If science tells you what you do not want to know, shut it down

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House Republicans, unhappy that NASA keeps producing evidence that they do not wish to hear about manmade climate change, are taking action. They argue that it is not NASA’s mission to study the Earth from the vantage point of space; it is NASA’s mission to look from Earth outward into space, and they are trying to rewrite the agency’s budget to reflect those priorities. In their recently passed budget, they propose to slash $300 million to $500 million, a cut of close to 30 percent, from NASA’s Earth science budget.

They make a strange and utterly ahistorical argument. When NASA was created in 1958, the agency’s very first responsibility listed by Congress was “the expansion of human knowledge of the Earth and of phenomena in the atmosphere and space.” Earth studies had been an explicit part of the agency’s mission statement ever since, but in 2006, under the Bush administration, the study of Earth was quietly dropped. (It was restored in 2011.)

But it goes back much, much farther than that.

From the beginning, the primary reason that mankind has studied the stars and the skies has been to discover what they could tell us about life here on Earth. In every culture, those who knew and watched the stars told us when to plant our crops and when to harvest them, when to marry and when to fight. Rare events such as eclipses and comets were treated as omens of major change, altering the course of human history merely by their appearance in the skies.

And long before GPS satellites circled the globe, the stars were our navigational guides, telling us where we were and how to get to where we wanted to be. Today, NASA’s Earth-science program still generates critically important weather and climate data for planting, predicting hurricanes, tornados, droughts and other phenomena. Yet somehow that mission is now deemed inconvenient.

Galileo

Galileo

Those who know the history of science know that we’ve been through this process many, many times before. More than 400 years ago, for example, the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was telling us inconvenient truths about the sky and the Earth that those in power at the time did not want to hear.

They did not want to know that the Earth was not the center of God’s creation, the fixed point around which everything revolved.  They did not care to accept the evidence that Earth was but one small planet revolving around the sun, which itself is a small little sun in a much larger universe. They even cited biblical provisions as proof that such a thing was impossible, just as deniers such as Sen. James Inhofe, head of the Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works, cite the Bible today to insist that manmade climate change is an impossibility.

And when Galileo asked critics to at least look at the data, they refused.  “My dear Kepler, what would you say of the learned here, who … have steadfastly refused to cast a glance through the telescope?” Galileo wrote in frustration to a fellow astronomer. “What shall we make of this?  Shall we laugh, or shall we cry?”

In the end, to save his life from the Inquisition, Galileo was forced to publicly recant his evidence that the Earth revolved around the sun and to cease writing or talking about it. But as the proceedings ended, tradition has it, he stubbornly muttered “Eppur si muove,” beneath his breath. “And yet, it still moves.”

And yet, it also still warms.

 

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honested
honested

Will the US Congress be establishing a Committee of Inquisition to determine if Scientists and Researchers have committed 'blasphemy' by disagreeing with 'Inerrant Republiklan Doctrine'?

td1234
td1234

Bookman, Wingfield Debate Sheets. 

td1234
td1234

The resolution cited many factors as justifying the use of military force against Iraq:[3][4]

honested
honested

@td1234 

tiny dog,

79% of Americans who lived through the Iraqi War of Choice realize quite clearly that it was a disastrous error, should never have been undertaken, provided no positive result for the United States and never had any possible outcome other than what has been experienced.

I'm sorry you are in the group unable to comprehend reality.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Everone that aint a born-again an a repblican is out to git Christuns.  I been knowin thats true cause it was Fox News that told it to me.  Fox dont lie but all them other meedia does.

 An if Fox news sez Clinton done somethin wrong on that there Bengazy deal then you can take it to the bank.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Since VoluntaryrecordkeepingcomplianceGHAZI is apparently thing again today:

Should I start to bug Jay about why nobody in the Lamestream Media seems to care about who might've received "CLINTONEMAIL.COM" -domain emails while she was conducting State dept. business and thought nothing odd about it at the time?

Realize it's a pet peeve of mine, but I continue to assert that it's a valid thing to investigate. and I continue to believe that at least a few people yelling and screaming about how wrongity-wrong it was for her to have had a personal email account for such things, received such messages, or were at least copied on someone's forwarded email with that information.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@KUTGF @Visual_Cortex

Emails are sent to someone or someones

I dunno, our Capt. Obvious told me weeks ago that not only is he certain that Hils never sent such emails to people outside of her inner circle and thus they never found their way to any GOPers or their staffers, but that I obviously just "don't know how these kinds of people operate" to imagine otherwise.

In that delightful way he has.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Visual_Cortex Why yes I can see how she could conduct ALL of her business by email and NEVER once send an email outside her "inner circle" of 1,000s. 


And we know that CO has seen the inner workings of the massively powerful in Forsyth County so you know that means he knows the ways of the "world".......  just not how to be reelected. 


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany @Visual_Cortex

Hey, I fully admit I might be completely off base here--maybe the email domain was always cloaked in such a way that nobody would've seen it. But I have some serious doubts about that.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Visual_Cortex  Agreed.  Emails are sent to someone or someones. 


And as 8 people died in a trainwreck (double that of Benghazi) when does the GOP start the investigation and hearings?

Maggot_Man
Maggot_Man

@Visual_Cortex Regardless of your political alliances nobody should feel comfortable with top-level government officials behaving this way. Democrat supporters seem to be so blinded by the need to get other people's money that unethical and/or illegal behavior is routinely rationalized away. Really, I don't know how these people live with themselves.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Maggot_Man @Visual_Cortex

I don't mean to give short shrift to the higher notions of transparency. FWIW, I thought the Hils' excuses for using a single domain for private and State Dept. emails was pretty lame. But they are what they are, and as others have pointed out, it's part of a very long, weasel-y tradition of providing information to us wretches on a need-to-know basis.

