re not talking about the community, their community. You know, the regressive, far right evangelical community? We haven’t seen a faith based science pooch screw like this since the Catholic church tried to muzzle science in the middle ages, and all we got out of that was the book and movie “Angels and Demons.: Not exactly a ringing endorsement of their methodology and results. (Full disclosure, I’m not anti religious, in fact I’m a Roman Catholic)

This isn’t the first time that Trump and his merry little band of freebooters have tried this stunt. Last year they tried pulling as much relevant information as they could off of the Environmental Protection Agency website, and banning the phrases “global warming” and “climate change” from official documents. Public outrage forced them to take that little stunt underground. But mark my words, if we don’t go just as high through the roof this time, in a couple of years, we’re gonna have all of our medical advancements and research being controlled by the wishes of evangilical mouth breathers and bed wetters like Pat Robertson and Joel Osteen. Not  pretty thought, is it?

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