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Jeremy Corbyn on homeopathy

Just for the moment:
Set aside Jeremy Corbyn’s mention of his friends in Hezbollah and Hamas and his support for the antisemitic Raed Salah.
Ignore his refusal to be interviewed by The Jewish Chronicle when he learned who was to conduct the interview.
Never mind his solidarity with the repressive regimes in Cuba and Venezuela.
Forget that he essentially [...]

Scientifically-ignorant legislators on parade

To conclusively disprove the existence of climate change, Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma picked up some snow outside the US Capitol building and threw it on the Senator floor. Seriously.

Inhofe is the chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Seriously. He is one of the growing number of Republicans who deny being [...]

Anti-science bullshit of 2014

Mother Jones magazine tallies some of the worst anti-science bullshit of 2014: anti-vaccination scares, political interference with basic research, the effort to redefine certain forms of birth control as abortion, the persistence of creationism (or, if you prefer, “intelligent design”), continuing climate change denial (Fox News ought to at least be able to come up [...]

Roads Were Not Built For Cars

Carlton Reid’s Roads Were Not Built for Cars is a revisionist history, reclaiming the role of bicycles in the development of roads and the cars that dominate them. When a class, a race, a gender reclaims its history it is usually in the cause of self-assertion. After reading this I was indignant when a privileged [...]

Jindal versus the “science deniers”

Louisiana’s Republican governor Bobby Jindal– who probably will be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016– has accused the Obama administration of being “science deniers.”
That would be the same Bobby Jindal who mocked the idea of monitoring volcanic activity.
The same Bobby Jindal who signed the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008, permitting the [...]

Holocaust abuse: the climate change edition

I’ve posted before about Holocaust abuse: the practice of invoking the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews before and during World War II in utterly inappropriate circumstances.
Holocaust abuse is practiced widely on both the Left and the Right: ranging from comparing Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto to comparing American tax policy and supposed loss of “economic [...]

John Oliver on unverified claims about unregulated supplements

I hope you can take a quarter of an hour to watch this:

For Republicans in Congress, climate change denial trumps national security

Pete Hamilton, a resident of Rockbridge County, Virginia, has written an op-ed for The Roanoke Times explaining why, as a former lifelong Republican, he now identifies as a political independent.
He cited one Congressional vote in particular:

My latest dismay arises over the May 22 vote on House Roll Call No. 231, which amended the Defense Department’s 2015 [...]

Are girls discouraged from science and technology?

Verizon is not exactly one of my favorite companies (employees of their Wireless division in Brooklyn, New York, recently voted to unionize despite fierce resistance by management), but I appreciate the message of this ad produced by the company:

(It’s symptomatic of modern corporate values that it’s possible to be seemingly progressive on women’s issues while [...]

The State of Louisiana versus science: the saga continues

Remember when Louisiana’s Republican governor Bobby Jindal mocked the very idea of monitoring volcanic activity?
And when Louisiana adopted a law that no public school teacher could be disciplined or fired for teaching an “alternative theory” (for example, creationism) to evolution?
And when Jindal’s administration tried to provide state-funded vouchers for students to attend schools that teach [...]