Category Archives: Politics

Gore scores!

Tweet With the constant tide of depressing, alarming, and just plain bizarre news always lapping at our shoes, it’s a comfort to know that there is indeed still some justice and sanity remaining in the world.  Al Gore, dogged and indefatigable … Continue reading

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Write your grandkids a letter . . . and explain yourself

Tweet Climate change denialists — what are these guys thinking?  I mean, what do they really think, in their heart of hearts (or whatever organ it is they use to make arguments such as this) when noone else is listening? I … Continue reading

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As the rest of the world turns . . .

Tweet . . . the USA opens a sleepy eye and rolls over. France recently engaged an unlikely coalition of farmers, fishermen, trade unionists, captains of industry, environmentalists, scientists, and politicians to develop a blueprint for a new “green revolution” … Continue reading

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The end of American history . . . in slow-motion

Tweet OK, I admit it’s a hyperbolic, sensationalistic title. What I am referring to is actually the impending end of the physical manifestation a perhaps small, but profound, part of American history, one that is central to the American consciousness, … Continue reading

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Sowing the seeds of literacy for the new millennium

Tweet The latest issue of Seed magazine is a must read, announcing the winners of the 2nd Annual Seed Science Writing Contest, which addresses the question: “What does it mean to be scientifically literate in the 21st Century?”  Lest you think … Continue reading

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Note to “Security Moms”: here comes the next big threat

Tweet In the wake of the 2004 US Presidential elections, one of the buzz streams we heard from the punditocracy concerned the allegedly historic metamorphosis of soccer moms to security moms.  Regular folks were (and are) terrified of another 9/11, … Continue reading

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Conservatives for . . . science?

Tweet Oh, wait, now I get it — this news is from the UK.  Yes, the country where it is evidently understood on both sides of the aisle that vigorous science is the key to a strong, sustainable economy, a … Continue reading

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9-11 and the long emergency

Tweet On this sad and solemn anniversary we observe a moment of silent reflection for the violence to democratic civilization set in motion by the events of September 11th, 2001 — not only the attacks themselves, but the gradual, insidious … Continue reading

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Most conservative organization on earth going green

Tweet I refer to the Catholic Church.  Admittedly, “most conservative organization on earth” could be considered an exaggeration in comparison with freaks like Ann Coulter, who could make even Atilla the Hun look reasonable. On the other hand, this is the organization … Continue reading

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the ethanol binge: a hangover already

Tweet In case there were any remaining doubt, a new scientific analysis has confirmed that a headlong rush into biofuel production would be a very bad idea.  The public anxiety about gas prices, dependence on foreign oil, and global warming … Continue reading

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