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(Science Magazine)   Good news everyone, U.S. House Science Committee to be reinvigorated with scienticians who can count past potatoe, hot dog   (news.sciencemag.org) divider line 31
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2012-11-07 09:37:18 PM  
Although interestingly enough, I heard a discussion on NPR from about 6 months ago that basically said there are only 1 or 2 scientists in the whole of Congress, and only a few people w/PhDs. That's pretty pathetic.
 
2012-11-07 10:10:37 PM  
The article didn't actually say that.
 
2012-11-07 10:13:14 PM  

bdub77: Although interestingly enough, I heard a discussion on NPR from about 6 months ago that basically said there are only 1 or 2 scientists in the whole of Congress, and only a few people w/PhDs. That's pretty pathetic.


That's not all that bad, really.
That Bible before fact science deniers are on the science committee is bad.
 
2012-11-07 10:13:46 PM  
Well, Subby, all it actually says is that a few people are leaving the committee. And, one of them is a moderate, climate-change-accepting Republican.

Given the current membership, it's not too hard to suppose the Republicans will once again fill it with reality deniers of all stripes. I hope I'm wrong. But I'm not.

And mind you, Paul "The Big Bang And Evolution Are From The Pits Of Hell" Broun is on the committee, and ran unopposed in his district.
 
2012-11-07 11:31:09 PM  
While I can hope that this means people who actually function in reality will be appointed, I do not have my hopes up.
 
2012-11-07 11:38:33 PM  
But can they SPELL it Subby?

Just, wondering. Not for any specific reason...
 
2012-11-07 11:46:19 PM  
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Jesus. I don't think I have ever seen a greenroom break that long on a non-scheduled/sports or caturday thread.
 
2012-11-08 04:36:11 AM  
I don't care if they can count past potato, I want to know if they can write a proof of potato.
 
2012-11-08 05:34:02 AM  

starsrift: I don't care if they can count past potato, I want to know if they can write a proof of potato.


IF potato THEN add bacon.
 
2012-11-08 06:47:45 AM  

Shadow Blasko: But can they SPELL it Subby?

Just, wondering. Not for any specific reason...


Ben Quayle was on the committee. 

/not subby
 
2012-11-08 06:50:55 AM  

bdub77: Although interestingly enough, I heard a discussion on NPR from about 6 months ago that basically said there are only 1 or 2 scientists in the whole of Congress, and only a few people w/PhDs. That's pretty pathetic.


Wasn't aware that there were any. Could've sworn that every politician has a background in either law, business or finance. There are rarely ever any scientists or engineers. This is something that Neil Degrasse Tyson complains about profusely.
 
2012-11-08 07:33:50 AM  
Nice spelling, subby

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2012-11-08 07:59:06 AM  

The Bad Astronomer: Well, Subby, all it actually says is that a few people are leaving the committee.


This. The replacements might turn out to be even stupider.

As it's a Congressional committee, even as a relatively powerless one it has to be composed of Congressmen. There are very few scientifically literate people in Congress to begin with, so it's not like this is a particularly hopeful situation.
 
2012-11-08 08:15:43 AM  
There is no number beyond potato(e). There are just more potatoes. It's potatoes all the way up.
 
2012-11-08 08:45:27 AM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: There is no number beyond potato(e). There are just more potatoes. It's potatoes all the way up.


More like potatos all the way down, down to a mashed potato hell of derp.
 
2012-11-08 09:06:24 AM  
Members known to be leaving the panel come January are:

REPUBLICANS
W. Todd Akin (R-MO), who lost his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate.


Nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, go fark yourself.

/good riddance to the assweasel
 
2012-11-08 09:15:47 AM  

The Bad Astronomer:
And mind you, Paul "The Big Bang And Evolution Are From The Pits Of Hell" Broun is on the committee, and ran unopposed in his district.


And *that* is just scary. How does a guy like that get on this committee? Probably just by asking. As to why a science denier would *want* to be on such a committee, I'm gonna guess "(c). agenda".

Also, while I'm not sure what kind of curriculum the U of G had in the mid-60s, how does one earn a BS in Chemistry and come out like he did?
 
2012-11-08 09:22:37 AM  
Who cares? It's too late. The damage is done.

The problem with politicians is that they think you can shove the shiat back into the goose through rhetoric.
 
