You can’t disprove that the world is carried by four elephants who walk on the back of the great space turtle A’Tuin! A spherical planet is just a theory!
My theory remains that the space race (much like Homeland Security) is a bogus fear-instilling veil pulled over our eyes to distract us from the truly fucked up shit ON Earth we should be paying attention to. Which sucks. I want to go into space.
by Paul Krugman, guardian.co.uk / The Observer
[…] Jon Huntsman Jr, a former Utah governor and ambassador to China, isn’t a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination. And that’s too bad, because Mr Hunstman has been willing to say the unsayable about the Republican party in the United States, namely, that it is becoming the “anti-science party”. This is an enormously important development. And it should terrify us.
To see what Mr Huntsman means, consider recent statements by the two men who actually are serious contenders for the Republican nomination: Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.
Mr Perry, the governor of Texas, recently made headlines by dismissing evolution as “just a theory”, one that has “got some gaps in it”, an observation that will come as news to the vast majority of biologists. But what really got people’s attention was what he said about climate change: “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.”
That’s a remarkable statement – or maybe the right adjective is “vile”.
The second part of Mr Perry’s statement is, as it happens, just false: the scientific consensus about man-made global warming – which includes 97% to 98% of researchers in the field, according to the National Academy of Sciences – is getting stronger, not weaker, as the evidence for climate change just keeps mounting.”