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Time for another fun Trump Administration Science Roundup! Since it’s about the Trump administration and science, it will of necessity be brief. For starters, there’s this shocker: The science division of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) now has zero (0) staff, which is down from nine full-time staffers during the Obama administration. The last three holdovers from the Obama years left their jobs Friday and locked up the office, which will now presumably be used to store coal. Here’s now-former assistant director for biomedical and forensic sciences Eleanor Celeste’s farewell tweet:

But don’t feel too bad! The White House isn’t worried at all, because a “White House official” explained to CBS News that there’s still plenty of science in the other divisions of the OSTP, at least all the Trump White House needs:

“All of the work that we have been doing is still being done” […]

“Under the previous administration, OSTP had grown exponentially over what it had been before,” the official said. “Before the Obama administration, it had usually held 50 to 60 or so policy experts, director-level people, for all of OSTP.”

The Obama administration staffed the OSTP with more than 100 employees.

The Trumpers have kept on some 35 staff for the OSTP, so that’s a much more appropriate number, because it just is. Those Obama people were positively lousy with science, even though real Americans don’t like science so much. Besides, even though the science division is currently uncontaminated by any science, there are still other divisions of the OSTP, like the National Security & International Affairs Division, the Technology & Innovation Division, and the Environment & Energy Division (soon to be renamed the Drill Baby Drill Division, we guess). Who needs a “Science Division” in the White House, anyway? Frankly, it sounds pretty divisive.

And now the White House is pushing back, insisting that the science division does so have people working there; deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Huffington Post that the CBS report was a filthy dirty lie by filthy dirty liars who hate America:

“This is not true,” Sanders said in an email. “Sadly, someone was more concerned about attacking [President Donald Trump] than getting their story straight.”

Have we ever had reason to doubt anyone in the White House press office? We have not, not ever, except from Day 1 forward. Be on the lookout for a video of some guy with the CBS logo over his head being pushed out an airlock into deep space. Another White House official familiar with the OSTP told HuffPo that the science division actually has 12 staffers, out of a total of 35 people in the OSTP. Huh. same total as the other report, but suddenly the science division has a third of OSTP’s staff? That sounds very probable, particularly coming from an administration what doesn’t merely deny climate science, but also has serious problems with basic math, like “which picture of a crowd is bigger?” and “how can you pretend your budget adds up when it has a $2 trillion math error?”

Afghanistan FIRST Global team. (Image via FIRST Global)

In other America Science News, the State Department has denied visas to a team of six teenage robot-building girls from Herat, Afghanistan, whose robot was accepted into the FIRST Global Challenge, to be held in Washington DC later this month. The contest organizers send a kit of some standard components to all the competitors, but what they do with them to accomplish the robot’s task (in this case, sorting balls) is up to the teams, which have to design, program, and build their own robots. The girls were already hit with one setback — the package of parts from FIRST was held up forever in Customs because any technology going into Afghanistan is obviously going to be used for IEDs. While waiting for the package to arrive, the girls built some concept robots using household materials and pure grit; once the official parts arrived, they had three weeks to make their official contest entry.

The girls had to travel 500 miles from Herat to Kabul to the U.S. embassy for in-person interviews as part of the process of applying for visas. In fact, they made the trip a second time after being rejected the first time around.

Their sponsor, Roya Mahboob, who founded a software company and became Afghanistan’s first female technology CEO, said the team’s acceptance into the tournament was a Big Deal for women in tech in her country:

“It’s a very important message for our people,” Mahboob says. “Robotics is very, very new in Afghanistan.”

She says when the girls first heard the bad news about their visas, “they were crying all the day.”

Forbes points out that the type of visa the girls sought, for business travel, is “pretty tricky” to get in the first place, with only 32 of them granted in Afghanistan in April 2017, compared to 138 approved in Baghdad for the same month. The State Department doesn’t comment on why particular applications are denied, because applications are confidential. So maybe this is just a routine bummer rather than a targeted bummer.

Still, at least the robot gets to go to Washington to compete, and the girls will watch on video. Former congressman Joe Sestak, president of FIRST Global, called the girls “extraordinarily brave young women” and said he was disappointed they wouldn’t make it to DC for the competition. Other teams of teens from the Middle East, including teams from Iraq, Iran and Sudan, were able to get visas, but one other team, from Gambia, was also denied. Extreme Vetting works in mysterious ways, but don’t you feel a lot safer?

Finally, Donald Trump did do one thing that’s kind of sciencey, or at least Big Tech-y; Friday, he signed an executive order re-establishing the National Space Council, which was disbanded in 1993 after bureaucratic infighting; the new version of the council will coordinate White House policy with NASA and the growing commercial space launch industry. It’s worth noting, however, that Trump has not yet named a new NASA administrator, and his science budget will continue the Republican effort to prevent NASA from doing Earth science, because global warming is a hoax invented by China to put us at a disadvantage. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin was at the ceremony, and didn’t seem too impressed with Trump, all in all.

