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NOAA’S ARK IS BECOMING A REALITY

Fearing Trump will delete climate data, scientists are banding together to archive whatever they can:

“…news broke that the incoming Trump administration’s EPA transition team does indeed intend to remove some climate data from the agency’s website.”

When politics, religion and profits gain power over science and reason, it puts the entire world in danger.

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A geophysicist in the 1970s doing a geophysical survey of the border between Finland and Norway discovered that Finland’s highest elevation point was on a slope directly on the border - and the peak of that mountain was actually just a couple meters across the border in Norway. He then proposed the idea of having Norway agree to give Finland this mountain peak as a present, eventually walking across all of Norway to lobby to give them the mountain and settling on 1917, the 100th anniversary of Finland’s founding as a nation. That would give Finland a new highest point and a new mountain. Once the idea was around, they began having to figure out how to actually go about legally making this plan happen - how do you convince a country to give up a mountain?

anonymous asked:

with the inauguration coming up i was wondering if you knew more about pete wentz and politics?? you seem to be the go-to person

well for starters pete’s been political since the moment he was conceived and we can always thank joe biden for that, both of his parents being legislative assistants during his first term (x)(x). pete majored in political-science for three years while in college before getting serious with fall out boy and didn’t believe he had been politically active until 2008 while campaigning for obama despite his frequent prior involvement via music and publicity. pete and andy alongside fall out boy were also both apart of the band racetraitor in chicago’s underground music scene which “discussed issues like white privilege, class privilege, the war on drugs and biases in the us criminal justice system, inequities in economic globalization, and us foreign policies in latin american and the middle east. the name racetraitor was in reference to using one’s social and economic privilege to create a more egalitarian world.” (wikipedia being the best information accumulation, same for anything on arma angelus with tim mcllrath from rise against and eventually joe)

but many of fall out boy’s messages have generally always been mingled with political agendas and subtle cues all mixed up with relationship woes and the realism of mental illness, many times autobiographically.  obviously these things have always been the punk staple point and aren’t exclusive to fall out boy but particularly between 2001-2009 (and especially with folie a deux) there was emphasis. there’s been some analysis on how 9/11 was the catalyst for the foundation of early 2000′s emo as well.

folie a deux in particular though was written as a giant middle finger to the bush administration and this can be seen scattered throughout the album through a specific lense (x). as mentioned in the link i would suggest reading into the wars in afghanistan and iraq and the history that trails back to george w. bush’s father and their politics in the middle east. the album’s references are meant to be subtle and left to interpretation by the listener but many are very blatant like in 20 dollar nosebleed.

let’s not forget you’re crashing but you’re no wave from infinity on high which is about the trial of fred hampton jr. who was falsely accused of arson in a rigged trial in the aftermath of rodney king’s murder in 1993. fred hampton jr. was the son of fred hampton who was the leader of the illinois black panthers and was assassinated in his sleep by chicago pd. pete worked with a volunteer legal organization in chicago during the case and was inspired to write a song that further emphasized him as a black nationalist.

often times pete’s vocal disdains would show themselves in humor or subtle references - particularly in these two videos: this interview where he mentions that people care and know more about the media and celebrities than they do about the war in iraq – and goes on to examine a doll of george w. bush saying, “i hate this guy. this is the guy who runs hell when the devil’s up here hanging out.” the second stemming from kanye west during the hurricane katrina relief concert which pete again references in this video as a mock interviewer (3:50-4:05).

as mentioned before, pete was very politically active during obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. this involved encouraging voters to read about their candidates and developing a relationship with them and also to do something as simple as canvassing door-to-door as his father was doing in florida and columbus, ohio. he threw a campaign fundraiser in chicago, saying i have never really gotten involved in politics before. even in college, everyone just wanted to go out and get drunk and make bad decisions, sort of like we did when we elected george w. bush eight years ago. and to me, the goal of the event is to expose obama to people who may have misconceptions about him. for example, someone on our web site said, ‘i heard if he’s elected, he’s going to bomb the middle east,’ and i was like, ‘uh, no… that’s what our current president did.

Not to mention Rick Perry couldn’t name the Department of Energy as one of the agencies he wanted to eliminate if he ever became president. 

princeofspaceblr  asked:

Do you have a particular reason for hating "pop science" as you call it? It seems to me like the act of simplifying these concepts so that the average person can understand them would help more people learn about -and get drawn into- science.

I’m not as militantly opposed to pop science as I used to be. My main issues were with reporting on AI and neuroscience, which I think gives a distorted view of both, but which honestly aren’t especially dangerous. AI in particular is more of a victim of science fiction’s portrayals of it, which is reflected in popular discussions of it.

Pop science can draw people into science itself, but it doesn’t usually give an accurate view of the scientific process. It doesn’t show how political science is, how results are actually arrived at, how scientists can misconstrue their results, or deliberately alter them, to produce conclusions agreeable to them or their sources of funding. This is particularly a problem in social sciences, but the whole problem of cargo cult science exists everywhere. What this does, in my view, is turn scientists into priests, and science into a religion. It doesn’t show how messy science is. It gives scientists an authority I don’t think they deserve.

