• comment on a post Reid & Pelosi To Host Katrina Survivors Forum over 8 years ago
    on Climate Change and Human Health in the New England Journal of Medicine.


    When will we see that we need to begin work to dramatically reduce human CO2 emissions, or we will be in serious trouble in so very many ways.

    For Christsakes, many low-lying coastal states like Florida, could see serious reductions in their size.. Tropical diseases are moving northward. Mold and the mycoxoxins they generate are also worstened by warming weather and bigger storms that higher global temperatures bring. Also, larger trees can't survive in high winds.. so many old trees may eventually fall in one storm or another..

    Some southern areas may get too hot or dry, to support human habitation.. Areas that dry out rapidly may see huge fires as the biomass is flammable..

    Other more northerly areas may suddenly become more temperate. Crop yields may rise in some areas.. (Canada?) decrease in others..

  • No, that is what we NEED.. REAL, non-corporate-controlled REPRESENTATIVE democracy..

    No more corporate lobbying.. No more corporate personhood..

    What we have NOW is a sham.. Our media is a sham.. Our 'opposition party' is a sham..

    Why don't they merge and call themselves the ripofflicants or something...

    Seriously..  Either lead or get out of the way..

  • because they really are in the same party as the GOP.. democracy is a sham.. and their cruel GOP masters would beat them over it if they shed a tear for America..
  • children (survivors) of widows and widowers.. That was one of the benefits eliminated in the 1980 changes, and it has meant that literally millions of poor young people have not been able to afford to attend college. And it is perhaps one of the reasons the new high tech jobs are being created (often by 'US' companies) overseas.

    You know, the insular, nondemocratic, secretive way the elite 'leaders' of this nation are running it into the ground is predatory and criminal. And it resembles nothing so much as the way Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush's Nazi allies ran their economy in Germany. Like a gang of criminals, stealing it blind.

    Social Security has been one of the remaining good aspects of our government, something that shows us what government CAN do. It helps old people SURVIVE, it helps the disabled (notice how nobody is mentioning what will happen to them...) and it USED to help the children of prematurely killed working people attend college. (It no longer does, worstening the growing class divide and making opportunities more out of reach for those not born with silver spoons in their mouths)

    And that is why the heartless and amoral GOP are dedicated to DESTROYING it.

    The evil greedy demons that they are.

  • live in the woods, talk to trees, etc. should get a small but adequate stipend, perhaps in the form of some kind of 'research grant' (they would need to propose something they could do which would be of value to society, perhaps.. CREATING LOTS OF GARBAGE, BUT PERHAPS SOME GEMS THIS WAY) and in that way, the college space they might otherwise waste could be given to others..

    But WE ALSO NEED TO FUND EDUCATION AT MUCH HIGHER LEVELS. We are intentionally underfunding public education as a precursor to eliminating it. Its main function was to prepare workers for industrial work, but as technology and cheap foreign labor is eliminating the need for American workers with their high costs of living, many of the elite feel that public education is a was te of time and energy, and their contributors are worried that the competition from the proles children is making it harder for THEIR children to get the increasingly fewer and fewer remaining good jobs that exist..

    This is emphatically NOT a meritocracy, its an OLIGARCHY, with all that implies.. Studies have shown that we have rapidly become a nation that enforces class boundaries and stifles opportunity for all but a few.

    The US is now the most heavily socially stratified of the 10 most developed nations..

    People who are born poor, stay poor or often, get poorer, people who are born rich, get richer..

    The ultimate destination we are headed, I feel is some sort of genocide..  Its already happening in the urban ghettos..

    Imagine that on a wider scale.. which 'of course' will lead to the GOP wet dream of a police state..

  • Its true.. uncontrollable stress, from situations we cannot control, causes huge physiological changes. When it is clear that one's life outcome, ability to have a family, future health and accessto healthcare, lifespan, etc. depends on getting into a good college and finishing that undergraduate, or in many fields, graduate degree, one is under a lot of stress. If you cant afford text'books' (many are now on CD, and hyper-expensive and licensed to individuals, using dongles, so they often cant be bought used..)

    One idea.. why not create an initiative for open-source courseware, which could be distributed on CD. In fact, the entire load of textbooks for K-12 education could be converted to HTML form, and written to the unused space on AOL CDs which are sent out in the mail free. So no Internet access would be required to read them.

    Imagine if everywhere, at a minimal cost, basic courseware was available to everybody...

    Even adults who needed a brushup on, say algebra or trigonometry (the two areas of math I find myself needing not infrequently, and often refer back to old books on) could just grab an AOL CD and look it up..

