"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." - Friedrick Nietzsche

Atheist, scientist, secular Buddhist, rat lover, etc.

Originally from Iowa,I am a biology graduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

I think there should be some sort of clause or written rule that if you order drone or missile strikes on a population of (mostly) civilians (or, you know, just generally being a war-mongering merchant of death), you should have your Nobel Peace Prize taken away.  Or maybe I am mistaken in my belief that this particular honor was to be bestowed upon individuals who have done something to actually further the cause of peace.

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laboratoryequipment:

Obama Stresses Importance of S&T to the Nation’s FuturePresident Barack Obama reiterated his strong support for science and technology in a speech to members of the National Academy of Sciences at its 150th annual meeting. Science, technology, engineering, and medicine are critical to the nation’s prosperity, Obama said, noting that investments made today are bound to pay off for many years to come.The president warned that recent mandatory cuts in federal spending could slow these critical advances in research. “With the pace of technological innovation today, we can’t afford to stand still for a year or two years or three years,” Obama said. “We’ve got to seize every opportunity we have to stay ahead, and we can’t let other countries win the race for ideas and technology of the future.”Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/04/obama-stresses-importance-s-t-nations-future

Already posted some of my feelings about this earlier.  But, just, ughh.  "… we have to stay ahead, and we can’t let other countries win the race for ideas and technology of the future.”  That isn’t science, that is classic American militarism/nationalism for you.  We shouldn’t be treating scientific discoveries as some sort of stupid arms race.  We should be striving towards greater communication and collaboration among scientists the world over.  That is how real, world changing breakthroughs happen.  The whole mentality that “we have to stay ahead” is what has contributed to the US falling behind.  Nice try Obama, but no.  

laboratoryequipment:

Obama Stresses Importance of S&T to the Nation’s Future

President Barack Obama reiterated his strong support for science and technology in a speech to members of the National Academy of Sciences at its 150th annual meeting. Science, technology, engineering, and medicine are critical to the nation’s prosperity, Obama said, noting that investments made today are bound to pay off for many years to come.

The president warned that recent mandatory cuts in federal spending could slow these critical advances in research. “With the pace of technological innovation today, we can’t afford to stand still for a year or two years or three years,” Obama said. “We’ve got to seize every opportunity we have to stay ahead, and we can’t let other countries win the race for ideas and technology of the future.”

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/04/obama-stresses-importance-s-t-nations-future

Already posted some of my feelings about this earlier.  But, just, ughh.  "… we have to stay ahead, and we can’t let other countries win the race for ideas and technology of the future.”  That isn’t science, that is classic American militarism/nationalism for you.  We shouldn’t be treating scientific discoveries as some sort of stupid arms race.  We should be striving towards greater communication and collaboration among scientists the world over.  That is how real, world changing breakthroughs happen.  The whole mentality that “we have to stay ahead” is what has contributed to the US falling behind.  Nice try Obama, but no.  

By attacking the democratically elected President of the United States of America at a sensitive time in her country’s history, she shows the tact of a boorish drunkard bawling obscenities at a funeral….

And now she turns not only against the fibre and backbone of her country, but against its democratically elected President, accusing him of being incompetent for not stopping Wikileaks. Where was she and where was her GOP before and during the 9/11 attacks? She accuses President Obama of not taking “steps” to assure the leaks were not published. What “steps”?……

If anything is a threat to the national security of the United States of America, it is this screaming, unrefined oaf with as much class as a searing release of flatulence followed by hysterical giggling at a state banquet. Is this what the people of the USA deserve?

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Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey writing about Sarah Palin in Russia’s Pravda

Top drawer, sir, top drawer.