Aldrin, for his part, has been pushing for a NASA mission to Mars, although we were sad to see that he also seems to be something of a climate change denier — or at least he was in 2011. (He has a doctorate in aeronautics, not climate science.) Couldn’t he just stick to punching people who say he never walked on the moon?

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  • Villago Delenda Est

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders lies as easily as Donald, and her worthless sire. Like breathing.

    • Joe Beese

      You know, I can shrug off the lying as a given.

      But the constant petulant self-pitying really makes me wish her ill.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Just like Donald. “So unfair!”

      • therblig

        i guess she’s just lucky her brother never offered to play “dog doctor” with her when they were kids.

  • TJ Barke

    Stick a fork in America, it’s done.

  • La forza del resistino

    Donald never got over that no one wanted to be his HS lab partner.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot
    • Villago Delenda Est

      This entire episode is just another example of why my desk repair guy can vacation in Gstaad.

      • Thurman Munster IV

        Not to mention your forehead doctor

    • Celtic_Gnome

      I guess with their visas denied because everyone in their country is a terrorist, they can switch their skill set from robot-building to bomb-building.

  • Vincent Ricola

    “We’ve already discovered how to make 5s into 7s with boobie implants and nose jobs, there’s nothing left for Science to even do. Sad.” – the idiot who calls himself the US predisent

    • Ryan Denniston

      Except then they bleed everywhere!

  • memzilla Ω

    “Under the previous administration, OSTP had grown exponentially over what it had been before… Before the Obama administration, it had usually held 50 to 60 or so policy experts…[t]he Obama administration staffed the OSTP with more than 100 employees.”

    AN INCREASE FROM 50 TO 100 IS NOT AN EXPONENTIAL GROWTH YOU INNUMERATE FUCKWITS.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      You expected them to be numerate?

    • Ryan Denniston

      Science could have told them that! Arithmetic, even geometric would have been fine.

      • FeloniousMonk

        They’d be equally bad. Given two data points, you can’t say more than “it grew” or “it shrank”*.

        * Or “it stayed the same”, for any nitpickers.

    • Swampay

      I was just making this very same comment. You beat me to it.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Great minds, etc.

      • theCryptofishist

        Me, also, too.

        • Swampay

          Hi Fishie! (Swampdog from BRC)

          • theCryptofishist

            Hey! How are things!

      • JCfromNC

        I’m guessing a lot of people are going to make this comment in one flavor or another as the current ones scroll off the screen.

        • Swampay

          It does tend to jump out at you.

    • TheoLib

      Odd wording in the CBS report:

      “Under the previous administration, OSTP had grown exponentially over what it had been before,” the official said. “Before the Obama administration, it had usually held 50 to 60 or so policy experts, director-level people, for all of OSTP.”

      The Obama administration staffed the OSTP with more than 100 employees.

      So the White House spoke of 50-60 “policy experts, director-level people, for all of OSTP.” And CBS speaks of more than 100 “employees”.

      Are the White House official and CBS comparing apples to oranges (possibly in a misleading way by the White House)? If you added 40-50 support staff to the pre-Obama number of policy experts, you might come up with about 100 total employees in the OSTP.

  • Viva La Tabula Raza

    In addition to the promise to “bring back” the coal industry, the White House also announced plans to “bring back” sailing ships, paddle wheel steam ships, and stage coaches. Also, manual typewriters.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Buggy whips! Don’t forget the buggy whips!

      • willi0000000

        Westfield* MA will be thrilled!

        * Westfield, aka “Whip City”

      • Clark_Nova

        Merkin made buggy whips only.

    • Rapiers at dawn.

  • JMP

    What have scientists ever done for us? It’s not like they can answer simple questions like, “Fucking magnets, how do they work?” or “Tide goes in, tide goes out, how can you explain that?”.

    • Nockular cavity

      “How da moon get there? Huh?”

    • TJ Barke

      It’s all a conspiracy by Big Fact.

  • Mike Wallace

    Women. Brown. Science. That’s three strikes. Surprised Trump ddi not have them “disappeared” to a black site.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Trump’s White Houz Offise of Skyience N Taknowlojee Paulisea… Sponsoered by Brawndo! It’s Got Electrolytes!

    http://ejuiceconnoisseur.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/dfw-vapor-brawndo1.jpg

  • Master Contrail Program

    From his heart and from his hand why don’t people understand Don’s intentions?

    • ManchuCandidate

      Because a lot of the people (Trump’s hardcore supporters) are fucking morons.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Oh we understand them just fine. That’s what terrifies us.

    • JCfromNC

      Upfist for Oingo Boingo lyric use.

      “Weird Science” indeed.