    Its not a miracle like growing new hearts for the GOP but it would help college students a lot if they could have affordable textbooks.. I know it would have helped me.. I got into a good college my first go round in trying to get a degree, but couldnt afford books.. as I couldn't go 'home' over summer.. (I had left home to go to college against my parent's will, and was told I could never go back..) Parent and I had had a longstanding argument over college.. she claimed I was 'so smart I didn't need to go'..


    Nothing like family values, eh?

  • on a comment on Rice as Vice-President? over 8 years ago
    Like it or not, the GOP base is extremely racist. Ms. Rice is where she is for two reasons, because she's loyal and because she's black. (defusing some - rather naiive - people from seeing the real situation with the GOP.) Less than 2% of the GOP's inner circle is minority of any kind.. 98% white.. Those that are nonwhite are HARDLY representative of their ethnicities.. they are always working against their interests..

    BTW, ever notice how the GOP always make it a point to have one or two prominently placed black people in every pep rally they have for the Cheney administration thats on national TV. Its shameless..

    I wonder how much they pay them?

    Here's an idea the GOP will never try.. instead of racial quotas.. why not peg all kinds of affirmative action to income status of one's family, historically.. in other words.. 'class'.

    Instead of giving middle class black kids help.. lets give poor kids of any race/nationality/etc. a step up..

  • comment on a post Bush Admin Guts Award Winning Women's Legal Project over 8 years ago
    Have any other people here noticed that an acclaim or award from the GOP is often a sign that they are about to defund to destroy a project or organization?  

    I have...

    Just like those creepy people who are always really mean.. You KNOW that when they are 'nice' to you, watch out.. its not just unusual..that means they are getting ready to really screw you over...

  • on a comment on Reality v. Republican 'Facts' over 8 years ago


    Date: Oct. 12, 2005
    Contacts: Vanee Vines, Senior Media Relations Officer
    Christian Dobbins, Media Relations Assistant
    Office of News and Public Information
    202-334-2138; e-mail <news@nas.edu>


    Broad Federal Effort Urgently Needed to Create New, High-Quality Jobs for All Americans in the 21st Century

    WASHINGTON -- The unmatched vitality of the United States' economy and science and technology enterprise has made this country a world leader for decades, allowing Americans to benefit from a high standard of living and national security. But in a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, U.S. advantages in the marketplace and in science and technology have begun to erode. A comprehensive and coordinated federal effort is urgently needed to bolster U.S. competitiveness and pre-eminence in these areas so that the nation will consistently gain from the opportunities offered by rapid globalization, says a new report from the National Academies.

    Given the United States' history of economic and scientific pre-eminence, it is easy to be complacent about these complex issues, the report says. Following are some indicators that illustrate why decisive action is needed now:

    · For the cost of one chemist or one engineer in the United States, a company can hire about five chemists in China or 11 engineers in India.

    · Last year chemical companies shuttered 70 facilities in the United States and have tagged 40 more for closure. Of 120 chemical plants being built around the world with price tags of $1 billion or more, one is in the United States and 50 are in China.

    · U.S. 12th-graders recently performed below the international average for 21 countries on a test of general knowledge in mathematics and science. In addition, an advanced mathematics assessment was administered to students in 15 other countries who were taking or had taken advanced math courses, and to U.S. students who were taking or had taken pre-calculus, calculus, or Advanced Placement calculus. Eleven countries outperformed the United States, and four scored similarly. None scored significantly below the United States.

    · In 1999 only 41 percent of U.S. eighth-graders had a math teacher who had majored in mathematics at the undergraduate or graduate level or studied the subject for teacher certification -- a figure that was considerably lower than the international average of 71 percent.
    · Last year more than 600,000 engineers graduated from institutions of higher education in China. In India, the figure was 350,000. In America, it was about 70,000.

    · In 2001 U.S. industry spent more on tort litigation than on research and development.

    Without a major push to strengthen the foundations of America's competitiveness, the United States could soon lose its privileged position. The ultimate goal is to create new, high-quality jobs for all citizens by developing new industries that stem from the ideas of exceptional scientists and engineers.

    The congressionally requested report -- written by a 20-member committee that included university presidents, CEOs, Nobel Prize winners, and former presidential appointees -- makes four recommendations along with 20 implementation actions that federal policy-makers should take to create high-quality jobs and focus new science and technology (S&T) efforts on meeting the nation's need for clean, affordable, and reliable energy. Some actions will involve changing existing laws, while others will require financial support that would come from reallocating existing budgets or increasing them. The committee believes that ongoing evaluation of the results should be included in all of the measures.

