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Archives for February, 2009

The United States faces enormous challenges in a troubled climate, but I think we just witnessed President Barack Obama officially usher in a new golden age for American politics.

Women Ready For Office In 2010

Former Representative Florence Dwyer (R-NJ, 1957-1973) once explained: “A Congresswoman must look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, speak on any given subject with authority and most of all work like a dog.” I’ve written about sex in Congress before because it’s a subject where the percentages could probably benefit…

Echinoderms From Outer Space!

I’ll admit PZ’s post yesterday featuring a cosmic cephalopod sleeping overhead in the Carina Nebula was both daunting and impressive…  but never fear friends, a heroic starry sea cucumber keeps vigilant in the Crab Pulsar and continues to protect us from its merciless tentacles.

I kinda suspected–but didn’t bother to prove–that George Will was recycling parts of his anti-global warming balderdashery, particularly his strained paragraph about global cooling in the 1970s, replete with misleading references. Well, Brad Johnson has done the work: It appears Will has a rotating (and very limited) set of global warming talking points that date…

According to CNN, former Governor Gary Locke (D-WA) is likely to be nominated by President Obama as our next Secretary of Commerce. Given NOAA accounts for up to 65% of the Commerce Department budget, you bet I’m eager to learn more. Among many duties, the incoming Secretary of Commerce faces enormous ocean related challenges so…

Who’s Watching LOST?

In lieu of blasting the Washington Post again over their recent faux pas, I’m interested in finding out whether you’re as intrigued as I am lately over LOST… During my recovery, I’ve been catching up on past episodes and this season includes a lot of ‘science‘ in the script as the island jumps through time…

My post last week about the death knell of science journalism prompted some incredible responses. Here’s Larry Moran, putting it more bluntly than I expected, and enunciating an opinion we’d better hope does not prevail: Seriously, most of what passes for science journalism is so bad we will be better of without it. Maybe the…

George Will vs. Nadya Suleman

Having recently emerged from the hospital, I’m catching up on the news I’ve missed–beginning with the Washington Post nonsense Chris has covered here. Apparently reporter George Will is about as informed on climate change as octuplet mom Nadya Suleman is on the fiscal responsibilities of raising children. There’s not much I’ll add that hasn’t already…

Over at Wonk Room, Brad Johnson is trying to get responses from the Post about why George Will is allowed to ignore fact and reality, and why the Post won’t run a correction of his errors. It’s pretty pathetic. The great conservative “intellectual”–Will–is apparently unaccountable. And you wonder why newspapers are failing today. I think…

Listen to NPR’s News & Notes today for our friend Al Teich–the Director of Science and Policy Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science–will discuss science under the Obama Administration, the stimulus package, and more. Find your local station or listen to the podcast here.