The “Whole New World” News, 25 January 2017

The use of quotations and citations does not imply endorsement.


“If someone’s political stance requires preventing scientists from informing you about your own planet, that’s not politics, that’s oppression.” Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) (Twitter)

“It’s unfair for the citizens of tomorrow to bear the burden through our debt load for the health care of today’s poor.” Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN-4) (Politico)

“A segment of white America thought the bargain was we would elect a black president and in exchange black people would never complain again.” Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) (Twitter)

Carnage “is a stark term that appears to be new for Trump, although it carries forward an idea that’s repeated in this speech and that Trump often stressed, particularly in the final months of the [presidential] campaign. In reality, the nation has seen an overall downward trend in violent crime over recent decades, although some cities have seen spikes in crime over the past couple of years.” Sarah McCammon (NPR)

“The old expression, ‘to the victor belong the spoils’ — you remember. I always used to say, keep the oil. I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq. But I will tell you, when we were in, we got out wrong. And I always said, in addition to that, keep the oil. Now, I said it for economic reasons. But if you think about it, Mike, if we kept the oil you probably wouldn’t have ISIS because that’s where they made their money in the first place. So we should have kept the oil. But okay. Maybe you’ll have another chance.” President Trump, speaking at the CIA. The remarks should be read in full. (Politico, full transcript)

“One of the fundamental rights of every American is to live in a safe community. A Trump Administration will empower our law enforcement officers to do their jobs and keep our streets free of crime and violence. The Trump Administration will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.” on 01/20/2017. The same day LGBTQI rights and climate change disappeared as issues on the White House’s official site. (

“Keep it up, we can hear you.” The regional director for the office of Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), encouraging protestors across the street. (MSNBC; The Rachel Maddow Show)

Myrmidon: “: a loyal follower; especially : a subordinate who executes orders unquestioningly or unscrupulously.” (Merriam-Webster)


11: 11 percent of Syrian immigrants to the United States are entrepreneurs who own their own business. 4 percent of immigrants, overall, have their own business. 3 percent of native-born Americans start their own business. (Fiscal Policy Institute, 2014. APM Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal)

22.36: The cost to each American for all 17 government agencies and programs on the chopping block from the Trump administration is $22.36 annually. For that amount of money, Americans assist in funding, among others, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowments for both the Humanities and the Arts, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. (Time)

91: Former Secretary of State John Kerry’s final tally of countries visited was 91. He traveled 596 days and covered 1.4 million miles. (Boston Globe)

2200: On the first day of the Trump administration’s White House, the website contained 2200 words about Trump’s agenda. On the first day of the Obama administration’s, the agenda on the website began with 25,000 words.

11 Million: More than 11 million dollars is missing from the coffers of the country of Gambia after former president Yahya Jammeh fled the country into exile last week. (BBC)

Other Things:

(1.) So here’s a lovely guide to plants bees love. Save the bees. #SpringIsComing
Hannah Rosengren

Save the Bees.


(2.) According to Kellyanne Conway and President Trump, the people “don’t care” that Trump hasn’t released his tax returns and all talk of doing so “after the audit” have been abandoned. Person, on the off chance that you do care about the release of tax returns, you can sign this petition at As of 10:48 pm on 01/25/2017, more than 349,000 Americans have signed it.

(3.) Here’s yet another new way to freelance. It’s an Uber-world, kids. We’re all just living in it. (See also: Hang a shingle.)

(4.) See graphic. Seriously.

Via Washington Post. Twitter.

(5.) Required reading: (a.) Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. Although, that’s lots of scrolling. You could just watch it here. (b.) Matt Yglesias, Vox, “Donald Trump Is About to Find Out You Can’t Run Government Like a Business.” (c.) Lindsey Graham’s interview on Face the Nation. (d.) What the hell with the gag order on the EPA and USDA?

(6.) And just because we really, really need it. Here are some awesome engagement photos of a couple dressed as a pair of T-Rexes.

Greg Basel and Maria Adams

Greg Basel, Maria Adams via Huffington Post




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