Fighting the Continued Assault on Science

An inspirational read & hope for the future. As youth grows up in today’s time of ever developing scientific fields it’s getting harder and harder for extremists to force their aging views on the next generation.  Zack Kopplin is a shining light of reason in Louisiana’s ever deepening pool of  political darkness.

How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana's creationists

http://io9.com/5976112/how-19+year+old-activist-zack-kopplin-is-making-life-hell-for-louisianas-creationists

“My generation is going to have to face major challenges to our way of living — and the way to overcome them is through rapid scientific advancement,” he says. “But as as of right now, America has a science problem.”

“Creationism is not science, and shouldn’t be in a public school science class — it’s that simple,”

Gun Control

You’re sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door.
Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers.
At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way.
With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun.
You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it.
In the darkness, you make out two shadows.
One holds something that looks like a crowbar.
When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire.
The blast knocks both thugs to the floor.
One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside.
As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you’re in trouble.
In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless..
Yours was never registered.
Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died.
They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case down to manslaughter.
“What kind of sentence will I get?” you ask.
“Only ten-to-twelve years,” he replies, as if that’s nothing.
“Behave yourself, and you’ll be out in seven.”
The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper.
Somehow, you’re portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choirboys.
Their friends and relatives can’t find an unkind word to say about them..
Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both “victims” have been arrested numerous times.
But the next day’s headline says it all:
“Lovable Rogue Son Didn’t Deserve to Die.”
The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters..
As the days wear on, the story takes wings.
The national media picks it up, then the international media.
The surviving burglar has become a folk hero.
Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he’ll probably win.
The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you’ve been critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects.
After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time.
The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars.
A few months later, you go to trial.
The charges haven’t been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted.
When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you..
Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man. It doesn’t take long for the jury to convict you of all charges. The judge sentences you to life in prison.

This case really happened.
On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk , England , killed one burglar and wounded a second.
In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term..

How did it become a crime to defend one’s own life in the once great British Empire ?
It started with the Pistols Act of 1903.

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

A fantastic picture from the Tulsa World.
http://www.tulsaworld.com/site/articlepath.aspx?articleid=20120323_16_A1_ULNStt3420

“I am happy that President Obama took the time to visit Oklahoma today, and I welcome him to our great state. Oklahoma offers a fine example of how a thriving energy industry coupled with pro-growth policies can lead to low unemployment and a strong economy. Energy exploration and production is an important part of our history and our current success, and it is my hope the president was able to learn something from our many industry experts during his time here.
“In his remarks today, President Obama said he supports an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy. As evidence of that support, he cites the Cushing pipeline, an important project being developed and paid for by TransCanada, a private sector corporation. In this case the president’s ‘support’ means that he will not actively use the federal bureaucracy to sabotage this project as he has so many others.
“This kind of intermittent ‘support’ for the industry is not good enough. The president is here in Oklahoma taking credit for successes in oil and gas production that his administration has nothing to do with and, in many cases, continues to actively obstruct.
“The northern leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline, for instance, would result in the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment. Those jobs and dollars have been lost because the president has not had the guts to stand up to environmental extremists in his own party who view traditional fossil fuels as a hazardous waste instead of a valuable asset.
“Regulations handed down by the EPA continue to be increasingly onerous and expensive obstacles to producing American-made energy. Permits for drilling continue to be delayed. Meanwhile, gas prices are rising, American families are feeling the pinch, and potential opportunities for job creation are being thrown away.
“The fact of the matter is President Obama’s rhetoric is matched with a policy record that is aggressively anti-energy and continues to stifle economic growth in Oklahoma and throughout the nation. The president urgently needs to reexamine his policies, not deliver more speeches taking credit for the accomplishments of others.”

– Mary Fallin

Ontario Teachers’ Union Calls For Health-Related Classroom Wi-Fi Ban

Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts. – Henry Rosovsky-Harvard

This is absurd. I thought this kind of thing only happened in the United States.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/02/13/toronto-oecta-wifi.html

Slashdot page on this article, feel free to read comments of people who, for the most part, know what they’re talking about & despise science fear mongering and anti-science rhetoric as much as I do.
http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/12/02/13/2118252/ontario-teachers-union-calls-for-health-related-classroom-wi-fi-ban

What’s next? Banning windows and outdoor recess? Both of those activities subject students to far greater EMF Radiation from the fusion reaction commonly referred to as “the sun”

Why not?
Because it is pandering to a false belief (that wifi harms people), and its one that *has* been thoroughly researched, unlike what was stated in the article and summary.
It is a dangerous thing to fold and let this pass, because irrational opponents to radio waves will point to this case to further their fear-based opposition.
You cant just let them win because its “too hard” fighting irrational beliefs, you have to educate people about the facts so they are not afraid of things they don’t understand properly. You have to show everyone that these people are wrong, why they are wrong, and why it is a bad thing to allow such wrongness to win.

Take the microwaves out of the teacher’s lounges.

They didn’t also require AC receptacle plug covers installed so electricity doesn’t leak out of the wall sockets and give everyone cancer.

We’ve researched it with short wave radio, FM, AM, CB, and even cell phones. We’ve even researched the health effects of 2.4 and 5.4ghz signals. Wifi falls within this research since it’s using the same spectrum and is if anything lower power.

So… not only is the complaint stupid…. it’s also wrong.
Are they actually upset about this for the stated reason or are they claiming a health reason to justify opposing it for some reason?

Indiana: Creationism in Schools Passes Senate

Come for the article, stay for the comments.

http://www.ibj.com/senate-panel-oks-creationism-teaching-bill/PARAMS/article/32182

“What part of “the Supreme Court ruled this unconstitutional in 1987″ don’t you understand?”

“I am from Denmark, in Europe and i just realized why you are loosing the battle to China and other asian countries, since you are going back to the stone age.

Best of Wishes from Copenhagen Denmark”

“Soooo glad I don’t live in the fly-over states… The people that live there seem to be nothing but fundies and kooks motivated by 2000 year old tactics of fear mongering. Time to advance and join the rest of the developed world and stop actions like this. Indiana, you’re doing it wrong.”

“The idea of putting the wholly unsubstantiated and utterly ludicrous religiously inspired fallacy of creationism on the same level as the undisputed scientific fact of evolution in schools, and suggesting that this is a reasonable method of educating kids about the difference between a proven scientific theory and a nonsensical religious myth, or that it provides them with a comprehensive backgroud regarding conflicting viewpoints, entirely mitigates the reality that creationism is based on nothing more than an adherence to Christian mythology.

Aim higher America.”