Daily Archives: October 18, 2010

Please help with a science survey

A colleague at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Studies at Loma Linda has asked me to pass this on to you:

IMPORTANT SURVEY ON ATTITUDES TOWARD THE ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION – Your help is needed! The Loma Linda University Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Studies is conducting a groundbreaking survey on attitudes toward the environment and conservation, particularly of those who love plants and animals. The results from this study, to be published in a professional journal, will contribute to our understanding of the role of plants and animals in society. Participants are urgently needed to complete the survey, which should take about 5-10 minutes of your time. Please click on this link.

Stimulating Hypocrisy: Scores of Recovery Act Opponents Sought Money Out of Public View

As expected, the liars, I mean Republicans (and Blue Dog Dems) who opposed the recovery act still wanted the recover act. They only wanted to look like they opposed it while they took advantage of it.

Rep. Pete Sessions, the firebrand conservative from Dallas, Texas, has relentlessly assailed the Democratic-passed stimulus law as a wasteful “trillion dollar spending spree” that was “more about stimulating the government and rewarding political allies than growing the economy and creating jobs.”

But that didn’t stop the Republican lawmaker from reaching his hand out behind the scenes to seek stimulus money for the suburb of Carrollton after the camera lights went dark and the GOP campaign against the 2009 stimulus law quieted down.

… and so on and so forth …

Ira Flatow Interview: Mark Your Calendars for Sunday, October 24th …

… for the truly ungodly time of 9:00 AM Central Time to listen to Air America’s “The Voice of Minnesota” Atheist Talk Radio Show on KTNF AM 950.


Ira Flatow (photo)

aDNA (that’s “art-DNA”) artist and sciJournalist Lynn Fellman and I will have a conversation with Ira Flatow of Talk of the Nation’s Science Friday about science communication, media, and the role of media.

The idea for having this conversation originated with the recent news of changes in the support available for Ira Flatow’s show. To get the latest information about this (and to learn how we all overreacted to the scary news that important funding was vaporizing!) have a look at Ira’s blog post on the topic.

You may not be able to listen live to this station station from where you are. I don’t even get it from where I am and I’m in the same metro area. But you can listen to it live on the KTNF web site, although I believe for reasons of FCC regulation ([snark] they do such a great job, don’t they? protecting our civic interests and stuff all the time, the FCC?[/snark]) you have to live near the station to listen to it on line. The special super dooper security system to check this is you enter “your” Minnesota zip code (like, for instance, 55433 or whatever) into the box and then the web page knows you live near but not too near the station.

In any event, Minnesota Atheists web site will have the podcast a few days after the show is over. Here. Check my blog every few minutes for more information on that.

Please use the social networking buttons below to spread the word about this show to all your friends and family. Thank you very much.

Typhoon Megi

We have been watching the Atlantic but ignoring the rest of the tropical storm world, mainly because that (the Pacific storms) is not an area of interest or experience for me. But you should know about this:

The strongest cyclone in years to buffet the Philippines knocked out communications and power as residents took shelter Monday, while flooding in Vietnam swept away a bus and 20 of its passengers, including a girl pulled from her mother’s grasp by the raging waters.