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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

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

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

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

An important revelation regarding Heartland Gate (global warming denialism) [Greg Laden's Blog]

May 21, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Peter Gleick has been cleared of faking a key memo. Who is Peter Gleick, and what is this memo of which we speak? Here is a refresher of events over the last 3 1/2 months:

You will recall that last February 14th, we were all given an interesting Valentine's Day present: A cache of documents had been acquired from the Heartland Institute, and these documents revealed important details about Heartland's effort to interfere with science education and otherwise agitate and lobby to promote climate science denialism. The documents were released to the public by an as then unknown activist, and then redistributed by numerous bloggers including this one.     Read more

An important revelation regarding Heartland Gate (global warming denialism) [Greg Laden's Blog]

May 21, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Peter Gleick has been cleared of faking a key memo. Who is Peter Gleick, and what is this memo of which we speak? Here is a refresher of events over the last 3 1/2 months:

You will recall that last February 14th, we were all given an interesting Valentine's Day present: A cache of documents had been acquired from the Heartland Institute, and these documents revealed important details about Heartland's effort to interfere with science education and otherwise agitate and lobby to promote climate science denialism. The documents were released to the public by an as then unknown activist, and then redistributed by numerous bloggers including this one.     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

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