Because science is now a liberal conspiracy
By Anna Daniels
It has been hard for some of us here at SDFP–ok, hard for me– to shoe horn in a few words on this particular site about the discovery of a new dinosaur, recent revelations about the universe or how jellyfish are becoming our evolutionary overlords and crazy ants are making people crazy in Texas, which is already a crazy enough place. Science, people! But finding the grassroots news or progressive views angle hasn’t been all that easy.
And then a new breed of Republican, as in back to the Dark Ages “new,” dropped science right into our liberal laps. This same breed of Republican who gets elected to public office because he doesn’t believe in government is now sitting on science and technology committees because he doesn’t believe in science. And yes, most of them are “he.” The fervid religious beliefs and ignorance that have existed at our societal fringe are now firmly ensconced in school curricula, state legislatures and the Congress of the United States.
In case you need a refresher about what that means, Congressman Paul Broun, member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, sums up the conservative zeitgeist. Broun is currently leading in his re-election bid.
Now for this week’s edition of Straight from the pit of Hell.
This week in climate change: “Climate change has moved firmly into the present.”
A study known as the National Climate Assessment, issued by a panel of scientists with governmental oversight, has received final approval.
The report is the latest in a series of dire warnings about how the effects of global warming that had been long foreseen by climate scientists are already affecting the planet. Its region-by-region documentation of changes occurring in the United States, and of future risks, makes clear that few places will be unscathed — and some, like northerly areas, are feeling the effects at a swifter pace than had been expected. NYT May 6
John Oliver, host of the new program Last Week Tonight, holds a real climate debate.
And in case you missed it, what climate change could look like in Miami.
This week in technology: Hauling enormous stones like an Egyptian
Recent archeological research suggests how Egyptians were able to move stones and large statues across the desert to build the pyramids. The stones, loaded onto sledges, were able to slide across the sand through the application of just the right amount of water on the surface of the sand as it was being pulled along. Friction! Capillary action! Physics! Oh my!
The oldest of these pyramids are close to 5,000 years old.