Saturday, August 19, 2017

Is Trump the center of the universe?

Scriber’s Usually Unreliable Sources report that Trump has a new slogan: Make Universe Great Again. To make that work, he would have to discredit the last 474 years of astronomical thought.

We, I think safe to say, all of us now believe as Nicolaus Copernicus did in his 1543 book, that the earth revolves around the sun. That was not immediately accepted in the community of astronomers and theologians. The prevailing theory in Europe during Copernicus’s lifetime was the one that Ptolemy published in his Almagest circa 150 CE; the Earth was the stationary center of the universe. Stars were embedded in a large outer sphere which rotated rapidly, approximately daily, … (See the Wiki entry on.)

Suppose you were so ego endowed that you thought that the entire universe revolved around you. When challenged, by way of explanation you might upend nearly five centuries of astronomic theory and evidence. So it went on Saturday when Donald Trumpeted a new theory of the solar eclipse.

New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz explains in Trump Says Sun Equally to Blame for Blocking Moon.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Attacking the media for its “very unfair” coverage of Monday’s solar eclipse, Donald J. Trump said on Saturday that the sun was equally to blame for blocking the moon.

“The fake news is covering the eclipse from the sun’s side instead of the moon’s side, but if you look at it from the moon’s side the sun is blocking the moon’s side,” he said. “There are so many sides you can’t count all the sides.”

Additionally, Trump tore into the sun itself, calling it a “showboat” for its role in the solar eclipse. “The sun thinks the world revolves around it,” Trump said. “Sad.”

Trump said the sun was a “big problem” that his predecessor, Barack Obama, did nothing to solve, but that that situation was about to change.

“It will be handled—we handle everything,” Trump said, adding that a preëmptive military strike on the sun was “very much on the table.”

Scriber’s Sources reported that Donald said “Because I handle everything, I am at the center of the universe.”

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