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(Huffington Post)   Meet five congressmen on the Science, Space and Technology committee that should never be allowed anywhere near science   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 246
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2012-10-10 10:48:35 AM  
Science...you keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.
 
2012-10-10 11:10:15 AM  
There are 23 Republican members on this committee. Sadly, something tells me these 5 are not outliers.
 
2012-10-10 11:11:23 AM  
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2012-10-10 11:22:47 AM  
The vast majority of these people are just plain stupid.. They got elected by equally stupid people.

I'm not a scientist or anything but it's pretty clear why those guys won the award. Being able to observe changes at the quantum level will allow us to then manipulate things at the quantum level.. Once we're at the level to manipulate and then observe we'll have a viable quantum computing base. From then on it's huge.. Perhaps by 2025 we'll have our first QC processor which will be thousands of times faster than standard silicon processors. Thousands!
 
2012-10-10 11:29:26 AM  
Hey, if Todd Akin wasn't on the Science Committee, how would we fund research into sperm-hunting ovarian anti-rape missiles?
 
2012-10-10 11:41:48 AM  

Mentat: sperm-hunting ovarian anti-rape missiles


That's the name of my Indigo Girls cover band.
 
2012-10-10 12:02:32 PM  

Mentat: Hey, if Todd Akin wasn't on the Science Committee, how would we fund research into sperm-hunting ovarian anti-rape missiles?


Yeah, it's pretty cool what vaginas can do these days...
 
2012-10-10 12:02:56 PM  

Girl From The North Country: There are 23 Republican members on this committee. Sadly, something tells me these 5 are not outliers.


Hell, even the Dem committee members are probably stooges for the fossil fuel lobby.
 
2012-10-10 12:03:05 PM  
Once again, this is why we can't have nice things.

Yadda yadda, government we deserve......
 
2012-10-10 12:03:22 PM  
Stay in school, kids.
 
2012-10-10 12:05:28 PM  
Oh, my Akin thread?

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-10 12:05:49 PM  
USA USA USA
 
2012-10-10 12:05:52 PM  
We don't need no fancy book learnin
 
2012-10-10 12:06:21 PM  
I think the Science committee is where they put stick unpopular congressmen TBH.
Do you really want these people on Ways and Means or any committee with real power??
 
2012-10-10 12:06:59 PM  
There's a fark of a lot more than 5, submitter. I'd say it's at least half of Congress. And we don't have to keep them from science, they're staying away willingly. Because science makes Jesus cry.
 
2012-10-10 12:07:04 PM  

lucksi: USA USA USA


More like:
GOP GOP GOP
 
2012-10-10 12:07:52 PM  
Kind of like having Rangel as the Ways and Means Chair when he is a tax cheat, right?

The vast majority of them are bums, both left and right.
 
2012-10-10 12:08:04 PM  
Maddow has wondered for years how republicans can put such unqualified people on such a committee...
 
2012-10-10 12:08:19 PM  
The Bible is the only science (or psychology) book that we need.
 
2012-10-10 12:08:27 PM  

johnnyrocket: lucksi: USA USA USA

More like:
GOP GOP GOP


Even the newest add for the GOP Congress Drone goes on about how the Democrat votes with "them". It's all about pathetic team politics.
 
2012-10-10 12:10:15 PM  

AmbassadorBooze:
Yadda yadda, government we deserve......


Yep... hopefully we'll hit bottom soon so we can finally get ourselves into a good recovery program.
 
2012-10-10 12:10:35 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: Mentat: Hey, if Todd Akin wasn't on the Science Committee, how would we fund research into sperm-hunting ovarian anti-rape missiles?

Yeah, it's pretty cool what vaginas can do these days...


They asked for it.
 
2012-10-10 12:11:24 PM  

WizardofToast: Stay in school, kids.


Mr. "Lies straight from of the pit of hell" is an M.D.

I hope he's just patronizing his idiot constituency. I really, really do.
 