  • Indiepalin

    Can’t wait for Sarah Sanders to address the Two-Steak Solution.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      What we really need is a two stake solution.

    • jesterpunk

      Is that where you have one with hunts ketchup and the other one with heinz ketchup?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        One with ketchup, one with catsup. Win-win!

  • Covfefe

    If Donald is resuming missions to Mars, keep an eye on your kids.

  • Ryan Denniston

    “Who needs a “Science Division” in the White House, anyway? Frankly, it sounds pretty divisive.”

    Says the White House that appears to have internalized all other government operations into the hands of Preznit Bannon and Prince Jared.

    • eggs ackly-wright

      Republicans are OK with Science Division as long as division is a verb.

  • Swampay

    As the proud owner of a funny name, I claim the right to observe other people’s names with humor when appropriate. Roya Mahboob. Heh heh. Mahboob.

    • Swampay

      I would post my own funny name for your amusement but there are exactly 2 people that google knows about with my same first and last names. The other one is a kid in Billings, MT. I wouldn’t want the poor kid’s name to be potential fodder for the people who are ruining the internet.

      My last name sounds like an internal organ, but it’s not as funny as Mahboob. Heh. Mahboob.

      (Apologies to Ms. Mahboob, who I’m sure is a delightful person)

      • Creepoman

        Thaddeus Ballgladder, izzat you?
        – Thaddeus Ballgladder, Billings, MT

        • Swampay

          I would trade names with Thaddeus Ballgladder.

  • Ryan Denniston
    • theCryptofishist

      Ah, I didn’t even have to scroll down very far.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Christopher Story

      Unless it can be used to kill someone or subvert a population’s autonomy. That’s good science. Feeding people, clean air and water… That’s the bad science.

  • Covfefe

    What president wants another Galileo?

    • gene108

      He was a trouble maker

  • Bill D. Burger
    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      Please being out the Holy Hand Grenade.

  • jesterpunk
    • mailman27

      Tie needs moar scotch tape.

      • jesterpunk

        Obama doesnt need scotch tape for his ties because he doesnt wear cheap Trump ties he wears adult ties that go with the suit.

  • I urge all Wonkers to read “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren as a salve for the chafing brought on by the Idiocracy.

  • gene108

    We’re destroying a generation of would-be scientists by cutting funding to science. People can get PhD’s, but can’t get science-y jobs in their fields.

    This’ll catch up with us one day.

    • armed_bears

      Don’t worry: We can buy science from the Europes and the Chinas.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Hopefully, they’ll accept rocks in exchange.

    • Shanzgood 4 Days

      Or they’ll get jobs in other countries.

    • Doug Langley

      But we’ll have the most educated burger flippers in history!

    • willi0000000

      this caught up to us and ran us over years ago . . . remember a little thing called The Superconducting Supercollider . . . it would have been about three times as powerful as the big collider at CERN . . . it got canned during the construction phase and all the physicists packed up their brains and went to CERN!

      there were some in the House and Senate who decided to hold one of (one of?) the biggest science projects ever undertaken by the human race to it’s guesstimated price . . . a bleeding edge project never comes in at or under budget . . . if it does, it wasn’t bleeding edge!

      the SSC could have been running in the late 90s . . . even at ⅓ power we could have still had the Higgs and who knows what we might have seen at full power.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    The USA is over. If Trump, Pence, and all GOPers were arrested as Traitors *today*, they have still ruined the power and prestige of a once-proud nation.

    We are a joke, a failed empire, and beyond recovery.

    • JCfromNC

      I don’t know that I’m ready to write us off as “beyond recovery” just yet, but it will definitely take years to undo the damage to our reputation as a world leader. And as long as the Republican party continues to have a voice in our government and goes in the same direction it’s going now, it’ll just take that much longer.

      • yyyaz

        How much longer? Infinity and beyond.

    • Christopher Story

      Look at Germany, after two world wars and the sins of the Nazi regime. Sure, it might take a couple generations, but we’re not lost yet.

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        But Germany had its former enemies pumping money and tech and know-how into it to make it so. Who will do that for the US?

      • Shanzgood 4 Days

        Germany admitted to their horrors. The US still can’t face our lingering legacy of slavery.

      • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

        Germany was a nascent democracy which was hijacked by a gang of brutal, malevolent thugs. After the disaster that ensued the German people formed a resolve to never allow such a thing to happen in their country again. The United States is a mature democracy that is having the very fabric of its system attacked, suborned and delegitimized by completely unscrupulous, mendacious fixers who are weakening every single thing that is supposed to make the country strong. The rule of law. Respect for government. A free, unfettered press. The right of all citizens to vote. Once those things have been damaged enough, repairing the damage may well be impossible.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Found on the intertubes and so it’s true.
    Betsy DeVos says it proves man and dinosaurs and Jesus were alive at the same time.
    All questions answered. All other arguments are invalid.

    https://68.media.tumblr.com/75b752c35bb93115377db2184dfb16df/tumblr_mke7hek2TO1rjlj53o1_400.gif

    • The Wanderer

      Betsy DeVos can go rot in Hell with votes.

