From the New York Times:
Now climate researchers have detected such a feedback loop at work in the Arctic. It is well known that the region is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth. Yet scientists have yet to agree on why. Some have theorized that warmer air from the south was responsible, while others blame a change in cloud cover.
Read the full article here.
This was posted yesterday on Gordon Goggin’s Facebook page, Save the West Bend Schools:
Minute 15:01 on the video posted on the WBSD website for the video entitled Board work session from 4/12/2010, you will see and hear Dr. Pat advocate for an operating referendum AND see Kris Beaver nod his head in agreement. Check it out for yourself!
I watched the portion of the video in question several times. Leading up to the 15:01 portion of the video Dr. Herdrich is discussing the 10-11 budget and the fact that it is built upon the assumption that the Board would levy to maximum capacity which would result in an 8.4% increase in the levy. She then goes on to say that if the board would choose not to use their maximum levy authority that they would need to make further reductions beyond the $2 million that they have already cut. She also says that if the district under levies and then attempts to go into arbitration with teachers that they would probably lose as the arbitrator would view the district as having additional authority to raise revenue to afford the teacher’s offer. She then offers a second consequence of under levying. That consequence would be the inability of the board to advance an operating referendum which the community would support. She tells the board that it would be a difficult sell as people would see they aren’t levying to the max to begin with. That’s all a paraphrase but it the essence of the discussion.
Gordon says that Dr. Herdrich is advocating for a referendum. Maybe she is, I don’t know, but that is a pretty big leap in logic to conclude from the video segment he referred to in his post. He is doing the same thing he did earlier with the quote from the Standard and Poor’s credit report. You will notice when you watch the video the board does not go into a discussion of advancing an operating levy. They move on to other business. I also watched the video in full screen and in normal size to see if Kris was nodding his head in approval. The video quality is poor, but I couldn’t see him nod his head. He looked more like he was biting his fingernails or something.
I don’t doubt the board will continue to have discussion about the pro’s and con’s of advancing an operating referendum. Those discussions do not in and of themselves indicate the board will absolutely go forward with one. The board needs to have the flexibility and latitude to discuss all options before them, regardless if they may be bad ideas. We need to back off and let them have these discussions without accusing them of being liars, or not listening to taxpayers, or being lemmings following Dr. Herdrich off a cliff.
I just don’t see anything in that video that would justify Gordon’s conclusions. I think he is being unfair and is trying to make the district administration look bad and he is just simply misrepresenting things. It is dishonest and he needs to be called out on it.
Rather than openly acknowledge the presence and contributions of gays in the military the Family Research Council wants the military to keep their heads in the sand and pretend they don’t exist. They want to continue to demonize, dehumanize and ostracize gays from society. In the 30 or so years that the gay rights movement has been around I have never once been accosted, had my marriage threatened or injured in any way by a homosexual. In fact, the gays that I have known have been some of the kindest, and most caring people I have met. I can’t say the same thing for a great many of the christians I have known.
From her blog, Wissup:
Today’s West Bend News:
A number of our animal species are becoming increasingly endangered.
Among them are the gentle, noble and intelligent mountain gorillas. Internet sources say only about 600 to 700 of these majestic creatures are alive today and that number dwindles as their homeland is destroyed.
The West Bend Library is partnering with S.e.e.d, the environmental club at West Bend High School, to show people that what we do locally can affect things globally.
I have no problem with those who want to spend their time trying to save gorillas, whales, pandas, ants, et. al, from extinction, but I am wondering….
Would the library consider partnering with pro-life WBHS students by placing a box for maternity clothing and baby items for collection at the library to encourage women not to kill their babies?
Do public libraries generally advocate for anything not related to library issues?
Since the last library board meeting minutes posted are from February 2nd, one can hardly know if the library board approved this advocacy or not, but one can certainly learn a lot about the crappy, leaky roof.
Now she is seeing phantoms of liberal conspiracy behind the library’s effort to educate children about endangered species. In the mind of the religious right, environmentalism of almost any kind is viewed with suspicion because they believe it can lead to worshiping the creation and not the creator. Environmentalism is also viewed as a conspiratorial attempt for liberal socialists to control our behavior and usher in a global Marxian utopia. Again, they dismiss the science behind it all. They could care less if there is actual science behind the decimation of gorilla populations or any other impact humans have on the environment. They simply dismiss it all as fraud perpetrated by the liberal elitists and march forward with their religious crusade against humanity. How anyone can take this woman seriously is beyond my intellectual prowess.
Vaccine safety is a staple of right-wing paranoia and fear. Vaccines were initially considered to be dangerous because they were thought to contain mercury in a preservative, thimerosal, which the science denialists claimed caused autism. But when the FDA removed thimerosal from all vaccines by 2002 and the rate of autism still continued to climb they needed a new scapegoat. There are many who still believe that vaccines are some sort of cover-up or conspiracy and that they still contain mercury or more harmful mercury substitutes.
This World Net Daily article advances the idea that vaccines contain aborted human fetal tissue and that is causing autism cases to increase. Not only is this kind of thing junk science it is irresponsible and a danger to public health.
Check out the article and then check out this link Do Vaccines contain Aborted Fetal Tissue? and do some research. World Net Daily has proved itself over and over again of being an untrustworthy source of information. Their credibility in my book is absolute zero. And consider this, is it really rational to believe that all of the medical professionals and scientists who have developed these vaccines and administer them would really cover up something they knew to be harmful to children? We would be talking about hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of medical professionals deliberately trying to harm children. As Carl Sagan said, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and the anti-vaccine quacks haven’t even come close to providing it.
From PZ Meyers over at Pharyngula:
This is really hard to watch: it’s a young woman giving the benediction at the graduation ceremony at Midwestern State University, in Texas, and she’s so sucked up into her religious fervor that she starts shaking, I catch a hint of speaking in tongues, and finally ends up fainting on the stage.
If it were anything other than religion she was trying to push up there, we’d be getting that poor woman in for psychiatric help.
This kind of thing is more common than you would think. In fact it is rather tame compared to what you would find in many pentecostal and charismatic churches.