Author: Harry Herget

Alternative Facts = Negative Value

Alternative Facts = Negative Value   In the world of science, alternative facts have NO transactional value. When world health authorities say the corona virus is real, you can’t trade “it’s a Democratic hoax” for calm on Wall Street. When world health authorities say the corona virus has reached pandemic scale, you can’t trade “it’s under control” for calm among rational thinking people. You can’t say, “tests for corona virus are available to anyone who wants one” when that’s a documented lie. You can’t say, “the virus will go away when temperatures go up,” when health experts admit they don’t know if it will. You can’t put a bandaid on a severed arm or leg by saying, “a vaccine will be available soon.” After exposure to the virus you shouldn’t refuse to be tested because you’re in “perfect health.” You shouldn’t translate solutions for the virus into monetary palliatives. You shouldn’t blame the EU for “seeding” the virus in the U.S. when containing and mitigating its lethal effects, here and now, are paramount. T Rump is a global health hazard and should be quarantined. Bottom Line: We need to trade T Rump, no, give him away, to Zimbabwe.   ###30###  ...

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Liar’s Virus

Liar’s Virus   Another new viral contagion that affects anyone who hears what T Rump says and refuses to challenge its veracity. From what I’ve learned empirically is at least 15,000 lies have to be told before the virus takes hold and creates a potentially lethal problem.   Here are the symptoms: When asked if you are worried about the corona virus you reply, “No.” When asked why, you reply , “It’s a Democratic hoax.” You refuse to take any precautions arguing, “T Rump has it been under control.” You look forward to your upcoming cruise boasting “This will go away as soon as we cruise into warmer temperatures.” When warned about visiting the nursing home to see your great aunt, you argue, “Why not?  I’m feeling fine.” When the NCAA decided to cancel it’s annual men’s basketball tournament, Broadway shuttered shows, the NBA canceled the balance of their season, Professional baseball suspended spring training and delayed opening day, major meetings and regional festivals were canceled, etc., you were incensed. Why? You said “I’m feeling fine and the president said I could go out and even go to work. He said it’s a hoax. It’s under control.  Chances are remote it will affect me and, if it did, I would get over it quickly.  So what’s all the fuss about?”   These are classic symptoms of someone infected with...

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Pandemic or Genocide?

It’s Complicated. Pandemic or Genocide In many ways the United States is like a big ship; unsinkable; at the very least, hard to bring down. Many people I know who continue to support T Rump share the attitude, “We know he’s limited and flawed, but how much damage can he do?” Good question.                                                  Time to pause and think about our answer. To extend my analogy, the spreading corona virus is as perilous for the United States as an iceberg is for a huge, titanic-sized ship. Importantly, what lies beneath the surface, what you don’t know about the lethality of a new, viral contagion, can have disastrous consequences. Deadly consequences. Edward John Smith witnessed this truth 108 years ago on April 15, 1912. As he saw the flagship of the White Star Line, the “unsinkable” Titanic, succumb to the inevitable, he committed to forfeit his life to the same fate. He was one of 1517 casualties that fateful day; in fact, nearly seven of ten passengers aboard the Titanic perished. Our president, T Rump, is perpetrating a cruel and deadly hoax on a vulnerable and innocent America.  He’s doing deliberately what Captain Smith suffered accidentally. This is where T Rump crosses the line that separates a deadly, containable pandemic from malevolent, ungovernable genocide. Yes, some Americans are naive and doggedly defensive of every word that spills from T Rump’s lips,...

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Selective Justice

Selective Justice I was willing to cut Chief Justice Roberts some slack for remaining silent when T Rump assailed (Federal) District Judge Gonzalo Curiel for being “Mexican”.  Per Trump, the appearance of being from Mexico mandated the judge’s recusal from presiding over a $40 million class action suit against Trump University for fraud. Thanks to his xenophobic comments about Mexicans being “rapists”, T Rump believed a person with a Hispanic name would automatically return his hate by being prejudiced against him:  Tu Quoque. Then Roberts presided over the Impeachment trial in the Senate which, by any objective measure, was a sham. This proceeding was monumental; however, it was absent any discovery.  No witnesses or documented inculpatory evidence was allowed.  To make a stand in favor of a real trial would not have changed the trial’s outcome, but would have given the proceeding and its overseer the judicial stature they deserve.  But, no.  Roberts chose instead to hide behind his silence. Judge Amy Berman Jackson presided over the trial of Roger Stone who was charged with seven felony counts.  When the jury found Stone guilty on all counts, Trump tweeted that the forewoman of the jury “was totally biased as is the judge.”  His tweet was sent prior to sentencing. Judge Jackson is a federal judge and Justice Roberts is her judicial guardian.  I waited and waited but silence, once again,...

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Politicizing Physics

Politicizing Physics   Newton’s Third Law: Revised. “For every Faction, there is an equal and opposite Re-Faction. “If Faction A exerts a force on Faction B, then Faction B must exert a force of equal magnitude and opposite direction back on Faction A.” Translated into Political reality: Faction T Rump Vs Faction Bernie.   The voting public is as polarized today as the politicians they elect. Surprised?  I doubt it.   It’s the size of these opposing forces, or factions, that is surprising.   On the right is T Rump’s base. Mostly white.  Mostly racist. Resentful and prone to hate. They’ve suffered through eight years of a Black President and, in their view, an equally insufferable trend toward more federally funded entitlement programs. They feel ignored and alienated by their government and focus their antipathies on those the government embraces and favors with their give-away programs. They’re reconciled to supporting a lying tyrant. Anger fuels the enmity of many.   Opposite this faction, on the left, is Bernie’s base. It consists of people of all races and colors.  They favor government subsidies for healthcare, education, food, as well as job and retirement security. They’ve invested their hopes in a confessed democratic socialist. Fear is the dominant response of most to an increasingly hostile political environment. Both factions support lower taxes on individuals and higher taxes on corporations. Each base...

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