Tag: Science

Imagine If…

Filed in National, Science and Health by on September 21, 2012 27 Comments

Republicans embraced the anti-vaccine idiotic message:

I’m glad that (apart from Donald Trump) the anti-vaccine movement isn’t really linked to the right. Can you imagine if vaccine skepticism were seized on by the right-wing noise machine? It would spread like wildfire. A third of Americans simply wouldn’t vaccinate their children, insisting that the health effects of vaccination are just a “theory.” Every Republican in Congress would have to sign an anti-vaccine pledge. There’d be movements to make vaccines illegal in the red states, and dispensers of vaccines would be defunded in those states, and their offices would be shut down. Right-wing billionaires would bankroll documentaries linking vaccination to Hitler and eugenicism, and the Fox/talk radio crazies would flock to those documentaries, which would break box-office records. Half the books on the bestseller list would have covers depicting Democratic politicians as Dr. Mengele.

So… I guess there’s a silver lining?

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I Have A Theory… Kentucky Republicans Are Idiots

Filed in Science and Health by on August 17, 2012 6 Comments

Kentucky Republican Senators were all on board for educational standards until they discovered that those standards included *gasp!* evolution. In an exchange with officials from ACT, the company that prepares Kentucky’s new state testing program, those lawmakers discussed whether evolution was a fact and whether the biblical account of creationism also should be taught in […]

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Homophobes Could Be Gay

Filed in Science and Health by on April 29, 2012 1 Comment
Homophobes Could Be Gay

Over the years as we’ve watched various homophobic leaders get caught in the closet, many of us have developed a theory that maybe these homophobes are in fact gay themselves. Well, now there’s a study that proves just that.

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Liberals and Conservatives Think Differently

Filed in Science and Health by on April 15, 2012 11 Comments
Liberals and Conservatives Think Differently

Science writer Chris Mooney discusses recent studies that show how Liberals and Conservatives think differently from each other.

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The Crock That Is Homeopathy

Filed in Science and Health by on September 2, 2011 6 Comments
The Crock That Is Homeopathy

Making water from water and stealing money from suckers.

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Case Closed

Filed in Science and Health by on September 2, 2011 2 Comments
Case Closed

Maybe one day, it won’t be a “crime” to understand that humankind has caused global warming.

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BBC Criticized for “Fake Balance” in Science Reporting

Filed in Science and Health by on July 25, 2011 3 Comments

The British Broadcasting Corporation recently commissioned a report surveying the coverage of science topics across all of their departments and networks. Led by Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London, with content analysis support provided by a team from the Imperial College London.

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Tuesday Open Thread

Filed in Open Thread by on May 31, 2011 14 Comments

Welcome to our Tuesday Open Thread. First day back at the grind after a long weekend and apparently we are in for a real heat wave all week. It is too early to have to crank up the AC. Just make sure all of your new plants have plenty of water this week.

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Intelligent Design Is Not Science

Filed in Science and Health by on March 20, 2011 11 Comments

Read this statement: The measure from Republican state Rep. Bill Zedler would block higher education institutions from discriminating against or penalizing teachers or students based on their research into intelligent design or other theories that disagree with evolution. Zedler said he filed the bill because of cases in which colleges had been hostile to those […]

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Let’s Bomb The Global Warming Away!

Filed in Science and Health by on February 27, 2011 5 Comments

HuffPo has an article about nuclear winter reversing global warming.

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The Birds And The Bees

Filed in Science and Health by on January 5, 2011 23 Comments
The Birds And The Bees

The incidents of unexplained mass fish and bird kills in Arkansas painfully shows us what is wrong with the media.

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Fearing for Science

Filed in National by on December 28, 2010 2 Comments
Fearing for Science

If you forget about those that died on Deepwater Horizon, then you might think it was a cool explosion like the future chair of the House Science and Technology Committee. Oh yeah, that climate warming stuff, scientific fraud.

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We’ll Have To Science That

Filed in Science and Health by on November 29, 2010 4 Comments

The December issue Scientific American is out and it covers some world changing ideas among many other issues. As one leafs through the issue, a reader could easily skip From the Editor, but this month’s column is interesting. Two items that Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina brings up are what are we doing about global […]

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Why Does It Take A Republican To Say This?

