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The Economic Consequences of COP21

8:00 AM, Dec 14, 2015

The international conference on climate change attracted thousands of delegates from almost 200 nations. The Conference of the Parties21, so named for the parties that signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992 and had come to Paris for what was their 21st conference, came to an end with the obligatory self-congratulatory photo op, linked arms raised in victory, cheers from some, tears of joy from others, applause for Al Gore, and a promise by Secretary of State John Kerry that we have seen the end of the age of fossil fuels.

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AP 'Fact Check': GOP Candidates Know Less About Science Than Kindergartners?

2:29 PM, Nov 23, 2015

The Associated Press is running with a rather tendentious headline at the moment, "AP FACT CHECK: On climate science, most GOP candidates fail." For their fact check, the AP asked a group of Ph.D. scientists to grade presidential candidates based on their statements about global warming. To keep this supposedly unbiased, they didn't tell the scientists which statements were from which candidate.

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Making It All Up

The behavioral sciences scandal
Oct 19, 2015

One morning in August, the social science reporter for National Public Radio, a man named Shankar Vedantam, sounded a little shellshocked. You couldn’t blame him. 

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Had Unprotected Sex? Planned Parenthood Will Pay You $70--And You Could Win $500!

1:19 PM, Aug 10, 2015

Although Planned Parenthood's most recent controversy revolves around "fetal tissue" trafficking, the organization is no stranger to eyebrow-raising activities. A recent solicitation for participants for Planned Parenthood's Sexual Health Evaluation (SHE) study promised at least $70 with a chance to win up to $500.

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Liberals Heckle Hillary on Climate Change

2:44 PM, Jul 16, 2015

Hillary Clinton was heckled today at a town hall in New Hampshire.

"Act on climate," the hecklers cheered. "Act on climate. Act on climate. Act on climate."

"That's ok, that's ok. I'm all in favor of acting on climate," Clinton responded by saying. "I totally respect the passion and the urgency. We have a lot of work to do."

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CDC Seeks to Recruit Minors Via Facebook for HIV Sexual Behavior Study

12:29 PM, Jun 09, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control recently announced the availability of $76 million in grants for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) program. This program is designed to "monitor the HIV epidemic" and detect changes in HIV-risk behaviors among high-risk population groups with an eye towards improving HIV prevention measures.

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With Little Regard for Science, Obama Targets Livestock and Meat

6:45 AM, Jun 08, 2015

The Obama administration on June 2 convened the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, “to bring together key human and animal health constituenc

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White House to 'Honor Faith Leaders' Who 'Combat Climate Change'

6:29 AM, Jun 04, 2015

The Obama administration has not been shy about partnering with religious leaders on issues such as poverty, HIV/AIDS prevention, Obamacare, and even climate change.

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Paul Ehrlich: Even Worse than the New York Times Says He Is

Environmentalism’s biggest clown and greatest monster.
11:45 AM, Jun 02, 2015

Everyone is talking about the New York Times piece exposing how utterly wrong, willfully blind, and insanely dangerous Paul Ehrlich is, and has been, for the last forty-seven years. There’s video, too.

This is great, I guess.

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Obama: Global Warming Leading to Uptick in 'Insect-Borne Diseases'

9:04 PM, Apr 07, 2015

At an event today at Howard University in Washington, D.C., President Obama warned of the public health risks assocaited with global warming. 

"[T]he discussion really centered around the fact that climate change is having a impact on our public health," Obama said at today's event.

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Worried About the Environment?

11:14 AM, Mar 25, 2015

Seems the answer, according to Gallup, is Not so much.

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John Kerry: 'By What Right Do People' Dispute Climate Change?

4:40 PM, Mar 12, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the Atlantic Council Thursday morning as part of the Road to Paris Climate Series and he compared the certainty of human-caused climate change to the law of gravity and to the temperature at which water fre

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News You Can Use

6:30 PM, Feb 12, 2015

 Lisa Zyga writes at that

The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein's theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once.

While others were watching the Grammys or fretting over the fate of Brian Williams, physicists have had bigger fish to fry.

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Hillary Alters 2008 Position, Now Says Science Clear That Vaccines Work

10:53 PM, Feb 02, 2015

Hillary Clinton has responded to questions about vaccines raised by Senator Rand Paul and Governor Chris Christie with a tweet saying unequivocally that vaccines works. "The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest," Clinton tweeted.


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The Strange Case of Bisphenol-A

3:21 PM, Jan 27, 2015

Keeping us safe from ourselves has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Consumer groups, environmental organizations, the trial bar, the medical establishment, university researchers, and the government are all working together, doing all they can to prevent us from making what they consider to be bad choices. They treat the pursuit of safety as a license to deprive us of our ability to make informed choices.  

