Thought Chasm these posts, while infrequent and poorly thought out, are also not all that complex, structurally.

Travel Ban Hits Hospitals Hard

The President’s decision is as ill-timed as it was sudden. The initial 90-day order encompasses Match Day, the already anxiety-inducing third Friday in March when medical school graduates officially commit to their clinical training programs. Unless the administration or the courts quickly fix the mess President Trump just created, many American hospitals could face staffing crises come July when new residents are slated to start working.

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Donald Trump, the Religious Right’s Trojan Horse

Consider Vice President Pence, a man who regularly tries to make policy obey the dictates of faith. … Jeff Sessions, Mr. Trump’s choice for attorney general, has said that the idea of a “wall of separation” between church and state “is not constitutional and is not historical.” … Ben Carson, whom Mr. Trump has appointed to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is similarly hostile to church-state separation, arguing that in taking God out of government, “secular progressives have succeeded de facto in redefining part of the Constitution.” Betsy DeVos, the president’s pick for education secretary, is a billionaire patron of the Christian right who once described her work on education reform as a way to “advance God’s kingdom.” … Mike Pompeo, now confirmed as C.I.A. director, sees America as a combatant in a religious war with Islam — a view shared by Mr. Trump’s appointee as national security adviser, the retired general Michael T. Flynn. … Tom Price, Mr. Trump’s choice for secretary of Health and Human Services, has joined Mr. Pence in co-sponsoring bills granting full legal personhood to zygotes.

That sounds like a reasonable, intellectual, and considerate group. With all that brain power, we’re going to do great things.

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The National Park Service Won’t Be Silenced

These federal employees speaking out now understand that science is not subordinate to politics, that truth is essential, and transparency vital to a functioning democracy. They are risking their careers to ensure the public is kept informed. They’re exercising their free speech rights to ensure we know the truth.

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millions protest, not quite as many celebrate

The stark contrast between Obama’s first inauguration and trump’s version were clear for most everyone. This offended the tiny man with tiny hands’ immense ego, so he had his press secretary lie for him. That wasn’t enough though, because he was still seething, so he brought it up again, like a petulant child.

But even more enlightening is the same contrast between those celebrating a trump victory Friday and those outraged by it just the next day. This is a sign of the times, and for those against the cultural reset that the new president represents (most of his ideas and attitudes make Mad Men look like a progressive drama) can be reassured that they are in the strong majority.

That, though, depends on whether you believe your eyes, video, photographic evidence, Twitter noise, nearly all reputable news outlets, and most of the not as reputable news outlets, or if you believe a chronic-lying (why even bother lying about actual weather? why.) megalomaniac.

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At least we know what he’s left with.

Earlier this month, Spicer spoke with former President Obama senior adviser David Axelrod about communications strategy, and Spicer said, “The one thing, whether you’re Republican or Democrat or independent, is that you have your integrity.”

“I have never lied,” Spicer said, adding, “If you lose the respect and trust of the press corps you’ve got nothing.”

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alternative facts

Spicer’s unscheduled press briefing lasted only five minutes, but in that stretch of time, he managed to pack in five lies and chastise journalists multiple times.

Strong start.

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Donald the Unready

But as far as we know, almost no people meeting that description will be in the new administration, except possibly the nominee for defense secretary — whose nickname just happens to be “Mad Dog.”

So there you have it: an administration unprecedented in its corruption, but also completely unprepared to govern. It’s going to be terrific, let me tell you.

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A message to my doomed colleagues in the American media

This man owns you. He understands perfectly well that he is the news. You can’t ignore him. You’re always playing by his rules — which he can change at any time without any notice. You can’t — in Putin’s case — campaign to vote him out of office. Your readership is dwindling because ad budgets are shrinking — while his ratings are soaring, and if you want to keep your publication afloat, you’ll have to report on everything that man says as soon as he says it, without any analysis or fact-checking, because 1) his fans will not care if he lies to their faces; 2) while you’re busy picking his lies apart, he’ll spit out another mountain of bullshit and you’ll be buried under it.

Good luck out there.

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Donald Trump is ‘gaslighting’ all of us

Russia even tried to gaslight US voters, as intelligence agencies concluded, trying to undermine their faith in the democratic process. And when Moscow thought Trump would lose, it planned to promote the view that the election was stolen, under the #DemocracyRIP banner, a plan whose seeds Trump had already planted.

The challenge will be a steep one for journalists and for all Americans, when so much of what comes from the next president has to be checked and double-checked. The first step is to establish when there is a gaslighting operation in progress.

Then comes the battle to hold on to the facts.

Just another thing we need to keep awareness off, in a world that has shown itself unable to maintain awareness. Facebook fake news, Twitter noise, and the general sensationalization of all media will make this all the easier.

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Apple comments on Consumer Reports faulty MacBook Pro tests

After we asked Consumer Reports to run the same test using normal user settings, they told us their MacBook Pro systems consistently delivered the expected battery life. We have also fixed the bug uncovered in this test. This is the best pro notebook we’ve ever made, we respect Consumer Reports and we’re glad they decided to revisit their findings on the MacBook Pro.

Consumer Reports updated their MacBook Pro page, but they are blaming the bug for the previous faulty results. The true problem was their methodology.

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Government by Tweedict

The media should pay less attention what Trump is tweeting and more attention to what Trump is actually doing.

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“We won the popular vote.”

At one point when Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio was saying that the Clinton campaign had failed to understand the fact that 70% of voters believed the country was on the wrong track, her Campaign Manager Robby Mook interrupted: “We won the popular vote.”

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