The Land of Mediocre.

Upon completion of this survey, it was found that although some departments noted no decrease at all, many of the most prestigious institutions saw a drop of up to 40% in international applications.

Science in Trumpland

In an extremely large survey of 49 of the largest physics departments in the country, representing 41% of all enrolled physics graduate students in the United States, an overall decrease of almost 12% in the number of international applicants was observed from 2017 to 2018.

This was a tremendous surprise, as no such study was even planned. The impetus for this study was prompted by a small number of American Physical Society members contacting the Office of Government Affairs to report a substantial decrease in the number of applications from international students. Upon completion of this survey, it was found that although some departments noted no decrease at all, many of the most prestigious institutions saw a drop of up to 40% in international applications.
Full article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2018/11/06/america-is-no-longer-attracting-the-top-minds-in-physics/#194a99e24a89

WHO NEEDS ENEMIES IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS LIKE THAT?

Just questions. After Trump betrayed Kurds and announced that they (Kurds) are not very nice people, he moved US military to protect oil fields in Syria.

How is that for a “friend”? “Pentagon officials said on Friday that the United States would deploy several hundred troops to guard oil fields in eastern Syria, despite Mr. Trump’s repeated boasts that he is bringing American soldiers home from Syria. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said that the United States would “maintain a reduced presence in Syria to deny ISIS access to oil revenue,” leaving what military officials said would be about 500 troops in the country, down from about 2,000 a year ago.”

We will see.

Trump declared that “ISIS” is defeated. “We defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate and no longer have any troops in the area under attack by Turkey, in Syria. We did our job perfectly!” he tweeted. Then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on March 22 used the phrase on Air Force One, telling reporters that the ISIS self-declared caliphate had been “100 percent eliminated.” https://www.rollcall.com/news/whitehouse/in-another-reversal-trump-walks-back-claim-of-defeating-100-of-the-isis-caliphate

Why then move military to protect Syria oil fields? From whom and for who?

Ukrainians Decided they don’t want Putin as their Tsar.

Putin promised to work with Ukraine. If he likes election results.

From the horse's mouth
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Putin aspirations.
Russia stuck with another Tsar.

 

It seems that Ukrainians told Putin to go f%$k himself. Putin promised to share his experience. Ukraine declined.

Putin imperial aspirations.
My Greatness.

Blue Hands

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The face of the GOP
The face of the GOP

 

After the State of the Union, you could recognize Republicans by their blue hands.  Why?  You try to sit on your hands for an hour!  On the other hand the GOP should have gotten used to it.  They have been sitting on their hands for over two years now.

The Odd Couple

For you, Mr. McCain and for you Mr. Graham, my advice would be to regain your long-term memory and also some thinking abilities and accept that you two are irresponsible chicken hawks.

McCain and Graham fools
Tough guys. Sacrificing lives of others

“While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the administration cannot escape its share of the blame,” the senators said in a joint statement.  “When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces … over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America’s enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. national security interests.  Sadly, that reality is now clearer than ever.”

“The administration’s narrative that Iraq’s political leadership objected to U.S. forces remaining in Iraq after 2011 is patently false,” said McCain and Graham, military hawks with an active interest in Middle East affairs.  “We know firsthand that Iraq’s main political blocs were supportive and that the administration rejected sound military advice and squandered the opportunity to conclude a security agreement with Iraq.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/04/mccain-graham-blame-obama-for-al-qaeda-related-takeover-fallujah-call-situation/

Sound Military advice?  Sound military advice?

For you, Mr. McCain and for you Mr. Graham, my advice would be to regain your long-term memory and also some thinking abilities and accept that you two are irresponsible chicken hawks.

Talking heads
War criminals responsible for countless death’s and sectarian violence.

And it would serve you well to remember that you supported this unlawful invasion in a country that posed no threat to America. And, the two of you, considering your frequent advice to President Obama, should have known that invasion and destruction of the Iraqi society would lead to sectarian violence.

And now, after this totally unnecessary and criminal war caused mayhem and destruction in Iraq, with thousands of Americans dead or injured and a ruined economy, you have the nerve to blame President Obama for ending the war, ending the disastrous campaign that could not be sustained anymore?  Have you no shame?

Military advice?  Military’s function and duty is to execute orders of the Commander In Chief, not to make policy.  It is your job, your duty, to conduct sound policy here and abroad.  And both of you have failed!

And it would be a sound policy for the two of you to shut up and go away…for the greater good of our country.

World Domination

Out of control Tea Party rules and destroys America. And the Speaker of the House is powerless to stop the self destruction.

Tea party wants world domination
Ted Cruz and John Boehner

 

Tea Party hack
Ted Cruz the Brain

Tea Party controls the GOP
Boehner the Pinky

Ted Cruz and the Tea Party are hellbent on World Domination and are ready to sacrifice the GOP, the country and the whole planet.  They intent to show these liberal inept humans who is the boss around here on this miserable planet.  And you – you little schmuck, Boehner, you can cry your eyes out in awe of Ted Cruz, the Brain and the Teabaggers’ infinite brilliance.  Obamacare, Shmabama-care – who cares!  The Brain Cruz aims higher!

World domination!  Hear Ye, Hear Ye!  The Brain is here!

 

The End of American Exceptionalism.

The day that our most patriotic Americans feared is upon us. This day is an end of American exceptionalism. Obamacare invaded the country and America provides health care for it’s citizens. Just like everybody else.

Tea Party fools
We are refusing to accept Government health!

The Day of Reckoning is here!

Obamacare
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Tea Party Fools
Free but not Obamacare

The day that our most patriotic Americans feared is upon us. This day is an end of American exceptionalism and Freedom. Obamacare invaded the country and America provides health care for it’s citizens…just like everybody else.

Weapons, Not Food

House votes to keep increased spending on ‘unneeded and unwanted’ nuclear bombs (via Raw Story )

The Republican-led House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a measure to roll back spending on B61 nuclear bombs deployed and stored in Europe. Democratic Reps. Jared Polis (CO) and Mike Quigley (IL) proposed an amendment to a water and energy…

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