    • Erala Contratista

      I have the tee-shirt!
      It is true, then!!!

  • gkshenaut

    Doesn’t a finite workload divided among zero workers constitute an infinite workload per worker?

    • WotsAllThisThen

      See? Trump’s science staff is working harder than ever! Something something attacking the president something story straight.

    • Doug Langley

      “It could be infinity. We don’t really don’t know. But it could be. It has to be something — but it could be infinity, right?”

      • theCryptofishist

        There is no infinity. God cannont make a number he cannot count. It just looks like infinity to us mortals.

        • Doug Langley

          God just bumped 8 on its side. He’s clumsy that way.

          • eggs ackly-wright

            Turned it into a Moebius strip. Clever.

      • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

        “It’s like someone once said, there are no corners in the Oval Office to hide in, and I looked around and realized that’s true! Of course, I flunked geometry, so it’s no wonder I was surprised.”

  • Doug Langley
  • theCryptofishist

    It does not surprise me in the least that there’s no one in the White House with enough STEM to explain that while, technically, you could use any one point number as an exponent to get to any other number (because math,) the least cromulent number is going to be “squared” which gives us 2,500. Just sayin’.

  • Bill D. Burger

    The new Betsy DeVos-approved seal for the Dept. of Education

    http://i.imgur.com/nxXCbhT.jpg

  • Joe Beese

    To keep it sciencey, my selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor is insufficiently inhibiting the reuptake of my serotonin this morning, because I’m finding all the news brutally depressing.

    • TJ Barke

      Do you have any weed?

      • msanthropesmr

        “Do you want some roofers? I mean, reefer?”

    • Jennifer R

      My brain juices are all over the place too

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        I’ll get me sponge.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Would it help if I chanted to an invisible sky wizard?

      • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

        Only if it’s the *right* invisible sky wizard.

    • Erala Contratista

      There isn’t a reuptake inhibitor powerful enough to overcome the news.

      I’ve retreated into crossword puzzles and music.

      • Jennifer R

        Those grid logic problems that PennyPress and Dell publish.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          I love those, never go on vacation without them.

    • Doug Langley

      That’s because it’s very selective about which serotonin it reuptakes.

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      I got switched from an SSRI to an SNRI. It helps. But not enough.

      • Jennifer R

        I had better effects on an NDRI (norepinephrine dopamine). Of course now I am on an atypical antipsychotic soooo your mileage may vary.

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          I might, but OHIP is slow to approve ‘new’ drugs for people on disability. And there is no way on God’s green earth that I can afford to buy my own.

          • Jennifer R

            Drugs and Video Games. The two places where something that was invented 25 years ago is still new.

          • Jennifer R

            Also if OHIP is Ontario Health Insurance Program, then the person who told me how wonderful the NDRI I took was on it, and got it through OHIP back in 2010.

          • Komsumverweigerer Ron

            Hmm. Do you remember which one it was?
            Also, there’s a major disconnect between what OHIP approves and what ODSP pays for. In retrospect I should have been clearer, but I’m hot and tired and covered in sawdust.

          • Jennifer R

            Yup she was on ODSP, we were both taking wellbutrin, which is Bupropion

          • Komsumverweigerer Ron

            Oh, right. I was actually on that as a booster for whatever it was I was taking at the time. But as with all psychoactive medications, it stopped being effective after a while.
            Hard to keep up after a while…

          • Jennifer R

            Yeah that is why I am on an anti psychotic.

          • Komsumverweigerer Ron

            It’s odd how often one’s doctor will prescribe one along with an antidepressant. Who knew they’d work together so well?

          • Jennifer R

            Pretty common really.

        • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

          Could you share the brand name? I’m so desperate that I’m resuming ECT treatments next week. God damn, they are awful but I’ve run out of options.

      • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

        I tried Pristiq for three weeks. Headaches were horrible and vivid dreams interfered with my sleep. I had to give it up.

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          Yeah, it has way more side effects than most, though I myself didn’t have any trouble with it – apart from the expense.

          • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

            I am so lucky I don’t have to deal with that. I have Medicare with Medicaid secondary. God bless you, President Obama!
            BTW, I speak some German but what is ‘Komsumver’? I know ‘weigerer’ is resister/antagonist, right?

          • Komsumverweigerer Ron

            It was from yesterday’s post from the fascinating German artist collective. It apparently means ‘consumer resister’ but I’m taking their word (and spelling) for it.

    • msanthropesmr

      You know – they’ve discovered that that’s not how SSRIs have anti-depressant effects? In fact, nobody knows how they work now –
      https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2010/sep/28/depression-serotonin-neurogenesis

      • eggs ackly-wright

        Ah, progress. New horizons and all that.

