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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 54
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2012-10-10 12:31:45 PM
8 votes:

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


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.

And you think she just "reads"?

Buffoon.
2012-10-10 12:31:05 PM
5 votes:

DownDaRiver: Any commitees purpose is best served when there is a rounded point of interest and views.


Ever hear of the false middle fallacy or argument to moderation

If 10 people say 2+2=4 and 10 people say 2+2=69, the answer does not lie somewhere between 4 and 69.

No amount of rounded points of interest will make these what these guys say science.
2012-10-10 12:23:23 PM
5 votes:
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 12:20:21 PM
4 votes:
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 12:13:19 PM
4 votes:
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 12:12:28 PM
4 votes:
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 11:22:47 AM
4 votes:
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 11:10:15 AM
4 votes:
There are 23 Republican members on this committee. Sadly, something tells me these 5 are not outliers.
2012-10-10 12:32:50 PM
3 votes:
You know how Christians will often claim we are persecuting them and that we shouldn't attack them for their faith because it doesn't affect the rest of us?

"And that's the reason, as your congressman, I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I'll continue to do that." --Paul Broun

This is why. Because yes, sometimes religious faith affects the rest of us.
2012-10-10 12:17:23 PM
3 votes:
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 12:14:49 PM
3 votes:
Other things people with political science and law degrees suck at:

Establishing and maintaining a budget.
Healthcare
Foreign relations
Prioritizing
2012-10-10 12:14:12 PM
3 votes:

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 03:37:00 PM
2 votes:
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2012-10-10 02:19:30 PM
2 votes:
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2012-10-10 12:57:14 PM
2 votes:

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


No. Not really.
2012-10-10 12:41:23 PM
2 votes:
That committee is a parking lot for losers in Congress. It doesn't authorize legislation and it doesn't appropriate funds, so it's a dead-end backwater that nobody cares about. Don't let the fancy sounding name fool you.
2012-10-10 12:31:36 PM
2 votes:

Headso: Maddow has wondered for years how republicans can put such unqualified people on such a committee...


A party that would put Michele Bachmann on the House Intelligence Committee is capable of anything.
2012-10-10 12:23:37 PM
2 votes:
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.
2012-10-10 12:18:27 PM
2 votes:

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 12:18:01 PM
2 votes:

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 12:11:26 PM
2 votes:
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 12:05:52 PM
2 votes:
We don't need no fancy book learnin
2012-10-10 11:29:26 AM
2 votes:
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 11:04:14 PM
1 votes:
Want to sit on the Congressional Science Committee? Score 12/12 on the Pew Science quiz, or GTFO

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Ant
2012-10-10 03:40:16 PM
1 votes:
I'm not sure if the Huffington Post should be allowed near science either.
2012-10-10 03:16:21 PM
1 votes:
Here's an idea: Let's stop electing lawyers and politicians to office. Start electing scientists and teachers.
2012-10-10 02:21:04 PM
1 votes:
Half of America should kill the other half in self-defence.
2012-10-10 02:02:09 PM
1 votes:

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


If she knows that the universe is more than 9,000 years old, then she is more science-literate than Broun and some of the Bush appointees to NASA.
2012-10-10 01:32:03 PM
1 votes:

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 12:52:06 PM
1 votes:
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

Link
2012-10-10 12:45:34 PM
1 votes:

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.
2012-10-10 12:38:27 PM
1 votes:
The big problem is that committee seats aren't determined by credentials but rather are incentives that are offered based on interest. The people who are most tempted by a committee membership and most willing to jump through hoops to get it are the ones who sees the related field as problematic and in need of fixing.

It would be like if you had an opening on the House Budget Committee and your options are a guy who majored in finance who sees our system as generally functional (sort of a necessary evil) but could use some tweaking and an English major who thinks the way we do everything is terrible and we need to completely destroy the current tax and spending structures and replace it with their ideal system. The first guy might actually know more about what he's doing, but the second guy will crawl over broken glass and vote against their beliefs on every other issue for the party leadership if he gets that spot.
2012-10-10 12:33:07 PM
1 votes:
It would be hilarious in a surreal sort of way if it wasn't so goddamn depressing as well...

What can be done about it? I don't know... All I can do is write my elected officials and never vote for another Republican as long as I live.
2012-10-10 12:29:06 PM
1 votes:
"Maddow replayed a clip of the two physicists who won the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday, admitting that grasping why the scientists won was difficult as the level of science is so advanced."

It was said before, but:

These guys won the Nobel Prize for Physics, not the Nobel Peace Prize.

You have to be incredibly smart to win the Nobel Prize for Physics.
To win the Peace Prize, you only have to make a PowerPoint presentation or not be GW Bush.
2012-10-10 12:28:08 PM
1 votes:
And the chairman for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is 89 year old Ralph Hall. Hall is a former Texas judge who has now been in congress for 32 years. He was a democrat until the Bush administration came into power, then he switched parties, mostly because he is a long time friend of the Bush family. He was heavily involved with Jack Abramoff, indeed Abramoff made 15 calls to his office the day the CNMI scandal broke, but there were no consequences to him from this.

So the USA has a crooked dotard in charge of one of the most important committees for America's future. This will not end well.
2012-10-10 12:23:39 PM
1 votes:
ugh... i can't even watch TV news entertainment. this is the left version of bill o'reilly. Please just report the story and move on, there's no need to inject sarcasm. How about doing some reporting and find out how these guys are selected and how this selection process has held up scientific advancement over the years?
2012-10-10 12:22:47 PM
1 votes:

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 12:22:28 PM
1 votes:

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 12:21:42 PM
1 votes:
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This is why we can't have nice things.
2012-10-10 12:18:28 PM
1 votes:

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 12:14:54 PM
1 votes:
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 12:12:07 PM
1 votes:
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 12:11:24 PM
1 votes:

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 12:10:15 PM
1 votes:

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 12:08:04 PM
1 votes:
Maddow has wondered for years how republicans can put such unqualified people on such a committee...
2012-10-10 12:07:52 PM
1 votes:
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 12:07:04 PM
1 votes:

lucksi: USA USA USA


More like:
GOP GOP GOP
2012-10-10 12:06:59 PM
1 votes:
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 12:06:21 PM
1 votes:
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 12:05:49 PM
1 votes:
USA USA USA
2012-10-10 12:05:28 PM
1 votes:
Oh, my Akin thread?

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2012-10-10 12:03:05 PM
1 votes:
Once again, this is why we can't have nice things.

Yadda yadda, government we deserve......
2012-10-10 11:11:23 AM
1 votes:
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2012-10-10 10:48:35 AM
1 votes:
Science...you keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.
 
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