A Vote For Science

Greg Laden is a biological anthropologist and science communicator. His research has covered North American prehistoric and historic archaeology and African archaeology and human ecology. He is an OpenSource and OpenAccess advocate. Greg's wife, Amanda, is a High School biology teacher, his daughter Julia is a world traveler and his son Huxley is 2.

Obama to undo Bush anti-science policies

From the BBC: US President-elect Barack Obama will seek to reverse Bush administration policies when he enters office on 20 January, his transition chief has said. John Podesta said executive orders by President George W Bush on issues such as stem cell research and oil drilling were at odds with Mr Obama’s views. Plans to…

An Overhead Projector I was recently contacted by Glen Gould, a reader who is also a relative regarding the repeated mention by Republican Candidate John McCain of the “Overhead Projector” earmark for a planetarium in Chicago. Glen, together with my sister, Bunny Laden, are very serious amateur astronomers. For instance, when Bunny and Glen bought…

…in 1908!!!! I debated the fit for this post on this blog vs. my own, and decided that it belongs here for about five or six reason that you can figure out for yourself. Science News has put up a site that shows numerous images from the presidential election of 100 years ago, including actual…

McCain: Wrong on bears.

It is a shame when a perfectly good research project gets picked up by a vote grubbing elected official to use in a derogatory way in a sound bite. It is embarrassing when we are talking about the presidential election and the candidate is incapable of hitting his mark properly … mispronouncing the term “paternity.”

Linux.com on the candidates

Linux Dot Com has a piece comparing Obama and McCain. Here. This will be important to anyone with an interest in Open Source technology, the intertubes, all that stuff.

IT failures nudge out democracy

It does not matter what the candidates think or what the voters think if voter database management and voting technology problems determine the outcome of the next election. …a new study by Common Cause and the Century Foundation finds that 10 very vital swing states have significant voting problems that have not been addressed since…

The other day I was reading this really fantastic blog and came across the following campaign video. This is for Ashwin Madia, running for Congress in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District. Have a look: Is there something interesting about this particular ad?

What does the well informed American voter interested in the intersection of science and politics read? Well, not just read, but read to become more informed about current events and controversies. And, I’m thinking here of books that look at the science/politics intersection rather than how politics works or how science works. I do not…

Candidate’s promises and positions do not always match what is constitutionally or procedurally possible. It is possible to wrap oneself in the Constitution and hide behind it at the same time. Several years ago, a child died when a string attached to his ‘hoodie’ was caught in the frame of the playground slide down which…