Category Archives: The War on Science

Surprisingly, A GOP Bill Claims One Thing and Then Does the Opposite: The COMPETES Act Edition

Consider the NSF is a government agency, this is pretty harsh language about the COMPETES Act (boldface mine; emphasis original): H.R. 1806 (Section 102) recognizes that “the Foundation has made major contributions for more than 60 years to strengthen and … Continue reading

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Wyoming’s War on Microbiology

Well, they’re not calling it that, but this Wyoming law is definitely not going to make our water cleaner, or stop the spread of antibiotic resistance genes (boldface mine): …the new law makes it a crime to gather data about … Continue reading

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A Ron Paul Presidency Would Be Awesome For U.S. Science and Public Health

Did I write awesome? I meant awful (boldface mine): His FY2012 and FY2013 budgets call for a 20 percent cut for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The center is often mentioned in media reports highlighting their lavish accommodations,” … Continue reading

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The Republican War on Universities

I don’t have much to add to the commentary on the Republican War on Universities in North Carolina and in Wisconsin, except to note that a rightwing assault on what they consider a left-wing bastion was not only predictable, it … Continue reading

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How You Know the Philosophy of Education ‘Reform’ Is Bankrupt

Because this is clearly the fault of teachers unions and low expectations (boldface mine): In November 2013 the Texas State Board of Education adopted new science standards for its textbooks that will bring evolution into the Texas public school classroom… … Continue reading

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Budgets Versus Culture War and What That Means for the War on Science

Chris Pickett of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology notes the difference between rhetoric and budget allocations for science (boldface mine): For instance, while on the Hill, we asked legislators to support a funding level of $32 billion … Continue reading

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Why A Liberal Arts Education Matters: The War on Canadian Science Libraries Edition

So the conservative-led Canadian government decided to digitize historical scientific records and discard the original paper copies. Except it appears they forgot the whole digitization part (boldface mine): Back in 2012, when Canada’s Harper government announced that it would close … Continue reading

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