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The Inhofe Nothingburger

After the 2010 elections in the USA, headlines proclaimed, “With new Republican majority, let the investigations begin,” and “New Republican majority Congress promises a tough ride for Obama.”  One of the big targets for investigations: climate science.  “There’s a huge appetite among the rank-and-file to raise fundamental questions about the underlying science,” said Michael McKenna,…

From Media Matters: It is difficult to understand how so many errors could be crammed into one simple chart, merely by accident.  It is even harder to understand how the artist could end up with a straight line, after incorporating numerous errors, unless it was an done with the intention of being misleading. First, (problem…

This Angle is Obtuse

Sharron Angle has said some pretty obtuse things before, but for the most part, I’ve resisted the temptation to comment.  But this one is a gem: The 16-page flier, available at TPMM, accuses gay people (aka “sodomites”, “perverts”) of everything from child molestation, to serial murder, to debasing rodeos, to contaminating the water supply by…

A few days ago, there was a minor ripple in the political world, when a media person tried to get John McCain to say that Obama is a socialist.  Even though McCain had hinted at that several times during the campaign, he would never state directly that Obama is a socialist.  Well, he still won’t…

What Hath Geology Wrought?

The earthquake in Haiti is only the most recent in a series of catastrophes stretching back over two centuries.  It was not always like this.  Haiti, in fact, was once the most prosperous colony in the New World.  When it was a French colony, known as St. Domingue ( also called The Pearl of the…

Lawsuit Against Ca Science Center…

…for canceling the showing of a creationist film, Darwin’s Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record.  The background is on Greg Laden’s Blog, Los Angeles Venue Cancels Intelligent Design Film: You’ll recall that it was recently reported that the California Science Center, which is loosely affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, had planned a screening…

Critical Infrastructure and Jobs

I wrote about this before, a couple of times, most thoroughly here.  I was reminded of this topic when I saw that the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) have updated their Report Card on America’s Infrastructure.  In 2008, I compared the positions of the two Presidential candidates, regarding advocacy for infrastructure improvements.  Obama was…

Undercurrent?

Is there some kind of especially violent undercurrent right now, in the right-wing river of hate? Ed Brayton just posted about a billboard put up by the GOP, specifically the Lafayette County (Missouri) Republicans: The sign (bigger view in new window) reads: A Citizens Guide to Revolution of a corrupt government. 1. Starve the Beast.…

Just goes to show how lobbying reform hasn’t gone anywhere near far enough: Bank Lobbyists Are Not Only Trying to Kill NEW Legislation, They Are Trying to Weaken EXISTING Regulations By George Washington of Washington’s Blog. Everyone knows that the lobbyists for the financial giants are trying to kill any tough new regulations. But they…

This is a bad sign. Specifically, it is an instance of the mainstream media starting to hint at the truth. I take this as a sign that things are getting worse, as the effort to keep up the pretense is no longer even remotely credible. What this article shows, is that the economic models are…