Paul42
Paul42

@Visual_Cortex

We should know by now it's not the facts of what happened, it's not what the laws and regs said, it's all about who can stand on the platform and get the most attention.

KUTGF
KUTGF

Hmmmmm....  still more threats of violence and retaliation in Waco and still no white leadership condemning these thugs. Where are the curfews? 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@KUTGF

where are the parents?

where are the ministers?

I have not personally heard these things myself so they are not happening!

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF You have one thing right. They are a bunch of thugs. 

Maggot_Man
Maggot_Man

@KUTGF I think we've kind of gotten to the point where we expect this stuff from fat middle-aged, and up, white guys with a bunch of tattoos and black leather jackets and Hogs.

alexander2
alexander2

@KUTGF Agree thugs!!!  Why "white" leadership ? Making this racial ? Why are you doing that?

Maggot_Man
Maggot_Man

@alexander2 @Maggot_Man Never thought to do that……just always saw immature middle-aged white guys with no jobs wreaking havoc on their Hogs.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@KUTGF They have arrested 170 already.  How many were arrested in Baltimore?  From a much larger crowd?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Maggot_Man @KUTGF Actually, there are some biker "gangs" around here that do some very charitable work.  Don't judge a book by its cover.

td1234
td1234

I guess Clinton was lying to the American people as well: 


"In Clinton's 1998 State of the Union Address, he warned Congress of Iraqi dictatorSaddam Hussein's possible pursuit of nuclear weapons:

Together we must also confront the new hazards of chemical and biological weapons, and the outlaw states, terrorists and organized criminals seeking to acquire them. Saddam Hussein has spent the better part of this decade, and much of his nation's wealth, not on providing for the Iraqi people, but on developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them. The United Nations weapons inspectors have done a truly remarkable job, finding and destroying more of Iraq's arsenal than was destroyed during the entire gulf war. Now, Saddam Hussein wants to stop them from completing their mission. I know I speak for everyone in this chamber, Republicans and Democrats, when I say to Saddam Hussein, "You cannot defy the will of the world", and when I say to him, "You have used weapons of mass destruction before; we are determined to deny you the capacity to use them again.[26] 

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex Until it gets into the thick heads of the progressive left that the intelligence said Saddam had WMD's so therefore the progressives are lying when they push the narrative that Bush lied to the American people to go to war. 

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 I guess those troops that have come home with problems due to chemical weapons means nothing? 


How would we have found weapons that had been moved to Syria or Iran? Where did the chemical weapons that Assad use recently come from? 

Maggot_Man
Maggot_Man

@Visual_Cortex @td1234 He should. It's a constant reminder that whatever fiasco we might portray the Iraq decision…..it was orchestrated from both sides of the isle….some of you just have to come to grips with the fact Olberman and Matthews and Maddow lied to you lame brains.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Shorter TD:  I will keep telling the lies and distortions until you accept my rewrite of history as truthiness!

td1234
td1234

@Doggone_GA You seem to want to forget that WMD's were NOT the only reason the US Congress on a Bi-Partisan basis gave GWB the authority to go to war. 

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex Where do you think the Chemical weapons that Assad has been using came from? 

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 You mean the UN inspectors that Saddam knew was coming for 6 months prior and had the chance to move his weapons around. LOL

Paul42
Paul42

@Visual_Cortex

And ignore the point that once there were inspectors on the ground to verify what they thought was there, the inspectors found NOTHING and still we invaded?

That's why he keeps making his lame point.  To do anything else undercuts his false beliefs and as has been noted many times, that's just too threatening for some to confront.

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

And we haven't found them since.  Or the production facilities.  Or the abandoned sites.

You're into diverting, td, as you won't address the major holes in your point.  

Seems part of a larger issue:  the need to never, ever acknowledge you were misled or believed something that was false and rather than admit it, you go to extraordinary lengths to keep the false front up.

We all have our binkies, I suppose - 

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

So your point is that when IAEA inspectors, who'd been on the ground for months searching for WMDs, said there was no evidence to back up the administration's claims, that it was the IAEA inspectors who were lying?

Or was it simply that there were elements in the Bush Administration who were pushing for war and WMDs was simply a pretext and Bush was in over his head with these guys?

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

Progressives repeated what they were told.

Then IAEA showed the assessment to be false.

Then progressives said they were wrong.

Conservatives ignored the latest information, went to war, got tens of thousands of Americans needlessly killed or wounded and continue to maintain the initial assessment, not the latest assessment, was correct.

That's it in a nutshell, td.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@td1234 @Doggone_GA I don't give a damn what the reason was.  They were stupid enough to give him the decision...he made it and he blew it.

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @td1234 WMD's was only one of about 18 or so reason Congress gave Bush permission to go into Iraq. 


Remember we had already had troops in the SA and the ME for 10 years to keep Saddam in his place. After the attack of 911 it was time to stop playing with the brutal dictators and take them out. 

td1234
td1234

@Doggone_GA Blew what? Bush won the war and Iraq was stable and heading into the right direction when he left office. 

idigalot
idigalot

Rumsfeld, via Reagan, perhaps. Delivered to Iraq in the 80s so Iraq could wipe out Iran, while Reagan sold missiles to Iran so they could go at Iraq. Sweet. What could go wrong?