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  • Government Scientist Gets Fired for Telling the Truth

    01/19/2013 5:17:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | January 19, 2013 | David Spady
    Something’s amiss at the Department of Interior. Eight government scientists were recently fired or reassigned after voicing concerns to their superiors about faulty environmental science used for policy decisions. Which begs the question, “Are some government agencies manipulating science to advance political agendas?” Fictional book authors operate in a convenient world, unconstrained by facts and experiences of the real world. The antithesis of works of fiction are scientific findings solely based on provable facts and experience. For agenda-driven environmental science, facts can sometime prove inconvenient. It’s far easier to advance an agenda with agreeable science, even if that means creating...
  • Some Very Political Science

    04/11/2012 7:08:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 11, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    The news is stuffed with "studies" in which "experts" tell us how we should behave. One recently found that conservatives have lost their trust in science over the last 40 years. That's probably because the very political academics of science are routinely summoned to prove the right-wingers are not only wrong but dangerously wrong and not just dangerously wrong but evil, too. These studies are laughable. First, there was the study purporting to prove that conservatism appeals to low-intelligence racists "who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world." Then there was the scientific study that parents should be allowed...
  • Watching Our Language: The Left-Right Language Barrier

    02/06/2012 10:11:48 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | Tuesday, 31 January | Selwyn Duke
    Language barriers are obviously an impediment to communication. If one man speaks Chinese and another Swedish, it may be hard for them to settle even simple matters, let alone the deep issues of the day. Yet there can be language barriers even within a language, such as when people use ill-defined terminology. In fact, some debates rage on endlessly partially because people who have the same tongue are, sometimes unknowingly, speaking a different language. This occurs to me when I hear many arguments about Left versus Right. For example, it’s not uncommon for conservatives and liberals to debate whether groups...
  • Scenes from the So-Called 99%

    10/12/2011 10:11:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 11, 2011 | Bryan Preston
    Our third foray into the “We Are the 99 Percent” web site finds that while they still don’t represent 99% of America — who does? — some of the photo posters accidentally make sense. Take this one, for instance. She has clearly done the math, and found that she is taxed enough already. That being the case, the movement she’s looking for probably isn’t the one that’s camped out in parks and pooping on police cars.This one should have done the math before pursuing a classical studies degree.As I wrote in the first “open letter,” no one cares about much...
  • The Corruption of Science in America

    09/13/2011 2:43:26 PM PDT · by ForGod'sSake · 32 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 30, 2011 | J. Marvin Herndon
    Truth is the pillar of civilization. The word 'truth' occurs 224 times in the King James Version of the Holy Bible; witnesses testifying in American courts and before the United States Congress must swear to tell the truth; and, laws and civil codes require truth in advertising and in business practices, to list just a few examples. The purpose of science is to discover the true nature of Earth and Universe and to convey that knowledge truthfully to people everywhere. Science gives birth to technology that makes our lives easier and better. Science improves our health and enables us to...
  • More Climate Disruption Drivel

    03/22/2011 6:09:20 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 3/22/2011 | Anthony J. Sadar
    It certainly didn't take long for someone, a British academic this time, to couple the tragedy in Japan to the specter of future tsunamis caused by global warming. In 2004, Michael Crichton's State of Fear had the plot line of an extreme environmental group planning to trigger a tsunami using a massive underwater explosion, with the intention of blaming it on man-made climate disruption. Sadly, Japan's tsunami is now being used to stoke the dying embers of climate-change mania. Even before nature's fury ravaged Japan, meteorological mischief was contemplated to awaken the world's interest in climate change. This effort would...
  • David Epstein Incest Charges: Columbia Professor Charged With Sleeping With Daughter

    12/10/2010 8:51:15 AM PST · by mimi from mi · 64 replies · 8+ views
    A Columbia political science professor has been charged with having a sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter, the Columbia Daily Spectator reports. David Epstein, 46, was charged Thursday with one count of third-degree incest. Police told the Spectator that the relationship appeared consensual. Epstein is currently on administrative leave. According to the New York Daily News, Epstein and the woman had a three-year sexual relationship and often exchanged "twisted text messages." The Spectator reports that Epstein is married to another Columbia political science professor, Sharyn O'Halloran, though a recent update to his Facebook page says he is single. The couple...
  • Al Gore: Tea Party making climate science a ‘political football’

