2005 Archive
 

12/11/05 Less than 10 percent of adult Americans, it is estimated, are in possession of basic scientific literacy.  (Click here to read the article)
12/08/05 Whether you believe in global warming or not, you know for sure that we (the U.S.) are using way too much fossil energy and cause too much pollution, while depleting the earth irreversibly.  So it should be a no-brainer to admit that we need to be more efficient and, while at it, cause less emissions.  Unfortunately, the troglodytes in charge of our energy policy think that we still burn wood branches in caves, and it is OK by them. (Click here to read the article)
12/01/05 There are limits to living off of the land.  The sooner we get it the longer we will survive as a species. (Click here to read the article)
11/28/05 In the end,  we devour the Caspian caviar. As long as this is legal here, the poor over there will kill the last female sturgeon to earn lots of money.  The extinction of sturgeon is a perfect example of how the rich countries kill remotely natural systems in the poor forsaken parts of the world.  Other examples are biodiesel fuel for Madagascar, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Columbia; soybeans from Brazil, Argentina, etc.  The good environmentalists here and in Europe are congratulating themselves!  (Click here to read the article)
11/27/05 I often wonder who is the real culprit in the worldwide environmental carnage we the Americans cause.  The unpleasant answers is obvious: it is I, my friends, and most other fellow citizens. If we do not slow down our global shopping spree, we will devour the earth and kill ourselves. (Click here to read the article)
11/25/05 A 100-ton benzene spill from a chemical plant cuts off water for 4 million people. This is what happens when sloppy industrial operations occur in densely populated areas. More to come? (Click here to read the article)
11/21/05 As someone who lived for 24 years in Upper Silesia, the biggest mining region in Poland, I can attest that there is no such thing as clean coal.  So if we do not cut fossil fuel use in the U.S., we will live in a very dirty environment indeed.  If the good Governor has his way, we will have to spend lots of additional  money on medical care for people with asthma, lung cancer, etc... (Click here to read the article)
11/21/05 As I have been saying for over a year, our automakers' inability to produce efficient modern cars will put them out of business.  The hard work on a hydrogen FREEDOM car, paid for with a multibillion dollar subsidy from the federal government (our pockets), will not keep these plants open, but the GM and Ford Priuses just might... (Click here to read the article)
11/20/05 The last stage of industrial civilization will involve the wholesale destruction of life-sustaining systems in exchange for industrial goods.  Thus the human race will extinguish itself in exchange for more gizmos and "economic growth".  How very sad. Can my children have their own children? (Click here to read the article)
11/15/05 California will suffer greatly from the high natural gas price and the eventual cutoff of the 3.6 TCF/year of natural gas piped into the U.S.  from Canada. Canadians will need that gas to develop their tar sands to sell us more oil so that we can drive our SUVs. (Click here to read the article)
11/11/05 The destruction of the world's rainforests will be hastened by a Government pledge to ensure that five per cent of fuel should come from "green" sources, conservationists said yesterday. (Click here to read the article)
11/10/05 The channelized Mississippi =  the destruction of wetlands and, occasionally, a New Orleans, or so. (Click here to read the article)
11/09/05  With corn spilling out everywhere, the Agriculture Department predicted last month that American corn growers would receive an average of $1.85 a bushel for their new corn, which would be the lowest price since the late 1990's.  So without ~24 billions of welfare out of our pockets, the farmers would go bankrupt producing corn no one needs while damaging the environment and using up the imported fossil fuels. Does it make sense?  (Click here to read the article)
11/07/05  A perfect example of how the naive uneducated people help to destroy the Earth, while professing their best intentions of saving her.  (Click here to read the article)
11/03/05 As I have been predicting for some time, the unreformed drug addict, US (read "us"),  will grab what is left to devour in Alaska.  What resources will we grab next? The soybean fields where the Amazon forest used to be? The Madagascar oil palm plantations where the unique species used to live?   The Pampas in Argentina, which used to be the last great grassland in the Western Hemisphere?  (Click here to read the article)
11/02/05 Here comes a single, 1 million dollar fuel cell Honda! This surreal advertisement article should be published next to the UFO sightings and proofs that corn ethanol will solve the automotive fuel problems in this very confused U.S. of A. How do we even begin to talk about our problems rationally?  (Click here to read the article)
11/01/05 "It is a kind of identity disorder I believe has its roots in a society that has drifted free from reality and is creating adolescents (and, I would venture, people of many ages) who are at most participant-observers in their own lives, with little genuine emotion - like actors playing themselves." (Click here to read the article)
