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  Do We Really Need All This Knowledge?

House Science Committee Solves Climate Change By Just Not Studying It

Who wouldn't like a nice warm planet?
Good news, America! The House Science Committee is going to help solve global warming and other problems by cutting the funding to study them! If you don’t have a bunch of scientists getting rich off climate studies, there won’t be a lot of scary data to worry about, and America will be richer and happier. Strangely, they haven’t proposed curing cancer by this simple expedient…yet. Read more on House Science Committee Solves Climate Change By Just Not Studying It…
  luntzing it up

Republicans Will Save Hero Polluters From EPA’s Mad Scientists

REAL science helps the jerb creators
You’ve got to at least respect the cunning of the oil industry buddies in Congress who are pushing a pair of bills aimed at restricting the EPA: They’ve given their bills names that Frank Luntz would just love — the “Secret Science Reform Act” and the “Science Advisory Board Reform Act.” Those sound nice! After all, science shouldn’t be secret, it should be open and transparent! And we definitely want to make sure that Congress gets good advice on using science, don’t we? Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas and Texas Rep. Lamar Smith just care about the people having input on government, as long as the people you’re talking about have names like Exxon/Mobil and Shell. Read more on Republicans Will Save Hero Polluters From EPA’s Mad Scientists…
  We Have always Been At War With Crustacea

You Will Be Outraged By The Tax Dollars Not Spent On This Dumb Science Thing!

Boondoggle! Government Waste! Volcano Monitoring!
You probably heard about the terrible waste of money where the National Science Foundation threw three million dollars at some stupid scientists who ran shrimp on a treadmill, we bet. It was big news in 2008, and kept on being huge news. Sen. Tom Coburn and Mike Huckabee (God’s Flatulent Instrument on Earth) both cited it as just the worst of a whole laundry list of useless waste in government spending. Here’s Huckabee’s version: Read more on You Will Be Outraged By The Tax Dollars Not Spent On This Dumb Science Thing!…
  That's Not What We Meme At All

Texas Congresstwit: Study Of Internet Spam Is Secret Obama Plot To Silence Conservatives

Some people say...
It must be difficult to live in a world where dark conspiracies are always seeking to destroy America and crush freedom. And lord knows, Our Government has certainly done some seriously nasty stuff! The thing is — and we’re only telling you this because we think you can handle it — not everything the government does is aimed at stifling dissent! No, really! Read more on Texas Congresstwit: Study Of Internet Spam Is Secret Obama Plot To Silence Conservatives…
  it's gettin warm in herre so take off all your regulations

House GOP, Unable To Help Itself, Chooses Climate Change Denier To Head Environment Subcommittee

In a House of Representatives where Michele Bachmann is on the House Intelligence Committee and Paul “Evolution is a Lie” Broun and climate change deniers Dana Rohrabacher and Lamar Smith are on the Science Committee, it only makes sense that another climate change denier on the committee, Arizona’s David Schweikert, would be named to head the Science Committee’s environmental subcommittee. It’s really just a matter of balance, after all — if virtually all climate scientists agree that climate change is real, then you want to have laws that give equal balance to the opinions of nonscientists who watch Fox News and the views of engineers and scientists employed by the oil and coal business. That may not be how science works, but it’s certainly how politics does. Read more on House GOP, Unable To Help Itself, Chooses Climate Change Denier To Head Environment Subcommittee…
  Lies From the Pit Of Hell

Fearing Witchcraft, House Republicans Pull Proposal For National Science Laureate

Thanks to the efforts of global warming deniers, House leadership has quietly pulled a bill that would have created an honorary, unpaid position of “American Science Laureate,” saving the nation’s schoolchildren from the specter of encountering dangerous pro-science messages. Science magazine explains that the bill was expected to pass easily until Larry Hart of the American Conservative Union complained that an official Science Laureate would allow President Obama to appoint some wild-eyed freak in a lab coat “who will share his view that science should serve political ends, on such issues as climate change and regulation of greenhouse gases. Read more on Fearing Witchcraft, House Republicans Pull Proposal For National Science Laureate…
  GOP outreach fail part 78

Wingnut Texas Congressional Candidate Tries This ‘Reddit’ Thing, Gets Laughed Off Internet

A moment of silent regard, please, for Matt McCall, a “conservative entrepreneur” running against Lamar Smith in Texas District 12. In addition to being a wingnut climate change denier, Smith sponsored the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA), which was widely despised by your computer geeky types, who partly shut down their interweb sites a while back. Matt McCall is running to the right of Smith — he wants to eliminate the EPA and the IRS, repeal the 17th amendment, all sorts of fun stuff. But there’s one issue he’s pretty sure tech geeks will agree with, and that’s his opposition to SOPA. So he went on the website Reddit yesterday to do one of those “Ask Me Anything” (or “AMA”) interactive things that the kids are so into, with the inviting title, “I am (SOPA-Opponent) Matt McCall, I am Running against Lamar Smith in the Republican Primary in TX-21. AMA!” It did not go well. At all. Turns out that while geeks don’t care for SOPA, they wanted to ask McCall about other stuff, too — the “anything” in that heading — like his opposition to same-sex marriage. They also aren’t big fans of one-line talking points. The questions quickly got pointed, McCall stopped answering, and eventually, he just plain deleted his Reddit account. On the upside, a LOT of people now know who Matt McCall is. He’s the previously obscure congressional candidate who got pwned by Reddit. Read more on Wingnut Texas Congressional Candidate Tries This ‘Reddit’ Thing, Gets Laughed Off Internet…
  science is hard and propaganda is easy

Climate Denier Lamar Smith to Head House Science Committee

By now, you have surely heard that the GOP misplaced its binder full of women and appointed only white men to head its committees. One of these white men is Representative Lamar Smith (R-Denial), who is set to chair the House Science Panel. Yes, THAT Lamar Smith, who you may remember from his courageous speech on the House floor after  “Climate Gate” back in 2009: Read more on Climate Denier Lamar Smith to Head House Science Committee…
  time to kill the internet

Congressional Support Grows For Bill To Shut Down Any Website

There’s suddenly a whole lot of “bipartisan support” for a supposed anti-piracy law that will actually let the U.S. Government force American Internet providers to shut down all access to any website immediately. Why might that be a popular idea, in Congress, right about now? And why are these anti-government Republicans like Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas behind such a heavy handed Big Brother off-switch on the entire Internet? And why is Joe Biden apparently strongly against such legislation, even though the Obama Administration supports it fully? Oh, right, because Biden is talking about how other countries shouldn’t do what the United States is about to do. Read more on Congressional Support Grows For Bill To Shut Down Any Website…