Trump’s Inaccurate Forecast

President (sigh) Trump posted on Twitter that Dorian’s path had included Alabama inside the cone of uncertainty. This was immediately rebuffed by the National Weather Service. To add insult to injury, the President was recorded holding up clearly doctored charts that included Alabama, which was highlighted in black marker, not something the NWS would do on one of their computer generated maps.

A picture of a clearly doctored cone of uncertanty map for Hurricane Dorian
Closer view of doctored hurricane map. – White House Twitter

The idea that our President made a mistake in saying Alabama would be hit, and then not either retracting it and/or simply apologizing for the mistake is crazy. He doesn’t just not apologize, he doubles down saying he was right all along.

You can read more about this idiocy on ArsTechnica and on NPR. For whom I am glad are keeping on top of stupid, childish shit like this.

Hate

Whew, it’s been quite a week. I try not to monitor the news too much, I feel like it becomes this negative growth in your brain and with enough exposure, metastasizes more and more of your consciousness. Ultimately overwhelming your ability to care and connect with humanity.

We’ve been seeing some pretty radical hatred in the already contentious run up to the 2020 election (ugh, already?). People are not even rational anymore, they are just frothing at the mouth about some pretty racist stuff. Stuff that doesn’t even affect them. Why do people act this way? Is it some sort of tribalism to get all angry about some other disaffected group and blame them for everything? It seems so selfish and self-defeating.

I know if I had answers for the above, I’d probably be rich, or dead. People often don’t want to fix problems or to understand themselves. They just want to keep on doing what feels comfortable to them at the time.

I am, however, glad to see there is strong support for the other side of this. Acceptance for differences, integration of new ideas, cultures and viewpoints. We don’t all have to agree, but we do have to get along on this planet. It’s getting smaller and it’s just not viable to be so hateful toward people who are just trying to make the best of a bad situation.

Edit: Sigh. Even things that aren’t even political in nature are, apparently, fair game. Mr. Trump. Please drop out of politics and leave the country to people far smarter and more qualified for the position.