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In the looking glass world of some conservatives and contrarians, the Democratic war on science continues today….just see here for proof. Not only has our new president reversed Bush’s stem cell policy, and directed his science adviser–who really, really needs to be Senate confirmed–to “develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making”…

So, I have to say I find this funny. On the one hand we have the current, perverse attempt to forecast all the ways in which Democrats and scientists are going to fall into big conflicts soon, now that the Dems have so much power. The idea here is to construct a false equivalence between…

Colbert Retorts

My latest Science Progress column is up: It makes the case that Stephen Colbert is the heir to Johnny Carson in terms of talk show promotion of science. It also includes various lame and stupid talking points that I made up and didn’t use on the show, such as the following hypothetical Q&A responses: Didn’t…

The Colbert Video, Embedded

Here it is: The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Obama’s New Science Policy – Chris Mooney Colbert Report Full EpisodesColbert Report Tickets Paul McCartney AppearanceMore Funny Videos I’ll have more to say about the whole experience in my next column….thanks to everyone who wrote in with positive words about the segment.

One Last Whack (at John Marburger)

My latest Science Progress column is a response to Seed‘s interview with the outgoing science adviser. All I can say is wow, Dr. Marburger, you really don’t get it, and maybe you never will. Either way, we Bush administration science critics remain entirely unimpressed with your inability to even properly characterize (much less answer) our…

Scientist Foot-Shooting

In my new talk, I strongly emphasize that scientists need to be strategically aware of how they are communicating their knowledge and their results in politically contentious areas. If they’re not careful, not only might they communicate badly–but what they say might actually backfire.

So Who’s Vulnerable?

Bush’s stem cell veto is going to have big, big political repercussions. The stem cell issue will certainly feature prominently in multiple congressional races this fall. So now the pressing political question becomes, which members of Congress who are up for re-election, and who support Bush on stem cells (and therefore have votes on the…

Art Caplan has an extremely powerful piece denouncing Bush’s latest action. And indeed, it’s truly unbelievable: Bush misleads us about the extent to which his stem cell policy will support research, never apologizes, and then blocks the expansion of that policy once it has become entirely clear that it did not succeed on the president’s…

Judging from the stem cell vote, it looks like the Republican right is still predominant, even if there has been some erosion on this issue and a lot of Republicans shifting positions: In the Senate, 43 Democrats, 19 Republicans and one independent voted to expand federally funded embryonic stem cell research, while 36 Republicans and…

This CNN story is quite representative of an obnoxious genre: Stories about Bush’s failed stem cell policy which pretend that the President’s “more than 60″ lines claim was only undermined by the passage of considerable time, rather than almost immediately. In fact, as I detail in The Republican War on Science and as others like…