10/30/05 Is China discovering that selling its collective lungs, liver, and kidneys for the green dollars will kill it?  (Click here to read the article)
10/28/05 The downsizing of petroleum industry has other  troubling side-effects.  First, the existing oil and gas fields are not produced in the best possible way and the stranded hydrocarbons are left there forever.  More complicated, but more efficient technical solutions are abandoned, and the search for new oil and gas has slowed down.  In an era of ever-increasing demand for crude oil and natural gas, we will discover with great pain that getting more hydrocarbons from existing fields is far more important than going after new ones that may not exist or are located in fragile, pristine environments. I might also add that I am the last petroleum engineer at U.C. Berkeley.  For all I know, after I retire, there will be no program here that deals even remotely with oil and gas.  I often wonder how all these smart new researchers in the new fields of science will be driving to work and who will power their smart labs? Now these labs dispose tons of contaminated plastic supplies every day. Where will this plastic come from?  Also, what will they eat? (Click here to read the article)
10/25/05 A mining company executive with conscience does exist! For a proof click here
10/25/05 Ice thawing in the Arctic is a good example of positive feedback in a highly nonlinear system. The results are going to be much worse than anyone could have predicted. Sounds familiar?  If not, please think New Orleans times many thousands.   (Click here to read the article)
10/24/05 Gold mining is a good example of what happens when humans work against the second law of thermodynamics to concentrate a very dilute resource. For one ounce of gold, miners dig up and haul away 30 tons of rock and sprinkle it with diluted cyanide, which separates the gold from the rock. Before they are through, miners at some of the largest mines move a half million tons of earth a day, pile it in mounds that can rival the Great Pyramids, and drizzle the ore with the poisonous solution for years. (Click here to read the article)
10/21/05 Selective logging added 60 to 128 per cent more damaged Brazilian tropical forest area than was reported for deforestation alone in the same study period.  The precious trees are going mostly to the U.S. What are we doing to this world of ours? The heroines of Sex in the City will not be able to live their expensive, empty lives in Manhattan if there are insufficient ecosystems out there to support them. (Click here to read the article)
10/16/05 Judging by what is happening at Berkeley, the days of public higher education are numbered. The current building spree on Campus cannot hide the sad observation that the existing buildings are very poorly maintained, the classrooms are obsolete and badly designed, there is almost no support staff, dearth of teaching assistants and student computer labs, and the engineering shops are almost gone. (Click here to read the article)
10/16/05 The hardwoods of Brazil are illegally imported to USA.  So our  beautifully decorated boardrooms and hardwood decks spell death for the most precious natural habitat on the Earth.  It is easy to put the blame of the Brazilian government for not enforcing the law.  Are the U.S. corporations enforcing the law when they buy cheaply the illegal lumber? (Click here to read the article)
10/14/05 A US engineer earns 12 times more that his/her equivalent in China and India.  Are our engineers 12 times better educated, knowledgeable, and efficient?  In general, the answer is absolutely not.  So please do work harder dear students or you will be jobless soon.  (Click here to read the article)
10/13/05 In my opinion, the erosion and corruption of US science are more serious and widespread than even this panel thinks (Click here to read the article)
10/09/05 Make no mistake, the production of synthetic crude oil from Canadian tar sands will be very costly in terms of resource use and environmental damage (Click here to read the article)
09/29/05 On the very day the accelerated ice melting in the Arctic was announced, the environmentally sensitive people of San Francisco were having fun with tens of tons of crushed ice on a hot fall day.  Hey, its the greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuels that made this ice! (Click here to read the article)
09/27/05 As I predicted quite some time ago, the unreformed drug addict, the US,  is going after what is left in what has been left alone because of the foresight of our grand-grand parents. (Click here to read the article)
09/25/05 Can you imagine another 20 years of Katrinas and Ritas? (Click here to read the article)
09/23/05 One million cars with only 10 meters of freeway per car on the average equals 10000 km of gridlock.  If two highway lanes are filled, that's 5000 km of parked cars.  If there are 4 freeways filled with cars, we have1250 km of car gridlocks.  1250 km is 780 miles, the distance from Houston past Amarillo, TX.  How about 2 million cars, campers, and trucks with huge motor boats?  (Click here to read the article)
09/12/05 "The discipline that the cold war imposed on America, by contrast, seems to have faded. Last year, we cut the National Science Foundation budget, while indulging absurd creationist theories in our schools and passing pork-laden energy and transportation bills in the middle of an energy crisis." (Click here to read the article)
09/11/05 Ethanol plants are polluting Iowa (Click here to read the article)
