Archives for December, 2008

Labor gears up

Speaking of Hells yes, Hilda Solis is to be Obama’s Labor Secretary. And remember how I said that “Concern for, and a desire for serious and urgent solutions to, climate change seems to be the factor unifying much of Obama’s cabinet”? Well, “Solis brings a reputation as one of Washington’s leading proponents of green jobs.”…

Lubchenco to NOAA! Hells yes

President-elect Obama named Jane Lubchenco to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. The Agency conducts research into marine mammals, climate change, the air and oceans, it runs the National Weather Service, and enforces regulations on treatment of marine mammals, various pollutants, and is responsible for enforcing limits on overfishing. Lubchenco is a former president…

Down the Warren

At the Inaugural ceremonies, the opening invocation will be given by Rick Warren, evangelical author of The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? and all-around wanker. He called for political assassination, telling Sean Hannity that it is the role of government to “take [] out” leaders like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and denying that…

Destroyed the village ?

An unnamed major in Vietnam told correspondent Peter Arnett that they had to destroy a village in order to save it. That, in a nutshell, is how George W. Bush views the economy, telling CNN: I?ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system. He is literally beyond parody.

Emphasis

In announcing Steve “#75″ Chu as Energy Secretary, President-elect Obama: “My administration will value science,” Obama said, in what sounded like a pointed reference to his predecessor. “We will make decisions based on facts.” Emphasis in the original. It’s a nice change.

Science Education Policy Bleg

I’m in the process of reworking my blog reading, and one area I’d like to expand is science education policy beyond the creation/evolution fight. I’m finding fairly slim pickings, alas. If you’ve got a favorite source of information (blog or non-blog) on science education policy, please leave your suggestion in the comments. It doesn’t have…

On winning

I can’t say I’ve followed every nuance of the auto bailout. At first I was inclined to think that letting the Big Three go bankrupt and rebuild wouldn’t be the worst thing ever, since they’d probably get restructured somehow into more viable entities. But in this business climate, who would buy them? And what would…

We can haz new subways

Atrios sez No We Can’t: It is a bit weird that in the supposed richest country in the world even contemplating things like new subway lines is practically unpossible. And yet: Central Subway given feds’ green light The proposed Central Subway project that calls for running light-rail service into San Francisco’s Chinatown has received federal…

Attempted TfK Smackdown watch

Stephen Suh responds to the discussion of Stephen Johnson, the creationist EPA administrator: Stephen Johnson, Bush’s EPA Administrator, doesn’t see a “clean-cut division” between religion and science. This is actually not quite right. He doesn’t, according to the original article, see a division between “creation” and “evolution.” He told the Inquirer that “If you have…

Steven Chu of Lawrence Berkeley Labs is reported to be President-elect Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Energy. While much will be made of his Nobel Prize and his aggressive advocacy for science-based solutions to the climate crisis, his nomination is important for another reason. Chu is Steve 75 on NCSE’s Project Steve. Project Steve is…