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Why schools need Sex Ed

So today I had the great honor of creating a Sexual Education Curricular for my school. I got some materials from places around the country, and one thing I noticed was that a lot of schools...Read more


Recommendations caution workers not to embalm corpses: The Centers for Disease Control is advising funeral homes in the United States on how to handle the remains of Ebola victims, although officials...Read more

Monsanto Shill Mom?

From Webster’s New World College Dictionary: Shill- noun: [slang] 1) The confederate of a gambler, pitchman, auctioneer, etc. who pretends to buy so as to lure onlookers into participating. 2) A...Read more

When A Tornado Isn't The Only Destructive Force

We grieve for those lost in Oklahoma's tragedy, as we did for victims of recent hurricanes and tornadoes, but denial of science keeps us from addressing climate change's role in these unnatural...Read more

Governor Fallon and other Governors Turn Down Federal Dollars for Health Care

I live in one of the states whose governor decided to refuse cooperating with the federal government on implementing ObamaCare — in Oklahoma. I am also one of many who do not have health care but...Read more

Right Wing Takes Aim at Public Education

How sad -- and suicidal - that conservatives have decided to declare open warfare on public education. In a previous life, I played a minor role as speechwriter and special assistant to our state's...Read more

Of Geese and Ganders [A Few Things Ill Considered]

“Show me the code!” This is the rallying cry of climate “skeptics” everywhere and the foundation of the numerous climate conspiracy insinuations hurled around the blogosphere. Well, apparently what...Read more

Chicken, UTIs, and a long-festering antibiotic problem [The Pump Handle]

If you haven’t yet read Maryn McKenna’s riveting Atlantic article “ How Your Chicken Dinner is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug ,” you should. McKenna, working with the with the Food and...Read more

Indiana, Eugenics and Fascism

Vigo County Poor Farm - Terre Haute, Indiana Those Socialists were wrong Poverty is not a social condition. People do not become criminals as a product of social and economic conditions. They are...Read more

Another Week of GW News – July 1, 2012 [A Few Things Ill Considered]

Logging the Onset of The Bottleneck Years This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor . Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundupRead more

The Texas Republican Party platform: Creationism, denialism, “health freedom,” and “vaccine choice”

And now for something completely different. Except that it isn’t really. I say that it isn’t really different because, although this post will seem to be about politics, in reality it will be about a...Read more

The Politics of Fools, Lies and Deception

Politics is a dirty game. Candidates sling mud at each other and outside well-funded sources fill our airwaves with ads that are anything but honest. We can look back to the 2000 presidential race...Read more

For Mitt's Every Action, An Equal and Opposite Retraction

Romney forcefully disagrees with the President over support of undocumented immigrant youth, but then back pedals from clarifying whether as President he'd repeal the policy. Mitt says he's for...Read more

Oh, goody. NCCAM has a blog. [Respectful Insolence]

Oh, goody. I don’t know how I’ve missed this, given that it’s been in existence now for over a month now, but I have. Regular readers (and even fairly recent readers, given that I write about this...Read more

Religion and Elections

Back in December, 2010 a Gallup Poll revealed that approximately 40% of Americans believe that god created man exactly as we are now about 10,000 years ago. Literally. Not as a fable. Not as allegory...Read more

Munich, 1972: Black September had neo-Nazi helpers

Black September, September 1972

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN the crime of the century if there just weren’t so many others to compete with it. In the early hours of September 5, 1972, a group of Palestinian terrorists calling themselves...Read more

Ladybirds, lacewings and spiders benefit from BT crops [Tomorrow's Table]

Over the past 16 years, vast plantings of transgenic crops producing insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) have helped to control several major insect pests and reduce...Read more

A well informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will [Pharyngula]

Both Andrew Sullivan and Kevin Drum are wrong, but I think Drum is infuriatingly wrong. They’re arguing over a statistic, the observation that about 46% of Americans believe the earth is 6000 years...Read more

Why labeling of GMOs is actually bad for people and the environment « The Berkeley Blog [Tomorrow's Table]

Why labeling of GMOs is actually bad for people and the environment « The Berkeley Blog . This is a very balanced and knowledge-based post by the widely respected agricultural economist, David...Read more

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