      • Doug Langley

        Well, that’s depressing.

      • eggs ackly-wright

        Like in Catch-22: “I uptake everything twice!”

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Apply a diluted C2H6O solution liberally to the affected area.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Probably because I’m not good at maths, but growth from 50 to 100 doesn’t look “exponential” to me. It looks like “double.”

    Perhaps if there was a scientist around to explain it to me . . .

    • FlownΩver

      There might be some exponent for which that would be true. Paging Danica McKellar…

      • Opiwan

        50^1.1771838202 will get you 100 to 7 digits of precision…

        you’re welcome?

    • Jennifer R

      Wait until you learn that 7 is half of 10.
      I can prove it with graphs even also too.

  • The Wanderer

    Good article.
    Should I continue to be depressed, or should I continue writing medieval lesbian furry porn? Decisions, decisions . . .

    • TJ Barke

      Whatever floats your boat…

    • OutOfOrbit

      There were furries in the Dark Ages? Who knew?!

      • theCryptofishist

        Nothing but furries in the Little Ice Age.

      • The Wanderer

        Reynard the Fox is medieval furry fiction.

    • E K Wallace

      Always porn. Mine involves lesbian telepaths at the moment.

    • Jennifer R

      Like you even have to ask. And you missed my posting updates from anthrocon twitter feeds over night also too.

      • The Wanderer

        Well, I don’t have a Twitter account, so . . .

        • Jennifer R

          Posts here I mean

          • The Wanderer

            Ah. Sorry.
            How was the con? Well attended?

          • Jennifer R

            That is what it sounds like. I can’t deal with more than five or six people at once so I only saw it via other people. They did escort out the confederate flag fursuit guy again. 3rd year in a row they had to tell him his suit was banned. Some notorious alt right fur was arrested for flight from a felony drugs charge as well.

  • Something like this…

    America: My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de539213f6268307c53e1dbb05546c6136e2318cfe6964bd04618d44161c9bdb.jpg

    • Paperless Tiger

      The Cult of Ignorance uses the acronym GOP, because they can’t spell good.

  • Michael R
    • Shanzgood 4 Days
      • OutOfOrbit

        That’s odd & so are you.

        • Shanzgood 4 Days

          I don’t mind!

          • OutOfOrbit

            I guess it goes without saying that if a person’s posting here, there must be something off about them.

          • Shanzgood 4 Days

            But nobody posts here.

          • OutOfOrbit

            The rools donut say “Posting is not allowed”. They say “Comments are not allowed”
            So there!

    • Marion in Savannah

      I see that kitty went through a wormhole and got spaghettified.

  • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance
    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      We’re almost there, Carl.
      We’re almost there.

      • msanthropesmr

        Almost?

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          There’s still a few rational people left in the country.

    • BigCSouthside

      I don’t know if Carl could have seen this level of anti science propaganda

    • Kiri the Unicorn

      “Sliding back into superstition and darkness” kinda implies we were at one point clear of it, which I don’t think was the case. I think the difference is that we used to marginalize superstition; now it’s encouraged and celebrated. Turns out that getting people to be ignorant is really easy.

    • Alexander Stallwitz

      Oh my god, thats frightly close to where we are now

  • andyshelt
  • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance
  • jesterpunk

    But on the bright side those purity ponies didnt need to vote for a candidate that wasnt 100% perfect.

  • msanthropesmr

    Eh. While the women from Afghanistan should have gotten visas, FIRST robotics is one of those 1% scams – relying on volunteer labor, while a great deal of the proceeds go into the orgs pockets. While Charity Navigator ranks them high – the expenditures I’ve witnessed on many occasions, before I stopped donating a great deal of time to the org, were not directed at the teams, but mostly at the overhead. Still wondering how they come out ahead on Charity Navigator.

    The private school teams always had advantages – and T_Shirts, etc. etc….

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Huh, good to know.

      • msanthropesmr

        Yeah – I did a lot of volunteer work for them – all of the judges are volunteers – and you didn’t get anything – not even lunch. And the entrance fees are outrageous – considering that schools donate the space….

        https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/pricing-and-payment

        And, FIRST gets Navy/DoD to pay teams’ fees, so it always seemed like a giant grift0go0round.

  • Someone needs to tell trump that “science fiction” doesn’t mean that science is fiction.

  • elviouslyqueer

    deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Huffington Post that the CBS report was a filthy dirty lie by filthy dirty liars who hate America: “This is not true,” Sanders said in an email. “Sadly, someone was more concerned about attacking [President Donald Trump] than getting their story straight.”

    And the award for Best Candidate to Have a Damn Seat goes to…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f3c8ac59529717488261c564aba779ec8eb7d64cb68bc6be80a111f0bcf5d88c.jpg

  • Mr. Blobfish

    We’ll just follow behind the rest of the world with a shovel and broom.

