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How fantastic does it feel to be part of a community which not only embraces science, but is happy to invest these kinds of precious resources in it?

The Science Bloggers Caucus, moderated by the brilliant and delightful Dr. Tara Smith, begins at 4:30 PM on Thursday, August 2, in room 106-a. This is a critical event where we discuss how best to harness our new media to promote legitimate science while preempting pseudo-scientific dreck.

Science Blogs will have an exhibit on the floor. SB signs up new bloggers from time to time. So, students, writers, bloggers, or scientists, consider stopping by to introduce yourself, see if there's any science bling, and make some contacts! Speaking of writing, a limited number of signed copies of the e-book Kosmos, brimming with science and exquisite artwork, will be at the YK Bookstore.

The YearlyKos 2007 Science Panel featuring author and journalist Chris Mooney, Dr. Sean Carroll, and my good friend Ed Brayton begins at 2:30 PM on Friday, August 3, in room 403 a & b. Chris Mooney will be signing his great new book Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, And The Battle Over Global Warming shortly after. Blogger/photographer Lindsey Beyerstein will be on hand to capture it in leptons. The next day is a science rich environment!

  • Energize America: From Concepts to Action
    Moderator: Adam Siegel
    Panelists: Jerome Guillet, George Karayanis, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauerv
    Saturday (August 4) 9:15 AM, room 401a, b, & c
  • Global Warming Politics

    Moderator: David Roberts
    Panelists: Bill McKibben, Kit Batten,  U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee
    Saturday at 10:30 AM, room 105a, b, &c

  • Bird Flu: The Hope, The Hype and the Science

    Moderator: Dr. Greg Dworkin AKA Daily Kos contributing editor DemFromCT
    Panelists: Michael Greger, Laura Segal, Dave Ozonoff
    Saturday at 9:15 AM, room 101a & b

  • Forging Links to an Alternative Food Chain

    Moderator: Jill Richardson AKA popular diarest Orangeclouds
    Panelists: Kerry Trueman, Marion Nestle, Tom Philpott, U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey
    Saturday at 9:15 AM, room 402a & b

How good does it feel? For those who made YKC 07 possible, know that many of us in the science blogosphere and beyond feel more than ever like we've finally found our way home, basking at last in your warm glow of kindness and fellowship, after being away for a long, long, time. And so, I believe I can speak for all the moderators and panelists above when I say we're each tremendously excited to be able to return the favor, to share our fascination of the natural world, and the solutions to looming problems that science offers, with you!  

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 03:05 AM PDT.

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  •  Here (28+ / 0-)

    today, soaking in the kindness and accord found on Dkos and Yearly Kos, I feel no anger, no resentment, not even a shred of irritation at hatemongers like O'Reilly or Coulter. Perhaps one day most of those ensnared by the soul-corroding trap of extreme right-wing hatred will break free, and find their way to a warm, glowing home as well. Until then, I'm left feeling only pity that we have in such abundance what they so painfully lack.

    On YKC 07; I know some of you would love to be there, but can't make it. I’ll certainly do our my best to get some of the YKos science related material online in a timely manner, so that we can all take part and contribute. Ain’t blogs grand?

    Read UTI, your free thought forum

    by DarkSyde on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 02:57:49 AM PDT

  •  I can hardly wait! (3+ / 0-)
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    captainlaser, koNko, flumptytail

    Chris Mooney was a terrific speaker last year.

    End the Iraq occupation!

    by Unstable Isotope on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 03:18:18 AM PDT

  •  May they find that their hearts and homes can be (6+ / 0-)

    ... warm and glowing without their having to spurn the insights of humanity's most talented scientific minds.

    Catherine Faber's 2001 poem The Word of G-d:

    The Dutch children's choir Kinderen voor Kinderen (= “children for children”) is a world cultural treasure.

    by lotlizard on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 03:27:59 AM PDT

  •  The DKos science bloggers are (8+ / 0-)

    some of my favorite reads on this site.  I learn so much, and I'm moved to action against the attempt by our government to keep as many citizens as possible in scientific ignorance and fear.

