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  • Grinning Cat

    ... false evidence of failing school ... with the agenda of privatizing schools ...

    A tangent, but relevant to "neocon / religious right agendas":

    This summer the Republican Party of Texas opposed the teaching of critical thinking skills in their party platform because they "have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."

    There's much more scary stuff at a Washington Post article, including the full education section of their platform.

    (A left-wing conspiracy theorist could postulate that the Koch brothers et al. want a two-tiered educational system designed to leave the 99.9% unthinking and submissive!)

  • Diane

    Thanks, Grinning Cat. I read the whole Texas Republican's education platform. Stunning. As Stephen Colbert said, it calls for repeal of the Enlightenment. (Direct link below)

    The best thing about it is that lets the cat out of the bag, by putting the specific, detailed "education" agenda of the right wing in plain sight. I think this is representative of the plan other right wing extremists have for national education policy.

    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/416535/july-...
  • Diane

    More highlights from the Texas Republican party's education platform:

    "We support school subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded and which form the basis of America’s legal, political and economic systems."

    "We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills" ...[which have] have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."

    "We support objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories. We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind."

    "Religious Freedom in Public Schools – We urge school administrators and officials to inform Texas school students specifically of their First Amendment rights to pray and engage in religious speech, individually or in groups, on school property without government interference. "

    "Classroom Discipline...to deal with disciplinary problems. Corporal punishment is effective..."

    We support "child-centered school funding options which fund the student, not schools or districts, to allow maximum freedom of choice in public, private, or PAROCHIAL education for all children."
  • Grinning Cat

    Apropos, from Austin Cline's series of satirical posters representing Religious Right beliefs:

     

     

         

     

     

     

     

  • Idaho Spud

    Wow!  The Texas Republican party's education platform is incredibly horrible.

  • Steph S.

    The Republican Party sucks in all states - yuck!
  • Chris G

    Romney panders to to the anti-science Republican base with a

    Global Warming 'Joke.'

    Exclusive: At the Republican National Convention and on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has come up with a new laugh line, mocking President Obama’s policies to slow global warming. In doing so, Romney distorts a quote from an Obama speech in 2008 about ocean levels, reports Robert Parry.

    By Robert Parry

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has offered few details about how he would run the U.S. government, but he has made clear one thing about his environmental views: he has contempt for President Barack Obama’s efforts to promote alternative energy and combat global warming.

    Fitting with the new Republican orthodoxy that climate-change science is either a hoax or hysteria, Romney has incorporated into his speeches a joke about Obama’s interest in protecting the environment, a sure-fire laugh line for the GOP faithful.

    In his acceptance speech on Thursday, Romney said, “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans (pause for mocking laughter) and heal the planet. MY promise is to help you and your family.”

    Romney apparently was so thrilled with the success of his new “joke” that he repeated it while on a post-convention campaign swing. In Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, he elicited more laughs from the crowd when he claimed Obama “famously said he was going to slow the rise of the oceans.” Romney added, “Our promise to you is this: we’re going to help the American people.”

    Not surprisingly, Romney’s recitation of what Obama said isn’t correct. Obama never said “he was going to slow the rise of the oceans,” but rather he said – in his June 4, 2008, victory speech after clinching the Democratic nomination – that “the American people,” i.e. by changing policies and leaders, would look back at this moment as the time “the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

    But more important than Romney’s rhetorical exaggeration is that his ridicule of global-warming again counterpoises that longer-term existential threat against the short-term interests of today’s voters, suggesting that President Romney would ignore the former in favor of the latter.

    more here

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

  • Idaho Spud

    Excellent.  Thanks Ruth.

  • Tony Carroll

  • AgeOfAtheists14

    first vid ends w/ "..proof man has something to do w/climate.."
    http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/62750000/gif/_62750557_2012.gif

    change.

  • Idaho Spud

    Tony, I like.

  • Idaho Spud

    Oldest message in a bottle found.  It was a Scottish Scientific research bottle released in 1914

    http://news.discovery.com/history/oldest-message-in-bottle-120906.h...

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

  • Joan Denoo

    "Science Ruining Everything Since 1543"  I Love it; going into my "Share" file. Thanks Ruth 

  • Tony Carroll

    Love it Ruth. I'm gonna grab it also. Thanks.

