Jan. 5th, 2012

last minute

Jan. 5th, 2012 09:29 pm
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One of the things I intended to do as soon as Denying Science went to press was to start posting here notices of the items that had arrived just too late for me to include mention of them in the book.

Of course, what happened next was that I was plunged into writing artist entries for the massive new edition of the The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and, more importantly, writing huge amounts of stuff for my own A-Z of Film Noir (or whatever this encyclopedia might eventually be called). Plans to do anything else -- like, say, take regular showers -- took a back seat.

Even so, I've been collecting all of those items. So what I plan to do is start posting links here to some of them. Be warned: many of these stories are out of date. Or are they? Some refer to corporate entities whose efforts to increase their profit margins at the expense of our kids and grandkids haven't changed a bit in the last year or two; the misbegotten US media might judge these stories as dead, because they're, oo, months and months old . . . but, hey, our world is supposed to be depicted as if through the lenses of an adolescent with attention deficit disorder?

Whatever, in lieu of writing natty little essays about antiscientific fuckwittery, I've decided to start posting useful links to places where people are doing this far better than I ever could or where the woo is so rampant that no commentary is necessary.

Some of these pieces are a bit old. So was Galileo . . .

Congress Nixes Climate Service

GOP lawmakers deny NOAA proposal to create central information hub

By Curtis Brainard

Campaign Desk, The Observatory — November 21, 2011 03:45 PM

Congress has denied the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) bid to create a promising "one stop shop" for data and information about climate, according to a scoop in The Washington Post.

NOAA's budget request for fiscal year 2012 (which began October 1) included a proposal to reorganize its existing climate capabilities and services into "a single point of entry" for users called the Climate Service. The stated goal was to "more efficiently and effectively respond to the rapidly increasing demand for easily accessible and timely scientific data and information about climate that helps people make informed decisions in their lives, businesses, and communities."

Despite the fact that the proposal did not call for any additional funding to establish the new office, Republican lawmakers opposed it every step of the way, according to the Post's Brian Vastag, who was seemingly the only reporter to spot Congress's decision to scuttle the Climate Service during budget negotiations last week.

Brainard has lots more to say on the subject here.

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