Skip to comments.What's New [Am.Physical Soc vs Bush,SDI,Delay]
Posted on 12/19/2003 2:32:22 PM PST by Diogenesis
What's New [Am.Physical Soc.rant vs. Bush,SDI,Delay]
In this week's American Physical Society (APS) political tax-free rant, Robert Park
again uses the APS to attack his and the APS' enemies
as he again ignores another opportunity to actually use science or physics.
Many of his rants seem likely fantasized, and ths week he does not disappoint with his
diatribe against President Bush, missile defense, US security,
Tom Delay, and Park's [stated but unproven] belief that that human activity influenced the solar output.
See for yourself, FReepers and observe how low "science" at APS has fallen.
Friday, December 19, 2003
1. CLIMATE CHANGE: AGU STATEMENT REFLECTS THE GROWING CONSENSUS.
It is now "scientifically inconceivable that human activity has not altered climate systems," explained John Christy, Director of the Earth
Systems Science Center at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. He spoke this week at an American Geophysical Union press briefing in
Washington to announce a new position statement on Human Impact on Climate. An AGU statement three years ago was far more tentative
(WN 29 Jan 99). Even the Bush administration now accepts the reality of anthropogenic warming (WN 7 Jun 02).
2. MISSILE DEFENSE: DEPLOYMENT IS STILL SCHEDULED FOR LATE 2004.
It was just one year ago that President Bush ordered deployment of a limited system of interceptor missiles in California and Alaska by the
end of 2004 (WN 20 Dec 02). But in the meantime, according to a story this week in Space News, the test schedule has fallen behind by about
six months. "Tough break," I said to my friend General Persiflage at the Missile Defense Agency, "how much will postponing the tests delay
deployment?" He was clearly amused: "Not one day; it's all part of the plan. The Commander- in-Chief ordered us to deploy in 2004, and
deploy we will. The only thing that could get in our way is to blow a test. So why ask for trouble?" He chuckled, "You scientists always think
you have to do experiments. This is a faith-based initiative."
3. NUCLEAR WEAPONS: THE OVERTURNING OF US NUCLEAR WEAPONS POLICY.
For more than half a century, the sole use for US nuclear weapons had been to deter a nuclear attack. Two years ago, however, the Bush
Administration completed its Nuclear Posture Review (WN 15 Mar 02). It led to the repeal of a 1994 ban on research and development of
new, low-yield nuclear weapons (WN 28 Nov 03). National Nuclear Security Administration head, Linton Brooks, has been dancing in the end
zone. He sent a letter to lab directors proding them to "take advantage of this opportunity to close any gaps in understanding of the possible
military applications of atomic energy."
4. ENVIRONMENT: MtBE CAUSES CANCER, AND A BIG STINK IN CONGRESS.
The Bush Administration had expected to enact legislation this year setting a new energy policy. The bill struggled under the weight of
special-interest deals, but what finally sank it was a provision immunizing makers of a gasoline additive, MtBE,, from lawsuits (WN 28 Nov 03).
MtBE has a way of getting into groundwater, where even in trace amounts it smells and tastes terrible so terrible no one can stand to drink it.
That turns out to be a very good thing, because MtBE also causes cancer in laboratory animals and the International Agency for Research on
Cancer treats it as a carcinogen. Most of the makers seems (sic) to be in the Houston district of House Majority Leader Tom Delay.
Do you see any scientific evidence that "anthropogenic warming"
is causing the present increases in solar sunspot activity or the heating seen on Mars and Earth?
CONCLUSION: Nothing new at the American Physical Society's "What's New" where politics trumps science.
Nah! They don't put it on the webpage, but you can sure as heck find stuff just as "politically correct" in the ACS's "house organ" Chemical and Engineering News
Madeline Jacobs (C&E News Editor) is just as big an eco-fanatic lefty as Parks, just not as noisy about it.
It's the nature of the beast.