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Healthcare Survives Supreme Court [Page 3.14]

July 16, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Chief Justice John Roberts proved himself an independent thinker last month, siding against his fellow conservatives (and Republican appointees) in upholding the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Roberts agreed that Congress could not force a citizen to buy insurance, but allowed the individual mandate to survive as a tax. In the meantime, the ruling placed limits on federal power to expand Medicaid, leaving 16 million people in the lurch.    Read more

Healthcare Upheld! [denialism blog]

June 28, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

It’s good news that the Supreme Court split 5-4 with Roberts (and not Kennedy?!?) as the deciding vote, to uphold the affordable care act. It’s interesting that this was controversial, and certainly Roberts led the court to a very safe middle ground making the issue about taxation and saying the commerce clause could not apply. If anything, I wonder if this weakens the previous commerce powers of Congress as defined by Wickard v. Filburn, I’d love to hear what a lawyer thinks.

What does this mean?     Read more

Is the holocaust denial/climate change denial comparison apt? [denialism blog]

May 18, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Many of the climate change denialist sites have been up in arms by comparisons of climate change denial to holocaust denial.    Read more

Humane Watch puts lawyers in cages [denialism blog]

May 5, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

In a brilliant parody of the HSUS shelter ads, humane watch has put sad looking lawyers in cages to emphasize that donations to HSUS do not fund shelters.

HSUS is like PETA but with deodorant and suits. Hah! I love it. HSUS is PETA.    Read more

Good News, Max snubs PETA, will give to a local shelter [denialism blog]

April 6, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Maybe my email worked? I got a one sentence reply from Max last night saying he agreed, and today Tucker Max says hellz no to PETA and instead wants to give to a local shelter:

I do not agree AT ALL with the mission of PETA.

...    Read more

The Bigger Pink Slime Problem for Business [denialism blog]

April 6, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

In a matter of weeks, activists have been able to assassinate a popular product through a confluence of events: an official labeled it derogatorily as "pink slime," social media buzz (or anti-buzz), and media attention against the background of Americans' greater concern about processed foods. Could this happen to other products? Does it relate to a broader shift in power from PR firms and industry to the consumer mob?

John Bussey has a good article in today's Wall Street Journal featuring some of the wound-licking of the lean finely textured beef industry. Note the tactics:

1) Make it about consumer choice:    Read more

Ron Paul & Clicktivism [denialism blog]

March 29, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

The point raised by yesterday's Times article on Ron Paul was that while Paul attracts big crowds, these crowds do not translate into voter turnout.

Perhaps the problem is that Paul has appeal within his fervent base, but that base is unable to influence people outside the circle. If Paul can attract thousands to a rally, many more should actually vote for him. Paul himself discusses the problem in the article:     Read more

There is no There There -- Ron Paul's Loud, Thin Base [denialism blog]

March 28, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Writing in today's Times, Richard A. Oppel asks, "Whatever happened to Ron Paul?"

Ron Paul has fans, in the traditional sense of the word--fanatics. They foam over this small and strange man, whose career in Congress has largely been ineffectual. Thousands go to his rallies, but as Oppel observes, "A Feb. 27 event at Michigan State University drew 4,000 people. But at polling places the next day, Mr. Paul finished third -- with 3,128 votes -- in Ingham County, where the campus is. Mr. Romney got more than three times as many votes." Paul's supporters attribute this to a failure in conveying the urgency to vote.    Read more

Bad news for the Affordable Care Act [denialism blog]

March 27, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

The NYTimes reporting suggests a 5-4 split against ACA is likely:

Justice Kennedy, along with Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. all asked questions suggesting that they had a problem with the constitutionality of the mandate requiring most Americans to buy insurance. Justice Clarence Thomas, as usual, did not ask any questions, but he is widely expected to vote to overturn the mandate.

As does CNN's Toobin's analysis:    Read more

Mooney now agrees with us - Denialists deserve ridicule, not debate [denialism blog]

March 26, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

He had to realize Nisbett's framing was worthless and write a whole book on defective Republican reasoning to realize it but it sounds like Chris Mooney has come around to the right way to confront denialism:    Read more

Three reasons the Supreme Court should uphold ACA [denialism blog]

March 26, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

With the Supreme Court hearing arguments for the next three days on the Affordable Care Act, many commentators, including Dahlia Lithwick appear to have so much contempt for the Roberts court that they believe the issue will likely be settled on politics rather than law.     Read more

Huffpo Science - already slipping into anti-science [denialism blog]

March 22, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Our initial optimism over Huffpo science being a haven for reason in a den of disease-promotion and quackery appears now to be misplaced. It appears the animal rights cranks have made inroads with Bruce Friedrich, a member of PETA and advocate of animal liberation, who has jumped from Huffpo "green" to Huffpo "science". The science gatekeepers at Huffpo have clearly failed.    Read more

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