A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science

In recent years, scientists who work for and advise the federal government have seen their work manipulated, suppressed, distorted, while agencies have systematically limited public and policy maker access to critical scientific information. To document this abuse, the Union of Concerned Scientists has created the A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science.

[From A to Z Guide to Political Interference in Science]

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this is a great resource. we need more work like this to be present in the world. People have to know that not everything presented as knowledge is not political… in fact, i’d say none is apolitical, but the type of politics is the question, this site highlights the real partisan politics type of interference.

Aardvarchaeology : US Politics Have No Left Wing

So, believe me, US politics don’t have a Left. Looking at the presidential candidates, I am frankly appalled. None of them would be a viable politician in Sweden. They all support the death penalty, none advocates strict gun control and all make frequent mention of their religious beliefs in public. These are extremist stances. Not even the tiny Christian Democrat party mentions God publicly in Sweden, for fear of alienating the pragmatic rationalist majority.

[From Aardvarchaeology : US Politics Have No Left Wing]

there is a left… but… it can’t get into public politics anymore. It is impossible there is a media lockout and thus a popularity lockout. There is no more left newspapers, no more left tv, there is just the center-right. It makes no sense, but it is a form of cartelism leaning toward corporatism ala possible fascism, that determines this relationship between media and politics. The cartelism is centered in religious, military, and related tight networks. Or at least that is my hypothesis.

Blog for Choice Day 2008

Today, on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are asking pro-choice bloggers to join us for Blog for Choice Day!

Blog for Choice Day provides us with an opportunity to raise the profile of reproductive rights in the blogosphere and the media, while celebrating Roe’s 35th anniversary. Plus, it’s a great way to let your readers and the mainstream media know that a woman’s right to choose is a core progressive value that must be protected.

[From Blog for Choice Day 2008]

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For me, women have a right to their bodies, have a right to make decisions about their own lives, what people should know, and what communities have involvement in. The Right to Choose, and it is a right, is a right to one’s own body, the right to religious freedom, the right to privacy. It is a fundamental and basic liberty, and a basic construction of equality of the sexes. Without the right to choose, we are basically making women into a different class of people, a class divided on gender and reproduction and a class that is subservient to the master that is the state/husband acting in the interests of the unborn which until born in my view, has no rights outside the rights the bearer gives it. The movement to take away and/or subvert the rights and equalities of women through the operationalization and politicization of the rights of the ‘not alive’ to me is clearly wrong for a liberal society.

Crooks and Liars » Justice, Guantanamo Style

Crooks and Liars » Justice, Guantanamo Style:
This is justice Guantanamo style. This is the process that the government contends is the functional equivalent of habeus corpus. It’s a joke. The question is whether the Supreme Court will have the courage to say so.

just remember … this is not them doing it… torturing people… if you are and american from the u.s., this is us. we allow this to happen, and we should be ashamed. this could be your mom or dad being tortured, or your son or daughter, as it surely is for someone. torture is horrible and wrong and never justifiable.

Patrick Tillman Was Murdered?

Patrick Tillman Was Murdered?:
But it comes from the AP:

Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman’s forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player’s death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

“The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described,” a doctor who examined Tillman’s body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.

The doctors – whose names were blacked out – said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.
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umm, if this is a government cover-up … it is hugely problematic, but not more problematic than the reason pat tillman was in afghanistan to begin with… that the army and the office of the president would seek to cover this up is intolerable. how can the army trust them anymore, how can we?

this has more of the findings of the report.

The ReDistricting Game

The ReDistricting Game:
“The polarization and poisonous atmo-sphere that have infected the House of Representatives for the past two decades or more can be traced — in large part — to the manner in which district lines are drawn in most states.”
– Les Francis, former Exec Director of the Democratic National Committee

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cool

Feminism Friday: Using pregnancy to criminalize womanhood at Pandagon

Feminism Friday: Using pregnancy to criminalize womanhood at Pandagon:
Of course, the other part of this is redefining what a child is, taking women’s participation in the creation of one out of the picture and relegating pregnant women to the role of mere incubators for children that men make. To call something a “child” from the moment a man shoots his load and not after a woman has grown the child for 9 months in her body is part of the project of using pregnancy as a tool to dehumanize women and subjugate us to men.

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Pandagon calls it the way that I see it.