Don’t Believe A Single Word …

A few things have crossed my radar in the past day or two involving the disinformation campaign being waged by our federal government that have caused me to growl.

The first …

As the New York Times reported two days ago …

“An official at the Interior Department embarked on a campaign that has inserted misleading language about climate change — including debunked claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is beneficial — into the agency’s scientific reports, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times.

The misleading language appears in at least nine reports, including environmental studies and impact statements on major watersheds in the American West that could be used to justify allocating increasingly scarce water to farmers at the expense of wildlife conservation and fisheries.”

The man, Indur M. Goklany, is a deputy secretary with responsibility for reviewing the agency’s climate policies.

“He also instructed department scientists to add that rising carbon dioxide — the main force driving global warming — is beneficial because it “may increase plant water use efficiency” and “lengthen the agricultural growing season.” Both assertions misrepresent the scientific consensus that, overall, climate change will result in severe disruptions to global agriculture and significant reductions in crop yields.”

Mr. Goklany recieves funding from the Heartland Instiute for his work on “Climate Change Reconsidered” reports, according to internal budget and strategy documents form the Heartland Institute, a conservative and libertarian public policy think tank.  He has written a variety of articles for the Heartland Institute, such as …

  • CARBON DIOXIDE: The good news
  • UNHEALTHY EXAGGERATION: The WHO report on climate change
  • Humanity Unbound: How Fossil Fuels Saved Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity

And it is on his advice that our government is making decisions that affect our very lives!

The second

This one isn’t new, but further convinces me we cannot believe a word that comes out of this administration or any of its agencies pertains to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This one is about censorship.

Turns out that in 2017, the ‘Trump administration’ gave the CDC a set of words that are forbidden to be used by the agency.  The words?

  • Vulnerable
  • Entitlement
  • Diversity
  • Transgender
  • Fetus
  • Evidence-based
  • Science-based

You see where this one is going, right?  The CDC is under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a misnomer in the Trump regime if ever I heard one.  And HHS is under Alex Azar who, until signing on with the Trumptanic in 2017, was President of the U.S. division of Eli Lilly and Company, one of the Big Pharma that is keeping the price of prescription medications exponentially higher in the U.S. than in most other countries.  Mr. Azar is a strong critic of the Affordable Care Act, is staunchly anti-abortion, has claimed that the coronavirus isn’t a significant threat to the U.S. (159 cases, 11 deaths as of this writing), and is a contributor to the re-election campaign of Mitch McConnell.  That last one should tell you everything you need to know about Mr. Azar.  This man is not for the health of the nation, but for his own profit!

HHS has also removed information that outlined federal services that are available for LGBT people and their families, including how they can adopt and receive help if they are the victims of sex trafficking.

And now, Nancy Messonnier, the CDC’s director for National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters that the agency stopped sharing data on the number of people tested for coronavirus.

And the third …

The administration has formally revised a proposal that would significantly restrict the type of research that can be used to draft environmental and public health regulations.  What this means is that it would let the federal government dismiss or downplay some of the most important environmental research of the past decades.  If said research relies in part on the medical records of specific individuals whose health problems, or death, were attributable to climate change in some way, then unless the providers of the data are willing to make public those health records, complete with names, and other personal data, the government will disregard the research.

What it means is that the EPA can cherry-pick the scientific data they choose to use, disregarding some for … basically whatever reason they choose.  What it means is that … as in my first example, the government can disregard legitimate science and opt, instead, for the opinion of the man who says that carbon emissions are a good thing for the planet and that the research of other organizations are either exaggerated or false.  What it means is that We the People are being lied to about climate change and other environmental concerns by a group of thugs and yes-men that Trump has hand-picked to do his bidding.

Folks, we cannot have censorship of this sort in our federal agencies.  We cannot tolerate federal agencies changing data to cover the truth with lies. We cannot!  This is not yet a dictatorship, though it surely feels like we are on the brink of it.  This is still, at least in theory, a democratic republic and the people have the right to know the facts, the truth.  We earn that right through our participation in government and by our tax contributions, which seem to be being largely wasted on human scum like Alex Azar, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump and many, many more!