2012-10-10 12:11:26 PM  
Apparently Rachel Maddow follows Bad Astronomy :)

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/10/06/the-us-cong r ess-anti-science-committee/

MSNBC is just about as terribly biased as Fox, but it is depressing how these people made it on to the Science committee.
 
2012-10-10 12:12:07 PM  
It's a sad state, but Maddow doesn't seem like she's much sharper.

But her job only requires that she be able to read.
 
2012-10-10 12:12:28 PM  
FTFA:

Maddow's producers played a clip of Rep. Paul Broun telling supporters that evolution and the big bang theory "are lies straight from the pit of hell."


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2012-10-10 12:13:01 PM  
Dinosaur farts ? Something tells me there is not a lot of critical thinking going on in this committee
 
2012-10-10 12:13:19 PM  
Unfortunately for America, even if our leaders don't believe in science, there are plenty of other countries out there that do, and they will clean our clocks in the 21st century if we do not get rid of these idiots.
 
2012-10-10 12:14:12 PM  

AllUpInYa: It's a sad state, but Maddow doesn't seem like she's much sharper.

But her job only requires that she be able to read.


You sound concerned that both sides are bad.

Of course, I can't find any Oxford degrees amongst the Republicans listed, so I'll take your word for it.
 
2012-10-10 12:14:49 PM  
Other things people with political science and law degrees suck at:

Establishing and maintaining a budget.
Healthcare
Foreign relations
Prioritizing
 
2012-10-10 12:14:54 PM  
FTFA:
Rachel Maddow ripped Republican members of the House Science Committee on her Tuesday MSNBC show, contrasting their science-related comments to the scientists who won the Nobel Peace Prize.

They won the Nobel Prize in Physics, not the Nobel Peace Prize, dumbass article writer. 

/Didn't watch the video, so I don't know if Rachel Maddow made the same mistake
 
2012-10-10 12:15:00 PM  

JAYoung: Unfortunately for America, even if our leaders don't believe in science, there are plenty of other countries out there that do, and they will clean our clocks in the 21st century if we do not get rid of these idiots.


Jesus will restore our nation to greatness once we get rid of gay marriage.
 
2012-10-10 12:15:11 PM  
Against people without knowledge on the Science, Space, & Tech committee, but I'm sure the congressmen and senators who wrote the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are all experts in following professions that all interact in the national economy:

Medical Professionals
Pharma
Health Insurance
Medical Equipment Manuf
Electronic Medical Record Systems Technology
Macro/Micro Economics


I'm sure that broad, sweeping law was perfectly sculpted to make sure all of these industry groups and more interact without problem
 
2012-10-10 12:15:41 PM  
From TFA: ...the scientists who won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Oh jeez, even by HuffnPuff standards this is pretty darn tardtastic.
 
2012-10-10 12:16:02 PM  

xynix: The vast majority of these people are just plain stupid.. They got elected by equally stupid people.

I'm not a scientist or anything but it's pretty clear why those guys won the award. Being able to observe changes at the quantum level will allow us to then manipulate things at the quantum level.. Once we're at the level to manipulate and then observe we'll have a viable quantum computing base. From then on it's huge.. Perhaps by 2025 we'll have our first QC processor which will be thousands of times faster than standard silicon processors. Thousands!


But it still won't run Crysis with a decent frame rate.
 
2012-10-10 12:16:35 PM  
p.s. That's one ugly chick
 
2012-10-10 12:17:23 PM  
Can we require an AP Exam grade of at least a 4 in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Calculus if any of these morons want to be on the Science committee?

This "my ignorance is just as good as your intelligence" BS is getting really tired.
 
2012-10-10 12:18:01 PM  

Byno: AllUpInYa: It's a sad state, but Maddow doesn't seem like she's much sharper.

But her job only requires that she be able to read.

You sound concerned that both sides are bad.

Of course, I can't find any Oxford degrees amongst the Republicans listed, so I'll take your word for it.


I know a guy who graduated from Oxford business .... he wasn't that sharp, either.
 
2012-10-10 12:18:27 PM  

DonQuixote314159: FTFA:
Rachel Maddow ripped Republican members of the House Science Committee on her Tuesday MSNBC show, contrasting their science-related comments to the scientists who won the Nobel Peace Prize.

