2006/02/06

NASA's Very Own Zampolit

After all the media coverage of administration attempts to silence Dr. James Hansen, a NASA's top climate scientist, you'd think that this issue would have died down.

Not so. Now it turns out that climate isn't the only area where Bu$hCo is using political appointees to pressure agency employees. Apparently the administration is also a little sensitive to how the Big Bang "Theory" is portrayed in news releases. In fact, the N.Y. Times reports that dozens of staffers, members of NASA's Public Affairs Office and agency scientists, have come forward to complain of administration attempts to control the flow of scientific information, especially in the run-up to the 2004 election.

Seems that 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union the institution of the political commissar is alive and well inside the of US government.

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Don't turn around...
At first I thought the Big Bang thing might be a little overblown. But then I read this quote by the Bush appointee, George Deutsch:

It is not NASA's place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator. This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA.

WTF. This is just a 24-year-old kid who drank the Kool Aid he was given, but still, he needs to be booted the hell out of there.
Damn those secular scientists, with their rockets and their make-out parties!
For me the question is "...what debate?" Science is science, and psuedo-scientific blather is...well you get the idea. Whether it's climate change or the Big Bang, there is no debate, and Mr. 'Wet-behind-the-ears' really needs to shut his yapper.

What was missing from your quote (thanks for that BTW), was that Deutsch actually called the Big Bang an "opinion", whereas in point of fact ID rises only to the level of an opinion, and the Big Bang is a well-regarded, well-researched, working theory.
Damn those secular scientists, with their rockets and their make-out parties!

Ah Rex, always ready to bring us back down to reality. :-) And now back to the daily party that is life under Bu$hCo!
Pretty insidious stuff there, but certainly typical of this maladminstration.
Ditto Neil,

This seems to be their MO:

#1.Threaten them with their livelihood,
#2.if that falls, smear the crap out of them,
#3. if that fails, blackmail them( works good prior to #1 too- everyone has a weakness),
#4. of course if all else fails they're toast.

I'm so glad we live in a free country...

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