Posts tagged science
Posts tagged science
We Actually Are Apes. Christians and Republicans Are Themselves Evidence of a Lack of Intelligent Design.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
…raised eyebrows Monday when he told GQ he couldn’t answer a question about the age of the earth because “I’m not a scientist, man.”
Having a top prospect for the 2016 presidential nomination say the age of the planet is “one of the great mysteries” comes at an awkward time for a party attempting to rebuild from its Nov. 6 drubbing at the hands of voters turned off by the GOP’s embrace of social conservatives. But Rubio is hardly alone among potential Republican presidential contenders. Other big names for 2016 have weighed in publicly at various times over the years to position themselves as supportive of creationism proponents.
In a radio interview with Voice of Christian Youth America, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) argued that his belief that global warming is a hoax is biblically inspired. Promoting his book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Inhofe told interviewer Vic Eliason on Wednesday that only God can change the climate, and the idea that manmade pollution could affect the seasons is “arrogance“
In the interview, Inhofe did not mention he has received $1,352,523 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, including $90,950 from Koch Industries.
There is the distinct possibility that being a Republican or a Creationist indicates one has a genetic predisposition towards low cognitive function and mental disease. And one who is Republican Creationist cannot hold an honest train of thought for much more than thirty seconds.
GOP is SHIT and CHRISTIANS are ZOMBIES
Sixteen year old student Kiera Wilmot performed a chemistry experiment in her high school’s lab to see what would happen when some chemicals mixed. The 8oz water bottle holding the chemicals’ top popped off and some smoke was emitted, no one was injured and no property was damaged. She did not know beforehand it would cause that reaction. Her principal initially defended her actions as an accident but school security took her into police custody where she is facing FELONY charges and has been expelled from school. The code of conduct states that there must have been intent to cause harm, but as Kiera and the principal stated, there was not ill intent. This is a clear case of wrongful criminilization and will destroy Kiera’s bright future. More on the case here: http://feministing.com/2013/05/01/the-effects-of-unchecked-criminalization-teen-charged-with-felony-for-science-experiment/
Your so-called “police department” defines the word incompetent along with the word mindless and that will be the only contribution the Bartow, Florida Police Department ever makes to education in the state of Florida. It seems that a mega-tonnage of shit for brains has aggregated in Bartow, emanating from empty headed morons in blue. There is good argument for helping every cop in Bartow look for work. Is your police department the result of a jobs program for hiring the mentally ill? Do you plan to arrest those kids who light farts?
The Bartow Police Department is not defending the people from crime or danger, the Bartow Police Department is the problem, is the crime and is the danger and the community would be better served if the Bartow Police Department were shut down; there can be no greater contribution to evil, injustice than bastards like you.
M H O’Neal
16-Year-Old Girl Arrested and Charged With a Felony For Science Project Mistake
16-year-old Kiera Wilmot is accused of mixing housing chemicals in a small water bottle at Bartow High School, causing the cap to fly off and produce a bit of smoke. The experiment was conducted outdoors, no property was damaged, and no one was injured.
Not long after Wilmot’s experiment, authorities arrested her and charged her with “possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device,” according to WTSP-TV. The school district proceeded to expel Wilmot for handling the “dangerous weapon,” also known as a water bottle. She will have to complete her high school education through an expulsion program.
Western Antarctica Ice Sheet warming faster than thought
BBC: The Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is warming nearly twice as fast as previously thought, according to a new analysis of temperature records. US researchers say they found the first evidence of warming during the southern hemisphere’s summer months. They’re worried the increased melting of ice could contribute to sea-level rise.
The study has been released by the journal “Nature Geoscience.”
Image: The data from Byrd Station shows rapid warming on the west Antarctic ice sheet. (Julien Nicolas)
But……..Then There Is That Science-Fiction-Fantasy that an up and coming super genius will invent a carbon eating slime mold and save us from CO2. So Just Keep Sitting on Your Ass Nero.
