Is Trump the “New Coke” of politics?


New Coke was introduced when I was in graduate school in 1985, replacing the iconic brand with a sweeter, supposedly better tasting formulation. The change was a complete and total failure with Coca Cola Classic reappearing after a few months, or was it? Even though Coca Cola has denied it, I have always felt that it was a brilliant marketing move. Coca Cola’s brand had become stagnant and uninspiring, and the best way to prove the value of something is to take it away, which is exactly what Coca Cola had done.

Similarly, it may be that people will value clean air and water, health care, and social programs only if they are taken away, and that is exactly what is happening. Unfortunately, this policy change is not a three month period, and it will take four years to bring these things back. But maybe then, people will then appreciate what they have and not take things for granted.

See also DONALD TRUMP IS TODAY’S “NEW COKE” for another article expressing similar views.

Note: I was not aware of this article when I wrote this post; however it is interesting to see that others have similar thoughts.

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March for Science: Science About Politics

mark_microscope_edit_002The March for Science will take place April 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C., St. Paul, MN, and elsewhere. This march is not for just Democrats or Republicans. Instead, it is a non-political march designed to highlight the importance of science and of decisions based on sound science.

I march because I support science:

  • Photographs (and the selfie) define us and who we are.
  • Cell phones and digital cameras capture memories as they happen.
  • Without photography, we would be left with only a few very expensive paintings.
  • Dyes, pigments, and other materials last for generations.
  • Printing allows the rapid dissemination of ideas.
  • Driver’s licences, IDs, and passports establish identity.
  • Medical imaging saves lives.

mark_pen-tester_editI have worked in medical imaging, consumer photography, and security printing. In these fields, different technologies come together to create products that would be impossible without science.

I march because I support science, and science supports me.

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All new cameras must have Automatic Double Chin Removal

unflattering-donald-trump-chin-photo-ps-battle-34In a new executive order that will effectively ban film-based cameras, President Donald Trump is requiring that cameras and camera phones incorporate Automatic Double Chin Removal (ADCR) technology. “Look,” said Trump, “I am tired of seeing photos of my double chin, and now I can do something about it.”


Donald Trump with ADCR

The executive order, which takes effect in 45 days, will require that all new cameras and camera phones that are sold in the U.S. incorporate ADCR to automatically block or digitally remove all double chins. In addition, the executive order instructs the Secret Service to inspect all cameras at presidential events to ensure compliance with ADCR requirements.

The order also prohibits the sharing, dissemination, and publication of double chin photos. When asked about freedom of the press, Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated that ADCR was a national security matter and that he would allow no further discussion.

For more on Donald Trump’s double chin, see Donald Trump Would Hate For You to Click And Share These Pics of His Double Chin,  Trump Is Insecure About His Double Chin, Internet Takes It To Task, and Donald Trump asked the media not to publish unflattering pictures. So the internet did this.

Note: This post was originally posted on February 15, 2017 at

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