2012-11-08 09:39:47 AM  

FormlessOne: Who cares? It's too late. The damage is done.

The problem with politicians is that they think you can shove the shiat back into the goose through rhetoric.


Not true, it can't be quickly reversed. But if we keep pumping out CO2 it will get worse. Oh well we've already destroyed the place, might as well keep destroying is a stupid attitude.
 
2012-11-08 09:54:20 AM  

The Bad Astronomer: Well, Subby, all it actually says is that a few people are leaving the committee. And, one of them is a moderate, climate-change-accepting Republican.

Given the current membership, it's not too hard to suppose the Republicans will once again fill it with reality deniers of all stripes. I hope I'm wrong. But I'm not.

And mind you, Paul "The Big Bang And Evolution Are From The Pits Of Hell" Broun is on the committee, and ran unopposed in his district.


A RINO lost his seat?
 
2012-11-08 09:56:09 AM  

bdub77: Although interestingly enough, I heard a discussion on NPR from about 6 months ago that basically said there are only 1 or 2 scientists in the whole of Congress, and only a few people w/PhDs. That's pretty pathetic.


look, I'm sorry, but we don't need that many scientists or engineers in Congress. Congress mostly writes laws, budgets, and holds meetings where they ask questions of people who work for them (agencies, etc).

While scientists and PHDs can do those things, we probably want those kind of people working in labs/offices, doing science/research.

We want congress to UNDERSTAND science, but they don't need to be scientists to do so.
 
2012-11-08 10:12:47 AM  

bdub77: Although interestingly enough, I heard a discussion on NPR from about 6 months ago that basically said there are only 1 or 2 scientists in the whole of Congress, and only a few people w/PhDs. That's pretty pathetic.

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2012-11-08 10:19:56 AM  
There are a number of M.D.s in Congress. They at least have a modicum of scientific training.
 
2012-11-08 10:24:22 AM  
THIS is a BFD.

Let's hope the opportunity is not wasted.
 
2012-11-08 10:49:02 AM  

intotheabyss81: bdub77: Although interestingly enough, I heard a discussion on NPR from about 6 months ago that basically said there are only 1 or 2 scientists in the whole of Congress, and only a few people w/PhDs. That's pretty pathetic.


Do you also complain about your dentist not having a phd in philosophy? Congress critters are specialized law experts. They make laws and shiat.

The rest of the stuff is all about lobbyists, bribes, power, etc.
 
2012-11-08 11:02:36 AM  

Bippal: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: There is no number beyond potato(e). There are just more potatoes. It's potatoes all the way up.

More like potatos all the way down, down to a mashed potato hell of derp.


Taters up, turtles down.

/sounds like an Arkansas stock report
 
2012-11-08 11:07:16 AM  

kroonermanblack: intotheabyss81: bdub77: Although interestingly enough, I heard a discussion on NPR from about 6 months ago that basically said there are only 1 or 2 scientists in the whole of Congress, and only a few people w/PhDs. That's pretty pathetic.

Do you also complain about your dentist not having a phd in philosophy? Congress critters are specialized law experts. They make laws, and shiat.


Oxford Commaed that for you.

Given that the number of jobs for scientists is contracting faster than a red giant going nova, politician is looking like a pretty sweet alternative.
 
2012-11-08 11:21:38 AM  
Roscoe Bartlett is gone, which is good. :D
 
2012-11-08 11:25:30 AM  

TofuTheAlmighty: There are a number of M.D.s in Congress. They at least have a modicum of scientific training.


Yeah? And one of them is Paul Broun, the anti-evolution, anti-embryology guy with a degree in Chemistry. Didn't seem to help him embrace commonly accepted scientific understandings.
 
2012-11-08 11:59:13 AM  
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I'm disappointed it took this long.

/both congress and the thread
 
2012-11-08 12:58:09 PM  

kroonermanblack: Congress critters are specialized law experts. They make laws and shiat.


Nice argument in principle, but people already elect investors and football players to Congress, so. . . yeah.

Besides, it's not like a scientist can't employ a legal expert to author or interpret legalese. In fact, most Congressmen don't even read the legislation they vote on; they have people do it for them. Which makes me wonder why a Congressman having a law degree is so damn important when you can just have a lawyer on staff.
 
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