    I will not be able to attend YKos this year, and I'm wondering how much of the convention will be available to those of us who can't be there.  Will there be videos of these marvelous panels and presentations available to the rest of us - or at least transcripts of the proceedings?

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 03:36:50 AM PDT

  •  Since there are way too many tantalizing choices (11+ / 0-)

    offered at YK2 and I'm at my wits end trying to decide what to attend, may I just run wildly from room to room the entire time?

  •  I so wish I could be there (3+ / 0-)
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    Makeda, Naniboujou, Judge Moonbox

    But alas, I must be absent to perform other Constitutional duties.

    Obstruction of Justice: Most people are idiots... But don't tell them. It'll spoil all the fun for those of us who aren't.

    by d3n4l1 on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 03:59:12 AM PDT

  •  Energize America,whats that about?n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    xaxnar, koNko

    have we hit bottom yet?

    by eddienic on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 04:04:26 AM PDT

  •  Can't be there but (2+ / 0-)
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    koNko, Judge Moonbox

    I wonder if someone would either diary on this or ask the question of our candidates as to where they stand on health care reform?
    Just read a new article out today that at the very least makes me want to know if all our prez candidates want universal/single payer health care!

    What's more, Democrats stopped advocating top to bottom changes in health policy.

    ``It's not the kind of rip it all up and start over approach that we saw in the early '90s,'' said Gruber, who has been advising Democrats on health care policy. ``That's just not what you're hearing now. You're hearing it from Michael Moore. But you're not hearing it from Hillary Clinton or Obama.'' Link

    (-7.50 -6.31) "Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. George Washington"

    by arkdem on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 04:40:04 AM PDT

    •  there's a health panel on 10:30 sat (3+ / 0-)
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      arkdem, koNko, Judge Moonbox

      and yes, that question is very appropriate. the presidential forum sat afternoon is the opportunity.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 05:15:18 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think they want single payer health care. (0+ / 0-)

      They're all afraid of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and they're also afraid of the influential people who make big campaign contributions.  This nation is definitely not run by ordinary people.  Most politicians only remember the public when elections roll around.  Also, people at the top of the economic ladder don't want a plan that forces them to rub elbows with the common folk.  This was defended recently on MSNBC when someone commented that if you're a Wall Street investment banker, you can get the best health care in the world.  Of course, if you're poor and unemployed you probably won't get any health care. Bragging about having the best health care in the world when it isn't available to everyone is barbaric.  Unfortunately, not everyone shares this opinion.  In some ways, Social Darwinism has won out.  

      •  It actually is about what WE want (0+ / 0-)

        Unfortunately, I did a DKos poll back a few weeks and 76% of DKossacks don't want single payer health care.

        That statistic made me realize why this issue is not getting the traction that NYCEve and Michael Moore and others should have gotten.

        Ninety percent of life is just showing up. Woody Allen
        The other 10% is homework. Anonymous student.

        by captainlaser on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 09:41:36 AM PDT

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        •  I'm not sure it's about what WE want. (1+ / 0-)
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          Do you think that the people in D.C. really care about what we want?  Are you sure your statistics are accurate?  Remember, people who hate something always seem to be much more motivated than people who favor it.  Some of them may work for insurance companies, or they may like the idea of getting special treatment because they can afford it.  I don't believe that most Americans don't want health care for everyone.  If they do, then my faith in the American people will be badly shaken.  We continue to brag that we're the values people, but sometimes I wonder which values are being talked about.  Doing what's right is not that hard or complicated.  It includes the recognition that it's unethical and barbaric to make a profit on somebody's life.  It's also wrong to make a profit on what doctors and nurses do.  Somebody has to get it right and understand that there is nothing more important to a society than good health care for everyone.  I cannot believe that a nation like ours is incapable of providing this.  Instead, they take our tax dollars and spend them on useless pork, tax breaks for corporations, and handouts of all kinds.  Just think of all the lobbyists we have in D.C. and how much they get paid to rip us off.  Something has to change in this nation because we're turning into a nation I don't recognize, a nation that always has money for war but seldom has money for the health of our citizens.  It's certainly not all about wars when we talk about protecting lives.  It's about being what we used to call civilized.  Right now, we're not.  If you don't believe it, look at our crime rate and consider how women and children are abused every single day.  Instead of our constant bragging about how great we are and that we have the best hospitals in the world, we need to do the things that prove we are, and that does not include making a profit on health care or providing excellent care only for those who can afford it.  It's just wrong and I pity anyone who doesn't understand how wrong it is.  