Filed in Science and Health by on November 19, 2010 21 Comments

Finally a politician communicates about the benefits of addressing climate change in innovation and technology. Surprisingly, it’s a Republican who’s doing this.

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DL interviews Chris Coons: Science!

Filed in Delaware, Science and Health by on October 29, 2010 4 Comments

In Part 2 of our interview with Chris Coons, Unstable Isotope asks Mr. Coons to talk about how he will use his background in science to inform his decisions in the Senate.

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Vulcans Rule, Klingons Drool

Filed in Science and Health by on June 29, 2010 5 Comments
Vulcans Rule, Klingons Drool

The Obama Administration has set a new course for US Space policy that embraces arms control. Actually the arms control policy is an old course favored by Reagan, Bush I and Clinton, but not Bush II (is anyone surprised?). President Obama’s team will look to international cooperation instead of the “Go it alone” attitude favored by Bush and Cheney.

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The Politics of Science

Filed in National, Science and Health by on June 28, 2010 11 Comments
The Politics of Science

Science writer Chris Mooney (Unscientific America and The Republican War on Science) has a recent column in The Washington Post about how scientists need to approach the general populous in getting their facts heard and understood. Mooney looks at climate change denialism, anti-vaccine hysteria and Yucca Mountain. (He doesn’t include opposition to evolution or denial […]

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Hair Of The Dog?

Filed in Science and Health by on May 10, 2010 6 Comments

Whenever I’ve had a little too much “fun” (and ended up paying for it) my brother would always say, “hair of the dog.”  Looks like he had a point. Scientists have discovered the molecule in the brain that leads to hangovers. The neuropeptide, a brain-signalling molecule, is believed to cause the body to experience withdrawal […]

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The Nuance of Studying Same-Sex Behavior in Animals

Filed in Science and Health by on April 4, 2010 3 Comments
The Nuance of Studying Same-Sex Behavior in Animals

This is not a political post, rather it is an anti-political post regarding zoology and how it relates to human beings. In this morning’s New York Times Magazine, Can Animals Be Gay? focuses on one of the largest same-sex Laysan albatross colonies and how it does not relate to human behavior. First and foremost, when […]

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A Quiet Victory

Filed in Science and Health by on March 17, 2010 11 Comments
A Quiet Victory

The one debate between scientists and deniers that I don’t relish is the argument vaccinations cause autism. Maybe as I parent, I understand the need, the desire to find answers to questions that remained unanswered. Earlier this week, three separate rulings determined that vaccines — specifically thimerosal —are not linked to the cause of autism […]

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Climate Change = Weird Weather

Filed in National by on February 17, 2010 103 Comments

Funny how last weeks snow storms were all the rage on Right blogs while not a word was uttered concerning the unseasonably warm weather in Vancouver.  Typically Republican.  And while I think Thomas Friedman’s NYT Op-Ed is a step in the right direction I doubt it will change any minds on the Right – mainly […]

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Darwin Trumps You, Mr. Freshwater

Filed in National, Science and Health by on January 20, 2010 6 Comments
Darwin Trumps You, Mr. Freshwater

Meet John Freshwater,  an eighth-grade school science teacher from Ohio who likes to play loose with the facts, use the Bible as a scientific resource, and, yes, torture children with electricity. The New York Times reports that the school district started the procedure to fire Freshwater back on June 2008 because he burned crosses into […]

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Bearly Political

Filed in National by on December 26, 2009 5 Comments

Nothing much the Teabaggers say or do these days really surprises me anymore. Their actions and words open up glimpses into their thought processes which is always intriguing albeit a touch scary sometimes. The latest teabagging episode was they got in an uproar over Build-a-Bear’s webisodes about globally warming. The LA Times writes: Conservative bloggers […]

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Late Night Video: Golden Retrievers Teach Science

Filed in National by on December 20, 2009 1 Comment

These are smart dogs!

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Bulo Remembers 2009-The Best in Science, i.e. ‘The Cool Stuff’

Filed in National by on December 5, 2009 2 Comments

OK, a confession. Science class was where I caught up on my sleep in high school. Guess I always intuited that ‘other people’ could handle the ‘science thing’ much better than I ever could. And they have. Today, I proudly present the Popular Science (aka ‘Science for Dummies’?) Best of What’s New List. 100 innovations to […]

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