    "America must act now to preserve its strategic and economic security by capitalizing on its knowledge-based resources, particularly in S&T, and maintaining the most fertile environment for new and revitalized industries that create well-paying jobs," said committee chair Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda, Md. "The building blocks of our economic leadership are wearing away. The challenges that America faces are immense."

    A brief overview of the four recommendations follows, with a sample of proposed actions to implement them.

    Ten Thousand Teachers, Ten Million Minds

    Increase America's talent pool by vastly improving K-12 mathematics and science education.

    · Among the recommended implementation steps is the creation of a merit-based scholarship program to attract 10,000 exceptional students to math and science teaching careers each year. Four-year scholarships, worth up to $20,000 annually, should be designed to help some of the nation's top students obtain bachelor's degrees in physical or life sciences, engineering, or mathematics -- with concurrent certification as K-12 math and science teachers. After graduation, they would be required to work for at least five years in public schools. Participants who teach in disadvantaged inner-city or rural areas would receive a $10,000 annual bonus. Each of the 10,000 teachers would serve about 1,000 students over the course of a teaching career, having an impact on 10 million minds, the report says.

    Sowing the Seeds

    Sustain and strengthen the nation's commitment to long-term basic research.

    · Policy-makers should increase the national investment in basic research by 10 percent each year over the next seven years. Special attention should be paid to the physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, and information sciences, and to basic research funding for the U.S. Department of Defense, the report says.

    · Policy-makers also should establish within the U.S. Department of Energy an organization called the Advanced Research Project Agency -- Energy (ARPA-E) that reports to the undersecretary for science and sponsors "out-of-the-box" energy research to meet the nation's long-term energy challenges.

    · Authorities should make 200 new research grants annually -- worth $500,000 each, payable over five years -- to the nation's most outstanding early-career researchers.

    Best and Brightest

    Develop, recruit, and retain top students, scientists, and engineers from both the United States and abroad. The United States should be considered the most attractive setting in the world to study and conduct research, the report says.

    · Each year, policy-makers should provide 25,000 new, competitive four-year undergraduate scholarships and 5,000 new graduate fellowships to U.S. citizens enrolled in physical science, life science, engineering, and mathematics programs at U.S. colleges and universities.

    · Policy-makers should provide a one-year automatic visa extension that allows international students to remain in the United States to seek employment if they have received doctorates or the equivalent in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or other fields of national need from qualified U.S. institutions. If these students then receive job offers from employers that are based in the United States and pass a security screening test, they should automatically get work permits and expedited residence status. If they cannot obtain employment within one year, their visas should expire.

    Incentives for Innovation

    Ensure that the United States is the premier place in the world for innovation. This can be accomplished by actions such as modernizing the U.S. patent system, realigning tax policies to encourage innovation, and ensuring affordable broadband Internet access, the report says.

    · Policy-makers should provide tax incentives for innovation that is based in the United States. The Council of Economic Advisers and the Congressional Budget Office should conduct a comprehensive analysis to examine how the United States compares with other nations as a location for innovation and related activities, with the goal of ensuring that the nation is one of the most attractive places in the world for long-term investment in such efforts.

    · The Research and Experimentation Tax Credit is currently for companies that increase their R&D spending above a predetermined level. To encourage private investment in innovation, this credit, which is scheduled to expire in December, should be made permanent. And Congress and the administration should increase the allowable credit from 20 percent to 40 percent of qualifying R&D investments.

    The study was sponsored by the National Academies, which comprise the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council. They are private, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under a congressional charter. A committee roster follows.

    Copies of Rising Above The Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future will be available this fall from the National Academies Press; tel. 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242 or on the Internet at http://www.nap.edu. Reporters may obtain a pre-publication copy from the Office of News and Public Information (contacts listed above).

    [ This news release and report are available at http://national-academies.org ]

    Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

    Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century

    Norman R. Augustine1 (chair)
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Lockheed Martin Corp. (retired)
    Bethesda, Md.

    Craig R. Barrett1
    Chairman of the Board
    Intel Corp.
    Chandler, Ariz.

    Gail Cassell2
    Vice President of Scientific Affairs and Distinguished Lilly Research Scholar for Infectious Diseases
    Eli Lilly and Co.

    Steven Chu3
    E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Berkeley, Calif.

    Robert M. Gates
    Texas A&M University
    College Station

    Nancy S. Grasmick
    State Superintendent of Schools
    Maryland Department of Education

    Charles O. Holliday Jr.1
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Wilmington, Del.

    Shirley Ann Jackson1
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Troy, N.Y.

    Anita K. Jones1
    Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
    School of Engineering and Applied Science
    University of Virginia

    Joshua Lederberg2,3
    Sackler Foundation Scholar
    Rockefeller University
    New York City

    Richard C. Levin
    Yale University
    New Haven, Conn.

