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  •  Jeers to those who forced science shutdowns (9+ / 0-)

    at three Antarctic research stations, South Pole, McMurdo, and Palmer, resulting in all science being put on hold, and some scientific projects being canceled for the entire year, including environmental and cosmological research. All three stations were put on caretaker status, and all non-essential personnel evacuated.

    Cheers to the Antarctic research programs that are going to reopen, as soon as the scientific teams can be reassembled and get down there.

    Shutdown ends, but some US Antarctic research still frozen

    Further jeers for all other interrupters (and also deniers) of science, and cheers to all of the scientists concerned and everybody else supporting their work, such as staff, management, colleagues, and taxpayers.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 08:08:36 AM PDT

    •  Sometimes it's better not to know? (4+ / 0-)
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      The Marti, mayim, Maudlin, diggerspop

      I do wonder sometimes (lying awake at 3 am, knowing I have to get up at 5:30 to catch the bus) if it's helpful to know so much about major catastrophes happening at us, when it's basically impossible to do anything about them. Would I want to know that I'm going to get Alzheimers in 20 years? or die in a car accident in nine months? Or lose my house in a hurricane sometime in the next ten years?  Or die of starvation and drought due to climate change? Or that an asteroid really is going to hit in 2032, ending life on the planet as we know it?

      So, you know, maybe shutting down all that science stuff is OK. Then the Texas Board of Education won't have to argue about whether to put the new information into textbooks.

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