The twisting tale of DNA
Five Wars More Important Than the War on Christmas
1) The War on Women: it’s not just a tag or catch-phrase. There is a major resurgence of old-school, even Biblical misogyny rearing its ugly head in the United States today. One one side are ordinary women trying to enjoy some of the freedoms a previous generation has managed to dig out for their gender, while moving a little closer to equality themselves. On the other side are men who publicly malign rape survivors and think female employees should take sexual comments as a compliment.
2) The War on the Poor: Occupy continues. Though the ultra-rich and their political allies characterize the people with all the money as job creators, Warren Buffett, bless his heart, assures us this is a lie. When all the world’s money ends up sitting, inert, in Scrooge McDuck’s pile, the economy will eventually grind to a halt. As the income gap continues to widen, the process gains more and more momentum, to the point where different economic groups look more like immobile castes than socially-mobile classes.
Even slowing this process seems akin to pushing two tectonic plates back together, and achieving actual income equity without a socialist revolution à la Stalinist Russia even less likely (and we all remember how that worked out). Add in that the political and economic juggernauts of our society have a personal interest in maintaining the status quo. But it’s an important battle, and ultimately better for not 99 but 100 percent of us, at least in the long run.
3) The War on Science: The phrase comes from a book by science advocate, Chris Mooney, and is a Bush-era title. Unfortunately, the siege did not end with Obama’s inaugaration. Attacks on public science education by fundamental Christians and budgetary pot-shots at basic research by grandstanding politicians have one thing in common: the mistaken belief that science is an ideology or conspiracy when it’s simply a collection of the most accurate, proven methods for figuring out how the world really works.
A dozen centuries ago, the Nation of Islam was a centre for scholarship and knowledge in the Old World. Then a certain caliph took power and forced the religion to become insular and distrustful of outside scholarship and innovation of all kinds, retreating to the Koran. Soon the world left them behind. Falling away from our enlightenment heritage will ultimately ruin us. The short-sighted, the extreme, they cannot be allowed to marginalize our most critical human tool: systematic and clear thinking.
4) The War on the Environment: This might also be called the war on accountability, where big companies and the politicians in their pockets try to strip every last dollar from the Earth they can. They battle against legal protections for the resources they exploit. They battle against providing reparations for the damage they cause. Ultimately, the goal isn’t to actually destroy the world we’re living in. That’s just an incidental result of wanting to make as much money as possible at everybody else’s expense. That’s cold comfort as the world’s climate destabilizes and species after species disappears.
5) Every physical war ever: I could have started with this and the article would have been over before it began. But the so-called War on Christmas is a spiritual and political war. A war of ideas and words and emotions. Sometimes those kinds of wars are important, and I’ve given four previous examples of them. The War on Christmas isn’t one.
Real wars have real consequences. The War on Christmas is built on hypocrisy and a complete misunderstanding of several constitutional amendments. And what’s at stake is a slight decrease in the number of plastic Baby Jesus figures. Whatever the result, the world will continue to turn.
Religion: the Disease that Defines the Human Race
Leaked documents from the Heartland Institute in Chicago, one of many nonprofits that spread disinformation about climate science in hopes of stalling government action to combat global warming, reveal that the organization is working on a curriculum for public schools that casts doubt on the work of climatologists worldwide. Heartland officials say one of the documents was a fake, but the curriculum plans were reportedly discussed in more than one. According to the New York Times, the curriculum would claim, among other things, that “whether humans are changing the climate is a major scientific controversy.”
A conservative billionaire who opposes government meddling in business has bought a rare commodity: the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university.
A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University’s economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting “political economy and free enterprise.”
Who’s behind a multi-million dollar campaign to seed doubt about climate change? It’s not just Exxon and Chevron—it’s also Koch Industries, an oil and gas giant that most people have never heard of, according to a new report from Greenpeace. Koch’s extensive funding of anti-climate work makes it the “financial kingpin of climate science denial and clean energy opposition,” says Greenpeace.
