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A Week of Trump

A few highlights of DJ Trump’s first week in office.  For those interested in more up-to-date and thorough coverage, suggest looking into Mic.com’s “Navigating Trump’s America.”

What He Did A link for more information
Forbid U.S. foreign aid funds from being directed to organizations that provide abortions. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/23/world/trump-ban-foreign-aid-abortions.html?_r=0
Kellyanne Conway’s body language calls bull shit on her words (:21 second mark, but worth the whole 1 minute and 9 seconds). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWisKr-ztUk
Shawn Spicer claims its possible to disagree with facts. (Maybe he can review belief, opinion, inferences, and how they differ in rational argument) http://heavy.com/news/2017/01/sean-spicer-first-press-briefing-white-house-disagree-with-the-facts-video/
DJ Trump insists his inauguration crowd was bigger than Obamas. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/us/politics/trump-white-house-briefing-inauguration-crowd-size.html
DJ Trump lies to members of congress about winning the popular vote. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/23/us/politics/donald-trump-congress-democrats.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news)
DJ Trump administration orders government agencies to stop public statements. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/26/us-federal-agency-crackdown-epa-sean-spicer  https://psmag.com/scientists-worldwide-react-to-trumps-muzzling-of-u-s-climate-research-3f9d45f5323b#.tu8v1h54f
DJ Trump orders Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines to move forward. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/01/trumps-dakota-access-pipeline-memo-what-we-know-right-now/514271/
DJ Trump orders a wall with Mexico to be built. http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/01/25/donald-trump-executive-order-dhs-border-wall-immigration.cnn
DJ Trump orders visas to be stopped for 7 countries, including for refugees http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-exclusive-idUSKBN1582XQ?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social
DJ Trump Claimed torture is effective and will re-open black sites. https://mic.com/articles/166695/president-donald-trump-says-intel-officials-say-torture-absolutely-works#.CyiELAA0i
DJ Trump will investigate voter fraud although no such evidence exists, a point previously admitted by his adminstration. http://www.npr.org/2017/01/25/511655860/despite-criticism-of-claims-trump-seeks-investigation-into-voter-fraud
DJ Trump threatens federal intervention in Chicago. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-chicago-carnage-234145
DJ Trump attempts to begin cutting funding for sanctuary cities https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/25/trump-slashes-federal-funding-sanctuary-cities/CEXMyIvNZXEgtDTOOoyn3N/story.html
Administration moves to reduce American role in United Nations https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/us/politics/united-nations-trump-administration.html?ref=politics
DJ Trump does not mention jews or anti-semitism in his Holocaust remembrance day message https://mic.com/articles/166919/donald-trump-s-holocaust-remembrance-day-statement-fails-to-mention-jews-or-anti-semitism#.q8B08xiOE     https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/27/statement-president-international-holocaust-remembrance-day
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Hypocrite in Chief

DJ Trump spun another record of hate and bigotry this past week.  Signing an executive order banning visas and refugee admissions for citizens from seven countries.  These countries (Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somali, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) are predominantly Muslim, and the ban has widely been seen as a partial fulfillment of Trump’s campaign promise to ban Muslim immigration.  DJ Trump not only campaigned on banning Muslim immigration, but also discussed registries, and reinstating covert sting operations.

A master of delusion, alternative facts, and hypocrisy, DJ Trump and his band managed to condemn their own actions in Section 1 of the executive order, which oddly is currently not available on Whitehouse.gov.  The third paragraph of Section 1 states

In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

 

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary persecute is defined as:

  1. to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically  :  to cause to suffer because of belief

  2. to annoy with persistent or urgent approaches (as attacks, pleas, or importunities)

It seems within reason to say that a person who has emphasized ‘islamic’ when discussing radicalized terrorist organizations, called for a systematic ban on Muslims, advocated for a registry of Muslims in the United States among other acts and is not Muslim himself, has persecuted those who practice a religion different from his own.

It also seems within reason to say that a person who has supported freedom to deny services to someone based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, and opposed same sex marriage has acted to oppress Americans of certain sexual orientations.

Mr. Trump and Pence, perhaps heed your order’s own advice and feel free to leave the country.

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A Little on What DJ Trump Has Done

Trump is now 48 hours into his presidency, but he has exerted influence and already made decisions that Americans should be aware of.  One of the most important decisions any person makes, and especially important for the President of the United States, is whom you choose to surround yourself with.  For the President, this inner circle who will carry out DJ Trump’s directives and policies is embodied in 15 cabinet positions.

But for a Populist president that ran against the elite and rich, championing the working-class man, his cabinet seems to favor the 1%.  A person’s net worth does not provide soothsayer vision of how they will perform their job, but it does provide insight into the lens of which they view the world and what their priorities may be.

