Posts Tagged ‘Bush Admin’

Science Under the Bush Administration

January 27, 2009

The techie/gadget blog Gizmodo did an interesting post allowing that there were some scientific advancements under Bush:

The Library of Congress began posting photos of their incredible catalog on Flickr, for example, and the FBI created widgets for locating sexual predators and most wanted criminals. New tools for college students helped them find loans and compare schools, and finally we were able to pay taxes online. Diplomatic and Intelligence agencies jumped on the Wikipedia bandwagon with Diplopedia and Intellipedia, respectively.

This may strike many Citizens as odd, given how much we’ve heard (and/or believed) about the Bush Admin. being bad on, or averse to, science.
In an interview with SEED magazine, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy under Bush, John Marburger, has some thoughts on that:

We’ve seen some increased visibility of the science community during the Bush administration. I think that was part of a political strategy of the Democratic Party, which was somewhat successful, to undermine the credibility of the Bush administration by fixing on these issues.

The ACLU and RFK Jr. have the other side of the story, after the jump



Ashcroft parses words at Knox College

January 18, 2009

To Pour or to Force?  Can there be a meaningful difference, when we’re talking about a liquid? (imagine it…how does one pour liquid against someone’s will without also forcing that liquid?  physically…how does one?)  Lastly, I don’t know what ‘the law’ is, but I’m equally upset with a country that cheaply parses words to create moral license.

WriteChic has the relevant transcript 

PapoWorld parses the reflexiveness