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Few Kossacks probably know about the Savannah River Ecology Lab, but it has been a critical part of America's toolbox for understanding the effects of nuclear weapons generation on natural systems, AND for furthering the progress of ecological understanding in general. Eugene Odum did his classical work there that essentially set the stage for our modern understanding of Ecosystem Ecology, but the DOE now wants to end its over 50 year legacy....

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Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 11:12 AM PST

Hannity scared of Rocky

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Soooo, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson was scheduled to take on Sean Hannity tonight. Rocky's been calling for the impeachment of President Bush and was apparently going to debate ole Sean-y boy on that topic, but apparently Sean pulled the plug:

Mayor Rocky Anderson: "No clearer case for impeachment can be found than misleading our nation to engage in this tragic and illegal war."

He was scheduled to go on the Hannity and Colmes cable television show tonight to defend his position. But he told us late this morning that Hannity had canceled him.

Hmmm, I wonder what Sean could be so afraid of? Maybe losing against a very blue mayor from the reddest of red states would be a bad thing for ratings....anyone else know more about thise?

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If you ever had doubts about whether many of the arguments Democrats make are based in reality, or if the Republicans really had a corner on that market, take a gander at a little sidebar published in today's Nature magazine (subscription required):

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90% is the degree of certainty that global warming is being caused by human activity, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fourth assessment report.

Yes, yes, you already knew that, but check out what Congress thinks (after the fold)...

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I thought folks might want to know about this. I didn't read the original Nature paper, but it appears that our government is meddling again in the release of scientifically factual information to the public. This time it's information on hurricanes, and what can contribute to their intensity. The FAQ apparently includes comments on the role of global warming.

From the Democratic caucus Committee on Science page:

Ranking Member Gordon has learned that the report was already approved by all NOAA offices at the time the Commerce Department intervened.  Science Committee staff also learned that NOAA Administrator Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher had approved the report and it was to be released at the beginning of the hurricane season, which began June 1, 2006.  Instead, the report was held at the Department of Commerce until last week.  In the wake of the Nature article and a draft of the report being posted online at Science Climate Watch, NOAA rushed out the FAQ, posting it on their web site on September 28, 2006.

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Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 07:32 PM PST

It's NEVER over

by Science and Art

Not that anyone will pay attention, but I just feel like getting this one out...Is anyone else thinking what I'm thinking? The success of Daily Kos and other liberal blogs, the influence on primaries like Texas, the pressure to filibuster Alito, the potential to change the landscape this year and in 08...ALL are really genuinely exciting. They are exciting because we actually achieve some gains, but I wonder if anyone is feeling something I'm feeling...
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Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 12:29 PM PST

Rodriguez - MoveOn is IN

by Science and Art

MoveOn is IN! Apparently 84% of MoveOn members thought MoveOn should get involved in democratic primaries, so here they go! It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I for one think it's great...all part of taking the party and DC back from the lunatics currently in charge (OK, OK, maybe the party leaders aren't LUNATICS, but, well...)

CLICK HERE to go to MoveOn's page and give Ciro some money!

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So, the outrage over the Danish cartoons has grown since I last posted my question about how liberal-minded folks feel about the whole thing here.

Editor & Publisher has an interesting piece here.

From the first bullet in that piece:

* Four top editors at the New York Press, a weekly in New York City, resigned Tuesday after being ordered, they claim, to pull the Danish cartoons -- from an issue that centers on the dispute. Editor in chief Harry Siegel charged that the Press leadership "has suborned its own professed principles. For all the talk of freedom of speech, only the New York Sun locally and two other papers nationally have mustered the minimal courage needed to print simple and not especially offensive editorial cartoons that have been used as a pretext for great and greatly menacing violence directed against journalists, cartoonists, humanitarian aid workers, diplomats and others who represent the basic values and obligations of Western civilization."

More....

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Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 02:31 PM PST

Liberal confusion

by Science and Art

The recent row over the publication of the Danish cartoons depicting the muslim prophet Muhammed in less that holy ways (now picked up by the NYTimes) has made me think again about something that really gets under my skin with my liberal friends and colleagues.
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Apparently the Dems are NOT hearing from enough of us....CALL THE DEMOCRATS NOW!

From Raw Story:

"This is a fight for history, you can't just take the issue off the table," the aide continued. "Does the country understand what's at stake right now? Probably not. But they will when Alito does damage to our Constitution, and if we don't fight now, voters will say a pox on both our houses."

One aide said part of the problem is that Democratic senators haven't felt a groundswell of opposition from constituents. Polls show that Alito's nomination is supported by most Americans.

"People aren't engaged in this fight," one senior aide said. "The reality is this isn't something that American people are calling in droves about. We're getting more calls in on NSA spying than we are on Alito."

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From today's NYTimes reporting on Rove's speech to the RNC (ignoring for the moment the delicious potential for taking out this prophet of the RNC future), there's a quote from Ken Mehlman:

"Public service is a sacred trust - and we cannot allow it to be sullied by anyone, Republican or Democrat," he said. "As Republican chairman, I am proud of my party and loyal to our members. But if Republicans are guilty of illegal or inappropriate behavior, they should pay the price and suffer the consequences."

Fantastic. Take the recording and play it back over and over. I think we all agree that ALL of those guilty of illegal or inappropriate behavior should "suffer the consequences."

I love it...Now Mehlman's parroting DNC talking points.

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