09/11/05 Disasters waiting to happen  (Click here to read the article)
09/11/05 The government killed more than 2.7 million "nuisance" animals last year, including starlings, black bears, coyotes and wolves, mainly because they threatened livestock or crops. (Click here to read the article)
08/31/05 A poll released yesterday found that nearly two-thirds of Americans say that creationism should be taught alongside evolution in public schools. (Click here to read the article)
08/26/05 "Americans will spend $600 billion this year on oil purchases - everything from gasoline and diesel to jet fuel and heating oil. In two years, the national oil bill has jumped by $210 billion, or 54 percent,..."  (Click here to read the article)
08/11/05 "The first major rewriting of fuel economy standards since they were created in the 1970's, will be released late this month. They are sure to renew vigorous debate about the nation's dependence on foreign oil, a matter underlined by rapidly rising oil and gas prices."  (Click here to read the article)
08/11/05 Oil hits $65 a barrel.  I am glad we have a new Energy Policy to help us consume even more crude oil (Click here to read the article)
08/10/05 A one million years standard for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Where did science go? (Click here to read the article)
08/05/05 Says Friedman: "Wow, I am so relieved that Congress has finally agreed on an energy bill. Now that's out of the way, maybe Congress will focus on solving our energy problem." (Click here to read the article)
08/05/05 As Howard Hayden observed several years ago, manufacturing capacity for photovoltaic cells is very, very small.  Today, Germany consumes 39 percent of all solar panels in the world, with Japan next at 30 percent and the United States a distant third at 9 percent. (Click here to read the article)
07/31/05 NASA shuttle problems: a harbinger of faith-based science and engineering? (Click here to read the article)
07/29/05  Our oceans are alarmingly over-fished (Click here to read the article)
07/28/05 EPA withholds a report on fuel efficiency of U.S. car fleet  (Click here to read the article)
07/28/05 The House passes Energy Bill.  The fossil energy drug super-addict, the U.S. (pronounced US), gets another fix  (Click here to read the article)
07/27/05 Learning from Lance.  Wow! (Click here to read the article)
07/25/05 In the proposed energy bill there is little to diminish the runaway consumption of fossil fuels in the U.S. (Click here to read the article)
07/21/05 "Over all, the United States has one of the highest high school dropout rates in the industrialized world, which can't be comforting news in the ferociously competitive environment of an increasingly globalized economy." (Click here to read the article)
07/17/05 The new hybrid cars were supposed to save gasoline, weren't they? (Click here to read the article)
07/16/05 We were supposed to have more efficient cars, weren't we? (Click here to read the article)
07/12/05 Now I face the possibility that my children will find their jobs outsourced to the very country their father left.  Others do to  (Click here to read the article)
06/19/05 How do you govern a country that does not believe anything it watches, hears, or reads? (Click here to read the article)
06/06/05 Class matters.  These graphics show wealth and tax burdens for the different segments of the U.S. society. (Click here to read the article)
06/06/05 Here comes the new competition for crude oil and natural gas.  Good or bad? (Click here to read the article)
06/06/05 "...thousands of American families might find it harder to qualify for financial aid this year and might be asked to contribute more money toward the cost of college because of changes to a complicated federal formula they barely know about, much less understand."  (Click here to read the article)
06/01/05 Fortress America of 2005.  How much things have changed since my visits to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw in 1978.  After getting through the Polish security, whose role it was to intimidate Polish citizens and discourage them from ever entering the Embassy, there I was surrounded by calm kindness and efficiency. I was so impressed with copies of the Newsweek in the lounge, and good coffee I was served while waiting for the Fulbright interviewer.  As a result of that interview I ended up devoting 25 years of my life to the prosperity of this U.S. of A. Today, I think about my future Ph.D. students from other countries, who may not be able to follow my path  (Click here to read the article)
05/29/05 "The educated elites are the first elites in all of history to work longer hours per year than the exploited masses...They send their children off to Penn, Wisconsin and Berkeley, bastions of privilege for the children of the professional class, where they are given the social and other skills to extend class hegemony." I usually disagree with Karl Marx and David Brooks, but what the latter author has written makes good sense  (Click here to read the article)