    •  Not very publicized, I guess (1+ / 0-)
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      But you can ask the candidates your questions via this form on the YK website.

  •  Science is not the GOP's friend (6+ / 0-)

    The Republicans don't really get along with science because the core of their belief system is essentially irrational. They say government doesn't work and is your enemy - and then say they're the best choice to run it. (Talk about self-fulfilling prophecy!) They say we need to be strong to face all the threats in the world so we can feel safe - then they keep telling us we should be afraid. And so on.

    Their campaigns are built on appealing to people's emotions, because they've learned (as marketers have known for years) that pitches that generate an emotional response tend to make people respond and ignore their better judgment - even if the facts don't back up that response.

    It's a bit like a gimmick Harry Harrison came up with in one of his novels about Bill the Galactic Hero. Bill ran up against a vicious life form like the one in the Alien movies - except the spawn that bursts out of people looks like a cross between a teddy bear and a cute little fuzzy duckling. The natural response is to go "Awwww" and try to hug it. Bad idea. Very Bad Idea.

    For another reason Republicans don't like science, check out this article in the Times today.

    Computer scientists from California universities have hacked into three electronic voting systems used in California and elsewhere in the nation and found several ways in which vote totals could potentially be altered, according to reports released yesterday by the state.


    Matthew A. Bishop, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis, who led the team that tried to compromise the machines, said his group was surprised by how easy it was not only to pick the physical locks on the machines, but also to break through the software defenses meant to block intruders.

    Professor Bishop said that all the machines had problems and that one of the biggest was that the manufacturers appeared to have added the security measures after the basic systems had been designed.

    By contrast, he said, the best way to create strong defenses is “to build security in from the design, in Phase 1.”

    The reports also said the investigators had found possible problems not only with computerized touch-screen machines, but also with optical scanning systems and broader election-management software.

    This is not the story Republicans want anyone to hear when their offiicial view is that  the problem is illegal voters electing Democrats, not elections stolen for Republicans - and they don't want anyone to wonder why strange things happened to vote totals in Ohio in 2004 or elsewhere. Science keeps contradicting them - that's why it's not their friend, and must be declared an enemy.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 04:49:09 AM PDT

    •  Ironic. (4+ / 0-)
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      The Republicans don't really get along with science because the core of their belief system is essentially irrational. They say government doesn't work and is your enemy - and then say they're the best choice to run it. (Talk about self-fulfilling prophecy!) They say we need to be strong to face all the threats in the world so we can feel safe - then they keep telling us we should be afraid. And so on.

      It's ironic since their policies are built on a virtual worship of Wealth; and so much of today's wealth is the fruit of scientific research. Look at oil; to find new fields to drill, you need to be a pretty knowledgable geologist. The aviation industry requires lots of scientifically literate employees; so does the automotive industry.

      I think they get this attitude because they love the end results of science but hate the discipline it requires. Look at the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum: they love the dinosaurs but hate evolution, so they come up with an absolute fairy tale of humans and dinos living together; and then guilt-trip us for saying that there's zero evidence that such dinotopias actually existed.

      The AiGCM also points to their alliance with a seriously antirational constituency. The Fundamentalists don't want to think; they spin the Bible into a worldview where they're excused from thinking. To appeal to these people, the Republicans are more than willing to put their own brains on hold.

