Science & Society

John Glenn one of the first seven NASA Astronauts and a former Senator of many terms has died at the age of 95.  His life was rich and full and at this point his loss is not a tragedy.  All that is left to say is God Speed John Glenn.  May you now explore a plane of existence we will all see someday and do so surrounded by souls like yourself with love and grace.

If there was one theme that qualified the new politically correct definition of morality in higher education it was the idea that the new Affirmative Action professoriate wanted to do away with everything about civilization that white men had created. If a white man had made it or done it, then they wanted to get rid of it. They actually became extremely vocal about the premise of doing away with the white man’s civilization and replacing it.

Great Scott! Climate Change Deniers Accept Models!

A recent study of old log books, coupled with the use of computer modelling of ice estimates show that the summer sea ice edge then was further from the land in the Weddell sea but that ice conditions were surprisingly comparable to the present day in other sectors
According to a Delta Dental survey out today, American adults overwhelmingly want a little pumpkin at Thanksgiving, it has 36 percent favorability, more than double that of American's next favorite Thanksgiving pie, pecan, which ekes out only 15 percent.  

The Delta Dental Plans Association Fall 2016 Survey was conducted between October 18 and October 25, 2016 among a nationally representative sample of 1,009 Americans 18+. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent. Pumpkin pie is most popular in the West (46 percent) but that drops to 30 percent for people in the South. Additionally, 39 percent of Midwesterners prefer it, and 33 percent of Northeasterners.


When a tree dies, or when we run across decaying wood in a forest, our first reaction is to think we should remove it. However, the ecology of the forest is such that saproxylic organisms, including fungi and insects, depend on the dead wood that naturally generates the dynamics of the forest. The fact is, however, that there is a real obsession to eliminate it as soon as possible because it seems dirty and like it will attract pests. The biggest problem associated with dead wood is that dead wood plays a very important role in forest life.

In the criminal justice community, the community supervision approach known as Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) has generated widespread enthusiasm when it comes to substance use, violations, new arrests, and revocations to prison, but a new study casts doubt that HOPE versus probation as usual (PAU) is doing anything but saving money.
Mark Bittman, cookbook guru and former New York Times columnist for those who self-identify as being the latest nutritional trend followers, has had success telling other people how to run their business - but was a giant flop when he actually had to implement his own vegan beliefs.

That has led to a sweet teaching gig at Columbia University, which tells you everything you need to know about the quality of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health education you are taking out $72,000 per year in student loans to get.
The current crisis in the US is of profound significance!!! This is not a mere economic or environmental crisis; it is not even a mere political crisis. This crisis is about the fundamentals of our social systems’ perception. Especially in a society that follows a democratic doctrine, media belong vitally to the perception apparatus of the social systems. Here is something almost none of you – NONE I say! – properly understand: You may be already aware of that there is a deep problem if the established media and intellectuals, that is precisely those that the society relies on to know better, to be their objective guide, is unable to see reality, for example the fact of that Donald Trump was winning all along.
Environmentalists almost certainly cost Secretary Hillary Clinton the election and now they want to act as a violent alternative to President-elect Trump. President Obama had consistently sided with environmentalists over jobs - an example was the Keystone XL pipeline - despite science and smart policy and that came back to haunt Democrats, who couldn't get back control of the Senate, stayed a minority in the House, and now lost the Presidency.

If corporate money controls our politics, as Bernie Sanders and others have claimed, then how did the Republican Party – the reputed party of business – manage to nominate a candidate whom almost no one in Big Business supports? And why have so many been so silent about it?