    10/27/2010 2:01:05 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    Al Gore: Tea Party making climate science a ‘political football’ By Ben Geman - 10/27/10 03:31 PM ET Al Gore is on the political offensive against global warming skepticism in the Tea Party movement. “Unfortunately the Tea Party movement seems to want to make belief in science a political football,” the former vice president wrote on his website Tuesday afternoon (and tweeted about today). Gore, a longtime advocate of capping greenhouse gases, points to a New York Times story this month that said, “Skepticism and outright denial of global warming are among the articles of faith of the Tea Party...
  • Few white voters upset about Obama victory despite lingering racism

    09/13/2010 10:08:51 AM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies
    University of Florida ^ | September 13, 2010 | Unknown
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Racism may be less of a factor in politics than other realms of life, according to a new University of Florida study, which found few white voters in Florida to be upset by the presidential candidacy of a black man, and many to be proud of it. To assess attitudes among white voters in a southern state about Barack Obama's historic election to the presidency, two UF political scientists analyzed results from four statewide telephone surveys -- each involving between 449 and 829 respondents – conducted in the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009. Their study...
  • Despite public perception Texas Democrats wield power in legislature, Rice political scientist finds

    09/04/2010 11:11:13 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Rice Univ News ^ | Thursday, September 2, 2010 | Franz Brotzen
    When the Republican Party took control of the Texas House of Representatives in 2003, most pundits placed its Democratic members well out in the political wilderness. But new research by Rice political scientist Mark Jones indicates that over time, the Democrats progressively increased their ability to affect the laws coming out of the legislature... Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, chair of the Department of Political Science and a Baker Institute Rice scholar, looked at the ability of the legislature's leadership to control the partisan agenda... Jones measured each representative's FPV win rate -- the percentage...
  • Brand Obama: The Drunkard's Search

    05/21/2010 8:00:09 PM PDT · by wizkid · 11 replies · 341+ views
    JohnQuincy ^ | 05/21/2010 | WizKid
    In politics, there are several mental shortcuts that a skilled political operative can use to manipulate voters: Short Cut One The Drunkard's Search Conducting a drunkard's search a drunkard’s search is to look in the place that's easiest, rather than in the place most likely to yield results. Taken from an old joke about a drunkard who loses his car keys while unlocking his car and is found looking under a streetlamp down the road because the light is better, it has been an object of consideration in the social sciences since at least 1964.
  • Aristotle's Warning

    03/20/2010 11:19:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies · 1,239+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 21, 2010 | Ed Kaitz
    "We know that the moment of greatest danger to a society is when it comes near realizing its most cherished dreams." - Eric Hoffer From its origins in Athens some 2,500 years ago, it has been obvious to some astute observers that democracy, like all other forms of government, carries with it a certain type of energy. Barack Obama rode this unique democratic energy into the White House over a year ago. He called it a "righteous wind" and promised something rather vague that he called "change." To many otherwise innocent American voters, "change" likely meant the change from...
  • Textbook Hope & Change

    12/04/2009 7:19:53 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 350+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 4, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Textbook Hope & Change Malcolm A. Kline, December 4, 2009 A new political science textbook, American Democracy Now, actually makes a stab at balance and, to a surprising degree, can claim some success. The attempt to level the academic playing field is particularly noteworthy since the publisher is McGraw-Hill, which has been scored for inaccuracies in its textbooks by reviewers in Texas and California—the two largest markets for texts. Moreover, the publisher promoted it as the first textbook written by an all-woman team, a politically correct distinction that suggests a similar treatment of civics. Even the title is reminiscent of...
  • We’re Doomed If the EPA Continues to Embrace Bad Science

    04/20/2009 1:26:47 PM PDT · by Joiseydude · 11 replies · 1,112+ views
    FoxNews ^ | April 20th, 2009 | Peter Ferrara
    Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency began implementing Obama administration policy with a “finding” that man-made global warming is a threat to human health. This finding provides the legal foundation for massive regulation of American life that would ultimately chase remaining manufacturing out of the country, sharply reduce America’s standard of living, and tumble the American economy into long term decline. The EPA and Obama are just following the reports of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But the UN is as self-interested on this issue as the oil companies — except that it tilts in the...
  • Obama looks at climate engineering

    04/08/2009 9:55:04 AM PDT · by cdchik123 · 103 replies · 3,215+ views
    ap ^ | 4/8/09 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air.
  • Taxing the Weather

    03/05/2009 5:35:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies · 420+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | March 5, 2009 | Alan Caruba
    Taxes imposed in the name of global warming are completely bogus. There is no global warming if, by that term, you mean a sudden, dramatic increase in the Earth’s average temperature. The Earth has been cooling for a decade, not warming. It is incumbent on all of us to email, fax, call, and write our Congress critters and tell them they must vote against any legislation regarding “greenhouse gas emissions” or “global warming.” Tell them that a vote for such legislation will be your vote for whoever runs against them in the next elections. The Obama administration and Congress is...
  • Obama banks on pollution reductions