  • Joe Beese
    • Doug Langley

      And what happens once their patience runs out?

      • The Green Bastard

        Pee tapes?

      • bobbert

        Bass solo.

  • This could also be a long term electoral strategy as the inevitable USA brain drain (to France, by invitation) will keep the regressive base intact.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Pareidolia — a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists. Trump has neither plan nor ulterior motive. He is just destroying things he associates with Obama or doesn’t understand.

      • Viva La Tabula Raza

        My dad says that Trump is undoing all of Obama’s accomplishments because he has a small dick.

      • “He is just destroying things he associates with Obama or doesn’t understand.”

        One of those non-pattern patterns, eh?

        • Phrieda Ω

          In his mind that is a distinction without a difference.

      • Resistance Fighter Puipui

        He is just destroying things he associates with Obama or doesn’t understand.

        So… all the things, then? That seems like it pretty much covers everything.

    • Mavenmaven

      Singapore. And when all the Asian postdocs stop coming here, and lab work in the US crawls to a halt, with all the reductions in the NIH, we’ll all just be cheap labor like some third world country of which Trump is a more natural “leader”.

    • kareemachan

      Canada is also reaping the benefits here. And they are getting a whole lotta advanced studies students from other countries, as they won’t consider the US any more.

  • Joe Beese
    • TJ Barke

      Jesus… when you don’t even have Fox support…

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      And it’s a Fox poll? That means the disparity is even more skewed than they’d admitting.

      • The Green Bastard

        Last I read, non-Fox reports had support for the R shit sandwich was around 17% but that was a *while* ago. By now, it’s probably in the single digits.

        • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

          Nope, it’s still weighing in at about 17%.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Chris Krispie has 15% approval.

            Those numbers are as close to zero as you can get in a national poll. The 15th percentile of the IQ distribution is a pretty dismal place, full of flat-earthers, creationists, and Trump fans.

          • folderol

            The Earth’s not flat?

            Hey! What are you saying?

    • And that is Fox news.
      lolz

  • I really miss having a Vulcan in the White House. We’re not going to live long and prosper with Harcourt Fenton Mudd running the country.

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      Harry Mudd libelz! He was a much more accomplished, charming thief than Donnie.

    • TJ Barke

      We have a Pakled in the White House now.

    • sadboy

      If only we could stick him on a planet with android copies of his ex-wives…

    • Reince Pubis

      He’s more of a Zapp Brannigan, without the military career.

    • BadKitty904
      • Internet Hitler

        Mitch McConnell is kinda nostalgic for polio.

        • BadKitty904

          Well, considering McConnell is a moral enterovirus, hisownself…

        • Old Man Yells at Cloud

          He is looking forward to the price increase of his shares of stock in “American Iron Lung Inc”

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      This administration is more of a combination of the intelligence of the Pakleds with the morality of the Ferengi.

  • Crystalclear12

    Idiocracy was a MOVIE, not a blueprint!!

    • Last Hussar

      Kakiocracy

  • h4rr4r

    It could have been so much better.
    http://i.imgur.com/FuLLDKD.gif

    • BigCSouthside

      For an old guy he can throw

      • BadKitty904

        That was my husband’s comment – “I hope I can swing a right hook like that when I’m his age.”

      • BreakingDeadMen

        Buzz fucking Aldrin, motherfucker.

      • Old Man Yells at Cloud

        When his fist makes contact, its his “Lunar Lander” cause the other guy sees stars. :)

    • BreakingDeadMen

      The guy he socks actually has a longer video on his youtube..he thinks it doesn’t make him look extra douchey somehow
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OROlF8zB9z0

    • Mike Steele

      Like Buzz, that clip never gets old.

  • Mavenmaven

    Look, if no one is capable of doing “the math”, the Republican health plan has a higher chance of passing (of passing on tax cuts to the Rich).

  • BadKitty904

    Well, this is certainly good news for America’s global competitors!

    • Resistance Fighter Puipui

      Also, presumably, somehow, for John McCain.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Really, what has science done for Republicans’ lately? Made it harder to deny anthropogenic climate change, harder to pretend there’s such a thing as clean coal, harder to get to Mars on a budget of zero dollars – shit, science has been useless since it made us take lead out of gasoline.

    • True story:
      So, here at new job, the guys think I am SMRT or something because I went to college and all of that. Today, old dude 1 asks what do you think, climate change natural or man made?
      And in my head I went PROGRESS. No more real or unreal.
      So I told him both, and how it is being exasperated and that we better do something before the rest of the world passes us by (I did not add they already have done so: Need to break things gentle to old wingnuts).

      • Johnatx

        Any progress is good. Unfortunately, the conversation that we should be having is “how do we best transition from fossil fuels without destroying the economy.” Maybe someday

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          The transition is underway – driven by the economy. Even the Koch Bros, with all their billions and all their paid liars and all their money-grubbing politicians, can only slow it down a bit.