      To Gore: If you want to find the cure for cancer, go ahead! But don't ever think that this would change the things that get said about you. -Bob Somerby

      by Judge Moonbox on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 05:20:32 AM PDT

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    •  I wouldn't use the word "irrational" (0+ / 0-)

      rather I'd use the word "relativist".

      The Bush Administration doesn't believe in the materialism,  that there are absolutes other than those in the Bible.  They don't believe in science because they find conflict between science and their belief system.  So they push relativism, that there are two or more opinions on every theory and that all have equal weight, whether they are talking about creationism or stem cells.

      Their reactions, through the OMB and agency heads, is one of suppressive the scientific method, which might actually prove that they are wrong somewhere.  Republicans have become the true "Know Nothings".

      Ninety percent of life is just showing up. Woody Allen
      The other 10% is homework. Anonymous student.

      by captainlaser on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 09:46:26 AM PDT

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  •  Blogs are grand....especially your great science (4+ / 0-)
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    writing, DS. I can't attend YKos but I'll be looking for your reports. Thanks for shining a light on the psuedo-science shills.  

    " Son, some people are just no damn good." ....N.S. Hobbs

    by jnhobbs on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 04:59:11 AM PDT

  •  What an amazing array of terrific people (1+ / 0-)
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    Bill McKibben alone is worth the price of admission.

    The siren calls of simultaneous panels will certainly be confounding.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 05:13:39 AM PDT

  •  Yea... sucks now... (0+ / 0-)

    I really wish I could have made it this year. Ah well, will it be liveblogged? I hear that happens on this site once in a while...(ducking).
    Excellent work Darksyde and I hope every thing goes well. (Can't wait to see Bill O declare a jihad on science once he finds out about this. I can see it now on the ticker, "IS DAILYKOS PROMOTING A CULT OF SCIENCE?")

    A pity we don't have the votes to defend the Constitution.-me

    by RElland on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 05:31:49 AM PDT

  •  These panels sound great. (1+ / 0-)
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    Looking forward to meeting fellow science bloggers.

    DS, this week's MLS is on shark finning, if you missed it. See you on Thursday!

  •  Actually, DS it doesn't feel good (2+ / 0-)
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    I won't be there.

    As someone with a higher UID I feel like I'm on the outside.

    "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 06:00:04 AM PDT

  •  I wish I could be there. (1+ / 0-)
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    But I can't.

  •  I really wanted to go (1+ / 0-)
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    But I couldn't afford the trip.

    I'd be interested in some of the science material, since I'm an historian of science, but I guess that will have to wait.

    Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

    by Linnaeus on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 06:05:41 AM PDT

  •  eeeeeeeeeeek !!! (1+ / 0-)
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    I want to go so badly, but here I sit sadly ...

    Please post lot's of links & photos to make us happy.

    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

    by koNko on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 06:33:35 AM PDT

  •  I hope this year (0+ / 0-)

    the science blogger session won't be all creationism.

    I understand that it is an issue, but we got other stuff we need to address.  

    "More and better Democrats, please." --Atrios

    by mem from somerville on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 06:42:26 AM PDT

  •  Thanks to all the wonderful people here who (0+ / 0-)

    work hard to keep the rest of us informed.

  •  Cheney just had another heart procedure done (0+ / 0-)

    to replace a battery in his heart device.  I hope this helps him understand the importance of science.

  •  I hope in the future (0+ / 0-)

    you will discuss the research that is currently being done on autism. Just this morning, I read on Autism Speaks that a new genetic model for autism may speed up research by years.

    Only three months after its launch, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) has been cited in its first major research publication. A team of researchers, led by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has published a paper in the July 31, 2007 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which describes a unified genetics model that predicts two different risk patterns for autism. The model is based on earlier evidence that identified spontaneous mutations, new mutations in the germ line of a parent, as occurring more frequently in families with no known history of autism as compared with families where there is a clear pattern of genetic transmission.


    I am really excited about this research and I hope to find out someday why my two boys have autism and develop better ways to help them. I received word from AGRE that they will accept my family as a candidate for further genetic research since I have two boys on the spectrum and they don't have any known genetic disorders at this time (i.e. they don't have fragile X).

