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2012-10-10 12:55:38 PM
If there are students at some University in Iran reading they article they are probably saying, "Maybe we don't have it so bad afterall."
 
2012-10-10 12:55:44 PM

Giltric: Everyone questions why they let these republicans dictate science policy but it's just a distraction keeping you from asking why politicians in general are the ones who dictate science policy.

When left to a politician, which of the scientists do you think will get a grant....the one who wants to grow a sweet stawberry or the one who wants to grow a tatesless strawberry with a long shelf life that ships well.


D or R they are all in the pockets of lobbyists.


Hmm, I detect from your post that you seem to believe that both sides are bad...

Which side should I then vote for, kindly sirrah?
 
2012-10-10 12:55:57 PM
Wow, a lot of people seem surprised by this. Look Republicans are morons and farking retards, but hey they love PROSPERITY JESUS, well except for that Mormon fellow he worships a false idol, so lets elect them again.
 
2012-10-10 12:56:03 PM

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

Yep... hopefully we'll hit bottom soon so we can finally get ourselves into a good recovery program.


Yep... and you don't even know how funny your comment is. My roomate is employed by a top notch pilot recovery program. Science based, none of this higher power BS. They have a better success rate than any other program. But... the sucess rate is still at most 20 - 30%. Looks like we will have to hit bottom a few times.
 
2012-10-10 12:56:22 PM

IlGreven: coeyagi: F*cking HuffPo, you're about 35 Heinekens away from being Daily Kos. Clean it up.

...as liberal as DKos is, for some reason they seem far more journalistic than HuffPo. In fact, they seem far more journalistic than a majority of "journalism" sites out there. And this is a site with user contributed content.


I think the problem with Kos is that they have a few far left posters who go off the deep end and that hurts their credibility.
 
2012-10-10 12:57:14 PM

PhilGed: ...MSNBC is just about as terribly biased as Fox...


No. Not really.
 
2012-10-10 12:57:17 PM

traylor: evolution and the big bang theory "are lies straight from the pit of hell."


What somebody spreading lies from the pit of hell may look like.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 410x600]

Link


Heck, belgian religious schools are more scientifically literal than US secular schools.
 
2012-10-10 12:57:20 PM

pute kisses like a man:
/ farking sriracha cock sauce.


you put the sauce where?
 
2012-10-10 12:57:29 PM
Interesting.

Since when has competence on a given subject been a problem for liberals by the way?
 
2012-10-10 12:57:39 PM

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


So they were right; Republicans aren't fighting a War on Women, they're fighting a War IN Women.
 
2012-10-10 12:59:07 PM

USA Prime Credit Peggy: Giltric: Everyone questions why they let these republicans dictate science policy but it's just a distraction keeping you from asking why politicians in general are the ones who dictate science policy.

When left to a politician, which of the scientists do you think will get a grant....the one who wants to grow a sweet stawberry or the one who wants to grow a tatesless strawberry with a long shelf life that ships well.


D or R they are all in the pockets of lobbyists.

Hmm, I detect from your post that you seem to believe that both sides are bad...

Which side should I then vote for, kindly sirrah?


There are 2 other candidates on enough state ballots to win 270 electoral votes...
 
2012-10-10 12:59:30 PM

bobfark: I think the Science committee is where they stick unpopular congressmen TBH.
Do you really want these people on Ways and Means or any committee with real power??


Unfortunately this. People keep electing these wackjobs so they get stuck in a committee with little actual power in order to limit the damage they an do.
 
2012-10-10 12:59:50 PM

meat0918: Girl From The North Country: coeyagi: 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.

Also the use of " million's" with an apostrophe. Do they have an editorial opening over there at HuffPo, or what gives?

To be honest, HuffPo doesn't exactly have stellar science credentials.

They are a haven of anti-vaccine sentiment and other alternative medicine woo.


Which are still better than Floor Humping Guy.
 
2012-10-10 01:00:19 PM

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

But her job only requires that she be able to read the text she writes everyday.


Fixed that for you.

You want to disagree with her on her beliefs, on her slant, or how she interprets policy, that's fine.