A lot of my anti-popsci stances were driven by mistrust of scientists as “elite” figures in society. Given how popular discourse has turned against expertise, though, with the election of Donald Trump and the rise of an “anti-science” fringe, I think science is increasingly worth defending. I also think that we have to be sober about what science can and can’t accomplish, which the New Atheist and popsci view doesn’t really keep in mind. I don’t see science as a universal arbiter of truth, but I do think it’s one of the most successful tools we have at getting to the truth, if that makes sense.

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“I love fantasy and science fiction, preferably with a female protagonist or strong female characters. I also like books that have diverse characters. I love a good story, and I also like some leanings towards political science/philosophy. I love young adult lit, as well. I love the Harry Potter series and the His Dark Materials series, also Lord of the Rings. Some favorite recently read books include Too Like the Lightening, the Imperial Radch Series (Ancillary Justice, etc.), and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.”

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Being an anarchist in political science classes is fucking great, watching professors do the delicate dance of “tyranny is unjust, but like we need a little bit of it or else the evil lower classes will go mad with power”

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Trump picks anti-vaxxer to lead commission on vaccine safety

  • Trump on Tuesday asked a prominent anti-vaxxer to lead a commission on vaccine safety.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of Bobby Kennedy, said he agreed to lead the commission, which will seek to ensure there is “scientific integrity in the vaccine process for efficacy and safety effects,” Kennedy said.
  • Kennedy believes vaccines have led to a rise in autism, a claim that’s been debunked by doctors and scientists.
  • Kennedy told reporters Tuesday that Trump “has some doubts about the current vaccine policies.” Read more

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Obama transferred $500 million to a climate fund three days before Trump takes office

  • With just three days left in his term Obama is taking steps to safeguard the historic Paris climate agreement — to the tune of $500 million.
  • On Tuesday, Obama transferred the sum to the Green Climate Fund, a trust created in 2010 to allow wealthy countries to financially assist developing nations in reducing emissions.
  • The United States has pledged a total of $3 billion to the fund. Combined with an earlier $500 million payment made in March 2016, the U.S. still owes $2B — a debt of which President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to pay none. Read more
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Trump says “nobody really knows“ if climate change is real. Yes, they do and yes, it is.

  • In a Fox News interview on Saturday, Trump insisted “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real.
  • This is contrary to a near-universal consensus by scientists.
  • When asked  to clarify his position on climate change, Trump responded, “I’m very open-minded. I’m still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast.”
  • Peer-reviewed research into climate change papers and experts consistently find there is a “97–98% consensus that humans are causing global warming” among the scientific community. Read more

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The Energy Department is standing up to Trump’s request for names of climate workers

  • Trump’s transition team requested a list of Dept. of Energy employees involved in implementing Obama’s climate agenda.
  • The energy agency is refusing to comply.
  • Trump’s transition team had submitted a 74-point questionnaire to the agency’s leadership asking for the names of those employees.
  • The team also sought to identify the professional affiliations of all DOE lab workers.
  • On Tuesday, agency spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder told Reuters staff were “unsettled” by the request and the agency will not be complying. Read more

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How scientists reacted to the US election results
Trump victory generates shock, disbelief and fear of funding cuts.

Researchers expressed concern over the future of climate science.

“With a climate skeptic as President and a creationist as vice-president, scientists can only be worried.” —Albert Descoteaux, a biologist studying host-parasite reactions at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

“President-elect Donald Trump’s stance on global warming is well known. Science cannot expect any positive climate action from him. The world has now to move forward without the US on the road towards climate-risk mitigation and clean-technology innovation.” —Hans Joachim Schellnuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact in Germany, in a press statement.

“The kind of work we are doing here [at the United Nations’ COP22 climate meeting] today takes a new importance right now. Political events do not and cannot change the reality of climate change.” —Philip Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

And some scientists had more existential worries.

“Unlike the day after the EU referendum vote, when I was bitterly upset, I just feel numb today. I don’t know if that is a kind of despair settling in because despair is precisely the wrong type of reaction to Trump winning the presidential election. Throughout the campaign he showed himself to be a facist and racist, who bragged about his mis-treatment of women. He showed scant regard for truthfulness and espoused denialist views on climate change. It seems unlikely that the scientific and research prowess of the USA will flourish under such a president.” —Stephen Curry, a structural biologist at Imperial College London.

Thousands of researchers and government contractors like me, here in DC, are going to lose our jobs!

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The Weather Channel is so done with Breitbart’s climate denial bullshit

  • In a Nov. 30 article, Breitbart used a Weather Channel video to stoke climate change conspiracy theories.
  • In the story, columnist James Delingpole accused climate change “alarmists” of “icy silence” on reports that global temperature saw its “steepest fall on record” this year.
  • To support their claims, Delingpole embedded a video from the Weather Channel about La Niña impact on winter in New England.
  • Not so fast, said the Weather Channel.
  • In a note to Breitbart, Weather Channel staff wrote point-blank: “Earth is not cooling, climate change is real and please stop using our video to mislead Americans.”
  • The Weather Channel called the Breitbart article a “prime example of cherry-picking” information. Read more

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