Trump Pick 2016 Net Worth Obama 2009 Pick 2009 Net Worth
Vice President Mike Pence

$211,510.00

Joe Biden

$87,500.00

Agriculture Sonny Perdue

$6,000,000.00

Tom Vilsack

$732,500.00

Commerce Wilbur Ross

$2,500,000,000.00

Gary Locke

$4,485,000.00

Defense James Mattis

$3,000,000.00

Bob Gates

$5,960,000.00

Education Betsy DeVos

$5,100,000,000.00

Arne Duncan

$2,647,000.00

Energy Rick Perry

$3,000,000.00

Steven Chu

$7,555,000.00

Health and Human Services Tom Price

$13,600,000.00

Kathleen Sebellius

$2,964,000.00

Homeland Security John F. Kelly

$100,000.00

Janet Napolitano

$427,516.00

Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson

$30,000,000.00

Shaun Donovan

$6,056,000.00

Interior Ryan Zinke

$675,500.00

Ken Salazar

$84,500.00

Labor Andrew Puzder Had an income of over $4 mil in 2016, net worth not available Hilda Solis

$347,503.00

State Rex Tillerson

$150,000,000.00

Hillary Clinton

$31,241,000.00

Transportation Elaine Chao

$22,800,000.00

Ray LaHood

$40,507.00

Treasury Steve Mnuchin

$40,000,000.00

Tim Geithner

$3,167,000.00

Veterans Affairs David Shulkin Hold over from Obama Administration (Annual income $170,000) Eric Shinseki

$2,969,000.00

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

$7,520,000.00

Eric Holder

$8,068,000.00

Total

$7,876,907,010.00

$77,344,526.00

Data was collected from Open Secrets Center For Responsive Politics, and Washington Post

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Crowd Surfing in NYC

In case you missed it, there were marches, rallies, and protests taking place around the world on Saturday, January 21st. The reason each marcher chose to participate may have been unique to themselves, but overarching themes included women’s rights, civil rights, human rights, climate change, and general to hell with trump banter among others.

I was in New York City and participated myself.  Please see here to answer your subconscious, or perhaps persisting, question of “what did I accomplish?”

But what was I among our many?

After Trump was offended by people calling his inauguration crowd small, news outlets have been hesitant in offering crowd estimates.  They claim it is a complicated and tricky science.  But it’s not difficult, it is not really scientific, and it is dependent on a number of judgement calls.  Really, one key variable.  What was the population density per square foot?

Figuring out the square feet of a march is pretty straight forward, width of the street X by distance traveled.  From utilization of google maps measurement feature, counting the number of lanes on each street, and doing some multiplication, the march at the time I participated (which may not have been peak, 1:30-3:15) was 603,537 square feet. This is from 51st street to 42nd street on 2nd ave, along 42nd street from 2nd ave to 5th ave, then up to 55th street along 5th ave.

At the time of my participation the march was stagnant.  I squeezed along on the sidewalks of the route, and at times walked down parallel blocks to make my way to the end. First assumption, to be aware of, I’m calculating the people in that space at that time.  A more complicated analysis would utilize a differential equation to calculate the flow of marchers in and out over the hours of the event .

The tough decision, population density.  A figure used to estimate crowds in Times Square for New Years Eve has been 2 square feet per person.  Other figures have included a range of 2.5 (mosh-pit density) to 4.5 (dense crowd) square feet.

Utilizing the dense crowd number of 4.5 square feet per person gives a low end estimate of 134,119. Taking the Times Square on NYE figure (which I think anyone present would tell you thats what it was like) 0f 2.0 square feet per person, provides an estimate of 301,768 people.

Splitting the middle, taking a figure of 3.25 square feet per person, gives an estimate of 185,703 people. (This is a conservative estimate because throughout the day many joined and left as well as groups were splintering beyond the outlined route)

Placing this in perspective, if the people gathered at the NYC march were a city to themselves they would have made up the 180th largest city in the United States, slightly ahead of Worcester, Massachusetts. The number of participants also surpassed cities such as Providence, Rhode Island (by 5,000); Tempe, Arizona (by 10,000); Vancouver, Washington (by 13,000); McKinney, Texas (by 22,000); Kansas City, Kansas (35,000); Syracuse, New York (by 40,000); and many many more.

Width (feet) Length (feet) Square feet
2nd ave (51st down to 42nd)

66

2376

156816

47th (1st ave to 3rd ave) 

27.75

1320

36630

42nd (2nd to 5th)

55.5

2772

153846

5th (42nd to 51st)

46.25

3405

157509

Sidewalk (the whole route)

10

9873

98736

Total

205.5

19746

603537

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