Calling her dumb? That's you projecting.
 
2012-10-10 01:01:23 PM

ghare: PhilGed: ...MSNBC is just about as terribly biased as Fox...

No. Not really.


A) Fox claims it's unbiased and is completely biased.
B) MSNBC makes no such claim, though it's daily programming starts on the Right and moves Left.

So in a sense, they're all the same in that they are about complete opposites with the small caveat that MSNBC probably does have more overall hours of Left-leaning programming, but certainly less than the hours of Fox News' Right-leaning programming, which is to say 24 hours.
 
2012-10-10 01:02:20 PM

zepher: 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.


No, tax cheating demonstrates knowledge and acceptance of the concepts through a willful deception. These people are dumbasses.
 
2012-10-10 01:02:45 PM

AliceBToklasLives: kregh99: Dimensio: Funbags: If there is no God, then Ron Broun swearing an oath to uphold the Constitution would be non-binding.

Checkmate, Atheists.

Are you unfamiliar with the concept of "perjury"?

Lying = giving an account contrary to the truth
Perjury = giving an account contrary to the truth after swearing on a book of fairy tales that you wouldn't, so help you invisible person.

Yeah, but you can use other books besides the Bible - Muslims can swear on the Koran, atheists on, I dunno, the Constitution.

/wait, what happens if you swear on the Constitution to uphold the Constitution?


Someone points out that your hand should be on the bottom instead of the top
 
2012-10-10 01:05:22 PM
SoCalChris: Dana Rohrabacher may not belong on the committee for other reasons, but I wouldn't give her too much of a hassle over the dinosaur farts comment, considering that livestock farts are currently considered a contributing factor to global warming. I"m not saying that she's right, but the idea isn't as ridiculous as a lot of ideas that have come out of the Science, Space & Technology Committee members recently.

(sigh) Thanks for the informed insight. We'll get back to you if we need anything more.
 
2012-10-10 01:06:26 PM

Deucednuisance: She's a freaking Rhodes Scholar, jeenyus. She graduated from Oxford with a doctorate in Political Science. Now she's hosting a TV show about Politics.


Look, I'm not saying that the little dude isn't intelligent, but let's stop pretending that an advanced degree in political science is something we should be impressed with.
 
2012-10-10 01:07:40 PM

coeyagi: I think the problem with Kos is that they have a few far left posters who go off the deep end and that hurts their credibility.


The key is to never, ever, read anything that's not a main page article. Try to avoid anything on the 'recommended' list....and stay well the fark away from anything on the 'recent diary' list. That's basically equal to a Fark Politics thread.

The main page articles though are generally well written and researched....particularly those by their regular writers.
 
2012-10-10 01:07:44 PM
The average voter wants their candidate to be photogenic, charismatic, be married (preferably to their first spouse), have most of their hair, be an appropriate body weight and to possess a salesman-type personality that can raises gobs of campaign funds.

Expecting that they also have common sense, an ethical character, and a solid knowledge base? That's probably asking for too much.
 
2012-10-10 01:07:49 PM

randomjsa: Interesting.

Since when has competence on a given subject been a problem for liberals by the way?


Since when has using examples to back your feckless arguments been a problem for ALTs who use "Random" in their name.... anyway?
 
2012-10-10 01:09:07 PM

petec: pute kisses like a man:
/ farking sriracha cock sauce.

you put the sauce where?


the cock is on the sauce

www.huyfong.com
 
2012-10-10 01:09:07 PM

Shrugging Atlas: coeyagi: I think the problem with Kos is that they have a few far left posters who go off the deep end and that hurts their credibility.

The key is to never, ever, read anything that's not a main page article. Try to avoid anything on the 'recommended' list....and stay well the fark away from anything on the 'recent diary' list. That's basically equal to a Fark Politics thread.

The main page articles though are generally well written and researched....particularly those by their regular writers.


So what you're saying is that every Kos link listed on Fark is to be avoided. It's like watching Chris Matthews and Alan Grayson on speed in that piece.
 
2012-10-10 01:09:26 PM

zepher: 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.


