Just found out that the pain in my butt (actually - lower back and thighs) I've been experiencing since chopping wood during Super Bowl halftime isn't something like cancer or some other wasting malady. More like nerve damage. Anyway, I'm going to celebrate, by celebrating two of my heroes - Rick Steiner and Richard Dawkins.
Progressive Alaska was the first Alaska medium to seriously take up the case of University of Alaska Anchorage oceanography professor Rick Steiner, when he sought full information on correspondence between State of Alaska scientists, regarding the classification of Polar bears by the Federal government. Although several Alaska and national blogs have now taken up the probable de-funding of the Federal part of Steiner's UAA Sea Grant program duties, PA has sought to tie Steiner's treatment to his wider role in our state's college system, and in the debates on free exchange of information, and science education.
Science education has been important to me for a long time. My wife and I have fully supported school programs, from elementary school science fairs (where I've been a judge), through middle school and high school programs, such as the Science Olympiad (where both our kids were Alaska champions), and college (where one kid has graduated with a science degree, the other one working on his).
Since so-called "creationism" reared its modern head in the early 1980s, I've tried to stay well-informed on the activities of these superstitious people who hurt our national discourse, bankrupt school districts, and stunt the growth of our economy. I've tried to inform others of their activities and broader beliefs.
Creationists worldwide despise Richard Dawkins even more than oil company shills and apologists in Alaska dismiss Rick Steiner. Recently, Dawkins ran afoul of state legislators in Oklahoma. Here's a hilarious YouTube, splicing his opening remarks there last week, with other material:
This is a remarkable time. So many patently false memes (a term Dawkins had a hand in initially defining) evaporating, so many faulty paradigms crashing into concrete walls, so many blistered, feverish, rabid lemmings rushing off cliffs:
hat tip - Deirdre Helfferich