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Alternative Facts?

We must remain vigilant and test everything and anything coming out of the White House. Don’t be deceived. Stay awake. Shine your light. And as William Stafford wrote in his poem: “A Ritual to Read to Each Other” —

“For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give — yes or no, or maybe —
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.”

Let’s keep the signals very clear!

Here’s my response to #alternativefacts:

Alternative Facts

Do facts alternate?
Are they sometimes true, sometimes false?
Are they bits in a computer,
Sometimes zero, sometimes one?

Facts can evolve.
Humans are learning creatures;
This makes facts always relative,
Ever changing as we grow.

And sometimes facts can flip,
Like from zero to one.
Science is like this:
Old theory disproved, new theory proposed.

But it is rare for facts to flip, flop, flip.
They are not bits in a computer to turn off and on.
Alternative facts are devolutionary;
They take us back to old “facts” disproved.

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