        • covfefesumgame0005

          not only that but how do we transition and leave “Olive Garden” behind too?

    • Internet Hitler

      On the other hand, with science they can hack the next Russian election so Trump can WIN there, too!

      • goingohm

        THIS is the best idea since gift-wrapping your garbage and leaving it in your unlocked car at the mall during the garbage strike!!

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    “The universe is not infinite. It is 140 characters.” #DeletedTrumpTweets

  • Yr. Gma

    The rest of the world will continue with science and innovation and bypass the US. However, there are still pockets of sanity in the country, and I will offer up California as a place where science is still the standard over prayer. (Yes, I know there are loons here, too, but they are currently out numbered.)

    • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

      California used to be known as “The land of fruits and nuts.” At the time, who knew that would become a reason to move there and two of its most redeeming qualities.

      • Courser_Resistance

        Kinda funny that most of the states with booming high-tech sectors and economies are BLUE states.

        Funny how that works out…

    • The rest of the world has already surpassed us.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Massachusetts, also too. We have schools and stuff.

      • Old Man Yells at Cloud

        Except Boston…

        Ian Faith: The Boston gig has been cancelled…

        David St. Hubbins:What?

        Ian Faith: Yeah. I wouldn’t worry about it though, it’s not a big college town.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Colorado too! We’ve got absolutely scads of people moving here to work at tech startups and smoke weed!

      Unfortunately, it’s driven housing prices up to the stratosphere. An apartment in Denver cost as much as one in Oakland now.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      The Research Triangle Park area of North Cackalackie, also, too –blue and a good economy –as opposed to most of the rest of the state.

      • BoatOfVelociraptors

        They still have bathroom hangups. It’s fine for a Seattle libtard like me, where the locals always save the middle urinal for me after the movie gets out.

        • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

          That’s the Art Pope bought state General Assembly being assholes about local governments making their own choices. Pope and his ilk can’t see/understand that it’s the blue, liberal cities that are the economic success stories in the state.It’s certainly not rural, dirt poor eastern NC where the giant, polluting hog farms are.

    • Ms.Moon

      Bronx Science NY. Eight Nobel Prize winners on the alumni roster thank you very much.

      • Old Man Yells at Cloud

        Let’s all give them a big Bronx Cheer! “Rah!! Go Bronx!” What did you think I meant?

    • Resistance Fighter Puipui

      Terrorist fist jab WITH SCIENCE from Washington State! West Coast high tech blue states represent!

  • Love me some Buzz Aldrin. Anyone who sat his fanny on top of a giant, Rube Goldberg contraption that had the total power of 2/3 of an atomic bomb blast if it went off all at once (and there was always a decent possibility of that happening), and walks ON THE FUCKING MOON, gets a pass from me. Plus, he made snow angels in Antarctica. And made faces at the preznit. Badass.

    Extra-cool nicetimes! Read these articles about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin: http://www.badassoftheweek.com/neilarmstrong.html
    http://www.badassoftheweek.com/aldrin.html

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      My favorite astronaut quote (I think it was John Glenn) was that as they sat in the rocket, they realized that every component had been built by the lowest bidder.

  • Internet Hitler

    I’ll be damned if I’ll let some Afghani robotrix come over here and sort my balls!!1!! That’s a job for Murcan robots ONLY.

  • Rick Hill

    Doing, literally, everything possible to make our country a third world hellhole.

  • Johnatx

    Damn. I am a scientist. PhD and all. It was virtually impossible to find enough qualified hires before. These tools are going to f things up for at least a generation.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Those Afghan girls should count their blessings. Some American cop could take one look at them, being all Afghany in proximity to circuits and servos and such, decide they’re terrorists, and cuff them or worse.

  • Alt-dog

    “Under the previous administration, OSTP had grown exponentially over what it had been before,” the official said.

    Dear anonymous White House official: that term “grown exponentially” does not mean what you think it means. You would know this if you had a basic understanding of science.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Gee . . . if only there was a place in the White House where you could ask science questions.

      • Last Hussar

        What about… No hang on,

        • Weird Fishes

          Yeah, no. Sorry.

    • Ducksworthy

      The White House Official probably meant the growth was logarithmic.

      • toughsister

        Maybe a Fibonacci series?

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      Doubling every 1 Million years is exponential growth.

    • Sakonyachen

      Also too, they said they were still doing all the work they were doing before. 50 to 60 employees has dwindled to 35. Sounds like Trump’s vision for America. Work harder and get less so the elites get all the profit. Bigly.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    “This is not true,” Sanders said in an email. “Sadly, someone was more concerned about attacking [President Donald Trump] than getting their story straight.”
    Clearly, the people who left the office empty and locked the doors behind them have no idea how many people still work there.

