Annals of The War on Science

From today’s Washington Post:

An investigation by the NASA inspector general found that political appointees in the space agency’s public affairs office worked to control and distort public accounts of its researchers’ findings about climate change for at least two years, the inspector general’s office said yesterday.

Once again, young, college-educated people — where’s the outrage? Or do you reserve it all for inadequately prestigeous commencement speakers?

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4 Responses to Annals of The War on Science

  1. nobamakoolaid says:

    Now, now, Jeff – no need to throw low blows. You are certainly capable of standing toe-to-toe with all of us and connecting on a traditional right jab. As to good science being suppressed – duhhh. Fortunately, NASA does not have an exclusive on scientific discoveries. Anybody willing to listen in the last decade knows that climate change is more than some crackpot Move-on.org conspiracy. Even most Republicans have quit raising the “there’s no conclusive proof” argument. The only truly legitimate question now is how to deal with it. The fact that the Administration would try to hide from us what we already know is not exactly shocking news after all this time. Personally, I have moved beyond outrage to sadness; sad that we let our country be hijacked by such people. Just ask Scott McClelland.

  2. jeffaregularworkinglawyer says:

    Koolaid — Low blows get people’s attention. And your reaction to the administration’s serial mendacity is typical of many older adults. We have seen a bit of the world, we are weary, we are cynical, we cannot be shocked, we have lost the capacity for outrage. That is why we depend on your young, energetic, not-yet-completely-disillusioned classmates to feel it for us, to remind us not to accept the status quo with no more than a shrug, to get out to the barricades and start burning things (figuratively, please), to sound an alarm, to make some frigging noise. And while I’m about the farthest thing from a 60’s nostalgist, I’d like to see a bit more of it.

  3. koolaid says:

    Alas, that explains it, Jeff. I am not one of those young, energetic, not-yet-completely-disillusioned classmates you speak of; but I do like to burn things and make noise. Perhaps Barak will be successful where so many others have failed in pushing the buttons of our baby jacks and jennies.

  4. jeffaregularworkinglawyer says:

    Yes — You are an old guy in a sea of youngsters — I imagine this is good practice for Afghanistan.

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