Politics

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“Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.” -Terry Pratchett With a high unemployment rate and many people having stopped looking for work, it’s pretty hard to live in the United States and not be aware of the struggles many people are facing. Here’s a song by Loudon Wainwright III to set the tone, The Home…

How Afraid of Asteroids Should You Be?

“Every man is free to rise as far as he’s able or willing, but the degree to which he thinks determines the degree to which he’ll rise.” -Ayn Rand We’re all aware that one of the ways that human life on Earth could end, conceivably, is the same way that the dinosaurs went down. And…

Weekend Diversion: Time to Speak Up.

They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me…

New National Space Policy for the USA!

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” -Mark Victor Hansen…

No Post Today

“Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.” -Comte DeBussy-Rabutin As many of you know, I’m not around for the rest of the week/weekend, as I’m off competing in the USA Beard & Mustache Championships! But I wouldn’t feel right without leaving you something to tide…

A New Space Vision: What I think

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth. -John F. Kennedy, 1961 The entire human endeavor of spaceflight is — without a doubt — one of the greatest achievements in the history of…

Weekend Diversion: The Power of Mockery

Earlier this week, I was reading one of Ed’s posts, and I followed the link to the original post, where I found this gem of a comment (and I would link to it, but the blog owner has reconsidered what he wants to make public): ‘Freedom of speech’ does not mean ‘freedom from mockery.’ Well,…

How overpopulated are we?

…we spend paltry sums for population planning, even though its spontaneous growth is an urgent threat to life on our planet. There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily available. Family planning, to relate population to world resources, is possible, practical and…

Are we not good enough for Darwin?

Yesterday, I read something in international news that made me so mad I needed to share it with you: That’s right; my home country, the United States, will not distribute this film. There was no problem for the movie Expelled, a poorly argued anti-evolution flop that grossed just $7,598,071 despite appearing on more than 1,000…

One nice new feature we’ve got here on scienceblogs is the Editor’s Picks feature, found on the front page. While browsing it this weekend, I was drawn to this provocative article. In it, Benjamin Cohen writes of his interview with Rebecca Solnit, who says the following when asked about nuclear power as a viable solution…