    02/26/2009 2:52:16 PM PST · by topfile · 27 replies · 1,742+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 26, 2009 | Tom LoBianco
    President Barack Obama's first budget includes $15 billion a year for renewable energy programs and an ambitious plan to raise $646 billion from a carbon reduction proposal. "Because our future depends on our ability to break free from oil that's controlled by foreign dictators, we need to make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy," Mr. Obama said Thursday morning. "That's why we'll be working with Congress on legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy." The plan uses money from a cap-and-trade program — which would allow companies to...
  • Obama: U.S. 'will emerge stronger' from crisis

    02/24/2009 3:30:09 PM PST · by topfile · 57 replies · 2,335+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama will pledge Tuesday night that the nation "will rebuild, we will recover," as he delivers an address to a joint session of Congress and with a nervous nation watching at home. "While our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before," Mr. Obama will say, according to excerpts of his remarks. In lofty language, Mr. Obama is expected to promise a new path forward...
  • Obama to Propose Massive Greenhouse Gas Tax

    02/21/2009 5:36:16 PM PST · by kristinn · 333 replies · 15,480+ views
    Saturday, February 21, 2009 | Kristinn
    Barack Hussein Obama will propose a massive business tax on greenhouse gases in his FY 2010 federal budget to be presented this week.The massive tax increase and power grab was buried at the end on article on Obama's forthcoming budget proposal in The New York Times:On energy policy, Mr. Obama’s budget will show new revenues by 2012 from his proposal to require companies to buy permits from the government for greenhouse gas emissions above a certain cap. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the permits would raise up to $300 billion a year by 2020. Since companies would pass their...
  • Right Wing vs Conservative: What's the Difference?

    01/09/2009 8:25:22 AM PST · by FutureRocketMan · 34 replies · 1,258+ views
    1/9/08 | FutureRocketMan
    I just have a question: Is there a difference between "conservative" and "right wing"? I say there is none, but many people, including conservatives within y family, have said there is a big difference, yet I don't know exactly what that is? Please help... PS. I just finished the book "the Last Jihad" by Joel C Rosenburg. It is a great, fast-paced novel, about a war with Iraq. It was written and published before the war in Iraq. I would recommend it to everyone.
  • Political Science for Dummies

    05/08/2008 5:34:03 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 25 replies · 68+ views
    DEMOCRAT You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. REPUBLICAN You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So? SOCIALIST You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor. You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow. COMMUNIST You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. You wait in line for hours to get it. It is expensive and sour. CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows. BUREAUCRACY,...
  • Increased knowledge about global warming leads to apathy, study shows

    03/27/2008 10:55:13 AM PDT · by decimon · 48 replies · 982+ views
    Texas A&M University ^ | March 27, 2008 | Unknown
    COLLEGE STATION – The more you know the less you care – at least that seems to be the case with global warming. A telephone survey of 1,093 Americans by two Texas A&M University political scientists and a former colleague indicates that trend, as explained in their recent article in the peer-reviewed journal Risk Analysis. “More informed respondents both feel less personally responsible for global warming, and also show less concern for global warming,” states the article, titled “Personal Efficacy, the Information Environment, and Attitudes toward Global Warming and Climate Change in the USA.” The study showed high levels of...
  • NYT Admits They Lied About Kerry's Speech

    11/03/2006 2:06:32 PM PST · by FreedomNeocon · 40 replies · 2,702+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 11-3-2006 | Charles Johnson
    The New York Times has issued a correction for their article about John Kerry’s slam against the military, in which they did not even print his actual words: Corrections: For the Record - New York Times. (Hat tip: Ethel.) A Political Memo article yesterday about the fallout for Senator John Kerry over what he called a “botched joke” referred incompletely to the differences between prepared remarks and what he actually said about the Iraq war to students at Pasadena City College in California on Monday. Mr. Kerry not only dropped the word “us,” but he also rephrased his opening sentence...
  • Scientists Form Group to Support Science-Friendly Candidates

    10/04/2006 2:17:08 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 40 replies · 999+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 28, 2006 | CORNELIA DEAN
    Several prominent scientists said yesterday that they had formed an organization dedicated to electing politicians “who respect evidence and understand the importance of using scientific and engineering advice in making public policy.” Organizers of the group, Scientists and Engineers for America, said it would be nonpartisan, but in interviews several said Bush administration science policies had led them to act. The issues they cited included the administration’s position on climate change, its restrictions on stem cell research and delays in authorizing the over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception. In a statement posted on its Web site (, the group said scientists...
  • Why Jon Stewart isn't funny