05/27/05  In June 1978, I was in Warsaw for the final interview at the U.S. Embassy after having won the fiercely competitive, prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. After the interview, Joanna and I went to the Lazienki Park. There we witnessed the plain-clothes thugs arresting two young students, just like us, who were collecting signatures for the Helsinki Watch Group. The Group's goal was to force the communist regime in Poland to adhere to the human rights convention it had signed in Helsinki. I watched the two being led away to an unmarked truck with no windows, and I still remember thinking calmly: "Well, now I am going to the U.S., and such violations of basic human rights could never happen there." How naive I was! Today Amnesty International is listing my new country, the U.S., as one of the major offenders of human rights, and calls the Guant´┐Żnamo detention camp the "Gulag of our times."  I am so deeply ashamed for all us. (Click here to read the article)
05/27/05 "I would call it an ecological crisis," said Zhang Mingquan, a professor at Lanzhou University who specializes in the region's hydrology. "The problem is the human impact. People are overusing the amount of water that the area can sustain." (Click here to read the article)
05/26/05 "The president's opponents have called him a lot of things, but "passive" with regard to climate change is certainly not accurate."   I guess, Orwell is having the last laugh... (Click here to read the article)
05/25/05 "America faces a huge set of challenges if it is going to retain its competitive edge. As a nation, we have a mounting education deficit, energy deficit, budget deficit, health care deficit and ambition deficit. The administration is in denial on this, and Congress is off on Mars. And yet, when I look around for the group that has both the power and interest in seeing America remain globally focused and competitive - America's business leaders - they seem to be missing in action. " (Click here to read the article)
05/13/05 Our fiscal attention deficit disorder will come back to haunt US...  (Click here to read the article)
05/13/05  Let's face it,  the quality of higher education is not what it used to be in the US. The incoming students are ill-equipped to cope with the sciences, and our universities are becoming intensive care units, a steep downgrade from the remedial clinics they used to be a while ago.   'The U.S. used to dominate these kinds of programming Olympics,' said David Patterson, president of the Association for Computing Machinery and a computer science professor at the University of California at Berkeley. 'Now we're sort of falling behind.' " (Click here to read the article)
05/01/05 At these prices the poor get poorer, and the rich get college. (Click here to read the article)
05/01/05 An upper limit of national debt can be defined. What is a reasonable estimate of the total national debt in the U.S.? (Click here to read the article)
04/29/05  As a professor of a chronically underfunded, understaffed, underinvested, and overworked top public university in the U.S., I can only add this to Thomas Friedman's statements: The U.S. universities are going  the way of high schools... (Click here to read the article)
04/28/05 Our children watch TV, not birds.  When I run in the Redwood Park, I see some young people with ipods and cell phones, walking like zombies, and oblivious to the singing birds and beautiful views.  Damage has been done...(Click here to read the article)
04/27/05 By rapidly degrading the environment and destroying the delicate reciprocal controls of the earth's ecosystems, humans will inevitably hasten emergence of new, unknown to us, viruses and bacteria.  These viruses will become the fastest regulators of human overpopulation on the earth.  There are good evolutionary reasons for saying so.  An example of these emerging viruses can be found in linked article.  (Click here)
04/26/05 "Saudi Arabia's plan, which it began discussing publicly weeks ago, calls for spending up to $50 billion to increase its maximum sustainable production capacity to 12.5 million barrels a day by 2009, and to 15 million in the subsequent decade, from about 10.8 million barrels now. The Saudis are currently pumping about 9.5 million barrels a day."  So the Saudis think that drawing down a finite resource at a higher rate is sustainable (or even more sustainable), as opposed to drawing it down at the current rate, which is not sustainable.  By spending $50 billion, the Saudis will only buy a short plateau in the production rate, followed by an even faster decline.  Such are the laws of physics, which must be obeyed by all politicians, even by those with a private and special relationship with God or Allah.  (Click here to read the article)
04/18/05 The North and South Pars gas fields contain about 10-15% of all conventional natural gas in the world. Do the authors really think that Washington would ever look kindly at sending this gas to India, and not keep it for later use in the U.S.?  Of course, not.  It is therefore more expedient for Washington to sell India a nuclear reactor or two, never mind the pesky proliferation issues. And this is precisely the U.S. proposal.  (Click here to read the article)
04/16/05 Health officials urged yesterday that children and women of child-bearing years avoid eating a half-dozen species of fish caught in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountain regions. The fish are feared to be contaminated with mercury. (Click here to read the article)
04/16/05 Cleaner air?  Not necessarily (Click here to read the article)
04/15/05  MTBE has been detected in 1,861 water systems in 29 states, serving more than 45 million Americans. This is up from about 1,500 systems in 19 states in November 2003. Per customer of United Water in Woodbury, Conn., it costs $500/yr in the first year and $125/yr thereafter to clean drinking water.  (Click here to read the article)
04/15/05 China has problems with genetically altered rice (Click here to read the article)
