Presidency Reinvented.

WASHINGTON — When President Trump meets with aides to discuss policy or prepare for a speech, he may ask about the pros and cons of a new proposal. He may inquire about its possible effect. He may explore the best way to frame his case.

But there is one thing he almost never does. “He very seldom asks how other presidents did this,” said John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff.

Mr. Trump is the 45th president of the United States, but he has spent much of his first year in office defying the conventions and norms established by the previous 44, and transforming the presidency in ways that were once unimaginable.

via For Trump, a Year of Reinventing the Presidency – The New York Times

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Flights of Fancy

Written Words Never Die

‘One day man will fly, and he will have wings to help him soar into the sky. His wings will be made of metal heavier than rocks. He will fly higher, further and faster than the swiftest eagle.’

‘And you my friend are a dreamer and a fool. Come, join me, have another drink.’

‘But it is true, Neleos, my friend, for I had seen all these things in my mind’s eyes.’

‘That you have, my friend, as surely as all the Greek fools will one day unite as a nation. And what’s more, we will launch a thousand ships just so one fool among us can win a maiden’s hand.’

*** Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2017 ***

And who is to say such a conversation did not take place?

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Updated 13 Dec 2017:Jane Stanfeld’s comment inspired me to continue this micro fiction – one that I…

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The Great Nutrient Collapse!

In the outside world, the problem isn’t that plants are suddenly getting more light: It’s that for years, they’ve been getting more carbon dioxide. Plants rely on both light and carbon dioxide to grow. If shining more light results in faster-growing, less nutritious algae—junk-food algae whose ratio of sugar to nutrients was out of whack—then it seemed logical to assume that ramping up carbon dioxide might do the same. And it could also be playing out in plants all over the planet. What might that mean for the plants that people eat?

via The great nutrient collapse

The Winding Path

Written Words Never Die

Alastor took the hill road which went around the town of Attica. The byway was a narrow path, one that added two hours to his journey.

He had to avoid the town, for there were many enemies there, led by the resident blacksmith and his confederates. What had started off as rivalry between two tradesmen had ended in a flurry of fisticuffs.

Alastor, though built like a bull, was a retiring sort of a fellow. After that fight, he decided to take his mother, his only family, to a nearby village. The gods smiled upon him. Without the need to pay local gangs, as was the lot of tradesmen in Attica, Alastor levied lower prices for his services and that channelled a ready stream of custom to his iron works. Over the years, the village, an eclectic collection of people who had fallen foul with the overt and covert powers…

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Scientists came to explore the fabled waters of the Arctic — but their work could also change its future. – Washington Post

This icebreaker’s objective was to carry scientists into little-charted seas high in the Canadian Arctic. There they planned to map regions of the seafloor at high resolution and pull up a sample that could reveal what happened here at the close of the last ice age, 10,000 to 12,000 years ago

via Scientists came to explore the fabled waters of the Arctic — but their work could also change its future. – Washington Post

No Moore, Roy

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The people of the state of Alabama deserve better than for the likes of a homophobic pedophile like Roy Moore to represent them in the US Senate. That Moore is not fit to hold that position was eminently true even before the recent revelations and accusations regarding his alleged sexual harassment/assault were brought to light by multiple women/girls ( one of whom was only 14 years old at the time of the occurrence.

Many high-ranking GOP elected officials came to agree with this assessment after the publicity surrounding the alleged unacceptable behavior began with a thoroughly researched article published in that bastion of establishment print journalism – the Washington Post. But even before that, establishment Republicans were wary of supporting Moore in the GOP primary. Many endorsed Luther Strange, who had been appointed to sit in the open Senate seat until the special election to replace Jeff Sessions after his…

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