Wait for Trump’s science adviser breaks modern-era record

Oct 25, 2017

By Lauren Morello

Donald Trump has now gone longer without a science adviser in place than any recent first-term US president — by any measure.

On 23 October, Trump broke the record set by former President George W. Bush. Bush’s science adviser, physicist John Marburger, was confirmed by the Senate on 23 October 2001. That was 276 days after Bush took office, and 120 days after he announced that Marburger was his pick for the job.

Trump has also waited longer than any president since at least 1976, when the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy was created, to name his choice for the science-adviser job (see ‘Help wanted’). Although rumours have surfaced periodically about scientists who may be in the president’s sights, the White House has not made any official announcement.

By contrast, Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama took the least time of any first-term president in naming his science adviser. Obama revealed his choice of physicist John Holdren on 20 December 2008 — just 47 days after he won the presidency, and exactly one month before he was sworn in. (Holdren was confirmed by the US Senate three months later, on 19 March 2009.)

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11 comments on “Wait for Trump’s science adviser breaks modern-era record

  • @OP – Donald Trump has now gone longer without a science adviser in place than any recent first-term US president — by any measure.

    But Trump has a host of pseudo-science advisers and they don’t need funding for all that researchy stuff!

    Besides! – As twitter shows, – Trump knows ALL the answers, without bothering to ask professional advisers! 🙂

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  • Trump knows ALL the answers…

    Trump knows he doesn’t have the answers. The point is that he doesn’t care. He has other things on his mind: his own self-aggrandisement, increasing the concentration of wealth, privilege, power, protecting the wealthy from too much democracy, and, ultimately, gaining total control.

    He will go without a science adviser or hire a plant, a mole, an operative – like Pruitt, someone who represents the interests of big business. What else will he do? Science? Why should we expect Trump the racist, fascist, Plutocratic Oligarch to be interested in science? The EPA has already been infiltrated by vermin doing the bidding of chemical corporations and the fossil fuel industry, etc.

    The only science Trump might be interested in is eugenics.

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  • Dan #2 ( The Guitar Man)
    Oct 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    He has other things on his mind: his own self-aggrandisement

    Widespread public debunking can be a great wind-up and put down for such people!

    As you may know, I write (alternative) lyrics for songs from time to time, so as we are approaching the winter party and concert season, I have a little addition to a well known knock-about audience participation song!


    Example [Verse] – see link for chords:-

    Brother Tony was said to be boney he would never eat his meals

    So they gave him medicinal compound and now they move him around on wheels


    We’ll drink a drink a drink to lily the pink the pink the pink

    The saviour of the of the human race

    For she invented medicinal compound most efficacious in every case

    Additional or substituted verse!

    Old Donald Trump … an American runt …

    Thought he’d rule the world alo – o – one

    So they gave him, Medicinal compound

    Now he’s king … . . of his day-care home!

    I’m sure many audiences would love to sing along with this!

    I shall be testing it myself shortly – but should you – or any musical friends wish to make use of it – please feel free to do so!

    Unfortunately such a medicine has yet to be invented in the real world, but the sooner some is found for Trump the better! 🙂

    A scientific development of a holographic suite – after the style of Star Trek, would also be a useful containment feature, where Trump could sign executive orders and address simulated cheering audiences to his heart’s content! – without his actions escaping from the computer simulation into the real world!

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  • Stephen Fry;

    “The best move in chess is not always the best move but the one your opponent doesn’t want you to play. If we all stop talking about Trump, that is the move he doesn’t want us to play”

    Or words to that effect!

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  • I see that in the absence of scientific medical advisors, Trump has declared an opioid emergency along with FAKE federal help. There will probably be enough misleading or incompetent reporting, to con many Americans into believing that he IS giving help!


    US President Donald Trump has declared the nation’s painkiller-addiction crisis a public health emergency.

    Mr Trump announced a plan to target the abuse of opioids, which kill more than 140 Americans each day, at the White House.

    The president has previously promised to declare a national emergency, which would have triggered federal funding to help states combat the drug epidemic.

    The move instead redirects grant money to be used in dealing with the crisis.

    Thus ensuring de-funding research on long-term solutions!

    Mr Trump is signing a presidential memorandum directing his acting health secretary to declare a nationwide public health emergency and ordering all federal agencies to take measures to reduce the number of opioid deaths, according to senior White House officials.

    The order will also ease some regulations to allow states more latitude in how they use federal funds to tackle the problem.

    But the White House plans to fund the effort through the Public Health Emergency Fund, which reportedly only contains $57,000 (£43,000).

    The Trump administration will then work with Congress to approve additional funding in a year-end spending package, senior officials said.

    Anybody who understands planning large operations, arranges CREDIBLE finance FIRST!

    Other elements of the directive include:

    Allow patients further access to "telemedicine"
    so they can receive prescriptions without seeing a doctor

    Make grants available to those
    who have had trouble finding work due to addiction

    The Department of Health and Human Services
    will hire more people to address the crisis,
    particularly in rural areas

    Allows states to shift federal funds
    from HIV treatments to opioids,
    since the two are linked as drug users often share infected needles

    The absence of scientific, administrative and medical advice in drawing up this farce, is only too obvious|!

    $57,000 (£43,000). from an emergency fund shared between all the states to take on more staff and run a major programme????

    De-funding HIV??

    The announcement comes after Mr Trump’s pick for drug czar withdrew his nomination following a report that he helped neuter government attempts to tackle the opioid crisis.

    Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino pushed a bill that reportedly stripped a federal agency of the ability to freeze suspicious painkiller shipments.

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  • Olgun # 4,

    Good point.

    The petty shortcomings of the Trump administration preyed upon by media serve as a distraction while ‘savage’ republicans get on with their sinister schemes.

    “While everything is focusing on that, the Paul Ryan republicans, who are, in my view, the most dangerous and savage group in the country, are busy implementing programs that they have been talking quietly about for years. Very savage programs, which have very simple principles. One, be sure to offer to the rich and powerful gifts beyond the dreams of avarice, and [two], kick everyone else in the face. And it’s going on step by step right behind the bluster.”

    As evidence, Chomsky points to the configuration of the cabinet:

    “Take a look at the cabinet. The cabinet was designed that way. Every cabinet official was chosen to destroy anything of human significance in that part of the government. It’s so systematic that it can’t be unplanned. I doubt that Trump planned it. My impression is that his only ideology is ‘me’. But whoever is working on it is doing a pretty effective job, and the Democrats are cooperating – cooperating in a very striking way.”

    The Democrats should be keeping the Republicans in check, but by playing along with the media circus they deserve part of the blame.


    G – C – G7 – D? I think I can handle that. 😉

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  • Dan #6
    Oct 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    G – C – G7 – D? I think I can handle that. ?

    I tried it out on stage in a bar earlier tonight!

    The audience sang along with the choruses and liked the new verse.

    Now he’s king … . . of his day-care home!

    Now he’s king of . . . . his day-care home!

    It scans better with the split in the line after the “of”.

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  • Alan4discussion #7

    Oct 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I tried it out on stage in a bar earlier tonight!

    The audience sang along with the choruses and liked the new verse.


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  • Dan #6 and #8
    Oct 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    G – C – G7 – D? I think I can handle that. ?

    These simple chord sequences always sound richer on my best guitar.
    (12 string Martin acoustic/electric) and contrast with the solid electric Fenders used by others in the band.

    I finished with that well known popular anti-pollution song “the Road to Hell” by Chris Rea!

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