*pResident tRump is a bully The GOP are bullies

Fer fucks sake, if tRump was my child he'd get "a good talking to" for this tRump is an asshole. Again.

"No, little Donny, you can't push your friends down on the playground. It's not nice."

It's inescapable, tRump is an embarrassment. We're better than him. We're ALL better than himself. Even tRump supporters. *pResident tRump is the shining shit-storm on the hill. An already-proven disaster.

Someone on Bill Maher last Friday said "Hillary's better than tRump" and the reply was "that's a pretty low bar." I absolutely agree.

AFAIC, Hillary was a POS candidate.

But tRump? Jeebus, off the charts! There's no way this guy should have EVER been given the nuclear codes. "Hey, dictator of the Philippines, responsible for the deaths of thousands in a "drug war", wanna know where our nuclear submarines are?" Yeah, he did that.

Hey Russia, wanna know where we get our information? Here's some information that can EASILY be traced back to the source, that asked us not to reveal it. Yeah, he did that.

The idiot in chief's performance at the NATO country meeting is embarrassing to me, as an American. If it's not, to you, you're an idiot. We can get into how the GOP supports the POS POTUS later. Suffice it to say, they'll do anything, and I mean ANYTHING, to avoid the veto pen on the heinous legislation they want to pass. This is a fight. Don't let the bullies win.

“Fake News”

Uni, you either don't understand, or you're trying to hijack the tRumptwitter thread. Either way, I'm providing this thread for you to rant and rail about "fake news", a phrase that originated with your hero, Donald J. tRump. Allow me to respond to the last barf-inducting spew that you hurled in that thread:
"But you see, you are believing the fake news from meanstream media. At some point in your mind, you must have a internal crap detector somewhere going off on all those stories you read… from both sides of the spectrum. You should listen more closely for it."
Apparently, you've forgotten that I'm a trained scientist. Scientists are skeptical by nature. Just ask Pons and Fleischman. (OK, i googled it, you lazy fuckers) If a source tells me something SURPRISING, about something I CARE about, I'm going to perform their experiment and see if I can reproduce their results, or at least look to other sources to see if their claim to discover is believable.
If a source tells me something that's completely believable, and predicted by existing theory, I MAY not, but I always can if something pushes this all sideways.
But you see, you are believing fake news is 100% of reality, 100% of the time. <=== See what I did, there?
"Fake news" is a tRumpian term, further proving (at least to me) that you're a tRump supporter. Not saying you voted for him, just saying I can't respect that. Anyone who still supports tRump is an idiot. I have no reason to argue with tRump supporters. It's like wrestling a wet pig. I end up smelling like a wet pig, and the pig's not going to change it's mind.
"Was it Marcus or Seneca the younger who said that all is opinion?"
Who cares? Whoever it was, was wrong. EXCEPTION: whoever wins the war writes the history.
"Don’t take the news as anything but opinion and you will be able to rise above the chaos in DC."
2 + 2 = 4 is ONLY YOUR OPINION!
"Why on earth do people take for fact the reports that come from unnamed people? If it doesn’t have a real name to the report, why even consider it?"
See above.
If a source tells me something that's completely believable, and predicted by existing theory, not so much. Fake news is NOT 100% of reality, 100% of the time. DON'T try and walk back your high-and-mighty opinion that it is.

Legal Terms You Need to Know

Consciousness of Guilt
Evidentiary rules allow a prosecutor to introduce testimony that tends to show that the defendants actions prove he knew he was guilty (at least of something). This is sometimes referred to as “consciousness of guilt”.
I don't believe this will apply to tRump's impeachment proceedings because I believe it will be easy to prove he doesn't know ANYTHING about ANYTHING. All the same, I think he's guilty of obstruction of justice. BTW, "evidentiary rules" means "evidence that is judged as FACTUAL evidence by the judge".

The Silence of the Hacks

American politics is officially corrupt.
The thing is, this nightmare could be ended by a handful of Republican legislators willing to make common cause with Democrats to demand the truth. And maybe there are enough people of conscience left in the G.O.P.

But there probably aren’t. And that’s a problem that’s even scarier than the Trump-Putin axis.

Make America Great Again

I get paid to parse words, phrases, sentences. It's entirely possible that I could have supported someone who campaigned on making America great.

I have a problem with "again". The phrase clearly means that we've left something behind. That something we USED TO DO is now gone, and bringing it back would "make America GREAT".

I'm not going to trot through all of the shameful things in America's past; slavery, the war in Iraq, the Citizens United decision come to mind, but there are so many...

Somebody, anybody, tell me what is now gone that bringing it back will lead to a "great America".

Bonus points if you remember to show how bringing whatever it is that's now gone will "make America great".

True Color of the Moon?

I don't know if anyone remembers or cares, but a few years ago I asked Uzi if he could help me find an image. I had seen a picture of the moon and earth taken at a great distance, and the moon looked more brown than silver/gray. He couldn't help me and suggested that what I saw was an eclipsed moon, which was a reasonable theory, but wasn't what I remembered seeing.

Well, 'Like High-Definition From The Heavens'; NOAA Releases New Images Of Earth.

True Color Moon?

It's not the image I saw, but the moon is the same color I remember seeing. Image can be clicked to embiggen.

My interest in this is based on the enormous power output of the sun. I mean, think of how long it takes light to bounce off the Moon, Venus or Jupiter. And it's bouncing off red/gray/brown rock, not a freakin' mirror! Star power is amazing.

Credit Where and When It’s Due

Donald Trump found himself an unlikely cheerleader on his third day in the Oval Office: Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Socialist who for months called Trump every name in the book. That’s because Trump signed an executive order withdrawing from the negotiations over a controversial trade deal that both he and Trump swore was toxic to American workers.

“I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone,” Sanders said. “For the last 30 years, we have had a series of trade deals—including the North American Free Trade Agreement, permanent normal trade relations with China and others—which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs and caused a ‘race to the bottom’ which has lowered wages for American workers.”
Love the "neutral" language at the Daily Beast!

Brave New World

‘I no longer have to be politically correct’: GOP politician arrested after grabbing a woman in her genital area

Trump, his supporters, and the GOP in general are filth.

Don’t Watch Donald Trump’s Inauguration

What better way to combat a performer-politician than by diminishing his stage? The lower Trump’s ratings, the less inclined television producers will be to give him the free airtime that was the lifeblood of his presidential campaign. A presidential megaphone can never be totally silenced. But we can do our part to restrict his ability to blanket the airwaves for the next four years and become larger than life.