Ethanol starved the poor, but helped us feel good about ourselves

Liberals: We Are Guided By Science

"One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president." -Al Gore

There’s a popular notion that liberals are science-minded, while conservatives are the major perpetrators of anti-science rhetoric. But astrophysicist and science personality Neil DeGrasse Tyson says the left is deluding itself. -William Hicks Go To Site

Lindzen singled out Secretary of State John Kerry for his ‘ignorance’ on science. “John Kerry stands alone,” Lindzen said. “Kerry expresses his ignorance of what science is,” he added. Lindzen also criticized EPA Chief Gina McCarthy’s education: “I don’t want to be snobbish, but U Mass Boston is not a very good school,” he said to laughter. -Marc Morano Go To Site

"Obama has long been delusional on this issue. Anyone who believes we are in a climate catastrophe, I think is deluding themselves." -Climate Statistics Professor Dr. Caleb Rossiter Go To Site

Government, Incompetence, Obama, Science, Islam

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.




The Gipper opposes Democrat cuts to science!

Republicans Are Anti-Science!

Truth is, since peaking in 1964, federal funding on sciences as a percentage of GDP has gone down under every President, Democratic or Republican, except for Ronald Reagan. -Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

“Don’t be all high and mighty there,” Tyson said to Maher, interrupting Maher’s anti-Repbulican screed. “Because there is certain aspects of science denial that are squarely in the liberal left.” -William Hicks Go To Site

Progressives love to promote a narrative wherein they are on the side of science, while conservatives (and religious people especially) are sticking their heads in the sand and wishing away the mountains of empirical evidence that run contrary to their views. -Rachel Lu Go To Site

Identity politics also makes sense of empty phrases like “we believe in science.” The Left finds much of its self-worth in the notion that liberals “believe in science” more than conservative mouth-breathers do. -Timothy P. Carney Go To Site

Set aside the fact that twice as many Democrats as Republicans believe in astrology, a pseudoscientific medieval farce. Left-wing ideologues also frequently espouse an irrational fear of nuclear power, genetic modification, and industrial and agricultural chemistry—even though all of these scientific breakthroughs have enriched lives, lengthened lifespans, and produced substantial economic growth over the last century. -Mischa Fisher Go To Site

In the end, the lion’s share of cuts to planetary exploration have come from the White House. Nye took to YouTube to record an open letter to President Obama, asking him to restore America’s role as a global leader of science, specifically solar system science. Go To Site

A sample of over 1,500 representative U.S. adults revealed that those who felt climate change was not much of a risk scored as well or better than those worried about climate change when given standardized tests of numeracy or scientific literacy. So if you really care about doing something about emissions and climate, do not make the mistake that those who disagree with you do not know the science or are in any sense not as well-informed or as smart as you are. -Peter Kareiva Go To Site

Liberal, Funny, Science, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops, Stereotyping

However, those who identified as part of the tea party movement were actually better versed in science than those who didn’t, Kahan found. The findings met the conventional threshold of statistical significance, the professor said. Kahan wrote that not only did the findings surprise him, they embarrassed him. “I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I’d be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension,” Kahan wrote. “But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the tea party,” he continued.

Democrat, Editorial, Liberal, Incompetence, Obama, Science, Narrative, Education

Numerous studies on Head Start, the federal pre-K program for poor kids, show that its reading and math gains virtually evaporate by fourth grade. And the latest evidence from Oklahoma and Georgia, two states that implemented universal pre-K in the 1990s, only confirms this. Oklahoma's high-school graduation rates have dropped since it embraced UPK and Georgia's remain stagnant. The average reading score of Oklahoma's fourth graders on the NAEP -- the national report card -- dropped four points between 1998 and 2011. Georgia just reached the national average. The NAEP reading gap between black and white children in Oklahoma was 22 points in 1992. In 2011? The same. Georgia had a 28-point spread in 1992. In 2011? Twenty-three points. How should President Barack Obama, who had promised evidence-based policy, have responded? By renouncing his commitment to UPK. What did he do? Jetted to Georgia and declared its program a national model. -Shikha Dalmia

Liberal, Science, Narrative, Bush

President George W. Bush will seek to boost NASA's budget by 5 percent annually for the next three years to help pay for his plan to put a base on the moon and to mount a manned expedition to Mars later in the century, a senior administration official said Tuesday. The plan calls for establishing a permanent presence on the moon within two decades and to put astronauts on Mars sometime after 2030, the official said.

