Determined Ignorance: Still Impervious to Facts

By: Saturday February 22, 2014 8:48 am

Climate change is a hard policy question to address because it pits those who believe in evidence against those committed to knowing as little as possible. And unfortunately, the dumbasses control a great deal of political territory, a gigantic ice sheet of stupid that never recedes enough for facts or data to gain purchase.

 

Damon Linker Misses The Point Entirely On Homophobia

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 9:30 am

It does not matter if the Bible justifies homophobia.

Monday Science

By: Monday February 3, 2014 7:15 pm

Science notes

Monday Science

By: Monday January 6, 2014 7:15 pm

Fukushima update and more.

Monday Science: Fukushima Update

By: Monday December 23, 2013 6:30 pm

Fukushima Update and other science news (Na3Cl?!?)

Destroying The Princess Machine: Toy Company Remixes Beastie Boys Song, Advocates Toy Choices for Young Girls

By: Friday November 22, 2013 3:03 pm

Founder and CEO Debbie Sterling is a stunning example of practicing what you preach. She holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and sees the depressing statistic that only 11% of world’s engineers are women as an opportunity to, in her words, “disrupt the pink aisle”.

Stunning Admission Caught on Tape: Peabody Coal’s Climate Denial Marching Orders

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 5:17 pm

A high profile public relations executive once said, “Nothing, and that means nothing, kills a PR career quicker than lying.”

Funny enough, the same PR flack was caught joking with a coal mining executive about her responsibility to deny climate change science, depending on the audience.

Monday Science

By: Monday September 23, 2013 4:00 pm

News from Fukushima is mainly reaction to prior weeks news. Only really new news is that the government has reported a 400% increase in health problems amongst Fuku workers. Local governments are starting to push back on P.M. Abe’s “under control” comments that won Tokyo the Olympics. Including the governor of Tokyo!

Admitting the Skills Gap Is a Myth

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 5:00 pm

I start from the assumption that reasonable investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can contribute to good STEM jobs as well as good jobs and good quality of life throughout the country.  The path is not perfect, but “making stuff” from growing food to improving hospital gurneys is a pillar of our economy and our society.  “Making stuff” is a better enterprise for society than pushing paper through creative banking.

Sequestration and Science

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 4:45 am

US Senator Amy Klobuchar held a hearing on long-term unemployment after she introduced a tsunami of H-1B visas for high tech jobs which strongly promotes age discrimination and increases job competition in an already difficult market for scientists.  US Senator Tammy Baldwin is their close colleague in all these decisions.  H-1B visas are their gift to the science community to hold down wages for junior scientists which were never very high.  Holding down wages makes it easier to continue science with little money, but it really doesn’t encourage anyone to pursue a career.

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