Trump Cuts NIH Budget By $1.2 Billion? Not Quite.

Fakenews really bothers me. Because it’s a subtle manipulation of the way we think and talk and feel. We used to call it “spin”. But, it’s gone to a new level over the past few years. The news is even less about facts, and even more about maintaining that media narrative–in spite of facts. Take this headline from NBC’s Maggie Fox: “Trump just proposed an immediate $1.2 billion cut to NIH.” Now, that headline is kinda-sorta of accurate (explained below). And people–otherwise smart people–have already started complaining that people are going to start dying and be deprived of medical research (whatever that means) …

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Last Known Survivor, Chapter 1

72 HOURS AGO. FORMER STAFF SERGEANT Shane Wagner buttoned his dress shirt’s cuffs–maybe for the last time. Winding his tie under his shirt collar, Wagner caught himself in the mirror again. He hadn’t shaved–or even slept. His eyes were bloodshot. His black hair oily and unkempt. Yet, the freshly pressed business suit he’d put on survived the long flight from Washington D.C. to Zurich. Wagner fumbled with his necktie in the mirror. Useless things, he thought. Wagner felt more at home in a jumpsuit working on his truck. Back in Missouri, with Wendy and the kids and dogs. But Wagner …

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