The report lists 35 organizations who have directly or indirectly received money from Koch Industries, affiliates, or Koch family foundations. They include the libertarian think-tank Cato Institute, which received a $1 million grant from the Kochs. Cato runs the climate-change-denial site GlobalWarming.org, and is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to block its finding that climate change threatens human health. The Koch family has also directed more than $5 million to Americans for Prosperity, which has campaigned against efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. They have also supported Citizens for a Sound Economy (which later merged with another group to form FreedomWorks).
Despite overwhelming consensus among climate change researchers and scientific institutions worldwide—including all the Academies of Sciences in industrialized countries, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, NASA and all other major US scientific institutions—recognition of global warming among Americans remains startlingly low. Fueled by Koch money, the Climate Denial Machine has executed an unceasing, anti-scientific and anti-regulatory public relations campaign that mirrors the tactics used by tobacco companies to deny the health consequences of smoking.
A new report by the International Forum on Globalization details the role of David and Charles Koch in undermining international talks to address the rapidly escalating problem of climate change. As the United Nations meets in Doha, Qatar this week, the goal is to create a framework in which the governments of the world make internationally binding commitments to cut carbon emissions fast enough to keep climate change within the agreed threshold of 2C.
But the real decision makers are not the climate negotiators, but politicians in capitals around the world including Washington, DC. The report, Faces Behind a Global Crisis: U.S. Carbon Billionaires and the U.N, Climate Deadlock, details how Charles and David Koch’s undue influence over United States climate policy has paralyzed American policy makers and stymied the United Nations climate talks.
The United States Sucking Koch Cock in the Climate Talks at Doha, Shame All Americans and Threatens All People: Impeach Obama. What Little Good Obama Does Will Be Negated by Obama Grabbing His Ankles for Oil and Coal.
Koch Brothers: Echo Chamber Whores
Dear Senator Inhofe:
Sir, people like you, of small minds, little education, no integrity, who are easily “bought” and serve as lobbyists for big oil disgrace America’s public offices with the spin of nonsensical “Rush Limbaugh”/”Glen Beck” gas. A fake, a fraud and a coward of harmful intent is incapable of serving the people.
I challenge you to follow the enclosed link and if you are literate, read the science on the science of global warming.
In itself, a truly “heartfelt” belief by a person of your stature that thousands of scientists would get together to carry out a “joke” on the rest of the world or create hype is a belief that is evidence of 1) your extreme mental illness, 2) your craven greed and dishonesty or 3) evidence that you and yours are an indication that humans are still descending from apes.
M H O’Neal
Sending a sundial to Mars - Bill Nye
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/sending-a-sundial-to-mars-bill-nye
Bill Nye, otherwise known as The Science Guy, inherited his father’s fascination with sundials. And so he campaigned to have sundials aboard the Spirit and Opportunity Mars exploration rovers. A look at how a small device reveals big implications as to our place in space.
U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. issued a unanimous, historic decision upholding EPA’s actions to reduce climate pollution.
In our press release, Fred called it a good day for the “thin layer of atmosphere that sustains life on Earth.”
He’s right of course. But our planet wasn’t the only big winner. It was also a great day for science.
The court roundly rejected challenges to EPA’s science-based finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare (commonly called the Endangerment Finding).
In the process, the court reaffirmed the importance of having rigorous, independent science as the bedrock of efforts to protect our health and environment.
The court’s eloquent statement speaks for itself:
EPA simply did here what it and other decision-makers often must do to make a science-based judgment: it sought out and revised existing scientific evidence to determine whether a particular finding was warranted. It makes no difference that much of the scientific evidence in large part consisted of “syntheses” of individual studies and research. … This is how science works. EPA is not required to re-prove the existence of the atom every time it approaches a scientific question.
