Though only a handful of ERV readers are from Oklahoma, I know all of you are familiar with the handiwork of Senator Randy Brogdon.
Dude is a fucking IDiot (and just plain old idiot) who hates science:
I am also disgusted with the yearlong one-sided celebration of Darwinism that OU is sponsoring on their campus.
Disgusted? Really? Not ‘disappointed’, or ‘dismayed’, or ‘intrigued, so Im going to check it out’, but disgusted? Fantastic.
So what happens when you combine:
2. New found hatred of the US federal government
4. Infantile inability to delay immediate gratification for long-term goals
Attacks on university professors performing federally funded research!
(link– might not work, video #1 isnt embedding, and is occasionally disappearing, way to go ‘News 6′)
Senator Borgdon is running for governor next year. Thus he is using all of his ammo, distrust of scientists, distrust of MUSLIM NEGRO OBAMA federal government, hatred of non-America, appealling to the lowest common denominator of the human psyche to ensure his otherwise unemployable breathing carcass has a job for four more years.
Dr. Cecil Lewis is trying to help Oklahoma as a community, through science. Wanna read the abstract of the grant he got funded?
Title: CAREER: Research, Education, and Capacity Building – Genomic Structure of Native Peruvian Populations
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).
The CAREER project integrates next-generation molecular genetics with an aggressive education strategy to prepare students and professionals in genomics and to communicate the importance of science to the public. The research questions asked are: What is the geographic pattern of human population diversity? and, How have migrations, the environment, and culture shaped this pattern? Addressing these questions provides a foundation for numerous fields of biological and medical science including the study of natural selection, the search for disease predisposing genes, and the handling of confounding factors in disease association research that are attributed to modern genetic exchange.
The country of Peru will serve as a ideal case study: 1) to date, only one population in Peru has been studied at a genomic level; 2) Peru is ecologically diverse, with deserts, high plateaus, and the Amazon Jungle; 3) Peru has an extremely rich cultural prehistory and extensive present-day linguistic and ethnic diversity. The genomic data will be informative of sex-biased patterns of migration, the extent of genetic admixture between native and non-native peoples, and the role of geographic and linguistic barriers on patterns of human genetic diversity. The genetic data includes mitochondrial genomes and a genome-wide survey of 800 repeat motifs for 15 geographically dispersed native populations. These novel data will be integrated with previously published data providing the most extensive genomic sampling of human populations to date.
Education activities will reach a broad audience by accounting for varied levels of training in biological science. They include an annual professional development workshop for high school and community college teachers, a course and hands-on experience in genetics for undergraduate students, courses and hands-on training in genomics for graduate students, capacity building in Peru, public education using an online course, and the dissemination of the research by a project website. This project will employ one professional, full-time technician who is Hispanic, and a number of undergraduate and graduate students will participate as research interns during the duration of the research.
Dr. Lewis is helping Oklahoma by bringing hands on science experience and education to the general public, high schools and community colleges, undergrads… INSPIRING kids to go into research, bringing about the innovations of tomorrow! All while advancing our knowledge of the human genome! WIIIIIN!!!
Well, no. Apparently, educating Oklahoma residents and making scientific breakthroughs is ‘nonsense’ to our Borg Senator.
“The people of this state should be outraged to hear about this kind of nonsense going on right here in the great state of Oklahoma,” Brogdon said.
There is a poll to crash at the bottom of that article…
… Poll crash?
*high-fives the other scientists in the state*