04/14/05 Chinese peasants protest against environmental devastation.  China has been vigorously converting its life-supporting environment into paper dollars.  Now the Chinese workers are discovering that they cannot breath, drink, or eat these dollars, especially when so many of them have also cancer.  Just think that we in the U.S. despair because we have a trade deficit with China!  Somehow, I does not occur to us that we have effectively devoured most of the environment in China's poor interior.  So how will they go on living?  (Click here to read the article)
04/14/05 Here is a good example of the upcoming conflicts of the near future.  They will be fought over energy. (Click here to read the article)
03/30/05  Salmon farms help stock supermarkets but also breed parasitic sea lice that infect young wild salmon and could endanger other important ocean species such as herring, scientists said Tuesday. (Click here to read the article)
03/30/05  Earth may have suffered an irreversible damage. Humans are damaging the Earth at such an unprecedented rate that the strain on the planet may destroy about two-thirds of its ecosystem services, according to a landmark international study.  (Click here to read the article)
03/29/05  If you want to see how the future of the competition for energy will look like se this article  (Click here to read the article)  
03/29/05  "Foes of evolution and the Big Bang in this country do not operate with the direct and brutal actions of the Taliban. They have marketing skills. Openly condemning evolution as blasphemous might play well to the fundamentalist true believers, but it wouldn't play well in the heartland, which is the real target. Thus the spurious argument is created that evolution isn't good science." (Click here to read the article)  
03/22/05  "Corruption is pervasive in China," said Larry Lang, a professor of finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. "A lot of state-owned companies have been simply stripped clean." (Click here to read the article)
03/21/05 Car emissions, what emissions? (Click here to read the article)
03/19/05  "The fight over evolution has reached the big, big screen.  Several Imax theaters, including some in science museums, are refusing to show movies that mention the subject - or the Big Bang or the geology of the earth - fearing protests from people who object to films that contradict biblical descriptions of the origin of Earth and its creatures." (Click here to read the article)
03/19/05 False data on Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository?  (Click here to read the article)
03/19/05 The effects of China's global thirst for energy is evident along one of the largest and most important rivers in Asia,  the Mekong River (Click here to read the article)
03/15/05  The earth is just about half-depleted from its easy-to-get conventional crude oil, and the demand for this oil is growing exponentially. One does not need to be an expert to understand that the oil price can only go up from here, unless there is a major breakdown of the world economy. Norway knows this, and depletes its much larger per capita reserves slowly and carefully. We, on the other hand, like a proverbial drunk or drug addict want to drain fast the last large endowment of conventional crude oil on the North American continent. Some of our leaders have made convincing arguments that the drug addict, our society, needs a fix now to carry on with its habit until something really bad happens. So how about a different solution? First we go on an intensive detoxification therapy (more efficient cars, for example), and only when we sober up, we may go on to drain the last ever large bank account we have.  On the other hand, sober people make rational decisions and, perhaps, we will leave the ANWAR untouched. (Click here to read the article)
03/13/05  "...the United States may be discovering what the British found in their imperial heyday. If you are a truly powerful empire, you can borrow a lot of money at surprisingly reasonable rates. Today's deficits are in fact dwarfed in relative terms by the amounts the British borrowed to finance their Global War on (French) Terror between 1793 and 1815. Yet British long-term rates in that era averaged just 4.77 percent, and the pound's exchange rate was restored to its prewar level within a few years of peace. " (Click here to read the article)
03/13/05 Government propaganda.  Since I lived in Poland once, I knew that one could never trusts the prepackaged government propaganda displayed on staged shows called the Evening News.  Now a quiet cooperation between the U.S. government and private broadcasting corporations leads  to the same phenomenon in our country.  The only difference is that most people who watch Fox News or alike have no inkling that they see propaganda paid for with their tax money.  I guess now I should watch the Polish TV-1 on satellite to get the truth...(Click here to read the article)
03/12/05  "In his new book, "American Mania: When More Is Not Enough" (W. W. Norton & Company), Dr. Whybrow argues that in the age of globalization, Americans are addictively driven by the brain's pleasure centers to live turbocharged lives in pursuit of status and possessions at the expense of the only things that can truly make us happy: relationships with other people." (Click here to read the article)
03/12/05  This one is an observation of our society's customs, some good some bad "We've got a president whose personal philosophy is: freedom is God's gift to humanity, but bedtime is 9:30". (Click here to read the article)