Donald Trump used to tell the masses at his rallies that he was going to “drain the swamp”.  DRAIN THE SWAMP???  There are more nasty creatures in the ‘swamp’ that is the Trump administration than in any other previous administration, bar none, and Donald Trump is the worst of the worst.  Everything I’ve read or researched tells me there is not one single cabinet member who has a shred of integrity.  None.  We are flying blind, because we are being told what the fat ‘man’ in the Oval Office wants us to hear and nothing more.  This must stop!!!

17 thoughts on “Don’t Believe A Single Word …

  1. When it rains in pours in this administration Jill. Great rant. All true. God help us if this man is returned to the White House in November. There are so many nightmare scenarios. We’ve got to stop this…..Btw, sent you an email.

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  2. Jill, organizations take on the personality of its leader. The leader of the federal government behaves in a corrupt, deceitful, bullying manner and rarely lets the facts get in the way of his story. Since he values loyalty more than competency, believing the president is not only a fools’ errand, believing his staff and sycophants is becoming so too. It is sad that America and the GOP tolerate this kind of person in the White House. Keith

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    • Quite so … and I, my friend, cannot imagine continuing to live in this country if he is installed for another four years. I simply cannot do it. I suspect I am not alone. Never, in all my wildest dreams, in my approximately 25,000 days on this earth, could I have imagined that this nation would sink to such a low level and that 40% of the nation would simply not care. Sigh.


    • Ahhhh … then the name seems well-suited to the man, doesn’t it? Sigh. So much corruption, and we only know the very tip of the iceberg. I have no doubt that there is much going on behind the scenes of which we have no idea. Sigh.

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  3. Hello Jill. The US is a plutocracy now, not a representative democracy. The representatives from all the big business are in the high ranking government positions ready to change things to funnel more taxpayer money to business.

    The things you wrote about along with loyalty questions to work for the government in the era of tRump is another step on the footpath of fascism we have been running on the last three years. Each step takes us further from a secular democracy to a authoritarian dictatorship propped up by religious support in exchange for giving the Christian religion power in government. Which dovetails into the subject of gaslighting and denying of reality this administration is engaged in. They want you to doubt anything the news tells you, and the cult to only believe tRump. If anything disagrees with the Dear Leader it can be dismissed without thought as he is the smartest, most loving, caring, wonderful leader to make the country great again. Just look at all the accomplishments that never happened that that State Propaganda TV and his cult followers crow so loudly about. Asked to name specific ones, they can not because they did not happen.

    What I worry about is the damage is permanent now. Small corrections may happen if a Democrat wins the presidency and better laws / judges if Democrats keep the House and take the Senate. However Republicans have seen that this new tRump way works. They will never stop using it. They will continue to use it as as much as possible pushing harder to the wasteland of one party rule they intend to be them. Hugs

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    • I agree with all you say, Scottie, but I don’t know that I’d go so far as to say the damage is permanent. I think some things will take decades to repair, and many things will never be quite the same, but with the right leadership going forward, I think we could eventually come out better than before. That assumes, of course, that we get the ‘right’ leadership soon, and that said leadership vigorously addresses the issue of climate change. Otherwise, none of this will matter by the end of this century, for whatever life remains will be in a constant struggle just to survive. First step … get rid of Trump and all his sycophants … relegate them to the annals of history once and for all. Hugs!

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  4. I’d like to see each of the major Newspapers who are anti Trump and all the lies publish their own Lie of The Week choice for people to vote on. It would be good to know who has chosen the swamp as a way of life along with Trump.and who is funding the latest lies like Big Pharma.

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    • There’s a thought … Lie of the week. So many to choose from! I think, though, that we pretty much know who has chosen the swamp as a way of life, starting with Mitchie McConnell. They seem proud of their traitorous words and deeds, seem to want to brag about them. Sigh.

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  5. Trump is the SWAMP, and the only way to drain it is with EXTRA-STRENGTH DRANO. I really want to suggest BRANO, brain-eating bacteria, but conservatives and other have no brains, so that would be wasted effort.

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