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When A Tornado Isn't The Only Destructive Force

May 23, 2013 by Living Liberally

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 disasters.

We commit to helping Oklahoma rebuild but politicians play games with disaster relief, allow a sequester that weakens our infrastructure & try to starve our ability to rebuild at all.

We mourn loss of life, families, opportunities while we permit drone killings of Americans, let Head Start wither & with it hope for so many & threaten immigrant families of same-sex parents.

We know a tornado is a destructive force. There's no reason that our policies and politics should be destructive as well.

Send relief to Oklahoma and find your own relief in like-minded company & left-leaning conversation at your local progressive social club.

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

November 20, 2012 by fidlerten

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 needs it. My income is not low enough to qualify for Medicaid and not high, enough to afford health care, that is — under the old system.

ObamaCare is the first time I will be able to afford health care. I will still have to pay for part of my health care but at a rate, I can afford. However, my governor, Mary Fallon, does not seem to care much about my health care or others like me. Even though I am a full-time working Oklahoman who pays state taxes, what I need and many other Oklahomans need does not seem to be of a concern to Governor Fallon.    Read more

Right Wing Takes Aim at Public Education

July 26, 2012 by Ted Frier

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 Secretary of Education during the development and public roll out of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993.

This landmark law, and many like it, passed during what was known as the "second wave" of education reform that came ashore in the wake of the wake-up call about America's failing public schools that was sounded by the Reagan-era report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983's A Nation at Risk.

The Massachusetts reform law was truly a bi-partisan accomplishment, hammered out between Republican Governor William F. Weld and the Democratic Legislature.

Governor Weld agreed to double the state's investment in local public schools from $1.3 billion in 1993 to $2.6 billion in 2000, while providing a minimum "foundation budget" for every Massachusetts school child. Funds for early education were added by the end of the decade.     Read more

Of Geese and Ganders [A Few Things Ill Considered]

July 17, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

“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 is good for the goose, the infamous Hockeystick, is not so good for the gander, the Wegman Report.

Please see John Mashey’s article on Desmog Blog.    Read more

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

July 16, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

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 Environment Reporting Network, has delved into research that’s been accumulating about the association between the extensive use of antibiotics in poultry and the increase in drug-resistant urinary tract infections.    Read more

Indiana, Eugenics and Fascism

July 9, 2012 by toritto1942

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 born that way.

People are poor and/or criminal because they are genetically inferior.

This ideology, social darwinism, was adopted by America’s wealthy at the turn of the 20th century as befitting those who believed they were more fit, indeed had a right to rule.    Read more

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

July 3, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

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

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

June 28, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

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 common topic on this blog: Anti-science. And where is this anti-science? Sadly, it’s in the platform of a major party of one of the largest states in the country. It also meshes with the anti-science inherent in a lot of so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) and all comes together in one place: The proposed 2012 Platform of the Republican Party of Texas. It’s all there, as you will see.    Read more

The Politics of Fools, Lies and Deception

June 27, 2012 by fidlerten

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 for a good example of what lies and deception can do to affect an election.

Senator John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran got slammed with deception and lies when the Swift Boat Veterans placed an ad that questioned Kerry’s Vietnam record and even the Purple Heart that was awarded to him.    Read more

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

June 21, 2012 by Living Liberally

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 Simpson Bowles recommendations,
which include a call for increased revenue
-- and that he stands by the Grover Norquist pledge
not to raise any taxes to increase government revenue.

He slams Obamacare over the individual mandate
then defends the mandate in Massachusetts.
His team leaks that Rubio won't be the VP pick,
after which Romney says Rubio's being vetted.

In physics, every action has an equal & opposite reaction.
In Mitt-ics, every action has an equal retraction.    Read more

Religion and Elections

June 18, 2012 by toritto1942

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. Literally.

Another 38% accept that man evolved from lower organisms but that god guided the process.

Only 16% accepted evolution as having occurred without divine intervention - an increase from 9% in a previous poll. The rest had no opinion.

The belief in "creationism" is strongly tied to educational levels. Among those with college degrees (!) The level of creationist belief fell to a mere 37% while those holding unabashed secular evolution beliefs rose to 21%.     Read more

Munich, 1972: Black September had neo-Nazi helpers

June 18, 2012 by Eye_on_Europe

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 Black September climbed over the fence surrounding the virtually unprotected Olympic village in Munich and entered the quarters of the Israeli team. There, claiming vengeance for the Israeli military’s expulsion of Christian Palestinians from the villages of Ikrit and Biram in 1948, they took eleven Israeli hostages in exchange for the freeing of 232 incarcerated Palestinians along with the German terrorists Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof plus the Japanese terrorist Kozo Okamoto.    Read more

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

June 13, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

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 the need for insecticide sprays. Today,  a report in Nature shows that planting of BT crops is also associated with an increase of ladybirds, lacewings and spiders, which are  natural enemies of certain pests that harm the crop.    Read more

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

June 12, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

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 old and that a god created human beings complete and perfect as they are ex nihilo. Andrew Sullivan sees this as a consequence of the divisiveness of American politics, that they’re using it as a signifier for red vs. blue.    Read more

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