Department of Science for Republicans
This is <i>not</i> a general department for scientific topics and discussion. Rather, it shows how science can be used to explain or illuminate Republicans and the Republican <i>weltanschauung</i>.
Cullen Roche continued his extensive and multi-faceted critique of the Job Guarantee policy and the Modern Monetary Theory approach to economics with a piece attempting to distinguish “theory” and “fact.” His piece is based on the common sense idea that there's a distinction between them, and Cullen tries to use it in his argument. There is, but, unfortunately, the common sense notion of the distinction has long been put aside in the philosophy of science, and in most of the sciences a decade or so later, because of its incoherence. So, in using it, Cullen's argument shares this incoherence.
The “Theoretical” and Something Else Read more about The Job Guarantee and the MMT Core: Part Twelve, Theory and Fact
I had a conversation with a man at work today and mentioned, in passing, Occupy Wall Street. Despite many areas of agreement between the two of us, he launched into a tirade about ACORN and SEIU paying homeless people to protest. This man is a born again Christian and a devotee of right wing hate radio, but sometimes, he makes sense and since he is looking at hard times economically (he is a contractor for the company I work for, not an employee), I thought he might respond favorably to mention of Occupy Wall Street. Nope. Does anyone have any ideas of how to reach someone like this? Read more about Is it Possible to Reach the Right?
Excellent post at a physician's blog on the Republican fantasy that a voucher system will lead to consumers making more efficient choices and driving down health care costs. Read more about Why "Skin in the Game" Isn't Going to Reduce Health Care Costs
“If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles.” – Benjamin Franklin
When the so-called “grass-roots” Tea Party movement began back in 2009, most on the Right jumped at the chance to support the group and pander to its followers. Without shame, they openly supported many of the ridiculous notions supported by the Tea Baggers, like Obama being a Socialist and the Dems, in general, wantin’ to destroy our fine country.
Perhaps they shoulda’ thought just a wee bit more about the potential outcome of such a “movement” gaining national recognition and power. Read more about Bye, Bye Bennett
I sent a complaint letter to John Cornyn over something really outstandingly Cornynish awhile back, and now I regularly get his "updates" in my email.
For a multitude of reasons, I'm one of the voices speaking out to try and stop the panic about "pandemic" influenza. I'm also one of the people who's bemused by the rush to stop calling this "swine flu". (Can't help thinking John Soules Foods, Smithfield, Tyson et. al. are in on the rush to alter the nomenclature; cynical, I am.) So below I'm reproducing, as best I can (you'll need to imagine the "United States Senate" seal fading out through the print midpage) his latest missive. Then I'll add the link for what the CDC says about the flu outbreak. I'm also adding a little information about influenza surveillance in case you're interested. Decide for yourself if Sen. Cornyn is credible, eh?
Update from U.S. Senator John Cornyn Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Update on the H1N1 (Swine Flu) Virus
We are all concerned by recent developments regarding the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, and particularly the sad news that the first casualty in the United States was a 23-month-old toddler from Mexico who had travelled to Texas with family. Because there is a lot of fear and misinformation out there, I wanted to take a moment to share with you some facts about the H1N1 flu outbreak and how Texans can best protect themselves.
Cases of the H1N1 flu, while predominantly affecting Mexico, have been confirmed in several states, including Texas. H1N1 viruses do not normally infect humans; however, sporadic human infections with swine flu occasionally do occur. The symptoms of this flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu seen each year.
The H1N1 flu is spread through human contact, so washing your hands often and covering your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough can help you stay healthy. Stay home if you are feeling sick, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Heed the advice of your local public health officials.
I have talked with Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey, as well as Governor Rick Perry, who informed me that several local school districts along the border and near San Antonio have made the decision to proactively close several schools as a precautionary measure. As of right now, there are just three known severe cases of the H1N1 virus in the state of Texas.
I have also been briefed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the situation and I remain in close contact with Homeland Security and federal health officials, along with state and local leaders in Texas. I stand ready to assist the Governor, Commissioner Lakey, and local leaders in any way that I can.
For more information on these and other topics, go directly to my Web site. To view floor speeches, interviews and other video messages from me, please visit my YouTube Channel. To receive additional updates, please select the issues that interest you listed on the right. It’s an honor to serve you in the United States Senate.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn
Herewith, a salute to Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, US SecState, and absolutely the most apropos smackdown I've ever heard (long video, hang on to the end, the Republican Congressmember's face is p.r.i.c.e.l.e.s.s. -- and yes, this is a comment a President HRC wouldn't've had the chance to make, so ... just, damn.) Read more about Oh, Hell Yes! Madame Secretary -- You GO, Girl!!!
Weeeeelllllllll, doggies, governor. You want Texas to leave the union? Let's see you pull that stunt off with a ZERO budget for your office operations over the next two years. (And it's the whole House, not just the Democrats, who voted for this.) Oh, and as a plus, we're gonna gut NCLB. Never thought I'd say this. GO Texas LEGE! (and Senators? Don't even think about rolling this back. Read more about Texas House Slashes Perry's Budget
Hurricanes are big storms. In 2005 a big storm hit the Gulf Coast, followed shortly thereafter by a second storm, nearly as big, that hit a bit further West. Katrina trashed the Gulf Coast, and Rita extended the damage. Three years plus thereafter, the mother of all Cat-2 'Canes hit Galveston Island -- and two months later Texans are still waiting on Bush's Federal Emergency Management Agency. Read more about Equal-Opportunity Incompetence: FEMA After Ike
Truthiness and paternalism are virulent diseases that undermine every institution they infect:
The study found that most of the doctors who prescribe placebo treatments typically describe them to patients as “a potentially beneficial medicine or treatment not typically used for their condition.”