The past two Republican administrations has a constituency that demands removal of science from any curriculum and demands at the same time the teaching of the Christian Bible, probably the King James edition.
They don't recognize the K-T Extinction and demand history reflect a timeline of 8000 years showing no such extinction occurred by meteorite. Now either we live up to the politics that repeatedly demands defunding of our public school education and refunding of charter schools that have no interest in reality or there simply isn't an interest in science by the USA.
22 June 2017
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., (click here) believes the Air Force is getting in its own way when it comes to advancing space operations.
During the House Armed Services Committee markup hearing of the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, Rogers lamented that the service doesn't expect to stand up a U.S. Space Corps to better prepare against space threats from Russia and China.
"When I see arguments that we are actually going to set back efforts to respond to adversaries and space threats -- well, I'm outraged," he said....
For those of us how KNOW there were dinosaurs and five past extinctions and are now watching the six extinction, NASA is going to have to come up with a "Meteor Killer" and preferably not rely on myth or cross fingers to achieve it.
The science needs to be talking truth to power and in any depositions or testimony or otherwise the IDEOLOGY of anti-science and anti-history and anti-public education has to be included in the dialogue. These falsehoods exist as a political dynamic that is based in ignorance and stupidity.
I am tired of Late Night Comics being the only ones standing up for science, technology and public education in the USA.
It was 2003 and "W" had just invaded Iraq. The New Source Review was taking testimony that year and I provided a 21 page testimony and a 5 minute live testimony on Carbon Dioxide. That testimony helped Barbara Boxer introduce the first CO2 legislative bills in the country's history. For as important as that was and I wanted as many documents and statements to support my testimony, I took the last 60 seconds of to state, "I and my colleagues strong object to the use of dolphins for military use." I did that to register a protest against a populous viewpoint that invited the idea that Flipper was a soldier. Bottlenose dolphins were and continue to be endangered. For the life of me I can't imagine why, can you?
THAT IS WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. GET OBJECTS TO THE DEMORALIZING OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLIC EDUCATION ON THE RECORD!
No more excuses!