Really, Congress? Really?
“Doctor Who is Huge in America Now…” Matt Smith on The Graham Norton Show (by BBCAmericaTV)
Wherein the Brits seem slightly baffled at American fandom. We posted a version of this clip last week but this one is our favorite.
LOL, look world! America can love something that hasn’t been edited beyond recognition to “appeal” to our “intelligence”!
So is the Tea Party perspective to let parents object to any factual content they find to be inconvenient? This type of nonsense is ridiculous.
The Tea Party dominated New Hampshire Legislature on Wednesday overrode the governor’s veto to enact a new law allowing parents to object to any part of the school curriculum.
The state House voted 255-112 and Senate 17-5 to enact H.B. 542, which will allow parents to request an alternative school curriculum for any subject to which they register an objection. Gov. John Lynch (D) vetoed the measure in July, saying the bill would harm education quality and give parents control over lesson plans.
“For example, under this bill, parents could object to a teacher’s plan to: teach the history of France or the history of the civil or women’s rights movements,” Lynch wrote in his veto message. “Under this bill, a parent could find ‘objectionable’ how a teacher instructs on the basics of algebra. In each of those cases, the school district would have to develop an alternative educational plan for the student. Even though the law requires the parents to pay the cost of alternative, the school district will still have to bear the burden of helping develop and approve the alternative. Classrooms will be disrupted by students coming and going, and lacking shared knowledge.”
This shit is crazy.
I find myself hoping that the only evidence which eventually remains is electronic and irretrievably corrupted so future generations won’t quite know how monstrously, unforgivably stupid was this new dark age.
WHAT. Oh, God. You know what? People fart rainbows and the world is really the flat center of the universe, after all. Now go play football, everybody! ‘Cause that’s essentially what we’re coming to, folks. And China is going to rule us all.
holy crap. is that the tardis in the back?
OBAMA KNOWS THE DOCTOR! AUTOMATIC RE-ELECT!
Well, someone has to save this country.
I KNEW IT! THE GOVERNMENT DOES KNOW THE DOCTOR!!!! OH MY GAWD. Please let me meet The Doctor.
I don’t know how to feel about this. Bananacat 2012.
Jon Stewart is always a better option for President
I’m sensing a theme here. Stewart/Colbert 2012?
Jenna Marbles 2012!
And a whole load of Republicans are threatening to move to Canada in light of this?
Should- should somebody tell them?
No, no, no. Let’s let it be a surprise.
Happy Independence Day!
236 years ago, the Declaration of Independence was signed and America’s “experiment in enlightenment” began! Take a moment to remember and honor our Founding Fathers, their noble efforts, and all those that have worked hard, and sacrificed, for our enduring national legacy.
Bill Nye to CNN: “The two sides aren’t equal’ on climate change
Science educator Bill Nye on Monday told CNN that they weren’t doing the public any favors by giving climate change deniers equal airtime because ‘the two sides aren’t equal.”
“There are a couple of things that you can’t really dispute,” Nye explained to CNN’s Carol Costello. “Sixteen of the last 17 years have been the hottest years on record. That’s just how it is.”
“I appreciate that we want to show two sides of the stories — there’s a tradition in journalism that goes back quite a ways, I guess — but the two sides aren’t equal here. You have tens of thousands of scientists who are very concerned and you have a few people who are in business of equating or drawing attention to the idea that uncertainty is the same as doubt. When you have a plus or minus percentage, that’s not the same thing as not believing the whole thing at all.”
The Washington Post noted on Sunday that scientists had been warning for years that because of warming weather and severe droughts, Colorado’s “table was set” for monster wildfires like the ones currently sweeping through the state.
“It is because of the heat ultimately,” Nye told Costello. “Just two years ago, it was was wet in Colorado and there was a lot of growth in forests. And then you can say they should have responsibly cleared that growth — it’s a difficult thing. So then two years later when it’s especially dry and the forest flora gets especially dry and then there’s a lightening strike, the fire is that much more intense than it would have been.”
“But the people who are politicizing this issue, they seem to be winning because not much is being done on the issue of climate change,” Costello pointed out.
“If you’re a voter consider taking the environment into account as well as the economy,” Nye advised. “I think the two candidates running for president right now have different views about the validity, for example, of science and the importance of it and what you would do about climate change in the coming years.”
“We in the science education community chip away at this problem all the time. We have an enormous population of people in the United States that don’t believe in evolution, the fundamental idea in all of life science. It would be like saying, I don’t believe in earthquakes or something. The analogies are disturbing.”
Earlier this year, a Media Matters analysis determined that coverage of climate change had dropped by 80 percent on U.S. broadcast networks between 2008 and 2011.
Watch this video from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast July 2, 2012.
Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!
Bill <3 still sporting those bowties like a mothafuckin’ boss.
If only bigots would spend half the time on education that they spend hating people… well, then I guess they probably wouldn’t be bigots then, would they?