November 2011 Archives
New illegal hacking produces - shock - more of the same
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Nov 22, 2011
A new batch of nearly 230,000 illegally hacked emails is up online in the same old places the last batch went up in November of 2009. It seems like old times. But it doesn't change the data.
Rep. Don Young abuses noted historian Dougles Brinkley in stunning display
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Nov 19, 2011
A heated exchange between two congressmen and a historian they didn't want to hear from shows what happens to democracy when knowledge is no longer the arbiter of what is true, but is simply another "way of knowing."
"Compromise" cut in Congress down from 55% in House bill
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Nov 16, 2011
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) budget by a whopping 32 percent. The cuts "will have real consequences on OSTP's operations," said spokesperson Rick Weiss.
By guest blogger Barry Bickmore, a Republican geoscientist at Brigham Young University
By Guest Blogger | Nov 16, 2011
Let’s face it–it’s a bad year for Republican Environmentalists like me. About half of the field of Republican presidential candidates once promoted the idea of addressing climate change in some way, but all but Jon Huntsman have backed off this stance to one extent or another.
At stake is Americans' freedom to express ideas that run contrary to corporations
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Nov 01, 2011
These actions reflect an all-too-common authoritarian goal, a goal that vested interests have pursued since the days of Galileo: forcibly silencing freedom of speech, thought, inquiry and expression that runs counter to the vested interests. In Galileo's 1633 indictment, it was the Catholic Church, then the seat of world political power. Today the vested interests that are being threatened by the measured facts of science are the current the seat of world political power, the US energy industry. But quashing science is anti-freedom and unAmerican, so the try to do it anonymously, through groups like ATI.