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Deep Thought

People are idiots. Who looks at megatons of toxic goo being spewed out of a pipe and thinks: “I know, let’s make that toxic sludge radioactive!”

Not even wrong

Bruce Chapman, head Disco. DJ, thinks we’re going through global cooling: It certainly seems so this spring. Winter on the East Coast was grim and summer temperatures are hard to find now in the West. Snowfall also higher than in decades past. It doesn’t mean anything except this: there is (and should be) a real…

Mt. St. Helens

30 years ago, a very young Josh Rosenau looked out the window of his parents house in Portland, Oregon, pointed at the volcanic ash settling on the trees and sidewalks, and explained: “‘cano!” Folks had been anticipating the eruption of Mt. St. Helens for weeks, some of them even eagerly urging the volcano to blow…

No More Mister Nice Blog explains the facts of life to Bobby Jindal: For the last sixteen months the GOP has been screaming that government is evil, that it is the problem, that we need less regulation in order to be more productive, more profitable, and that rules and oversight aren’t needed because the free…

Fame!

One of my colleagues from Scienceblogs.com.br contacted me a week or so ago to talk about creationists and global warming deniers, and I just checked and his story for Brazil’s largest paper is online. Frankly, I think I gave him one of my juicier quotes: “Dos negacionistas do aquecimento global, a maioria √© motivada principalmente…

On baggage fees

Nicholas Beaudrot defends the (second) bag fee against Atrios’s opposition to any fees, and against Matt Yglesias’s defense of all fees for checked luggage. Atrios rightly notes that the fees are part and parcel of the generally crappy air travel experience, Matt argues that the fees discourage excessive packing, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of…

In 1925, John Scopes was tried and convicted of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act. His trial was ginned up as a constitutional test case by the ACLU and as an economic stimulus plan for the town of Dayton, TN. The trial was promoted as “the trial of the century,” celebrity lawyers were recruited for both sides,…

No war on science?

Roger Pielke, Jr. is a respected scholar of science policy, but he’s got a contrarian streak a mile wide that gets him into trouble occasionally, as for instance his feud with Joe Romm of Climate Progress. It is also apparent in his survey of a fight over oyster farming off the coast of Point Reyes.…

I want Sebelius back

Kansas Jackass reports that newly installed Governor Parkinson will allow a coal plant in Holcomb: At a just concluded press conference, Governor Mark Parkinson announced he has reached an agreement with Sunflower Electric Power Corporation that will allow for the construction of a brand new massive coal-fired power plant in Holcomb, Kansas. Parkinson will allow…

Give the man his bike!

I highlighted a story the other day in which Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu revealed that his security detail does not allow him to bike or ride public transit to work. I pointed out that New York’s Mayor Bloomberg rides the subway to work, and he’s not the only transit-riding mayor. Berkeley’s Tom Bates is,…