The media lapdogs are barking again.
Scott Waldman / Scientific American: Trump's Science Advisor, Age 31, Has a Political Science Degree
That would be SA, the same site which recently blacklisted Bill Nye from "science" going to the State of the Union with Trump's NASA nominee. And printed this study, "Men Resist Green Behavior as Un-Manly."
In one study, we threatened the masculinity of male participants by showing them a pink gift card with a floral design and asking them to imagine using the card to purchase three products (lamp, backpack, and batteries). Compared to men shown a standard gift card, threatened men were more likely to choose the non-green rather than green version of each item.
That one came from two professors of marketing. They suggested putting wolves on things. It's not a Portlandia skit, it's the sad tattered remnants of the Scientific American.
And Scott Waldman has a degree in the highly rigorous scientific field of... journalism. "Scott holds a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from Earlham College."
If it's good enough for the Scientific American, it's good enough for the White House.
But let's look at what sort of creature Obama had as his Science Advisor.
Holdren and the Ehrlichs maintained "there exists ample authority under which population growth could be regulated." Hiding behind the passive voice, they note, "it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society."
To underscore they mean business, they conclude, "If some individuals contribute to general social deterioration by overproducing children, and if the need is compelling, they can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility" (pp. 837-838). Moreover, if the United States government refuses to take proper measures, they authorize the United Nations to take compelling force.
I don't even know who Trump's Science Advisor is, but I'm going to guess that he never called for implementing the Handmaid's Tale in America.
One way to carry out this disapproval might be to insist that all illegitimate babies be put up for adoption—especially those born to minors, who generally are not capable of caring properly for a child alone. If a single mother really wished to keep her baby, she might be obliged to go through adoption proceedings and demonstrate her ability to support and care for it. Adoption proceedings probably should remain more difficult for single people than for married couples, in recognition of the relative difficulty of raising children alone. It would even be possible to require pregnant single women to marry or have abortions, perhaps as an alternative to placement for adoption, depending on the society.
So the Handmaid's Tale is real after all. On the left.
The idiots dressing in red can go protest outside Obama's next speech. And we can rest easy that no matter whom Trump picks as a Science Adviser, he can't be this bad. It's simple statistics.