  • Idaho Spud

  • borisfrank

    I know this isnt the dating group but I am very interested in talking to a female who is also a working scientist. Alas, I may not get that chance to be one but I really like scientifically minded females more then anything.

  • Steph S.

    Ruth, Tony and Idaho Spud those are great pictures. Playing catch up here.
  • AgeOfAtheists14


    "secular rest of the week" indeed haaaa!

  • TNT666

    Well Boris, I think you're gonna have a hard time :)
    Lots of armchair scientists everywhere though.
    After my B.Sc. in biology I went on to my M.Sc. in zoology, but due to personal circumstance, I did not defend my thesis, I am therefore a "frustrated" biologist, as most interesting employment in biology requires graduate degrees. So I teach science, and work in a cross of paleo and tourism.
    As for dating... I've 100% given up! Not enough people with a science education around, and it's probably the only kind of person I could  truly happily date. I'd like to disagree with myself, but having a higher education in a real science seems to be a real nutbreaker feature for getting along with people!
    Many scientists are pretty independantly minded people, and with the soon to be 8 billion on the planet, I see no justification in pairing up.

    But I wish you every luck :)

  • Steven Paul Leiva

    Ruth -- Great poster!  Thanks for posting it. I 'm going to post it on my Facebook page.

  • TNT666

    Newest book that looks worth reading, from one of my favourites, Ben Goldacre: Bad Pharma.

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  • Idaho Spud

    Until today, I didn't know that fresh water in the lungs does more damage than salt water.

    http://chemistry.about.com/od/waterchemistry/a/Drowning-In-Freshwat...

  • TNT666

    So after reading that about.com web page, I went and did some hunting. Unfortunately, about.com, as per their usual, slightly misrepresent this situation. The speed of drowning is the same whether or not in salt or fresh water. And from the paramedic perspective, there are no stats indicating a difference in rescussitation success between near drownings in fresh vs salt water. A very large number of "fresh water" drownings, are unsupervised children in pools and bathtubs, mostly at home. So what my lungs look like after I'm drowned is not really a great concern to me! This is one of the reasons science is not always the best model for creating social guidelines, sometimes, even when the science is true, it is not relevant in the way we assume it to be.

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    Science Tattoo Emporium shows a nice range of science-related tattoos. Sample

  • Sean Murphy

    Fresh water vs salt water drowning obviously makes no diffeence if you die. but if you are rescued and revived, that is when it makes a huge difference. Salt waster near-drowning victims usually survive, fresh water near-drowning victims often die despite being revived and seeming to be okay initially. Or at least, this is what was being taught in Junior Ambulance Corps back in the 1980s...

  • TNT666

    Well in the world of ressussitation, the 80s is a very very long time ;P
    --the Heimlick manoeuvre is out
    --ventilating is out in single person CPR
    --pulling on a broken leg, etc etc.
    If the survivability statement were true... I would have found reliable statistics... and I could find none. I've also had valid rescue/1st-aid/CPR /lifeguard training uninterrupted up until today. I'm thinking the only relevance is from a forensics perspective, in being able to tell where a person drowned.

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

  • AgeOfAtheists14

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    A tornado of solar plasma

  • AgeOfAtheists14

    oh schnap... Umbutu's got comp.!
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/landing.html
    @250.oo non apple nor windows.. shux..

  • AgeOfAtheists14

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

    World's smallest periodic table, etched on a human hair.

  • Ruth Anthony-Gardner

  • AgeOfAtheists14

    sick sh!t:
    Six scientists and a government official receive 6-year prison sentences; Prosecutors say they provided "incomplete and contradictory information" to residents; The 2009 earthquake killed more than 300 people in L'Aquila; Seismologists say the ruling sets a ...

  • AgeOfAtheists14

    !!!!!!!! the duel was wow!

  • Idaho Spud

    The Beluga whale speaking is interesting.

    The Brain controlled Quadrotor is amazing.

    The scientist put in prison sounds horrible.

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  • AgeOfAtheists14

    @1:05 the tech'porn hits wow!

  • TNT666

    Sexy!

  • A Former Member

    Seven Wonders of the Microbe World

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  • Idaho Spud

    Thanks for the Microbe World vid.  One thing I needed to be reminded of is that 250 degrees F is needed to kill every kind of bacteria.  Boiling without pressurizing only kills most.

  • Chris G

    Informative video Dallas. Others from that source are good too.

  • AgeOfAtheists14

    dallas dropped a bad ass

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