Liberal, Financial, Science, Narrative, Oops, Education

The new law seeks to improve the US' science and technology base through measures such as increasing funding for schools to improve the levels of science and math education, and by boosting funding for NASA, NOAA, and the NSF, amongst other organizations. Among other things, there is money set aside for schools to offer more students the opportunity to undertake Advance Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, for universities and research institutes to set up summer programs in collaboration with schools, more funding for teacher training in maths and science, and also for foreign language education.

A majority of Democrats (51.4%) could not correctly answer both that the earth revolves around the Sun and that this takes year. Republicans fare a bit better, with only 37.9% failing to get both correct. When the the political orientation was further subdivided, conservative Republicans — the group many would identify as the “religious right” — out performed even those intellectual titans known as liberal Democrats:

 Conservative Republican: 67.2%

Liberal Democrat: 62.0%


When Obama diplomatically ducked a question on the campaign trail about the age of the Earth (“I don’t presume to know”), the press paid no attention. When Marco Rubio later did the same thing (“I’m not a scientist”), he was lambasted as a typical Republican ignoramus determined to bring back the Dark Ages. -John Tierney Go To Site

Liberal, Character, Degeneracy, Crazy

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco supervisor says he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Supervisor John Avalos tells the San Francisco Chronicle that he believes he made contact with Milk’s spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating: “Good riddance to don’t ask, don’t tell.




Hey Scientists!

Restore science to its rightful place

Staff members throughout the government’s scientific agencies held inaugural parties on Tuesday, and many reported being teary-eyed with joy.

Next, we are restoring science to its rightful place. On March 9th, I signed an executive memorandum with a clear message: Under my administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over. (Applause.) Go To Site

"I’m glad I’ve been promoted Scientist-in-Chief," Obama said to laughter at the White House. "Given my grades in physics, I’m not sure it’s deserving. But I hold science in proper esteem, so maybe that gives me a little credit." Go To Site

In the end, the lion’s share of cuts to planetary exploration have come from the White House. Nye took to YouTube to record an open letter to President Obama, asking him to restore America’s role as a global leader of science, specifically solar system science. Go To Site

You would think this would be the kind of initiative that President Obama, having promised to “restore science to its proper place” in his inaugural address, would strongly support. And you’d be wrong. Turns out fusion energy research received much stronger support and higher funding from the “anti-science” Bush Administration. . . The total budget for the Princeton lab is considerably less than the Solyndra loan guarantee. -Steven Hayward Go To Site

Warming, Obama, Science

Mr. President, your characterization of the scientific facts regarding climate change and the degree of certainty informing the scientific debate is simply incorrect.

Warming, Obama, Science, Politics

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has obtained an EPA study of the "endangerment" to human well-being ostensibly caused by carbon dioxide emissions, together with a set of EPA emails indicating that the study, which concludes that carbon dioxide is not a significant cause of climate change, was suppressed by the EPA for political reasons.

Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Obama, Science

WASHINGTON – The Interior Department's inspector general says the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of the administration's six-month ban on new drilling.

Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Obama, Science

WASHINGTON (AP) - The oil spill that damaged the Gulf of Mexico's reefs and wetlands is also threatening to stain the Obama administration's reputation for relying on science to guide policy. Academics, environmentalists and federal investigators have accused the administration since the April spill of downplaying scientific findings, misrepresenting data and most recently misconstruing the opinions of experts it solicited.

Democrat, Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Obama, Science, Oops, Demagoguery, Lie

President Obama’s State of the Union, where he said, talking about global warming: “Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense.” That statement was demonstrably false, as SEPP’s The Week That Was points out: The claim is so factually challenged that it is a wonder it got by the White House staff. Looking at the weather stations that have 80 years of data shows heat records were set in the 1930s, the Palmer drought index shows the 1930s and the 1950s were hotter and dryer with the 1930’s dust bowl lasting a decade. … Increased floods are not supported by the data, and, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, wildfires are declining.

Democrat, Environmentalist, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Obama, Oops

The government’s hopeful predictions for ethanol have proven so inaccurate that scientists question whether it will ever achieve its central environmental goal: reducing greenhouse gases. That makes the hidden costs even more significant. “This is an ecological disaster,” said Craig Cox of the Environmental Working Group, a natural ally of the president that, like others, now finds itself at odds with the White House.

Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Funny, Science, Brilliance, Oops, Education, Healthcare, Hoax, Ignorance

It appears Democrat McBride received a phone call from a constituent asking what Trenton was doing to combat the dreaded chroma-labial infection. When she found herself questioning a health official at a hearing, Democrat McBride raised her concerns, as reported by NJ.com: "It's already claimed 85 lives and there's a case here in Trenton," McBride said. "It is a virus that is 10 times greater at this point than the AIDS virus."

Democrat, Warming, Liberal, Obama, Science, Narrative, Oops

The historic drought that blazed across America's corn belt last year was not caused by climate change, a federal government study found. The summer of 2012 was the driest since record-keeping began more than a century ago, as well as one of the hottest, producing drought conditions across two-thirds of the continental United States. Barack Obama and other prominent figures have repeatedly cited the drought as evidence of climate change. But the report released on Thursday by scientists at five different government agencies said that was not the case.

We Have Reached the Peak Level

We have reached Peak Bullshit.

And Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), speaking generally of the U.S. dietary guidelines, suggested at the meeting that no more research is necessary to know what should be done. “We don’t need these studies!” she said, throwing a fist in the air. “We have the data.” -Peter Whoriskey Go To Site

Democrat, Liberal, Science, Brilliance, Oops

First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign urging Americans to drink one more glass of water per day is based on faulty science experts said Friday on CNN. Dr. Stanley Goldfarb of the University of Pennsylvania alleged the campaign is supporting urban myths surrounding increased water consumption that have been “debunked over the years”.

Democrats and SCIENCE

% Correctly Answering That the Earth Goes Around the Sun & That It Takes a Year

NORC GSS 2012, including panel data; weighted N=2186
Political Group% Correctwtd N
Democrat 48.6% 778
Independent 55.0% 853
Republican 62.1% 556
Liberal Democrat 62.0% 356
Moderate Democrat 43.7% 258
Conservative Republican 67.2% 403

Do we need new a government program to get Democrats better educated?

Democrat, Liberal, Obama, Fraud, Science

Giaever was one of President Obama's key scientific supporters in 2008. Giaever joined over 70 Nobel Science Laureates in endorse Obama in an October 29, 2008 open letter. In addition to Giaever, other prominent scientists have resigned from APS over its stance on man-made global warming. See: Prominent Physicist Hal Lewis Resigns from APS: 'Climategate was a fraud on a scale I have never seen...Effect on APS position: None. None at all. This is not science'

Democrat, Funny, Science, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops, Education, Ignorance

Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to believe in astrology, according to a new survey. The survey used data from the large-scale General Social Survey, and was produced by James Lindgren, a law professor at Northwestern University. He’s the director of the “Demography of Diversity Project.” The survey showed that 49.1 percent of Democrats and 45.5 percent of liberals believe astrology is scientific. But only 36.9 percent of Republicans and 40.1 percent of conservatives agreed to place their faith in the movement of the stars.

Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson

Fears Guam Will Tip Over and Capsize


"My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize." -Democrat ("The Party of Science") Congressman Hank Johnson

Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Funny, Science, Oops, Ignorance

Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience in Mexico on Wednesday that temperatures in Europe and in Vietnam were “unprecedented” and broke “every record that’s ever been seen.” However, although it was hot that day, he was off the mark... Wednesday was a hot day in Vietnam, with temperatures rising at their highest to 36 degrees celsius (96.8°F) at Tan Son Nhut international airport in Ho Chi Minh City. But according to Vietnam’s foreign ministry, the highest temperature recorded in May is 39°C (102.2°F) in Ho Chi Minh City, and 42°C (107.6°F) in Hanoi. The Hanoi record was registered in 1926.

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Anti-Science Liberals And Vaccination

Wealth enables these people to hire fringe pediatricians who will coddle their irrational beliefs. But it doesn't entitle them to threaten an entire city's children with terrifying, 19th-century diseases for no reason.

Spoiled, rich liberals today pooh-pooh and demonize GMO food, but mankind has been modifying plants since the dawn of civilization. Indeed, it is what led to civilization. We call it farming. -Don Surber Go To Site

Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Science, Narrative, Oops

Are global warming skeptics simply ignorant about climate science? Not so, says a forthcoming paper in the journal Advances in Political Psychology by Yale Professor Dan Kahan. He finds that skeptics score about the same (in fact slightly better) on climate science questions. The study asked 2,000 respondents nine questions about where they thought scientists stand on climate science. On average, skeptics got about 4.5 questions correct, whereas manmade warming believers got about 4 questions right.

