Category Archives: The War on Science

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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Even Though Republicans Shut Down the NSF, They Are Still Attacking It

Something to keep in mind: even when the shutdown shenanigans are done with, Republicans will still keep beating up on science. Republican Representative and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, in an attempt to ingratiate himself with the theocratic wing of … Continue reading

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The Republican War on Science and on the Smithsonian

So the House Republicans have proposed this (boldface mine): House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget … Continue reading

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Romney Wants More Cold Fusion Research

Romney actually said this. Out loud. To another person: I do believe in basic science. I believe in participating in space. I believe in analysis of new sources of energy. I believe in laboratories, looking at ways to conduct electricity … Continue reading

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When the War on Science Collides With Economic Development, the Result Is Gov. Nikki Haley

In today’s adventures in Batshitloonitarianism, South Carolina governor and rightwing rising star Nikki Haley has decided to retard her state’s economic growth by cutting South Carolina’s contribution to the Sea Grant program. Unless you’re a marine biologist or involved in … Continue reading

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A Question for Education ‘Reformers’ About Tennessee’s “Monkey Bill”

Do you give a shit? If you haven’t heard, the Great State of Tennessee, in a effort to inflict reversible (hopefully) mental retardation on the children entrusted to its educational system, has passed legislation that “encourages teachers to present the … Continue reading

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Why H.R. 3433 Is a Bad Bill: Because We Can Count on Republicans to Abuse It

By way of Jonathan Eisen, we learn that there is a new bill wending its way through Congress, H.R. 3433, The Grant Reform and New Transparency Act of 2011 (pdf), the goal of which is “to provide transparency and require … Continue reading

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Regarding Pseudoscience, I’m Glad to See HuffPo Turned Over a New Leaf…

…for all of about 24 hours. Haven’t had to bust out the StupidView 9600, recommended by the Surgeon General for safely viewing TEH STOOPID! Cuz stupid ain’t cool (from here) Despite all the hubbub about the Huffington Post’s new science … Continue reading

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