April 4, 2017

Establishment Press Ignores DNC Chair’s Scream: ‘You Didn’t Win the Election!’

Searches at the Associated Press’s main national site and at the New York Times indicate that the last newsworthy thing new Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez did was to demand, i.e., not “ask for,” as the AP sanitized it, “resignation letters from all DNC (Democratic National Committee) staffers.” This means that neither outlet considers Perez’s repeated profanity-laced rants last week that Donald Trump “didn’t win this election” newsworthy.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Loses It: Won’t ‘Aid And Abet’ Trump’s Surveillance Claim

The wagon-circling campaign to protect Obama administration and intelligence community officials who spied on Donald Trump and his transition team during his presidential campaign and post-victory transition is moving into hyperdrive. On Monday, CNN’s Don Lemon proclaimed that “there is no evidence whatsoever” supporting Donald Trump’s claim about having been “spied on illegally” (note the inclusion of the word “illegally,” which is crucial), and declared that he would not “aid and abet the people who are trying to misinform you.”

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (040417)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: From Yale to the seminary — a neuroscientist’s story

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

Apr 4, 2017 / 06:02 am

Jaime Maldonado-Aviles thought that he would be spending his life behind microscopes at Yale as a neuroscientist. But his life has taken a dramatic turn, and he is now discerning the priesthood at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

“I have to seriously explore these questions,” Maldonado-Aviles said of a constant nagging he felt towards the priesthood.

“At different times, the question would come back: If I see myself at 90 years old, close to death, would I say to myself, ‘I should have entered seminary?’” he told the Washington Post.

Maldonado-Aviles was 34 and working at Yale as a neuroscientist in a post-doctoral position when he seriously began to explore the pull towards priesthood that he had felt his whole life.

He grew up in Puerto Rico and attended the National Institutes of Health, earning his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh. He has studied everything from eating disorders to mice brains throughout his research career, and was offered a dream job in his home country of Puerto Rico working at a pharmaceutical university with tenure.

He turned the job down, and instead decided to enter six years of seminary.

While Maldonado-Aviles is a seasoned science scholar, he will spend the next couple of years learning another spectrum of education in seminary: Catholic theology and philosophy. …

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