Democrat, Liberal, Incompetence, Funny, Science, Narrative, Oops, Ignorance

Abinanti has introduced a bill that would outlaw the use of any vaccine that contains a genetically modified organism. This would include any organism that has had genes deleted or added to it, unless that addition occurred through a process like selective breeding or hybridization. Thus, if scientists were able to specifically delete virulence factors from a bacterial pathogen in order to turn it into a harmless vaccine strain, this law would prevent its use in New York. Instead, scientists would have to put the virus through random mutation and hope to come up with the right combination of mutations to accomplish precisely the same thing.

"The challenge I think we have is for some reason climate change has become a religion — a politically induced religion instead of science fact that now we have to embrace and move forward on."

Environmentalist, Warming, Science, Oops

A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates... The new insights can improve the modeling of many large-scale systems, from carbon cycling and climate change models to the distribution of animal and plant species, say the researchers.

Liberal Virtue Signaling...

"Being 'pro-science' has become a bizarre cultural phenomenon in which liberals (and other members of the cultural elite) engage in public displays of self-reckoned intelligence as a kind of performance art, while demonstrating zero evidence to justify it."

Government, Incompetence, Funny, Science, Politics, Waste, Feminism

The National Science Foundation has spent more than $400,000 on a study that published scientific results on the “relationship between gender and glaciers.”

  The paper “Glaciers, gender, and science,” published in January 2016, concluded that “ice is not just ice,” urging scientists to take a “feminist political ecology and feminist postcolonial” approach when they study melting ice caps and climate change.

According to a HuffPost/YouGov poll, 48 percent of adults in the United States believe that alien spacecraft are observing our planet right now. Among those who do believe extraterrestrials are hanging around, 69 percent are Democrats. Democrats are also significantly likelier than Republicans to believe in fortunetelling and about twice as likely to believe in astrology. -David Harsanyi Go To Site

Democrat, Liberal, Obama, Science, Narrative, Oops, Ignorance

A controversial regulation to update the nutrition facts label that is part of the first lady’s Let’s Move push was finalized by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, and scientists are warning the new label is not based on sound science.

  The changes to the nutrition facts label, which first lady Michelle Obama will announce Friday when she speaks at the Let’s Move-aligned Partnership for a Healthier America, requires food manufacturers to list added sugars, which scientists say lacks “scientific rigor.” The label will also cost companies at least $640 million to update, and a net social cost of $1.4 billion.

Environmentalist, Government, Incompetence, Fraud, Science, Narrative, Oops, Experts, Waste, Lie, Corruption

Nearly two decades and $108 million worth of “disturbing” data manipulation with “serious and far ranging” effects forced a federal lab to close, a congressman revealed Thursday. The inorganic section of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Energy Geochemistry Laboratory in Lakewood, Colo. manipulated data on a variety of topics – including many related to the environment – from 1996 to 2014. The manipulation was caught in 2008, but continued another six years...

  “Tell me what you want and I will get it for you. What we do is like magic,” a former USGS official told auditors a former employee linked to the manipulation would say, according to Westerman.

Science, Oops

Nutrition experts and public health officials have been telling us for decades to eat less fat to lose weight. But it turns out a high-fat diet can actually help you lose weight, gain energy and fight obesity-associated conditions such as diabetes. Why did the experts lead us astray for so long? In short, weak science is to blame.

Politicians Messing With Science

Politicians Messing With Science

"I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run." -Peter Thorne

Science must support the liberal narrative - or else.

The Inquisition Lives On

I must altogether abandon the false opinion that the sun is the center of the world and immovable, and that the earth is not the center of the world. -Recantation of Galileo

These same sneer-and-smear techniques predominate in the debate over climate change. President Obama promotes his green agenda by announcing that “the debate is settled,” and he denounces “climate deniers” by claiming that 97 percent of scientists believe that global warming is dangerous. His statements are false. -John Tierney Go To Site

Tyson lists the anti-vaccine movement, alternative medicine and opposition to genetically modified organisms as examples of left wing anti-science. Most of these movements were kickstarted by leftist new agers in California, causing serious public health repercussions to the country. -William Hicks Go To Site

“I realized that something seemed horribly amiss with a law that established a sweeping mandate which rested on assumptions, not scientific fact, that were unverified and might be quite wrong, even though they were commonly accepted and politically correct (and politically convenient).” -University of Michigan’s Energy Institute research professor John DeCicco Go To Site