PhilGed: MSNBC is just about as terribly biased as Fox,


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


So what you guys are saying is that....both sides are bad? Who should I vote for?
 
2012-10-10 01:09:50 PM
This makes me sad. I'm a biology major and today in class (anecdote time!) we did a brief review of Darwin and evolution before we started delving deeper into the theory and my professor prefaced her lecture with "Alright, I know you all have probably covered this before, but due to the political climate in this country I am going to make sure you know and are comfortable with spouting out exactly why evolution is demonstrably true. It is my job to make sure you do not leave this class ignorant." This is the first time I've had a lecture on evolution prefaced in such a way and I'm sad that it has to be done.

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2012-10-10 01:10:05 PM

xynix: 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!


fine, but can you put that in "porn" terms so the rest of us can understand it...
 
2012-10-10 01:10:53 PM

SoCalChris: Dana Rohrabacher may not belong on the committee for other reasons, but I wouldn't give her too much of a hassle over the dinosaur farts comment, considering that livestock farts are currently considered a contributing factor to global warming. I"m not saying that she's right, but the idea isn't as ridiculous as a lot of ideas that have come out of the Science, Space & Technology Committee members recently.

/Broun & Akin are still raging farktards though.


Dana's a dude.

/haha he has a girl's name
 
2012-10-10 01:11:22 PM

Needlessly Complicated: pute kisses like a man: well, in their defense, I'm feeling a breakthrough from the magic of farting and the pits of hell right now.

/ farking sriracha cock sauce.

You will not say an unkind word about the sriracha sauce!!!


gastronomical events are no more a condemnation of sriracha's greatness, than drunkenness is a condemnation of a good bourbon's awesomeness
 
2012-10-10 01:11:40 PM

traylor: evolution and the big bang theory "are lies straight from the pit of hell."


What somebody spreading lies from the pit of hell may look like.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 410x600]

Link


Actually, that looks an awful lot like the Jesuit science teacher that taught me about the Big Bang theory & evolution. Soo........ No 

and for the record, no, he didn't teach me they were lies from Hell...
 
2012-10-10 01:12:45 PM
Science is non-partisan.
 
2012-10-10 01:15:20 PM
It isn't as if the democrats are any better/smarter. Truly intelligent people don't have to resort to politics to earn a living
 
2012-10-10 01:16:09 PM

Girl From The North Country: SoCalChris: Dana Rohrabacher may not belong on the committee for other reasons, but I wouldn't give her too much of a hassle over the dinosaur farts comment, considering that livestock farts are currently considered a contributing factor to global warming. I"m not saying that she's right, but the idea isn't as ridiculous as a lot of ideas that have come out of the Science, Space & Technology Committee members recently.

/Broun & Akin are still raging farktards though.

Dana's a dude.

/haha he has a girl's name


Leslie and Pat would like a word with you.

207.56.179.67

Dana Millbank

www.dana-carvey.com

Dana Carvey

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Dana Elcar
 
2012-10-10 01:17:28 PM

Pumpernickel bread: It isn't as if the democrats are any better/smarter. Truly intelligent people don't have to resort to politics to earn a living


Truly, it's too tough to look up statistics to prove you're wrong.

2008 National education rankings

Red States Average: 32.4
Blue States Average: 20.5
 
2012-10-10 01:19:13 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: xynix: 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!

fine, but can you put that in "porn" terms so the rest of us can understand it...


You will be able to render it in real time from avatars that are so lifelike you swear it's a video of a real human being. Arse-zits and all.
 
2012-10-10 01:24:08 PM

coeyagi: You should go to Japanese Executive Retraining to get your ribbons of shame.


At least it's not a cone of shame.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-10 01:26:17 PM

coeyagi: 2008 National education rankings

Red States Average: 32.4
Blue States Average: 20.5


puzzled_dog.jpg
 
2012-10-10 01:32:03 PM

tricycleracer: 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.


The question I'm dying to ask him is, if, as he claims, evolution is a lie, would he as an MD inject his patients with last year's flu vaccine?
 
2012-10-10 01:33:00 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?

