Another thing wrong with experts is they are often paid to present political propaganda. The Koch brothers supply many of these who dispute climate change, present false evidence of failing school, that Social Security is bankrupt and the only way to save it is to raise the retirement age, or that medicare is unsustainable. The do this with the agenda of privatizing schools, ending regulation, and reducing taxes.
Sep 3, 2012
... false evidence of failing school ... with the agenda of privatizing schools ...
... 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!)
Apropos, from Austin Cline's series of satirical posters representing Religious Right beliefs:
Wow! The Texas Republican party's education platform is incredibly horrible.
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.
Sep 5, 2012
Excellent. Thanks Ruth.
Sep 6, 2012
first vid ends w/ "..proof man has something to do w/climate.."http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/62750000/gif/_62750557_2012.gifchange.
Sep 7, 2012
Tony, I like.
Oldest message in a bottle found. It was a Scottish Scientific research bottle released in 1914
Sep 9, 2012
"Science Ruining Everything Since 1543" I Love it; going into my "Share" file. Thanks Ruth
Love it Ruth. I'm gonna grab it also. Thanks.
Sep 15, 2012
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.
Sep 16, 2012
"secular rest of the week" indeed haaaa!
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 :)
Sep 17, 2012
Ruth -- Great poster! Thanks for posting it. I 'm going to post it on my Facebook page.
Sep 20, 2012
Newest book that looks worth reading, from one of my favourites, Ben Goldacre: Bad Pharma.
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
Until today, I didn't know that fresh water in the lungs does more damage than salt water.
Sep 28, 2012
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.
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
Science Tattoo Emporium shows a nice range of science-related tattoos. Sample
Oct 2, 2012
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...
Oct 3, 2012
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.
Oct 4, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
A tornado of solar plasma
Oct 18, 2012
oh schnap... Umbutu's got comp.!http://firstname.lastname@example.org non apple nor windows.. shux..
Oct 19, 2012
World's smallest periodic table, etched on a human hair.
Oct 21, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
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 ...
Oct 23, 2012
!!!!!!!! the duel was wow!
Oct 24, 2012
The Beluga whale speaking is interesting.
The Brain controlled Quadrotor is amazing.
The scientist put in prison sounds horrible.
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
@1:05 the tech'porn hits wow!
Nov 6, 2012
EV says FU to big petrol (((cough cough..
Nov 11, 2012
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.
Informative video Dallas. Others from that source are good too.
dallas dropped a bad ass
james randi's there...http://singularitysummit.com/videos/luke-muehlhauser-the-singularit...
Nov 12, 2012