    C. Daniel Mote Jr.1
    President and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering
    University of Maryland
    College Park

    Cherry A. Murray1,3
    Deputy Director for Science a

  • I wouldn't want to be in Arnold's shoes..

    He's a VERY unpopular lame duck...

  • on a comment on Reality v. Republican 'Facts' over 8 years ago
    but where I live, people can't believe that these Delay/Frist types are for real, they are so pathetic. How can they do this? They are embarassing all Americans. How many more lies will we have to listen to from the likes of DeLay?

    We have gone beyond lying here, and people who don't see it are in serious denial. These guys don't own the country, even if they think they do.

     They have nothing but contempt for those of us who are quietly struggling to keep afloat, those of us who make up the real America - and it shows. They gloat and lie and intimidate, but they have already gone too far and they are becoming outright thieves. They can't hide it. And all the lies in the world won't teach them how to tell the truth, ever.

    People are just sick of it all. Its not like they don't care. They do and will shake this malaise off in 2006.

    Yes, they will cheat, but they will also get CAUGHT.

    It won't be pretty.

  • on a comment on Reality v. Republican 'Facts' over 8 years ago
    eliminate drudge work. All work done by unskilled labor.

    How to tell if your job is 'drudge work'.

    Do you create something that is unique throughout the world? If so, how much training did it take to get to the point where you can do this (in time spent and dollars invested)

    Do you plan your own work? Not be managed by others in planning (that can be done remotely) plan from scratch.

    Do you follow a script that is written by others? (example, dealing with customers or pitching a sale using a predetermined set of criteria, or driving a package to a set location and giving it to the recipient, receiving a signature, etc.)
    Anyway, the point I am making is that any scriptable or remoteable jobs will be done by machines or offshored within five to ten years..

    Even skilled professions such as medicine will be remoteable via HDTV and high-speed Internet. Surgeons are already operating on patients thousands of miles away via remote control.. FYI.

    So, we need to put the wagons in a circle job-wise.. The clock is ticking on continued employment for all of us.. Dont forget that the entire economy is dependent on Americans having purchasing power. If, say, half of us were unemployed, the other half will find it MUCH more difficult to make the money to survive.. If you are over 40, have less than a PhD or MS (minimum) or can't work 60 hour weeks without overtime, you will be history. The economy will implode, as the response of most to this situation, to cut spending drastically, will only make it worse.. THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO MAKE OFFSHORING ILLEGAL AND PUT 1/2 OF THE MONEY WE ARE CURRENTLY PUTTING INTO THE MILITARY INTO EDUCATION.. Also, we need to pay people to take early retirement - actually, we should just completely scrap Social Security and instead, create a reverse income tax that basically, will pay anyone who does not have a job a livable amount of money, and free healthcare, to do community service work or live off the grid.. (they could in exchange agree to do conservation work and provide first aid in rural areas, etc.)

  • To adapt is to survive, and thrive..

    To stop evolution is to die.. They know this, but they are so afraid of losing control that they would rather destroy the social contract and destroy what America really is.. teh real America, and replace it with one based on whatever lies will let them rule by domination..

    That's a good way to make America extinct.

    Bait and Switch.. on a national scale..

    The one thing we can rely on is that

  • The dehumanization of outsiders..

    The GOP's cult mentality is brainwashing us into making the devils bargain.. 'take them, but don't take me'  The problem is, it never works that way..

    Totalitarianism kills.. MASSIVELY...

  • The way I see it is there's a global war between two ways of looking at the universe.. abundance and scarcity. The past is a past of scarcity.. but the future, thanks to KNOWLEDGE is one of abundance.. IF WE CAN LET GO OF OUR FEAR..

     The universe is one of ABUNDANCE - and things need to be shared so that win-win solutions can be found in peace and healing for everybody. Wars are fundamentally about greed (the leaders/liars)  and fear (the led and lied to). Enemies are like dysfunctional relationships. They are also addicted to their hate. They need each other, they need the permanenet siege mentality and war spending - easy money - and we who buy into the lies and pay the war taxes willingly are enabling the addicts. They will keep taking until they kill us if we let them.

    The other viewpoint..abundance is the future..

    We may conquer inevitable death from aging in our lifetimes.. This will drive a push to explore interstellar space. Its the natural consequence of having so much more time...

     We need to end death from treatable disease, use information technology to make education available to all who need it, end the toxic destruction of our lives and futures, and prevent war, which sets everyone involved in it, except the terrorists who start them.. back decades or even more..


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