(That’s from page 27 of the ruling. I added the emphasis.)
The court dismissed the challenges to the Endangerment Finding as without “merit”, noting that EPA relied upon an “ocean of evidence” including 18,000 peer-reviewed studies. (You can find those quotes on pages 26, 34 and 38 of the decision.)
In dismissing this challenge the court acted in concert with our long history of relying on science-based evidence — not only to shape our health and environmental protections, but as the foundation of American innovation and ingenuity.
EPA’s Endangerment Finding is based on an extensive review of climate change research, including assessments of climate research prepared by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the United States Global Change Research Program, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The creation of these assessment reports involved thousands of scientists, reviewing thousands of articles from peer-reviewed research journals.
This massive body of research documents the effects that rising atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping emissions are having on our climate. It also documents the harm that climate impacts cause to human health and welfare.
Affirming EPA’s reliance on state-of-the-art climate science, the court discussed the substantial evidence supporting EPA’s Endangerment Finding on page 30 of the decision:
To recap, EPA had before it substantial record evidence that anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases “very likely” caused warming of the climate over the last several decades… Relying again upon substantial scientific evidence, EPA determined that anthropogenically induced climate change threatens both public health and public welfare. It found that extreme weather events, changes in air quality, increases in food- and water-borne pathogens, and increases in temperatures are likely to have adverse health effects … The record also supports EPA’s conclusion that climate change endangers human welfare by creating risk to food production and agriculture, forestry, energy, infrastructure, ecosystems, and wildlife.
The call from scientists worldwide urging swift action to curb climate-destabilizing emissions has been heard.
EPA’s efforts to fulfill its statutory responsibility to protect human health and the environment from dangerous pollution have been resoundingly affirmed.
It is a good day to be a scientist, and an American.
Hope Springs Eternal………the Climate Is Changing
Faith based means, one did not give it much thought. For whatever reason people of faith demonize thought. People of faith are not very good at using their noodle or lack understanding in math, language, history or prefer to believe without question as it makes it easier to get along with their ilk.
Why believe in a fantasy being? Why? A fantasy being is not only superior to the believer but to all others, all those others who, well are determined to think.
We all have faith, but for the religious, often all they have is a belief in demons and angels and worlds outside themselves that influence all they cannot attempt to fathom. Those of faith have little faith in their own abilities. Science is one such demon for the faithful.
Those of faith don’t trust thought and they lack, personally the ability to understand the idea of an idea. Science is a concept. Science is something people do. Science is a method and Science does not exist outside of people. And for those of faith, science exists outside of people and science has the proportions of a god, and an evil god at that.
Science and Religion are both something people do, at least that is what someone who thinks would tell you.
You Must Use Your Power of Thought So That Those Who Can’t Will Not Drag All of Us Under. Think About It.
To celebrate innovations that have the potential to solve global problems, Intel paired artists with high school students at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to create original pieces of art based on scientific breakthroughs.
Illustrators, graphic designers and sculptors collaborated with high school students from the fair to artistically bring their breakthroughs to life and increase scientific awareness across the globe. Intel is proud to support both the arts and young scientists who are shaping the future of technological progress.
1. Innovation and the Economy. Science and technology have been responsible for over half of the growth of the U.S. economy since WWII, when the federal government first prioritized peacetime science mobilization. But several recent reports question America’s continued leadership in these vital areas. What policies will best ensure that America remains a world leader in innovation?
2. Climate Change. The Earth’s climate is changing and there is concern about the potentially adverse effects of these changes on life on the planet. What is your position on cap-and-trade, carbon taxes, and other policies proposed to address global climate change—and what steps can we take to improve our ability to tackle challenges like climate change that cross national boundaries?
3. Education. Increasingly, the global economy is driven by science, technology, engineering and math, but a recent comparison of 15-year-olds in 65 countries found that average science scores among U.S. students ranked 23rd, while average U.S. math scores ranked 31st. In your view, why have American students fallen behind over the last three decades, and what role should the federal government play to better prepare students of all ages for the science and technology-driven global economy?