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A Conversation With Jim Manzi

9:20 AM, Dec 23, 2014

The latest episode of Conversations With Bill Kristol features guest Jim Manzi:

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Weather Warmongers

12:26 PM, Nov 06, 2014

The warmongers are at it again. In case you haven’t heard, the Pentagon has declared a global war on global warming. It’s our armed forces vs. the forces of nature, and we are the enemy. Those entrusted with protecting us from suicide bombers are now trying to protect the environment from us.

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White House: States’ Rights Trump CDC

2:02 PM, Oct 28, 2014

The Obama administration is suddenly a champion of states' rights when it comes to the Ebola quarantine controversy.

From Politico:

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White House Seeks Ideas For Building a 'Solar System Civilization'

6:31 AM, Oct 15, 2014

While the rise of the barbarous Islamic State and the spread of the modern day plague of Ebola has many concerned about the state of civilization here on earth, some at the White House are turning their attention beyond our planet.

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Video Mocks Leo DiCaprio for Being Climate 'Hypocrite'

9:31 AM, Oct 10, 2014

A new video by the Environmental Policy Alliance mocks Hollywood celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio for being "just another celebrity hypocrite" when it comes to the topic of climate change:

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Kerry: World is 'On Track To Warm At Least 4 Degrees' in 20-40 Years

10:22 AM, Sep 23, 2014

"Mother Nature ... is screaming at us about" climate change, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the crowd at the opening event of Climate Week NYC 2014. While Kerry used a more measured tone than that which he attributed to Mother Nature, the apocalyptic nature of his warnings were in keeping with her purported sentiment. Using projections that appear hyperbolic, even compared to the worst case scenarios presented in the latest United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, Kerry said that "we’re on track to warm at at least 4 degrees over the course of the next 20, 30, 40 years, and by the century, even more.

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Kerry Makes 'Climate Change … a Foreign Policy Priority' at UN

12:42 PM, Sep 21, 2014

At the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary of State John Kerry will make "climate change ... a foreign policy priority," the State Department announced in press release. "Secretary Kerry Elevates Climate Change at UN General Assembly," the press release is titled.

"Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in several high-level events to reinforce U.S. leadership on climate change action this coming week during the UN General Assembly in New York," reads the release.

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Kerry: 'People Killing Each Other Over Water' Shortages Due To Climate Change

1:08 PM, Sep 19, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at U.S. Aid's 2014 Frontiers in Development Forum Friday and gave a stark warning about "500-year" drought conditions around the world that he says are a result of climate change. He went so far as to say that "[t]here are people killing each other over water in certain parts of the world," and part of the solution lies in a "low-carbon economy" [emphasis added]: 

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Encourage Girls' Love of Science

And of truth!
1:36 PM, Jul 21, 2014

In her last video of the season, the Factual Feminist exposes the flimsy thinking behind a Verizon ad. Watch the video below:

Be sure to watch the whole series here.

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Hot and Bothered: When Liberals Want Conservatives to Talk About Climate Change Instead of the Middle Class

1:48 PM, Jun 04, 2014

"Everything reminds Milton of the money supply," Robert Solow once said of his fellow Nobel-winning economist Milton Friedman at a symposium. "Well, everything reminds me of sex, but I keep it out of the paper."

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Kerry: If We're Wrong on Climate Change, 'What's the Worst That Can Happen?'

What if '97 percent' of scientists are wrong?
10:38 AM, May 20, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry did not shy away from pejorative language when addressing "climate change" in his commencement speech at Boston College on Monday.

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French Foreign Minister: '500 Days to Avoid Climate Chaos'

6:29 AM, May 14, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to the State Department in Washington on  Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, from Iran to Syria to climate change.

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'Do We Need Feminist Sciences?'

10:55 AM, May 05, 2014

This week the Factual Feminist takes on the new program in feminist biology at the University of Wisconsin, striking another blow for sanity and against agenda-driven, politicized science!

Watch her here:

And watch the entire series here.

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Experts: Michelle Obama Cited Bogus Study Showing Drastic Drop in Childhood Obesity

6:17 AM, Mar 17, 2014

When Michelle Obama celebrated the fourth anniversary of "Let's Move," her White House initiative on fitness and healthy eating, she cited a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showing a remarkable 43 percent drop in obesity rates among children ages 2-5.  Mrs.

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Kerry: Climate Change Is 'the World’s Largest Weapon of Mass Destruction'

11:41 AM, Feb 16, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry said today in Indonesia that climate change is "the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction."

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