This "my ignorance is just as good as your intelligence" BS is getting really tired.


You know, I don't expect these guys to be scientist or experts. I just expect them to have a basic knowledge of scientific principles and the ability and desire to be able to learn and follow specific topics that are brought up. These guys here are obviously fervently anti science and don't have any desire what so ever to try to understand science and how it fits into the world that we live in. Their only interest seems to be in pushing their own, or whoever is paying them, crackpot theories on everybody, that completely contradicts centuries of scientific study. This is defiantly something we don't need on a science committee or in the modern world.
 
2012-10-10 01:35:52 PM

GoldSpider: coeyagi: 2008 National education rankings

Red States Average: 32.4
Blue States Average: 20.5

puzzled_dog.jpg


puzzled_dog_at_why_you're_puzzled_when_those_averages_show_an_advanta g e_to_dems.jpg
 
2012-10-10 01:36:45 PM

spentmiles: 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.


Cool. I've been thinking of starting a new career as an "Ancient Astronaut Theorist." Know where I can get proper credentials?
 
2012-10-10 01:37:41 PM

kregh99: Dimensio: Funbags: If there is no God, then Ron Broun swearing an oath to uphold the Constitution would be non-binding.

Checkmate, Atheists.

Are you unfamiliar with the concept of "perjury"?

Lying = giving an account contrary to the truth
Perjury = giving an account contrary to the truth after swearing on a book of fairy tales that you wouldn't, so help you invisible person.


Providing an affirmation under penalty of perjury requires no "book of fairy tales". Such affirmations, absent any "book of fairy tales", occur in courtrooms frequently and are legally binding.
 
2012-10-10 01:37:51 PM
Excellent article -- with a neat chart -- on motherboard.vice.com from August 21st.
 
2012-10-10 01:39:00 PM

coeyagi: puzzled_dog_at_why_you're_puzzled_when_those_averages_show_an_advanta g e_to_dems.jpg


I have GoldSpider plonked as a farktarded Freeper troll, so.
 
2012-10-10 01:39:39 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.

markfara: Jesus will restore our nation to greatness once we get rid of gay marriage.


" Queers! That's what important! That somehow, if we could stop the gays from getting married, everything else would turn out just fine. Everything would change! There'd BE solar energy! The sunnis and the shi'ites would lay down their arms! 'He stopped the queers!' 'I love you, too.' "
 
2012-10-10 01:39:51 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."


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Beat me to it...
 
2012-10-10 01:42:09 PM

Fluorescent Testicle: coeyagi: puzzled_dog_at_why_you're_puzzled_when_those_averages_show_an_advanta g e_to_dems.jpg

I have GoldSpider plonked as a farktarded Freeper troll, so.


Good to know, somehow he has evaded my radar.
 
2012-10-10 01:44:15 PM

plumbicon: Excellent article -- with a neat chart -- on motherboard.vice.com from August 21st.


Good lord, that's depressing.
 
2012-10-10 01:45:40 PM
Science and Religion are mutually exclusive.

And if you believe otherwise, you are retarded.
And if you support your contention that Science and Religion are not mutually exclusive on the fact that there are scientists that believe in a supreme being, then you are doubly retarded.
And if I have to explain why, then you are retarded beyond explanation, so I won't waste my breath.
 
2012-10-10 01:46:20 PM

USA Prime Credit Peggy: Giltric: Everyone questions why they let these republicans dictate science policy but it's just a distraction keeping you from asking why politicians in general are the ones who dictate science policy.

When left to a politician, which of the scientists do you think will get a grant....the one who wants to grow a sweet stawberry or the one who wants to grow a tatesless strawberry with a long shelf life that ships well.


D or R they are all in the pockets of lobbyists.

Hmm, I detect from your post that you seem to believe that both sides are bad...

Which side should I then vote for, kindly sirrah?


A third party. Any third party. If you all continue voting for the lesser of two evils, then we're condemned to be "governed" by a congress full of Tweedle Dums & Tweedle Dees, and have either Tweedle Dum or Tweedle Dee as our president.
 
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