03/12/05  "When environmentalists are writing tracts like "The Death of Environmentalism," you know the movement is in deep trouble." (Click here to read the article)
03/02/05  NYT National Briefing NEVADA: WATER FOR LAS VEGAS A plan to pipe water to Las Vegas from rural Nevada could cost more than $2 billion, according to a preliminary estimate released by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. The price includes 461 miles of pipeline, four pumping stations and about 200 miles of power lines to be built over the next decade or more. Officials said the project could supply Las Vegas with at least 240,000 acre-feet of water a year, more than two-thirds of its annual allotment from the Colorado River. (AP)
02/25/05  Reality Check: "People like myself - members of what one scornful Bush aide called the "reality-based community" - tend to attribute the right's electoral victories to its success at spreading policy disinformation. And the campaign against Social Security certainly involves a lot of disinformation, both about how the current system works and about the consequences of privatization."  (Click here to read the article)
02/24/05  The Shrinking Dollar: "When a country lives on borrowed time, borrowed money and borrowed energy, it is just begging the markets to discipline it in their own way at their own time. As I said, usually the markets do it in an orderly way - except when they don't". (Click here to read the article)
02/16/05  Kyoto Agreement:  Even in the United States, which formally rejected the pact in 2001, a growing number of companies regard mandatory reductions as inevitable. It is a future they must prepare for, whatever the politics of the moment. (Click here to read the article)
2/20/05 Amtrac Goes Bankrupt?  In 1945, the U.S. could run its economy and military on domestic oil.  In 2005, the domestic oil supply will run out in late April. In 1945, we had a well-developed passenger railroad system and no exurbs.  Today we have a massive highway gridlock and failing Amtrac.  In 1945, there was an abundant supply of petroleum in the world, today we are facing the peaking supply and robust competition from China and India. So one might think that now is the time to strengthen and expand public transportation.  Not so, says Bush Administration... (Click here to read the article)
2/19/05 A Leader Will Arise: "President Bush, who hasn't vetoed a single thing during his presidency, now threatens to veto something - and it's something that might actually restrain the growth of government. He threatens to use his first veto against an idea he himself originally proposed!" (Click here to read the article)
2/13/05 No Mullah Left Behind: "We need a grass-roots movement. Where are college kids these days? I would like to see every campus in America demand that its board of trustees disinvest from every U.S. auto company until they improve their mileage standards. Every college town needs to declare itself a "Hummer-free zone." " (Click here to read the article)  
2/09/05  "Iowa would be a great place to live, if only the air and the water weren't polluted and you could be sure you wouldn't find yourself living next to 10,000 sows in a hog prison. There was a time, well within my dad's memory, when Iowa's agriculture was diversified and when the towns were rich in a culture of their own devising." (Click here to read the article)  
2/1/05 "...In Japan, something like 96 percent accept evolution," he said. Even in socially conservative, predominantly Catholic countries like Poland, perhaps 75 percent of people surveyed accept evolution, he said. "It has not been a Catholic issue or an Asian issue."  (Click here to read the article)  
1/30/05 "Economists and historians have long recognized the importance of balance in a nation's spending priorities. Over time, those spending decisions help determine the trajectory of a nation's prosperity and power. A country can run into trouble, for instance, if it consumes too much in military spending and starves its economy of investment. If such a pattern continues, that country's economy won't be productive enough to support further military spending; ultimately, its military will weaken and its power will decline." (Click here to read the article)
1/23/05 So what is happening to the informed scientific discourse in academia?  Is it going the way of teaching Darwinism in public schools? (Click here to read the article)
1/23/05 School boards need to recognize that neither creationism nor intelligent design is an alternative to Darwinism as a scientific explanation of the evolution of life. (Click here to read the article)
1/19/05 Many liberals mistakenly believe that these controversies are largely a product of the post-1980 politicization of the Christian right. In fact, the elected anti-evolutionists on local and state school boards today are the heirs of eight decades of fundamentalist campaigning against Darwinism through back-door pressure on textbook publishers and school officials. (Click here to read the article)
1/16/05   In a November 2004 CBS News Poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans said they favored teaching creationism alongside evolution in schools.  This antiscientific and anti-education attitude is now seen in the decisions made by some school boards of public schools. (Click here to read the article)

 

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