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  • Science on the campaign trail: Where the presidential candidates stand

    02/02/2016 5:59:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The 2016 presidential election season gets underway in earnest today as voters cast their first ballots at the Iowa caucuses. As usual, science-related issues aren't getting much attention from the candidates, as the debate has been dominated by national security, immigration policy, and the economy. But science does sometimes creep into the conversation, and ScienceInsider has been keeping its ears perked. Here's an overview of where the candidates stand on some select science-related issues (keeping in mind that the candidates have yet to sound off on many topics of interest to researchers).
  • There’s Only One Candidate People Actually Like – and It’s Not Trump or Clinton (it's Ben Carson)

    09/03/2015 6:00:55 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 168 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | September 3, 2015 | Rob Garver
    The only one of the declared presidential candidates that Americans have positive feelings for overall isn’t a frontrunner and has never held public office before. According to a poll released Thursday by Public Policy Polling, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is the sole presidential candidate whose favorability rating is higher than his or her unfavorability rating. When asked about Carson, 41 percent of the respondents in the national poll reported that they felt favorably about him, compared to 30 percent who have an unfavorable view. That puts him well ahead of all the other candidates in the field, though 29 percent...
  • Traitor to His Class ... Trump's embrace of a tangible American nationalism

    08/29/2015 6:51:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 7, 2015 | Julius Krein
    Traitor to His Class: Nothing is more terrifying to the elite than Trump’s embrace of a tangible American nationalism Donald Trump is not a serious candidate. Donald Trump is not a serious man. The truth of these statements is supposed to be self-evident. But one begins to wonder, are they true? Trump’s popularity, while beyond doubt, is treated not as a legitimate expression of popular will but as a mass psychosis to be diagnosed. It would seem to be the duty of every American pundit today to explain the inexplicable and problematic rise of Donald Trump. The critical question, however,...
  • Bruce Jenner: 'I'm a Woman'

    04/24/2015 6:48:09 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 305 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Sean Dooley
    Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world's most famous families. Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades. "For all intents and purposes, I'm a woman," Jenner told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview that aired Friday in a special two-hour edition of ABC News' "20/20." "People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life -- it is part...
  • ISIS 'orders female genital mutilation' for women in Mosul

    07/24/2014 6:53:52 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 150 replies
    BBC ^ | July 24,2014 | Unknown
    The UN says militant Islamist group Isis has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). UN official Jacqueline Badcock said the fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46.
  • Firefighters mistakenly pump jet fuel on fire instead of water

    12/14/2013 8:54:12 PM PST · by wonkowasright · 46 replies
    KGW Portland ^ | 12/14/2013
    The Washington State Patrol is investigating a serious mishap at its fire training academy in North Bend. During a training exercise, firefighters mistakenly pumped jet fuel instead of water onto a flaming mock-up of an airplane crash.
  • Obama Administration Named Holly Petraeus to $187,605-Per-Year Job

    11/14/2012 7:26:02 PM PST · by GridSquare · 128 replies
    CNS News.Com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration named Holly Petraeus--wife of retired Gen. David Patraeus, who resigned last week as CIA director after revealing he had had an extra-marital affair--to $187,605-per-yer job in the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
  • First Daughters Not Vaccinated Against H1N1

    10/25/2009 1:18:09 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 288 replies · 13,661+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | Anne Marie Riha
    President Obama's school age daughters have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk.
  • We Are What We Are (Garrison Keillor leaning Republican in Old Age?)

    05/13/2009 1:41:15 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 39 replies · 2,101+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5/13/09 | By GARRISON KEILLOR
    I went to a party the other day and heard the word “torture” and said that I didn’t think we should prosecute Bush lawyers who wrote those torture memos, and people jumped all over me like I was an escaped Nazi, so as long as I was persona non grata, I said some more stuff. People about dropped their drinks. I saw lifelong friends turn away in disgust. I Don’t Care. It felt good. Liquor wasn’t the cause. Crankiness was. And crankiness is the birthright of Republicans. As Mr. Cheney said, “We are what we are. We’re Republicans. We have...
  • Bush disagrees with South Dakota abortion ban

    02/28/2006 6:36:43 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 1,072 replies · 13,265+ views
    AFP ^ | 1 March 2006
    US President George W. Bush signalled his opposition to a South Dakota abortion ban that forbids the procedure even in cases of rape or incest, saying he favors such exceptions. But Bush declined to predict the outcome of any legal challenges to the legislation, which would make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy except in rare cases when it may be necessary to save the life of the mother. "That, of course, is a state law, but my position has always been three exceptions: Rape, incest, and the life of the mother," the US president told ABC news in an...
  • Woman Sees Husband Off to Iraq, Gets Fired

    10/26/2005 3:40:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 117 replies · 3,823+ views
    AP ^ | 10/26/5
    Caledonia, Mich. -- A woman who took an unpaid leave of absence from work to see her husband off to war with an Indiana National Guard unit has been fired after failing to show up for her part-time receptionist job the day following his departure. "It was a shock," said Suzette Boler, a 40-year-old mother of three and grandmother of three. "I was hurt. I felt abandoned by people I thought cared for me. I sat down on the floor and cried for probably two hours." Officials at her former workplace, Benefit Management Administrators Inc., a Caledonia employee-benefits company, confirmed...
  • War has gone on long enough, end it

    09/20/2005 9:07:44 AM PDT · by ancientart · 136 replies · 2,747+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | September 20, 2005 | Art Marmorstein
    There's no doubt about it. The president misled us about the war. He misled us about how long it would take. He misled us about how much it would cost. The president's unfairly maligned critics have been completely vindicated as the war has degenerated into a complete disaster, a chaotic mess that destroys lives, threatens to empty the treasury and - as an added bonus - makes the problem it was originally intended to fix far worse than it was before. It's time for the president's supporters to drop their partisan defense of the indefensible, admit they've made a mess...
  • The war in Iraq has nothing to do with 9/11

    11/23/2004 7:18:49 PM PST · by captainavenger · 109 replies · 2,393+ views
    Tuesday, November 20, 2004 | Eric Boyd
    THE WAR IN IRAQ HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11If you believe that you are a fool. John Kerry seemed to enjoy saying over and over during the 2004 presidential campaign that Iraq did not attack America on 9/11. Kerry’s infamous argument that the war in Iraq was the “wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time” was a case that Saddam Hussein was in no way a subject of the global war on terror. Liberal news commentators have been fond of asking the question: If George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have not been at least implying...