    03/05/2006 9:41:25 AM PST · by flixxx · 133 replies · 5,081+ views
    boston globe (via ^ | March 3, 2006 | Michael Kalin
    Why Jon Stewart isn't funny By Michael Kalin | March 3, 2006 THE SELECTION of Jon Stewart as the host for Sunday night's 2006 Oscars undoubtedly marks a career milestone for the aspiring king of late-night comedy. Unfortunately, however, the ascension of Stewart and ''The Daily Show" into the public eye is no laughing matter. Stewart's ever-increasing popularity among young viewers directly correlates with the declining influence of progressive thought in America. Coincidence? I think not. Let me explain.
  • Students at SUU rally to support fired professor

    12/22/2004 3:08:17 AM PST · by Ellesu · 14 replies · 604+ views
    Provo Daily Herald ^ | 12/22/04 | Associated Press
    CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Students at Southern Utah University are rallying behind a professor who was fired after using the f-word in class, prompting a debate about the school's tolerance for diversity. Political science professor Stephen Roberds worked at the Cedar City campus for six years, and was undergoing peer review for tenure, when he reportedly used the f-word during a heated classroom discussion with a student about a Supreme Court ruling. Roberds quickly apologized to the student and class. Last week, the school essentially fired Roberds by refusing to renew his contract and denying him tenure, insisting that a...
  • Princeton paints nation as "Purple America" based on election results

    11/09/2004 4:54:32 AM PST · by mhking · 87 replies · 2,800+ views
    Princeton University ^ | November 2004 | Robert J. Vanderbei
    Using County-by-County election return data from USA Today together with County boundary data from the US Census' Tiger database we produced the following graphic depicting the results. Of course, blue is for the democrats, red is for the republicans, and green is for all other. Each county's color is a mix of these three color components in proportion to the results for that county. Counties shown in black represent either missing election data or a mismatch between the US Census data and the USA Today data. For example, the New England states' election return data is given for each municipality...
  • Class unites to protest exam (A once highly rated University becomes another socialist enclave)

    05/03/2004 7:02:52 AM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine's brother · 29 replies · 185+ views
    When his students refused to take his midterm exam last Friday, professor Ted Morgan was not completely surprised; this had happened before in this class. The students of Movements and Legacies of the 1960s, a political science class, refused to take an exam because they felt it was hypocritical in light of what they had learned all semester. “It was not so much protesting that specific exam or that class,” Clare Burchi, ’06, said. “It was more protesting the whole idea of exams and writing down all that we had learned into a little blue book.” Instead of taking the...
  • Fareed Zakaria: clear political science, or polysci relativist? Sample from "Wealth to Power"

    04/22/2003 3:23:40 AM PDT · by risk · 1 replies · 148+ views
    Princeton University Press ^ | 2000 | Fareed Zakaria
    From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role Fareed Zakaria Book Description Reviews Table of Contents COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Published by Princeton University Press and copyrighted, © 1998, by Princeton University Press. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from the publisher, except for reading and browsing via the World Wide Web. Users are not permitted to mount this file on any network servers. Follow links for Class Use and other Permissions. For...
  • Pavley among top science leaders [barf]

    11/12/2002 6:52:43 AM PST · by boris · 3 replies · 164+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News | 11-12-2002
    Pavley among top science leaders SACRAMENTO - Scientific American magazine released its list Monday of the year's top 50 science and technology leaders, including Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills. Pavley was recognized under the category of transportation, for her bill requiring the California Air Resources Board to write regulations by 2005 to "achieve the maximum feasible reduction of greenhouse gases." "The rules of California have often led to changes that have taken place throughout the country, and in this case, we particularly admired the standard that Assembly member Pavley was (setting)," said John Rennie, editor-in-chief of Scientific American. -Associated Press

    08/15/2002 12:08:57 PM PDT · by clintonbaiter · 1 replies · 287+ views
    The Iconoclast (Satirical News Stories) ^ | August 15, 2002 | Unknown
    ARKANSAS GRADUATE STUDENTS TO STUDY CLINTON PRESIDENCY IN NEW "CLINTON 1OOY" POLITICAL-SCIENCE COURSE. EACH STUDENT WILL GET TO SPEND A DAY TESTIFYING BEFORE THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL Starting in January 2003, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be offering its first course on the Clinton presidency. The political-science course -- Clinton 100Y -- offered to graduate students only, is expected to be a prototype for the university's Clinton School of Public Service. According to Dr. Margaret E. Scranton, the chair of the university's political-science department, the course will be divided into six sections: "Creative Lying" (in both senses of...