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Doctor Who Quote About 'Alternative Facts' Sounds Awfully Relatable 40 Years Later

Doctor Who Quote About 'Alternative Facts' Sounds Awfully Relatable 40 Years Later
Beth Elderkin
Sunday 4:35pm

Forty years ago today, Doctor Who aired an episode where the Doctor cautioned his soon-to-be companion Leela all about the dangers of people altering facts to “fit their views.” Huh, now where does that sound familiar?

It’s the 40th anniversary of the classic Doctor Who episode “The Face of Evil Part 4.” The episode, which aired January 22, 1977, is all about the Doctor trying to make peace between two warring tribes, the primitive Sevateem and the technically brilliant Tesh. After Xoanon, a computer who the Sevateem worship as a god, takes control of Leela’s mind, the Doctor breaks her trance through hypnosis. But not before reminding her, and the audience, how hard some people work to convince themselves or others that there are five lights.

“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common,” the Doctor said. “They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views.”


Video at Gizmodo's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gizmodo/videos/10154944087503967/?pnref=story

Rename the White House press secretary position!

Should he be called the Trump Information Officer in honor of Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Iraqi Minister of Information?

Or the Minister of Truth because he pushes Newspeak and shoves factual documents down memory holes?

Maybe he is the re-incarnation of Joseph Goebbels should share the title of Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda

Wormtongue, after Gríma Wormtongue who was a minion of Saruman, and worked to weaken Théoden and his kingdom through lies and persuasion.

"Voice from the sky" after the ANT-20 "Maxim Gorky" propaganda aircraft, Joseph Stalin's propaganda plane which was equipped with a powerful radio set, printing and leaflet-dropping machinery, radio stations, photographic laboratory, film projector with sound for showing movies in flight, library, etc.

Secretariat for the Congress for Cultural Freedom, the CIA anti-communist advocacy group.

Squealer, from Animal Farm – A small, white, fat porker who serves as Napoleon's second-in-command and minister of propaganda.

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” - - Adolf Hitler
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/adolfhitle385640.html

From Antarctica to Europe: Women's Marches Around the World

Pictures aren't showing - go to the link at the bottom to see some amazing photos!

From Antarctica to Europe: Women's Marches Around the World
By Nina Lin
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017

From Antarctica to the Netherlands, global marches and rallies for women's right were held around the world in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the Women's March in Washington, as well as the 600 "sister marches" held across the United States, on Jan. 21, 2017. See the photos.

Paradise Bay, Antarctica
Some 30 people joined the global Women's March from Antarctica. Linda Zunas tweeted photos of the march from the seventh continent, with demonstrators holding signs reading "Penguins March for Peace" from Paradise Bay, Antarctica, on Jan. 21, 2016.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Demonstrators make their way from the iamsterdam statue in front of the Rijksmuseum towards US Consulate during the Women's March held at Museumplein on Jan. 21, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Melbourne, Australia
Demonstrators take part in the Melbourne rally to protest against the Trump Inauguration on Jan. 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. The marches in Australia were organized to show solidarity with those marching on Washington D.C. and around the world.

More: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politics/Womens-Marches-Around-the-World-411415705.html

At March in Tallahassee - maybe exceed capacity UPDATE - 15,000 attended!

They moved the rally inside because of weather. People still coming and it's shoulder to shoulder!

The venue was maxed out - lots of people left out in the rain. Some of those marched on to the Florida Capitol Building, the original march destination.

I was seated in the balcony above the floor - we arrived early and I realized I would never make it up the hill from the starting rally point so my husband took me to the end rally point. He ended up leaving our car there, walked down the hill to the start and came back with the crowd. By the time he got there the balcony was beyond capacity and the fire marshal was stopping people from coming in. My husband got inside where I could see him - which was good since he could not hear his phone.

A little after I spotted him I was maxed out on being in a crowd (that's why I don't go to many events, I just can't take being around a lot of people for long). Since we could not hear the speeches we decided to leave. The line of severe rain and weather was visible on the horizon so before we left we gave the cheap raincoats we had purchased for the march to two women who had to get back to their cars.

I'm not sure how many people made the march or how many were inside the building. While waiting the women at the venue told me they were expecting between 1500 and 2000. I believe the capacity for the building is only 600 people!

For photos of the event see the Florida Planned Parenthood Alliance Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FAPPA/photos/

ETA - Just got an email from the organizers:
Florida Planned Parenthood Alliance
January 21 at 7:24pm

Thank you to all the 15,000+ people who came out today and marched in solidarity. Every one of you is amazing.
#WomensMarch on Tallahassee

The We the People Petition page is still up!