  • Scooby

    The sign on the door should read ‘Office of Science and Theology.

    • whitroth

      That’s Money and Theology.

      • Old Man Yells at Cloud

        That might be a bit confusing as the office of bribe drop offs is that funny round one.

  • Daniel Hooper

    That’s awful to hear about those girls who got denied to accompany their robot to the competition. Machine’s get treated better than people.,,

    On a less serious note; did anybody else have to stifle a chuckle that their female sponsor last name is Mahboob? I know it’s a different culture and everything, but it feels like that name is a little on the nose.

    • H0mer0

      I know a doctor with that name–Persian I think.

      • toughsister

        Arabic, adopted into Farsi.

    • toughsister

      “Mahboob” is an Arabic word meaning “beloved”. But don’t let your ignorance show.

  • Ducksworthy

    And what good did science ever do for us anyway?

    • Lefty Wright

      Yeah, that B I got in eleventh grade physics ruined my GPA. Science sux!!

      • H0mer0

        I took it in 12th grade so I wouldn’t have to compete against the brainiacs in my class.

      • eastcoastlib

        My niece survived two absolutely horrid parents ( Meth addicts, physically abusive, multiple arrests) is 19 and studying at my Alma mater, UNR, to become a molecular biologist. She is also a rabid Trumpkin. I’m praying she grows out of it.

    • phoenix00

      Just like War, absolutely nuthin’

    • toughsister

      Yeah, really! Other than the fact (among 1 000 000 000 000 000 others) that your life expectancy is longer than 32 years.

  • CATMAN

    I knew we were in trouble when Donny replaced a Nobel Prize winning physicist at the Dept of Energy with a C student in Animal Husbandry and now the march of ignorance continues unabated

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      He studied Animal Husbandry until they caught him at it on day.

    • John Thorstensen

      Well, Steve Chu had a Nobel, but I think the one Trump replaced was Moniz, who doesn’t have a Nobel AFAIK but who is very competent (of course).

      We had a faculty member some while back who’d been on the staff with Chu at Bell Labs back in the day — this guy opined that Chu was the greatest experimental physicist he had ever seen.

  • Sharon Cooper

    We’re gonna have to create an intellectual underground, aren’t we? Jesus.

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      We already have one, its called a college campus. Tumpanzees won’t go on the one cause its filled with that elite book larnin’ and they fear catching multisyllabic words.

  • pgjack

    Steven Hawking made a great statement published today about Trump’s actions concerning global warming being a threat to human survival but then Trump and Pruitt are both so much smarter than Hawking so why should anyone care what the professor says.

  • folderol

    I never walked on the moon. Just say that I did, I dare ya. Punk.

  • Sakonyachen

    Ya know, just looking at the lunar lander gives me doubts about the moon landing. That doesn’t inspire me to harass an elderly astronaut and insult him.

    Let’s suppose for a moment that the landing didn’t happen. That means that Aldrin and friends have spent their life living a lie because they believed their mission to convince the world that America made it to the moon first was necessary for our morale(seems to be the only plausible reason for such a huge deception). If that were true, they have been sacrificing their dignity to serve their country for half a century. One should probably not pester and offend any of them. They may be a bit bitter.

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    I don’t know if I believe in science or religion any more. Back when I was young the scientists said we’d have flying cars by now. I’ve been praying for a flying car. Where’s my flying car?

    • Zyxomma

      Prototypes exist. Several are trying for commercial production, but are beyond the means of all but the wealthy. Here’s one; there are others: https://www.terrafugia.com/tf-x/

    • People can’t even drive on roads, imagine how fucked up things would be if they were airborne!

      • Mike Steele

        while texting…

    • toughsister

      Would you rather have a flying car or a cancer cure?

  • Zyxomma

    I fucking love science.

  • BoatOfVelociraptors

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QXZ2RzN_Oo
    And that’s how the rockets got their glare…

  • phoenix00

    If Buzz Aldrin punched DT with our without votes, NO COMPLAINTS FROM ME.

  • SomeOtherDude

    Tweeter in chief doesn’t grasp that Twitter is a science thing.

  • Panika MCD

    the West Wing on selling science:

    TOBY
    Drug addiction is a disease. It’s a… it’s… it’s a… medical problem. It
    can be
    treated. This isn’t ideological. It’s science.

    AL
    It’s science to you.

    TOBY
    [big sigh] Science is science to everybody, Al.

    JOSH
    [enters] What’d I miss?

    BARTLET
    Toby was just explaining to Al that science is science to everyone.

    AL
    And I believe that science is science to everybody. I just don’t think you
    can sell that.

    JOSH
    I’m sorry, Mr. President. While Al tries to come up with something easier
    to sell than
    science, would you mind if I spoke to Toby and Leo alone?

    those were the days….

  • Jo Mathie

    At that moment Buzz was all of us around the world.

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