News post – Catch-23 No. 922 Doublespeak

After Trump’s press secretary called the last week’s inauguration the best attended ever, Trump’s counsellor defended the claim by saying there were ‘alternative facts‘. FYI, there are facts and then there are lies, but I guess saying provably untrue things is one of Trump’s key platforms.

On a related note, George Orwell’s terrifying masterpiece 1984 re-entered the bestseller list at number one.

Other parts of the world, where sanity still prevails, are uniting to right the wrongs inflicted by Trump’s first week in office. Canada is accepting the refugees that would be turned away from America and the Netherlands is putting an initiative in place to replace the funding cut from international women’s health clinics.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 921 Inauguration of the end times

It’s official, President Trump has taken office. His first move was to scrub the White House site of all references to Global Warming and the rights of the LGBT community, then it was time to take the weekend off.

The America First tagline in the foreign policy titles also harkens back to a simpler time – it was the slogan used prior to America’s entry into World War II and is regarded as an anti-Semitic and isolationist slogan. Either Team Trump didn’t punch that phrase into Google before adding it to the letterhead, or they did and decided it was the message they wanted to stand behind.

The betting sites have a range of Trump items to bid on, including how long until he’s impeached (not even odds just yet, but within six months is the current prediction) and which country will host the first visit (Russia is well ahead). Take their odds with a grain of salt – these are the same sites that had Hillary to win and even paid out early to those who backed her. Whoops.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 920 Asteroid detection

Space is a big place so it’s not surprising that we don’t always see the rocks that nearly hit our planet. The asteroid that passed by us a few days ago – approximately half the distance from the Earth to the Moon – was the size of a 10-storey building. Not large enough to close the book on humankind but certainly large enough to wipe a city off the map.

Referencing Michael Bay’s meteor “masterpiece” Armageddon isn’t exactly topical (it will be 20 years old next year), but making fun of his films never seems like the wrong move. He even apologised for Armageddon a few years ago. When Michael Bay admits something is bad, that’s telling you something.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 919 On board

I know I’m not alone in wanting a return to the plate-having days of old, where gravy and breadcrumbs stay where they are supposed to.

We Want Plates shows just how far food serving has gone from the days of plates and trays. Food served on broken china, in hollowed-out books, and inside golden trophies are all things you can find there.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 918 Cause of death

If you’re reading this, you made it through 2016. That year can claim no more victims.

Happy new year, everyone.

Mat