They won the Nobel Prize in Physics, not the Nobel Peace Prize, dumbass article writer. 

/Didn't watch the video, so I don't know if Rachel Maddow made the same mistake


She did not. I watched it last night, I am pretty sure she said Physics.

F*cking HuffPo, you're about 35 Heinekens away from being Daily Kos. Clean it up.
 
2012-10-10 12:18:28 PM  

MugzyBrown: I'm sure the congressmen and senators who wrote the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are all experts in following professions


Bet they all accept germs, money and electricity as real things.
 
2012-10-10 12:20:00 PM  

MugzyBrown: Against people without knowledge on the Science, Space, & Tech committee, but I'm sure the congressmen and senators who wrote the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are all experts in following professions that all interact in the national economy:

Medical Professionals
Pharma
Health Insurance
Medical Equipment Manuf
Electronic Medical Record Systems Technology
Macro/Micro Economics


I'm sure that broad, sweeping law was perfectly sculpted to make sure all of these industry groups and more interact without problem


No, but I am sure most of them are experts in 1 or more of those things. But your "concern" is duly noted.
 
2012-10-10 12:20:12 PM  

mainstreet62: Can we require an AP Exam grade of at least a 4 in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Calculus if any of these morons want to be on the Science committee?


Whoa, settle down there. I think a good first step would be passing 8th grade level math and science tests.

Even that might disqualify them all
 
2012-10-10 12:20:21 PM  
As a quantum optics hobbyist, I applaud David and Serge's work. Their calculations match my own and are soft of a justification for every one of us out that that said you could in fact measure the immeasureable. I know these guys were working hard - too hard to answer letters apparently - and they deserve the accolades.

As a stay at home father of two junior college students, who are currently taking introductory physics and astronomy classes, I have to say that I'm worried about the future of our country's education programs. Paul Broun and Todd Akin are dragging us right back into the dark ages with their faith based arguments and complete ignorance. They want us to return to the Middle Ages when the church was all powerful and pedagogical development was at a standstill. Can you imagine how happy they'd be if we didn't have science programs, but instead spent vast sums on religious indoctrination and faith initiatives?

I'll have you know that at this very moment I am broadcasting signals into outer space - signals that contain precise instructions for an invading alien force -- where to hit, how to hit, and when to hit. And they are receiving these messages too. Just google random numbers, map each number to its corresponding word in the American College Dictionary, and then feed those words into Google translate. You'll see exactly what I've seen - the aliens constructed google and are using it as a communications channel to correspond with us in the know.

Bottom line - we need smart people making decisions. Smart people like me. I should do something about this.
 
2012-10-10 12:21:16 PM  
I was amazed that physicists won the Nobel peace prize. You would think they would be too busy with their scientific research to work on anything else.
 
2012-10-10 12:21:42 PM  
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This is why we can't have nice things.
 
2012-10-10 12:22:28 PM  

LittleKidLover: FTFA:

Maddow's producers played a clip of Rep. Paul Broun telling supporters that evolution and the big bang theory "are lies straight from the pit of hell."


I agree - that show sucks.
 
2012-10-10 12:22:31 PM  
Where's a government appointed health insurance panel when you need one?
 
2012-10-10 12:22:47 PM  

MugzyBrown: [deeeeerp]


You do know that Obamacare was written by Republicans, right? Not Democrats?

That said - come back and try again after a Democrat goes on record as believing that "There's no such thing as cancer, only the four humours, therefore we must destroy all chemotherapy wards and cure them with leeches." It'll probably be a while, but I'm sure that nobody here will mind the wait.
 
2012-10-10 12:23:23 PM  
We need some sort of reservation where people who don't believe in science can go to live a peaceful existence with very little technology.
 
2012-10-10 12:23:37 PM  
We have this nonsense in Canada too.

The Canadian "Minister of Science and Technology", appointed by Harper, is a goddamned chiropractor!

He is a religious nutcase to boot.

Link

We should all be ashamed of pandering, anti-science governments.
 
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