    The president of the United States is not a fact checker. - Dan Bartlett, White House Communications Director

    by franziskaner on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 07:02:00 AM PDT

  •  I'll be there, God willing and the creeks don't (1+ / 0-)
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    rise, and I hope to meet a bunch of y'all.

    We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is just a setting on the dryer.

    by david78209 on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 07:41:26 AM PDT

  •  Copycat! (1+ / 0-)
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    DarkSyde was scooped by more than a week by my diary on the same topic, developed through unflagging investigative journalism (okay, I looked at the speakers list on the website).

    Does he promote my diary, with its sexy formatting and informative content, carefully crafted to just fit into the 1150 character limit?

    No! DarkSyde takes all the credit and mojo.

    Down with the Front Pagers!

    Yearly Kos will the the time of reckoning.

    What's Congress doing about global warming? Read in Hill Heat!

    by The Cunctator on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 08:56:03 AM PDT

  •  SCIENCE!!! (0+ / 0-)

    [/Thomas Dolby]

    This is all wonderful. An abundance of great panels. And no, I don't own rollerskates.

    But as a longtime mostly-lurker, I'm looking forward to  meeting people one on one.

    Good conversation, shared values, interests beyond the election horse races... exciting prospects.

    (And I'm glad a lot will be liveblogged because even if you're there, you can't see it all.)

  •  My husband and I signed up for (0+ / 0-)

    the YearlyKos 2007 adventure before we even knew what panels would be there.  The other day, I finally pulled out the "program" and realized we needed to ask for an extra day of vacation off so we could be there for everything.

    Alas, it was depressing to know that we will still miss a lot just because we haven't figured out how to clone ourselves--impossible to attend more than 1 event in any one moment of space and time.

    That said, I am really excited to attend some of these science panels.  I just finished reading Chris Mooney's "The Republican War Against Science."  Excellent writing--I highly recommend!

    We need to change the wind.

    by Naniboujou on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 09:33:39 AM PDT

  •  I'll miss meeting you DS (0+ / 0-)

    but I've flagged these sessions.  I'm really looking forward to YKos.

    Regarding a teaching moment in science and health, you can go back two days to an interesting discussion on my diary on the radioactive Captainlaser.

    Ninety percent of life is just showing up. Woody Allen
    The other 10% is homework. Anonymous student.

    by captainlaser on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 09:38:23 AM PDT

  •  Leptons? (0+ / 0-)

    Has Lindsay developed a new neutrino digital camera?  Sounds exciting, although it may be bulky. :)

    Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting!


  •  Thanks Darksyde (0+ / 0-)

    and thanks for all you do to make science a big topic we discuss in the big orange sandbox.

    The funny thing about food is that science can be used for both good and bad. The good uses are probably obvious. The bad uses are when a company says that we "don't have scientific proof" that what they are doing is harmful - i.e. high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, etc. But just because we don't have proof (YET) doesn't mean they are doing something they should be doing.

    A great example is BSE (a.k.a. mad cow). It takes a long time to perform experiments on it because the disease takes time to develop once an animal is exposed, so if we waited to be 100% sure about things before acting, we could do a lot of harm during that wait period. Also, you can't perform experiments on humans, to see if they are susceptible. Before Brits started dying of vCJD, the government and industry used "science" as an excuse to say BSE was no big deal and people should keep eating beef.

  •  Science 2.0 (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry I'll have to miss YearlyKos this year again (the Science Foo Camp is at the same time) and I hope that C-Span airs their footage of the science blogging session so I can see it afterwards.

    For others who also have to miss this, or even those who are there but interested, there are several other opportunities to discuss Science 2.0 in the near future, including a session at ASIS&T meeting, a session at ConvergeSouth, and, the biggest of them all, the Science Blogging Conference.

    "Knowledge is Power"! Visit me at my blog

    by coturnix on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 01:29:29 PM PDT

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