Someone posted that the Whitehouse.gov was turned into a Trump campaign site so I checked it out. Yes, the first thing you see is an appeal to sign up for Trump updates.

Interestingly, the We the People Petition site is still up. The Obama team wiped all the petitions that had been listed while they were in charge. I'm not sure I want the Trump White House to have my email but I am tempted to start a petition asking Trump to resign because of his campaign staff apparent involvement with the Russian hacking.

Ok - I did it but I am not sure if they are actually accepting petitions. Here it is:

Donald John Trump should resign from the office of president due to campaign staff collusion with the Russians.

Several Trump campaign staff members are under investigation for possible collusion with Russian government hackers that tampered with the election process in the United States. Donald John Trump should resign in order to remove this taint from the office of the President of the United States of America. As Vice President Michael Pence was part of the same campaign, he should resign also. Since Representative Mitch McConnell repressed information about the Russian hacking prior to Election Day he should resign from his office.

While any of these people hold office in the United States government the people of this country cannot be certain that their actions are free from influence by the Russian government.

Donald John Trump and his fellow conspirators should resign immediately.


The PEETUS writes his inaugural speech - and the internet goes wild

The internet roasts a photo of Donald Trump writing his inauguration speech
By Brian Koerber

When times get tough, at least you can still meme.

President-elect Donald Trump is slated to deliver his inauguration address on Friday, so he teased his Twitter followers with a little behind-the-scenes photo of himself writing a speech at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Lots more at: http://mashable.com/2017/01/18/donald-trump-speech-memes/#ml1hnILt05qW

Why Did More Than 80 Dolphins Die in the Everglades?

Why Did More Than 80 Dolphins Die in the Everglades?
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 8:56 a.m.

Dozens of dolphins died in the Everglades yesterday after mysteriously stranding themselves.

The herd of false killer whales, a kind of endangered, oversize dolphin, wormed its way into the narrow channels of Everglades National Park sometime over the weekend. The massive creatures, which can grow to 20 feet and 1,500 pounds, were soon trapped in the silty water, thick with mangrove roots. Scientists scrambled to help the stranded animals, but by yesterday, 81 of them were dead.

The die-off was the worst of its kind in Florida history for the mammals. And scientists say, for now, they have no idea why the animals all but committed mass suicide.

"Response teams continue to work trying to assess the scene after 95 false killer whales stranded along Hog Key in the Florida Everglades," according to NOAA Fisheries Service, which has coordinated the response. "The remote location makes it challenging for biologists to get to the scene."

False killer whales, as the name implies, are a close cousin to the more famous — and far better studied — orca. They're the fourth largest kind of dolphin, and they've been spotted in warm waters around the world.

Trump-Lewis feud could be harbinger of new round of hyper-partisanship

This reporter seems to have missed the hyper-partisan actions that the new Congress is passing every single day! Maybe it took John Lewis' statement and The Donald's crass tweets to bring anything to the attention of dense reporters and the oblivious public - but since November 8 and especially since the new Congress began their session, hyper-partisanship has been the rule of the day.
Trump-Lewis feud could be harbinger of new round of hyper-partisanship
By Abby Phillip January 14 at 8:39 PM

A public feud between Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) seemed to jettison any lingering hopes that the inauguration would temporarily ease partisanship in Washington and instead threatened to widen the rift between the two parties.

Lewis’s assertion that Trump is not a “legitimate president” and his announcement that he would skip Friday’s inaugural ceremony prompted the president-elect to sharply criticize the civil rights leader Saturday morning.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” Trump wrote in two tweets. “All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!”

Late Saturday evening, Trump continued to hammer Lewis in a third tweet. “Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!” Trump wrote.

Governor assigns state attorney to investigate complaint against Bondi

Governor assigns state attorney to investigate complaint against Bondi
John Breslin Jan. 8, 2017, 1:47pm

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Gov. Rick Scott has assigned a state attorney to investigate a complaint against Attorney General Pam Bondi over a $25,000 donation made to her PAC by President-elect Donald Trump.

The complaint, that the attorney general may have ditched thoughts of joining an investigation into Trump University’s Florida offshoot, Trump Institute, in return for the contribution, is one of a number Bondi faces at both state and federal level.

Massachusetts-based criminal attorney J. Whitfield Larrabee, who has already filed complaints with the Florida Commission on Ethics, the Florida Elections Commission and Florida Bar, said he wants to know if there is any potential criminal wrongdoing in connection with the donation, which was delivered in September 2013.

Larrabee, based in Boston, appears to be the only complainant against Bondi at the state level. She faces various federal investigations.

The Liberal Redneck: Thanks Obama

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