4. Energy. Many policymakers and scientists say energy security and sustainability are major problems facing the United States this century. What policies would you support to meet the demand for energy while ensuring an economically and environmentally sustainable future?
5. Food. Thanks to science and technology, the United States has the world’s most productive and diverse agricultural sector, yet many Americans are increasingly concerned about the health and safety of our food. The use of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides, as well as animal diseases and even terrorism pose risks. What steps would you take to ensure the health, safety and productivity of America’s food supply?
6. Fresh Water. Less than one percent of the world’s water is liquid fresh water, and scientific studies suggest that a majority of U.S. and global fresh water is now at risk because of increasing consumption, evaporation and pollution. What steps, if any, should the federal government take to secure clean, abundant fresh water for all Americans?
7. Ocean Health. Scientists estimate that 75 percent of the world’s fisheries are in serious decline, habitats like coral reefs are threatened, and large areas of ocean and coastlines are polluted. What role should the federal government play domestically and through foreign policy to protect the environmental health and economic vitality of the oceans?
8. Science in Public Policy. We live in an era when science and technology affect every aspect of life and society, and so must be included in well-informed public policy decisions. How will you ensure that policy and regulatory decisions are fully informed by the best available scientific and technical information, and that the public is able to evaluate the basis of these policy decisions?
9. Space. The United States is currently in a major discussion over our national goals in space. What should America’s space exploration and utilization goals be in the 21st century and what steps should the government take to help achieve them?
10. Critical Natural Resources. Supply shortages of natural resources affect economic growth, quality of life, and national security; for example China currently produces 97% of rare earth elements needed for advanced electronics. What steps should the federal government take to ensure the quality and availability of critical natural resources?
If there ever was a plague visited upon earth it is Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The religious would not think of it so; for god does what they say. The god fucker never speaks but the religious are there to speak for the god fucker. Religion is like heroin, it is just something that certain people succumb to.
What is science? Science is using ones’ head for something other than a place to grow hair. People who do not worship an imagined authority, like science. People who are not pathologically inclined to be told what to do like a dog, are attracted to science. The two, religion and science, represent two ways, almost “the two ways” in which peoples’ minds work. The religious are enamored of authority and have no confidence in their own abilities to understand (“Thinking is creepy” for the religious).
Science represents a group of people, varied and different as the stars in the sky, who all understand that understanding is the only holy grail and all understanding depends on their own effort. Many people, in one way or another would pervert their quest to understand by offering another “authority”.
The religious folks belong to a slovenly heard or a thuggish gang where the code phrase is, “You like god? Yea man, me like god.” The “believers” believe it is of utmost importance for all members of the heard to think the same god damn thing - even though if asked individually, likely each zealot would have a distinctly different and therefore unacceptable view or idea of the god fucker.
Religious people pass the religious virus on to their offspring at an early age, when children believe anything they are told (The fat bastard with the flying glow in the dark reindeer). It is immoral to tell children they will rot in hell. Religion is like substance abuse; anyone can be vulnerable to the disease, but most of us realize that religion like drug abuse is not something to be worshiped or rates as much of a human aspiration. Religion is the “Special Olympics” for those of little will and decency.
People of science seek answers and religion seeks control, control usually by those uninclined to value human life: Priests and Pastors rape children, churches torture in the name of the god fucker and all the various sects of religion blame the other sects for religions shortcomings (those christians aren’t true christians).
If we do die from climate change, there are two ways to look at our demise:
One, Shit happens.
Two, Death cults like Judaism, Christianity and Islam were instrumental in our premature evacuation of Mother Earth, our true creator and source of life. Chalk another terrible horror up to the religious freaks that infest the third rock from the sun.
Hell Is on Earth and No Place Else; Only a Coward Would Tell You Different