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Language Intelligence: A Gladiator’s Guide to Eloquence

A remarkable guide to maximizing the power of words

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Sep 11, 2012

Language Intelligence speaks to that urge that we all have to convince others of the rightness of our ideas, and shows how the masters do it in concrete, clear, and concise language.

Republican Meteorologist to Mitt Romney: How You Can Help Me and My Family

My Top Ten Reasons for Republicans to Accept Reality on the Climate

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Sep 10, 2012

Nationally-known meteorologist Paul Douglas has a challenge for the Republican presidential nominee

A Legitimate Doofus's Timeless Principles

Physicians for Life Appears to be Behind Akin's Confusion

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Aug 20, 2012

Rep. Akin's comments have their roots in mid eighteenth-century ignorance

Shocking New Oil Propaganda Plan to Fool Americans

ATI plans dummy businesses and fake billboards to kill wind energy

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | May 08, 2012

The Guardian has unearthed a shocking new propaganda plan intended to turn the American public against wind energy in the 2012 election cycle.

An Open Letter to State Farm about Climate Denial - UPDATE

Should corporations be funding antiscience hate speech?

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | May 06, 2012

Climate Scientist Scott Mandia writes an open letter to State Farm Insurance.

From the Heartland: schoolchildren, climate, and... mass murder?

Astounding lack of judgment reveals propaganda outfit's radicalization

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | May 04, 2012

The Heartland Institute is preparing a $100,000 school science curriculum on climate change coming to a school near you. Among their logical leaps is a new billboard featuring mass murderers and totalitarians who believe in climate change. This is science?

Climate Change Obama Can Believe In

Why global warming will heat campaign trail in coming months

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Apr 25, 2012

Obama has an opportunity to use climate change as a significant wedge issue to shave votes away from Romney among moderate Republicans and Independents who believe science is the best basis for public policy.

Science: a force for freedom and human rights

Thoughts on the passing of Fang Lizhi, science humanitarian

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Apr 19, 2012

Chinese physicist Fang Lizhi wrote of science and freedom and paid for it with his own.

An Open Letter to Arianna Huffington

How the Huffington Post is still blowing it on science but has a chance to make a real difference

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Apr 17, 2012

When the publication's science editor publishes antiscience propaganda, what can we learn?

New Poll: Even religious voters overwhelmingly want candidates to debate science

Consensus among Protestants, Catholics for science debates, science-based policies; Twice as many think the US not spending enough on alternative energy as do defense

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Apr 03, 2012

It turns out that the presidential campaign staffers have it completely, one hundred and eighty degrees wrong when it comes to science. Overwhelming majorities of American voters want the candidates to debate the big science issues facing the country.

A Message from a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change

Acknowledging Climate Science Doesn’t Make You A Liberal

By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Mar 28, 2012

You can’t prove that any one of Barry Bonds' 762 home runs was sparked by alleged steroid use. But it did increase his “base state”, raising the overall odds of hitting a home run. You can’t point to any one weather extreme and say “that’s climate change”, but a warmer atmosphere increases the potential for historic spikes in temperature, and more frequent weather extremes.