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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has released a video urging Americans to change how they relate to science. Tyson posted the video on his Facebook page alongside this note: "Dear Facebook Universe, I offer this four-minute video on 'Science in America' containing what may be the most important words I have ever spoken." ... "Science is a fundamental part of the country that we are," he says in the video. "But in this, the 21st century, when it comes time to make decisions about science, it seems that people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not." That shift, he says, is a "recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy." read more


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The White House on Monday walked back a key point of President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 election. Namely, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wasn't referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping. "I think there's no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election," Spicer said. "The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities."


Sunday, March 05, 2017

Roger Stone, a confidant to President Donald Trump and former adviser to his campaign, acknowledged late Saturday that he had a "back channel" to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, amid mounting reports that multiple advisers to Trump's campaign had undisclosed communication with Russian officials. read more


Friday, February 17, 2017

Jake Tapper deconstructs the Orange Manchild's speech.


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What do you think the march will achieve?

Cynically? Nothing. I find protests successfully achieving their goal to be few and far between.

But time will tell if these protests catch the attention of Congress (who ultimately are the ones who need to listen for it to be successful). I've seen some encouraging information suggesting Congress isn't keen on cutting scientific research funding and the jobs/innovations associated with it. I just hope they stick by those convictions when the time comes to vote for a budget.

What do you think about this idea that Science is not political?

This is a tough one for me. I see both sides of it in that there is an unmistakable slant in the partisan nature of the anti-science streak in our electorate and government. So it's unavoidable in many ways.

But, just as religion isn't necessarily easily separated from people's participation in government (separation of church and state) and effort should be made in separating the two, I think an effort must be made to divorce science from the politics going on in the background. Data is inherently apolitical as are the conclusions reached. Only our interpretations or desired actions based on said data are political. The best we can hope for is to present our arguments based on facts and empirical data and let the politicians duke it out in the political arena. If one wants to be political with science, they should become a politician or work in advocacy that is clearly demarcated from their research positions.

Politicians set the direction and determine what is funded (to a very large extent)

Then I think we need to get more scientists (and less lawyers) involved in government. I think this would help in several ways, the primary being a. more support for science and science funding in government and b.increased objective thinking and critical analysis in government. The second might make it tough for reelection from constituents expecting political purity, but getting more pragmatic members of Congress, if even for a short time, is a much needed occurrence.

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